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Koh Lanta, Thailand

Koh Lanta, Thailand

Ahhhh…. After a month of trains, planes, buses, boats and scooters through 3 countries, it’s time for a little vacation.  A week on the beach is just what the husband ordered. Koh Lanta Koh means island in Thai. Lanta is in the middle of the Andaman Sea, accessible only by boat. It’s a relatively large […]

Adventure on the Andaman Sea

Adventure on the Andaman Sea

Not everyone enjoyed crossing the wild Andaman Sea on a long-tail boat as much as I did. The wild rocking and rolling of the old wooden boat and the walls of water pouring over the side and over our heads was more adventure than we’d paid for. Some of us, maybe 6 of us were […]

The Killing Fields – Cambodia’s Bloody Legacy

The Killing Fields – Cambodia’s Bloody Legacy

We are travelling into Cambodia from Ho Chi Minh City by road, a five hour drive, so we can stop in Phnom Penh and visit The Killing Fields. Our “luxury” van Is filled with an interesting group. Murray is a travelling Brit and Yo and his son are currently exiled from China because of the coronavirus. […]

Saigon – Ho Chi Minh City

Saigon – Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam’s cosmopolitan centre Saigon, renamed Ho Chi Minh City in 1976 is the country’s largest city. 13,5 million people call it home. On first impression, Saigon appears modern, clean and orderly, but spend a few days here and pretty soon the Vietnam will shine through. Traffic The roads in Saigon’s downtown are wide and pretty, […]

Vietnam’s Reunification Train

Vietnam’s Reunification Train

There’s no one train in Vietnam called the reunification train, the term refers to the north-south track itself. The express train from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City is not a tourist attraction. Expect to feel the life of Vietnam if you spend time aboard. History This rail line was built by the French and […]

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay, Vietnam

I’m using the gentle ocean breeze wafting into our private cabin aboard the Glory Legend junk boat to dry my laundry. We’ve blown off the morning activities to instead relax and catch up. We’ve left the noise and congestion of Hanoi for this incredibly peaceful sanctuary. Last night we slept with the door cracked open, […]

Hanoi

Hanoi

8 million people,and at least as many scooters call Hanoi home, “beep, beep, beep … “ a walk through this beautiful, noisy chaotic city is a travellers dream! There’s a beautiful lake on the edge of old town, with a wide walking boulevard built for strolling. We joined in with throngs of people all enjoying […]

Elephant Sanctuaries, Changmai, Thailand

The life of a Thai elephant is hard. Sometimes they’re even worked to death hauling logs for the forestry industry. My whole idea of visiting an elephant sanctuary here was to support financially the rescue of these beautiful animals. My visit to the Ran-Tong Elephant Sanctuary left me conflicted, jaded and really pretty sad. There […]

Thai Cooking Class – in Changmai, Thailand

Thai Cooking Class – in Changmai, Thailand

“When you get to Changmai, take a cooking class”, said everyone who has ever been here. To me this sounds way too touristy, but everyone raved about it. I thought I’d give it a shot. Booking Your Class If you google cooking classes in Changmai, over a hundred choices pop up. Even the hotel we’re […]

The Overnight Train to Chang Mai

The Overnight Train  to Chang Mai

So you’ve heard about the overnight train to Chang Mai and you’re convinced you have to take it. Good for you, adventurous traveller. Airports are no place to spend a vacation. Train stations are way more interesting. You probably think this is a good way to save the price of an airline ticket, see the […]

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Leaving Tucker

It’s 7 AM and Tucker has just noticed I’m not in bed any more. I hear his nails on the hardwood as he nonchalantly moves his sleepy self from the bed to the couch. He likes to be in the same room as me. Tucker takes me completely for granted. He is over the moon […]