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Travel Mistakes: Our Best Stupid Stories

Traveling is a rollercoaster. There are so many great experiences, unforgettable moments, and times of complete wonder and joy.

Maybe you’ll even experience these highs most of the time.

But we all make mistakes and do stupid shit from time to time. We’ve definitely had a few mishaps during our travels, and we think you can learn from them – or at least be entertained by these stories.

Have a laugh at our expense!

Mistake: We missed our flight by 24 hours.
Travel lesson: Double and triple check your flight information!

We had a good time during our recent trip to Guangzhou, China – but we were also ready to leave by our departure date.

We skipped to the check-in line. We were three people from the counter when suddenly Simon looked a little concerned. He had a slight worry.

What day was our flight again? It might have actually been yesterday.

It was yesterday.

We tried our luck pleading for a little mercy. Kristin cried. Simon shouted. We ended up paying $885 for a new flight that didn’t leave until two days later.

So how had this happened? The flight was departing at 2am. While we do understand that 2am actually means “morning” not “very late that night” we just hadn’t thought about it hard enough. Stupid.

Surely everyone will miss a flight in their travel lives right?

Mistake: We booked flights to a place we didn’t actually want to go to.
Travel lesson: “It’s Monday and we’re bored” isn’t actually a good reason to book a random flight without any research or discussion.

Who wouldn’t want to spend a luxurious week in the Maldives!

Well, us, actually.

It was Monday, after a grueling work day. Bangkok was raining because that’s what Bangkok likes to do 6 months out of the year. We were annoyed at the crowded trains, smoggy city, and congested traffic.

A beautiful beach, very very far away, sounded like the only thing anyone could ever want.

Maybe we’d heard somewhere that it was a little expensive, or a little conservative. Whatever! We’ve been to the Middle East. We’re from two of the most expensive countries in the world. No need to look into those concerns.

But as we approached departure day, money was a bit tight.

Kristin made a radical suggestion: “Maybe we should make an alcohol budget to keep us in check while we’re there, hmm?”

This quickly uncovered three important things:
1. We couldn’t afford the Maldives.
2. Alcohol is illegal in the Maldives.*
3. We really, really didn’t want to go to the Maldives. AT. ALL.

So the day before our flight we decided: We’re not going. We booked a one-way ticket to the South of Thailand instead – still beautiful and tropical, but also cheap and boozy.

*You can get very expensive alcohol at very expensive resorts in the Maldives, or you can go to “floating bars,” which are boats that serve alcohol far enough from land to be considered international waters.

We opted for the South of Thailand.

Mistake: We decided, on purpose, to be homeless for the night in Iceland in late December.
Travel lesson: When choosing between a hotel room or an arctic blizzard, choose the hotel room.

We’ve told this story before, but it was way too stupid not to include on the list. Did we mention that we made this decision on purpose with full knowledge that it was ICELAND and WINTER. There are just no words. Our only defense is that our flight was in the early morning and this half-baked plan would “save us money.” REALLY???

Iceland in the winter is freezing! Don’t go homeless! 

Mistake: Trying to find a last-minute hotel in China. Twice.
Travel lesson: China is a difficult country. Even if you aren’t a planner, make a plan.

Okay, so maybe the first time this happened it was forgivable. We were new to China travel and thought we could just rock up anywhere without a problem.

But China isn’t like the rest of Asia. Everything becomes strangely and inexplicably difficult there. The first few taxi drivers refused to take us anywhere. The next few wouldn’t even talk to us.

Somehow we ended up lost in the Forbidden City for two hours, still carrying our bags. It was raining.

And from there, somehow, we ended up on a Chinese-speaking tour bus with no seats for us. How does one accidentally join a Chinese tour with no seats left? I honestly can’t remember. I also can’t remember how we eventually escaped the tour bus. I do remember that everyone on that bus was eating corn on the cob and the smell was overwhelming.

We did eventually overpay for some inconveniently located hotel, and you’d think we’d have learned our lesson…

…but only a few weeks ago, there we were again: grumpy, sweaty, and homeless in China. Carrying around our heavy backpacks for SEVEN HOURS before admitting defeat and just going back to the same hotel we had checked out of that morning.

This summed it up.

Mistake: Getting an unwanted kiss from a taxi driver in Beijing.
Travel lesson: There is no lesson here. Creepy men suck. Creepy men, please stop being creepy.

Kristin spent a day at the Temple of Heaven alone and quickly learned that some taxi drivers are much friendlier to solo foreign women than they are to foreign couples.

One in particular seemed very excited to practice his English, and he quickly covered the usual subjects: Where are you from? What do you do? How long will you be in Beijing?

But the next part of the conversation took an unexpected turn when he shouted:


Kristin laughed a bit nervously and said nothing.


“Oh, er, okay, I love you.”

The rest of the ride he was happily singing “I love you, you love me too, hehehehehe!”

When Kristin tried to pay him at the end of the ride, he didn’t lean forward to take the money. Instead, he waited for her to lean forward, then grabbed her head and kissed her.

Creepy men, PLEASE stop being creepy.


Mistake: Our motorbike was stolen in Hanoi, but not really.
Travel lesson: Ask your hotel where to safely park before leaving your bike anywhere overnight.

What is the worst thing you can imagine first thing in the morning when you’re on holiday and suffering through a horrible hangover?

Is it being told that you owe some bike rental company $1,500?

We had parked our rented bike in front of the hotel the day before. It was surrounded by many, many other bikes, so this seemed like a good call at the time.

But the next day we were accused by the hotel staff of allowing the bike to be stolen. There was apparently a parking garage under the hotel that we should have used, but there were no signs and no one had told us.

After we became quite angry, the bike was conveniently found. Maybe a little suspicious?

Be careful where you leave your bike in Vietnam

Mistake: Buying five jugs of Sangria in Oman.
Travel lesson: Yes, you can find sangria in Oman. Don’t get carried away when you do.

Don’t misunderstand – drinking five jugs of Sangria is good fun. This was a great night.

It was also a very, very expensive night. And our first night in an expensive country. We had to watch every penny from then on out.

By our last day, we had basically nothing left. We couldn’t afford to go anywhere or do anything – we just hung around our friend’s apartment and waited for our flight the next day.

(For more about that eventful sangria night, see our post on our best drunk stories.)

Oman is expensive! Don’t end up pennyless. 

Travel mistakes are never fun in the moment, but in time they become your favorite stories! We’ve found that it’s weirdly disappointing now to return from a trip that went smoothly from start to finish.

But let’s always make new mistakes and learn from the old ones.

Hopefully you’ve learned something from our mistakes – now we’d love to learn from yours. Any stories to share?





Getting Off Khao San Road: Other Places to Party in Bangkok

Bangkok is one of the biggest cities in the world. It’s well known for its crazy hustle and bustle and its brilliant nightlife.

