The Adventures of Samantha & Paul

Borneo Rainforest Lodge
Borneo Rainforest Lodge

The cli­max of our Bor­neo adven­ture, four won­der­ful days in the deep­est depths of the Bor­neo jun­gle at the mag­nif­i­cent Bor­neo Rain­for­est Lodge. From wild orang­utans and the rare Great Argus bird, to the slimy intre­pid tiger leeches crawl­ing up our legs — it’s magical.

Shangri-la Rasa Ria, Borneo
Shangri-la Rasa Ria, Borneo

A deca­dent treat, we stayed in the Shangri-la Rasa Ria resort near Kota Kin­a­balu for four days on the third step of our Bor­neo adven­ture. We watched young orang­utans in the hotel’s nature reserve, saw beau­ti­ful red sun­sets every night, found wildlife every­where, took a night boat out to see the fire­flies and even went parasailing.

Kuching, Borneo
Kuching, Borneo

Four days in Kuch­ing, our first stop in Bor­neo. From learn­ing about Bornean cul­ture at Bumbu cook­ing school, to hik­ing through the lus­cious Bako and Kubah rain­forests, we loved every moment of Kuch­ing. There’s so much to see and do, the peo­ple are lovely, the city is quiet, the food is deli­cious. A real Bornean delicacy.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Two days in Kuala Lumpur to kick-off our Malaysia and Bor­neo trip. Stay­ing at the Traders hotel, we indulged in lux­ury, relax­ing by the rooftop Sky­bar with views of the Petronas Towers.

A week on Vulcano, Sicily
A week on Vulcano, Sicily

This was a last minute hol­i­day, but we’d found a delight­ful 5-star hotel on the island of Vul­cano, part of the Aeo­lian islands which are north of Sicily, Italy. Our hotel, Thera­sia Resort, intro­duced itself with breath­tak­ing views. Perched on the north­ern­most cor­ner of Vul­canello, a small vol­cano, it looks out at a 180º vista of the Aeo­lian islands, with the tow­er­ing Gran Cratere vol­cano behind it, a vol­cano we climbed at sunset.

Birthday Surprise
Birthday Surprise

After a for­get­table day at work in Lon­don, amidst a Jan­u­ary cold snap and inches of snow, Saman­tha met me at the office and we left early for the start of my sur­prise birth­day weekend.

A day in Saigon, Vietnam
A day in Saigon, Vietnam

The final day of our three week hol­i­day, it went slowly, it has felt like an eter­nity, but I can’t help but want more. With six hours to kill in Saigon, we saw the War Rem­nants museum and dined at the Sheraton’s sky bar.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Angkor Wat, Cambodia

The last stretch of our three week hol­i­day, five days in Siem Reap, explor­ing the mys­ti­cal and won­der­ful tem­ples of Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, Angkor Thom and many more.

Hanoi and Halong Bay, Vietnam
Hanoi and Halong Bay, Vietnam

Fourth stop on our tour of Viet­nam. A cou­ple of days in Hanoi to see some Water Pup­pet the­atre, Hoan Kiem lake and Ho Chi Minh’s mau­soleum and a peace­ful “3 day two night” trip to Halong Bay with Indochina, aboard the four-cabin Prince III.

Phong Nha, Vietnam
Phong Nha, Vietnam

Third stop on our tour of Viet­nam, a three night detour to Phong Nha and the mag­nif­i­cent Par­adise Cave, stay­ing at the won­der­ful Phong Nha farmstay.