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  • A quick jaunt across Komodo and Flores

    A quick jaunt across Komodo and Flores

    Published 10:45 pm, 15 Apr 2014
    School holidays delivered a nice little break to Travelfish and we returned to one of our favourite destinations in Indonesia, Komodo National Park and Flores. We kicked off with a lazy week on Kanawa Island which lies just outside Komodo National Park and then did a quick run across the mainland from Labuan Bajo, through ... read the full post


  • Burning season in Chiang Mai

    Burning season in Chiang Mai

    Published 2:07 am, 9 Apr 2014
    Burning season is once again engulfing Chiang Mai in a worrying haze. In recent years the heat, dust and smog have grown bad enough to merit the question: should you even visit Chiang Mai over the months burning hits its peak — usually February through to April? The answer really depends on what it is ... read the full post


  • Google launches Street View images of Angkor

    Google launches Street View images of Angkor

    Published 8:39 am, 6 Apr 2014
    With ever-increasing visitor numbers, Angkor is well established on the tourist map. Now, for the first time, it is also firmly on Google’s. Street View imagery of 100 temples in the 400 square kilometre Angkor Park launched on April 3, 2014, to include iconic historic sites like Angkor Wat, Bayon and Ta Prohm. Browsing from ... read the full post


  • Best eats in Kampot

    Best eats in Kampot

    Published 3:16 am, 24 Mar 2014
    For a small southern Cambodian town, Kampot has a surprisingly good selection of places to chow down. So when you’ve had enough of contemplating the river, or you’ve worked up an appetite crawling round caves, here’s our pick of some of the best eats in town. Start your day with delicious coffee roasted on site ... read the full post


  • Mother Goddess worship

    Mother Goddess worship

    Published 12:42 am, 16 Mar 2014
    Worship of the Mother Goddesses is the oldest religion in Vietnam, pre-dating even the Chinese occupation of Vietnam. Worship of Mother Goddesses, once dismissed as superstition, has recently grown in popularity and is now accepted and widely practised in Vietnam and in Vietnamese communities overseas. What does it all mean? Mother Goddesses are considered to ... read the full post


  • Bangkok protest update, 27 February 2014

    Bangkok protest update, 27 February 2014

    Published 2:49 am, 27 Feb 2014
    Update, 21:30, 28 February: Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban has just announced that anti-government protesters will end their occupation of all intersections starting Monday, March 3. The demonstrations will instead be confined to “inside” Lumpini Park. This is a major development — stay tuned for more info. This past week was a tragic one for Thailand, ... read the full post


  • Obtaining a Chinese visa in Chiang Mai

    Obtaining a Chinese visa in Chiang Mai

    Published 12:43 am, 25 Feb 2014
    Need a Chinese visa in Chiang Mai? There is a Chinese consulate plus attached visa section in the city and while it used to be very straightforward when we last applied a couple of years back, it seems to have got a bit more complicated recently. Here’s what to do. First you need to go ... read the full post


  • Going to a Cambodian wedding

    Going to a Cambodian wedding

    Published 9:36 pm, 23 Feb 2014
    Of all the hospitality that might be extended to visitors in Cambodia, an invitation to a wedding is probably the most special. Wedding parties usually take place in street-side yellow and pink marquees by the family home, or in a hall at a specialist wedding venue. Put aside thoughts of formal speeches and hours of photographs: you’re ... read the full post


  • Bangkok protest update, 20 February 2014

    Bangkok protest update, 20 February 2014

    Published 1:50 am, 20 Feb 2014
    The dust has settled in Bangkok after a violent clash between police and anti-government protesters left five dead and over 60 injured on Tuesday (February 18). It was the first serious attempt to disperse protesters who have for months occupied government offices and key intersections as part of their “Bangkok Shutdown” campaign. What does this ... read the full post


  • How to make the most of the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2014

    How to make the most of the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2014

    Published 2:53 am, 12 Feb 2014
    The Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2014 is on October 1 to 5 — and it’s never too soon to get planning. Here are our suggestions for getting the most out of the festival, which can be a very intense, fast moving four days and nights of panels, events and fun. First up — try ... read the full post


  • How long should you spend on Phuket?

    How long should you spend on Phuket?

    Published 12:02 am, 10 Feb 2014
    Phuket is a big island with plenty to do beyond its beaches. As one of Thailand’s pricier destinations, your budget will be a big factor in deciding how long to stay here, but if you’re interested to explore the island’s off-the-beach attractions, stay in a hostel or cheap guesthouse and eat at local food shops, ... read the full post


  • Bangkok protest update

    Bangkok protest update

    Published 8:28 pm, 9 Feb 2014
    This is hilarious, I thought, while strolling from one anti-government protest site in Bangkok’s shopping district to the other, this past Saturday afternoon. Bursting with street food and clothing stalls, this normally traffic-choked stretch of Rama I Road is now among the city’s most vibrant street markets. With far more casual shoppers around than protesters, ... read the full post


  • How to stay safe on Ko Pha Ngan

    How to stay safe on Ko Pha Ngan

    Published 11:43 pm, 8 Feb 2014
    Ko Pha Ngan gets a bad rap. Forever known as the home of the Full Moon Party, a hedonistic monthly gathering of maybe 50,000 people on popular Haad Rin beach, it’s not surprising that alcohol-fuelled accidents, thefts, and worse, sometimes occur. But it’s unfair to call Ko Pha Ngan unsafe. It isn’t. Keep your wits ... read the full post


