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UNITED KINGDOM | Tuesday, 10 Nov 2009 | Views [323]

The plane from Bangkok landed at Kathmandu international airport in the late morning and my connecting internal flight to Pokhara wasn’t till 2pm. So I had plenty of time to walk the several hundred metres to the domestic terminal…. Hang on a minute….... Read more >

Gallery: on my travels

UNITED KINGDOM | Saturday, 7 Nov 2009 | Photo Gallery

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I'm H.A.P.P.Y

UNITED KINGDOM | Monday, 17 Aug 2009 | Views [301]

My sister wheeled me to the car park of terminal 5 and once we were on the road heading towards the M4 I looked at her with big puppy dog eyes. Moments later I was impersonating a beagle that had just been rescued by the A.L.F. My head was sticking ... Read more >

I'm sure i am...

MALAYSIA | Thursday, 13 Aug 2009 | Views [652] | Video

WELCOME TO THE INTERNATIONAL PARAGLIDING CARNIVAL 2009, BAHAU Getting off the bus at the main carnival landing site I was greeted by the intriguing looks of school kids at the bus stop. This wasn’t a surprise as the carnival site was the local ... Read more >

i know i am...

MALAYSIA | Sunday, 9 Aug 2009 | Views [382]

Days of lounging around in the red tomato garden café and Debbie’s bar finally came to an end! After 4 hours sleep I was up way to early to catch the 07:30 ferry back to the mainland and the bus to Kuala Lumpur. I had 4 nights in the city and I was ... Read more >

Attack of the killer fish!

MALAYSIA | Sunday, 12 Jul 2009 | Views [427]

I was flying out of Medan international airport (relax, you can smoke inside. Past passport control, 1st floor on the right!) with airasia.com. Being a low cost airline if your bags weigh more than 15kgs you have to pay extra. My bag weighs 20kgs ... Read more >


INDONESIA | Monday, 6 Jul 2009 | Views [507] | Video

Out of the hotel early and straight onto the bus! Two hours later I was somewhere in the large city of Medan. The coolness of the Karo Highlands had been replaced by the heat of the lowlands and no matter how nice (?) the street comer was I needed ... Read more >

cabbages and volcanoes

INDONESIA | Friday, 3 Jul 2009 | Views [343] | Video

After spending a week in Tuk Tuk on the island of Samosir it was time to move on. Despite the fact that I never got to fly here I really did enjoy my time. The 1st bus I was on left from Tomok 5kms away and I was getting a lift there but I didn’t ... Read more >

blue waters

INDONESIA | Saturday, 27 Jun 2009 | Views [499] | Video

After spending 1.5 million on Batik paintings, Jake from Café Bagoes said he would drive me to the bus depot in Bukittinggi. Following lunch (I had fried buffalo jerky and rice…nice!) he dropped me of at 4pm. Three hours later the bus finally turned ... Read more >

In a hole

INDONESIA | Sunday, 14 Jun 2009 | Views [505] | Video

I arrived at Lake Maninjau on a Sunday. For 3 days it rained! My day was spent thus: wake up and walk to café bagoes at around 10am. Sit, read, eat and then leave at around 10pm. Lazy days and lounging nights. I was averaging around 3 books a day.... Read more >

Crossing the line

INDONESIA | Saturday, 13 Jun 2009 | Views [358]

The ferry from Melaka left on time and within two hour it was halfway across the straits of Malacca. As it approached the Indonesian island of Sumatra the once blue sky turned hazy and slightly brown. (At this time of year forest fires “happen” ... Read more >

On the road to Melaka

MALAYSIA | Monday, 1 Jun 2009 | Views [828]

After 17 nights I finally managed to “escape” the Shirin guest house, the red tomato café and Debbie’s bar at Cenang beach, Langkawi. For the expense of RM125 (£22.30) I flew to Kuala Lumpur and back to the same guest house I had previously stayed ... Read more >

Heather Nova part two

MALAYSIA | Friday, 15 May 2009 | Views [645]

