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Island hopping in the South of Thailand

Having the best time in Phuket, Krabi, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan

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We've had a lovely couple of weeks chilling out and relaxing on various beaches in Southern Thailand, so here's an update of where we've been since the end of May....

From the Vietnam capital we took a quick flight to Bangkok and then another onto Phuket on the South Western coast of Thailand. It only took a short 45 minute taxi ride from the airport to reach Patong Bay, one of the main populated areas of the Island. We were staying at Square One, a cheap but nice hotel at the end of the main strip. On arriving we did the usual, dump the bags and go out exploring!

Patong had a lovely long beach with all the main bars and restaurants stretched out along the sea front. It was much more touristy than recent places we had visited, but it was actually a nice change as it felt like being away on holiday for real. We were chuffed to go into an Irish bar called Molly Malone's and have Magners, as we haven't seen Cider anywhere since leaving the UK. Result! :-)

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We ended up staying in Phuket for 5 nights, with most of the days being spent on the beach as the weather was gorgeous and we just had to top up our tans (of course, we both got burnt on the first of those days!) One of the highlights of Phuket was when we went to the Jungceylon Shopping Centre for the day, a huge, modern and air-conditioned complex with shops of all kinds and more importantly, a cinema. As the Hangover 2 had just come out, we couldn't resist going to see it! The whole experience was totally different to at home, we had to stand for the Thai national anthem before the film, the cinema was completely spotless and they even sold BBQ flavoured popcorn! Oh, and the film was pretty damn good too!

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With so many bars and clubs in Patong, a proper night out was always on the cards. Phuket is famous for not having many (if any) boundaries when it comes to the whole lady-boy / cabaret scene, so when we headed out we were pretty taken back by what we saw, although Phil was A LOT more scared than Kayleigh! We're talking pole dancers in most of the bars, and the ones who had had more money spent on them stripping completely naked and showing off what they had, or no longer had should we say!

The best part of the night out in Patong was going to Seduction, an awesome nightclub with 3 different rooms with different music in each. Needless to say, we ended up getting nice and drunk and dancing the night away until about 4am!

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After nearly a week in Phuket we decided to go to Krabi next, which is on the coast of Thailand as opposed to being an island on its own. A quick 4 hour bus journey was all it took, but unfortunately we ended up being dropped off in the middle of nowhere and had to get a taxi then motos to our resort at Klong Muang beach.

We chose to stay at Koh Kwang Resort as it was literally the complete opposite of Phuket, much more remote and laid-back. We had a nice little bungalow to stay in, and got to spend some quality time on the most deserted beach we've come across so far. That being said, the whole beach was crawling with crabs who were scurrying around climbing into tiny holes in the sand, very funny to watch.

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During our stay in Krabi we met a lovely Irish couple, Rob and Jody, who were the only other people at our resort. They showed us the way to nearby Ao Nang on bikes, and we also went to Krabi Town to check out the local night markets with all 4 of us trying some interesting local foods (some of it good, some of it pretty bad – in particular, pancakes with sausage, cheese and some sort of fruit filling – yuk!)

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The drive to Krabi Town had the most amazing scenery, with massive rock formations and even Elephants relaxing under trees on the roadside. Check out the video to take a ride with us....

On the night of England playing Switzerland at Wembley, we all headed to the best local restaurant we had been to and stayed until about 4am watching the game. We got through a case full of large Chang beers, and were all nicely wasted by the end, even the owner, Lou, got involved and we had an amazing night.

Next up we decided to head for Koh Tao, a small island at just 21 km in the Gulf of Thailand. We left Krabi at 6:30am and then after a taxi, a bus ride and two ferries later we finally reached Koh Tao and headed for our Asia Divers resort. It was a lovely place with an incredible pool. We inquired about doing our Open Water course while we were there but were advised not to with Kayleigh not having a medical note (damn asthma). Another time though.

Altogether we spent 6 nights in Koh Tao, 3 at Asia Divers and another 3 in a bungalow closer to the beach that was a bit cheaper. How did we spend our time here?? On the beach of course! Koh Tao beach was lush, with a long stretch of sand and warm shallow, beautiful blue sea for you to cool down in from the blistering heat. The night life was pretty good to, although we spent most of our evenings relaxing with a few drinks, having BBQ's and watching pirate films showing on big screens. It's a tough life we know!

