Thai food: Spicy pork in glass Noodles

Published in: Thai food | June 10th, 2015
Spicy pork in glass noodles in Thailand

Spicy Pork with glass noodles is a great choice when visiting Thailand The word “spicy” and Thailand usually has me wincing at many a sadistic hawker lady. I like spicy but Thai spicy often means not getting to enjoy many of the other flavors in a Thai meal. I rather think one of the enjoyable… Continue reading more »

How long should I stay in Sukhothai? (The never ending sunset)

Published in: Thailand | June 3rd, 2015
Rice Padi, Sukhothai, Thailand

Sukhothai offers me a place to simply enjoy I’m a little behind due to the Nepal earthquakes so I’m just going to pick up in Sukhothai where I left off. When I first came to Sukhothai I was unsure about how long I would stay. It all depended on the temples. If they were great… Continue reading more »

Is Nepal safe to visit in 2015?

Published in: Nepal | May 27th, 2015
Bhaktapur men smiling

Can I visit Nepal this year? Yes! Nepal is open to tourists! Much of the tourist and trekking infrastructure is up and running again. Hotels and restaurants in the tourist quarter of Kathmandu known as Thamel are open, likewise in Patan and Bhaktapur, Pokhara, Lumbini and Chitwan. The latter were not even affected by the earthquake in… Continue reading more »

The best guidebook to the Kathmandu Valley (updated)

Published in: Nepal | May 21st, 2015
Kathmandu Valley Guidebook cover

 The evolution of travel guidebooks continues (updated) The latest edition to my Nepal guidebooks has been updated to include 2015 earthquake details. Unlike my guidebook to Kathmandu city, this guidebook is for the entire Kathmandu Valley region. The Nepalese tourism board are encouraging tourists to come back which will help Nepal recover. And, I agree.… Continue reading more »

Nepal struck by a second major earthquake (Updated)

Published in: Nepal | May 12th, 2015
Map of the two earthquakes that struck Nepal

A second major earthquake has shaken Nepal On Tuesday May 12th (12:35 local time), just over two weeks since the first earthquake, a second major (7.3) earthquake hit Nepal. The earthquake struck in Kodari about 22 kilometres southeast of Zham in China along the Nepal border. Areas such as Namche Bazaar and Everest Base Camp are also… Continue reading more »

Nepal’s surviving temples: good news

Published in: Nepal | May 12th, 2015
Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Nepal

Most of Nepal’s temples are still standing The last few weeks have been burdened by the dour and devastating news from Nepal and the 7.8 earthquake that hit it on April 25th. I’ve written about it and spent countless hours helping, searching and trying to do what I can to help. Now, nearly two weeks… Continue reading more »

Nepals 2015 Earthquake, lest we forget – how to help

Published in: Nepal | May 4th, 2015
Old Woman collecting Aid after the Earthquake in Nepal recovery

The killer earthquake that hit Nepal is still causing damage Yes, the title is correct. On April 25th 2015 Nepal was struck with a 7.8 earthquake that has so far killed 8,000 people with a final number expected to be over 10,000. To give this some scale, 8.1 million people were directly affected – just under… Continue reading more »