BEIJING and the Great Wall

WHAT TO DO IN BEIJING: We pulled into Beijing after a 20-hour train journey from Zhangjiajie surprisingly refreshed, hopped in a taxi and made our way to the Doufuchi hutong where our guesthouse was. Hutongs are Beijing’s ancient and steadily vanishing residential areas, made up of narrow alleyways and traditional courtyard houses. STROLL THROUGH THE […]

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ZHANGJIAJIE

I’m tempted to just let the pictures speak for themselves. It’s difficult to describe this place in words. The most succinct thing I can say is that the views I saw from Zhangjiajie National Park in China were not just the best of our Asia trip, but the most spectacular natural views I’ve seen anywhere […]

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A Laos diary

We travelled to Laos from Chiang Rai on the slow boat. ‘Slow’ boat, in this case, is not figurative; the trip takes two days with a one night stopover in the tiny town of Pakbeng. My expectation of the slow boat trip was of a romantic, languorous glide over the earthy waters of the Mekong […]

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Ten ways to beat the crowds at Angkor Wat

girl at Preah Khan

GO IN THE OFF SEASON In Cambodia, April to September is considered low/monsoon season and sees a huge drop in the number of tourists. Peak season is December to February. April and May are very hot and humid. Just because it’s monsoon season doesn’t mean that it will rain every day, and when it does […]

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A guide to the temples at angkor wat

girl at Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom Angkor Wat is not only the largest religious complex in the world, but also one of the largest archeological sites in existence. The main temple is so sprawling that notwithstanding the crowds, you’ll often find yourself wandering alone down a long, empty corridor, or admiring the intricate carvings in a […]

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A diary of Northern Thailand

Girl with elephant

Khao Sok National Park The intention was originally to stay in Ao Nang for a few days to explore Railey beach and the nearby islands, but when we saw the teeming crowds and bloated souvenir shops and tourist traps, we wasted no time and high-tailed it out of there. As a result our trip to […]

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