Category: Adventures

Learning to Dive

Learning to Dive

We are still in Coron. That’s Coron Town, the meandering if unbeautiful little port of Busuanga Island, not Coron, the island, across the way. As...

view of bangkas and islands in El Nido bay.

El Nido

After a few weeks in the Philippines, one becomes almost inured to beauty. Almost, but not quite, for El Nido, in the north of Palawan,...

Ascending through rock to the start of zipwire canopy, Tad Sae waterfall, Luang Prabang, Laos

The Fear Factor

Can intensive, sweaty, pulse-pounding vertigo count towards one’s recommended 30 minutes cardio? If so, I need no more exercise for at least a week… I...

Z tubing the Nam Song river, Vang Vieng, Laos

The Joy of Tubing

Tubing, or floating down a river in a tractor inner tube, is what brought us to Vang Vieng, Laos, where the locals have made a...

Messing About in Boats — Part 3

Messing About in Boats — Part 3

We’d clearly got lucky with our choice of stopping places the day before, because my firm belief that hardly any village in Laos will be...

Messing About in Boats – Part 2

Messing About in Boats – Part 2

It is pretty much a given, in rural South-East Asia, that falang (and, I guess, locals too) in need of a bed for the night...

Messing About in Boats – Part 1

Messing About in Boats – Part 1

They don’t call Si Phan Don Four Thousand Islands for nothing. At this time of year, with the Mekong nine or ten feet below its...