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A List Too Long – Page 2 – Hakuna matata
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T+49: Life’s a Beach

T+49: Life’s a Beach

Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) So after leaving Phnom Penh, we arrived in Ho Chi Minh City (previously called Saigon, though both names are used interchangeably), and found ourselves on another pub crawl. A good night, but as is the case with travelling you can run into the same people you’ve met before at random times. So when we see someone come up to us going “I’ve seen you naked!” (referring to the time we went skinny dipping), it was a…

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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+32: Cambodia so far

T+32: Cambodia so far

So we’re half way through Cambodia now, currently chilling out at our hostel in Sihanoukville. So far its been so good – Claire favourite place so far, and a lot more has happened compared to Laos. Siem Reap Crossing the border into Cambodia was simple enough, $40 USD to do it. We also had to have our throats scanned with a laser to see if we had malaria or dengue fever. None of us did, so that was a relief….

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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+11: Kissed by an Elephant

T+11: Kissed by an Elephant

Chiang Mai (She-ang mai) Good morning, the train is broken. We’ve been stuck for 3 hours near Pha Lad volcano. I woke up thinking “wow, this train is smooth!”. Then I looked out the window. We ended up being 4 hours late into Chiang Mai, so our zipline adventure was postponed to the next day. But this was completely fine as it meant an extra few hours sleep.   The red section was where we were stuck for four hours!…

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T+8: Thai Time

T+8: Thai Time

First of all, please accept our apologies for the appalling grammar in the previous blog. We were both pretty exhausted. Pai After a few days in Chiang Mai (blog to come later) a number of people had recommended we took a trip to ‘Pai‘. On our way over we once again experienced something that I’m calling ‘Thai Time’ – which is that whatever amount of time someone says something will take, its a guarantee it will take at no less that that time, but…

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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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T-0: Thunderbirds are go!

T-0: Thunderbirds are go!

The day has finally arrived. We have got to Heathrow and we are ready to leave…. We have been verified by a number of countries (visas), stabbed in the arm countless times (vaccinations) and packed and repacked our bags thousands of times (travel light). So just before we go, here is a list of everything in ours bags. We’ve split some of the stuff we’re carrying, so Duncan is carrying all the sun screen, while Claire is carrying more of the medication, for example….

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T-5: Things we’ve learnt in the last month(ish)

T-5: Things we’ve learnt in the last month(ish)

So after finishing work at the beginning of July, we’ve been taking some time off to sort our lives out and get ready to go. While it sounds very relaxing taking a month off before going travelling, its been anything but! Running around seeing people, packing the flat up, cleaning, and various other little bits have eaten up almost all our time. Highlights of this period (for me) have got to be when we went punting in Cambridge for Claire’s birthday, climbing the…

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