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Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap August 16th 2010

I've been in Siem Reap for just over a week now and I have to say its becoming my favourite place. After the visit to Vuon I did a tour to one of the floating villages on the Tonle Sap, which is the biggest lake/river in South East Asia and is home to many different villages who are either literally floating on the river or houses built on stilts. It was a fantastic tour because after our boat trip we got to walk through the village (we could walk because the water level is not at its highest yet). Sometimes tours can be a little bit kitch as they go to really touristy towns where the locals try and sell you things and beg for money etc but at Kompon Kleang there was none of that. ... read more
Local Fish Monger
Tonle Sap
Tonle Sap

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap August 11th 2010

I have been sponsoring 7 year old Vuon for the past 2 years or so and after arranging to visit his village months before leaving Australia I have been really looking forward to the trip. I decided to sponsor a child after years of saying that I wanted to but always using the excuse that 'I cant afford it right now' well finally I realised that with that attitude I would never have the money so I just did it. Now two years after signing up and after several letters back and forth (translated from Khmer) I finally got to visit the village and meet Vuon and his family. Vuon's village is called Rum Deng in the Commune of Tram Sarsar, District Srey Snam, Siem Reap Province (say that 3 times quickly). Plan staff member Tino ... read more
Vuon & I
Kids proudly displaying their new notebooks & pens

Asia » Cambodia » West » KaĆ“h Kong August 4th 2010

So after spending my last few days with Chloe on Koh Chang, Thailand - the details of which I'm not going to bore you with as apart from one great day snorkelling the rest of the time was spent hiding from the pouring rain. Although hang on, our last night together we decided to splurge with the last of our Baht and we went to Monkeys for dinner, good decision! We had THE best meal, starting with cocktails followed my mains of chicken breast served on creamy mash with delightful veggies, inc asparagus that was sauteed' to perfection! Anyway enough of my obsession with on wed Chloe and I caught the ferry back to the mainland and that is where we parted ways after 44 days of travelling together. Although it was sad to see ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Pai July 28th 2010

Pai, a small town nestled into the mountains of north western Thailand. Who would think a place with such an unassuming name could be so cool? As soon as we got off the bus from Chiang Mai I realised Pai was one of my favourite places. It just has that vibe, you know its the vibe of the thing? So on our mini van journey through the twisty turny mountain roads Chloe and I met Marcel, a fellow traveller from Holland who we ended up hangin out with for most of our time in Pai. He had actually recently come from some time in Australia and even visited Perth so he was very excited to fine tune his Aussie slang with us. It's funny how the phrase 'No Worries' can sound so different with a dutch ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai July 18th 2010

We have been hanging out in Chiang Mai for the last few days awaiting Chloe's Chinese visa. Unfortunately good food has been a bit thin on the ground and we are getting a little downhearted about this. I'm not sure if we are looking in the wrong places, ordering the wrong thing or Thailand's culinary creations are just not what they are cracked up to be. Anyway enough of that. Chang Mai, we visited the zoo and I saw Panda's for the first time. They are seriously cool animals! We watched one of them pretty much just sitting in front of us stuffing his face with bamboo, debris falling all over his fatty belly and he was loving it. As soon as he had had enough it was up onto his sleeping platform with a belly ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Ayutthaya July 13th 2010

After an epic journey involving 3 hours on a mini bus, 2.5 hours on a decent local bus (no air con), a very hurried change of bus to a dodge local bus and a further 2 hours we finally made it to Ayutthaya which we have since dubbed Gayutthaya simply because all the men we met were very obviously gay! It was hilarious, from the locals in the bar who were checking out the young western backpackers to the waiters at the guesthouse who shimmied around the restaurant, absolutely hilarious. Good fun is had by all by the looks. Ayutthaya is a city on an island (surrounded by river) that has grown up around the ruins of Thailand's ancient capital so the pull is the many Wat's (temples) and ruins that lay around the place. Chloe ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Western Thailand » Sangkhlaburi July 13th 2010

The plan originally was to head to Sangklaburi and volunteer for a week at on of the orphanages that house refugee children from Burma, however as Lisa was too late in emailing the home there were no beds left! We decided not to let this deter us and so headed off on the 3 hour mini bus ride anyway, thinking that there would be other projects we could visit for a day or two and help out. Upon arrival in Sangklaburi it was a bit of a shock, dusty, dirty town with more than just smelly markets. After wandering about a bit lost for a few minutes we saw a couple of western girls and asked them where they were staying, they showed us back to their guesthouse which just at that moment was being fumigated ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Western Thailand » Kanchanaburi July 7th 2010

We have been in Kanchanaburi for 2 days now and my goodness is it hot! I think the sun was hidden from us in Bangkok by all the smog but out here its a killer! Kanchanaburi is a city with about the same population as Mandurah so its pretty cool, we are staying on a road that is pretty much the tourist district with all the guesthouses on the river. Our bungalow is very cute, on stilts over the water so we have to cross a rickety wooden footbridge to get to the door. Basic but clean and a third of the price of our BKK hotel. It was a history lesson today as we went through the Thai-Burma Railway Museum. It is a facinating place and I learnt alot about the horror and hardships the ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan July 1st 2010

Well we survived the Full Moon Party with nothing more that a cut foot a few unexplained bruises! Before I get to that though I'll fill you in on Koh Phangan. We arrived on the morning ferry and were quickly prodded and poked in the direction of the taxi heading towards our resort, we piled in with about 8 others and somehow scored the front seat. You would think this was a good thing but if you saw the size of the hills we had to get up you would think again. At one stage I thought we would have to get out and walk! We got half way up the big hill and then proceeded to roll backwards until the driver thought she had enough room for a run up and then tried again! Hilarious. ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan June 25th 2010

Finally! My trip has started! After a fairly awful flight from Perth to Singapore, umm when did Jetstar stop installing seats that recline??? I arrived ready to hit the streets. My first port of call was Little India where after wandering around lost for a while I found the starting point for the walking tour and my tour guide Carol. I spent the next 2.5hrs wandering the streets and hearing about the history of Little India, all very interesting but the thing I wanted to do the most was to get my fortune told by a parrot, yes a parrot! Apparently its and ancient tradition amongs the indians in singapore and there is only one man left who does it. Unfortunately for me he chose this day to stay home so no fortune for me :( ... read more

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