My 5: Half Moon Bay – Cangnan County, China.

Half Moon Bay Wucheng Village Cangnan County China

1. November 2018. After the success of my day trip to the isolated Fudewan Ancient Village in October, it was just under a month later that I headed back to Cangnan County for another hidden gem of southeastern China. Picking me up from Cangnan’s train station… just as she had the first time… my guide […]

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My 5: Coconut Beach – Koh Rong, Cambodia.

Coconut Beach Koh Rong Cambodia

1. December 2015. It had been a tough slog of a hike over from neighboring Nature Beach in roasting afternoon temperatures, but finally the dense jungle trail brought us out into an opening to the entrance path that leads down to Coconut Beach. 2. December 2015. My initial thought upon entering Coconut Beach was that […]

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My 5: Dragon Bridge – Danang, Vietnam.

Dragon Bridge Danang Vietnam

1. April 2018. I’ve seen some amazing bridges during my years of world travel, but certainly nothing even in the same ballpark as Danang’s Dragon Bridge. Straddling the graceful waters of Han River in the shape of a formidable golden dragon, this is Vietnam’s longest bridge at 666 meters. The bridge connects the city’s eastern […]

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My 5: Jim Thompson House, Bangkok.

Jim Thompson House Bangkok Thailand

1. April 2015. Virtually every traveller I met on my wanderings around Thailand hated Bangkok. “It’s not REAL Thailand!” they’d repeat, again and again. I was told to use the capital merely as a transport hub, that I should get out at the earliest opportunity. Unless of course I was a total scumbag visiting specifically […]

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My 5: The DMZ, South Korea.

Dorasan Train Station DMZ Korea

1. Dorasan Train Station, February 2015. A visit to the Korean demilitarised zone is a fascinating experience for anyone with even a passing interest in the region’s tumultuous history. Basically a U.S. occupied buffer zone between North and South Korea, I was able to get a behind-the-scenes look with an organized tour, arranged through the […]

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Me Fish Be Dead – a short story from Slovakia.

In September 2002 I rocked up in Bratislava with a couple of bags and just enough cash to last until my first paycheck. And so unfolded one of the great years of my life… ‘‘How’s your love life Lignon?’’ asked Irish Mike one night at The Slovak Pub. It was one of those sleepy midweek […]

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Khalifa Dreams – a short story from Qatar.

In the summer of 2001 I boarded a near-empty Qatar Airways flight to Doha. Reuniting with my family who’d recently moved there for my father’s new job, it was my first time living abroad. It was another boiling hot afternoon. Ducking out of a taxi into the insane heat, I made the short dash over […]

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