April 25, 2018

18-Day Vietnam Travel Itinerary

Vietnam has an extremely well-trodden travel path, which means accessing pretty much anywhere within the country is super easy to arrange. Travel by train, plane, bus, or boat, and follow this 18-day itinerary for your own Vietnamese adventure! Our itinerary In A Nutshell One for the Brits – if you can, book your trip around the Easter bank holidays to squeeze in a few extra days without taking more time off work. Otherwise just skim off a few days from my plan, to make this itinerary work for a two-week holiday. Vietnam has so much to offer, that it’s impossible […]
February 28, 2018

16-Day Burma Travel Itinerary

Burma is a pretty big country, but with so much to see, how do you decide on your itinerary? Temples, beaches, trekking, monk watching – what will you include? Follow this 16-day itinerary to see the best Burma has to offer! There are a number of different options for internal travel, but that will hugely depend on your budget and how much time you have. Trains and buses are frequent and affordable, but often slow and unreliable. If you can, splash out on internal flights that will allow you to follow my itinerary as below. Our Itinerary In A Nutshell With two-weeks […]
February 26, 2018

Phong Nha Ke Bang: National Park Tour

With only two days to spend in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, we decided to join an organized tour group to spend a full day out and about seeing the caves. We originally wanted to join the 7km in depth trek through Paradise Cave, however we missed out on that specific trip as we frustratingly didn’t realise the tour only departed on certain days of the week which didn’t coincide with our visit, so we were sadly unable to join that trip. Instead, we joined a National Park Tour that would take us to see the highlights of the […]
February 8, 2018

Video: Halong Bay In 4 Minutes

I’ve talked a fair bit about Halong Bay in some of my other posts from Vietnam. However, rather than reading about Halong Bay, why not see for yourselves? Covering the highlights of our three day cruise around Halong Bay to Cat Ba Island, I’ve created a fun little video to share with friends and family. Starting with our transfer from Hanoi, you’ll get to see some snippets of our time spent cruising through the bays. Highlights include kayaking through the beautiful waters surrounded by beautiful scenery. Hiking up Titop mountain for stunning 360 degree views. Visiting the Surprise cave, and […]
January 24, 2018

Gioan Cookery Video

Hopefully you would have read about the cookery school that Adam and I visited whilst in Hoi An, Vietnam. This was one of the highlights of our trip, and something I would recommend to anyone visiting Hoi An! Gioan Cookery are a small family run business located in the heart of Hoi An. The main reason I chose Gioan (other than the great reviews of course!), was because the offered a private one-on-one cooking experience. We were lucky enough to be hosted by the delightful and bubbly Vina, who constantly kept us laughing! We started the morning by visiting a local […]
January 24, 2018
Hot Air Balloon Over Bagan, Burma

Take A Balloon Trip Of A Lifetime

We all have a bucket list of things to do, and right up there on mine was to take a hot air balloon ride. Now, I am kinda cheating here as I actually already did this a long time ago over the Yarra Valley in Australia, however the backdrop was somewhat different to my second time around so I’m going to pretend it doesn’t count. Let me set the scene. We are in Burma, in the small town of Bagan that is most famous for it’s abundance of pagoda’s and temples. In fact, Bagan contains the highest density of temples […]
January 18, 2018

Cooking Up a Storm in Hoi An

Vietnamese food in my opinion is one of the tastiest types of Asian food, so it was a no brainer to partake in a cookery class during our time in Vietnam earlier this year. We travelled throughout the country and found that most places we visited offered cookery classes, however I opted to book this one to coincide with our stay in Hoi An, the food capital of Vietnam. Adam is a massive foodie (and my personal chef at home), so for his birthday I arranged for us to join a private cookery class. There are many popular companies offering […]
December 22, 2017

2017, Another Great Year Of Travel

With Christmas been and gone, and 2017 all wrapped up – this means one thing for me. It’s time to reinstate my favourite New Year’s resolution. Once stolen from a friend, this New Year’s resolution is to try and visit at least three new countries per year.  And in 2017 I’ve done exactly that by visiting Vietnam, Wales, and Budapest. Hurrah. A full three out of three achieved for 2017! I think this is a great New Year’s resolution for anyone, and more people should take it up. Time and money are probably no doubt the biggest factors that hold […]
November 17, 2017

Exploring Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park

Without a doubt, the highlight of our two-and-a-half-week trip to Vietnam was our time spent in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park. The only regret we had was not staying for longer! Located in central Vietnam, I would recommend a visit to anyone travelling the well-trodden route from north to south (or visa-versa!). Why Visit Phong Nha National Park? Travelling for me is ultimately about seeing new places and experiencing new things. Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park is all about caving, and as I’ve never visited such a large caving system before, this was something new that I could […]
November 10, 2017

