Archive | February, 2009

The region of smiles

Our last day in Bangkok may not have been particularly unique, but was a good way to finish up a memorable trip. A spot of market shopping, a wander around megamall central in Siam, a few rides on the Skytrain, just as many arguments with tuk tuk drivers, a phad thai, a Singha beer and [...]

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Flower children: A visit to Chiang Mai

In order to properly visit Thailand, you sort of have to visit three areas. First, there’s big city Bangkok, next you have to take in a bit of island life, and then you have to venture north. In order to hold your head high you probably have to head to the hills, but I haven’t [...]

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Sunbaking in the shade

Sometimes you need a little holiday from your holiday. Santorini did it in Europe, so now it was Ko Phi Phi’s turn in Southeast Asia. Unlike in Europe, this time Ko Phi Phi was planned. We were walking zombies for half our visit to Malaysia, victims of our own “go go go” itinerary. So we [...]

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A nation of petrol heads

Every time Paul and I arrive in a new country, we classify it into one of two groups – Asia for Beginners, or Asia for the Advanced. Malaysia is at the top of the first group – it is Asia for the Stop-Over. People speak excellent English (it could be confused as being their first [...]

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