Our travel iteneray includes and intial two week visit to southern Thailand where I intend to brush up on my rock climbing with a three day course at one the world's greatest climbing locations in Krabi. Following this we fly into India where we head to Agra to visit one of the seven wonders in the Taj Mahal, following this we continue overland and make our way to Kathmandu to meet up with our guide Prem.
We then make our way to the Annapurna region where we will trek to Annapurna Base Camp then return the Kathmandu and fly into Lukla in the Everest Region. Continuing trekking until we arrive at Island Peak where we will set up camp and aim to summit in two days after establishing a high camp at the end of day one.
We then fly out of Kathmandu into Bangkok where we will make an overland hourney into Cambodia to visit the must visited Angkor Wat, following on from this we will make our way overland into southern Vietnam working our way up the coast to the capital Hanoi. Continuing overland we will head to the capital of Laos in Vientiane. After visiting the Mekong river we will continue overland back to Bangkok for NYE celebrations then again onto southern Thailand to visit Koh Phangan and enjoy one of the world famous full moon parties. We then make our way back to Bangkok to fly out to Kenya.
In Kenya we are volunteering within the Masai Mara National Park working with the ancient Masai civilisation where we will be teaching in a local school and also assiting in animal conservation in the world famous Masai Mara game reserve the most visited of all game reserves in Kenya.
Upon completion of our volunteering stint we fly into London to begin working to fund our futrther travel throughout Europe.
April 12th 2007
Volunteer Work; Well I guess most of you have probably heard about our really successful volunteer project in Kenya! Well to cut a long story short for those that haven’t, we arrived in Kenya all eager to start our little project which was to spend 3 months in Shompole Conservancy (very edge of the Rift Valley in Masaai land) doing a combination of conservation work which was monitoring and researching the movement of lions in the local area as well as teaching English in the local schools. It soon became apparent that the organisation were extremely unorganised and after sitting and waiting in Nairobi for two and half weeks we were finally taken down to Shompole to at least start teaching. This turned out to be worse than Nairobi as we were stuck in the ... read more
December 7th 2006
I know your thinking thailand again. After changing flight dates from Macau we managed to meet up with Carly a friend of ours from home, so as a result we spent three days in Phuket which was enough, the nightlife is so spoilt by thai prostitutes they are only two or three bars who dont let them in, so obviously not hinda and my scene the exploitation is disgusting especially by the old men dont know how they can look at themselves in the mirror, anyhow enough said. Asides from that we had a great time hanging out with carly and her sister and a few others it was good to hang out with some people who you actually know. So after they went home we left for Phi Phi Island which hasn't changed much since ... read more
December 2nd 2006
Much like Malaysia and Singapore earlier in our trip we had not planned to go to Hong Kong. However once we got to the top of Vietnam we decided to give Laos a miss because i was over quite relaxing places BORING, that and the fact that we hope to work in Hong Kong in a few years time so it was a bit of a trial run. We caught an overnight sleeper bus which had beds in them from the nanning near the vietnam/china border through mainland china onto Hong Kong (China has by far and away the highest standard of transport we have come across). We soon realised as we boarded the bus that Hinda had left her visa card in the atm, by which time it was too late to do anything. So ... read more
November 11th 2006
Before you look at the length of this entry and go 'can't be bothered', instead of listing every place we went to in Vietnam we just bulked it all up, I say this because if it was me i probably would just see all the writing and just skip to the photos. Well after being stuck inland for about six weeks we were glad to arrive in vietnam in search of some beaches but the beaches had to wait for a few days whilst we were in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). In a word... busy. This place is on the go from sun up to sundown, as you can see from the photo there are thousands of people on motorbikes, and seeing that I am now a seasoned motorbike rider in asia I decided to ... read more
November 4th 2006
Well I can offically say now that temples are not my thing and before you jump in i have given them a fair go especially considering the trip we took to get to Siem Reap to see the temples of Angkor. that is not to say that they may take other peoples fancy but no more for me. The trip from bangkok to siem reap... what can i say a test of patience and one i think could be a useful torture tactic that the military could implement. It is a 330km trip from bangkok to siem reap in cambodia, we arrived at the border from bangkok in 4 hrs which was not too bad as it meant we only had 130kms to go. Then the fun began, we were made to wait at a restaurant ... read more
November 3rd 2006
Well after finally getting out of nepal after being stuck in kathmandu for 8 days which was 7 days to many we arrived in bangkok, that is not to say that nepal is a bad country just not much to do in kathmandu. anyhow we had a few days to kill whilst we waited for our vietnamese visas to be processed so we headed off to nearby kanchanaburi to see some sights. We hired push bikes for the afternoon after arriving in Kanchanaburi and went to visit the war museum and learn a bit more about what happened in this area during World War 2, there were some amazing pictures showing just how harsh the conditions were that they had to endure whilst building the thai-burma railway. Kanchanaburi is the home to the famous Bridge on ... read more
October 26th 2006
Well India what can I say an "interesting" place which in all honesty I would be more than happy never to visit again after our experiences although I might be pursuaded to visit southern india. Some of the reasons we had such a bad time can be highlighted by listing the follwing based on popularity of Inidan past times 1) Staring 2) Spitting 3) Going to the toilet where ever they please including the footpath of the main street 4) Beeping the horn continuosly for no particular reason 5) Cricket (in the list for illustrative purposes) For anyone that knows how mad Indians are about cricket the list above says alot for instance when we were asked where we were from and we replied melbourne all they said was "MCG" So a quick run down of ... read more
October 25th 2006
Back in Kathmandu for a night of luxury with hot showers! Matt and I met up with Prem and were introduced to another Prem who was going to be our trekking guide for Island Peak, we hit it off straight away and were again really excited about the trek. We arrived at Kathmandu airport for our 8am flight to Lukla to face the sign 'All flights to Lukla are delayed due to bad weather'. So we got to know Prem a bit better and learnt several new card games that would later become our daily ritual in the mountains. This lasted until 1pm when the flights finally got cancelled for the day and we were all sent back to our hotels to return again tomorrow morning. This is actually quite common for flights to Lukla which ... read more
October 25th 2006
Well we finally made it to Kathmandu after two days in transit!!! What a relief after the hussle of India we relished in the relaxed environment for a couple of days before meeting up with our trekking guide. this was only to find out that due to his new born baby at home he wasn't going to be able to come with us to Annapurna, but had arranged another, more experienced guide (read old and boring!) and apparently "well educated" whioch he insited on us remind us along with the other guides which put a few noses out of joint which we heard first hand one morning when we over heard a screaming match at one of the places we stayed at anywho it took 7 hours on a bus to get to Pokhara apparently the ... read more
September 21st 2006
We had the fortune of staying at Hinda's cousin's place in Singapore which saved us a bit of money as it is significantly more expensive in SIngapore compared to other SE Asian cities. The difference in countires was immediate upon crossing the border everyone drove new cars and it was so clean and minus those interesting smells. It is exactly like a western capital city just more compact and with trees lining the main streets it is quite a nice city and definatly one i would recommend for a stopover on a long haul flight if you have to stop in a SE Asian capital. I think the girls would especially love it as there is a ridiculous amount of shopping to be had with the centre being Orchard Road which as you can see in ... read more