The Philippines – One-Way Tickets & Entry Requirements

skyline of manila

I used to love one-way tickets. Right up until the check-in lady at the airport told me I couldn’t catch my flight to the Philippines because I didn’t have an onward ticket. In this post, I’ll share my experience when I was denied boarding to the Philippines. Then I’ve listed 10 things to check before … Read more

Essential Philippines Travel Guide – Know Before You Go

palm trees in front of beach in the Philippines

The Philippines is a dazzling sprawl of 7,641 tropical islands in southeast Asia. From the bustling metropolis of Manila to the white-sand beaches of Boracay to the lush green Banaue rice terraces and the limestone cliffs of Palawan, it’s a country to get lost in nature. In this guide, I’ll share an overview and map … Read more

Filipino Food – 21 Dishes To Try And Is It Any Good?

Food in the Philippines

Filipino cuisine has become a hot topic in recent years but what is it and, crucially, is it any good? I spent just under a month exploring the Philippines. First, I’ve listed the 21 most popular traditional foods in the Philippines. Then I share my experience with the native cuisine. Meat-heavy, greasy and intensely flavored … Read more

25 Amazing Things To Do In Vietnam

Hoi An River Front

Vietnam is nothing short of magical. A southeast Asian country that is one long stretch of coastline, you can expect everything from huge cities to swathes of beaches, dramatic islands and hill tribe communities. For me, Vietnam holds a very special place in my heart. It was one of the first countries I visited solo, … Read more

Vietnam Travel Guide For First Time Visitors

street food sellers in vietnam

So, you’re thinking of visiting Vietnam? Excellent choice. It was one of the first trips I took to South East Asia, combined with Cambodia and I loved it so much, I went back and spent a few months there. Whether you want to explore the colonial architecture, historic monuments, beaches, floating markets and Vietnamese food … Read more

15 Must-Visit Cities in Vietnam

boats on the river in Mui-Ne Vietnam

Vietnam is an incredible country and a popular tourist destination for a reason. The rich culture, good food, and lush nature are perfect for any traveler. Each city in Vietnam is unique, with different sights to see and food to taste. It might be hard to decide where to go. Here are ten must-visit cities … Read more

How To Do Your Own Panda Tour in Chengdu (And Why You Should)

Close up of pandas in Chengdu research base

This story started on the Great Wall of China. Stick with me. I was showing my dad around China in a whirlwind two week trip that involved moving location every other day. So, it’s fair to say, we did several guided tours in China. And I planned to do the same thing in Chengdu. Because, … Read more

The Best Places to Visit in Myanmar (with itineraries)

U-Being bridge at sunset in Mandalay

In this article I’ll explain the best things to do in Myanmar. At the end, I include suggested itineraries for 7 days, 10 days, 2 weeks and 3 weeks in Myanmar. I’ve written more detailed guides to most of these locations and will include links below. Yangon Things to do in Yangon The above is just … Read more

The Best Hotels In Ngapali Beach, Myanmar

Myanmar Itinerary Places to visit in Myanmar Ngapali Beach

I loved my 3 weeks exploring Myanmar but there is no denying that the country with it’s new tourist infrastructure can be exhausting at time. So, by the time I hit the end of my exploration of Myanmar I was beyond ready for some beach time. I spent four nights in Ngapali Beach and did … Read more

15 Best Things to Do in Yangon, Myanmar

Golden Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon

In this article you will find out the best things to do in Yangon, Myanmar, together with recommendations for where to eat and sleep. I’ve also created a map with Google maps showing all of the majors sights mentioned here. You’ll find that at the end. For many visitors, Yangon will be the first interaction they’ll have … Read more