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Hue

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Hue is a beautiful little place. Most people come to visit the Imperial City as well as the tombs that are found all around the area. The town itself is a pretty tree lined area that has a nice lake running through it. The streets are very clean and the majority of people ride scooters or motorbikes as well as bicycles. The only downfall is that people can be a little pushy as they are used to seeing so many tourists coming for the tours of the Imperial City that they are all in competition to be your tour guide. However the locals that are not in the tour business are very sweet and the little kids all yell out “Hello! Whats your name?” (even though they don’t really want to know your name, they are excited to use their English phrase on us).

There are lots of boats lined up along the river for tours and a nice shady park to relax in. The walkway goes all along the river so it is a nice place to stroll in the afternoon (when the sun is not too intense there).

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There are mountains and lots of greenery around the city and the lifestyle here is a farming one. The locals all have fresh produce to sell and they have a daily market (starting at 3am) by the river side that sells fruit, vegetables and meat.

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At night there is a market that is aimed at tourists including the Vietnamese that holiday here (it is their summer holidays at the moment). We visited that tonight and they had a live band for entertainment and the singer had one of the worst voices I have heard he sounded like really tragic karaoke however I can say that he was very passionate so I will give him that.

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When we went to the market we were approached by two Vietnamese girls who asked for our help with a university project where they had to converse with foreigners. They had very broken English but were extremely sweet and just loved that we were on our honeymoon and giggled when we told them. We had a nice chat about Vietnam and then said our goodbyes. Later in the night they approached me again with a gift. They had brought me a really cute embroided bag and said it was to say thank you and to remember Vietnam. Here is a picture of us together. Just so you all know, I am the one in the middle ha ha.

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Today we visited the Imperial City which was very impressive. It represents a time in Vietnamese history that is not so readily celebrated by the current population as it was built during the time of the Nguyen Dynasty before the wars and before Vietnam became independent. Over the years the area has been damaged by weather and war. The French destroyed a lot of it after they left and then it was bombed by the Americans when they invaded. It is in the process of being restored (a job that has been going for many years). When we visited we watched a movie about the city and there were digital reconstructions of the area that help us to understand the former grandeur of the city.

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We hired bicylces to visit the city and we had to ride on the road amongst all the crazy scooters and cars that do not necessarily abide by the road ‘rules’. It was a bit daunting at first but after a while we got the hang of it. We also rode about an hour our of the city to the hills and visited some villages that make incense and some farming areas. The ride was awesome. This area is an amazing insight into rural life in Vietnam and we really enjoyed getting off the tourist path and seeing this.

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We are leaving tomorrow to go to Da Nang. I have enjoyed my time here so much, it really is a beautiful area to visit.

Posted by Evalikat 08:39 Archived in Vietnam Comments (0)

Ha Long Bay

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We left Hanoi for three days to spend some time in Ha Long Bay as part of a tour. We spent the whole time on out in the bay on a boat.

It was so relaxing and amazingly beautiful. The weather was perfect and the water was the best temperature. We visited some caves and swam at a beach. We spent a whole day kayaking and swimming, jumping straight off the boat into the water.

By accident we were given a fantastic room with private balcony which was very nice. They found out it was our one month anniversary and gave us cake and a beautiful speech in broken English wishing us the best in our life which was so sweet.

The other people on the boat were from all over the world and everyone was so lovely and we all had a great time together. The food was awesome too and they catered for me very well, I think I had more food then everyone else in the end.

The whole experience was one of the best things I have done and I consider Ha Long Bay to be one of the best natural areas I have ever witnessed.

I recommend this to everyone to try - it was a truly amazing and unique experience we feel so blessed to have seen such a beautiful place.

