Ha Long Bay

Calm emerald waters and warm misty skies that are interrupted only by protrusions of limescale formations and jungle-clad islands adorning the horizon. A place of tranquillity and hidden scenic gems interspersed with well-trodden tourist trails and tourists travelling from near and far. Welcome to Ha Long Bay – A UNESCO heritage site steeped in history …

Chiang Mai

From the tranquil islands of the south to the tropical urban jungle of the north, Chiang Mai was our final stop in our journey around Thailand and again showed exactly how diverse a destination this sprawling country can be.  Another budget airline flight saw us land right in the centre of Chiang Mai. The airport …

Phuket

If Bangkok was our Thai starter, Phuket was the perfect main course. An easy and picturesque flight away from the capital city, as the descent from the clouds begins rugged islands emerge from the water and the coastline seems endlessly tipped with golden shores. This southern island has long been famed as a paradise of …

Bangkok

Two nights in Bangkok. A potential follow-up to the Chess original that in our case would feature fewer board games and more night markets and questionable taxi drivers. I was intrigued by Bangkok and all its brash grandeur but had a strong sense it wasn’t going to be somewhere I’d have a desire to spend a prolonged period …

Lisbon

Lisbon – the coastal Portuguese capital where cobbled hills are as plentiful as pastéis de nata and sardine-shaped souvenirs. A perfect city break all year round, we ventured there for some late September sun and were greeted with endless blue skies and warm climes. At just over 2 1/2 hours from London, this slice of European …