It’s not every day you go to a place recommended to you by people who have never been themselves. It’s even less common that it becomes your favourite place on your three month trip. But that’s exactly how we ended up in El Nido (well that and a couple of flights and a 6 hour … Continue reading
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Those Days in Ruins
Angkor Wat itself underwhelmed me. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy it, that it’s not an amazing site or that you should skip it while travelling through Southeast Asia. Just don’t let the hype get to you before you get there, don’t spend a day wandering through empty temples further out the day … Continue reading
Travelling in the low season isn’t always the best time to travel. There’s a reason why the high season is so popular to travel. But for us, travelling in the low-season to Otres, in the south of Cambodia, was one of the best things we did. Sure the wind was strong, the sky was often … Continue reading
The Streets of Phnom Penh
I never really knew what to feel about Phnom Penh while I was there, I felt on edge most of the time. Whether it was the stress of trying to cross a street (or walk on the footpath), whether you were getting patted down by a group of street kids (keep your valuable out of … Continue reading
Taking It Slow in Vientiane
Waking up to rain pattering gently on the windows, the Italian guy across the aisle asked “Vientiane Centrale?” Arrivals aren’t very well announced in Laos, I noted. “If it is, it’s pretty different to Milano Centrale,” I responded, noting the red dirt-turned-mud that our bags were being thrown on to from the safety of their … Continue reading
That Was Luang Prabang
Lazy humid days doing yoga by the river. Exploring temples in the sweltering midday heat. Escaping to the Kuang Si Falls for a brief respite from the scorching sun. Watching monks doing the alms at day break. Watching the sun set over the Mekong. That was Luang Prabang.
Please Don’t Rush
Welcomed to this beautiful country by school children blowing us kisses and waving to us as we exited Passport Control, I knew immediately that Laos was about to become one of my favourite countries. They say the PDR in Lao PDR actually means “Please Don’t Rush,” because, well, ‘island-time’ takes on a whole new meaning in this … Continue reading
I Want More Pai!
Leaving Chaing Mai for the hippy village of Pai, we got an insight into what happens when you overstay in Thailand. The sad reality of two late 40 something men talking about their mushroom trips, what kind of painkillers they could get and who was taking care of their ‘plants’ reminded us to enjoy Thailand … Continue reading
Stop Bugging Me, Chiang Mai!
Chiang Mai is a city of temples, monks, hippies and wanna-be hippies – but that’s not what caught my attention in this sweltering northern city. Searching for accommodation in a post-night-train-stupor (read: very broken and jolted-sleep), it was almost standing on a dead scorpion that woke me right up and reminded me just where exactly … Continue reading
Scooters, Snorkels and Sunsets on Ko Lanta
After a week doing little more than trying to find three meals a day in Ao Nang, we were ready for a bit more action by the time we got to Ko Lanta. The west coast beaches, usually so emerald- and millpond-like during the high season, more closely resembled the inside of a washing machine … Continue reading