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After such a relaxing time we had a long journey ahead of us which included a trip that was 5 hours on the bus back to Hanoi to transfer onto another overnight bus for 15 hours to Hue. The overnight bus was better than I expected after reading bad things about it on the internet (one article was titled "The Bus Trip From Hell" and another "How I Survived an Overnight Bus in Vietnam"). It was an interesting and surreal experience because I was drifting off to sleep and kept being woken up during the night with the bus stopping as well as the driver slamming on the brakes every so often and driving quite erratically. I would do it again though because it was so cheap and the bus is set up with two levels like bunks beads and everyone gets to have their own little area and sleep vertically which is a treat after sleeping upright on overnight travel in the past. Here is a picture of the bus:

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The scenery around here is very nice too with women working in the farms and water buffalo everywhere. There are a lot of open rice fields as well and we have been enjoying seeing this during our travels. We are pretty exhausted after our overnight trip and just relaxed today swimming and wandering though the park and local markets. Hue is a beautiful place and tomorrow we plan to hire a motorbike or pushbikes and visit the tombs and citadel.

Posted by Evalikat 08:03 Archived in Vietnam Comments (0)

Your Thong Needs Oiling

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The French influence is seen in much of the architecture throughout the city and there are many cafes selling coffee and Vietnamese bread shops everywhere (especially makeshift stalls on the streets). As well as this there is a lot of communist style architecture with several huge open areas with statues depicting the victory of Vietnam featuring the communist symbols the sickle, hammer and star.

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One day we visited the B52 museum which in the front had some guns that were used to shoot down the American planes as well as an actual plane that had been shot down which was in pieces.

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Another place of interest we wanted to visit was Ho Chi Minh’s Masoleum where you can see his dead body that has been preserved. I thought this was kinda fascinating so we decided to go. We had to wear long sleeves and pants as a sign of respect and in extreme humidity with sweat pouring off us we lined up for ages to see his embalmed body with our bodies pressed against others. After a while we realised we were not going anywhere fast and decided to can the whole thing. It was a good decision. Here is a picture of the mass of people waiting to get in (this actually reached around at least four blocks before going into the area).

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We have found the food here to be good, especially at one place in particular. A lot of what we have been eating is vermicelli noodles with tofu and fresh spring rolls. The prices are cheap as well (about $3 for a meal). Shopping wise we have not really done much looking as it is a lot of the same stuff in each shop.

When walking the streets we have been offered the same things over and over from women who carry baskets filled with goods. These things are doughnuts, fans, bananas, traditional triangle hats and water. The other common offering comes from guys walking around selling zippo lighters and leather wallets. They can be very pushy and the women try to put the hat on your head or sling the baskets over your shoulder so you can pay them for a photo. There is another weirder thing that keeps happening to Evan. When we pass this particular corner this guys comes up to him and points to his thongs gesturing that they are broken and need fixing. He then bends down with something that looks like a small oil bottle and tries to oil his thongs. Its really funny but now its happened a few times as soon as we see him coming with his oil we wave our hands and say ‘no’. We have seen lots of weird things that people do for money but never the ‘thong needs oil’ trick. Ha ha.

We have been spending the evenings exploring the streets, eating nice food and drinking on corners. There has been live music each night over the weekend as well which draws big local crowds so there is always something to see and do. The other night there was a crazy storm with thunder and lightening which caused the wires to explode and catch fire so the electricity in the whole area went out and that was a bit eerie although things did not slow down with the locals continuing to serve the beer and cook the BBQ.

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We are heading to Ha Long Bay tomorrow for a two night cruise that includes kayaking, a cooking course, visiting grottos and beach swimming. We are very excited to see this amazing place.

Oh and another cool thing, it will be our one month anniversary! So far, so good :)

Posted by Evalikat 08:17 Archived in Vietnam Comments (0)

Hanoi - What an Introduction to Vietnam!

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When we arrived at Hanoi Airport we had information from the internet about a local bus that would be super easy to locate and would take us to a station right near our accommodation and then it was a short less than 1km walk to our hotel (here are some pictures of a very cute very French room)

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Unfortunately, as often happens, this was not the case. There was no bus and we had to travel to the other terminal to find it. Eventually we saw it and walked up to it to board and the guy driving gestured to another bus and spoke in Vietnamese waving us off. We then approached the other bus to have the driver of that bus do the same thing. After a bit of back and fourth we were eventually allowed to board the original bus.

