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My Asian Adventures

So we left a cold, miserable UK on 15th January. It takes a full 24 hours to travel to Asia so we were less than amused when the taxi we had pre-booked to collect us from Bangkok airport was nowhere to be seen. It finally arrived TWO hours late.

This is when you realise that the Asian attitude to timekeeping is very different to our own!

A few random facts about Thailand:

  • There are 711 stores (a bit like Spar) on EVERY Soi (street). You are never more than a minute’s walk from one & they are open 24/7.
  • There are also a lot of Family Mart stores (think Londis), also open 24/7
  • They have 24 hour pharmacies where you can buy over the counter items that we would need a prescription for here.
  • Single bananas are sold in individual plastic bags! Not sure the idea of reducing single-use plastic has reached Thailand yet!
  • Whatever you buy will automatically be placed in a carrier bag too.
  • One area where I was very impressed was their clingfilm; it comes with its own sliding cutter – so much easier that frantically trying to find the edge & tear it against a (usually) useless metal strip.
  • Even with the ever-decreasing value of the £ most things in Thailand are still much cheaper than here.
  • Wine is very expensive but beer is cheap – £1.50 a bottle (they only sell it in bottles)
  • I discovered a new favourite drink there – Kahlua (coffee liqueur) which I drank either with coke or neat over ice.
Kahlua & coke with plenty of ice!
  • Most places don’t come to life until late afternoon/early evening as it is just TOO hot earlier in the day.
  • Westerners are known as Farangs.

There are plenty of bars, some more pleasant than others, and all have air conditioning for the comfort of the patrons.

Enjoying one of the many bars we visited.


I really wanted to be adventurous & sample as much Thai food as possible BUT even though I had taken translations with me stating my gluten & lactose intolerances it wasn’t easy! Soy sauce gets EVERYWHERE &, of course, contains wheat so I did have to be especially careful.

I ate a lot of chicken fried rice & a particularly wonderful dish of steamed chicken with steamed rice cooked in coconut milk. This came with a delicious clear coriander soup on the side & was my favourite meal.

I did give in occasionally & eat ham & chips when I’d had enough of rice!

Nigel enjoying Squid with vegetables, chicken & onions, and a spicy soup.

We also took a short trip to Kuala Lumpur where we visited a Hindu Temple (highly recommend), the King’s Palace, the War Memorial, and the KL Tower.

Hindu Temple
Way too hot to make it up all those steps!
Stunning Colours!
Strong Shoulders Needed!
The King’s Palace
The War Memorial
Very Moving.
From the front

The KL Tower was something I really wanted to visit. We paid for the full experience including the Sky Deck & the Sky Box.

Completely dry & warm when we set off up the tower, by the time we got to the top it was raining! They will not allow access to either the Sky Box or Sky Deck when it rains as it is too dangerous. Sadly we did not have time to wait so had to settle for the Observation Deck.

Ticket For The KL Tower
Showing the height of the various parts of the Tower
View from the Observation Deck
Some amazing buildings in KL viewed from high above

Whilst we were in Thailand it was CNY (Chinese New Year) and they celebrated it outside the food court we regularly frequented. The Dragon Dance is an amazing spectacle.

Dragon Dance

Me & the Other Half

Our month there went way too fast and even though we arrived home early Saturday morning I am STILL jet-lagged!

Happy Hair!
At Bangkok Airport on the way home.

I hope you enjoy reading about my adventures in Asia.

Lesley x

My Thailand Adventure

So as some of you will know, I’m currently holidaying in Thailand.

It is a much needed break after three frankly horrible years, which actually began after our last holiday!

We returned from Borneo in February 2016 – me with broken ribs & a broken shoulder (don’t ask!), and my partner with a hernia.

Shortly after our return he went into hospital for what should have been simple keyhole surgery. Unfortunately things did not go according to plan & he ended up with life-threatening Sepsis.

He was lucky in that he is a ‘Sepsis Survivor’. However the long-term effects are both devastating & permanent.

Anyway, this is why we decided to take a month-long break (helped financially by family) in the hope of restoring his broken health.

My partner is actually a very experienced traveller having spent the last 45 years globe-trotting so as you can imagine the holiday was planned with meticulous attention to detail!

So, why Thailand? Well for a start the heat is very beneficial for aches & pains – and we both have a fair few! It’s also relatively cheap, especially compared to Europe, and just a short trip away from his beloved Borneo.

When we visited in 2016 I made all my own products to take; Insect Repellent, mosquito spray plus the usual stuff like toothpaste, mouthwash and moisturiser. I didn’t get bitten even once!

This time, however I did a lot of research & invested in a brand recommended by Glynis Barber among others. Called Incognito, the range is 100% natural & includes everything you will need: Spray & Roll-On Insect Repellent, Combined Sun Cream & Insect Repellent (including Factor 30), Aftersun Moisturiser, a Luxury Loofah Soap, Natural Crystal Deodorant and so much more,

For the full range check out https://lessmosquito.com/collections/the-incognito-store

The items I purchased were the Roll-on Insect Repellent (I didn’t get the spray as a few reviews stated that the sprayer was faulty), the combined Sun Cream & Insect Repellent Factor 30, the After Sun Moisturiser, the Luxury Loofah Soap, and the Natural Crystal Deodorant.

I loved the Luxury Loofah Soap; it is so humid here that I often shower 3 times a day and using the loofah is very refreshing. The Natural Crystal Deodorant really does work well – even in these high temperatures – for which I am very grateful!

I have been a bit disappointed in the Roll-on Insect Repellent & The Combined Sun Cream & Insect Repellent – in spite of liberal application I have suffered several bites on both my legs & arms, The After Sun Moisturiser containing avocado, chamomile, and geranium is lovely & very soothing.

The other survival items I brought with me were The Friendly Soap Company Travel Bar for hair & body which you can purchase from my website http://www.skinkiss.org.uk and Conwy Valley Natural Beauty & Health First Aid Gel (great for those pesky mosquito bites!)

https://www.friendlysoap.co.uk/product/travel-soap/

http://www.naturalbeautyandhealth.co.uk/

As you can imagine, everything I brought with me was natural as I refuse to compromise in that department!

I apologise for not adding any photos – I am using an old Notebook & cannot seem to get the Bluetooth function to work! Heyho – me & technology do not always get on hahaha.

I promise I will write again WITH photos, on my return to the UK on 15th February, Here’s hoping the snow has gone by then!

Lesley xx