Cruising Halong Bay and Lan Ha bay

When we put together our Asia bucket list items at the start of planning our RTW trip, this was one of the first up there. Ha Long Bay is one of those places you're just *meant* to see. We did painstaking research, trawling through the standard Tripadvisor Reviews as well as Booking.com (many of the … Continue reading Cruising Halong Bay and Lan Ha bay

Taking the slow boat from Chiang Rai, Thailand to Luang Prabang, Laos

Well then, that was an experience. There's basically two ways of doing this. You can go through each part of the process as you get there, booking for and paying as you go. This is, by a few pounds, going to be cheaper. Or you can pay an extra couple of quid to a tour … Continue reading Taking the slow boat from Chiang Rai, Thailand to Luang Prabang, Laos

Enjoying Elephants Ethically in Thailand

Ben has ridden an elephant in the past - before we really knew about the cruelty the elephants went through behind the scenes - and felt pretty gutted about it. It's easy, then, to see why we've been very dubious about any kind of elephant tourism. Ethical elephant sanctuaries are rampant now, mostly because of … Continue reading Enjoying Elephants Ethically in Thailand

Indonesian foods we didn’t know about (but do now!)

Indonesian food doesn't get out much. It's not something we've seen in the West before, despite the abundance of Thai, Vietnamese, Singaporean, Vietnamese and even Malaysian places. We obviously haven't managed to experience it all, but having visited the beaches, cities, jungles and stayed in both high-end hotels and village-style homestays alike we think we've … Continue reading Indonesian foods we didn’t know about (but do now!)

10 budget activities for backpackers and first-timers in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a melting pot of cultures. From the skyscrapers on Hong Kong Island to the tropical beaches of the New Territories, there's a lot to explore. Ben has family here in Hong Kong as his parents, aunts and uncles all grew up here so we're coming at it from a bit of a … Continue reading 10 budget activities for backpackers and first-timers in Hong Kong

Tips and plans for a first-time visit to Japan

We have absolutely fallen in love with Japan and can see why so many people rave about it. It's an eclectic mix of old and new, traditional meets modern, temples and hipster coffee shops plus, it's not as expensive as you think (more on that coming soon...) Japan can be a confusing place to figure … Continue reading Tips and plans for a first-time visit to Japan