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Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Mcleod Ganj May 9th 2006

no time to go on internet since travelling and the phone went out of batteries...sorry to those who were worried... not much time now, just to drop a short note. all is well, we're in mcleod ganj at the moment, which is part of the place called Daramsala. we went on a trek on the 7th and 8th up the mountains, and our phones somehow seemed to drain out of batteries really quickly... came back down last night. everyone good and healthy. doing a bit of shopping now. will leave this place tonight, we have an overnight coach, which will take us to Manali. will arrive in the morning on 10th. the phone's also running out of money. the network we bought the card from, Spice, doesn't seem to be very prominent outside of Punjab, so ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town May 9th 2006

Do wanna go to Indonesia to do some surfin?! I really do but $$ & time is a problem! Oh why not! The german lads had been carryin there surfbaurds around for a few weeks & where v keen to find some waves. So we left Koh Phi Phi rough as, a ferry then a pain full minivan ride to Penang. (a 12 seata with us 4 & 8 other Asians + 2 surfboards inside, no roof racks!) We eventually got there and got a cheap guest house & did a bit of research on getting to indo. It was gunna be a mission to get there & cost too much, so lets go back to Thailand & the full moon party on Ko Pha Ngan! We stayed another night and toured the town, checked out ... read more
1 of the beaches
C.V & a big chang
The lads in the street.

Asia » China » Guangxi » Yangshuo May 8th 2006

ah Yangshuo is how the lonely planet china starts the description of Yangshou. If I YB ever do a doctorate thesis in social Studies I will do it on the evolution of towns around the world from total anonymity all the way to Bali/Cancun resort towns. On my scale, which is yet to be perfected (suggestions are welcomed), Yangshuo is rated "full backpacker" status. The town is probably just likely any 300k people town in China if it were not for 2 things: 1. the views - we will let the pictures explain 2. west street. this one street is full of guest-houses, restaurants of all kinds, bars noisy or quiet and ofcoruse travel agencies. The later offer anything a traveler needs: boat trips, bicycle trips, cave trips, hot-air balloon trips, rafting, kayaking. because of ... read more
typical Yangshou topology
typical Yangshou topology
Yangshou country side

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat May 8th 2006

Good Morning Vietnam! Finally got over the border and off the beaten track down to Phu Quoc island. All very nice and very peaceful, if not a bit too peaceful I had to splash out $16 a night (ouch!!) so I could stay somewhere there were people so I didn't go crazy . Club Tropicana resort, all very Wham. Saying that it was worth it and the beach was lovely and made the most of it by topping up the tan. Ho Chi Minh City (or Saigon) next and my word what a journey 2 motorbikes, 3 buses, 1 boat and 2 taxis and 12 and a half hours later, bright lights big city. Only to chat to a couple who had just done the same journey by plane in 45 mins for only $10 more ... read more
Mui ne beach
Mui ne sand dunes
Armed and dangerous

Asia » Macau May 8th 2006

Said goodbye to Kazumi and got the TurboJet to Macau, about an hour ride on a hydrofoil. It was like being in a jumbo jet that rides on the water. A travel office tout at the terminal got us a deal at the Hyatt Regency on Taipa, so we ended up there. Checked into the hotel and walked into Taipa Village. Had lunch at Cozinha Pinocchio (Portuguese food) and then did a walking tour of Taipa Village, full of very pretty, Portuguese colonial architecture. Stopped at Pak Tai Temple, Nossa Senhora do Carmo, the adjoining Carmo Gardens, and the Taipa Houses Museum, a row of five restored colonial-era houses on Avenida da Praia. Went back to the hotel for our complimentary drinks in the lounge. We went across the street to check out the Greek Mythology ... read more
Jetfoil
Macau Tower
Taipa 1

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Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou May 8th 2006

I am officially one year older - I'm finally 24. Those of you who know me may be thinking. "How did you skip a year? We thought you were 23!" But here in China I was 23 when I got here so now I'm 24. However old I may be I am, and always will be, a day older. So what did I do on my birthday? I went and did a bit more shopping - as that's what Hong Kong is best for. But unfortunately I wasn't feeling good for the most of the morning. I checked my e-mail in the morning but haven't really had a chance to respond. I decided to go to Guangzhou even though I didn't feel good as I wanted to be there a day early in case anything bad ... read more

Asia » India » Kerala » Munnar May 8th 2006

So the Pooram was over and I said my goodbyes to the gaggle of travellers that had accumulated of the last few days. Sorted out getting to Munnar by bus was the best way...bit of an effort as arrived in one place where I had been told to go, to find that I couldn't get a connecting local bus, luckily private bus on hand...and completed journey. Stayed at a small homestay run by an eccentric old chap, who runs the tourist info office in town...room was expensive as it was high season, but I wanted to stay for the views across the tea plantations. Arrived at night so couldn't see anything...and had to get rickshaw up to the place as it is a dangerous trip up their with wild elephants in the area....you don't want them ... read more
Tea Plantation - munnar or madikeri
Spot the elephant
Anyone fancy a cuppa?

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Binh Thuan » Mui Ne May 8th 2006

Yesterday I had just woken up as Helen stretched and yawned and said "Happy Birthday Karen." Ah, I've reached 24. A knock on the door informed us that our bus had already arrived to take us from the cool and wet mountain climate of Dalat to the scorching heat of Mui Ne. After a quick baguette breakfast Helen, Julia and I boarded the bus - well really a delapidated mini van seriously lacking in suspension and of which we were the only passengers. We slept, bumped and sweated away the 4 hours to Mui Ne. At one stage a group of Vietnamese militants waved us down and loaded into the van, very smiley happy to be with the white western girls, chatting up Helen and taking photos of Julia. Eventually the rice paddies gave way to ... read more
Present of Pink Champagne
Drinking Up!
MMM Delicious Mango Cheesecake Birthday Cake

Asia » South Korea » Gwangju May 8th 2006

I will be leaving to Gwangju, S. Korea around June 12th, and I need advice on what essentials to bring and what I should leave behind. So far, I have gathered that deodorant, toothpaste, and other toiletries are very expensive there, and I should pack a year's supply...true? I've also been reading a lot of blogs that say the weather is very unstable...one day it's hot, the next day freezing. If I don't pack a lot of clothes, are there places that sell clothes at a decent price, or should I pack as much as possible? I don't have a lot of family here, so I am pretty much selling most of my things. I can get by with pretty little, but I also don't want to end up paying $20 for a simple product I ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Tanah Rata May 8th 2006

I did it. I left Nazri Camp... It was sorta sad to go but in a way it felt good. It was hardest for some reason, for all of us, to say goodbye to Sakke. Maybe because you could see how much he didn't want to leave. Poor Sakke, going back to reality after 1 1/2 years of travelling... Ouch! Anyway, I'll really miss everyone there; Adek, Rozie, Sakke, Johan, Netty, Jah, Ila, Lee and all the others. Thanks for your hospitality and making us all feel at home in Teluk Nipah. Your always welcome in Canada if ever you make it there one day... maybe a future gathering in my future cottage? LOL I left yesterday afternoon with Maria to come to Cameron Highlands. What a beautiful place. The scenery is amazing, mountain tops above ... read more
Maria & I cruising on the scooter
Taking a stroll along the beach
Are you looking at me?!




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