Tina Kearney

Tina and Rob

Tina Kearney

Tina and Rob from Glasgow. We love to travel (in short bursts) as much as we can. We love our home comforts and we love travel, its a difficult combination but we try to make it work as well as possible.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”Mark Twain

“I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” – Mark Twain

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Krabi April 2nd 2016

Rob writes Fortunately on the morning after our third night in Pattaya and on the morning we were due to leave Tina was feeling good enough to make the journey to Krabi. She managed to get some breakfast down her that morning and off we went. We had to get a bus to the airport, which we had arranged the night before through a website we had found. Our flight to Krabi was little more than an hour but when we arrived we had to get a bus to Ao Nang, and then a boat to Railay beach. Our flight was late, which didn’t see us getting to Krabi until about 19:00. This was bad because we had to get a bus to the pier of Ao Nang and the later you arrived the more expensive ... read more
East Railay
East Railay
Scary Monkey

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Pattaya April 2nd 2016

Rob writes: Today we leave Cambodia and I’m a bit sad. My last and only visit here to Siem Reap left me wanting to see more and I am happy to report that once you have explored the country a little further, outside of the international tourist destination that is Angkor Watt, the country does not disappoint. I have had an excellent time here and I dare say I will visit again in the future. So, what’s the itinerary for today? We have booked a VIP (yeah sure) minibus to the boarder, at which point we will need to switch to another bus once we are on the other (Thai) side. That bus will then take us to Pattaya in Thailand. The chap on the desk in the hotel who we booked the bus through advised ... read more
Only pics we have of Pattaya
Only pics we have of Pattaya
Only pics we have of Pattaya

Asia » Cambodia » North » Battambang March 28th 2016

Tina Writes We decided to visit one last place before leaving Cambodia. Battambang is kind of like a small city. We took a bus which cost about £5 each and took 3 hours. I had some trouble finding a nice hotel, so I chose the nicest I could see within a decent price range and booked the King Fy Hotel for £20 a night including brekkie. When the bus pulled into the ‘station’ , a dozen tuktuk drivers surrounded the bus, chasing it as it tried to park, holding up signs against the windows with the likes of ’50 cents to any hotel’ written on them. I thought we would end up getting one of these but when we got off there was a driver standing with my name on a sign. I hadn’t booked a ... read more
Bamboo Train
Killing Cave

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap March 25th 2016

Tina Writes Our hotel included a free pick-up form the airport. I had spent ages finding a hotel that was nice and near to Pub Street. When we were here last time, we spent a lot of time going to and from Pub St so we wanted to be able to get there within a few minute’s walk. So, we were a little surprised when our tuktuk drove past Pub St and carried on for another 10 minutes down dark, quiet streets. We checked in and I asked the manager how far away Pub St was and he informed me 2.5k. I checked the booking and had a look at the map position and distance information which stated it was only 700 meters away! The manager just stared at me. I was furious! Anyhoo, we were ... read more
Siem Reap
Siem Reap
Siem Reap

Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville March 20th 2016

Tina Writes I am writing this blog as Rob did not have much to say about Otres Beach. We arrived at our lovely hotel in Otres Beach 2. We had decided to spend a wee bit more money here and have a ‘holiday’ so I booked White Boutique Hotel. I had wanted to book Tamu which is the hotel NeverEndingFootsteps had gushed about but it was a little too expensive. Our hotel was lovely, the room was 2 feet from the pool and only had about 16 rooms. Our room was the cheaper room but it was fantastic. I wish I had asked what make the mattress was, the bed was so comfortable. We were also 50 ft from the beach. The beach was white sand and the sea was shallow to below your knee for ... read more
Otres Beach 2 Road
Otres Beach 2
Otres Beach 2 Sunset

Asia » Cambodia » South » Kampot March 16th 2016

Tina Writes While researching our trip I came across a travel blogger (NeverEndingSteps) who I have started to refer to when I need inspiration. She had spent a bit of time in southern Cambodia and recommended a guest house in Kampot. I couldn’t find any others that weren’t a bit crap so I booked it. Rikitivitavi Hotel was a bit more expensive than i’d liked at £34 per night but with the recommendation I thought it could be worth it. It was indeed very nice. The staff were unbelievably nice and the western owners very friendly. Our room was nice too and breakfast was great. It was probably £4 over priced. Kampot was a lovely little town by a river. One of the big things to do here is Bokor Hill Station. A place I had ... read more
The Simpsons Buddha
Kings Residence
Catholic Church

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh March 15th 2016

Rob writes: We were now leaving Laos. My experience of Laos was somewhat similar to that of Tina’s, although I feel her words float around the periphery of absolute bluntness, and offensiveness if I’m being honest. I’m offended by them anyway, but sometimes I’m offended just by looking at her. I cannot think of any particular thing about Laos which captured my interest. I can see why people would like it though, the magnificent countryside views and the general pace of life there seems quite slow, which appeared to be reflected in its capital, Vientiane. If that’s your thing, this is the country to visit. Prior to arriving at Vientiane I felt each place we had visited was a little too similar to the last, so I was a little disappointed when I didn’t see the ... read more
Dust Mask Tuk Tuk
Killing Fields - Choeung Ek
Tooth - Choeung Ek

Asia » Laos » West » Vang Vieng March 11th 2016

Tina Writes Vang Vieng is renowned as the party town of Laos. This is where the backpackers go to get ridiculously drunk and high. I had my reservations but many people on the internets said if you look past this, it’s a lovely place. Also, the things this place is most famous for have all but gone seemingly. It used to be that you could ‘tube’ down the river bar hopping. The local bars would throw a rope out and haul you in. You would get drunk and high and ‘tube’ to the next bar. This caused a lot of accidents and even deaths. There is a hospital in town which is apparently only there because so many tourists got hurt. However, the government has cracked down on this big time. We still wanted to tube ... read more
Sunrise Balloon
Vang Vieng River
Hot Air Balloon

Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang March 6th 2016

Rob Writes: I’m still in a state of shock. I had eaten nearly three large portions of that fried pork. On the bright side though, I’m sure I’ve unknowingly eaten worse when I’ve ordered the ‘Fried Rice & Meat’ dishes that are all too common round these parts. It ruined the following days breakfast though so I cheered myself up with French toast, bacon and maple syrup, no beetle. Where were we? Next up was our journey into Laos. I’d read a lot about this and felt that I knew enough and it was time to just go for it. We had played with the idea of booking a tour, arranging the entire thing through a tour agency to take the way to Luang Prabang but decided against it for a number of reasons. How hard ... read more
Slow Boats
Our Very Busy Slow Boat
Pak Beng

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai February 28th 2016

Tina Writes The bus to Sukothai was just a bus. Nothing VIP about it but it was perfectly comfortable apart from some Kevin Costner movie dubbed in Thai playing out loud. Not such a problem for us though as we just watched Breaking Bad together making the journey feel much shorter. We were dropped off at the bus station and hopped on a songthaew (pick-up truck with makeshift benches on the back) for £1 each. As we left with a French couple, we quickly pulled over and Rob and I were transferred to a Tuk Tuk as the French couple were going in different direction. We arrived at the hotel a few minutes later and they asked us to find our name on the list of expected guests. We were not on it. I pulled out ... read more
Pad Thai and Squid
Night Bazar, Chiang Mai

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