Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth (Penang) with the ETS – the fastest train in Southeast Asia

In 2015 the electrification of the train line between Kuala Lumpur and Butterworth was completed. On this modernised track the ETS (Electric Train Service) reaches a speed of 160kmh. The ETS is the fastest intercity train in Southeast Asia, and is tied at equal first with two airport trains (Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur). The Bangkok […]





Ko Phayam Travel Guide – “like Pai, with a beach”

Travel Guides > Thailand > Ko Phayam Travel Guide On my quest to visit some new islands in Thailand I ended up at Ko Phayam; an island in the Andaman Sea in Ranong province, close to Myanmar. The most distinguishing feature of the island is that it is car-free. Apart from some tractors the only […]





Hostel Review: Backpackers BCN Casanova, Barcelona – Spain

Hostel Name: Backpackers BCN Casanova Address: c/Casanova, 52, Eixample, Barcelona, Spain I stayed at the Backpackers BCN Casanova in Barcelona, Spain. I booked online and it workout at $17.74 USD per night. There is also a local tax of .75 Euro per night which is paid upon arrival. The hostel is located in a nice […]





Flight Review: Vueling – Manchester to Barcelona

Flight: Vueling VY 8749 From: Manchester (MAN) To: Barcelona (BCN) I flew with Vueling from Manchester to Barcelona. In selecting who to fly with I compared flights via Skyscanner.com. There were some flights around the same price range with easyJet and Ryanair, and in the end I went with Vueling because I had never flown […]





Hostel Review: Hatters Manchester, Manchester – UK

Hostel Name: Hatters Manchester Address: 50 Newton Street, Manchester, M1 2EA, United Kingdom I stayed at Hatters Manchester hostel in Manchester. I booked online 16.50 GBP ($23 USD) and booked it for its location, which is an easy walk from Manchester Piccadilly train station. The hostel occupies a grand old warehouse building that stands alone […]





Accommodation Review: Arena House Liverpool

Accommodation Name: Arena House Liverpool Address: 82-84 Duke Street, Liverpool, L1 5AA, United Kingdom. I stayed at Arena House Liverpool and I booked online at the rate of £25.20 per night ($36 USD) for a single room. Coincidentally that was exactly the same amount I paid the night before for an 8-bed dorm in London. […]





Hostel Review: Equity Point London Hostel, London – UK

Hostel Name: Equity Point London Hostel Address: 100-102 Westbourne Terrace, Hyde Park, London, W2 6QE, United Kingdom. I stayed at the Equity Point Hostel in London. I booked online at £25.20 per night ($36 USD). I had stayed here a few years ago and remembered it to be a decent hostel (by London’s standards) so […]





Flight Review: Singapore Airlines: Premium Economy – Singapore to London Heathrow

Flight: Singapore Airlines SQ 322 From: Singapore (SIN) To: London Heathrow (LHR) Class: Premium Economy This is my review of Premium Economy Class on Singapore Airlines from Singapore to London. My flight was provided by Singapore Airlines to review their inaugural premium economy flight from London Heathrow to Singapore in 2015. This was the return […]





Hotel Review: Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore

Hotel Name: Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore Address: 277 Orchard Road, Singapore I stayed at the Hotel Jen Orchardgateway in Singapore. I was a guest of the hotel who provided a nights stay to be reviewed. Hotel Jen may not a familiar brand yet but they do come from an established hotel name. Hotel Jen is […]





Flight Review: Tigerair – Penang to Singapore

Flight: Tigerair TR 2429 From: Penang (PEN) To: Singapore (SIN) I flew with Tigerair from Penang to Singapore. I compared airfares online via Skyscanner. There are four airlines that serve Penang and Singapore; AirAsia, Tigerair, Jetstar, and Silkair. Tigerair and AirAsia were the cheapest options and I went with Tigerair mainly because my last two […]