The bitterman went to the loneliest place on earth"
"You come to Moldova as tourist? Why? Nothing to see here!"
Having not necessarily outstayed my welcome in Odesa, but felt it time for new pastures, I spent an agonisingly long time researching how to get to Pridnestrovia (the country with a massive Stalin-boner) without pissing off the Moldovans. It seemed regardless of how much advice and reading I did, I was destined to fail.
The word Istanbul conjures up so many images/impressions in those lucky enough to have been there, but also those that haven’t. Spreading across the sea to Asia from Europe, the city holds true to the treasures of both sides. The European side is packed with sightseeing and frantic shopping streets, the Asian side is a more local, crammed place filled with tiny shops, markets, tea stalls, restaurants and of course bars.
"Culinary delights in Ho Chi Minh"
While the rest of Goa goes through its yearly ebb and flow, Agonda (just 20 minutes North of Palolem) seems to have been largely over-looked. Boasting one of the cleanest beaches in Asia, a stunning array of day-trips, enough bars to quench a British-sized thirst, the secret to staying here is the food. Peppered along the "main road" are a huge variety of fantastic restaurants to tempt you in day and night.
Below are some of our favourites after staying for more than 2 months.... yes... Agonda has that effect.
" Nothing comes close to this, hombre.... nothing"
Kerala is one of India's absolute highlights. From the gorgeous beaches, hillstations, tea plantations and bustling cities this state is also a foodie heaven.
"The endless hunt for perfection takes you to strange places"
Bangkok is like Nickleback. You either love it or you hate it with every morsel of your being. I love Bangkok; lets not talk about Nickelback.
"Gardens, terraces, tables and chairs"
The enchanting voice of Peggy Lee singing Bali Hai’i, is much better imagined if its actually about Bali. Its not, but we can pretend.
"A quiet, sleepy town on the steps to paradise"
"Bowl (not bowel) adventures in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh"
The more beautiful twin of the big cities in Vietnam, Hanoi straddles that fine line between modernity and history. The city itself is picturesque, laid out amidst sprawling lakes, narrow streets lined with ancient houses, streetfood vendors encroaching every inch of sidewalk, raucous bars vying for custom and the odd temple speckled about with traditional music soothing the blaring traffic.
Ramen doesn't exactly spring to mind when most people mention Bangkok, however the city has produced an army of exceptional places to take a break from Tom Yum Goong or your backpacker Pad Thai. You need to spend a few days on the hunt here, because being a city of its size it takes ages to get from one to the other. From Bangkara at the Manor to Ramen Wakyu (next door to one of our fave spots, Studio Lam), here is a list of our favourite's that are still going strong.
There are cheaper, posher, trashier places scattered around town, but in the months/years of exhaustive research these are our absolute favourites.
" A week in one of the worlds strangest cities"
"Chapora Cowboys & the best damn Thukpa on EARTH"