A mini survival guide to sleeper trains

By | May 21st, 2015|Travel tips|

Sleeper trains, they're great, but can be hard work.  But if I'm honest, while I may have had trouble actually sleeping on them in the past, the effort was worth it, as there's nothing quite like waking up and watching the sunrise from a locomotive racing through an incredible landscape. A learned a trick a [...]

Share your photo memories and WIN :)

By | September 16th, 2014|Competitions|

  #WePrintMemories   So so many photos!  In fact I backed up my photos last night owing to my Macbook playing silly buggers and not booting up at the first 7 attempts (lucky number 8), and there were over 15,000 files to copy over to my portable hard drive. 15,000! That seems an utterly crazy [...]

My 2013 travel roundup

By | December 18th, 2013|Travel|

Not bad for an office bod.  Despite spending a large portion of my year sitting at a desk in a freezing cold west London office block, travel over the past 12 months has been good.  Very good in fact! At the risk of sounding a little like a Dbag, here's a few travel numbers I [...]

Flying high above Vang Vieng at sunrise

By | December 4th, 2013|Laos, Photographic Inspiration|

I've never really liked heights, but seeing Vang Vieng at sunrise was worth the struggle with my fear.  It's a strange one really considering that I'm OK flying, will quite happily throw myself out of a perfectly good plane, or dive off a bridge with no more than a glorified elastic band wrapped around my [...]

Bangkok to Vientiane by train (including cost)

By | July 15th, 2013|Laos, Thailand|

Bangkok to Vientiane by train, how does that work then? Taking the train(s) from Bangkok to Vientiane was one of my favourite experiences from my mini tour of Laos and Cambodia.  It was pretty much the first thing I did on said tour, stepping off the plane and almost straight into our little cabin that [...]

Tubing in Vang Vieng. Whats the story in 2013?

By | May 15th, 2013|Laos|

Tubing in Vang Vieng, is it all done and dusted with? Once the perennial South East Asian backpacker piss up party town, it was THE place to sit in an old decrepit rubber ring, float down a beautiful river of which you will take little notice, use you mates faces as a canvas for your new found love of fluorescent art, drink beer [...]

Hotel Review: Villa Merry Lao III, Luang Prabang

By | May 10th, 2013|hostelbookers, Reviews|

Its safe to say that our stay in Luang Prabang didn't get off to the best of starts.  Fresh off the bus from Vang Vieng, we were almost immediately introduced to Songkran as a huge gush of water flew into our tuk tuk and destroyed our map.  We then contrived to walk 2km in the wrong direction in search of our [...]

Guesthouse Review: Chaleun Garden, Vang Vieng

By | May 10th, 2013|hostelbookers, Reviews|

Blink and we might have missed it, but blink we did not and lurking between two restaurants showing endless re-runs of Friends we found the Chaleun Garden Guesthouse, a budget travelers dream. Staying at Chaleun Garden Basic but not without a small amount of charm, the Chaleun Garden Guesthouse was to be our base for 3 fun packed nights in Vang [...]

Laos and Cambodia in Video. My Office Escape.

By | May 9th, 2013|Cambodia, Laos, Video|

Laos and Cambodia, two totally awesome countries! Encase this is your first visit to my blog, or if you just haven't passed through in a while, you might not be aware that I recently spent the best part of a month exploring both Laos and Cambodia with my better half. It was a whirlwind trip which involved [...]

Hostel Review: Vientiane Backpackers Hostel, Laos

By | May 8th, 2013|hostelbookers, Reviews|

After 12 hour flight, a 16 hour overnight train and a slightly backwards border crossing it was  nice (understatement) to finally reach the first hostel of our 3 week SE Asia tour - Vientiane Backpackers. Vientiane Backpackers Hostel is bright and vibrant.  Make you way through/over the mountain of flip flops that swamp the front step and [...]