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T+142: I think I’m quite ready for another adventure

T+142: I think I’m quite ready for another adventure

So as you can see from the last blog, Duncan and I arrived in style to Christchurch. My aunt Theresa and cousin Paige arrived at the airport to find Duncan and I sitting on the floor, bags unpacked and everything covered in wine…. bit of a shame as it was a gorgeous bottle. However the best bit about the whole situation was our conversation with our airline. Duncan: Your baggage crew broke our bottle, the bag had a fragile sticker…

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T+118: Wales on Steroids

T+118: Wales on Steroids

Firstly, on behalf of all tourists I would like to apologies to the local kiwis – we aren’t all this bad at driving. I have had people go 40 KPH in 100 KPH zones, people park on bends, and people swerving off the road and straight back on without looking countless times. If I am getting this frustrated I do truly feel for the locals.   Christchurch After our ‘luxury’ flight from Sydney (we flew Virgin when normally flying Jetstar) we…

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T+97: Crème brûlée (krem brulay)

T+97: Crème brûlée (krem brulay)

  Robert’s blog   For those who do not know me, I am Claire-Marie’s brother (I’ll refer to her as CM) who just spent a week off at Uni to go visit my sister and Duncan, and to have a great time in Bali. I have never written a blog, so I hope this is still as interesting and informative to read as CM and Duncan’s blogs!     Legian So after a 19 hour flight with a 2 hour…

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T+86: Sun, Sea and Subwings

T+86: Sun, Sea and Subwings

After our night boat and plane journey you would have hoped the next bit would have been an easy journey, however unfortunately not! When we arrived in Bali we were greeted by two things – ripoff airport taxis and uninsured dodgy taxis. This was the time we realised our public transport usage was not over. Luckily I had done a bit of research and the best way out of the airport was to head up to arrivals and grab a…

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T+68: Goodnight Vietnam

T+68: Goodnight Vietnam

After 61 days of travel, Duncan and I are once again on our own, goodbye Stray Asia. While the tour had pros and cons, overall we are both very happy we booked it. Not only did it calm my slightly panicked mind before we left, it helped us meet some fantastic people. Our trip around Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam wouldn’t have been the same! Nimh Binh After Phong Nha, we went to another small place called Nimh Binh. Despite the…

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T+58: Ôi chúa ơi

T+58: Ôi chúa ơi

Not only are we almost at the end of Vietnam, we are almost at the end of our tour with ‘Stray Asia’. I cannot believe we have been travelling for 2 months. The experiences we have had and the people we have met have been almost unbelievable and we wouldn’t change any of it for the world. Saying all this, we still have 3-4 months left to go…. Ôi chúa ơi! Even better the further we go along our trip the…

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T+41: Would you like to throw a hand grenade?

T+41: Would you like to throw a hand grenade?

So to explain the title… as you know when walking around Asia you get hassled a lot by Tuk Tuks, street vendors or ‘tour guides’. During our stay in Phnom Penh we decided to take a walk around the city. A Tuk Tuk driver tried to sell us the Killing Fields. I explained to him that we went yesterday, he asked where we wanted to go, I said I want to do what the locals do – at this point…

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T+22: Been There Don Det

T+22: Been There Don Det

After my last post we have gone through the rest of Laos quite fast. This is for two reasons, one) it’s wet season and therefore a number of the activities have been closed. two) half our group is on a tight schedule and we wanted to all stay together for a few more nights. Koun Kham After saying goodbye to Aoife and Nick, the rest of our group headed down south to Koun Kham (near Kong Lor Cave). We weren’t quite…

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T+16: Chao for Now

T+16: Chao for Now

Since our last blog post, so much has happened it seems shocking that it has only been six days! I am currently in a small village in Laos sitting writing this blog while the rest of the group are rowing a canoe up and down the Mekong River! Can’t exactly complain right now?    *sneaky preview*   Chiang Rai Just before we left for Chiang Rai we met our tour leader, our previously leader’s brother and the other ten people…

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T+5: Feeling hot hot hot

T+5: Feeling hot hot hot

Bangkok Bangkok – the City of Angels. Bangkok has a reputation to be either loved or hated, many travellers hate it when they arrive, but once they’ve left and explored more of Thailand they appreciate its unique view. Duncan and I were happy we had only booked two days – but I’m sure we will appreciate it after a few more stops.   After a 14 hour flight Duncan and I arrived in Bangkok and decided to visit the famous…

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