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Sri Lanka

Shark spotting in Nilaveli

After riding a train, hiring a moped, getting a tuk tuk and a taxi, we decided the time for a bus was here and boarded a bus to Trincomalee from Polonnaruwa. The buses here are, in a single word, crazy. They are usually by far the fastest things on the road, constantly beeping, overtaking everything… Continue reading Shark spotting in Nilaveli

Sri Lanka

Hiring a bicycle in Polonnaruwa

From Sigiriya we took a tuk tuk across to Polonnaruwa, one of Sri Lanka's ancient capitals. It was first declared the capital in 1070 by King Vijayabahu. There are many ancient buildings and temples there that were built between 1500 and 800 years ago, most notably, the ones by King Parakramabahu who placed irrigation systems throughout the region… Continue reading Hiring a bicycle in Polonnaruwa

Sri Lanka

Steps in Sigiriya

The train to Sigiriya was long and bumpy, but interesting and fun. We rushed to get there and to get a ticket in time, so didn't have a chance for breakfast, that meant our only option was to sample the on-board snacks. Sellers would get on at one stop and off at the next, walking… Continue reading Steps in Sigiriya

Sri Lanka, Travel

Business class planes to third class trains…

Since my time travelling South East Asia previously, I had the dream to visit Sri Lanka. The Pearl in the Indian Ocean, with lush jungles, stunning beaches, a variety of wildlife and especially delicious food, it seems like a Paradise island! I semi-planned a trip here last year but I waited too long to book… Continue reading Business class planes to third class trains…

Portugal, Travel

Sightseeing in Sintra

We picked up the car and headed off towards Sintra, it was a beautifully sunny day, so we decided to stop along the way at a couple of the beaches on the Atlantic coast; Praia do Guincho and Cresmina. They were incredibly windy and full of surfers, windsurfers and other active people, but they were… Continue reading Sightseeing in Sintra

Thailand, Travel

New in Nakhon Si Thammarat

After a boat and taxi to Krabi bus depot, we boarded a local bus to Nakhon Si Thammarat City which took about 2 hours. I booked somewhere again on the way, but as soon as we arrived a huge thunderstorm began and we waited at the bus terminal for a while for things to calm… Continue reading New in Nakhon Si Thammarat

Thailand, Travel

New Roads in Railay

From Koh Phangan, we decided to head to somewhere new for both Pete and I, since last time I travelled through Thailand I essentially 'got stuck' on Koh Phangan and couldn't bring myself to leave. I never visited anywhere further South, places said to be amongst the most beautiful in Thailand. So we got the… Continue reading New Roads in Railay

Thailand, Travel

Motorbiking on Koh Phangan

After a noisy and bumpy overnight train to Surat Thani, we woke with the sun about 30 minutes from our destination. Tired Pete after only a few hours sleep Surat Thani is the city closest to Don Sak pier where you can get the regular boats and catamarans to and from the island Koh Samui… Continue reading Motorbiking on Koh Phangan

Thailand, Travel

Playing in Kanchanaburi

We woke up at 7am the next day to pack up and get the first train out to Kanchanaburi. However, the train station we needed was across town. Anyone who knows me, knows I'm not the best at being on time and about 5 minutes into our taxi ride to the station I declared to… Continue reading Playing in Kanchanaburi