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On our 3rd night here we were lucky enough to run in to 'Ali the Pancake Man' who served us up the most amazing banana and chocolate pancakes. Soooo good. He's pretty famous to, check out this link on YouTube here. And this is him taking it slow.

We also decided to indulge a little while we were here and treat ourselves to a Thai massaaaaage. It was an experience to say the least, Kayleigh found it quite good but from Phil's facial expressions and winces throughout I doubt we will be rushing for another one any time soon. HA. The more Phil winced the more further she pushed him into some very awkward positions and giggled while doing so. Lol.

After the six nights we were ready to leave for Koh Phangan, already anticipating the upcoming Full Moon Party. We had booked 5 nights at the incredible Dew Shore Bungalows in Ban Thai, which upon arriving pictures really did not do the resort justice. Upgraded on arrival to a swish bungalow with a pool view we were loving it. In the lead up to the Full Moon we continued to take it easy sunbathing by the pool, going for a swim, enjoying tasty food – you know, all the good stuff.

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The day before the party we decided to rent a bike again and go for a ride up to Haad Rin to have a look around. The journey there was a bit of an effort, trying to make it up some very steep hills on a lil' scooter holding the two of us was something else. As expected it was a lot busier and more commercialised than Baan Thai but it definitely tantilized the taste buds for the next night.

And then, the night was upon us. Looking forward to the full night of partying ahead of us we left our resort around 9:30pm, flagged a taxi and we were on our way. Neon paint? Check. Vodka bucket? Check. Whiskey Bucket? Check. And we are on our way, we had a frikkin awesome night! The first few hours we were loving it dancing in Drop In bar and Cactus bar, watching the fire dancers, singing at the the top of our voices to anthems and then munching on pizza and chicken pittas, we had blinked and it was 4:00am. Where had that time gone? Usually at home it would be time to go home. But no, dust yourself off and keep on going!!!!

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We just had to upload a video of us at the party, so here is us loving it when Operation Blade came on in Drop In Bar. Be warned, we're extremely drunk by now!!

After more drinks and dancing the sun started to come up, we were loving every second. It wasn't until around 7:30am that we got back to our bungalow, buzzing from an outstanding night (and morning) out.

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Phew, that was quite a lot for us to cover! We are now taking it easy in Koh Phangan for another few days before deciding our route through Malaysia. We'll keep you posted on our whereabouts when we next get chance.

Speak soon,

Kayleigh & Phil

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The end of Vietnam in 3 H's

Hue, Hanoi and Halong Bay

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A quick 4 hour bus journey was all it took to get to Hue, our next stop in Vietnam. After arriving at our hotel in the evening we dropped off our bags and headed straight out to check out the nearby nightlife. We ended up at the busiest bar we could find, named the DMZ Bar after the Demilitarised Zone which used to divide North and South Vietnam. The bar had good food, a few pool tables and offers on Fosters Draught, so needless to say we decided to get nicely drunk! :-)

The next day we were up early to go out and check on the main sights of the city, including the huge Citadel which had been built in the early 1800's. Once inside we walked through lush grounds, as well as impressive halls and chambers where the emperor and his family lived. Right in the middle of the Citadel was the Forbidden Purple City, where only the emperor resided, however a bit of imagination was needed as a lot of palace buildings had been taken out in the Vietnam War.

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Once we had finished at the Citadel we planned to go and see one of the three main pagodas the City had to offer, but after walking round the Citadel grounds all morning we made a detour back to our hotel. On our long walk back to the hotel our bellies started to rumble with a vengeance, so we decided to keep our eyes peeled for a nice cafe, but what did we see??.... a KFC. LOL. As we were particularly hungry at this point, we just had to be total tourists and get some! It has been 7 weeks after all!

With Hue only a quick stop on our trip through Vietnam, the next day we made the mammoth 14-hour sleeper bus trip up to the capital Hanoi. The journey was much better than the last sleeper we took, although we didn't manage to get too much sleep. On arriving in the city we went out to look around the Old Quarter however with the roads being so small and busy, we got pretty lost and confused by it all. We'd thought after nearly two months of being in Asia we would be used to it, but it still took us by surprise by how chaotic it was!

