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Top 10 over landing essentials 

Top 10 over landing essentials 

With the Beaut back in Blighty, and just about functional (MOT pending), I thought it a good time to publish a list of our favourite bits of equipment and kit from the trip. Take them all with a pinch of salt – if there is anything that we’ve learnt from...
Hoi An

Hoi An

Hoi An gets it’s own post. It is that good. If I’m perfectly honest I’m not sure why we enjoyed it quite as much as we did. I’ve been trying to tell myself that it’s not because of the 9p beer (well… Probably 15p since Brexit), but...
South Vietnam

South Vietnam

Vietnam is a huge country. Sure, it’s not in the league of Kazakhstan or Russia, or even Mongolia, but it’s still pretty big – particularly as the temptation is to try and see the whole country in one trip. We had 3 weeks, and to be honest, with any...
Georgetown

Georgetown

Mention Georgetown or Penang to anyone in Malaysia, the reply is always the same: “Ahh good food”. Surprisingly enough, with a response like that, it was firmly on our radar as somewhere to visit.  Along with Malacca and Singapore, Georgetown was a...
Le Grand Voyage 2016-05-28 11:25:00

Le Grand Voyage 2016-05-28 11:25:00

The Perhentian Islands – possibly the best island paradise so far And trust me, that’s an achievement. Read on to find out why I’m making such a big claim! Right up on the north east coast of Malaysia, close to the border with Thailand, lie the...
Malaysia

Malaysia

Entering our 23rd and final country with the Beaut (we’d been to a couple of others on route without her) had mixed emotions. Was this really to be our last border crossing? Would we finally, finally get searched properly? No, it turns out. The border crossing...
North Thailand

North Thailand

The mountain roads in the north west of Thailand had been recommended to us, so we headed to the Myanmar border at Mae Sok and started what was to be nearly a week of stunning roads. Pretty much all were in superb condition, with endless sharp corners and steep...
The Gibbon Experience

The Gibbon Experience

Ok, we admit it. We did it – possibly the most touristy thing in Laos. The Gibbon Experience. And what a fantastic experience it was. Yes, it’s expensive: we paid $180 pp for the ‘express’ tour which is two days, with one night spent in the...
Koh Mak

Koh Mak

We split Laos into two halves, as we had some special visitors coming out to meet us in the form of Tom’s parents. A mad dash from Vientiane to Bangkok to meet them at the airport, before heading down the East coast to Koh Mak – a tiny island next to...
Central Laos

Central Laos

After a 14th of March steak meal at Inthira Restaurant in Tha Khaek, we set off on another ‘loop’ east away from the Mekong and the main road that runs along the Thai border. This loop is well known and in years gone by has been somewhat notorious, with...
Thanks

Thanks

08 March 2016 – To Charlotte from Switzerland, Thank you for the bread, what you didn’t know was that we were up at five that morning for the market, unsuccessfully looking for bread – so you could not have made a better contribution, you were also...
Southern Laos

Southern Laos

Having entered Laos from Cambodia, we had our eyes on a couple of what the guide book describes as ‘motorcycle loops’. These are exactly what you imagine them to be – circular routes that take in a number of various sights, and the easiest way to get...
A note on bribery

A note on bribery

We’d done so well. Nearly 20,000km travelled, and only one bribe paid so far. Well, the Cambodia/Laos border added two more in the space of minutes. By all accounts, we actually did pretty well limiting it to just that. This border is renowned for corruption,...
Mekong meanderings (Part One #Cambodia)

Mekong meanderings (Part One #Cambodia)

As it is the world’s 12th longest river, and travels through literally every country we would be visiting on mainland South East Asia, it was inevitable that the Mighty Mekong would feature heavily in our lives, particularly with our ongoing fetish for being...
Battambang 

Battambang 

Battambang has firmly placed itself on the exclusive ‘places we could live’ list. There’s enough going on to keep yourself busy: the circus was fantastic; there are a selection of cooking courses to do; a couple of different markets to wander around;...
An attempt at travel journalism

An attempt at travel journalism

Staying on the culinary theme, whilst in Battambang we both enrolled on a cooking course at Nary Kitchen. Although not often as exquisite as a high standard Thai curry, we have found the quality of Khmer food to be much more consistent – we haven’t had a...