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Travel Report: Xin Yang River – Zhejiang Province, China.

Xin Yang River – Zhejiang Province, China. August 2017. I always got kick out of seeing isolated places in off-the-beaten-track China. And they certainly don’t get much more podunk than the largely unknown village of Xinyang in Zhejiang Province. Located an hour’s drive from the city of Ruian, my teaching buddies and I headed out […]

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Travel Report: Lishui Adventure Island Water World, China.

Lishui Adventure Island Water World. September 2018. Back during my days teaching English in the Chinese city of Ruian, the school I worked for organised a handful of annual team building events. For the most part miserable old me couldn’t be assed with these gatherings. Mostly because I’m an antisocial sod, but also because they invariably […]

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Travel Report: Apsara Greenland Boutique Hotel, Siem Reap.

Apsara Greenland Boutique Hotel, Siem Reap. It’s weird to think that just a few months ago Sladja and I were in crisis. All around us people were fleeing, flights were getting cancelled and borders closing. Moreover, one of us had a cough and wasn’t feeling so great. It was all quite stressful. True to our […]

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Leighton Travels & The Real Neat Blog Award!

Leighton Travels Real Neat Blog Award. What a cool thing to flash up on my screen a few days ago! Everyone loves a bit of recognition and I certainly didn’t see this coming. I really do have to thank the guy who nominated me, Mr. Emmanuel Eromonsele of the excellent Nigerian travel blog Ericotrips. Things […]

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Bring Your Own Bog Roll, a short story from Slovakia.

Bring Your Own Bog Roll, a short story from Slovakia. In September 2002 I rocked up in Bratislava with a couple of bags and just enough cash to last until my first pay check. And so unfolded one of the great years of my life… ‘‘No, this one also doesn’t work’’ growled Zuzana, beating her gloved […]

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Travel Report: Tevy’s Place, Siem Reap.

Tevy’s Place, Siem Reap. May 2020. When I started my Siem Reap cafes and restaurants series last month, I had not an inkling of the amazing stories that lay in wait. What had begun as a series of standard reviews, soon turned into a deeper, more personalised look at the lives of Siem Reap’s business […]

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Travel Report: Ivy Guesthouse and Restaurant, Siem Reap.

The Ivy Guesthouse and Restaurant. April 2020. As with so many cities across the world over the past month, it’s been sad to see what’s happened to the local business owners of Siem Reap. Shuttered up storefronts line the dusty roads around Pub Street. Family owned hotels and boutique complexes hide away behind giant locked […]

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Travel Report: Wucheng Village, Cangnan County.

Wucheng Village, Cangnan County. November 2018. Jamie and I had just finished the walking trail around the cliffs at Dragon Head Hill. Back on the pretty little beach at Half Moon Bay, I realised that darkness was rapidly setting in. Wucheng Village looked so pretty from across the water, nestled at the foot of the hills […]

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Travel Report: Half Moon Bay, Cangnan County.

Half Moon Bay, Cangnan County. November 2018. After the success of my day trip to Fudewan Ancient Village, it was just under a month later that I headed back to Cangnan County for another of South East China’s hidden gems. Picking me up from Cangnan’s train station, just as she had the first time, Jamie drove […]

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Travel Report: Fudewan Ancient Village Part I, China.

October 2018. There isn’t much info online about Cangnan County. Seemingly hidden away in the southernmost part of Zhejiang Province, this largely rural region is all rolling farmland and isolated villages. Virtually off the map for foreign travellers, I hadn’t given Cangan much thought at all. Despite the fact that its main train station was […]

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