The Road to Mandalay

When planning this trip Thailand was one of countries we intended to visit. I'd never considered visiting Burma and knew very little about it. But then during our travels we started to meet other travellers who raved about it. Our friends Christian and Marcel told us to get there before it opened up further, and…

What’s in a name…Burma or Myanmar?

I've always called Burma, Burma. I had no idea where this country that my European friends call 'Myanmar' was. I realised I needed to research a bit more about this country, and began to discover some uncomfortable findings. Burma’s military-backed government has one of the worst human rights records in the world, with crimes like…

One sunny day in Bangkok

After making the decision to bypass Thailand for the less touristy Burma we found ourselves with just one day to explore Bangkok, in between flying in from Hanoi and out to Mandalay. We were determined to make the most of it and so prepared ourselves for a somewhat busy day… It began with a boat…

Hello (Hanoi), Goodbye (2013)

Hanoi was our home on either side of a fantastic trip to Halong Bay. We arrived early on the morning of the 31st December, with the intention to find a party and celebrate the arrival of 2014. The overnight train had been a bit of an adventure itself; Laura woke up halfway through the night…

Halong Bay: Falling in love and… down the stairs

Halong Bay is in Northern Vietnam and consists of over 2000 limestone islands separated by calm bluey-green waters. It's an area of extreme natural beauty with many caves to explore as well as tunnels to kayak through, which lead to secret lakes trapped between deserted islands. We boarded our ship, Marguerite, on the morning of…

Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park

Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park was both geographically and chronologically ideally situated for us… a perfect half way stop between Christmas in Hoi An and New Year's Eve in Hanoi. The national park boasts the world's largest cave, Sơn Đoòng, although to go see that one you need to pay $3000 and add yourself…