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How to eat like a local in Penang

How to eat like a local in Penang

Apr 13, 2018

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

Apr 10, 2018

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!

Apr 3, 2018

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

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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Plain of Jars,  Laos

Plain of Jars, Laos

Mar 2, 2018

With his feet tucked firmly in the ground we watch as he deftly pours molten metal into a wooden mould. After a few moments he knocks the excess from the top, unwraps the mould and removes a perfect spoon. He is quick and in a matter of minutes the pile of spoons has grown considerably.

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Luang Prabang – our favourite sights

Luang Prabang – our favourite sights

Feb 28, 2018

As one walks along the street in Luang Prabang, the call goes out from every taxi, minibus and tuk tuk driver “Waterfall”. Okay yes, it is the top attraction and we had been resisting it, but it is our last day so we give in! We start early and head out to the Kuang Si

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Alms Giving Ceremony in Luang Prabang

Alms Giving Ceremony in Luang Prabang

Feb 26, 2018

We rise before it is fully light and head towards the centre of town. We are not alone. Mini buses pass us and other blurry eyed tourists join us. I hear French, Chinese, German and other strains of English. Locals are already there on their little stools with their offerings for the monks. This daily

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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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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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