Chiang Mai & Chiang Rai

Waking up on a train speeding through the Thai jungle is one of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had. We jumped on an overnight train last night in Bangkok at around 6pm, and woke up around 5.30am the next day in the northern Thai jungle. The overnight train is probably the nicest one I’veContinue reading “Chiang Mai & Chiang Rai”

Planes, Trains & Automobiles: Getting around China

It seems like a paradox that one of the geographically largest countries in the world is also one of the easiest to travel around, but it’s true. China has an exhaustive network of trains and airports, which mean you can get between almost any two cities at the click of a button (or through signContinue reading “Planes, Trains & Automobiles: Getting around China”

What the bao? Ultimate guide to eating safely in China

If you haven’t grown up eating Chinese food, looking at a menu for the first time can be daunting. If you go off the beaten track, sometimes they’re not in English and you’re trying to work out the difference between a pot sticker dumpling and a pan fried dumpling… Well never fear. If you’re carefulContinue reading “What the bao? Ultimate guide to eating safely in China”

Drums and Warriors in Xi’an

Well, we survived the first overnight train. I think survived is a key word. Crammed into a four berth ‘first-class’ carriage, it was definitely not the best night’s sleep either of us has ever had. However, it was an efficient use of time in terms of travel. Also, cheap. We made it to Xi’an aroundContinue reading “Drums and Warriors in Xi’an”

Ni Hao Beijing!

Beijing is an incredible city. In one place, you feel the concrete might of the Chinese government next to the towering skyscrapers of modern China, all surrounded by a healthy dose of smog. Our first activity in Beijing was to try and orient ourselves with the Forbidden City. After walking several kilometres, we found theContinue reading “Ni Hao Beijing!”

Back to the Middle Kingdom

Sometimes in life, fate strikes and it becomes clear that certain things were just meant to happen. This trip to China was one of those moments. My little brother (Tom) and I had been planning an end-of-HSC backpacking trip around China since June. We’d booked almost everything, timed it to be across the Schoolies periodContinue reading “Back to the Middle Kingdom”

Back in my happy place

Vietnam has got to be one of the most incredible countries on earth. One minute you’re walking through Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) surrounded by a whirlwind of colour, noise and people, assaulted by the smell of street food on every corner, ducking and weaving in and out of traffic. The next you’re floating downContinue reading “Back in my happy place”