Thoughts

Palm oil – how it’s harming Orangutans

When my plane started descending towards Kuala Lumpur International Airport, I remember thinking how green Malaysia looked from the air. I could see rows and rows of trees planted in straight lines and I thought it was nice to see such a green landscape. What I didn’t realise at the time was that I was…… Continue reading Palm oil – how it’s harming Orangutans

Advice · Travel

How to enjoy Singapore on a budget

Singapore is a glamorous city state full of skyscrapers, impressive hotels and elaborate shopping malls, so it has a reputation for being an expensive place to visit. But backpackers shouldn’t be put off from spending a few days here. I visited after a month in Malaysia and before heading to Australia. It’s a great place…… Continue reading How to enjoy Singapore on a budget

Advice

Tips for travelling in Malaysia

1. Visa requirements. I’m from the UK and I could get my visa on arrival in Malaysia. There will be varying entry requirements for citizens of different countries, so do lots of research in advance and find out what you need to do. 2. Vaccinations and malaria. You can search for malaria maps online to check the areas you’re…… Continue reading Tips for travelling in Malaysia

Advice

Tips for travelling in Laos

1. Visa requirements. I’m from the UK and I could get my visa on arrival in Laos. There will be different entry requirements for citizens of different countries, so do lots of research well in advance and find out what you need to do. 2. Vaccinations and malaria. You can search for malaria maps online to check the areas…… Continue reading Tips for travelling in Laos

Advice · Thoughts

Elephant tourism – is it ever OK?

Who doesn’t love elephants? These gentle giants are known for their intelligence, long memory span, close family bonds and playfulness. For many tourists, elephants are one of the greatest draws of travel to South-East Asia where you can pay to interact with them in a number of ways. And who wouldn’t want to get close…… Continue reading Elephant tourism – is it ever OK?