• Temples in Chiang Mai
    Thailand

    24 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Chiang Mai

    Unless you’ve visited Thailand before or dreaming of visiting, you might not have heard of Chiang Mai.  Chiang Mai is often referred to as the ‘Rose of the North’ and is heaven for food lovers, temple lovers and even those that love shopping!  Whilst I’ll go into detail as to what exactly you should be doing in another post, I’ll let the photography do the talking here.  So I’ve put together 24 photos to inspire you to visit Chiang Mai! It only took a few hours in Chiang Mai for me to fall completely in love.  From the golden topped temples to the countless bowls of khao soi (here’s everywhere…

  • the best places to eat in ubud
    Indonesia

    The Best Places to Eat in Ubud, Bali

    Not only is Ubud the centre of all things cultural in Bali, the food scene is up there with the best.  All across town you’ll find traditional warungs serving up Indonesian classics alongside ultra-hip healthy cafes.  To find the best places to eat in Ubud, you’ll mostly want to stick to the local food.  You’ll discover such incredible food that it will be the highlight of your time in Ubud.  I’m still daydreaming about the food to this day. Kafe To kick-start your day of exploring, head to Kafe for fresh smoothies and all manner of healthy options.  I feel this place caters nicely for those requiring gluten-free or vegan…

  • Pink Cowboy Hat Lady, Chiang Mai
    Thailand

    Where To Eat In Chiang Mai

    I recently spent five days in the city of Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand.  After a week on the tourist island of Phuket, Chiang Mai was such a welcome change.  It was time to experience the real Thailand.  Five days was plenty of time to experience and fall in love with this city which is filled with temples and night markets.  I sampled a lot of food in those five days so hopefully this post will give you a good idea of where to eat and drink in Chiang Mai. Where To Eat In Chiang Mai Sunday Walking Market This is the highlight of Chiang Mai’s markets.  Each week on…

  • Marina Bay Sands
    Singapore

    Staying at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore

    For those that have been following my travels, you’ll know that Emma and I went to Singapore on our return from Australia.  Whilst we were there, we spent two nights in an Airbnb so we could concentrate fully on exploring before our final night staying at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. If you’ve ever seen photos of Singapore, it’s very likely that you’ll recognise Marina Bay Sands.  With it’s three huge towers connected by an elevated platform, it looks oddly like a cruiseliner, but contains one of the most famous hotels in the world.  Not only that, it’s home to the world’s largest infinity pool where you can swim up…

  • The Side of Bali You Don't See
    Indonesia

    The Side of Bali You Don’t See

    Each morning, like most of you, I unlock my phone and begin an almost never-ending cycle of scrolling through social media. The first image that pops up is of a young, good looking woman in a swim-suit posing alongside a swimming pool. Bali. Another is of someone between an impressive looking temple gateway. Bali. A third image has you looking out over terraced rice fields with not another soul in sight. Again, it’s Bali. I think it’s fair to say that Bali has been very popular over the last few years. The pictures you see every single day are enough to stoke the embers of wanderlust in just about anyone.…

  • Satay by the Bay
    Singapore

    5 Things To Eat In Singapore

    In terms of cuisine, Singapore’s food has developed through many different influences including Chinese, Indian and Malaysian. No matter how long or short your stay is in Singapore, you have to try the local food which can be an activity in itself! As soon as I arrived in this incredible country, I researched as much as I could to see what I should eat. After much thought, here are the 5 things to eat in Singapore; according to me. 1. Kaya Toast and Soft Boiled Eggs This is THE traditional Singaporean breakfast and one that you’ll find yourself coming back to each day. It’s a very simple dish consisting of…

  • Bangkok Skyline
    Journal,  Thailand

    The Long Way Home: Bangkok, Thailand

    Well, this is it. Our last stop in ten months of travel. We’ve lived in Melbourne and #vanlifed around Australia before flying to Bali, Singapore, Phuket and Chiang Mai. In a week, we will be back in England with not a clue on where we go from here. The only way to end this was with seven nights in the City of Angels; Bangkok. This city really causes a divide between people; some people absolutely love it whilst others hate it. We booked six nights at the Akara Hotel, which is close to the shopping district, before our final night at the Tower Club at Lebua, the hotel from the…

  • Journal,  Thailand

    The Long Way Home: Chiang Mai, Thailand

    Last time out we arrived into our fourth country, Thailand, for a relaxing week on the island of Phuket. After recuperating, we were both ready to make our way north to Chiang Mai for four nights. Chiang Mai is Thailand’s second largest city and lies next to the country’s tallest mountains. Before Thailand formed, Chiang Mai was the capital of the Lanna Kingdom for approximately 500 years. When planning our journey home, we decided to visit here for three reasons; the night markets, the temples and the elephants. The Flight I don’t normally get nervous when it comes to flying but, after that plane disappeared from Kuala Lumpar, I haven’t…

  • Kata Beach, Phuket
    Journal,  Thailand

    The Long Way Home: Phuket, Thailand

    Following on from our amazing stay in Singapore, we needed a bit of a break. Somewhere to relax with little exploring to be done. With that in mind, we’d booked to stay in the resort of Kata Beach on the island of Phuket in Thailand. I’ve been wanting to visit Thailand for a long time mostly for the food but also the beaches and Bangkok. Before we really looked into Phuket, I’d always thought that it was on Phuket where the towering cliffs and shimmering sands were but it turns out they’re on a separate island, Koh Phi Phi. Phuket’s reputation comes from it’s main town of Patong Beach where…

  • Journal,  Singapore

    The Long Way Home: Singapore

    We’ve now moved on from Bali to the urban metropolis of Singapore; the Lion City. Singapore is one of only three city-states in the world and is one place I’ve always wanted to visit thanks to Formula One. Before arriving, I knew that Singapore would be amazing but I didn’t expect to find such a clean, orderly, technologically-advanced and green country. Even walking between towering skyscrapers was peaceful; I didn’t hear a siren once. The Plan I’d read a lot of blog posts about Singapore highlighting what to do with just 24 hours in the country. Normally seen as a stop-over when flying long distance but I believe that Singapore…