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 …

Penang – Georgetown Street Art

Dates: 23 Jan – 2 Feb 2017 Following on from my previous post about Georgetown. Anyone spending time in Georgetown should dedicate a day going around the street art, it’s incredible. Most hotels will be able to advise on a route or even better have a map for you with …

Penang – Georgetown

Dates: 23 Jan – 2 Feb 2017 Georgetown is one of my favourite spots in Malaysia. The place has so much character, loads of old beautiful buildings (which if you’ve seen my personal work you’ll realise I love old windows & doors). The street art here is also amazing, and …

Langkawi – Sky Bridge & Islands

Dates: 21-22 Jan 2017 Two must-do things in Langkawi if you ask me. The Cable Car & Sky Bridge can be costly, it totalled around 100RM (£18) for everything in the day but it’s definitely the best thing to do on the island and has amazing views. Included in the …

Langkawi

Dates: 17-23 Jan Langkawi is a great place. Lots to see there, a few nice excursion options, it’s duty free so cheap alcohol for Malaysia, and perfect weather most of the time. While in Langkawi I had a couple of beach days, went to the cable car & sky walk …

Ipoh – Surrounding Area

Dates: 15-16 Jan 2017 During my time in Ipoh I went out to Gunung Lang National Park & to Ulu Chepor/the jungle area. Gunung Lang is pretty nice, albeit a bit small. We rented out some bikes and cycled around it several times before we set off back. We didn’t …

Ipoh Town

Dates: 13-17 Jan 2017 I was in Ipoh for a few days as a stop over between Pangkor and Langkawi. The Old Town is beautiful and has lots of nice street art that is worth visiting for. If food is more your thing then Ipoh has amazing curries, and is …

Cameron Highlands

Dates: 4-7 Jan 2017 After Taman Negara I set off to Cameron Highlands via Jerantut, Benta & Raub. In Cameron Highlands I visited the Big Red Strawberry Plantation, BOH Tea Plantation and Cameron Valley Tea Plantation.

Jerantut & Taman Negara Kuala Tahan

Dates: 2-4 Jan 2017. I arrived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on the 30th December and decided to start shooting once I left for Taman Negara National Park. On the way there we stopped at Jerantut for a couple of hours where we had a walk around the market. Taman Negara …