Roy Searle

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Roy Searle

getting ready 6-12 months around SE asia



Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta October 26th 2010

Welcome to part 14 of the blog. We left Saigon around 06:30 on a bus headed to the Mekong Delta for a 3 day trip. First stop after about 1 hour on the bus was a Buddhist temple with 2 gigantic statues of Buddha, we walked around and had a look for about 25 mins before catching the bus for another hour or so to the market town of My Tho where we boarded a narrow boat, along with 15 or so other people on the tour and our guide, the unfortunately named Mr K.Y(who looked like Kim Jong Il in Team America). We started off by cruising down the Giang channel whilst the very knowledgeable Mr KY pointed out various highlights of life on the delta, though it was tough to understand him over the ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 October 25th 2010

Sorry for the lack of blogs recently everyone, I was busy having a lot of fun in Vietnam and the internet there was pretty shoddy, I will do my best to catch up soon. Anyway this continues the day after the race in Singapore ... We had until Tuesday afternoon before we could collect our visas for Vietnam , luckily for us Mike and Jane had kindly said we could stay for a few more days whilst we sorted out our travel arrangements. After we had dragged ourselves out of bed on Monday we spent what was left of the day helping Jane with some more packing for the upcoming house-move. In the evening we ate a delicious home cooked chicken casserole and had a few beers at the condo. On Tuesday we collected our visas ... read more

Asia » Singapore October 11th 2010

Welcome to part 12 of the blog. We left Tioman on Monday 20th Sept and caught a bus to Johor Bharu, the city on the border with Singapore. We knew we would have to spend a few days there as we were not expected in Singapore until the 23rd, so we checked into a cheapish hotel not too far from the train station. It was around 6pm by the time we dropped our bags off and went to for a look around. It quickly became apparent that we weren't in for the most interesting few days, JB is mainly a transport hub for businessmen crossing between Malaysia and Singapore, it was very seedy and there were no other backpackers/westerners. We stuck out like a sore thumb and it was the only place I have felt slightly ... read more
Singapore China Town
Singapore China Town
Singapore China Town

Asia » Malaysia » Melaka » Melaka City September 28th 2010

Welcome to part 11/12 of the blog. continued from cracker in melaka ... The morning after the hindu procession i awoke to find Reuben and Livia had backed their bags and left for Cherating. After moving into a single room across the hall I went for some breakfast at the Voyage cafe before head to Sama Sama to plan my day. Realising i didn't actually have anything to do i decided to hang out with john for a while, read my book and meet some of the other people staying in the guesthouse. The owner of Sama Sama also owns Voyage cafe and Voyage guesthouse on the same road, theres a feeling it's all one big family and guests from all 3 places are always moving between them to hang out, chat or play pool. Sometime ... read more
Kingsoons
Bukit China
Bukit China

Asia » Malaysia » Melaka » Melaka City September 21st 2010

Welcome to part 10 of the blog! We left Singapore on a local bus, sometime around 2pm (Fri 3rd Sept), this took us through passport control and dropped us at the chaotic Larkin bus terminal in Johor Bharu. After fighting off crowds of ticket touts and much haggling we managed to get on a coach too Melaka. It took around 2 hours to get there and just as we were nearing the travelers lodge hostel it started to rain very heavily. We checked in then ran across the street to eat at an Indonesian restaurant opposite the hostel. After some very tasty dinner we went for a walk around town, however, it was late and the weather was crap so we didn't see much before we headed back. I slept late the next day and when ... read more
Zheng He tea house
Zheng He tea house
Zheng He tea house

Asia » Singapore September 7th 2010

Welcome to part 9 of the blog. After we left Taman Negara we spent 1 more night in Jerantut at Sri Emas guesthouse. The only thing of any note that happened here was watching Reuben look quite uncomfortable as the extremely effeminate guy behind the hotel reception attempted to chat him up. He was a very weird Indian guy with long manicured nails and floral henna tattoos all over his arms, every time we spoke to him he remarked on how hot Reuben was or made a joke about him 'always coming first' before letting out a squeal/laugh i cant even begin to describe. We were planning to meet my friend Becky from the UK, who was visiting her parents in Singapore. Mike and Jane (Becky's parents) had very kindly offered to save us lots of ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Kuala Tahan September 2nd 2010

Welcome to part 8 of the blog. After me and reuben had returned from our little trip into the jungle we found another guest had been moved into our dorm, he's name was Steeve, from Switzerland and he had booked to go on a 2 day trek starting the following morning. I woke up early the next day and managed to get a place on the same trek as Steeve. Reuben wasn't up for the trip so i left my bag back at the room with him and went to meet with the rest of the group. As well as me and Steeve there were 2 italian brothers, 2 english girls, a belgian girl, a dutch guy (bit of a twat) and our 2 guides Alias and K. After packing all the food, water and equipment ... read more
2 day jungle trek
2 day jungle trek
2 day jungle trek

Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Kuala Tahan August 31st 2010

Welcome to part 7 of the blog! So after a week in Kota Bharu reuben had recovered and we could finally head into the jungle. We left Voice Of Travellers (our hostel) @ 06:30 to catch the 07:15 train from Wakah Bharu station. I had been looking forward to the jungle railway for a long time and it didn't disappoint. It takes around 7 hours to reach Jerantut and the route, as the name suggests, cuts right through the middle of the jungle. Despite signs at either end of each carriage warning about the dangers of leaving the side doors open, this is exactly what the train workers did, allowing an awesome and sometimes scary view of the jungle as we wound our way up and down mountains, over bridges and across narrow old river crossings ... read more
Water ox
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Asia » Malaysia » Kelantan » Kota Bharu August 22nd 2010

Welcome to part 6 of the blog. Just a short update really this time. We were only planning on spending the night in Kota Bharu before catching the jungle railway and heading to Taman Negara. We've been here 4 nights now as Reuben has got an ear infection and isn't really up for a 14 hour train journey into the heart of the Malaysian rain forest. We may be here a few more days yet whilst Reuben recovers enough to travel. Kota Bharu is a Muslim run state in the north of Malaysia (peninsular) and we arrived smack bang in the middle of Ramadan, meaning that Chinatown aside, the city pretty much closes up during the day. That being said it hasn't been a bad place to get stuck. The place we are staying is quite ... read more
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fountain at arts museum

Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Perhentian Kecil August 18th 2010

Welcome to part 5 of the blog. Apologies for the lack of blogs/contact recently but we have been on perhentian kecil, an island with no roads or cars, where the electricity only runs for 10 hours a day, as im sure you'll understand its been a little difficult getting online. Anyway, when i finished the last blog we were waiting in an internet cafe for a taxi to take us to the bus station, in order to catch the 21:45 coach to kuala besut, the departure point for ferry to the islands. Whilst waiting at said internet cafe we had a slightly scary moment. A guy dressed only in a loin cloth, with his face painted in bizarre patterns, was running up and down the street shouting at passers by. This was all quite funny until ... read more
Perhentian Kecil
Perhentian Kecil
Perhentian Kecil




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