Asia

Japan

By |March 1st, 2019|Asia, Forthcoming|Comments Off on Japan

Uzbekistan

By |February 28th, 2019|Asia, Forthcoming|Comments Off on Uzbekistan

Lux South Ari Atoll diving

By |January 11th, 2018|Asia, Holiday|Comments Off on Lux South Ari Atoll diving

Lux South Ari Atoll Maldives

By |January 11th, 2018|Asia, Holiday|Comments Off on Lux South Ari Atoll Maldives

Yangon to Mandalay

Cruise Itinerary
UPSTREAM ITINERARY

DAY 1 – RANGOON (YANGON)

Embark and sail up the Rangoon River and enter the Twante Canal, which connects the Yangon River with the Irrawaddy Delta. We stop on route at the Twante Town and explore city center.

DAY 2 – MAUBIN AND NYAUNG DON

In morning we walk to visit Maubin bustling market and […]

By |March 18th, 2017|Asia, Holiday|Comments Off on Yangon to Mandalay

Myanmar or Burma

Unlike our last trip to the Maldives where we flew with Qatar, this time we used good old Emirates direct from Newcastle. We flew direct to Yangon from Dubai where we had a couple of days before doing a gentle cruise along the Irrawaddy river to Mandalay then back home via Bangkok.  The flights were fine […]

By |March 15th, 2017|Asia, Holiday|Comments Off on Myanmar or Burma

Things to do in Yangon

One thing you must do is visit the Shwedagon Pagoda
1. Shwedagon Pagoda
Without doubt, the Shwedagon Pagoda is one of the most important religious sites in Yangon, and all of Myanmar.

The golden chedi of the pagoda, which reaches a height of 99 meters, is visible throughout the city, and it shimmers in the sun with its incredibly golden surface. […]

By |March 14th, 2017|Asia, Holiday|Comments Off on Things to do in Yangon

Burma – Irrawady Cruise

By |March 13th, 2017|Asia, Holiday|Comments Off on Burma – Irrawady Cruise

Helengelli daily diving

Daily diving Helengeli in the Maldives

By |March 1st, 2017|Asia, Holiday|Comments Off on Helengelli daily diving

Helengelli local diving

Local diving in Helengeli

By |March 1st, 2017|Asia, Holiday|Comments Off on Helengelli local diving

Helengeli Snorkelling

Snorkelling Oblu by Atmosphere at Helengeli
Whilst Helengeli was known as an island for divers before it was taken over by Atmosphere it also has fantastic house reefs on both the north and south sides of the island. As both of these reefs are in channels that lead from the open sea to the inside of […]

By |February 6th, 2017|Asia, Holiday|Comments Off on Helengeli Snorkelling

Helengeli diving

Diving Helengeli in the Maldives
Helengeli Island has a wonderful reputation worldwide, for its incomparably exotic house-reef & superb Channel Diving, just meters from the shoreline.

The island has a unique location at a primary entrance to Male‘ Atoll, in the middle of a Channel (channel on both sides of the island) and is also one of […]

By |January 24th, 2017|Asia, Holiday|Comments Off on Helengeli diving

Maldives – Oblu by Atmosphere at Helengeli

Oblu by Atmosphere on Helengeli Island in the Maldives
We decided upon a recommendation to fly with Qatar rather than Emirates, this involved an extra flight but still was quicker getting back to the UK. Qatar were fantastic and the flight had a superb bar which surprisingly was deserted. The airport in Qatar, as are all […]

By |January 24th, 2017|Asia, Holiday|Comments Off on Maldives – Oblu by Atmosphere at Helengeli

Diving Kanifushi

Diving Kanifushi in the Maldives
There are many dive sites in the atoll but generally the ones dived are the ones closest to Kanifushi and the gallery below shows them. The ones Paul dived were as follows:

Medu Faru
Kani corner
3 Rocks
Kani West
Kani Medu Kandu
Kani Caves
Veyvah Kandu
Medu Faru Kandu
The Shipyard

Although there is a Manta cleaning station, there were very […]

By |February 4th, 2016|Asia, Holiday|Comments Off on Diving Kanifushi

Maldives Kanifushi

Kanifushi in the Maldives
After a couple of flights and transfer through Dubai we arrived at Male in the Maldives and were taken to a lounge to await our seaplane transfer to Kanifushi. After boarding the plane the pilot couldn’t get it started and although the mechanic, armed only with WD40, managed to start the plane, […]

