Monthly Archives: January 2012


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See trip index here, Cambodia index here, and more photos from Cambodia here On day 63 we entered our fourth country on this trip – Cambodia. We have to admit, prior to this trip we knew nothing about Cambodia except the infamous Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, and perhaps […]

63-65 Phnom Penh Cambodia


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Vietnam Costs and Review See our general tip page here.  Note the costs here do not include external flights, vaccines and insurance etc – this will be detailed at the end of the trip.   Total per day   VND gbp VND gbp Accommodation 7,056,000 £225.49 415,059 £13.26 Trains 0 £0.00 […]

Vietnam Costs and Review



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See trip index here,Vietnam index here and additional Vietnam photos here After new year we carried on exploring Ho Chi Minh – but just as the , most things are closed at new year.  So sadly, for 2 days most of the shops were closed and the typically buzzing atmosphere […]

59-63 Ho Chi Minh, Mekong to Cambodia


Well we’ve made it to the half way point, 60 days out of 120.  Sadly this means we’re slowly heading back home I guess. 🙁 As this is our first ever backpacking trip we thought we’d summarise how things are so far. Places We love Southern Thailand and are really […]

Backpack trip: Half Way Point Review (60/120)



See trip index here,Vietnam index here and additional Vietnam photos here For our last full day in Hoi An we decided to go to the Marble Mountains which are about 30km away.  We were told the only way to get there was via a private taxi ($25) and then get […]

55-58 Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC)


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See trip index here,Vietnam index here and additional Vietnam photos here Our fiftieth day started early for a 6am tour to the DMZ.  Yeah – I know we hate organised tours, but there is very little alternative to see the DMZ.  Annoyingly, we got picked up at 6am, driven around […]

50-54 Hue to Hoi An (My Son)



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See trip index here,Vietnam index here and additional Vietnam photos here Hanoi is still a city of chaos – not a place to come if you want a relaxing time.  For new westerners street eating isn’t easy, most places don’t have menus or speak English and as Mel doesn’t eat […]

46-50 Hanoi, Ha Long Bay to Hue


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See trip index here Vietnam index here and additional Vietnam photos here After an early start we got our bus to KL, quite a posh coach.  Yet despite all the naff busses we’ve used, it was this posh one that kept breaking down…  We did make the airport on time […]

42-45 Hanoi, Vietnam



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Malaysia Costs and Review See our general tip page here.  Note the costs here do not include international  flights, vaccines and insurance etc – this will be detailed at the end of the trip.   Total per day   MYR gbp MYR gbp Accommodation 630 £130.71 63 £13.07 Trains 8 […]

Malaysia Review and Costs Summary


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See trip index here and additional Malaysian photos here After a post new year lie in, for our last full day in Kuala Lumpur we ventured out by train to Batu Caves just north of the city – visible from KL tower.  Getting there on the train was trivial and […]

38-42 Melaka (Malacca)



See trip index here and additional Malaysian photos here With a sad goodbye to Thailand (for now) we went to Krabi airport and flew AirAsia to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia which turned out to be a quick and simple affair.  Malaysia only appeared on our itinerary as a convenient joiner […]

33-37 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia