The train that will transform Nakhon Ratchasima

Nakhon Ratchasima (AKA Korat) is the gateway city to the Isaan region of Thailand. Depending on which list you read, Korat is either the biggest city in Thailand after greater Bangkok, or in the top 5. Either way, it’s about the same size as Chiang Mai. Seeing Korat on the map I couldn’t help but […]

Guesthouse Review: Nuanpranee House Guest House – Chiang Mai

Guesthouse Name: Nuanpranee House Guest House Address: 39/9 Rajapakinai Road, Old City, Chiang Mai, Thailand I stayed at the Nuanpranee House Guest House in Chiang Mai, Thailand. This is in the old city area, which is my preferred area to stay for first-timers to Chiang Mai. The old city has lots of cheap guest houses, […]

The lovely lazy river town of Kampot, Cambodia

I was last in Kampot in 2012 and I was pleased to see it was still the sleepy town I remembered it to be. Outside the old town area the city is being city-like with new construction projects here and there, but nothing compared to what’s going on in Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville. After travelling […]

Guesthouse Review: North Star Guest House – Chiang Mai

Guesthouse Name: North Star Guest House Address: 38 MoonMuang Rd Soi 2, Old City, Chiang Mai, Thailand I stayed at the North Star Guest House in Chiang Mai, Thailand. There are a plethora of guesthouse choices in Chiang Mai, which can sometimes make choosing one hard. In this case I picked this guesthouse for its […]

Flight Review: VietJet Air – Saigon to Chiang Mai on the “Digital Nomad Express”

Flight: VietJet Air VJ 891 From: Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) To: Chiang Mai (CNX) I flew with VietJet Air from Saigon to Chiang Mai. As someone who travels frequently between these two cities I was happy to see when this direct service was announced. They also announced flights to Phuket, so I’m glad there […]

Where I’m At: February, 2018 – Chiang Mai edition

[Where I’m At; a monthly update of what I’ve been up to, site news, and where I’m going next.] Greetings from Chiang Mai! I’m here on a visa run from Vietnam. There is a new direct flight between Saigon and Chiang Mai by Vietjet, so took the opportunity to try it out. It’s a much […]

Diamond Island – The fake Paris of Phnom Penh

I have a soft spot for Phnom Penh as it was the first city I visited in Southeast Asia. The combination of that good memory and it being a little rough around the edges has kept me coming back whenever I can. Every time I come back it’s a little less dustier and a little […]

Best new banks for travellers, expats, and nomads

A guide to new world of banking and finance – direct banks, international transfers, mobile wallets, crypto exchanges, and other online investing platforms I often grumble about the high fees associated with international banking when travelling abroad (especially with Australian banks), so I’ve been looking around at banking alternatives. Changing bank accounts is not something […]

Sihanoukville – The New Macau of Southeast Asia

“Guess how many casinos are in Sihanoukville”, my taxi driver asked as we drove from the train station. “20”, I said with confidence. I had read a news report about it recently and I felt certain with my answer, even though it seemed like a ridiculously high number. “55”, he said. I don’t know if […]

Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville by train

The railway line from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville was reopened for passenger services in 2016 after 14 years of being out of action. I’ve been to Phnom Penh numerous times and I have always admired the old train station, hoping that one day that train services would resume. If you want to ride the only […]