Best and Worst Travel of Asia 2013

Tommo Fun

12 countries, hundreds of towns and cities and well over 40,000KM covered – 2013 has been quite a year for travel! (Click here to see our full route and where we have been this year). But, if we were to do it all again, where would we long to go back to and where would we give a miss? There are so many lists of “Best places to visit” but we …

Thingyan (Myanmar) vs Songkran. Which one should you go to? (w/ Video)

Tommo Booze, Fun, Video Blogs

The Buddhist new year celebrations of Songkran (Thailand) and Thingyan 2014 (Burma) are on their way! These massive water fights run for 4 days from 13th April to 16th April and are some of the most fun you’ll have in your life! But which one is best? In 2013 we decided to experience the water festivals in BOTH of the two best countries to do so – Myanmar (Formerly Burma) and …

Phare - Cambodia Circus

The Best Attraction (You didn’t know about) in Siem Reap, Cambodia?

Megsy Fun

The Must See Attraction in Siem Reap (other than that famous temple complex…what was it called again?) is not what you might expect. Amazingly, on trip advisor this is the first “non-temple” on the list of best attractions and even beats Angkor Wat in the ratings! Come One Come All to Phare – The Cambodia Circus!!! Phare is an Arts program based in Battambang offering disadvantaged children who have come …

5 Kickass things to do in Seoul

Megsy Fun, Travel Tips

FUN-FOR-A-FIVER. Seoul is up there with Hong Kong and Singapore in terms of expensive cities in Asia, but there are still some great things you can do that will cost you less than a fiver! We hung out in Seoul for a couple of weeks to discover the best value for money that can be found in a city deemed “too expensive” by most budget travellers. 1. Visit the Gyeongbokgung …

Couples Travel: Seoul for under $50 a day

Tommo Travel Tips

Seoul is not seen as a budget destination. In fact, it’s one of the most expensive Asian destinations along with Japan and Hong Kong. Still, if you are smart, there are ways to get around Seoul on a backpacker budget. It’s true that South Korea has hit our regular $42 per day for two people budget pretty hard. Although it would be possible to get our daily budget down to …

weird museums - toilet museum seoul

Why a museum about toilets is so much fun… (With VIDEO)

Tommo Travel Freedom Podcast, Video Blogs

FUN FOR A FIVER. This is one of the stranger “museums” we’ve ever been too. Never has one place celebrated toilets and defecation to such an extent. Still, if you are looking for some cheap fun just south of Seoul and don’t get embarrassed talking about poo, this will be an entertaining diversion! Not only is the museum shaped like a giant toilet but the grounds surrounding it are filled …

puppy cafe seoul

Pandemonium at Seoul’s Pet Cafes! (With Video)

Megsy Fun, Video Blogs

In a coffee crazed country like South Korea you can expect to see a coffee shop on almost every corner. In Seoul some stores have decided to add a cute and cuddly twist… Those Crazy Cats! There are quite a few pet cafes to choose from in Seoul. We were actually looking around  for a completely different kitty cafe when we stumbled upon the appropriately named “Cat Cafe” (that was …

How many of China’s historical sites are authentic?

Tommo Fun

When it comes to ancient sites in China, a lot of distressing words get thrown around. “Reconstruction” is probably the most disturbing, especially when you are paying $20 or $30 to gain entry to some of these attractions. However, often in China things are lost in translation and, as we discovered this week, some historic sites are not be as fake as the “Chingrish” descriptions may lead you to believe. …

Urumqi Local Food: Big Chicken (Dapan Ji) & The Grand Bazaar

Megsy Food

Cuisine on the western side of China is actually quite different from the eastern side of the country. With influences from Sichuan and central Asian countries, Xinjiang province offers up some interesting fusion. Hitting Urumqi after spending a month in Mongolia there was only one thing we had on our minds, vegetables and any meat that was not lamb! If you don’t know much about mongolian cuisine, here’s a quick …

The secret Naadam festivals you didn’t know about (Mongolia)

Megsy Fun

We discover that the Naadam you read about in the guide books is only one tiny part of Mongoila’s national sporting heritage. Getting outside of Ulaanbaatar to experience the real, local Naadams at the grass roots level is a unique experience, a world away from the tourist filled stadium of the capital. The Nadaam Festival, or as the locals refer to it  “Eriin Gurvan Naadam”, is an annual event (held …

The Hengshan Hanging Monastery & Yungang Grottoes (Datong)

Tommo Photo Inspiration

The city of Datong is currently a massive building site. This does not make it a desirable tourist destination. Fortunately it is located right in-between two of the best attractions in Northern China. The Hanging Monastery at Hengshan Mountain is over 1,500 years old and defies belief as it hangs on the edge of a sheer rock face. The temple is located some 65km south-east of Datong, you wind through …

Across the North Korea Border and back again!

Tommo Fun

The city of Dandong is China’s main link with North Korea. Aside from being a trade hub it is also a major tourist attraction as it is one of the only places in the world where you can quite easily, briefly cross the border into North Korea. The Yalu river separates China and North Korea. Although crossing into NK properly is actually a rather complicated and expensive process, taking a tourist ferry …