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Asia September 14th 2009

Our next destination was to return to Maylasia for just under two weeks. We flew into Kota Kinnabalu in Sabah and after a night or two figuring out our best route we made our way to Sepolik. Here we visited Sepolik Orang Utan Santurary where we got to sit in the jungles of Borneo and watch rehabilitated orang utans (Most were former drug users, but we did see a few that were former alcoholics..... Wait, no, forget it, that is just a picture of Ste. Easy mistake to make.) We spent the entire day watching monkeys and walking around the beautiful scenic routes. Was amazing seeing how like humans the orang utans were, and, how like the orang utans Ste was. Got some amazing pictures and at times were within touching distance of these beautiful animals. ... read more
Sepolik Orang Utan Sanctuary
Sepolik Orang Utan Sanctuary
Sepolik Orang Utan Sanctuary

Asia September 11th 2009

From Phuket we flew directly into Kuala Lumpur and had three days full of sightseeing. We settled ourselves into a nice little place called Paradisio bed and breakfast, right in the centre of everything. All we had to do was walk out of our B&B and we were right in the thick of things, less than 50 metres from the nearest Monorail station Bukit Bintang. Public transport is extremely cheap and efficent in KL so we spent our 3 days zipping around to all corners of the city on the LRT & Monorail ('So then, “mono” means “one”. And ”rail” means “rail”. And that concludes our intensive three-week course'). We saw the Petronas towers, managed to get ourselves 2 free tickets to go up to the skybridge. Sweet! We went up the KL Tower as well, ... read more
Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Railay September 5th 2009

A final night on Koh Samui was followed by a 1 hour boat journey & 6 hour bus, to leave us in Ao Nang (On the Andaman Coast). We relaxed here for 2 nights (drinking heavily in a great irish bar right next door to our guesthouse. Strange how we ended up there.) We managed a good few drinks that evening & returned the following day for a roast dinner. Gemma didnt speak for 10 minutes... it was awesome!!! (And the roast was nice too.) From here we got a longboat over to Railay beach where we would spend a total of four nights. Weather wise, had one good day which we spent on the beach. We had to spend the rest of our days in the pool, unfortunately. The joys of the monsoon season!!!! We ... read more
Railay
Railay
Railay

Asia August 14th 2009

The past 2 weeks have been spent relaxing on stunning beaches, drinking beer & cocktails until the wee hours of the morning and recovering the following day, on.... well, stunning beaches. This was unofficially our holiday from our holiday. We picked Rob & Lorraine up at the airport in bangkok and from there, things just escalated. 2 nights & 3 days in bangkok were all rolled into 1 massive blurr. We did a little bit of shopping on the Koh San Road but the afternoons & evenings invariably involved drinking. We then took our fragile selves and made our way down to Koh Samui where we stayed 2 nights on Mae Nam beach. Highlights here were having dinner on the beach where we ate fresh bbq shark, barracuda & red snapper caught earlier that day and ... read more
Ko Pha Ngan
Ko Pha Ngan
Ko Pha Ngan

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Lao Cai » Sapa August 7th 2009

Our last week in vietnam was spent between Sapa and Hanoi. We spent a night in Hanoi, before 4 nights in Sapa (with a night on the train either side), and then a final night in Hanoi. The first night we spent in Hanoi we went to a water puppets show. This is an ancient technique that had been used by rice farmers for about 1000 years but has only been known outside vietnam since 1969. At first we were trying to figure out how they did it, but 10 minutes in we were just as mesmorized as everyone else. The hour show was little skits based on a rice farmers life and vietnamese mythological figures. It was so good. We arrived into Sapa very early in the morning after a very long and painful overnight ... read more
Sapa
Sapa
Sapa

Asia » Vietnam » Northeast August 5th 2009

Halong Bay in Northeast Vietnam - This was without a doubt, the highlight of our trip so far!!! We organised a 3 day/2 night tour of the bay through Vega Travel in Hanoi & were collected from our hotel at 8am. From here we drove 3 hours to Halong Bay where we boarded our boat and were immediately treated to a big lunch before being given our room keys (We would spend the first night on ther boat & the second night on Cat Ba Island). We then set sail through the most breathtaking scenery imaginably (as is clear from the photographs) while sitting on deck with a cold beer(s). We stopped at 'Surprising Cave' where we wandered through the many rock formations (Oh how i wish i had brought some beer with me), before we ... read more
Halong Bay
Halong Bay
Halong Bay

Asia » Vietnam » North Central Coast » Thua Thien - Huế » Hué August 5th 2009

It took us only 4 hours to reach Hue from Hoi An, once there we found ourselves in a nice little hotel where we managed to get a great room, right on the top floor so had a savage view of the city. We planned to stay here only 3 nights before moving onwards and upwards to Hanoi. So, after our first night we decided to explore the Citadel. We hired bikes and set off, which was a little nerve wracking at first as we had to contend with some very hectic traffic. There were lots of motorbikes and we came only second to people in the food chain, or rather road chain! The citadel is an ancient city built by Vietnam's past Emperors. Once we got over the river we preceded on foot. And it ... read more
Around the grounds of the Citadel
Around the grounds of the Citadel
Around the grounds of the Citadel

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Quảng Nam » Hoi An July 26th 2009

After an overnight bus from Saigon we found ourselves in Nha Trang, a town on the coast of Vietnam.. We spent 3 nights here, chilling on the beach by day and drinking in the bars by night. We did a pub crawl one night which was great craic... ended up at a rave at a bar on the beach called the sailing club. (Enough said). After Nha Trang we head up the coast to a sleepy little town called Qhy Nhon. There was nothing to do here but relax, we settled ourselves in a little spot called Barbaras Backpackers which was right on the beach front, couldn't have stayed anywhere closer. And the best thing about Qhy Nhon was that we were two of only about a handful of tourists in the whole town. And the ... read more
Qhy Nhon
Qhy Nhon
Qhy Nhon

Asia » Vietnam July 20th 2009

We arrived in Ho Chi Minh City mid-afternoon after crossing the border from Cambodia. We dumped our bags in our hotel & wandered around the city in seach of the usual nessessities.... food and drink. (Definition of the word 'wandered' = to struggle for ones life while crossing the streets of Ho Chi Minh City). This was just serious crack altogether. It's literally a case of walking out in front of all the traffic and hoping (praying) that all the motorbikes avoid you.... and thankfully they did!!!! On our second day in the city, we went on a tour to Cao Dai Great Temple & Cu Chi Tunnels. We arived at the Cao Dai Great Temple just in time for the noon prayer service where we watched hundreds of priests dressed in coloured robes participating in ... read more
Cao Dai Temple
Cao Dai Temple
Cu Chi Tunnels

Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville July 11th 2009

Our last week in Cambodia was split between Sihanoukville in the very south of the country and Phnom Penh, the capital. We spent 6 nights in Sihanoukville. There are some great beaches here so we spent our days lying on the beach relaxing and tanning, (Well i did, ste sat in under an umbrella) by day and drinking cocktails by night. What more could you want! We took a boat trip out to a few islands one day, did a spot of snorkeling, stopped for lunch on this little island called Bamboo Island, a tropical paradise... crystal clear waters, golden sands.... and best of all we were able to lie out relaxing with no-one trying to sell us anything. The day before we tried to relax on the beach nearest our hotel but didn't get very ... read more
Sihnoukville
Sihnoukville
Sihnoukville




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