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An ox cart ride through rural Cambodia

An ox cart ride through rural Cambodia

We were both suffering from temple overload after Ayutthaya and then a couple of days in Siem Reap. So I stamped my foot and demanded an animal experience. My James, wearing his obedient husband hat, leapt into action. He spotted a sign outside our hotel advertising  an Ox Cart Ride through rural Cambodia. And figured

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Ayutthaya – where to start!

Ayutthaya – where to start!

Just when we thought we knew Thailand pretty well we came across Ayutthaya. This stunning city of ruins, 80kms north of Bangkok was the capital of Siam(old Thailand). From 1350 until 1767, it flourished as a prosperous international trading port. Then it was invaded by the Burmese and burnt to the ground. With such a

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Amphawa Floating Markets

Amphawa Floating Markets

You can enjoy Amphawa floating markets as a day trip from Bangkok, as it is only 50kms or so away. But being us, with time on our side, we decided to stay a couple of days. Amphawa is, as you would expect situated on a river. The Mae Klong river is wide and edged with

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Train Travel Thai Style

Train Travel Thai Style

As you know public buses tend to be our transport of choice when travelling in Asia. But what happens when the buses don’t go where we want to go? We switch to trains! We are heading up the east coast of Thailand and find that buses don’t go to Hua Hin from Chumphon. The girl

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Ko Phayam – close to nature

Ko Phayam – close to nature

Sitting on our beachfront verandah, minding our own business, we are roused by an strange birdcall. Forever hopeful, I glance up into the neighbouring tree and spot a pair of hornbills happily jumping from branch to branch. I am off with a squawk of my own and my camera before James can say “bird watcher”.

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Khao Sok National Park

Khao Sok National Park

Our long tail boat cuts a path through the pristine aquamarine waters of Cheow Lan Lake. Either side of us craggy limestone or karst mountains soar towards the heavens. Lush greenery cloaks their sides, testament to intrepid plants finding a foothold in any tiny crevice. Khao Sok National Park is surpassing our expectation and then

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How to eat like a local in Penang

How to eat like a local in Penang

I’m going to share a guilty secret. Until this trip to Penang we had never eaten at a hawkers market before, nor in fact any sort of street food. We had never been game! Until that is, fellow Aussies showed us how it was done at their local hawkers market, Pulau Tikus. And without doubt this

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Housesitting in Penang

Housesitting in Penang

Penang has always sounded so exotic to me. I have no idea why, it just has. So when a housesitting position came up in the capital, George Town we leapt at it. Notwithstanding a Skype interview at the local pub, when the home wifi died, we impressed the homeowners and secured the sit. Let me tell

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Alaska – my top 20 tips!

Alaska – my top 20 tips!

Alaska is truly the last frontier. It lived up to every dream we held for it and then some. As always when we travel we like to share a few tips with you that we learnt along the way! My Tips You will need to get yourself an ESTA, an American Visa. You can apply

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The Decision

The Decision

After nearly 14 years of running our multi award winning B&B we have decided it is time for a change. For a new adventure. And that adventure involves unpicking our lives, selling our home and business, and travelling. Travelling like we have never travelled before. Approaching mid 50s in my case and tumbling down the

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Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

The first rays of sunlight illuminate the scene, and the ruins reveal themselves through the mist.  The thick dark green vegetation that surrounds the site, acts as a natural frame to a tableau, which could not be more perfect. From my rocky perch on Huayna Picchu I look down on one of the most celebrated vistas in the world, the

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O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat

O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat

In a flash of red the King Parrot ousts the Crimson Rosella from prime position on top of my head. The Rosella undeterred by the new status quo repositions himself on my shoulder, then proceeds to edge down my arm. How cute, I think, until I realise he has his beady bird eye on my

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The Sacred Valley beyond Machu Picchu

The Sacred Valley beyond Machu Picchu

There is no question about it, Machu Picchu is the glittering gem in the coronet that is Peru’s Sacred Valley. The Peruvians know it and guard it fiercely and have built a very slick tourism operation around it. And as a tourist I can only say it lives up to every expectation I held and

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It’s all about pandas!

It’s all about pandas!

When I was a child my parents bought me a toy panda bear one Christmas, and so unwittingly started my love affair with pandas. It was then a no-brainer for me when James announced he wanted to go to China, the first words out of my mouth were “I want to see Pandas”, shallow soul

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Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls

You hear them before you see them. A low rumble which turns to a growing roar as you make your way along the metal walkway. Then all at once you are upon them. Great plumes of spray shooting high into the air, water-drops acting like prisms creating mini rainbows in the afternoon light. You are

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Leshan Giant Buddha

Leshan Giant Buddha

He is tall, there is no doubt about it. 71 metres to be precise, he stares out imperiously over the junction of the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers that he was built to calm, and interesting enough he has achieved just that. Not by his withering stare mind you, but by the fact that the

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