That’s why it’s a shame when tourists get stuck spending their whole trip on Khao San Road. Many even leave thinking this one backpacker bar street is what the city is all about.

They couldn’t be more wrong! Below we’ve listed a number of other bars/areas for you to get your party on.

Sukhumvit 22

Sukhumvit Road Soi 22

We probably end up here on a Friday more than any other area. Sukhumvit 22 is certainly rough around the edges, but it’s full of small random bars that allow you to control the music via YouTube. The vibe is casual, the drinks are cheap, and the party can last into the wee hours of the morning. There is also a venue with live music and ice bar upstairs, along with several hotel lobbies – you wouldn’t think they’d be top party destinations, but they have welcomed drunk groups looking for a good time in past. Even when Simon crawled up on a counter to dance, the hotel staff just laughed and cheered him on.

Ce La Vi (Formerly Ku De Ta)

Sathorn Square Tower 39FL, 98 Sathorn Square Building, North Sathorn Road Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500

This sophisticated club is situated on the 39th floor of the huge Sathorn One Building and overlooks most of Bangkok. It’s perfect for a dress-to-impress night with a group of friends. Share a bottle of spirits and enjoy the different music. Genres ranges from hip hop to house to commercial pop, depending on what night you go. The layout is a mixture between a lounge and a club with popular local and international DJs taking to the booth most nights. Enjoy this classy establishment and don’t forget it’s a smart and pricey club.

Sukumvit Soi 4 (Nana)

Sukhumvit Road Soi 4

Soi 4 is so much more than just Nana Plaza. There are lots of bars all down the street that offer a range of different partying experiences. There are also some amazing dance spots. Most bars will shut around 2 or 3 am, but you can stumble to EQ’s late night club for an extended party. As for Nana Plaza itself, the sheltered circle offers a range of go-go bars.

There’s more than just Nana Plaza on this street! 


ซอย พัฒน์พงศ์ 2 Khwaeng Suriya Wong, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500

Patpong is another area that’s branded as just being a sex tourist destination, but it’s more than that. Yes, of course those bars exist, but so do many others that aren’t as seedy – there is even a night market running alongside all the different venues.

JJ Green

Address: เลขที่ 1 ถนนกำแพงเพชร 3, แขวงจตุจักร, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900

Speaking of night markets, JJ Green is one of the most popular ones. Along with shopping, you can enjoy a casual beer, watch some live music, and wander around the outdoor stands.

JJ Green is perfect for a chilled evening.

W District

Sukhumvit Rd, Khwaeng Phra Khanong Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110

Another chill area for drinking is the popular W district. You’ll find a central outdoor circle surrounded by bars and many food stalls. It’s the perfect place to start your evening.

W district is evergrowing in popularity. 

3 Days 2 Nights

Lad Prao Wanghin Rd – Soi Lat Phrao Wang Hin 71, Khwaeng Lat Phrao, Khet Lat Phrao, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10230

Looking for something a little out of the ordinary? This place is themed like an old farm, complete with a fenced in field with rabbits, sheep, and other animals. There is a ton of casual seating surrounding the animals, and a nightclub on site for later once you’ve enjoyed a few drinks. Another plus? This bar is a relatively unknown destination to tourists.

Ratchada 4 Complex

Ratchadaphisek Rd, Khwaeng Huai Khwang, Khet Huai Khwang, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10320

Ratchada 4 is perfect if you want to party with the locals and escape the tourist crowd. This places if often overlooked, but luckily we stumbled upon it. You’ll find a series of loud clubs that all have free entry. There are often live bands and a series of shows across the complex every night of the week starting at 9pm.

When you see this sign, stop and party!

Shrimp Bar

Soi Chaeng Wattana 1

Okay, so we don’t actually know its name, but there’s a huge, bright pink shrimp on the sign, so that’s what we call it. What a find this place was! Here’s another venue where you’ll probably be the only foreigner in sight. It’s very Thai, with live bands, big bottles of whiskey (although we get the brandy) and loud buzzing dance moves. If you head to the outskirts of Chaeng Wattana Soi 1, it’s pretty much the only thing that resembles nightlife on that street.

Shock 39 and other taxi driver choices.

39 Phetchaburi Rd, Thanon Phaya Thai, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400

Recently many areas of Bangkok have been enforcing a rule that everything must shut at 2am. But don’t worry, there’s always somewhere staying open until sunrise if you know where to look – or who to ask. One person who will always get you somewhere is your taxi driver. Just say “disco” and they will take you to a number of destinations. One of the most common stops is Shock on Petchaburi 39. This club stays open very late and has a dance stage and floor, pool tables, and a more chilled area to suit all needs. It’s a little bit seedy and rough, but it’s a cracker.

Grab a taxi, say ‘disco’ and see where you end the night.

RCA (Route 66)

Address – 66 Rama IX Soi 8, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, จังหวัด กรุงเทพมหานคร 10310

Route 66 is one of the most popular clubs in Bangkok. It’s found on the popular club street known as RCA. Famous for its crazy parties, it’s popular with tourists and locals who are dressed to impress. RCA is free for locals but 300 baht for tourists. However that 300 baht can go straight toward drinks as exchangeable coupons. This mazy club has 3 main rooms. One features the latest Thai and Western hits, another is all hip hop, and the last one usually has a live local band playing. There is also a massive seating space outside for people to gather around with a bottle of liquor. The club is open pretty much every night and is very popular with university students.

Soi Cowboy

Soi Cowboy, Khwaeng Khlong Toei Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110

Soi Cowboy is a small, 150-meter street that has a over 30 different go-go bars. It’s one of Bangkok’s most popular areas for tourists and expats. Most bars will have a waitress service while customers sit around the outside of a stage and watch various performances from girls in bikinis – or completely nude. This colorful street has been transformed into a popular tourist attraction as it’s known as one of Bangkok’s main red light districts.

SukHumvit Bar Crawl


Another idea is just to go to any soi off Sukhumvit and start wandering from there. There are so many different bars in Sukhumvit, you’renever too far away from the next one. Start a random bar crawl and you won’t be disappointed.

Black Wolf Bar

12/17, 12/17 Lat Phrao Rd, Chom Phon, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900

Finally, here’s a little shout out to a local of ours. This bar is situated right next to Phahonyothin MRT exit 2. It’s a small starter bar that’s actually a revamped hair salon. Drop by and give it the business it deserves.

Find the many party places Bangkok has to offer.

Khao San road is an amazing party but don’t limit yourself to just that! Bangkok is full of fun, diverse, random area. Experience them all.

Any we’ve missed? Where have you had a great night?Anywhere you hate? We’d love to know!

For more information on the best bars and clubs to visit in Bangkok, click here.





24 Hours in the Travel Life

Our story was originally posted on My Travel Moments, a travel blog that features travelling ‘oh shit’ moments.