By |February 4th, 2016|Asia, Holiday|Comments Off on Maldives Kanifushi

Maldives – Atmosphere Kanifushi

By |February 2nd, 2016|Asia, Holiday|Comments Off on Maldives – Atmosphere Kanifushi

Chitwan

//

Chitwan is the national park situated some 200km south of Kathmandu and is home to to appx 125 Royal Bengal Tigers and over 500 rhinoceros. We went there on safari for a couple of nights at the end of our trip as much for a rest but also in the hope of spotting the […]

By |May 4th, 2013|Asia|Comments Off on Chitwan

Tibet

//

Unfortunately when we were in Nepal we were unable to get a visa for Tibet as the UK are currently banned from Tibet. Apparently a young monk from Holland self immolated in protest about the Chinese occupation of Tibet and was aided by some other people one of whom was from the UK and […]

By |May 3rd, 2013|Asia|Comments Off on Tibet

Bandipur

//

This is a small village set on a hill en route from Pokhara to Chitwan. It is a car free zone and is a little bit like stepping back in time. The village has a real laid back feel and is popular with hippies and back packers. We stayed in an old Newari house […]

By |May 3rd, 2013|Asia|Comments Off on Bandipur

Himalayan Mountains

//

The flights through Nepal and the surrounding countries must be some of the most scenic in the world, weather permitting!
To get the best views you do have to be a little bit cute though!
Generally speaking if you are flying between Nepal, Tibet, India and Bhutan you will find that the Himalayas are best viewed […]

By |May 3rd, 2013|Asia|Comments Off on Himalayan Mountains

Pokhara

// _//

We were going to have a night in Kathmandu en route from Bhutan to Pokhara but due to the pollution there we thought we would head straight through, great decision!
Pokhara is so chilled out, you can understand why all the hippies used to come here from Kathmandu.
Click here to read more
We stayed at […]

By |April 30th, 2013|Asia|Comments Off on Pokhara

Annapurna Trek

// _// _//

We drove from Pokhara to the start of the trek with the most stunning views of the snow-capped mountains. The weather was so clear that we could easily see the plumes of snow blowing off the higher mountains – over 8,000 metres. We started the trek, passing through mountain villages, getting to […]

By |April 27th, 2013|Asia|Comments Off on Annapurna Trek

Bhutan – Tigers Nest Monastery

Last day in Bhutan and they have kept the best until last. Tigers nest is a 700m walk uphill to the most stunning monastery that we’ve ever seen, thankfully the weather was kind to us. We had a delicious lunch, then had a tour of the kitchens! See video below coming soon……

By |April 26th, 2013|Asia|Comments Off on Bhutan – Tigers Nest Monastery

Bhutan – Punakha

//

A wonderful day today travelling from Thimpu to Punakha via the Dochlu Pass at an altitude of 10,000 feet+. Scenery en route was stunning and at the top of the pass there’s lots of small stupas and a botanical garden with thousands of prayer flags. The road was a bit tortuous but worth it […]

By |April 24th, 2013|Asia|Comments Off on Bhutan – Punakha

Bhutan – Thimpu



By |April 22nd, 2013|Asia|Comments Off on Bhutan – Thimpu

Bhutan – Paro

//
Bhutan where the GNP is “happiness”.
Bhutan is not the easiest places to get to. Paro airport, where all international flights arrive, is one of only 3 C class airports in the world. These are airports where the pilot needs to be specially trained to both land and take off with only visual flight allowed […]

By |April 21st, 2013|Asia|Comments Off on Bhutan – Paro

Sikkim

// _//

We travelled from Darjeeling onto Sikkim over roads that are worse than we have travelled in Africa, there they are called unmade roads, here it was called the highway! A journey of 150km can easily take 6 hours! I think you will find a video of it below set to apt music, it’s […]

By |April 18th, 2013|Asia|Comments Off on Sikkim

Darjeeling

//

A short flight on Yeti air and we were into India and off up the mountain road after we fixed the puncture! This is a pretty hairy road with steep drops and lots of vehicles crashed against the cliff face, quite obviously ones that had brake failure and chose to run into the cliff […]

By |April 16th, 2013|Asia|Comments Off on Darjeeling

Bhaktapur and Durbar Square

Just outside of Kathmandu but a world away in terms of noise etc. It’s one of the nicer areas to visit and the air is generally cleaner! Bhaktapur is a really nice, quiet chilled place. We strolled through the narrow alleyways, had lunch in a restaurant with great views over Durbar Square, wandered round all […]

