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Laos 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   LAK gbp LAK gbp Accommodation 3,212,000 £273.09 160,600 £13.65 Busses 500,000 £42.51 25,000 £2.13 Boat 1,483,200 £126.11 […]

See trip index here, Laos index here, and more photos from Laos here The journey from Luang Prabang to Houei Xai (or vice versa) has been in the back of our minds since before we left.  The internet describes it as an arduous journey, but on our route it is pretty much necessary.  Flying isn’t […]

See trip index here, Laos index here, and more photos from Laos here Luang Prabang has a reputation of being a chilled and special place in Laos – but with this reputation comes the growing menace of touts.  Even the bus tuk-tuk driver tried to get away lightly by not going where we wanted – […]

See trip index here, Laos index here, and more photos from Laos here Vang Vieng is pretty much a nowhere place – its entire existence seems to be a travellers way point and has little Laos character, but the scenery and activities more than make up for it.  To be fair, its clean, easy to […]

See trip index here, Laos index here, and more photos from Laos here Savannakhet is one of the first places we’ve been pleased to get away from.  Unless you are into Eco Treks and homestays then its rather dull, apart from trying to escape from the most aggressive dogs we’ve seen in Asia.  Lins cafe […]

See trip index here, Laos index here, and more photos from Laos here We only stopped at Pakse as it was a convenient destination when crossing into Laos, and to be fair it doesn’t have any must see sights.  However, as an intro to Lao Peoples Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) it is a good start.  […]

See trip index here, Laos index here, and more photos from Laos here As mentioned previously, there is very little information on the Internet about getting from Cambodia to Laos via the route we are going.  What information exists is conflicting and though we hope all the good things we read are true, we really […]

Cambodia 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   USD gbp USD gbp Accommodation $326.00 £207.45 $17.16 £10.92 Busses $94.00 £59.82 $4.95 £3.15 Taxi/TukTuk $7.50 £4.77 […]

See trip index here, Cambodia index here, and more photos from Cambodia here Our last chilled day in sunny Siem Reap we did research on how to get to our next destination – Kratie – on the way to Pakse in Laos.  Quite a journey with very limited options, and our Internet research doesn’t show […]

See trip index here, Cambodia index here, and more photos from Cambodia here After another lovely street food meal, with some superb shakes we said goodbye to Battambang – a tatty place with a friendly feel.  Hopefully it will improve over the next few years.  Our bus journey from Battambang to SIem Reap on Capitol […]

Below is a very very rough map of the route we’ve taken.  Doesn’t look much, but we’ve fitted in all we can!  Details of the trip index can be found here The colours are:- Blue:  Overland by bus or train Black:  Flight Red: Boat Yellow:  Combination of bus/boat   View South East Asia Trip in […]

See trip index here, Cambodia index here, and more photos from Cambodia here On our return to Phnom Penh, we wondered if our positive views would change after our experience in Sinanoukeville, as to be fair, there are plenty of girlie bars and “hello tuktuk!” men.  But something about PP makes it all less intrusive, […]

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 […]

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 we had heard of Ankor […]

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 […]

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 wasn’t here.  We did manage […]

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 […]

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 a guide, but we found […]

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 for a bit, had a […]

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 meat  or speak Vietnamese its […]