Jamey; Hi everyone,
For everyone that doesnt already know, Byron and I have completed our trip through Cambodia, and travelled back to Kanchanaburi, where we went on a motorbike ride to the Burma boarder, which we knew was closed, and stayed on a floating bungalow. The bike ride there was long and difficult with a broken down motorbike, and lots of rain. But we managed to keep up with our schedule.
Zooming back 250kms, stopping at the hot springs for lunch, then onto a minibus back to Bangkok for 2 hours, then a taxi ride to the airport, where Byron and I bid each other fair well and Good Luck!
Miss ya Bro!
Catch up again in 10 months, April 09 in Thailand for the Water Festival and Full moon Party!
So Byron is temporarily in Tassie, b4 he travels off to another ski season, which as anyone would know, he's like a little kid at Christmas, and can't wait to get there.
I'm now living in London, seen all the sites with-in 12 hours, got myself settled, and dived into the partying with my friend Jason and Jenny.
Then with Mikkie and Friends for the following 2 days.
I've been relaxing for the past 2 days, getting ready for the Job Hunting today!
Location: Siem Reap., Cambodia
Hey all, only a few days left now. Currently we're spending our last day in Siem Reap, after seeing the temples of Angkor for the last two days.
Been hanging out with a couple of Aussie blokes we originally met at the start of our trip, which has been a lot of fun. Cambodia is a beautiful place with a dark history, as evidenced by the Killing fields, Tuo Sleng and many other atrocities which have occurred here.
Anyway, off to Bangkok tomorrow and we'll be spending our last few days in Kanchanaburi, maybe do a day trip up to Burma.
It's been fun, so I'll put a few more pics up when we're in Kanchanaburi.
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Finally put all those pics I've been meaning to put up. After losing my camera I only had Jamey's to deal with and it just isn't the same. However, I bought a brand new one today, same model, so all is right with the world again (thanks mum...).
Just arrived back in Bangkok again this morning. Only feels like yesterday that we were here. We're flying to Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia for those who don't know, tomorrow afternoon. Got to meet a couple of Aussie blokes we met at the start of the trip there and see the Killing fields, S21, fire a few guns, etc, before moving on to Angkor Wat. Then we'll be heading to Kanchanaburi to catch up with a few Thai friends we've made before we fly our separate ways. Not long to go now.
22nd March 4 days Thailand - Bangkok 25th March
25th March 7 days Thailand - Kanchanaburi 31st March
1st April 12 days Thailand - ko samui 12th April
13th April 10 days Thailand - ko phan-gan 23rd April (Meet Chris)
24th April 2 days Thailand - Bangkok 25th April
26th April 3 days Laos - Don Det 29th April
30th April 3 days Laos - Vientiane 3rd May
3rd May 1 week Laos - Vang Vieng 10th May
10th May 3 days Laos - Luang Pragbang 13th May
14th May 4 days Thailand - Chiang Mai 18th May
19th May 3 days Thailand - Bangkok 21st May
21st May 4 days Cambodia - Phnom penh 25th May
25th May 3 days Cambodia - Siem Reap (Angkor Wat) 28th May
28th May 1 days Cambodia - Poipet 29th May
30th May 4 days Thailand - Kanchanaburi 4th June
Side trip to Burma Boarder
4th June 0 days Thailand - Bangkok 4th June
6th June Australia - Melbourne/Launceston
6th June UK - London
20th May UK - Somewhere
Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Well, finally we've left Laos and have made it back into Thailand, Chiang Mai to be specific, after 21 hours of transit. Not the most comfortable experience but nothing that a few beer Chang's can't fix.
I'd have posted a few more pictures by now but sadly I lost my camera in the Nam Song river whilst tubing in Vang Vieng. I offered some local guys $100 to find it, which one did, but he demanded $500 to return it. Well, the camera's not even worth $500, so needless to say, I declined the offer. Once I get around to shrinking some of Jamey's photos I'll post a whole bunch so you can all see what we've actually been up to.
Anyway, we're here until saturday then heading back to Bangkok for the third time to see Genevieve off, then Jamey and I'll be making a rushed trip into Cambodia to see Angkor Wat, the killing fields and, if we have time, catch up with a couple of Aussie blokes we met at the start of the trip. Not long to go now!
Location: Luang Prabang, Laos
Currently we're in Luang Prabang, arrived yesterday afternoon.
Very pretty place, we met 3 Israeli girls on a kayaking tour a few days before we left Vang Vieng, so we've been spending some time with them, apart from Genevieve who's been a bit sick of late.
The girls headed up north for a night and Jamey went with them so Gen and I are staying around in Luang Prabang to have a bit of a gander at the sites, eat food, play pool, go bowling, etc... Went to the night market last night and did splurge on some clothes a bit though. You can buy anything from beer Lao shirts, so machetes, so opium pipes and fluffy slippers for your baby. Some pretty interesting stuff there and all pretty cheap too.
