Michael P

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Michael P

Asia » Indonesia » Bali July 27th 2011

When I planned a trip to Bali, like any South-East Asian holiday, I expected a "cheap cheap price for you". I imagined pristine golden beaches marked by nothing but my own footprints. I got lost in a breeze of tropical dreams as I remembered my last adventure to the island escape, nearly ten years ago. I've got to say, that old memory far out-weighs the new one. Bali is now nothing more than a one night stand. At the bar, she looks like a high-school sweet heart but by the very next day, her make-up has worn off. The catch? You can't ask her to leave. What's worse is she's dirty, over-developed and unfortunately, you're not the only one there. I might be over-reacting a little because there were still some high-lights. But trust me when ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Northeast July 17th 2011

Walking down a path in the majestic region of Sapa, I venture towards a mountain village, which for the moment lays hidden in mist. A woman approaches pushing a wheel barrow, her aged face warm with hope. Getting closer, I see her retarded son lying still and uncomfortable in the wheel barrow. Removing her bandaged fingers from the handle, she extends her hand. I couldn’t help feel a little confronted. I take out my wallet packed with a Vietnamese annual salary and remove a few dollars. Continuing further down, the serenity is picture perfect… almost. The small path is lined with even smaller shops bearing hand-made craft. A shopkeeper, dressed in traditional clothing sits on a plastic chair drinking Coca Cola out of a straw. The beautiful tribal huts are connected by a thick black electrical ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Bondi Beach November 22nd 2010

This isn't advice I read in a book. I haven't collated meaningless crap from the internet. These are the tips I've acquired over the past 20 years by living, eating and breathing Bondi. Travelling is my number one priority. My constant quest to skip Australian shores means I constantly overlook the fact that I live on perhaps the most famous beach in the world - Bondi. Located on Sydney’s East coast, it's one of Australia's most prized possessions and simply put, my own backyard. Japanese tourists arrive by the bus load, as foreign to the beach as the Aussie Battler is to the Kimono. It's an easy conclusion to come to as a horde of Asian tourists run down the beach dressed in suits, shielding their sizzling skin with umbrellas. Still, give them some credit... they ... read more
Big Surf
Bondi Sunrise
Bondi Building

Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Corbett National Park November 10th 2010

Aromas of spice fill the nostrils, colour ignites the imagination and the senses become slaves to India's unique beauty. The gold-plated palaces of the Maharaja’s juxtapose the beggars that surround them, following tourist vehicles like moths to a flame. The confining streets of Delhi make you sweat out of pores you didn't know existed but that's all a distant memory on the Indian-Nepalese boarder, where winds from the Himalayas slice through the humidity and sooth the soul. Don't let me fool you, she is the furthest thing from a walk in the park. It’s tough travelling with confronting situations but I guarantee you'll leave all the better for it. If you’re searching for spirituality, perspective or just something different, India holds its own against any of the world's cultural heavyweights. Corbett National Park is located in ... read more
the road to our hotel
monkey see monkey do
elephant trek 2

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan November 6th 2010

Koh Pha-Ngan, home of the widely celebrated Full-Moon party, is very high up on the backpacker's list of "Fuck Yes" but personally, I don't think it lives up to its reputation. Don't get me wrong, you've got to do it once... but be prepared for absolutely anything. The first time I went I stayed on the neighbouring island of Koh Samui. We boated over to Koh Pha-Ngan the night of the Full-Moon and planed to boat back early in the morning. What a mistake! Not only did we have to wait hours for a boat to return us to Samui, but they made us wade into the water to get on. This usually wouldn't be a problem but considering we'd spent the night drowning our liver, we totally forgot about our phones, cash and cameras that ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hai Phong » Cat Ba Island November 4th 2010

Halong Bay, in the North of Vietnam, is famous for its picturesque scenery and unwinding ambiance. The preferred route of passage is an overnight stay on one of the luxurious small boats. Or, if you're a budgeting backpacker like myself, you catch a public ferry to Cat Ba Island and find the cheapest accommodation possible. Who would of thought the dark side of Vietnam would rear its ugly head in such a beautiful place? My friends and I find a room, and begin exploring. For those of you who haven't heard of Cat Ba Island, try to picture Jurassic Park! No, Sam Neill isn't riding shotgun with the Colonel from KFC, but that doesn't make it any less amazing! The majority of the Island is National Park and the best way to get around is by ... read more

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