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Travel Report: Vienna, Austria.

October 2002. My maiden voyage to the Austrian capital, Vienna, certainly didn’t turn out as I’d expected. I landed in town with a couple of friends, loaded with ambitious plans for a weekend of high culture. But in the end it just didn’t happen. I suppose I could blame it on the rain, which didn’t […]

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Travel Report: Casablanca Cathedral, Morocco.

October 2008. You would never guess it just from gazing up from the outside, but things are not quite as they seem at Casablanca Cathedral. This impressive Neo-gothic building, peppered with Art Deco and Muslim touches, announced itself to the world in 1930. At that time Casablanca was under French rule and indeed the church’s […]

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Travel Report: Juara Turtle Project – Tioman Island, Malaysia.

May 2015. My travel mates and I had just arrived in the village of Juara on the eastern side of Tioman Island. It had been a long and eventful seven-kilometre hike, but we were finally here! It was already late afternoon, so we keenly made our way to Juara Turtle Project, a sanctuary dedicated to […]

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Travel Report: Sibu Island, Malaysia.

May 2015. It’s weird to think that my blossoming travel career was already in its fourteenth year before I finally got round to crossing ‘secluded tropical paradise’ off my bucket list. Sure I’d seen plenty of beautiful beaches and islands over the years, but I’d always wanted to experience something a little more on the […]

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Travel Report: Battambang Bamboo Train, Cambodia.

December 2015. During my wanderings around Cambodia I met plenty of fellow travellers who didn’t even bother stopping in Battambang! I can’t help but feel they really missed out. The city itself has an excellent café and restaurant scene. And if you venture out, you’ve got the unmissable beauty and history of Phnom Sampeau. And […]

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Travel Report: Phnom Sampeau – Battambang, Cambodia.

December 2015. The curious little Cambodian city of Battambang offers visitors a handful of unique sights that stand right up there with the best of the country’s must-see attractions. One of these is Phnom Sampeau, a massive limestone mountain 12 kilometres outside the centre. It’s a steep forty-five minute walk up to the top and […]

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