“Here’s the plan,” I say to Lady Tezza as we gaze across the gorgeous rice terrace landscape from our panoramic balcony at Lihat Sawah Homestay just south of Sideman town in east Bali. “It’s about 90 minutes ‘til sunset - I reckon I have just enough daylight to climb up to Tegah Temple across on the western ridge there and get back down the steep bits before it gets too dark”.
“Sounds good, I’ll come too,” she replies.
“Um, I dunno. Lihat’s map says that track up the moun ...
Whoa! It isn’t there!
I’ve just jumped off the ferry, and turned hard left towards the far western end of Ton Sai beach where sand and water is unexpectedly nice for Rock Climbing Bungalows - a simple trad-style place which appeared beachside not too long after the tsumami. But the joint is gone! There are now about 4 outfits down near the cliffs, mostly flashpacker. I ask around for cheap rooms and they direct me back 100m to the first joint Phi Phi Sand Sea View Resort which has some budge ...
Of course 3 weeks doesn't make me an expert, but some observations some of you might find useful it you're planning a trip here:
Ha Long bay: I splurged on my trip here, so stayed two nights on a relatively posh boat. It was worth splurging (based on conversations with other travellers) and worth spending two nights. This gave us a full day inbetween to visit places a bit off the tourist track, and was much more memorable than those parts of the trip we shared with those on a one-day trip. Ha ...
I've just done a short writeup on my short Laos trip over on the Travelfish blog (I posted it there 'cause easier to post lots of pretty pics there) You can read the full writeup here:
All comments, as always, appreciated! ...
As someone who has never visited SE Asia I’m extremely excited about my upcoming trip. Could anyone help nudge me in the right direction as I plan my itinerary?
Arriving Bangkok mid September, Leaving from Singapore mid December
I'd like to see: Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore.
Using Bangkok as my starting point I'm unsure whether to leave soon after I arrive and see Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos - then head south back into Thailand and then down to ...
Near the river in the Patta shopping mall one finds exotic animals at the 6th and the top-floor! This “zoo” is showing reptiles etc. at the 6th floor and….. a Gorilla, other species of monkeys, 2 tigers, bears, a Hippo, to mention only the biggest species! Both tigers have around 10 meters from right to left and back. Not to speak about the primates.
The “zoo” was founded in 1984 and that can be noticed. Since that time the Gorilla Buanoi (origin not clear…….(!)) is “living” ...
hello fishy people
Too often do I neglect feedback once I am back from a trip. Here is some info from a very short trip to Ko Lanta in May.
Stay at Casa Brazil, Karon beach / 650B/night, no breakfast
Taxi from Airport to Karon : 550B
Taxi from Karon to airport (pre booked) : 700B
Rent a scooter : 200B (leave your passport and sign a form)
Ferry Phuket _Ko Lanta return fare : 1600B/person
(includes pickup from Phuket hotel and drop to Lanta hotel, as well as drop off to phuket hotel o ...
A friend and I were traveling SE Asia by Minsk. This is the story of one hell of an adventure trying to get these bikes and ourselves through some rough roads and riding conditions from Sapa to Lai Chau.
The roads ahead of us were literally being built in front of us and what we thought was to be a highway according to the Road Atlas of Vietnam we had turned out to be in construction.
The story is here: http://jimislost.wordpress.com/2010/03/19/the-road-less-traveled/
The rest continues... ...
I am after a bit of help.
We have 6 weeks, and the last week of this we plan to spend diving in Ko tao and chilling on the beach in a resort.
So basically, we have 5 weeks..
We have specific flights, so we need to fly into either Hanoi, or Ho chi minh and depart from Bangkok.
Bearing this in mind, what would people recommend is the best way to get a trip in the time we have. what route would you take?
One option is to fly into Hanoi, then go anti clockwise down to Bangkok, as we wan ...
