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Asia » Laos » West » Vang Vieng October 23rd 2009

We were up bright and early to catch a bus from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng. As usual at the bus station we were told everything but the truth from the touts. We eventually found which was the public bus and hit the road at 8am. The journey all the road to Vang Vieng was spectacular. The road side was littered with little villages along the way, all living in very basic accommodation, but with huge satellite dishes and some times flat screen TV’s inside. Dogs lay anywhere on the road, unbothered by the traffic. I can only presume that the lack of cars means that they are more relaxed sprawling across the middle of the road. We were saying on the bus that it would be great to pull into one of the villages and ... read more
Marc coming of the swing!
Darren making his way to jump
Nearly There

Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang October 21st 2009

One of the best things the French left behind (for backpackers anyway) was the 10,000kip baguette. 80c in other words for a full baguette. The choice of filling is simple and revolves around chicken or bacon and a bit of simple salad! They fry the bread first before filling it, just to make it extra tasty. Luang Prabang has more baguette roll stands than it needs. This does not take away from the place and this town is an excellent place to introduce yourself to the Laos way of life. We got a really nice room with TV and nice big red wood floors for around €3. You cant beat that. Tim, Sarah and Marc from our boat journey stayed there as well and we all headed out for something to eat that evening. After a ... read more
Veggie Stall
Veggie Stall
Chicken on a stick

Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang October 19th 2009

We booked our ticket from Pai to Chiang Khong where we would cross the border into Laos. We could have got a ticket the whole way to Luang Prabang (Laos) but decided to DIY it from the Thai border. The bus journey from Pai back to Chiang Mai is an almighty pain in the ass. You are constantly swinging from left to right because of the mountainous area we travelled through. You cant sleep either, for fear of head butting the window or the person beside you. I did both! A quick stop over in Chiang Mai and we were on our way to Chiang Khong, the Thai side of the border with Laos. The scenery again was spectacular. You could spend hours looking out of the bus in amazement at the huge rocks/mountains jutting up ... read more
Laos on the left. Thailand on the right.
Boat on the Mekong
Landscape

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Pai October 15th 2009

Our 2nd class train journey from Phitsanluk was a bit unadventurous. The air-con was flowing and the fans running overtime, so it was a case of trying to keep warm more than anything else. We also got dinner included with our ticket just to make the journey that little bit more unadventurous. The train arrived as usual about an hour late. A nice security man came from his office to tell us this in English as the announcement was made in Thai. He obviously felt sorry for us and said ‘come, VIP room’. We followed and he brought us to a nice air conditioned room and left us in there. This train journey was certainly a lot easier than the 3rd class trip we last took! We arrived in Chiang Mai and got a tuk tuk ... read more
Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai
Pai

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Sukhothai October 9th 2009

Remember the last blog where I said 3rd class train to Sukothai would be adventurous? Well it was. It was also torturous and horrendous. We arrived at the train station to find that the next train was fully booked and the next one was three hours later. “Not to worry, I’ll have two of those tickets then please”. As we sat down to get comfortable for our wait, Michelle asked what time we arrive in Phitsanluk at. I had presumed it would only be a four hour journey as the train we wanted to get originally, only took 4hrs. When I looked at the ticket the time of arrival was 17:50. That would be over a six hour journey, and only if it was running on time. We sat and waited and eventually the train arrived ... read more
Sukothai Old City
Sukothai Old City
Sukothai Old City

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Ayutthaya October 6th 2009

We had two options to get to Ayutthaya from Kanchanaburi. One was €20 for the two of us directly to it and the other was €4 and not so direct! We decided to take the €4 option. The first bus we got on was cramped and busy and had five seats in a row (2 & 3) where most buses have four (2 & 2). We sat in the three seater part and hoped no one would want to sit beside us. We were wrong there! The journey was funny and Thai transport amuses me as much as it annoys me. The bus leaves the station 40mins late then drives 100m and stops to pick up another load. Then another 100m until you lose count of the amount of times it stops. Maybe and just maybe ... read more
Wat Ratchaburana
Wat Mahathat
Wat Phra Si Sanphet

Asia » Thailand » Western Thailand » Kanchanaburi October 5th 2009

(I finally found a place to develop some of the photos but they are not the best quality. Better than none though! So this is the updated version!!) We were picked up at 8am to go for our tour to see a seven tiered waterfall, visit Hellfire pass and take a spin on the train over the Death Railway. Our trip would take over and hour to get to Erwan falls so we just watched the fantastic scenery and caught up on some sleep. There were four others on the tour, a couple from Australia and a couple on their honeymoon from Holland. There wasn’t much talk at the start but by then end of the day we all knew plenty about each other. We arrived at the falls at around 9:30am and we were told ... read more
Hellfire Pass
Hellfire Pass
Hellfire Pass

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok October 3rd 2009

We were glad to be leaving Malaysia after spending nearly a month there. Not that there is anything wrong with the country, its just not the best place we have been. There aren’t many sights to see and everything involves doing an expensive tour. The tours though are excellent, but with a budget in mind there were a bit out of our range. We did do some but probably not as many as we would have liked too. The food was also very repetitive with the option of fried rice, fried noodles or chicken curry. Ok, it wasn’t that bad, but it was quite boring. The people were not as friendly as other countries we have met and we weren’t quite sure was that because they were reserved or just plain unfriendly. We didn’t come across ... read more
Leaving Bangkok
Leaving Bangkok
Leaving Bangkok

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary September 27th 2009

This is my 100th Blog entry!!! When we arrived at the bus station to go to Sandakan we were accosted by all the usual touts trying to get us to use their bus company. As we had already booked our they just left us alone straight away and picked on some other easy looking targets. We collected out tickets and realised we were on a not so comfortable bus and that there was a very comfortable looking bus leaving at the same time to the same place. You cant win here in Asia. Book in advance, you get the crappy bus, no ticket then you have to fight the touts off and then wonder who is telling the truth about where the bus is really going and how long it will take. When they say ... read more
Orangutan
Orangutan
Orangutan

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu September 23rd 2009

After our freezing cold bus trip to Miri we had a quick look on the air Asia website and got a 45min flight to Kota Kinabalu instead of a 10hr bus journey. It wasn’t worth another bone crunching, artic cold night, travelling through the Borneo jungle. Although a little more expensive it was worth it. It was strange getting a flight for 45mins, if that’s what it even was! We got our taxi outside the airport and like all Asian taxi drivers before him, he hadn’t a clue where we wanted to go. Three or four phone call later (on my phone), and a lot of searching he finally got us there. We were quickly checked in and soon out again in search of food. Fed and watered we returned to the hostel and watch a ... read more
Mamutik
Mamutik
Drinking a Coconut




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