Nah, i think i'll just wait till i get back :) in less then 2 weeks i'll be back!
c u all then!
Location: Melbourne, Australia
I'm back in Melbourne now. I came back a week early for a number of different reasons (Mainly Money). Conan is still in Singapore so if you want to know what hes up to then he might have to actually put a post up on this web site!
I'll be in Melbourne for about a week and a half. Thankyou for all your messages while I have been away. They have been great.
I'll be seeing all of you very soon.
Location: KL, Malaysia
Just a quick message. Conan and I are still alive! We are in KL still. Just checking out shops etc. Went to a shopping centre yesterday that had a theme park inside it. Went on most of the rides etc. Once you pay admission all rides are free so that was good. Admission was also free because it was included with the hotel package. So many shops here. Out of the different cities that I have seen, I would say that KL is the number 1 shopping destination. Amazing variety and fairly cheap.
Thanks to everyone who has emailed and left us messages, we will reply when we get a chance. See you soon.
Location: KL, Malaysia
Well we are in KL now. The train wasn't too bad. My Mum paid for us to stay in a really nice hotel while we are here so that has been great! (Thanks Mum) . It's nice to have hot water and a normal toilet. Ohh, and the pool and buffet breakfast every morning are good too!
KL is an amazing city. It's very much like Singapore in that it is a high technology city. Very westernised and very modern. It still retains a very strong Muslim influence though. For instance it is very hard to get pork here. If you do get bacon, it's beef bacon. Even McDonalds sells Halal food and hotel rooms have arrows in every room pointing to mecca.
I am currently in the biggest shopping centre that I have ever been to. It is called the BB plaza and is massive. Things are pretty cheap here and in some cases even cheaper than vietnam and thailand. Shame I've got no money left!
We have seen the Petronas towers and been on the sky bridge there. It was ok. Just another really tall building. In this case, the second tallest in the world.
I'll update again when I can. For some reason it seems extremley hard to find internet cafes here. I'll probably update in a few days time. Hope everybody is well. I'll see you all soon.
Location: Hat Yai, Thailand
I'm currently in the sunny town of Hat Yai in Thailand. We are waiting for our next train which will depart in a few hours. I am feeling extremly tired after our last train trip and can't wait to get on the train and have a sleep. It's a sleeper train all the way from here to KL. They only had one bed left so Conan decided that he wouldn't mind sitting up. It was either this or we get to KL a day later and lose a nights accomodation there. We wil probably share the bed in a few shifts as the train will take a bit over 16 hours.
I can't wait to get to KL and just sleep and relax for a day. Travelling is the worst part of a holiday over here. I hope everyone is well and I'll be seeing you in a few weeks.
Location: Surat Thani, Thailand
Well, we have finally left Ko Phangan. Our friends that we had met in Lao left :-( so we decided it was time to get moving again. We had one last sunset which we enjoyed from a restaurant at the top of a hill overlooking the sea. It was a great way to end our time there.
It will now take us a few days to get to KL in Malaysia. We have so far travelled by ute to the dock on Ko Phangan, boat to Don Sak, Bus to Surat Thani and taxi to train station. Our train does not leave until 1am so we are trying to kill a bit of time on the internet. A 12 hour wait for a train is bad enough at the best of times and worse when you are in a dead end town like Surat Thani. Our train will take us to Hat Yai(Another dead end town we have visited before). There we will find a train to take us to the Malaysian border. We will cross the border somehow and hopefully find a train to take us all the way to KL. We should get there in three days of travelling.
I am feeling a lot better now which is good as I would hate to be doing all this travelling while sick.
We are going to spend 4 days in KL just looknig around etc. We will then spend a week or so exploring the rest of malaysia. It feels quite strange to be nearing the end of my trip. I think getting back home will be a bit of a shock at first and probably a bit boring even, but I'm still looking forward to it. I'll probably update you all from KL.
It sounds like you are all getting great weather and I hope you are trying to make the most of it. See you soon.
Location: Ko Phangan, Thailand
Hello readers, sorry I haven't updated this site for a few days but I've been busy. I was still feeling pretty sick yesterday, so I went to the hospital just to be safe. I spent the night there which was pretty boring. I slept most of the time I was there. This morning my fever was basicly gone so I got sent home with some meds and told to get lots of rest etc. I was surprised by the quality of the hospital and everyone was very friendly and all spoke english fairly well. They don't actually serve food at the hospital which I soon found out! Ohh well, they say you should starve a fever! I'm feeling a fair bit better today and have spent basicly the whole day sleeping. I'm sure it was just a flu of some kind. The entire hospital bill was around $35 dollars which included doctors fees, a night in the hospital, medication while I was there(Drip etc) and meds to take home. Great compared to Aus! I got to see a doctor in under 15 minutes as well. Not like the 12 hour waits in emergency in tassie.