Best Budget Farmstay in Phong Nha National Park

If you are planning a visit to Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, one of Vietnam’s natural wonders, then you might want to consider staying at a farmstay. Don’t be fooled by thinking this is some country style farm complete with hack stacks and cows – you couldn’t be more wrong! If you have already considered accommodation options, then you’ll note that Phong Nha village itself is very small, but does offer a number of affordable hostels and guesthouses. This is great if you are travelling on a budget, but step outside the main village and you’ll be greeted with endless […]
November 1, 2017

9 Things You Should Know About Boracay

Boracay is a funny one. A classic case of British marmite – you’ll either love it or hate it. This once idyllic island located in the centre of the Philippines has become so popular over the years, that tourism and development have truly over ruled what was once a middle-of-nowhere piece of paradise. With high end resort style hotels, fast food joints, as well as an abundance of bars and clubs, it’s clear to see why the island receives such mixed reviews. I travelled for three weeks within the Philippines and couldn’t help but feel that I was missing out […]
October 23, 2017

Beach Hopping In Goa

Back in 2013, I visited Goa to spend two week’s beach hopping from the north of Goa down to the south coast. It was a great opportunity to see how the north and south differ so much, and of course, all those places in between! This was my first trip to India, and I couldn’t wait! We started off in the north at the hippy town of Armabol, before heading south for a few nights of madness in Baga. We then travelled further south in seek of fun in Palolem, with a final few nights staying along the gorgeous Agonda Beach […]
October 19, 2017

The Bacuit Archipelago, Palawan

Often referred to as the gateway to the Bacuit Archipelago, El Nido sits between towering limestone cliffs that lead out to a spectacular hidden jewel within northern Palawan. This is once spot on the map that should be on everyone’s Philippino bucket list! We’ve all seen the film ‘The Beach’ right? Whilst (most of us) know that Koh Phi Phi in Thailand was used as the film location, many still insist that it was actually El Nido that inspired Alex Garland to write his book. This sleepy backpacker town of El Nido is the best place to base yourself whilst […]
October 11, 2017

The Quickest Way To Reach El Nido

El Nido is without a doubt one of the Philippine’s highlights and if you have the chance to visit, you’ll understand why. Despite being one of the country’s key destinations, it doesn’t mean reaching El Nido is simple. The small town does have a local airport (Lio Airport), however only one or two airlines fly directly into Lio, making El Nido a surprisingly difficult place to reach. Most visitors will fly into Palawan’s main airport, Puerto Princesa, and then take an overland transfer north to El Nido. The good news is that internal flights are affordable, depart regularly, and are […]
October 9, 2017

Top 9 Things To Do In Palolem

India can be one crazy country, but head down to the southern beaches of Goa, and you’ll find a much slower pace of life here. Palolem Beach in particular has been attracting backpackers for years. With it’s gorgeous beach, cheap prices, and stacks of things to do, what’s not to love? Cost In the 4 years since I visited Goa, it seems prices have rocketed unbelievably. Beachfront bungalows such as Cuba Beach Huts on Palolem Beach, were once £15 pn, are now priced at over £50 pn – blimey! Of course prices will change in line with the influx of […]
September 22, 2017

Cooking With Rahul

For many, travelling to new countries is all about experiencing new foods just as much as experiencing new cultures. And there’s no better way to get to learn about local foods, than learning first hand from a local cookery pro, like our friend Rahul. I’ve joined a few different cookery classes over the years, most recently in Zanzibar and in Vietnam, but it was my first class in India that made me realise how much I enjoyed these classes. Ironically, Adam is the chef at home and I am the human dishwasher, but I’ve grown fond of these fun learning […]
September 20, 2017

A Guide To The Perhentian Islands

A real hidden piece of paradise can be found over in the Perhentian Islands on the East Coast of Malaysia. Comprising of two main islands – Perhentian Kecil (small island) and Perhentian Besar (big island) – this was one of my favourite places I’ve visited throughout South East Asia, and despite the mission impossible trek to get there, it was worth every last moment. It is important to understand a few key points about the Perhentians Islands so you know what to expect. You won’t find any roads here. Only water taxi’s. There are no cash machines on the islands, […]
September 18, 2017

