Impressions of China | Highlights of Hunan

Impressions of China | Highlights of Hunan

Mighty mountain ranges rising out of the mists, a spicy local cuisine that’s out of this world and smiling faces wherever I turned, a week exploring Hunan province proved a wonderful introduction to China, the land where my father was born.

What is a traditional Japanese Breakfast?

What is a traditional Japanese Breakfast?

The first time I visited Japan, one of the many things I was looking forward to was the food. Local cuisine always plays a big part in my travels. I had heard a great many good things about food in Japan so I arrived with high expectations.

Gujo-Hachiman, Japan’s Water City and the Castle in the Sky

Gujo-Hachiman, Japan’s Water City and the Castle in the Sky

Gujo-Hachiman, known as the Water City thanks to its many waterways, is a beautiful town to visit in central Japan with a stunning castle perched on a hilltop. Wander along the old streets, join a replica food workshop, learn to dance and eat matcha ice cream!

In the Footsteps of the Samurai: Walking the Nakasendo Way

In the Footsteps of the Samurai: Walking the Nakasendo Way

As I stride along the narrow path, tall cedar trees tower above me. All I can hear is the gurgling stream, birds twittering and the breeze rustling in the treetops. The large cobbles I tread upon have been worn down over the centuries by the footsteps of thousands of...
Instagramming Japan – Autumn Colours in Shoryudo

Instagramming Japan – Autumn Colours in Shoryudo

The colours of autumn in Japan are mesmerising. Golds, russets and reds all vie for your attention. As I recently found out, it’s a beautiful time of year to visit central Japan — a visual delight for my eyes and my camera.

37 top tips for first-time visitors to Japan

37 top tips for first-time visitors to Japan

From translating Japanese menus to using public transport, never blowing your nose in public to navigating your way around a high-tech toilet, here are 37 top tips that I’m sure will be invaluable to anyone travelling to Japan for the first time.

Instagramming Chiang Mai – Mesmerised by Gold

Instagramming Chiang Mai – Mesmerised by Gold

As we turned the corner a glinting golden stupa came into view. It literally took my breath away and I clearly remember thinking “How lucky am I?” This was my first visit to Thailand and I instantly fell in love with its people …its temples …its food …its philosophy. And it’s gold. Golden stupa. Golden Buddhas. Golden monks.

24 hours in Bangkok

24 hours in Bangkok

Bangkok can be a shock to the system, a chaotic cacophony of cars and people. Is it worth it just for one night? Find out how I felt after 24 hours in Bangkok.

Top 10 must-see places to visit in Burma

Top 10 must-see places to visit in Burma

Why Burma? Why now? Ever since reading the novel , The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason, I have wanted to visit Burma (now known as Myanmar).  Set in the late 19th century, the story vividly painted a picture in my mind of an exotic land of lush jungles and glittering temples  – the same colonial Burma that Rudyard Kipling fell in love with, inspiring the poem Mandalay.

Top 10 reasons to visit Java

Top 10 reasons to visit Java

Ancient temples, dramatic volcanic craters, lush green forests, delicious food – all these images and more pop into my head when I think of Indonesia and in particular Java, the island I would most love to visit. I’ve heard it is less touristy than the...
The best hotels in Goa, from the finest in luxury to old world charm

The best hotels in Goa, from the finest in luxury to old world charm

A riot of colour. A gentle pace of life. Palm trees, tumbling bourgainvillea and white sandy beaches that stretch for miles. Temples and churches. Jungles to explore. And not forgetting some of the most delicious food I’ve ever tasted. Goa is a perfect holiday destination for me. Having spent a wonderful week here visiting hotels with The Goa Experience here’s my pick of my favourite 5 places to stay in this magical corner of India.

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