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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok January 18th 2019

We awake around 10am - really good for me as a jet lag sufferer! I am assuming it had something to do with being up at 5am on the day of travel but not actually flying till gone 9pm! We had a lot to do - this must be the most disorganised trip ever, leaving making sure we had passports, air tickets, driving licences and clean underwear - everything else is anyone’s guess! We pack a small bag for tonight’s overnight train and swimming cossies for the pool - everything else goes into our wheeled holdalls. It is 12 noon and we check out, leaving our luggage in storage. We go out in search of breakfast. In the daylight we realise that we walked the long way round last night but at least we know for ... read more
Relaxing in the pool
Sleeper train to Laos
Sleeper train to Laos

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand January 17th 2019

We arrive in Bangkok late afternoon after a reasonable flight. We used to know the Bangkok transport system like the back of our hand but it’s been a long time since our last trip here and there is now a brand new airport train link as well as a metro. The lady at the information desk counsels us not to waste time and money on a taxi but to take the public transport instead. Slightly dubious, but always up for a challenge, we take her advice. The self service ticket machines for the train turn out to be easy. Feed in a note and the machine spits out two plastic tokens and our change. Our holdalls on wheels cope with the escalators and the platform bunfight we had been expecting is not to be...the Thais are ... read more
Arriving at Bangkok
Fish and chips at Mama’s
Pre flight dinner

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Cancun December 15th 2018

We will be flying home this evening. Our first job is to visit the supermarket for some plane munchies...they never give you enough to eat on those long hauls - especially for someone like me that rarely manages to sleep! We also pick up some last minute presents. No one over the age of ten need get excited as we haven’t bought much. We are just about on the line with our 23kg allowance so there’s not much room for manoeuvre...other than sticking it in hand luggage which can easily cope with another 12 kilos! We just hate having to carry all that stuff around in airports, especially as we have to change planes in Paris. So now to pack our bags. Everything has gone in, with room to spare - we must have done something ... read more
Leaving Cancun
Arriving Paris
Paris Airport

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Cancun December 13th 2018

Today is our last full day in Mexico. Ian’s ankle is still sore but better than yesterday. Thank goodness we had anti-inflammatory tablets with us and we wrapped the foot up in the cold towels yesterday. It’s clearly swollen but Ian says not nearly as painful as it was before. We have a slow start to the day as we want to see whether Ian should be resting up or not. Ian decides we will go out. I go to the supermarket for our breakfast croissants and some bits for a packed lunch and we will go to the ferry for the Isla de Mujeres. One last chance to see the MUSA. On the island we can rent a golf cart and go to a snorkelling beach where three of the MUSA statues are submerged at ... read more
Christmas lights
Christmas lights
Street lights

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Cancun December 12th 2018

I’m very excited because today we are going scuba diving at MUSA. It’s an artificial reef which has been created between Cancun and Isla de Mujeres. Over 500 permanent life size statues from prominent artists have been sunk into the water at quite shallow depths. The idea is that an artificial reef has been created and novice divers can go there. This will help to conserve the natural reefs - ie the novices can kick the statues to bits instead of the coral. In fact, it’s of interest to all levels though, especially divers with an artistic bent, as it’s such a phenomenon. Begun in 2009, more statues are yet to be total there will be 1,200 once the project is finished. The website states that it’s a non profit making venture - it’s a ... read more
The invalid
Christmas lights

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Cancun December 11th 2018

Today we take the public bus to the hotel area of Cancun. This is where all the beaches are and also where we can book up some scuba diving. It turns out to be very easy as the bus leaves from the main street just by our hotel. We manage to get the last two seats and settle in for a drive through rush hour traffic. We wanted to be at the scuba centre early before they go out diving for the day! Though there is quite a breeze and out to sea, some impressive white horses, so it’s not certain that diving won’t have been cancelled anyway! We arrive at the dive centre and book our dive at the ‘MUSA’ for tomorrow. It’s an underwater sculpture museum and an unusual dive that I didn’t want ... read more
This looks fun!
Finding the missing nail
Christmas lights

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Cancun December 10th 2018

Today we are leaving Playa and taking our last Mexican bus journey. I can’t say I am not glad to be leaving although the restaurant here was the best yet! Playa is just not our cup of tea. We go for breakfast over at ‘La Junga’. We don’t need a menu - I’m having the vegetarian omelette and Ian is having fruit and yoghurt - I also don’t need to tell the waiter I don’t want beans...he knows! We make a quick Skype call as the internet has not been working for the last 24 hours at our place...very frustrating. Unfortunately for us the restaurant is packed this morning, so it has to be a very quick call! After breakfast we return to our room and spend the morning playing cards until our check out at ... read more
Big beds!
Performance in the square
Food Court

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen December 9th 2018

This morning we have planned to return to Puente Esmerelda, the little cenote/lagoon along the beach from our accommodation. It is Sunday, so bound to be busy hence we have skipped breakfast and are ready to set off at 8.30am. The sky is overcast and it has been raining so it’s a pleasant temperature for walking. The beach near our accommodation is fairly deserted. There’s a group of youngsters who have obviously had a night of it. They sway past us exchanging a slurred ‘good morning’! There are also a few people casting fishing nets, though we don’t see much sign of a catch. Finally, we have the ‘beach rakers’. These are the men with the unenviable task of raking up seaweed to enable us holiday makers to enjoy a pristine beach. It’s a thankless and ... read more
Flower offerings
Storm clouds at the point
Round the point

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Riviera Maya December 8th 2018

This morning we are going out of town to visit a cenote. We pack our day bag and go for breakfast at our usual haunt before hailing a taxi into Playa. The going rate today appears to be 50 pesos. Well I suppose that’s better than 90! It’s normally 35, I tell the driver. No, not for you, he’s 35 for local people. I see, so I’m a gringo so I have to pay more? Si! Well I suppose it’s an honest answer. We take it before he realises we were expecting to be stung for 90! Our taxi drops us opposite the colectivo station where there’s already a queue for Tulum bound minibuses. There’s a long line of vans however, so we don’t need to wait long! We secure the last two seats in ... read more
Jumping in

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen December 7th 2018

It’s a great shame that neither of us is fit to there’s really not much else to do here unless you are a sunbathing lover. So, it’s another late breakfast for us followed by a trip to the beach. It’s much hotter today. There was no rain last night. The forecast says we might have rain later but there’s not much sign of it right now. We have decided to prove the accommodation owner wrong by walking to the cenote. We are so near to the beach that we decide just to put our swim things on and take towels, snorkelling gear and water. We splash our way along the beach. I have taken the precaution of wearing shorts over my costume today...good thing as, even they, are in danger of getting wet. The waves ... read more
Puente Esmeralda Cenote
Kids in the cenote
Under the shade

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