Weekend Warrior's Guide

Island Hopping in the Andaman Sea

“I’m sorry. We not have record of you arrival in Thailand,” said the Bangkok immigration officer from behind her glass window. “You must go here day after tomorrow,” she ordered as she handed me a tiny scrap of paper, “See my boss at this address.”

My heart sank. We’d already ran up a massive taxi fare to get here, stood for hours in enormous queues, and filled in so many forms my feeble twenty-first century wrists throbbed for hours. Kyeonghwa, my girlfriend and who’d been furnished with a new passport earlier that day after it had been stolen minutes into our arrival in the capital a week before, quietly began to cry.


Four easy ways to lose all your money in Southeast Asia

Who needs money anyway?

I generally try to prepare as little as possible in all aspects of my life. I tell others it’s more fun this way, and that I like to see where the wind will take me. But to be brutally honest, I’m hideously lazy and utterly scatterbrained. So, I find anything involving any real forethought to be way too much effort and a monumental bore.

So with that fantastic attitude, I found myself unemployed and strangely brimming with cash earlier this year. I took off on a three month trip around Southeast Asia, and while a good time was had, I fell for some of the most common scams out there.

Therefore, I’ve decided to write up a bit of a guide for other travellers to Southeast Asia intent on squandering more money than they can afford.

Here’s four easy ways to get scammed in Southeast Asia:


The Weekend Warrior’s Guide to… Hong Kong

“A Weekend Warrior: A person who holds a regular job during the week which restricts their ability to party/go on trips/partake in awesome activities, and thus plans epic weekend adventures to compensate.”

So you pile out of Hong Kong International Airport, whisk over to your hotel and ponder at the enormity of Hong Kong. Be sure to follow this Weekend Warrior’s guide to experience the best of the Special Economic Zone before the untold horrors of Monday morning begin anew.

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Hong Kong By Day


Korean Street Food: A Peninsular Culinary Adventure

Korean cuisine is a cornucopia brimming with hot soups, stringy noodles, barbecued meats, unidentified vegetables and lip melting spices. With every pyeong of Korea’s megalithic cities given over to dining, it’s no wonder so much food has spilt out onto the busy streets. Good thing too, because it’s out here, free from the entrapment of four walls, where the street food connoisseur can chow down some of the best dishes on the peninsula. Here are some of the most popular street food delicacies:

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The Weekend Warrior’s Guide To… Busan

“A Weekend Warrior as defined by urbandictionary.com: A person who holds a regular job during the week which restricts their ability to party/go on trips/partake in awesome activities, and thus plans epic weekend adventures to compensate.”

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Marine City and Rainbow Bridge from Igidae


Sleeping in a box: The Capsule Hotel Experience

Next to crashing down in a Ryokan with sushi-serving Geishas, and views of Godzilla scaling mount Fuji beyond paper windows, the capsule hotel is Japan’s most Japanese accommodation. Nowhere else in the world but in the Land of the Rising Sun, can those looking for a place to sleep spend the night encased in a snug little box.


A Weekend Warrior’s Guide to… Macau

“A Weekend Warrior: A person who holds a regular job during the week which restricts their ability to party/go on trips/partake in awesome activities, and thus plans epic weekend adventures to compensate.”

 

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Check out the architecture!


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