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A Life for Every Sleeper

THAILAND | Sunday, 29 Apr 2007 | Views [865] | Comments [1]

In 1942 Japanese and Koreans were the bain of the local and POW population as they attempted to do the near impossible and construct a 415 km railroad from Burma to Thailand via the infamous River Kwai and Hellfire Pass in just over a year. The end result, ... Read more >

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Songkran Madness!

THAILAND | Saturday, 21 Apr 2007 | Views [2202]

Songkran - Thai New Year. Every April, throw water on all moving things, rub mud on people's faces. We have been lucky enough to experience this festival several times. Khao Lak - April 13. The whole water throwing beside the beach party. Bangkok ... Read more >

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Unforgettable Andaman Safari

THAILAND | Thursday, 12 Apr 2007 | Views [1184] | Comments [2]

Despite having a very uncertain future, it is not all doom and gloom for Koh Phi Phi. Phi Phi Don is the main island, which has the vast majority of the issues. Phi Phi Lei to the south is basically uninhabited, as it is a national park and gathering ... Read more >

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MANTA RAYS!

THAILAND | Thursday, 12 Apr 2007 | Views [825]

Saw them! Absolutely incredible. Being underwater in beautiful, warm, clear water and having these enormous, graceful rays swim right up to us - indescribable. I know James will say more, but all the rockiness on the boat, 5 days and 4 nights not setting ... Read more >

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Musings

THAILAND | Thursday, 12 Apr 2007 | Views [812]

Just taking a few days to rest and recover from a very full on week. It was quite funny that Easter came and went before we even realised it was Easter! The big thing here is the Songkran Festival, and it just happens to be perfectly timed for our one ... Read more >

Tags: Philosophy of travel


Koh Phi Phi

THAILAND | Saturday, 7 Apr 2007 | Views [801]

Arrived to this famous island and was horrified. I was angry at the thoughtless tourists who wandered around the town in tiny little bikinis. How little respect can you have for other people's cultural norms? How hard is it to throw a sarong over ... Read more >

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An Island that lives up to its name

THAILAND | Monday, 2 Apr 2007 | Views [721]

Name a place after what you are supposed to find there and in my experience you rarely find given namesake when you go there – take One Tree Hill for example. What a totally pleasant surprise it was to spend a good five minutes diving with a turtle ... Read more >

Tags: Beaches & sunshine


Kolkata to Paradise

INDIA | Sunday, 1 Apr 2007 | Views [1185]

So we've arrived in Paradise after the trip from hell...   Had a mission day in Kolkata (never again will we try to live in that chaotic city at over 30 degrees with no room to base ourselves in...) Our flight didn't leave till 2am, so we had a bit ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles


What your mother never told you

INDIA | Saturday, 24 Mar 2007 | Views [996]

So the things I thought were "polite" aren't necessarily "polite" when you're in India. For example, the following social niceties have no place here: wait your turn queue in an orderly fashion don't eat with your hands don't ... Read more >

Tags: laughter


Out in the Wops

INDIA | Friday, 23 Mar 2007 | Views [824]

Huge day yesterday - drove 3.5 hours (guess how far you get in 3.5 hours - wait for it - about 100kms!!!!) So you can just imagine the state of the roads, the wailing horns etc. Went to a tiny village where our guide, Shyaam, lived. We visited his ... Read more >

Tags: The Great Outdoors


Varanasi

INDIA | Friday, 23 Mar 2007 | Views [772]

It's not every day you get to see a dead body being burnt before breakfast... Walking along beside the ganges is soooo India - you could not possibly be anywhere else in the world and get this combination of noise, heat, smells, religion, dress. ... Read more >

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The Crown of Palaces

INDIA | Wednesday, 21 Mar 2007 | Views [3557]

The Crown of Palaces - a literal translation for the term that the Brits gave to the monument that they called the Taj Mahal (easier to say and remember than the original long and hard to pronounce Hindi name). We scored a hotel spitting distance from ... Read more >

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The Pink City?

INDIA | Monday, 19 Mar 2007 | Views [786]

Apparently Jaipur is the Pink City... If pink is the new orange then I suppose I can see how this would work. Our Hotel was a tidy old stately home setup with a big garden and doors which can be locked from the outside without a key as Catherine found ... Read more >

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Hippie Purple Garden

INDIA | Sunday, 18 Mar 2007 | Views [1442]

So the dodgiest accomodation of our trip in India was a the little town of Pushkar. Described by Lonely Planet as a haven for "hippies and mystics experimenting with spirituality and drugs", it wasn't far wrong. We felt like ultra-conservatives ... Read more >

Tags: Culture


Forgotten Octopussy

INDIA | Saturday, 17 Mar 2007 | Views [8019] | Comments [4]

Charging around the countryside as we have, the artisan haven of Udaipur seems to have gotten left behind... and we have broadband and photos online! Labelled "The city of Love", Udaipur does possess the odd romantic location or two. Try the ... Read more >

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Gallery: Thailand

THAILAND | Saturday, 17 Mar 2007 | Photo Gallery


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Gallery: India

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What Goes on Indian Roads

INDIA | Monday, 12 Mar 2007 | Views [2014] | Comments [1]

So to date, we have seen and driven among the following things on the tiny little smelly dirty noisy hazardous roads of India: cars goats buses cows cycles camels auto-rickshaws tuk tuks cycle-rickshaws dogs trucks holy men scooters beggars ... Read more >

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Blow your mind

INDIA | Wednesday, 7 Mar 2007 | Views [842]

Holy cow!! Absolutely incredible. Just love this place and its craziness. Arrived to near death taxi ride - crazy overtaking on both sides of the road, horns blasting everywhere. Seems to be that loudest horn gets right of way. Not surprising that every ... Read more >

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Fun Times!

THAILAND | Wednesday, 7 Mar 2007 | Views [1051]

Fantastic time in Thailand - squishing so much into each day that I struggle to remember what we've done (good thing we're noting stuff in diaries!) Highlights include: mandarin juice!! Freshly squeezed with bits in it ... mmmm 15,000 stalls in 4 ... Read more >

Tags: Markets


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