Tripper's Tip-Off

6 Clear Signs That You are Overstaying in a Hostel

It may be odd for some backpackers in the hostel that I am hooked to CNN’s presidential debates while they were all excited touring across Hanoi’s vacation spots, off the beaten track. It was a sunny morning, after all. I just finished my usual breakfast of eggs and bacon, with two slices of tomatoes and lettuce on the side. And it was my 13th day in the capital of Vietnam. (more…)

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Eat, Pray and Eat More at Camp Explore

Have you ever felt jealous of Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) after watching the “Eat, Pray, Love” movie? Who wouldn’t want a year off, exploring exotic destinations like India, Bali, and Italy? I've spent a week in Ubud a couple of years ago but instead of self-discovery, I explored artsy shops, yoga stores and spas (C’mon guys, we all have weaknesses! Haha). (more…)

By thesolotripper, ago
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A Traveler’s Guide to Southeast Asia’s Local Beers

Let me get this straight: I’m not an expert who can tell which brand of beer in Southeast Asia tastes better than the rest. I am simply a traveler who prefers beer than any other alcoholic drink despite its bitter taste. I love beer, in general. So whether it’s pale ale or lager, it wouldn’t matter. When I travel, it has always been my rule to “eat local, drink local”. In fact, my first-day itinerary would always include the backpacker’s area. Why? (more…)

By thesolotripper, ago
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11 Images That Will Make You Want to Visit Myanmar

While Myanmar (formerly Burma) has abundant potential as a tourist destination, it remains lagging behind its neighbors in Southeast Asia. The country has a list of yet unspoiled landscapes and jungles, even its culture is well preserved, holding more appeal to foreign visitors. The styled pagodas and stupas, the Burmese monk sightings, the long-necked women and the Thanaka-covered cheeks of Burmese people – they all make Myanmar unique.  So even as flights to Yangon remain expensive and hotel rates are high, these distinctive features of Myanmar have continued to spark the curiosity in many tourists.

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By thesolotripper, ago
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Exploring Ho Chi Minh in Three Days

Ho Chi Minh City or more popularly known as Saigon is the most populous urban area in Vietnam. It’s not the populace that would make you dizzy, but, the swarm of scooters moving like bees in a waggling dance in every open space around the metro. If you’re an expert in crossing the streets of any other bustling city in the world, then you won’t have to worry about getting knocked down by motorbikes in Ho Chi Minh. Stoplights can’t help you anyway.

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By thesolotripper, ago
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How to Explore Siem Reap Alone

Thanks to TV documentaries and history books, some of us, travelers, still have jitters when we think of Cambodia. But Siem Reap City, the capital of Siem Reap province, has become an international destination and proved to be tourist-friendly. Hotels, restaurants, businesses sprawl over the city.

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By thesolotripper, ago