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From Myanmar to the Mekong. Train rides through and Sri Lankan tea plantations and hammock camping through Borneo and being a digital nomad in Bali.

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Warung Biah Biah: Tapas-Style Indonesian in Ubud
15 May 2018

The bustling Warung Biah Biah grabs you by all five senses as you enter this Ubud institution. The air is filled with delicious smells of authentic Indonesian cuisine and lively...

Capri by Fraser Rooftop Pool
Balinese Visa Run
12 Nov 2017

With Bali a growing destination for expat and digital nomads, co-working spaces have sprung up, wifi has improved, so too has the coffee. One thing that is unchanged however is...

Ubud Monkey Forest
Ubud Monkey Forest
07 Nov 2017

A baby clings to its mother's chest as she scampers up a tree, a lone rebel is trying to crack a resilient nut on the pavement and a village elder...

Riding a Scooter in Bali
Riding a Scooter in Bali
20 Oct 2017

It's a sorry sight, bandaged legs limp through the streets, arms are cradled in slings, the odd face scraped and a few blistered calves. It's like watching soldiers returning from...

Tegalalang Rice Terrace
In Pursuit of Happiness
16 Oct 2017

Rice paddies cascade down volcanic mountains like green lava fields. Terraced land is so ubiquitous it looks as though formed from nature in this self-proclaimed island of the Gods. Workers...

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My First Yoga
15 Oct 2017

Warrior pose, chaturanga and uttanasana were all new phrases being added to my vocabulary. Sweat was dripping profusely down my brow and I could barely maintain my grip on the...

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Seniman Coffee Studio
12 Oct 2017

If you’re looking for somewhere to nomad for a day in Ubud, the Seniman Coffee Studio is a great little café tailored to the working wanderer. Located on Jl. Sri...

Mt Bakur, Bali
Mt Bakur Mountain Biking
02 Oct 2017

There is nothing that says adventure more than cycling down an active volcano. An overblown imagination might conceive visions of racing rivers of lava down the mountain. Yet, with reports...

Nasi Goreng warung bu mangku
Nasi Goreng Tour of Bali
18 Sep 2017

Nasi Goreng, the unofficial national dish of Indonesia. This ubiquitous item appears on menus from Jakarta to Denpasar. While 'fried rice' is the literal translation, this simple dish combines many...

Telaga Waja River Rafting Bali
Rafting the Telaga Waja River
13 Sep 2017

Gabus was telling us to cross our legs, lay back and brace for the worst. Till now, a lovely river raft on the Telaga Waja had been serene sailing. Sure,...

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Trans-Siberian Railway Tips
08 Aug 2017

The Trans-Siberian Railway. The classic multi-day rail journey across Russia to the far east of Asia. Siberia is as desolate as it is beautiful, no matter the season. Much has...

Sheikh Zayad Mosque
Abu Dhabi Adventure Guide
23 May 2017

A true rags to riches story. Abu Dhabi has emerged as a tourist hotspot. Take theme parks, race tracks and action packed deserts. Add a devout Muslim culture and pioneering...

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Elephants of Uda Walawe
05 Jan 2017

It's 6am and five or so diesel engines are emitting that distinctive idling noise. The diesel engines in the bellies of a fleet of safari-equipped 4WD's are waiting at the gate to...

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Tomorrowland, Ella
03 Jan 2017

It was with some trepidation that Erin and I left the safety of our traditional homestay in the main traveller's hub of Ella in the Sri Lankan hills. Aboard a small scooter, we...

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Kandy to Ella Train Ride
01 Jan 2017

The situation was. Peak travel season in Sri Lanka for tourists and locals alike. The famous Kandy to Ella train ride through the hilly tea plantations was fully booked. 2nd...

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Kandy
31 Dec 2016

A four hour taxi ride from Dalhousie, near Adam's Peak had us arriving in Kandy. Visions of a town made up of confectionary were soon dashed upon entering the hustle...

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Adam’s Peak, Sri Lanka
29 Dec 2016

As far as mountain names go, Adam's Peak is as simple as you get. Alongside Everest, the Matterhorn or Acongagua it seems quite plain. But this is Sri Lanka where...

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Sri Lanka Surprise
28 Dec 2016

A three hour drive out of Yallingup has us arriving at Perth International airport. Driven promptly and efficiently by our driver Dennis. Dennis hailed from the USA originally but had...

A standard truck load of youths celebrating the Thingyan Water Festival
A Burmese Baptism
17 Apr 2015

I'd never missed a flight before. This was not a record I was tracking closely or even particularly proud of. I supposed it was something of an achievement. Not a...

Walking Myanmar
Walking in to Myanmar
15 Apr 2015

Border crossings these days have lost the romantic appeal of yesteryear. Today you can drive across Europe, pass through 20 odd countries and never once get out your passport. Conversely...

Gibbon Experience treehouses
Gibbon Experience, Laos
10 Apr 2015

Erin and I touched down in Huay Xai. Aboard a small 10 seater plane from Vientiane. Our reason for being out in this remote corner of Laos?  The Gibbon experience. A...

Hammock time in Kudat Beach Borneo
Kudat Turtle Beach Sanctuary, Borneo
15 Sep 2014

A private deserted beach all to yourself is what travel dreams are made of. Add to that a hammock, a beach shack, perfect temperature water, sunshine and campfire and you...

Kinabalu Holiday Camp
Room with a view of Kinabalu
14 Sep 2014

Doing business in Borneo is a peculiar affair. Our hire car was acquired by meeting a man outside a supermarket in Kota Kinabalu. Our campground was found by visiting a laundromat...

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Hiking Mount Kinabalu, Borneo
12 Sep 2014

Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain on the island of Borneo. Kinabalu stands at 4095m above sea level and is reported as a two day hike to the summit of...

lupa mesa jungle camp
Lupa Mesa Jungle Camp
09 Sep 2014

On the Malaysian portion of the island of Borneo, a few hours drive west from Kota Kinabalu, lies Poring Springs. Located at the end of the road, Poring Springs is...

No Signboard white pepper crab
No Signboard Neccesary
25 Mar 2013

Arriving into Changi airport my phone buzzes with an incoming message while in the customs queue. "No Signboard 414 Geylang road, Geylang". Sender was unknown. Certainly a cryptic welcome message...

Kerala Backwaters Houseboats
Kerala Backwaters, India
27 Sep 2010

The overnight train from Varanasi continues till 7am. Our elderly guest packs away his belongings into his briefcase and is ready for his day of business in Delhi. We on...

Ritual washing Varanasi
Varanasi
25 Sep 2010

Awake to the clickity clack of the overnight train from Agra into Varanasi. Slept pretty well and with no reason to get up, slept through to 10 am. We arrive...

Taj Mahal
A Night at the Taj Mahal
23 Sep 2010

We had passed the 3rd level of security. The small group of tourists was down to 12. We felt like Charlie visiting Willy Wonka's chocolate factory clasping our golden tickets....

The effigy of Ganesh being led to the sea.
Ganesh festival, Mumbai
22 Sep 2010

We awake early on the first day of our India travels and take a stroll out to the Gateway of India. Being early we awaken some of the locals who...