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Speeding to paradise in Cambodia

It’s an unusual thing indeed to find an orderly transport system when backpacking through SE Asia. I had gotten used to showing up to delayed transport services, disorganized companies and just general mishap. I’d experienced overbooked buses in Laos with passengers having to sit on the floor for up to nine hours, to transfers in…

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There’s nothing wrong with Koh Rong

We’ve all seen The Beach and some of us may have even read the book (so much more disturbing!). However, for those who haven’t seen the movie or read Alex Garland’s novel, I’ll share with you the very basics. (I won’t address the plot or major themes it explores so don’t worry about spoilers.) ***…

How to float your boat at Otress Beach

How to float your boat at Otress Beach

I was pruned all over. I struggled to grasp my chopsticks to feed on plain rice; evidently I was still recovering from the stomach bug I caught in Siem Reap. But, even though I was restricted to water and rice, I couldn’t resist a day at Otis Beach with friends, even if it was going…

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How to escape the crowds of Angkor Wat

Mud seeped into my shoes, squishing between my toes. We crept in the dark through a swarm of people, all facing the same direction, towards Angkor Wat. We weaved under elbows and backpacks, and made our way to the front, black skies turned to a light grey; the sun had begun to rise over the…

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Crossing corrupt land borders in SE Asia

Crossing land borders in SE Asia is always a curious endeavour. Google becomes you’re best friend as you search for reviews of service companies, try to determine which borders are opened and what the visa requirements are. Holed up on Don Det, Laos, Cambodia just a stone throw away, the mission to find our way…

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Backpacking | Bonds and Buds

It’s strange how the smallest encounter can affect you greatly. A small Laotian man tells a group of almost strangers to pair up. I’m transported back to my school years: it’s sports class and teams are being picked, but this time instead of calling out names one by one, teams (in this case pairs) are…

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Embracing island life at Don Det Bungalows

To arrive on a small island in the middle of nowhere after an 18 hour journey with no accommodation booked is always daunting. Exhausted, we opted to delay the inevitable and plonked ourselves down at the nearest table in a restaurant shack bridging the “port” – a miniscule stretch where motorized timber canoes pull up…