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    Something Fishy in Ham Ninh Village

    On our last night at Kiki Coconut Beach Resort, Kiki booked us a taxi for 17:30 to go to Ham Ninh Village. George, Kiki’s husband, had recommended Ham Ninh to us, suggesting that we go there for our evening meal to discover the floating restaurants by the pier and to have a taste of local […]

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    Kiki Coconut Beach Resort: One More Reason to Visit Phu Quoc

    When we were in Phu Quoc last month, we stayed at Kiki Coconut Beach Resort. It was absolutely fabulous and I’m going to tell you all about it today. So put down your ironing, forget the monotony of the day-to-day, mix yourself a cocktail and put you feet up. You are joining me in my […]

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    Phu Quoc Diaries Day 3: Don’t Fly With Jetstar

    The jet lag hadn’t quite kicked in yet, as tiredness had cancelled it out, and we slept through the night. Plus the bed at Ciao Saigon Hotel was comfy, so that was a bonus. This was our first morning in Vietnam. We had arrived in Ho Chi Minh City the previous day after 21 hours […]

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    Ciao Saigon Hotel Review

    During my latest visit to Phu Quoc in Vietnam, I needed to stay one night either end of the holiday in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). I chose the hotel Ciao Saigon for its proximity to the airport, the price and the amenities. Here is what I thought of the hotel: Hotel Ciao Saigon We […]

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    Hot Air Balloon in Mallorca

    It’s Mallorca Monday and I have a really great experience to share with you… Hot air ballooning in Mallorca. Last week, for the first time ever I went in a hot air balloon. And I loved loved loved it.

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    Off to Find Komodo Dragons!

    We were finally setting off on quite an adventure to hopefully catch a glimpse of the Komodo Dragons, found in the wild only in Komodo National Park in Indonesia. We were in Labuan Bajo on Flores Island and the day before we had contracted a boat and a local crew to take just me and […]

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    Beneath Mallorca’s Surface – The Cova Tancada

    Did you know that this cave, the Cova Tancada, existed in the north of Mallorca, near Alcudia? Cova Tancada means the closed cave, and is one of Mallorca’s real treasures and best kept secrets, with huge dramatic underground chambers that just keep opening up and seem to go on forever.

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    Only The Brave Join The Borneo Night Trek

    Is that how it went? Only the brave join the Borneo Night Trek? Or was it only the stupid join the Borneo Night Trek? I had read about night treks before I went to Borneo and even then I was thinking why would anyone want to do that?

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    From Dambulla To Kandy

    Once I’d freed myself from the toilet at the Dambulla Cave Temples and committed a bit of vandalism in the process we collected our backpacks from the ticket office where, it seems, they no longer sell tickets – so the left-luggage office then – and left the temple complex.

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    Dambulla Cave Toilets

    As I mentioned in my last post, I was very surprised to find that, even as a tourist, I was not expected to pay an exorbitant amount (or indeed any amount) to enter the Dambulla Cave Temples. Despite my research indicating that the entrance fee should have been around 1,500rs (10€), it was completely free.

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    Dambulla Caves Temples, Sri Lanka

    The Dambulla Cave Temples were one of the things I was most looking forward to seeing in Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle, yet they still managed to exceed my expectations. It was at Dambulla Cave Temples that I realised that every day in Sri Lanka we were living new experiences:

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    Why Stay in Habarana for Visiting Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle: Pros and Cons

    When I was researching where to stay for visiting Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle I found it hard to decide between the towns of Dambulla, Sigiriya and Habarana as a place to use as a base.

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    Something Fishy in Ham Ninh Village

    On our last night at Kiki Coconut Beach Resort, Kiki booked us a taxi for 17:30 to go to Ham Ninh Village. George, Kiki’s husband, had recommended Ham Ninh to us, suggesting that we go there for our evening meal to discover the floating restaurants by the pier and to have a taste of local […]

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    So Many Great Places to Eat in Unawatuna

    Hi friends and Happy New Year. I hope you are not too full after all those Christmas feasts because I’m going to talk about food and drink here too. For a change! I already shared with you the BEST place to eat in Unawatuna but I had so many great meals there that I want […]

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    The Best Place to Eat in Unawatuna

    There are loads of places to eat in Unawatuna and some of them are well worth a visit. I had some of my nicest meals in Sri Lanka in Unawatuna. The Best Place to Eat in Unawatuna, without a doubt, is Mettha’s Homecooked Meals. In another post I will tell you the rest of my […]

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    Where to Eat in Tangalle

    I ate so much in Tangalle that I consider myself quite the authority on the subject of where to eat! Whether you want a sit-down meal, a quick snack or breakfast pancakes, you’ll be spoilt for choice for places to eat in Tangalle. Here’s where I ate and what I thought: Sha Sha Beach Shack […]

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    Best Night Market, Saigon

    We knew we were getting closer to the Ben Thanh area when the neon signs started to get brighter and the advertisements started to be for Tiger Beer and Budweiser rather than banks and motorbike repair shops. We were not visiting the famous Ben Thanh Market itself, but this area also happens to be the […]

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    Phu Quoc Diaries Day 2: One Night in Saigon

    This is Day 2 of the Phu Quoc Diaries series that I started last week. Here I am sharing with you my diary entries from my trip to the Vietnamese island of Phu Quoc last month. If you haven’t read the previous entry, click here. Our Arrival in Saigon When we arrived in Saigon (Ho […]

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    Why I Absolutely Have to Return to Sri Lanka

    Do you ever feel like you’ve missed out on something after you have travelled to a place? I do because I always have so many things on my list that I want to do or see. So it’s inevitable that some things just don’t or can’t happen. Even when I was planning my Sri Lanka […]

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    Phu Quoc Diaries Day 1: Should We Have Got a Vietnam Visa?

    We were finally leaving Mallorca to go to Phu Quoc. The idea was to spend a couple of weeks relaxing on the beach, drinking beer at sunset and making tough decisions such as which scrummy beach barbecue to eat at each night. Toni knew where we were going as I’d made him guess by deciphering […]

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    Why I Didn’t Love Galle [and a Photo Story]

    When I was researching Sri Lanka I wasn’t sure whether to stay at Galle or Unawatuna. After reading a bit I figured it would be better to stay at Unawatuna and Visit Galle just for the day. Plus Toni wanted beach, so decision made! I totally made the right decision to visit Galle just for […]

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    New Destination: Phu Quoc

    Happy New Year dear friends! I hope you’ve had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to all the great travels the new year is going to bring. My own Christmas was very quiet – everyone took it in turns to get sick! Oh dear. Well not to worry, we are all okay now. I […]

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    Unawatuna Blackout

    I woke at 6.30am in a sweat, silently cursing Toni for turning off the fan in the night. Again. I lazily reached up to the dial on the wall, twisted it. Nothing. Twisted it the other way. Still nothing. Pressed the main switch. Nothing. Toni hadn’t turned the fan off, it had gone off. There […]

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    Where to Stay in Unawatuna (And Where Not to)

    In Unawatuna I stayed at three different guest houses. Yes, you read that right, THREE! In five days. Here I’m going to explain why. Plus I will briefly review each one and share useful info like prices and booking. I have not been compensated for writing any of the following reviews: all my opinions are, […]

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    Unawatuna Beach is NICE!

    That may sound like a strange title, but let me explain: When I was researching where to go in Sri Lanka, Unawatuna came up a lot. But in reviews and blogs the comments about the beach were rarely positive. It also seemed, from what I read, that Unawatuna was especially touristy and built up. In […]

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