When travelling, one day can pass too quickly. After anticipating something for so long, time often comes and goes faster than we’d like.

Unfortunately, travel has its dark periods too, and sometimes a mere 24 hours can feel nearly endless.
We experienced both sides of travel’s time-bending phenomena during our recent trip to Iceland.
On one particular morning, the snow was coating the streets, and we could hear a storm whistling through the windows.

We bundled up and scarfed down a warm breakfast, eagerly looking forward to our day at the Blue Lagoon.
It was the last day of our holiday, and we were going to spend it being pampered at the world’s most famous thermal pool.

On our way to the hot pools!

Our flight was early the next day, so we decided to save some money by not booking a hotel room for the next night. We’d just catch a few hours of sleep at the airport before it was time to board.

If the universe occasionally foreshadows trials ahead, maybe this was a sign: As we gathered our belongings, Kristin somehow managed to throw her phone across the room.

We swear it happened in slow motion, but we couldn’t move to stop it – and the phone soared right out our 3rd story window.

To say we are a bit addicted to our phones and social media is an understatement. We are bloggers, after all. Kristin was in a panic but the phone had survived by landing in a soft pile of snow. On with the day.

On our bus ride to the lagoon, we couldn’t believe our luck. The views were absolutely stunning covered in snow. We knew the lagoon was going to be cozy and surreal with this storm on our side.

Sure enough, it was heaven. We sank into the outdoor thermal pools, glasses of white wine in hand, and enjoyed many hours of relaxation as the snow fell lightly around us.

Before we knew it, the day had passed and the lagoon was closing. Warm and happy, we went back to the changing rooms to prepare for the next leg of our journey.

The Blue Lagoon was Perfect. 

Here’s where everything turned.

The unexpected…

We still had an open tab with the bar for our wine, so I started digging in my bag for my wallet.


All of my money, bank cards… All gone. I suddenly remembered putting my wallet in the bus seat’s pocket. It’s weird how we react in these moments. I was mostly consumed with grief that I had lost something I’d owned since I was 16 years old.

Kristin’s concerns were more practical. First, that we couldn’t pay our bar tab. Second, that we couldn’t pay for our transportation to the airport. Third, that we’d just lost a huge amount of cash that we absolutely had to have for our next few weeks in England. Finally, that the last bus to Reykjavik was leaving in 20 minutes. We had very limited time to find solutions to all these problems.

We will always be thankful for the customer service at the Blue Lagoon for handling our situation with such compassion. They covered our bill for us, tracked down the bus where we’d left the wallet, and helped us make arrangements to pick the wallet up once we were back in Reykjavik.

We were saved, but stress levels were understandably high.

What was the last thing we wanted at this point? A night without a bed. But that’s exactly what was waiting for us.
Especially when that plan also fell to pieces.

By the time we were back in the city, wallet in hand, there were no more buses to the airport until morning.
Instead of spending our homeless night in a relatively comfy airport (with cushioned seats and a working heater), we slept in a cold, uncomfortable, drafty bus station.

We settled in for a long wait in the middle of a fierce blizzard – had we really been thankful for this weather just a few hours before?

When we finally arrived at the airport, our muscles were screaming, our faces were sore from the cold, and we hadn’t slept a wink.

We were a little overexcited to finally be in a warm building, but that euphoria was short lived.
Because remember that blizzard? Of course, it had delayed our flight.

Worse and worse

It delayed our flight for SIX HOURS.

The delay was so long that we missed the bus we had nonrefundable tickets for in London.

And by the time we finally reached that beautiful, coveted, blessing of a bed in Northern England, we had been awake for 36 hours straight.

In the morning, we reflected on the day before.

And we concluded that we genuinely love the adventures that make up our travelling lives. The world can throw any disaster at us, and we’ll still want to explore its every nook and cranny. We are addicted to the thrill of mixed emotions, and we’re fascinated by how much you can really experience in just one day.

The result? A great memory!

Here’s the truth: the best parts of travelling are those moments when you think ‘WHY?’

You won’t remember many details from seeing the famous Blue Lagoon; you’ll remember every slow second of the night you slept in a bus station during an arctic Icelandic blizzard. They create your most hilarious stories and you will laugh about them for years to come.

If you have any amazing stories of your own we’d love to hear them below.


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5 Types of Bars to Visit While Traveling

It’s not always easy to make a decision while traveling.

At home, you already know your favorite places to go, the best way to get there, and what to expect once you’ve arrived. You can have a great night out without much effort at all.

In an unfamiliar place, everything takes more planning. You’ll probably want to read reviews, research prices, and consider logistics before heading out for the night. We’ve often reached the end of a great day exploring, come back to our hotel to clean up, and then found ourselves feeling a bit lost as we realized we don’t really know where to head.

Of course, that can also be a really exciting feeling! But if you’re looking for a bit of direction, we’d like to help you get started by considering what kind of night you want to have and what options typically await you in major cities around the world.

Below we’ve highlighted five types of bars that you should consider, along with a few recommendations from our travels thrown in.

The Cheapest Bar

What’s your biggest concern when traveling? For many people, it’s staying within budget. If that’s you, finding the cheapest bar might be the way to go. Along with being easy on the wallet, these have often been really fun bars. They’re random, tucked into some unexpected nook, and usually not filled with other foreigners.

That said, they are probably cheap for a reason. The alcohol isn’t going to be the highest quality. The vodka was found in the basement years ago – if there’s vodka at all. You’ll probably need to choose from local liqueurs or strong homemade beers.

Be warned: You’ll probably get drunk quicker, and the hangover will be more severe.

It’s perfect for: Budget backpackers and travelers, or anyone looking for something more laid back and random.

Some random ones we’ve found:

The 10 Baht Bar, Kanchanaburi, Thailand
Perry’s Cafes, Shanghai, China
BePotato (Formerly Feelings), Guangzhou, China
The Welly Club, Hull, United Kingdom
Pub Street, Siem Reap, Cambodia
FIV五 Izakaya Bar, Singapore
Workshop, Melbourne, Australia

Cheap and cheerful.

Local Bars

These bars are definitely the most fun! They can also be the biggest challenge to find. If you’re reading a review on the internet, then you can probably assume other travelers are finding the same reviews. The best way to stumble upon these gems is to ask a local. This could be a new friend, your taxi driver, or even a random friendly person off the street if you’re bold enough. You can also wander away from the city center and just have a look around yourself.

Once you’ve found the right place, be ready for an amazing and unexpected night! You might find yourself watching bizarre dance shows in Myanmar, singing classic English songs with Chinese people in Guangzhou, or dancing the night away until 2am with an entire Indian family.

Be warned: Be aware that you are a guest in these places. Don’t stroll in like you own the place. Be respectful and read the room to know what is and isn’t appropriate behavior.

