Tour review: Cape Peninsula day tour from Cape Town

During my trip to Cape Town, the two day trips I had planned were for Robben Island and the Cape Peninsula. I had always assumed that Cape Town was at the very bottom of Africa at the Cape of Good Hope, but the cape is about 90km further south. Close enough to the bottom if […]

Motorbike taxi comparison in Saigon (Xe Om, UberMOTO, GrabBike)

Ho Chi Minh City is famous for its motorbike traffic, which is not exactly what cites want to be famous for. For new visitors the swarms of motorbikes is one of the most noticeable features upon arrival. Once you get over the initial shock you will see that the bikes aren’t going too fast, drivers […]

1 month Eurail Global Pass review – How I visited 57 cities in 31 days

If you want to see as much of Europe as you can in one visit then a Eurail Global Pass is the ideal way to do it. What is the Eurail Global Pass? The Eurail Global Pass covers train travel across 28 countries in Europe with varying days of validity. Passes range from 5 days […]

Visiting the former apartheid prison of Robben Island

Cape Town has a range of museums and memorials remembering the era of apartheid. The most well-known symbol of apartheid is Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison. Robben Island is about 7km off the coast of Cape Town at its closest point, and it has served as a […]

A list of the best cafes in Cape Town

On my trip to South Africa I spent two weeks in Cape Town which gave me enough time to visit the best cafes in Cape Town without getting over-caffeinated. I didn’t know what to expect so I was happily surprised to find a burgeoning cafe scene here. I was also surprised that there were no […]

Notes on Cape Town

Cape Town is a place I have been wanting to visit for years. I’ve read Cape Town as being described as a cross between San Fransisco and Sydney, and a few long-term travellers I know have called it their favourite city in the world. With such endorsements I was curious to see what it is […]

Lake St. Lucia – home to the largest hippo population in South Africa

When it comes to the big animals of Africa the hippopotamus lives in the shadow of the Big Five: African lion, African elephant, cape buffalo, African leopard, and rhinoceros. The term “Big Five” was coined by game hunters for being the five most difficult animals to hunt on foot. It has since become a check-list […]

New Country Day: South Africa

Country: South Africa Date: 29 April 2016 New Country Day is the tag I use to keep track of countries I visit for the first time. My last new country was Nambia in March, 2015. It’s been over a year since I’ve visited a new country which reflects how much my travels have slowed down. […]

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 […]

Visiting the aircraft graveyard of Bangkok

In an unassuming suburb of Bangkok is an empty lot that has become small airplane graveyard. I have been meaning to visit this site on my last few visits to Bangkok and I finally got my chance when a friend organised a trip. The highlight of the this aircraft boneyard is a 747 which is […]