Three hours from the island of Penang by ferry is the island of Langkawi, the duty free island of Langkawi! Q: what does that mean Andrew? A: amongst other things is that a pint of beer only costs 10RM…happy happy drunken nights!!!! I rocked up at ... Read more >

Heather Nova part one

MALAYSIA | Monday, 11 May 2009 | Views [339]

I arrived on the island of Penang not in George Town as I was told when I brought the ticket the day before but at a bus station some place else. Ignoring the bleating of the various taxi drivers I stood in line and waited for bus 401 to arrive and ... Read more >

Windsor Davies

MALAYSIA | Thursday, 7 May 2009 | Views [384]

Arriving at the international airport for Kuala Lumpur meant a 70km taxi ride into town. It took over an hour and I really should have had a fag before I got into the taxi. I’m staying in the “Golden Triangle” part of the city which is the main ... Read more >

brass monkey

THAILAND | Saturday, 2 May 2009 | Views [313]

Before I gave the scooter back I decided to have one last blast on the road. But where to go? The answer, for once, came from the guide book. About 100km away was Doi Inthanon, the highest point in Thailand shooting up to just over 2500 metres ... Read more >

Two Wheels good

THAILAND | Friday, 24 Apr 2009 | Views [471]

Day One Waking up after only six hours sleep and with a hangover delayed the start of this little adventure. By 10am I was ready to hop onboard my trusty steed and hit the road. It was only 106km to the target destination but it took me over 4 hours ... Read more >

Iron Maiden

THAILAND | Tuesday, 21 Apr 2009 | Views [303]

I had a cunning plan to escape the heat of Chiang Mai; run to the hills and the small village of Pai. It was an easy 3.5 hour mini bus ride to get there and as we headed into the mountains the heat dropped. Unfortunately the village of Pai is in ... Read more >

Wat Wat Wat Wat Wat

THAILAND | Friday, 17 Apr 2009 | Views [377]

There are various ways to get from Ayutthaya to Chiang Mai. I could have flown or gone by bus but I chose to let the train take the strain. Going by train meant breaking 2 of my “golden rules” of travelling Never travel overnight Never travel for ... Read more >

What? Wat!

THAILAND | Sunday, 12 Apr 2009 | Views [289]

As I was heading north for 10 to 12 days before coming back to Bangkok I decided that I really didn’t need to lug my 24 kilo bag around. As the hostel had a storage room for 20 baht a day I now have a small holdall for my clothes. The train ride ... Read more >

Get Thai'd! You're talking to a tourist...

THAILAND | Wednesday, 8 Apr 2009 | Views [330]

The plane door was opened and with one final nameste I left Nepal behind and sucked in the warm, heavy scent filled languid air of Thailand. Knowing that this joyous experience wouldn’t last long I breathed in deep and hard. By the time I was outside ... Read more >

towards the end

NEPAL | Thursday, 26 Mar 2009 | Views [375]

The countdown has started. After six and a half months (even I can’t believe it’s been this long) it is getting near the time to depart. Today I moved out of the apartment that I have been calling home for half a year and into a cheap hotel. Well ... Read more >


NEPAL | Saturday, 28 Feb 2009 | Views [440]

For the 1st time in such a long time I was up early for a reason! My sister and I were going to Chitwan National Park. The journey to the Temple Tiger Jungle Resort was long and weary or I had completely lost my ability to travel in a bus. Travelling ... Read more >

hey jude

NEPAL | Thursday, 19 Feb 2009 | Views [276]

Meeting my sister at the airport was really nice but only because she was bringing a couple of bottles of decent wine for me. Brotherly love…you just can’t beat it! A few days later I thought I should be sociable, stop flying and spend some time ... Read more >

following birds into bubbles

NEPAL | Tuesday, 3 Feb 2009 | Views [341]

Or as some people call it: thermalling! Now, this is truly a dark art, which if you try and teach yourself all you will get is WAY TOO CLOSE TO THE GROUND!!!!! (This is only a good thing if you are coming into land!) So, I once again allowed Adam’s ... Read more >

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