Mount Bromo, Indonesia

Java, Indonesia: My Top Five Places to Visit

Indonesia was one of my favourite countries to visit when I was travelling in Southeast Asia. That’s mainly because there was so much to do and with so much variety. From dreamy beaches to postcard-perfect scenery to thrilling activities, Indonesia seems to have it all. Fortunately for us, we spent a good chunk of time exploring the culture-rich country.

Java, Indonesia, home to the Country’s capital Jakarta, is a real treat to explore. We spent almost two weeks discovering as much of the land as possible.


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Sunset in Bagan

Two Weeks in Myanmar: An Itinerary

While planning my Southeast Asia trip, I have to admit that the idea of visiting Myanmar hadn’t even crossed my mind. I didn’t know much about the country, and in all honesty, my initial perception of it was that it was pretty dangerous for tourists to visit. Of course, I was completely wrong.

However, as I became more familiar with travelling Southeast Asia and met more and more travellers who could only sing Myanmar’s praises, I became increasingly keen to visit Myanmar. It sounded so fascinating, so intriguingly different from anywhere else I’d heard of.

I’d been told it’s the prime time to visit Myanmar as it’s one of the few countries in Southeast Asia that isn’t teeming with tourists and fast food outlets. Being the curious little explorer that I am, I sure didn’t want to miss out.

I toyed with the idea of visiting Myanmar for a while. It wasn’t originally part of my trip, so my time there would be limited. Alternatively, I’d have to sacrifice plans in other parts of Southeast Asia.

Additionally, the friends I were travelling with weren’t willing to pay for the extra visa costs and flights to get there. One downfall of the country being so uninterrupted by tourists meant that it would likely be harder to meet other backpackers.

But when did that stop me? With good timing, I made a plan to go with someone I had met back in Laos, and we decided to voyage Myanmar for two weeks. I usually spend around three to four weeks in each country in Southeast Asia, so I knew it would be challenging to see everything I wanted in two weeks. Here’s how we crammed it all in.


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Mui Ne White sand dunes

Photo post: Vietnam compared to other countries

I’m not sure exactly what I had expected before visiting Vietnam on a one-month tourist visa. Clichéd visions of beaming locals donning rice paddy hats and the stunning limestone islands of Halong bay sprung to mind perhaps. All I really knew was that I had heard many great things about the country and it had rapidly risen to the top of my list of countries to visit in South East Asia.

What I was not expecting was just how different parts of the country looked from one another, and how often I felt like I wasn’t even in Vietnam at all! So I thought it might be quite fun to do a little comparison photo blog post likening some of the different countries I felt Vietnam bore some similarity to.


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Bats in Battambang

30 Million bats in Battambang, Cambodia?

Battambang, a city a couple of hours’ drive away from Siem Reap is a spot that is often left out from a typical traveller’s itinerary of Cambodia, overshadowed by the spotlight of the temples of Angkor and the bustle of Phnom Penh. However, after reading up about it in my trusty lonely planet guide, I was pretty keen to at least spend one full day there to explore the town’s surroundings.

We hired a tuk-tuk driver for the day (only $18 between 6 of us!) and we did indeed have a great day out. There was certainly lots to do. We spent the day journeying on a bamboo train, exploring various different temples, wandering through a vineyard and visiting a former interrogation centre and ‘killing caves’. These were used by the Khmer Rouge back in the 70s and although it was sad to see and learn about, it was also very interesting.

But it was something else that really for the first time during our trip honestly left me open-mouthed. Bats leaving their cave for the night. Literally millions and millions of them!


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