Colombo – Food Detective – but no Mac
Jun21

Colombo – Food Detective – but no Mac

With the old Hollywood detective, ‘Colombo’, you’d always see him with a Mac – and whilst Colombo in Sri Lanka isn’t short of the creeping malaise of fast-food, you can still get an excellent meal without resorting to a Mac. The last thing we’d expect to suggest in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital, is that you should go to an hotel restaurant, to enjoy some of the best Sri Lankan food you’ll find anywhere. What city restaurants do exist...

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Rags & Riches in Samode
Jun14

Rags & Riches in Samode

It’s not likely that you’ve ever heard of Samode village in India but it offers an eye-opening contrast between medieval Indian rural life and that of the old princely families. Situated 25kms north of Jaipur in the State of Rajasthan, it will be by-passed by those intent on a quick-fix ‘Golden Triangle’ tour of India and ignored by those now tempted by the more majestic attractions of the continent elsewhere. It would be...

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Nha Trang – Buddha’s, beaches and beansprouts
Jun07

Nha Trang – Buddha’s, beaches and beansprouts

Nha Trang in Vietnam is best known as a beach resort for its miles of wide, clean white sand but if you delve a little deeper you’ll find a few treasures and fascinating local life. Not particularly attracted to lazing on a beach, as our threshold of boredom is fairly low, we elect to travel around Nha Trang to try to get a flavour of local life. We walk into the TTC Michelia Hotel on the junction of Le Loi and Pasteur roads and...

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A count of ten in Colombo
May31

A count of ten in Colombo

Sri Lanka’s capital city is often just an entry point to get you on your way to the white sand beaches, cultural interior or fascinating wildlife – but it has an appeal all of its own. We’ve collected together ten places to see that we think epitomises the character of Colombo and makes it worthwhile delaying your departure for at least a day. They’re in no particular order and can all be covered during a cheap two-hour tuk-tuk ride –...

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Singapore – colour & culture without character
May24

Singapore – colour & culture without character

It’s not often that we come away from a place feeling as though it’s been a bit of a disappointment. This time, sanitised Singapore is just that for us. We’ve been to Singapore on several occasions. It’s always been a model of cleanliness and order – almost a textbook example of what the Orient could, perhaps should, be like; instead of the normal shambles to be found in many Far-eastern countries. But we think its gone too far...

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Hong Kong – Chun Yeung’s magical Street Market
May10

Hong Kong – Chun Yeung’s magical Street Market

Markets are always colourful places but we’ve become a little jaded by the repetitious nature of many – especially the more Western ‘Farmer’s Markets’ where quality often comes at a high price. Not so, with Chun Yeung Street Market in Hong Kong’s North Point – a short tram ride away from Causeway Bay. We’ve hopped on the North point tram and clattered our way for about twenty minutes from Causeway Bay to the North Point Road tram...

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