Bangkok Airways 50th birthday

I have often used Bangkok Airways out east, they are efficient and offer a good service for a relatively cheap price when flying in Asia. They are celebrating fifty years in the business and are sharing their celebrations with their customers….by inviting us into their boutique lounges at select airports. There are complimentary sandwiches, cakes, […]

Favourite spots on the Viking Sky cruise ship.

Somebody asked what was my favourite place on the Viking Sky cruise ship…….well I can’t narrow it down to one as I have two favourite places and they are ……. The Explorer Bar – maybe it’s the geographer and traveller within me but I loved this bar.  On one of the higher decks with a telescope […]

Khin Nyein Thu – our fantastic Myanmar guide

I have enthused previously about the importance of having the right guide on a trip to a new destination. Khin was our guide as we travelled down the Irrawaddy with   Sanctuary We had set sail fromGaw Wein Jetty in Mandalay ……..and our first explore ashore was with Khin. Khin is a knowledgeable young lady, university educated and very friendly, […]

Gaw Wein Jetty in Mandalay

What a colourful place Gaw Wein Jetty is, I embarked Sanctuary Ananda in Mandalay on a Saturday so this coincided with washing day! Two ladies took our heavy suitcases and promptly raised them above their heads and carried them aboard the ship not blinking an eyelid as they crossed a makeshift gang plank to the luxury ship […]

Cruising down the Mae Ping River from Chiang Mai

Cruising on the Mae Ping River is a great way to experience a different side of Chiang Mai and to see the rural outskirts. I picked up a boat on the western side of the river by the Wat Chai Mong Kol temple. You actually walk through the temple grounds to reach the river jetty. This is […]

Barcelona – photoblog

Despite being December there was a bright blue sky in Barca making this unique city particularly photogenic with its elaborate arty buildings. I say unique because Barcelona offers a bit of everything, coastal relaxation and watersports, culture, , designer shopping, art and of course tapas. Goudi architecture against a bright blue sky doesn’t get any better, […]

Ping Nakara Hotel, Chiang Mai, Thailand. – Photoblog

Ping Nakara – What a great find, a boutique hotel in the colonial style just a 15 minute walk from the old city of Chiang Mai in Thailand. Quiet, peaceful and located near to the night market and the Mae Ping River Cruise. The staff are attentive, the rooms large and the pool glimmering and so inviting in the […]