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For almost ten years David and I have lived a nomadic lifestyle, travelling the world spending anything from 28 days to 6 months in a city or country, and in this time we have stayed in everything from the world’s most luxurious hotels to hostels, guesthouses and serviced apartments – from the sublime to the [...]

For almost 900 years there were elephants at Angkor and in November 2019 the owners of the herd along with key stakeholders in the tourism industry made the incredible decision to stop elephant rides at Angkor and retire the herd, moving them to a place of safety. Now living in 1100 acres of protected forest […]

All I can say is that this was a once in a lifetime opportunity and an absolute privilege to spend a couple of hours at Angkor Wat without the heaving crowds. Angkor Wat, in its beauty and state of preservation, is unrivaled and has an artistic distinctiveness. Built in the first half of the 12th [...]

Graceful, historic Hoi An is Vietnam’s most atmospheric and delightful town. Once a major port, it boasts the grand architecture and beguiling riverside setting that befits its heritage, and the 21st-century curses of traffic and pollution are almost entirely absent. The face of the Old Town has preserved its incredible legacy of tottering Japanese merchant […]

As the road curves back and forth, some slight bends, some hairpin turns, drivers are rewarded with spectacular views of misty mountains rising high over the South China Sea, deserted sandy beaches, forests and the twinkling lights of far-off cities. Hai Van roughly translates as ‘Sea of Clouds’ in Vietnamese, which perfectly describes this misty […]

In 2014 David and I made the difficult, but principled, decision to focus on ethical travel, and stop working with clients and suppliers that insisted on taking part in inhumane animal interactions, such as the infamous elephant back safaris in Thailand. Over the last 6 years we have endeavoured to find and support people and […]

We never determined what insect made that glorious noise that welcomed us to Thailand. In chorus it was loud and fantastic and signalled our arrival in paradise for our honeymoon. We entrusted every detail of our travels to David van den Heever-Liebenberg, travel director at Marmalade Toast bespoke travel and he delighted us with a [...]