Category Archive: Travel

Sri Lanka – Aragum Bay and Uda Walawe

We stayed in Aragum Bay for three nights, in a little ‘treehouse cabana’ in a hostel right on the beach. Our little wooden cabin, on stilts twice as tall as I am, and… Continue reading

Sri Lanka – Ella 

The train journey from Kandy to the hill town of Ella, passing through Nuwara Eliya and other popular little towns, is said to be one of the most beautiful in the world. The… Continue reading

Sri Lanka – Colombo and Kandy

Because we flew with Emirates airlines, we were able to make a very quick stop in Dubai in the middle of our flight to Sri Lanka. We got a taxi from the airport… Continue reading

Cuba – Baracoa

Keen to leave Santiago de Cuba, and keen to try out the Taxi Collectivos (group taxis) that we had heard other travellers rave about, we decided to skip the bus and make the… Continue reading

Cuba – Trinidad y Santiago de Cuba

Wandering the cobbled streets of Trinidad, past colourful houses, noisy bars, terraced restaurants and little shops selling straw hats and key rings, you might be forgiven for thinking that you had somehow ended… Continue reading

Cuba – Cienfuegos

It took eight hours to get from Viñales to Cienfuegos and the air con stopped working about five hours into the journey. We climbed off the bus sweaty and restless and hot and… Continue reading

Cuba – Valle Viñales

An uneventful and aggressively air conditioned bus journey took us from Havana to the small town of Viñales. It only took four hours (including the obligatory stop at a roadside café/ gift shop… Continue reading

Cuba – Habana 

I arrived at Gatwick very early in the morning, climbed sleepily off the Gatwick Express and waited for my friend Kati to arrive, reflecting that I would rather be literally anywhere else in… Continue reading

24 Hours in Paris

You know what they say about Paris? All that stuff about how it’s romantic and beautiful and always a good idea? Well if you believe all that then maybe you should stop reading… Continue reading

Vietnam – Nha Trang

I had a few problems getting my photos from my phone onto my computer so this last post has been waaaayy delayed. I’ve been home for just over a week and Asia already… Continue reading

Vietnam – Hoi An

From Sapa, we caught a night bus down to Ha Noi, spent a couple more hours exploring the Old Quarter and then caught another night bus to Hue.  The Imperial citadel of Hue… Continue reading

Vietnam – Sapa

We arrived in Sapa at half past five in the morning after a long and bumpy journey on the night bus. We’d both slept pretty well but there’s nothing like stumbling out of… Continue reading

Vietnam – Halong Bay, Cat Ba Island

Instead of travelling to Halong City from Ha Noi, we decided to make our way to Cat Ba Island, which is in Lan Ha bay, a little further on but part of the… Continue reading

Vietnam – Ha Noi

After Kati left us to go back to England (sad times) Abs and I flew straight from Ho Chi Minh (which is in the southern end of Vietnam) to Ha Noi, right up… Continue reading

Vietnam – Mekong Delta

Abi (my sister) joined us in Vietnam just under a week ago and we had the best time running around Ho Chi Minh, eating loads of Pho, making her listen to our funny… Continue reading

Cambodia – Kampot (II) and Kep

Kampot has so much to offer – we stayed there for just four days and felt like we easily could have spent double that time exploring the city and the surrounding area. Our… Continue reading

Cambodia – Kampot 

We arrived in Kampot late in the afternoon and it was almost dark by the time we were settled in our hostel and on our way into town. We’d been told by numerous… Continue reading

Cambodia – Koh Rong Samloem

     Imagine any kind of tropical paradise, and you’d probably be picturing something a little bit like Koh Rong Samloem. Little brother to party island Koh Rong, Koh Rong Samloem has blue sea,… Continue reading

Cambodia – Sihanoukville, Otres Beach

It took us thirteen hours to reach Sihanoukville from Battambang, first on a ‘hotel bus’ to Phnom Penh and then in a minibus to the sprawling city. The hotel bus picked us up… Continue reading

Cambodia – Battambang 

We arrived in Battambang in the torrential rain and by the time we had finally made it to our hostel we were completely soaked through, it was dark, and we were starving. We… Continue reading

