Exploring Bangkok | City of Smiles

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After my wonderful, short, city break to Penang with my mother, I am rather in love with short city breaks. Now that I don’t get those lovely long summer holidays as a teacher any more, I have to make the best of public holidays and be a little more creative in stretching my time off. 

I surprised my boy with a 3 day trip to Bangkok to visit his best friend. Our friends had relocated there just three months earlier, swapping idyllic Cheung Chau island life for frenetic city life.  Read more

The Cheung Chau Bun Festival

The Bun Festival is THE highlight in the island’s calendar. Occurring annually around the time of Lord Buddha’s birthday, the Bun Festival attracts around 100,000 people to the island. For 3 days the island is vegetarian, including McDonald’s, which is the only one in HK to have a vegetarian menu during this time. No meat is sold in the market, and the butchers enjoy a well-deserved holiday. Read more

Exploring : Noho – Cat, Gage & Gough Streets


The PRC are celebrating 60 years of Communism and today we all get a public holiday. Coupled with Mid-Autumn Festival in a couple of days time, people are feeling decidedly festive. Read more

Exploring Wanchai


For a short while, J and I moved into a serviced apartment right at the edge of Wanchai Market. The roof of the building had an amazing viewing deck where you get a great view of the buildings and hills.  Wanchai is still one of my favourite areas of Hong Kong, retaining so much of its market and bustle character, despite the gentrification of some parts of it.

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