|Dates:||27 Feb 2017 - 16 Nov 2017|
|Duration:||8 months, 3 weeks|
That was bloody intense but we all made it 👍
Lazy morning followed by some downhill fun!
Alex mid air - he got stuck upside down and had to be hoisted in feet first 🤦🏼♂️
I was first to go and put Pocahontas to shame!
Our little group who hit the bungy jump with us today 🏃♂️
Seriously fun afternoon playing 18 holes of frisbee golf ⛳️ and messing about in the park
Soaking up the vibe in town 😎
We’ve barely eaten out for this part of the trip but apparently “Fergburger” is a pretty famous must do 🍔
Hi speed jet boating down the shot over canyon 🤙🏻👆 - means 360• spin coming up!
Ice cream 🍦 and coffee ☕️ in the park yesterday afternoon
Arrived in Queenstown - definitely will be stopping here for a few days 🌞
This is a Kea, a type of mountain parrot being a bit too curious about our van
Quick snap from the boat tour
Beautiful drive out to Milford today 👍
Spent the afternoon at a quiet spot on the river -there’s no fish or its really not the sport for us!
Chilled day either way
Summer Snow ⛄️ ❄️ last night
Staying in Te Anau, close to Milford sound. Will be here for a couple of nights hoping to get out into the national park but snow is forecast so we have to wait and see what road access will be like
Extremely rare yellow eyed penguin 🐧 - right place right time for us 👍
170 million year old fossilised forest 🌳 under the sea - seen for a couple of hours each side of low tide
Arrived in a place called Curio Bay, probably as far south as we are going to get
Now we’ve arrived in Dunedin - productive start to the day. (Photo taken from Tekepo)
Then onto watch a small colony of seals and their morning routine
Early morning start to get a brilliant sunrise at the Moeraki boulders
Moved on and a bit further south, just a one night stop in another new town
Rising and shining in Lake Tekapo 🌅
Arrival into Tekapo 👍
Yesterday we drove up to the hills on the outskirts of the city for a day of walking and good views
Bit of giant chess in the sun 🌞
In Christchurch planning the next stages of the journey in our new home on wheels 👍
Long day of driving, final journey to Christchurch in the morning to swap vans over.
Had a couple of nice stops to stretch the legs along the way
On the ferry to South Island ⛴
It's becoming a bit of running joke now but where ever we go there are always some ducks who come to see if we've got any food for them - tonight it was a mum and her ducklings 🐥 🦆
In Wellington now ready to check the city out for a couple of days then get the ferry over to the South Island
Making our way down south, quiet little campsite to break up the journey
Craggy's winery tasting session 🍷 🍷 🍷
Sunday farmers market ✅
The final descent
19.4km, roughly 2000m elevation and we did it in 4 hours 36 minutes. It's a recommended 6-8 hour walk so we're pretty happy with ourselves.
Today we took on the Tongarriro Alpine crossing and absolutely smashed it 💪
Finally alex 🥉
Couldn't have had better weather! 🌞🌞🌞
Then me 🥈
Tori was first 🏆🥇
Today was the big day - we were all thrown out of a plane from 15,000ft over stunning lake Taupo! Such an intense experience!! 🌍
A few tight squeezes along the way!
Yesterday Alex and I descending 80 meters underground to explore the cave system beneath Wiatomo!
Was a pretty cool experience.. tori sat out because of her leg but we did do nighttime walk in search of glow worms 🐛 as well which was very interesting.
🍽 🥘🍗 🍅🍖🥓🥗🧀🥖🥕🍻
Back tracked a little way to a campsite just outside of Matamata and visited Hobbiton for the movie set tour 🎥 and banquet meal! 🍗🍞
The three of us got a bit too competitive and I thought I could have Tori on the last corner of the day - unfortunately I tail ended her and caused a bit of a crash 🚑 🚨 she's all good though!
Then had a few races on the luge 🏁 🚥🏎
Checked out the geothermal areas this morning 😎
Maori village experience with welcoming ceremony, Hakas, weaponary displays and face tattoos (Moko) followed by a big hangi underground oven meal
Decent journey down and we've arrived in Rotorua - set up camp and straight in the lake to play 🤽♂️🏈
Good day out exploring today. Heading for Rotorua in the morning
Ready to explore hot water beach and cathedral cove 🙂
Couple of beers 🍻 no catch tonight 🎣 trying again tomorrow.