After some much needed rest, we headed out in the evening for some Mexican food (which was lovely) and a few drinks. The highlight of the night had to be going to the New World of Beer, which was full of locals laughing and drinking. We sat down and scanned the menu, which was full of strong beers from all over the world, and ordered a Lucifer and another we can't remember - they were very strong. The drinks were both lovely, a definite change from the usual Saigon and La Rue beers we had been drinking everywhere else (mainly because they're the cheapest lol), however what we had failed to realise was the prices of the drinks on the menu. The bar specialised in strong beers at prices 5 times that of other bars, so we ended up paying 200,000 dong, about 6 quid! That might not be much at home, but over here its quite a bit! Whoops!

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On our second day in Hanoi the weather was scorching, even the locals were telling us it was hot, so we didn't get to do much sight seeing as we were dying just walking around. We did however go to the Water Puppet Theatre, an ancient form of entertainment where puppets are controlled from behind a screen in a pool on stage. The show had a small band playing music and dialogue (in Vietnamese unfortunately) but it was quite impressive with water being fired and even puppets jumping through rings of fire.

With only 4 or 5 days of our Vietnam visa remaining, we decided to go on a 2-day / 1-night boat tour of Halong Bay to round off our stay in the country, and it was totally worth it. We were picked up early from our hotel and had a 3-hour journey to the harbour, we were then whisked by a small tour boat to our impressive junk (or boat), the Halong Pheonix Cruiser. Onboard we had a lovely double ensuite room which was pretty luxurious compared to where we had been staying over the past few weeks.

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The tour included all meals, a trip to one of the largest caves in Halong Bay, Sung Sot Cave, an hour of kayaking which was good fun and also time for swimming. We both decided to go for a swim and most of the group had a go at jumping off the top deck of the boat, which was probably about 25 - 30 feet in height (although Kayleigh was the only girl who did it - go Kayleigh!!). We had both done one jump each successfully, until Phil got out of the water and went up to do another, I'm sure you can see what's coming here. He went to jump in and slipped as the deck was wet, and with the grace of a John Smiths advert did a belly flop into the water lol! Unfortunately we didn't catch it on video (we could have made some money off You've Been Framed for sure!) but take a look at this pic of Phil's very red chest afterwards! Haha!

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In the evening we were treated to a gorgeous meal of fresh seafood and spent time getting to know everyone on the tour with us. We also enjoyed lots of beers on the deck of the boat under the stars, as we were anchored in the heart of the Bay.

We had intended to get up early for sunrise the next day, but as it was rather cloudy we stayed in bed until 7am when a buffet breakfast was served. Then we headed to Ti Top island, with the choice of hitting the beach or a trek to the top to check out the view. We decided to go for the trek and, much like the Marble Mountains in Danang, had the daunting task of climbing loads of steps. Once we reached the top though it was all worth it, as Halong Bay is certainly one of the highlights of our trip so far, its magical.

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On the way back to the harbour we also got a quick cooking lesson from the main chef on the boat, who showed everyone how to cook the perfect spring rolls. They turned out lovely, and we've got the recipe if anyone at home fancies having a go. All that was left of the tour was the 3 hour bus journey back to Hanoi, it had all gone so fast.

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We had originally chosen to head to Laos next, although as we have spent much more time in Vietnam than we had planned for we made the decision to go back to Thailand instead. So after a full day of travelling we are now in Phuket in the south, all it took was 2 quick flights.

We intend to be beach bums again for the next few weeks so we will be kicking back and recharging our batteries.

Speak soon,

Love Phil and Kayleigh

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Heading up the coast of Vietnam

Enjoying Nha Trang, Hoi An and Da Nang

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Our next destination after Mui Ne was Nha Trang, the main beach resort of Vietnam 5 hours up the coast. We had booked a standard bus for the journey, but luckily enough we ended up on a sleeper bus with long bunk beds which was cool.

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After arriving at our guesthouse we headed out for some food and stayed out for drinks, mainly because we were staying in the main backpacker area so there were plenty of cheap bars and drinks-offers. We ended up in one place where they give you Connect4 and Jenga to play, which was fun as we were well on our way by this time! If you’re interested, Phil won Connect4 10-4 while Kayleigh won Jenga 2-0! :-)

The next day we went straight for the beach to check it out, and it was even nicer than the one at Mui Ne so we topped up our tans and cooled off in the sea. Check out Phil making the most of it…

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We also did some exploring in the evening, checking out the local market street then heading to a tapas restaurant for some gorgeous food.

