Hay we're Kerry and Matt both from the North-East of England. Kerry loves cheese, dancing like an idiot and taking photos. Matt loves movies (only the good ones of course), KFC and playing Badminton. We both love to travel, see new places and meet new people. If you ask either of us what we love the most, we'd both probably say our mums.
We're leaving for our travels on the 20th Sept 2011 heading to America, Australia, Indonesia, India, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and finally finishing our trip in Thailand before heading home at the end of July 2012.
We plan on making this trip an epic one that we'll never forget and share it with you as much as possible as we go :-).
May 27th 2012
On the bus and over the the Mekong River, again, we went back to Thailand and met a wonderful pair of kiwi's (Emma and Amy) on the trip. Chaing Mai is the second biggest city in Thailand after Bangkok and just a chilled out, laid back place. We spent a week here, wondering around visiting the Sat, Sun and night markets selling loads of pretty much the same things. One thing we were looking forward to doing here was a Thai cooking class and we found a great one with Emma and Amy. We were picked up and taken to a Thai food market where we shown what kinds of sauces and rices we were going to be using. We then headed to the farm which is where the kitchen was. We got to pick all ... read more
May 3rd 2012
After getting wet over Songkran in Bangkok we took an overnight bus North and crossed the friendship bridge into Laos and headed into the capital Vientiene. For a capital city there were almost no tall buildings and very few people so we decided to spend only one night here. After something quick to eat we enjoyed a day walking around seeing what sights there were to be seen including an Asian virsion of an Arc de Triomphe! We took a bus to Vang Vieng which has become famous because of the cluster of bars that line a part of the river that you float down in a tube while bar hopping (of course we were coming here). We booked a trip to the elephant cave, where we sat in a tube and pulled ourselves by a ... read more
April 13th 2012
We put Vietnam behind us and headed to the capital of Cambodia Phnom Penh. When we arrived we were surprised that all of the prices and menus were in US dollars and that Riel is rarely used. We looked around the market, squeezing through narrow alley ways to fit through and also had a walk around the outside of the Palace grounds taking some pictures. We hired a tuk tuk driver for the day and headed to Tuel Sleng Museum which used to be a high school until it was turned into a security prison named S-21 by the Khmer Rouge. This was the largest of its kind in the country and used as a detention and torture prison. As we walked around building A,B,C and D you could see how torture had taken place with ... read more
April 7th 2012
Another over night bus later and we landed in Nha Trang and found our cheapist hotel room yet, $6 a night at this very cute family run place. We had the best Indian food outside of India here for a great price. We were able to squeeze a day of warm weather out of Vietnam and spend a day at VinPearl Entertainment Park. For $18 you got a cable car to and from the island, entry to the water park, the aquarium, all the rides and all the games in the arcade, we spend the full day being really big kids. We walked to the large seated Budda on the outskirts of town and enjoyed the walk back in the rain. Matt was a little disappointed that Daniel wasn't here to play in the massive waves ... read more
March 29th 2012
We left Kuala Lumpur and took our last Air Asia flight to Hanoi in North Vietnam. We arrived to 18 degrees and were cold and not pleased that we had sent all our warm clothes back to Newcastle with Mark. Now you might think 18 is a nice warm day back in the UK but when you've been used to 30 degree heat, 18 is then cold. Hanoi was very dusty and foggy when we arrived in the old town and we found a hotel for £10 a night, which was by far the nicest room we'd stayed in so far through Asia! We decided to go for some good old western food i.e. pizza and ordered a margareta from this little french cafe, unfortunatly the pizza came with black olives and pineapple, on a margareta! ... read more
March 21st 2012
We thought that since we had to transfer here from Thailand on our way to India, now Vietnam, we would spend a few days on an adventure in KL. We stayed with a couch surfer, Eric, who lives around 10Km south of the centre. We spent the first night going for some Malaysian food, which is pretty similiar to Indonesia with them being so close. We had a full day of sight seeing with Eric being kind enough to be our host. We walked through China Town, Central Market, where for the first time we both tried the fish therapy on our feet, it cost us 10 ringet for 15 minutes (£2) for both of us! After we both stopped laughing we actually enjoyed it. We visited Merdeka Square and the KL Memorial Library, Eric also ... read more
March 12th 2012
Ko Phangan is a beautiful island in South-east Thailand that hasn't been invaded by the likes of McDonalds and subway yet. It is however, due to many travellers visiting the island for the Full Moon Party held once a month, starting to get a little expensive. We stayed in the Coco Gardens Bungalows which we had booked for five nights before leaving for our trip back in September. We booked a beach front bungalow with A/C which was lovely the only problem was that Matt and Mark had to take it in turns to sleep on the floor as there was only a double bed in the room. We arrived and checked into the bungalow early and found our barings on where we were staying for the following week. Matt and Mark enjoyed watching the derby ... read more
March 4th 2012
We arrived at Phuket and headed to Patong Beach, which is a massive holiday resort full of Europeans. We had a week before Mark (Kerry's brother) arrived and although Patong was double the price for a room then Phuket Town, Patong had everything that anyone would need for a relaxing week. We spent time at the beach sunbathing and swimming, walking around seeking cheap food and even an interesting trip to the hospital at 5am due to an ear infection that Kerry got. All is well now after a course of antibiotics and no swimming. Mark spent a night in Bangkok, where he was robbed of 2000 Baht (£40) by an Englishman before he flew to Phuket where Kerry picked him up. We had already booked three trips before Mark arrived and decided it would be ... read more
February 17th 2012
We've been travelling for almost 5 months now and have managed to do this without loosing any of our belongings! So when we jumped out of the swimming pool in Kuta, got dried and jumped on the mini bus that was taking us west to Java we were a little upset when we realised that we'd left our swim suits at the pool drying :-( it's a little sad. We got on the bus in Kuta at 4pm and headed for Mount Bromo, which is a volcano on the east of Java. We arrived at 4am for the sunrise but had an hour walk to the actual rim of the crater. Because we again refused to pay to get on the back of a bike we decided to walk, we had a little map that said ... read more
February 11th 2012
The flight into Bali was short and sweet as we arrived on a new continent. We paid for our visas, had our passports checked and then who knows what happened for the next 15 minutes after that....... We were asked so many times, can I carry your bag, where you going, you need a taxi, that the 15 minutes from leaving passport control now seems like a blur of fast moving objects around us. We decided that we were just going to 'wing it' when we arrived and didn't have any where booked to stay, we didn't even have a map or a guide book for help. So Matt haggled with one of the million taxi drivers to take us into Kuta, 50,000 Rupiah (Rp), £1 = 14,000Rp so around £3.50 and so off we went. ... read more