Mt Bromo – my first volcano

Do one thing everyday that scares you or challenges you. I try very hard to follow that. Mt Bromo and the Ijen Plateau fit the bill. Originally I was going to go to Malang and do a tour which ran directly to Bali and hit Bromo and the Ijen Plateau but then I decided who…

Indonesia – the first impressions

Two years ago I came across a slide show of Indonesia on National Geographic’s website and was captivated by the beauty and diversity of the country, yesterday I arrived into Jakarta feeling like a child at Christmas, wanting so badly to grab the person next to me and say ” WE ARE IN INDONESIA!” Obviously…

The Big Smoke… In Thailand

” You will hate Bangkok!” “I hated it, too big, hot and smelly” The list and warnings went on and on and it does smell. Thankfully though my preconceived notion of Bangkok was proved wrong. I didn’t love it and two days was enough but I enjoyed seeing it. The insanely busy streets – happy…

The Life of Pai

Despite everyone telling me Pai was amazing, I didn’t really want to go. It sounded like a town of tourists and filled by expats, not exactly a genuine Thai experience, however deep down I had a nagging feel I would be missing something if I didn’t check it out and I am so glad I…

A Day in Chiang Rai

In England, I was told the farther North you go the more you are asked for tea, I have found that this also rings true in Thailand. The farther North you go the more people start to talk to you. My bus trip to Chiang Mai I sat at the front of the bus and…

Chiang Mai – the city of temples and markets

I had two days of wandering around Chaing Mai, getting lost down the tiny Soi’s in each block and three nights of Night Markets which progressively got better as the weekend progressed. On all the main roads Padoga’s can be found at least once a block. All impressive, gold gilded roofs, statues, brightly coloured mosaic…