By |April 15th, 2013|Asia|Comments Off on Bhaktapur and Durbar Square

Kathmandu

//

Kathmandu has changed since I was last here, it’s dirtier, noisier and more polluted, but still you can get all your trekking gear for pennies. Best bet is to get outside and enjoy the surrounding areas and possibly stay for only 2 nights. Having said that we did see some fascinating things. We were […]

By |April 14th, 2013|Asia|1 Comment

Moofushi underwater

 

By |January 6th, 2012|Asia|Comments Off on Moofushi underwater

Moofushi Manta Videos

By |January 6th, 2012|Asia|Comments Off on Moofushi Manta Videos

Moofushi

By |January 6th, 2012|Asia|Comments Off on Moofushi

Nuwara Eliya

By |January 6th, 2012|Asia|Comments Off on Nuwara Eliya

Kandy

By |January 5th, 2012|Asia|Comments Off on Kandy

Polonnaruwa

By |January 4th, 2012|Asia|Comments Off on Polonnaruwa

Sirigiya

By |January 3rd, 2012|Asia|Comments Off on Sirigiya

Pinawela

By |January 2nd, 2012|Asia|Comments Off on Pinawela

Columbo

By |January 1st, 2012|Asia|Comments Off on Columbo

Kovalam

By |December 6th, 2011|Asia|Comments Off on Kovalam

Kumarakom

By |December 6th, 2011|Asia|Comments Off on Kumarakom

Thekady

By |December 6th, 2011|Asia|Comments Off on Thekady

Munnar

By |December 6th, 2011|Asia|Comments Off on Munnar

Cochin

By |December 6th, 2011|Asia|Comments Off on Cochin

Kanchanaburi

By |January 6th, 2011|Asia|Comments Off on Kanchanaburi

Luang Prabang

By |January 6th, 2011|Asia|Comments Off on Luang Prabang

Chiang Rai

By |December 6th, 2010|Asia|Comments Off on Chiang Rai

Tiger Kingdom

By |December 6th, 2010|Asia|Comments Off on Tiger Kingdom

Thai Elephant Home


By |December 6th, 2010|Asia|Comments Off on Thai Elephant Home

Chiang Mai

By |December 6th, 2010|Asia|Comments Off on Chiang Mai

Koh Lanta Underwater

By |December 6th, 2010|Asia|Comments Off on Koh Lanta Underwater

Koh Lanta

By |December 6th, 2010|Asia|Comments Off on Koh Lanta

Kota Kinabulu

By |March 6th, 2010|Asia|Comments Off on Kota Kinabulu

Sepilok

By |March 6th, 2010|Asia|Comments Off on Sepilok

Sukau

By |March 6th, 2010|Asia|Comments Off on Sukau

Selingan

By |March 6th, 2010|Asia|Comments Off on Selingan

Batang Ai

By |March 6th, 2010|Asia|Comments Off on Batang Ai

Kuching

By |March 6th, 2010|Asia|Comments Off on Kuching

Malaysia

By |March 6th, 2010|Asia|Comments Off on Malaysia

Everest Videos

By |April 13th, 2008|Asia|Comments Off on Everest Videos

Everest Trek

By |April 13th, 2008|Asia|Comments Off on Everest Trek

Kathmandu

By |April 13th, 2008|Asia|Comments Off on Kathmandu

Everest

By |April 13th, 2008|Asia|Comments Off on Everest

Kanu Hura Underwater

By |February 6th, 2007|Asia|Comments Off on Kanu Hura Underwater

Kanu Hura

By |February 6th, 2007|Asia|Comments Off on Kanu Hura

Royal Island

By |February 5th, 2007|Asia|Comments Off on Royal Island

Mauritius Underwater

By |December 9th, 2006|Asia|Comments Off on Mauritius Underwater

Palace on Wheels Rajasthan

By |March 5th, 2005|Asia|Comments Off on Palace on Wheels Rajasthan

Hong Kong

By |February 5th, 2005|Asia|Comments Off on Hong Kong

Siem Reap

By |February 5th, 2005|Asia|Comments Off on Siem Reap

Ho Chi Minh

By |February 5th, 2005|Asia|Comments Off on Ho Chi Minh