Archive of ‘Destinations’ category

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…

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…

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…

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…

Top 10 Luxury Beach Hotels in Vietnam

My favourite moment of any holiday is the instant that my toes first touch the sand. They may have been cooped up in boots for a whole winter, but as soon as those so-white-they-almost-look-green-feet touch the sand, I have arrived. Pass the suntan cream and the floppy hat, it’s time to get greasy, sweaty sun-kissed finger prints […] Read more…

The Most Romantic Hotels in Myanmar (Burma)

Life is fast, life is hectic, life is furious. So when you finally get that weekend away or a much needed two-week holiday with your loved one (that you’ve no doubt been planning for months) why shouldn’t you make it romantic? You deserve a little hideaway on a forgotten beach, or a river veranda with the perfect sunset […] Read more…

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…

The Best Hotels in Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)

Home to the iconic U-Bein Bridge, incredible temples, and the gateway to the north-eastern Shan state, there are plenty of reasons to visit Mandalay. And as Myanmar has opened up to tourism in recent years, there are now plenty of options to choose from when it comes to picking the perfect hotel. During my time […] Read more…

I’m off to Myanmar!

So firstly, I would like to apologise for the radio silence. The summer has been a busy, hectic, running-around kind of summer that left me little time for ramblings on all that is luxurious and splendid in Asia. But now I am back. And what’s more – I’m back with a vengeance! For tucked away […] Read more…

The Best Bits of Bali

My lovely colleague Barbara has just returned from a trip to Bali, where she spent the best part of a month researching the hotels, activities and hidden gems of this beautiful country so she can help others plan their holidays. Tough job, huh? Anyway, today I have asked her a few questions about Bali and I […] Read more…

A Luxury Mekong Cruise: The Mekong Aqua

Has anybody else been watching Sue Perkins’ jaunt up the Mekong River on the BBC? It is making me incredibly nostalgic – I was only there last year but already I am talking about it like it was something I did when I had knobbly knees and milk teeth. Actually I do still have knobbly knees, […] Read more…

How to Pick the Best Halong Bay Cruise

With huge towering islets piercing through disarmingly tranquil waters, most people agree that Halong Bay is a highlight of any trip to Vietnam. But with hundreds of boats jostling for your dollars and promising you a trip of a lifetime it is becoming harder and harder to pick the right boat and know where to start. Many of the top-end […] Read more…

Top 10 Pictures of Cambodia

For months I have been trying to get the Cambodia side of my travel agency website perfect… there’s so much that goes on behind the scenes. Finding pictures, re-sizing pictures, writing, deleting, writing, deleting. The list goes on. But one of the hardest challenges is finding the right pictures to use. While I have a […] Read more…

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