South East Asia going mad for Adventure Races

Adventure racing is totally taking off in South East Asia. In Thailand, adventure racing is by now a well-established sport. AMA are the main organisers, and they do a slick and professional job. Courses are fun, though not too crazy, with a good mix of running, biking, kayaking, and swimming. Some of the teams that … Continue reading South East Asia going mad for Adventure Races

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Bumps and Bites from my weekend Jungle Adventure

There’s that itch again. I look down. There’s a ring of red raw lumpy mounds on both of my shins. And they seem to be pulsating. I must have got them from that 3 hour “jungle run” in the middle of the night, the starting leg of the Magadui Trophy adventure race. Last weekend I … Continue reading Bumps and Bites from my weekend Jungle Adventure

Things to see on my daily run around Hanoi’s West Lake

The nice thing about where I live in Vietnam is my daily running route. Normally I go around the east side of Hanoi’s West Lake (or Tay Ho) and here’s an assortment of things I can see on my run: My run normally brings me past Phu Tay Ho pagoda, a popular destination for unmarried … Continue reading Things to see on my daily run around Hanoi’s West Lake

Hanoi Half Marathon, 13 December 2009

|I’ve already sworn on this blog that I would never run a road race again, a resolution I made only ten days ago in fact. But it was hard to resist the temptation to compete in the Red River Runners Half Marathon in Hanoi last Sunday. So I’ve already broken my vow. It was more … Continue reading Hanoi Half Marathon, 13 December 2009

Kon Tum Province after Typhoon Ketsana

Another work trip, this time to Kon Tum Province in Vietnam’s Central Highlands. We were first uncertain whether or not we would get permission to visit the area. The place was hit by Typhoon Ketsana two months previously, the same one that wreaked havoc in the nearby Philippines during September. We had heard that damage … Continue reading Kon Tum Province after Typhoon Ketsana

Biking to Ba Vi

“Anyone fancy biking to Ba Vi National Park on Saturday?” The google group message dropped into our inboxes with an enticing thud. What Simon was proposing was a 50 kilometre ride along the Red River from Hanoi to the town of Son Tay. From there, we’d climb up Ba Vi mountain to the Statue of … Continue reading Biking to Ba Vi

Sapa and the Hoang Lien Mountains in North Vietnam

Don’t you just love it when you get paid to go to the mountains for work? Well that’s how I managed to end up visiting the Hoang Lien Mountains (or Tokinese Alps) in Lao Cai Province over the weekend in the northwest tip of Vietnam. I recently accepted a consultancy to write up the lessons … Continue reading Sapa and the Hoang Lien Mountains in North Vietnam