Anyway, only a couple of more days left in Laos before we cross the border into Thailand and head to Chiang Mai. 21 hour bus ride, can't wait...
Location: Vang Vieng, Laos
Just a quick hello from Vang Vieng. We ended up staying 3 nights in Vientiane, which whilst it's a lovely place, it's not exactly very happening. We arrived in Vang Vieng and unlike Vientiane, accommodation is cheap and actually easy to find, which is nice. Arrived in Vientiane at 7am and couldn't get a place until after 10am, so we did feel sorry for all those guys that arrived in the afternoon as only the expensive places would've been available.
Vang Vieng is quite a small town but the surrounding countryside is quite spectacular. In the distance to the west, across the river, you can see the huge limestone mountains, or Karsts as they're called, rising up high above the town. Makes for some grat scenery and photos.
Anyway, we'll probably do our tubing today, the power's been off all morning but it's finally come back on so I thought I'd nip down here and post this update.
Location: Pakse, Laos
Ok, I stopped being lazy and uploaded a few pages of pics from Koh Phangan and the last couple of days here. We went to see freshwater dolphins yesterday, less than 12 left in this part of the world, and also saw the largest waterfall in southeast Asia 'by volume', which was a pretty impressive sight. Also, it was quite rustic staying in a place with no electricity during the day (generators at night only) and just riding around the Mekong, as well as enjoying the occasional Beer Lao... I really enjoyed it.
Anyway, we're on the road again and are awaiting the night bus to Vientiane, where we'll probably spend 2 nights before heading up to Vang Vieng to go tubing. I will post pics more regularly from now on, when I get around to re-sizing them that is...
Location: Don Dhet, Laos
Currently we're in southern Laos, on an island called Don Dhet, which is part of the 4,000 islands in the Mekong in southern Laos. Spent a day and a half travelling here. Partly by night train, partly by air-conditioned coach, party by tuk-tuk, then saengthaew (a ute with 2 benches, walls and a roof), then longtail boat. Quite an effort!
So we're here to see freshwater dolphins, of which there are less than a dozen left in these parts. Also, the biggest waterfall in southeast Asia is also here, so that'll be pretty good to see.
So tomorrow I'll be lazy with pics no longer and actually update you guys visually with what we've actually been doing, just need to re-size them on the laptop so it doesn't take me 4 hours. Thank god Jamey brought that thing...
Hey all, just a quickie to let you all know that we've arrived safely in Bangkok. Actually had a sleeper train this time, so it was a LOT better than the trip to Koh Samui. We'll be here for one night, then we're heading east to the south of Laos, where we'll spend the next 3 or so weeks travelling up through there, then back down Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. We were going to go to Cambodia first but it seems as though all of us would like to see Laos first. Jamey and I are easy because we're going to see both but Genevieve, who's been with us since Koh Phangan, has already been there and Chris would prefer Laos too, so a bit of a change of plans.
Anyway, I'll put up some full-moon photos either today or tomorrow. Gotta get my camera sorted out, as I think there's some water behind the lens...
Location: Koh Phangan, Thailand
Finally uploaded some more pics. Nothing too special, it's just that Jamey decided to off-load all my other photos onto his laptop, so I don't have access to the earlier ones I took. Oh well, such is life...
Been diving a couple of times, as you can see by the underwater photos. Beautiful spot for it, fish and coral are everywhere, so it's quite amazing.
Just been doing the usual, hanging out on the beaches, exploring the island and having a few beers. I hope all you people who are stuck at work are reading this...
Anyway, full-moon's in a couple of nights so the next round of pics I put up will be from there, so enjoy!
Location: Koh Pha-Ngan, Thailand
Hey all, just letting you know that we've finally caught up with Chris, albeit a day late... We're on Koh Pha-Ngan. Roads are pretty average to ride on but they're all part of the fun I suppose.
I'll update with some new photos in a day or so, we've got our new cameras now, courtesy of Chris, so the quality will be a lot better, plus some pretty awesome underwater shots we took yesterday.
Anyway, take care and I'll update soon with more pics.
Location: Koh Samui, Thailand
Well, I've finally stopped being lazy and decided to update the site. Truth to be known is that I haven't really had a chance these past few days. We've moved from Chaweng beach and are now on the southeastern part of the island at a place called Hat Lamai. I must say, it's actually nice to have a beach you can actually swim in, unlike Chaweng which feels like a kiddies wading pool..
We finally caught up with Charlie again, even if he did arrive about 3 days later than he said he would. Done a lot of walking up to waterfalls these past couple of days and I swear I've sweated off about 10 kilos. Who needs a sauna, eh?
