Having returned to Hanoi, we picked up Celso after he returned to join us from Thailand and said goodbye to Kurt for a few days as he flew to Ho Chi Minh. We jumped on a surprisingly comfortable night train to Lao Cai and the next morning onto a connecting bus to the mountain town […]Read More Sapa, Hanoi (again), Tam Coc and Phong Nha
After saying goodbye to Celso, we got onto the bus in Laos and armed with a few podcasts, my book, some documentaries downloaded from YouTube and a fully charged iPod we took our beds and set off on the 24 hour long journey. The only real problems being the relentless cold air conditioning and the […]Read More Hanoi and Cat Ba
We crossed the border into Laos early in the morning, it was really easy and only took about 15 minutes to get through checks. We were shown straight to the slow boat which we would spend the following couple of days on to get to our first destination, Luang Prabang. We had the option to […]Read More Laos
The day following the lantern festival we got into a minibus and set off to Pai. Pai is a small town in the mountains a three hour drive away from Chiang Mai. I don’t usually suffer from travel sickness but was very close to being sick on this journey. The last two thirds of which […]Read More Pai, Chiang Mai (again) and Chiang Kong.
We arrived on the mainland after a ferry and got a bus to Ranong, a small town surrounded by a national park and many natural hot springs. The day we arrived, the Chinese population here were celebrating the end of a festival so many restaurants including the night market were closed. It was also Morgan’s […]Read More Ranong, Bangkok (again) and Chiang Mai