Author Archives: Watson's Wanderlust

Final weeks in Malaysia?

Hello!  I’m STILL here, in Malaysia.  5 months in.  How are you doing? The current MCO (Movement Control Order) is due to end 31st August.  If you haven’t seen my post on why I decided to stay in Malaysia during the pandemic, then to quickly recap – the Malaysian government have granted us tourists on […]

Why I chose to stay in Malaysia during the pandemic

On March 12, the WHO organisation declared COVID-19 as a pandemic and the world quickly started shutting down.  I had been in Malaysia for a week.  I had already been in Chiang Mai where the first case was declared a week into my month stay in January.  No bother, direct flights were cancelled from China […]

Tiwi Islands

The Tiwi Islands – Where?

I’ve been enjoying writing my weekly blog posts… until last week, when I tapped tapped away at the keyboard, edited and inserted all my photos and then BOOM, the post was lost.  I still have no idea what happened, it kept saying it was SAVED but it’s nowhere to be found.  It’s gone to the […]

Kampung Warna Warni

The most colourful villages in South & East Asia

How are things in your part of the world?  We are still observing a Movement Control Order here in Malaysia.  During this time everyone seems to be learning or encouraging to learn new skills or hone existing skills.  It’s hard to entertain yourself when you’re 10,000 km away from home and all you have is […]

Abandoned UFO Resort Taiwan

Abandoned Places: Wanli the UFO resort

Back to abandoned places for this week’s isolation blog!  This place is one of my most favourite finds, in one of my most favourite countries (if we disregard my vegetarian food struggles). An abandoned UFO resort in Taiwan! I spent 10 days in Taiwan back in 2017 and have since been back for a cheeky […]

Golden Hand Bridge Vietnam

Visiting The Golden Bridge & Ba Na Hills

When I first saw a picture of the newly built gold bridge suspended by two gigantic stone hands it was immediately added to my visit list.  Thing is, it was in Vietnam and if you have been over to my post on abandoned theme parks you’ll know that I didn’t really think I’d ever be […]

Spanish Easter Processions

Easter Processions in Santiago de Compostela

Whilst I’m not particularly religious, I do tend to end up visiting many religious sites on my travels.  Mosques, temples, churches, deities, religious sites (mainly referring to all of the places I read about when I was a kid at Sunday School – Jerusalem, Nazareth, Bethlehem, Jericho), stupas… and we all remember what happened when […]

5 Abandoned Theme Parks Around The World

When it comes to visiting abandoned places, I’ve realised I have a re-occurring type of place I like to explore.  Theme parks! My interest was sparked simply from watching the action film Hanna.  It was the final scene, an exhilarating chase through a decrepit theme park that did it for me.  I think it was […]

48 hours in Ho Chi Minh City

I haven’t written one of these for a while!  Some of you replied to my Instagram stories recently that you are also heading to Ho Chi Minh City soon, so here’s a quick run down of my recommended things to see if you are only in the city for a couple of days.  Most of […]

An alternative guide to the Wat’s of Chiang Mai

With over 300 wat’s (temples) in Chiang Mai, Thailand it can be a little overwhelming as to which one(s) to visit.  If you google the most popular, all the lists will pretty much have the same top 10.  After a month of being in Chiang Mai, I have still only visited half of those on […]