Asia

Doing the Laos Loop Without Planning It First

September 14, 2014
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We were fresh from the tranquil surroundings of Si Phan Don and the 4000 Islands. Our first days in Laos were peaceful and incredibly relaxing. But things were set to change quite drastically. I don’t know where we first heard about ‘The Loop’ but it sounded fun and we decided we’d do a little bit of it, in […]

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Mumbai: last days in India

August 4, 2014
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After our relaxed few weeks by the beach in Goa, and with the memories of Delhi not so far away, we weren’t especially excited about hitting one of the world’s most populated metropolises. But hit it we did, arriving into the main station before 6am. Admittedly, it didn’t start well. Despite our tired protestations, the […]

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Community-Based Ecotourism in Chi Phat, Cambodia

March 28, 2014
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Travelling from the riverside town of Kampot, we set off for Chi Phat in the foothills of the Cardamom Mountains. The village is an community-based ecotourism (CBET)  project that I thought sounded intriguing. Would this be a place where we could experience the reality of rural Cambodia? Despite between two and three assurances that the […]

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The Twists and Trickiness of Learning Thai

January 31, 2014
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The Thai language is tricky. It uses a tonal system, and there are five different tones meaning that you can be saying something completely different to what you intend based on how you say the word. I cannot get to grip with these tones – I’m constantly talking mountains when I mean rice, telling people […]

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Capture the Colour 2013

October 9, 2013

Sneaking in just before the closing date, here’s my entry to Travel Supermarket’s annual photography competition with a few of my humble pictures, representing the colours red, blue, green, yellow and white. Having entered last year too, I knew it’d be a good excuse to trawl back through my archives. It makes me realise it’s […]

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Seeing the Keralan Backwaters on a Budget

May 28, 2013
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Many tourists to the beautiful Keralan Backwaters in southern India take cruises through the channels and canals on beautifully-converted rice barges – an image that was firmly imprinted in my mind when I arrived in Kerala. But on a budget of £10-15 each a day, it soon transpired that this simply wasn’t going to be […]

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Tubing in Vang Vieng: a cautionary tale

February 20, 2013
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When I woke the morning after tubing the Nam Song River, I felt lucky to be alive. That’s a precious feeling we don’t get to experience enough, but I could have done without it. My legs were scratched and my body was bruised, my blood still pumped with substances I wasn’t too familiar with, but […]

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