The Bondi to Coogee coastal walk had been high on my list of things to do in Sydney and until last weekend I couldn’t believe I still hadn’t got round to it. During my usual search for weekend activities, I came across Sculpture By The Sea, a free public exhibition that runs along the coastal walk from Bondi to Tamarama beach, before you reach Coogee. The forecast was promising warm and sunny spells so our Sunday plans were sorted.… Read more
The Perhentian Islands were top of my list when I knew that we were travelling through Malaysia to fly out of Singapore. Apparently these tiny paradise islands are well known on the backpacker trail but I’d only heard of them from an old work colleague, otherwise I might have skipped over the tiny section in the Rough Guide.
Despite its popularity, we didn’t run into any other backpackers heading that way or who had been. So I’m very glad I was sold before leaving the UK.
Think pristine, picture-perfect white sand beaches, turquoise waters, ramshackle huts, fire shows, shisha pipes, impeccable snorkelling and diving conditions plus everything cheap as chips… The ultimate backpacker paradise!… Read more
Adam and I left planning our 2 week visit to Bali very last minute. After a couple of rushed visits to Malaysia and Singapore on route, we knew we just wanted to take it easy but we also couldn’t ignore that fact it offers some of the best surfing conditions in the world. A quick bit of research on beginners’ surfing in Bali told us that the Kuta area, including Seminyak or Legian were good spots.
The beach town of Kuta in Southern Bali is 20 mins from the airport so not surprisingly one of the most popular resort towns in Bali. Our flight was arriving late evening so we chose to stay a couple of nights around Kuta first, get in some surfing and then head for Ubud.… Read more
When Adam and I made our way to Cambodia we knew we wanted to make it to some of the notorious chilled out beaches.
We arrived in Phnom Penh and got straight to visiting the Killing Fields and S21 museum. (Both are must dos and as you would imagine, make for an emotional and eye opening experience). There wasn’t a lot else going on for us in the city of Phnom Penh itself so we were looking forward to heading down to the beaches around Sihanoukville, mainly Otres beach, which I’d heard and read so much about.
Our friend, Karolina, was down there and warned us that it was extremely quiet. As a very out going solo traveller I thought maybe she might have a different perspective compared to Adam and I! We don’t mind a bit of chill every now and then but as soon as we arrived in Otres I realised that when she said quiet, she really meant quiet!… Read more
Some say that Goa isn’t ‘real’ India. I agree it’s definitely a far cry away from the rest of the country with it’s slow pace of life, chilled out beach vibes, more relaxed attitudes and abundance of tourists.
That being said, reaching Goa from the hectic north or anywhere else that may have overwhelmed the senses can be a breath of fresh air, literally. I know that after a month of Delhi-Agra-Rajasthan-Mumbai I was ready for a bit of chill time on the beach before we continued on our cultural journey.
As I mentioned in my 2 month itinerary, we stopped at Arambol first and then Anjuna. Both ticked off the beach criteria, the former being the most impressive, but I have to say neither were really my scene. So when we made our way down south to the peaceful, little fishing village of Agonda it felt like we’d found paradise.… Read more