Discovering the Sun & Moon Worshipping Tribals of Ziro Valley

Of all the places on my Holiday Scout tour, I have to say I was looking forward to meeting the Apatani tribe in Ziro Valley the most. It's probably the top tourist place in Arunachal Pradesh, and is close to becoming a UNESCO Heritage Site, but it still receives very few visitors and you'll most likely

Luxury Guide to Hanoi

Welcome to Backpacker's Boutique. Every Sunday, this spot will feature a new travel blogger. Some weeks it will be a really fun interview about packing, fashion, and fitness so you can snoop inside their bags & lives a little bit and other weeks it'll be a detailed luxury guide to a city the featured blogger/expat knows very well. E-mail me if

Shunya Goa | Kaju Varo & Yoga Varo Review

This wasn't my first time staying at a Shunya Goa property- last year when Ben's brother, Josh, came to visit we stayed a Noi Varo in Siolim, you can read that review here. It is an restored Portuguese mansion. Ever since, I wanted to check out their second property Kaju Varo which is in Ashwem,

You’re Invited! Tia’s Shop Opening, Anjuna

If you've read this blog for a while or follow my Instagram, by now you've probably seen mentions of Tia's shop. When I moved here almost 3 years ago, hers was the first local brand I heard about and I have been shopping in Goa from her ever since. Yup... that's all TIA! crazy. She

Secret Little Sangti Valley in NE India

I've been traveling around India for three years, and after seeing so many places the thing I love to do most is going to places that I've never heard of... and neither have most people. Sangti Valley is 15 km outside Dirang, buried in the Eastern Himalayas, and another stop in Arunachal Pradesh tourism that

4 Unexplored & Hidden Places to Visit in Dirang, India

As we headed further North with Holiday Scout from Bomdila further into Arunachal Pradesh it got even more beautiful. There are about 10 main tourist places in Arunachal Pradesh to visit and Dirang is one of the smaller ones. I'm glad we stopped though and want to share the things to do in Dirang that

My Honest Review of Holiday Scout NE India Tours

I recently went to Arunachal Pradesh and Assam with Holiday Scout which if you follow this blog regularly you will have already known! I spent 11 days with them on the Monastery and Tribal Discovery Tour and this is my review of Holiday Scout. Please first check out FAQ about travel in NE India so you understand this

The Don’t Miss Places to Visit in Bomdila

Bomdila Arunachal Pradesh was one of my favorite towns in Arunachal Pradesh. This small town has a population of less than 10,000 people, is 8,800 feet above sea level, and is the home of the Monpa, Aka, Miji, Sherdukpen, and Bogun tribes. Passing into Arunachal Pradesh does require an ILP (inner line permit) or foreign