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The Land of Smiles

Our last full day in Bangkok, so we’ve been busy exploring. First, Wat Arun or Temple of the Dawn. Then a short ferry ride across the river, to visit Wat Pho and the giant reclining Buddha. Later on, a rooftop treat looking out over all of Bangkok!

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Back to Bangkok!

Our Thai Airways flight back from Phuket to Bangkok this morning, followed by an opportunity to explore Bangkok’s Chinatown.

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Paradise Found

A touch of escapism today, as we took a ferry sailing to Kho Phi Phi island for a one-night stopover.

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Paradise Lost

A travelling day today, as we flew south for a short beach holiday in Phuket. We’ve got ourselves a sea view at the quieter end of Patong Beach for the next few days!

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Muang Boran, the Ancient City

An entire day spent on traveling to and visiting this immense outdoor cultural theme park. A mixture of actual buildings which have been relocated, and replicas of important buildings or monuments typically done at one third scale.

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It’s behind you!

So there we were, minding our own business in Lumphini Park, when suddenly this ****ing HUGE Water Monitor Lizard clambers up the bank and starts heading straight towards us!

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In Bangkok at twelve o’clock

Going out in the midday sun, to visit the National Museum. Then souvenir shopping along the Khao San Road.

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Messing about on the River!

Today we hopped on the tourist express boat, and headed north along the Chao Phraya river. Our destination, the Grand Palace, and the temple of the Emerald Buddha at Wat Phra Kaeo.

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Our Bangkok Adventure Begins

A first-timers’ experience in Thailand, and dealing with the essentials of getting around the capital, Bangkok.

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Last Day in Delhi

We spent the morning walking round the busy market streets of Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi, and also visiting the Red Fort.

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Agra to New Delhi

Shopping for souvenirs around Agra this morning, then the late afternoon Gatimaan express train back to New Delhi.

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The Taj Mahal

Top of my bucket list. A place I thought I would never get to see. The beautiful Taj Mahal in Agra. And what’s more, with some crafty itinerary planning, we’re visiting it on my birthday. Today is a very special day for me!

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Fatehpur Sikri and Sikandra

A trip out by car from Agra, to the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri, and then on to visit the Tomb of Akbar at Sikandra.

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Ranthambore to Agra

All morning driving back from Ranthambore to Jaipur station, then the afternoon and evening on the express train to Agra. Finally checked into posh hotel after eleven hours travelling.

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On Safari!

A Jeep Safari today, into Ranthambore National Park. Ranthambore is one of a handful of areas where the magnificent Bengal Tiger is preserved and protected.

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Jaipur to Ranthambore

Today we are travelling to our next destination, ready for tomorrow’s pre-booked jeep safari around Ranthambore National Park.

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One Day in Jaipur

A very busy day taking in all the highlights of Jaipur, the Pink City – Hawa Mahal palace of the winds, Amber Fort (via elephant!), Jal Mahal lake palace, City Palace Museum, Jantar Mantar royal observatory, and the Royal Gaitore.

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Delhi to Jaipur

Our first experience of Indian rail travel, as we moved on from New Delhi to Jaipur, the next city on our itinerary.

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Temples and Tombs!

Another day in South Delhi, via the Metro, to visit some of the most well known sights and one of the least. Also, experiencing at close quarters some of the real hardship endured by many people living on the streets of Delhi.

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Mehrauli Park and the Qutb Minar

Trying out the Metro, exploring the Mehrauli Archaeological Park and the adjacent Qutb Minar complex, to the south of Delhi. Qutb Minar is the world’s highest brick minaret, built in the 12th Century.

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No Cash in New Delhi

Our first day exploring central New Delhi, or ‘Lutyens’s Delhi’ after the architect responsible for planning out its wide tree-lined avenues, huge open roundabouts, and colonial-style buildings. Also, the start of our constant battle to obtain hard cash, despite having plenty of available funds at our disposal.

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Safety First

“Good Afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen. This is your Purser speaking. I’m sorry to disturb you, but a section of the plane has lost…”
Oh no! Adrenaline surge. Mind racing. What has it lost? – a wheel perhaps, or an engine, or one of the flappy bits off the wings?

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The Golden Triangle

Everything is now booked for our holiday in February 2017 – another ‘bucket list’ trip, this time to India’s Golden Triangle. Continue reading “The Golden Triangle”

Hong Kong Then and Now – Fifty Years Apart

After 50 years apart, my wife gets to return to her birthplace – Hong Kong. But how much will have changed, and will we be able to find any traces of the past?

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So Long, Hong Kong

All holidays come to an end, and today is our last chance to enjoy what must be the most vibrant and exciting place on the planet, Hong Kong. It’s going to feel an odd sort of a day…

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The Dragon’s Back

Today was our last full day in Hong Kong, so we decided to explore outside the city. It’s incredible to think that a twenty minute bus ride away from the skyscrapers, you can find lush tropical jungle, rugged mountain peaks, and stunning views of remote, unspoilt coastline.

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Back From the Future – Mount Kellett, Hong Kong

Today is the day we return in search of where my wife was born, fifty years ago at the British Military Hospital on Mount Kellett, Hong Kong Island. But what, if anything, will we find there?

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Android Apps for Hong Kong Travellers

So many apps to choose from, about Hong Kong! But which of them are any good?

With several months in between booking our trip and travelling, I’ve had the opportunity to download and try a great many of them. What’s listed here is the handful I eventually decided upon taking, along with a verdict on how useful (or not!) they are proving to be while abroad.

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“If you’ve never been to the Great Wall…”

I expect I’m seriously misrepresenting Mao Zedong’s quote, “If you’ve never been to the Great Wall, you’re not a real man”, Nevertheless, it was a thrilling experience for us to finally stand on the Wall and spend a few hours hiking it. So I guess both my wife and I became ‘Real Men’ today!

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It’s the Forbidden City – Can we go in?

With most of yesterday taken up by travelling from Hong Kong to Beijing, and settling in to the hotel, we only have two full days to explore the highlights. So today, we’re taking a few stops along the underground to Tiananmen Square to visit the Imperial Palace Museum.

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