Our favourite day in Nha Trang was when we went to Vinpearl Land, an island just off the coast which we had read was Vietnam’s answer to Disney Land. We had to take a 15 minute cable car ride over the sea to reach the island, and arrived to find the place pretty much deserted but for a few people here and there (as it’s low season). This was brilliant news, as it meant we had full reins to go on whatever we liked.

The island had an amazing waterpark with slides and a wave pool, an underwater world with everything from sharks to turtles, a funfair, a shopping street, a completely free-to-use arcade, a food court and a 400m stretch of perfect beach.

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In the evening we were treated to a special water / light show which was really cool, and it topped off a pretty perfect day, in fact, we think it’s one place we’d like to go back to for sure!

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We were unfortunate to have some what of an uncomfortable 13 hour bus journey to Hoi An after leaving Nha Trang at 7pm on Friday 13th – typical. We were on the top bunks of a sleeper bus, at the very back near the engine and with limited air con – it really wasn’t very fun. The trip did not go fast to say the least and we managed to get no sleep, doh!

However, on arrival in Hoi An we were made up when we spotted a driver waving an A4 piece of paper with ‘PHILIP JOY’ on (spelt correctly too lol). Amongst all the chaos of getting bags and a multitude of moto taxis and cyclos, we were whisked away by our driver in a private, air conditioned bus to our hotel - Sunflower. When we got there in our groggy state we were greeted with smiles, cold towels and a welcome drink, a fantastic start to our stay in Hoi An.

For such a cheap price our hotel was amazing, with breakfast buffet included, swimming pool, free internet and….hot water! Woo. After making the most of the buffet breakfast we attempted to go exploring in the afternoon, but to be honest we didn’t get very far as the heat was exhausting and in truth we were more tired than we realised. We ended up relaxing in a bar for a while and then later that evening headed out to a local restaurant.

The next day we were up early and headed out to a recommended tailors called Peace, as Hoi An is famous for its tailored clothing. The girls there gave us the newest edition of the Next catalogue amongst many others and said "let us know what you want and we will make it". Kayleigh chose a two piece suit made from cashmere wool and a beautiful green dress, and Phil after choosing his material had two shirts made as well as two pairs of trainers made just a few doors down from Peace.

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After taking all our measurements they asked us to come back for a fitting later that day, perfect. That afternoon we went to a local café bar called Before and After, had a few drinks and played pool (Kayleigh is not happy with her continued losing streak – Phil is thrilled), had lunch by the river, visited the Japanese covered bridge and browsed a number of art and craft shops and galleries. When we headed back for the fitting at half 7 Phil’s shirts were finished and looked great, and Kayleigh’s suit was almost there as it just needed a few minor alterations. Afterwards we had tea on the river and tried four of Hoi An’s speciality dishes including white rose, deep fried wontons, their version of sticky rice and a pork and noodle dish - most of them pretty good.

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We picked up all of our tailored clothes the next day and were absolutely delighted, they are incredible. Phil saw his trainers for the first time and was over the moon…check them out. We paid under 360$ for all this....

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We spent the rest of the day in the swimming pool. In the evening we were privileged to be able to join in the local lantern festival (or full moon festival) which Hoi An celebrate on the 14th of every lunar month. We joined the locals and other tourists and took a boat out onto the river with our lanterns and put them in the river for good luck. The atmosphere was almost magical. Before heading back to our hotel we joined Padraic, who we had met on the boat, for drinks. We swapped stories about what we had done so far and advice for our upcoming adventures, Padraic is travelling similar locations to us so we may cross paths again.

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Nearly finished now everyone, we know this is a long one….

After checking out at Sunflower Hotel we rented a private taxi to take us to Danang, with a short diversion to the Marble Mountains, as they're 10km south of the city. Upon arriving the mountains were beautiful, albeit pretty tall and we had to climb a whole load of stairs to get to the top. There are five mountains altogether named after the elements – water, wood, metal, fire and earth – we know this as we eavesdropped on a school teacher explaining to her class.

We spent a number of hours exploring the tunnels, caves and pagodas until eventually we came across the very long, steap set of stone stairs that would take us to the peak of the tallest mountain, and made the decision that we couldn’t not do it. In the heat the steps to the top were gruelling, but the view as we continued to climb became even more spectacular. As we reached the top, drank some water and caught our breath we had a mini celebration and then took in the stunning sight.

