Being on the road for 9 months gives you a heck of a lot of time to evaluate and ponder all sorts of things about life. From simple things to the bigger questions in life (of which I will give no example, as these will ultimately vary from person to person), I have had a … Continue reading Nine months of wandering through life
Again it's been a while since I posted, and even longer since I posted about what's going on! So I guess it's time for a rather overdue catch up... We are in New Zealand now, and currently residing in sunny Nelson! Which is apparently the sunniest place in New Zealand, and so far so good … Continue reading Catching up
It's been a while since I've blogged. Quite frankly, I got a little bored of documenting what adventures we'd been having and writing the blog became a little like a chore. So I took a little break. And all of a sudden a buzz of motivation has surged through me so here I am. It's … Continue reading Don’t you know that life starts outside your comfort zone?
The crossing between Phu Nam Ron, near Kanchanaburi and Htee Khee for onward travel to Dawei, Myanmar only opened up properly to tourists in August last year. It has a rather remote location, with pretty much nothing on the immediate side of each border. This makes the crossing somewhat of an adventure and tourist sightings … Continue reading Phi Nam Ron to Htee Khee – Thailand to Myanmar overland and onwards to Dawei
Getting a tourist visa for Burma in Bangkok is simple and cheap!Find the EmbassyThe easiest way to find the embassy is to take the sky train to Surasak. Once you are at the station, you will likely notice the sign which tells you what exit (3 if my memory serves me correctly) to use for … Continue reading Getting a visa for Burma / Myanmar in Bangkok
To me, it is very important to reflect when travelling. Whilst I absolutely love to travel and it's in the very essence of who I am and has changed and shaped me from the moment I first stepped foot without my family in 2009 until now, I can't help but get an overwhelming sense of … Continue reading Honesty and love – enough to keep me grounded.
Mutter the words 'Luang Prabang' to any other traveller in Laos and most will reel with delight. A town that nearly all who stop by it simply love. When I arrived, I had high expectations of the UNESCO world heritage site, based on all the stories I had heard and read. And, I must say, … Continue reading Luang Prabang – the pretty UNESCO heritage town
Vang Vieng is infamous for tubing; the activity that sees one sit in an inner tube, float down the river amid jaw-dropping scenery whilst stopping off at bars for cheap whisky and beer along the route. Though, today, tubing in the Vang Vieng is a far cry from what it was just a couple of … Continue reading The infamous Vang Vieng
After our great welcome to the country in Pakse, and a couple of nights in Thakek in central Laos, we made it to Vientiane. I had heard rather dull things about this place but, of course, was willing to give it a go. We arrived after a 7 hour bus, negotiated with a tuk tuk … Continue reading The Unimpressive Capital – Vientiane
A good 3 months later, we finally left Cambodia and were bound north for Laos! Deciding to skip the 4000 islands after reading it is only full of backpackers and others no authenticity into Laos at all (which, as we didn't go, I wouldn't be able to tell you if this is true or not), … Continue reading A lovely introduction to Laos
... is the very act of moving from A to B. Okay, whilst not every journey is something from a nightmare, nearly every long trip from one destination to another has, for me, been bloody awful. I am not normally one to moan but after being in the country for almost 3 months, I had … Continue reading The one thing I really can’t stand about Cambodia…
It's been a little over 5 months since we left our homes, families and friends in the UK now. Which is kind of mad as if feels only yesterday we were getting on the Eurostar back in Kent. Not a great deal has changed since the 3 month round up post - we've finished volunteering, … Continue reading 5 months on
We have been in the country since the beginning of November, resided in Siem Reap for 10 weeks and travelled around a fair portion. It has become a sort of 'home away from home', we have made wonderful friends and had an amazing experience volunteering. We saw some incredible places and learned more about the … Continue reading Why I’m glad to be leaving Cambodia
The Elephant Valley Project (EVP) is a project that began in 2007, and to cut a long story short it provides a home to elephants that have been mistreated or abused, or are no longer wanted by their owners. The project supports the surrounding local villages by providing healthcare, sponsoring children to go to school … Continue reading The Elephant Valley Project
The province of Mondulkirri is found in the far east of Cambodia, and is often described as the 'wild west' (east) of the country, due to its dusty dirt roads, its position in the middle of nowhere and the surrounding nature that offers adventures by the bucket-load. Sen Monorom is the provincial capital, and is … Continue reading Sen Monorom – Welcome to the wild, wild…east