Luang Prabang, Laos

I was a little worse for wear landing in Luang Prabang after a few days in Phuket for a friends wedding. So I maybe wasn’t as prepared as I should have been for the arrival but anyway most countries can get visa on arrival: Visa price varies but it was 35 USD for Ireland, plus…

Salalah, Oman

Arriving in the airport I was pleasantly surprised how small and new it was. Its a good combination usually! At the time of landing it appeared that we were the only flight landing which meant going through customs should be straight forward enough. As I walked towards customs clearance I seen that there was a…

Yerevan, Armenia

I got the bus from the airport and found the hostel easily enough using maps.me. It was a decent hostel, near Republic square. After I checked in. I went for walk, to check out genocide museum. I had heard a bit about the Armenian genocide when I visited Lebanon and seen how many Armenians were…

24 hours in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovenia

What a little gem. Arriving anywhere to a beautiful sunny day always helps and Sarajevo was no different. The Airport was pretty small and easy to get in and out of but the best part was the scenery, green mountains surrounded the airport with terra-cotta coloured roofs dotting the landscape. My research had shown that…

Taipei, Taiwan

As the plane was coming in to land at Hualien airport it was clear that what I had heard about Hualien and the countryside was true. The part of Taiwan was worth a trip on its own, although unfortunately, it wouldn’t be on this trip. There were no other planes at the airport when I…

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

I got the overnight bus from Siem Reap using the Giant Ibis bus company (the most reliable I could find from research). The only problem with it being quicker (1 and a half hours less than expected) is that I arrived at 5am and didn’t really have anywhere to go. So I went for a walk along the promenade…

Pyeongchang & Seoul, South Korea

Having recently moved to Hong Kong, it is no surprise that this is where the journey starts. It was coming up to the Christmas holidays and a trip to South Korea for some Skiing was penciled in. There are several ways to get to the airport from Hong Kong Island but its hard to beat…

Santa Marta, Taganga and Tayrona National Park, Northern Colombia

Another fortunate encounter with some more backpackers, allowed some savings on the taxi to the airport and the taxi from the airport to our hostel in Santa Marta. This hostel may have been the best yet (La Villana). Aircon (needed at the northern coast towns!), bunk beds with stairs instead of shakey ladders, high ceilings…