Jaillen Yehia

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The Travel Tipping Point: Do We Have Travel App-athy?

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about just how much the travel tech landscape has changed in a few short years  – and where it will go next. Where once the idea behind apps like Airbnb or Uber had to be explained to most outside the travel industry, today the concept of the sharing economy […]

Is 2 Months In Thailand Too Long For A First Time Traveller To Asia?

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Savoir Solves is a new section where I answer readers and friends travel questions and dilemmas. This week the question is from friend and reader Andrea, from Vancouver, Canada, who has booked her first trip to Thailand and is feeling apprehensive. She asks whether 2 months is too long to spend in Thailand.

In Photos: Brunei’s Beautiful Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque

Written by Jaillan Yehia

On a day trip to the Brunei capital I was wowed by a selection of Bandar Seri Begawan’s highlights, from mosques and floating villages to food markets and museums. But the country’s largest mosque, which was built by the current Sultan was undoubtedly the most impressive thing I saw during my short visit to the tiny […]

Let Me Tell You About Tel Aviv (especially if you’re vegan)

Written by Jaillan Yehia

This guide to Tel Aviv comes from fellow freelance travel writer Rachel Rigby, who explored the vegan cafes, diamond exchanges and biblical connections of the Tel Aviv area of Israel…

Passing On The Travel Baton In Bali

Written by Jaillan Yehia

There’s bound to be a special place in anyone’s heart for the first exotic holiday location to which they ever travel. While my first foreign holiday was to Greece (in typically British style) my first ever experience of a long haul destination was landing in Denpasar airport, Bali, more years ago than I care to admit […]

WIN! A 2 Night Stay In Hong Kong + More For Chinese New Year

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Traditional New Year may be well and truly over, but somehow it’s STILL January, leaving most of us with a serious case of the blues. Luckily Chinese New Year is here and that means another reason to celebrate. Especially if you find yourself kicking off the Year of the Rooster in style and winning one of the […]

The Real Life Brexiter: Swapping the malaise for Malaysia

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Brexit has caused more Brits than ever to start turning dreams of living overseas into a reality. So I decided to start a series asking real life Brexiters – those who’ve already left the UK for pastures greener – what life is really like after Blighty. First in the series was Brexiter Katja – a Somerset […]

Flashback Friday: Guilty Pleasures Of Backpcking In Bali

Written by Jaillan Yehia

The Indonesian island of Bali was the first ‘exotic’ place to which I ever travelled, so it will always occupy a pretty special place in my memory – and it’s probably the only time I can truly say I’ve backpacked. But when you’re in a destination for a while, the desire to explore every day […]

Valentine Hotel Hotlist: 6 Sexy Places To Spend Time With A Special Someone

Written by Jaillan Yehia

A romantic weekend away for Valentine’s Day – sounds like a great idea in principle, right? But as anyone who has tried to book even a simple night away with their partner already knows, the process of finding the perfect hotel for romance isn’t all hearts and flowers. You’re searching for seclusion and sophistication in […]

Stylish Sihanoukville – 6 Ways To Stay Chic In Cambodia’s Beach Town

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Sihanoukville and style aren’t two concepts that always go together. But while some tourists feel that Cambodia’s coastal town isn’t worth visiting  – its reputation precedes it and not always in a good way – I’ve always loved spending time in so-called ‘Snooky’. In fact I think Sihanoukville is one of South-East Asia’s most under-rated beach resorts. […]

My Cambodian Cooking Class

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Regular readers might have noticed that I tend to take a cooking class in almost every destination I visit; for me there’s now better way get under the skin of a country than to find out about the food. Nowhere does this thrill me more than in South-East Asia, where a morning spent at the […]

Savoir There World Food Awards 2013

Written by Jaillan Yehia

As the year drew to a close I found myself writing a post recapping my favourite travel memories of 2013 and I learned a couple of things about myself in the process – firstly that many of my favourite moments of the year involve nature and animals, and secondly that when I’m not looking for […]

A 10 Second Guide To Doing It ‘Dampa Style’ In The Philipines

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Welcome to the best thing I discovered during my time in The Philippines –  doing it ‘dampa style’. Do it once and you’ll just want to do it all over again the next night. And the next. Be warned the pictures are just blurry iphone images because when you’re doing it dampa style you don’t […]

The Top 10 Stylish Places To Stay In Siem Reap

Written by Jaillan Yehia

From budget boutique bolt-holes to blow-the-budget palaces Siem Reap has it all – in fact it’s hard to imagine a single town in the world with a better selection of stylish places to stay. Here are my top 10 Siem Reap hotels for style on every budget…

Where To Have (And To Hold) Tarantulas In Phnom Penh – Romdeng Restaurant

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I arrive at Romdeng restaurant ten minutes late as is my wont, but on this occasion I can’t blame the Northern Line. Rushing through the streets of Phnom Penh on foot has left me a lot more sweaty than my usual subterranean dashes to London restaurants and I’ve never found my dining companion to have taken the liberty of […]

How To Do A 10 Point End Of Tax Year Assessment – Travel Blogger Style

Written by Jaillan Yehia

This week a brand new tax year started, and those in traditional jobs have been running year-end assessments and shuffling spreadsheets left, right and centre. So I thought I’d do some rather taxing assessments of my own and calculate the 10 best things I’ve done this financial year, and their real value – monetarily and of course in […]

Would You Take Your Shoes Off At Pol Pot’s House?

