February 3, 2013 | Destinations, Tanzania, | 1 Comment
The long white stretch of sandy beach is inviting, with fishing boats moored on the beach and local women picking seaweed to sell at the town markets. Read on... Read More »
We had 10 days to play with before our visit to Singapore and flight on to Australia. We opted to explore a small part of Malaysia and settled on the islands of Langkawi and Penang. Read our verdict. Read More »
February 5, 2012 | China, Destinations, | 1 Comment
Built for the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, in the 3rd Century BC, the Terracotta Warriors, near to the city of Xian, were erected to protect his tomb in the after-life. The hundreds of life-size statues stand according to their military status, each one unique and individually crafted – down to their hair-style and facial features. Read More »
December 22, 2011 | China, | 3 Comments
The Great Wall of China stretches across northern China. A wall that is over 6,000 kilometres long. In some parts it's 9 metres wide and 8 metres high. Try to picture that in your mind... Read More »
We arrived in Hue on a motorcycle after our Easyrider Vietnam adventure (having selected Hue as the only feasible destination for that trip)....so it was more of a necessity to visit than a desire. Did the visit to Hue turn out better than expected, a nice surprise? Read More »
September 8, 2011 | Destinations, Vietnam, | 2 Comments
We loved Hoi An. It’s a special place - old, crumbling, charming. It’s full of colonial and Chinese buildings lining the tiny streets, set against the pretty river that flows through the small town. Read More »
August 28, 2011 | Destinations, Vietnam, | 1 Comment
When you travel you meet so many other people and travellers and they are a great source of recommendations for places and things to do. But should you listen to them? Nha Trang was a case in point. Read More »
July 14, 2011 | Destinations, Vietnam, | No Comments
Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is hectic, busy, and really alive. It was our first stop in Vietnam and we were apprehensive. Read More »
June 21, 2011 | Cambodia, Destinations, | No Comments
Angkor is an astounding complex of temples, near Siem Reap in North Western Cambodia. Angkor Wat is the best-preserved and the centrepiece, although others are hugely impressive in different ways; the diversity is one of the attractions. Read More »
Pakse is the major town of South Laos and serves as a good hub to access the Bolaven Plateau and Laos' most significant ancient temple - Wat Phu. It also served as the location where Ben broke his toe. Read More »
The Laos capital of Vientiane has enough attractions, along with the great food and drink, to occupy a few days. A highlight is a visit is the Buddha Park. Read More »
The Plain of Jars is around 90 sites in North Laos with each site containing huge, ancient limestone jars, the origins of which are still unknown. It's an interesting place to visit with other activities nearby even better but the enduring legacy of the "Secret War" looms large. Read More »
April 30, 2011 | Destinations, Laos, North Laos, | No Comments
After a two day boat journey down the Mekhong River from Huay Xai, in freezing temperatures and driving rain, with Carly being sick over-board, an encounter with a strange Russian, and Ben reduced to drinking neat Sangsom (Thai rum), we made it to Luang Prabang, Laos. Read More »
We moved on to Chiang Rai, from Pai, to take a step closer to the border with Laos. Chiang Rai is closely-related to the fantastic Chiang Mai, like a little brother, so we had high hopes. Read More »
The ancient city of Chiang Mai is enclosed by a moat and remnants of the city walls and gates, forming a perfect square. This creates a naturally well-defined and focused area inside, approximately a square mile in size, filled with small lanes and pleasingly quiet roads – traffic is efficiently served by ring roads that follow the city walls. Read More »
January 30, 2011 | Bangkok, Destinations, Thailand, | 2 Comments
Bangkok is a massive city, spread far and wide and seemingly every spot of it squeezed full of people, cars, temples, shiny new skyscrapers and ramshackle homes - sometimes these two extremes within metres of each other. Read More »

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