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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok January 15th 2010

We left Koh Samui at 5am to catch a ferry, bus, tuk-tuk, plane, and finally a taxi to get to Bangkok, quite a journey. We only had a day and half to explore this huge city. We spent time visiting the Wat Pho, it's the oldest and largest temple in Bangkok dating from the 16th century. It has the largest collection of Buddha images in the country. The amazing reclining Buddha is also the largest in the country being 46m long and 15m high. We went to the Vertigo Sky Bar at the top of the tallest building in Bangkok for an evening cocktail. Its top rotates slowly so that you can get a 360 view of the city, quite spectacular. We also went to the night market for dinner, which was full of "farangs", the ... read more
Good Bye Uncle Son
Getting on the ferry
Sleeping on the ferry

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Samui January 3rd 2010

We arrived in Koh Samui early in December for a month of fun and relaxation. We found the most wonderful cabaña’s to rent for a month on the North West side of the island, not far from Big Buddha. We were the only people staying in the little cabaña’s having our own swimming pool, beach and Thai family to look after us. We rented a motorbike to take us around the island for the next month much to Chloe's delight. The island is full of charm, especially in the south. There are waves to ride on one side of the island and tranquil lapping waters on the other. The fishermen (and women) wade up to their knees to get their daily catch. The food is out of this world, fresh fish and fruit in abundance. Big ... read more
Our beach view
Home for the month
Our View

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur December 23rd 2009

We made it on the train journey from Singapore through Malaysia and arrived in Kuala Lumpur (or KL as it is better known). This city was not what we expected, a clean vibrant city with lots of new architecture. We stayed in a 5* hotel for a change and a comfortable bed! Our next two days were spent here climbing the Petronas Towers and Christmas shoppping. I wished we had spent more time in Malaysia as KL was all we saw of it. The food was excellent and the people were very friendly. ... read more
Where we had dinner
3D Movie Glasses
Nice Glasses!

Asia » Singapore December 23rd 2009

Out of Nepal, and back to India. We spent two days, not without delays, to get to Singapore. Our travels took us back to Delhi, then onto Bombay for a night, then to Singapore. We were looking forward to seeing Egil, Mette, Josephina, and Mille Sofie, the family we met in Pokhara, Nepal who were kind enough to put us up in Singapore. Singapore is a vibrant city, very expensive. We were a bit culture shocked when we arrived as we had only been to not so developed contries for the past two months. Even more strange was seeing the multitude of Christmas decorations lining the street and the reminder that the festive season was soon to be here. A special thank you to our wonderful hosts who not only put us up but also let ... read more
Josephina and Chloe
Chloe, Josephina, and Mille-Sofie

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Everest flight December 23rd 2009

We decided to go all out and spend some money. We were to get as close to Mt Everest as we could without the proper training. The flight took about an hour and was one of the most spectacular sites we have ever seen. We flew over ten out of the fourteen highest mountains in the World. The photos do not do it justice. ... read more
Morning Clouds
Mist is clearing
First Views of the Range

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Thamel December 23rd 2009

Finally we arrived in Kathmandu, even though we had been in Nepal for two weeks we had only seen the Airport. Kathmandu is a thriving city with lots and lots of people, shops and restaurants just like any major city. It is in the Kathmandu Valley and surrounded by the Himalaya's. We spent the next two days here relaxing and enjoying the hospitality of Gobardhan of Trek Nepal. I have know Gobs for quite a few years and have not seen him for over 10 years. Anyone who goes to Nepal should speak to Gobs before they go as he has a tailor made trip for everyone. A special thank you to all at Trek Nepal especially Laxman and Gobs; and everyone who we met along the way.... read more
Hard at work
The Newest Recruit to Trek Nepal

Asia » Nepal » Patan December 23rd 2009

Patan is one of the major cities of Nepal. It is one of the sub-metropolitan cities of Nepal located in the south-western part of Kathmandu valley. It is best known for its rich cultural heritage, particularly its tradition of arts and crafts. It is also called as city of festival and feast, fine ancient art, making of metallic and stone carving statue. It is very like Bhaktapur, another lovely place to walk around.... read more
Road to the City
Stone Temple

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu Valley December 23rd 2009

We drove from the River up into the Mountains and headed for Kathmandu. From here we did a day trip to Bhaktapur and Patan (to be added to another Blog entry). Bhaktapur is an ancient Newar town in the east corner of the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. It is located in Bhaktapur District in the Bagmati Zone. It is the third largest city in Kathmandu valley and was once the capital of Nepal during the great Malla Kingdom until the second half of the 15th century. It is a beautiful city with amazing architecture. ... read more
Temple Guards
Carved Pillar

Asia » Nepal » Trishuli River December 20th 2009

After our amazing trekking and on to Chitwan we moved on to the Trishuli River for a bit of sport, whitewater rafting. We were greeted by our wonderful hosts at the Royal Beach Camp, Ram, Mya and Mia. For those of you who don't know, James is not the best in water. Being brought up on a horse and dry land, this was quite a scary concept for him. Still, after our induction to the water and how to fall out of a boat, get back in, help your buddy get back in to the boat, and finally not drown, he was ready to go. Chloe and Laxman came for the first gentle part of the river for 4km. Then it was James and I and the Malaysian four that were doing it with us to ... read more
Doesn't Look Too Big
Just Big Enough for One
The inside with suitcases

Asia » Nepal » Chitwan December 18th 2009

We left the wonderful world of the mountains and headed southeast to Chitwan. Laxman still in tow with us which made the journey fun and more interesting as we had our friend and guide to show us this perfect Nepal. We went to villages on a cart and ox, the everyday life of the Nepalese was a pleasure to feel apart of here. We watched traditional dancing with fire. We had a bath with the elephants, went to an elephant reserve and school - where we saw one of only 3 set of baby elephant twins in the world. Saw crocodiles from a boat dug out from one tree - scary, one of the croc's was very rare which has a long snout. We went on an elephant safari which got us so close to the ... read more
Taxi anyone?
Bed and Breakfast?
Ox and Cart

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