Tag: South East Asia

  • That time I thought I was getting kidnapped…

    That time I thought I was getting kidnapped…

    This is one of those stories I like to bring out over a beer or something with friends. It’s one of the scariest experiences I’ve had while travelling – and looking back at it now, it’s pretty funny. It was one of those times when everything lined up in just the wrong way. Let me […]

  • On top of the world! Climbing Mt Kinabalu

    On top of the world! Climbing Mt Kinabalu

      Have you ever seen a picture or heard a story and thought, “I have to do that!”, without really knowing what you’re getting yourself into? My Lonely Plant guide to South East Asia lists climbing Mt Kinabalu as one of the top experiences in the region. The phrase is something like, “forget about the […]

  • Myanmar’s fairytale castle – exploring the monastery on Mt Popa

    Myanmar’s fairytale castle – exploring the monastery on Mt Popa

    Yes, I did take that photo. Yes, it really does look like that. Golden spires sweeping elegantly towards the sky from a sheer rocky outcrop on the side of a volcano, accessed by a 777 step covered walkway. This is Taung Kalat Monastery, situated under the imposing shadow of Mt Popa just a 50km drive […]

  • That time I visited a floating market

    That time I visited a floating market

    It’s a tourist cliché that features on the front cover of at least 50% of guidebooks and brochures for South East Asia – the Floating Market. But you know what? There’s good reason – floating markets are cool. There’s just something so wonderful about taking the retail experience to water. The floating market I went […]