A hot air balloon tour of the incredible temples of Bagan is not to be missed… if you can afford it.  It’s eye-wateringly expensive (we’ll deal with the credit card bill when we get back and get a job) but utterly amazing.  Seeing the temples from the air gives you a whole new perspective, 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.

Holy Crap! We’ve Only Bloody Gone And Arrived In Myanmar! This is our third day in Myanmar, and as we’ve got a couple of hours rocking and rolling through the plains on a train, I thought I should jot down some first impressions of the place. We’re heading down the country to Myawlamine, 300km, Read More

I was fearing that Kanchan (as the locals call it) was going to be horribly built up compared to the last time we were here in 2003.  Well, it has changed, that’s inevitable, and everywhere that we’ve returned to has changed massively in the last thirteen years, but Kanchan has been refreshingly similar to, Read More

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

Today we woke up at 6:00am  We had thirty minutes to get ready for whale watching.  When we were ready we huddled into a tuk tuk and set of on our adventure.  It took about five minutes to get to the harbour.  We found our boat and jumped aboard, then we waited a WHOLE, Read More

The bus ride from beautiful, beautiful Munnar in the hills, down to somewhat variable Allapuzha (or Alleppey as it’s mostly known) started with a 05:00 alarm call to ensure that we were packed, primed and ready to go at the bus station when the bus allegedly arrived somewhere between 05:45 and 06:15 prompt.  We’d, Read More

Three Awesome Days on an Indian Sleeper Train By Sam (aged 10) Today, I woke up curled into the top bunk of a A/C 3 sleeper train at 5 o’clock in the morning Indian time (or half past 11 English time), 2 stops away from Madgaon station in Goa, India.  This was our 36th, Read More

So after a couple of days in Pushkar, we were back on the road again for another eight hours, this time for a bit of an excursion to Ranthambhore, home of the Tiger Safari. Or not… Here we had our first illness. Evan spent the whole day in a dark air-conditioned hotel room, throwing, Read More

Monday wasn’t actually very smug at all, it was actually pretty rubbish.  We spent eight hours in a car driving to Pushkar, and then spent another hour and a half listening to daddy have arguments about rubbish hotels.  A few days later though, we arrived at Agra… We have now been to the Taj, Read More