Archive for the ‘Places’ Category

Shopping in Sumatra

Much of September 2016 was spent in West Java and Sumatra, Indonesia, leading a birding trip for Zootherabirding.com. While most of our time was spent bird watching plenty of overland travel gave us opportunities to see the scenery and culture of these two islands. On one bus journey we made an early morning stop at […]

Bayon Faces

Over the last few weeks I have been leading a birding tour to Cambodia, but not without also visiting the world famous Khmer ruins of Angkor Wat and surrounding temples. I have visited this site in the past but it did not make a second visit any less spectacular. At the peak of the Khmer Empire […]

Steaming Sea in South Korea

In January 2016 I led a bird watching tour to South Korea. Although we expected cold weather we had not bargained for the unusually severe conditions that we ended up with. East Asia experienced some of the coldest weather conditions on record and we regularly encountered temperatures of -15C; this did not stop us from […]

Matterhorn & Mountain Railway

This mountain railway from Zermatt to Gornegrat Observatory in Switzerland is one of the most spectacular rides I have ever had both in terms of the scenery and the price! In October 2015 I was lucky to have good weather to enjoy the wonderful views from the observatory of the Matterhorn and the surrounding glaciers […]

Namhansanseong

Namhansanseong fortress walls are a UNESCO World heritage site in South Korea, close to the capital city, Seoul. In June 2015 I took a day trip from Seoul to visit this site where there is a lot of beautiful forest surrounding the impressive walls and I spent a day bird watching and admiring the view […]

Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral, in Kent, is an amazing building with a history of over 1000 years and is one of the major tourist attractions in Southeast England. The building is quite fabulous from outside but it is even more impressive inside with some wonderful stained glass windows, beautiful carvings and tombs of a number of important people […]

Upper Eskedale, The Lake District

Over the last few days I spent some time hiking in The Lake District National Park in north west England. It had been a long time since I had visited this area and had forgotten how fantastic the scenery can be, particularly in the excellent weather that I had for the two days of my […]

Filmy Ferns at Doi Inthanon

The summit of Doi Inthanon is the highest point in Thailand and it possesses some of the mosy beautiful forest I have ever seen. Particularly in the rainy season the twisted and gnarled trees are covered in ferns, orchids and mosses making it look like quite a magical place. This particular scene will be familiar […]

Sunset on the Mekong

A few years ago I made a trip to Chiang Khan, in northeastern Thailand. This village has become popular with Thai tourists because of its traditional houses and culture as well as its scenic location on the banks of the Mekong river.

Banpo Bridge

Banpo Bridge crosses the Han River in Seoul, South Korea and at regular intervals during the day a series of water jets are coordinated with music to create a fountain show. At night this becomes quite spectacular by adding lighting to the water jets. In June 2015 I was one of many people trying to […]