Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kuta Tjuta

Ayers Rock, known to the local Aborigines as Uluru, had been top of my list of things to see in Australia.

Why wouldn’t it be?

A chance to see the desert of Central Australia, one of the most sacred of Aboriginal sites and something that looks like a freak of nature – a huge rock in the middle of flat lands.

I spent 3 nights in the Ayers Rock Resort, saw Uluru, Kata Tjuta and the Kings Canyon. This post covers my experience of Uluru and Kuta Tjuta.

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Luang Prabang, the Discrete Lao Town

Although getting to Luang Prabang with a slow boat was an experience in itself, once I got there, I was pleasantly surprised by the discrete waterside town.
It could be because I had no expectations about the place.
It could be because the attitude of the people was spot on – letting you get about your business but happy to serve if you need it.
It could be because the scenery was more unspoilt than I had seen until now.
Either way, my three days in Luang Prabang was a warming one. Here’s what I did…
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The Day My Backpack Was Lost

If you ask backpackers what their worst travel fears are, losing your backpack is undoubtably amongst the top five.
After almost three months of travel, I counted myself lucky for not having hit any major bumps on the road myself. However, on the simplest of flights between Luang Prabang (Laos) and Hanoi (Vietnam) my airline lost my backpack. Already having pre booked onward travel through the country, it was a race against time to work out what happened and how to get it back.
This post tells the story of how it happened, how I felt and how I eventually, thankfully, got it back. […]

Why Every Visit To Thailand Should Include Chiang Mai

As soon as I arrived in Chiang Mai, I could feel it was a town that was going to grow on me. Having come from the chaos of Bangkok, it was refreshing that Chiang Mai was a walkable town full of activities and character. 
The character of the town seemed one of trust, health and skills. The small streets were lined with welcoming guesthouses, food sellers, laundrettes and second hand book shops. Cycle and motorbike hires were common and meant the whole town was in easy reach. It was the kind of place I could easily spend a couple of weeks. 
I learned how to give a Thai massage, how to rock climb, watched some live Muay Thai, zip lined through the forests and used it as my jump-off to the Elephant Nature Park, whose office is in the town. […]

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. […]