Sunrise and the sea of clouds in Sagada

We woke super early and quietly headed out of our hotel to do an hour hike and catch the sunrise at the 1636m peak of Kiltepan. Our hotel dogs jumped up on us in excitement which was super cute. The whole walk was along roads and when we got to the top we realised 99%…

The hanging coffins of Sagada

After our first two dull stops it was time for the adventures to begin. We were heading inland to the cordillera mountains. It took 1 bus, 3 vans, 1 jeepney, 1 near crash, 1 break down and 1 prompt replacement van to reach Sagada. We passed rice terraces and beautiful mountain vistas along the way…

First impressions of the Philippines

Our flight to the Philippines only took a couple hours, but we had a five hour wait in Manila and a further two when our plane became delayed. Luckily beer was cheap so we sat amongst the busy crowd sipping San Miguel and whinging about the wait. Our flight was finally called and we were…

Exploring Hong Kong

The famous star ferry took us across the calm waters to the main Hong Kong island. We were now in the much swankier area and a pedestrianised causeway led us over the city without having to cross a single road. We then got slowly carried up the worlds longest travelator. It had pavement sections scattered…

First impressions of Hong Kong

So after 30 wonderful days spent in China we crossed the border to its very modern neighbour, Hong Kong.  We headed directly to Kowloon where our hotel was booked. We didn’t want to risk turning up in a very expensive city a couple days away from Chinese New Year without a booking. £23 got us…

The Diaolou towers of Kaiping, China

After the beautiful Li River region we were a little shocked to find ourselves in such a busy city. Guangzhou was heaving! Maybe this was the real China and we’ve been really lucky enjoying the calmness of the rest of the country. We got a bus to Kaiping a couple hours south west to take…

Cycling along the Yulong River, China

We set off through the bustling town of Yangshuo on bicycles rented from our hostel for £1 and headed south to the countryside. The route was well set up for cyclists and many Chinese were doing the same route. The scenery was nice along here but it certainly got better later in the day.    …

Chinese markets selling dog meat

**WARNING GRAPHIC PHOTOS** The Guangxi region of China is well known for eating dogs and we witnessed the before and after in a meat market in Yangshuo.    The first room had colourful fruit and vegetables and a nice aroma to the air. The next room was big, filled with filthy tables covered in all…

Hiking to viewpoints and being hit by a truck, China

We arrived in the pouring rain and were relieved to check into our homely hostel slightly out of town. It was surrounded by farmers fields and mountains with a few other buildings scattered around. It even had an infinity pool, if only it was freezing cold outside! It also had a roaring log fire, puppy,…

The Longji rice terraces, China

As we gained elevation up into the Longji Rice Terraces my travel pillow pumped itself up and felt like a bower constrictor was wrapped around my neck. We’d left our backpacks in Guilin and packed a small bag for an overnight stay. The hostel we booked was near Tian Tou village which was a one…