Beautiful Bagan

We'd been awake for 20 hours. If that alone isn't frightful enough, for the last ten of them we'd been on the most monstrous bus, not only butt-numbingly uncomfortable, but it played Justin Beiber music videos on loop. Can say with absolute passion that I am not, nor ever will be, a Belieber. Now we'd…

The way we were: Burma

My Grandad Barry was always modifying things to make them better. Spot of electrical tape here, piece of plywood there: he was never far from a strategically placed hook or a carefully positioned piece of pipe lagging (to protect children from sharp edges!) Perhaps your grandparents were similar? When his five children were young he…

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‚Äôs 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…