Category Wintering in Southeast Asia

Panda

Panda Girl

With our Thai visa running out we broke for the border. Two buses and 15 hours later we arrived in Mukdahan and waitied to cross the Mekong via the Thai-Laos Friendship Bridge 2 to Savannakhet in Laos. The bus journey was long, if uneventful but we were amused when the girl across the aisle from us snuggled into a blanket and placed a panda hat on her head.Read More
How to get a Thai tourist visa in Savannakhet, Laos

A Very Quick Guide to Getting A Thai Tourist Visa in Savannakhet, Laos

We haven’t done it but from what we have heard getting a Thai tourism visa in Vientiane is a little stressful, involving, according to Travelfish, ‘tremendous’ queues even when turning up at 8am. Our visa run to Savannakhet couldn’t have been more different.Read More
Songkran. Chiang Mai. Thailand

Photos of Songkran 2013 in Chiang Mai

If you have kept up with our Facebook updates you will know we have spent the past few days charging around Chiang Mai with a water gun, randomly or deliberately squirting people - young and old alike - in the face.Read More
A water gun for Songkran. Chiang Mai, Thailand

Preparing for Songkran

I’m sitting in a pink towel (actually, it’s puce; yes, definitely puce) listening to the whoops and cheers as our neighbours soak each other and passing scooters with water. On the bed are laid out various items of clothing. What does one choose from our limited wardrobe for charging about town like a maniac squirting people in the face?Read More
Poi Sang Long Festival, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Poi Sang Long Festival Chiang Mai

In April the thoughts of most visitors to Chiang Mai are focused on the upcoming Songkran celebrations with arrivals timed to bloat the city’s populace in the days in and around the middle of the month. Earlier arrivals though will not only have the opportunity to bag their accommodation before prices rise but also to witness the under the rader Poi Sang Long Festival. Read More
Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

Myanmar: Why on Earth Would We Want to go There?

Myanmar was the place that drew us back to Southeast Asia after a ten year absence. This is supposed to be a cheap trip centred on settling in in the sun somewhere but we probably would have gone to another part of the world - somewhere new - had Myanmar not sounded so enticing. Read More
Monks collecting firewood in Nyaungshwe, Inle Lake, Myanmar

Photo Feature: Monks Collecting Firewood in Nyaungshwe, Myanmar

Most visitors to Myanmar expect to gain an insight into Burmese Buddhism amongst the stupas of Bagan but the reality is that despite its wonders Bagan is a dead, disappeared ruin of a city. It is in Nyaungshwe where Buddhism flourishes today.Read More
Tuk Tuks in Bangkok

Where to Stay in Bangkok

Despite three visits to the city when we were in the region ten years ago we didn’t get to know Bangkok particularly well. Then we stuck to the Khao San Road area each time we made a return, only venturing further afield to tick off the tourist ‘must sees’. On this occasion we haven’t done a thing tourism wise but have extended our range and seen more of the Big Melon by staying in and exploring some of Bangkok’s different neighbourhoods. We found that each has their own advantages and drawbacks.Read More
Don't use PayPal in Myanmar

Don’t Use Your PayPal Account in Myanmar

Here is a word of warning to those contemplating a trip to Myanmar. Do not log in to your PayPal account. Read More
Khao San Road, Bangkok, Thailand

Burn Me as a Witch: I Like the Khao San Road

The Khao San Road is frequently derided as not being the real Thailand but Thailand is made up of many component parts, and some of them, like it are not, are crawling with tourists. Read More