Phnom Penh

The plane drops below the clouds. Everything is green and wet. Rice paddies take up almost every bit of flat ground. Mountains are slowly eaten away by mining operations. Dirt roads zig zag between red roofed villages. Water abounds as dams overflow. “It looks so wet” are Paul’s ominous words. This is our first impression…

Kuala Lumpur

We have a two-day stopover in Kuala Lumpur en route to Cambodia. It’s a chance to eat good food, watch movies, get a massage and check out some tourist sites.¬†Walking the city allows us a fine reintroduction to this magnificent city. It’s a visual delight of colour and chaos, a cacophony of scooters and construction,…

Hapcheon to random pagoda

I wake to the sight of the sun breaking gently through the fog. Birds chirp in the trees and leaves rustle on the forest floor. The air is cool but not cold. Visibility is low as I set off. I can barely see one hundred meters. It is simultaneously eerie and invigorating to ride like…

Daegu

According to my guide book, Daegu doesn’t have much to keep tourists entertained. However, it may well be my favourite city of this trip and I end up spending five nights here. I spend most of my time wandering the main shopping street browsing the outdoor shops and eating Baskin Robbins ice cream. There are…

Donghae to Hasan

The sun rise over industrial Donghae is stunning. Construction sites and factories form intriguing shapes against the red horizon. I’ve slept well, eaten a good breakfast and am on the road fairly early (by my standards).¬†Nearby women and men prepare their stalls at the Donghae Five Day Traditional Market. All manner of vehicle is used…