I don’t know what they do to these crocodiles – hopefully, just feed them very, very well. Having been up close and extremely personal with a host of tigers down the road, I (and Thalie) left the honors on the crocs to Luke and Sacha. Yes, these crocs are very real – the ‘featured’ one […]

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Cooking – Thai style


Thai cooking is both extraordinarily simple, and mind-bogglingly complex. The simplicity came in the ease and speed of cooking this delicious food; the complexity in the intricate blends of the sauces, herbs and spices required to create the gloriously subtle and spicy flavours. We learned to cook in the outdoor kitchen of Mai’s home, along […]

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Life in Chiang Mai


After the serenity and tranquil beauty of both Siem Reap and Luang Prabang, Chiang Mai was a bit of a shock. It seemed to us to be ENORMOUS – industrial, clogged up and hard to get around, and rather soulless. There is a beating, beautiful heart of an old city in there, but it’s hard […]

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Muay Thai


 In Thailand, just before we left Chiang Mai, we went to a Muay Thai (Thai boxing) class. Muay Thai is a bit like kickboxing but it has more moves. It is a very big sport in Thailand and many men compete in it. We decided to try it out so we turned up at the gym […]

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We went ATV-ing   it was really cool and fun. When we first got there I was really scared and then it got really epic. At first the guide was driving, but soon I took over. We went on a practice track that was cool and I got to go on a bumpy other track that […]

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Today, we went to see tigers. And they were more awe-inspiring, more impressive, more incredible than I ever could have imagined. Technically, this post is supposed to be about the plight of tigers in the country of Laos, but first I’m just going to treat you to a little introduction. The front legs were wide, […]

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Luang Prabang Love


Before coming here, I read a post by a well-traveled blogger, who declared her dislike of the town because, she said, it was like Lao Disney – too sanitized, too close to tourists’ expectations of a serene Buddhist town, too completely beautiful to be ‘proper’ Laos. Well, you know what? She may be right, but I […]

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Literacy in Laos


This is the largest bookshop in Laos. Unfortunately, it caters to foreign travelers, and closed the week we were there! This is a country where most villages have never seen or possessed a book to read for fun. The only ‘real’ library is in Luang Prabang, where we stayed. No library in the capital, Ventiane. […]

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Moon Bears


We saw moon bears when we were walking to a cool waterfall place.  That is why I am writing about moon bears.  The moon bears that we saw were really lazy.  The place we went to is called Free The Bear, because it helps rescue bears from horrible places. The people who catch the bears […]

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