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

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Art & Culture, Asia, Brunei, Competitions, Photo Journeys

Brunei's Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque

Brunei’s Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque has some gorgeous tiling

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 mosquewhich was built by the current Sultan was undoubtedly the most impressive thing I saw during my short visit to the tiny state.

In fact the Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque is one of the most impressive and beautiful buildings I’ve seen anywhere in the world…

Passing On The Travel Baton In Bali

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Asia, Bali, Continents

Bali

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 – and I was overwhelmed, intoxicated and amazed in equal measure.

Now all those memories have come flooding back as my youngest brother has been bitten by the travel bug and found himself travelling to my favourite paradise island: Bali

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

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Asia, Continents, Food, Hong Kong

Hong Kong

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 4 amazing prizes I’m giving away in my Hong Kong Competition

The Real Life Brexiter: Swapping the malaise for Malaysia

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Asia, Continents, Europe, Guest Posts, Malaysia, News, Opinion, The Real Life Brexiters, United Kingdom

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This month’s featured Brexiter lives in Kuala Lumpur

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 girl who now lives in Mexico, and this month I talk to Worcester native Simon, who has moved on to a new life in Malaysia

Flashback Friday: Guilty Pleasures Of Backpcking In Bali

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Asia, Bali, Continents

Candikuning-Market-Bedugul-Bali-Indonesia

Photo courtesy of kathmanduandbeyond.com

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 and indulge in constant cultural pursuits can wane just slightly leaving you doing a few things that might raise the eyebrow of a serious traveller.

So, just for a bit of Friday fun, here are 5 things I enjoyed on holiday in Bali that the real traveller in me knows I probably shouldn’t have…

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

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Africa, Americas, Asia, British Columbia, California, Canada, Continents, England, Europe, London, Malaysia, Mexico, Opinion, Perfect Places To Stay, South Africa, UK Staycation, United Kingdom, USA, Vancouver Island, Wishlists, Worldwide Vacation

Rose at Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Falling in love with hotels for Valentine’s Day…

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 a Valentine hotel, but you also need that unquantifiable quality – sex appeal. And just like dating itself, there’s always the worry that hotels which look good on paper could turn out to be a let down when we meet them in person.

So I thought I’d compile a list of  the 6 sexiest places in the entire world I’ve ever stayed. These are tried and tested hotels that I would not hesitate in recommending for romance, so you can kick the research to the kerb…

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

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Asia, Cambodia, Opinion, Worldwide Vacation

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Sihanoukville’s Sokha Beach

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.

Trust me, there’s more to this gap year enclave known as ‘SinVille’ than bars and backpackers – you just have to know where to look to find Sihanoukville’s stylish side.

Start by looking here…

My Cambodian Cooking Class

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Asia, Cambodia, Continents, Food, Worldwide Vacation

Shopping for vegetables in Siem Reap's local market

Shopping for vegetables in Siem Reap’s local market

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 market and an afternoon (let’s face it, sweltering) in the kitchen adds a different dimension to the destination.

Whilst in Siem Reap I took a class at the renowned, locally-owned Tigre de Papier cooking school, and came away with a new sense of respect for Cambodian cuisine  – and a much better handle on how to prepare one of my favourite South-East Asian desserts, Mango and Sticky rice