A huge clap of thunder. And then the rain... It was my first day in the city of Ipoh, Malaysia and I had decided to take a walk into town. Queue an unexpected thunderstorm. Murphy’s Law dictated that no taxi was in sight. So there I was, standing under a tin awning outside of a mechanic’s shop when the owner beckoned me inside to wait out the storm.
This week you have been hearing about Thailand from the expats already enjoying life there. On Tuesday I introduced you to Derek Workman who took you on a tour of his life in the low-cost northern university city of Chiang Mai where his total monthly budget is just $706. And on Thursday our Thailand Correspondent, Steve LePoidevin, revealed that you can rent on the island of Samui for as little as $300 a month. (And you can get everything he knows about Thailand right here. But what about Bangkok?
Montmartre is one of the best places in Paris. Sure, it gets droves of tourists who come to savour the neighbourhood that artists like Dali, Monet and Van Gogh once called home. But I like to avoid the crowds and get lost in the winding backstreets.