Staying just outside the city for the next couple of nights for easy access so we can get Alex's Aussie visa sorted out and wait for the repair man to come with our replacement windscreen - A big logging truck flicking up rocks wasn't ideal.
Slowly making our way back down towards Auckland to start heading a bit further south - stopping off at loads of little viewpoints and scenic trails along the way
Worlds largest living Kauri tree - 2000 years old 🌳
Fairly difficult to get perspective but me and Alex are standing somewhere near the bottom
And we played a fair amount of table tennis in the camps communal area 🏓
We made a new friend 🐶
Today we made use of staying at such a nice campsite and cooked the worlds biggest omelette 🍳
Covered a lot of ground the last couple of days so pulled into nice camp to slow down - BBQ time 🍗
Beautiful day up at Cape Reinga - furthest northern point you can reach in New Zealand
Road tripping clearly is the best way to do it 😎
Also stopped off on Russel island for lunch and to check out the town - it's been a good day!
Stopped off for a quick cliff walk on Urupukapuka island 👍
Scenery everywhere is incredible so far!
Dolphin hunting day trip out in The Bay of Islands 🐬
Afternoon chill out - plotting where to go next ☕️
Top chef 👨🍳 looking after us - boys on washing up duty
Perfect start to this leg of the journey! 🌈
Smooth pick up of the van, great little road trip up north, managed to get all our supplies on the way and now we're all set up at the caravan park plugged into power and dinner done ✅😎
After a long couple of days we've made it 🍷 met Alex and chilling in a nice apartment before the road tripping begins 🛣🚘
Delayed first flight and a missed connecting flight lead to an extra unplanned night in Malaysia.. rescheduled for this evening 🤞
Another flight down and we're back in Sanur - one night chill before we head back to the airport tomorrow before NZ 😎
Giant frog fish!! Look closely 🤙🏻
Don't really want to leave Labuan bajo and Uber Scuba but also looking forward to a couple nights relaxing then leaving Indonesia
As well as some of the most incredible diving in the world - these guys all made our time in Komodo incredible.
Hilarious, good natured guys as well as being the best dive guides around showing us all the cool stuff under water all at the same time as keeping us safe 😎
Another great day out on the dive boat with a quick trip to Rinca Island to see the Komodo dragons before heading back
Tori trying to show off her hovering skills at the safety stop 🙌
2nd dive of the day and we jumped in with the giant manta rays! Saw a couple of these guys but he was 💯% the alpha
First day out in Komodo National park with Uber Scuba and it was incredible!
Finally left Ubud and arrived in Labuan bajo (Komodo island) let the diving begin 🙏🏻
Bit of prep for NZ 😎
Ubud ridge walk
The stressed out concentration face 😜
Handmade jewellery making class 🔨💎
Full day exploring parts of the city that we hadn't come across yet - now time for a swim
Back to our chill out spot after a horrible boat trip. Nice chunk of time here, then a weeks more diving and then we're off to NZ! 🤞
South east Asia is drawing to an end 🙃😔
Despite being together pretty much all day Tori has somehow managed to organise a cake being made 🎂 🎉
Seriously lovely thought and it looks alright but the Indonesians clearly have never made cake before and we're not quite sure it's edible! 😂😂
Happy birthday to me 🍺
We have done and will still be doing far better diving but still, fun to back underwater again 🤙🏻
Nice evening with a BBQ on the beach and a big screen movie 🎥 beer in hand 🍺
A bit of faffing about on the boats but we've arrived on Gili air 🍹
Mini loop of Lombok complete ✅ time to slow down for a bit
Another evening, another waterfall ☔️
Arrived in Sanura - this is the jumping off point for some people who trek Rinjini. Although we aren't climbing it, there's some more pretty good views for us
Great day today - back for dinner and an early night then onto to Sanaru tomorrow morning 😁
Looking forward to being woken up at 4.30am again from the mosque booming calls to prayer from the loud speak for about two hours 😂
Stopping in secret water falls for a cool down. No one else around in this area other than local villagers and farmers.
