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Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City April 18th 2009

Thanks to Mark G for picking up the tyop in the title. It's nice to know that at least one person is at least reading the titles :-) Phnom Penh seems nicer than I remembered it. Perhaps it has changed a little, for the better, in one year, although I can’t imagine that it would really have changed so much in such a short time. Perhaps I just saw nicer parts of it this time round. In some ways it reminded me just a little bit of East Timor, of course because in the back of one’s mind there’s always a vague knowledge of their horrible histories, but more so because of the open piles of garbage everywhere. This is more excusable in Phnom Penh which is quite a large city, and it’s nowhere near ... read more
Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh

Asia » Cambodia » West April 11th 2009

for those who didn't read this blog earlier - Travelblog (the provider that hosts my blog) deleted all the photos that were uploaded over a twelve-day period in April, including these ones. Their only comment is that one has to uplaod them all again. Given that it takes me a long time to wokr out which photos I want to upload, and that Travelblog makes the actual uploading very difficult, it's not an easy thing to do. So for the time being you just have to imagine that they're really great photos. Actually, the first one was quite nice, a speedboat riding through a mangrove swamp almost at sunset, taken from above.... Anyone thinking about setting up a travel blog, do NOT use Travelblog. If any bloggers out there have any suggestions about better blogs ... read more
Kanchanaburi - bridge over the river kwai
Kanchanaburi - bridge over the river kwai
Kanchanaburi - bridge over the river kwai

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok April 3rd 2009

For people who hassle me when I don’t post a blog for a week - this is because I mainly write my blogs during long train/bus/ferry trips. This one is being written in a bus from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi, which isn’t far, but that’s a story for the next blog. For the last eight days, I’ve been stuck in Bangkok, and so haven’t been inclined to write, plus I haven’t done anything interesting. This is for two reasons: firstly, I was a little bit ill. Secondly, I’ve been shopping for visas. In my last blog, I ended with a prediction about the end of my train trip. It was largely correct except I forgot to predict that we’d arrive 90 minutes late. I was also wrong about the train station ... various trains and busses arrive ... read more
Watt Yannava
Watt Yannava
Watt Yannava

Asia » Malaysia » Kelantan » Kota Bharu March 26th 2009

This blog was written on March 20 and Mach 24. So I’m sitting in the ferry from Jakarta to Batam. It’s a Pelni ferry, which is the large company which runs fast ferries all over Indonesia and have a virtual monopoly on many of the longer routes. The ferry is spic and span in much the same way that Malcolm Turnbull has a good handle on the Australian economy - that is to say, not really. It’s also full of cockroaches, which, I hasten to add, is where the Liberal Party metaphor begins to break down. Actually I’m not even sure if these things are cockroaches, I haven’t been able to catch one. They look like cockroaches but they have wings. I understand that cockroaches can have wings, but none of the cockroaches I’ve seen ... read more
ferry to Batam
Johor Bahru
Johor Bahru

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Yogyakarta March 25th 2009

As I mentioned in the last blog, this one is a bit behind reality - I visited these temples on March 15 I'm having troubles uploading the pics, I think Travelblog is playing up, and my connection here is slow, after about three hours I'm giving up. Sorry if some of the photos are missing, or are in here twice, or are upside down, or don't have a comment. Blame Travelblog, which seems to be down more often than it's up The most famous attractions of Yogya are the two ninth-century temples, Borobodur and Prambanan. To see both temples I took a tour. The tour itself cost Rp 70000 I think, about $9, plus the entrance to the two temples which I think was about Rp 300 000 ($AUS 40). Maybe the entrance fee was a ... read more
Borobodur temple
Borobodur temple
Borobodur temple

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Yogyakarta March 21st 2009

So at the end of the last blog I was in Yogyakarta, universally called “Yogya” (pronounced “Jogja”). This found me in the middle of Java, which is the most populous island on earth by a country mile. In other words, it has a population (over 120 million) about that of Japan in an island not much more than half the size of Victoria. Yogya is often called the “soul” of Indonesia, which I don’t think is meant to mean that it exists only as an epiphenomenon of the brain but rather that it’s Indonesia’s cultural, historical, religious and educational capital. It’s also apparently the place where the Javanese language is still spoken the most and in its purest form. It’s supposed to have a population of only around half a million, although I don’t know how ... read more
Sultan's palace
Sultan's palace
Sultan's palace

Asia » Indonesia » Bali March 14th 2009

OK, I’ve been holding off on writing this blog because it’s about Bali. I feel like I didn’t do Bali justice, and like most of you guys, being Australians, know more about Bali than I do. I guess the simple thing to say would be that I didn’t like Bali, but that’s probably not fair. There’s an awful lot of interesting stuff to see and do, and a fascinating culture, and diverse scenery. There’s also the drunk aussie holiday-makers and fat middle-aged men who think it’s cool to walk around topless even when they’re nowhere near the beach (in a culture where the locals hardly ever even wear short pants), and locals chasing you with calls of "you want young girl?, you want young boy?", but if you get away from Kuta there’s not that much ... read more
laneway
Kuta beach
Kuta beach

Asia » Indonesia » Flores March 8th 2009

In October 2004, the journal Nature broke the news to the world that an Australian Archaeologist, Michael Morwood, then from UNE, Australia, had the year previously discovered “a new small-bodied hominim” that had lived from 74000 to 13000 years ago, on the Indonesian island of Flores. This was astounding news. Someone, I believe the editor of Nature later in an interview said something like “If someone had told me that a fully manned spacecraft from outer space had just been discovered, I would not have been any more surprised”. An almost complete skeleton of one adult female had been found, and various parts of nine others, along with associated stone tools. The media fuelled the popular imagination that there might still be some of these little creatures out there, digging up legends from locals about how ... read more
Ruteng
Ruteng - traditional village
Ruteng - traditional village

Asia » Indonesia » Flores March 3rd 2009

I’m writing this offline sitting off the back of a ferry, which might not be a great idea as a small crowd has gathered behind me, I guess by how they react to this I’ll see if they can read English or not. My ferry ticket said that the ferry leaves at 04:00, and the office told me to be there at 02:00. So I dutifully arranged a car to pick me up at 01:30 for the half-hour drive. When I got there we were met by a young guy in jeans and a T-shirt who told us that the ferry would now leave at 07:00. So that was a trip all the way back again, and arranging for the guy to meet me again at 06:00, and a few hours’ sleep, woken up as someone ... read more
Larantuka
Larantuka - elections
Larantuka

Asia » Indonesia » Timor February 25th 2009

The first paragraph is for computer people only. Non-nerds can safely skip to the next paragraph. OK. There seems to be only one public Internet connection in this whole city, and that’s at what passes for the tourist hang-out place. The only way to get on is to use their one computer, or unplug their one Ethernet cable and hardcode your IP address to his 10. address and set your DNS servers. He doesn’t seem to have a switch or a router or anything, just an Ethernet cable which as far as he knows magically comes from his ISP. It gives very intermittent connectivity to the Internet, slowing right down often, so that lots of webpages don’t even load for me. So I haven’t been doing much in Kupang, but I thought I should write a ... read more
Kupang - election posters
Kupang - motorbike
Kupang - He Man




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