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Asia » South Korea » DMZ August 2nd 2019

Trip 2019 has gotten off to a great start. Bill and I arrived to Seoul on a warm, humid evening. After a swift immigration and baggage collection we boarded a KAL Limousine bus to our hotel in downtowan Seoul (Jung-gu). We wandered around neigbouring Myeongdong distrct to familiarise ourselves and search for something to eat. Myeongdong was everything I expected – dazzling lights, a plethora of shops (in particular K-beauty cosmetic shops) and a bustling street food scene. We finally settled for authentic Korean crispy chicken and beer, the air conditioned restaurant a respite from the opressive humidity. An early start for our tour of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and Joint Security Area (JSA) in Panmunjom the next day. Earlier in the week, I had received an email from the original tour I had booked a ... read more
3rd inflitration tunnel
Panoramic view of North Korea
On the way to the Dora observatory

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok January 17th 2018

We arrived in Bangkok just after midday. We visited my aunty Dhum and her family who live in the outer suburbs of Bangkok. So we got there and saw her and uncle Menk, then all mu cousins On, Pa, Lek and Phong who came with his wife. Then there are the grandkids – 2 of whom are grown up teenagers (Firm and Fair) and Arm who is around 10. And that's just one branch of the family tree! We had lunch there and after a short visit Lueng dropped us off at the Mercure hotel in the centre of Bangkok – Siam square. As we always book and executive room, there is an included happy hour at 5-7pm. I went for a swim on the rooftop pool, then we went to happy hour to take advantage ... read more
MBK shopping centre
Khao San rd

Asia » Thailand » North-East Thailand » Nakhon Ratchasima January 13th 2018

After the sess pit that was Pattaya we drove south near the Cambodian-Thai border to Trat. Along the way, we stopped at the seaside town of Rayong for the best seafood lunch we've ever had in Thailand. Yummy fish and huge prawns in the Tom Yum soup. Rayong is popular with Thai tourists and much much quieter than Pattaya. We then got to Trat and boarded the barge to the Island of Koh Chang. Luckily our mini van was the second last car to get on! A short 30 min whizz across the ocean we were at Koh Chang. This is only the second time I've been on a Thai island ( the first was Koh Samui when I was 15). A different look to say, the picturesque Phi Phi island down south. No limestone casts ... read more
Koh Chang
Koh Chang White Sand beach
A Chang beer in Koh Chang

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Pattaya January 5th 2018

We have been in Thailand for awhile now and while I don't usually do blogs in Thailand as I'm here all the time visiting family. But for the purposes of this big trip I will do a Thailand blog. My mum was already in Thailand visiting her family while we were travelling. After 12 and a half hours of driving and border crossings, the Intrepid crew were finally in Bangkok! Our mini van got there first and while we checked in my mum found us in the lobby! It was great seeing her again. So, after a quick refresh we were all off to the final Intrepid farewell dinner. So as it turns out our German ‘friends' Franca and Fabiana didn't want to join us for dinner. Which wasn't surprising considering they never really joined us ... read more
Wat Pho
Wat Pho
Wat Arun

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap January 2nd 2018

We arrived in Siem Reap mid afternoon after another long journey on a public bus from Kampong Cham. Siem Reap is named so as Thailand (former Thai name Siam) was under Thai administration from 1795 to 1907. Reap means ‘recaptured’ or defeat so Siem Reap means recaptured from Thailand. Our hotel wasn't far from the main area off Siem Reap – pub street. As it was beer o'clock, me, Bill, my dad, Louise and Celine went for a walk to the Siem Reap brew pub for a beer! The beer was nice but not so cold and expensive! Still, it was a good choice to eat the heat. We also had a small snack again I should have seen the sign – being a touristy place it was pricier than the rest of Cambodia. Later that ... read more
Sunrise Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat
One of the many carvings

Asia » Cambodia » East » Kampong Cham December 30th 2017

We arrived in Sihanoukville mid afternoon and checked into our guesthouse. Sihanoukville, named after King Sihanouk, is a beachside town in southern Cambodia. Me, Bill, my dad and team Canada went to a nearby pub (run by an Aussie from Byron Bay) for a few beers before dinner. The weather was cloudy with some showers. Pear said it was going to rain the next day and didn't recommend a boat trip to the islands the next day. We then met for dinner and walked to the beach which has many bars. We had a nice dinner then some loud tourists came in and the DJ fired up! Dinner and drinks soon turned into dancing and a lot of drinks! My dad was even dancing too – I lost count of how many times Despacito and the ... read more
Me and Bill tearing up the dancefloor
Beach days with Intrepid

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh December 25th 2017

We departed Saigon early morning. Andy and Dev came down to say goodbye to us in the lobby. We said goodbye to 4 people in total – Andy and Dev, Mark and Matt. The rest if our group(me, Bill, my dad, Andrea, Celine, Tanya, Tina, Louise and Khakid) were continuing to Cambodia. We walked a short distance to get the express bus. As we were walking to the bus stop I thought there were 2 other random tourists following us but realised it was the missing Germans who are on this leg of the trip with us – mother and daughter France and Fabiana. The bus took us to the border and we filled out the visa forms on the bus. We went through the Vietnam immigration first, got stamped out, then got on the bus ... read more
Royal Palace Phnom Penh
At the royal palace
Dancers and intrepid

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City December 24th 2017

Nha Trang and Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) After another bumpier overnight train (no late night party drinking this time)we arrived at the coastal town of Nha Trang. Duc had said Nha Trang is full of Russian tourists and he wasn't wrong. Shops and tourist agencies had Russian translations on everything, there were even Russian tour agencies. As we got there early in the morning we went for coffee at Cong Caphe (which was communist themed) which was delicious and had croissants from the bakery next door. Afterward a group of us took a taxi to the Po Nahar temple which is a temple of the Cham people, an ethnic minority in Vietnam. This sandstone series of temples is inspired by Hinduism and has reliefs of different gods. It was interesting to see, as well as ... read more
Nha Trang
Climbing in the tunnel opening
One of the many Cu Chi tunnels

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Quảng Nam » Hoi An December 20th 2017

Hue and Hoi An We departed from Hanoi around 7/8pm. We were all in the first class sleeper carriage with a 4 person sleeper and me, Bill, Andrea and my dad shared a cabin. The others gate crashed the girls’ cabin and started making gin and tonic mixers (thanks to Duc for buying it!) I swore it was a dry day but was coerced into having a G&T! So we talked, they drank (a lot- finished the Gin and cleaned the trolley lady out of beer). I went to bed at midnight (my crew were already asleep) and the others went to bed soon after. We arrived in Hue at about 9am, some worse for wear (and badly hungover luckily not me!) We checked into the hotel and had a light breakfast. The weather was drizzly ... read more
Fishpond at the imperial city Hue
Entrance to the Emporor's palace, Hue
Chinese temple, Hoi An

Asia » Vietnam » Northeast » Quang Ninh » Halong Bay December 15th 2017

I haven't updated this blog in awhile and we are already into week one of the Intrepid trip so I best take a moment to reflect on the week that was! On Wednesday morning, me, Bill, Andrea and my dad checked out of the Hanoi Focus hotel and made our way down to the Hanoi prison aka ‘Hanoi Hilton'. But before that we bought some fake North Face jackets at the shop next door as I predicted the cool rainy weather would follow us and I wasn't wrong! So with Bill's directions we made our way on foot, weaving in and out of traffic to the Hoa Lo prison (no longer a prison now a museum) originally built by the French in 1896. Up until the 1950’s the inmates were mostly Vietnamese people imprisoned by the ... read more
Magnificent Halong Bay
Halong Bay
The caves

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