We have to whole jungle to ourselves 👍
We were invited into a little hippy camp that we passed and offered tea and coffee
No cost, just the chance to meet new people and this guy was pretty entertaining ✌️
Lombok kids seem to be really friendly! Just want say hello and if their English is good enough, ask what our names our.. not like some of the other south East Asian places we've been to where they are looking for money or anything like that
Swinging over one of terraces
Collecting some veg 🥒🌶
Apart from this we also tasted all sorts of food; local bamboo, sugar plants, peas, chillies, papaya etc all straight from the land
Today we went trekking through rice fields, jungles and local villages with a guide from our camp 😎
Welcome coffee ☕️ and fruit 🍉
Tori in front of our little bungalow hut 👌🏻
Arrived in Tetebatu - small little village in the middle of the jungle surrounded by rice fields and mountains ⛰
On the drive into central Lombok we passed a big crowd in the street and were told it was local stick fighting. This is very traditional so we asked to pull over to take a look.
The men volunteer to prove themselves armed only with a shield and a rattan stick 🤺
Arrived on Lombok 👍
Ferry "terminal" starting to get busy
Getting ready for a pampering - Balinese stlye - just because it's such a good deal
Massage, body scrub, and facial for probably a 30th of the price back home!
Off to Lombok now for some homestays and culture if all goes to plan
Moved up the coast closer to the fast boat ferry terminal ready for some island hopping
Change of plans and route a bit. Back in Denpasar for the night.
14 hours door to door yesterday form Ubud to South Sulawesi. Travel days like that are getting a bit tiring but still so cool to see so much diversity driving along the coast of Sulawesi. Constant stares (obviously extremely rare to see a white person)
Chilling out today - hopefully start some diving tomorrow.
Most untouched place we've been so far.
Some of you may enjoy knowing that we spent an hour and a half "finding ourselves" this evening with some meditative yoga 🙏🏻 Namaste
Met up with our friend Chris we met in Thailand 6 months ago 👍
Very relaxing time in Ubud. Spent the morning wandering around the "touristy" sacred monkey forest which was still a lot of fun and then blended in with all the health gurus and chilled out even more. Not bad at all 😎
Good start to our time here over looking the rice fields and getting our bearings a little bit
Travel day again - ready for bed in Ubud! 😴😴😴
Finished a very busy and productive day tucking into some noodles 🍝 and duck 🦆 in Chinatown 👌🏻
We hung around for the evening light show which is pretty cool
Coffee ☕️ and squinty eyes on the top of gardens at the bay
Day out exploring the city 🌃
Checked into a cool little capsule hostel in rainy and stormy Singapore after a full day of travel
Final stop at the the memorial site for those involved in POW camps during WW2 before heading back to the airport to leave Borneo - on to Singapore
More searching for birds and monkeys
Rainforest canopy walk 🚶🏻
Spotted this guy from the boat on the way back to the mainland 🐊
Returning back to the lodge for another round of great food that's on offer and to sit and talk about the day 😃
Last afternoon on the river with a really great group of people 👍
Even the small stuff became really interesting with our extremely knowledgeable guide who could tell us anything and everything about all of the species that we came across 🐛🐜🕸🕷🐞🦅🐍🦅
Morning nature walk out the back of our lodge 🦎🐸🦉🎋🍂
Proboscis monkey 🐒
Pygmy Elephants on the river bank.. rare to see these guys so very happy 🐘
Afternoon river cruise 🚣
Awesome place ☝️
Checked in a few doors down from where Sir David Attenborough stayed 3 years ago.
The smallest breed of bear in the world at the sun bear conservation
Nursery for the younger guys although they are free to come and go as they please during the day
Orangutan centre visit. Really cool place that rescues orphans - great to see them being so well looked after and we actually got to see a young Orangutan in the semi wild where there not dependant on the centre for food or anything but it was so difficult to get a good picture to post. Amazing to see though 😃
Sorry for the upload of loads of photos but this was such an amazing experience that we had to share! 😀
New hatchlings very quickly taken from the hatchery to the shoreline where they can be released into the wild.. hopefully as many of them make it as possible! 🐢🐢🐢
One of the park rangers carefully moving the eggs into a secure man made chamber that mimics what the female turtles actually dig in order to protect the eggs from predators and give them the best chance of survival
Large green sea turtle settling into her nest to lay eggs on the beach 👌🏻
Simple comfortable accommodation perfect for this little island 🌴
We were lucky to witness her lay 96 eggs!