  • Trial public bus service in Phnom Penh

    Trial public bus service in Phnom Penh

    Published 7:18 am, 7 Feb 2014
    Getting around Phnom Penh is always a challenge. There’s a range of transport options, in the form of tuk tuk drivers with their distinct cry of “OK, tuk tuk”, and moto-dops who hang out on their bikes in the shade waiting for passengers. Negotiating prices and hoping your driver knows where he’s going are all ... read the full post


  • Security and hostel dorms in Singapore

    Security and hostel dorms in Singapore

    Published 10:22 pm, 6 Feb 2014
    I’m a bit over half way through my couple of weeks of Singapore hostel testing and it’s all run pretty smoothly — some places have been great, others considerably less so. For someone who hadn’t stayed in a dorm for a few years, it has been interesting seeing just how dorms in Southeast Asia have ... read the full post


  • Test driving Singapore’s hostels: Part 1

    Test driving Singapore’s hostels: Part 1

    Published 12:48 am, 4 Feb 2014
    On the back of our successful Bangkok’s best hostels ebook we’re one week into our road testing of Singapore’s hostels. While we’ve still got a way to go, some things appear clear: If you’re planning on opening a hostel in Singapore, it better be damn good, because there are a lot of them. Drawing up ... read the full post


  • Family accommodation in Hoi An

    Family accommodation in Hoi An

    Published 10:47 pm, 30 Jan 2014
    Those looking for a Vietnam destination that’s great for families should consider Hoi An — it’s easy on the wallet, offers loads of outdoor activities, beautiful beaches and boasts plenty of family-focused accommodation. Here are our picks of the best places to stay for those with children in tow. Until recently, if you wanted to ... read the full post


  • Lunar New Year 2014 in Penang

    Lunar New Year 2014 in Penang

    Published 10:20 pm, 28 Jan 2014
    As the horse canters its way towards the zodiac calendar, Penangites are getting ready to welcome it with a fortnight of celebrations and ceremonies. Visiting Penang over the Lunar New Year period is something of a mixed blessing. On the one hand, traffic over the first two or three days can be an absolute nightmare ... read the full post


  • Singapore hawker dishes: Teochew porridge

    Singapore hawker dishes: Teochew porridge

    Published 2:46 am, 27 Jan 2014
    Teochew porridge or ‘muay’ is so healthy that it doesn’t seem like a typical hawker dish — in fact, it’s likely as close as one will get to home-cooked food outside your home. Pretty much every food court or hawker centre in Singapore will have an ‘economy rice’ stall — a smorgasbord of meats, fish ... read the full post


  • How to do a Mae Sai visa run

    How to do a Mae Sai visa run

    Published 1:21 am, 26 Jan 2014
    If your tourist visa is about to expire and you’re in Northern Thailand,  the quickest and easiest solution to staying longer is to cross into Burma for a couple of hours and receive a 15-day or 30-day visa-free stay (depending on nationality) upon your return back into Thailand. The closest, most accessible border crossing from ... read the full post


  • Singapore hawker dishes: Kway chap

    Singapore hawker dishes: Kway chap

    Published 7:50 pm, 19 Jan 2014
    So you really want to try a classic Singaporean hawker dish? Kway chap isn’t for beginners, and will perhaps only suit those brave enough to lust after, say, haggis in the West, but it’s well worth seeking out for its rich soy sauce-based gravy, delectable flat noodles and tender pork offal. Forget newfangled nose-to-tail dining; this ... read the full post


  • Bangkok protests take their toll

    Bangkok protests take their toll

    Published 6:45 pm, 17 Jan 2014
    As the so-called “Bangkok Shutdown” enters a sixth day on Saturday, anti-government protests are beginning to take their toll. While the city has not been shut down and the vast majority of it remains safe, the situation is tense, fluid and unpredictable. Friday saw a marked escalation of violence, most notably when an explosive was ... read the full post


  • What exactly is shut down in Bangkok?

    What exactly is shut down in Bangkok?

    Published 12:14 am, 16 Jan 2014
    The catchphrase “Bangkok Shutdown” worked well to drum up hype for the latest wave of anti-government protests, and it continues to convince many foreign travellers to cancel trips to the Thai capital. Yet all public transport (save a few public buses), all vital utilities and most businesses are operating as normal. So what exactly has ... read the full post


  • Thaipusam in Penang

    Thaipusam in Penang

    Published 11:18 pm, 14 Jan 2014
    Of all Penang’s culturally varied religious celebrations, none is more colourful than Thaipusam. Every January or February, on the full moon of the 10th month in the Hindu calendar, festival frenzy descends on the island, drawing hundreds of thousands of devotees and spectators onto the streets. Of course, there is a serious side to Thaipusam, ... read the full post


  • What is the best time of year to visit Penang?

    What is the best time of year to visit Penang?

    Published 10:01 pm, 10 Jan 2014
    When it comes to visiting Penang, there are plenty of reasons why the island should be included on a Southeast Asian sojourn, but determining when to come is perhaps a little more difficult. The weather, the tourist season and the local festivals can all have a big impact on how much you enjoy your experience ... read the full post

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