Normally travel bloggers recommend cool places to go. In this case I am warning you against going somewhere. Why? Because Damnoen Saduak just screamed tourism gone wrong to me. There are multiple reasons why I don’t think you should go to the floating markets. Apart from the fact that they’re a hassle to get to, there is a much darker side to what goes on in the name of tourism. In this article I’m not going to tell you about the logistics of getting there and practical advice because there’s more important things I want to talk about. Two issues that I…

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I’m expecting some backlash on this one, but first of all please read this post before you go crazy at me for riding an elephant. Then you have my permission. “You’re meant to be a responsible traveller!” – I know. “You know why you should never ride Elephants!” – I do. “What the hell are you playing at?!”- Well… I can kind of explain if you’ll let me.  This post is my explanation. If it helps, I regret it. Its taken me a while to come to terms with it enough to write this post. This post is not to justify my…

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If you’re in Siem Reap no doubt you’ll already know all about Angkor Wat. You may also have done a heavy night out on Pub Street. But if you’re looking for something else, something entertaining, that gives something back to the community, look no further than Phare Cambodian Circus. Phare artists use drama, dance, live music and circus arts to tell uniquely Cambodian stories from recent history, folklore or modern society. Practical Info Showtimes The show is on every day at 8pm. The big top holds just over 300 people. The performance is suitable for everyone, kids included. They also…

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Before we’d even arrived in India we knew that we would be coming to Periyar National Park. Why, you ask, well because Ben was desperate to. He’s a nature lover and an amateur photographer which means that any national park, especially one with the promise of tigers, is a must. What is Periyar? Periyar National Park, or officially Periyar Tiger Reserve is 952km square and is a protected area that is home to Bengal Tigers, Indian Elephants, Gaur, Sambar Dear, Flying Squirrels, Sloth Bears, Bison and loads more, including 266 varieties of bird and around 45 species of reptiles (to Ben’s…

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It feels like the right time to write this post. It’s 4 months until we jet off (still nothing is booked) and the more we plan the more overwhelmed I feel. Our travel list for India (country number 1) was jam packed, with domestic flights long haul train journeys and more in the mix I had visions of seeing a lot more of airports and bus shelters than I could bear. So we have decided to completely strip down the ‘list’ so to speak. What started as an attempt to do as many places in India as possible in 6…

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