Ha Long? About two days.
Oct31

Ha Long? About two days.

We find that high expectations are often disappointed, whereas greater pleasures can be derived from the unexpected. Ha Long Bay seems to fulfill both. Ha Long is the most visited location in Vietnam, if not Southeast Asia. Little surprise therefore that we aren’t going to have the place to ourselves. What we don’t expect however is the sheer volume of tourist traffic at this time of year, in the period between the rains and the high...

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Tribal Troubles – Marginalised in Madhya Pradesh
Oct03

Tribal Troubles – Marginalised in Madhya Pradesh

Many contemplating travel to India are discouraged by its poverty but the root cause and solution to this often lies in the beautiful rural countryside. We urge you to visit and learn more. The slums and bustees of Mumbai and Delhi, populated by millions of displaced people on the breadline often originate from marginalised tribal villages throughout the country. Our own experience of working in the jungles of Madhya Pradesh...

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From Coolies to Coulis in Taipa
Jul11

From Coolies to Coulis in Taipa

Start with robust Portuguese ingredients, add essence of the Mediterranean and a sprinkling of Chinese flavouring; top it off with a finishing flourish and what do you have? Antonio’s. Walk the streets of old Taipa Village, located in the oldest and best preserved area of Taipa, Macao and you’re immediately aware of a thread of history that spans from the poorest labourers to wealthy merchants. Formerly home to local fishermen, Taipa...

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Reach out in all directions with an Octopus
Feb21

Reach out in all directions with an Octopus

Travelling around in Hong Kong can be complex for the uninitiated – and is becoming ever more crowded. The Octopus card simplifies your travel immensely – and if you stick to the dedicated routes of the MTR, Tram, Bus, Peak Tram and Star Ferry then you’ll also dodge much of the congestion that otherwise clogs the roads. If you’re familiar with Oyster cards in London then Octopus in Hong Kong will be second nature. If...

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Exerting ourselves on Everest
Feb14

Exerting ourselves on Everest

We’ve signed up for a personal challenge in May of this year that might be one, or more, steps too far…a two week Himalayan trek to Everest Base Camp Whilst we’re not as ‘old as the hills’ (especially Mount Everest) nor are we in the first flush of youth – so a trek that will tax every single part of our minds and bodies can only be put down to the effect of anticipating the light-headedness of...

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A day out in Delhi
Dec27

A day out in Delhi

It’s well worth driving around the principal sights and sites of Delhi to get an impression of how the architecture – and country – has evolved over the centuries. Each of the significant invaders and occupiers of India is well represented across the capital and many of the sites are worth at least a drive by rather than an in-depth investigation, unless you’re an historian or architect. It’s too easy just to chill out after...

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