Asia

Phare, The Cambodian Circus, Siem Reap

  What is the first thing that comes to mind, when you think of a Circus? Monkey’s on bicycles? Elephants juggling? A Lion jumping through a burning hoop, guided by a ringmaster? I guess that is a stereotypical view of a Circus yes, and one which I do not endorse. The use of animals in Circus acts, or any human activity is wrong, and cruel. However...

A guide to the Temples of Angkor Wat, Cambodia

The magnificent Temples of Angkor Wat, appear to rise out of nowhere in Siem Reap. You go from a typical Cambodian city, to the area where the Temples are and it has a completely different feel.  The rustic Khmer ruins are what attracts many people to Cambodia in the first place. So much so that it is the only place people seem to go. The typical visitor to Siem...

Good Cause Cambodia: Supporting NGOs

As a country, Cambodia doesn’t have it easy. It is in the top percent of the poorest countries in the World, many people live on just $2 per day. They have a high incidence of sex and human trafficking, and between 1975 and 1979 the whole country was virtually wiped out during the Khmer Rouge rule, leaving effectively a peasant society, where those left had...

Le Tonle Tourism Training Centre, Kratie, Cambodia

  I don’t normally write about the places, that I stay as I travel. Primarily as I think opinions vary greatly. What is good for one, could be a nightmare for another. Since travelling on a budget around South East Asia, I feel my standards have lowered significantly. Air conditioning is now a luxury for me. However, sometimes I end up spending a little more for...

Corruption at the Laos-Cambodia border

  Over the past few months of travelling, I’ve done many overland border crossings; which have been trouble free. You get to the border, get ‘stamped out’ of one country, then walk to the next, hand in a form and passport, a fee (sometimes), get a stamp and away you go. The overland border crossings into Cambodia, are often not that simple...

Hammock flopping on Don Det, Laos

Don Det and Don Khon, are better known as the small villages that make up the Four Thousand Islands. It sounds idyllic doesn’t it, but if you’ve come here in search of white sand and blue waters, you won’t find it. The water running through the islands is from the Mekong, and is a dark, chocolate brew colour.   Although Laos is a landlocked...

Off the beaten track in Laos: The Bolaven Plateau by motorbike

Following on from my highly successful adventures on a Motorbike in Thakhek, I decided to embark on a new adventure on a bike, this time with a Belgian Girl called Liesbeth, in an often unexplored area called the Bolaven Plateau, in Southern Laos. This was an area that I had only briefly heard of, and as it is the road less travelled, I wanted to travel it. I  met...

Adventures on a Motorbike: The Thakhek Loop, Laos

When I was younger, I was fascinated by Motorbikes. My mum would take me to the North-West 200; a popular bike race, very close to my home, each year. I’d watch as the bikes sped round the track incredibly quickly. I never had the desire to drive one however. I was happy enough in the safety of a car (were I am known to drive fast at times!) I have since been...

Why Vientiane was my least favourite Capital City

  I am not sure what makes me like, or dislike a City. Sometimes it is the people, where you stay, or the journey there, or sometimes I just don’t know; I just don’t click with a place. I really loved Laos, it is one of my favourite South East Asia countries so far. There is a real Genuineness to it, a rawness that isn’t present in places like...

3 days in Luang Prabang, Laos

After my Journey from Thailand on the slow boat; Luang Prabang; the former Capital, and was to be my first real taste of Laos, and although it took me a while to actually enjoy being in Laos, I found plenty to do in my three days there. I met some cool travellers and had unique experiences. Here is what I got up to in three days in Luang Prabang  The Cultural...

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