It’s perfect for: Travelers who want to get off the beaten track or experience something completely new.

Dancing in a local bar in New Delhi.

Bars with a View

Sometimes we’re in the mood for a classier kind of night – despite what some of our stories may have lead you to believe. On these occasions we prefer a little more sophistication, and we often head to a rooftop bar. They’re usually more expensive, but they can be worth it if you want to really enjoy the view – whether it’s an urban city, rural landscape, a beach, mountains, or a river. You’ll get a relaxing atmosphere, and some really good pictures.

Be warned: You can expect crowds and steep prices.

It’s perfect for: Anyone who loves beautiful views, fancy drinks, dressing up, or taking impressive photos.

We’ve seen a lot of rooftop views, but only a few have really left an impression on us. We’d recommend:
Octave Rooftop Lounge and Bar, Bangkok, Thailand
O Zone, Hong Kong
1 – Altitude Gallery and Bar, Singapore

Enjoy the view.

Tourist Hotspots

Rolling your eyes at that bar street full of backpackers and tourists? We’d recommend you give it a chance! Maybe you’ll hate it, but popularity is usually earned for a reason. You can always move on if it’s not suiting you. It might not be your most authentic night abroad, but we’ve certainly had a lot of fun in these hotspots.

It’s also a great way to meet other travelers or expats if you’re new to a city, and the drinks tend to be affordable with plenty of happy hours or buy-one-get-one deals.

Be warned: You’ll probably find yourself in a large, drunk crowd. You won’t see a lot of locals or local culture. You might end up in a few repetitive small talk conversations.

Perfect for: People who want to meet other travelers, or those just looking for a simple, fun night.

Some great deals can be found in tourist hotspots.

The Bar that’s not a Bar

Nothing looking appealing so far? Maybe the “bar” you want isn’t a bar at all. Some of our best nights have been with a bottle of wine from the grocery store or a few beers from 7-11. Instead of heading to a bar, we just wandered around a little and found somewhere to stop, chat, and drink. This could be next to the river running through the city, on a park bench, by the hotel pool, or even just on some random steps. If you already have a great group and the conversation is flowing, why do you need a bar?

Be warned: This usually only works on a chill night – after a few drinks you might start to feel like a dance, and that’s hard to create without heading to real bar or club – unless you’re okay with creating an embarrassing public scene.

Perfect for: Groups of travelers who aren’t in the mood for a crowd, don’t want to meet new people that night, or just want a really relaxing evening.

Make your own entertainment. 

There are so many options for a good night when you’re traveling! From karaoke to fine wine, it can be difficult to choose a direction and then find the right place. We usually aim to have a few different experiences on each trip. Which types of bars are your favorites? Where would you recommend?





The Drink, The Drunk and The Hangover of our Travels

If we’re going to talk honestly, we have to admit that one of our top priorities when arriving in a new city is to have a great night out.

We love to see what kind of party we can find in an unfamiliar place, and get a taste for whatever drinks are cheapest or most popular with the locals.

While seeking out unknown, cheap drinks, we’ve definitely stumbled upon some horrible concoctions along with a few hidden gems. Either way, they usually create hilarious moments and great stories to recall the next day – along with more than a few debilitating hangovers.


Below we talk about some of the drinks, the stories, and the aftermaths.

The Drink:

Baijiu (China)

Baijiu is a Chinese liquor made from grain. It’s a white clear alcohol and is usually between 40 – 60% alcohol content.

The Drunk:

We can thank this drink for bringing us together. We had known each other a couple weeks, but we hadn’t had the confidence to make a move yet. After a few baijiu and cokes at a party, Simon gained the courage to tell Kristin that he wanted to “snog her face off” – despite our many coworkers lurking around, eager for gossip. A few more drinks found us running around Canton Tower, shouting nonsense, and lying down to snog on the street.

The Hangover:

We were sick but happy because we had revealed that we liked each other. Cute. 🙂

Grateful for that night 🙂 

The Drink:

Tsingtao (China)

We also came across Tsingtao in China. It’s China’s second largest brewery, produced in Qingdao in the Shandong province. Its alcohol percentage is said to be around 4.5%. Tsingtao is seriously cheap, but be cautious before you overindulge.

The Drunk:

The scene was Simon’s birthday party at his apartment in Guangzhou. Downing several Tsingtao, he was quickly a state. When the party ended, we headed out in search of any bar or club we could find.

New to China and quite drunk, we barely knew where we were, much less what direction we should be heading. The taxi driver decided to take advantage of this situation. He took his time driving around, taking so many turns, we felt certain we were on the other side of the city. Our fare was about three times more than we would have expected, but we were dropped off at a club (Nova) so we were happy.

And we had an amazing night. We couldn’t wait to go back to that club again. The only problem? We had no idea where it was and couldn’t remember the name. The taxi ride was so long and complicated – we were sure we’d never find it again.

But we still searched. For months. It was the legendary club, lost to us forever.

Until, one day, Simon was walking to the metro and he noticed a door. He remembered that door. It was the club – literally only a 2 minute walk from his apartment.

The Hangover:

Horrid! I’ve never experienced anything like it. It made me delusional, gave me an unbearable headache, and made me so ill.

H2O needed for Kristin.

The Drink:

Leo (Thailand)

Leo is a pale lager beer brewed in Bangkok by a brewery called Boon Rawd. Its interesting logo is a leopard – although I thought it was a tiger for years.

The Drunk:

Where to start! Honestly, Leo is such a staple of our lives, I can’t pick just one story. Many fun nights have been spent drinking “just one more.” We love sitting around a table of new or old faces, casually ordering drink after drink. I’ve made great friends this way – there’s something about having a few Leos together that makes new friendships form, even with people we previously found boring or a little annoying.

Leo has made Simon do some strange things as the night gets later – for example, he suddenly seems to despise wearing clothes. Especially while crossing a specific bridge on our walk home – this is where the stripping usually begins. There are a couple stray dogs snoozing away up there – one in particular does not find Simon’s nudity amusing. While these dogs usually ignore us passing by, this one will bark at Simon ferociously until we are off the bridge.

Leo can also turn him into a bit of a kleptomaniac. One morning we woke up to a traffic cone in our kitchen. The pillows from our condo’s lobby are also frequent victims of this behavior.

Don’t worry – everything gets returned eventually and this phase has mostly passed now. Simon still likes to bring home random gifts while drunk off Leo, but he pays for them honestly now. His newest game is to buy Kristin gifts at 7-11 that he has picked at random while closing his eyes. (Sometimes the gifts are pretty good, too. Sometimes they are ridiculous and cost several hundred baht.)

More Leo stories include falling in a hedge, literally crawling home on all fours, and throwing wet toilet paper at our windows – something we have affectionately named “soggy boggies.”

