A long weekend in Penang

I needed to bury all the bad memories I had of the place

Penang has now become a darling of the Thai travel forums. Travellers wax lyrical about an incredible selection of restaurants, the most amazing street art and plenty of attractions to keep any adventurous husband and wife occupied for a long weekend. Yes, it was time to give Penang another chance.

A trip to Phnom Penh makes one appreciate Bangkok

I wasn't all that impressed with Cambodia's capital

I'm sure that like Bangkok, once you get to know the city, it has its own draws and charm - and one certainly can't complain that it's expensive! But it's certainly no Bangkok.

Travels in Kalbar

Somewhere on the road less traveled

I wanted to go someplace different. Someplace off the beaten tourist path where I could explore and not just follow another leg of the 'banana pancake road'.

Interesting Thailand links - March 2016

A selection of articles and blogs that should interest expats in Thailand

Sorry I haven't been around for a while. About four of five months in fact. But here are links to some of the most interesting blogs and articles I've found on the internet during that time. Hopefully there will be something that appeals to you.

Adventures in Yangon

What does Burma's former capital have in store for the traveler?

If the country's economy were to develop and the powers-that-be decided to prioritise restoration, then the city could be the most beautiful in Southeast Asia

Taking an overnight train in Thailand

Or should that be riding the rolling coffin?

I've been on many trains in Europe of varying price points, but even the lowest class trains I saw in Italy are a more pleasant experience than this "express" train. I can wholeheartedly say that I'll never do an overnight train in Thailand again.

Are you a social butterfly travelling alone?

Embrace the opportunities that solo travel presents

Some people are completely happy with their own company, so doing things alone isn't even a worthy topic of conversation for them. I aspire to be one of those people. But right now, I'm someone who enjoys the company of others - especially while traveling.

Off the tourist track in Laos

Just one man, a motorcycle and the open road

About a year ago, I spent two weeks driving a motorbike through the Bolaven Plateau in southern Laos. I can honestly say it was one of the most rewarding experiences I have had in Southeast Asia

In love with Li Pe

It's difficult to avoid the cliches when describing such a gorgeous island

In terms of beauty, Koh Li Pe outstrips the other islands we have visited. The turquoise seas are breathtaking and sublime for swimming and snorkelling. My standout memory will be the purple-magenta skies as Li Pe descended into darkness

The simple life of Sapa

Exploring Northwest Vietnam

From the moment you catch your first glimpse, your eyes become prisoners to the panorama. With its close proximity to China and the well renowned Himalayas, the main area in Sapa Town allows for the hilly, Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range to reveal itself.

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