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 neighbouring...

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.

My Favourite Things to Eat in Dubai

My Favourite Things to Eat in Dubai

With around 200 nationalities living in Dubai it’s no surprise that the choice of things to eat here is diverse.

This exciting city, as I found out earlier in the year at the Emirate’s annual food festival, is fast becoming a popular gastronomic destination. There’s a plethora of first-rate restaurants, serving a huge range of cuisines and catering for every budget too; not every meal will leave you in your credit card’s bad books (although some most definitely will).

Having met with a number of chefs, talked to locals and visited a wide range of venues, here’s my guide to all my edible favourites in this exciting city.

Unwind on a houseboat on the Chapora River, Goa

Unwind on a houseboat on the Chapora River, Goa

Kicking off my sandals I lie back on the cushions, take a sip of a cool Kingfisher beer and watch the palm trees drifting by. It’s the second to last night of a fabulous week in India and we’re spending it on a Kerala style rice boat on a mini cruise in Goa on the...

Through the jungle to the Dudhsagar Falls, Goa

Through the jungle to the Dudhsagar Falls, Goa

The rocks around the pool's edge are slippery. I sit down, slide into the cool water and swim over to the waterfall. At the height of its rage, the torrent races down the mountainside in an overpowering, deluge. Despite it now being the end of Goa's dry season when...

Exploring South Goa and it’s stunning white sand beaches

Exploring South Goa and it’s stunning white sand beaches

Winding our way through the narrow lanes of South Goa, flanked by coconut palms and dotted with brightly painted houses, I can't believe I'm finally back in India. But this isn't the India I remember. It bears no resemblance to chaotic, charismatic Rajasthan. There...

Goa, an unexpected journey

Goa, an unexpected journey

It is ten years since I last visited India and I have dearly longed to go back ever since. Earlier this month I was over joyed to receive an unexpected invitation to visit Goa. It didn’t disappoint…

Falling for the skyscrapers of Dubai

Falling for the skyscrapers of Dubai

Stepping out onto the viewing terrace I look up at the tower which still seems to carry on forever, up and up into the sky. There’s another 37 floors above us. Looking down the 125 floors to the ground below, the neighbouring skyscrapers take on a diminutive appearance as the city stretches out before me. The views are staggering…

Middle Eastern delights on a Food Tour in Dubai

Middle Eastern delights on a Food Tour in Dubai

The salty smell of fish fills my nostrils and the hubbub from the traders and buyers invade my ears. Outside the latest catch is being auctioned. It's so fresh that the fish are still wriggling. Your senses come alive at Dubai's fish market, the colourful and hectic...

Instagramming Dubai

Instagramming Dubai

I love following my fellow travel bloggers on Instagram, just as much as I enjoy sharing highlights from my travels there. From tasty camel burgers and kebabs to the most delectable pastries and miniature cakes, I've had plenty to gram over the last few days, as I...

Shark fin soup – the modern consequences of an ancient tradition

Shark fin soup – the modern consequences of an ancient tradition

When Cindy, from My Diving Holidays, asked me if she could write a guest post for Travel With Kat about shark fin soup and the devastating knock-on effect that it has on eco-systems, I was eager to know more. I hope you find Cindy's post as fascinating as I did and...

A mini guide to Singapore’s street food

A mini guide to Singapore’s street food

Today I'd like to introduce you to Drew, aka the Hungry Partier, who is travelling around the world in search of the tastiest food and the liveliest nightlife. He's the author of the latest in Travel With Kat's street food guides from around the world, next stop...

Burmese rice cooked in coconut milk

Burmese rice cooked in coconut milk

Be honest, how many cookbooks have you on your shelves that you have barely opened, let alone made more than one or two recipes from? Having recently spent some time renovating my kitchen including putting up some new shelves to hold all my cookbooks - and there's a...