Life after Laos’ Secret War: Living with UXO

Deep within landlocked Laos, beyond the gentle smiles of its people and the tranquil beauty of its wilderness, there lies a poison. The rusting remnants of unexploded ordnance (UXO) from the devastating Secret War continue to maim and annihilate innocent villagers over 40 years on. It is testament to its unenviable world record as the most bombed…

Chinese New Year 2016: Lucky Holiday Plans for Adventurous Monkeys

As we ring in the Chinese year of the Fire Monkey, you’d be forgiven for thinking it will bring our ‘monkey’ friends some good luck in 2016. In reality, the year of your Chinese birth sign is deemed pretty unlucky. But, fear not! Follow this year’s lucky travel tips and disaster can be averted. According…

Road trip: Travel Ireland’s West Coast

What’s not to love about Ireland’s wild wesht? Rugged coastline, awesome surf and wind-swept villages will charm the bejesus out of you! Hire a car and start your road trip in County Kerry, driving north to County Mayo’s idyllic seaside village, Westport.   Image via Flickr CC, Ritesh3: Black Valley, Killarney.  Start your trip in Kerry’s crowning…

Greenland: Glaciers, Icebergs & Dogsleds

Greenland is the wildcard for true adventure junkies. As the largest non-continental island in the world, with the lowest population density, it promises a raw nature fueled experience. Think iceberg carving, mid-night sun cruises and challenging hikes. Image via Flickr CC, Destination Arctic Circle:  Kangerlussuaq, Greenland To pack in a rounded experience, consider heading to…

Iceland Adventure Travel

Iceland is increasingly popular with adventure lovers thanks to its volcanic landscapes, spewing geysers and steaming hot springs – that’s not to mention the awesome northern lights. Hop on a flight to Rejyavik, commandeer a big-boy jeep and let the fun begin. Image via Flickr CC, Peter Nijenhuis : The Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa The Blue…

Vang Vieng : Is Tubing Really For Tools?

Whether or not tubing is for tools is subjective. First you must ask yourself if you value your life.  If your answer is affirmative, you may be inclined to believe that only tools would launch themselves into an unknown river in the middle of Laos, while pissed as a fart and smothered in body paint….

Lost in Love with Luang Prabang

It’s hard not to fall in love with Luang Prabang, especially after Thailand’s all engulfing motorized buzz. The delicate French flair that mixes so gently with the ancient World Heritage sites of Luang Prabang is enough to leave many lingering in its sanctuary. The riverside location helps. Come dusk the lanterns flicker on, providing enough…

A Watery Escape: Slow-Boat to Luang Prabang

Drifting along the mighty Mekong river on a slow-boat from Chiang Kong to Luang Prabang was like floating around the lazy bends of consciousness. The crags of ancient boulders, veiled mountains and dense rainforest provided fertile ground for internal exploration as the soft hum of the engine rocked us into a gentle trance.   I…

Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Sleeper Trains and China Town

Getting a sleeper train across Thailand sounded so romantic, I thought it would be like a black and white east-meets-western film. In reality, the romance wore off fairly quickly. It began with a hot, sticky day of sight seeing, from the enormous MBK shopping centre to the thick chaos of China town.   We arrived…

Khao San Road K.O.

It’s seedy, too touristy and a place to avoid — that’s the distinct impression I had before wandering down Khao San Road for the first time. Being a contrary madam, that meant I had to go and check it out for myself. It’s also why we ended up staying in the Samsen area, a safe…

Bangkok: Triple ‘Temple’ Whammy

For those who only have a short time in Bangkok, you’ll be glad to know that you can do three of the big temples comfortably in one day. Warning: you’ll be all templed out by the end of it! The Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Arun are all within walking distance of each other–…

AWOL in Bangkok : Samsen

Stepping out into Bangkok for the first time is like being walloped around the face with a big barbecued fish — it’s hot, it’s sticky and it’s smelly. Then there’s that charcoal residue, the thick pollution that lines your nostrils and your lungs. Dazed and jet-lagged, you don’t know what’s hit you — but it’s…