Voluntourism: Lessons learned from Cambodia {Part 2}.

In Part One of this post which you can read here, I shared my experience of volunteering as an English teacher in Cambodia in 2006.   At that time, i'd thought I was helping.   But the truth is i'd never felt so lost and out of my depth when I started to understand...

Voluntourism: Lessons learned from Cambodia {Part 1}.

"International volunteering or Voluntourism is when an individual volunteers their time to work for organisations or cause outside of their home country. In most cases, volunteers work in developing countries on international development programmes with local partners...

Night Train to… Bangkok.

One of the highlights from my trip to Thailand in 2015 was the train travel around the country.  So I knew that when I returned in November last year, that it wouldn't be long until I'd find myself back on the rails. When it comes to Train Travel in Asia, there are...

Freedom Re-found: Walking the Elephants Home.

I woke up early to the sounds of trumpeting mixed in with calls of the resident roosters from my village homestay.  The elephants had come up to the village from the forest---something they don't normally do. But today, they had an appointment: with the vet. I'd come...

Reverie Siam Resort, Pai: The Ultimate Chill Out Spot.

"It's next to the gramophone!"  It's not exactly a sentence that is often helpful while travelling around Asia. Welcome to Reverie Siam Resort in Pai. A resort styled on the roaring twenties, that somehow seamlessly blends jazz into the rolling hills of Mae Hong Son...

What Happens when Responsible Travel Goes Wrong?

Editorial Disclosure: Visit.Org hosted me on this experience, as part of my role in their Ambassador programme. As always, all expressed here are my own and represent the views of Soul Travel Blog. For more information on what type of organisations I work with, you...

To Hellfire and Back: Travelling the Thailand – Burma Railway.

Looking out at the way the river meets the jungle that meets the mountains in a perfect crescendo of nature, I'd never have guessed that this natural beauty was once witness to something near hell. The "Death Railway " was built during World War Two between 1941 and...

What this Paradise Island can Teach us about Responsible Travel.

Beaches don't get much better than this one.  As the turquoise waves gently lick the white powder shoreline, I look around to see most of the other groups of day trippers to the island have vanished. Either taking a rest in one of the small palm hut shelters, or...

How to Avoid Mass Tourism: A Tale of Two Rivers.

Soul Travel Blog is a proud ambassador of Visit.Org and I'm also a member of their affiliate programme. This post contains affiliate links which - if booked through - provide a small commission to me at no extra cost to you. As always.. my opinions expressed here are...

Ultimate Bohol Getaway: Luxury & Eco Love at Amorita Resort.

Eco Resorts in Bohol: Reviewing Amorita Resort Sometimes the best commitments to sustainability by hotels, resorts, guesthouses and the like are the ones we don't see as guests. Advice on Responsible Travel is generally to avoid larger hotels and resorts, to stay...

Island Castaway in Palawan: Flower Island Eco Resort Review.

Playing Castaway in Palawan When I decided to go and stay at Flower Island Eco Resort in Northern Palawan, I didn't expect that I'd be playing desert island castaway by myself for a few days.That's the advantage of island hopping around the Philippines during...

Watergates in Vietnam: Was Revisiting the Mekong Delta Worth It??

Since I started travelling to further-flung places about a decade ago, I've often felt a reluctance to go back to the same country or place twice.  I first visited Vietnam in 2006. I remember long, slow train journeys---of the best kind---and waking up to blood red...