Anyway, enough of my medical problems! We are still here on Ko Phangan, although probably for only a few more days. We have spent our time mostly relaxing and spending time with friends from Lao. We will probably head to Ko Samui next for some more beach relaxation. I hope everyone is well back home. I will be seeing you all in only a few weeks now.
Location: Koh Phangan, Thailand
Hello everyone. We are still on Phangan. We spent today recovering from the full moon party. It was the most insane party that I could imagine. Clubs right on the beach pumping out music to at least 10,000 people. I ended up getting to bed around 8:30am. Conan got home around 9am. It was a good night and I don't think I'll forget it in a hurry. We spent most of the night with a few groups of people that we had met in Lao. It was great to sit on the rocks and watch the sunrise over the beach while people were still dancing. There wasn't much trouble at all from the people there although I saw a few minor scuffles in the morning (Mostly drunken english!). A boat sunk on its way back to Koh Samui(A very close island) and 7 people died. Apparently the boat was over crowded.
Our bungalo has been good, although a bit far from the main city. It has been very relaxing laying on hammocks in the afternoon watching the sun set over the beach.
I have been feeling sick for a few days but I don't know why(not not from drinking too much!). Hopefully I'll feel better tommorow.
Thankyou for your emails/messages. It won't be long before we are back home. Then we can fill you in on all the stories we don't put on the internet!
Miss you all.
Location: Ko Phangan, Thailand
We are on the island now(Ko Phangan). Our taxi just made it to the train station on time. The train took around 12 hours and was a sleeper so I actually got a bit of sleep. As soon as we got off the train in Surat Thani, we jumped straight onto a bus which took us to a small port. We then got on a boat with about 300 other backpackers and arrived at the island 3-4 hours later. The place is packed with backpackers all here for the full moon party. We managed to find accomodation in a simple bungalo just back from the beach. As it is not on the main party beach it should be a bit quieter but it makes it a bit harder to get to where the action is. We may yet change to a closer place.
The bungalo is pretty basic and I'm fearing what the mosquitos will be like tonight! It has a bathroom which is good, although it is a squat toilet and cold shower. Our bungalo is called munchies. Lots of the places around here seem to include some refference to drugs in their name or advertising even though the police here are very strict. If you get caught with a little bit of weed on you, you will be given a $1500 dollar fine. This seems strange when ou can walk into any of the cafes here and order "happy pizzas", or magic mushroom shakes. Thats how thailand seems to work though!
Thankyou for your emails and messages. Keep them coming and let me know what you are up to!
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok has been good in its own way. We have both done lots of shopping in both the street markets and in the city. I have my new phone, a suit, a few pairs of sunglasses and various other things. Shame I had to pay for it all!
We are leaving Bangkok tonight on a sleeper train to Surat Thani, by bus to Don Sak, and then by boat to Ko Phangan. Phangan is an island in the Gulf of Thailand next to Ko Samui and Ko Tao. All three are popular tourist destinations for different reasons. We went to Samui our first time in Thailand and it was good. Every full moon, Phangan holds a full moon party on the beach. It's a pretty big party with around 10,000 people. Its held on the 24th this month so we will be there in time. It should be pretty crazy and I've heard a lot of stories about it.
Anyway, we will be on the island or the islands around it for around a week or so working on our tans. I hope everyone back home is getting a bit of sun as well!
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
We are back in Thailand now!
The train trip was fairly uneventful. It was the same sort of sleeper train that we have had before in Thailand. There seem to be lots of people in Bangkok at the moment and so lots of guest houses are full. We found one with a bathroom eventually but it's not as good as the rooms in Lao or Vietnam and more exspensive.
I am going to go and buy a suit now. I will be measured up today and should have it back by tommorow. I don't know which style I want yet but the tailor has Armani and Kenzo catalogues that I can look through and pick out a design from.
I'm also hoping to buy a new mobile phone today. Probably a little sony ericsson. I love spending money! Only problem is that I have to carry what ever I buy in my pack.
We will be here two nights and then head down to the east coast islands in time for full moon party. Lots of people we have met in different countries are going there so it should be one big party.
Hope everyone is well.
Location: Vientiane, Laos
Hello again everyone. I am Vientiane still but not for long. Conan and I are catching a train down to Bangkok this afternoon. It's a sleeper train and will only take around 11 hours. Time seems to go pretty quick on sleeper trains. We are in second class air-con upper. Which means we get a bed with air-conditioning but it is a top bunk. You pay extra if you want to sleep on the bottom bunk. Our ticket to Bangkok cost around $22 USD which includes transport to the border. We will have to walk from the border to the train station though. Not too far from what I have heard.
Last night we had our last meal by the Mekong River which we have now seen in 3 countries. We went to our favourite little indian place although we probably should have had Lao food being our last dinner here.