The journey was about 1 1/5 hours with many stops along the way. We saw beautiful rice fields with women working in them, a gorgeous sunset over a body of water as well as some less desirable sights such as the burning of rubbish. My first impression is that Hanoi is a city of both old and new with the locals sticking with traditional customs while incorporating modernity to these practices.

We had to walk along a very busy road with our packs to get to our hotel. We quickly learnt that while there are ‘footpaths’ these are not for walking, they are for eating, cooking, parking bikes and sitting on little stools drinking beer. The road is for walking and you become part of the traffic.

It can be very unnerving with the constant honking of horns which is incessant and blood curdling at times. Once you have spent some time in the throngs of this chaos you quickly learn how to cross the road with only the suggesting of pedestrian crossings, dodging traffic, bikes and other people and how to walk along the road without being knocked off your feet.

Our first night we ventured out to the old quarter (where we are staying ) into these narrow streets full of people drinking, socialising, selling goods, cooking and eating. The noise is insane. We were offered beer (with a slap on the back) straight away however the first night was not for drinking, just for observing this craziness to try and get our heads around it all. We had a meal in a crowded restaurant that seemed impossibly high with each floor leading to another via some of the steepest steps I have seen. The buildings are all narrow and tall.

The next day was spent exploring the old city and we went for a walk around Hoan Kiem Lake which is a busy area that the locals like to visit to relax and escape the chaos of the streets. There are large turtles living in this lake however we did not have the pleasure of seeing one. There are some beautiful willows around the lake that dip into the water and little islands with temples on them. There is a distinctly oriental feel to this area however there is evidence of the European (French) influence as well with lots of tree lined areas and lamp posts.

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We visited the Hoa Lo Prison which was built by the French and used as a jail for political prisoners during the time that the French occupied Vietnam and later as a place that the Vietnamese kept American prisoners during the Vietnam war. There were stories of the horrendous conditions that the prisoners were kept under as well as cells we could visit. It was a very interesting place to visit (and creepy - it looks like a horror movie set).

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Hanoi is a very unique city and a lot of the time the best thing is just walking through the streets till you find somewhere to rest and sit in front of a high powered fan while you have a drink or food. As soon as night falls its nice to pull up a tiny chair in the street (preferable on a street corner) and join the locals for a beer that costs 5000 Dong (30 cents) while you watch the world go by.

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Bangkok again

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After staying in budget accommodation in Sukhothai we splurged for the last few days in Bangkok and booked into a very nice hotel with a fully equipped gym and pool.

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We spoilt ourselves with a buffet brekkie each morning before heading out into the heat each day to explore Bangkok differently to the first time as we had already seen the majority of the sights, we were able to take our time exploring all the different areas. The weather had reached the hottest temperatures yet with each day reaching 38 degrees.

We were lucky to be in Bangkok over the weekend so we could visit the weekend markets and hit the town on a Saturday night. The market that we visited, Chatuchak has over 8000 stalls and is divide up into sections which specialise in certain things like clothing, food, pets, animal skins, electronics and jewellery (to name a few).

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Sukhumvit Road is a long road that stretches from Bangkok 400km in length. The BTS (train) runs along this road so while exploring it at any moment you can jump on, pay about $1.60 for a ticket and take yourself further down the stretch. Off this road are many side streets (Soi) and each section has different things to offer. For example, one to four is Arabic and eleven has good nightlife and thirty eight has a night market etc. So we walked from one to our number (42) one night. We started drinking at a mexican joint (buy one get one free cocktails - irresistible!). You know your in for a rough night when you start trying on your partners hat and taking photos of each other wearing it sideways! Eventually found ourselves in Cowboy (the red light district) drinking overpriced whisky talking to a guy in a dress. We both paid for it the next day but it was an awesome night.

