A WORLD OF PALM

Globally, we each consume an average of eight kilogrammes of palm oil a year. 85 % of palm oil is produced in Indonesia and Malaysia, so it’s not surprising that a lot of the landscapes we passed through when cycling across the Malay Peninsula from north to south was dominated by oil palms. It’s a … Continue reading A WORLD OF PALM

PEDALLING IN PARADISE

You know a country is good for cycle touring when your biggest complaint is that everything is just a little “too easy”. If you’re considering embarking on a cycling holiday yourself and want to explore a destination a little more exciting and exotic than Europe without forgoing comfort and convenience, book yourself a flight to … Continue reading PEDALLING IN PARADISE

LAID-BACK LAOS

Laos: Southeast Asia’s most sparsely-populated and only landlocked country, the world’s most heavily bombed country per capita, and, conversely, one of the most laid-back countries we’ve been to. To get to Laos from Vietnam, we had to cross the Annamite Mountains, making for some steep gradients during the first part of our stay, before we … Continue reading LAID-BACK LAOS

TẾT

Lunar New Year – also known as Chinese New Year or Spring Festival in China, and Tết in Vietnam – is the most important holiday of the year in both of these countries. At one point, we were planning on being in China for the festivities, but as the date approached, we realised we would … Continue reading TẾT

KARST LANDS

karst /kɑːst/ n · landscape underlain by limestone which has been eroded by dissolution, producing ridges, towers, fissures, sinkholes and other characteristic landforms. After having spent two months in China, we had to exit and re-enter the country in order to be allowed to spend up to another two months there. We had heard good things about the beauty … Continue reading KARST LANDS