Voluntourism: Lessons learned from Cambodia {Part 2}.

Volunteering: Lessons Learned and How to Make an Informed Decision. 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...

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...

Thailand by Sleeper: Chiang Mai to Bangkok by Train.

This post contains compensated affiliate links. See our Editorial Policy and Privacy Policy for more info!  One of the highlights of a trip to Thailand is the train travel.  I knew that when I returned in November last year, that it wouldn't be long until I'd find...

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 in...

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. This post contains affiliate links. For more information on what type...

The not-so-Lonely Planet Phenomenon.

"You know, Richard, one of these days i'm going to find one of those lonely planet writers, and i'm going to ask him, what's so f*ing lonely about the Khao San Road?" ~ Alex Garland, The Beach When was the last time you put down your guide book for a trip to a new...

Elephant Tourism: What the Latest Death Shows Us.

As a tourist is killed by an elephant in Ko Samui, Thailand, one has to ask the question – what needs to happen until we accept that maybe, not all animals are meant to be tamed. A 36 year old Scottish tourist was killed at the weekend in a sad incident where the...

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...

Best Places for Eco Friendly Travel in The Philippines.

The Smallprint: Some of the organisations mentioned in this post hosted me or gave me a discount. As always, the stories, experiences and opinions expressed here are purely my own. This post contains affiliate links. For more information on affiliates and what type of...

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...

Bohol Attractions, Mass Tourism and 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...

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...