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  • Mekong Motorcycle Diaries Day 4

    Mekong Motorcycle Diaries Day 4

    Thailand. 14th November, 2012, Chiang Khan. After a night disturbed by revellers, a crying baby and crowing roosters became the wake-up call. In the early morning, a few Thai tourists were out and about in the main street cycling and taking photos, but there were no cafes open yet. “Free,” a woman on a bicycle said, pointing to a bunch […]

     
     
  • Mekong Motorcycle Diaries Day 3

    Mekong Motorcycle Diaries Day 3

    Sangkhom to Chiang Khan Thailand. 13th November, 2012 Spectacular riding, off-duty cops and chance encounters. Woke to more primrose skies. …And descended to a deserted reception. Perhaps everyone was sleeping off a hangover. No one emerged, so I left the keys on the counter, loaded the bike and throttled-off into the morning. I didn’t travel far, though – stopped at […]

     
     
  • Tak goes with the flow

    Tak goes with the flow

    Loy Krathong, the annual goodbye to bad karma, part religious ceremony/part festival, is held throughout Thailand in November. People in Chiang Mai ‘let go’ Khoom Loy, candle-fuelled wish lanterns, into the night sky; elsewhere, candle and flower arrangements are launched adrift on miniature rafts made from banana leaf; but in Tak the vessel of choice is a coconut shell, released […]

     
     
  • Plains, Strains & Automobiles – Crossing Mt Bromo

    Plains, Strains & Automobiles – Crossing Mt Bromo

    Accompanying my parry into Indonesia was the recently released edition of a guidebook that shall remain nameless, but I suspect all that had been updated was the publishing year – 1985. Though, I hadn’t concluded complete unreliability when reading about Mt Bromo, in Java. Other than seeing the volcano, apparently you could walk eight kilometres across the ancient Tengger caldera to the […]

     
     
  • Instant Nirvana at Tam Wua

    Instant Nirvana at Tam Wua

    Tam Wua monastery sits at the end of a narrow valley beneath mountainous limestone karsts in far north-west Thailand, near the Myanmar border between Pai and Mae Hon Song on the long and winding road from Chiang Mai. I stepped into Tam Wua for a mindfulness side-trip while touring the Mae Hon Song loop on a Honda step-through scoot. Apparently, […]

     
     
  • Spinksy’s Top Five Chiang Mai Tips

    Spinksy’s Top Five Chiang Mai Tips

    Chiang Mai, Thailand’s capital city of the North, offers a vast array of options for travellers. Somewhat ironical title aside, here are a few things I discovered during a recent visit, which was mostly spent at the east side of the old city. Haven’t covered tourist attractions (there’s enough info about them) – in my opinion Chiang Mai’s main appeal […]

     
     
  • Climbing Doi Luang Chiang Dao

    Climbing Doi Luang Chiang Dao

    Doi Luang Chiang Dao (or Doi Luang as locals shorten it to) is Thailand’s third tallest mountain and it’s most spectacular. From a distance it appears as one gigantic looming mass, but is actually, as I discovered, a series of peaks intersected by a valley. Either 2175 or 2225 metres high depending on which map or brochure you’re looking at, […]

     
     
  • Koh Kong is King

    Koh Kong is King

    Koh Kong, tucked away in Cambodia’s south-west corner, is arguably the country’s most pristine province, if not one of the least disturbed natural areas in South East Asia. A region of low population density, undeveloped tropical islands, virgin rainforests and crystal-clear waters, it offers unspoilt exploration. I was there during the wet season, so there was no transport out to […]

     
     
  • Fun at the Phare

    Fun at the Phare

    Phare Circus in Siem Reap is a uniquely Khmer performing troupe giving employment opportunities to disadvantaged youth as well as offering an interesting and entertaining tourist-excursion alternative to the temples and Pub St bars. The parent company, Phare Ponlue Selpak, was formed 20 years ago in Battambung to provide arts education and revitalise the creative industry in Cambodia following the […]

     
     
  • Siem Reap to Beng Mealea by Mountain Bike

    Siem Reap to Beng Mealea by Mountain Bike

    On my second trip to Siem Reap I was looking for something different to do. A mountain bike tour to a remote temple filled the bill. Camouflage Adventure Cambodia provided the opportunity. They’re one of the newer operators in Siem Reap, offering a good collection of suitable bikes, and tours at competitive rates. It was the height of the wet […]

     
     
 
 

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