Elephant tourism is big business in South East Asia, especially in Thailand. Riding an elephant is up there with swimming with dolphins on many people’s bucket lists. We did it ourselves in 2008. We feel guilty now because in recent years, it has come to light that not only are elephants routinely mistreated to train […]Read more "Ethical Elephants"
At the end of our Baja California road-trip, we decided to have a bit of downtime. We had been scouring the seas for whales, sharks and manta rays and searching on land for all kinds of birdlife. We had experienced some great sights and travelled by plane, all kinds of boats, car, bus, bicycle and […]Read more "Sea Kayaking the Sea of Cortez"
Jacques Cousteau, the famous French filmmaker, ocean explorer and conservationist called the Sea Of Cortez in Mexico “the world’s aquarium”. It is one of the best whale-watching locations in the world with migrating blue whales, humpback whales, killer whales and resident sperm whales and fin whales. Just 2 hours across Baja California Sur is the […]Read more "Whales of Baja California Sur"
Although the wildlife draw of BCS has to be the opportunity to see many species of whale and dolphin, the birds are pretty special too. On our diving trip, the highlights were the beautiful Red-billed Tropicbirds, Brown Boobies diving for fish and then being raided by waiting Magnificent Frigatebirds and Masked Boobies, looking like pelagic […]Read more "Birds Of Baja California Sur"
The main reason for coming to Mexico in January was to take a boat out to the Revillagigedo Islands and dive with humpback whales, dolphins and giant oceanic mantas. We were rewarded just one hour after leaving the safety of the marina at San Jose del Cabo on the southern tip of Baja California Sur: […]Read more "In Search of Humpbacks, Dolphins and Mantas"
We spent Xmas on a lovely little Thai island off the coast of Cambodia, one of 52 islands that make up the Koh Chang National Park. Life is slow-paced here, everyone travels by bicycle or scooter and there are lovely beaches for sunset cocktails, kayaking and snorkelling. Obviously, we (one of us) tried to introduce […]Read more "Xmas on Koh Mak"
After Sukothai, Ayutthaya, which was founded in around 1350, became Siam’s (now Thailand) capital city. By 1700, it was the biggest city in the world with over 1 million citizens and was a major trading post between China, Thailand, India and the rest of the world. In 1767, Ayutthaya was invaded by the Burmese and […]Read more "Ayutthaya – Siam’s Ancient Capital"