There are over 4 million scooters in Ho Chi Minh, previously known as Saigon. You dice with death when you cross the road and once you step out, go for it. Don’t look back. Don’t step back. Keep weaving forward between the tiny gaps. Otherwise, you’re a goner. This city is another level of crazy busy, even busier than Bangkok I’d say. But, don’t let that put you off! The atmosphere here is buzzing, the people are friendly and once in the city centre, it’s easy to find your way around. A rooftop bar is the best way to see the stunning, neon electric skyline of financial towers and high-rise business blocks. My travel buddy Stacy and I were here for two nights and this our backpackers guide to rooftop life.
Manchester is known for it’s incredible music scene, so there’s no surprise that it’s home to one of the best festivals in Europe. Born in 2010 and supported by The Warehouse Project, the festival takes over Heaton Park for two days and attracts a crowd of 80, 0000. Parklife has a massive variety of acts – the best I’ve ever seen on a festival line up – as well as afterparties around the city all weekend. The arena has cool cocktails bars, carnival rides, every kind of food you can imagine to come out of a van and enough glitter and hair braiding stations to put Claire’s Accessories out of business. Here’s how to find hidden stages and save money when you’re there, with some survival tips thrown in.
The island of Hvar is known for being a party island but if you want some chill time there’s plenty of both. It was the perfect end to our Hideout Festival and Croatia adventure. We discovered a secret island with the most amazing beach bar and seafood restaurant just 15 minutes on a boat from Hvar. This post shares how to find it as well as what Hvar has to offer. These pictures give you idea, it’s stunning.
When the sun starts to disappear and a DJ is playing an anthemic tune that reminds you of why you fell in love with dance music in the first place, in perfect time to the fading light, the atmosphere is pretty magical. Watching the Ibiza sunset is something everyone should do at least once in their life. I’m not over exaggerating here either. Anyone who has been to Ibiza will tell you how everyone comes together for those minutes of unity when all silent, focused on the same thing as the sun disappears into the ocean.
That’s what Ibiza does, and that’s what house music does; inspires togetherness. And that’s why I love them both. This blog talks about a unique and memorable alternative to Cafe Mambo, for next time you watch the sun set on the White Isle: Kumharas Beach Sunset Bar.
South Koh Phangan, from Ban Tai to Haad Rin, the beach is lined with laid-back reggae beat bars and chilled yoga cafes. They all serve healthy Thai classics, smoothies, great coffee and local alcohol.
One of our favourite finds was Two Rocks. A tree house-style bar built around a massive oak trunk that extends out over the water. I loved it because you could jump in and out the water as you pleased and the staff are super friendly. You can do whatever you like here, everyone is content in their own slice of paradise.
Have you ever caught a tiny speed boat home on New Years morning after your New Years Eve celebrations? I’m not talking about the Full Moon Party – and actually would encourage you to try something a little more undiscovered. This blog gives you an alternative party destination for bringing in the New Year in Thailand – the best New Year I’ve ever had.
On a secluded beach off the coast of Croatia, Hideout said ‘hello world’ in 2010 with one of the most unique festival venues I’ve seen. Five different purpose built, open air clubs line Zcre Beach on the Island of the Pag. The arena swings around a lake and the backdrop is a collection of majestic mountains. It’s a pretty surreal experience to be raving with some of your favourite DJ’s in the world and turn around to that view. (All images are my own).