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by: [15 Mar 2010 | No Comments]
Photo of the Week – Chiang Mai

The gracious winner accepts her prize money.

As part of the Chinese New Year celebrations in Chiang Mai, Chinatown was running a kids talent show.  The show basically consisted of many unenthusiastic kids carrying out traditional Chinese song and dance routines.
This little girl was chosen in the final 10 and stood smiling graciously as the 3rd and 2nd prizes were given out.  All the other finalists were huffing as the hadn’t been chosen but this little girl stood firm, smiling throughout, thinking she hadn’t won.  In actual fact she came 1st …

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by: [12 Mar 2010 | No Comments]
Mekong Madness

Moving from one country to another can be quite a hassle.
We always pictured crossing the border to have high security, uniformed officials and sniffer dogs at the ready to give us foreigners the once over before entering the country.
The ‘ordeal’ from leaving Thailand and getting to our first stop in Laos, (Luang Prabang) was one that will never be forgotten!
Best way to explain it is to tell you first what was supposed to happen. We would get the bus to Chiang Khong in Thailand, cross a small river and go …

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by: [11 Mar 2010 | No Comments]
Lopburi and the renegade monkeys

After the interesting couple of days in Ayutthya (see here) we decided it was time to start making tracks North towards Chiang Mai.  Before that we wanted to make one more stop on the way before getting the sleeper train.
Upon consulting the Lonely Planet guide we decided that the next destination should either be Sukhothai or Lopburi.  Our mind was soon made up when we discovered that Sukhothai’s primary attractions were more temples (something we had already seen plenty of).  Lopburi, on the other hand, had been described in the …

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by: [10 Mar 2010 | One Comment]
Random Observations Post 2

Two new countries bring a whole new set of observations on the way of life in S.E Asia.
So far between Laos and Vietnam I’ve noticed:
1. Most towns must have one sign maker who is rolling in it. Every guesthouse has the exact same font and style of sign. This man is one lazy, yet extremely rich guy.
2. The amount of effort put into the napkin industry is impressive. I’ve not seen displays like it in other cafes, bars or restaurants anywhere else. Majorly impressed people.
3. There’s a gap in the …

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by: [1 Mar 2010 | No Comments]
Ayutthaya

Going on the recommendation of the Germans (Patti and Jens)  to go stay at Moradok Thai hostel in Ayutthaya we  thought we would give it a go.
After a short bus trip to this relatively sleepy town we got a tuktuk to the hostel and was greeted by an older thai lady with no teeth named Samsei. Asking her if she had any rooms free, she left us in the reception for half an hour as she went to check.

Looking around the place it was small but had quite  a familar feel about …

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by: [26 Feb 2010 | No Comments]
Kanchanaburi

After a return to Bangkok for a second time in under a week we were both looking forward to a break from the smog and heat of Bangkok.  Kanchanaburi was just the ticket.  It’s a small town with a rich history located about 4 hours west of Bangkok.
Neither of us knew why it was a popular tourist destination until we looked it up in the guidebook.  The only reason we had thought about going there was because a couple of Ozzy guys (Ben 1 and Ben 2) had mentioned that …

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by: [17 Feb 2010 | One Comment]
The Best Breakfast in the World

I think I’ve found it.
I know we’re covering a good section of the globe… I decided to myself I’d like to find the best breakfast ever.
I’ve had many a good breakfast…. many an expensive breakfast (re: Le Meridien 100 dollar breakfast NYC) and even a Big Boy Breakfast.
NOTHING compares to the Art Cafe – Koh Chang boiled eggs and toast. A delight we stumbled upon after actually ordering scrambled eggs and toast (the best mistake I’ve ever made in my life)
I know you’re probably shaking your heads thinking – …

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by: [15 Feb 2010 | No Comments]
Koh Chang

After the madness of Bangkok and Hong Kong a beech break was much needed. Before I left for Thailand I found out that a friend of mine, Gemma, was going out to Koh Chang on holiday. This was was the perfect excuse to hit the beech. After 5 days in Bangkok we hopped on a bus for the Island. 5 1/2 hours later we had arrived.
There was an initial confusion with the taxi service as there only seems to be one road on the Island and taxi drivers seemed to …