Swiss villages Muhlebach and Ernen are a breath of fresh mountain air

The Australian | Saturday, October 1st, 2016

Valais

The Swiss know a thing or two about moving up, down, through and around mountains, and I have to trust that their expertise includes modern bridge construction. But for 280m, a single layer of wooden planks on this painfully simple-looking, swinging, swaying contraption is all that keeps me from a 92m plunge down to the River Rhone. Every creak and groan underfoot adds weight to my regret for every solid kilogram gained from gorging on cheese fondue and fried potatoes for a week. Read on…

The insiders guide to Luang Prabang, Laos with Cindy Fan

The Australian | Saturday, September 17th, 2016

Luang Prabang Mekong

GO: Set on a peninsula at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, Luang Prabang boasts glittering temples, a bygone blend of Lao and French colonial architecture and a gentle, sleepy disposition. Cloistered amid the mountains of northern Laos, for years it was off the radar. But with foreign interest in its natural resources and improved air services, the outside world is encroaching. See it before it changes;

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THAT IS ONE BADASS NOODLE SOUP LADY

Roads & Kingdoms | Thursday, September 1st, 2016

Bun bo in Vietnam

Bun bo in Vietnam

In Vietnam, the police are universally reviled. Get stopped on the road by a cop and you’ll be losing a lot of money that day. The police are to be avoided, tiptoed around, and if you’re unlucky and are pulled over, you definitely don’t draw their ire because that “fine” could always be much worse.

This story was published in Roads & Kingdoms – click link to read it there Read on…