What is the definition of home? (2014 edition)

Published in: How to live overseas |
house in romania

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 »

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 »

Thai food: Chiang Mai Sausage (Sai ua)

Published in: Thai food | June 24th, 2014
Chiang Mai Sausage

Chiang Mai Sausage It’s not often in South East Asia I come across a substantial amount of pure meat. Granted sausage isn’t technically that either but it can be very tasty and meaty if you know what to look for. In this case head to North Thailand and seek out Sai ua. Or, as it… Continue reading more »

Photographs of the White Temple in Chiang Rai before the Earthquake

Published in: Thailand | June 17th, 2014
The White Temple (Wat Rong Khun), Chiang Rai, Thailand

 White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) in Chiang Rai One of the strange things about writing a month in advance is that things can change in the blink of an earthquake. What used to be a huge and popular tourist destination can literally be wiped off the planet overnight. While not completely wiped out the White Temple… Continue reading more »

Three borders and a wedding in North Thailand

Published in: Thailand | June 4th, 2014
North Thailand Woman

North Thailand’s highlights on a motorbike From Ban Rak to Pai to Mae Hong Son and onwards via Thailand’s Northern frontier. Designer bohemian hangouts and deserted towns don’t score high on my books these days at all. With rave reviews Pai is a “must” for “first timers” wanting to chill out and do little else but… Continue reading more »

Thai food: Mango Sticky Rice

Published in: Thai food | May 29th, 2014
Mango sticky rice in Thailand

Is mango sticky rice the best dessert in Thailand? Maybe. It’s certainly one of the most common. From street food vendors to 5 star resort restaurants mango sticky rice is easily found everywhere. While chilling in the air-conditioning of a restaurant with a small plate of mango and sticky rice is nice, there’s nothing like… Continue reading more »