The Gokteik Viaduct By Train From Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar 

The journey can be done as a day trip from Mandalay but you’ll have to get up at 3am. I’d recommend getting a shared taxi from Mandalay to Pyin Oo Lwin in the morning. Then spend a day exploring the gardens and visit the waterfalls. The next day, catch the train at the much more…

Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand 

FINDING YOUR WAY The Old City is the heart of Chiang Mai, framed by an ancient wall and moat, where you can explore Lanna style temples and enjoy some of Northern Thailand’s famous cuisine. Outside of the walls Chiang Mai is a modern metropolis. The riverside area has its own pace with restaurants and a…

The Temples of Angkor, Cambodia 

MAIN TEMPLES Angkor WatBuilt in the 12th century in traditional Khmer style with thousands of stone carvings and beautiful lotus-like towers that stand 65 metres tall; Angkor Wat is the most recognised and well preserved of all the temples. It’s a symbol of national pride – so important to Cambodia it features on the flag…

Hoi An, Central Vietnam 

ANCIENT TOWN The UNESCO World Hertigate site of Hoi An’s Ancient Town sits on the Thu Bon River. It was a vibrant trading port between from the 15th to 19th century. During the day explore the labyrinth of canary yellow buildings and beautiful temples. When the sunsets, the town is lit up with hundreds of…

Welcome to Thailand 

TOP THINGS TO DO IN THAILAND Thailand is famous for its food. Take a cooking class and recreate your favourite dishes at home. Visit beautiful Buddhist temples and learn about the country’s main religion Explore the busy city of Bangkok – visit the Grand Palace and Moon Bar. Laze on the beautiful beaches of Koh…

Choosing between Thailand’s Islands and Beaches

GULF ISLANDS & EASTERN BEACHES Perfect weather in the summer months. The mainland town of Surat Thani has ferry services to all three islands. You can also fly into Samui and Phangan. Koh Tao A long-time favourite with backpackers for diving and snorkeling. Koh Phangan Every month thousands head for Haad Rin beach to dance…

Khao Lak, Southern Thailand 

THINGS TO DO Apart from relaxing on the beach, snorkelling and diving are the two main activities here. Those looking for something extra special head over to the Similan Islands. I don’t dive, but I’ve been told it’s extremely beautiful here and very expensive in comparison to other places in Thailand. HISTORY On Boxing Day 2004 Southern…

Ao Nang, Krabi, Southern Thailand 

THINGS TO DO Tiger Temple Hong Island day trip Hot Springs Spa Khao Sok National Park FOOD & DRINK You’ll find a mix of cheap and cheerful places serving international and Thai food. Prices drop as you move away from the beach and those gorgeous sunsets. The Longboat restaurant enjoys a prime sunset spot on the…

Luang Prabang, Northern Laos 

FINDING YOUR WAY The main area of Luang Prabang is quite small and framed by the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. There is one main road; Th Sisavangvong which becomes Th Sakkarin. Th Sisavangvong runs next to Mount Pusi and is home to the Royal Palace Museum and Theatre. HISTORICAL SITES & NATURAL WONDERS Mount…

Festival of the Lights, Luang Prabang, Northern Laos

DECORATING TEMPLES Novices and monks create delicate lanterns made from bamboo and brightly coloured paper to decorate the temples. It actually becomes a bit competitive with each temple wanting to display more lanterns than the others.  A few weeks before the festivities, I visited a temple on the outskirts of Luang Prabang, to make lanterns…