Posts Tagged with "backpackers"

Hostel Bookers – Awards for Excellence 2013: Thailand Scoops Up!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

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Hostel Bookers – Awards for Excellence 2013: Thailand Scoops Up!

Planning a backpacking trip around South East Asia but worried about cockroach-infested hostels, rickety bamboo huts and crowded, noisy dorm rooms? Never fear! Times have certainly changed in South East Asia… and there are a variety of excellent accommodation options to suit every taste and budget! Every year, HostelBookers showcases the top hostels available, as judged by their customer ratings and feedback, and we have the results right here! Make sure you stay in one of these hostels during your trip...

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Phangan Film Festival: Bringing Culture to Thailand’s Famous Full Moon Party Island

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

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Phangan Film Festival: Bringing Culture to Thailand’s Famous Full Moon Party Island

The beautiful, tropical island of Koh Phangan in the Gulf of Thailand has long been stereotyped as a 'party island,' due to the monthly 'Full Moon Party' taking place on Haad Rin Beach. However, recently the island is becoming a centre for arts and culture in Thailand, with the rise of independent events such as the highly-acclaimed, Phangan Film Festival. Held in 2012 on 24th - 26th February, the festival hosts a diverse range of global films; from a documentary about global warming, to a film exploring punk-rock and spirituality to a short movie portraying the magic island of Bali, Indonesia. Making a well-needed cultural change from the usual backpacker event, this festival is definitely one to put on your travel itinerary...

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12 Most Popular Islands for Backpackers in South East Asia

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

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12 Most Popular Islands for Backpackers in South East Asia

Indonesia has an estimated 17,508, The Philippines 7107, (7100 at low tide), and Thailand’s not doing badly either with a tropical paradise to suit every taste. There’s no doubt that South East Asia’s got more than its fair share of beautiful tropical islands. Beaches, jungle, mountains, diving, partying, even dolphin spotting... each sparkling gem seems to offer something just a bit different from the next. We take a look at some of the most popular islands amongst backpackers in South East Asia. Where will you find your tropical island paradise?

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Backpacker Video Diaries: Bug Eating in Bangkok!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

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Backpacker Video Diaries: Bug Eating in Bangkok!

It's a backpacker rite of passage. After a couple of beers someone in your group suggests that you go and eat some grub. Literally! In carts up and down the Khao San Road in Bangkok and elsewhere in the city, you'll see insects for sale as a tasty snack. There are crickets, silk worms, grasshoppers, beetles, cockroaches, and last but not least scorpions!

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A Very Short History of Dreadlocks

Sunday, August 29, 2010

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A Very Short History of Dreadlocks

Dreadlocks are a popular fashion statement for many backpackers in South East Asia, but where does the trend come from? From dreadlocked Egyptian Mummies, to Hindu Holy Men and Rastafarians, we look back at the roots of this unique hairstyle!

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Tubing! Vang Vieng, Laos: What’s all the Fuss?

Friday, July 2, 2010

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Tubing! Vang Vieng, Laos: What’s all the Fuss?

Up there with the Full Moon Party in terms of a backpacking ‘rites of passage’, Tubing in Vang Vieng, (Laos) is known as the best party in South East Asia! A startling claim for a place described by the Lonely Planet just fifteen years ago as ‘far removed from the Western world.’ With backpackers flocking there in the thousands; it’s clear the excitement isn’t about to slow down soon! But can it really be as good as they all say it is? One backpacker tells his tale…

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