Lipe at Last

It has taken a while to get back here. The last blog post was back in June, before everything changed in our Harty world. It has been quite tricky to get back to the positives, and share all the wonderful, amazing things that have happened over the last six months. They have been in a…

Penang in Pictures

Penang is like a treasure map of art, food and culture, kindly giving you that extra bit of flubber you always wanted in steamy-old Asia.

Back to nature in Borneo

At the start of this year we made a list of places we wanted to visit while living over this side of the world. “Aren’t you always on holiday?” is something we are asked- a lot. The truth is that we studied, we worked. We still study and we still work, hard. But now we…

Go Green in the Lung

“Why is it called that?” was my first hungover question of last Sunday. The sun was shining and the heat was on. Thailand is quickly approaching the ‘hot hot’ season once again the chin sweats are becoming a real thing. Not a single item of clothing will stay safe in this heat and grey colour…

The Chao Phraya River

The start of the new year has not been Bangkok’s finest. We have been swarmed with heavy pollution, coating our city in a thick, grey smog with barely any sunlight to be found. The great outdoors has not been so great in this part of the world and we long for crispy, clean air. But…

The Sweet Suite Life

I promised that the next blog would be all street art, food and shop houses, as we venture our way to Penang (Malaysia) next week. But there is a place in Bangkok that has carved a little soft spot in our Harts and it goes by the name of The Anantara. Too beautiful to ignore,…

Andaman’s Secret

Until now. Dropped in the most southern parts of the sparkling Andaman sea, could this be the island of the year? Glazed over by the guidebooks, and unheard of by most expats and backpackers, this one definitely feels like uncovering a treasure chest. But will it stay that way? Fifteen years unchanged, except from one…

Grab a cuppa. England.

Instagram makes traveling look so wonderful, doesn’t it? As much as I am a sucker for a good old Instagram photo (@hartypie, if you please) it doesn’t quite tell the whole story about a person and their world, their families and their long-time, often long-distance, friends. England will always be our home and we have…