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Visiting Borobudur Temple, Java, Indonesia

As we drove up the windy and rough path, and into the lush countryside, I spotted them, on the hill. Giant Bell shaped structures, layered in a square complex, all guarded by various Buddhas. The sun shone through the gaps and created a mystical vibe. We had arrived at Borobudur Temple, which is about an hour outside of the city Yogyakarta, where we were staying. It...

Ninh Binh, Vietnam: Halong bay inland

During my time in Mui Ne, I met another backpacker called Jerry, from the Czech Republic. We inevitably got in to talking about where he had been and where he was going, over dinner in Hoi An. He mentioned that on his way to Hanoi, he was stopping off Ninh Binh. Ninh Binh?! Where the heck is Ninh Binh, I asked. A few hours south of Hanoi, he replied. Jerry told me...

Bangkok to Koh Tao by train

Long bus rides, and journeys have long been a theme, in my travelling life; why fly and get there in an hour, when you can get on a tuk tuk, two buses, a train and a boat instead? Plus, it is way better for the environment, and makes for a great story. After meeting my sister in Bangkok, we revised our travel plans a few times, but decided to get out of the big city...

On the rooftop of Thailand at Baiyoke Sky Hotel, Bangkok

  When I think of tall buildings in Bangkok, I think of that fancy bar, overlooking the city, which is frequently visited by to tourists thanks to its feature in the Hangover II. That bar is called the Sky Bar, and although it is the World’s highest open air bar, and looks like it has incredible views (I didn’t actually visit). It has a strict dress...

Visiting the Ba Na Hills, Da Nang, Vietnam

It  wasn’t in my plan to visit the Ba Na Hills, which are located in the Truong Son Mountains, near Da Nang, Vietnam. However, after having to wait around, whilst I was getting a dress tailor made for me, I had a free day. I saw an advertisement for a tour to the Ba Na Hills. I had no idea where, or what it was, but after I looked at some photos; a view from...

Tailor made in Hoi An, Vietnam

For the past 4 months, I have barely put on make up, or done anything with my hair. My wardrobe has consisted on a few pairs of shorts, leggings or long pants and a few tops. Travelling has made me care less about my appearance, and become less attached to stuff. I still do not own a hair dryer, and now that I am back in the UK, I have about 4 different outfits for...

Surviving a motorbike accident and a Vietnamese hospital experience

Surviving a motorbike accident – part two  The Vietnamese hospital experience  After being thrown from a motorbike in rural Vietnam, and being kindly helped out by friendly local people and some nuns at the local medical clinic, I finally went back to my hostel to rest. Prior to going out for dinner with a traveller friend Gerry, I cancelled my easy rider tour...

Surviving a motorbike accident in Vietnam

                                         Surviving a motorbike accident  in Vietnam, part 1 Accidents can happen anywhere. As a child, I was very accident prone. On my third birthday I landed myself in the emergency department, getting stitches in my chin, after jumping from my bed and whacking my face off the windowsill. I had frequent hospital admissions for...

Thief and groping: the dark side of night buses in Vietnam

After a few lovely, and sunny days in the coastal town of Mui Ne, I realised that I was still so far south, and had to make it up to Hanoi in 2 weeks, to fly to Bangkok to meet my sister. With still so much to see, I decided that I needed to move north to Hoi An.   There are various ways to get to Hoi An from Mui Ne – fly or get a train from Nha Trang to...

The Sahara of Vietnam in Mui Ne: Sand dune exploration

Despite living within an acceptable travelling distance from the Sahara Dessert for most of my life, I have never actually visited the desert, not even in Australia, when I lived in New Zealand . When I got to Vietnam from Cambodia, I had read up a little on Mui Ne, and also had some recommendations to visit the sand dunes there. Sand dunes don’t sound too...

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