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Singapore

Written by on April 28, 2013 in Asia, General with 1 Comment
Singapore

After a crazy/fun/sketchy take-off from Tioman, we arrived in Singapore and headed to Natalya’s apartment.  She had to run off to class, so I took the day to relax and catch up on emails/blogging and took advantage of her super-fast wifi to download a bunch of tv shows for future viewing. The next morning I […]

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Malaysia, p2: Borneo and Pulau Tioman

Written by on April 24, 2013 in Asia, General with 3 Comments
Malaysia, p2: Borneo and Pulau Tioman

The day got off to a bad start as I mis-judged how long it would take during rush hour to get out to the airport and missed the cut-off to check in my bag by a few minutes.  Unlike most airlines in the world, Air Asia was completely inflexible and not only wouldn’t let me […]

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Malaysia, p1

Written by on April 11, 2013 in Asia, General with 1 Comment
Malaysia, p1

After a sad farewell to Mark and Darlene,  Marc and I took a speedboat from Koh Lipe, Thailand to Papua Langkawi, an island in the very northwestern corner of Malaysia.  The speedboat cost about $3 more than the ferry and was going to drop us off on the side of the island closest to the […]

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Thailand Island Hopping

Written by on April 6, 2013 in Asia, General with 1 Comment
Thailand Island Hopping

I used 10,000 United miles to fly on Thai Airways from Vientiane through Bangkok to Phuket, which were miles well spent.  There was no way I was going to do back-to-back overnight buses or trains to get there. My friend Marc, who I’d met diving in Dahab back in September, had decided to join me […]

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Laos, p2

Written by on March 30, 2013 in Asia, General with 3 Comments
Laos, p2

The roosters woke me up early again and I stumbled down to Alex’s, my goto restaurant which served real coffee and espresso, which has been a rare find over the last several weeks that I intended to enjoy at pretty much every meal. I caught a tuk tuk to he bus station and was one […]

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Laos, p1

Written by on February 22, 2013 in Asia, General with 3 Comments
Laos, p1

The border crossing between Vietnam and Laos was quick and painless, and the final 70 kms to Muang Khua went by quickly as the countryside was beautiful, and we were blessed by a brand-spanking new paved road, which shaved about 4 hours off of our ride that day. Nine of the eleven on the bus […]

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Vietnam, p2

Written by on February 21, 2013 in Asia, General with 5 Comments
Vietnam, p2

Jet-lagged after a long flight from Sydney and a quick overnight in a hotel near the Bangkok airport, I finally arrived in Hanoi, 15 days after leaving Vietnam. My guest house was in the old quarter, which was about an hour from the airport, although it felt like longer. I checked in, dropped my bags […]

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Cambodia, p2

Written by on February 15, 2013 in Asia, General with 1 Comment
Cambodia, p2

We arrived at the bus station in the scruffy center of Sihanoukville just after dawn and caught a tuk tuk about 4kms out of town to the beautiful Otres Beach, thanks to a tip from the cool Spanish chicas I’d met in Johannesburg. Muchas gracias Laura y Ginny!  Our driver dropped us at the wrong […]

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Cambodia, p1: Angkor

Written by on February 13, 2013 in Asia, General with 2 Comments
Cambodia, p1: Angkor

Siam Reap, Cambodia is the gateway city to over 1,000 temples in the Angkor region, including the most famous, Angkor Wat, which is said to be the world’s largest religious monument.  This region is where the Khmer Empire ruled from about the 9th to 15th centuries.  A few years ago, researchers concluded that Angkor was […]

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Vietnam p1

Written by on January 31, 2013 in Asia, General with 2 Comments
Vietnam p1

Vietnam. What can I say other than what a fantastic time I’ve had here so far! I’ve loved everything about my visit here, including having to play the human equivalent of the video game Frogger every time I want to cross the street and not get maimed by a motorbike, to the crazy holiday decorations, […]

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