A mantis on my hand - Koh Tao, Thailand

Encounter with a Mantis

After my second day on the Koh Tao freediving course, I had lunch with some fellow students. I was craving pizza, and as luck would…

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Clear Snorkeling waters - Koh Tao, Thailand

Freediving on Koh Tao

Whilst wandering around Sairee Beach to find a good dive shop, I stumbled upon two Freediving schools. I’ve been interested in Freediving for a while,…

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Coconut Harvesting Monkey and handler - Koh Tao, Thailand

Koh Tao

Koh Tao is an island in the Gulf of Thailand. It translates as “Turtle Island”, not because of the turtle population there (there are quite…

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Night train - Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand – Night Train to Koh Tao

Before I had decided to take the time to “get this travelling thing out of my system”, failing horribly in the process, Duncan and I…

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Curosities - Thailand: The Longest Place Name in the World

Curosities – Thailand: The Longest Place Name in the World

Bangkok has the longest official name of any place in the world. I remembered hearing about this from a friend who had been reading his…

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The Reclining Buddha of Wat Poh - Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok – Temples, Tarts, and Massages

I left Saigon on a short flight to Bangkok. I flew with Turkish Airlines, which was surprisingly good. For some reason, Manchester United’s football squad…

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Cruising in a punt - Mekong Delta, Vietnam

The Mekong Delta

One of my last stops in Vietnam was to visit the Mekong Delta. It’s where the enormous Mekong River empties into the sea from it’s…

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Trying to fit through the trapdoor - Cu Chi Tunnels, Vietnam

Cu Chi Tunnels

We took a bus out of Saigon to the Cu Chi Tunnels. The tunnels were used by the Viet Cong during the war as a…

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Collecting my new shirt - Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An Tailoring – Vietnam

Hoi An is well known for  having an abundance of tailors – close to a thousand. Since we were there for a few days, a group…

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Hammer and Sickle banner at a bus stop - Saigon, Vietnam

Impressions of Saigon – Vietnam

During the division of Vietnam, Hanoi was the capital of the North, and Saigon the capital of the South. Saigon fell to the North in…

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