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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

Sleeping at the side of the road… Pyin Oo Lwin to Thailand

As we cross the second highest railway bridge in the world the train slows to a crawl and I hold my breathe as everyone runs to one side of the carriage to take a photo. This could be it, the unstable train carriage could over balance and topple over the side, plummeting down to the river below! Luckily this didn’t happen on the notoriously wobbly Myanmar trains instead we gasped out of the window at the view. Our train journey was to the town of Pyin oo Lwin, once the colonial Britons favourite summer get away for its much cooler climate, and to be honest one of our main reasons for going there as well. 

This doesn't really show how big this bridge was...

This doesn’t really show how big this bridge was…

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A village on a hillside…Northern Shan state

Waking up at 4.30am we wondered through the dark streets of Mandalay to catch our early morning bus to Hsipaw. Little did we know the a day or two later this same are of town would be full of police, a curfew in place due to anti-muslim violence and marches. But for us we shared the road with people off to morning prayer, tea sellers setting up for the day and monks making their alms round for food.

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Stupas and Moustaches…. Bagan and Mandalay!

The train compartment rocked from side to side in bumpy jerking movements, this was more like a roller coaster without seat belts than a train journey. We had just read an article online which dubbed this journey for one person “the worst experience of their life”, but to be honest it was all rather fun. Opposite us in our 4-bed sleeper carriage a chinese/vietnamese man who now lived in the US with an Australian passport recounted the amazing story of his young life, escaping communist vietnam on an overcrowded boat in the late 1970s…. yep, only in Myanmar…

View from the train...

View from the train…

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Puddles in the pavements of Yangon

Our train to Yangon was over an hour late but we were the star attraction for everyone else who was waiting. A kindly monk bought us coffee, we had mimed conversations about hygiene and religion with strangers (we think?) and an elderly lady marvelled at the size of Ryan’s calves (leg muscles, not livestock)…just another morning in Myanmar!

Some lovely ladies at the train station, we were entertainment for the hour the train was delayed

Some lovely ladies at the train station, we were entertainment for the hour the train was delayed

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A walk across a bridge…Myanmar overland

We climbed on the back of a full songtheow, our bags slung on top, and made our way to the border. Before we even crossed things began to change. In Thailand’s Mae-Sot men were wearing skirts (or longyis), women had their faces painted (Burmese Makeup) and so many people smiled as we passed them in the streets. We must be getting close to Myamar.

The gate to Myanmar

The gate to Myanmar

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