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Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap May 17th 2011

Thursday 10th March As stated in the last blog, we were picked up safely by a relative of Narith from Phnom Phen and he is to be our guide for the next few days. He has agreed a price in advance for taking us around the beautiful Angkor Wat temple and surrounding Angkor region where there are many other temples we are going to visit. Angkor is a region of Cambodia that served as the seat of the Khmer Empire, which flourished from approximately the 9th to 15th centuries. The word Angkor is derived from the Sanskrit nagara meaning "city". The temples of the Angkor area number over one thousand, ranging in scale from piles of brick rubble scattered through rice fields to the magnificent Angkor Wat, said to be the world's largest single religious monument. ... read more
Approaching Angkor Wat - Moat on right
Moat surrounding Angkor Wat
Moat surrounding Angkor Wat

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh April 2nd 2011

Tuesday 8th March Narith is waiting for us as promised and he speeds us off on his tuk tuk towards the Ankor Watt Museum, a temple styled building which holds many artifacts and treasures uncovered from the Ankor region in the North of Cambodia. Theres beggars loitering around the entrance and we just about got past without to much fuss as they are quite persistent. We walked around the large halls of the Museum looking at the many different types of jewellery, ornaments and statues, some of which date back from as far as 2000bc. There's lots of information about the Ankor region and its temples which helps us to grasp a little bit about the origins and history of the area as we will be visiting Ankor later on this week. Its quite a small ... read more
Phenom Penh
Angkor Watt Museum
Angkor Watt Museum

Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » An Giang » Chau Doc March 18th 2011

Sunday 6th March We're off on our Mekong River cruise today and it began by bus south towards Bến Tre which is one of the country's southern provinces situated in the delta of the Mekong River. The Mekong Delta is where the Mekong River approaches and empties into the sea through a network of distributaries. The Mekong delta region encompasses a large portion of southeastern Vietnam of 39,000 square kilometres. The Mekong Delta, as a region, lies immediately to the west of Ho Chi Minh City, roughly forming a triangle stretching from Mỹ Tho in the east to Châu Đốc and Hà Tiên in the northwest, down to Cà Mau and the South China Sea at the southernmost tip of Vietnam. We are heading for Châu Đốc later on today where hopefully another boat will take ... read more
Mekong Delta - Boat to Phoenix Island
Mekong Delta - Boat to Phoenix Island
Mekong Delta - Boat to Phoenix Island

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City March 17th 2011

Friday 4th March We have arrived in Ho Chi Min City after a short flight from Ha Noi. Somehow we've managed to board a local bus which spins us towards District One. We are unsure of where we have to get off so we just bail out any old place and hailed a taxi to our hostel. With luck we are only five minutes away and already it feels much nicer here than it did in Ha Noi. Its cleaner for starters and theres more space between the buildings and lots of parks and green areas. I suppose in a way it helps that the suns out and its very warm so by now we are sweating heaps with the backpacks on as we walk the remaining couple of hundred yards to the Saigon Sports hotel. ... read more
Ho Chi Minh - mopeds
Ho Chi Minh- mopeds
War Remnants Museum - tank

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Hoa Binh » Mai Chau March 15th 2011

Wednesday 2nd March We are off to Mai Chau which is a district of Hoa Binh Province in the northwestern region of Vietnam. The district is located at about 160 km from Ha Noi. We are picked up by a 4x4 outside the hostel and already theres a Canadian lady and her daughter sitting tightly in the back two seats. We are now sitting in the middle with the tour guide and the front two seat are occupied by the driver and co driver who's role is still unclear even to this day! This is going to be a rough ride and its not long before we're hurtling down the bumpy highways towards our village in the mountains. Two hours later at the halfway mark has us at a grim roadside cafe where the toilets were ... read more
Mai Chau Valley
Mai Chau Valley
Mai Chau town

Asia » Vietnam » Northeast » Quang Ninh » Halong Bay March 15th 2011

Monday 28th February Once we're picked up from the hostel its not long before we leave the city behind and into the country towards Halong Bay which is four hours away by mini bus. It was a good chance to take in some Vietnamese countryside and its not long before we spot large Ox, farmers and lots of rice paddy fields along the way. We stopped once for a short break and then drove another two hours before we finallly arrive at the Coastal City of Halong, within minutes we are ushered onto a small boat that would taxi us out to our large sail boat called the Oriental Sails. Its quite a nice boat and better than we expected. Its got a large restaurant on the middle floor with a bar, a viewing deck up ... read more
Halong Bay - Oriental Sails Boat
Halong Bay - Oriental Sails Boat
Our Cabin - Oriental Sails

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi March 14th 2011

Friday 25th February We've touched down in Noi Bai International Airport, Ha Noi and waited at visa control for around twenty minutes before we are instructed to go through to the other side and hand our passports in and come back. Back to the end of the queue we go and its another full hour before we pay our $25 each on top of the $25 express service rate which we felt aggreived at paying as the fast track online should've meant we got our visa's on arrival. After a good moan and a hissy fit later we finally pass passport control and into the arrival hall where we booked a taxi as the taxi's out in the street were asking way too much money. Somehow we've persuaded a French guy to share a taxi with ... read more
Ha Noi - Old Quarter
Ha Noi - Ho Chi min Mausoleum
Ha Noi - Ho Chi min Mausoleum

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai March 13th 2011

Thursday 24th February We've organiased a tour via the hostel which see's us sharing a pick up truck with two french families of two adults and two children. One mum speaks good enough english to have a conversation with so we manage to get by via her translating for us. Our first stop was just out of town at a Butterfly farm whish was pretty poor as we seen two butterflies as we walked through the netted enclosure. There's an Orchard farm next door which was marginally better so we walked around the rows of flowers and made our way back the truck where we waited from the frenchies to come back. We're all back inside the truck and tanking it down the motorway towards our next stop which was a visit to the The Chiang ... read more
Butterfly Farm.
Orchid Farm
Orchid Farm

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai March 5th 2011

Tuesday 22nd February Chiang Mai is the largest and most culturally significant city in northern Thailand with a population of nearly 150,000. It is located 435 miles north of Bangkok, among the highest mountains in the country. As we flew into the airport we could see the mountainous region in all its glory. We negotiated a taxi to take us into town and we are quickly reminded of the Thai way of things as its not long before we're wrestling with hundreds of mopeds for space on the roads. The center of old Chang Mai has a ring road that encompasses the town center and its roughly about 8m around the road. We cut through the traffic and dived down a side alley barely wide enough for our taxi. We eventually arrive at the All in ... read more
All in one hostel - outside
All in one hostel
Road to Bhuping Palace

Asia » China » Shanghai » Pudong February 26th 2011

Wednesday 26th February We began our day late in the afternoon and set off on a walk towards the Bund area of Shanghai in the crisp and sun shiny weather. Walking towards the river we stopped at the impressive Garden Bridge Bridge which crosses the Huangpu River and already we are getting fantastic views of the Pudong Financial district in the distance. The city is bisected by the Huangpu River, a tributary of the Yangtze. The historic centre of the city, the Puxi area, is located on the western side of the Huangpu, while the newly developed Pudong, containing the central financial district Lujiazui, was developed on the eastern bank. Shanghai has recorded double-digit growth for 15 consecutive years to become the center of finance and trade in new China and is now aiming to be ... read more
Shanghai - Pudong
Shanghai -  People's Heroes Memorial
Shanghai - The Bund




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