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Asia » India » Kerala » Kochi November 18th 2099

Arriving in Cochi city from Kottayam, we exited the bus and took a rickshaw to the boat jetty. Leaving the mainland (Ernakulam) behind, we boarded the boat (for just 5 rupees each) and made our way to Fort Cochin - a beautiful and relaxed sea town. Departing the boat we took yet another rickshaw to Princess Road (the main backpacker district), where we were greeted by a young gentleman and taken to his beautiful homestay (Fort Residency), equipped with a living room and kitchen free for cooking. Whilst staying in this funky homestay, decorated with Banksy images and other inspiring images, a cafe area was also in progress and soon to open ... a must-go if you visit Fort Cochin! After settling in and getting our bearings the next 2-3 days were spent wandering the beautiful ... read more
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Asia » India » Karnataka » Mangalore November 18th 2099

Day 1 - Waking bright and early in Cochi we gathered our belongings and headed to the boat jetty to catch a ferry back to Ernakulam (the mainland). Departing the boat we took a rickshaw to the train station to board the train and embark on an 8-9 hour journey headed north to Mangalore. Once aboard and in our reserved seats/sleepers, we watched as 100's of people piled onto the train station after station which made for a very hot and uncomfortable journey. It was at this point we decided never to purchase over-priced reserved tickets for a day train due to the fact that the locals, having hold only general tickets, just sat wherever they liked including our seats (7 people squeezed onto 2 seats)! Finally as the train rolled into Mangalore around 10pm we ... read more
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Asia » India » Kerala » Varkala November 18th 2099

Checking out of Wilson Hotel, Kovalam, we took a rickshaw back to Leela Resort where we caught the local bus back to East Fort Bus stand, Trivandrum. To escape the burning heat, we then took a rickshaw across town to the KSRTC bus stand where we were to catch a 3hour bus rattling up north to Kollabalam. Stepping off the bus in Kollabalam we opted to take a rickshaw 12km to Varkala Beach (a lovely slither of sand set beneath a cliff-top lined with restaurants and guesthouses) where we were greeted and led to our accomodation-to-be. As per usual, having just arrived, we went out in search of food heading in the completely wrong direction, over barren headlands to a secluded beach where we found ourselves scrambling over huge boulders to avoid the incoming tide. Eventually ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Canggu October 20th 2080

For those of you who have been reading our blogs and knew our itinerary, you will all know that we have been to Malaysia BUT I'm going to return to this fabulous country as we are actually going back for a another couple of weeks. In the meantime our jet-setting (well mainly a combo of driving and flying) took us to Singapore and Bali, Indonesia. Singapore was the official end of our overlanding trip, most of our group were either off in different directions so our time in the city was limited. I have been to Singapore many times and it doesn't seem to change. It is so well organised, clean and everything you would want from a modern city. What it makes up in cleanliness and order, to me it always seems it lacks just ... read more
Temple monkeys!
Cute but naughty
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Asia » Thailand October 1st 2080

For once on this trip, I can talk about a country that I had actually been to before. Unfortunately I have to admit that the first visit in question was a ten day package holiday to Thailand (Phuket to be exact) and included as much cultural appreciation as a visit to your local pub, although I'm sure I had better cocktails than the pub. So I can't really say that all we did in Thailand wasn't new to me as we got the chance to visit most of the 'must see' places the country had to offer. Where does one begin with Thailand? Do you start with its history - the country that was once Siam but changed its name to Thailand meaning 'Land of free people' thanks to its claim to being the only South-East ... read more
Cute gecko
Group star jump
Time for dinner

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh September 13th 2080

If ever you were to say a country moved you, I would be prepared to put good money on big odds that you were talking about Cambodia. As the title of this blog suggests this is a country that has had a past that has taken it to hell and back, but they still smile. They still welcome you to their country. They still fight the demons of their past, and they still work hard everyday to remember that past so that it doesn't happen again. We drove an easy, luxurious six hours from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh over what could easily be described as the nicest border crossing since driving through them in Europe. A smile and a stamp and we were in! Immediately we knew we had just changed country. Instead ... read more
DId someone say bone?
A new chapter
I see the sea

Asia » India July 28th 2015

The Yak is a kind of high altitude cow of the Himalayas. Living up there in the snow and in the cold one might think that it is a terrible animal, ferocious and wild. Not the one I met today. It was the size of a big pony, it is 50% hair, if you shave it probably looks quite miserable. I paid 50 rupees for riding on it, 1USD, a nice price for an unique experience, better than a McDonalds cheeseburger. For the price I could make a lot of pictures too, and look behind the tail hair to find out if that is a lady of a gentleman. And I discovered two very very tiny balls in there, the average middle size street dog is better equipped. It was a baby, or all Yaks are ... read more
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Asia » India July 28th 2015

-SP- Han sido dos dias de hacer poca cosa, pero necesitaba descanso, y necesitaba arreglar temas antes de ir a la montanna Dia 1: Dormir un buen rato, mas tarde ir a ver si la tienda de bicis abre hoy, pero parece que no. De mientras mi saco de dormir se seca al sol, y para el mediodia estaba bien seco, las pelotillas de plumas otra vez rotas y el saco parece que esta en condiciones de darme una semana de noches sin frio otra vez, asi que me ahorro comprar uno fake en el pueblo. Por la tarde internet. Dos temas acuciantes: Primero, asegurarme que la agencia esta tramitando mi visado a Iran y no se estan tocando las bolas, finalmente tengo confirmacion de que mi solicitud esta en el MFA irani, quizas hasta sea ... read more
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Asia » Philippines » Panay » Kalibo July 28th 2015

Boracay Island is in the Philippines. It is located in the township of Caticlan, Aklan. Boracay became popular after it has been featured in the Hollywood movie called Too Late The Hero starring Michael Caine, Cliff Robertson and Henry Fonda. The movie was filmed on locations in Boracay and Caticlan. In succeeding years, beginning the 1980s, Boracay became a Backpackers' destination. According to Wikipedia, Boracay's beaches were acclaimed as the best in the world. Puka Beach, also located in Boracay, is considered as one of the best 100 Beaches in the World. I visited Puka Beach in the 90's. How To Get There? From Manila, Cebu, Puerto Princesa and other key cities in the Philippines and Asia, there are regular flights from these points to Caticlan Airport or Iloilo City International Airport. From Caticlan Airport, there ... read more
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Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Pondicherry July 27th 2015

Dear All Greetings! I write my first proper entry on this trip from the beautiful French colonial town of Pondicherry, hence the “Chennai to ‘Cherry” title. My trip has got off to a great start, and I feel the blessed freedom from my MA in taking a step out of my life in London, seeing things from a distance (which is always good), and being seriously infected once more with this wonderful thing they call the travel bug. What a joy, and what a wonderful few days these last ones have been. I will recount the details in this first entry, from the touch-down in Chennai to the sitting in this blissful, air-conditioned, crisp, white-sheeted room with a balcony directly overlooking the Indian Ocean. After two relatively short long-haul hops from London to Dubai, and then ... read more
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral
Pondicherry Street
Chennai Egmore Train Station




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