Category: Southeast Asia

Having only just recently gained access to all the photos on the hard drive from my old broken laptop, I’m finally getting loads of old travel pics up on the blog. Here’s the view from the window of a cheap …

A Dramatic Lightning Storm Over Bangkok Read More »

Naked children leapt from the ramshackle pier in the tropical downpour, laughing and screaming as lightning flickered across the edges of a sky as threatening as any I’ve yet seen. “That boat?” I asked hopefully, indicating the larger and (slightly) …

Overland Adventures: the stinky Filipino fish bus Read More »

“There, there!” he kept shouting, “go straight, go straight!” I kicked on through the murky water, peering through my goggles into the plankton-deepened gloom before me but seeing nothing. “Where, where?” I yelled to the spotter on the boat, surfacing …

Whale Shark Snorkelling in Donsol, Philippines Read More »

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 …

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

If you’re looking to travel overland from China to SE Asia (or vice versa) you have three main route options: Guangxi province to Vietnam, Yunnan province to Vietnam, and Yunnan to Laos (and Thailand); a fourth potential route is Yunnan …

Overland Routes from China to Southeast Asia Read More »

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 …

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

“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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

Sumatra Overland Route Read More »

“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 …

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

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 …

Musings on Development in Northern Laos Read More »

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 …

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

How NOT to travel from Thailand to Malaysia overland! (for the sensible routes from Thailand to Malaysia, scroll to the lower half of the post) Hat Yai bus station. The day was getting old, the sun dropping and the shadows drawing …

Thailand to Malaysia Overland: getting stranded at the eastern border with a lonely policeman (or, how NOT to travel to the Perhentian Islands) Read More »

As the three of us rattled along through the dark in back of the songthaew, a brief pinprick of light caught my eye out over the rice paddies. As I peered out into the night, another tiny light popped into …

Phonsavan to Hanoi overland; 2 days, 2 landslides, a scam, a crash, and 2 stolen passports Read More »

People often ask each other about which countries were their favourites to travel to. It’s a hard question to answer, and not a question which I can answer with one single country; I’ll usually answer with a shortlist! However, sometimes …

Theft, robbery, scams; three intense weeks in Vietnam (Hanoi to Saigon overland) Read More »