A Newbies Guide to Ho Chi Minh City

A Newbies Guide to Ho Chi Minh City

wayoutfar_ho-chi-mihn-city-crossing-streetBy @wayoutfarvicki

Back in 2009, we headed to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) in Vietnam, the first stop of our travels around south-east Asia. We arrived expecting a bit of hustle and bustle having watched the Top Gear Vietnam Special when we lived in Australia, but in reality, HCMC and indeed Vietnam in general is a crazy, zany place with no rules where traffic is a free-for-all adventure and people are kind and yet opportunistic. This post isn’t really meant to be for those who want to know what accommodation to book or where to visit, more what aspects to HCMC and Vietnam to expect that we certainly weren’t expecting. It’s a bit of fun really.
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The Final Day of Our SE Asia Travels

The Final Day of Our SE Asia Travels

Our last day in SE Asia - Kuala LumpurBy @wayoutfarvicki

We found our diary entry for our last day on our SE Asia travels back from 2009 and wanted to share it with you as we celebrate 5 years since we got back…

7th June 2009 So here we are – our very last day away from home and it’s our last day in SE Asia. We’re in Kuala Lumpur. So many places have become home over the past 15 months that going back to London just feels like another adventure. We slept in until 11am in our windowless room in which was so stuffy. I long for a good night’s sleep soon! Then we fed up on free breakfast and cught the train to the Petronas Towers – the largest twin buildings in the world.
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Choosing Where to See Elephants in Thailand

Choosing Where to See Elephants in Thailand

Elephant Nature Park

One of the best places that we visited whilst in Thailand last month, was The Elephant Nature Park. Based to the north of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, it was founded by Even Lek in 1995, as a sanctuary for elephants rescued or retied from hard labour or abuse. The elephants are allowed to roam freely across the many acres of land and they choose their own companions and they live a very happy life eating, hanging out, bathing and socialising.

The park is open to day-visitors for a fee of around £50 (inc. travel and lunch) where you are taken to meet the elephants in small groups, feed and bathe them and generally watch them be themselves. It’s not that hard to do a little research online to find a place like this and that is exactly how I found them.

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Road Trip from Chiang Mai to Pai on a Motorbike

Road Trip from Chiang Mai to Pai on a Motorbike

Motorbike in Chiang Mai
By @wayoutfarvicki

One of the first things that Josh wanted to do as soon as we arrived in Chiang Mai, was to hire a motorbike. Not just a scooter – we had done that in the past. Oh no, he wanted a bike that was going to make people turn their heads when he revved and also be able to get up a hill without us leaning forward and hoping for forward motion (like on the rickshaw). Seeing as the past couple of trips of ours had involved bad vehicles, it was not too surprising that he wanted to ramp things up and with a little research, hired the lovely, big, shiny red bike you see above.

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Things We Wished We Did in Thailand the First Time Round

Things We Wished We Did in Thailand the First Time Round

Khaosan Road, Thailand

Khaosan Road, Thailand – all new and shiny like in that film with Leonardo DiCaprio!

We first visited Thailand in 2008 (5 years ago), on the way to live in Australia. We had packed up our life in the UK – gave up the lease on our flat, gave up our jobs, saved money and shipped items to our pal in Melbourne with dreams that we could see what was out there in the big-wide world. As it stood, we were both pretty green at this travel malarkey and hoped that a few weeks backpacking in Thailand on the way would help savvy us up a bit and also give us a very well-deserved break after all of our organising. Yet it seemed that our most recent trip (our third time there) was one of the best.

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Waterfalls in Chiang Mai are Impressive

Last month, we visited Huay Kaew Waterfall and Mon Tha Than Waterfall, both on Doi Suthep Mountain, Chiang Mai.

As you can see – the afternoon’s activities resulted in us being impressed. Very impressed indeed.

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