What is the definition of home? (2014 edition)

Published in: How to live overseas |
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Defining “home” This is not an easy thing to write. By its very subjective and relative nature such a definition cannot be captured in one short article. A book might do it. But I would imagine it would equally be condemned by the majority of its readership for being one-sided or at the very least for unbalanced impartial… Continue reading more »

How to use a food court in Thailand

Published in: Thailand | October 1st, 2014
MBK Food Court

Is a Thai food court your best option to first experience Thai food? You arrive into Thailand full of excitement at the multitude of wonders it holds. From dazzling temples to world renown shopping centers Bangkok it seems to have it all. What’s more Thailand has a great reputation for food that you can’t wait… Continue reading more »

Tips on how to leave from Kathmandu airport

Published in: Nepal | September 17th, 2014
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Surely it’s not that hard to leave Nepal? If you read my article/help guide on how to survive arriving into Kathmandu airport and did indeed survive you might think leaving would be easy. I don’t blame you. So did I. More than once. The answer is of course it’s a lot harder to fly out… Continue reading more »

How Patan got its name Lalitpur “The Beautiful City”

Published in: Nepal | September 3rd, 2014
Patan "Lalitpur" Durbar Square during sunset, Nepal

Patan is one of Kathmandu valleys greatest and oldest cities to visit. It’s also known as Lalitpur which translated means “Beautiful city” – there’s a good reason for this. Patan is a city filled with artisans, craftsmen and designers. It’s with this in mind that we can enjoy uncovering one of Patan’s oldest enigmas. A… Continue reading more »

From living goddess to former Kumari & schoolgirl

Published in: Nepal | August 20th, 2014
ari Samita Bajracharya,with a photograph of her when she was a goddess, Nepal

A return visit to my Living Goddess friend If you’ve not read about my previous visits to the Kumari living goddess in Nepal I encourage you to do so before reading here. It’s a fascinating journey that will take you from my initial search right up to becoming friends with the Kumari and her family.… Continue reading more »

All the sections of a Stupa (Boudhanath) named

Published in: Nepal | July 30th, 2014
All the parts of Boudhanath Stupa named

The “great stupa” in Boudhanath is one of the most important stupas in the world One of the guide book exlusions that always irked me was the lack of simple information telling me what each part of this great stupa was called. It’s one of the reasons I wrote my own guide to Boudhanath. It’s… Continue reading more »

Nepal in under a week: visiting with only a 7 day or less itinerary

Published in: Nepal | July 16th, 2014
Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Can you have a great time in Nepal in under a week?

I’ve always suggested taking a long trip to Nepal to get the most from this great country. And, I always get emails from people saying “I’ve only got a week! Can I still do it?!”

The answer is of course yes!

With new budget airline routes from Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and New Delhi opening up there has been an unprecedented rise in short trips to Nepal.

I’ve had great people from Malaysia wanting to make the most of these new offers as well as tourists visiting Thailand and India who never thought it possible to make it to Nepal so easily.

I’ve jumped on the bandwagon too for a short trip to catch up with some friends and business. It’s a much shorter trip than usual so I thought it would be a great opportunity to share some tips on what you can hope to see and do between 5-7 days in Nepal.

Visiting the stunning Silver Temple in Chiang Mai

Published in: Thailand | July 1st, 2014
The Silver Temple (Wat Sri Suphan),

Finding a place like the Silver Temple (Wat Sri Suphan) in Chiang Mai I may not be Chiang Mai’s number one fan due to the sheer number of tourists there but the city makes up for it in holding some great temples too. While most temples get a little repetitive for visitors the silver temple reboots… Continue reading more »