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How to get to Sapa, Vietnam

[caption id="attachment_2473" align="aligncenter" width="500"] All ready to board our overnight train to Sapa![/caption]   A 9-hr train ride from Hanoi, the journey to Sapa is an adventure itself. There are so many private operators for this route that I got confused trying to book my tickets online...

Fansipan summit

Hiking Mount Fansipan

Fansipan is the highest peak in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, hence earning itself the romantic title 'Roof of IndoChina'. So when we went to Sapa this April, it topped our list of things to do (pun unintended haha).   In general, there is not much info online on...

Top Things to Do in Penang

Dating a native Penangite for the past 7 years meant I had plenty of chances to visit this charming island, just off the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Even so, I've never grown tired of going back. Penang is a delightful mix of history, culture,...

How To Climb Mount K with RM500

Climbing Mount Kinabalu has always been in my list. In Feb 2015, the opportunity came up when I was in Sabah for a business trip. Since I was going solo, I wanted a no-frills trip – get in, get up, get out. A check on...

Land of the Gentle Giants: Elephants and Whales

Blue whales – the big reason why we decided on going to Sri Lanka in the first place. It was the start of whale-watching season (Dec to Apr), when the leviathans cross the southern tip of the island and migrate to the warmer waters of...

Lost in Ella Rock

[caption id="attachment_1254" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] View of Ella Gap from our guesthouse[/caption] Unlike our last two well-marked routes at Adam’s Peak and Horton Plains, the hike up Ella Rock was extra special in its own unguided, haphazard way. Following the vague directions from our friendly innkeeper, we...