There are some places that seem to be created by nature, especially for a romantic getaway, one such place is Bali.
While it’s always fun to explore distant landscapes, soak up foreign cultures and immerse yourself in the history of a faraway land, sometimes all you want to do is let your hair down and dance the night away! Here’s our pick of some of the best cities around the world to let your hair down and party!
Why is Bali heaven?! Because you can find everything here. Beaches, mountains, volcanos, spiritual places, clubs, pubs, amazing coffee, good food, surfers, pretty girls and so much more.
With an extensive network covering the majority of the island, wonderfully cheap fares and English language timetables, train travel in Sri Lanka is a breeze. While it’s possible to cover the vast majority of the country by train, there is one route that stands out for its absolutely stunning scenery. So much so, in fact, that the journey from Colombo to Badulla via the backpacker hub of Ella is now a highlight of many people’s time in Sri Lanka!
Looking at the expanse of North Eastern Thailand that lay just across the Mekong, it dawned on us that this was the one region of Thailand we were yet to really explore. It was our final Thai frontier: Isaan. This is a part of Thailand that is often overlooked by both the tourist and backpacking crowds as it has none of the fine sandy beaches for which Thailand is famed. What it does have, however, is an incredible cultural diversity
Sri Lankan food can easily be overlooked. With the hype of Indian cuisine, it’s very common for people to put Sri Lankan dishes under the same name. Having very similar staples, Sri Lanka has adapted its own foodie culture through the influence of surrounding Asian countries. Being it’s own little island, they’ve been able to turn dishes into exotic, flavourful meals that will leave you salivating for more. Here are some of the best Sri Lankan dishes to try when you’re traveling the country, or feel like whipping some up at home.
As the national capital of the Republic of China (or Taiwan, to you and me) Taipei is a vast city and home to over 2.6 million people. Drenched in history and with a rich cultural heritage, it is the textbook modern Asian metropolis where east meets west. Ancient temples nestle in amongst modern skyscrapers; Bustling night markets lurk just blocks away from modern day mega-malls, and world class street-food stalls sit comfortably alongside Michelin starred restaurants. Add to the mix the fact that Taiwan has none of the often-prohibitive visa restrictions of the Chinese mainland, and it’s easy to see why tourism in Taipei is booming.
Lying to the south of Thailand is Malaysia, a country we had visited a couple of times thanks to its useful air connections and the thriving capital of Kuala Lumpur. Culturally, it is a very different beast to Thailand with its strong Islamic influences largely putting a stop to any significantly wild parties. The people are wonderfully friendly and the food simply delicious, and there was no reason that the Malaysian islands would be any less stunning than their northern neighbours. And so it was that we came to spend a number of weeks exploring the idyllic and largely overlooked islands off the Malaysian mainland.