Author Archives : Carrie

Lazy Days in Luang Prabang


Luang Prabang is a small city in Northern Laos which sits on the Mekong river. It has a peaceful, small town feel and the pace of life is slow. We ended up spending a week there just soaking up the atmosphere. Listed as a Unesco World Heritage site, Luang Prabang is a fusion of traditional Lao houses and French colonial…

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Vang Vieng – The Former Party Capital of Asia


The tubing haven of Vang Vieng in central Laos is an example of tourism gone wrong. This sleepy town on the Nam Song River became a famous party mecca for backpackers, who would float down the river on inner tubes, stopping off at bars along the way. Drunk revellers would dive into the river from rope swings and down the…

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Visiting COPE in Vientiane, Laos


We missed out Laos on our last trip, it was monsoon season and we decided to go to Myanmar instead, so we were happy to get the time to fit it in on this trip. There wasn’t a lot to do in the capital Vientiane, but an interesting place to visit is the COPE centre. About a twenty minute walk…

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Bright Lights and Shanghai Nights


Over 24 hours travelling and a 13 hour time jump saw us arrive in Shanghai for our first ever visit to China. Since it was fairly last-minute, we didn’t have time to sort out the correct visas, but found that we could get a 144 hour transit visa as long as we were flying on to another country and didn’t…

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Popocatepetl and the Great Pyramid of Cholula


Puebla was just a quick two night stop on our way to Mexico City, although we had a lovely little hostel in the centre of the city and wished we had stayed a few more days. The main reason we went was to head over to the town of Cholula and see if we could catch a glimpse of the Popocatepetl…

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Oaxaca – The Culinary Capital of Mexico


The journey from San Cristobal to Oaxaca is an 11 hour overnight bus. With all the teacher protests that had been going on and recent bus hijackings we were a little trepidatious about travelling at night. It was a fairly comfortable bus but the police got on every few hours to search passengers and check I.D. so there wasn’t much…

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San Cristobal de las Casas and Shamanic Rituals


San Cristobal de las Casas is a small colonial town up in the mountains of the Chiapas region of Mexico. It sits at an altitude of 2200 metres so can get quite chilly at night. The town is very pretty, with colourful buildings, typical Mexican style churches, small cobblestone streets, great food, lively bars and a fantastic market. It is…

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Valladolid and Chichen Itza


Valladolid is a pretty little colonial town in Mexico’s Yucatan region. It doesn’t see that many tourists but is a great base to visit Chichen Itza which is only 45 minutes away. The town is very quiet, with a pretty main square, cathedral and brightly coloured buildings. We found a great local restaurant in a food court off the square…

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Playa Del Carmen and Mexico’s Best Chicken Shop


Playa Del Carmen is just an hour down the coast from Cancun and is a much more compact town. All of the beaches are public and there is a small walking street called 5th Avenue filled with shops, restaurants and bars. Our hotel was just a few blocks back from the beach in more of a local area with much…

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Cancun and a First Taste of Mexico


You may have noticed we haven’t posted as much about food on this trip. Sadly, apart from Ceviche, the cuisine in South America just didn’t live up to the standards of Asia and it was so unhealthy! At first it seems great but a few weeks of eating only fried food and carbs with absolutely no flavour in any dish…

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Costa Rica – Puerto Viejo


Puerto Viejo is a small town on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast. It’s known for its laid- back vibe and great food. It’s also very expensive for a backpacker budget so unfortunately we could only stay a few days.

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Pouring Down in Panama


We’d arrived in Central America and our first stop was Panama City. They use the US dollar as currency and the reality of this hit us straight away. Thanks to Brexit the pound was at an all time low against the dollar so it made things even worse. We knew we couldn’t stay for long.

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Colombia to Panama With Sailing Koala


Travelling North from Colombia the next place to visit is Panama, but the two countries are separated by what is known as the Darien Gap. This is an area of dense jungle controlled by guerillas and drug cartels, the only way around it to avoid a potential kidnapping is to fly or go by boat.

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Colourful Cartagena and Adios Colombia


Cartagena is beautiful port city on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, with stunning colourful colonial buildings and cobblestone streets within the walls of the Old Town, dating back to the 16th century. It’s super touristy and a big cruise ship destination but it is indeed very pretty.

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From the Mountains of Minca to the Caribbean Coast


Minca is a small town up in the mountains of North Colombia and just forty five minutes from Santa Marta city. There are lots of hikes and waterfalls in the area but we headed to La Candelaria, a coffee and chocolate farm. It’s a bit of a mission to get to, a 4WD (or moto-taxi if you’re brave!) for about…

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