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Like everyone else, I take my shoes off and leave them in the pile before entering the last place Pol Pot ever lived, out here in the Northern Cambodian district of Anlong Veng, nestled against the Thai border. But this small and typically Asian behavioral detail, usually meant as a form of respect, is going against every fibre […]

The Travel Tipping Point: Burma

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Recently, while travelling without a set plan around Asia, one destination kept coming up time and time again – if there is such a thing as a tipping point, then for me, Burma has just tipped. Everyone I talked to who’d been couldn’t say enough positive things about it and I began to formulate a plan in […]

A Hong Kong Photo Tour

Written by Jaillan Yehia

East meets West, British order overlaid on Chinese culture, perpetually expanding upwards into the sky and outwards into the ocean. Grab an eyeful of the confluence of capitalism, colonialism and communism on this photo tour to one of the most densely populated corners of the planet, the Cantonese for ‘fragrant harbour’ – Hong Kong…

The Perfect Place To Stay in Hong Kong – The Cosmopolitan & The Cosmo Hotel Hong Kong

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I say The Cosmo is the perfect place to stay in Hong Kong but frankly my dears I’ve never actually stayed anywhere else. Once I found The Cosmo with its boutique concept, ice-cream sundae colour-pop rooms, super-efficient shuttle service about town, and 24 hour check-in policy I simply never bothered to look elsewhere.

How To Go Off-Hotel In Dubai

Written by Jaillan Yehia

It’s probably the perfect stopover destination, poised physically between the Far East and Europe and offering the chance to experience a truly exotic world in between. But most of Dubai’s life is centred around hotels and malls – so here’s a guide to which hotels to check into – as well as how to go […]

In Photos – A Day Trip To Brunei

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I’d always wanted to visit The Sultanate of Brunei but somehow it had never happened – until circumstances brought me to the Brunei capital Bendar Seri Begawan on a great value Royal Brunei Airlines flight from Bangkok to London ‘via’ Brunei. Of course it’s hardly on the way, in fact it’s just over two hours in the wrong […]

History & Lessons: Manila’s American Cemetery & Memorial

Written by Jaillan Yehia

If you have only a short time in which to experience Manila you might think that a visit to a cemetery shouldn’t be at the top of your must-do list? But a trip to the sobering and thought-provoking American Cemetery and Memorial in Manila will pull The Philippines’ part in world history sharply into focus and underline how privileged we are to be […]

In Photos: The Chocolate Hills of Bohol, The Philippines

Written by Jaillan Yehia

The Filipino Island of Bohol is best known for two things: tarsiers and what I came to think of as an exaggerated teletubby land known as The Chocolate Hills, a strange landscape of 1,268 eerie and bizarre conical mounds dotted a round the centre of the island…

3 Great Places For Filipino Food In Manila

Written by Jaillan Yehia

The Philippines’ sprawling capital may not be the first place that springs to mind for a gastronomic city break – understandably most tourists who fly to The Philippines are headed for one or more of the 7107 islands and islets to kick back on an idyllic white sand beach. But it’s a big mistake to overlook […]

Midnight Mercato – The Place For Street Food In Manila

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Think Asian street food and you’ll probably think of stalls selling delicious and mysterious local delicacies cooked up by a smiling old lady on a dirty street corner. Street food can make us feel excited about the thrill to our taste buds and apprehensive about the danger to our tummies in equal measure, but they’ve […]

Angkor Not: A Photo Journey To Preah Vihear Temple

Written by Jaillan Yehia

The huge unspoiled Cambodian temple complex at Preah Vihear has long been the scene of animosity and fighting between Thai and Cambodian forces, but happily for those seeking an unspoiled temple experience it’s currently safe to visit. And due to the contentious history of this site there’s just a tiny sprinkling of tourists here even today, […]

I Didn’t Kiss A Girl, But I Still Liked It – My Stay At A Gay Resort

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I don’t mean to pry but are you gay or are you straight? And how would you feel about staying in a gay-friendly resort if you’re the latter? I’m a straight gal, so why have I been feeling completely at home at a self-proclaimed gay hotel? In true Carrie Bradshaw style I got to thinking…

The Perfect Place To Stay On Mactan Island – The Crimson Resort Cebu

Written by Jaillan Yehia

If you’re looking for the perfect luxury beach resort on Cebu’s Mactan Island, it has to be The Crimson Resort Cebu. With stunning Asian-inspired decor and manicured grounds it makes a great retreat after exploring The Philippines’ bustling second city.

