Monthly Archives: December 2013

Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo

Well, they say one ought to start each new year as one intends to go on and I have certainly found my personal Shangri-La at the eponymously named resort in beautiful Kota Kinabalu in Malaysian Borneo. Happy New Year to … Continue reading

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Sunset over the Mekong River in Luang Prabang, Laos

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Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Photos can hardly do justice and words cannot describe the natural wonder that is Ha Long Bay, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 and not yet a massively overdeveloped tourist spot. The way has been laid, however, … Continue reading

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Hoi An & Hue, Central Vietnam

Hoi An is a particularly well-preserved and lovely town in the centre of Vietnam, about three hours’ drive from the region’s major city, Hue. At night, the place comes alive with lanterns, like those sold in the shop which appears … Continue reading

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Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and the Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City is called Saigon by those who live here and it is Vietnam’s most commercial city. At night, the lights are stunning as is the city’s tallest building, complete with helipad, at any time of day. The … Continue reading

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The Temples of Angkor

Watching dawn break over Angkor Wat, the most widely known of Angkor’s many temples. The temples are scattered over an area of many hundreds of hectares and many more are still being discovered. A view from a temple window out … Continue reading

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Siem Reap & Tonlé Sap Lake, Cambodia

Life is hard for the people eking out an existence in the ‘floating’ communities around TonlĂ© Sap Lake. The population of these communities includes both Khmer speaking Cambodians and Vietnamese immigrants. They make their living primarily from fishing and selling … Continue reading

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Phnomh Penh, Cambodia

We’ve left Bangkok to tour Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos for the next three weeks and took an hour long flight on the absolutely fantastic Bangkok Airways to Phnomh Penh. Not only was the food and service on ‘Asia’s boutique airline’ … Continue reading

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Bangkok protests

I arrived in Bangkok from Phuket last night, and after a few days of relative calm whilst Thailand celebrated the King’s birthday on 5th December, the protesters were again out in force this morning, bringing the capital’s traffic to a … Continue reading

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Viaggio sola

On the plane ride from London to Singapore I watched, amongst others, an Italian film called Viaggio Sola (I travel alone). Apart from being a good way to refresh the four years of Italian I did at university many moons … Continue reading

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