En route to Laos

Pai–> Chiang Mai –> Chiang Rai –> Chang Kong –> LAOS –> Luang Prabang We arrived in Chiang Rai late evening, and after a quick explore of the markets we located our hostel and hit the hay. Never have I ever experienced a shower as unwantedly cold as this one – my blood almost froze….

Onwards and upwards, to say nothing of Bangkok

Getting to Bangkok from Laos involved a bit of a commute. First we bussed from Vang Vieng to Vientiane, where we stayed the night and then caught a bus the following afternoon to Udon Thani. This involved staying another night, before catching a flight early the next morning to Bangkok. This was a pretty cheap way…

Finding our inner #hipster selves in Pai

No-one can say we hadn’t been warned. 762 turns however – I don’t think anything could prepare us. Although I tried: two travel sickness pills later, I was as ready as could be, and in no time at all I was spaced out amongst the bags at the back of the van – needless to…

Where the culture is alive: Chiang Mai

    Unexpectedly, one of the coolest cities I have ever been to. Recommended to us by friends, we stayed at Libra Guesthouse. At approximately $10 a night, this was hands down one of the best places we stayed during our southeast Asian journey. The family running the hostel are incredible. When we arrived, after…

Finding Paradise in Phi Phi

An early start and a smooth taxi ride saw us ready to fly to Krabi in plenty of time. From the airport we bussed to the pier where we had lunch whilst waiting for the ferry. It was so hot and sunny on the ferry across to Phi Phi – we were relieved to finally…

Full moon festivities

Most hostels on Kohphangan require a 7 night minimum stay across the Full (and Half) Moon party weeks. Being on the budget and time restrictions that we were, this wasn’t really an option to us. We took some advice from friends and opted to continue our stay on Koh Samui, and would just commute to…

Diving into fun in Koh Tao

One of the things I had always dreamed about – becoming a qualified Scuba Diver, was about to come true. A ferry ride from Bangrak Pier, Koh Samui to Koh Tao, saw us collected by the Simple Life Divers crew as well as another reunion with my friend Emma. It seemed like there were many good dive…

Let’s get tropical: Koh Samui

An early start saw these three eager travellers hit the road. Me, my friend Cam and my cousin Summer left Wellington at some ungodly hour, flying via Sydney and Bangkok and landed in Koh Samui, Thailand later that night. It was a relatively uneventful trip, aside from the fact that Cam had all of his toiletries…