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One year of Travelling… Our trip in numbers!

ONE YEAR AGO ago we set off from Australia attempting to get back to the UK without flying and so far we have made it to China! So how exactly have we done it? Well heres a short post on our trip so far in numbers….

Countries Visited:  10 (Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and currently in China)

Distance traveled without a plane: 47,000 km or 29,200 miles (6,500km longer than one full loop around the earth)

Beds slept in: 177

Transportation – we have used:

111 buses, 41 boats, 21 cars (taxi, private or rental), 32 trains, 13 subway systems, 6 mopeds and a variety of tuk-tuk type vehicles.

Our most expensive accommodation (per person): £28.54 ($55 AUD) – Boss Legend Hotel, Hanoi, Vietnam (Christmas Treat)

Our cheapest accommodation (per person): £1.27 ($2.33 AUD) – Aman batik house, tuktuk, Sumatra

Our Most expensive meal (Per Person): £13.98 ($27 AUD) – Moose and Roo Pub for Christmas Dinner, Hanoi, Vietnam

Our Cheapest Meal (Per Person): £0.24 ($0.44 AUD) – 1 Naan Bread, 1 Bowl of Curry, 1 Fried Bread Pastry and a cup of coffee. – White Cafe in Hpa an, Myanmar

Books Read: 30

Bed Bug Experiences: 3

Pairs of sunglasses Broken: 13

Pairs of Flip-Flops worn out: 9

Celebrity Spottings: 1 (Hugh Dennis in Laos)

Free Things we have been given: 4 x Free bus rides, 2 x Ice Tea, 1 x Longhi (traditional Myanmar skirt), 1 x Free lonely Planet guide book, 6 x pieces of fruit, 2 x Bars of Chocolate, Free clothes wash, 2 x Bowls of traditional Thai Fish soup, 5 Malaysian Ringet, 1 x key ring, lots of flowers (mainly little Myanmar girls giving them to Ella), 2 x Cups of coffee, 1 x toilet fee (The last two were from a monk), 1 x free night of accommodation, 4 x bottles of water, 5 x noodle soups, 1 x free breakfast, free rice and chilli sauce, 2 x free coconuts, 2 x silk scarves, 1 x free tuk-tuk journey, 1 x free snake (edible), 2 x Banh Mi Sandwiches, lots of free potatoes and bananas, 1 x free tote bag, 1 x free ferry ride, 1 x free tourist boat trip, 2 x free ice coffees,  beer (we have actually lost count of how much), 1 free stick of BBQ goat’s udder, 4 x free dinner, 1 x taxi ride, 4 x bananas, 1 x chocolate dessert, rice wine…, 1 x free use of a motorbike, 2 x Jagermeister shots, 1 x free xe om journey, 2 x free bike hire, 2 x bowl of noodles, 1 x blueberry juice, and even more rice wine…..

We will keep writing stuff like this down and update it again in another 3 months…

R&E

One Year Ago…

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Today…

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6 Months in… Our Trip in Numbers

Six months ago we set off from Australia attempting to get back to the UK without flying and so far we have made it to Laos in SE Asia. So how exactly have we done it? Well heres a short post on our trip so far in numbers….

Countries Visited:  7 (Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar and currently in Laos)

Distance traveled without a plane: 27,650km or 17,200 miles

Beds slept in: 90

Transportation – we have used:

61 buses, 33 boats, 10 cars (taxi, private or rental), 11 trains, 4 subway systems, mopeds and a variety of tuk-tuk type vehicles.

Our most expensive accommodation (per person): £13.50 ($25 AUD) – Tropicana hotel, Perhenthian islands, Malaysia

Our cheapest accommodation (per person): £1.27 ($2.33 AUD) – Aman batik house, tuktuk, Sumatra

Our Most expensive meal (Per Person): £8.15 ($15 AUD) – Irish Bar in Penang, Malaysia

Our Cheapest Meal (Per Person): £0.24 ($0.44 AUD) – 1 Naan Bread, 1 Bowl of Curry, 1 Fried Bread Pastry and a cup of coffee. – White Cafe in Hpa an, Myanmar

Books Read: 21 Together

Bed Bug Experiences: 3

Pairs of sunglasses Broken: 9

Free Things we have been given: 2 x Free bus rides, 2 x Ice Tea, 1 x Longhi (traditional Myanmar skirt), 1 x Free lonely Planet guide book, 6 x pieces of fruit, 2 x Bars of Chocolate, Free clothes wash, 2 x Bowls of traditional Thai Fish soup, 5 Malaysian Ringet, 1 x key ring, lots of flowers (mainly little Myanmar girls giving them to Ella), 2 x Cups of coffee and 1 x toilet fee (The last two were from a monk)

We will keep writing stuff like this down and hopefully update it again after another 3 months. 🙂

R&E

Foodie Highs and Bus Crash lows…Kota Baru and Panang

A loud blow of a horn and a sharp slam on the breaks was the first indication that something wasn’t right, the second was when the bus left the bitumen surface, off the road into the ditch to the side. The car in front had failed to indicate and the driver of our bus had failed to realise the change in speed, so to avoid a collision the bus was pointed off the road and into the siding. No need to worry family and friends there where no injuries encountered, not even close to be honest, it was more like the bus coming to a controlled stop at the side of the road… but we just wanted to grab your attention.

This bus was going nowhere...

This bus was going nowhere…

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Trains, trains and no airplanes… but a couple of turtles!

So last time we left you we were sweating away in the rainforests of Tanam Negara. We were feeling a little stiffled by the (compared to Sumatra) number of Westerners on the Malaysian tourist route so we opted for a less well troaden road or more actually track. So we took the local bus to Jarantut and jumped aboard the Jungle Train northwards, having a one night pitstop overnight in Gua Musang.

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Urban jungle to natural rainforest – with added tea…central Malaysia.

Kuala lumpur – capital city of malaysia – an urban sprawl where ultra modern highrises nestle neatly alongside run down colonial buildings, where traditional chinese medical practitioners share a pavement with sari shops, and every lane or alleyway no matter how narrow or grotty has delicious looking food stalls. Arriving in KL a little after midnight by bus, we didnt see much when we first arrived but instead settled into our clean and comfortable hostel suzies place for a well deserved rest. Its central location in chinatown was perfect for exploring the city- and the next day after some kaya toast (kaya is a thick coconut jam which is spread generously on bread) we headed off to see what the city had to offer.

 

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Malaysia…life’s a beach

After a long and eventful journey involving overnight buses and international ferries, we needed a rest! So where better than the touristy, colonial town of Malaka. First ruled by the Portuguese,  then Dutch, then British and with dolops of Chinese, Malay and Indian thrown in for good measure, its a melting pot of cultures to say the least. We found a quiet guest house called Jalang Jalang in picturesque Chinatown with a comfortable bed, wifi and most importantly western style toilets to spend a few nights and recharge the batteries.

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Melaka

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