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We also visited the temple of the dawn which unfortunately was under construction but the boat ride there was really nice and it was still cool to venture to the other side of the city.

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Across the road from where we were staying was an art space called HOF. We visited the gallery there and it was interesting to see some local Thai art. There were a lot of sculptures and some were very abstract indeed. The area is called ‘W’ and apart from the art space there are also food markets and hotels with some other buildings used for conferences etc. It was a bit like fox studios. We had dinner there a couple of nights and the vibe was pretty chilled as the market was in the artificial garden with lots of fairy lights and live music.

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We also spent some time exploring the streets at night and came across heaps of food some delicious some disgusting (bugs or grubs anyone?) and lots of fruit stalls.

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So we flew out from Bangkok to Hanoi and we are both really excited to visit Vietnam. Good bye Thailand, thanks for having us :)

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Sukhothai

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We arrived in Sukhothai after a long bus trip from Chiang Mai. Sukhothai is a small town that is divided into two parts, the old and the new. The old part is a UNSECO heritage site where ruins of a past civilisation remain. Hundreds of years ago before Bangkok, Sukhothai was the capital of Thailand. The king that ruled at the time was responsible for creating the Thai alphabet and for making Buddhism the main religion of the country.

The other part of the town, the new part, is where the majority of tourists stay to visit the UNESCO site. This is not a happening town. There is very little to do and few eating options, one bar and a dirty river that by day is deserted but by night has food stalls set up along the side for locals to eat. A lot of the food is very obscure such as boar and frogs and other things that had me avoiding that option for food even if they say they do ‘vegetarian’ food. We ate mostly at this cafe that was on a rooftop that had views of the streets below.

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We rented a room in a guest house, fan included and shared bathroom for $6 a night. Here is a picture of what this room was like:

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After two nights of excruciating heat (37 degrees) and drinking water that was nearly boiling from sitting in the room we caved and changed rooms to one with air-conditioning. For this luxury we had to pay an extra $6 for the room, a total of $12. Money well spent.

The UNESCO site was amazing. It is spread out over a large area and therefore we hired pushbikes to help us cover the ground with ease. The ruins are still largely intact in parts, particularly the areas that house buddha statues (of which there are many). The main frames of the majority of the old temples are gone but you can get a good sense of the way it may have looked hundreds of years ago. Of note there was a huge buddha statue that was so massive his fingers were almost the size of a person. This was truly amazing to see. We arrived there early and managed to cover the whole area before the afternoon heat kicked in (it gets hotter as the afternoon goes on and by 5pm has reached the hottest part of the day).

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We had one full day with no plans in this town and nothing to do. On the internet when we researched the area the only listings for things to see and do are the temples of the heritage site. This was ok though, now with our air-conditioned room we were able to escape the daytime heat and ventured out in the evening to the only bar in town called Bar 64000.

Evan started a conversation with the guy who owns it after he noticed that he was listening to music on a laptop that was recorded on a music editing program. The guy explained that he writes and records his own music and it is used for the local soccer games played during halftime. Evan had a listen to his music and a chat about recording. He was a really nice guy. Here is a picture of them meeting and posing for the camera:

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Today we leave Sukhothai for Bangkok. We have about 4 days before we leave for Hanoi and have booked a nice hotel with a pool and breakfast included. After the last couple of places we have stayed at we decided to treat ourselves to some swanky accommodation (well, swanky for our standards) and we are both looking forward to this. Because we have been in Bangkok before it will be nice just to relax by the pool and slowly venture out each day to explore the city since we have seen a lot of the main tourist attractions on our first visit there.

Here is a picture of the bus that we are spending 7.5 hours on today (budget travel about $10 per ticket):

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We should arrive in Bangkok around 5pm our time (Evan hopes we arrive earlier so that he can access WiFi and listen to the Tigers play on the radio). We will see.

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Master Chef, here we come!

