Photo Diary: Living The Kampot/ Kep Stereotype

Whilst in between Kampot and Kep, I felt rather like a living, breathing stereotype – here’s why: wedged between two cities and (literally) off the side of a main road is Man’Groove Guesthouse, where I stayed. For 4.20$, I had access to a room with a double bed, but a (simple) shared toilet, and the…

Photo Diary: 72 Hours in Phnom Phen 

I left Mondulkiri (although I could have stayed forever) for Phnom Phen and had less than 72 hours to explore the city – as the bus for Kampot, my destination after Phnom Phen, was a morning bus. If you’re short on time, as I was, then these are the main sights to visit to grasp…

Photo Diary: Chasing Waterfalls in Don Khon

Located near the Cambodian border, Si Phan Don (also referred to as 4000 Islands in English) is the ideal stop-over before entering the Khmer Kingdom. With three main islands to choose from, I decided on Don Khon, as it’s known for its scenic landscapes and impressive waterfalls – plus, just a bridge away from Don…

Photo Diary: The Plain of Jars in Phonsavan

Mainly known for The Plain of Jars, I recently visited Phonsavan, Laos, with the intention of satiating my ancient artefacts curiosity. Folklore believes the jars were used by Giants to ferment rice-wine whereas archeologist believe the jars were used for burial purposes. I’m still undecided… Fortunately, at Site 2 I managed to see an ancient…

Photo Diary: Falling In Love With Luang Prabang All Over Again

I last visited Luang Prabang in 2016 and if you haven’t read about my 24 hour adventure to the city via bus from Vientiane, you can do so here. Luckily, I was wiser this time around and chose to arrive from Nong Khiaw, a mere four to five hour bus journey – still as bumpy,…

Tips and Tricks: Cruising Hà Long Bay for 12$ (45MYR)

A slowly spreading secret amongst backpackers, Cat Ba Island is the smarter choice if you want to experience Hà Long Bay cheaply – not to mention, not be surrounded by hoards of tourists. Although Cat Ba Island has its own national park, I mainly visited for the tours. Along the main street facing the pier,…

Travel Review: Trekking Sa Pa With A Red Dao Guide

Sa Pa is known for its diverse ethnic groups, primarily the H’mong and the Red Dao, but it’s infamous for the luscious valleys dotted with rice paddies surrounding the city. While you can trek to nearby villages by yourself (with an entrance fee, of course), a traditional homestay in a tribal village is highly recommended….

Photo Diary: Exploring The Imperial City in Hue

The Imperial City in Hue was magnificently grand – so much so that I was inspired to write a poem, which I shall be sharing below:   Everything’s moving Everything’s breathing Everything’s being   And with each change of season These courts have witnessed scenes beyond reason   From emperors whispering to concubines to the…

Food Review: Hum Vegetarian

Here is a fluff free review of Hum Vegetarian, Ho Chi Minh City: Notable Mentions: Artichoke Hotpot Overall Flavours: Excellent Staff Efficiency: Good – as with most restaurants in HCMC, the staff can speak fluent English Ambiance: Good – greenery here, greenery there, greenery everywhere really Pricing: Cheap (0 VND – 145k VND) to Mid Range…