The Elephant Tourism Conundrum

There are a whole lot of Elephant sanctuaries in Northern Thailand, and their keeping is somewhat controversial. Elephants have long been an integral part of Thailand’s culture and history.  The animals have been rescued from lives of service either in circus, tourist trade or as beasts of burden. They now live a bucolic life, taking […]

Pai anyone?

Where Chiang Mai was a hipster’s paradise, Pai, a couple hour’s winding drive to the north east is very much a bohemian enclave of harem pants, dreadlocks, vegan food, and just a whole lot of general chilling out. A funky little town situated on a quiet little river, Pai is a peaceful little stretch of […]

Perth for families

Perth. That Australian city on the far western edge of a continent, out there all by itself. Is it on your bucket list for family travel destinations? Well, it should be. Perth may not have the cafe culture of Melbourne, or the glittering landmarks of Sydney, but I would argue that it rivals and even […]

Charmed in Chiang Mai

Thoroughly soaked in Koh Lanta with no end to the rain in sight, we boarded a plane to Northern Thailand, to Chiang Mai. It is the provincial capital of the La Na Kingdom, chosen as their capital in 1296, and the ancient, the old and the new blend together seamlessly to effortlessly charm its visitors into […]

Thailand: Chilling out in Koh Lanta

We arrived in Koh Lanta in the rain, and six days later, we left Koh Lanta in the rain. Our ferry from Koh Mook rocked and rolled through the storm that never abated during the entire two hour journey north across the Andaman Sea. We disembarked in a downpour, and were ushered with our things […]