Crocodile Island & Ondal Fortress- A day trip from Seoul with Bangawoyo Tours

Last weekend I joined Bangawoyo Tours on one last summer outing to Crocodile Island. We took an early bus Sunday morning and headed towards Chungju and headed for a short hike.   Crocodile Island is a really a wonderfully unique lake which gives the surrounding land a slight reptilian shape. Its actual name is Chungju Lake but Read More …

Sacred Monkey Forest – Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

The Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud is a magical place where conservation and ecotourism mesh in the heart of a beautiful city.  The forest is literally in the center of Ubud which is the best reason to visit Bali, Indonesia.  Monkeys happen to be one of my favorite animals and I’ve been lucky with other Read More …

Muuido Island – The Perfect Getaway from Seoul

Muuido Island is so close to Seoul that you can see airplanes landing at Incheon International Airport from the beach.  Thankfully its also remote enough that the hustle and bustle of the city disappears along with the city lights and thankfully some pollution too.  Do yourself a favor and stay overnight in one of the Hanagae Read More …

Blue Flames of Kawah Ijen Volcano – Java, Indonesia

I first heard about Mt. Ijen’s blue flames from a British biologist who hiked Bromo with me. Thinking it would be impossibly far away I was happy to hear Mt. Ijen is on the way back to Bali from Mt. Bromo! To save money I took a public bus to Bangyuwangi and found a group Read More …

10 ways to get the most out of Ubud

Ronda and I absolutely loved Ubud!  Its a must-see for anyone visiting Bali, Indonesia.  You can cram everything you want to see in a few days but that will leave you wishing you were back in Ubud like we were.  We returned for another 2 nights after our stay on the Gili Islands!  Check out Read More …

El Nido – Turning 30 in Paradise

El Nido is far and away the most paradisaical location I’ve ever had the pleasure of vacationing in.  This Filipino Island is consistently ranked as the top beach in the world.  After traveling to blissful places like Thailand’s Koh Phi Phi and Philippines’s Boracay’s white beach before El Nido, I wholeheartedly defend El Nido’s superiority.  It was these very rankings coupled with dozens Read More …

Night Tours at Korean Royal Palaces

***I’ve been getting questions about ticket reservations. Both times I went without reserving tickets ahead of time. One time we arrived at 715 the other 8pm and we got in without any issue. Contact me or comment below if you get in or have any other info*** Visit Korean Palaces at Night The Korean Royal Read More …

Cherry Blossom Festival – Jinhae – Bangawoyo

This weekend I joined my old Seoul Hiking Group buddy, Johnny Seo’s new group Bangawoyo Tours at Jinhae’s Cherry Blossom Festival. It was a gorgeous day full of new friends and beautiful scenery. Jinhae is famous throughout Korea for its annual cherry blossom festival and we hit it at the perfect time! Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival Read More …

3 nights in Puerto Princessa, Palawan – Philippines

After a few day on Cebu Ronda and I departed for Palawan where my brother, Ben, was waiting for us in Puerto Princessa. Truth be told this city is really just a hub and the best thing to do is head north for Sabang, Port Barton or El Nido but if you’ve got a few days Read More …