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Asia » Philippines » Panay » Iloilo February 1st 2016

After resting overnight in Kabankalan we rode up the coast to Bacolod. Stayed overnight at Pension Bacolod, 500 peso for AC room with wifi. Next day went to ferry port and bought tickets for the Montenegro RORO to Dumangas on Panay. Needed to get Coastguard clearance for the motorbike but it was free. 2 hours croosing to Panay and first thing we noticed in Dumangas was lots of Talaba restuants, st stooped off and 40 peso for big serving of freah Oysters! Into Iloilo City and found Sony Dormitel in Jaro. 600 peso for big apartment with kitchen. Spent the next day exploring Iloilo, very hectic City but full of interesting sights.... read more
Pensionne Bacolod
Bacolod plaza
Arriving in Dumangas Port, Panay

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi February 1st 2016

We organised our stuff. Hand luggage sized for the boat, summery clothes to leave while we go to Sa Pa in one big bag and the other bag with warm clothes (very small pile of these, sadly) to take on the train with us. Fingers crossed for the big bag which would no doubt be left on the landing in the hotel for 3 days. Met my lovely niece Laura and her husband Stuart for dinner. They'd been doing our same trip but the other way round, so had come from Laos and just got back from Halong Bay. They had lots of useful info, and after dinner we splashed through the night market, looking for coats for them and elephant trousers at £2.20 a pair for us. Shame they didn't fit. Laura and Stuart were ... read more

Asia » India » Andhra Pradesh February 1st 2016

Our guide helped with the directions in the impossible traffic. A new metro system is being built which clogs everything up even more. Our first stop was at the Charminar (four minarets). This is the symbol and historical heart of Hyderabad. It was not too busy because we arrived before the crowds. We climbed up one of the minarets for a view over some of Hyderabad and also of the decorative detail of the building. on the left we could see the Jamma mosque. This is the second largest mosque in India. We shopped for bangles in a street that sells nothing except bangles. Hyderabad is famous for its jewellry especially pearls and bangles. There was also a shop selling old Indian coins, including coins from the imperialist era. We have visited very few museums on ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Yala February 1st 2016

Day 11 - Raj’s sense of humor – We’ve never laughed so much on a vacation. Raj has a subtle sense of humor: the trouble with sleeping in a sarong and, of course, ending up naked; A man was trying to sell us lottery tickets and claimed that his tickets were very lucky... Raj asked him why he didn’t buy his own tickets; eating with your hands… “You don’t need weapons to eat;” tuk tuk decorations… “Pimp My Ride;” “That sharp rock is saying ‘Come and get me’;” “The power of the drink;” Sri Lankan buses are killing machines in a death race. Drive to Yala. Stops at Rawana waterfall, buy some lychees, and roadside tastings of woodapple – very sour and yucky! and a pot of curd. Yala is home to one of the famed ... read more
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Asia » Singapore » Bugis Village February 1st 2016

I sometimes forget just how wealthy Singapore is. Yes, there are some poor people, but you don’t see anyone sleeping in doorways. And yes, some of the housing is far from luxurious, though nothing that would be called substandard, unless you are a foreign guest worker, then accommodations can be pretty grim. Bear with me while I give you a few statistics to put things in context. (You may skip ahead a few paragraphs if you want, or you can read through and wow your friends with this knowledge.) When you look at rankings of per capita GDP (Gross Domestic Product), Singapore comes in third, behind Qatar and Luxemburg. The United States comes in at number eleven, Australia at eighteen, and Canada ranks twenty-second among the world economies. Add to that, the island city-state is home ... read more
Marina Bay Sands
New Bridge St
shopping

Asia » India February 1st 2016

I hadn't expected to be blogging again until summer when I have a trip to Alaska planned. However, I opened an e-mail on Black Friday announcing Cyber specials waiving International airfare for select trips with Overseas Adventure Travel. While India wasn't even on my bucket list, there was a trip to India in February and it's warm in India in February! The other February trips in warm places were to South American countries that I'd already visited. I saw that OAT offices were open until 8:00 so I decided to call to inquire about the trip. By 8:20 I had booked a 19 day trip to India! I will be visiting many of the well known cities/sites in Northern India (Delhi, Varanasi, Agra, Jaipur and Rathambore) as well as lesser known cities and villages. This particular ... read more

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » New Delhi February 1st 2016

Well the Crowne Plaza was a very welcome place at 12.30a.m. after travelling for 24 hours - we were wrecked - lovely hot shower and straight to bed for a few hours. Thankful our bags made it with 3 plane changes. Up early Monday morning down for buffet breaky - it was fantastic - so many choices and very yummy what we had. Then we had decided to head out for the day and catch the Metro into old Delhi, but a little tuk, tuk driver coerced us into going with him, which in the end turned out to be a good move - $10 for about 6hrs taking us all over Delhi. So far so good, thought that Delhi would have been much worse that it is - there are so many green spaces around ... read more
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Asia January 31st 2016

When we reached home after Shri Vaishno Devi katra Yatra ,we were one day watching the film in TV.It was mid December 2015.The exact date I am not sure.When we clicked the film channel ,we both got surprised to see the movie of Vaishno Devi in TV.We both felt as if it is the power and miracle of Vaishno Devi .After watching complete movie I felt Divine power of Goddess Vaishno Mata to give us her blessings and also one important message that after visiting the holy cave of Vaishno Devi ,every pilgrim Should and must go for darshan of Vairo Baba.This I knew from this moview.Actually we could not visit the Vairo Baba temple last time when we went to Vaishno Devi Darshan yatra from 5-12-2015 to 8-12-2015. Last time we could not go to ... read more

Asia » India » Karnataka » Hampi January 31st 2016

Que c’est bon de sortir de Bangalore ! Que c’est bon de sortir de cette folie meurtrière qui ne dort jamais ! Plus on s’éloignait, plus les bruits de klaxons se faisaient rares et plus les gens roulaient à peu près normalement. Je pense qu’a un certain point, Dilip, notre chauffeur, en tant que bon Citadin de Bangalore était le seul à klaxonner et a conduit dangereusement. Toujours ce bon vieux réflexe du mec presse et impatient qui contrastait parfaitement avec l’attitude « Shanti », c’est-à-dire tranquille et paisible des personnes habitant la campagne. Arrive aux alentours des premiers villages environnant Hampi, On commence à sentir l’histoire qui entoure la région avec des villages complets reconstruits sur des ruines encore apparentes. Certaines rues sont définies par un axe de destruction des murs des maisons. Comme si ... read more
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Rive Sud
Rive Sud - temple

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Phi Phi Don January 31st 2016

With our newly formed Thailand family we decided to go a bit more up market and look for some fancy private rooms a bit further out from the main beach on Phi Phi. We decided on Maney's Resort which was about a 7/10 minute walk from the pier. There are no vehicles at all on the island, not one bicycle or moped in sight, just shit loads of human traffic. Thankfully someone from the resort came to meet us with a "wheelbarrow" for our bags. We probably should have done a bit more research as we were in for a nasty surprise when we arrived at the hostel. The wooden bungalows were beautifully situated in the midst of an uphill jungle scenery, staggered about 20m uphill. Of course, our bungalow was the very top one, and ... read more
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