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Coming back down wasn’t nearly as tough, plus we had our sense of accomplishment to keep us going. A fantastic day.

From Danang we will be travelling up the coast to Hue, then Hanoi and Halong Bay, and hopefully Sapa if we can fit it in, we only have 8 days left on our visas. Wow time really is flying by!

Hope you have enjoyed this entry, there was quite a lot to fit in. We will try not to leave it as long next time! ;-)

Lot’s of love

Kayleigh and Phil

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The Vietnamese....

Our first week in 'Nam

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So, Vietnam - we love it. This is what we have been up to so far:

After arriving in Saigon at night on the 28th April, we checked in to our Guesthouse that was conveniently located about 100 metres from where we got dropped off, we dumped our bags and headed straight out for something to eat. It was an easy choice – Pho, a tasty beef noodle soup, Vietnam’s signature dish, and it was lovely. We were absolutely shattered after our bus journey and so on full bellies we went to bed.

Our first full day in Saigon we went out to explore the city, we found the local markets with plenty of bargains and then continued on to the Reunification Palace. The Palace is now a museum and an impressive landmark in Ho Chi Minh City that marks the end of the Vietnam War. We didn’t know much about the Palace on entering but were intrigued to find that it has been preserved in the same state it was found in when the War ended in 1975 – we looked around conference rooms, bed chambers, war rooms, telecommunications rooms, a cinema / threatre and even a rooftop dance floor. All very swish indeed!

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After a day of site seeing there was really only one place we were headed….to the pub, or Le Pub. We chilled with a few beers and watched the Royal wedding, we got chatting to a couple Andy and Claire then we all went out later on for some food and more drinks – altogether a really good day.

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The next day we headed to the War Remnants Museum, which focused on the Vietnam war, it was interesting to say the least. We viewed all eight different exhibition rooms which displayed various photos and evidence of war crimes carried out by America. The Museum was a definite eye opener, as there were some very graphic photographs and the topics covered were quite horrific to be honest. Having said that, it was a little bit propagandist against the US but with some shocking displays such as preserved deformed human fetuses from the effects of Agent Orange, it was fairly understandable.

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The rest of our time in Saigon we spent wandering around the city, looking in shops, parks, just being tourists really. We managed to book a bus to travel to Mui Ne Beach and accommodation for Tuesday 3rd May, which was lucky as Phil spent all day Monday in bed being very poorly sick – we are still not quite sure what caused it. He is all better now though.

The bus to Mui Ne was just 4 hours and went pretty quick. The weather has been glorious, accommodation perfect (although a tad expensive until we found somewhere better) and the bars and restaurants amazing.

Our favourite bar, and definitely the place we've spent most time, has been Sankara Beach Bar and Restaurant. The bar sits right on Mui Ne Beach and has certainly had some serious money thrown at it. We think it looks like something out of a P Diddy video, with marble floors, a perfect swimming pool, white huts with tables, chilled music playing, just perfect really.

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Its been great to just go for a dip in the pool then top up our tans, oh, and the cocktail list is pretty cool too. Phil has found his new favourite cocktail, Mojito, which he's been getting through quite easily while Kayleigh has been enjoying trying a load of different ones. Her favourite so far being a Rose Sangria, which she intends to get the recipe for before we go!

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As well as enjoying being laid back, we decided to rent a motorbike for a day and went exploring along the coast. We went through Mui Ne fishing village which had more boats than we could count and then onto the famous Mui Ne sand dunes, which look like they've been stolen from the Sahara desert. After only 15 minutes of walking up the dunes, we realised how much energy the sun takes away from you and decided to go for a drink. We'd be pretty screwed if we crash landed in a desert thats for sure!

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In the evening we took the bike and explored further along the main strip to see what kind of restaurants and bars we could find. We ended up going for a place called the Forest, which was traditional Vietnamese food in a lovely quaint setting. We decided to have their speciality Spicy Hot Pot dish, as we had seen other couples sharing a pot on the table and thought it would be worth a go. The waitress brought over a massive pot which she put onto a gas burner, egg noodles as well as a plate of uncooked fish such as prawns, squid, white fish and muscles. She then walked away, which was when we realised we had no idea what to do lol!

