Asia

Time to slow down, just a little

Time to slow down, just a little

Jun 24, 2018

Since we left Penang in April, we have stayed in 24 hotels, done 16 bus trips, 9 boat trips, 3 plane trips and an oxen cart ride. The adventures started in Phuket’s Kamala where we discovered some fantastic Pad Thai at a local street stall. In fact it was so good that we had to

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Taman Negara National Park

Taman Negara National Park

Jun 21, 2018

Since we left Kuala Lumpur this morning we have been on a mini bus for 3 hours and a river boat for 3 hours. So when we round the bend to see the floating restaurants of Kuala Tahan, it is a welcome sight. This is a small river community where you can visit the ancient

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Ayutthaya – where to start!

Ayutthaya – where to start!

May 17, 2018

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

May 7, 2018

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

May 2, 2018

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

Apr 27, 2018

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

Apr 22, 2018

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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Koh Libong and Koh Lipe: two contrasting islands

Koh Libong and Koh Lipe: two contrasting islands

Mar 19, 2018

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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The colours of Chiang Rai

The colours of Chiang Rai

Feb 21, 2018

White, blue and black with a touch of gold thrown in for good measure. These are the colours of modern Chiang Rai. From the pristine Wat Rong Khun (White Temple), the whimsical Wat Rong Suea Ten (Blue Temple) to the dark, in all senses of the word, Baan Dam (Black House), these buildings of Chiang

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2018 Chiang Rai International Balloon Fiesta

2018 Chiang Rai International Balloon Fiesta

Feb 16, 2018

Bright garish birds trying to take flight. Huge jewel coloured balloons jostling for space. The sudden whoosh of a flame behind you. A shout to move in a foreign tongue as a basket heads your way. We are like a couple of kids, heads back, mouths gapping open not knowing where to look next. I

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A long-tail boat from Tha Ton to Chiang Rai

A long-tail boat from Tha Ton to Chiang Rai

Feb 14, 2018

One of the things we love about travelling is the people we meet along the way. When we arrived at the Mud House the other day we met a couple of fellow countrymen. Not just any old Aussies but a travel blogger and her photographer partner! We slipped into easy conversation with them and found

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The Mud House Mae Salong, on the road to Chiang Rai

The Mud House Mae Salong, on the road to Chiang Rai

Feb 13, 2018

From my perch on a bamboo step I look down on the valley before me. Bananas, bamboo, pampas grass and coffee trees thrive here on the mountain slopes. In the valley there are terraces for crops and a stream which glistens in the morning light. Lush green mountains dip in and out of the valley,

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