Category Our Travels

Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Burma

Shwedagon Pagoda: The Most Astonishing Place I’d Barely Heard Of

I had a vague idea of the existence of the Shwedagon Pagoda before I took off my shoes and socks at its entrance and handed them over for safe keeping. The complex features as a wonder in the computer game Civilisation 4, a pursuit I’d engage with when wanting nothing better to do.Read More
Stalking Travel Bloggers

The Stalking of Nerd Travels

The travel blogger sniffed the air and failed to detect our duty free scent. Thinking himself in no danger he focused his attention on exiting Heathrow Airport, the final stage of his epic migration from Australia to London.Read More
Taking a photo of the Kwai Bridge with an iPad.

Photos of People Taking Photos of Other People on the Bridge Over the River Kwai

I went down to the bridge over the River Kwai today (as I write – in reality it was ages ago, back in August) and took some photos. Read More
Cookery lessons at Khum Lanna, in northern Thailand

Soft Adventure in Northern Thailand: Khum Lanna

I’m writing this piece in the sticks in Ireland - surrounded by fields, without a wifi connection and bloody miles from the nearest shop. In some ways it reminds me of Lisu Lodge where we spent the first night on our three day/two night Lisu Lodge and Khum Lanna Soft Adventure tour. The big difference between here and there – apart from the temperature and number of massages on offer – is at the lodge we had transport. Read More
Whitewater rafting in Thailand

Soft Adventure in Northern Thailand: Lisu Lodge

When we met up with my sister in Chiang Mai and she told us all the things she had done and was going to do in Thailand, Deirdre and I looked at each other and realised we had done sod all here. Read More
Cycling around Bagan, Burma

Cycling Around Bagan

We might have been cycling down the dark main street of Nyaung U without any lights on our bikes but at least we were cycling the right way down the dark main street of Nyaung U without any lights on our bikes. We were learning the exhilarating way that when it comes to road rules the Burmese have a laissez faire attitude.Read More
Guest houses and hostels in Kuala Lumpur

Accommodation Options in Kuala Lumpur

We have twice passed by Kuala Lumpur on the bus and once changed planes at the airport so once we had made our plans to fly to the UK from Singapore we decided that this time we would invest a little time in getting to know this city.Read More
Boat tour of Inle Lake, Myanmar

On Inle Lake

We had been waiting to take our turn in one of the small boats motoring up and down the river that led into Inle Lake. Armed with a Myanmar beer we had watched both the local populace and the incomers from around the world go about their business from our vantage point outside the Queen Inn.Read More
Taking photos of cats at Nga Hpe Chaung, the Jumping Cat Monastery in Burma

Photos of People Taking Photos of… Cats in Burma

One day one bored, crazy monk living in a monastery in Burma rounded up all the local cats and started making them jump through hoops. Word spread and boat loads of tourists started to arrive to witness the spectacle.Read More
Travel in Yangon, Burma

Charmed by Yangon

Yangon was our introduction to Myanmar. Though it is a decent sized city of over four million and until recently Myanmar’s capital city - until the government relocated elsewhere, much to the populace’s joy - our drive through its darkening streets from the airport to our accommodation told us the city was going to be very different to the in-your-faceness of Bangkok.Read More