Backpacker Boat Trip From Lombok To Flores   In all honesty, we were very lukewarm about taking the 4day/3night boat trip from Lombok to Flores. We’d read the nightmarish reports of boats sinking in rough seas, cramped onboard conditions and not enough food to go around. The experience seemed like it might turn into, Read More

Haputale: Authentic Sri Lanka Hill Town   We’re not big tea drinkers, but seeing as how Sri Lanka’s Central Highlands produce some of the world’s most highly sought after tea leaves, we made plans to visit the iconic Dambetenne Tea Plantation.

The Poorman’s Guide To Visiting Sigiriya, Sri Lanka   An early morning climb up Sri Lanka’s Pidurangala Rock truly is one of the island’s hidden secrets.  We began our walk under a sky salted with stars and summited Piduranangala’s bald dome as the false dawn polished the stone with soft shadows.  The ascending orange, Read More

Sri Lanka’s Best Beach Towns   The southwest coast of Sri Lanka has long been a favorite for beach bum travelers.  Our January arrival was serendipitous, coinciding with the southwest’s December through April surf season. The entire coastline is scattered with white, sandy beaches and romantic coconut palms rounding out the scenery. We scored, Read More

EBC Trekking: Altitude Sickness and Other Annoyances   The Everest region is full of dangers. The risks faced by mountaineers during summit attempts are well-known and a huge debate rages over the safety of Everest climbers with so many expedition teams on the mountain.

Surfing Sri Lanka   Sri Lanka has all the necessary ingredients for a world-class surf trip. Clear tropical water, coconut palm lined beaches, and a scattering of surf breaks ranging from sandy bottom beach breaks to fast-peeling shallow reefs. During two weeks on the coast, we can definitely say that Sri Lanka’s surf lived, Read More

 How Much To Trek Everest Base Camp/Gokyo Lakes   Trekking in Nepal’s Himalayas is one experience that had been sitting on our bucket list for a long time. Finally, getting the chance to walk among the highest peaks on the planet, we can honestly say it has been one of the top hiking journeys, Read More

 An Introduction To Tea Plantation Trekking   The once remote outpost of Ella in Sri Lanka’s hill country has become the unofficial backpacker capital of the tea plantation belt stretching across the island’s highlands.   Journeying aboard the rustic Sri Lankan Railways is part of the thrill. The winding track to Ella from Kandy is, Read More

The Women With Spiderweb Face Tattoos   When we booked our 20-hour bus from Mandalay to Mrauk U in Rakhine State, we had two plans. The first was to explore the temples and ruins of the former Arakan Kingdom and the second was to make a day-trip to the Chin villages along the Lemro, Read More

  Southern Thailand’s Hidden Sanctuary   Most travelers go to southern Thailand have one thing on their mind…the beach. Who can blame them. Nearing the end of two months in southern Thailand, we were clued in to the existence of Cheow Lan Lake, an enormous man-made reservoir in Khao Sok National Park where sleeping, Read More