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Every country we visit will have a dark side.  For every beautiful, sunlit temple there will be a dark memorial, a reminder of violence, power struggle or corruption. For every smile we get from the locals, there is a tear being shed behind closed doors. Every scenic beach, filled with ice cream sellers and souvenir hawkers, has its counterpart in a dark, shady side of town where they have to …

[ Written by Annika | 6 Dec 2013 | 7 Comments | ]

We travelettes love a good island. Who doesn’t? That tropical mix of powder-soft sand, turquoise water and never-ending, glorious sunsets washed down with a cooling beverage is surely guaranteed to sound the alarm on even the most insensitive of bliss-ometers. But traveling around South East Asia can require a little bit of extra thought in order to avoid the monsoons and chase down that perfect slice of tropical island pie.

Cue …

[ Written by Alex | 26 Nov 2013 | 3 Comments | ]

Siem Reap might just be my new favourite Asian city. This popular, Cambodian destination is so much more than just the super-convenient, jumping off point for the mighty, Angkor temple complex. Perhaps it’s the eye-pleasing mix of pretty French colonial and Chinese architecture that lends the city its exotic, romantic flavour. Maybe it’s the numerous, winding alleyways begging to be explored that create that heady air of mystery, impossible to …

[ Written by Alex | 9 Nov 2013 | 3 Comments | ]

How do you decide where to go on your next holiday? Is it inspired by a friend’s travel tales, based solely on budget or do you spin a globe with closed eyes, letting fate take you somewhere?
When I told people I wanted to go to Vietnam because I love fresh spring rolls most thought that was good enough reason. When I told some others that I was going because I …

[ Written by Annika | 10 Oct 2013 | 3 Comments | ]

Oh, how we Travelettes love Asia! The sun, the sea, the fashion, the people, the feeling of not knowing what the hell is going on at times and last but certainly not least, the glorious food!
One of the best food experiences of my life coincidentally took place on one my of my favorite Thai islands, Koh Pha Ngan. Smack bang in the main hub and port of the island, the …

[ Written by Alex | 13 Sep 2013 | 3 Comments | ]

When most people think about accommodation in Bangkok, they think about a backpackers on Khaosan Road. After all it was The Beach that put them on the map for most and which girl wouldn’t put up with thin walls and crummy sheets if it increases the chance of finding her personal Richard. However sometimes a girl just wants to feel like a princess, with or without the prince.
At least that’s …

[ Written by Annika | 10 Sep 2013 | One Comment | ]

I just finished a 12 day trip throughout Cambodia and while I know that this is really not enough time to explore a country properly, it did give me a nice, little overview. I experienced a bit of everything – food, temples, jungle, history, beach, city life – and can conclude that Cambodia is simply wonderful and definitely made its place on the must go back one day list. I …

[ Written by Annika | 8 Sep 2013 | 5 Comments | ]

World’s tallest building, largest airport, biggest mall – Dubai is a country that prides itself on its superlatives. Things here don’t get done subtly, it’s either go hard or go home and probably the best way to illustrate that to you are these 2 photographs:

The one on the bottom shows Dubai in 2013, a skyscraper city, a weird Las Vegas of the Orient that is all about shopping, bling and …

[ Written by Katja | 15 Aug 2013 | 11 Comments | ]

Let me tell you about a guy from New York City. He is a singer/songwriter and self-proclaimed hopeless romantic – a species of which there are quite few among the city’s 8 million souls. Like most people, this guy once went through a crazy love story which would drastically change his life. And, like some other inspired artists, this guy used music as an outlet for his emotions. In the end, …

[ Written by guest | 18 Jun 2013 | No Comment | ]

Pho is a traditional Vietnamese dish that can be found all over Vietnam. Super cheap, authentic, fresh, healthy, everything you could ever want while backpacking! Coming from Melbourne and its fantastically diverse cuisine, I had tried the traditional noodle soup dish in the Vietnamese suburb of Richmond. I thought it was pretty good… but going to Vietnam and tasting it fresh at roadside cafes, it blew my mind: “Hi my …

[ Written by Sophie | 27 May 2013 | 4 Comments | ]
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