Don Det is the perfect place to disconnect and rejuvenate – there are no ATM’s, the Wi-Fi is limited and there are more hammocks than tourists. It’s relatively remote and difficult to access, but the journey makes this blissful slice of heaven all the more rewarding for the effort.
We didn’t know too much about Laos before visiting, but soon after crossing the Thai border we were enamored with the friendly people, laid-back way of life and stunning natural landscapes. This sparsely populated country is a great place to explore the outdoors – we’ve written about a few of our favourite locations.
Before visiting Laos, we were unaware that the country was subjected to one of the most relentless aerial bombing campaigns in the history of mankind – the U.S. dropped some two million tonnes of ordnance on the nation during 580,000 bombing missions between 1964 and 1973. A lot of these bombs didn’t explode, and over 40 years later they are still killing and maiming innocent people. We visited COPE – an organisation trying to make things right.
There’s something unique about long train journeys; a hint of romance, a pinch of nostalgia, visions of The Darjeeling Limited. We decided to ride the rails for the 839km trip from Bangkok to Trang, in Thailand’s far south. It was a beautiful experience that attested to the sentiment ‘it’s as much about the journey as the destination.’
Tucked away in one of Bangkok’s more obscure suburbs is the incredible and very peculiar Papaya Studio. A vintage shop with no price tags, a museum with no floor plan, an arcane wonderland so large and diverse you could spend a full day inside and not see even half of it… this place is one of a kind.
A few weeks ago I posted an article outlining last year’s attempt at giving up plastic for Lent while living in Australia (read about it here). This year we are on the road, and I wanted to see what it would be like to try and live (or rather travel) plastic-free in Sri Lanka. In a country where single-use plastic is a relatively recent addition, the experience was mixed. It was refreshing to embrace traditional alternatives that are readily available across the island, yet disheartening to witness how ubiquitous items like plastic bottles and straws have become. Seeing how much of it ends up strewn across the landscape only highlights the work still required to turn the tide.
Nuwara Eliya sits high in the heart of Sri Lankan hill country. It is a small city with a big personality, accessed most easily by train and positioned between popular tourist destinations Ella and Kandy. Aptly nicknamed ‘Little England,’ the city is like a time warp, drawing in visitors from all over to enjoy its unique and old-worldly charms.
When you think about Sri Lankan beaches you probably imagine picture-postcard shorelines of white sand, sapphire waters and low-hanging palm trees, and quite right too, because they are some of the finest beaches in the world. But what might come as a surprise is the effort that is going on behind the scenes to keep these beaches looking so bloody good.