Top 5 Pictures of Random Tourists At Angkor Wat

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I love Cambodia, I love Siem Reap and I love Angkor Wat. But as well as playing the same game as everyone else and trying to get pictures of the famous temples sans tourists, I decided to embrace the scenes created by my armies of fellow snappers. Here are my top 5 photos of random […]

They’re Changing The Guard At Gyeongbokgung Palace

Written by Jaillan Yehia

But Christopher Robin is nowhere to be seen. And instead of bearskins you can witness the guards or Sumungun (meaning gatekeepers) dressed in their own traditional brightly coloured costumes and armour as they perform a ceremonial re-enactment of the changing of the royal guard.

In Photos: A Food Tour Of Seoul

Written by Jaillan Yehia

How much food can one girl eat (and photograph) during a single day on a food tour of Seoul? Let’s find out…

The Perfect Place to Stay in Manila – The Fairmont Makati

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I’m just going to come right out and say it, Manila’s Fairmont Makati is my new favourite hotel in the world. In fact it isn’t really a hotel, it feels like a destination in and of itself. Manila may not be the first place that springs to mind for a relaxing break, but after a stay […]

The Perfect Place to Stay in Seoul – IP Seoul Boutique Hotel

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For a city of 22 million people, 10 million cars and seemingly a million coffee shops (plus a million and one Gangnam Style souvenirs) Seoul is pretty short on boutique hotels – but Seoul’s original boutique hotel, the IP, is just what you need for a short stop in the city.

The One Where I Get A Kitsch Kawaii Manicure In Korea

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I’m in Seoul for just 36 short hours and with an 11 hour overnight flight direct from London and a 9 hour time difference, I know I’m going to be pretty jet lagged the entire time. There’s no way I can even begin to skim the surface of Asia’s 24 hour mega-city in such a […]

Top 10 Japanese Restaurants in London

Written by Jaillan Yehia

London has more global cuisine than anyone could hope to eat in a lifetime including a bewildering array of around 450 Japanese restaurants, but how can you find the most authentic Japanese restaurants in the capital if you don’t know your sushi from your sashimi? In this guest post Japanophile and Japan Journeys expert James […]

Top 10 Travel Tips: 10 Lessons I Learnt From Moving Overseas

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Miranda Glasser decided to leave her London life behind and embark on a year-long stint as a teacher in Vietnam – after entering her second year as a resident of Siem Reap, Cambodia where she’s about to become a correspondent for the Phnom Penh Post. Here she shares the 10 most important lessons she learnt […]

10 Things To Do In Taipei In A Day

Written by Jaillan Yehia

The Taiwanese capital is chaotic and cute in equal measure. Here’s some inspiration for ten things to do in Taipei in a day – and on a shoestring budget.

The Truth About Travelling To Post-Tsunami Japan

Written by Jaillan Yehia

One year on from the Japanese earthquake and ensuing tsunami and nuclear disaster, what are the issues surrounding travelling to post-tsunami Japan? In this guest post Japanese-born and London-based lecturer Kaori Homma gives her views.

Women of the World: The Artist & Tsunami Fundraiser

Written by Jaillan Yehia

After hearing about the suffering of students in her native Japan following last year’s disaster, Kaori Homma decided she had to do something to help. She gathered together fellow artists from the University of Arts London where she is a lecturer, and started putting together an art auction with a difference – here she explains […]

24 Hours in Hong Kong

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Recently I was asked if it was possible to see Hong Kong in a single day. The answer is yes – and here’s what I managed to cram into my 24 hours in Hong Kong.

Malaysia Night at Trafalgar Square

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Now in its second year, Malaysia night at Trafalgar Square, which ran from 3-10pm on a sunny and unseasonably warm 23rd September 2011, showcased Malaysian culture and fashion, as well as the country’s popular cuisine.

Thailand for the Tastebuds: How to Make Mango and Sticky Rice

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I’ve been obsessed with mango and sticky rice since having it for the first time in a Thai restaurant in the Petronas towers, Kuala Lumpur. Since then I’ve taken every opportunity to sample different versions of this delicious dessert – and I’ve even sought out a few recipes in a bid to find out how to make mango […]

Learning To Love the Bicycle in Laos

Written by Jaillan Yehia

There’s something about travel that unlocks your imagination, releases your inner child and makes you feel that anything is possible.  If you want to learn to ride a bicycle – either for the first time or all over again –  the serene and stunning surroundings of Laos are the perfect place to embrace the ‘two-wheels […]