Where I’m At: April, 2012 – Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai – Where everybody knows your name Greetings from Chiang Mai. I’ve arrived back to my home away from home after five weeks in the Philippines, topped off with a four day stopover in Hong Kong. After that much time on the road I will be here for the next month to catch up […]

My first mountain climb – Mt Hibok-Hibok in the Philippines

I love a good walk. I can wander the streets of New York or London all day no problem. While I am at ease on flat urban terrain, I have never attempted a mountain climb before. On my trip to the Philippines I figured this was the ideal place to test my flatland legs on […]

Mandalay Travel Guide

Travel Guides > Myanmar > Mandalay Travel Guide Ahh Mandalay, surely one of the most evocative destination names in the world (up there with Zanzibar and Timbuktu). Rudyard Kipling may have had something to do with that with his poem (On the road to) Mandalay. For our generation, being in the middle of a land […]

Tarsiers – The unofficial mascot of Bohol

With my time in the Philippines ticking by, I reluctantly dragged myself away from Palawan to give some other destinations in the Philippines half a chance. One of those places was the island of Bohol and a visit to its star residents, the tarsier. [Tarsier in Bohol, Philippines] While various species of the tarsier can […]

Where I’m At: February, 2012 – El Nido Philippines

Where I’m At; a monthly update of what I’ve been up to, site news, and where I’m going next. Greetings from The Philippines, my first new country for 2012. Considering how much time I spend in Southeast Asia I can’t believe it has taken me so long to get here. My friends who have travelled […]

In Pictures: A day on Inle Lake – Myanmar

My trip to Myanmar (Burma) was already off to a flying start, with highlights such as the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon and cycling around the temples of Bagan. I had heard much of these places so I was prepared to be wowed (which I was). What I didn’t figure on was how much of a […]

Where I’m At: January, 2012 – Singapore and Myanmar

Greetings from Singapore and another edition of Where I’m At; a monthly update of what I’ve been up to and general site news. New Country Day: Myanmar Date: 19 November 2011 Myanmar (or the artist formerly known as Burma) has long been on my to visit list. Over 10 years ago one of my good […]

The temples of Bagan – Myanmar

After visiting the incredible Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon I was wondering if anything could top that in Myanmar? It didn’t take long to find out, with my next stop at Bagan. [Temples on the Bagan Plain] Ancient Bagan Bagan is the site of a ruined city in central Myanmar that was a powerful capital nearly […]

Shwedagon Pagoda – The cure for temple fatigue

[Shwedagon Pagoda (Paya), Yangon – Myanmar] Visitors to Europe would be familiar with the phenomenon of being cathedralled out. This is when you visit lots of cathedrals in a short space of time, to the point that you tire of even the grandest of cathedrals. The same happens with the temples of Asia. To be […]

The joy of Yi Peng, 10000 Lantern Release Festival – Chiang Mai

Sometimes words and pictures just can’t describe events. The Yi Peng Festival was such an event for me. I have many friends in Chiang Mai who have been to Yi Peng before and told me it is one of the highlights of the year. With such an endorsement I had to see this for myself. […]