Visiting the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai

The image of the elephant is ubiquitous throughout Thailand, emblazoned on the labels of the local beer and the popular elephant-print harem pants worn by nomadic travellers. However, far from being revered as a cultural icon and the official animal of Thailand, elephants are commonly seen and used as a financial means. Once abundant in

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Discovering street art in Phnom Penh: Street 93

Phnom Penh’s Beoung Kak neighbourhood is as colourful as its history. Once a popular backpacker’s oasis, the area around Beoung Kak Lake, or Lakeside, heaved with party-hard gypsies and drifters—it was a psychedelic (and drug-fuelled) haven for misfits and deviants. The lake is now a distant memory, completely filled in as a result of development

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Finding my ‘Moby’ moment

Greetings from Phnom Penh! I have to admit, I wasn’t even sure that I would make it into Cambodia given that when I arrived at Perth International Airport, the lady at the check-in counter said that I couldn’t travel on a one-way ticket without proof of onward travel. I immediately panicked thinking that my sojourn was already

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The next 6 months

It’s time again for another life musing! Maaah favourite. I’ve been hinting at new adventures, so here it is: I’ll be spending the next 6 months in Phnom Penh, Cambodia! You might remember that my first visit to the city to visit my brother at the end of last year left me enamoured, and I

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The best banh mi in Hoi An

If you’re heading to Hoi An in Vietnam, it’s pretty much guaranteed that at some point, someone will direct you to Banh Mi  Phuong—arguably the best banh mi in Hoi An. Banh Mi Phuong solidified its reputation when Anthony Bourdain, acclaimed chef and author, declared that Phuong’s banh mi was the best in the world. So you can understand why visiting Banh Mi Phuong

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Confessions of a travel snob

We all know someone who fits the profile of a travel snob. You know, the person who constantly talks about the time they lived in a yurt in Mongolia for a year under the tutelage of a Bedouin monk. Or the person whose eyes glaze over when you start talking about your recent beach resort

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Tam Thanh Mural Village: Art for a better community

I had no idea about Tam Thanh Mural Village until my father’s friend spoke about his recent trip to a fishing village outside of Hoi An that had mural art. Murals? Art? Why did I not know about this? My interest was instantly piqued and I knew I had to go. Tam Thanh Mural Village is

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My Hanoi street food tour with Urban Adventures

It is safe to say that my stomach naturally craves Vietnamese cuisine thanks to my Vietnamese background and growing up with my mother’s cooking, so spending 2 weeks in Vietnam was akin to entering foodie heaven. Although familiar with Southern and Central Vietnamese cooking, I wanted to­ acquaint myself with Northern Vietnamese food—enter the Urban Adventures Hanoi Street Food by Night Tour. It

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Stay: Phong Nha Farmstay in north-central Vietnam

Phong Nha, a region located in north-central Vietnam, beckoned us with promises of scenic rural landscapes and spectacular caves waiting to be explored. This region has recently seen a surge in tourism and been catapulted into the itineraries of intrepid travellers and keen locals alike due to the ongoing discovery of caves in the Phong

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This is the Vietnam that I know

We are gathered around a table, sitting on low plastic stools; the table is heaving with plates of seafood, noodles and rice stacked on top of one another that are constantly being replenished. There is a hum of activity, the air frequently punctuated with joyful bouts of laughter from the adults and playful shrieks from the

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Curated by Cammi: Happy 1-year anniversary to me!

I am sitting on the verandah of the Phong Nha homestay, with a view of the rice fields and mountains looming under a cloud of haze in the near distance. This has been my home for the last two days. It has been exactly a year since the first post on Curated by Cammi went

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