Tibetan Plateau – Mandalas at Xinkangmao

The monk must have been watching, as we made our way up the track to the remote Tibetan monastery at Xinkangmao, because as we approached the main compound the door opened and he beckoned me inside. It was one of those moments that makes travel in … [Read more...]

China: Tibetan Plateau Earthquake Zones

Our journey to the Tibetan Plateau began in Sichuan Province and the city of Chengdu. Chengdu has grown rapidly to become the fourth largest city in China, with a population of around 15 million, but it was hardly an auspicious start though as … [Read more...]

Riding the HCM Trail – Paradise Cave

The sixth day of our journey down the Ho Chi Minh Trail took us in to north-central Vietnam and the Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park, near the border with Laos. The park is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is located on top of one of the … [Read more...]

Riding the HCM Trail – Vinh to Phong Nha

Riding the HCM Trail from the coastal town of Vinh on the Gulf of Tonkin, to Phong Nha near the Laotian border, takes you through some of the most spectacular scenery in the whole of North Vietnam. The incredible karst limestone formations and … [Read more...]

Riding the HCM Trail – Mai Chau to Vinh

After the excitement of heading out from Hanoi with Charlie Boorman, and the overnight stay in the stilt houses of Mai Chau, it was time to get in the saddle of the Russian Urals and do some real riding over the mountains to the city of Vinh, near to … [Read more...]

Riding the HCM Trail: Stilt Houses of Mai Chau

It's one thing to plan a big adventure, but it's quite another when the day of reckoning finally arrives and it's time to ride that Russian Ural out in to the Vietnamese traffic for the first time... But there we were in the car park of the Ho Chi … [Read more...]