New Luxury Tour: Romance and Intrigue of Vietnam

There are plenty of cheap-as-chips tours of Vietnam on offer at the moment but if you want something with a little luxury, allied to romance and intrigue, Jimmy Thomson is putting together another small-group...

Walking in Portugal – a daily diary

This is an experiment.  Can I keep a daily diary of my trip to Portugal to walk a 120 stretch of the Rota Vicentina? Can I do the bloody walk, let alone...

Cuba keeps the wheels turning

March 2016 Cuba is on the move. Its government Cuba and the USA are talking about allowing direct flights from American soil, although, while the USA is gung-ho, the Cubans are more reticent. And the first...

Pedals test the mettle in a Vietnam adventure

  I don’t know what it was that inspired me to embark on a four-day cycling adventure in Vietnam with my (grown-up) son. We were meeting there to spend a week together anyway but four days...

Pay attention! Your guide is talking

Our tour guide Mr Sok looks angry, very angry. “But I have told you this before!” he snaps, not even bothering to try to conceal his irritation. “Were you not listening?”

The Quiet Australian: Going solo in Saigon

Jimmy Thomson spends almost two weeks in Vietnam's southern metropolis ... and survives to tell the tale. I recently visited Saigon in Vietnam on my own, abandoning friends and...

Trekking in search of Ethiopia’s Gelada baboons

I’m standing close to the edge of a deep gorge, gazing out at the plunging drop framed by the misty blue haze of mountaintops when there’s a movement in the grass behind me.

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