3-Night Safari in Wilpattu National Park

Nine years ago, David and I had a wonderful experience on safari in South Africa – this is well before Starry Horizons and our 6-year circumnavigation.  We loved the safari trip, and thoroughly enjoyed spotting the big five game animals – elephants, lions, rhinos,...

A Day in Nuwara Eliya: Sri Lanka’s Tea Plantations

We took a break from the amazing train ride from Kandy to Ella and back to stop into Nuwara Eliya, a small town up in the mountains of Sri Lanka.  This town is often called “Little England”, as the high society of the colony enjoyed the climate in Nuwara Eliya. And...

Riding Sri Lanka’s Famous Kandy to Ella Train

After three nights in the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka, we said goodbye to our friends Kimi and Trevor and our driver Raj. We were ditching them to take one of the most scenic train rides in the world: Kandy to Ella on the iconic blue train. Buying Tickets for the Train in...

Three Days in Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle

We arrived in Sri Lanka in Trincomalee, which is a bit unusual for tourists, who normally fly into Colombo. But our location meant we were close to some of the biggest attractions in Sri Lanka; the Cultural Triangle. There are five main parts of the Cultural Triangle;...

Sigiriya: Hiking to the Top of Sri Lanka’s Rock Fortress

Our second day of the Cultural Triangle tour in Sri Lanka, we started off early. Kimi and Trevor were good sports about it, and we all appreciated the early start to beat the heat. Our first activity was to hike Sigiriya rock before it got too hot and crowded.  We arrived around...

Minneriya National Park 3-Hour Jeep Safari

On our first day out in Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle, our driver, Raj, took us to Prasanna Hotel and Restaurant.  This hotel also operates open-air Jeep tours in the nearby Minneriya National Park. Minneriya National Park Together with Kaudulla and Wasgamuwa National...

Cruising the West Coast of Thailand

We cleared into Thailand on December 6th and left Thai waters on February 19th.  Starry Horizons spent two and a half months in Thailand, but David and I flew back to the states for part of it and spent a little over two months in the country.  We spent most of our time...

One Week in Phuket Itinerary

Thailand was one of the countries I was most excited about visiting on our around-the-world adventure.  We ended up spending a little over two months sailing on the west coast of Thailand, and a majority of that time was spent on Phuket.  Not everyone has the luxury of...