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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 northern […]

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 […]

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 though and arrived OK in […]

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 full of locals as the […]

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 for Hanoi and southern Thailand […]

General Travellers Tips Please note that we do not profess to be expert travellers or backpackers, you will meet those that are (or profess to be!) when you are away.  All we can give you is some tips we think are useful Never ever ever believe anyone who tells you that something is closed for […]

Southern Thailand Costs and Review See our general tip page here.  Note the costs here do not include flights, vaccines and insurance etc – this will be detailed at the end of the trip.   Total per day   THB gbp THB gbp Accommodation 27300 £585.26 975 £20.90 Trains 1712 £36.70 54 £1.15 Taxis/Buses etc […]

See trip index here and Southern Thailand index here. Additional pictures here We are suitably impressed with our accommodation and hosts at Groovy Bungalows – nice to splash out for Christmas!  Included in the room is a 100cc scooter, so we ventured out onto the Thai roads…  The scooter is a semi-automatic which I’ve not […]

See trip index here and Southern Thailand index here. Additional pictures here Leaving Patong we headed to Koh Phi Phi (pronounced pee pee) for a night.  Our expectations of Phi Phi were quite low as we heard it was over spoilt by tourists.  The ferry over from Patong was a death trap and the luggage […]

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 […]

See trip index here and Southern Thailand index here. Additional pictures here After chatting to the owners of our lodgings, we did decide to go on an organised 2-day excursion into the rain forest, long-tail boat, canoeing, bit of a cave hike, and the night on (literally) the lake in the middle.  Tourist tacky perhaps, […]

See trip index here and Southern Thailand index here. Additional pictures here Day 8 was planned to be a simple day out on the train from Kwai (k-way not k-why) to Nam Tok to see the Nam Tok Sai Yok Noi waterfalls.  There is a dedicated tourist train that gets closest but we were unable […]