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Should you visit South East Asia in the rainy season?

Should you visit South East Asia in the rainy season?

The rainy season in South East Asia is a tempting proposition. Cheaper flights, abundant accommodation – and who knows? You might strike it lucky and get days of glorious sunshine. After all, almost everywhere you read seems to describe the rainy season here as having […]

The Royal Crescent Hotel, Bath: Spa Review

The Royal Crescent Hotel, Bath: Spa Review

Sitting on natural hot springs, it’s no surprise that Bath boasts some of the finest and most indulgent spas in the UK – the Romans clearly hit watery gold when they first started using the city’s springs for bathing and relaxation. I was lucky enough […]

Pimalai Resort & Spa, Koh Lanta: Review

Pimalai Resort & Spa, Koh Lanta: Review

Tucked away at the far end of beautiful Koh Lanta, gazing west across the calm Andaman Sea, lies the gorgeous Pimalai Resort. One of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, this stunning hideaway offers a level of style, serenity and solitude that is hard […]

5 Top Tips for Surviving a Long-Haul Flight

5 Top Tips for Surviving a Long-Haul Flight

Long-haul flights can be a drag. I’m always amazed at the different ways people try to survive these journeys: particularly those who just sit there and drink can after can of beer. (Each to their own, but I can only imagine how rough you feel […]

Same, same but… different? 10 Ways that Laos is Completely Different to Thailand

Same, same but… different? 10 Ways that Laos is Completely Different to Thailand

During a recent spell of gallivanting around South East Asia, I spent some time in Laos: the landlocked sibling of its surrounding countries. Having spent a fair bit of time in Thailand, I (naively) thought that Laos would be somewhat similar. Surely the food would […]

Hardware Société, Paris: the best breakfast in Montmartre?

Hardware Société, Paris: the best breakfast in Montmartre?

Paris is for lovers, and lovers of all things brunch are richly rewarded at this Aussie-style cafe transplanted to a Montmartre side street. I was recently staying in the area, and – despite my undying love of pain au chocolat – was after something slightly […]

The Perfect One Day Angkor Itinerary (with photos)

The Perfect One Day Angkor Itinerary (with photos)

Angkor Wat – the beautiful, towering Khmer temple just outside Siem Reap – is synonymous with Cambodia, even being featured on its national flag and currency, but there is much more to Angkor Historical Park than this famous site. And this is one of the […]

My Dream Boutique Resort, Luang Prabang, Laos: Review

My Dream Boutique Resort, Luang Prabang, Laos: Review

I recently had the chance to visit Laos, a country that’s intrigued me for a while now. Whilst I only stopped in Luang Prabang for around a week, it provided a great introduction to the quirks and qualities of this fascinating region – as well […]

Beginner’s Guide to the Paris Metro and RER

Beginner’s Guide to the Paris Metro and RER

I’m usually pretty good at doing my research prior to a trip, and getting my head around all the different planes, trains and automobiles involved – but Paris seemed unreasonably complicated. Personally, I would put it up there with Tokyo in terms of transport technicality. (Actually, […]

Beechfield House, Wiltshire: A Beautifully British Country Escape

Beechfield House, Wiltshire: A Beautifully British Country Escape

I recently had the good fortune to be staying at the lovely Beechfield House near Bath, on a dazzlingly gorgeous summer weekend. (We don’t get these too often in the UK, so just indulge me for a bit on this one). Having booked a hotel […]


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