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Published: March 10th 2010
Christmas tree's in Koh Samui
I meant to start this blog when I first started travelling, now 2 and a half months on the only excuse I have is of pure laziness !!
Stuart and I are fullfilling our dream of travelling around South East Asia, seeing as many countries as we can as cheaply as we can and within our 6 months time limit.
A brief history so far - plus a few pics:
We started of in our beloved Thailand, which we visited for 3 weeks last year in January 09 and fell in love with the country. As we left so close to Christmas, after landing in Bangkok we took a connecting flight down to the island of Koh Samui to spend Christmas. Ko Samui was beautiful, its was so strange to spend Christmas on the beach, sunbathing and eating Thai soup but wonderful all the same.
We stayed there for a few nights then took a boat to Koh Phangan for the infamous New Years Eve Full Moon Party - there were over 30,000 poeple there, the fireworks were amazing, we hoped to stay until sunrise but the drink got the better of us and we were home for about 2.30am (I
blame Stuart's age)!!
After the hedonism of the full moon, we went North of Koh Phangan to bottle beach for some relaxation, basically its just a beach with a couple of restaurants and bamboo huts on the beach. All our plans for a relaxing couple of days went out the window when we met our neighbours, the maddest bunch of Mancunians we've ever met and bottle beach turned into a Vodka bucket fuelled haze !
After this we went to Koh Tao and onto Railey Beach and Koh Phi Phi before getting a flight down to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (I've stolen the pic of the towers as Stu and I forgot our camera when we visited)!!
KL was lovely but we only had a couple of days there but spent most of our time in Little India eating the amazing indian food.
We then took a bus up to the island of Penang which we didn't really enjoy, there wasn't much to do on the island and we fell out with the owner of our accommodation as he was charging us double than he was charging everyone else! We then went onto the amazing tax free island of Langkawi, this
Pool at our accommodation in Koh Samui
was beautiful and we stayed there for about a week in the end, the island was beautiful but our accommodation was over run with cockroaches, I got quite ill in Langkawi and had to keep dodging them to get to the toilet to be sick, you can't really complain to anyone when your only paying about a fiver a night though!
We travelling back into Thailand and crossed the border into Cambodia.
Cambodia suprised me, I was always interested in going there as I've been reading about there history, more particulaly the 70's era when they under the Pol Pot regime and he systematically murdered a 5th of the population, due to this I didn't really know what to expect from the country but it was absolutely beautiful, the people are so friendly, despite there awful past, the country is quite humbling. We spent 10 days in the beach resort of Sihanoukville before going to the capital Phnom Phen, were a lot of the atrocities of the Kmer Rouge took place, we visited the S21 Torture prison and the Killing Fields where they discovered the mass graves, our guide lost 2 of his sisters to the regime and it was
Our lovely room in Koh Phangan
a terribly sad, eye opening day, how humans can actually do some of the things we witnessed, to other humans is incomprehendable.
After Phnom Phen we went to Siam Reap which is the base to explore the 1000 year old temples of Angkor, these temples are absolutely awe inspiring, Stu and I rented bike's for the day and did about 30km all day visiting the temples. The largest is Angkor Wat which is the largest religious building in the world, Tomb Raider was also filmed at one of the temples which is now being overcome by nature and has huge tree's growing out of it and slowly crushing it to just ruins.
After Cambodia we crossed over into Vietnam, which is were we are currently, we have been to Ho Chi Minh City (formely Saigon), Mui Ne and Nha Trang.
Hope you enjoy the pics and I'll update the blog consistantly from now on !!
Laura and Stu
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