ASIA

A Visit to the Original Din Tai Fung – Taipei, Taiwan

Din Tai Fung is a mild infatuation for us here at flying Fluskey. We ventured out to the Hong Kong branch on our first visit there in 2012, and have thought/dreamed/obsessed about it ever since. That is why, when we visited Taiwan (the home of Ding Tai Fung) we made a dumpling pilgrimage to the… Continue reading A Visit to the Original Din Tai Fung – Taipei, Taiwan

A Bed in Ulan-Ude – Mergen Bator Review

When I say the words “business hotel” what springs to mind? Dull rooms? An ageing computer centre? A fusty bar? Well, the Mergen Bator in Ulan Ude is a business hotel with a difference. A bit of fun and a lot of class, the Mergen Bator surprised us at every turn.

Our Trans-Siberian Epic Fail

“I want to be at the station by 2:30”. Mr Fluskey looked at me with exasperation, “The train doesn’t go until 3:55”! Well, it is better to be safe than sorry though right!? “if we miss this train, there isn’t another one for a week”, I quipped. Thus, our Tran-Siberian epic fail began. I was… Continue reading Our Trans-Siberian Epic Fail

Tubing, TV and Too Many Drinks – Vang Vieng, Laos

Vang Vieng; the town the culture forgot. At least, that’s the way it was when we visited in November 2009 as part of a five month trip through Asia. (Here, again, our camera failed us so we have few photos, and mostly of us dancing in a bar, a little worse for wear.) Click here… Continue reading Tubing, TV and Too Many Drinks – Vang Vieng, Laos

BBQs, Buddhas and Beautification – Luang Prabang, Laos

Arriving in Luang Prabang, after a two day boat trip (click here to read all about the slow boat to Laos) we were a overwhelmed by the surge of touts, and underwhelmed by the weather. Two days of sunshine and no hassle quickly turned into lots of pestering and a drizzly day. Happily, the town quickly changed… Continue reading BBQs, Buddhas and Beautification – Luang Prabang, Laos

The Slow Boat to Laos – A Two Day Treat

The south-east Asian backpacking circuit is well established. From Bangkok, travellers head North-wast to Chang Mai, Pai and the golden triangle, before heading east into the small country of Laos. Most travellers cross the border and then get on “the slow boat to Laos”. That is exactly what we did on our Five Month Trip… Continue reading The Slow Boat to Laos – A Two Day Treat