A Smug Monday post by Evan (aged 9) We woke up to a wonderful sunny day, then scrambled into our clothes and joined four other people on a songtaew (red pickup truck taxi) for a lovely day of snorkelling. When we arrived at the pier, we stopped and had to waddle, because of the, Read More

Elephant Nature Park is a home to animals (dogs, cats, elephants etc.). Lek founded it in 1996. She rescued her first elephant in 1992. They have saved sixty-six elephants, and four elephants have been born in the park.

I woke up this morning, and realised that I was eleven!  Once I got everybody up, it turned out that my mum and dad had got me a card, and Evan had drawn me a picture. At seven o’clock a mini-van pulled up outside and we all piled in to head to Cham Island,, Read More

  When I walked down stairs this morning and found the McAndersons eating breakfast it took me a couple of seconds to remember that they had arrived in Vietnam yesterday. But soon we were chatting away merrily and once brekky was finished we hopped on a bus to Halong Bay playing Top Trumps, Fish, Read More

Well, this adventure really started on Sunday as we got on a two hour bus ride from Luang Namtha to Ban Don Chai where we were dumped at the side of the road, opposite the petrol station with our bags right next door to Mr I Daeng’s house. Six days ago, we had been, Read More

Bagan is an 1100 year old temple complex that used to contain over 10,000 temples but now only has 2200.  Most of the temples were destroyed by earthquakes, but some were by rebuilt by the military government in 1990 as a rush job to create a new tourist centre.  The largest temple was built, Read More

This is probably our longest smug Monday adventure ever, as we started it well before the sun came up at 05:30 in the morning, and it didn’t finish until long after the sun had disappeared behind the mountains in a blazing storm of reds, pinks and oranges.

Today we went kayaking, drifting along in two man plastic kayaks secretly tying mine to Evan’s so that he pulled me along . It was awesome.  We kayaked from a temple far away to Kanchanaburi.

Today we hopped on a train for 1 3/4 hours to go 44 miles to Ayutthaya ( i-oo-t-iy-a ) wat (temple) complex. Ayutthaya used to be the capital of Thailand before it was destroyed by the Burmese in 1769.  The train was a 3rd class rickety one with plastic (and slightly broken) seats and, Read More

A Smug Monday post by Evan (aged 9) Today’s Smug Monday was started on a Sunday when we went to Negombo in Sri Lanka.  We found our hotel and then drove in our car (dirty Fenny) to the beach.  I can only say one thing about the beach, it was crowded.  I know why, Read More