Luckily for us she came back and helped us out, putting all the fish into the pot and letting it boil for 5 minutes or so. Once it was cooked she served it up and it was actually very nice, plus with Phil's very poor record with shellfish, he didn't feel any after effects which was a nice change for him, haha! On the way back from the restaurant the heavens opened, the first time we had seen rain in a week or so, and we got absolutely soaked riding back. All in all, we loved it though.

We're now looking at where to go next in Vietnam, so will keep you updated on our movements.

Speak soon,

Phil and Kayleigh

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Beach bums at last...

The second half of our trip in Cambodia.

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Hey Everyone,

It’s been a while since our last update; we hope you all enjoyed a lovely Easter Bank Holiday and an extra long weekend due to the Royal Wedding – lucky sods. Haha. Here’s out latest update of our escapade…..

After a few days of temple spotting in Siem Reap, we made our way over night to Sihanoukville on the southern coast of Cambodia. The bus arrived at 7am, where we got a moto each to Otres Beach, although we couldn’t check in until 12pm so we headed straight to the beach to check it out. The beach had gorgeous golden sand, amazingly clear water and was pretty much deserted, however the rain clouds had been following us and it wasn’t a very nice day, so we sat in a bar with a few drinks watching the rain fall…poor us ey?!

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Once 12pm hit we headed back to where we were staying, a quirky little place called Mushroom Point. It was set out into different mushroom-style huts, each with a little bathroom hut to go with it which was cool. The huts had a circular bed, a fan, some fairy lights and a full length mosquito net to cover the bed, so it was definitely a change from the hostels and guest houses we had been staying in so far.

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By the evening the rain had cleared and the sun was out, so we spent the night on the beach with some ice cold drinks watching the sun go down. At last, we were beach bums! :-)

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The next day the weather was perfect, so we headed straight out for some breakfast and spent the day on the beach. We went into the sea for a swim and it was amazing, pretty much like bath water hot which was cool. Then we did a few hours of sunbathing, and with it being about 33-34 C you can see what’s coming here!! Yep, we both got nicely burned and were bright red for the next day or so! Haha!

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On our last night at Sihanoukville we headed down the beach to check out a pizza place we had seen a sign for on the first day. When we got there, we realized the place was selling its ‘famous happy herb’ pizza, so of course we had to go for it! The pizza itself was actually really nice, and after mixing it with a few Angkor beers we were well on our way. The owner of the bar, Joe, was a really nice guy and Phil ended up having a game of pool with him while Kayleigh played against his wife Sally - we both lost, but we can blame that on the pizza! ;-)

A few hours later we were all well and truly hammered, as Joe had been drinking with us and loads of other people had shown up to join in. When we finally went to pay for everything, it was lucky his wife had stayed sober as Joe had no idea how much we owed him! We realized then that she was the mastermind behind the whole thing lol!

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We were up early the next day to catch a bus to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, where we planned to stay over before heading to Viet Nam. Our main highlight of the city was going to the Mekong River Restaurant in the evening, where we watched a film about the recent history of the country and the rise of the Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot. The film was a real eye-opener, as 2 million people had been killed in the space of 4 years during the 70’s, a quarter of the Cambodian population.

Once the film had finished we enjoyed a nice meal at the restaurant, although it didn’t go to plan exactly! We had a power cut, which is actually quite common in Cambodia – but we continued to eat our food by candle light. Phil had ordered a simple beef salad, we didn’t realise it included the hottest chillis ever…it was a work out just trying to finish the dish. Ha. This was our last night in Cambodia and in truth we were a little sad to leave, they are the friendliest people we have ever come across.

We had no trouble at all getting our visas for Viet Nam from the Embassy and the 5 hour bus journey to Saigon was ALMOST without incident. After going through immigration we got back on our bus and were ready to continue to Ho Chi Minh, when the Officer stopped us and demanded to search the bus again. They went through a number of boxes the bus was transporting and questioned the driver for about an hour – we had no idea what was going on but from the sweat and distress on the driver’s face it couldn’t have been good. They eventually let us continue without the boxes to arrive in the backpacker’s epicenter of Saigon - Pham Ngu Lao Street.

We will update you in the next few days about our time here and our plans for heading up the Viet Nam coast.

Speak to you all again soon.

Lot’s of Love

Phil and Kayleigh

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