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Sunrise on the Holy Ganges

Along the Ganges River The Holy Ganges The sun seemingly rose out of and above the holy Ganges river until it hung large and low in the sky. It glittered and reflected long, yellow strands on the water and casted a mellow, dewy glow over the the ghats. The misty...

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Canoeing Around Phuket, Thailand

Phuket by Canoe Squeezing through a Cave "Lie as still as you can, lie as low as you can," my guide whispered as he slowly navigated us into the weave of tunnels. I kept calm canoeing around Phuket and still as I watched the cave close in on me, sharp rocks dangled...

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1,237 Steps – The Tiger Cave Temple

Visiting The Tiger Cave Temple Tinglish Communication The thick air of Southern Thailand tugs at my ineptly tied sarong as I wait for the bus to take me to the Tiger Cave Temple, also known as the Tiger Temple*. The wind, yet again, frees my sarong from its knot and...

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Exploring Cappadocia: A Magical Landscape

Goreme, Cappadocia Having fallen in love with the awe-inspiring deserts and incredible rock formations of the American South West many years previously, I never believed that there would be anywhere else on earth to rival the sheer beauty and spirituality of those...

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How to meet the Yakuza (if you dare)

There are hundreds of things to see and do in Japan – try some real sushi, climb Mount Fuji, explore the ancient temples of Kyoto or watch the monkeys bathe in the hot springs of Nagano. But if, like me, you've seen way too many gangster movies, you might also have a...

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Visiting Khao Sok National Park – Thailand

I think I’m in love with Khao Sok National Park … I uttered, as so many other travelers have stated before me. But in comparison to other travelers, I wasn’t staring at the ocean of Koh Tao, or even gazing up at the Buddhist temple of Wat Arun. Even though these...

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Garden of the Gods:
Sikkim’s Rhododendron Forest

Nestled in the south-east corner of the Himalayas, the ancient kingdom of Sikkim is the northern paradise of India. Known as Indrakil, the garden of the Hindu god of war, Indra, Sikkim exudes an other-worldly peace and serenity – it is no coincidence that the name...

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The Hidden Cave of Thakhek, Laos

A Hidden Cave, Thakhek, Laos Near Thakhek, Loas The area around Thakhek, Laos, is notorious for it’s limestone karst mountains and beautiful caves. There is the Buddha Cave; a small cave halfway up a cliff face that was full of more than 200 Buddha statues when it was...

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Desert Drive-through, Oman

It was not yet 8am when I zipped past the informal city limits of Muscat into open country. Traffic dropped off to a fraction of what it was a mile ago. I curbed the urge to speed up to avoid unwanted attention from speed cameras set every other mile. I was in Oman,...

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Ramadan Dubai – What You Need to Know

Ramadan Dubai – What You Need to Know Dubai is one of those bucket-list locations where everyone has to visit at least once in their lives – however, as I found out, the city is a far different place to be during Ramadan. When you think of Dubai, you think of a...

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The Strange Symbols
at Edakkal Caves

Edakkal Caves What drew me to these caves in the Wayanad district, Kerala was that it was a pre-historic site with mysterious engravings. I had read that the carvings resembled the rock impressions of Styrian Alps and that they were from the Neolithic period. So I...

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The Reunification Express – Vietnam

Train Travel Thorough Vietnam Perhaps it is the desire to see the place that I am traveling through, perhaps it is the people I always end up meeting along the way or perhaps it is the desire to travel in an environmentally conscious way; whatever the reason, I am...

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