Asia summary

Three amazing months in Asia flew by as we visited (and ate our way through) Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, Hong Kong, Myanmar and the Maldives. Asia has always been our favourite continent and this trip reaffirmed it’s position at the top of the tree. Destination highlights Driving around the beautiful lush green hilly scenery in Northern…

A tropical island under Sharia Law

To finish off our two weeks in Sumatra we flew up to Banda Aceh in the northern tip of Sumatra. This area is primarily known for two things: the 2004 tsunami and Sharia law. It was the hardest hit area of the world with over 200,000 people killed or missing in the natural disaster 13…

Ogling orangutans in the jungle in Bukit Lawang

Another long bumpy journey and we were in Bukit Lawang. The small riverside town on the edge of the jungle has grown in popularity in recent years for one reason. It is one of the few places, along with Malaysian Borneo (which we visited in 2011), where you can see the animal that we share 97%…

Swimming in a Sumatran volcano

From Bangkok we hopped across the Malacca Strait to the huge island of Sumatra, the world’s sixth largest and the westernmost tip of Indonesia. After the relative development of Thailand, Sumatra was a bit of of surprise. The taxi from the airport to Medan was stuck in traffic for almost the whole journey. The streets were…

Highlights from one year of travelling (2010-11)

It was an amazing year and I can’t believe we are home. Here are some of the best bits (along side ratings as you would expect from us): Brazil (8.5/10) Staying in the cool neighbourhood of Santa Teresa in a lovely pousada (Rio) Dancing the samba and getting drunk in Lapa (Rio) Watching the World…

The island of Flores

Portuguese traders came to the island of Flores, Indonesia in the 16th century and named it ‘flowers’ as it was so beautiful. And we can see why they were so enamoured with its rich green rice paddies, palm trees and dark green mountains alongside rich indigenous culture and interesting villages. However we were soon to…

How to keep a chicken fresh for four days* (and other stories)

After a few lovely days relaxing on the three rustic Gili Islands north-west of Lombok we jumped on a four day boat cruise (cruise being a bit of an exaggeration) island-hopping all the way from Lombok to Flores. The boat was pretty rustic with only a small open air lower deck and a top deck…

The Ring Of Fire

Indonesia (apart from Bali) seems to be missing from most travelers itineraries which is strange when there are so many breathtaking sights, the food is so good and the people are so friendly. Maybe it has something to do with its location on the so-called Pacific Ring Of Fire, which is home to 75% of…