vickygoestravelling

my journey to health and well being via exotic destinations


Leave a comment

Flash-packing in Laos 2: Nong Khiaw to Luang Prabang

Laos2-1

The karst landscape on the Nam Ou river

In the second part of our journey we travel from Nong Khiaw to Luang Prabang, via Nam Tha and the ‘Green triangle’ of the hill tribes. Continue reading


1 Comment

Flash-packing in Laos: 1 Vientiane to Nong Khiaw

Laos1-13We arrive in Vientiane after a disaster of a start to the holiday: first Ross can’t find our tickets online so he rebooks them, and then he gets shortchanged on arrival at the airport. But bad humour is soon dispelled by cousins Christine and Diego, who are waiting at the hotel, and the arrival of G&Ts and beers. Continue reading


2 Comments

Of headhunters, bat caves and apes in deepest Borneo

Sarawak-45

Kuching at sunset

Nicholas meets us at the airport. He is our Iban guide, descended from the legendary headhunters and heavily tattooed in traditional fashion.  He will be looking after us for our few days in Mulu, in the heart of Borneo, bordering Brunei. Continue reading


1 Comment

Celebrating TWO years in remission

xmas new year 2015 - 3

The majestic Dents du Midi from the little chuff chuff up to CHampery

Sorry for the long silence! Nothing amiss just…travelling back to London and Switzerland has proved extremely exhausting. I know it sounds curmudgeonly to complain – and I’m not really moaning – but being homeless while our house is being renovated is unsettling to say the least. We are turning it into two flats, one of which we shall rent out, but it involves the whole house being re-organised as you can imagine. Continue reading


Leave a comment

‘Teaching the unreached’ Part 2: Banlung and Ratanakiri schools

blog2-52

Welcome committee at Blai

The second part of our journey will take us to Banlung, the hub for the 23 Ratanakiri schools and where the UWS journey began. Maxine and John have gone on to Siem Reap, so we are now five. It’s a 3 hour drive from Siem Pang to Banlung, and after an hour or so on the pitted murram the road returns to tarmac, and the scenery changes from scrub to row upon row of rubber plantations – the ecocide that has destroyed the rainforest and scarred the landscape forever. In between are cassava plants which leaches the soil so it’s all in all a no win situation for the future. Continue reading


8 Comments

‘Teaching the unreached’ – visiting the school we sponsor in Cambodia

This blog is dedicated to the memory of our darling daughter Louise, who would have been 26 on 7 December. Her spirit guides us in the work we do for UWS

cambodia3star-31Six months ago I became involved with a charity United World Schools, whose strap line is ‘teaching the unreached’. We build schools and provide basic reading, writing and counting skills to the world’s poorest children in Cambodia (30 schools). Myanmar (5 schools) and Nepal (5 schools planned). We aim to have 50,000 children in school by the end of 2018. Continue reading