The scenic train journey to Ella

With the shrill sound of a whistle, the train slowly pulled away from the platform at Kandy Train Station. Bright blue in colour, the train travelled slowly along the train tracks, passing Sri Lankan houses and side streets before the terrain opened up to coconut trees and green fields. The sound of vendors filled the…

Street food and art in Malaysia’s north

Bleary eyed, my bus pulled into Butterworth Bus Station at 2am. What was meant to be a five hour journey to Malaysia’s north had turned into nearly 10 hours as I had unwittingly arrived into Malaysia on a long weekend. It seemed every Malaysian had decided to head up to Penang that Saturday night and…

A bird’s eye view of the Himalayan Mountains

My alarm sang out at 5am heralding the day’s early start. I dressed quickly and headed down to the hotel lobby with seven others, piled into a minibus and off we headed for the airport. It was still dark outside and the usually chaotic streets of Kathmandu were empty. It felt weird to be driving…

Discover nature’s beauty in Laos

Before I ventured into Laos, the country conjured up images of mountains, bright green fields, elephants and breathtaking waterfalls. My expectations were realised when I arrived in the northern town of Luang Prabang – a quiet town bordered by lush tree covered mountains and two rivers, including the imposing Mekong. Luang Prabang has plenty of…

48 Hours in Kathmandu

Before you set off on your trekking adventure, make sure you discover the wonders of Kathmandu from the temples to the food to the bustling Thamel area.