Top 10 Things You Need To Know Before Visiting Japan

There are very few places which allow the perfect coexistence of the traditional and the hi-tech worlds simultaneously. Even rarer are the places which had been completely torn by war at one day yet they rose up from the ashes to become a major economic power of the world. Japan is both of these and […]

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Three Days In Langkawi: A Sample Itinerary

Langkawhat? Langkawho? Langkawhich? Etc. I’d never heard of Langkawi prior to two months ago, when I was looking at a quick and affordable way to escape the Beijing smog before heading back to the UK for Christmas. In fact, Langkawi turned out to be was one of my favorite holidays ever. The island has so […]

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How To Get To Taal Volcano

Or “When timing goes terribly, terribly wrong”. Please, for the love of God, leave early.   Taal Volcano is nestled in a lake, on an island in the Philippines. Within the volcano is a lake, and within that lake is another island. Which means that island is in a lake in a volcano in a […]

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15 Reasons Why Japan Is The Best

It really is though. Temples   From the beautiful Kinkaku-Ji in Kyoto, to the Ninja Temple in Kanazawa which is full of secret passageways and traps, to the zen gardens of Tofukuji – the temples in Japan never fail to impress. Even if they’re not really your thing, you’re bound to find at least a […]

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How To Get From Beijing Airport to the City Centre

I’ve been living in Beijing for just under a year now, but have had a fair few visitors so I’m something of a reluctant expert on how to get from the airport to the city centre. As with many things in China, the straightforward can often be made more complicated than necessary so here’s a […]

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One Perfect Day in Kanazawa

Kanazawa seemed like a bit of a mystery to me. The tourists I met up until then hadn’t heard of it, but it was raved about it Japan guide books and blogs. It was on my route around Japan, just before I hit Takayama, so I decided to give it a go despite my lack […]

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5 Minute Guide: What’s Happening In Burma?

With all this talk about Burma, I’ve seen a few things cropping up on tourist websites and travel blogs about the beauty of Bagan, Inle Lake, Rangoon and other attractions. They’re very nice articles, with tips on transport, accommodation, food and money. But I think it’s something of a shame that travel bloggers tend to […]

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The Only 10 Chinese Phrases You Need To Know

I’ve been living in China on and off for almost a year. Despite this, I still find the language impossible as ever. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve given up learning and restarted again, and no amount of inspirational language blogs, telling me how to hack Chinese, have managed to really helped […]

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Konnichiwa Bitch: First Thoughts on Japan

As I write this, I’m sat on a train twisting further up into the Japanese Alps, the sun setting over the green hills. I’m headed to Kanazawa, a place I have literally no expectations about, apart from that it’s got a castle, has something to do with the origin of samurai and is “quite nice”. […]

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Top 5 Things To Do In Vietnam

As we prepared for our trip across the Cambodian border into Vietnam, yet another backpacker dispensed the same advice we had already heard countless times. “You’re doing Vietnam in 9 days? Impossible. Can’t be done.” Seriously though. We got this phrase so many times that we eventually came up with private jokes and pre-agreed key […]

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