Page 4 of Scott and Kristy Travel Blog Posts

Asia » Malaysia » Penang May 15th 2010

Our trip into Malaysia started with a 5:30 am alarm going off, getting up and realizing that not only was it still dark out, but the clubs on the beach were still going strong. Packed up the last bits of our “home” (we’ve started referring to our backpacks as home) This meant we would be early for our 6am pickup from our hotels reception, as usual though our taxi was late by almost half an hour (the ferry was scheduled to leave at 7) and wound up calling to make sure they hadn’t forgotten us, sure enough after we rang the agency the taxi showed up. Had an interesting ride from Haad Rin to Thong Sala pier as the taxi was overloaded, me in the front, the back packed and Scott hanging on the back, the ... read more
Sir Francis Light
Snake temple

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

Haad Yao is an amazing beach with the most spectacular views of sunsets I have ever seen. We spent 7 days relaxing on the beach and in the pool, got a chance to update our blogs, and most importantly recover. Our bungalow had a nice view of the beach and the ocean, the food was quite nice and on one of our days there we signed up for a day trip to the Ang Thong Marine Park which is breathtaking! “Ang Thong Marine Park is a group of over 40 tropical islands that are protected as a nature reserve.” (Ko Phangan Info issue 20). We started off the day by jetting off to the islands in the distance, barely visible from Ko Phangan, arriving at one of the smaller islands for some amazing snorkelling, again up ... read more
Painted Kristy
Sunset on Haad Yao
Pool and sunset at Haad Yao

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan April 24th 2010

Our first night on Ko Phangan left us ‘road worn and weary eyed’ (bonus points if you can name the artist that sings that song) so we had an early night after dinner on the beach with Lynn and a few drinks. I forgot how noisy it is at Venus, being up on the hill has its advantages of an amazing view and being off the main drag or the beach and it’s major disadvantage of all the clubs blaring speakers being pointed right at us. It sounded as if they had moved the club into our room and we had a much interrupted sleep between bass lines. The next day I got some shopping in with Lynn and met up with Scott for lunch before spending the day enjoying the amazing crystal clear blue water ... read more
see my tan?
Chinese temple
Welcome to Ko Phangan

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok April 18th 2010

Our flight from Vientiene in Laos arrived around 11pm and we were immediately reminded of why we left. The combination of extreme humidity and the strength of the protestors’ annoyingness is too much to handle at the moment. Catching a taxi from the airport the driver did not look pleased that he had to take us to Khao San Road, right next door to the protestors’ camp out. In the weeks since we had left for the north the campaign of the red shirts had grown into the tens of thousands and they had began to block off more and more city streets. Not only that but as the local police apparently couldn’t handle the strength of numbers of the red shirts, the local government had disbanded the military, which are now standing at just about ... read more
Kristy in sunrise
Sunrise in Chumphon
View from our Bungalow in Haad Rin Ko Phangan

Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang April 17th 2010

The last leg of the boat ride from Pak Beng to Luang Prabang left me feeling horribly ill and Scott with quite a cough. We got into the city about half an hour late, after dark and were welcomed with a mild rain falling on the city. We had both had such an unpleasant experience on the boat because of the cold and the horrible bedbug / tick incident in Pak Beng that we were being overly careful about hotels for the night. The first place we looked had sheets that were literally crawling with bugs. Scott and Sebastian left myself George and Mike at the first place and went for a bit of a walk around town, they wound up finding us a beautiful guesthouse. It was $25 US a night for Scott and I’s ... read more
Storm incoming
Tubing team
Sundown from our balcony

Asia » Laos » West » Pakbeng April 16th 2010

The bus ride from Chiang Mai wasn’t too bad; Air-con bus, fit about 10 people. The bus was an hour late which worried us all a bit, we wound up leaving our guest house at 11am with two breaks (half an hour and 15 minutes), arriving in the tiny town of Chiang Khong at about 4:30. We were pleasantly surprised by the accommodations set up for us, usually when booking some sort of package tour like the one we were one the accommodations are sub-par at best. The grounds to the guest house were all lush and leafy green with wooden dorm style rooms which were simple yet comfortable. There was also a pool but it resembled more of a frog pond then a leisure pool. Chiang Khongs’ main road is about 1km long in either ... read more
Fellow companions
Border crossing
Local Laotians

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai March 29th 2010

Chiang Mai is a beautiful city, much more peaceful than Bangkok and a bit cooler at night. We arrived from the 12 hour night bus at 6am and were shuttled to a guest house (nice place 2) where we were given the intro from the hotel owner about the different trekking options and things to do here. We decided that after a much needed recovery sleep that we would do the 3 day trek the next day. (Sleeping on a night bus with full blast air-con in shorts and a t-shirt is next to impossible. The first two or so hours is nice but then it get to the point of freezing and you spend the next 10 hours shivering) Chiang Mai is known for many things, one being the night markets. On Saturdays and Sundays ... read more
Wat in Chiang Mai
Wai pai area

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok March 26th 2010

Trat feels like it has two parts of the city; the busy main drag with its tall buildings and busy road way, and the quiet old-time feeling side streets. This city reminds me of both Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City) and Laos (Luang Prabang or Vang Vieng), a surprisingly pleasant mix with a sort of comfortable feel. Trat seems a city unknown to most travelers, using the nearby ferry terminal at Leam Ngop as a jumping point to Ko Chang and the surrounding islands without giving much of a second thought to the beauty hidden behind the forest. The people seem more relaxed, not so quick to hustle you into their store like what you would experience in Bangkok or Chiang Mai, we haven’t heard one “hello, you come look, try one, you buy”. Our first ... read more
Hello Irish
Back alley
The river

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Chang March 15th 2010

Landing in Bangkok around noon, the time change hangover wasn’t as bad as I was expecting. We made our way over to Th Khao San road to set up our digs. It was much like I had remembered, with few changes in the way of more stalls to buy stuff, and some different things out on the stands. We found the guest house quite easily, a favourite of mine from last time “New Joe”, just off the main road, and set about wandering up and down Khao San checking things out and attempting to relax (an almost impossible feat). A few hours after checking out most of the stalls and going from one end to the other we were standing on a corner discussing our plan of action for the next few days when a Thai ... read more
Bus Ride
Sunset from our Bungalow

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Burnaby February 12th 2010

Today is day 1 of the Olympics for us in Vancouver. I missed the torch relay which was disappointing (I got the times confused, it came by our place when I was at work yesterday). Scott however, working downtown in the middle of it all, got to see the torch for the second time in his life (first time it went right by his house in Norway, Lilli hammer 1994). Lucky guy gets to see it twice. So because Scott is downtown, I am going to go for a wander, hopefully see some of the amazing things that are going on in downtown Vancouver today, and go for lunch with him. Yes yes I'll be bringing the camera. Other then that we have 24 days left on the calendar until we leave. Went to Mountain Equipment ... read more
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