This is your last chance if you want me to pick up anything for you in Bangkok. Just send me a text message or email and I'll see what I can do.
Lao has been good and I'm sad to be leaving. I wish I could have spent more time here and I will definitely be returning to this country in the future. I just hope that I manage to get back before it becomes another Thailand.
I'm going to miss how cheap Lao is but I'm looking forward getting back to the beach. I'll also be glad to be paying 30 Baht for a drink rather than 12500 Kip. I hate working in thousands. I also won't have to carry around a wad of cash the size of a brick which is still only worth a couple of dollars. It is pretty crazy here in Lao to see people wandering around with massive bundles of cash and in some cases garbage bags full of cash. It's just worth so little!
Anyway, I miss you all and am looking forward to getting home (after I've spent a week or so relaxing on the beaches in thailand).
Location: Vientiane, Laos
We are back in Vientiane again. Vang Vieng was good. It is a backpackers stop and that is about all. The main road is lined with restuarants with reclining chairs. Every one of them also plays episodes of the sitcom Friends all day. I watched more friends in that little town than in the rest of my life!
Conan and I went tubing (floating on truck inner tubes) down the river through Vang Vieng which was great fun. Lots of drink stops and high platforms to jump into the river from. It took about 5 hours but could have been done in less than an hour without stops!
I had a late night last night which was a change. I spent the night on a little island in the middle of a river sitting around a fire with lots of other people. I met lots of people and got home around 5am. I was tired all today. At least todays bus trip was only 3 1/2 hours.
We leave for Bangkok tommorow night on a combination of buses and trains. I'm not so looking forward to going back to Bangkok, but all the creature comforts and shopping will be good. I'll hopefully pick up a new phone etc. If I have any money spare!
If anyone would like anything in particular from Thailand then just let me know. Movies, xbox games, playstation 2 games, music CDs, and PC software are all very cheap. Due to customs restrictions, I won't be albe to purchase much in the way of electronics goods. Unless you are willing to pay duty on them.
Thankyou for your latest messages. We look forward to hearing from you again soon.
Location: Vang Vieng, Laos
Well, I just arrived in Vang Vieng. The bus trip took around 7 hours which wasn't too bad. From what I have seen so far the town doesn't look too bad. Tommorow we will go tubing down the river which is meant to be a lot of fun. We will probably go the next day as we have decided to try and make it to the full moon festival in Thailand if we can.
We are well and enjoying ourselves. I'll post more when I have something to write about.
Location: Laung Prabang, Laos
No, I have not updated this webpage for a few days. Mainly because I am enjoying myself too much and never seem to get around to it!
I am in Laung Prabang at the moment in northern Lao. It is a very small city and is a UNESCO heritage listed area. It's main attractions are some of the 65 Wats(Buddhist Temples) located in and around the town and some amazing waterfalls.
We have spent most days here just taking it easy as it is extremely quiet and peaceful here. We have met a lot of people here and been meeting lots of people for drinks and meals etc.
I had my first massage ever(No, not a 'special' massage!) which was great. It was Thai style and fairly rough. It went for an hour and only cost $3. Afterward I felt so relaxed!
I would say that the waterfalls were the best that I have seen. The water is so blue and it was great to have a swim in one of the pools there. Our guesthouse here is fairly nice and at USD$5 a night, not a bad price. There are a lot of French and western restaurants here but the best food I have had has been local food. Cooking your own meal on a BBQ in the centre of a table is a great way to eat!
We are leaving for Vang Vieng tomorrow morning. Vang Vieng is popular for Rafting, Kayaking and Tubing. Also one of the drug centers of south east Asia. We'll probably spend a few days there for Kayaking etc and then rush back down to Vientiane and across the border. Hopefully before our visas run out!
I am having a great time and am very relaxed here in Lao. I wish we could stay longer, but Thailand will be just as good in its own way.
I have uploaded a few more pictures. Nothing amazing, just some of the stuff that I have seen. I have been very slack with my camera recently but I am determined to start getting more shots.
Thanks for the messages and emails. They are always greatly appreciated.
I hope that everyone is well!
Location: Vientiane, Laos
Hello everyone. We are still in Vientiane. We are trying to arrange finances before we head north. Because of the weekend, no banks were open so we are hoping to sort it all out today and leave early tommorow morning.
I'm loving Laos as it is such a change from all the other places that we have been. Each day consists of wandering along the river front and finding places to eat. Not a hard life at all.
It sounds like everyone is getting back from their holidays now and I hope everyone enjoyed them. At this stage we will be coming back at the same time (16th of feb to Melbourne) but the Tsunami has really limited our options in Thailand. We may spend longer here in Laos as it is so nice but no solid plans as of yet.
It would be great to hear from some of you, so leave us a message or send an email if you get the chance.
Wish you were here.