02 Sep 2016

15 of the Best Ancient Temples and Ruins in Asia

For me, one of the highlights of travelling in Asia is seeing history embodied in elaborate ancient temples and ruins. Here are some of my favourite temples and ruins in Asia, including Angkor Wat, the erotic temples of Khajuraho and the ancient city of Ayutthaya. Bagan, Myanmar (Burma) Do you

The old city of Polonnaruwa, a great stop on the backpacking in Sri Lanka trail
14 Aug 2014

Backpacking in Sri Lanka: Costs, Tips and Places to See

Sri Lanka occupies a strange space in the backpacking world. People say backpacking in Sri Lanka isn’t as exotic, chaotic, cheap or challenging as in India, and it’s a long way from the Southeast Asia backpacking trail that it’s probably better suited to. While travelling through Sri Lanka I saw similarities with

The Lion Rock, in Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
07 Apr 2014

Climbing the Lion Rock in Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Take monkeys, a huge rock, ruined palaces and a patricidal king, and what do you get? It could be the premise of a new movie starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, or it could be the Lion Rock in Sigiriya. While that movie does sound pretty cool, the experience of climbing

The old colonial town in Galle, on Sri Lanka's west coast
20 Feb 2014

Galle Fort, Sri Lanka: Strolling Through Time

Sri Lanka has had a colourful history when it comes to being colonized. The Portuguese, Dutch and English all had a crack, and all left an indelible mark on the culture and landscape of the country formally known as Ceylon. This history really comes to life in colonial Galle, a

A view of rolling tea fields and mountains at the hill country in Sri Lanka
06 Nov 2013

A Journey Through the Hill Country in Sri Lanka

I had been wanting to play some cricket ever since I’d touched down in Sri Lanka; it was great to finally be in a country that had something in common with my own. It had taken about a week but there I was bat in hand, high up in the