Climbing Pidurangala Rock for sunrise in Sigiriya

Sigiriya is a small town a few hours north of Kandy, home to an ancient fortress on top of the 200m tall Sigiriya Rock, also known as Lion Rock. It's become one of the main tourist attractions in Sri Lanka, and it's worth a visit on your Sri Lankan adventure if you like big rocks... Continue Reading →

Climbing the amazing Ambuluwawa Temple

Have you seen the viral video on Instagram of the guy climbing a white tower that looks like it sits thousands of feet above the valley floor? Well I did, then I realised it's in Sri Lanka so of course I had to find it for myself. Ambuluwawa is a 48m high Buddhist temple in... Continue Reading →

Killing time in Kandy

Kandy is a surprisingly big city nestled in the mountains of Sri Lanka's Central Province, a busy, dirty place surrounded by an endless sea of green. There's a few things to do here and it's worth a quick visit on your way to or from Ella. I didn't have any intention of visiting Colombo, so... Continue Reading →

Ninjas and Buddhas in Luoyang

I was skeptical to visit these after such a wonderful day exploring the Yungang Grottoes, but I had nothing to worry about. In fact, if I had to recommend just one, it would be the Longmen Grottoes! Although the caves themselves don't have the colour or detail of Yungang, the scale of the complex will blow your mind.

Rest and relaxation in Pokhara

While Thamel was the place to 'relax' after an intense 17-day hike to Everest Base Camp, Pokhara was an even better place to relax after hiking all over the Annapurna region. Or before, for that matter. With nothing to do but chill by the lake and eat all the food, it's the perfect place for... Continue Reading →

Things to do around Kathmandu

So you've survived your first few days in Kathmandu but now it's time to explore this beautiful and chaotic city! It has a lot to offer, from amazing food to handmade craft stores, temples and stupas to parks and rivers. All of these things are (just about) within walking distance of Thamel, but it's very... Continue Reading →

Climbing the 4000 stairs of Taishan

After riding the Trans Mongolian from Russia to China and only doing one actual day hike I was pretty desperate to climb a mountain... never thought I'd say that. But I made up my mind to head south from Beijing to the small city of Tai'An, to climb the holiest of the five great mountains.... Continue Reading →

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