Category South East Asia

The Royal Palace, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

My Top Ten Big Cities Outside Europe #3 – Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh – Population 1.5 million The Cambodian capital is a special place. Synonymous with the suffering of the Khmer Rouge genocide, but also rich in royal history with a stunning palace complex and fine temples. Phnom Penh sits astride the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers, both waterways providing the lifeblood of the city. I […]

My Top Ten Big Cities Outside Europe #8 – Hong Kong

Hong Kong, China (population 7.4 million) I visited the then British colony in 1996, a trip that was also to see me taking a slow boat to China and a fast one to then Portuguese Macau. I travelled with my brother Ed and we had a fantastic time. Here are some of the highlights. Victoria […]

My Top 10 Big Cities Outside Europe #9 Hanoi

#9 – Hanoi, Vietnam (population 7.8 million) The capital of Vietnam is situated in the north of the country and despite its smaller size it is altogether far less frenzied than Ho Chi Minh City. I visited the previously war torn nation in 1998 when it was far less popular to do so than it […]

My Top 10 Big Cities Outside Europe # 10 – Bangkok

When I say big cities, I am meaning 1 million plus inhabitants. This counts out some beautiful smaller metropolises that I have visited such as Cape Town, Cusco, Luang Prabang, Santiago de Cuba, Jerusalem, Luxor, Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand. #10 – Bangkok, Thailand (population c.8.3 million) I have visited the Thai capital a couple of […]

Friday Photo – Buddhist Monks, Luang Prabang, Laos

LP can be one of the most spiritual places on earth, but is also increasingly on the radar of large touristic groups. I have been twice in 2010 & 2015, with the five year gap making a huge difference in the number of visitors, especially from China. Peace & tranquility is still on offer however […]

Wordless Wednesday – Bangkok Street Food

Friday Photo – Fishing Fleet, Pangandaran, Indonesia

I took this photo in 1997 at the fishing town situated by the Indian Ocean on the island of Java.

Botanical Gardens – 3 From My Travels

I rather enjoy visiting a botanical garden on my travels. Although far from a flora expert, a stroll through the landscaped displays of trees and flowers makes for a very pleasant few hours. Here are my three favourites visited thus far. Bogor, Indonesia (1997) On the island of Java, a 60km train ride from Jakarta, […]

Phnom Penh Market, Cambodia

Wordless Wednesday – Flowers For Sale, Phnom Penh

The Royal Palace, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Sunday Photo – Buddha Gate, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

This gate is situated at the Royal Palace in the Cambodian capital. We visited in 2015 and really loved our time in this beautiful country now starting to bloom again after its tragic recent history.