Asia – Blog Post Index

The Philippines, Hong Kong, Southern Taiwan and Macau Christmas/New Year 2018-19

December 15th   Manila: The Pearl of the Orient?   The Philippines » Manila

December 17th  The rice terraces of the Cordillera mountains   The Philippines » Banuae

December 19th  The hanging coffins of Sagada   The Philippines » Sagada

December 21st  Mt Pulag, Mt Pinatubo and back to Manila The Philippines

December 25th  Motorbiking Bohol   The Philippines » Bohol

December 27th  Siquijor- the witching island   The Philippines » Siquijor

December 30th  Island hopping to Cebu   The Philippines » Cebu

January 2nd  New Year in Hong Kong    Hong Kong

January 5th  A quick dip into Southern Taiwan  Taiwan » Kaoshiung and Tainan

January 7th  Macau – country #60?   Macau

Sri Lanka, Amritsar (India), Pakistan and West China 2018

July 20th   Ayubowan Sri Lanka   Sri Lanka » Kandy

July 22nd   Searching for elephants – a Sri Lankan safari   Sri Lanka » Polonnaruwa

July 23rd   Exploring ancient cities   Sri Lanka » Sigiriya

July 24th   Dealing and wheeling in Anuradhapura   Sri Lanka » Anuradhapura

July 26th   Chilling in Colombo   Sri Lanka » Colombo

July 27th   A hop through India – Amritsar   India » Amritsar

July 28th   You want to go where?! Why Pakistan   Pakistan

July 28th   Into Pakistan – Crossing the border   Pakistan » Wagah

July 29th   “If you haven’t seen Lahore you haven’t been born yet”   Pakistan » Lahore

July 30th   The infamous Wagah border closing ceremony   Pakistan » Wagah

July 30th   Onwards to Islamabad (via Rohtas Fort)   Pakistan » Rohtas Fort

August 1st   The calm of Islamabad   Pakistan » Islamabad

August 2nd   Road tripping to Gilgit   Pakistan » Naran

August 5th   Dusty Skardu   Pakistan » Skardu

August 5th   The 2nd highest plateau in the world – Deosai National Park   Pakistan » Deosai

August 7th   Hanging in the Himalayas – Astore & Rama Lake   Pakistan » Astore Valley

August 9th   Back to Gilgit   Pakistan » Gilgit

August 10th   Mountains and Forts – Karimabad   Pakistan » Karimabad

August 11th   Peaceful Gulmit   Pakistan » Gulmit

August 12th   Shangri-La? Exploring glaciers in Ghulkin   Pakistan » Ghulkin

August 13th   Losing ourselves in Passu   Pakistan » Passu

August 14th   Hitchhiking to Sost   Pakistan » Sost

August 15th   Crossing the world’s highest border – to China we go   PakistanChina 

August 16th   Where are all the people? Tashkurgan   China » Tashkurgan

August 17th   The slow road to Kashgar   China » Kashgar

August 19th   1,300kms later – The end of the Karakoram Highway  Pakistan

East Timor, Singapore, Malaysia, Burma/Myanmar, Mongolia, India, Bhutan, Kathmandu 2012

June 12th   Hello summer – first impressions of East Timor   East Timor » Dili

June 12th   Hanging out with the UN and NGOs in Dili   East Timor » Dili

June 13th   Dili is Dili and East Timor is East Timor – Baucau   East Timor » Baucau

June 14th   Baucau markets and doing it tough in Osolata   East Timor » Baucau

June 15th   Getting to know the local nuns in Manatuto   East Timor » Manatuto

June 16th   A (bit too) exciting road adventure to Maliana   East Timor » Maliana

June 17th   Morning tea with the Pakistani UN peacekeeping force – Balibo to Maubara   East Timor » Balibo

June 18th   Lunch with the President of the Party Democratico   East Timor » Maubisse

June 21st   Returning to Dili & final thoughts on East Timor   East Timor » Dili

June 22nd   Skipping through Singapore   Singapore

June 25th   Loving the monorail – Kuala Lumpur   Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur

