Chiang Mai (Part 3) – Cooking School and Elephants

Mama Noi Cookery School Following the suggestion of another couple staying at the B&B, we booked ourselves in for a Thai cooking class at Mama Noi Cookery School. Having always Continue Reading →

Chiang Mai (Part 2) – Temples, Walking and Food

Lonely Planet Temple Walk Our day began with a delightful breakfast at our B&B – Khao Gai Pad Khing (usually sautéed chicken stir-fried with fresh ginger and garlic, with steamed Continue Reading →

Chiang Mai (Part 1) – Arrival and Initial Explorations

We decided that our first visit to Thailand would be simply a relaxation holiday, nestled in one location that provided us with culture, atmosphere and good food. We only had Continue Reading →

Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto is on the must visit list for those travelling to Japan, especially when in cherry blossom season. Our travel time, however, was July, but we still found it to Continue Reading →

ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto

Finding our way out of busy Kyoto train station was swift and problem-free, and we were soon aboard the complimentary shuttle bus to the ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto. The driver, Continue Reading →

Kanazawa, Japan

Takayama to Kanazawa After savouring our traditional Japanese breakfast at our cute little ryokan in Takayama, we walked the conveniently short distance to the station and waited in the air Continue Reading →

ANA Holiday Inn Kanazawa Sky, Kanazawa

Our visit to Kanazawa provided us with our first Holiday Inn experience, and first impressions were extremely positive. The ANA Holiday Inn Kanazawa Sky appeared to be breaking stereotypes from Continue Reading →

Takayama, Japan

Tokyo to Takayama It was an easy transition with our luggage from our hotel, The Strings by InterContinental, to Shinagawa Station – the few hundred metres was a breeze with Continue Reading →