Into Cambodia: Siem Reap

We landed in Cambodian city of Siem Reap, the gateway for Angkor Wat and the temples surrounding it that together make up the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage site.  Airport transport came in the form of a tuk tuk, and we were dubious as to whether our excessive amounts of luggage would fit on the little bike with a carriage.  Our driver had clearly done this before, and expertly piled on all of our bags, with room to spare for the passengers.  We felt a bit conspicuous driving into town on our overladen chariot, but we quickly realised this is the […]

Bali: A rubbish filled tropical shocker

We landed in Bali with curiosity bubbling over. I had only ever seen photos of Bali enticing would-be tourists to come to these far away sand swept shores. As an American, Bali has always been an unreachable exotic luxury island on the other side of the globe. Far too expensive and too far away for American tourists, it has always held an air of exclusivity. After marrying an Australian, I had come to realise that it’s a popular beach holiday destination for Australians – a sort of Cancun for antipodeans. This beach resort/ party town clashed with the images I […]

Exploring Bangkok with a family

Our time in Thailand was coming to an end. Christmas was coming, and we had a few days in Bangkok for shopping, catching up with old friends, exploring, and templing. From there we would head to Bali to share some vacation time with Mark’s brother and his family before going to Australia for the holidays. Sometimes it’s the people rather than the place From Chiang Mai we headed to the South Coast to Siracha to meet up with a London friend before heading back to Bangkok. Sadly, Siracha is not where they make the sauce – it’s made in NEW […]

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 walks in the jungle alongside mesmerised tourists, and getting a daily bath in a river from people who have paid for the privilege. When we first arrived in Thailand, visiting an Elephant rescue centre was high on our list of things to do. Of course […]

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 earth northwest of Chiang Mai, full of travellers. Whoever you are, wherever you’re from, whatever you like to do, you’ll find your tribe in Pai. Once a secluded hippie hideout, it’s now firmly on the backpackers trail, giving it a rich mix of cultures from travellers […]

Road tripping Thailand – Doi Inthanon National Park

The province of Chiang Mai is home to Thailand’s highest mountain, Doi Inthanon. At 2,600m, it’s part of the Himalaya mountain range, and is situated in a massive National Park just a couple of hours’ drive outside the city of Chiang Mai. One of our favourite ways to explore a new place is to hit the open road and see where it takes us. So we rented a car, and pointed west, toward the mountains, and Doi Inthanon.  The 58km drive took about 2.5 hours. It was easy going on the highway out of Chiang Mai, but slowed to a […]

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 beats the beaches of the Gold Coast, and the weather is far nicer than Queensland. From the hills to the south, to hip inner city life, and all of the wide sandy beaches along the entire length of the city, Perth is an amazing family […]

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 wanting to stay forever in this adorable city. The old town of Chiang Mai is a perfect square, surrounded by canals that run just outside the old city walls, with four gates giving access to the city – one in each of the cardinal directions. […]

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 into the covered back of a truck, along with 8 other drenched travellers, to be taken away to our various resorts.  The transport was included in the price of our ferry ticket, which was a nice, and welcome touch given how persistently the rain was […]

Where have we been? Perth, that’s where

Perth. We came for the holidays, we stayed for a refurb, and after two months in Oz, we’re now on the road again heading back to SE Asia. We camped, we fished, we road-tripped.  We met up with friends and spent time with family.  We festivaled, Foo Fightered and cricketed. We surfed and swam in some of West Australia’s most gorgeous beaches, and watched the super blue blood moon total lunar eclipse over the skyline of Perth.  We celebrated Christmas, New Year, birthdays, a wedding, and Australia Day.  We spent endless hours with cousins, and swam to our hearts’ content. […]