Asia Travel Tips

Tips for Safe Taxi Rides in Vietnam

Here are our tips from our recent experience with the taxi’s in Vietnam. 1. Vinasun was okay. Mai Linh was dishonest to us in Danang so we avoided it altogether. 2. Bring a smartphone with GPS (there’s free GPS in Vietnam–no need for wifi). Research directions of where you want to go prior to getting

Bargaining Tips in Vietnam

Bargain is not common in some countries, but in Vietnam it really is. In Vietnam, bargaining is always worthwhile. Yet, it is not always due to the fact that the local have a great deal of time and very little money. Bargaining is part of Vietnamese culture as through bargaining people communicate with others, create

Saigon Motorbike Taxi Tips

When I am in need of a ride, the quickest, and my favourite, way to get around Saigon is by using one of the many motorbike taxis, or xe oms. Drivers can be found on nearly every Saigon street corner sitting, or laying, on their bike. Catching a xe om, especially during rush hour, will

How To Avoid Taxi Scam In Bali

What this scam is about: Monopoly, no taxi meters, longer routes, no change and extra charges. These are some to look out for when going for a taxi in Bali. Ngurah Rai International Airport has its own ‘official’ taxi service, run by the Ngurah Rai Taxi cooperative, which controls a monopoly of the taxis at

How to Go Diving in Bali, Indonesia

Renowned for its beautiful beaches, lovely tropical scenery and exotic culture, Bali is also a top international diving destination. Scuba Diving magazine once described it as “the storied, idyllic gateway to an undersea Eden.” Well-connected to the rest of the world through Denpasar’s international airport, Bali is relatively easy to get to, but scuba diving

Laos Travel Guide

First and foremost, despite the challenges you may have heard or read about the region, we are here to ensure your Laos trip goes not only smoothly, but is one of the most remarkable you’ve ever had. For us, your trip preparation begins well before you depart with careful planning and arrangements. On your part,

Travel Tips for Seoul, South Korea

South Korea‘s capital city, Seoul, is a city where green parks, mountains and ancient temples break up the concrete landscape of skyscrapers. Traditional social etiquette is alive and well, even as fashionable, tech-savvy Seoulites lead the world into the future. Amidst this East-meets-West gallery of seeming contradictions, if you travel to Seoul, know what to

5 Tips to Ride a Tuk-Tuk in Bangkok

Tuk-tuk or ‘sam lor’ (three-wheeled) used to be everyone’s favourite way of getting around Bangkok before the BTS, MRT and colourful taxis took over. Originating from an old-fashioned rickshaw during the second World War, a tuk-tuk is essentially a rickshaw with a small engine fitted in. Tuk-tuks have become one of Bangkok’s most recognisable transportation features,

Volunteer Vacations in Asia

Options for volunteer vacations throughout Asia are vast, in terms of both location and array of experiences. You can volunteer on a vacation in many Asian countries, including Thailand, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore and China. Volunteer experiences may include teaching orphans and other children, teaching English, providing general care for children and helping with

Camping Traditions in Malaysia

The rolling hills, rain forests and diverse ecosystems of Malaysia beckon to the most intrepid visitors and entice them to get out of the hotels and onto the land. Many tourists heed the call and embark on a camping adventure through the rain forests of Malaysia, where they can learn about local camping traditions. Sarawak,