I’ve been pretty lucky over the last few years. I’ve been to many incredible places and done and seen some pretty amazing things. But there’s some experiences that do stand out above the rest. It’s hard to narrow it down to just ten but since I have to do so (well I don’t have to, but I’m making myself do it) then I’d say that it would probably be these, so in no particular order: Continue reading “My Top 10 Travel Experiences”
20-24 September 2011
After my tour through Vietnam, Laos and Thailand, I had a few days left in Bangkok to explore and enjoy myself. I moved from the Bangkok Centre Hotel, where my tour ended, to a hotel on road parallel to Khao San Road. I realise when you’re backpacking in Southeast Asia, you should be spending your nights in a hostel bunkbed for a couple of pounds a night, but when I found a very reasonably priced hotel room, with an en-suite, a double bed and breakfast, I decided to indulge. Continue reading “Thailand Part Three: markets, tigers and Johnny English”
19 September 2011
After a surprisingly good night sleep on the overnight train from Chiang Mai, I was ousted from my bed at 7am by staff who wanted to put the beds back. An hour or two later, we finally pulled into Bangkok station and we walked the short distance over to the rather nice Bangkok Centre Hotel, before popping to a nearby 7-Eleven for breakfast. Since my steamed pork bun was a bit disappointing, I ended up with popcorn chicken from the station’s KFC. Never mind. Continue reading “Thailand Part Two: the tour comes to an end”
17 -18 September 2011
After my boat from Laos docked on the shores of Thailand, I passed through passport control in Chiang Kong easily enough, along with the rest of my tour group. We loaded up two tuk tuks with our luggage and, just like the last time, we were too heavy. The driver pumped up the tyres and we set off, almost immediately getting stuck behind a coach that was barely moving. Unlike in Laos, the tuk tuks were not trucks with us in the back but bikes with trailers for us to sit in, meaning we got blasted by fumes coming in from all directions. Continue reading “Thailand Part One: pad thai, a white temple and the sleeper train”
It’s virtually impossible to be a tourist in Thailand and not visit a gazillion temples. They’re everywhere. They’re beautiful and generally adorned with carved stone statues of Buddha. The White Temple is very good at standing out from the crowd.
Ellis’ Bucket List: see the seven wonders of the world.
I think the seven wonders are probably a regular feature on bucket lists everywhere: Christ the Redeemer, Petra, the Great Wall of China, Chichen Itza, the Taj Mahal and Machu Picchu with either the Pyramids of Giza or the Colosseum taking the last place (depending on the list you read). So far, I’ve only made it to the pyramids and the Colosseum.
I don’t know about you but, on a day-to-day basis, I find relaxing hard. There is always something to stress about. Travelling is the time to escape that but even then there are still worries. Do you still have your passport? Will your debit card be accepted? What time does the bus leave?
Here are my top four places where I’ve actually managed to get close to stress free living: