Ani ruins

Visiting Ani: ruins of the former Armenian capital

Ani ruins are considered an absolute must-see for anyone venturing out east in Turkey. However, their location, as far east as you can possibly get in Turkey, and on the cusp of the closed border with Armenia, means not too many people make it out there. However, if you do it will sure to be one of your highlights of the region. Here's my guide to exploring the ruined Armenian city.

Akdamar island

Lake Van and Dogubayazit in far eastern Turkey

After spending time in Southeastern Turkey, I moved further east to the edge of the Kurdish region to Van and Dogubayazit; home to Turkey's largest body of water, a number of important historical sites and the fabled Mt Ararat. I based myself in Van, a cool, youthful city on the edge of Lake Van, and … Continue reading Lake Van and Dogubayazit in far eastern Turkey


Southeastern Turkey’s old towns of Mardin and Midyat

After crossing the border from Iraqi Kurdistan, I arrived in Mardin, an incredibly picture perfect town overlooking Mesopotamia. I really hadn't known much about Mardin before arriving there, other than Lonely Planet declaring it was worth a stop, but it simply took my 20 minute hike up through the town from where the bus had … Continue reading Southeastern Turkey’s old towns of Mardin and Midyat

View of Amedi

Duhok and a day trip to Amedi

From Duhok, I wanted to explore the small town of Amedi. I had read about this place where the Three Wise Men had come from, which was perched on top of a uniquely shaped plateau in the rolling hills of Kurdistan. I decided to take a day trip on my own this time and I … Continue reading Duhok and a day trip to Amedi

Southeastern Myanmar: Hpa-An and Mawlamyine

Myanmar is a pretty big country, I soon discovered, and with a maximum 28 day visa it doesn’t leave you much room to explore the country extensively. I had spent most of my time in the northern half of the country, as most people do, and so I decided for the remainder of my days … Continue reading Southeastern Myanmar: Hpa-An and Mawlamyine

Kerala: God’s own country

When tourists think of southern India they think of Kerala and it’s famous backwaters, palm trees, beaches and laidback attitude. It’s the place where you can forget for a while that you are in a country with over one billion people; it’s quieter and more relaxed than other places on the subcontinent. I spent a … Continue reading Kerala: God’s own country

Zim + Zam + Vic

Zimbabwe, Zambia and Victoria Falls. An amazing intersection of countries with one of the seven natural wonders of the world. There is a raging debate on which side is better for the viewing of the falls, but after being to both I can say it doesn't really matter, you still get to experience the incredible … Continue reading Zim + Zam + Vic

The Kingdom in the Sky

Most people don't know much about Lesotho, if anything at all. But it's an amazing country with an interesting history, friendly people and spectacular landscapes. I took a day trip there from the Amphitheatre Backpackers in Northern Drakensberg and it was well worth it. Country profile: Lesotho Population: 2 million Capital: Maseru Language: Sesotho Currency: … Continue reading The Kingdom in the Sky