• Bridge on River Kwai by train

    HELLFIRE PASS: THE LITERAL DEATH RAILWAY

    THE DEATH RAILWAY As we described in our last post about The Bridge on River Kwai, the section of the Burma Railway, aka Death Railway, still in use today goes from Kanchanaburi to Nam Tok terminus, including the most famous views of Bridge on River Kwai and Wampo Viaduct. However, the original Burma Railway used to run further on north of Nam Tok towards Burma (today Myanmar), via a narrow corridor through the jungle that was dug by the WWII Prisoners of War (POW’s) and Southeast Asian labourers (called romusha). Their life conditions here were so harsh that thousands of them lost their lives: it is estimated that over 90,000 Asian…

  • Bali Tegallalang photos

    BALI, INDONESIA – OUR ITINERARY GUIDE

    Bali is becoming a must go destination for most of backpackers traveling around Southeast Asia, apparently everybody easily falls in love with The Island of Gods. We wanted to see what the excitement is all about and guess what… We fell in love too! Bali is much more than a place for partying and enjoying the beach, its deep Hindu culture and stunning inland nature will surely steal your heart. OUR ITINERARY IN BALI We spent 20 unforgettable days in Bali, trying to cover both the mainstream destinations and some quieter areas. So here’s our Bali itinerary guide, ideal for a minimum two week stay (you can omit one of…

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    JAVA, INDONESIA – OUR ITINERARY GUIDE

    For those who want to combine a pure Indonesian experience together with a trip to touristy Bali, nearby Java represents the ideal destination. Covered in green wild nature, the island of Java offers plenty of attractions, above all mesmerizing temples and volcanoes to hike. The large dimensions of the island require a stay of at least 7-10 days for a complete visit. JAVA FROM WEST TO EAST This is our suggested itinerary for a journey throughout Java from West to East (clearly you can follow it both ways). A reliable railway system allows easy transfers between main cities, whilst you need to refer to travel agencies to be taken by private car…

  • Hoi An lanterns by night

    9 AMAZING THINGS TO DO IN HOI AN, VIETNAM

    Considered the most charming and romantic town in Vietnam, Hoi An is one of the most visited places and a must for travelers. Don’t be scared by the amount of tourists in the town centre, there’s much to do also around Hoi An, don’t just stick to the main road! Hoi An is easy to reach and well serviced, especially via Da Nang city just 25 km north. You can fly to Da Nang or get there by train from Hanoi/Hue, and then continue to Hoi An by bus or taxi. Coming from south, there are also direct buses, if you are up for a long long journey. We always…

  • sigiriya pidurangala rock how to go

    SRI LANKA – OUR ITINERARY GUIDE FOR A 2-WEEKS TRIP

    We spent three weeks in Sri Lanka and soon fell in love with this gorgeous country: very backpacker friendly, it’s amazing to travel by train and local bus to get to know their culture. Two major disasters have hit Sri Lanka recently: the civil war between the Tamil rebels and the government forces, especially in the north of the country, ended in 2009; and the devastating tsunami of 2004 that destroyed many villages on the eastern and southern coasts. Sri Lanka has risen again since then, making tourism its n.1 income. As of today, it is still relatively untouched in some areas, but is becoming quickly a top destination for…

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    VIETNAM – OUR 1-MONTH ITINERARY GUIDE

    Having lived for two years in amazing Vietnam, we had the chance to visit several different destinations throughout the country. Since not everyone has the possibility to travel for several months, we’ve created two Vietnam itineraries: one listing the alternative locations for the most adventurers who have more time and are willing to explore secluded areas (this very post you’re reading), and the other featuring traditional spots for shorter trips (you can check out here our 2-week Vietnam itinerary guide). THE MOST AUTHENTIC VIETNAM – ITINERARY If you’re looking for the most authentic experience in Vietnam, this is the itinerary you need! We’ve travelled to all these places (except for Phu…

  • VIETNAM – OUR TWO-WEEK ITINERARY GUIDE

    As those of you who follow us on social media know, we lived for two years in amazing Vietnam. Assuming that not everyone has the possibility to travel for several months, we’ve created two Vietnam guides: one listing the traditional spots for shorter trips (this very post you’re reading), and the other featuring alternative locations for the most adventurers willing to explore secluded areas (you can check out here our 1-month itinerary guide to Vietnam). THE HIGHLIGHTS OF VIETNAM       This is the perfect itinerary for a 2-week trip to Vietnam. Travelling to these places will allow you to have an insight of the Vietnamese culture, history and…

  • tuk tuk at baiyoke tower bangkok

    THAILAND – OUR ITINERARY GUIDE FOR A 15-20 DAYS TRIP

    Thailand has it all, from tropical beaches in the south to charming mountains in the north, from crazy railways to ancient tribe villages and elephant sanctuaries. It is a huge country and places to see are countless, here we try to list the most important ones. Thailand was our first country in Southeast Asia we stepped in, as many first time goers we landed in Bangkok. Describing this city would need more than 1,000 adjectives, and same goes for the country as well. Let’s just stick to the popular tag to keep it simple: “The land of smiles”!   WHERE&HOW TO GO AROUND THAILAND You’ll need at least 15-20 days…

  • what to do&see in DaNang

    TOP 10 MUST SEE PLACES IN DANANG, VIETNAM

    DaNang is fastly becoming the perfect half way spot between the Northern capital Hanoi and the opposite far end Ho Chi Minh. DaNang International Airport is well linked to the two main Vietnamese cities with everyday flights, and is currently developing its International destinations, that now include direct flights from Hong-Kong, Tokyo, Singapore, Shanghai, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur. Da Nang train station is linked to the reunification line that connects Vietnam from North to South, and buses travel to and from all the main cities. The Da Nang-Hue train route is one of the most scenic of the country, you can read more about it in our dedicated post. HERE’S WHAT TO…

  • TRAVEL ITINERARY

    Here is our travel itinerary for about the first 15 -20 days. As told before, we are beginning our journey in Thailand, going eastwards to Vietnam which will be the main event of this adventure. We are landing in Bangkok on the morning of 26th January, and we are staying in the capital city of Thailand for just 2 nights, after which we will be heading towards the border with Cambodia. On 28th we will already be in Siem Reap, Cambodia, that will be our base for 3 days in order to visit the majestic ruines of Angkor Wat. We will then be going south through the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh,…