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We decided to take a Thai food cooking class and it was so awesome. The people that ran it were so nice and we spent the day with some lovely travellers from Norway, America and England. It was one of the best things I have done and I have to say the food was delicious and I am a very good cook! Ha ha. We were given certificates and cookbooks so all of you are invited to our place (when we get one) once we return for a Thai feast! We actually picked a good day to do the class because it rained for the majority of the day. Before we started they took us to the local market where we saw an array of fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices some familiar others we had never seen before. That was interesting as the lady running the class explained everything in detail to us.

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We left Chiang Mai today on a bus headed for Sukothai. It is a 5.5 hour bus ride. I really liked Chiang Mai. It is a city of lovely people, amazing food, temples and markets. I have enjoyed my time here the most so far and am so pleased that we decided to visit. I highly recommend this beautiful city to anyone who travels to Thailand. On the surface the chaos of the traffic, people and everyday hustle and bustle can be overwhelming but if you know where to look and dedicate time to understanding this diverse city then you will be rewarded with an abundance of adventure and fun.

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Temple hopping in Chiang Mai

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After having lunch again at our new favourite place, Bamboo Bee we headed off to old town to explore the many temples that are there. They were very beautiful and old and without the huge tourist masses were very enjoyable to visit. The gardens were peaceful and we spent a fair bit of time just wandering through the various complexes. Two in particular, Wat Chiang Man, the oldest Buddhist temple in the city and Wat Cheri Luang were very impressive.

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Chiang Mai: visiting a lake and Doi Suthep.

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We hired another scooter to head about 30 minutes out of the city to the mountain called Doi Suthep and visit Wat Phra That, a temple at the top. In typical fashion as soon as we had paid and the scooter was dropped off the skies opened up and a crazy downpour started. There was thunder and lightening. We were so annoyed but then suddenly the storm passed and the skies cleared. Our hotel manager had told us about these lakes nearby that were really peaceful and nice to visit for a swim. We decided to head out there before going to Doi Suthep.

We used google maps to locate the lake and it took us down this dirt and mud path that was really only suitable for a dirt bike, not a scooter. I was saying how stupid google maps was to send us on such a route and then I realised it was set to avoid tolls and to enter the lake you need to pay 20 baht (about 75 cents) and that was why google maps was trying to send us down the back path. It was pretty funny. I had to jump off and we both had to lift and drag the scooter to get it out of the mud. After this hard work we were so hot the lake was a blessing. The water was pretty warm though but still it was somewhat refreshing. There are these little huts set up all along the water where you sit and eat for the day. It was cool to see all the locals going about their business enjoying an activity that is commonplace in the city to get some relief from the intense heat.

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After our swim we headed to Doi Suthep to see Wat Phra That. The ride up the mountain was beautiful, made even more interesting as it was monk day and there were people walking up so there were markets and music set up all along the road. It reminded us a little bit of Macquarie pass at home with the winding road twisting up the mountain. Once we reached the top we visited the temple which was good but definitely not the best that I had seen since being in Chiang Mai. It has a huge gold stupa that was absolutely blindingly shiny in the sunlight. Because of monk day there was a ceremony happening as well so we felt a bit strange to be gawking at the monks and taking pictures so maybe that added to us not enjoying it as much as we may have.

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The ride down the mountain was a slow moving affair with the majority of traffic going about 10km. We were weaving in and out of traffic to get past big trucks etc (Evan did very well indeed!) and when we eventually reached the source of the hold up we found a giant float being towed by a tractor that had a life sized artificial elephant on it and perched upon that was a monk blessing everyone as he passed. After we passed this we were home free and the ride was awesome. We visited the Sunday walking street markets that night which is held in a massive area that is totally closed off to all traffic. Here you can buy mostly souvenirs and food.I purchase a cool piece of art there created by a local artist. It was super cheap too. We ended up having dinner at a resultant called Tony’s Place that claimed to have the best Khao Soi in the world, a dish that is famous in this city. Evan ordered that and having never tried it had nothing to compare it to but agreed it was very fine indeed. I guess the guy running the place really wanted you to know his name because not only was it called Tony's Place, he also was wearing a shirt that said in big letters “ Hi, my name is Tony” and even introduced himself to us saying “hello I am Tony pleased to meet you”. Very cute.

