Permanent Tent at Pom Pom, Botswana

Pampered at Pom Pom

  Teetering as we swung around in the wind our light plane bumped onto the dirt runway at Pom Pom Camp.   After climbing into the open air safari 4wd we made a quick dash down the side of the runway, then parked as the little 4 seater plane taxied and prepared to take off. A necessity…

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Gunns Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Gunns Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana

  Sitting in the early morning splendour of Gunns Camp in Botswana’s Okavango Delta it is easy to feel an overwhelming gratitude in the joy of life and nature. Unfortunately, the refreshed feeling that comes from a restful nights’ sleep just wasn’t there!    All the sounds of the delta seem amplified in the darkness…

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Jiuzhaigou National Park

Jiuzhaigou National Park, China

Jiuzhaigou is scenically one of the most spectacular landscapes I have ever seen, however I have realised I need to qualify this a little.  I grew up in an area that was very flat and dry, so in a way I find mountains, snow and the whole alpine scenery thing to be all quite exotic….

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In the village of Langmusi, China in 2001.

Lovely Langmusi

Straddling the Sichuan / Gansu border is the simply wonderful little village of Langmusi. The first time I visited this remote outpost was back in 1997.   The location is simply stunning, located up on the sweeping grasslands of the Tibetan plateau. There have been big changes since I first visited, apparently the roads in town…

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Exploring Liwan district in Guangzhou

Recently I was asked to share my favourite part of Guangzhou and without doubt it has to be the old Liwan area.  The sheer diversity and extremes remind me of why I love to travel as well as really being in many ways a great glimpse into the old and new China. As soon as…

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Sarawak Cultural Village

How times change!   A few years ago you would not have been able to drag me near this place.   For me traveling was about chasing the so-called truly authentic experience where these types of tourism sights just don’t feature. Nowadays though it is a different story.   I haven’t totally lost my traveling roots and I…

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Christmas Day on Halong Bay

After a tedious bus journey from Hanoi it was as if Mother Nature had snapped her fingers the moment we arrived in Bai Chay. Looming gray clouds parted giving way to dazzling rays of winter sunshine that started to slip through just as we stepped onto one of Bhaya’s traditional junk styled cruise boats. We…

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Fall Colour in Yangshuo?

I love lush green landscapes however the gorgeous colours of Fall or Autumn which take over the landscape with reds, oranges and yellows are a spectacular sight.       Whilst out cycling, I realized that it is unfortunately something that doesn’t happen with any real effect around Yangshuo.  Most of the plant species are either…

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The stunning Detian Falls on the China/Vietnam border is simply gorgeous in any season.

Guangxi’s Detian Falls

The magnificent Detian Falls located on the China/Vietnam border shines with vivid, jewel like colour and is definitely worth a visit. So much more attractive than just your standard trickle of water running over a cliff, Detian is some 200 metres wide and has three tiers of water rushing over its various edges. Despite the…

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Nanning – China’s Green City

Most of the guidebooks don’t have so much to say for Nanning however I found it to be one of China’s more likeable cities.   Green spaces and a population that is incredibly relaxed and happy.     Dancing is a past time that you can see happening most early mornings and evenings all around China however…

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Yangshuo to Longji Rice Terraces (4)

    Day 4 – Butterfly Valley to Pingan  (48 klms)   The hotel in Butterfly Valley is in a surprisingly beautiful location, next to a Yao minority village some 4 kilometres off the main highway in a gorge filled with luscious foliage and a gushing mountain stream.   For me, today was the big…

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Yangshuo to Longji Rice Terraces (3)

  Day 3 – Guilin to Butterfly Valley  (82 klms)   An easy ride this morning out of Guilin, we make our way through some wonderful little villages and classic rural China countryside under chilly but glorious blue skies and sunshine.    The karst scenery ended not far out of Guilin and for a short time…

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Yangshuo to Longji Rice Terraces – Rest Day

After yesterdays cold and wet weather we find things have deteriorated even further with a top forecast of only 8 degrees today.   We decide to postpone our Guilin departure till tomorrow (Friday) and return to Yangshuo to pick up warmer clothes.      This turned out to be a fantastic decision, not only for the…

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Yangshuo to Longji Rice Terraces (2)

    Day 2 – Xingping to Guilin  (72 kilometres)   Just the slightest feeling of fatigue and a case of raging saddle soreness were dominating my mind for the first 20 minutes on the bike this morning.   This all dissipated quite quickly as we emerged into a valley and cycled directly towards a row…

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Yangshuo to Longji Rice Terraces (1)

    This time of year in Yangshuo is usually a fantastic mixture of warm, dry days that are perfect for cycling.  So I decided to head off for a few days on a cycling research trip with one of the Directors over at Bike Asia    .   For the most part the route we followed was…

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Kinabatangan River at Night

The option to take a night safari down the Kinabatangan River from our jungle camp was too good an offer to turn up. Feeling a little uneasy as we pushed off from our moorings into the vast darkness I was somewhat happy when the spotlights were being used to check the waters in front of…

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Turtle Island

  Being a little disorganized prior to arriving in Borneo is quite natural for me so I guess I should not have been surprised when I contacted the Turtle Island agent in Sandakan (Crystal Quest) and was told that the island was fully booked for the coming 10 days.   Given the option of just…

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Icons of Hong Kong

  Public transport in Hong Kong is fantastic.      The efficient MTR subway system has never failed me, buses are cheap and easy to navigate and now I am also a confirmed fan of the tram.   Trams on Hong Kong island run along Des Veoux Road and only cost HK$2 (US 0.25c).   It’s a…

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