Page 4 of Rice Capades 2011 2012 Travel Blog Posts

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Krabi August 10th 2011

by Jan Welcome to Thailand After a good night sleep on a comfortable bed on a sleeper train from Kuala Lumpur we reached the Malaysian – Thailand border. The beds on the train are comfortable enough to get a good night's sleep and for 55 RM (11£) you really can not ask for much more. We did get woken up a few times during the night by a little girl on the lower bunk as she was sick and coughed all through the night. I dislike kids as much as the next guy, but still there is no reason for the nasty "shut up" comment aimed at this little kid by a Spanish girl sleeping a few bunks down the cart. I hope she got sick shortly after that, mean p@@a! The border crossing was easy ... read more
Pics from the nighmarket
Pete's postcard
50 Slovenian tolars

by Polona After 26 hours on the road we finally arrived back to Kuala Lumpur. As this time we knew how to get to Yean Yean's – who by the way was kind enough to host us again, she only had to come pick us up at the local mall. We gave her quite a nice description how to spot us, in case she forgot what we looked like: tired as hell, smelly, dressed poorly and looking like we could eat a horse. I guess the description helped and after coming back to our “home away from home”, being able to shower and change our clothes, Yean Yean made sure we were fed as well. And after our bellies were full we pretty much fell into the oh so comfy bed. The next morning there was ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan July 30th 2011

Gili Trawangan by Polona Gili Trawangan is filled with tourists, who come here for a short holiday and with a single intention – to party. The island itself is small and on the beach, as you walk along, there are so many bars, you could go to a different one each night of the year. But although the streets are busy, as soon as you move to a side street you get away from all the hustle and bustle. It was a tourist mecca, but we enjoyed it still, as you don't have to be a part of it if you don't want to be. Also, what we noticed on the first day, not only is there enough drinks, but everyone openly advertises magic mushrooms, although they are illegal. So if you want to “fly to ... read more
Magic Mushrooms everywhere
It's midnight and it's 19th July
The day after...

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Mount Bromo July 11th 2011

by Jan After spending 10 whole days in Jogja, it was time to move on, if we wanted to see some other parts of Indonesia. We booked a tour which included the transportation to Mt. Bromo, accomodation for a night and a transportation to Bali the day after. We got picked up in front of a hotel close to where we were staying at 9 am, as agreed. It all started off really well. The mini van was already more or less full when we got picked up, so I sat next to the driver, while Polona got a seat in the last row, next to a Polish couple who didn't understand that they are supposed to share the three seats with another person. The 350 km drive took us more than 12 hours as there ... read more
The two of us at 4 am
Waiting for the sun rise
Sun coming up

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Yogyakarta July 9th 2011

By Polona Taking advice from fellow travelers, we decided that when arriving to Indonesia we would skip Jakarta and go straight Jogjakarta. We actually prepared this time and we decided it might also be a good opportunity to use the CouchSurfers site and see if we could stay with a local and see what life in Yogya is like for the people living there. This is how we came across Ganjar. He replied immediately and welcomed us to his home, saying he might not be able to dedicate that much time to us on account that he was getting married the week of our arrival. He also invited us to attend the wedding to experience what a traditional Javanese wedding is like. Of course we could not say no to that. We arrived to Jakarta in ... read more
Borobadur Temple
Borobadur Temple
Borobadur Temple

Asia » Philippines » Mountain Province » Batad July 1st 2011

Part I by Polona Back at Friendly's After landing back in Manila, we arrived to a rainy capital. The plan was to take a taxi and go straight to the bus station on the other side of the city and get a night bus up north. Well, that was the plan, but you know how it goes with plans. We stopped what seemed to be a million taxis at the airport but all of them said the same thing – the area of Manila where the bus station is was flooded so there was no way they would take us there, unless we added another 200 – 300 pesos to the meter price. We did manage to get a guy who was really eager to get us in his taxi, but as soon as we took ... read more
Sagada - Hanging coffins
Banaue rice terraces

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » Puerto Princesa June 24th 2011

EL NIDO Well, as the only apparent option to leave Coron for El Nido was to take a boat, which costs almost a fortune for budget travelers like us, we didn't really have much of a choice. I bought the tickets a day in advance and then kept my fingers crossed that the boat will actually leave Coron the next day, as a couple have already been canceled due to the heavy rain. Murphy's law came to my mind when I woke up on Tuesday morning and it was raining, but we were lucky, the boat was there and we were still “on schedule” to leave. When I say on schedule, I mean we left with an hour and a half of delay, which in Filipino terms is on time . I expected something like a ... read more
BIg Lagoon
The beach
My art work

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » Coron June 12th 2011

It's been a while since our last blog. We are always running about a week behind, but this time its been more than 10 days since either of us even thought about it. Maybe its for the best as we experienced our first spell of real tiredness on this trip and the blog would surely reflect it. The bad spell was broken by a Finish guy called Miko the night before we left El Nido. He asked me to think if I would be willing to switch my worse day of travelling, when nothing goes my way, I am all sweaty, can't find a cheap room, the taxi driver just scammed me and I am sitting on a pavement somewhere angry with the whole world with the best possible day I could have at work. I ... read more
Krystal Lodge
Sheena, the....
Island hoping

Asia » Philippines » Donsol June 9th 2011

Goodbye Malaysia (at least for now, no worries Yean Yean, KL is still on our "need to revisit" list) and hello Philippines. Arriving to Clark airport we had to take a 2 hour bus, to get us to our first destination in the Philippines - Manila. As we were leaving the suburbs and getting closer to the city itself, I thought to myself "great, a couple of more minutes, and I will be enjoyin my well deserved shower, put my feet up, get some food..." Yeah sure, Manila is big people, BIG. The population in the capital of Philippines is 16 million and according to wiki it's the most densely populated city in the world! So, instead of arriving shortly to our destination, it started to look like we were never going to get to our ... read more
Street family
Fort Santiago
Pasig River

Asia » Brunei » Bandar Seri Begawan June 1st 2011

5:40 AM, the alarm on my mobile phone starts beeping. Another early morning wake up call. Again!? In the last 10 days or so, this is at least the fifth time we got up around six in the morning. How can this be considered a holiday if I have to get up so early, so many times? Back in London I was getting out of bed after 8am and now, that I am on holiday, I am suffering through yet another mid-night wake up call? Polona has no problem with this, being a "morning person" (how I hate these "people"). We had to get up this early in order to catch the bus to Brunei. The bus is supposed to leave the station at 8 am, but we were warned that it can show up and ... read more
Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque
Kampung Ayer - Floating village
Kampung Ayer

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