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 […]

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 […]

Riding the Bamboo Railway in Battambang – Cambodia

The bamboo railway is a makeshift railway in Cambodia that uses the old single line that runs between Battambang and Phnom Penh. In what was initially a way for goods to be transported has now become a fully-fledged tourist trap attraction. At the time of my visit I only saw foreign passengers on board and […]

Cholon Wanders – Visiting Saigon’s historic Chinatown district

For visitors to Saigon the most popular sites are in a compact area around District 1 and 3. If you have time though I recommend making a visit to Cholon, which is the old Chinatown area, most of which lies in District 5. Cholon used to be a city in itself until it was merged […]

Tra Su Forest, Vietnam

One of the lesser-known attractions of the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam is the Tra Su Forest. The forest is a former plantation that is now a wildlife reserve. There are canals which are flooded (usually between November to March) and there are boats that will take you on tour. The forest is about 20km […]

Cool cafes in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is a major hub for travel in Southeast Asia and is a great city to make a stop-over. While I’ve always enjoyed coming here for the food and to go shopping at familiar stores, the cafe scene has consisted mostly of the big chains (Starbucks, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf et al). The […]