Viet-nom-nom: A Food Trail from Saigon to Hanoi.

Vietnamese food deviates from its Indochinese neighbours, compared to, say, Thailand, which offers up copious coconut-creamed based curries and deep-fried snacks doused in sticky sauces. Ultimately, you leave Thailand with sweet chilli running through your veins and oil seeping out … Continue reading

Peace of Pai, Thailand

Not all backpackers venture further north from Chiang Mai in Thailand but a four hour bus journey which meanders through lush green mountains will bring you to Pai from Chiang Mai. It twists and turns for a good two hours … Continue reading

Taste Real Thailand, Travel Like A Tourist: Chiang Mai’s Thai Kitchen Cookery Centre

Chiang Mai: a transition from beach-bumming, an escape from the oppressive humidity, a place to enjoy a sudden decline of high-school flashpackers and where street meals over 20THB are a thing of the past. The jittery 20 hour sleeper train … Continue reading

Taste Real Thailand, Travel like a Tourist: City Snacking in Bangkok

There’s one thing that travelling has taught me: don’t listen to everything people tell you. Others had painted a picture of Bangkok as a missable city unbearably clogged up with sweat, motorbikes, people, pestering Tuk-Tuk drivers and seedy back-streets.  This … Continue reading

It’s Kingsmas! : Kingston-Upon-Thames’ Christmas Market

On Monday, I had the day off…to go Christmas shopping!! It’s actually a new thing which is even called ‘Christmas Shopping Day’, I was told last week. So, with my mouth still open in shock on this glorious day, I … Continue reading

Taste Real Thailand, Travel Like a Tourist: Koh Samui, Finding Comfort in a Curry

Koh Samui wasn’t my cup of green tea. Areas such as Chawang and Lamai are heaving with neon lit back-allies where you’ll be greeted by a swarm of ladyboys attempting to pull you into bars that attract male westerners, sharing … Continue reading

Taste Real Thailand, Travel Like a Tourist: Full Moon and Sweet Sticky Rice

Before I reached Koh Phangan I approached the thought of The Full Moon Party (FMP) with strong ambivalence. The FMP is affiliated with horror stories of drug over-dosing, rape and even death which had left me wondering whether I should … Continue reading

New Zealand’s Food Heaven: Matakana Village

If you travel far enough above Auckland, you will reach heaven: Matakana, forty minutes North, in the Rodney District. Doves flutter over a village of pristine white colonial buildings, perfectly cut grass, strikingly happy people, an old school dairy, pony … Continue reading