Voyagista likes to stay… at Muang La in Laos

muang la

I am going to introduce you to a charming address in the North of Laos in a region where the ethnic minorities still live in relative isolation from modern life and where mass tourism has not arrived. Muang La is for Laos what the Songstam Lodges were for me in Yunnan – enchanting accommodation offering […]

Philippines – hunting rice fields in the land of headhunters

View of Batad in Banaue

For a long time I wanted to get amongst the famous rice terraces of Banaue in the north of the Philippines. During the month of November I finally made the long drive (8 hours from Clark Airport and 10 from Manila Airport …. ) to this beautiful area. Without the kids in tow we were […]

Adventure in the Sacred Mountains of Chinese Tibet : the Meili Snow Mountains

mdili snow moutain from songtsam lodge

The Meili Snow Mountains are a sacred range of mountains lying partly within the Yunnan Province of China and on the border with Tibet. This range boasts six peaks of more than 6,000 meters and reach up to 6,740 meters. Kawagarbo, the tallest, is also the most sacred to the Tibetans. In the past, numerous […]

Amongst the Dunes in the Namibian Desert


The Namibian Desert was inscribed on the list of World Heritage Sites in 2013. The announcement brought back many wonderful memories for me as the desert was one of the highlights of our Namibian honeymoon: the majesty and beauty of the place, coupled with (several) glasses of champagne amongst the dunes, and topped off with […]

Japan under Five Meters of Snow


As I drive to my destination, powder that we can normally only dream of is piling higher on the tall walls of snow lining the side of the road… welcome to one of the more isolated places in Japan and join me for a ski trip in Hakkoda, Northern Honshu. It was several years that […]

Voyagista likes to dine…. at LPW in Hong Kong

liberty private works hong kong

Liberty Private Works (LPW for those in the know) is a well-known and well-liked restaurant in Hong Kong especially for a couples night out…. and our wedding anniversary was a great opportunity for us to return to LPW. If you are passing through Hong Kong and have a special occasion to celebrate, this is the […]

A weekend with the Hakka people of Fujian

Fujian Tulou house

They are made of earth, bamboo and wood, can be round or square shaped, the oldest ones are 1,200 years old and they can be 100 meters in diameter. They are found in China’s Fujian province and Americans satellites thought they were nuclear power stations…What are they? The Tulou houses of Fujian.  They were built […]

Philippines – Bohol, more than just beaches

bohol chocolate hills

Bohol Island (close to Cebu) has been on my to-visit list for a while and the opportunity to finally get there came when we recently spent a family Xmas in the Philippines. Filipino beaches are amazing and Bohol’s beaches are up there with the rest of the country’s shores, but unlike other islands Bohol offers […]

Tokyo, THE return – Episode Three

Shinjuku golden gai

Our third day  in the Japanese capital was the kid’s day focused on a trip to Odaiba, which we knew well but from our childless days. Odaiba is a zone reclaimed from the sea and dominated by malls and parks Japanese-style. Before this visit, we had already visited Odaiba’s fake french village, and witnessed a marriage […]

Tokyo, THE return: Episode Two

nogokiriyama tokyo chiba

Sunday was forecast as a day in the nature. When we lived in Tokyo we often jumped on a train on the weekends so that we could get out into the countryside, be by the seaside or in the mountains to enjoy the different seasons. However, during my “rediscovering Japan through new eyes ” research […]