24 hours in: Kota Kinabalu

24 hours in: Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu (or KK as it’s known by locals) is the capital of Sabah in Borneo. The city is an excellent jumping off point for those interested in wildlife viewing, diving, rainforest trekking, and hiking, but skipping over KK to go right into the wild would be a mistake. Even...

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How to eat all the things in one night in Taipei

How to eat all the things in one night in Taipei

I’ve been on quite a few food tours across several different cities over the years, and one thing I’ve learned is that every tour lives and dies by the guide. Sure, eating amazing food can salvage some of the tour, but if your guide is lacklustre, well then that’s just...

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A guide to Shanghai street food

A guide to Shanghai street food

With one of the most diverse cuisines in the world, Shanghai is home to a range of lip-smacking adventures! (Including some tasty bites on our Streets of Shanghai walking tour!) But you don’t need to go to a fancy restaurant for quality grub — the city’s street food is guaranteed...

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Why locals line up for 4am pig blood soup at this Chiang Mai street stall

Why locals line up for 4am pig blood soup at this Chiang Mai street stall

At 4am, Nek opens the doors to his family-run breakfast shop, Joke Suan Dok Gate. By 6am, the place is packed with locals, who are all ordering up one of three dishes: joke (Thai-style congee), khao tom moo (rice and pork soup), or the most popular dish, tom luad moo,...

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Bangkok’s best Muslim-Thai food is just steps away from Khao San Road

Bangkok’s best Muslim-Thai food is just steps away from Khao San Road

The matriarch and namesake of Aisyah Rod Dee passed away in late 2016, after running her Muslim-Thai restaurant on Thanon Tani in Bang Lamphu for more than 50 years. It was a sad loss for locals in Thailand, who have long loved the dishes she and her three generations of...

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The complete guide to: Luang Prabang travel

The complete guide to: Luang Prabang travel

The small, ancient town of Luang Prabang is a picturesque beauty in northern Laos and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Located at the confluence of the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers, Luang Prabang is brimming with Buddhist temples, surrounded by waterfalls and trekking opportunities, and home to a colourful night...

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Where to get the best cendol in Kuala Lumpur

Where to get the best cendol in Kuala Lumpur

Cendol is an icy treat you’ll find all over Kuala Lumpur (as well as much of Southeast Asia) — but locals know the best cendol in KL comes from one place: the husband-and-wife-run stall called Ah Keong ABC & Cendol in the Brickfields district. Made from shaved ice, a scoop...

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How to eat your way through the streets of Seoul

How to eat your way through the streets of Seoul

My wife and I were sitting on an overcrowded and overly warm city bus, anxiously checking the time as we inched along a similarly overcrowded street towards our meeting point for our Urban Adventures Seoul street food tour. When we finally got off, we were standing on a busy street...

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The traditional Tinder: Why matchmaking families flock to Shanghai’s Marriage Market

The traditional Tinder: Why matchmaking families flock to Shanghai’s Marriage Market

In 2016, SK-II, a Chinese skincare brand, filmed a takeover of Shanghai’s Marriage Market, marriage’s monument to capitalism in People’s Park in the city centre. Addressing the issue of China’s “leftover women,” the four-minute video asks for daughters to be permitted to be strong and free of traditional expectations. The moment I...

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Where to watch World Cup 2018 in Bali

Where to watch World Cup 2018 in Bali

While most articles about where to watch the World Cup will list several options, in Bali, our local tour guides say there’s only one: Y-Bar Sports Bar in Kuta. This is my personal favourite bar, not just in Bali, but anywhere for watching sports. Y-Bar is a bar that people...

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