......so what's in store for us after Shooters??? We'll keep you all up to date on that when we've decided where we're up to ourselves!!!
For the time being we have fond memories of our six years in Goa. Running Shooters Bar was one of the best times we've ever had, we met a lot of nice people and did quite a lot of travelling on the back of it.
For now we're enjoying a relatively "normal" life back in the UK with the occasional Long Haul trip to look forward to. We initially started this Blog to keep family and friends up to date while we were living abroad, but now we're back we've decided to keep on Blogging so we've got something to look back on in the future.
December 30th 2012
Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a former capital city of Siam, a place we’d never visited, and a mere 2.5 hrs. drive from Kanchanaburi, so it was decided, Ayutthaya would be next on our Itinerary before we headed back to Bangkok to see in The New Year. After weighing up our options we decided to book ourselves onto one of the dreaded tourist minivans, it was the quickest way to get from A to B in this instance and I’d read up about the do’s and don’ts beforehand. I arranged for the staff at the hotel to call the travel agency to book our seats, I also asked if they could request that we were the first pick up in order to bag the best seats…….which they did; so apart from the driver jumping a ... read more
December 30th 2012
So, back to Thailand again, we feel like experts on this place now after so many visits and spending quite a lot of time in its cities, checking out its culture and basking on its glorious beaches, but this visit is a bit different for us as we’ve decided to upgrade from our usual backpacker accommodation to opt for some nicer hotels. We flew into Thailand on Christmas day, and it was so nice to leave the tinsel and turkey along with the cold weather behind, the fact that we had airplane food for our Christmas lunch didn’t bother us in the slightest; we were just looking forward to our first “yellow curry” washed down with a nice Singha beer!! First port of call as always was Bangkok, but this time we were staying away from ... read more
May 6th 2011
Another long week-end, thanks to Wills & Kate ;-) and what better way to spend it than outdoors....provided that the weather is good; and it was, so we headed off to Yorkshire in search of somewhere to pitch our tent and stumbled across Malham in the Yorkshire Dales......absolutely stunning little village with lots of walking, waterfalls, nice pubs and glorious sunshine. We did a 4.5 mile circular walk around the countryside surrounding the village and took lots of photo's, so again this is a photo blog.....hope you like!!... read more
April 26th 2011
............Well it was FREAK Weather for a British Bank Holiday Weekend......the sun shone for four days, not a bit of rain, hardly any cloud and just a whiff of a breeze......that's pretty freaky for the UK!! We camped in Edale in the Peak District National Park, a lovely little village with a gorgeous church, two pubs, a visitor centre, a National Trust Cafe, a Coffe Shop, Post Office cum Corner Shop and two Camp Sites. The Nags Head Pub at the top of the village marks the official start of The Pennine Way; a footpath that stretches for 267 miles to Kirk Yetholm in Scotland. We walked a small stretch of the footpath (obviously not to Scotland because we only had four days), the views in the area are stunning. Our plan was to stay two ... read more
March 20th 2011
Better late than never!! Haven't had the time to sit down and do this since we got back, so for anyone still interested here's the final instalment. …....So we totally changed our plans and cut short our stay on Phu Quoc, we flew back to Saigon where we had pre-booked a hotel room for three nights but we were both so eager to hit a Thai beach again that we decided to fly out as soon as possible. We had to pay extra to change flights but managed to get ourselves on the Air Asia to Bangkok later that day, so with just a few hours left in Saigon we took a taxi from the Airport to the city, popped in to see Chan at Bich Duyen to tell him we'd changed our plans and wouldn't ... read more
March 12th 2011
Time for a change of scenery, this time we opted for an un-developed Island very close to the coast of Cambodia but actually belonging to Vietnam; Phu Quoc is relatively new to tourism and is renowned for it's bad roads. Vietnams famously smelly fish sauce "Nuc Mom" is produced on the island, Pearls are farmed here and there's also a couple of pepper plantations. The flight to Phu Quoc was onboard a Vietnamese Airlines tiny prop plane.....fine once you're up in the air but the take off and landing are a bit of a nerve tester!! We stayed on Long Beach at "The Beach Club", excellent accomodation run by a Brit and for $30 a night we thought it was a bargain. The day we arrived there was a storm brewing and by 6pm the heavens ... read more
March 11th 2011
We took the early ferry out of Lipe and landed back in Trang where we caught the train back to Bangkok for a quick stop over before flying out again to Vietnam. The train journey was excellent on account of the fact that we’d booked ourselves a first class cabin, we usually do second class on the trains in Thailand so going first was a bit of a novelty, it was a great experience and we both had a great sleep on the 15 hour journey back up to Bangkok. Next stop Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon as it was formerly known, we’ve been here before so know a great little hotel in the back packer area, the Bich Duyen is a lovely clean place with friendly helpful staff but it’s increased in price quite ... read more
March 6th 2011
The last time we were in Thailand we met a couple on Koh Samet who had been to Koh Lipe and reckoned that it was the best Thai Island that they’d ever been to, so on this recommendation we decided to give it a go. Koh Lipe (pronounced Leepay),is a tiny speck in the Andaman sea, it lies 70KM off the South West of Thailand and has no airport, the only way to get in or out is via ferry. The Ferry from the Thai mainland takes 2 hours and Langkawi in Malaysia can also be reached by ferry in just over an hour. The islands inhabitants are the Chao Lei people, a band of Malaysian Sea Gypsies who have settled on Lipe and make their living mostly by fishing and transporting the tourists around the ... read more
March 2nd 2011
After much deliberation on where to spend my 40th Birthday we decided upon two countries, two cities and two islands; the itinerary is a short one compared to what we’re normally accustomed to, but with only having limited time off from work we did some research and came up with the following:- Fly to Bangkok, spend a couple of nights there before heading off to Koh lipe a small island in the south west of Thailand and then on to Vietnam where we’ll spend some time in Ho Chi Minh city and finally on to Phu Quoc a large island on Vietnams south west coast. On my train journey down to London to meet up with Barry I was informed by the Virgin Train Manager that my seat in first class had been changed to a ... read more
May 21st 2009
Wow,we arrive at Coral beach on one side of the island to drop off some guests, peer over the side of the boat and look down at the crystal clear waters to the white sands 6 meters below…. I think we’re really going to like it here!! We’ve just had a nice 50 minute flight from KL up to Kota Bharu on Malaysia’s east coast followed by a 1 hour taxi ride to Kuala Besut where the boats leave for The Perhentian Islands, next we endured a 40 minute bumpy speedboat ride to arrive at Long beach on Pulau Perhentian Kecil where we stopped 50 metres from the shore and had to precariously climb into a tiny water taxi with backpacks in tow…..not an easy feat. This is to be our home for the next 9 ... read more