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The shadows of the dreary hostel entrance clung to me as I shuffled out. The town’s streets eerily silent while I walked towards the bus station. It wasn’t quite dawn.
Continue reading “High Hoteliers And Slippery Senoritas In George Town, Penang”
One of only two times I’ve written about my journey through South East Asia before, this post was originally published in 2014.
Continue reading “24 Hours On Malaysia’s Langkawi Island”
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.
Continue reading “A Lady Of Leisure On Thailand’s West Coast”
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.
Continue reading “Learning To Scuba Dive In Krabi, Thailand”
Chiang Mai. Sore muscles from a dry Thai massage; incense from stalls along the night market drag; and the welcoming lines of Wat Chedi Luang.
Continue reading “Colourful Hikes In The Hills Of Northern Thailand”
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.
Continue reading “Along The Mekong From Luang Prabang To Huay Xai”
Some travelling experiences feel irresponsible and slightly cringeworthy with hindsight.
Continue reading “A New Year Like No Other In Vang Vieng, Laos”
After the urban madness of Vietnam, arriving in Luang Prabang’s minuscule airport had been the travel equivalent of going into solitary confinement.
Continue reading “Solitude And (A Little) Suffering In Luang Prabang”
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.
Continue reading “From The Hanoi Hilton To Boozy Bia Hoi”
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.
Continue reading “Accidental Luxury In Halong Bay, Vietnam”