The Best Pagodas in Bagan to Visit (with Map)

Thitsarwadi Pagoda in Bagan Myanmar

There are thousands of pagodas in Bagan – I know, because I’m pretty sure I saw them all. Ok, maybe not but swinging by almost 20 of them made it feel like I’d seen every pagoda that exists in the city. While it may have been exhausting at the time, it gave me a good basis … Read more

The Best Things to Do in Bagan – Land of Pagodas

Hot air balloons over the temples in Bagan

Once upon a time, Bagan was under a siege of development. Between the 11th and 13th centuries over 10,000 temples, pagodas and monastaries were built in the city. Today, around 2,000 of them still exist; all crammed into a 13 by 8 kilometres area that has become the Bagan Archeological Zone. So, it’s safe to … Read more

How to Take the Boat from Bagan to Mandalay

sunrise in Bagan on the Irrawaddy river

There was no way I could go to Myanmar (formerly Burma) and not travel the road to Mandalay. Rudyard Kipling had all but demanded it in his iconic poem about the city. O the road to Mandalay,Where the flyin’-fishes play,An’ the dawn comes up like thunder outer China ‘crost the Bay Rudyard Kipling, Mandalay (1890) … Read more

What You Need To Know Before Visiting Myanmar

Temple in Bagan myanmar with hot air balloon

Myanmar is unlike any other country in Southeast Asia. Having only opened up to tourism in recent years, infrastructure can be lacking and travel can be challenging but this won’t be the first guide to tell you that travelling through Myanmar is totally worth it. And now is the time to go. Spend anytime in Southeast Asia … Read more

18 Best Things To Do in Inle Lake, Myanmar

Fisherman at sunset on Inle Lake

As I watched the sun set over Inle Lake, I caught sight of a local fisherman who was expertly balanced at the back of his boat. In one graceful move, he raised a sinewy leg, wrapped it around an oar and, using his foot, propelled himself and his small wooden boat forward. Leg-oar. Leg-oar. Leg-oar until he … Read more

How To Go Wine Tasting in Thailand (Near Bangkok)

Vines at Hua Hin Hills Vineyard in Thailand

Finding good wine in Thailand is a bit like trying to find a unicorn: elusive at best and, according to some, this mythical creature simply doesn’t even exist. And that was how I felt until I discovered Hua Hin Hills Vineyard. For weeks I’d travelled through Thailand, craving a glass of crisp, white wine. It’s … Read more

21 Best Things To Do In Hong Kong

On my first visit to this Asian cultural hub, I was so jet-lagged that my time in Hong Kong wa a blur of sights, snacks and somewhat insane sleeping hours that culminated in me ordering breakfast with a beer in an Irish bar at 4 a.m in some part of the city I couldn’t identify … Read more

20 Best Japanese Dishes To Try (Besides Sushi)

Box containing bright coloured sushi

Before I visited the land of the rising sun, my knowledge of Japanese food could be summed up in one word: sushi. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan and I dined out like sushi was in short supply during my month in Japan, but I spent half of that month with my dad who, after … Read more

How To Make the Most of the Tailors in Hoi An

Hoi An River Front

Hoi An is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in central Vietnam that offers a curious combination of colonial France coupled with Oriental charm. However, Hoi An’s UNESCO status is not the only reason this beautiful location is pinned to the travel map. Once a major port on the silk route the town’s perfectly preserved 15th century trading … Read more

Manila Sunday Brunch at the Sofitel Hotel – Review

Plate of cured meats and champagne at Sofitel Sunday Brunch in Manila

After almost three weeks trying and unanimously failing to find food heaven in the Philippines, I stumbled across the food phenomenon that seizes the palette of wealthier Filipinos and ex-pats alike each weekend – the Sofitel Manila Sunday Brunch. I should start by saying that there is very little that is Filipino about the food … Read more