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Laos/Thailand 2019, Stage 5 (a bit more): Foodie Cruise Down the Chao Phraya River

It’s our last night in Bangkok and we’re going to spend it aboard a floating restaurant as it cruises gently up and down the city’s arterial river, the Chao Phraya. The experience comes highly recommended. Far from being the garish, … Continue reading

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Laos/Thailand 2019, Stage 5: We face Bangkok sans face masks

I’ve always wanted to set foot in Bangkok, but today the city’s taxi drivers have other ideas. Take our first destination, a huge hospital in which Carol is to have the second of her anti-rabies jabs (here’s the story of … Continue reading

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Laos/Thailand 2019, Stage 3: Luang Prabang – and a brush with death

Our longboat arrives at Luang Prabang at dusk and we head straight for our hotel. The room is modest but the bed is again enormous, measuring at least seven feet wide. If I snore tonight it’ll be quicker for Carol … Continue reading

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Laos/Thailand 2019, Stage 1: Chiang Rai

I’m in northern Thailand in a vast hotel room in which the TV is about the size of our double bed back home, while the bed itself is easily the size of Wales. Le Meridien Hotel, sprawled on the banks … Continue reading

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Africa 2017: Days 8 – 11

Jazz is not dead, it just smells funny Time to pack up and leave Notten’s Bush Camp. We squeeze ourselves into a now very dusty Toyota, wave goodbye to the assembled staff and set off. It’s only 12 kms to … Continue reading

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Photofucket

When I started this blog in 2011 I had no idea that one day all the photographs on it would suddenly disappear. But that’s exactly what happened after the site that hosts my shots, Photobucket, arbitrarily decided that it would … Continue reading

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Indochina 2016 – Going Green In Hội An

Days 15-20 We’re two weeks into our Indochina adventure. Two weeks of traipsing from hotel to hotel. Two solid weeks of being flown, taxied, tuk-tukked, guided, assisted, welcomed, massaged, treated and entertained. It’s unrelenting. Some sort of change is needed, and … Continue reading

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A Journey Of A Thousand Miles Starts, Er, Tomorrow

Canada 2015 Day the fourth Today we’re planning to leave Toronto and take a sleeper train across a huge chunk of Canada to Jasper, Alberta, in a journey that’s scheduled to take three days. But first, breakfast. For me this proves to be … Continue reading

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“No thanks, we’ve run out of look”

India 2013 Thursday 11 April A lie-in! Well, if you can call 7.30 a lie-in. We pull back the mosquito nets and spend a few minutes taking a stroll around our room, pulling open blinds and adjusting fans and air … Continue reading

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Painting the elephant. Not a euphemism

India 2013 Wednesday 10 April Yesterday we took a ride on one of the many elephants that ferry tourists up to the Amber Fort. Today we’re going one better – visiting the place where the elephants live. The Chander Mahal … Continue reading

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