Indonesia – Diving and dragons

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After the Rinjani Trek, some relaxation was definitely called for, and Gili Trawangan (Gili T) provided that in spades. An island with no motorised transport, where the sole activities available were drinking, eating and diving – well, I’m sure there …

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Asia – Things I’ll miss, and things I won’t

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I thought I’d do a quick post on the things I loved, and the things I hated while travelling – and while titled with Asia, this does cover Aus/NZ too. I will miss Cute Kids There’s something unique about Asian …

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Indonesia – Bali and Mt Rinjani

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Bali. Hmmm, what can I say about Bali? I can’t provide any pictures, because I didn’t take any – it was a strange four days I spent there. In response to the emotional wringing that I underwent in Phnom Penh, …

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Phnom Penh – S21 and the Killing Fields

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I only had one day to see things in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, and there was only one real option – to visit the two main memorial sites of the Khymer Rouge atrocities, the S21 interrogation centre, and Choeung Ek …

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Battambang

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After Siem Reap, I could have taken a bus directly back to Phnom Penh before flying out to Indonesia, but decided that I really needed to see somewhere else in Cambodia before running off – after all, I’d come a …

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Siem Reap and the temples of Angkor

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Vietnam was the first country where I had come very close to the limits of my visa – I was due to leave on day 29 of the allowed 30. Saigon hadn’t really grabbed me, so it felt about time …

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Dalat

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Dalat Dalat is a hill town, founded by the French colonists in the late 19th century. Its primary draw card is its climate – being situated amidst forests at a relatively high altitude means that the average temperature is significantly …

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Hoi An and Mui Ne

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Hoi An Hoi An is a very old town, with a history going back over 2000 years, and its inspiringly named Old Town is the main reason people visit it. Influenced by Chinese, Cham and Vietnamese styles, the Old Town …

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Hue and the road to Hoi An

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I arrived in Hue around noon, after a long sleep-deprived bus journey from Haiphong. The bunk on the bus was right at the back in a row of five, and I spent the night being kneed in the back by …

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Cat Ba and Halong Bay

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Halong Bay is situated off the north-eastern coast of Vietnam, and is one of the absolute must-see places in Vietnam. There are various organised ways of visiting the bay from Hanoi – day trips, overnight boats stays, alcohol-fuelled party trips …

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