Chiang Rai to Huay Xai

After three weeks in Sri Lanka, Thailand (and its refined tourism) was a welcome change. For a couple of days anyway. As this was our fifth visit to Thailand, we decided to fly straight into Chiang Rai for a quick stopover before crossing the border into Laos. With a mental list of our favourite Thai…

Sri Lanka Part 2: sun, sand & seafood

Sri Lanka’s beaches have been on our must visit list since reading ‘The Lonely Planet Story’ five years ago. And while we’re sure the beaches have very much changed since Tony and Maureen Wheeler first wrote about them, they were still a perfect way to spend our last week in Sri Lanka. From Ella we…

Big kid fun in Singapore

If we were to live anywhere else in the world, Singapore would be it. We fell in love with this city a few years back and we dedicated this, our third visit, to some big kid fun. First up was the Night Safari. Yes, it’s touristy. Yes, it’s a wee bit tacky. And yes, there’s…

Penang: foodie heaven

Upon arrival at our guesthouse in George Town we were handed a guide to street food in Penang, complete with a description of dishes and some of the best places to try them. Our faces lit up like a little kid’s on Christmas morning. Best tourism pamphlet ever. After dropping off our bags we headed…

A KL Rendezvous

Oh, hey there squat toilet,  it’s been a while. And you, all-in-one toilet and shower bathroom, I’d forgotten all about you. I won’t go as far as to say you’ve been missed but it is damn good to be back in Asia. First stop, Kuala Lumpur. To me KL is like Singapore’s less cool sibling. …

Melbourne: hot as balls.

Who would’ve thought? Certainly not me. While Niall took the opportunity to visit Belfast for his grandad’s 90th, I decided to spend some quality time with my darling sisters Holly and Cherie. Holly lives in Melbourne and emailed to let us know it would be ‘hot as balls’ while we were there. After checking the…

A Perth Pitstop

Fish n chips- check Bbq- check Sunday drinks in the sun- check Icecream at Hillarys- check BEACH- triple check Yes, we realise it doesn’t make much sense, but we decided to pop home for a week of Perth Summer before heading off again. On a bike tour in Buenos Aires the guide asked if there…

Oh Valparaiso

Of all the cities we’ve visited in the past six weeks Valparaiso is by far our favourite.  The majority of people we met before arriving informed us that two or three days would be plenty. We ended up spending a week in Valpo, as it’s affectionately called, and could’ve stayed even longer. Having said that…

Mendoza: Malbecs, massages & more meat

Time to indulge,  backpacker style. Starting with the 17 hour bus ride from Bariloche. The buses in Argentina are amazing compared with those we’ve caught in Europe and Asia. We traveled with CATA Int. and upgraded to a cama seat. Good decision. A guy in our hostel asked the ticket office what the difference was…