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Asia » Singapore August 19th 2011

The flight from KL was only 50 minutes but by the time we had checked in to the hotel and got ourselves sorted it was early evening. We decided to get ourselves into town and rode the Singapore flyer – like the London Eye but bigger – which provides amazing views over the city especially of the famous Marina Bay Sands hotel – the one with the boat on top. After dinner we wondered around the marina marvelling at the contemporary buildings and sculptures everywhere. The next day we awoke to rain but carried on anyway with our plan to go to Sentosa Island which actually turned out to be a good idea as there was hardly anyone there! We took the cable car over and did a couple of 3D movies and the Luge then ... read more
Night view of marina
Cable car to sentosa island

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Sandakan August 19th 2011

We arrived in Sandakan around 10ish in the morning and we took a taxi to uncle tans base. We had our buffet lunch then were driven to the jetty where we took our long tail boat downstream on the river to the jungle camp. On the way we saw loads of birds, a crocodile and lots of long tail macaques on the river bank. Fingers crossed for an Orang utan! We hopped off and were greeted by Lan the camp manager. We were assigned a hut which would fit all of us. We got only the basics - three double (but Asian sizes) mattresses with mosquito nets and a plastic bin to put our food in so that the rats didn’t chew holes in our bags. After dinner we set off for a night time river ... read more
During our trek
On the boat
On the boat

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur August 17th 2011

We arrived at Kuala Lumpur feeling rather exhausted but excited that tomorrow night Dad, Deb and Jordan would be meeting us here! We walked to Chinatown and after a lot of searching found the fern loft, as recommended by backpackers we met in the Cameron Highlands, and checked into our first dorm of the trip. We slept pretty much all afternoon and in the evening Jeff, the guy who works at the hostel, cooked us all food on the rooftop and we sat drinking, eating and playing cards – and the boys had a little ‘chilli off’ – never seen so many grown men crying at a time! The next day we slept in late and had intended on seeing some of the city and possibly visiting the indoor theme park. We ended up sitting on ... read more
The boys being "manly" with the bigger fish
Dad at the bird park
At little India

Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Tanah Rata August 9th 2011

It was a relatively short but bumpy drive up into the Cameron highlands. We checked in to a basic hostel with shared bathrooms. It was early evening by the time we made it out again and we went for a curry before booking a tour for the morning. Starting at 8.30am we were taken in old Land rovers to the highest point in the Cameron highlands where the view was…. Not that great actually. Following this was a 40 minute light trek to the mossy forest which was pretty cool, everything is covered in bright green moss – they say it looks like the forest from Avatar on a really sunny day. Next it was off to the Boh tea plantation and factory where we took a quick look at how they make the tea before ... read more
Tea Plantation
mossy forest
mossy forest

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town July 21st 2011

The bus journey had felt reasonable quick but by the time we got to Georgetown it was 8pm. Before settling on Crystal Guesthouse we looked around some really grotty and overprices hotels, accommodation here seems to be very different to Thailand – half the standard for double the price! We nipped out for some takeaway food and came across the ‘old Trafford burger’ stand and of course had to get one as it was just so random. It was pretty tasty too! As usual when we arrive somewhere at night without a reservation we immediately decide we hate it! Five steps feel like 25 when you’re lugging a heavy backpack around dingy, prostitute filled streets looking for a place to stay that won’t give you a disease. But of course everything looks different in the morning ... read more
Old trafford burger
Temple of Mercy Godess
Inside the temple

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Lanta July 20th 2011

We were shown to our pre-booked bungalow which for the price was pretty rubbish, except for the tiny frog living under the sink… We decided straight away that we didn’t want to stay more than one night and so spent most of the day trying to find someone to take us further down south. We rented a motorbike and found a tour agent who booked us a bamboo bungalow at Kantiang Bay View resort, a quieter and prettier beach 20 minutes away. We were picked up at 10.30am and as soon as we had checked in headed into the sea. We rented a motorbike to get around town but spent our time doing pretty much nothing – which was the whole point in coming here! Angelo managed to ‘surprise’ Debbie with a birthday cake the night ... read more
Katiang Bay
Katiang Bay

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok July 19th 2011

We settled on a really cheap room as we were only in Bangkok for one night. The tiny white tiled room was furnished with a double bed and a ceiling fan – minimalist. After grabbing some much missed Pad Thai we decided to have an early night. Unfortunately the room was impossibly hot and the fan ridiculously noisy, and so sleep never came. On the plus side this meant we were up and out early! Last time we had been in Bangkok we hadn’t made it to Wat Pho to see the massive reclining Buddha so that was first on the list after getting ourselves some tickets out of Bangkok and a Subway breakfast :). Afterwards we grabbed a much needed ice coffee overlooking Wat Arun on the other side of the river. The chatuchak weekend ... read more
Funny sign in our hotel
Wat Pho
Buddhas Feet

Asia » Cambodia » North » Battambang July 17th 2011

We arrived in Battambang thoroughly knackered but managed to drag ourselves across the road for some dinner before bed. We arranged a tour for the morning :) starting at 7am :( We were picked up by Tong, a 22 year old tuk-tuk driver who spoke good English and turned out to be much more knowledgeable than expected! First we were headed for the Bamboo train and as we were the only people there had to pay $10 for the whole thing to ourselves – but we didn’t mind! We were surprised at how fast the thing goes. We stopped after around 20 minutes where we chatted to an old lady and her husband and some village children. As theres only one railway track, if theres another train coming in the opposite direction the rules are that ... read more
Windswept on train
Little kid who spoke amazing english
Cute little boy

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap July 8th 2011

We pulled into Siem Reap bus station around 8.30pm and took a tuk-tuk into town. We found a nice room for $11, ordered room service and slept. We had a late start the next morning – we had decided to give ourselves a day before tackling the temples. We took a stroll around the central market, stopped for a passion fruit shake and then took a quick look at the old market which was much the same. At 4.30pm we were picked up in a tuk-tuk and taken Angkor wat. When we arrived at the ticket office we queued up for our passes, which involved us standing next to a camera so they could take a photo of us. We then got taken to Phnom Bakeng temple which is on a hill which overlooks Angkor wat ... read more
Ang attempting to hold the roof
Angkor Wat
Banteay Kdei

Asia » Cambodia » South » Kep July 4th 2011

We were dropped off at Kep and straight away bought return boat tickets to Rabbit Island as well as bus tickets to Siem Reap for the day we were returning. We had around 40 minutes to kill so got some breakfast before a tuk-tuk came to take us to the jetty, and then a boat to take us to the island. We quickly found ourselves a little hut on the beach for $5 a night – just a bed and mosquito net and a hammock hanging outside. The beach is beautiful and there were hardly any tourists there. Many tourists come for a day trip so at night it feels deserted except for the few families sitting together watching TV. We dumped our bags and spent the whole morning swimming in the sea. By lunch time ... read more
Angelo eating a snail

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