Caves, Tubes and Goats Cheese in Vang Vieng

Goats Cheese

  Why, that’s a strange combination of nouns, you might be thinking. Or, Not another unnecessarily detailed description of what that Somewhere Sarah girl had for lunch and what she thought about it… Yes, I’m afraid so. But really, my only hope from this post is that I can convey that Vang Vieng really does have more to offer than just bars and tubing. The landscape is truly magical, holding untold natural treasures in its flowing rivers, ice-blue lagoons and enormous caves, surrounded by … Keep reading…

Vang Vieng – A Pleasant Surprise

Vang Vieng

I’d heard all the horror stories about Vang Vieng, the backpacker’s haven a 31/2 hr bus ride from Vientiane, but I went anyway. I gave myself a good talking to on the bus  (not aloud, don’t worry) that I was going into this knowingly. That, if and when I was turned off by hoards of twenty-somethings sporting fluorescent “In The Tubing” tank tops, vomiting up their lao-lao (the local brew) into the Nam Song river, that I had no-one to blame but myself. I knew … Keep reading…

A Midnight Exit in Vientiane

Exit

Have you ever read accommodation reviews online and then wish you didn’t? Words like filthy, worst place we stayed, infested with cockroaches, and other such delightful descriptions are used so much, I often wonder if there is actually anywhere decent to stay in the world, and what exactly the definition of an ant infestation is, because for me, a few ants in your room in SE Asia is no reason to create a fuss. Hell, they’re probably eating all the other crap you should really … Keep reading…

A Happy Farewell

Jet

Two nights ago we raced along platform 4 at Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong station, hoping to farewell our friend Marty who we have been travelling with for the last six weeks. Half an hour later, we would be heading in the opposite direction to him, north-east to the border town of Nong Khai, before crossing into Laos. And him, well that’s quite a story… … Keep reading…

Escape From Khao San Road

Not Khao San

The bus dumped us off in the middle of a busy intersection near the infamous Khao San Road in Bangkok’s ‘Old City’.  I’d already decided we weren’t staying there. I’d never been there during my numerous visits to Bangkok in the past, and I had absolutely no interest in discovering it. But there we were, striding down Khao San in an attempt to escape the enthusiastic taxi drivers and find a little space to clear our heads and formulate an escape … Keep reading…

Food, Glorious Thailand

Phad Thai

What a difference two hours makes. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Cambodia, but as soon as we crossed the border, I noticed things were very, very different here. In a good way. For starters, we were in a mini bus that held the same number of passengers as it did seats. The words ‘mini bus’ had induced stomach churning fear in me ever since The Kampot To Sihanoukville Bus Ride of ’12. The mini bus had arrived at our guest … Keep reading…

Simple Pleasures in Koh Kong

Sugar Cane

I wake up to a rainy day in Koh Kong, situated in southern Cambodia, near the Thai border. Peering out of the curtains, I see a woman and child walk right through a deep puddle, their feet dragging through the muddy water. “It’s raining!” I exclaim, as Tyrhone rolls over, shielding his eyes from the light. I’m not sure why I’m so excited about this, except for the fact that it makes a change from the searing heat of the last week or … Keep reading…

Koh Kong: Bring It On

Sunset

We’ve been to the jungle, swam in waterfalls, slept under the stars and seen fireflies and phosphorescent plankton light up the mangroves at night. And we have met a whole bunch of characters, locals and foreigners alike, that could fill a book with their idiosyncracies. We’ve played cards with a group of people representing six countries, including an Argentinian who didn’t know the rules and played anyway. I played a 45 minute game of ‘football’ with a four-year old boy … Keep reading…