Bastille day Fireworks Paris 2014

Bastille Day Fireworks, Eiffel Tower, Paris

Tommo Photo Inspiration

Every 14th July France celebrates Bastille day. It’s a national independence day. The streets fill with people, especially for the evening fireworks display at the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Getting up close to the Eiffel tower is impossible. The area is cordoned off as herds of onlookers push to find the best viewing spot. Fortunately, we found a good location and got some great photos of the fireworks – enjoy!   Looking …

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Angkor Wat Cambodia: Sunrise ruined by tourism

Megsy Fun

You can probably picture the image in your head right now. The sun rising over an ancient temple complex that was abandoned over 700 years ago. Previously untouched and consumed by the dense jungle surrounding it. The perfect reflection on the lake. The feeling conveyed by promotional material is one of being one of only a few people to have ever witnessed this magnificent event. Sorry to burst your bubble …

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 …

Burma Travel (Myanmar): the Best and Worst from Yangon to Mandalay

Tommo Fun

Burma (Myanmar) is an up and coming destination, since the advent of democracy in 2010 tourism has grown fast and many predict that tourism is set to boom there in the near future. This was certainly evident while we were there. Its been a few months since we left Burma and we often discuss certain things we miss… or never want to experience again! So here is our retrospective guide …

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

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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 …

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. …

The Hengshan Hanging Monastery & Yungang Grottoes (Datong)

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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 …

5 Fun Things To Do In Guangzhou – for less than $5

Megsy Fun

FUN FOR A FIVER: Guangzhou. It used to be a regular route for backpackers. First visit Hong Kong on a “Visa Run” and then enter China overland heading towards Guangzhou the birthplace of Cantonese cuisine. Backpackers from yesteryear tell tales of a hub where people journeyed to (before Internet, or mass production of travel guides) to discuss travel, where they’ve been, how they did it and where they are going to! …

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10 random (but useful) things you should know about Hong Kong

Megsy Travel Tips

Hong Kong is a city of contrasts. Sky high prices and sky high buildings litter the central district, by Asian standards Hong Kong is certainly not somewhere the budget traveller should consider “affordable”. On the other hand there are ways around the budget problem that sometimes come as a surprise, and parts of Hong Kong that will leave you wondering if you are in a city at all. This is …