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Laos/Thailand 2019, Stage 8: The Long Trip Home, and What Not to Take on Holiday

We’re sitting in a Thai Airlines A330 Airbus, about to fly from Phuket back to Bangkok. A member of the cabin crew is walking up and down the aisles with a clicker device in his hand, counting the occupied seats. … 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 21 – 24

There’s definitely an assumption amongst African safari guides that what us tourists want to see above everything else are the big cats. So we seem to spend a disproportionate amount of time trying to track them down. If we do … Continue reading

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Africa 2017: Days 17 to 20

“What’s that noise?” “Was I snoring? Sorry.” “No. I think it was a lion.” “A lion is snoring?” It’s our first night camping in the Moremi Game Reserve, an area of about 5,000 sq kms in the Okavango Delta, northern Botswana. … Continue reading

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Towards Tofino

Canada 2015 Day 16 and introducing, for the first time, Day 17! Our last day in Vancouver. So, does the city live up to the hype? Whatever the hype might be? I’m sure there’s been at least some hype. If the … Continue reading

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The perfect place for a midday doze

India 2013 Friday 12 April We reluctantly check out of the Samode Palace and embark on the 200km drive to Delhi. The route takes us past thousands of lorries and probably tens of thousands of people, and eats up six … 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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Thirsty work

India 2013 – Saturday 30 March We sleep for a record-breaking 10 hours in our sheet-less bed. At breakfast, as for dinner last night, we are the only people in the Banyan Tree’s restaurant. We’re presented with a jar full … Continue reading

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Oflag IV-C was never like this

“Blimey, where did you stay? Colditz?” My work colleague is distinctly unimpressed by my holiday snap. I look again at the picture of our Andalucían parador and inwardly concede that yes, its slab-like exterior could be seen as dark and … Continue reading

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