Monthly archives: February, 2014

Koh Tao – ‘Me, My Backpack and I’

On the boat to Koh Tao Island, I was pestered by a Thai bloke wearing an orange T-shirt with bold letters printed across the back that read ‘LIVE AND LET DIVE! BIG BLUE DIVING SCHOOL’. He promised me that he worked for the best diving school on Koh Tao and that he would provide me…



Pai – Koh Tao – ‘The Night Train!’

On every trip to Thailand, I’ve always wanted to complete my open water diving course, but unfortunately I’ve never got around to doing it. On this trip I was keen to make it a priority and successfully get it done. Koh Tao, the ‘turtle’ island on the east course is known worldwide as the cheapest…



Pai – ‘A Day In Pai’

Three hours from Chiang Mai, not too far from the Thai-Burma border, hidden in the mountains, situated by a sleepy river, you’ll find a hippy village called ‘Pai’.  A million miles from anywhere, peppered with reggae bars, waterfalls and temples; Pai made an instant impression on me.  I’m feeling creative so to try and bring…



Chiang Mai – ‘Welcome to the Jungle’

With a black bandanna around his head, a leather strap over his shoulder that holds a fifteen inch knife and a squirrel chained to his shoulder, ‘Abba’ resembles a character from a Vietnam War film. ‘Abba’ (that’s what he calls himself) has been a trekking tour guide in Thailand since 1982. ‘You eat scorpion in…



Chiang Mai – ‘Riding Downhill’

Before this trip, I worked for three years promoting and developing mountain bike trails in South Wales with Cognation. Wherever I seem to go in the world, I find myself eager to explore what mountain bike trails that country has to offer (and then after riding them I will almost certainly declare that they are…



Bangkok – ‘Easy Tiger’

When you arrive in Thailand, you very quickly, become accustomed to Buddhism. It’s the main religion here and you’ll often see a Monk dressed in an orange robe wandering in the street. It’s very peaceful and unassuming. In Bangkok, it’s common to pay a ‘tuk tuk’ (motorbike style taxi) driver a few quid to drive…



Bangkok – ‘Khoa San Road Baby!’

After two weeks in Abu Dhabi visiting family, I ascended to the ‘City of Angels’ – Bangkok. Slowly walking through the street I stare down at my ‘Havaiana’ flip flops, I feel satisfied that I just purchased them for roughly about two pound. There’s a lingering smell of meat cooking in the air, there are…



Leaving Home – ‘Stella Fella!’

Every backpacking trip starts the same way; a five hour National Express bus from Port Talbot to Terminal 4, Heathrow. Sometimes I’ve had company, sometimes I’m on my own….this time, January 2014 it was just me, my backpack and a cold Stella. Many would see this first leg of the journey as a drag, all…