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Helsinki: the thought of leaving was unbearable

Helsinki Have you ever travelled somewhere and found that it hurt to leave? Somewhere that you felt so completely at home that your nomadic nature calmed and you wanted to stay for a while. This happens extremely rarely for me, I am always ready to...

Yangon

Golden Yangon

Yangon, Myanmar. Travel plans often change, it’s the natural evolution of a long trip. You set out with a loose itinerary that unravels the further along you get. Other travellers rave about a destination, you spot something in a guidebook you thought you knew inside...

Banteay Srei and the river of a thousand lingas

Banteay Srei is exquisite, a 10th century temple that is 35 kilometres out from Siem Reap and the main Angkor temples. Its Khmer name, Banteay Srei, translates as the Citadel of Women, the intricate carvings and detail is thought so fine that only women, with...

Kampot, Cambodia

Kampot, a serene little town in southern Cambodia. Here on the banks of the Kampot River dusty roads lead out into the countryside, between rice paddies and stubbly fields fringed with iconic sugar palm trees to tiny villages. It is a place to chill out,...

Historic Hoi An for Tet {Vietnamese New Year}

As we made our way towards the river on the first night, along the narrow streets strung with lanterns, we became part of a larger crowd heading in the same direction. This crowd had an element of chaos as motorbikes sliced noisily though it, parting...

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...

The Great Wall is a mighty Dragon

The Great Wall snakes over the mountain ridges of northern China like the backbone of a mighty dragon. A crumbling monument of stone from the distant past that enthrall visitors today yet was built to keep out marauding invaders from the west. The only marauding...

Exploring Beijing, having fun in the parks

One of the simplest and most enjoyable pleasures in Beijing is to spend time in many of its wonderful parks. These parks range from an attractive place to sit or stroll to the grand parklands of the Summer Palace or the Temple of Heaven. In...

Exploring Beijing, from a palace to the streets

Our favourite site in Beijing was definitely the Summer Palace, we spent a sunny day exploring this fabulous royal park and found it far more absorbing than the Forbidden City. Maybe it was the glittering lake or the leafy parkland, whatever it was we thoroughly...

Beijing under clear blue skies. The Forbidden City and Hutongs.

Tiananmen Square marks the symbolic end to the Trans-Mongolian rail journey, stepping into this historic square romantically represents the end of the line, one iconic square to another, Red Square in Moscow to Tiananmen Square in Beijing 7826 kilometres away. It was the conclusion to...

Olkhon Island, Lake Baikal

Heavenly Olkhon Island, Lake Baikal

Olkhon Island Olkhon Island sits like a beautiful gemstone, set in the glimmering silver of Lake Baikal. This ancient lake in south Siberia is deeper than any other lake in the world, holding twenty percent of the earth’s fresh water. To leave the busy, polluted...

Irkutsk, a lovely place to pause.

Irkutsk For many travellers taking the Trans-Mongolian rail route to China Irkutsk is usually the last Russian town they stop at before heading to Mongolia. It is the perfect place to pause for a few days and check out the natural wonder that is Lake...