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…

Streetwise in Bangkok

Everyone warned me about the chaos in Bangkok, but it’s hard to grasp until you’re surrounded by buzzing mopeds, tuk-tuks and taxis, whilst trying to negotiate a path to the other side of the road. The oppressive heat and inevitable hangover following our first night out in Bangkok didn’t help the initial stress. How did…

Flying High: London to Bangkok

Flying for me is what I imagine it would have been like for anyone else to sit next to Bin Laden on the London Underground.  You know he’s a scary bastard and you probably shouldn’t sit next to him — he may explode — but all the other seats are taken and it’s the quickest,easiest…

AWOL in Dublin : Expat Life

I have lived in Dublin as an English expat for over four years now. As I prepare to move back to the UK the time seems right to impart some of my learned wisdom on life as an expat. Apart from a firm handshake and a strong backbone, you need patience… Once an expat, always…

Eating out on a Budget in Dublin: Burritos, or Burritos?

Tourists travelling to Dublin to indulge in Irish food and booze may be surprised to see that we are going mad for Burritos. The Mexican craze was no doubt triggered by the recession — burritos are cheap to eat and easy to produce en masse. For just seven yo-yos we can enjoy a trip into the city and dinner with our pals, without…

Dublin Day Trips to Wicklow

There’s no denying Dublin’s great ‘craic’ but even Dubliners need to escape every now and then. If you’re planning on spending more than a weekend in the capital, I would highly recommend you taking the opportunity to stray beyond the city limits and between those Wicklow mountains. Only half an hour’s drive from the city,…

Dining in Dublin @ Darwins

It’s a dog eat dog world, my dears and for those hungry carnivores craving a tasty slab of meat — cooked to perfection — Darwin’s Restaurant in Dublin’s city centre is the place to go. Walking into the aptly named Darwins on Aungier Street is like gliding back into the era of evolutionary discovery. With…

Brittas Bay Bums – Rambling and Wild Camping in Wicklow

The Wicklow Mountains taunt locals who descend through Dublin’s north inner-city. Their framing of our grey city dwellings only reminds us that escape is within reach – if we could just schedule the time. Thanks to the crazy burst of sunshine this summer, my boyfriend and I decided the time was right to explore Wicklow beyond the great…