Sunday, 25 January 2015

A brief guide to transportation in Bangkok

All roads lead to Bangkok! Simply, Bangkok is a central hub of activity, with travellers coming and going probably more so than any other city in Asia.

Whether you are heading there specifically, stopping over or passing through en-route to another Thai destination, or heading somewhere else in Asia or the South Pacific, you will at some point encounter the Bangkok transportation options.

Many first timers to Bangkok will automatically jump in a taxi on arrival at the airport, or even just to get from A to B once in the city. However, just because taxi travel in Thailand is one of the cheapest in the world, it does not mean it should always be the default.

Taking a taxi in Bangkok isn't always the cheapest option or the most reliable. More importantly there are some great experiences to be had by taking other forms of public transport.

Researching all the options can be a minefield, so this post is designed to give you a summary of the options available and point you in the direction of some useful resources to help plan for your Bangkok transport needs.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Some encouragement and tips for recording your travels

Do people still keep handwritten journals? 

Maybe they have advanced to electronic records, much like my travel blogs, that once started out as scribbled notes in the back of a old school exercise book.

Whether or not you keep a journal, I would encourage you to document you travel experiences. Not only is it a nice thing to reminisce over, and spark memories, but it can be handy as a reference to help others who are travelling to a destination you have already visited.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Tastier than I expected: Cuban cuisine

Before heading to Cuba, I researched the cuisine a little, trying to pin down what typical foods to expect and what to try; to ensure I didn't miss anything.

I was given the impression from most guidebooks and blog posts that I would be disappointed, as the food tends to be fairly bland. And the Lonely Planet even recommended taking a supply of sauces or spices to liven up the food after a couple of weeks of a rice and beans diet.

With the expectation level set, I was extremely surprised to find, after my first few Cuban meals, that this must have only been the case for visitors not knowing where to eat, or that the information was considerably out of date. 

Amazing fish