Myanmar

21 Awesome Things to See in Mandalay

Mandalay is Myanmar’s second-largest city, an urban centre laid out in a functional grid with plenty of concrete buildings, traffic and dust. It’s the rare traveller that immediately falls for Mandalay. However, look past the city’s surface and you’ll discover the cultural heart of the nation, a vibrant melting pot of countless monasteries, pagodas, workshops… Continue reading 21 Awesome Things to See in Mandalay

Myanmar

Escaping the Crowds in Myanmar: Northern Chin State

Chin is Myanmar’s poorest and least developed state, a remote mountainous land that reaches the borders of India and Bangladesh. Sparsely populated and lacking in infrastructure, Chin is home to densely forested hills, mountains that soar above 10,000ft, vast valleys and raging rivers. The people that inhabit this wild land are friendly and curious to… Continue reading Escaping the Crowds in Myanmar: Northern Chin State

Myanmar

All you Need to Know about Hsipaw

In the northeast of Myanmar is one of the country’s most popular states: Shan state. Its popularity is due to the incredible landscapes, famous sights and delicious food that it offers. An increasingly visited town is Hsipaw (pronounced ‘see-paw). Despite the increase in tourism, it remains a genuinely typical Myanmar town, while having just enough… Continue reading All you Need to Know about Hsipaw

Indonesia

How to See the Best of Flores in 14 Days

The beautiful Indonesian island of Flores is growing ever more popular year on year. Some visitors choose to fly into Labuanbajo, explore world-renowned Komodo National Park, then jet back to Bali; others opt for a rushed overland tour with a private car and driver. Adventurous budget travellers, meanwhile, fly into either Labuanbajo or Maumere, hire… Continue reading How to See the Best of Flores in 14 Days

Indonesia

10 Unmissable Places to Visit in Sumatra

Sumatra has a mixture of people from many different backgrounds and religions that live side by side, all with a joint admiration, respect and fear for the other inhabitants of the island: the volcanoes! These gigantic original residents quietly watch over the land, coastal beaches, buzzing cities and of course, dense jungle. Within the jungle… Continue reading 10 Unmissable Places to Visit in Sumatra

Indonesia

How to do Gunung Bromo and the Ijen Plateau without a Tour

Gunung Bromo and the Ijen Plateau are two of Java’s biggest highlights, attracting thousands of travellers every year. Many people opt to join a tour, either covering these places separately or choosing a combined option. Whilst tours can be good for those with limited time, they can also be very costly and don’t allow freedom… Continue reading How to do Gunung Bromo and the Ijen Plateau without a Tour

Indonesia

Jakarta and Surabaya: Two Cities You Shouldn’t Miss

Two cities that aren’t really cities; the terms megalopolis and metropolis are more apt for the gigantic urban jungles that are Jakarta and Surabaya. Situated at practically opposite ends of Java, they make for convenient starting or finishing points if you plan to begin at one end of the island and finish at the other.… Continue reading Jakarta and Surabaya: Two Cities You Shouldn’t Miss

Indonesia

Your Complete 4 Day Guide to Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta is Java’s most popular tourist city; it is also central to the island’s artistic and intellectual heritage. Blending modernity and tradition, Yogyakarta is where you’ll see the Javanese arts at their brightest and traditions at their most visible. The city is still headed by a sultan, whose kraton (walled city palace) remains central to… Continue reading Your Complete 4 Day Guide to Yogyakarta

Nepal

Top 11 Off-the-Beaten-Track Day Trips in the Kathmandu Valley

There are many great places to visit in the Kathmandu valley; some can be done as day trips while others make refreshing weekend breaks from the capital. The majority of travellers do not explore any more of the valley than the well-known heritage towns of Patan, Bhaktapur and Bodhnath. However, there is a wealth of… Continue reading Top 11 Off-the-Beaten-Track Day Trips in the Kathmandu Valley

Nepal

Two Little-Known Gems of the Kathmandu Valley: Nuwakot and Kakani

As well-known and popular as Nepal and the Kathmandu Valley are, there are still small places that, while insignificant to the ordinary traveler, are gems to people like us. For those searching for somewhere different, Nuwakot and Kakani are not to be missed. Nuwakot Nuwakot, with architecture that makes it seem like you’ve gone back… Continue reading Two Little-Known Gems of the Kathmandu Valley: Nuwakot and Kakani