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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Byron Bay March 4th 2012

Australia – Byron Bay – The surfers dream and I was too lazy to carry a board to the beach! I need to have a word with myself…… As a fully qualified surfer the only natural thing to do was to make my way to Byron Bay so that’s exactly what I did. Sadly the buses air conditioning had broken by the time it got to my pick up point and the bus was displaying an internal temperature of 35 degrees, it was going to be an uncomfortable four hours not to mention a sweaty four hours. Well it was pretty much like a sauna for the duration of the trip but it was still great to be in the world renowned Byron Bay even if a little sticky. I arrived at the hostel around 8pm ... read more
Byron Bay - They love their ute's over here
Nimbin - The hemp museum
Nimbin - Me showing my love for a tree hippy style

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales February 28th 2012

Australia – Spot X - Time to test my skills on a surf board and receive my introduction to the surfer lifestyle! One of the main activities I was very keen to get involved with whilst in Oz was surfing so I booked myself into a surf camp called Mojo's at a secluded place called Spot X located on the East coast. On arrival it was immediately clear to see you needed to be a pretty cool surf dude or dudette to work here, needless to say I blended in a treat. After a quick tour of the camp site myself, Steffi and Anna (the two girls on my bus) were shown our accommodation for the next two nights, I think it's fair to say none of us were expecting what was presented to us, a ... read more
Spot X - A few surf boards
Spot X - Me at Mojo's Surf Camp
Spot X - My home for the next two days!

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » CBD February 23rd 2012

Australia – Sydney – The Opera House, The Harbour Bridge, The Blue Mountains and all topped off with a little bit of wine tasting and not forgetting a random catch up with a friend from Norwich! After a fantastic time on the great Ocean Road it was time to embark on my first experience with the Greyhound Bus service. I guess it’s fair to say I’ve been spoilt with some brilliant buses in Asia where you could fully recline the seat and there would only be three seats across the bus, so when I got shoe horned into my small seat on the Greyhound bus I knew it was going to be an uncomfortable twelve hours. Thank fully it passed without any major drama’s and I arrived in Sydney a little tied through lack of sleep ... read more
Blue Mountains - Complete with the blue haze and sunshine
Blue Mountains - At the base of the falls
Sydney - Looking back at the city

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Great Ocean Road » Torquay February 19th 2012

Australia – The Great Ocean Road and the Grampian Highlands – The twelve apostles, London Bridge and a random night where we shared our worst nightmare toilet scenarios!! Truly an Oz experience. Oh and not forgetting my first sightings of Koalas and Kangaroos. With all my tours booked it was time to start the first one, as the bus rocked up to my hostel at stupid o’clock in the morning I was the first on board and sadly for me feeling rough as hell. I had only been out for a couple of beers the night before but something was disagreeing with me. As we made our way to the next pick up point I was fighting my body not to throw up within the first 1km of the 260km ahead. Thankfully I held it together ... read more
The Great Ocean Road - Koala
The Great Ocean Road - The group at the Twelve Apostles
The Great Ocean Road - Me at the Twelve Apostles

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » CBD February 14th 2012

Australia – Melbourne – My first taste of Australia, could I adjust to the Western ways again or would the culture shock be a rude awakening?? After a long day travelling from Singapore with a stopover in Darwin for good measure I arrived in Melbourne with the sun shining and English (well Oz) being spoken all around me. I guess with the free use of English complete with the sight of so many brand names from back home I instantly felt at ease. I’m not sure if this was the correct state of mind to be in but I felt like I was on holiday and not travelling as I had been for the past few months, it was mixed emotions for sure. After an uneventful journey from the airport to the heart of Melbourne I ... read more
Melbourne -  Flinders Street Station
Melbourne -  The view of the city from St Kildas
Melbourne - St Kildas beach

Asia » Singapore » Chinatown February 12th 2012

Singapore – Possibly the most relaxed, easiest going and quietest city I’ve been to – Only one way to ensure I get to see the cities dark side I guess, that’s right I booked my accommodation slap bang in the middle of the most bizarre red light district I’ve ever stumbled across. As you will have hopefully seen from my last blog I had a very quick stay on arrival in Singapore before I went back to Malaysia, after Malaysia I headed back to Singapore for four days before my flight to Australia. Whilst in Singapore I stayed in a couple of hostels and a hotel and it was the first signs that things are starting to get more expensive, It’s fair to say everything here is in the region of two to three times more ... read more
Singapore - Chiina Town
Singapore - A lovely riverside restaurant or two
Singapore - A walk by the river

Asia » Malaysia » Melaka » Melaka City February 8th 2012

Malaysia – Melaka – A quiet little historic town that suddenly exploded with people during the bank holiday!! After a flying visit to Singapore (another blog to follow) I jumped on a bus and made my way back to Malaysia to visit a town called Melaka. Whilst in Malaysia the first time I didn’t have time to visit the South so with a few spare days before I fly to Oz I decided to make use of the time by heading back for a quick visit. I only planned on staying three or four days but I liked it so much here I ended up staying for seven. I guess that’s one of the best parts about travelling, within reason when you find somewhere you like you can just stay longer or in some cases get ... read more
Melaka - Very cool artwork on the buildings by the river
Melaka - A little bit of street dancing
Melaka  - Hand made crisps

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

Thailand - Bangkok - Christmas, New Year and a warm welcome to Bangkok for Gav! Where do I begin, this blog may run on a little bit and be slightly disjointed because the next ten days involved Bangkok twice so I’ve combined them into one blog, so my apologies in advance if you’re confused, but don’t worry so am I as you will read in a while. Maam and I returned to Bangkok from Kanchanaburi to celebrate Christmas, I think we were both more than happy with a relaxed quiet night with a couple of drinks, although having said that we did end up having these drinks in the notorious Soi Cowboy area, but there was good reason for this. I wanted to get a couple of photos to send to Gav to show him what ... read more
Ayutthaya - Perfect shot!
Bangkok - NYE at Centre World
Bangkok - A nice mexican on New Years Eve

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Khanh Hoa » Nha Trang January 25th 2012

Vietnam – Nha Trang (Complete with HCMC and Hoi An) – Please no floods this time and may my ear hold out so I can learn to dive!! Health warning to all readers – This is a long blog, it’s three in one so be warned! After a great time in Phnom Penh I headed back across the border into Vietnam, the journey and Visa arrangements were so simple, the hostel in Phnom Penh sorted everything out and the cost was only a few dollars more than if I would have struggled on my own to sort it out so I was pleased. Once back in HCMC I suddenly remembered just how crazy the roads are out here, it’s a head spinning experience you just don’t know where to look first and anything goes. I only ... read more
Nha Trang - Now this is how you transport a tree!
Nha Trang - This is where my first dive took place
Nha Trang - New Year celebrations

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh January 16th 2012

Cambodia – Phnom Penh – The sad reality of S-21 genocide museum and the killing fields. Cambodia proved to be very different from what I had imagined, admittedly I visited the two most developed cities but I was expecting to experience considerably more poverty and a stressful time moving around and sorting out reasonable accommodation. This proved not to be the case, it was actually very easy and all the accommodation was brilliant. Phnom Penh is much more developed than Siem Reap and far bigger, I knew very little about the city before arriving and my knowledge consisted of a very basic understanding about the Killing Fields and S-21 Genocide museum, but what I was about to discover was shocking. On arrival I headed straight to my hostel called the Mad Monkey, it was another great ... read more
Phnom Penh - A few bikes for sale
Phnom Penh - A lonely Monk
Phnom Penh - The Killing Fields

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