Mui Ne White Sand Dunes

Mui Ne, Vietnam

Mui Ne is the adrenalin capital of southern Vietnam. There’s no scuba diving or snorkelling to speak of, but when Nha Trang and Hoi An get the rains, Mui Ne gets the waves: Says Lonely Planet, before going on to describe a beautiful beach that has maintained much of its charm. When we were there, however, only the closed kitesurfing shops hinted at Mui Ne’s adventure hungry nature. Out of the surf season, Mui Ne is still firmly on the backpacker trail, and I’m here to ask one question: why?

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Monks in Luang Prabang

8 Best Cheap Eats in Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang is a beautiful city, filled with charm and history. It’s no surprise it’s becoming an increasingly popular stop for backpackers and holiday makers. Whilst the small city is flourishing as a result of the increased revenue the tourist industry provides, there is one less desirable side effect: the rising food prices in the area. As the number of people visiting is increasing, so is the cost of food, making it harder and harder to find a backpacker-friendly meal. After spending three months in the former Royal Capital, here are my top 8 cheap eats in Luang Prabang.

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Luang Prabang Swimming Lake at Tad Thong

Luang Prabang’s Best Kept Secrets

As the new year begins, my time in beautiful Luang Prabang is drawing to an end. I am going to miss this special place very much. From the monks that can be seen everywhere and the sound of their drums at four in the afternoon, to cycling around the French colonial buildings that do shabby chic so well, I can hardly think of a thing in this royal city that I won’t miss. Most people that visit here for a few days will remember the monks, their trip to Kuangsi Waterfall, climbing to the top of Mount Phoisi, Utopia and the night market. For me, though, I will remember some of the things most tourists are unaware of, or lack the time to visit. Here are my favourite parts of Luang Prabang, and the city’s best kept secrets.

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Laos local recipe

Local Recipe – Laos Dips

It is no secret that I love food. A lot. For me, it’s one of the big reasons I love to travel in Asia; the food is so delicious, fresh and filled with different flavours. It also helps that I could never get bored of eating rice or noodles. With Christmas coming up fast, I thought this would be a great time to share with you some super easy recipes for Laos dips that you can use whilst entertaining this season. They’re really easy, quick and taste amazing. In Laos they’re served with sticky rice, but you can serve it with crackers, pita bread or veg sticks. So, get into the kitchen and give these Jeow’s a try.

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6 DIY Christmas presents for travellers

6 DIY Christmas Presents for Travellers

Travellers are a hard bunch to buy for, whether you are trying to send them something from home or if you’re with them on the road. In Part 1 and Part 2 of my complete guide to Christmas presents for travellers I shared some ideas about presents to send to you friends and family on the road. Here, I’m going to share 6 easy and inexpensive DIY projects any traveller can make and give as presents this Christmas.

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Best Christmas presents for travellers part 1

Christmas Presents for Travellers – Part 1

Buying Christmas presents for travellers can be a mine field: from how they will actually receive your gift to what they really want, it can be a nightmare. And, with Christmas right around the corner, time to make the purchase is running out! So, what gift should you give to your nomad friend this season? Here’s my part 1 guide to the perfect Christmas present for a wanderlust-filled friend.

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Hobart from the top of Mt Wellington

Hobart Highlights

Hobart is a beautiful and small coastal city, surrounded by beautiful mountains. I spent around 4 days here in total and instantly fell for the cities laid back attitude and love for sea food.

I arrived at the airport, which is tiny, in the early morning and hopped on the shuttle bus to town. The shuttle bus is great, it’s 30USD return and will drop off/pick up from most the hotels and hostels in town. I was dropped at The Pickled Frog, ditched my bag and set off to Bathurst Street’s farmer market.

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