El Nido: Photo Journal

Hidden lagoons, secret beaches, and hundreds of islets await you in Palawan’s Bacuit Archipelago in the Philippines. The best way to explore the area is by taking one of the many boat trips that depart daily from El Nido. Each day trip will take you along a slightly different route, and we decided to take two different trips to ensure we made the most of our time in El Nido. Day trips usually start early around 09:00, include a few stops at different islands along with a beach BBQ and snorkelling opportunities. Boats return back to El Nido’s shores around […]
September 13, 2017

24 Hours In Hanoi

Our trip to Vietnam was more about getting out of the big cities and seeing the rest of the country, however no trip to Vietnam is complete without a visit to Hanoi. Whether you are passing through to connect onto another destination, or using Hanoi as a base to head out to Halong Bay, make sure you include an overnight stop at least. For as crazy as the city is, you’ll still be able to do a lot within a brief 24 hours as we did. Here’s my top ten things to do in a jam packed 24 hours in […]
July 27, 2017

Our Halong Bay Cruise Itinerary

Hopefully you saw my post earlier this week discussing Halong Bay, what to expect, and ways of arranging your own cruise.  In this post, I will go into more detail of our itinerary and what exactly we got up to over our three days sailing through Halong Bay. Enjoy! If you missed that post, then click here to read more about Cruising Through Halong Bay! Our Vega Cruise Boat Most of the junks will look similar, some perhaps with  a better interior than others, but on a whole I was really pleased with out boat. Our small but comfy cabin […]
July 25, 2017

Cruising Through Halong Bay

Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and undoubtedly one of Vietnam’s top tourist attractions. With over 1500 limestone islets, some soaring as high as 100m, this makes for a wonderful break from the bustling city of Hanoi. The most popular way to explore Halong Bay is by joining one of the many cruises that depart daily. Prices usually include transfers to and from Hanoi, (however saying this, it’s always best to check!), and usually include your food too. Cruise boats, or junk boats as they are referred too, are former Chinese sailing ships that are used throughout Asia. Don’t […]
June 2, 2017

Trekking From Kalaw to Inle Lake

One of the most popular ‘must do’ activities in Myanmar is trekking, something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time, so we made sure to include this in our itinerary. The route between Kalaw and Inle Lake sees groups of people head off into the nearby countryside for daily and overnight treks. With a basic level of fitness required, there are a number of different trekking options available including daily treks to the outskirts of Kalaw, as well as the ever popular overnight treks from Kalaw to Inle Lake. Travel Like A Local We landed into Heho airport […]
May 30, 2017

My Instagram 7 Day Beach Photo Challenge

In case anyone isn’t on Instagram (how is that possible?), or doesn’t follow my Instagram account yet (please add me – I need to get my followers up!), I wanted to share a challenge I set myself last week. For a little bit of fun, I thought I’d set myself a week long challenge on Instagram with only one rule – each day I was to upload a photo of a different beach I had visited. My aim was to collate a short collection of snaps to share some of my favourite memories with you. All photos are my own images and […]
May 26, 2017

Vinpearl Safari In Phu Quoc

Our visit to Phu Quoc wasn’t quite as we planned as we were over shadowed by a thunderstorm that seemed to linger for a few days. We managed to avoid most of the storm with the exception of one day we hired a scooter to explore the island. Typical!! It seemed the further north we travelled, the darker the clouds became and the heavier the scattered drizzle fell. Before we knew it, we were driving through a full on tropical downpour, raindrops flying at us like pellets whilst we wore nothing more than a bikini and sundress (me!) and shorts & […]
April 5, 2017

Borneo Orangutan Care Project

I would never usually stay at a 5 star hotel such as the Shangri-La chain, but when the opportunity arose I clearly jumped at the chance! I visited Borneo back in 2007 on a short stopover to Australia, and at the time there was a bizarre offer for a free stay at the hotel when booking internal flights with Malaysian Airlines. The stunning Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort & Spa in Kota Kinabalu is located on Pantai Dalit Beach. The hotel sits on a private corner of the island surrounded by 400 acres of tropical rainforest. Some visitors may enjoy the […]
February 24, 2017

Picture Perfect Boracay

Famous for it’s incredible white beaches and picture perfect sunsets, Boracay will be a destination that you’ll absolutely love, or for many, absolutely hate. I travelled for three weeks within the Philippines and was keen to find out for myself what the fuss was about. Most visitors will find themselves staying on the Islands’ infamously stunning White Beach – a 4km stretch of powdery white sand, turquoise waters and shady palm trees. The gentle waters are perfect for swimming & snorkelling. There is a traffic free pedestrian path that runs adjacent to the beach. And you’ll find an abundance of […]