Waibaidu Bridge

Smoggy Shanghai

Back in February I spent Chinese New Year in Shanghai and, having eaten more than my fair share, decided that brisk walk was in order. Heading to The Bund we took a leisurely stroll along North Suzhou Road. Read more

Sankeien Garden

Sankeien Garden

Sankei-en (三溪園) is a traditional Japanese garden in Yokohama (1 hour from Tokyo) which was built by a silk trader called Sankei Hara in 1906. It contains many historically significant buildings bought by Hara himself from locations all over Japan, among them Tokyo, Kyoto, and Kamakura. Read more

Rediscovering Koh Ker

Koh Ker

On day two of our trip into northern Cambodia we set off early from the hotel. Owned by the family of a military commander it was situated in the middle of nowhere but, despite looking brand new, nobody else seemed to be staying there. Read more

Overlooking Cambodia from Preah Vihear

Preah Vihear Temple Monk

By far the best thing we did during our trip to Cambodia was to hire a driver for two days to visit some of the remote temples in the northwest of the country. The circular route we took was as follows:

Siem Reap → Preah Vihear (overnight stay) → Koh KerBeng MealeaSiem Reap

Our driver, a friendly guy named Sophea, picked us up from our guest house early in the morning and we drove around 5 hours north over dusty roads to the border between Cambodia and Thailand. Read more

Monks About Town

Wat Bo Monks

Travelling is rarely as glamorous as it’s made out to be and after a nasty encounter with an aggressive Tuk Tuk driver, upon our arrival into Siem Reap, my impression of the city was immediately soured. Read more

Toritsu-daigaku Sakura

Toritsudaigaku Sakura

A little less than a year ago I moved to the sleepy neighbourhood of Toritsu-daigaku (都立大学) in south-west Tokyo (15 mins from Shibuya). An old ryokudo (緑道) “green road” lined with cherry blossom trees runs through the centre of the area and at the end of April, almost overnight, it sprang into full bloom. Read more

Angkor Thom’s Many Faces

Angkor Thom

1.7 km north of Angkor Wat and covering 9 km² lies the last capital of the Khmer empire which was established in the late twelfth century by King Jayavarman VII. At the centre of the city is Jayavarman’s state temple, the Bayon, with the other major sites clustered around it. Read more

Daybreak at Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat Sunrise

While Cambodia’s recent history has been fairly brutal, the country is probably best known for the sprawling ruins of the Khmer Empire which spanned the 9th to the 15th centuries and encompassed parts of modern day Thailand, Malaysia, Burma, Laos, and Vietnam. Read more