Month: October 2017

Turn Down for Wat: a Quick Tour of Bangkok

Turn Down for Wat: a Quick Tour of Bangkok

In Bangkok, there’s three things you can’t escape: temples, markets, and aggressive lady boys. Cue the Sesame Street ditty: “one of these things is not like-the-others…” The music stops: now, can you guess the odd one out? I spent a few days in the capital and tried to find out. In Thai, the term ‘wat’ …

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Don’t Visit KL

Don’t Visit KL

Visiting KL feels like travelling backwards on a train – mildly nauseating and you’re glad when it’s over. It doesn’t feel natural for humans. In KL the busses are on time, and the towers are tall. The food is cheap and the taxis are metered. They’ve got gardens, museums, markets, and malls – but something’s …

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Tinder While Travelling

Tinder While Travelling

It was the morning of my departure. T-minus 4hrs and counting. My mood was anxious, my mood was foreign. I strained for indifference. Ubering to the airport, the driver asked: “International eh, headed far?”, “Nah mate. Just Singapore”. Good boy, play it down, lest he mock your enthusiasm – so worldly are the men who …

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The Travellers Workout

The Travellers Workout

I’ve only been gone a month – so, as of yet, I’ve only lost a few things. In order of descending annoyance, these are: earphones, a sock, and my fear of riding naked in a rickshaw. But there’s one thing I’m losing even as we speak – my rockin’ bod. Yes, it’s tough to keep …

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Bad Karma and the Unluckiest Girl I Know…

Bad Karma and the Unluckiest Girl I Know…

Once, I watched a bloke pull three grand from a poker machine. Fair dinkum. “Drinks on you mate, it’s your lucky day!”. “Fuck off – it’s karma” he snapped. Sporting one thong and fewer teeth – I had no cause to doubt him. So, since then, I’ve honoured his adage. Case in point: this girl …

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Trang and Krabi, Not Too Shabby

Trang and Krabi, Not Too Shabby

Trang and Krabi are strange neighbours – cultural antipodes but fraternal twins. With a short bus ride, you can taste the rainbow of southern Thailand in little more than a long weekend. Trang is a rural centre. There aren’t many tourists, and nothing’s in English – that’s what I liked. It’s a drift through a …

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Koh Lipe and the Opposite of Cynicism

Koh Lipe and the Opposite of Cynicism

What’s the opposite of a cynic? Maybe an optimist? Whatever it is, on Koh Lipe, I found it again. Now, this isn’t my first trip through Thailand. I know the score. It’s a place of acute natural beauty and of smiling sanguine people. Of which both, unfortunately, are being tamed by the tide of tourism. …

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Five Days in Penang

Five Days in Penang

Have you tried an Ice Kachang? It’s weird, but refreshing. Think shaved ice and red beans – with sweet corn, cubes of agar, and coconut milk on top. That’s Penang. It sounds ugly – a Malay island, a British port, worked by Indians, and owned by Chinese. But, like Kachang, it’s refreshing.    Georgetown is a …

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Scalpers Can Suck a Chode

Scalpers Can Suck a Chode

Scalpers: they’re barely human. They add nothing. As a parasite, they suck their life from the misery of others. But, in Surat Thani, I took a stand. Short back story: I love train travel – it’s often a highlight of my trip. There’s something about the rhythmic rocking and the whine of metal. It soothes …

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September Summary

September Summary

In September I shat like a Cossack, but more on that later… It’s been a breathless month. After a slow start I’ve covered some ground – from Indo to Malaysia through Singapore. Next stop Thailand. Leaving Australia, I headed to Singapore. After a quick hit and run I headed for Sumatra – getting scammed in …

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