Guesthouse Review: Golden Mango – Siem Reap, Cambodia

By | May 12th, 2013|hostelbookers, Reviews|

Grab your sick buckets now because I warn you, this might get a wee bit mushy as my love for the Golden Mango knows no bounds.  I am about to heap praise on one of the best guesthouses I've ever had the pleasure of staying at.  I think I am in love! The Golden Mango [...]

Hostel Review: Footprints – Otres Beach, Cambodia

By | May 11th, 2013|hostelbookers, Reviews|

Located on Otres 2 in Sihanoukville, the Footprints hostel is a place to base yourself for a few days of doing very little.  Rigid with fear after a harrowing 4 hour bus journey (that should have taken 6 hours) from Phnom Penh, my girlfriend and I were finally able relax once we had arrived at this beach [...]

Hotel Review: Villa Merry Lao III, Luang Prabang

By | May 10th, 2013|hostelbookers, Reviews|

Its safe to say that our stay in Luang Prabang didn't get off to the best of starts.  Fresh off the bus from Vang Vieng, we were almost immediately introduced to Songkran as a huge gush of water flew into our tuk tuk and destroyed our map.  We then contrived to walk 2km in the wrong direction in search of our [...]

Guesthouse Review: Chaleun Garden, Vang Vieng

By | May 10th, 2013|hostelbookers, Reviews|

Blink and we might have missed it, but blink we did not and lurking between two restaurants showing endless re-runs of Friends we found the Chaleun Garden Guesthouse, a budget travelers dream. Staying at Chaleun Garden Basic but not without a small amount of charm, the Chaleun Garden Guesthouse was to be our base for 3 fun packed nights in Vang [...]

Hostel Review: Vientiane Backpackers Hostel, Laos

By | May 8th, 2013|hostelbookers, Reviews|

After 12 hour flight, a 16 hour overnight train and a slightly backwards border crossing it was  nice (understatement) to finally reach the first hostel of our 3 week SE Asia tour - Vientiane Backpackers. Vientiane Backpackers Hostel is bright and vibrant.  Make you way through/over the mountain of flip flops that swamp the front step and [...]

Ultra Flashpacking at The Bougainvillier Hotel, Phnom Penh

By | May 3rd, 2013|Cambodia, Reviews|

So this is how the other half live, I get it now, The Bougainvillier Hotel - WOW! I raise my head from my big fluffy pillow and cast and ear out ... nope, no bag rustlers here, just silence, and silence is bliss! Whilst I love the backpacker lifestyle, there's nothing wrong with treating yourself [...]

Staying warm and dry in Iceland with Jack Wolfskin

By | March 26th, 2013|Jack Wolfskin, Reviews|

Being spontaneous with travel is fun, no doubt about it.  Booking a last minute trip, slinging a few clothes in a backpack and worrying about whether you have packed the right items later down the line can be awesome.  But when it comes to temperatures below zero my thoughts are that its a little less [...]

Luggage Review – The Karrimor Global Equator 40 Wheeled Travel Case

By | August 22nd, 2012|Reviews, Travel Tech|

I dont fancy a wheely case much, just give me a backpack and i'm off.  The same cant be said for the mrs though, she loves a wheely case. Whether it be a 2 or 4 wheeler she can always be found causing havoc with her case whilst inevitably late and running for the departure [...]

Book Review – Inter Rail by Alessandro Gallenzi

By | August 2nd, 2012|Books, Reviews|

Traveling Europe by train with my friends is one of my fondest travel memories.  Inter Railing through Germany, Austria, Hungary and the Czech Rep led me on many an adventure and a year or two later a train trip through Poland also provided me with an ... erm ... experience. Inter Rail by Alessandro [...]