Our 3 Favourite Places in India

Arambol Sweet Water Lake in Goa, India

We’ve visited over 50 countries, and India is one of our favourites. We consider it one of our “Top ten countries in the world.” We feel this way because India is a tourist paradise with everything we love, such as beaches, ruins, temples, architecture, culture and food. There are many dream places to visit in India, however our favourite places in India offer these things, and also something unique to anywhere else in the world. Please keep reading to discover the best holiday destinations in India.

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Why Travel to India – One of our Top 10 Countries!


Recently, we have looked at photos of our travels over the last twenty years. With over 50 countries visited, it has been a lot of fun reminiscing. It has prompted us to think about our favourites. Therefore, we have started a series of our top 10 countries in the world. In no particular order, we will list which ten countries are our favourites and why you should visit them one day. We are starting the series with India, which is one of our top picks. This post is about why we love India and why we think you need to travel to India one day.

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Human By Nature in Kerala Backwaters

Palm trees In Kerala Backwaters India

Some travellers visit Kerala, in South India, for the breathtaking coastlines, the gorgeous mountains and the glorious tropical beaches. Others want to experience the tea plantations, lively cities, tasty spicy food, abundance of wildlife sanctuaries and national parks. There are so many reasons to visit, but for us, the vibrant culture, the welcoming people and nature in Kerala are the greatest reasons. Kerala is Human by Nature, and it was our experiences in Kerala with both humans and nature that were some of the highlights of our visit to India. In Kerala, we were met with kindness everywhere we went. Strangers went out of their way to ask if we needed help or to say hello. Furthermore, our boat trips on Kerala’s backwaters are highlights of our travels in over 50 countries.

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Visiting Quirky Buddha Park in Vientiane, Laos


On a visa run from Bangkok in Thailand to Vientiane in Laos, we discovered the ominous and fascinating Buddha Park. It is one of the favorite tourist attractions in Vientiane of many visitors, ranking in the top 3 things to do in Vientiane on TripAdvisor. Since reading the reviews and seeing the unusual and striking photos of demon sculptures, the park was on our must-do list.

We love visiting obscure attractions, and having heard of 200 unique sculptures; we thought it would be an entertaining experience. We were not let down! Buddha Park Vientiane was one of our favorite tourist attractions we visited in Laos.

Last Updated- 4th January 2023.

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Our Favourite Things To Do in Vientiane Laos


After three months in Southern Thailand, we needed to leave the country to renew our visas. So, we decided doing an overland visa run would be fun. We chose Laos for several reasons. First, it would be a fun, overland journey from Thailand. Secondly, it is a cheap country (we were low on funds). Thirdly, we wanted to see what had happened to the untouched, authentic country we had fallen in love with 20 years earlier. We had treasured our visit 20 years earlier and had found many interesting things to do in Vientiane, Laos. Please keep reading our Vientiane blog to discover our favourite things to do in Vientiane and find the best attractions for you to visit.

Updated: 3rd September, 2023.

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Our Travels in Laos – A Return Road Trip 20 years on


Laos had recently opened its doors to tourism. When we there in 1999 it started a marketing campaign ‘Visit Laos Year 2000’ to welcome more visitors to travel to Laos. It was a country considered off the beaten track even by the most intrepid backpackers. We saw striking landscapes, architecture and temples. But best of all was the opportunity to meet genuine people.

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8 reasons to go to Thailand’s Koh Phangan Island now!

Koh_Phangan_Thailand_ sunset

We have been going to Thailand’s Koh Phangan Island for over 20 years. We have been to over 50 countries in the world, and Thailand remains our all-time favourite. Along with Australia and New Zealand, we consider it one of our homes. This post is about what to do in Koh Phangan and the reasons to go to Koh Phangan now.

Many travellers don’t realise that things change, places change, and even you change. And 20 years later, you will no longer be that good-looking skinny backpacker that can dance on tables after having knocked back 10 pints of beer (without falling).

Twenty years later, island paradises don’t stay the same. They too mature, develop, age and grow.

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Why we always go to Thailand’s Islands… & why you should too!


We have been to Thailand’s islands 17 times since 2006. People have said to us, “Oh! You could have been to Mexico,” or Costa Rica, or some other place that they had just been to for their holidays. They ask us why we don’t go somewhere new. And they don’t understand why we always choose to go to Thailand’s islands. It’s a good question. So we’ve written this post to let you know the reasons to visit Thailand and why you should go to Thailand’s islands on your next trip too!

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