One month on…

Today officially marks my first month back in the UK and with the mayhem of Christmas and New Year well and truly passed, as well as the welcome departure of the dreaded Asia belly (finally!), I thought it was high time to check back in. “So what have you been doing for the past month?” I hear…

Surviving the Full Moon Party, Koh Phangan

My ten tips for the Full Moon Party: • Decorate your bodies with UV paint You can either get painted at the party by locals, or save some money by buying UV paint yourselves and DIY’ing it. Pretty much every shop on Koh Phangan sells UV paint and neon clothing in the run up to…

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Our last stop in Vietnam was the highly anticipated Ho Chi Minh City, still referred to by the locals as Saigon. After a nine-hour bus ride from Dalat, where I read the whole of The Fault in Our Stars, (what a tear jerker), we were, as anticipated, dumped on the side of a road in…

The Phuong Trang bus and Dalat

The latest word on the travelling grapevine was, ‘You have to go canyoning in Dalat. It’s amazing!’ Not one to ignore recommendations from fellow travellers we rechecked the calendar and managed to squeeze in two nights and a day in Dalat. Please note: As the journey to Dalat was far more amusing than the canyoning…

Hoi An: The city of lanterns

If you’re a Top Gear fan I’m sure you’ll be aware of the Vietnam special they did a couple of years back. This hour-long programme pretty much sums up our trip and time spent in Hoi An. For those unaware, or like my Grandad can’t stand Clarkson, here’s how it went… We left Hanoi late…

The descending dragons of Halong Bay

Named one of the new natural wonders of the world by UNESCO, Halong Bay is a true landmark of Vietnam. I’d seen pictures of the jagged rocky islands protruding from the sea hundreds of times, but nothing could compare to seeing it with my own eyes. Deciding against the classic backpackers party boat, we booked…

Hanoi: Good morning Vietnam

The time had come to visit my most anticipated country, Vietnam! We flew into the capital Hanoi late one evening and on our trip into the Old Quarter, we were instantly struck by its chaotic culture. With a population of 6.5 million, the streets were brimming with people and car horns and shouts filled the…

A flying visit to Laos

With only a week dedicated to visiting Laos it was a pain to say the least that we’d already lost a day thanks to our slow boat ‘mishap’. At the time I was gutted, but in hindsight a week was enough for me. Don’t get me wrong, Laos is an outstandingly beautiful country, probably the…

The slow boat: Chiang Mai to Laos

We’d heard the slow boat from Chiang Mai was an experience not to miss and as I sit writing this from a sweltering, cramped and noisy boat I would agree. We were sold a slow boat to Luang Prabang by an agent who didn’t seem to know much about it, however feeling reassured we booked…

The winding road to Pai

Two weeks ago I’d never even heard of Pai. Little did I know that four-hours and 762 turns North of Chiang Mai we would find ourselves in the backpackers heaven of northern Thailand. Tiny in comparison to Chiang Mai the only way to see the real beauty of Pai is to get on a scooter….

The wonder of Chiang Mai

So who wants to come and live in Chiang Mai with me? It’s amazing – no wonder so many ex-pats make it their home from home. We only spent five days here, but could easily have spent another week. There’s just so much I wanted to do: white water rafting, Muay Thai training school, trekking,…