Beyond the traffic jams and beaches of southern Thailand, lies an oasis of lush green landscapes, sleepy villages and laid-back cities. Welcome to Chiang Mai and the Wat Phra Singh Temple.
Standing on the platform I can’t yet see the train but I can hear it. Images of Casey Jones (a-steaming and a-rollin’) pop into my head. As I hear the first ‘Woo Woo’ a beautiful Victorian steam locomotive comes chugging around the corner. This fabulous old train on the Tenterden Steam Railway is taking me to a fairytale castle where knights once woed fair maidens and, no doubt slew the odd dragon or two.
The university town of San Cristobal de La Laguna is the cultural centre of Tenerife with many historic buildings, cobbled street and charming courtyards waiting to be discovered.
Photographs and map (including GPS guided walking tour) of the Ravenna mosaics by travel photographer, Kathryn Burrington