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Published: August 28th 2013
Well this is it you lovely lot! After 6 weeks of travelling through thailand, laos and cambodia we are making our way home. Sadly didnt have time for vietnam that will be another trip for sure.
So we have had a couple of "sketchy" land border crossings where the rules are "there are no rules", bribery and corruption seems to be how it goes........
We have slept in 15 beds, most lovely, a couple with "extra guests" and a horrendous one which im struggling to erase from my memory!
I have not worn make up the whole time, which i have loved! I have barely managed to style my hair either, the heat and humidity took care of that for me!
I have an impressive collection of mossie/insect bites to bring home despite covering myself in various types of chemicals!! Yes you heard right chemicals!!! I had to give in to my no chemical life rule for a few weeks as these bastards (sorry dad) are ruthless!!! They even bit me through 100% deet, been told its genetic so probably didnt stand a chance anyway! Adam, however has none!........
We have travelled by plane, sleeper train,
bus (in various states of repair) and usually driven at speeds even the stig couldnt handle!, tuk tuk (by the bucket load), motorbike, boat, bicycle, horse, elephant, taxi, canoe, bamboo raft and bamboo train. All came free with their own little story.
We have met some lovely people along the way and shared lots of good times with them.
Each country has something different to offer and we have loved each one for different reasons, but by far cambodia has been the place that has touched me the most.....i truly loved my time there closely followed by laos. Both are very poor but their people are rich in smiles and that's all you need to make a difference to your day. Both countries have had troubles that send shivers down your spine yet they wake up each day and get on with it, us westerners have very fortunate lives in comparison! We could all do with reminding ourselves of this every now and then. Thailand is beautiful especially up in the north, stunning scenery. Bangkok is mental but you cant help but enjoy it.......tuk tuk?.......
We have given out around 20 football shirts to the kids who
truly have nothing, the smiles on their faces was priceless. No amount of money could have bought that experience. Giving really is better than receiving.........eternal thanks again to those kind ladies and their boys at trafford council for donating the shirts. Such a good deed, thank you so much! This has been a big thing for us on our trip to do this and without your help would not have been possible.
All the children in all 3 countries are a pleasure to be with, so well behaved and content with entertaining themselves with very little. The defining moment for me on this trip was the time we spent in the orphanage in cambodia, i have thought about it every day since and a truly unforgetable experience. I only wish we could have done more......
We are now back in bangkok hanging out on the khao san rd doing some last minute shopping and people watching...........visited the floating markets this morning too.
Hard to believe that we are coming home tomorrow.............apart from wanting to see our loved ones we are so ready to keep on travelling.
Travel really is the best education..............
Thanks for reading
folks and see you all back in blighty.
For one last time, love and peace out y'all xx
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