The Hangover:

It’s brutal. Your mouth stays dry forever. Water starts tasting like syrup. Some symptoms may even linger into a second day. One regrettable Leo hangover occurred on Christmas Day 2014. Simon’s friends were enjoyIng Christmas lunch together, but he locked himself in a toilet stall and sat on the floor for 30 minutes feeling miserable. It was the worst hangover of his life.

Our lovely cone.

The Drink:

Sangria (Oman)

Obviously sangria is not local to Oman, but in a country where alcohol can be scarce and expensive, we were thrilled to find these pitchers at a Mexican restaurant in Muscat. Who knows what exactly was in them – but they were strong.

The Drunk:

The sangria was so sweet, and each glass went down so easily. We didn’t even notice an effect, which is always when you know you’re in trouble. Because eventually it will hit you like a train – and it did.

By the time we left the restaurant, the streets were empty and there wasn’t a taxi to be seen. After stumbling around pathetically for a bit, we found a 19 year old boy from Iran who was willing to drive us back to the other side of the city (endless gratitude to him – he humored us by engaging in our silly drunken conversation with a smile, and he wouldn’t even accept payment).

We immediately climbed in bed and passed out. It should be noted that this bed was not in a hotel room – a friend who is currently living in Oman let us crash in his room while he stayed at his girlfriend’s.

Which makes the next part of the story that much worse.

An hour later, Kristin woke up to find Simon standing at the window. A little confusing, but she assumed he was looking at the moon or stars for some reason – we don’t get many clear night skies back in Bangkok.

Then she heard the telltale sound and realized –

Simon was pissing all over the floor. Not just the floor, but his backpack, and every article of clothing he brought for the trip.

In shock, she raised some protest. This only persuaded him to move on to Kristin’s backpack. That was all the motivation Kristin needed to jump out of bed, basically tackle him, and forcefully drag him to an actual toilet. He was very annoyed – as if Kristin was the unreasonable one in this situation.

The Hangover:

Surprisingly, we suffered no hangovers but plenty of memory loss. Simon remembered absolutely nothing. Kristin had vague memories but thought it was a weird dream – until we realized all of Simon’s clothes were soaking wet and smelling foul. Kristin’s bag was missing but later found all packed up and hidden away where no one could piss on it.


Other Escapades:

Vodka and Red Bull in Spain
After a few of these, Simon needed to empty his bladder. Unfortunately, the nearest toilet was through a busy club. Too much hassle! Drunk logic says “It’s okay, just go ahead and piss your pants.” So he did.

Spain made for some great drunk fun.

Whiskey Sours in China
Kristin is excellent at knowing her limit, but she also has a hard time turning down free drinks. One night, she decided that it was time to stop but a couple friends were still in full-on party mode. They kept declaring “just one more, it’s on us.” In return for their generosity, they ended up carrying a sloppy drunk Kristin down the stairs of the pub at the end of the night. She vomited all over them both, while the entire waitstaff watched (along with a few stray customers). She felt okay the next day, but it’s the one and only morning she has woken up embarrassed about the night before.

White Wine in Iceland
We usually do well on white wine. It’s what we drink when we just want one or two on a calm night. But in Iceland a couple bottles had us thinking belly flopping into a pile of snow was a good idea. Luckily, cold weather always makes the hangovers easier to handle.

Here’s to being drunk 🙂 

There’s no denying that a few drinks are always on the agenda when we travel. There’s no better feeling than letting loose at new bars, in new cities, with new people, and enjoying new drinks. Do you find time for a night out when you travel? We’d love to hear your stories!





Are Popular Cuisines Better in Their Home Country?

One of the best (and sometimes strangest) parts of travelling is trying all the different cuisines from around the world.

While you can find Italian, Mexican, or Chinese restaurants in England or America, the actual food served might not live up to what you’d find in these countries. It’s always fun to try your favourite dishes (and some you’ve never heard of) right from their country of origin.

We’ve visited a number of countries with world famous cuisines, and we’d like to recommend some foods to try, some foods to avoid, and, of course, a nice local drink to enjoy with it all.


Chinese Cuisine

Give it a try!

Pigeon – Yes, the birds you see eating crap off the floor are a popular food choice in China. The head was still on the plate, but nobody ate that. The rest of the body was edible and surprisingly tasty. Like all meat, a complimentary sauce goes well with it. I thought it tasted similar to chicken. So if you want to be able say you’ve tried something that sounds strange (but tastes familiar), give this a go.

Our serving of delicious pigeon

If you dare…

Chicken Feet – When it comes to this popular dish, there’s just something that doesn’t sit right with me. They taste very fatty and the texture is too strange. I’m giving this one a massive avoid!

If you see this shape, run! 

My missed opportunity

Dog and Donkey – Where we lived (Guangzhou) there was a joke among locals that they would eat anything with legs except a table, anything in the ocean except a boat, and anything with wings except a plane. Yes, the Chinese seem to eat anything. One night after work I turned down an offer to go for dinner to try dog and donkey. Looking back, I still wonder what that would have been like.

Something to drink?

Tsingtao – Grab one of these cheap beers, but not too many. They can cause hangovers that are beyond words – some of the worst I’ve had! But it can be worth it for a drink that’s tasty and affordable.

Similar or different?

Completely different! Prawn crackers didn’t seem to exist and we only saw sweet and sour sauce once in the year we were there.


Thai Cuisine

Give it a try!

Noodle Soups – They may look bland and unsatisfying compared to all the curries available, but these soups are delicious. Fill yours up with noodles, herbs, spices, meats, and veggies. Make it as spicy as you want. Add in a little sauce or a squeeze of lime for extra flavor.

If you dare…

Squid – A lot of menus in Thailand will include squid in their meals. Feel free to skip. It’s just rank – very chewy and more effort than it’s worth.

Do not dare! 

Something to drink?

We have a few cheap options to recommend. If you’re out for a long night, grab a bucket of whatever mixed drink you prefer. Buckets are cheap and great to share with a friend or two.

You should also give sangsom, a local whiskey, a try. It’s cheap and goes well with coke. Kristin mixed it with orange juice once, but that was a fail.

Finally, there a couple local beers, like Singha or Chang. Keep in mind that the percentage of alcohol in Chang changes from drink to drink.

Similar or different?

Mostly different! Some dishes are a good representation, but we’ve found the spices and flavors to be stronger in the country.


Indian Cuisine

Give it a try!

A Thali Set – This is a full meal with plenty of variety. You get a curry and several side orders alongside rice or naan. Vegetarian meals are common in India, but you can get your thali set with meat if you prefer. You can also tell the cook how spicy you want it.

If you dare…

Honestly, there wasn’t anything in India we disliked. Everything was delicious, whether we were in a fancy restaurant or somewhere cheaper. By the end of our trip, we had grown a bit tired of curry (and our stomachs didn’t always feel great), but there is nothing we’d tell you to avoid.

