Asia

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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Tha Ton – on the road to Chiang Rai

Tha Ton – on the road to Chiang Rai

Feb 9, 2018

Another day, another fantastic Wat as they say. Haven’t heard that saying before? well maybe because I just made it up for our Thai adventure. We have moved on from Chiang Dao, further along the road towards Chiang Rai and find ourselves in Tha Ton. We indulged in another local bus ride, through mountains reminiscent

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Chiang Dao – on the road to Chiang Rai

Chiang Dao – on the road to Chiang Rai

Feb 7, 2018

You can do Chiang Rai in a day trip from Chiang Mai. But when you are James and Suzannah you can make that day trip last a week! The first part of the route to Chiang Dao is popular with backpackers on motorbikes, but for us it is a great excuse to get on a

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Choosing a spa in Chiang Mai

Choosing a spa in Chiang Mai

Feb 5, 2018

I am lulled by gentle music, a soft female voice singing words I don’t understand. But then I reason, as I don’t speak Thai I’m hardly likely too. I give up trying and succumb to the bliss of  my three hour spa treatment. But wait, I’m not alone, His Lordship, AKA my husband and partner

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Chiang Mai Flower Festival 2018

Chiang Mai Flower Festival 2018

Feb 3, 2018

    What a way to start the Asian leg of our adventure, with a flower festival! We were supposed to begin in Siem Reap, but our plans changed when James read about this festival. So Thailand, in particular Chiang Mai became our first port of call. Was it a good call? It was a

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Sambor Prei Kuk

Sambor Prei Kuk

Feb 25, 2017

The all encompassing silence is broken by the sporadic chatter of a few tuk tuk drivers. I look back at them for reassurance that we are not totally alone here in this eerie spot. The smoke from their camp fire is trapped by the jungle and the smell of burning hangs in the air. We are

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Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay

Oct 25, 2016

I am doing a rather fetching impersonation of a fly catcher. Thank heavens it is dark and no one can see me! All around us music soars and giant man made tree-like structures put on a spectacular light show. Towering behind them, the impossibly lovely Marina Bay Sands Hotel gazes down on the action. This

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The Great Wall – Mutianyu Section

The Great Wall – Mutianyu Section

Oct 5, 2016

I don’t know about seeing it from space but from where I am standing the Great Wall of China stretches for kilometres in both directions. Some is in good nick and open to the tramping public and some is shut in need of restoration. Regardless, it is a mighty impressive sight as it follows of

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Chiang Mai an Elephant’s Tale

Chiang Mai an Elephant’s Tale

Sep 24, 2016

Who would have thought following piles of manure around on a steamy afternoon could be such fun! Now there is an opening gambit I never thought I would write. But this is not just any old dung, it is elephant dung. We are just outside Chiang Mai in northern Thailand visiting the wonderful Poopoopaper. The

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It’s all about pandas!

It’s all about pandas!

Sep 18, 2016

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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Over the top in Singapore

Over the top in Singapore

Sep 18, 2016

– a hotel review – Every so often the urge to stay somewhere utterly fabulous overcomes us, yet usually common sense prevails. But not this time. It was our wedding anniversary and we were passing through our favourite stopover destination Singapore, and we thought lets treat ourselves. After trawling through some very ordinary yet extraordinarily expensive rooms

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Leshan Giant Buddha

Leshan Giant Buddha

Sep 18, 2016

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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