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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

Asia » Vietnam December 13th 2017

Vietnam – Hanoi 12/12/17 Goooood morning (well ok evening!) Vietnam!! As I write this we are stuck in notorious Hanoi traffic back to the city from our day trip to the Perfume Pagoda. Today is day 3 of our Hanoi adventure so let's start from the beginning. Bill, my dad and our friend Andrea flew from Brisbane to Bangkok on Saturday night. It was an uneventful flight, and after a much needed coffee and duty free shop in Bangkok we were on the plane again to Hanoi. This trip is almost a year in the making. After a few days ourselves in Hanoi we will join a 3 week Intrepid trip – Explore Indochina- starting in Hanoi making our way south along the coastline finishing in Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon) for the Vietnamese leg, then ... read more
Hanoi by night
Perfume Pagoda
Huong Tich Caves

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland September 28th 2016

Well all good things must come to n end. We are currently flying to Dubai from Amsterdam, and then connecting to Brisbane and our European holiday 2016 will definitely be over! Let’s catch up on what happened in Holland aka The Netherlands. We left Munich on Friday morning. We were very lucky to get a seat as seat reservations are not compulsory on German trains, so we could just hop on with our German rail pass. Unfortunately everyone else who bought a full fare ticket has the option of paying for a seat reservation, which many people did. Anyway we found 2 seats for our journey to Duisburg. We changed trains in Duisburg, and the train to Amsterdam was beyond full (we should have gotten off at Frankfurt airport which is where the train originated and ... read more
The infamous Golden Tit
Me and Biab at A'Dam Lookout
Dinner at aunty Punee's

Europe » Germany » Bavaria September 23rd 2016

We arrived in Frankfurt (with a short connection Ljubljana) with about 2 hours sleep due to our early morning flight. After validating our German rail pass, we got on a train to Nuremburg. The three hour train trip seemed much longer as we were very tired. When we arrived, it seemed as we brought the rain with us as it was wet and cold. After checking in, we went to get some sandwiches from the train station then went back to take a short nap. Just after the sun set we went out into the old town to look around and for dinner, Nuremburg alstadt (old town) is very pretty and compact with rows of shops and restaurants lining the streets and cathedrals dotted around the place. We went to a Thai restaurant recommended on trip ... read more
Lovely Nuremberg building
St Sebald Cathedral, Nuremberg
Views of Nuremberg

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