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Chiang Mai

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We arrived in Chiang Mai to a stinking hot day with blaring sunshine, very different to the overcast and rainy skies of Krabi. Our accommodation is a little out of the main part of town so we have to walk pretty far to get everywhere which is fine except the heat can get very intense. To get to the old part of town where a lot of the action is happening we walk along a river that is quite pretty. The streets are very busy outside of the old town and crossing the road is proving to be sometimes seemingly impossible. On our way across town we heard some traditional music and when we found the source we saw a band playing and some very funky older women dancing to the beat. It was lovely to see because they all had huge smiles on their faces and were completely uninhabited, dancing freely without any thought of people watching.

Our first night we walked into old town and across to the night bazaar which is exactly that, a market held each night selling an array of things such as souvenirs, clothing and lots and lots of food. We visited the beer garden and had some very cheap noodles and rice paper rolls.

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The next day we wandered out into the extreme heat (which seems to be getting worse each day) and found a vegetarian cafe called ‘Bamboo Bees’. The food was the best we have had in Thailand and me not been much of a thai curry lover decided to give the pumpkin curry a go and if any other curries I have are half as good then I will be enjoying the odd Thai curry from now on! The place is very cute and you can see that the owner, Bee has really put her heart into her cooking. She is a very cute little lady who had a nice smile for us.

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We explored the streets of old town after lunch and found some cool areas that sell all sorts of vegetarian foods and crafts, some art shops and lots of bars that play live music. The vibe is very chilled. The old town is surrounded by a river that wraps around the area in a square enclosing it from the majority of traffic and chaos and within the border made by the river you can find some very tranquil areas.

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We came across one such area near the cultural centre where there is a garden that had organic markets that day. I had some delicious almond milk which I was missing so much and this was the first time that I found it here in Thailand. We watched a band play mostly Beatles, Pink Floyd and Eric Clapton songs that were very entertaining. But even more entertaining then the musicians was a little girl who danced in front of the band and had some very interesting dance moves indeed. Here is a video of her:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8Nxul2QXdI

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Everyday stands are set up at Chiang Mai Gate and the locals cook an array of different foods that hundreds of people come to purchase. There were some pretty questionable things there that neither of us were willing to try so we left that area without eating anything. It was really cool to see the locals going about their daily business getting dinner and food for later. There was a motorbike that the owner had attached five birds to (live birds) which were really cute yellow parrots. Evan wanted to check out the footy so we walked across to the other side of town to an Aussie bar where he could watch. The vibe there was a little flat to say the least and we only stayed to watch the game, moving onto the night bazaar where we could enjoy a better atmosphere.

After exploring the bazaar we went to Boy Blues Bar to check out some blues music. This is a rooftop bar right in the heart of the bazaar and is a hidden little gem of a place, not really obvious and easily passed. We sat there for hours watching the locals play music from Bob Marley, Cream, The Beatles and The Doors. They were really good muso’s and we had an awesome time there.

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Ao Nang to Krabi Town. Tiger Temple and cheap eats

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The rain had truly set in at Ao Nang. We were experiencing daily storms and very humid weather. We hired a scooter again and took off down the coast in search of some beaches we had not yet explored. We found a really cool little bay that was almost secluded (apart from one guy sleeping in a hammock) and watched the storm brew over the ocean. We also found a road that led out to a tropical area and we came across some elephants in a paddock which was very cool.

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The following day we changed location for one night and stayed in Krabi town. It was shaping up to be a really nice day when the rain followed us there. We explored the town and found ourselves in a very strange area with a nice temple but it was totally deserted except for one strange looking guy and the rest of the street was pretty dated and weird. We were a bit disappointed with Krabi Town based on this first impression.