When they are laying eggs, turtles pretty much go into a trance mode where they barely even notice the presence of humans as long as your not right in front of their face or shinning light in their eyes of course
"Hatchery 2" where the newly laid eggs are incubated
Crystal clear waters with good snorkelling
One of the many monitor lizards 🦎 strolling round like they own the place
Making our way to the beach hut meeting new friends 👍
Speed boat over to Selingan island for the night to try and spot baby turtles hatching 🐢
Coffee break en route to the jetty
Arrived and checked in, in Sandakan city ready to start our wildlife tour tomorrow 😀
Back in the city now just waiting for our flight to Borneo! 😀
Our beachside village surrounded by thick and mountainous jungle
Jungle exploring 👣
A few of the guys we spent our time with 👍
A fair bit of time was spent reading 📖 while we were in this very quiet village
Our little home for the last few days
"Welcome to our village"
Probably the most "off grid" we have ventured so far. South of Tioman island only accessible by boat due to the dense forest and there's a nice storm keeping us pinned in. Back to the mainland in a few days! Let's hope we make it!
Ps. Probably the last of the internet connection for a while - using phone data to post this
Rare and momentary blue skies on one of the sea taxi trips 🚣
Good day today 😎 Nasi lemak local breakfast by the river, long walks into town and lots of snorkelling in the ocean 🌊
One for you Malc - Malaysian golf course beneath the jungle
Classic photo of the swing on the beach.. nice evening after some dinner and a rainy day
Finally arrived on Pulau Tioman - got a good feeling about this one 😎 just hoping for sunny weather!
Our interpretation online of "regular ferries" has lead us to a full day of travel from Kuala Lumpur this morning over to Mersing in order to catch a ferry to Tioman island.. only to find out that regular ferries meant ONE ferry that left at 11.30 this morning.
Not a massive issue as there are hotels available near the jetty and we are booked on the ferry for tomorrow morning but it is annoying because we have accommodation sorted for tonight in Tioman - Alas earwax
What else is there to do when your stuck on an island! 🍺
Cable car up to the highest point for some decent views
Rented a car today to cruise round and explore the island 👍
Checking in to Langkawi island 🌴 on a wet and grey day.. we're hoping the weather improves after this stop as we start to move further east! 🙏🏻
Another day out exploring the city and hunting for hidden street art...
...Became really easy after we were persuaded into the trishaw to get out of the heat 🔥
Plus the old Malay man knew everything there was to know about the city which was cool
Chinese Malay dim sum
Arrived in Georgetown, Penang.
Spent the evening wandering round the local neighbourhood with a guy we met on the bus getting our bearings and trying loads of different street foods 😀
We also stopped at a butterfly 🦋 farm on the way home (terrifying) but everyone else seemed to like it..
More pretty views strolling through the hillside 🌼
The supposedly famous Cameron highland high tea ☕️ this was obviously a highlight for Tori and I actually enjoyed it as well!
Another great day out today. We rented scooters and searched for viewpoints overlooking the massive tea plantations with a couple we met hiking yesterday 👍
Thick clouds came in just as we neared the top - typical. Was still good to stand up high and look down while getting some fresh air
Made it 👍
Way more steep than it looks but a lot of fun on the way back down 🤸♂️
The navigator leading the way
Felt much more elegant than I apparently looked
Sweaty day out hiking 🚶♀️ 🚶🏻
One very comfy bus journey later we've arrived in the Cameron Highlands 😀
Wandered round the city and it's endless shopping malls today, went to the cinema again and finished off watching the little water and light show at Patronas Towers..
Getting out of the city and into the countryside tomorrow!
Arrived in KL. start point for the Malaysian adventure.
Quite a few times we had to stop and jump off so the "train" could be lifted off the track to let oncoming traffic pass before being replaced on the tracks ready to roll again
Cruising through the country side this morning along the bamboo railway 🚂
Arrived in rural and sleepy Battambang - plan on spending the rest of the afternoon by the pool and getting a couple of things sorted and booked for the next part of the trip 📆📝
Out to explore the town tomorrow👍
Tomb raider temple
Taking a break from the humidity!
