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10 Things to Pack for Thailand

You’ve booked your flights and you’re all set for your trip to Thailand, but what should you be stuffing into your travel backpack? In this post we give you our top 10 packing recommendations for travelling in Thailand. If you want a more extensive list, covering Southeast Asia as a whole, check out our Southeast…Continue reading10 Things to Pack for Thailand

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9 Unmissable Festivals Around the World

1) Mud, Music & Magic – Glastonbury Although this music and folk festival has moved quite a long way from the ethos and intentions of its original concept, Glastonbury – the largest greenfield festival on Earth – is still something everyone should do at least once in their lifetime. For five days every year (with…Continue reading9 Unmissable Festivals Around the World

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10 Things to Do in Bangkok

Packed with millions of people, gridlocked by traffic and scorched by oppressive heat, you might wonder why Bangkok is one of the entire planet’s most visited cities. Quite what especially appeals to each individual varies but there are some elements which ensure it not only keeps travellers coming but continuously tempts back those who have…Continue reading10 Things to Do in Bangkok

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A Guide to Travelling in Thailand

From fantastical temples which glitter in the sun to beaches which instantly satisfy any cravings for palm-fringed paradise, Thailand has all kinds of things which make it a popular destination. Its jungles, ancient ruins, culture, wildlife and landscape place it firmly in the highly exotic category but its amazing tourist infrastructure and wonderfully welcoming people…Continue readingA Guide to Travelling in Thailand

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10 Things to Do in Chiang Mai

An ancient walled city, hundreds of temples, a lively after-dark scene and a famous night bazaar – this and so much more make up what is now Chiang Mai and was once the capital of the great Lanna kingdom. The area surrounding this wonderful city is dotted about with hill tribes, tea, rice and coffee…Continue reading10 Things to Do in Chiang Mai

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11 Reasons to Visit Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia has been a beloved darling of the traveller set for a long while now and for good reason. This tropical set of countries is often presented as the easiest place in the world to begin globe-trotting adventures for complete novices but the truth is it keeps veterans coming back time and time again…Continue reading11 Reasons to Visit Southeast Asia

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Best Destinations for Solo Travellers

With the capacity to empower and cleanse, travelling solo can also be a journey of self-discovery, a huge personal growth curve and otherwise a bundle of fun and adventure. Perhaps once it was true that many who travelled alone did so because it was that or nothing but these days many go solo through choice.…Continue readingBest Destinations for Solo Travellers

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Top 10 Travel Experiences for Animal Lovers

People travel for so many different reasons; for immersion into alluring and strange cultures, for respite, to stray awhile from the well-trodden path or to check out the world’s iconic landmarks – both natural and man-made – such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa or Niagara Falls. There are also many of us whose primary…Continue readingTop 10 Travel Experiences for Animal Lovers

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Travel Packing List: Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is arguably the most popular backpacking destination, so we’ve put together a packing list for our readers. You’ll be aware of the basic things you need to pack, such as your passport, travel documents, currency and photocopies of your passport/important documents, but to ensure you don’t miss any essentials check out what we would pack…Continue readingTravel Packing List: Southeast Asia

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Best Places to Travel in January

For most of us Northern Hemisphere folk, January is a time of dark skies, temperatures which require several layers of clothing and short daylight hours. Little wonder then that we all tend to dream of travel at this time. Generally speaking the best destinations are those which allow you to escape totally the monochrome colours…Continue readingBest Places to Travel in January

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A Guide to Travelling in South East Asia

Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar/Burma, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam – these are the countries which make up the magical and marvellously mixed melting pot known as South East Asia. Acting as an almost irresistible magnet to gap year travellers, these tropical lands are packed with such diverse wonders and sights as majestic mountains;…Continue readingA Guide to Travelling in South East Asia

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All Aboard: A Guide to Sleeper Trains in South East Asia

The imagery of a sleeper train rattling its way through the night, past unseen landscapes cloaked in darkness is such a romantic one it has been used as the setting and backdrop for many an iconic movie (some of them a little scary admittedly). Throw into the mix a location with the exoticness of Indo-China…Continue readingAll Aboard: A Guide to Sleeper Trains in South East Asia

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Top 10 Things to Do in Thailand

1. Wat Rong Khun – The White Temple, Chiang Rai No matter how temple-jaded you get in Thailand – and it will happen – the stunning White Temple will blow you away. This free entry temple, which incorporates orthodox Buddhist teachings along with some very modern and quirky twists, is a cross between a fairytale…Continue readingTop 10 Things to Do in Thailand

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Top 10 Gap Year Destinations for 2015

If you’re in the process of planning a gap year for 2015, you’ll probably already have a few places you’d like to travel to in mind, but we thought we’d put together a list of 10 destinations worth considering for your 2015 gap year itinerary. It was difficult to narrow our list down to just 10…Continue readingTop 10 Gap Year Destinations for 2015

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5 of the Best Volunteer Projects for Animal Lovers

If you’re looking to do something worthwhile during your gap year and gain some valuable work and life experience, taking part in a volunteer project is a great option. There are a wide range of volunteering opportunities out there, from community work and childcare to teaching and medical care. In this week’s blog, we thought we’d focus…Continue reading5 of the Best Volunteer Projects for Animal Lovers

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Travelling Thailand – What to Pack and What to Leave Behind

It is often difficult to know what to load into your backpack when travelling to a destination where the climate and culture are vastly different to your own. It can be tempting to ram all kinds of everything in ‘just in case’. What if I can’t get proper toothpaste there? What about insect repellent/sun protection/first…Continue readingTravelling Thailand – What to Pack and What to Leave Behind

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Thailand – a Real Guide to the Culture

Most guide books on Thailand seem to have a section on culture or how to behave. However, many of these guides seem to be lacking somewhat on the personal experience front, instead relying on a set of generic rules which doesn’t always directly translate. Almost always Thai people will make some allowance for Westerners and…Continue readingThailand – a Real Guide to the Culture

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Thailand Backpacker Highlights

If I had to use one phrase to describe backpacking in Thailand it would be this – very, very easy. Much of South East Asia can feel like hard work and although you may emerge having proudly earned your hardcore backpacker badge, you are also left feeling drained emotionally and physically. Thailand isn’t like that.…Continue readingThailand Backpacker Highlights