Finally went and saw a Muay Thai fight, although we weren't all that impressed with it. Having said that, it is only a regional centre and we did get cheap ringside seats, due to Charlie making friends with the bloke who sold us the tickets. I'm keen to see the best in Bangkok before I pass judgement though, as apparently the fights there are very good.
Had a bit of a night out after that, where I was luckily enough to get a lift back to the hostel on Charlie's bike with a Swedish girl driving it, who just happened to be staying next door to our accommodation, which is about a half-hour motorcycle ride from Chaweng where we all went out. How lucky is that? Plus she'd just been in Tasmania a couple of weeks beforehand. Pretty random.
Anyway, only one more day left on Koh Samui after today before we head off to Koh Phan-gan to gear up for the full-moon party (no, not that sort of gear). Haven't heard from Chris yet so hopefully he'll actually make it there, plus we're also meeting a couple of locals we met at Kanchanaburi, as well as Charlie coming across with us for a few days. Starting to build up a bit of an entourage!
Anyway, hope you enjoy the photos and I'll update some more when we get to Koh Phan-gan.
Got some new photos up. Haven't been doing heaps. Went for a ride around the whole island yesterday, which was fairly hectic, considering what the other traffic is like. We went to visit a waterfall in the middle of the island where the highest point is and going up was a fair bit of a struggle! It was so steep in some places that we couldn't make it up with 2 of us on the bike! Great views over the western part of the island though.
Our mate Charlie, whom we met in Kanchanaburi, is meeting up with us tomorrow so we'll probably get up to a bit more action then.
Location: Koh Samui, Thailand
Well, after 14 hours or so in transit, we've finally reached Koh Samui. Pretty nice here, and hot, but that goes with the territory I suppose. Not much on the agenda for the time being, just going to spend a couple of weeks ehre while we wait for Chris to turn up. other than that, it's just going to be a bit of a lazy time just swimming, drinking and eating, so I'll update when something more interesting happens.
Location: Kanchanaburi, Thailand
Well we're finally leaving Kanchanaburi. Our overnight trip turned into a week long stay but that's all good as we've had a great time here. We've met new friends and plan on catching up with a few of them throughout our travels. I felt a bit sorry for this American bloke we met because he only arrived 2 days ago and met us all and now everyone we've been spending time with here has left today, so he's all on his own again. Just bad timing I suppose.
Anyway, we're catching the night train to Surat Thani to catch the boat to Koh Samui tomorrow morning so I'll update you all a bit more in a couple of days or so.
Location: Kanchanaburi, Thailand
Well we've finally bothered to take, and upload, some pictures for you guys to see. We've been here in Kanchanaburi since tuesday and have had a fairly full-on schedul every day. Started off by going to the tiger temple on the afternoon we arrived, then went kayaking the next day. Headed out to dinner with some fellow travellers we met whilst kayaking (Charlie and Nika), then back up again the following morning for elephant riding and to visit the Erawan waterfalls.
Went out for some drinks with Charlie which ended up being a blinder at a local bar, getting drunk with some people from the area, as well as some travellers we met on the night. The buckets were free-flowing I can tell you. Hired a scooter yesterday and rode that around most of the afternoon before crashing pretty early after dinner last night. Phew!
No plans for today so it's good to finally get a chance to report on what we've being doing and just to let everyone know that we're still alive. We're thinking of moving on tomorrow but don't really have the faintest idea of where to, so we may just hang here for another day before we decide on anything. It's certainly nice to get a chance to relax after a pretty full-on past few days.
Anyway, it's time to head off and find something to do, which isn't all that difficult around here, so I'll update again in a day or 2.
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
By the way, if anyone wants to contact us via phone, the number is; +66 80615 9983.
Location: Central Bangkok, Thailand
Jamey; We caught a taxi into Bangkok central, walked around massive shopping centres, but I forgot my camera, so no photos (unfortunatly). Caught a Tuk-Tuk (that's an experience) back to the Guest House.
Going on a 2 day tour (elephant ride and see tigers at a temple, leaving at 9.30am(12:30pm your time))
Get back and then I think we're traveling down to Koh Chang to do some diving.
Spent around 6,000 baht each so far, around $250AUD each.
So not too bad.
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Byron; Well, after a couple of days just lounging around, eating, drinking and exploring the surrounds of Khaosan road, it's finally time to brave the local taxi drivers or tuk-tuks and head into the city. We'll start taking some photos and uploading them so you all can actually see what's it's like so they'll be up in the next day or so.
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Jamey; Made it safely to thailand, got here, jumped on a bus to khaosan road.
Slept for about 5 hours, went out for a walk, had a couple of local beers.
Went for another walk to find something to eat, Buddy Beer (restraunt) was nice. Curry was a bit hot but bloody nice! Drank more beers, came back to the backpackers (which is awsome btw), Played Pool, and drank a couple more beers, then onto the internet!