Tam Coc

Tam Coc Dates: 2 May My last stop in Vietnam was Tam Coc, nearby to Ninh Binh – also known as the inland Ha Long Bay. I drove here on the bike I rented from Tigit, but as far as I’m aware it’s very easy to get a bus down …

Hanoi 2

Hanoi & Dong Xuan Market Dates: 29-30 April After being sat on a motorbike for 800km during my road trip to Sapa I needed a couple of days on my feet and relaxing around Hanoi, so I decided to go and shoot some street work and some portraits of the …

Road trip to Sapa

Road Trip to Sapa – Hanoi > Mai Chau > Moc Chau > Nghia Lo > Than Uyen > Sapa > Lao Cai Dates: 22-27 Apr As mentioned in my previous post about Hanoi I messed up on my visa. So instead of going from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh …

Hanoi Old Quarter

Hanoi Old Quarter Dates: 18-21 Apr Back to South East Asia. My first stop in Vietnam was Hanoi, naturally I chose to stay in the Old Quarter. I spent 4 days in Hanoi before setting off on a road trip to Sapa. I did initially plan on driving from Hanoi …

Jeju

Jeju Dates: 12 Apr After spending a few weeks in Japan I decided to stop off in Korea to see some friends who now teach English there – Heather & Ben, I actually shot their wedding in early 2016. I did a lot of walking and spent a lot in …

Osaka – Nara

Osaka – Nara Dates: 6 Apr Nara is a must-do day trip from Osaka, takes around an hour on the train from Osaka > Nara station, then it’s around 20-30 minutes walk from the station to the deer park & main temples. Unfortunately when I went the main temple with …

Osaka – Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle Dates: 4 Apr After hiking up Mount Misen the previous day, I wasn’t up for doing a lot with my sore legs so I took a leisurely stroll around Osaka Castle and checked out the Ghibli shop in Namba Walk. The Ghibli shop was a pain to find, …

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park & Castle

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park & Museum, Atomic Dome & Hiroshima Castle Dates: 31 Mar – 3 Apr I couldn’t go to Japan and not visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park & Museum, it’s such a unique place and something that will never be forgotten. I obviously knew how devastating a …

Kyoto – Fushimi Inari taisha & the East

Fushimi Inari taisha & East Kyoto Dates: 30 Mar On my last day in Kyoto I decided to do the famous Inariyama/Fushimi Inari taisha walkway, a path leading through thousands of Torii gates. Being inside them is quite the sight. The full circuit can take 2-3 hours to walk around, …

Kyoto – Arashiyama

Arashiyama Dates: 29 Mar The second most must-do thing in Kyoto alongside Gion is probably Arashiyama, the famous bamboo groves. They’re quite a way out from where you’ll likely be staying in Kyoto, but very easy to get to by public transport. When you arrive it’s extremely easy to find …

Kyoto – Gion

Gion District Dates: 28 Mar I took the Shinkansen from Tokyo mid morning to ensure I had as much time in Kyoto as I could due to only having two nights booked here as I was on limited time using my JR Pass. After arriving in the early afternoon I …

Tokyo

Tokyo Dates: 23-28 Mar My first taste of Japan was naturally Tokyo. I landed late in the evening and was really struggling to find my airbnb. I ended up having to ask a local who didn’t speak a word of English, and he walked me 10 minutes in the opposite …

Pai – Lod Cave

Lod Cave Dates: 11 Mar The only cave I have ever been to is Tiger Cave, during my road trip around Koh Lanta, and I didn’t go into the cave much at all there because we didn’t get the guide. I’d heard lots about Lod Cave and none of it …

Pai – Baan Santichon Chinese Village & Yun Lai Viewpoint

Baan Santichon Chinese Village Dates: 10 Mar 10-15 minutes drive outside of Pai is Baan Santichon Village, a traditional Yunnan chinese village which was settled in the mid-20th century by a mix of Thai hill tribes, Chinese and Yunnan tribes. It’s an interesting part of Pai and totally different to …

Pai – Sai Ngam Secret Hot Spring

Sai Ngam Secret Hot Spring Dates: 8 Mar There are a couple of options in Pai where hot springs are concerned, but for me there is only one to consider – the hot spring known as the secret hot spring. It’s much cheaper than the resort hot springs and from …

Chiang Mai Temples (1)

Chiang Mai Temples Dates: 27 Feb – 1 Mar Chiang Mai is a wonderful place. It boasts over 300 temples so there are endless days of walking around photographing them, I spent 3 days just walking around exploring them and there were still a few of the major temples that …

Phuket – Phi Phi & Shark Point Dive

Phi Phi & Shark Point Dive Dates: 24 Feb While in Phuket I did a dive around Phi Phi islands, including Koh Doc Mai, Koh Bida Noc & Shark Point. I did the dive through Dive Asia at Kata Beach who were good, I would recommend them. I don’t yet …

Phuket – Phuket Night Market & Town

Phuket Night Market & Town Dates: 13-22 Feb I arrived in Phuket from Koh Lanta and had quite a few days in Phuket Town, it’s very quiet and not much going on but it’s a nice enough place to stay if you have the time to burn. Most of the …

Phuket – Rawai

Rawai Dates: 20 Feb I took the local bus down to Rawai and had a walk around the lake & viewpoints there, beautiful sights of the beaches and smaller islands off the south of Phuket. Windmill viewpoint was a great place to sit and read a book for an hour. …

Koh Lanta Road Trip

Koh Lanta Road Trip Dates: 7 Feb After finishing up in Malaysia I travelled up to the border over to Thailand, going through Padang Besar & Hat Yai, all the way to Koh Lanta. I learnt to dive here and was ill for a few days so while I was …

Penang – Kek Lok Si Temple

Dates: 24 & 28 Jan I went to Kek Lok Si temple twice on the week of Chinese New Year. Once on the 24th because we saw an advert saying it was open, it wasn’t. I did see a lot of the temple and the lights from the outside that …

Penang – Chinese New Year’s Eve

Dates: 27 Jan Gong Xi Fa Cai, 恭禧發財 Mandarin for “wishing you to be prosperous in the coming year” (pretty much, anyway). This is a very common greeting around CNY and is similar in effect to “Happy New Year” to English speakers. For the first time, in 2017 I was …