Indian flavours made the stomach hurt but we loved them.

Something to drink?

Kingfisher – This is one of India’s best local beers, brewed in Bangalore. It’s reasonably priced and very refreshing when served cold. In a country where alcohol didn’t seem too popular, many places would still serve a cold Kingfisher.

Similar or different?

The same! All the food reminded us of Indian food back home.


Mexican Cuisine

Give it a try!

Guacamole – This world famous dish, created back in the Aztec age, is still popular today. Made from fresh, local avocados, no one does this dip better. It went well with every meal.

If you dare…

The spicy salsa – The waiters put down two salsas and warn that one is a little spicy, while the other is extremely spicy. Kristin got the two mixed up, and it was a terrifying moment that took some time to recover from.

Something to drink?

Margarita – Yes, please! We love ordering margaritas no matter where we are in the world, so of course margaritas would make the top of our list in Mexico. Served frozen or on the rocks, be sure to try the different flavors. Some include passionfruit and mango.

Similar or different?

There were some differences, and things definitely got a lot spicier.


Italian Cuisine

Give it a try!

Pasta alla Norma – This famous Sicilian pasta is a favourite of Kristin’s, and one she still talks about years later. It has simple ingredients – eggplant, tomato sauce, and ricotta, but there was something about it that made it so much richer and more satisfying than any Italian food from back home.

If you dare…

Octopus – We’d watch out for this seafood ending up in your meal. Maybe we just have something against ocean-dwelling animals with many tentacles.

Something to drink?

Bellini – Definitely try this famous Italian cocktail. It’s made from sparkling wine and a peach additive. You can find it throughout the country, but it first gained fame in Venice.

Similar or different?

The dishes might seem the same at first glance, but something about their ingredients are just better.


Icelandic Cuisine

Give it a try!

Reindeer Soup – This is one of the most popular dishes in Iceland. We even found a couple restaurants in Reykjavik that only had two items in the menu – Reindeer soup and a vegetarian alternative. Around Christmas time, some say the locals are willing to queue for hours for a serving in a warm bread bowl.

If you dare…

Fermented Shark – Hands down the worst thing I’ve ever tasted. It was horrible, sickly, vile, and a million other disgusting adjectives. It wasn’t at all what I expected. It was served in a jar, cut into six small cubes. Biting into the first piece was like biting into something that had been pulled right out of the ocean and thrown into a pile of salt. One was enough.


Something to drink?

Brennivin – Brennivin is an unsweetened snapps that is best downed as a shot. It’s considered a special occasion drink amongst locals. It has a similar taste to vodka. You definitely need to try a shot. After all, isn’t being on a holiday a special occasion for us?

Similar or different?

Unknown. We’ve never tried (or seen) any Scandinavian restaurants outside of Iceland.


Based on our personal tastes we have found way more foods that we like than dislike in all the above countries. Be sure to get out there and try some yourself.

Is there something we’ve recommended that you hated? Or maybe you’re loving squid, octopus, or chicken feet? Let us know your experiences and opinions!





A Southeast Asia Nightlife Guide

Southeast Asia has become one of the globe’s most popular travel destinations, and we can see why.

With unbelievably low prices, even the traveler with the tightest budget can do well here. It also offers something unique for those accustomed to the west – truly foreign foods, cultures, and traditions that will surely open your mind to the many ways people around the world live life.

Finally, if you are looking for fun nights out, Southeast Asia knows how to deliver, on the cheap, with plenty of variety and a touch of madness. Get ready for a crazy night!

Lets get the party started! 

From the 7 countries we’ve traveled around Southeast Asia, here’s what we’d recommend.



Southeast Asia’s central hub offers endless nightlife opportunities, ranging from booming clubs to laid back hole-in-the-wall bars . The city is all hustle and bustle with very affordable drinks.

The most popular tourist hot spots include Khao San Road and Sukhumvit Soi 11, but we’d recommend getting off the beaten path – there’s so much more see! We often find ourselves on Sukhumvit Soi 22. Ce La Vi is a new, fun night club, and there are also old favorites like Onyx, RCA and Demo.

You can also just enjoy the various local bars, easily found in Sukhumvit. Some cheap bars are even set up in stands on the street. Sukhumvit is the center and offers endless opportunities. Check out this Sukhumvit bar crawl. 

The South of Thailand

Tourists flock to the south of Thailand in the masses. Because of this, the islands often have a bad reputation. We encourage you to give this beautiful part of the country a chance – the beaches are perfection and nightlife is always buzzing.

While all islands and southern places seem to offer something a few areas wed certainly recommend are, Koh Phi Phi, Patong Beach in Phuket, Chaweng in Koh Samui and Lonely Beach on Koh Chang. Don’t worry though it’s hard not to find nightlife in the south and for the whole of Thailand to be honest, you won’t be stuck for choice.

Cheers to Southeast Asia.


It’s a bit trickier to find the party spots of Myanmar, but it isn’t hopeless.

The nightlife exists, it’s just a bit more subtle. In Yangon, you can have a good bar crawl near Chinatown on 19th street.

There’s nightlife to be found in Yangon.

We found some great places, including Inya Bar, Cask 81, and TG Bar. Don’t forget Happy KTV if you’re in the mood to sing a song or two!

Keep your tab manageable by ordering Myanmar’s own brewed beer and their brilliant Mandalay rum. But beware that you might find yourself paying for your night in a different way – with a hangover from hell in the morning.

Other areas of Myanmar are more causal, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a nice meal around Inle Lake and a bottle of wine on the breathtaking Ngwe Saung Beach when the stars come out.


In Cambodia, you can jump back into a lively nightlife scene.

We think the best place to start is Pub Street in Siem Reap. It’s easy to see why it has developed a bit of a name for itself amongst tourists. It’s full of bars, dance spots, cocktail bars and restaurants with happy hour drink prices going as low as 1USD or less. Best of all, it stays open until 3 every morning.

Stumble down the brilliant pub street. 

Another must is Sihanoukville. After a day at one of the stunning surrounding islands, head down to Serendipity and Occheuteal beaches in the main town where there’s a great range of dance bars, chill out bars, and anything inbetween. It is also becoming a popular location for full moon parties.


Singapore is bit pricey compared to the rest of Southeast Asia, and it attracts a lot of young professionals with money to spare – but that doesn’t mean it can’t offer a great night out for a budget traveler.

You can actually find a few good deals at many of the bars and restaurants around Clarke Quey, or embrace the student vibe (and pricing) on Orchard Street.

The best part of Singapore is its stunning skyline – it looks breathtaking at night. Why not blend the views with the nightlife and head to one of the many sky clubs and sky bars around the Marina Bay and the rest of the city?

Some we’d recommend are its first skybar Loof, the famous Ce La Vi chain, New Asia Bar, 1-Altitute and the incredible Supertree, which can be found at the colorful and unique Gardens by the Bay.