Cambodia – Angkor Wat (adventures II) 

  Kati and I went ziplining through the forest above Angkor Wat. It was pretty incredible! We were really high up (above the canopy in most places) and the zip lines (ten in… Continue reading

Cambodia – Siem Reap and Angkor Wat

After a bumpy seven hour bus journey (along a road that hadn’t yet finished being built) we arrived in Siem Reap to neon signs, brightly lit markets and a whole street full of… Continue reading

Cambodia – Phnom Penh (part two)

It hasn’t taken us long to feel at home here – we’re used to the dust, the stares and haggling with the tuk tuk drivers. I really really like Phnom Penh and would… Continue reading

Cambodia – Phnom Penh

I was pretty nervous about the border crossing from Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh) to Cambodia (Phnom Penh). I thought that it would be somehow confusing or difficult, but in the end the bus… Continue reading

Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh stinks. But I kinda love it. It’s loud and smelly and busy and everybody seems to be playing a perpetual game of ‘chicken’ on the thousands of mopeds screaming around… Continue reading

Amsterdam (Twee)

Twee is actually the word for two in Dutch – how cute is that?! It was horribly rainy on our last full day in Amsterdam (boo!) so although we ate lots of yummy… Continue reading

Amsterdam (één)

To say that there are a lot of bikes in Amsterdam is sort of an understatement, in fact, to say that there are more bikes in Amsterdam than I have ever seen in… Continue reading

The Pirate is Two!

Happy Birthday to my lovely little blog, long may it prosper 😉 I started prettyvacantpirate to document my Gap Year, and since then I’ve written about all sorts of things, some more interesting than… Continue reading

Ireland, Dublin

I’m pretty disappointed that nobody has wished me ‘top o’ the mornin’ ‘ since Rob and I arrived in Dublin two days ago. Bitterly disappointed, in fact. Despite this set back, we’ve had… Continue reading

Water Baby

Ugh I’m so relaxed I can barely breathe. Turkey continues to be sunny and fantastic. I continue to be sleepy and increasingly interested in Turkish current affairs, or at least, the daily news… Continue reading

Sun Baby

I’m in Turkey! This is it; my final sunny, relaxing holiday, and then my feet will be on English soil for the forseeable future. The money I saved before April has done its… Continue reading

5.5 Koh Samui

My first impression of Koh Samui, besides the gorgeous beach right next to the pier where we arrived, was that it was big, hot, dusty, and apparently perpetually under construction. I love the… Continue reading

5.4 Koh Phangan

My phone informs me that it has been five days since I wrote about Koh Tao! I can’t believe how quickly the time has gone. We left Koh Tao and took the ferry… Continue reading

5.3 Koh Tao

It took us about seven hours to reach the island of Koh Tao, first by a frantic minibus journey to catch the coach, then a long drive, a ferry, a short walk, and… Continue reading

5.2 Cha Am

I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been wearing bikinis underneath my clothes ever since we arrived in Thailand, just so that as soon as we came in range of a beach I could run… Continue reading

5.1 Bangkok, Thailand

Our flight from Tokyo was pretty smooth and after a brief stop in Beijing we were on our way to Bangkok. The flight was quite turbulent, and even though I am not at… Continue reading

4.4 Tokyo

Just thought I’d add on a few of the things we did on our last day in Tokyo, before I head to bed to try and make the 4.30am start tomorrow a little… Continue reading

4.3 Nagoya

Our hotel in Nagoya is situated just a few blocks away from the centre, and wandering aimlessly in almost any direction will bring you to the neon jungle. On our first evening we… Continue reading

4.2 (Tokyo), Osaka and Nara

After a final day in Tokyo checking out the Shibuya district (100¥ shops, the best ever Katsu curry and the famous scramble crossing), we took a bullet train south to Kansai province, Osaka.… Continue reading

4.1 Tokyo

The only thing worse than a fifteen hour flight is a fifteen hour flight, a three hour wait, a one hour delay and then another five hour flight. I stopped attempting to form… Continue reading