We've just left Quan Lan island and decided to write a trip report about it since we didn't see any other on our way there, and thought it might help some other travelers. This is a gorgeous island with very friendly people and next to no tourists. It seems that between zero and four tourists rotate through the island each day, so you're pretty off the beaten path here. Despite that, it's very easy to get to. We heard about it during our Halong Bay cruise - and simply left the group when they he ...
I am planning a trip from Beijing to Kuala Lumpur overland (train, bus and boat) for about 50 days starting on january 14. Its the first time to do a trip like that and first time in those countries, so I am feeling a bit anxious about the trip and itinerary. If anyone could give me a hand with the planning and how long spend in each place, I would be very happy.
There goes the itinerary:
CHINA - 15 days (14~29/JAN)
Beijing, Shanghai, Zhangjiajie, Guilin, Nanning
For those of you considering visiting these two Vietnamese destinations, or for those who perhaps just want to read about them, hopefully my latest blog entry (and photos!) will be a useful read
i have been staying in Vietnam for the last 4 months and am about to start my next Easy Rider Tour and thought it was about time to talk about the first tour i did.
after the hassle of tour operators and ride past motorbike tour operators i headed for mui ne hoping the stress of saigon would be left behind.
i booked my bus ticket and hotel with sinh cafe which turned out great. the bus ride was safe and the hotel was great for the price.
after arriving i decided it was time to eat and walked ...
If you're travelling around that part of Malaysia, and fancy a quick and easy trip to an amazing island, then Koh Lipe is definitely for you.
I flew in to Langkawi from Singapore using SilkAir - they had a promotional fare of SGD300. (yes I know, I could've gone way cheaper by taking a coach to KL and then a budget airline to langkawi, or bus, but hey, I was strapped for time - could only take 6 days off from work!)
Langkawi - no great shakes. The main beaches which are connected, Pantai T ...
Lady Tezza wrote this after our recent trip, but she's too lazy to become a T-fisher. And I'm too lazy to write my own:
Cherdchai Tours has express buses from Bangkok's Ekkamai Bus Station to Ban Phe , where boats leave for Ko Samet. The trip took 4 hours, no rest-stops, and cost Bt 157 each. The attendant handed out a bottle of water and a sweet bun as we pulled out from the station, and the trip was much more comfortable and safer than subsequent long mini-bus rides, though a fair bit slow ...
This is a big thanks to Tezza for keeping up great web site on the Thai islands and replying to all the questions.
We are back from Paradise lost, spent a week there, loved it, it was not that easy to find much info, Tezza's web site is the most reliable source:
The owner, Wally can be reached at +66-89 587 2409, either call him, the connection is bad sometimes or send him a text message, he does not have internet hooked up, so do not send him an email. Wally will reserve the space for and ...
I know this is incredibly late, but I’m planning my next trip (India!) and thought I really should write and thank travelfish for helping out on the last one.
Thanks especially to wanderingcat for the feedback to my question about getting from the Gibbon Experience to Nong Khiaw all that time ago. We had the best time on the Gibbon Experience incidentally. The views, tree houses, guides, food and zip lines more than lived up to expectations and were well up to scratch.. I hope that they ca ...
HCMC was a worthwhile experience, usual problems of a huge city, 2 days enough, plenty good cheap hotels.Dalat odd, nice in a cheesy way, scenery ok, but "new" road to N.Trang FANTASTIC!!!!
N.Trang something for everyone here,superb beach and harbour.Mui Ne wow this is beautifull beach, for miles, but expensive until you get towards the "old town" end, the fishing fleet is stunning and you get to see normal life of Vietnam, FINALLY ok travel by bus, A-B, BUT rent a motorbike and explore when yo ...
I will be leaving June 8th, 2010 to visit Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam... In that order... We will be there for 7weeks and 2 days. Feel Free to answer any or all of my random questions!!
Q#1. We will be there during the world cup... Besides the big cities what chance do you think I have of finding a place to watch any world cup games in any of the 4 coutries?
Q#2. This is my first big trip like this... Anything you brought or wish you would have brought that a person wouldn't us ...