A New Discovery At Ancient Angkor, Cambodia

Well before sunrise Angkor Wat is bustling. Loaded tuk-tuks pull up in front of the iconic facade of Cambodia’s largest temple and immediately cameras start clicking. This is always how another day begins at the famous complex.  In recent months, the discovery of new ruins beneath Angkor’s already extensive network of buildings has proven that…

In Pictures: Remembering Mongolia

A year has passed in a moment. Last November my journey on the Trans-Siberian took me from Beijing to Moscow, through wide-angled countryside, distinct cultures and histories. A particular highlight was the few days I spent in Mongolia. When I daydream about this country, three things remain in the forefront of my mind: The massive,…

My Slow Border Crossing From Malaysia To Singapore

As our final echoing chorus drew to an end, our voices gradually petered out and looks of bewilderment from our fellow detainees turned into somber, steely glares. We were stuck. Distressed human traffic in the dismal no-man’s land of underground bus bays between the end of Malaysia and the beginning of Singapore – the final…

In Search Of Tea In Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands

The only place I’ve travelled where a fruit stall doubles as a bus stop, is just outside the mountain town of Tanah Rata in Malaysia’s north. We were due to disembark at the stall for a day hike. What was the purpose of our trek? Like most Brits abroad, we were hoping to find the…

24 Hours On Malaysia’s Langkawi Island

I just really needed a wash. It had been several days since I’d felt warm soapy water running over my skin. There had been a handful of bus trips in the humidity of southern Thailand, a scuba diving course spent immersed in tropical waters, after which I had (wrongly) considered myself completely cleansed. Then there…