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    Best Places to Spend Christmas in south-east Asia

    It’s almost that time of year again… the temperature has already dropped, the summer wardrobe is gathering dust once more and t’s only a matter of weeks until Christmas cards and mince pies start appearing on the supermarket shelves. Are you ready for the endless shopping, the wrapping of presents, the cooking, the money, the decorating? Not […] Read more…

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    The Best Train Ride in Myanmar (Burma): Gokteik Viaduct

    “There is no way you are on a train,” my friend text back after I sent him a video of me bouncing around in my seat as the train rattled and rolled through the Burmese countryside. But yes, it was true, I was indeed on a train – not in a rickety old tuk-tuk on a […] Read more…

Travel Guides

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    How to Spend 24 Hours in Ubud, Bali

    This is a guest post by the lovely Barbara (pictured here looking particularly zen) who works with me at Fleewinter (a boutique London tour operator that offers Asia holidays). She’s our resident Bali expert and has written this excellent guide on how to spend 24 hours in Ubud… warning: reading might result in purchasing flights to Bali! Luscious green rice […] Read more…

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    How to Spend 24 Hours in Phuket, Thailand

    This is a guest post by the lovely Kate Glover (pictured here with a fried elephant?!) who works with me at Fleewinter (a boutique London tour operator that offers Asia holidays). She’s currently in Thailand on a one-month research trip and has written this excellent guide on how to spend 24 hours in Phuket… well worth a […] Read more…


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    Bounmi: Luxury River Cruises in Luang Prabang, Laos

    Anyone who has spent more than a few hours in Luang Prabang in Laos will have been offered a boat… or five. It is the familiar sound of the riverside as you stroll along the glorious Mekong to the sound of, “You want boat? You go to caves? Waterfall?” Yes, you are never far from […] Read more…

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    South Laos Luxury Hotel: The River Resort, Champasak

    Southern Laos and the incredible 4,000 Islands are often renowned for being something of a backpacker’s paradise so it was with some trepidation that I set off to investigate the area in search of a touch of luxury. But as we pulled into the River Resort, near Champasak (just half an hour drive from Pakse […] Read more…

Stories from Southeast Asia

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    Off the Beaten Track in Myanmar (Burma): The Last Tattooed Women

    It is amazing just how easy it is to visit villages off the beaten track in Myanmar (Burma) – we’re not talking about a circus show of locals who have quickly changed out of their standard western clothes into some tribal costume, dancing moves they have learnt purely to earn a few dollars from passing […] Read more…

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    The monks of Myanmar

    I had been in Myanmar for about three days when I suddenly realised I wasn’t sure I’d seen a school-aged boy dressed in regular clothes. I had seen plenty of young boys around, but they were all dressed identically – sporting dark red robes and shaven heads. They were, of course, the monks. As we […] Read more…