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Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu April 26th 2012

As I’m writing this blog we’re sat on the decking under the shade of a huge tree. In front of us is a beautiful white sand beach and a calm blue ocean beyond. Sam Cooke in gently playing ‘Summertime and the Living is Easy’ on Kyam’s sound system. So appropriate! We have returned to one of our favourite islands of the east coast of Malaysia. I’m pleased to say that not much has changed, it’s still a sleepy place with beautiful unspoilt beaches. Apart from when the weekenders come, you can almost guarantee having the whole beach to yourself. As the sun rises higher in the sky and the shade on the beach disappears we retreat to the shade of this tree and while away the afternoon. Evenings too can be spent under this tree sipping ... read more
Secluded Beach
In the darkness we just just make it out as each egg was laid
Tracks where the turtle tried to find a good nesting spot

Asia » Philippines » Luzon » Metro Manila April 18th 2012

We left the island of Pandan at 1pm, Dominique, the owner of the island assured us we would have no problem getting a bus back to San Jose for our flight, there was one every hour and Holy week was over so there would be loads of empty seats.. When we got to the bus station, however at 1.20pm expecting to get the 2pm bus we were told that the next bus was 3pm. We jumped back on the tricycle and asked him to take us to the other bus station. Once there the news was the same- next bus 3pm! How stupid to have two buses going at the same time. We had no option but to sit it out, the sun was beating down hard and there was barely any shade. 3pm came and ... read more

Asia » Philippines » Mindoro » Pandan Island April 15th 2012

After a good night’s sleep we woke refreshed and ready to start our laid back island life . Picture this if you can: A small island out in the South China Sea. No towns or villages or roads or even pathways. A collection of 15 bungalows constructed with raffia walls and thatched rooves, no glass in the windows and no locks on the flimsy doors. A restaurant and bar to serve the temporary residents of the bungalows, most of who visit for a few days to a few weeks, flowing in and out like the tide. A white sand beach, sprinkled with remnants of sun bleached white coral, shelves gently into a pale blue ocean that changes to a deeper blue where the coral reef begins. Days can be spent relaxing in a shady spot ... read more
View from our chalet on the beach front
Live music on the beach
Sea plane

Asia » Philippines » Mindoro » Pandan Island April 15th 2012

We left El Nido on the 9.30am mini bus after a big drama when the mini van drove off with our small packs on board before we could stop it. All our documents money cards and passports were in them. Very worrying! The man at the bus station assured us that it would return in a few minutes. It did finally returned 15 minutes later packed with a group of tourists they’d picked up on the roadside also wanting to go to Puerto Princessa only returning to the bus station to pick up a ‘spare wheel!’ Us??? Fortunately our bags had been dumped in the back and after retrieving them we had the job of squeezing ourselves onto the remaining seats. So much for getting to the bus station early to get a good seat! Once ... read more
Parade in Puerto Princessa for Holy Friday
Long Dusty Road
Clouds of dust!

Asia » Philippines April 5th 2012

We have been in the Philippines now for just over a week, we spent a night in Puerto Princessa on Palawan before taking a mini bus up to El Nido in the north. This whole area is renowned for it’s spectacular scenery and marine life. The town of El Nido it’sself is little town mostly set along the seashore and surrounded by towering limestone cliffs. During the daytime the shore is lined with boats coming and going taking visitors to the many offshore islands and local children splashing around in the sea, climbing in and out of the boats and swinging on their outriggers. In the evening the beach comes alive with restaurants set on the narrow strip of sand and live bands entertain you as you dine. Back on the main street there are ... read more

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » El Nido March 31st 2012

El Nido blog We have been in the Philippines now for just over a week, we spent a night in Puerto Princessa on Palawan before taking a mini bus up to El Nido in the north. This whole area is renowned for it’s spectacular scenery and marine life. The town of El Nido it’sself is little town mostly set along the seashore and surrounded by towering limestone cliffs. During the daytime the shore is lined with boats coming and going taking visitors to the many offshore islands and local children splashing around in the sea, climbing in and out of the boats and swinging on their outriggers. In the evening the beach comes alive with restaurants set on the narrow strip of sand and live bands entertai... read more
The Beach
View from the beach

Asia » Vietnam » North Central Coast » Thua Thien - Huế » Hué March 25th 2012

We have been in Hue for 3 days now, it’s midway between Saigon our starting place and Hanoi out last destination. Hue’s main attraction is the Citadel, the imperial city on the northern bank of the Song Huong River. The Emperor’s official functions were carried out in the imperial enclosure. Within the enclosure is the ‘ Forbidden Purple City which was reserved for the private life of the Emperor, the only servants that were allowed in were eunuchs who posed no threat to the royal concubines.Nowadays visitors are welcome. As well as visiting the Citadel we have visited yet more pagodas and temples around the city. The river has attractive banks with ‘Dragon Boats’ taking tourist on a cruise to yet more tombs and temples. We declined the boat touts and strolled along the riverbank instead, ... read more
The Citadal
Gold Statue
In the Forbidden City

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Quảng Nam » My Son March 18th 2012

During our time in Hoi An as well as exploring the sites around Hoi An itself we took several day trips. First to the Holy City of My Son. The ancient Cham city of My Son is another Unesco world heritage site is tne of the most stunning sites in the area. The ruins are nestled in a lush valley surrounded by hills and the massive Hon Quap (Cat’s tooth mountain.) My Son became a religious centre in the late fourth century and was occupied until the 13th Century. The longest period of development of any city in the Mekong region. The ruins are about 35 kilometres from Hoi An. The ruins were interesting but I guess we’ve been spoilt as they pale into insignificance after the Angkor Wat ruins in Cambodia that we visited ... read more
My Son Ruins
My Son Ruins
My Son Ruins

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Quảng Nam » Hoi An March 17th 2012

We arrived in Hoi An just after dawn after taking the sleeping bus from Na Trang. Fortunately there was a man complete with mini bus touting his hotel, as the bus station was a kilometre out of town we took him up on his offer thinking we could always move the next day. As it turned out it's one of the best value ones in town and right at the heart of everything so we're staying put. The main attraction here in Hoi An is the ancient town, it's aUnesco world heritage centre. A river runs through the centre and it's banks are lined with really old traditional wooden houses, restaurants, bars and shops. The Japanese bridge is a 16th century bridge that has become the official landmark of Hoi An.The bridge used to connect what ... read more
Temple, Hoi An
Lantern Shop
Shop, Old Town

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Khanh Hoa » Nha Trang March 15th 2012

The town of Na Trang is situated on the coast midway between Saigon and Hoi An. It is a complete melting pot of the Vietnamese people living their way of life and a huge tourist industry rubbing shoulders side by side. We are staying in one of the many modern hotels that line the roads but when we look down from our balcony on the fifth floor we can watch people going to worship in the temple down below and street traders struggling along under the weight of their baskets heavy laden with fruit, baguettes and all manner of food. Early in the morning small cafes suddenly appear on the side of the road and the local workers congregate to eat breakfast. A couple of hours later the cooking pots, charcoal burners, tables and chairs ... read more
Vin Pearl
The Beach, Nha Trang
The Beach




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