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Taking The Slow Boat To Laos

Completing a loop of Thailand-Laos-Vietnam-Cambodia in either direction will always present an interesting question to a traveller –  “How do I want to travel between Thailand and Laos?”. Typically, and in my case, Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang.
The options were…

Fly
Coach
Slow boat
Speed boat

In this post, I describe my journey from Chiang Mai, Chiang Khong, Huay Xai, Pak Beng to Luang Prabang taking the infamous slow boat. […]

Volunteering at the Elephant Nature Park

Last week, I volunteered at the Elephant Nature Park (ENP), just outside Chiang Mai, Thailand. I did my best to manage my expectations leading up to it, but I have to say, a week at the park is going to be one of the highlights of my trip.

Why?

Watching elephants roam free in front of you all day, meeting an absolutely awesome bunch of people and learning some new skills was a great experience.

I recommend ENP highly. Even if you can’t volunteer for a week, a day trip to the place should be on every Thai traveller’s itinerary.

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Why You Should Keep a Dream Diary

Soon after I landed at the Wugulun Kung Fu School, I blogged about how doing something small but significant every morning has been suggested to materially positively affect your life. After finding myself dreaming more often in sleep, I took up an idea from a friend of mine called a dream diary. Those with attention to detail of my past photos, would have seen it noted into the new schedule I wrote up a couple of months ago. I didn’t want to mention anything until some time had passed.

If you haven’t already guessed it, it’s a record of the dreams you have which you write down every morning as soon as you wake up. I did this because I thought it would be a great idea to see what my subconscious mind was thinking about and any enlightenment that might bring. Thoughts, feelings and fears. i wouldn’t turn my nose up at a few lottery number premonitions if they came about either.

In this blog I explain what I found in my own dreams and how you could go about keeping one yourself.

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Bangkok Shenanigans

I was advised that travelling doesn’t really go to plan. So far, for me, it had gone very smoothly.

But when I left Hong Kong for Thailand, it wasn’t the smoothest transition I had imagined. I learned plenty from it though.

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Hong Kong and the Free(ish) Trip to Macau

My itinerary took me to Hong Kong for four nights. It was a stark contrast from my time in China. I landed on Saturday evening in the Yesinn Causeway Bay Hostel in a tall, 9 story building and headed straight out to the madness of Lan Kwai Fon. It was especially mad for two reasons. Firstly, it’s just how Hong Kong is – one big expat party, with some people claiming to work around the partying. Secondly, because it was the closest Saturday to Halloween, everyone took to the streets in fancy dress. Not just Halloween outfits either – I passed giant pandas, bananas, gorillas and even a Lance Armstrong (a guy sporting the yellow jersey, glasses and plastic needles taped to his arm).
I came to realise, Hong Kong has it all. Skyscrapers, nature, gadgets and places to relax all on your door step in an interesting blend of east meets west. Here’s what I covered in my four nights. […]