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Trip: Round the World 2008-9

There are [144] stories from my trip: Round the World 2008-9

The holiday within the holiday - Vientiane

LAOS | Wednesday, 6 May 2009 | Views [1172]

The bus, or a tuk tuk was supposed to pick us up at the GH between 1 and 1.30. At 2 the GH owner came over to us and called up to see what was going on. Within minutes a tuk tuk arrived and we were taken to the bus ... Read more >

Tags: arch, bike, bus, swim

Gallery: Laos - Phonsavan, Vang Vieng, Ventiane

LAOS | Tuesday, 5 May 2009 | Photo Gallery

Laos - Phonsavan, Vang Vieng, Ventiane
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In the tubing - Vang Vieng

LAOS | Saturday, 2 May 2009 | Views [1848]

An early jumbo took us from from the airfield to the bus station. The road to Vang Vieng was steep and windy but the full volume Thai power ballads entertained. We arrived early, suddenly and a tuk tuk whisked us off on the hot dusty roadside to Phoom ... Read more >

Tags: injury, tubing

UXO and the plain of Jars

LAOS | Tuesday, 28 Apr 2009 | Views [5530] | Comments [1]

The 7.30 “AC” bus from Louang Prabang to Phonsavan left at exactly 8.30 and had quite a big hole in the floor under our seats. It was a comfy enough but windy journey punctuated by the obligatory noodle soup shop in a non-descript market town. Of the ... Read more >

Tags: guest house, history, tour, uxo, war

Camping by the Nam Kong river

LAOS | Sunday, 26 Apr 2009 | Views [2597]

A tuk tuk brought us up the bank of the Nam Kong river in the morning and we walked across a fabulously rickety bamboo bridge to a Hmong village, beginning our trek. It was blisteringly hot and Tan, our guide kept the ... Read more >

Tags: animism, chess, kayak, mot, river, trekking, visa

Gallery: Laos - Louang Prabang

LAOS | Sunday, 26 Apr 2009 | Photo Gallery

Laos - Louang Prabang
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Beware the manager and the ceiling fan

LAOS | Wednesday, 22 Apr 2009 | Views [2007]

There are various strategies to finding a guest house and most of ours involved avoiding the hawkers as much as possible. We had liked the sound of Mekong, a place by the river mentioned in both LP and RG. A For Sale sign ... Read more >

Tags: attempted robbery, injury, sok dee guesthouse, visa, waterfall

The slow boat to Luang Phabang

LAOS | Sunday, 19 Apr 2009 | Views [1101]

Songkran was finally over so we could walk the streets without fear of iced water attacks. We were going to Laos and just had time to drop off our boxes to be sent home before the bus was due to pick us up. The trip ... Read more >

Tags: boat, border crossing, visa

Sawadee pi mai!! Songkran in Chiang Mai

THAILAND | Thursday, 16 Apr 2009 | Views [3469] | Video

By the time we got back from the trek we were too tired. even for a massage, so we sold out and grabbed a pizza and watched a movie in bed. This was followed by a catch-up day – lots of internet and blogging for me while Claire did a few chores ... Read more >

Tags: culture, festival, massage, new year, temple

Gallery: Thailand - Songkran

THAILAND | Thursday, 16 Apr 2009 | Photo Gallery

Thailand - Songkran
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Eco-Trekking with Mr Pooh near the Myanmar border

THAILAND | Friday, 10 Apr 2009 | Views [5919] | Comments [2]

Choosing a trek in the North of Thailand felt like a bit of a lottery at the time. Every seemed to offer the same thing – 3 days 2 nights of a jam packed agenda including visiting a   hill people village, doing an elephant ride, bamboo rafting and ... Read more >

Tags: cave, culture, trekking, tribe

Gallery: Thailand - Chang Mai & Sopmoei - Mae Sariang

THAILAND | Friday, 10 Apr 2009 | Photo Gallery

Thailand - Chang Mai & Sopmoei - Mae Sariang
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Chiang Mai Sunday market and the medicinal properties of ginger tea

THAILAND | Wednesday, 8 Apr 2009 | Views [1817]

Claire was still feeling dodgy the following day so we went looking for a local remedy. The proprieter of the Corner Cafe, where we'd been a few times came good in her suggestion of ginger tea – seems to be a great cure for a upset tummy. ... Read more >

