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Why washing elephants in sewage water is magnificent fun

Why washing elephants in sewage water is magnificent fun

Click here to read Part I of this post: Elephant trekking in Chiang Mai, Thailand In my last post on elephant trekking I revealed to you that – contrary to popular belief – elephant trekking is not a luxurious sport but a form of torture the CIA could (probably do) use to induce confessions from
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The AGONY of bareback elephant trekking: Chiang Mai, Thailand

The AGONY of bareback elephant trekking: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Click here to read Part II of this post: Why washing elephants in sewage water is magnificent fun I’ve always imagined riding an elephant would be much like riding a horse – but in methodical plodding motion akin to therapeutic massage. When we arrived in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand (famed for elephant trekking) we went
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Getting drunk with a hill tribe, Sapa, Vietnam

Getting drunk with a hill tribe, Sapa, Vietnam

The six of us sat huddled in a wooden shack at the top of a mountain. We were 4921 feet above sea level, 20 miles south of the Chinese border and it was – literally – freezing. The temperature wavered around zero degrees and I (wearing eight t-shirts, two jumpers and ear muffs) looked like
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Drinking snake blood in Hanoi, Vietnam

Drinking snake blood in Hanoi, Vietnam

When I arrived in Hanoi, famous for snake cuisine, downing a shot of snake blood and snake bile before tucking into a snake dinner was top of my to-do list. Why? It just seemed creepy, slimey and, ultimately, VERY COOL. If you’re thinking of eating snake, here’s a bit of advice: don’t do it hungover.
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Five months in SE Asia: Drinking snake blood and motorbiking up Vietnam

Five months in SE Asia: Drinking snake blood and motorbiking up Vietnam

Hi Everyone, A while has passed since my last post, but I’m ready to kick off the blog again. I’ll start with a quick post to update you on what I’ve been doing since you last heard from me. After hopping around the islands in the south of Thailand for one month, I travelled up
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What’s Crackin’ in Krakow?

What’s Crackin’ in Krakow?

Adorned with cobbled streets, clopping horses and candlelit bars, Poland’s ancient capital is far from the grey and gloomy image that so often precedes it. Dodge the British stag parties and resist the urge to jump aboard a bicycle rickshaw to uncover the real magic that lies beneath the surface of this truly charming city.
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What to pack for six months backpacking South East Asia: First aid

What to pack for six months backpacking South East Asia: First aid

*In this Packing series I am going through EVERYTHING you will need to backpack around South East Asia for six months* Choose your ‘first aid kit’ carefully – some ready-made kits come with things like water-purification tablets (which you should always carry for emergency situations). This will save you buying them separately. Expect to pay
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Fighting the monsoon: Hong Kong’s Symphony of Lights

Fighting the monsoon: Hong Kong’s Symphony of Lights

Every night at 8pm the Hong Kong skyline blazes to life in a multimedia light and music show. Since I was only in Hong Kong for four days, the Guinness book of records ‘World’s Largest Permanent Light  and Sound Show’, was hardly something I could miss – however hard the monsoon rain tried to deter
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What to pack for six months backpacking in South East Asia: Toiletries

What to pack for six months backpacking in South East Asia: Toiletries

*In this Packing series I am going through EVERYTHING you will need to backpack around South East Asia for six months* Which kind of shampoo to take? Do I really need mascara? Is lipstick an extravagance too far? My second packing cube contains everything I need to keep myself from smelling and looking like a
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Macau: How to visit to Europe’s last Asian colony

Macau: How to visit to Europe’s last Asian colony

After three days exploring the gritty landscape of Hong Kong’s skyscrapers, we were excited to visit the quaint ex-Portuguese colony of Macau. Macau, known as the Las Vegas of Asia, is packed with visitors from Hong Kong and China where gambling is illegal. Is there anything to do in Macau except gamble? Although much of
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Los Angeles: Chasing James Franco down the Walk of Fame

Los Angeles: Chasing James Franco down the Walk of Fame

After a childhood spent watching movies set in LA, I was uber excited at the chance to visit La La land. And my trip to the land where dreams are made didn’t disappoint. My travel buddy, Ashley, did a wonderful job of not rolling her eyes as I spent the weekend jumping up and down
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Postcards from Asia: Episode three

Postcards from Asia: Episode three

Our final week on Thailand’s southern islands has been a party week. After a few weeks of being unable to properly get into the trip because of illness and the constant Monsoon on the Andaman coast, it’s been amazing to finally relax and kick back with a few beers in the sun. After a few
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