Buddha image Thailand Nan

Musings and miracles in Thailand’s Nan Province

Travel doesn’t always have to be about the journey or the destination. Sometimes it’s more about the moments. Some of them are inconsequential in the grand scheme of things but others leave their mark on you forever. A pilgrimage to Nan, a province on the Laos border of North-Eastern Thailand, delivers just such a moment.   […] Read more…

Take a longboat tour through Bangkok's Klongs

39 things to do in Bangkok with kids

Hailed as the “Venice of the East”, Thailand’s boisterous Bangkok offers visiting families a chaotic but cool combination of fast-paced city life and ancient culture. It is a city for all the senses with dazzling lights, the fragrant scent of street food, sprawling shrines to consumerism, and the cacophonous honking and tooting of tricked-up tuk-tuks. […] Read more…

Gotokuji, The Waving Cat Temple in Tokyo

Gotokuji: The Lucky Cat Temple in Tokyo

  From Sanrio’s sassy Hello Kitty to ancient Edo cat literature and cat art, cat cafés, cat islands and even an unofficial cat holiday – Nyan Nyan Nyan Day – held each year on February 22, you could be forgiven for thinking that Japan is utterly smitten with kittens. So, it turns out, are Raffles […] Read more…

Dubrovnik Old Town Harbour

Croatia with kids: Pirates of Dubrovnik

“Land Ahoy” shouts Raffles, between a volley of “Arrhhs’ and “Yo ho ho’s”. As you do when sailing in to Dubrovnik’s Old Town on a timber galleon. The tiny traveller is convinced it is a real life pirate ship and, in a strange twist, it would appear the skipper concurs – proffering my small swashbuckler a feathered pirate […] Read more…

Worst travel advice - Don't talk to strangers . Here's Raffles ignoring that and making loads of new friends

The worst travel advice for families

Travel means different things to different people. When you’re flying solo, it may be for the chance to discover the world, or to discover yourself. And when you travel with kids, you might view it as a chance to bond or an opportunity to raise globally aware humans. No matter how or who you travel […] Read more…

a recipe for sure-fire sui mai

Recipe: Sure-fire Siu Mai

 It’s no big secret that Raffles loves a dumpling. And when I say loves, I mean with a passion equalled only by that of a seagulls for chips. In fact, if eating dumplings were an Olympic sport, he’d bring home Gold. In every event. Including the relay.  This is a child who considers Xiao Long Bao (pork […] Read more…

There are a variety of delicious vegetarian dishes at Canton KItchen in Castlecrag including these tofu stacks

Raffles reviews: Canton Kitchen, Castlecrag

Pop! Canton Kitchen has just opened in Castlecrag. I’m excited too because Head Chef Jason Chan is from Queen Chow, so it’s gotta be good! The restaurant itself is like a Cantonese pop art explosion of cool with retro posters papering the walls. I was in  the birthplace of Cantonese cooking, Guangzhou, just a few […] Read more…

Review: China Southern Premium Economy Syney to Guangzhou with kids

Review: China Southern Economy with kids

You get what you pay for right? So, we really don’t expect much when we fly economy. I mean I figure as long as we get where we’re going in one piece, the job is done. That was until our first date with China Southern, the biggest airline in Asia by fleet size. We’re flying […] Read more…

Ladies in traditional costume at Guanzhou Flower Market. The 25 best things to do in Guangzhou with kids

The 25 best things to do in Guangzhou with kids

Gorgeous Guangzhou is a clean, green and super smart city that’s marching boldly towards the future, without losing sight of its incredible 2000-year history. China’s third largest city with a population of almost 16-million, it’s one of the world’s fastest growing tourist cities. And, I’m ashamed to admit, a few short months ago I didn’t […] Read more…

Things to do in Tokyo with Kids: Harajuku's Takeshita Dori

Cool and Quirky Harajuku with Kids

Harajuku, like Tokyo itself, has something of a split personality. Serene and extreme all at once, the area is home to one of Tokyo’s most important Shinto shrine as well as the city’s most out there shopping strips. In fact, Harauku is in itself a shrine… to conspicuous consumption. Only in Harajuku would you spot […] Read more…

The secret is out Tokyo DisneySea is fab for families ©Disney

He said, She said: Tokyo DisneySea by Kids

Whether you speak Japanese or not, that special Disney Magic won’t need translation at the extraordinary Tokyo DisneySea ®, a unique Disney park with seven exquisitely themed ports inspired by the myths, legends and lore of the sea.  Said by some to be the very best Disney Park in the World, Tokyo DisneySea is a completely […] Read more…

Edinburgh by kids Calton Hill

He Said, She said: Edinburgh by kids

It was wizardry that brought us to Edinburgh or at least my son’s obsession with them. And while the Scottish capital more than delivered in Harry Potter inspired thrills, there’s so much more to love about the historic, and famously festive, city. For starters there’s all that gorgeous Georgian architecture, cobbled alleyways, and its famous looming […] Read more…

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