Category: Southeast Asia

A Near Miss With One of Thailand’s Deadly Rich Kids

So there I was, bottle of Singha in hand, strolling along the street through On Nut (a suburb of Bangkok) towards the Skytrain station to go meet friends, when this car brushed past me – a matter of millimetres from

Posted in Southeast Asia, Thailand

Overland Routes from China to Southeast Asia

If you’re looking to travel overland from China to SE Asia (or vice versa) you have four main route options: Guangxi province to Vietnam, Yunnan province to Vietnam, Yunnan to Laos (and Thailand), and Yunnan to Myanmar. There also used

Posted in China, Overland travel, Southeast Asia

Dog Bites Man: on soi dogs, getting bitten, and rabies shots in Bangkok

Bitten in Bangkok Khao San Road, circa 3am… (and this is not the first story I’ve told on these pages that picks up at that time & place!) …my Canadian buddy’s waiting for me in the street while I pop in

Posted in Southeast Asia, Thailand

On Khao San Road, late night beatings, and sticking your neck out

“That little fucker just tried to take my wallet!” Not from what I’d seen… “You sure mate?” I replied, “looked to me like you just bumped into each other.” We were drinking and dancing in the middle of Khao San

Posted in Southeast Asia, Thailand

How to Get Travel Insurance When You’re Already Overseas (and how I found out the hard way)

Whoever took my camera that day, hats off to them; they were good. I never felt a thing… one minute I was snapping photos from the Chao Praya Express boat, but the next (as I was wanting to take a

Posted in Southeast Asia, Thailand

Palm Oil and the Plight of the Orangutan: visiting the orangutan sanctuaries of Sumatra and Borneo

Orangutan means ‘man of the forest’ in the Malay and Indonesian languages. But where does the man of the forest go when the forest is gone? There are a number of places in Southeast Asia where you can see both the

Posted in Indonesia, Malaysia, Southeast Asia

Sumatra Overland Route

When I first visited Southeast Asia in 2004 en route to Australia with my mate Danny, we’d had no real plan to visit Sumatra (or anywhere else in Indonesia). We flew in from India to Singapore, and were flying out

Posted in Indonesia, Overland travel, Southeast Asia

Preah Vihear: failing to visit the disputed temple from the Thai side

“No, you can’t go there, army fighting with Cambodia now.” What? I’d just checked two hours earlier with the policeman on duty back at Surin bus station, and he’d told me the situation was calm, so I’d continued on towards

Posted in Cambodia, Southeast Asia, Thailand

Musings on Development in Northern Laos

Development is a double-edged sword, as we all know – naturally the local people of any developing place wish to (and surely deserve to) benefit from the same modcons as all of us, yet the very lack of them can

Posted in Laos, Southeast Asia

Two Very Different Visits to Vang Vieng (pre- and post- tubing crackdown)

Vang Vieng is small town in an achingly beautiful part of Laos, situated on the Nam Song river and facing some of the most stunning karst scenery to be found anywhere. The incredible natural setting makes it a tourist draw, and

Posted in Laos, Southeast Asia