24 Hours On Malaysia’s Langkawi Island

One of only two times I’ve written about my journey through South East Asia before, this post was originally published in 2014.

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A Lady Of Leisure On Thailand’s West Coast

After dhows through Halong Bay’s mist, beelines up the Mekong to northern Laos and business-like diving outings, the pleasure cruise to Railay Beach seemed odd.

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Learning To Scuba Dive In Krabi, Thailand

The hardest thing to describe to someone new to scuba diving, is the overwhelming sense of freedom that you get once you’re done. And by done I mean post-course comfortable.

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Along The Mekong From Luang Prabang To Huay Xai

I had chosen the two day ride up-river for three reasons: It was cheap; its slow boat smacked of relaxation; and it would take me directly to Thailand.

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A New Year Like No Other In Vang Vieng, Laos

Some travelling experiences feel irresponsible and slightly cringeworthy with hindsight.

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Solitude And (A Little) Suffering In Luang Prabang

After the urban madness of Vietnam, arriving in Luang Prabang’s minuscule airport had been the travel equivalent of going into solitary confinement.

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From The Hanoi Hilton To Boozy Bia Hoi

City life at its rowdiest in Hanoi allowed me to make friends that shaped my life, while silent contemplation of its history brought me back down to earth.

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Accidental Luxury In Halong Bay, Vietnam

Lady Luck was with me for my final few days in Vietnam. The rain held off, I met some great people and my dhow was accidentally four star.

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Just Enough Time To Experience Ancient Hue

The grey afternoon that hung heavily over Hue’s imperial city muted its colours but couldn’t dampen the immediate impact of its 300-year legacy.

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Resisting The Urge To Linger In Hoi An

Paper lanterns glowed orange and bounced about on the night air like fire flies on their singular summer outing.

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