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26th August 2015

thanks for this. gave me some ideas. i'll be flying to tokyo on the 28th. i thought i would bump into you there!
26th August 2015

Enjoy your trip! Japan is fantastic!
17th December 2014

Ubud Guest House CIbodas
Hi Jeremy, do you save the hotel contact number? can i have it? may i know around how much per night? i couldnt find it their web, and tripadvisor also didnt help. thanks dini
17th December 2014

Hi Dini, I found this review of the guesthouse on TA: http://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Hotel_Review-g3200187-d3825759-Reviews-Bali_Ubud_Guesthouse-Cibodas_Banten_Province_Java.html I can't remember the exact cost, but I don't recall it being too expensive, maybe about Rp100k, but that was over two years ago. But I remember when I told the angkot driver "Bali-Ubud", he knew where to drop me off. If I remember correctly, it was on the road to Kebun Raya, about half-way up a long, steep slope. What I do distinctly remember were the delicious apple pancakes I had there for breakfast. Hope that helps, and happy travels!
22nd October 2014

nice blog about mhs
just read your blog on mhs and its quite accurate in its assumptions about the town i live here and there are only about 4 farangs living here the proximity to burma and shan kingdom gives mhs a burmese feel but the thai yai culture made up of karen shan aka lisu hmong gives the province a unique feel as its not really thailand because of its remoteness and it being an extension of shan province keep in touch
22nd October 2014

Thanks for your comments Michael. I wish I'd spent more time in MHS, perhaps doing some of the treks that I'd heard such good things about. Alas I was on a bit of a schedule, with my visa expiring and all. Maybe next time... But yes, MHS definitely made me think about the rather arbitrary nature of national boundaries. From my travels, I've definitely appreciated that communities, be they rural or urban, are rarely separated along distinct lines, even if there exist natural terrestrial demarcations. But history and politics often insist on drawing clear boundaries. In the case of MHS, somewhat arbitrarily, the Shan people who ended up on the western side of the border have to learn Burmese and use kyat, and those of the eastern side speak Thai and use baht...
21st August 2014

Khon Kaen a sub-urb of Bangkok in the Isaan
Been living here for 3 years now and KK is really becoming a kind of Bangkok with a lot of cars, traffic jams, condo's and shopping malls.
21st August 2014

KK didn't seem that bad to me actually, but I guess that's cos I spend too much time in BKK, and nothing compares to that! In Isaan, Udon Thani is also quite bustling these days. But if there's any complaint I have about the region, it's the horde of slow-flying mosquitoes everywhere! (at least they're slow!)
15th May 2014

Keep traveling
Those who ask all the questions about why you want to travel are different from you and will never understand what you do. Enjoy. Happy travels.
15th May 2014

Yes, I figured the same...It takes one to know one, thanks! Happy and safe travels!
15th May 2014

Hello Jeremy
We enjoyed our time in Sanur. Lot of memories. Thanks.
5th May 2014
Beware of Porn

its like saying porn will kill you! love this
28th April 2014

Yes to RP's credit he didn't artificially inflate our expectations.
26th April 2014

"I was right about the...
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22nd April 2014

Hi Paul Yes if I remember correctly, it was on the road to Kebun Raya, which was a left turn from the highway from Cianjur (coming from the east). Bali Ubud guesthouse was on the left side of the road just a few hundred metres from the intersection of the Kebun Raya Rd and the highway. I remember telling the angkot driver Bali Ubud, and he knew where to drop me. Happy and safe travels!
22nd April 2014
Nauhang-Sugar Beach

Haha the kids looked so keen on doing it, and they were certainly delighted with the PHP20 I gave them! Yes it was an exhausting journey there, but sometimes that just makes the arrival even more satisfying. Having travelled for some time now, I've started to realise that part of the point is the exhausting journeys themselves...
14th April 2014

Ubud Bali Cibodas Guest House
Hi Jeremy, is this guest house easy to locate as there is no address in LP, is it near Kebun Raya Cibodas?
5th April 2014
Nauhang-Sugar Beach

you should've paddled it yourself!
to spare you from guilt and participating in child labor. but I don't blame you for not wanting to. The trip does sound exhausting with all the transfers. I wouldn't have bothered unless there was a free buffet at the end
27th March 2014

true that
ive only been travelling here in canada for 3 weeks and i feel so tired already. because i feel pressured to see something everyday so I dont waste time. but it is tiring
28th March 2014

Yes sometimes I feel that way as well, and then I remind myself that I don't have to jam every possible thing into the limited time I have. Better to go at a pace I'm comfortable with, and enjoy myself without the stress. Happy and safe travels!
19th March 2014

welcome back!
Thanks for visiting again. Hope you have a great time:)
22nd March 2014

Thanks, I'm sure I will!
13th March 2014

Great pictures!
I just discovered your blog and subscribed. If you get more time, I'd love to hear more about your experiences in Khon Kaen. You're pictures make it look like a great place to visit.
13th March 2014

Thanks Matthew. I can't say I'm particularly familiar with Khon Kaen, since I was essentially just passing through, on my way to the border with Laos, and therefore only spent three days there. But in general I found it to be a relaxed place, rather low-key, and to some extent centred around the sprawling university. Lots of mosquitoes though, especially during the night, so bring repellent!

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