Singapore by night is stunning! 


Malaysia is a fairly conservative country, and we had our biggest struggle finding a good bar or club here.

That said, one place we would recommend is Langkawi. This little island is home to some stunning beaches, and when the sun goes down, you can grab a drink and relax by the shore. After the sun sets, you’ll be able to find many booming bars on the island.

Grab a drink by the shore. 


To be honest, we hated Laos.

Especially the South, where decent nightlife spots are slim pickings. But we do have one recommendation, and that’s Vang Vieng. It’s famous for its tubing, which is a lot of fun. Take a break to grab a beer at one of the many bars on the river, then you can hop back on your rubber dingy and head to the next one. It makes for a great day – we’d never experienced a floating bar crawl.

For safety reasons, it might not get as crazy as it had in past years, but honestly we can’t help but think the new safety precautions are a good thing.

Vang Vieng is the best spot we could find. 


Vietnam is crazy!

It’s crazy in every way – its roads, its pace of life, and, of course, its nightlife.

We loved it, and we especially had a great time in Hanoi. The city center is like a maze at the best of times, and this seems to also be the case on a bar crawl. You’ll find endless streets that suddenly turned themselves in bars as soon as the sun disappeared, just by placing some chairs and stools around.

Our best recommendation is just to head to the Old Quarter and see what you find. But be warned, everything shuts down at 2am. Don’t start your night too late!

Hanoi was great fun. 

Another great Vietnam party hotspot is Nha Trang. Its long stretches of beaches and bars make it a popular stop off point for travelers heading up or down the country.

A couple places we’d recommend are Zima Nightclub and the Rabbit Hole Bar.

We hope you enjoy the nightlife as much as us. 

We’ve only touched on a few areas in each of these countries. There are endless nightlife options in the places we’ve not been to yet, or even in the cities we know well. Living in Southeast Asia for the next year will hopefully give us a chance to explore even more destinations with new places for a great night out.

What would you recommend for us?





A Nightlife Guide for the United Kingdom

Living in the United Kingdom, there were many reasons I was eager to pack my bags and start traveling the world.  There weren’t many jobs available at home, the cost of living was high, and the weather wasn’t great either. But there is one thing we do have going for us – bustling cities and towns that have some of the most buzzing nightlife spots that you can experience.

If you are traveling in the UK, and you’re looking for a good night out, you are in luck.

Below are some of our best recommendations of where to visit for a night out – based only on where we’ve been. Great Britain’s party culture is widespread, so there are many more options beyond even these.


Our top choice for a night out in the UK is definitely Newcastle. You’ll find friendly people, a positive atmosphere, and a variety of settings from traditional pubs to wild clubs and everything in between.

If you’re trying to go out on the cheap, this city is known for affordable trebles, and it only takes two or three to get a buzz going.

We’d also suggest trying a few of Newcastle’s endless clubs. We’ve enjoyed a few dances at Digital, Tup Tup Palace, Floritas and Madame Koo.

If you’re looking for a different atmosphere, head down to Quayside for a range of brewed ales. Join the Toon Army and enjoy an epic Northern England night.


Heading further north, across the border into Scotland, we’d recommend a night in Glasgow. I have been drawn back to this city many times – especially for a glass or several of Buckfast tonic wine. It’s absolutely gorgeous, and I’ve never seen it anywhere else.

Like Newcastle, Glasgow has endless bars and nightclubs ranging from basement clubs to converted churches. You won’t struggle to stay entertained.

Our recommendations include Glasgow’s famous underground club, Sub Club, The Teuchter’s Triangle, which is a trio of lively pubs, The Glad Café and O2 ABC.


I’ve only been to Manchester twice, but it certainly made an impression. It’s one of the largest cities in the United Kingdom, and it boasts a wide range of nightclubs and bars.

Manchester is well known for its live music scene. If you’re planning a visit, check to see if any good bands have a show that night. The music typically falls into genres such as rock, indie and alternative. Some bars to check out for a good show: Soup Kitchen, Band on the Wall, The Ruby Lounge and Dry Bar.

If you’re not looking for live music, head to the Northern Quarter. It has a large concentration of bars and nightclubs. Some include the famous Sankeys, Sound Control and the newly opened Hidden.


Leeds is another major player in British nightlife. We’d recommend exploring Briggate, a cobbled street filled with traditional pubs, including Whitelocks, which is around 300 years old. We’d also suggest Leeds’ version of the famous Tiger Tiger nightclub. Finally, if you want to turn nightlife into day life, check out the famous Otley-run pub crawl.


We’ll admit, it’s not typical to see Hull at the top of a must-see lists – but when it comes to night out, Hull has a lot to offer. It is a university town, after all. And university towns will always include plenty of cheap places to drink and party.

You’ll find great bars, clubs, casinos – whatever your searching for during your night out. We suggest going for all three!

The two main clubs in the city center are Club Valbon (formerly Position) and Sugar Mill. Both offer some incredible drinks deals. Club Valbon is usually busy on Thursdays and Saturdays, and Sugar Mill draws the best crowds on the weekends and a Monday night.

Another nightclub I would absolutely recommend is Welly, just out the city. It’s not your typical scene, as it leans more toward an indie rock atmosphere. But be warned: the hangovers you’ll get from this place are practically a disease.

Getting ready for a Hull night in my university days. 


Of course, I’m also going to talk a little about my own hometown. If you’re ever unfortunate enough to stumble upon Doncaster by mistake, its only redeeming quality is its nightlife. Nearly all the bars can be found on Silver Street. If you’re feeling a little random and adventurous, check out the Mallard Pub in Cusworth – it used to be my regular watering hole.

Too cool for school on a night in the hometown. 

The United Kingdom boasts a great nightlife scene that few countries can rival. The above recommendations don’t even scratch the surface. If you have a bit of money to spend, London definitely has some gems, and you won’t regret stopping by Bristol, Southampton, Liverpool, or Cardiff – the options are endless.

What are your recommendations in the UK? Did we miss your favorite city or favorite pub? We’d love to hear from you.






Surviving Hangover Hell When Travelling

We like to think that we are not the typical sightseeing tourists.

Sure, we love to see famous landmarks and snap a few pictures. We would never skip these hotspots, but they aren’t the be all and end all of our travels.

One of our favorite things to do in a new city is explore the nightlife. There’s usually no better way to meet and laugh with locals and fellow travelers. A few drinks will help those conversations go beyond the typical small talk. Some of our most memorable, surreal traveling moments have been thanks to a night out.

Of course, this typically ends with us getting a little inebriated, and the next morning (or day) can be rough because of it.

Some nights end a little messy 😉

We have yet to discover an instant cure for a hangover. (If you have, please send it our way!)

But we do have a few tips to make those travel hangovers as tolerable as possible.

