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Hampi General Info

INDIA | Friday, 1 Mar 2013 | Views [1965] | Video

General Info as it was in December '12 to February '13: The cheapest I've seen is 100 Rupees per night at Goan Corner . This little corner of Heaven (well, quite big actually) is owned and run by Sharmilla and her husband. If you're a climber, THIS ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, bouldering, climbing, goan corner, hampi, hampi guesthouse, india, travelling, where do the climbers stay?

Hampi Steve

INDIA | Wednesday, 16 Jan 2013 | Views [1061]

“What’s your name?” “Jaidev”, the American replied, “Oh, you have an Indian name?”, Ola, the Polish climbing machine said, “Yeah, it was given to me a few days ago by the Amar. It means ‘... Read more >

Tags: annoying twats you meet when backpacking, backpacking, bouldering, climbing, hampi, india, travelling

Goa Dave

INDIA | Saturday, 5 Jan 2013 | Views [1293]

So, in December 2012 I finished a contract in the UAE (the Emirates, for short) and made the plan (for reasons too long and boring to explain) to hang around in the emirates for a week while Luke and Owen finished their first week of paragliding courses ... Read more >

Tags: arambol, backpacking, goa, hippies, hippy, india, travelling

Penang Visa Run

THAILAND | Thursday, 7 Jun 2012 | Views [10255] | Comments [7]

Currently I’m laid in my very bland, but clean room in Penang, Malaysia, halfway through my visa-run. The blandness of the walls kind of match my mood – that numb, empty, though not unpleasant feeling that I sometimes have when arriving in ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, malaysia, penang, tourist visa, visa, visa malaysia, visa penang, visa run malaysia

A Step Into the Unknown for Two Weeks in India

INDIA | Wednesday, 11 Jan 2012 | Views [967]

23rd Dec 23:58 Very happy. Travelling/backpacking/trips away (whatever you want to call it) is preceded by a period of research, deliberation and decision-making to give you the best chance of being happy during your trip. When you actually start ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, india, kamchet, kamshet

Best Laid Plans...

THAILAND | Tuesday, 30 Aug 2011 | Views [534]

The first time I've ever missed Thailand transport was this morning. You know, as I got there really early and checked in my ticket for my visa-run trip, I had a funny feeling that everything seemed just a little bit too easy... "You come back ten ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, mayanmar, travelling, visa run, visa run koh tao to burma

Strange Feeling Today....

THAILAND | Tuesday, 30 Aug 2011 | Views [482]

Just for a moment, one random moment, I felt like something was missing in my life made more noticeable by the fact that I 'had everything'. I'd just checked in my ticket for the catamaran to start my visa run, I had a nice little rucksack on with ... Read more >

My 'Laos Girlfriend'

LAOS | Friday, 26 Aug 2011 | Views [2090] | Comments [2]

Don't get too excited, I didn't have a Laos girlfriend on my travels, but this is the term my german friends and I came up with to describe a certain Laos girl on a public bus. Somewhere in the Lonely Planet it says that on public buses in Laos, the ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, laos, personal space, public bus, travelling

Herpes Zoster

THAILAND | Friday, 26 Aug 2011 | Views [1297]

So after being misdiagnosed as having sinus inflammation and/or sinusitis and even having the rash that developed later dismissed by one doctor on koh tao as merely a secondary bacterial infection, I had one day feeling particularly ill and decided that ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, herpes zoster, herpes zoster opthalmicus, travelling

Oh How Things Change....

THAILAND | Tuesday, 23 Aug 2011 | Views [442]

My idyllic start on Ko Tao went rapidly downhill. I'm now sat in 'Choppers' because I need to have breakfast with my painkillers and they do half-price here between 9 and 10. Hopefully the painkillers will dull what is, at the moment, excruciating ... Read more >

Bangkok to Kho Tao

THAILAND | Saturday, 13 Aug 2011 | Views [526]

As Bangkok became smaller in the distance I could hear its low bass-like groans and cries as it lamented my escape. The living breathing beast had not got me. I flopped into the warm embrace of the dive resort on Kho Tao, already feeling ... Read more >

Tags: bangkok kho tao diving divemaster rescue diver th

Crunch Time!

THAILAND | Tuesday, 9 Aug 2011 | Views [427]

About five hours ago I decided not to go to the UK, but to go to Kho Tao and do my Divemasters. I went to their office in Bangkok and paid for the whole thing in one. I was in real turmoil earlier today, but now I'm sat having a quiet beer and a cigarette, ... Read more >

My 'Thai Date'

THAILAND | Sunday, 7 Aug 2011 | Views [624]

If you could call it that. The moment she walked in, all my anxieties were dispelled, because her energy was so relaxed and, I don't know how to put it, 'innocent' maybe? She's no virgin and she knows what's going on. I really don't know how to put ... Read more >

Tags: asian women, backpacking, bangkok, dating, feminism, feminist, thailand

Full Circle

THAILAND | Friday, 5 Aug 2011 | Views [508]

So I'm sat in the same guesthouse in Bangkok I started my travels in 10 weeks ago. The same attractive girl is here in the same yellow dress trying to lure people in from the entrance. But it has free wi-fi and comfortable seats. It's a nice atmosphere.... Read more >

Muang Ngoi, Laos

LAOS | Sunday, 24 Jul 2011 | Views [661]

I've just realised that there's nothing in my journal about anything between Don Det and Chiang Mai. I had alot of wonderful and unusual experiences in Laos - maybe I'll write about those another time. But for now, I just want to include Muang Ngoi as ... Read more >

Tags: laos, muang ngoi

More Highs on Don Det

LAOS | Sunday, 17 Jul 2011 | Views [736]

We got into a great little routine in the evenings of lying in our hammocks listening to music, maybe with a couple of beers, smoking cigarettes and watching the river flow by. Simply idyllic. I've been to some pretty beautiful locations in my time ... Read more >

Tags: don det 4000 islands

From not happy to very happy

LAOS | Monday, 11 Jul 2011 | Views [958]

So having not had an awesome time since Railey (although SOME good times), I went down to Cambodia and after Siem Reap and Phenom Penh I ended up in Kompong Cham and I was NOT a happy bunny. There were no backpackers there and I was basically getting ... Read more >

Tags: 4000 islands, backpacking, cambodia, don det, laos, loneliness


CAMBODIA | Thursday, 30 Jun 2011 | Views [607]

I went straight through Bangkok and got a taxi straight from the sleeper train to the northern bus station and got on a bus to the Cambodian border. Although I was skipping my potential Bangkok lady-friend I knew that I'd be in Bangkok at a later date ... Read more >

Tags: cambodia mommys house guesthouse siem reap temple

Post-South Thailand, Motorbiking and Crashes

THAILAND | Friday, 24 Jun 2011 | Views [1778]

So on it was from Krabi and through Bangkok up to Chiang Mai. I didn't even stay a night in Bangkok - I really don't like that place! Maybe I should stay away from Ko San road though... After taking the nightbus (and seemingly getting 180 quid stolen ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, chiang mai, chiang rai, hostel, hostels, motorbike touring, northern thailand, phayao, phrao, pong

Railey to Bangkok

THAILAND | Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | Views [552]

Ponchos can be useful here if you need to keep your bag dry, but most people just get wet, because it's warm and wet. Saw a poncho out yesterday from a well-prepared German couple in their 50's. They've been backpacking every year since they've ... Read more >

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