Jeez, guys, tell us something we didn't already know. The National Trust have just published a study which shows that people experience greater feelings of happiness and contentment from places than they do from 'treasured objects' like wedding rings and other sentimental items. Reminiscing about a destination we've made happy memories in can make us calm, … Continue reading Places are better for your wellbeing than things.
Whether you're on a six month backpacking trip or heading off for a week on the continent, it can be really, really easy to over pack. If you've ever found yourself taking multiple suitcases on holiday, or struggling around a bus station with aching shoulders under a backpack bigger than you are, it's time to … Continue reading The art of minimalist packing
Depending on who you talk to, the city of Saigon either fell or was liberated in 1975. Now renamed for the late communist leader Ho Chi Minh, Ho Chi Minh City's metropolitan area is home to more than ten million people - and despite its increasing popularity with travellers from around the world, you won't … Continue reading Top 5 things to do in Ho Chi Minh City ( Saigon )
So my break from writing on the blog has gone on a bit longer than planned- returning to England after adjusting to Asian culture has been a culture shock in itself, and it's taken me until about now to get used to being home again! Everything feels veeeeerrrrrryyyyyy quiet here in Norwich after the constant … Continue reading Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand I'm back
Bangkok: finally, less mopeds! Having visited Bangkok briefly last year as the start and end point of my Thailand trip, I was worried I might have seen all the good bits already and find myself bored second time around. Oh how wrong I was! You might say it should have been obvious, given the … Continue reading Back to Bangkok: Street Food and Shopping
Different places have different customs, and expected behaviours vary as you travel. The main thing you have to remember is that no matter how many tourists and travellers pass through a place, that doesn't mean that the place should change to accommodate the traveller. You are the one who needs to adjust. Sigh. At the … Continue reading Respecting local culture.
Serenity Beach Slightly delayed by perpetually rubbish wifi (it's a hard life) here's that post I promised you about Sihanoukville, written from my hostel bed in Bangkok. Contrary to what the above photo would suggest, Sihanoukville is not the most picturesque place to stay. The town itself is expectedly shabby, and home to an assortment … Continue reading A Brief Guide to Sihanoukville
The view from the top of the mountain at Phnom Sampeau Situated around three hours' drive from Siem Reap, in northwestern Cambodia, Battambang is a name you'll likely spot peering out from bus posters in Cambodia and Thailand alike. Serving as a connecting stop between Phnom Penh and Bangkok, Battambang itself isn't as popular with … Continue reading 24 hours in Battambang
Whilst Siem Reap is known mainly for its close proximity to the world famous Angkor Wat temple ruins, which I'll be writing about in my next post, this town is worth visiting for plenty of other things besides incredible 11th century history lessons. Catch a Giant Ibis bus from Phnom Penh for $15 (including onboard … Continue reading Exploring Siem Reap
The Royal Palace Phnom Penh is absolutely enormous, and has everything from dirt-cheap street food to Dominos Pizza, bustling markets to shopping malls and all the madness you'd expect of a massive city in southeast Asia. I'm not sure if it's easier to cross the road here than in Vietnam, or if it just feels … Continue reading Things to do in Phnom Penh