Penang’s Secret Weapon: Eating & Drinking in Malaysia

And where to get the cheapest alcohol in George Town... George Town, the capital city of the Malaysian state of Penang, is one of the coolest cities in Southeast Asia. At its heart, around Little India and Chinatown and along the waterfront, this UNESCO World Heritage...

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Street Art in Kep | Cambodia

More often than not, when buildings are abandoned it’s inevitable that street art and graffiti will soon follow.   Considering the size of the town, Kep has a surprising amount of both street art and abandoned buildings. Our primary reason for seeking out Kep’s...

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Suggested Itinerary: Coastal Cambodia

ITINERARY SUMMARY  Phnom Penh - Koh Kong - Sihanoukville - Koh Rong - Koh Rong Samloem - Sihanoukville - Kampot - Bokor Hill Station - Kep - Koh Tonsay (Rabbit Island) - Phnom Penh Too many travellers rush through Phnom Penh or give it a miss altogether. That’s a...

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Suggested itinerary: Myanmar (Burma) North and South

ITINERARY SUMMARY  Yangon - Mawlamyine - Hpa-an - Mt. Kyaiktiyo - Bago - Nyaungshwe (Inle Lake) - Nyaung U (Bagan) - Mandalay - Pyin Oo Lwin - Kyaukme - Hsipaw - Lashio - Yangon Yangon needs two or three days minimum before boarding the roller coaster train south to...

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Getting some satisfaction on Ko Phi Phi in the early ’90s

One of those backpacker stories that will endure for a long, long time ... I enjoyed compiling my Postcards from the Past: Asia post, a collection of postcards and their contents from my first big trip to Asia back in 1992. I also enjoyed the comments attached to the...

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Where to break the journey between Bangkok and Chiang Mai

Five great places in Central and Northern Thailand that are ideal stopovers en route from Bangkok to Chiang Mai Travelling directly between the capital and Thailand’s fourth-largest city is easy. Buses depart throughout the day and night from Bangkok’s Mo Chit bus...

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Kep’s Abandoned Colonial and Modernist Villas

Neglected and atmospheric architecture on Cambodia’s southern coast Kep Sur Mer (Kep-on-Sea), to give Kep its correct title, is a rather quiet coastal town in southern Cambodia. These days, it is known for its laid-back ambience, excellent seafood (especially crab)...

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2016 Travel Review in Photographs

Here we go again with a roundup of where our 2016 travels took us, featuring a lot of wanderlusty photographs. Is it really a year since our last annual travel review?! At the start of every year we catch ourselves saying “we’re going to really slow it down this...

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Visiting Bangkok’s Airplane Graveyard

Urban Exploration and Abandoned Aircraft at Bangkok’s airplane graveyard: one of the Big Mango’s most unique attractions What is the Airplane Graveyard? Named after King Ram Khamhaeng, the 13th-century ruler of ancient Sukhothai (the forerunner to modern day...

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Double Take: From Cambodia to Shoreditch, London

They say everybody has a double somewhere out there… I got within a cat’s whisker of creeping up and surprising a guy at Chengdu airport many years ago because I thought he was my father and I actually met my double in Cambodia earlier this year - he even (almost) had...

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