Page 2 of Tina and Rob Travel Blog Posts


Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Ayutthaya February 25th 2016

Rob Writes As Take That were descending on Bangkok it was time to get out of there pronto. Truth be told though, as Tina mentioned, no hotel would have us. As we had hoped on staying a further night in Bangkok I hadn’t done much research on the best method to get out and onto our destination. We knew we wanted to go to Ayutthaya and I had briefly read about a bus which goes from the Victory Tower monument, but that was it really, that was all I knew. Fortunately Victory Tower had a BST station right next to it so we jumped on the train outside of our hotel and got off there. On exiting the Victory Monument station we were presented with minibuses alright... loads of them, everywhere. We had no idea which ... read more
Fat Bottomed Girl
Wat on Hotel Doorstep
Photo of a Photo

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok February 23rd 2016

Tina Writes We had intended on crossing the border into Laos or Cambodia from Vietnam originally but again, discovered it was fairly cheap and a lot less hassle just to fly to Bangkok. We have no desire to travel on 20 hours buses. Been there, done it and I’ve never thought it added to my experience other than in a bad way. We spent a lot of the last trip wishing we could go home while in the middle of 20 stretch and that’s the last thing we want. So we hopped on a place and were in Thailand in no time. We freaked out at the last minute about not having onward travel out of Thailand. I’ve read it’s rare to be asked for it and we weren’t asked last year but it is officially ... read more
Cool Predator statue at Nissan Car Showroom
Ferrerro Toast
Murderers (taken from internet)

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi February 21st 2016

So, what happened next... We’re getting a little behind now. As I write this we are in the north of Thailand (Chiang Mai), that’s four blogs! As the flight to Hanoi wasn’t until late afternoon we didn’t get there until about seven or eight in the evening. The airport transfer was easy for this one though. We had booked a Halong Bay cruise for the following morning, which included an airport pick-up and transfer to your hotel by a private car. What a relief. I’m always jealous when I leave an airport and walk past all the people at departures holding up the names of people they are there to collect. Why is my name never there? Why do I keep leaving the airport armed with nothing but a bus number which I read on Trip ... read more
Bedroom on Board
Halong Bay
The Buffet

Asia » Vietnam » North Central Coast » Thua Thien - Huế February 16th 2016

Tina Writes We were up super early for the bus to Hue (pronounced ‘Way’). This would allow us to test out the sleeper buses used to travel through the country as the journey was only meant to take 2.5 hours. These buses are weird. They have bunk bed like chairs built in a row along the windows and one down the middle, each with a top and bottom bunk. There was no choice, this was the only bus you could get. We would not be sleeping though. We both choose a top one with me at the window and Rob in the middle. Climbing up was a bit of challenge. I had read many blogs about these buses and they were rarely good. It wasn’t so bad for me as I am just wee, but Rob ... read more
The Citadel
BOOM!
The Citadel

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Quảng Nam » Hoi An February 13th 2016

By the way, if you are viewing on a phone you may not realise all the photos are way at the bottom of the page. Rob Writes So, time to leave Ho Chi Mihn City. Up early again (this isn’t easy) in order to risk everything on the public bus to HCMC’s international airport. This was the same bus as we got from the airport, so we weren’t really stepping into the unknown here, which is always a relief. I can’t remember if I mentioned it before but its bus 152 which frequently goes between District 1 and the airport. We arrived at the airport without issue and checked into our flight to Da Nang. We were on our way to Hoi An, but Hoi An doesn’t have an airport, so you fly into the nearby ... read more
Lanterns
Floating lanterns
Hoi An

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City February 10th 2016

Watch small clip first please Tina Writes This blog is littered with movie quotes, in case you think I’m not making sense. We had planned on going to Thailand next as it was enroute but it was proving rather expensive to fly and a pain the neck to overland. After a quick search on Skyscanner of some of the places we intended on visiting, Ho Chi Minh was the cheapest to fly to at about £60 each. We got a taxi to the airport in Penang and were on our way. Another easy and quick flight and we had arrived in Viet’fuckin’nam! Viet’fuckin’nam was to be the highlight of this trip for me. I have always wanted to come, for many reasons. Some being from watching Vietnam war movies like Good Morning Vietnam and Full ... read more
Sea of mopeds
Pho Bo
Reunification Palace

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town February 7th 2016

Rob Writes: It was time to leave KL. We had arranged a bus from the TBS, KL’s large bus station which is situated to the south-east of the city, about an hour away by various means of transport. We had to get the monorail from where we were staying in Bukit Bingtang, to KL Sentral, and from there a direct train to TBS. Our bus wasn’t until about 11:30 if I remember correctly, but we set off at about 9 just in case we took the wrong train, almost hit by a car, or something similar again. By the time we got there and got our tickets we didn’t have much time to spare, with no more than ten minutes or so before the bus was due to arrive. The bus was about twenty minutes late, ... read more
Penang St
Penang Street Art
Penang Street Art

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur February 4th 2016

Tina Writes It was time to move on. We had only planned on quick stops in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur but decided to see a wee bit more of Malaysia as we went. We headed to Malacca, a wee town in between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur for one night to break up the journey. We booked a bus online for £15 each and headed out of Singapore. We had to go through border control and without a hitch we had another stamp in our passports. We arrived in Malacca and walked for a few minutes to our hotel. I believe Rob has illustrated my dislike of being too hot. A few minutes walking with my pack on is not my idea of fun so I was relieved to get to the hotel. I had forgotten I ... read more
Rob eating on Observation Tower
Malacca
Malacca

Asia » Singapore January 31st 2016

Rob writes I'm actually writing this during the bus journey between Singapore and Malacca, up until now we've just not found the time to sit down and do it! So, we left Glasgow on the Sunday the 31st to start our 3 month trip of South East Asia.Its been 5 years since the first big trip and we think we have recovered enough to try and finish it ( a bit). The flights were some of the best I've been on in a while. For the first flight to Dubai we managed to get ourselves some emergency exit seats for all the leg room and easy access. Normally on flights I get upset by having no space, and then having to ask the guy next to me if he could possibly wake up and let me ... read more
All the seats
Tina & Rob - Singapore
Gardens by the Bay

Europe » Poland » Lesser Poland » Kraków April 29th 2015

Our flight was at 6am from Edinburgh. That meant getting up at 2.30am. There was no way I was staying up all night, plus we wanted to be able to explore when we arrived as we would arrive at about 10am, so we had the full day. We arrived in Edinburgh, parked the car and off we went. The flight went without a hitch and actually arrived early. Our transfer was waiting for us and our very chatty driver told us a bit about what to see and do and that he had just learned in his English class the day before what a Glasgow Kiss was. We checked in and were happy to hear that our apartment was available to us and we did not have to wait until 2pm. The apartment was really good. ... read more
Polish Fare
Schindler Factory
Schindler Factory




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