June 27th   Hello Borneo – Kota Kinabalu & Pulau Manukan   Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu

July 1st   In the jungle – Sungai Kinabatangan   Malaysia » Sabah » Kinabatangan

July 3rd   A hop into Brunei   Brunei » Bandar Seri Begawan

July 4th   Back into Malaysia – Miri   Malaysia » Sarawak » Miri

July 8th   Visiting Rehab – Kuching already   Malaysia » Sarawak » Kuching

July 11th   Village in the clouds – Semban   Malaysia » Sarawak » Kuching

July 13th   Taking it easy in Kuching   Malaysia » Sarawak » Kuching

July 14th   Burma: “it is quite unlike any place you know about” (Rudyard Kipling)   Burma/Myanmar

July 16th   Yangon – take 1   Burma/Myanmar » Yangon

July 17th   Mandalay (with Sagaing, Amarapura and Mingun)   Burma/Myanmar » Mandalay

July 24th   Temples, temples, temples – Bagan   Burma/Myanmar » Bagan

July 27th   Inle Lake in the wet season   Burma/Myanmar » Inle Lake

July 30th   Still wet – Kalaw   Burma/Myanmar » Eastern Burma » Kalaw

July 31st   A dip into Bago   Burma/Myanmar » Yangon Region » Bago

August 3rd   Yangon – take 2 & goodbye Burma   Burma/Myanmar » Yangon 

August 6th   Mongolia – The halfway point: Ulaan Bataar   Mongolia » Ulaanbaatar

August 9th   16 day nomads – days 1 to 3: Gobi Desert   Mongolia » Gobi Desert

August 14th   16 day nomads – days 4 to 8: Gobi Desert   Mongolia » Gobi Desert

August 18th   16 day nomads – days 9 to 12: Central Mongolia   Mongolia

August 22nd   16 day nomads – days 13 to 16: Central Mongolia   Mongolia

August 24th   Back in Ulan Baatar   Mongolia » Ulaanbaatar

August 27th   Heat, humidity, hassle and chaos – this must be Delhi   India » National Capital Territory » Delhi

August 29th   The first step into the Himalayas – Manali   India » Himachal Pradesh » Manali

September 1st   The road from Manali to Leh   India » Himachal Pradesh » Keylong

September 3rd   In the heart of ‘Little Tibet’ – Leh   India » Jammu & Kashmir » Ladakh » Leh

September 9th   Sickness and Sightseeing – Leh part 2   India » Jammu & Kashmir » Ladakh » Leh

September 10th   Back into the Melting Pot   India » Uttar Pradesh » Agra

September 11th   Visiting the Taj Mahal   India » Uttar Pradesh » Agra

September 11th   The ghost city & the pink city – Fatehpur Sikri & Jaipur   India » Rajasthan » Jaipur

September 14th   Land of the havelis – Mandawa   India » Rajasthan » Shekhawati

September 16th   Delhi – Still hot, still humid but not so much hassle   India » National Capital Territory » Delhi

September 16th   The Land of the Thunder Dragon – Bhutan   Bhutan » Paro

September 16th   Peaceful Paro   Bhutan » Paro

September 17th   Up and Up and Up – The Tigers Nest & Kila Nunnery   Bhutan » Paro

September 18th   High Passes and Marijuana Pigs – Kila Nunnery to Haa   Bhutan » Haa

September 20th   Museums and Markets – Thimphu   Bhutan » Thimphu

September 21st   Early Mornings and Erect Penises – Dochu La Pass to Phojibkha Valley   Bhutan » Phobjika Valley

September 22nd   Up on the Farm – Phojibkha to Punakha   Bhutan » Punakha

September 23rd   Being a Tourist – Wangdue and back to Paro   Bhutan » Paro

September 24th   Farewell Bhutan   Bhutan » Paro

September 24th   Flight 16 – The Most Spectacular Flight in the World?   Nepal

September 26th   Hello Nepal – Kathmandu Part 1   Nepal » Kathmandu

September 29th   Kathmandu part 2   Nepal » Kathmandu

September 30th   9 countries later…   Asia