Don’t worry if a day gets wasted.

A good night out usually requires a slow, easy day afterward. Don’t force yourself out of bed the next day to go sightseeing. Plan to explore on other days, but also make room for a lazy, relaxing day at the hotel when you can recharge. This balance is key to an enjoyable trip.

Don’t get drunk the night before a day of transport.

Just like you won’t want to be sightseeing, you definitely won’t want to be on a plane, train, or boat. Can you really be dealing with an all day flight via layover with a saw head? Can you really be dealing with rickshaws, ferrys, buses, taxis and planes in one day after not sleeping and leaving straight from a full moon party? Can you deal with a 10 hour mini bus ride after a night out? The answer is never! Be careful when you plan your travel.

Air conditioning helps.

While cold countries seem to cure a hangover easily, hot temperatures will make them much worse. You’re hungover due to dehydration, and the sun won’t do you any favors. Make sure your hotel has decent air conditioning, and lock yourself away in your cool room.

Have a food plan.

The food you choose can make or break your hangover day. Surely, at home, you know exactly what to eat when you’re in a state. Unfortunately, when you are in an unfamiliar country, your favorites will be harder to track down. Worst case scenario, the closest food vendors to your hotel might only serve spicy curry or scorpions. It’s worth putting some thought into this before your night out.

Get water!

Water is the number one thing you’ll need during a hangover. But most tap water isn’t safe to drink abroad, so make sure you’ve stocked up enough for the next day. Trust us, you won’t want to do a water run when you wake up. We’ve developed strong water instincts since travelling. Our drunk selves may not seem like the most responsible people, but we absolutely never forget to buy endless water for the next day. It really helps!

Dont forget to stock up on water.

Get late check out.

The typical 10am, 11am or 12 midday check out times are the bane of travel life. If you’re not travelling onward right away it’s unpleasant. If you’re hungover it’s a disaster. Just pay to extend the room if you don’t need to move on until late afternoon or evening; it’s the only answer.

Get in the pool or go to the beach.

This is the closest we’ve found to a true hangover cure: get in a pool or head to the beach. A sweaty, noisy city brings out hangovers from hell. A quiet beach is miraculous. Maybe this means that bad hangovers are mostly mental.

It’s the best cure we’ve found so far.

Go to the bar.

For some reason, we rarely take this advice from friends who swear by it, but when we have, it has worked! A small amount of alcohol balances everything back out – just don’t overdo it or you’ll be right back where you started soon enough.

Beware of India.

We’re writing this post from India, and while we love the chaos and unpredictability around us in the big cities, they haven’t been great for a hangover. It’s unbelievably hot, it’s crowded, it’s noisy, and everyone seems to be moving at 5,000 miles an hour. The hustle and bustle is not what you need when feeling delicate. That said, the night before will be one heck of an experience and very worth it.

This is not what you need hungover! 

Hangovers are usually the result of a great night – a night that will never be forgotten. However an epic night can lead to an epic hangover. Tread carefully and don’t give youself unessesary pain. We hope our tips will help!

We would love to hear your travel hangover from hell stories. Leave your best ones below!





Songkran Festival – Where to Celebrate and What to Know

Once a year, Thai streets fill with happy party goers holding water guns, hoses and buckets. It’s Songkran, and it’s right around the corner. Are you ready for a massive water fight? We’ll help you prepare.

What is it?

Songkran is Thailand’s New Year festival. The new year begins on the 13th of April every year, with the festival usually lasting from the 13th – 15th April, if not longer. Thailand’s Songkran festival ties in with many lunar new year festivals and holidays being celebrated across Asia in countries such as Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Sri Lanka and parts of India.

Traditionally the celebrations center around a water festival. Everyone, young and old, gathers in the streets with their families and engages in water fights and street parties. The water is used to clear away the misfortunes of the old year and signify a fresh start to the new one.

Where should you celebrate in Thailand?

Bangkok – While most of the city vanishes to their hometowns, Bangkok becomes pleasantly quiet for the period. Even so, there is no shortage of places to gather and have a splashing time. RCA has a stage and arena set up for an all-night party. Khao San Road is usually bustling with locals and backpackers, while Silom Road (Patpong) closes for traffic and fills with celebrations. Many locals will take to smaller sois while various hotels and residences offer tickets for Songkran pool parties.

Join the party on Silom Road

Chiang Mai – The party is centered around Tha Pae Gate. You’ll find stages, music, plenty of water, and crowds of party goers. There are also many street stores, so you’ll never run out of food, water, water guns and beer.

The Southern Towns and Islands – Wherever you choose down south, there will be some sort of Songkran celebration going on. Two popular islands include Koh Samui around Chaweng Beach and Phuket around Patong Beach. Other beach areas we’d recommend are Ao Nang and Krabi. Wherever you end up, you’ll find plenty of party opportunities by the beach.

Where can you celebrate around the world?

Not in Thailand this year? There are a number of other Asian countries that embrace the Thai New Year festivities and water parties, although they’ll tend to have a more traditional approach. You can find celebrations all over Laos, but specifically in Vientiane. Other places include Siem Reap in Cambodia, Yangon in Myanmar and parts of China.

Songkran lovers celebrating in China.

What should you know?

Clothes – It’s true that Thailand is scorching hot this time of year, and Songkran is a water fight, but keep in mind that Thailand and many Asian countries are conservative Buddhist countries. Depending on where you are celebrating, your clothes should be respectful. Take note of what everyone else is wearing – especially the locals.

Nighttime – Want to party all night? You’ll need to find the right place. Festivals on the streets shut down quickly when darkness falls. Designated party zones usually keep going until the early hours of the morning. If you find yourself in a place that seems to be winding down, you’ll need to be flexible. Find a street or party that’s still hopping, and don’t continue to soak people who are ready to call it a night.

You can’t stay dry – It’s just impossible! If you don’t like the idea of getting splashed, Songkran isn’t the festival for you. Even a quick walk to the store will result in someone throwing a bucket of water on you. If you dare to look annoyed by this, three more buckets will take aim. Smile and enjoy yourself!

You won’t know what to expect – Sometimes the water is freezing. You might even notice some ice cubes in the mix. Sometimes the water will feel like warm bath water. Some water has soap in it, so you’ll want to avoid getting it in your eyes or mouth. You just don’t know what’s coming until you’ve been splashed!

Motorbikes and Scooters – The most common time for motorbike accidents and traffic fatalities in Thailand is Songkran. If you decide to drive a bike during the water festival, stay alert and move slowly. Water will be thrown at you as you drive, and the roads will be slippery with soap.

Protect your valuables – It’s easy to find waterproof phone cases during Songkran. Buy one; you’ll need it.

Think before you splash – Be thoughtful and don’t throw water over monks, babies or the elderly.

Got a funny story from Songkran? What did you like? What did you hate? Let us know.