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Confessions of a family gap year: We ate McDonald’s in Toyko

Confessions of a family gap year: We ate McDonald’s in Toyko

Water spurted all over the pristine toilet cubicle as my son, always keen to press a button, tested the bottom wash. Outside a member of staff was finishing her cleaning duty, polishing the mirror. Our Little Man (OLM) chuckling wholeheartedly, thankfully figured out how to end the torrent as, horrified, I grabbed for tissues to soak up the mess. It was our first introduction to Japan’s multi function toilets. I’d only ever seen similar ones in Disney’s Cars 2 film!…

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Family-friendly zipline canopy tour in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Family-friendly zipline canopy tour in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Zipping through the trees east of Chiang Mai may not be the most authentically Thai experience, but it was fantastic fun. Flight of the Gibbon lived up to the excellent reviews and Lonely Planet recommendations online and proved a superb family attraction. We and others in our eight-strong group agreed that at 4198 TBH each (around £100), it was one of the most expensive activities we were likely to do in Thailand, but the standards of transport, safety and food…

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Family cycle ride around Chiang Mai, Thailand

Family cycle ride around Chiang Mai, Thailand

    Breaking a chunk of sticky rice from the centre of a peeled back cylinder of bamboo, I acknowledged the value of guided tours.   Whilst moving at your own pace haphazardly discovering what is around the next corner is my usual preference, it is nice to hand over the responsibility of choosing where to stop and where to go next once in a while. And more than that, the benefit of a local guide can mean going to…

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