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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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SkyCab Langkawi – I did it!

SkyCab Langkawi – I did it!

I am not particularly good with heights. Which is surprising really as I managed climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge without incident. But somethings just set me off, cable cars and high bridges topping the list. So you can imagine James’ apprehension when I said I wanted to go on the SkyCab Langkawi and SkyBridge when

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Koh Libong and Koh Lipe: two contrasting islands

Koh Libong and Koh Lipe: two contrasting islands

The evening call to prayer is almost drowned out by a sudden enthusiastic burst from the cicada. I smile, who would think watching the sun set on a picture perfect Thai beach could be so noisy? We have come to Koh Libong, just off the southern Thai coast for a few days R&R. Well it

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