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Asia » Laos » West » Vientiane October 20th 2008

And so, we left Vang Vieng in a tuk-tuk over a very bumpy road at great speeds. We arrived, an hour later, by the river where we met up with our guides and began our paddle downstream. It wasn't so hard, the kayak (which both Mike & I were in together) was light and the flow of the water did alot of the work. The weather was good, the scenery was nice - all in all very enjoyable. We went over a couple of exciting rapids, big enough to capsise if you weren't careful, but small enough to avoid doing so even with our limited kayaking skills! We stopped for lunch, which was chicked & veg kebabs, baguettes & vegetable rice, cooked by our guides over charcoal lit on the rocks. It was pretty tasty and ... read more
Kayking Guides cooking lunch
Weird Arc De Tripmphe thing

Asia » Laos » West » Vang Vieng October 19th 2008

And so, we eventually left Luang Prabang for the backpacker Mecca of Vang Vieng. We got a tuk-tuk to the public bus station, but there wasn't one going for 3 hours so instead we chartered a minibus with some others stuck in the same position. The scenery got more and more stunning and the roads more and more windy as we weaved around the limestone karsts sticking vertically out of the ground, covered in dense vegetation. There was a bit of a hold-up where a truck ahead had overturned and some guys with a crane were righting it. Cool. It was dark when we arrived in Vang Vieng and we ended staying in a crappy hut with rock solid bed, so we moved the next morning to a place on the river front (The Nam Song) ... read more
Rural Laos village
Bamboo bridge over the river
Bamboo Bridge to the bar

Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang October 7th 2008

So, we crossed the boarder into Huay Xai. We stopped one night while we arranged to get the slow boat to Luang Prabang the next day. We considered doing the 'Gibbon Experience' as planned before we left home (where you trek a little, and zip wire into treehouses to sleep overnight) but it was really, really expensive. Figured it would have to be seriously amazing to make it worthwile so gave it a miss. The currency in Laos is so funny. 15,000 kip is one pound. We are multi-millionaires. Excellent. We got dinner for 10,000 kip each and thought 'yes, finally we're in Laos. Unfortunately it has not been like that since. Anyways, the next day we caught the 2 day slow boat down the Mekong. It set off 2 hours late. Good start. Very sweaty ... read more
Mike on slowboat

Asia » Thailand » Northern Thailand October 1st 2008

After Bangkok we caught a train (third class, very overcrowded, leaking roof, very hot indeed) to a place called Lop Buri. The big attration in Lop Buri is the ruined temples overrun by monkeys! We were guided round by a local boy who spoke not a word of English but pointed out the monkey for us (not hard to spot - they were everywhere. Children guides clearly money making gimmick) The monkeys were great, I was trying to take a photo of a family group when the baby ran up to me, jumped on my knee and tried to knick my camera - cheeky bugger! It was freakin hot in Lop Buri so we spent a substantial part of the day in the air-conditioned KFC (which, oddly, is the first place we've been that had not ... read more
Me with monkeys
Mike watering Monkey
Monkey zone!

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok September 30th 2008

So, we caught a boat off of Ko Tao to Chumpon (Dad - I think I told you we had to go back down to Surat Thani. I was wrong.) We arrived at the mainland and went to the train station. We had booked a sleeper train up to Bangkok. It wasn't due until 10pm and it was only 6pm, so we went for some food and beers (as it happens, it didn't arrive until 1.30pm by which time we were cross, tired and slightly drunk (and in my case, bitten right up by one million mozzies as I had left the deet in my backpack which was in storage at the station)). The sleeper train was cool, however. You get a little bunk with a curtain (top bunks for both of us) which, surprisingly, were ... read more
Grand Palace

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Tao September 20th 2008

So! We headed from Ko Phangan to Ko Tao via speed boat, and got very wet in the process. Nevermind. Upon arrival to the rickety wooden pier, we ignored all the taxi touts/diving touts (seriously - there are heaps) and headed to Seashell Divers, reccommended by Cat & Paul who had been there a couple weeks earlier. We hadn't 100% decided we were definately going to do a diving course before we arrived because I hadn't been able to equalise my ears while snorkelling, but you got the accommodation free if you signed up, so we thought 'what the hell'. We'd done nothing for too long, anyway. Unfortunately, we had to fill in heaps of pperwork before we could get the room (we were really hot, hungry and desperate for a shower) and because of my ... read more
Fish BBQ
Working hard
Mike in The Classroom

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan September 16th 2008

Hello from Thailand! So, we left Teman Negara at 3pm on the Sunday. We took a public bus to Jerantut (about 2 hours). At about 6pm, we took an overnightbus to Kuala Lipis - near the Thai-Malay boarder. The bloody bus drove all the way down to Kuala Lumpur (a long way south) before heading north up the west coast. We arrived around 6am on Monday & took a taxi to the train station. Alas, we were informed the trains in Thailand were not running, so we could only go as far as the boarder. We got off and walked across the boarder. It was very confusing...we had no clue where we were once we had cleared Malaysian emmigration and Thailand immigration was nowhere to be we took a taxi through into Thailand (no problems, ... read more
Me auditioning for the Next catalogue
Sleepy hammock time
View of Had Rin from the Ped

Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Taman Negara National Park September 7th 2008

Hello! Sorry for the massive gap between blogs, we have (and are still) been on the Thai islands and t'internet is very expensive here. Back to the story: our merry band journeyed south towards Teman Negara National Park, the oldest rainforest in the world, apparently. We picked a accommodation which consisted of huts spread through a clearing on the outskirts of Kuala Tahan, the park headquarters. It really was a shack, made of a type of wicker and a corrugated iron roof. But the shack had an en-suite, consisting of a cold shower, a squat toilet and a few geckos. What more could you want? (And at a record low of RM25 a night (4 pounds) we thought it was pretty good. At nights you could hear all the sounds of the jungle and it was ... read more
Mike with big tree
Orang Asali village
Big tree

Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Perhentian Kecil September 3rd 2008

OK, so I said we were heading for Teman Negara, but when we got to the train station at midday, the train south wasn't leaving until 9.50pm. A train pulled up going north, so we quickly changed plans and got on that one instead, heading for the Perhentian Islands. The train was pretty hot and rattly, but it was worth doing once...arriving at Wakaf Bharu, we got public bus to Kota Bharu where we found a (skeggy) room for the night. But it was only RM28 (about 4.65). The following morning we boarded a mini bus (we were all independently-travelled out) to Kuala Besut to catch the speedboat to Perhentian Kecil, a little island popular with backpackers. Guess who was on the very same speedboat as us? Cat & Paul from uni! We were hoping to ... read more
Mike with large scary crab
Mira Beach

Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Cameron Highlands August 26th 2008

So, on Sunday we took a very nice coach trip from the sweaty KL (after an even sweatier and long wait in the bus station...ugh) up winding mountain roads through jungle and later tea plantations as we neared The Cameron Highlands. Ahh...relaxing. When we stepped off the bus it was practically nippy outside! Fantastic! We found a lovely guest house up on a little hill just out of the little highland town of Tanah Rata. It's really nice here, our room opens out to a garden patio area and the steps down into town. Yesterday we took one of the jungle trail walks through the, well, jungle. It wasn't so hard for us hardy Lake District types - down hill all the way, although there was lots of fallen trees to scramble over and slippy muddy ... read more
Me & Tea
Mike drinking tea

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