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Thailand Part 3 – Phuket in a day

7 Mar

Patong Beach

After the relative tranquillity our Phi Phi jaunt, H and I were quite looking forward to finding out if Phuket is really as good /really as bad as people say it is.  Perhaps my first misconception was that Phuket is a small place, it’s not, it’s a whole big island, and Phuket Town itself is […]

Thailand Part 2 – Phi Phi Paradise

3 Mar

Maya Beach 2

After our busy Bangkok trip it only took one hair-raising 4am taxi ride, a domestic flight, a bus shuttle, a dodgy bakkie ride, a 2 hour ferry trip and a short longtail boat taxi, and we arrived in Paradise, I mean Long Beach on Koh Phi Phi Don.  Long Beach is around the corner from […]

Thailand Part 1 – Busy Bangkok

28 Feb

The Reclining Buddha - feet

Many many months ago, at braai with friends, a casual conversation about scuba diving planted the seed for our long awaited and much anticipated holiday in Thailand this February.  Centred around six of us meeting up on a four day liveaboard dive boat (more about that later!), the rest of the holiday quickly stretched to […]

The Otter Trail

20 Nov

Day 2 Scenery

Day 1 to Ngubu Hut (4.8km) It was with some trepidation that I hoisted my pack onto my back on the first chilly, drizzly morning to set off on five days and four nights along South Africa’s stunning southern coastline from Tsitsikamma to Natures Valley.  We’d booked our spot on the Otter Trail 11 months […]

Poland Holiday Part 3 – Masuria

14 Aug


The third and final leg of our Poland holiday took us north to Masuria (Polish: Mazury, German: Mazuren) – the beautiful lake district.  Although this is a popular summer holiday destination, the country roads are barely wide enough for two ordinary cars to pass each other, never mind our 9-seater Renault Trafic (aka Boris the Bus) […]