Phnom Penh

I hated Phnom Penh. From the plane ride there (spent ages on the runway, bumpy, the whole plane ride smelt strongly of burning plastic/ smoke that got stronger the longer we were on the plane) and the moment I stepped off the entire city smelt like a garbage tip. The tourism highlights of Phnom Penh…

Packin’ to Pakbeng

After a pretty long ang boring bus ride we collected our passport stamps and jumped on a Laotian tuk-tuk to get on our boat to Pakbeng. Before we left Jono and I took out the maximum amount the ATM would let us at $200. This will be important later. Now Pakbeng is an endearing little…

Chilled out Chiang Rai

We climbed back in a bus seat to take the meandering ride on to Chiang Rai. But first, we made an interesting pit-stop. Cabbages and condoms, self-dubbed “the rubber triangle”, is located between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. It’s a community-centre-come-roadside-diner that provides services and education for locals, promotes environmental protection, and, of course, some…

Chiang Mai, Oh Mai!

700kms later, we arrive in Thailands northern capital, Chiang Mai. The train was supposed to be about 12 hours, it was much closer to 15. I was jolted awake early in the morning and those three hours were lost in the last while of our trip. Stop. Start. Fast. Slow. Stop. Stop. Slow. Stop.. You…

Thongs, Klongs and Locomotives

After a big night in Bangkok, it was hard waking up at 8am to get to the Royal Grand Palace. Fortunately, I was deeply motivated by my prepaid  ticket and photo opportunity and managed to drag myself out of bed. Unfortunately,  my dear significant other was very much hungover/still inebriated from the previous night’s festivities and spent…

Bangkok Buckets and Back Alleys

Woke up very early, around 4am, so I started the day with an independent breakfast while Jono caught some Z’s.  While eating at our hotel’s breakfast buffet I met Sarah, who is doing the same tour as us tomorrow who also had the day to kill today. We decided to all catch a tuk-tuk to…