Welcome. I don’t use this much blog anymore, but there is still some good content here from back in the day, and I still travel a lot. Now though I just share on my Facebook and Youtube channels and then share that content here.

Chinese Takeaway – Sweet and Sour Politics

Part 1 So my 2 months in China is up, we have left the country and are back in Bangkok. I have long had a fascination with China, admittedly that fascination was, like most peoples, born of its historical facts, and whatever I had seen in the media.

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Kangding and Tagong, The wild west of China

Kangding and Tagong were our attempt to get away from the hustle and bustle of modern day China, and see a bit of Tibetan life. Kangding itself is an amazing place, a city nestled inbetween mountains and flowing along an ice blue river. The air

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Heaven and Hell, public transport in China

I worked out the other day, that since landing in China, I have spent around 70 hours on trains. That is, 70 hours in about a month and a half. And it would have been over a hundred, had I caught the train to Beijing

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Beijing, it’s very big

Beijing is a marvelous city, there is an unending stream of things to see and places to be. It all costs a bit more than in the smaller cities around China, but then it is a modern first world metropolis of the first degree. Chengdu to

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Hiking Mount Emei

Day1 All set from the previous days walk, I woke at around 08:30, packed my bags, and went downstairs to check out and meet with our new friends (we had met a Canadian couple the night before and were going to hike with them). leaving

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Panda wandas in Chengdu

We have been in Cheng Du for about 3 days now, and it is fair to say we have not done very much. There are a few things to do around here, but most are trips to surrounding areas and take a few days themselves.

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Book ahead, it’s worth it

The valley is lost somewhere in the dirt clouds thrown up by our bus and its drivers erratic acceleration. A new curve exposes a town not entirely void of character, but seemingly so after the valleys effect on me. The houses and shops become more

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Xanadu lives in China

I wake from a restless sleep, my eyes struggling to cope with the prospect of  leaving their dark world. The alarm buzzes again, I ignore it for a few seconds before succumbing to the irritation. At first a dream noise, it slowy brings me into

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Finding Forever at Tiger Leaping Gorge

The train shudders to a halt, early morning intrudes on a restless sleep, and the call to wake throws my senses into a dream soup of screeching voices and clambering bodies. Apparently the screeching means “Dali! everyone off!”, and three bunk high beds are tussled about

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The Dwarves Empire!

Before I get started on the moral ambiguity that is the Dwarves Empire, I shall enlighten you as to how we found ourselves there on this most peculiar of days, and what we found when we arrived.

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Kunming, trains and smoko

After the disappointment of Shenzhen I was well and truly looking forward to finding something more authentic, it seemed like Nanning (and ultimately Kunming) in Yunnan might be that place. So with ridiculously little planning we headed off to catch the train to Guangzhou, and

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Welcome to Shenzhen, it’s China… sort of

Shenzhen, China, it’s like Hong Kong, but less. I have been looking forward to China with a mix of excitement and anxiety. I have always wanted to go and explore the place, meet the people, try the strange foods and generally be whipped out of

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Chiang Mai, thanks for the memories

2 months seems to have gone by really quickly (1 and 3/4 at the mo), it has been a unique period in my life in that, I don’t think I have ever had 2 months to just sit around mostly doing whatever I want. Normally

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Songkran, New Years Eve with water

We are in Chiang Mai, Thailand and I am finally starting to settle into the swing of things, it only took about 2 weeks and I am now comfortable with going to bed late, sleeping in and doing whatever it is I feel like doing.

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Chillin in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Ahh, Chiang Mai, what wonders lie within your dingy streets and lawless lanes. What ancient marvels do you offer the wandering traveler, where do you hide your visual, visceral treats… who bloody knows, not I.

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For my mum, Heather

Here I am traveling the world (well Asia first), and it often crosses my mind how I got here. It is true I put a lot of work and time into making this happen, but none of it would have been possible if it wasn’t

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Laos by boat… That’s more like it!

From my last post, you would have known that my journey through Laos had not been all I hoped it might be, but that all changed when we jumped on a slow boat from Luang Prabang to The border town in the north, Houay Xai.

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It’s my “right” to rant

THE GOOD Following our good start in VV, Laos, we had a few ups and downs. The ups began the following day with a trip to the “Blue Lagoon” and its associated cave. We jumped on the motorbike we had rented for a few days

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Laos -Vientiane and Vang Vieng, or, VVV

SAME SAME, BUT DIFFERENT Vientiane, Laos, in a lot of ways reminded me of Cambodia, in particular the dusty town of Koh Kong, but not as nice. Being a border crossing town there were a lot of farang, but these ones seem to have decided

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Bangkok, Holla, city of….electronic entertainment!

HOTEL, MOTEL… So, Bangkok, a longish bus ride with an angry driver, and viola. If your not really into loads of farang tourists, tourist tat, getting hammered and overpriced everything, stay away from the bus drop off point, Khaosan Road. If however your into Farang

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