Category: Asia

Phong Nha Caves: the best thing we did in Vietnam!

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park has become one of the most talked about destinations in Vietnam, mostly due to the discovery of Son Doong, the world’s biggest cave and those incredible National Geographic images. Situated in the skinny central bit of Vietnam, near to the Laos...

5 glorious reasons to visit Ninh Binh

Imagine yourself being rowed along a tranquil river, surrounded by fairytale limestone karst mountains while rice whispers in the breeze at the water’s edge, the river appears to end at a rock face then you notice a low cave, a tunnel, the river slips silently through...

Revisiting Hanoi

Five in the morning is an interesting time to arrive in a city, and to be in Hanoi at this time of day is to reveal its hidden side. All around Hoan Kiem Lake you will find locals stretching, jogging and practicing Tai Chi. Walk...

Climbing in Yangshuo

The Climbing Lesson from Rachel A Davis Vagabond on Vimeo. If China has an outdoor capital, then Yangshuo is probably it. With so many hiking and cycling trails, rivers, caves and rock faces it draws adventurous visitors from all over the world to play amongst...

Xingping, it’s on the note you know!

The note in question being the 20 Yuan note, and tourists flock from all over the country to see the beautiful view that is depicted on their money. Luckily, December wasn’t a time they chose to do it and we found Xingping to be rather...

Walking among the Dragon’s Back Bone Rice Terraces

In the mountains to the north of Guilin, a spectacular dragon slumbers. Here rises Longji, a mountain so coiled in rice terraces that it resembles the back bone of a mighty dragon. Every bit of this famed mountain is covered in terraces and the rice...

Karsts, Climbing and Caves. Yangshuo!

Yangshuo is a small town nestled in the incredibly beautiful limestone karst landscape of southern China. It draws tourists from all over to witness the scenery, hike, climb or cycle and this in turn has made it somewhere very amiable to stay. It makes an...

A little bit of Europe in Macau

Wow, Macau was busy! This was the first time on our trip that we had encountered mass tourism. The narrow European streets were mobbed with Chinese tourists, all marvelling at the architecture, the abundant food and the glittering Christmas decorations. We had taken a day...

The Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery on Lantau

Towards the end of our week in Hong Kong we woke to a vivid blue sky, no rain was forecast, so we took the metro to Lantau Island, Hong Kong’s second largest island. The metro drops you off, rather handily, at Tung Chung, a small...

Hong Kong, even wonderful in the rain.

  I stood on the promenade in Kowloon, overlooking Victoria Harbour and the spectacular skyline across the water, and marvelled to myself that we had reached this faraway land without ever stepping into an aeroplane. It seemed a wonder of railway engineering that I could...

Laid back on Lamma

So we escaped China! The huge country had been enthralling and fascinating but we needed a break, and we found it on a small, tranquil island in Hong Kong. Technically still China, Hong Kong is an autonomous, separate special administrative region and it comprises of a...

Pretty Zhujiajiao, a day trip out from Shanghai

Zhujiajiao is a pretty canal village an hours bus ride out from Shanghai, it makes a perfect day out from the city with its quaint old atmosphere and attractive canal-lined streets, a complete contrast to modern Shanghai. Of course, all this prettiness and close proximity...

Shanghai Museum

Shanghai Museum The day following the ‘smog from hell’ I was still on my own so I took myself off to the Shanghai Museum. The air was still pretty unpleasant so the calmly lit, air-conditioned interior was heavenly. The slick museum was built in the...

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