Nong Khiaw, Northern Laos

FIND YOUR WAY The river’s scenic east bank (officially called Ban Sop Houn) is where most guesthouses and restaurants are. ACTIVITIES Visiting Nong Khaiw can just be about enjoying the stunning scenery, but if you want to get out and explore, here are some ideas. RockclimbingClimb the limestone formations that surround the town. TrekkingThere are…

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia 

ACTIVITIES Monkey ForestSet on the southern part of Monkey Forest Road, large trees and mossy structures house hundreds of little grey monkeys. The Balinese long-tailed Monkey (scientific name Macaca fascicularis) might look cute, but these wide eyed creatures continuously out-wit unsuspecting tourists. This isn’t the sort of place where they will leave you alone if you…

Sleeper train from Chiang Mai to Ayutthaya, Thailand 

The railway connects Bangkok to Chiang Mai with multiple stops through the Thai countryside. Rather than breezing all the way to Bangkok, stop off in Ayutthaya for the sunrise. You can buy tickets at the train station, hotels, hostels and travel agents. Double check your tickets after purchase. Traffic in Chiang Mai can be worse…

Pai, Northern Thailand 

ACTIVITIES Most of Pai’s attractions are out of the main town so book a tour or hire a bike. Pai Canyon Best visited in early morning or late afternoon when it’s not too hot, the canyon offers beautiful views. Doi Kiew Lom View Point It was completely cloudy when I visited Bamboo Rafting through Tham…

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…

Koh Lipe, Thai Islands 

FIND YOUR WAY Lipe is a tiny island in the far south of Thailand. So far south it’s almost Malaysia. The main accommodation options and restaurants are all based around Walking Street which leads of the main beach. ACTIVITIES This is an island people come to relax. If you’re looking for lots of water sports…

Phi Phi Islands, Thai Islands 

FIND YOUR WAY Phi Phi is made up of two islands. Phi Phi Don is the inhabited island you’ll arrive at. Far from the rustic island hideway she used to be, the island has been hastily built up despite plans to protect it after the 2004 tsunami. Anyone who visited the island a few years…

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…

Welcome to Vietnam 

TOP THINGS TO DO IN VIETNAM Explore the stunning streets of Hoi An Sail around Halong Bay Hike in the highlands of Tavan Get lost in the Old Quarter of Hanoi Learn more about Vietnamese cuisine at a cooking class EXPLORE BY AREA Vietnam is a long thin country which you can split into Northern,…

Ho Chi Minh City, Southern Vietnam

HISTORICAL SITES Central Post Office A large yellow building with green shutters this French Colonial building still runs as the city’s main post office Notre Dame Cathedral One of the most famous buildings in the city, the cathedral was built in the 1880’s made entirely of French materials. One of a few Catholic churches in…