asia · bali · Indonesia · Travel

Balinese New Year, Nyepi – A Truly Amazing Time to be on the Island

My fiancee, Becky has previously spent 7 months living and working in Ubud, Bali – during this time she gained an appreciation for the culture of this small island, unfortunately she never got to witness the most important time of year for the Balinese people, Nyepi. Since arriving in Bali almost a month ago I… Continue reading Balinese New Year, Nyepi – A Truly Amazing Time to be on the Island

asia · China (PRC) · Travel · Yunnan

Lijiang City, Yunnan Province, China – The 800 Year Old UNESCO Heritage Site in Yunnan’s North West.

From the provincial capital of Kunming you can reach Lijiang via an internal flight, a one-way ticket can usually be found for around 500 RMB, the journey takes 1 hour which certainly beats the 8 hour minibus journey if you haven’t got a lot of time to work with.  The bus journey from Kunming takes somewhere in… Continue reading Lijiang City, Yunnan Province, China – The 800 Year Old UNESCO Heritage Site in Yunnan’s North West.

asia · China (PRC) · Travel · Yunnan

Tiger Leaping Gorge, Yunnan Province, China – The Best Trail I’ve Ever Hiked

After I finishing my 12 month contract in Shanghai I had a week remaining before I needed to board my flight back to the UK.  I had been scanning the map of China looking where most appealed to me and found myself repeatedly drawn to Yunnan province, I didn’t fight the urge for long and… Continue reading Tiger Leaping Gorge, Yunnan Province, China – The Best Trail I’ve Ever Hiked

asia · China (PRC) · Travel · Yunnan

小矮人王国 The Kingdom of the Little People – It’s Exactly What it Sounds Like…But is it all that bad?

During my time in Shanghai one of my home comforts was to occasionally binge watch British and Irish TV shows, I don’t watch much television but when I grew a little homesick the cure was usually a few hours of back-to-back episodes of Father Ted, That Mitchell and Webb Look, Peep Show or An Idiot Abroad;… Continue reading 小矮人王国 The Kingdom of the Little People – It’s Exactly What it Sounds Like…But is it all that bad?

asia · China (PRC) · Travel · Uncategorized · Yunnan

The Stone Forest, Yunnan – As With Everywhere in China it’s Fantastically Steeped in Legend…

From the provincial capital of Kunming you can reach the Stone Forest or Shílín as it’s known in Chinese in around an hour.  The busses leave Kunming east bust station every 40 minutes in high season and every hour in low season, so there is certainly no danger in missing out if you don’t catch the first… Continue reading The Stone Forest, Yunnan – As With Everywhere in China it’s Fantastically Steeped in Legend…

asia · China (PRC) · Suzhou · Travel

Suzhou, the Silk Capital of Ancient China – A Quick Jaunt From Shanghai and a Great Day Out.

The prefectural city of Suzhou is the second largest city in Jiangsu province after the provincial capital of Nanjing.  Suzhou can be reached via high speed rail in approximately 30 minutes from Shanghai and costs under RMB100 if I remember correctly, alternatively if you want a cheaper form of travel you can take the slow… Continue reading Suzhou, the Silk Capital of Ancient China – A Quick Jaunt From Shanghai and a Great Day Out.

asia · Malaysia · Travel

Our Four Days in Kuala Lumpur – When I Temporarily Gave up Travel to be Becky’s Full Time Carer…

If you are a current follower of my blog then thanks for sticking around and I hope you’ve been finding my travel pieces interesting, if you followed me for whisky and beer reviews then I must apologise for falling behind on that one but I have some great whiskies and beers in the bank ready… Continue reading Our Four Days in Kuala Lumpur – When I Temporarily Gave up Travel to be Becky’s Full Time Carer…