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    Overlander: Day 1 – Cape Town

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    In October last year, I introduced my travels around Africa with this post. Finally, I’m ready to start actually telling the tale. It’s quite a long tale – you don’t go from Cape Town in South Africa to Nairobi in Kenya without creating a few interesting travel stories. Fortunately, I kept quite a comprehensive travel journal along the way, which I can refer back to for some of the more interesting details.

  • CategoriesFood · Review

    Ta Khai Restaurant

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    Finding a Thai restaurant in Phuket is very easy. Finding a good Thai restaurant in Phuket is less so. I don’t mean that there are a lot of bad places, but there are relatively few which really stand out; that are really remarkable. Ta Khai Restaurant is one place which does.

  • CategoriesExpat Life

    45 Minutes in Muscat

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    During my two years in Muscat, I found the CouchSurfing community to be a great way to meet some really fascinating characters. I made many good friends on the network, and it has generated some very fond memories. One of the weirder ones was when I found a message on the Muscat forum from a Scottish guy named John. He said that he had three hours to kill on a layover as he was flying elsewhere and, rather than spend them in Muscat International Airport, he wanted to see something of the city. Having nothing much better to do with my weekend, I decided to see how much I could show him in that time.

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    Success on Koh Rong Sanloem

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    The story of my trip to Cambodia’s tropical islands at the start of December 2017 is not yet complete. In my previous post, I visited what you could generously call the ‘party island’ – Koh Rong. A short and surprisingly rough boat ride took me to its smaller neighbour, Koh Rong Sanloem.

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    Happy Home Christmas!

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    The very first post on this travel blog was entitled “Happy Expat Christmas!” and told of the trials and tribulations of celebrating the holiday season overseas, far from friends and immediate family. After last years’ celebrations in Pattaya, Thailand, I decided that it was well past time I arranged a trip home to the UK. I booked my flights very early in 2017 and now, at last, I’ve used them.

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    Isolation on Koh Rong

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    About four months ago, I was researching everything there is to know about Koh Rong – a tiny tropical island off the coast of Sihanoukville in Cambodia. While this was initially a work project, the information I found suggested that the place was very much like Koh Phayam in Thailand, which I had very much enjoyed visiting earlier this year. Realising I’d used virtually none of my annual leave up to this point, I decided to check the place out and have a week’s holiday there in December.

  • CategoriesPhotography

    7-Day Black & White Photography Challenge

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    I was recently set a challenge by my friend and colleague, Stephan Audiger. Ordinarily, I don’t partake in these kinds of Facebook activities. They’re essentially the same as those old chain emails from the early days of the internet, where you have to send it on to a set number of people in order to secure good luck or prevent being murdered by a vengeful spirit. It was only really the photography aspect which made it interesting to me.

  • CategoriesHotel · Review

    Casa Marocc Hotel by Andacura

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    In recent weeks, I’ve been up and down Thailand from end to end twice. My first trip up to Chiang Mai was to see Loy Krathong, which I wrote about in my last piece. The second time, I was going to attend my friend’s wedding. On the first trip, I stayed in a little hostel in the Old City part of Chiang Mai, which was comfortable enough, but predominantly unremarkable. For the second trip, I arranged a stay at Casa Marocc Boutique Hotel by Andacura Hotels & Resorts.

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    Loy Krathong in Chiang Mai

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    Those of you following me on Instagram will know that I was recently celebrating Loy Krathong in Chiang Mai. What is already quite a magical festival – Thailand’s own ‘festival of light’ – was made that much more amazing simply by the fact that it was taking place in the capital of the north. Quite frankly, everything is better in Chiang Mai and it is undoubtedly my favourite part of the country.

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    Overlander: Cape Town to Nairobi

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    Immediately after completing my two-year contract in the sultanate, I found myself with a lot of left-over money and a lot of time on my hands. In hindsight, it was perhaps foolish of me to immediately spend the overwhelming majority of that excess money on a 45-day overlanding trip around southern Africa, starting from South Africa and ending in Kenya, when I had no future employment on the horizon. However, that month-and-a-half-long trip ended up being just as significant and formative as the two years which preceded it. In that regard, it was money well spent.