On our journey south from Chiang Mai to Krabi, we decided to break up the journey by spending a day in Ayutthaya. We arrived in Ayutthaya in the evening after a long train journey and after a quick visit to the night market for dinner, we went to bed ready to wake up early the next day for a full day of exploring… In 1350, Ayutthaya was the capital of the Kingdom of Siam until it was viciously attacked by the Burmese in 1787, resulting in the fall of the kingdom. The ruins of this ancient city are now preserved…

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Ellie and I recently spent 4 days in Chiang Mai- a beautiful city in Northern Thailand known for its many temples, night markets and close proximity to the jungle. After just having spent time in chaotic Bangkok, the laid back vibe of Chiang Mai was very welcomed and we enjoyed leisurely wandering the streets and exploring temples before hanging out with elephants and trekking through the jungle… Day 1 We arrived in Chiang Mai at 5am after a gruelling 10 hour overnight bus journey from Bangkok. Me, Ellie and two guys we met called Harry and Mark were dropped at…

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It seems that a lot of people have “elephant riding in Thailand” on their bucket list. I did too. However, I’ve since learned that the reality behind elephant tourism is very dark and disturbing. Elephants are wild animals, and so must be tamed to make them “safe” for tourists to ride. This often involves subjecting them to a process known as “Phajaan”, which roughly translates to “breaking spirit”, whereby elephants, usually babies, are placed in a small confined space, beaten and starved in order to make them submissive to humans. As the saying goes, an elephant never forgets, and he will…

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I’ve just spent three days in Bangkok; Thailand’s hectic capital city. Before arriving, I was told by many people who’d been previously to get out as soon as possible as its not a particularly enjoyable place to be- most people just fly into Bangkok to enter Thailand and then leave to go to the islands or jungle. I partly agree in that I couldn’t have spent much longer there- navigating through the busy streets is quite hard work, but I definitely don’t think you should miss out on Bangkok. It was a buzzing city with thriving night life, amazing street food…

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I spent the past week camping in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, which, not surprisingly, is a national park along the Pembrokeshire coast in west Wales. The coastline really is striking, with jagged cliffs, beautiful beaches and an abundance of wildlife – we saw Welsh Mountain ponies, porpoises, seals, jellyfish… We stayed just outside the town St Davids, in a campsite called Caerfai Bay Farm Campsite, which was sat right by the coast so we could see the sea from our tent. Here are some photos I took.

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