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,…

My highlights of Phnom Penh

Following our peaceful two days at the elephant sanctuary, we headed back to the hustle and bustle of Cambodia’s capital city, Phnom Penh. After yet another gruelling six-hour bus journey, where we were crammed like sardines into a local minibus/post van, we made it back to the city. As we split our Phnom Penh stay…

The Elephant Valley Project Mondulkiri

Set in the Mondulkiri province of Cambodia, The Elephant Valley Project is a sanctuary set up for elephant care and local employment. The project sees a number of people visit and volunteer, from a couple of days up to a year. As we’re on quite a tight schedule, we chose the two-day Taste of the…

Getting from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh

You hear horrible stories about buses out here and the roads don’t seem to be in such great shape either. Somehow I’m not convinced Cambodia has a highways agency. But when it comes to getting from A to B, buses are probably the cheapest way. We needed to get from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh…

Welcome to Cambodia: First stop Siem Reap

After an eventful flight from Bangkok to Cambodia – I’ll put it down to a slight miscommunication about our boarding time – we arrived in the beautiful Siem Reap. Once we’d waited patiently in the massive queue to buy our visas, we headed out front to try and find our pickup. On the hunt for…

One night in Bangkok

So where to start with Bangkok? Apparently it’s been awarded the title of world’s best city four years in a row… Now I don’t know how best to describe the city, apart from a total battering of the senses. Everything about it seems to shock you. From the sounds, to the sights, even the way…