Adventurers from all over the globe often come to visit Mulu for something else: lying beneath the dense jungle is a honeycomb of underground caverns and rivers that make up one of the most extensive limestone cave systems in the world. Some of Mulu’s caves are even world record breakers: Deer Cave has the world’s second largest cave passage, whilst the Clearwater Cave System at Mulu is the eighth longest cave in the world. And if you still remain unimpressed, the Sarawak Chamber is the world’s largest natural chamber capable of holding 40 Boeing 747s wingtip to wingtip. Whoa.
We are back in Turkey for the first three months of 2019 and although we are staying in the South Western region, in the ghost town of Kaya Koy, it got me thinking about what I love most about this country. And I started thinking particularly about Istanbul - my favourite city in the world.
Istanbul is a city with good food, amazing architecture, a rich history, a myriad of cultures, huge shopping bazaars, beautiful parks and a plethora of fantastic cafes and restaurants. There’s so much to see and do, you could easily spend a week or two here. But if you are short on time, here are a few of my favourite things to do in Istanbul.
I've always wanted to do a safari in Sri Lanka and when Vincent and I finally decided to make a trip there together, it was on the top of our list of things to do. Despite being such a small country, Sri Lanka actually has 26 national parks (in addition to a wide range of nature reserves and sanctuaries) and is actually considered to be one of the best places in Asia for seeing wildlife.
The ultimate guide to what to do in Livingstone and around the Victoria Falls area of Zambia, including activities, costs and accommodation. With this guide, you aren't going to be short of things to do. (And if you are, then I don't know how to help you).
We lived in Zambia for three years and during that period I lost count of how many times we visited Livingstone. It's the number one tourist destination in Zambia and for good reason - it has the largest waterfall in the world and that alone is enough to attract millions of tourists every year. Aside from the Victoria Falls, there are many other activities to do in this town that are suitable for solo travellers, couples and groups.
I've always fancied myself as a small brown David Attenborough. But narrating the movements of next door's ginger cat didn't quite give me the excitement that I was looking for. I wanted to see real wild animals up close.
So, when we decided to move to Zambia, going on a safari was one of the first things we wanted to do. The question was - where should we do it? There were so many options: Kruger in South Africa, Luwanga in Zambia, the Serengeti in Tanzania... but in the end we decided that we would go and visit Chobe National Park.
Ah, Istanbul. One of the cities that we fell in love with on our first backpacking trip together in 2008. Once the centrepiece of Byzantine, Roman and Ottoman empires, Istanbul is a city that straddles the continents of Europe and Asia and has incredible history, art and architecture.
Sometimes you just need one of those lazy holidays. The kind where you sleep a lot, eat a lot, mayyyybe see a few things and come back feeling refreshed.
When we saw that we had a long public holiday coming up in Malaysia, we decided that this was the kind of holiday we needed. Both of us had been working like crazy and we needed a break. Somewhere where we could just chill out and get away with not doing much. Somewhere where the food was good, the beer was better and where we'd end up feeling rested.