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Hi all. I know many (most ) visitors aren’t interested in the entire content of this site, but in likeliness have a specific interest in an activity or a specific country.  Until now, there has been no easy way to see all related information. However, I’ve had a free few minutes and have now added […]

A few people have asked us for details of our route, so here is a clever interactive map showing our route in full detail.  Its so accurate, we’re only taking this data with us – and not any paper maps!  But, we will have 2x smartphones and a tablet so, in theory, can’t get lost. […]

Well, we’ve committed to cycle from home to the south of France for some sunny beach time!  Its only 700 miles or so, so can’t be that tough – surely?  But considering we normally just load up and take the ‘van this trip will require quite a bit of planning and surprisingly quite a lot […]

Happy new year to our avid readers who probably think we’ve either died, or just aren’t doing anything anymore!  Well, sorry we’ve been busy and we only try and put interesting trips on our blog as anything that is short or normal isn’t really worth writing about! After our van issues (which turned out to […]

After 8 years of owning our little cavarno, we are having naughty thoughts about selling it.  Not because we want to up-size or down-size or upgrade, but because our plans for the next 12-18mths aren’t covering many long van trips.  We are thinking cycle trekking, backpacking etc for next year….  And is it fair to […]

Low power/boost on Ford TDCi engine On our last trip to France, our van experienced what appeared to be a major fault, such that it struggled going up hills which is unheard of for these vans! It was as if the turbo wasn’t working properly, or for whatever reason the van was sluggish as pie. […]

Blimey! 2012 was an amazing year, with the first 3 months spent in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia, and then 3 month house hunting trip before we moved in in June.  Then the last 6 months of 2012 were busy catching up with friends, settling in our new home, and doing DIY…  Oh – and […]

(See the rest of our tip index here) In the past I have tried some devices that enable you to watch TV on a laptop and I had mixed results.  Flakey quality, high power consumption, and unreliable software.  So I gave up and bought a Meos 13.3″ TV unit which has served us well for […]

After 7 years our first van had its first real component failure, which can’t be bad.  The water pump seems to have failed due to a seal going between it and the power steering pump. resulting in coolant leaking very slowly down and over the starter motor.  Getting it changed at a garage was quoted […]

Well, as you may have seen, we’ve not updated our blog since we came back from Asia.  Amazingly, we came back on 25 March, then after sorting some bits out we went area/house hunting with a HUGE area of the Cotswolds, Wiltshire and Dorset.  So the little camper has been used heavily since then. But, the […]

At last, the camping and caravanning club 2012 data is available.  See our main GPS download page here to download it. You obviously need to be a member to use the facilities.  The .csv and some of the [adrotate banner="84"] XXL Europe files (not all) are available direct from CCC.  However, the data here is just […]

Well for those wondering what we’re doing after returning from the fabulous Asia trip, well, back to reality I guess! Its time to buy another house somewhere and get our stuff out of my (very kind!) parents garage. Not sure where, but we like places like Chippenham; Cirencester; Gillingham; Salisbury; Highworth; Melksham to name but […]

See trip index here, Cambodia index here, and more photos from Cambodia here Our positive view of Cambodia and Phnom Penh continued after going out for a beer at 50p a glass and then to the local night market for tea.  You can’t get more authentic than joining pretty much all locals sitting on rugs […]

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 0 £0.00 Taxis/Buses etc 1,512,000 […]

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 looking forward to seeing the northern […]

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 £1.66 1 £0.17 Taxis/Buses etc […]

Happy new year from us both.  Currently 1:23am and still about 30’C here!  Just been to see the fireworks and party at Petronas towers. Sadly the DJ was dire, and the band awful, but the fireworks were ok with a good finale.  Not much booze here for obvious reasons…. Leaving KL in a couple of […]

See trip index here and Southern Thailand index here. Additional pictures here Our first day in Patong beach was spent getting our bearings and exploring the beach.  Our hotel /guesthouse is superb and is just behind the spectacular Jungceylon shopping centre which could be plucked from any top flight city.  Slightly out of place here, […]

After the popularity of my 2009, 2010 and 2011 databases – I have now created a new 2012 version with the latest available data. As always, I wish to reiterate I did not create any of the raw data.  I have simply obtained the data from multiple sources, maniplated into a standard format, done a […]

See trip index here and Southern Thailand index here. Additional pictures here After a bit of a rest and fresh air, followed by a lovely meal at our lodgings we felt a lot better – so we hoped our illness was just a blip…  Our accommodation at Khao Lak was pretty good having been rebuilt […]