Tags: market, massage, sick

Choosing a trek, the best Thai cooking school in Chiang Mai and a ladyboy in the gents

THAILAND | Monday, 6 Apr 2009 | Views [2589]

i The restaurant was closed, had a for sale sign outside and Jane and Steve were nowhere to be seen. We decided for one to have a look for a place to stay while the other minded the bags. Walking down the street it was clear there were absolutely ... Read more >

Tags: boxing, culture, drinking, food, israeli, ladyboy, mot

The night train to Chiang Mai

THAILAND | Wednesday, 1 Apr 2009 | Views [1357] | Video

On our last day in Bangkok we were just about checked out when an enormous thunderstorm rolled in and opened on the city. It was more ferocious than spectacular – simultaneous bellowing thunder and lightning combined ... Read more >

Tags: storm, temple, train

Gallery: Thailand - Bangkok

THAILAND | Monday, 30 Mar 2009 | Photo Gallery

Thailand - Bangkok
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A CIA agent and some Thai boxing - Bangkok all over

THAILAND | Monday, 30 Mar 2009 | Views [2109] | Comments [1]

We woke up late and hungover and struggled out the door so as not to completely waste the day. We were heading for Jim Thompson's house – the home of a an ex CIA agent who practically single handedly revived the ... Read more >

Tags: boxing, buddha, chinatown, cia, hangover, palace

Finding and losing on Khao San Road

THAILAND | Friday, 27 Mar 2009 | Views [1067]

It was time to sample some legendary Thai food so we stopped in at a restaurant which had a menu – not feeling brave enough for street food just quite yet. Claire went for the red curry and I for the hotter green.... Read more >

Tags: guest house, haircut, phone, teak, temple

Starting SE Asia with a Bang!

THAILAND | Thursday, 26 Mar 2009 | Views [996]

Bangkok is known as Krung Threp to the locals – the city of angels. Our arrival in the massive and massively modern Suvarnabhumi airport was straightforward after the three hour puddle jump to Sydney and a quick ... Read more >

Tags: hectic, temple, tuktuk

Gallery: New Zealand - South Island

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 25 Mar 2009 | Photo Gallery

New Zealand - South Island
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All very Irish on the East Coast

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 25 Mar 2009 | Views [903]

As we made our way back south down the Milford Road we made a stop for a longer trek up to Key Summit, so named because three rivers flow south, east and west to three different seas from the peak. Fabulous views and alpine bogs at the top.... Read more >

Tags: birthday, camera, camping, hostel, paddy, prison, rugby

No rooms in Queenstown and a Milford Sound Cruise

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 13 Mar 2009 | Views [1057]

The next destination was Queenstown, probably the most touristy town on the South Island and home to pretty much every adrenaline sport known to man. Again it's a very picturesque setting for a town, on a lake and surrounded by The Remarkables, ... Read more >

Tags: cruise, fjord, lord of the rings, nature, trekking

Heli-hiking, horse riding and a country fair - Franz Josef and Wanaka

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 12 Mar 2009 | Views [1396] | Comments [1]

We spent the night in another DOC site at the end of Lake Mahinapua, near Franz Josef, home of its namesake glacier. It was really difficult to find in the evening. I had booked a Heli-hike up the glacier for the following morning and Claire ... Read more >

Tags: camping, fair, glacier, helicopter, horse, hostel

Greenstone and kiwi on the West Coast

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 10 Mar 2009 | Views [1113]

The drive was hot and uneventful back over steep Takaka Hill especially as we managed to avoid getting stuck behind a 2 trailer road train of powdered milk, Golden bay's biggest export. A quick pitstop in Richmond for more supplies, then ... Read more >

Tags: camping, jade, kiwi

A ferry through Marlborough Sounds and kayaks on Golden Bay

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 8 Mar 2009 | Views [1223] | Comments [2]

It was great to be back on the road after a work break in Wellington (work for Claire, “work” for me). We stuffed our gear into our bags and jumped in a taxi to the Interislander ferry terminal. The 3 hour ferry journey ( a comfortable mode of transport ... Read more >

Tags: camping, ferry, fruit, kayak, seal, springs

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