24 hours in Singapore | Cheap eats at Newton Hawker Centre

I loved what I eventually saw of Singapore. The very short time I spent there left me wanting to see more and I even kept thinking to myself, “yes I could see myself living here”.

Things didn’t exactly start of with a bang though. Adam and I chose to take the night bus so we arrived in Singapore with enough time to check out the city before our flight to Bali the next day.

It turns out the day bus was probably the way to go.

A rough introduction

Perhaps it was an unusual day or perhaps it was the area, but there was nowhere open to sit let alone eat or drink until 11am. And we’d arrived at 5am. We couldn’t check into our hostel until 1pm so we found ourselves wandering the streets trying not to pass out.

Pair that with hostel staff shouting at you for quietly asking to leave your bags with them and it makes for a testing situation and not exactly the best introduction!… Read more

Beginners’ surfing in Kuta, Bali

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.

Kuta

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

Angkor Wat and around | Competing for the best photo spot at sunrise

Seeing Angkor Wat at sunrise is one of the most recommended and popular things to do in Siem Reap, Cambodia. One thing I didn’t realise until it was too late was if you buy your ticket after 5pm the evening before, it’s valid for the next day therefore you can visit at both sunset and sunrise.

Passes to the temple complex are available for 1 day at $20, 3 days at $40 and 7 days at $60. Adam and I were undecided for a while whether to go for the 3 day pass, or the 1 day pass and just focus on the most popular and well known temples.

In the end having done Hampi in India and recently Myson in Vietnam, we agreed we’d had our fix of temple ruins and were happy to go for the 1 day. It was also more agreeable with our budget, though I think 2 or 3 days would have been a perfect amount of time to explore a little further and at a more leisurely pace.… Read more

Koh Rong, Cambodia | Sun, sea and nightlife in low season

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