Kickin’ back in Koh Samui

If the weather at Koh Tao had been a bit on the dull side, the weather while we were at Koh Samui was nothing short of brilliant. It was stinking hot, sunny, and we soaked it up.

Koh Tao dive boat

Koh Tao’s rhinos and underwater scenery

The journey to Koh Tao was a bit of a rough one. We flew from Yangon to Bangkok and had a night there before catching the overnight train, and both of us managed to get food poisoning in Bangkok! So…

Yangon fish street market

Yangon: exploring Myanmar’s biggest city

Our final stop on our trip to Myanmar was Yangon, the biggest and former capital city. Yangon is a fascinating city. On one side of the road you have old, crumbling colonial English buildings, and on the other side there…

Zooming around temples in Bagan, Myanmar

Bagan was a nice contrast to the madness of Mandalay – much less traffic and far easier to find places to eat. The main attraction in Bagan is the multitude of temples, of which thousands are dotted across the plains…

Braving the dust and noise in Mandalay

Whew! As a first foray into Myanmar, Mandalay is surely plunging into the deep end (although I’m not sure that there is a shallow end in this country!). We arrived via Air Asia – being the only plane at an…

Bangkok’s Grand Palace and a rooftop bar

We are in Bangkok! This is a mad city with crazy traffic, 20 million people, countless temples, and great food. We made it through the protests blocking off a major road near our hotel to Khao San Road, the backpacker…

36 hours in Auckland

36 hours in Auckland, New Zealand

So you’ve got 36 hours in Auckland, New Zealand… there’s great food, bars, beaches short hikes, and retail therapy to be experienced!