4 tales from Vietnam to Restore your Faith in Humanity!

This blog post is dedicated to sharing a handful of positive and uplifting stories from the two weeks I spent cycling in Vietnam. Unlike the news which seems to bombard us with negativity, I’m here to tell you what an awesome world we live in. So sit back, sip a cup of tea, and have […]

“I don’t even want to see another bike!” – Holiday in Thailand

Snorkelling over a coral reef in Koh Phi Phi Island in Thailand in South East Asia.

Just like marathon runners might ‘hit the wall’, the same thing can happen to someone cycling around the world but rather than a physical wall, it is a mental one – indeed, most of the challenges cycling around the world are mental. By the time I entered Thailand I was tired of cycling; no matter […]

Culture Shock in Thailand: Where did the adventure go?!

Roof of Thai monastery in Thailand. Thailand style, red and beautiful in the sun.

For the third time of the trip I had a culture shock crossing into Thailand. The first was in Bosnia, where it became clear I was no longer in Western Europe. Heck, it didn’t even feel like Europe any more. The second was flying to India. India is India, nothing prepares you for that. But […]

Across Myanmar in 24 (mostly illegal) sleeps!

Illegal wild camp in Myanmar. MSR Tent in a quarry at sunrise.

What I did in Myanmar… it was crazy. You may say stupid, and perhaps you’d be right. Foreigners must stay in a hotel every night, and it must be specially licenced to accept foreigners, i.e. very expensive. That is the law. But I didn’t want to stay in expensive hotels; On my cheap budget it […]

Flying a Hot Air Balloon over Bagan and Inle Lake in Myanmar

You may have seen some awesome photos on my Facebook page (if you haven’t liked it already, why not!?) about a hot air balloon flight I did in Myanmar, and be wondering how I’d managed to fly in a hot air balloon. It’s true – It’s a little out of my $3 a day budget. […]

A difficult border crossing: Entering Myanmar from India

I hate pointless bureaucracy. Officially, part of the clause of my Myanmar visa is that I have to exit from the same border I entered from. I don’t want to do this. I want to enter Myanmar from India and exit Myanmar to Thailand. The India – Myanmar border is a complicated one anyway, as […]

Adventure and Misadventure in East Nepal

Amazing arcithecture at building in Bhaktapur Durbar Square in kathmandu

My time in Kathmandu was frustrating. I had been lucky to stay with some fun, easy-going guys for 10 days, and enjoyed the wealth of attractions the city boasts (7 UNESCO heritage sites), but my time was consumed by near-daily trips to embassies chasing up visas for India and Myanmar, instead of the intrepid hiking […]

Cycling Far-West Nepal: The World’s Happiest People?

Nepali boy child with cycle.

Think Nepal. Mountains. The heart of the Himalaya. Mighty Mount Everest. This is what most people (including me) think of, and why most people come. But actually, surprisingly, the mountains fall sharply away and the southern third of the country called the Terai is extremely flat and low-lying. Few tourists manage to drag themselves away […]