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Meeting Mates in Sydney

Our stay in Sydney was short. Too short in fact. After our experience in Borneo, visiting friends in Australia was exactly what we were looking for. We had always intended to stay in Australia for around a month and travel the country, but having overstayed and over-spent in Asia 10 days in Sydney would be […]

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Wild in Borneo

It’s been awhile since I last wrote a blog post and its is an age since we were actually in Borneo. A combination of lots of travelling, hectic days and friends distracting us in Guatemala has meant it’s been difficult to find the time to sit down and get something written. Anyway, after we left […]

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In The Philippines, They Put Grandma Up Front

Leaving the UK in October and getting to the Philippines in January seemed a lot further than four months away. There was so much travelling to do before then and the prospect of Laura coming out from home to visit us just didn’t seem like it would actually happen. Of course the time flew by […]

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Bali Bali

I find it tough summarising our time with friends in a blog post. I thinks its because a huge amount of the enjoyment comes from just being with them rather than doing anything in particular. And that doesn’t really make for good reading. Bali, or as Amber prefers to call it ‘Bali Bali’ is is […]

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Is Angkor Wat worth it?

We take a lot of advice on where to go next. Guidebooks. Tripadvisor. Instagram. Facebook. Youtube. Forums. Reviews. People telling you about places “you just have to go to maaaan.” Long lists of places to visit. Tickboxes that prove you’ve been there. Queueing up for the same photo as everyone else. The photo you have […]

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Monks in Cambodia

It’s been pointed out to me that I keep talking to Julie about monks in Cambodia. Julie has even started calling me a monk-bore. The cheek of it. Apparently I keep banging on about them. I’ll point out Cambodian monks everywhere we go. Then before I know it I’m reaching for the camera to try […]

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The Dark and Light Sides of Phnom Penh

We’d only just got used to Vietnam, its customs, its currency and its way of life. So we thought we’d leave. Come on Cambodia, get in us. We made our way along the Mekong River (course we did), leaving Vietnam from the Mekong Delta town of Chau Doc by speedboat for a journey that lasted […]

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Easy Riders

The Easy Riders are a group of motorbike guides that are synonymous with Vietnam. The success of the group has spawned new groups, factions and conflict amongst the guide gangs. They each have their own territory and risk trouble if they try and tout for business outside of this. We are are talking Honda rather […]

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An intense 24 hours

We were in Dalat for one night. We enjoyed our time there but a couple of things happened that shaped our experience there.  Before I explain what and how let me first tell you about the city. It is known as the romantic city. Popular with Vietnamese honeymooners, set up in the mountains and surrounded […]

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Trains in Vietnam

Often the best way to see a country is to travel it by train. You see so much more of the landscape, the people and everyday life than you do if you were to travel by road or air. This is as true of the U.K. as it is anywhere else. Sri Lanka was amazing […]

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The An Bang Gang

This is a story about people rather than places. Unlike the chaos of Hanoi and the let down of Hue, Hoi An far exceeded expectations. Yes it’s a nice place, the town is pretty and the beach is great. But it was the people we met that shaped our experiences here. I’ll start at the […]

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Pagoda in Hue - Backpacker Honeymoon

Not what Hue’d expect

We had wanted to get the train. We’d enjoyed travelling by train in Sri Lanka so much and the prospect of an overnight train from Hanoi to Hue (pronounced “Hway” which I realise undermines my witty title pun immediately but I couldn’t resist) has far more romance than the bus. But it was sold out […]

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Hanoi & Halong Bay

The excess of Hong Kong was followed by the chaos of Hanoi. We arrived around 6pm at The Hanoi Old Centre Hotel, which as the name suggests is smack bang in the old quarter. As soon as we arrived we were able to buy a knock-off copy of Lonely Planet and Julie was particularly pleased! […]

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A tale of two Cities: Singapore & Hong Kong

We arrived in Singapore welcomed by a thick grey smog across the city. Apparently this happens every year, mostly for the month of October. It’s caused by Indonesian farmers burning crops and effects much of this part of South East Asia, Indonesia included. This year it is particularly bad and rather than lasting the usual […]

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Learning to dive in Hikkaduwa

Five days of doing nothing in Mirissa and Unawatuna is enough to realise that we are happiest when we are active. In fact we realised quite clearly that 12 months of only sitting around on a beach is in fact no way to spend a year. Hikkaduwa is one of the original Sri Lanka beach […]

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Watching Cricket with Percy Abesekera

Whilst in Unawatuna we learnt that Sri Lanka were playing the West Indies in a test match just a few kilometres up the road in the city of Galle. Julie doesn’t like cricket, but when in Rome and all that… so we set off first thing and got a tuk-tuk to the stadium hoping to […]

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Elephants are well alright

The buses in Sri Lanka are not like at home. Up until now we have been getting about by train and Tuk-Tuk. However the rail network stretches across a very limited part of the country and if you want to get from the hills down to the coast on the south of the island you […]

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Umbr-Ella Ella Ella

Ella is a small village cut into the side of a mountain. There is basically one main street, a train station and numerous guest houses, hotels and restaurants serving the large tourist population that visits. Its popularity is really down to the spectacular landscape. To the west of the village you have two waterfalls, Ella’s […]

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