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…

Wishing you a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Dear all, We've made you a little video to wish you a Merry Christmas! Have a wonderful day! And also, huge congratulations to the newly married Mr and Mrs Holmes! Enjoy your honeymoon in Canada!     And finally, it wouldn't be Christmas without some bad karaoke…   Lots of love, Laura and Katie XX…

Saigon

Saigon. To me a name so exotic-sounding that as a child I thought it must have been a place in a book, somewhere the BFG might have collected dreams or where Paddington bear went to visit friends. I think I was about 10 when Dad tacked a world map to the bathroom wall, and, much…

Life on the Mekong Delta!

The Mekong River is something we've been constantly bumping into throughout our travels. We first saw in it Yunnan Province, China, a few weeks later we watched the sun set over it in Luang Prabang, Laos, before finding it again the following month in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. … So what better way to move on…