Marielle is a photojournalist and the junior visual features reporter at Insider's Singapore bureau, where she covers travel, lifestyle, and deep dives on Asia. She first joined the bureau as a visual features fellow in 2022.
She graduated with a BA (Hons) in English literature and communications from the Nanyang Technological University in 2021. She currently pursues a Master's degree at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies.
I spent a night partying in Bangkok, the world's nightlife capital. The party ended at 2 a.m., but the night was as memorable as ever.
I kept hearing about a Bangkok club called Route66. Friends told me the vibe at the club is "insane," and someone described it as nightlife "on acid."
6 common mistakes tourists make in Bangkok, according to locals
"People drive the way they want to drive in Bangkok, and some locals don't even wear helmets," a local tour guide told Insider.
I spent the night in a tiny, $226 hotel room tucked away in Singapore's Changi Airport to see if it's a good deal for staycationers or travelers on layovers — take a look
Yotelair Changi Airport's Premium Queen Cabin is one of the tiniest hotel rooms in Singapore. It reminded me of a college dorm room.
Skip the sleeper trains in Thailand and just book the short-haul flights instead — here's why
I rode on the Special Express 14, a 13-hour journey that starts in the northern province of Chiang Mai and ends in the capital city of Bangkok.
A bunk bed in one of the top-rated hostels in Bangkok costs $14 a night. I put it to the test to see if it holds up against reviews.
I stayed at Luk Hostel in Bangkok's Chinatown. The hostel's location was perfect, and it had amenities that made it great value for money.
I tried one of the world's oldest soups, a broth that's been kept simmering for 50 years by 3 generations of a family. It's now one of my favorite restaurants in Bangkok.
The owner of Wattana Panich said they store the soup every night and add water and ingredients to it in the morning.
I spent 13 hours in a first-class sleeper car on one of Thailand's longest train rides, and it turned out to be a total letdown
While it was a memorable experience, it's not a route I'd take again — there were only four hours of sunlight to enjoy the views outside.
I spent 3 days in Thailand's most underrated tourist destination. Here are 5 things I'd do differently next time.
There are several things I'd do differently the next time I travel to Chiang Mai, like exploring the outskirts and trying more of the local food.
7 things I wish I'd known before taking a 13-hour sleeper train across Thailand. No food was sold on board and it's easy to get left behind between stops.
The 467-mile journey cut across dense jungle and nine provinces. I wish I'd brought more food on board and had booked a different cabin.
I lined up for 5 hours to eat at one of only 2 Michelin-starred street-food stalls in the world. From beginning to end, nothing about it was what I expected.
From the $50 bill to the 5-hour wait line to the woman who owns the food stall herself, this was street food like I had never experienced.
4 common mistakes travelers make in Chiang Mai, one of Thailand's most popular tourist destinations, according to locals
Chiang Mai draws in travelers — more than 10.8 million of them in 2019 — with its mountainous terrain, cool weather, and animal sanctuaries.
I spent a night in one of the only tiny house Airbnbs in northern Thailand. It was a perfect — but expensive — way to experience the area.
A one-night stay cost $238. The Airbnb has an outdoor tub, floor-to-ceiling glass windows, and panoramic views of the mountains.
I went glamping in Singapore's hot, tropical weather and had a rough time of it. Here are 5 mistakes I made.
Singapore's hot weather didn't make the experience easy — but I made a couple of mistakes that made my overnight stay even more uncomfortable.
Photo diary: Marina Bay Sands is the modern, glistening icon of the Singapore skyline — but at night, it comes alive with a whole different energy
By day, MBS is a picture-perfect luxury estate. But at night, dozens of skateboarders roam the vicinity, whizzing past tourists snapping photographs.
I spent a night glamping in a busy park in Singapore, and I'd recommend you think twice before you try it yourself
I stayed in a two-person tent in Pasir Ris Park in eastern Singapore, hosted by Glamping Society. It was just as uncomfortable as camping.
I've lived in Singapore for 20 years, and there are 7 things tourists should never do when visiting the city-state
There are things tourists should never do in the city-state, like snacking in trains and sitting at a table with a pack of tissues on it.
A Stanford grad shares the exact budget sheet she used to build a tiny house in the Malaysian jungle — without taking out any loans
Atiqah said the land she bought had to be affordable as she was "allergic to loans" and didn't want to have to borrow money.
I've lived in Singapore for 20 years, and there are 5 mistakes I keep seeing tourists make when they come visit
Singapore has one of the most vibrant food scenes in the world, but many tourists only visit big-name hawker centers in the city center.
I spent the night in a shipping container that was turned into a hotel in Singapore. It's almost always sold out — and now I get why.
It was easy to forget that I was literally sleeping in a container unit parked in a carpark, thanks to the luscious foliage enclosing the compound.
A Stanford grad spent $68,000 building an off-the-grid tiny house in the Malaysian jungle. Take a look at how she did it.
"In America, tools are easily accessible. You go to Home Depot and it'll be there. But in Malaysia, the market doesn't quite cater to self-sustaining homes."