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 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 …

St Sophia Cathedral, Harbin

Why Visit Harbin (China) in the Summer?

Tommo Fun

Harbin is most famous for its winter ice carving festival. This occurs in January every year when temperatures plunge to -30 celsius. Now, I love art and everything… but minus 30!? That sounds pretty cold to me. We decided to head to Harbin to see what is on offer during the warmer months and we were very glad we did! Before arriving we had asked around Chinese friends if it …

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! …

Hong kong festival of lights

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 …

Trishaw ride around Georgetown, Penang (With Beer!)

Megsy Booze, Travel Freedom Podcast

FUN FOR A FIVER. The blinged up trishaws of Penang are well known far and wide, the drivers decorate their trishaws with flowers, tinsel, stuffed toys and even install sound systems to help attract tourists. You will find them in different areas of Georgetown however the majority hang out on Penang Rd all in one crazy blingy line, And this is where this Fun For a Fiver begins….. This is …

The Pub-less Pub Crawl – Georgetown Penang (VIDEO)

Tommo Booze, Video Blogs

Drinking in Malaysia is an expensive affair. This creates some problems for us, the Five Dollar Travellers: We like a beer at the pub and we like to pub crawl but in Malaysia we can’t afford it! Solution? Pub crawl the convenience stores and sneak into a few venues with booze! So first of all, the title of this post is a partial lie – we do end up in …

Penang Street Art, Georgetown – See it Before it Disappears!

Megsy Photo Inspiration

During the Georgetown Festival Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic left his mark on the city by creating street art that has grabbed peoples attention from near and far. The street art trail is quite a popular one and you can stumble upon local stores and hotels offering maps with which you can find these little pieces of art. Also, many of the rickshaw drivers will take you on a “street art tour” …

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10 Fun (but super cheap) things to do in Brisbane!

Tommo Food, Fun

FUN FOR A FIVER (FFAF). Thats right, nothing on this list costs more than $5 per person. After over a year living in Brisbane we have searched out fun on a budget, and these are our top 10 favourite things for first time visitors with no money.   1. SCENERY: Brisbane River Cruise – Without the tourist price tag.   Why pay $50 or more for a river cruise when you …

Tri-Shaw, Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai, Thailand. Elephants, Tigers and Temples!

Tommo Photo Inspiration

One year ago we were visiting Chiang Mai in Thailand. Chiang Mai has a relaxed vibe, is not overly touristy and the amazingly welcoming attitude of the Thai people themselves all lift this city to be one of our favourite places in the world. In a reminiscent mood, I figured a photo blog would help me translate the essence of this fantastic destination, and the wonderful experiences we had. Chiang Mai is somewhere …

Top 10 Things to do in Sydney – our guide (with video): Malaysia Festival, Jet boat on sydney harbour and more!

Tommo Fun, Video Blogs

We finally get to visit Australia’s most iconic city. You’ve seen the tourist photos: Harbour Bridge & Opera House, but Sydney has A LOT more to offer than just two landmarks. We briefly do the tourist thing and then quickly head out to explore this fantastic international city of culture. Watch the webisode and read the details on our adventure in Sydney below as well as our top 10! For …