Asia

Keeping fit whilst travelling: Gym Bangarang, Chiang Mai

Keeping fit whilst you travel, can be a hard goal to keep up with. Aside from lugging around a rucksack, and doing a lot of walking, that’s about as good as it gets for me. Whilst living in New Zealand, I was quite active, either at the gym or out for a run. However, every now and again, opportunities to keep fit on the road occur. Whilst I was in Chiang Mai, I...

Getting massaged by an ex-prisoner in Chiang Mai

Having a massage on holiday, or whilst travelling appears to be pretty standard. Its relaxing, and often in South East Asian countries, very cheap. Take a stroll along the beaches in Bali, or Thailand and you’re likely to hear “massage .. lady, you want massage?” repeatedly. I have yet to entertain the idea of having a massage by the beach. I did...

Is Tiger Tourism ok? A visit to Tiger Kingdom, Chiang Mai

  So, I am no Steve Irwin, and you certainly won’t find me campaigning for animal rights. However, I do like animals, and I am not keen on them being mistreated. Unfortunately, when you visit South East Asia, and possibly other parts of the World; animals are commonly used for tourism purposes, and are often not treated well, but many tourists fail to look or...

Culinary Adventures: The Thai Farm Cooking School, Chiang Mai

I love food, and could happily graze all day. If you have met me, I will have probably told you that I eat like a baby Dinosaur. I often think about what I’ll have for breakfast as I go to bed. That’s how into food I am. As well as eating food, I love to cook, bake and experiment. As approached my 8th week of travelling in South East Asia, I realised that...

King Climbers, Krabi, Thailand

Every now and again on my travels, I like to do something more active, as apart from carrying my rucksack around, and walking a lot, I am doing relatively little physical activity. I used to be a fairly regular member of a gym in New Zealand, and ran a fair bit at times. So getting out and being fit is important to me. During my first day in Thailand, I saw an advert...

Crossing borders: Penang, Malaysia to Krabi, Thailand

During my time in Georgetown Penang, I decided to take a bit of a different route than my original one. Flying to Japan was expensive, and it is expensive to travel there. My plan was to stay one week, but I figured with all those factors against my budget, I’d save Japan for a bigger trip. The next logical move appeared to be to head north to Thailand. After a...

Three Days in Georgetown, Malaysia

  It wasn’t in ‘the plan’ to visit Georgetown in Malaysia, nor had it been ‘the plan’ to stay in Malaysia longer than a few weeks, but I ended up staying almost one month, as I loved it so much. I’ve soon realised that ‘the plan’ and my original route soon went out the window. The most frequently used phrase in...

Hiking to see the World’s largest flower

There is something about the term ‘the World’s largest’  or the ‘highest/tallest in’ They are terms that scream ‘you need to do/see this’. Although I have been to some of the tallest buildings in cities such as the Seoul Tower, and been disappointed due to high concentration of tourists, and high prices in which to do these...

Visiting the BOH tea plantation in Malaysia

I love tea. It is a huge part of my culture. Go to anyone’s home in Northern Ireland, and you bet that one of the first things that you’ll be asked is ‘do you want a wee cup of tea?’ You’ll not only be given a ‘wee cup of tea’, but often a whole spread of stuff (cake, biscuits or whatever is going). Tea is something I have been craving a lot recently. At least a good...

Culinary Adventures: The Ramadan Markets in Malaysia

Ramadan is an important month in the Islamic Calendar, and it is when faithful Muslims spend one month fasting from sunrise to sunset. It is believed that this ritual will help to develop patience and spirituality, as well as helping them to be grateful for what they’ve got. The elderly, sick and pregnant woman are exempt from this. I really respect this faith...

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