Page 2 of Chris and Lisa Travel Blog Posts

Asia » Macau July 6th 2011

Wow, I can’t believe it’s come to this, the last few days of this monumental adventure. It seems like only 5 minutes ago we were sitting down first thinking about the idea. Well here we are back in Bangkok, our hub for Asia and probably the heart of this winter. The reason for our brief return is twofold, it’s about 5 times the price to fly directly from Saigon to Macau rather than back to Bangkok then over to Macau, which is double the distance. What it does do though is give Lisa the change to ‘Jimmy Choo’ shop. Yep, the ladyboys of Patpong market are in for a visit. As this is our last ‘proper’ Asia stop on the tour, pressies need to be purchased and where better than the knock off stalls of Bangkok’s ... read more
Slumming It
Not too shabby
Senado Sq

Asia » Vietnam April 29th 2011

Although we had vowed never to take the overnight bus again, as the only people who could possibly be comfortable on them were small Asians used to sleeping on mattresses like boards, we found this was the easiest way to reach Hoi An. But at least this time we knew what to expect ..... no sleep. Luckily at least the bus wasn't full so we didn't have the driver's pal sleeping next to us in the aisle this time and we could, at least, get our bags off our laps. The first few hours made it perfectly clear that we weren't going to be able to sleep, because as well as the small, uncomfortable bunks there appeared to be a cockroach infestation and being on the bottom bunks we were in danger of swallowing a few ... read more
The days end
Worth 12 hrs on a sleeper bus?
Little Paris

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Khanh Hoa » Nha Trang April 23rd 2011

There is always a danger of coming back to someplace you really like, in case the old rose tinted glasses have been taking effect. This is pretty much the case with the whole of Vietnam for us but especially the delightful mountain city of Delat. Again, after the humid heat of Saigon the cool mountain air was most welcomed and as we came into the city the first thing that struck us was the amount of building work going on. It was lovely before but the improvements are really enhancing the city. It’s not just hotels and homes, when we were here last year the famous Xuon Huong lake had been drained and resembled the Mongolian mud pits rather than the ‘go to’ destination for Vietnamese love birds. After the bus dropped us off we quickly ... read more
Hard at it
Love in Dalat

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City April 16th 2011

We decided to take the BTS to the airport, which turned out to be a lot cheaper and quicker than taking a taxi and navigating all that Bangkok traffic. So after an uneventful journey, tired and hot we eventually arrived at our hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, Madam Cuc 184, just in time for a quick wash and spruce up and join Joy and Paul for a few drinkees and dinner on the last night of their holiday. We became acquainted, once again, with a few very nice bottles of red Dalat Wine and at less that £3 per bottle (and that was restaurant prices) we went back to the hotel very, very happy. It was a lovely evening catching up on what Joy and Paul had been up to since we saw them last ... read more
Baby Dragon?
Resting Rhino
Just a bit closer kid

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai March 29th 2011

We headed back to our temporary home Chiang Mai, which is one of those lovely places that makes you want to stay. As we mentioned in an earlier blog, it’s really nice when in a completely foreign country the locals start to say hello and greet you as old friends and even the taxi touts sometimes leave you alone. Well that’s how it has become with us and Chiang Mai. We headed up here because, unbelievably, it’s nearly time for the adventure to end - shocking to even think about it - so we had to spend a bit of time looking at practical things like somewhere to live and employment. All the better to do this when there isn’t a beach or coral reef distracting you every waking moment. We were lucky because a few ... read more
Another Big Buddha
Wat Ruins
Stood the test of time

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Khao Yai NP March 27th 2011

After all that lazing around on beaches and struggling to walk the few feet from our wooden beach bungalow to the beach we decided it was time to do something different and took off for Khao Yai National Park, 120 km northeast of Bangkok. The National Park covers some 2168 sq km of the Phanom Dangkrek limestone mountain range and was the first one to be established in Thailand in 1962. Apparently the forest is host to over 300 different bird types and 20 species of land mammals as well as beautiful lush forest scenery and a few waterfalls – good prospects then that we might see something ‘wild’. We decided to make our way to the National Park by bus and on turning up at the bus station we were directed to a stand quite ... read more
Not Nora
Bonking Bugs
Terrifying Tranny

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan March 22nd 2011

We were going to say in this entry went to Koh Lanta and laid on the beach for a week, then went to Koh Pha Ngan and laid on the beach for a week which about sums it up really but as that would be just too lazy we’ll expand on the opening. We left Malaysia and flew to Krabi, a new airport to us and yet again were subjected to the Thai (sorry Asian) tourist merchants. We brought a ticket for the airport bus after we were assured that the bus dropped us in Krabi town just by our hotel. Well what a surprise as we sailed past the hotel, off up the road and out of town before stopping at a travel agents office who met us with the usual ‘Where u stay’ and ... read more
Who needs Photoshop
Ko Ma

Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Cameron Highlands March 8th 2011

Well, Diane and Richard had gone so we now found ourselves on our own again and flying out of Thailand before we were thrown out, due to expiring visas. We decided to head off to Malaysia for a couple of days with a brief stop in Kuala Lumpur and then a trip up to the Cameron Highlands for some trekking in the cool mountain air. As we had had a thorough look around Kuala Lumpur on our last visit, and we had to be back in Thailand in a few days to make the most of our second entry visa, we only planned to stay in Kuala Lumpur long enough to get our VIP bus tickets and hostel in the Cameron Highlands booked. We again stayed at the Matahari Guesthouse which, although had changed management, was ... read more
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Defo Fungus
The great white hunter

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Tao March 1st 2011

We last spoke after a very comfortable bus journey, then we had a quick overnight in Bangkok. Although there was enough time to visit one of the most magnificent sights in the capital, the Baumraungrad Hospital. Now we’ve stayed in some magnificent hotels in our time but this blows them away, and it’s a hospital!!!!! Opulence everywhere, staff catering to your every need and patients from every corner of the world being well looked after, well every corner that has money that is. It really is beyond comparison with anything, if this is the shape of privately run healthcare, bring it on. We were here to get Lisa’s dressing checked and changed and remembering to put a credit card in the wallet this time Chris thought that maybe the gold card would be needed (just got ... read more
Thai Delight
Don't fall in ladies
Di's bad influence?

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai February 15th 2011

Well the bus ride wasn’t too bad in the end. A mild bit of sea sickness but you are so chilled after spending time in Pai you can just mellow in the beautiful mountain scenery, the midday sunshine and enjoy (ish), just don’t try to read a book. Chiang Mai welcomed us back with open arms, we were even given a room upgrade as ‘regulars’ and it’s a nice feeling walking down the street of a relatively strange city, thousands of miles away from home being greeted by people you recognise with a warm smile and a welcome back. You just hope it’s not simply because you’re good tippers ;-) This will be a short blog because like most people in Chiang Mai, we didn’t do a lot. The pace of life in this large city ... read more
Top of the World
The Roof of Thailand
Never to be seen again

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