Hanoi, Vietnam – Volunteering Preparation

It was a hard fall from luxury to come back to bunk beds and a horrifically mouldy room. I arrived into Hanoi late on Wednesday and after a hefty ordeal sorting out my visa – I was told in Kuala Lumpur that there was a chance that my visa wouldn’t be granted as I hadn’t…

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Heading back to the big bustling city couldn’t have been more different to the tranquil life that we had been living for the past few days. Our hotel rooms faced the Petronas Twin Towers perfectly giving us a perfect set up for the New Year fireworks. The city was rammed as people started gathering in…

Singapore – First Christmas abroad!

Having had such a busy schedule for 6 weeks it’s been hard to get into the Christmas spirit as everything has become such a blur, but when I got on the plane to Singapore the excitement kicked in. After a rather stressful journey for Mum, Dave and Tamsin (missing their transfer in Dubai due to…

Hong Kong + Macau

After 4 weeks in China it was shear bliss to come back to somewhere so western and most importantly back to normal toilets! I had one night in Hong Kong with the tour group before an emotional goodbye. 4 weeks with the same people 24/7 was very intense but I’ve made some friends for life…

China – What I learnt in the 5,653 miles I travelled

Being on a G Adventures tour has been super helpful as we were constantly given historical, cultural and general fun facts on a day to day basis, so I thought I’d compile a note on what I learn’t during my time here. Be prepared to say goodbye to western toilets, toilet paper and soap when…

Yongding, China

Our final stop in China was the rural HongKeng Village near Yongding, which in inhabited by the Hakka people. This forgotten sector of Chinese society do not live in traditional houses or apartments, they prefer the Tulou roundhouse (though it can be square too!) These Tulous can house up to 500 people and were traditionally…

Xiamen, China

Oh I do like to be beside a rather smoggy seaside… but at least it was the first time since arriving in China that I was able to go outside without a coat and not freeze! We arrived late at night so only got a brief tour before bed but when we woke up it…

Wuyishan, China

We headed back to the country after a busy 10 days in several cities, this time we went to the Wuyishan Nature Reserve. Boarding the bullet train from Shanghai it didn’t take long to get to our destination – especially when you’re travelling at 280Km per hour! Our hotel was located just outside of the…

Shanghai, China

Finally we slowed down the pace and stayed in one location for more than 24 hours and it was a welcome break! I have managed to infect everyone with my flu so Shanghai was taken at a very slow and steady pace. We arrived by bullet train which travelled at over 220Km per hour and…

Suzhou, China

Known among the Chinese as the Venice of the East, it is no wonder that Suzhou is a popular honeymoon destination. With under 24 hours in this city we didn’t have long to explore. After a palaver at the hotel regarding checking in we set off to explore. Many of the traditional houses are stunning…

Xi’an, China

Finally it’s not freezing! We arrived into a very mild Xi’an at 7am and it was so lovely not to be able to see your breath when you breath, however there is a lot more smog here. The next few locations are just brief whistle stop tours with one night in each. Smelly and ready…