I’m a traveller…get me out of here!

We were really looking forward to China, and in particular the countryside in the south-west, where we planned to go. However, we soon realised that this part of China wasn’t going to contain the lovely quiet rural scenery we had imagined. Our first stop was Yangshuo, a small UNESCO listed ‘backpacker’ town, famed for its…

Anyone for dog or cat meat?

WARNING: Do not read if you are squeamish (or like animals). I thought I’d seen it all when it came to markets, but this was before I had been to China. As part of our cookery course in Yangshuo we visited the local market. The first section was the usual selection of slightly unusual fruit…

Some ways in which China differs

After a couple of weeks in China I have noticed quite a few differences between it and other developing countries (we have been to): Hot showers are standard Pork is the top meat (rather than chicken or beef) Public toilets are often open squatters (squat toilets with low partition walls and no door so they…

Hectic Hong Kong

After a few weeks lazing on gorgeous beaches in the Philippines, we were looking forward to being in a city and doing some sightseeing. However, soon after arriving in Hong Kong we were missing our sedentary life! Without any accommodation booked, we started looking for a hotel in our meagre budget…it was hopeless. The cheap places in our guidebook had…

Island hopping back to Manila

From Palawan we flew to Bohol in the Visayas from where we spent the next three weeks island-hopping back to Manilla. Here are some of the highlights: Bohol Camiguin   Negros   Boracay   North Pandan Island     Lake Taal From Manila we flew to Hong Kong to begin the last leg of our trip…

Beachtime in Palawan

All the people we had met who had been to the Philippines had recommended the island of Palawan so we booked a flight from Manila. After spending a couple of days in the island’s capital, Puerto Princesa, we headed to Port Barton (five hours in a very uncomfortable jeepney). Port Barton was a typical small Filipino…

A day in prison

We had a day to kill in Puerto Princesa, (the capital of Palawan) before heading to Port Barton, so decided to rent a motorbike and visit the nearby prison. As you do… I didn’t think you could generally visit prisons (unless you know an inmate) so this sounded like an interesting opportunity to get a glimpse…

The most beautiful town in South East Asia?

One thing that South East Asia lacks compared to South America is lovely towns with nice old buildings. In the Latin continent there are loads: a few we visited were Ouro Preto (Brazil), Cartagena (Colombia), Cuenca (Ecuador) and Valparaiso (Chile). Therefore, as we had heard positive things about Vigan we thought we would go and…