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Articles by Gareth Johnson



The drinker’s guide to Phnom Penh: A place to party by numbers

Phnom Penh (PP) is fast becoming South East Asia’s new nightlife hotspot, with a growing reputation as a low-cost destination for thirsty travellers. The streets teem with life from dusk till dawn, with increasing numbers of visitors discovering the hidden gems lining the numbered streets of the Cambodian capital. The best way…



Roads less travelled: Top 5 secret beaches in the Philippines

It used to be bad enough when it was only Lonely Planet spilling the beans on all the world’s “secret” places (and thus dooming them to be overrun within weeks) but these days, what with the interweb and all that, new hotspots are being revealed every day. In my experience, these “discoveries” tend…


Overstaying your visa in the Philippines, don’t panic!

During my last trip to the Philippines, I was having a conversation with a German friend of mine when he casually asked: “What kind of visa are you on? You seem to have been here forever”. Cue panic. I checked my passport and found I was nine days into the…


The five most gut wrenching foods you can try in Asia

For the intrepid fly by the seat of their pants traveler there can be nothing more rewarding than showing your respect to Asian culture by sampling the local cuisine, something that is easy and enjoyable to do when it is a mouth watering peking duck, or a spicy pork adobo,…


Palawan, the world’s best island destination?

For two years now, Palawan has been voted the best island in the world, quite a lofty accolade when you consider the thousands of islands around the world. Some notable examples include Australia (very big and also a continent) Greenland (not very green), Iceland (not especially icy), and the Isle…


North Korea takes down the Philippines

MANILA, PHILIPPINES, last night the Philippines went down 3-1 to a determined DPRK team in an extremely physical match. After suffering a 3-1 loss to Bahrain last week, the Azkals were looking to bounce back and get preparations back on track for the upcoming group stage of the ASEAN Football…


East Timor – Well worth a visit

Sometimes it’s hard to know what the highlight of any particular holiday is until it’s all over. In the case of East Timor, I can confidently say that the best bit was not being eaten alive by a rogue saltwater crocodile. It was about half way through the trip, and…