Luang Prabang: Thongbay Guesthouse – how to do it right
London: London Eye
London: Tower, Science & Natural History Museums, Thames, YHA, Tower
London: Noel Fielding’s exhibition at Maison Bertaux
Paris: They’re called breasts and everybody has them
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Luang Prabang: Thongbay Guesthouse – how to do it right

Luang Prabang: Thongbay Guesthouse – how to do it right

When Lay Inthavong was growing up in the Lao capital Vientiane in the late 1970s and early 1980s she remembers a friend of the family who was so well off they had a bicycle. Life was quiet, cars were few and foreign tourists were unheard of. Today Lay runs Thongbay, a successful guesthouse in Luang Prabang, with her Swiss husband Phillip. The guesthouse picks up Australian (and French and German) travellers like us from the airport in a minibus and runs them the short trip into town a few tim...

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09 Nov 2010

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Luang Prabang: Kuang Si waterfall

Luang Prabang: Kuang Si waterfall

Beautiful spot about 45 minutes out of Luang Prabang via a narrow windy road. ...

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05 Nov 2010

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Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang is an incredible place and somewhere I'd love to return to. Luang Prabang is in central Laos where the Nam Kha river meets the Mekong. Architecturally a mix of Lao Buddhist wats (templates) and French colonial architecture the town is listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO. The town has a very laid-back feel. Saffron-clad monks carrying umbrellas mix with tuk tuk drivers, motorbikes with a mum, dad, child and a sack of rice on them, locals selling their wares at market stalls...

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02 Nov 2010

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Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur

Due to timing of our connecting flights to Laos we ended up spending two days in Kuala Lumpur. We were jetlagged and I know this is Asia but I was really surprised at how dirty and smelly and noisy it was. Also really hot and sticky. Glad to leave. ...

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01 Nov 2010

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London to Kuala Lumpur with Air Asia

Air Asia often offers cheap flights between London and Kuala Lumpur (and KL and Australia). As part of Air Asia's pricing model you get the tickets cheap by trading off on other things. Here's what to expect if you fly this route with them. Stansted You leave London from Stansted Airport (rather than Heathrow or Gatwick). First you have to get to Stansted, which you can do on the Stansted Express train from Liverpool St. Takes about 45 minutes. Not cheap - £19.80 adults/£10 kids. You can ...

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30 Oct 2010

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London: Abbey Road

London: Abbey Road

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29 Oct 2010

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London: Borough Market

London: Borough Market

Borough Market is a huge food market that runs on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. It's full of delicious food and produce - cheeses, meat, seafood, vegetables, olives - and is a great place for lunch (if you can choose what to get). ...

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29 Oct 2010

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London: London Eye

London: London Eye

Yes, it's big and quite scary. Yes, you have to queue up for ages to get on. Yes, the view's pretty good. ...

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28 Oct 2010

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London: Tower, Science & Natural History Museums, Thames, YHA, Tower

London: Tower, Science & Natural History Museums, Thames, YHA, Tower

Our time in London coincided with half-term school holidays so the Science and Natural History museums we visited on a rainy day were packed. Still great though (you really need a day for each), and we got to catch up with Tim, Alicia and Jirra and compare notes. We stayed at the YHA London Central in Bolsover St which was great - central, clean, friendly with a good cheap cafe on the ground floor. Needs some tea towels in the kitchen though... One super-touristy but really fun thing we di...

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27 Oct 2010

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London: Noel Fielding’s exhibition at Maison Bertaux

London: Noel Fielding’s exhibition at Maison Bertaux

Maison Bertaux is a great quirkly little French cafe/patisserie in Greek St Soho. A higgledy piggledy little place that spans two buildings. They do great quiche and pastries and are very friendly. Noel Fielding of  Mighty Boosh fame had an exhibition of paintings and drawings - Brian Ferry vs the Jelly Fox - showing there. He'd been given full run of the walls and had written little notes in marker pen around the place. Here's my favourite: More pictures: ...

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