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We had planned to walk up a mountain to Tiger Temple, a buddhist temple that was only accessible by stairs (1237 of them). The rain cleared and we hired a scooter and headed out there. It was a really cool experience, physically challenging with a great reward at the top in the form of amazing 360 degree views of the area. There was a huge Buddha statue at the top as well as some other ones including Ganesh. The stairs were perilous in some parts, covered in water and very steep. We saw monkeys on the way up and then the path was blocked on the way down by one particularly menacing monkey and anyone who knows my thoughts on monkeys (from our India/European/Moroccan trips) will appreciate that this was a very frightening experience. Once we saw a girl causally walk past we followed suit and passed without incident.

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We headed back into town on the scooter and passing a sports bar Evan thought he’d check to see if the State of Origin was possibly playing and to his delight, it was. Unfortunately as you all know the Blues lost so not the best result but it was still awesome to see it anyway. This street that the sports bar was on is a more alternative area with hippy type cafes and clothing stores, much more laid back and fun then the area of Krabi we had first discovered. We walked to the end of the road and reached a pier that had open air kitchens everywhere and we ate at one for roughly $8 for both of us (drinks included).

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We left early in the morning for Northern Thailand, first stop Chiang Mai.

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Evids Scooter Session (Evan's videos)


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Here is another of Ev's videos.

Us on a scooter.

https://youtu.be/RXe8MjtRo6o

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Here come Evan's videos

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Hello!

So my talented husband has been working on a little teaser intro to our travels and here it is:

https://youtu.be/3ItcZeHPaFo

He will be making more as we go and I will post the links on here as they are completed. Gives a good insight into what we are seeing over here.

xx

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Pooling and Scootering

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We have been spending the last few days between our resort and the beach. We have been lounging around by the pool a lot.

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The beach area is so hot, the humidity is suffocating. If you can find a nice place in the shade it helps a great deal.

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We hired a scooter the other day which was so much fun. We started our journey with clear skies and took off for Krabi, about 1/2 hour drive away. By the time we had arrived in Karibe ominous clouds had gathered overhead particularly in the sky above our home destination Ao Nang. We decided to leave immediately but could not avoid getting caught in the rain. It was teaming down at such an angle straight into our eyes. We couldn’t see properly and missed the turnoff twice to Ao Nang and had to pull over and ask some locals for directions. Even though we were soaked to the bone we both had such an awesome time on our little blue scooter. We will definitely be hiring one again.

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Here is a video of our scooter adventure. You can see at the beginning it is nice and sunny and later becomes rainy but that didn’t dampen Ev’s spirit, he smiled the whole time. (Excuse my editing skills...you will all have to check out Ev's blog for his much more professional videos)

https://youtu.be/P2O5NmUOrIE

The rain has set in for now and the days have been sunny till mid afternoon then it absolutely pours virtually all night till the morning. We have one last day here then we will stay in Krabi Town for one night before heading off again (destination undecided).

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Ao Nang Beach

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See the itinerary of this trip, and details about each destination.

We have arrived in Krabi. We are staying at Ao Nang Beach which is a really nice place, a bit touristy but luckily for us it is the off peak season so things are relatively quiet. We are staying at an Eco-friendly resort which is located amongst mountains and lots of trees. We have seen some beautiful birds around the grounds as well as lizards. We have our breakfast on a big deck which overlooks a little river full of fish There is a rooftop pool here too which we jumped into once we had checked in hoping to get some relief from the humidity but the pool water was warm which was weird but still refreshing.

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We wandered down to the beach when we arrived and saw the most amazing sunset.

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Today we spent the whole day relaxing swimming at the pool as well as the beach. The beach was really disappointing because it was full of rubbish and cigarette butts but we still had a swim because the water seemed ok and it was nice but then when we turned back to the beach and saw the rubbish we were grossed out and returned to the resort pool.

We found some cheap food that was so tasty at this restaurant called Jungle and it has these cute little bungalows that you sit in to eat with an open air kitchen in the middle.

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Tomorrow we are hiring a scooter and checking out Krabi town as well as the night markets.

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