If you go down to the woods

The Australian | Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

Algonquin Park_Cindy Fan

Maybe I’m batty, but it takes me until the fourth kilometre, when I discover the leech latched on to my leg, to understand why my co-workers had asked, “But why are you going alone?” Read on…

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

The Australian | Saturday, October 1st, 2016


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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