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Asia » Laos » North » Luang Namtha January 15th 2013

We knew that we were going to have a long travel day on New Years Day so we didn't get too out of control on NYE. That being said, we were still moving rather slowly at 7:30am. We grabbed a couple of fruit shakes on our way to the bus station and then found our seats and napped as much as we could. The bus to the Laos border was long with lots of stops. We were really happy when we finally made it to the Thai border town of Chiang Khong. Crossing the border was really straightforward. We got our exit stamps in Thailand, took a 60 second boat ride across the Mekong River, applied for our VOA (visa on arrival), paid for the 30 day visa and walked into Huay Xai – our first ... read more
Bamboo forest3
Walking up to our little village

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok January 11th 2013

Bangkok – Kanchanaburi – Chiang Mai This will be a short and sweet blog. We had two weeks in Thailand (because you only get 15 days when crossing a land border) that were spent in three different cities. We made crazy memories in Bangkok, got up close and personal with tigers in Kanchanaburi and brought in a new year in Chiang Mai. While our time was limited, we spent it wisely and saw some really fabulous parts of a country we would love to return to on another trip. There is so much to see in Thailand! The north is mountainous and scenic while the south has arguably the biggest party scene in the world. Full moon parties are absolutely bonkers! One day we might get to experience more but for now we got a wee ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai January 11th 2013

From Kanchanaburi we took a short 3 hour bus to the Northern Bangkok bus station where we caught an overnight bus to Chiang Mai. It wasn't a sleeper bus with beds but they provided blankets and the chairs reclined enough to get some sleep. Since we hadn't booked the tickets to Chiang Mai in advance we had to take seats on the one bus that had 3 seats left. That meant arriving to Chiang Mai at 5:00am. We were very lucky to meet a couple who owned a guesthouse in Chiang Mai on our bus. They helped us get a cheap tuk-tuk to the city centre and also allowed us to sleep the rest of the morning free of charge (as long as we stayed the following night and paid for it). When we woke up ... read more
Monk at Phra Signh
Chedi Luang Ruins II

Asia » Laos » North » Luang Namtha January 4th 2013

That's right. It's been six months. We have been travelling for over half a year. Say whaaaaaat? What an adventure it has been and now it's a completely new year – 2013. That number doesn't seem real, isn't 2013 supposed to be, like, the future? Where is my flying electric car? What a rip-off... Well now that that minor anxiety attack is complete let's discuss the last month of insanity before I tell you all about my plans for 2013. This last month was FULL of new people, new travel buddies and new friendships. I had a chance to get to know Ty's friend Jaf a lot better (he's a total sweetie pie), I got to travel with one of my best friends Paul and I got to meet so many other cool people. Dan and ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai December 31st 2012

We are working really hard to get caught up on our blogging but are still a few behind. Tomorrow (New Years Day) we are going to be entering a new country: Laos. We are SUPER excited to get into Laos, it is one of the most untouched countries in South-East Asia. That being said, it is also not quite as up-to-date as the places we have been recently and dont know what to expect in regards to internet. Once we get a chance, we will be uploading our Chiang Mai NYE blog as well as an overview of Thailand. By that time we will probably have already completed a jungle trek in Laos with Paul so there are a lot of exciting things coming up we cannot wait to share! Stay tuned! Thanks for your patience ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Western Thailand » Kanchanaburi December 30th 2012

Getting to Kanchanaburi from Bangkok was a piece of cake. We caught a $3 cab to the bus station, bought our bus tickets upon arrival and 3 hours later were in Kanchanaburi. This is another city that Tyler visited last time he was in Thailand so he knew which area we wanted to go to. We ended up staying at the exact same guesthouse he did last time. It had rafts of rooms floating on the Kwai River that were cheap, basic and perfect for our limited needs. As usual, the first thing we did was wander around our part of town to see what it was like. It seemed really quaint, friendly and pretty; it was also full of expats. There were plenty of older Aussie's and Brit's all over the place either for a ... read more
Monk with tigers
Tiger face-off
Tigers playing

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok December 30th 2012

Our trip to Bangkok from Siem Reap went pretty smooth, however it was rather time consuming. It was about a 4 hour bus to the border then almost 2 hours to get our visas (due to long long lines) then another 5 hours to get into Bangkok. By the time we found our way to our hotel it had been a 12 hour journey. In case you're wondering, it really does say hotel. Paul wanted to splurge on a nice place for a few days that the two of us would never have been able to afford so he booked a room at the Prince Palace Hotel for 3 nights (which ended up being 4 but that's a story for later in the blog). Our room was on the 29th floor, we had an awesome view ... read more
HUGE reclining Buddha
Monk at Wat Pho
Big chedi's at Wat Pho

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap December 28th 2012

Phnom Penh – Koh Tonsay (Rabbit Island) – Kampot – Sihanoukville (Serendipity Beach) – Sihanoukville (Serendipity Beach) – Phnom Penh – Siem Reap Before we started our adventure we knew every country would be different but also thought South-East Asia would have a similar vibe all over. Going from Vietnam into Cambodia we discovered immediately how wrong this perception was. The Cambodian's are extremely friendly people; to the point where when we turned down a tuk-tuk driver the response was often “Okay, thank you. Have a nice day.”. We were also surprised at how much English there was, more than we have come across anywhere else. There were surprises around every corner (as usual) but here is a breakdown of our time in Cambodia before we get more into the culture. As soon as we got ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap December 27th 2012

Due to our last minute change of plans, we found ourselves in Phnom Penh again for a night. We coincidentally had the same tuk-tuk driver as the last time we were in PP, Mr. Rrrricky Bobby. After he dropped us off he was super excited when Tyler made him his own facebook page and email address. After catching up with Bobby we settled into our guesthouse and arranged for a bus to Siem Reap the following day. With an early morning ahead of us all we really did was grab some good ol' cheap street food (fried noodles, yum) and call it a night. At 8:00am all five of us were on a bus to Siem Reap. The bus was great, we had a really nice big bus with real western-sized people seats so it was ... read more
Angkor Wat reflection
Sunrise at Angkor
Entrance to Prasat Ta Prohm

Asia » Thailand » Western Thailand » Kanchanaburi December 25th 2012

A couple of months ago Tyler told me that most of Asia doesn't celebrate Christmas. Of course, this makes sense because the majority of the population are Buddhist, Hindu or Muslim. The fact that they didn't celebrate Christmas was still extremely hard for me to comprehend. Christmas is one of my favourite times of year. When I was little, I was obviously excited for Santa to come but as I grew older I came to cherish the times I spent with my family. My amazing family. This Christmas is very different. I'm on the other side of the world for the first time in my life and being away from my family and friends is really hard. Normally I would wake up at my parents house on Christmas morning (because even after I moved out last ... read more
Merry Christmas from Thailand!

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