Europe · France

Hardware Société, Paris: the best breakfast in Montmartre?

Paris is for lovers, and lovers of all things brunch are richly rewarded at this Aussie-style cafe transplanted to a Montmartre side street. I was recently staying in the area, and – despite my undying love of pain au chocolat – was after something slightly more than the local boulangerie. Equally, I wanted to avoid… Continue reading Hardware Société, Paris: the best breakfast in Montmartre?

Asia · Cambodia

The Perfect One Day Angkor Itinerary (with photos)

Angkor Wat – the beautiful, towering Khmer temple just outside Siem Reap – is synonymous with Cambodia, even being featured on its national flag and currency, but there is much more to Angkor Historical Park than this famous site. And this is one of the challenges of visiting Angkor – how much to see, and… Continue reading The Perfect One Day Angkor Itinerary (with photos)

Asia · Laos

My Dream Boutique Resort, Luang Prabang, Laos: Review

I recently had the chance to visit Laos, a country that’s intrigued me for a while now. Whilst I only stopped in Luang Prabang for around a week, it provided a great introduction to the quirks and qualities of this fascinating region – as well as the wonderful people, who in my humble opinion are… Continue reading My Dream Boutique Resort, Luang Prabang, Laos: Review

Europe · France · Tips and Tricks

Beginner’s Guide to the Paris Metro and RER

I’m usually pretty good at doing my research prior to a trip, and getting my head around all the different planes, trains and automobiles involved – but Paris seemed unreasonably complicated. Personally, I would put it up there with Tokyo in terms of transport technicality. (Actually, I think Tokyo was easier). The cynic in me thinks… Continue reading Beginner’s Guide to the Paris Metro and RER

Europe · UK

Beechfield House, Wiltshire: A Beautifully British Country Escape

I recently had the good fortune to be staying at the lovely Beechfield House near Bath, on a dazzlingly gorgeous summer weekend. (We don’t get these too often in the UK, so just indulge me for a bit on this one). Having booked a hotel for a weekend getaway with a heated outdoor pool, I’d… Continue reading Beechfield House, Wiltshire: A Beautifully British Country Escape

Asia · Thailand

Ristr8to Lab, Chiang Mai: Possibly the Best Coffee Shop in the World?

Drop everything, and jump on the next flight to Chiang Mai. Why? Because surely one of the best coffee shops in the world can be found there. Whilst spending a few sunny days in Chiang Mai I’d put Ristr8to down on my ‘to-do’ list, mainly as something to do to fill the tail-end of an… Continue reading Ristr8to Lab, Chiang Mai: Possibly the Best Coffee Shop in the World?

Asia · Thailand

Top Ten Tips for Thailand

1. “Bao bao” – the most important Thai word you’ve never heard You’ve probably mastered your sawatdee ka/krup and maybe a bit more, but if you’re heading for a Thai massage and have only the most basic knowledge of the local lingo, I implore you to learn (and use) “bao bao”. “Bao” = gentle, and… Continue reading Top Ten Tips for Thailand