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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Hanoi and Sapa – Part 2

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Waking up the next day (without any blanket as Nicholas had stolen it all during the night), we took breakfast which was remarkably similar to the previous night’s dinner. Without a fridge, and living in a subsistence environment, I can …

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Hanoi and Sapa – Part 1

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Getting to Vietnam I have to be honest – I can’t remember much about the journey to Vietnam. After previous night bus hell, I’d popped down to a local pharmacy in Luang Prabang and had bought (without prescription) a pack …

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