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!)

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

A weekend in Portland – what to do in America’s greenest city

Portland may just be one of our very favourite cities. Not just in the USA, but anywhere. It's a great combination of walkable streets, greenery and access to the great outdoors, thriving craft beer and wine scenes and - most importantly for us as British and Irish - a temperate climate. Like anywhere it has … Continue reading A weekend in Portland – what to do in America’s greenest city

3 great things to do on a budget in La Paz

Bolivia's de-facto capital is a crazy, colourful place. It's noisy, sweaty, dirty, and the altitude (second highest major town in the world!) makes it all that more frenetic. Beyond the pricey Death Road, it's not especially well known for tourist attractions. A large proportion of the population live in poverty, for example, 60% of Bolivians … Continue reading 3 great things to do on a budget in La Paz