Angkor Thom - the last capitol of the Khmer empire
Didn't quite get to see the sun "rise" over Angkor Wat because of clouds but still cool to see the most iconic view of the largest religious monument in the world
Very early 4am start today - out exploring the temples around the Angkor Wat complex
Disabled musicians trying to make a living by the river - pretty good music 🎶
Endless markets around town
Enjoying Siem reap and it's lively city - up early tomorrow for a day at the temples
Left Phnom Pehn after learning a lot about the brutal history of this country. The capitol city has been pretty interesting and now arrived in Siem Reap
Visited S-21 and the "killing fields" today.
This man was one of only two remaining survivors who went through this prison.
National museum of Cambodia in Phnom Penh 🤓
Just arrived in Phnom Pehn - check out our little maisonette 🏠
Spider man at BKK cinema 📽🎞
China town 🇨🇳 🐉
My pod set up to watch tv on my phone 📱 before trying to get some sleep 😴
After another night on the sleeper train we've arrived back in Bangkok.
Here for a few nights before we fly over to Cambodia 🇰🇭
Penultimate breakfast on Koh Tao... been a good one here..
(KoPPee on Ross's recommendation) ☕️
Viewpoints and exploration 👍
This guy swam around with us, stared us in the eyes and then surfaced to get himself a breath of air before swimming back down! 🤙🏻
Now time for dinner! 🥘 🍚
Great day on the boat today - this was an action shot another diver friend took of Tori during our best turtle 🐢 encounter yet!
Coconut 🌴 seems pretty still so I guess the weather should be ok 🤔
Chilling out yesterday with a beer in the pool 🍺
Dive site map 🗺 - how many of these can we dive in a week?!
Breakfast this morning 🌅✅ liking it here already!
First dive this afternoon 🏊 🏊♀️
Arrived in Koh Tao - time for a week of diving and exploring and to get a bit of enthusiasm for travel back in us!
A little backdated one I forgot to post - watching The Lions 🦁 play the All Blacks ⚫️ in and irish bar!
Arrived in Koh Samui - time to see what is on offer here 😀
On the road/boat to Ko Samui! 😎
Sky was a bit white and grey but still good ☑️
Health and safety non existent we were able to follow the "route to viewpoint" up the limestone to get a fairly decent view over Railay beach ⚠️⬆️
Drinking smoothies and trying to avoid the storm coming in! ⛈
...and some caves to check out 🦇
Had a little explore of Railay - lots of monkeys 🐒 hanging around town...
On Railay - will update tomorrow
Time to leave lanta, haven't done too much here hence the reason for no updates..
It's a very chilled out place particularly in low season there was no one here!
But we did go to an animal sanctuary which takes in and try's to re-home as many stray and neglected animals as possible which was cool and we helped out by doing some dog walking 🐶
Not up to much while we're here other than completely recharging..
We've checked into a fancy place for a couple of nights as it's Tori's birthday tomorrow and the low season means there are some ridiculously good deals at the minute! 💰 💰
She's very happy
Now on Ko Lanta - time to slow down again and chill here for a little while after a lot of moving around and travel days 🌞
Messing around at Maya bay - "The beach"
Quick trip over to koh Phi Phi to get out of Phuket and kill a couple of days before we head back to meet friends on holiday 👍
Can't complain with the hotel views for £14 at night!
Back in Thailand after a long long travel day..
This was the only photo I had time for 🍍
Came all the way up here with the hope of seeing Whale sharks but due to a lack of research and the season finishing early - this guy is the only one we get to see for now 🐋
They'll be other opportunities! 🙂
14 hours of travel later we've arrived in Donsol!
Flat boat off the island 30 min bangka ride 4 hour overloaded, hot bus ride with no suspension 6 hours in the airport after delays Then the mechanic on the plan to resolve "technical issues" 1 hour flight And finally an hour and a half drive with a wannabe Philipino race car 🏁 driver navigating the winding roads - we made it
Really sad to leave Malapascua behind 🌅
Local kids intrigued by the laptop 💻 when I was sorting out some video footage over dinner 🙂
Tori and our instructor, Mette - we've had to learn and practice a fair amount but have had such a laugh over the last few days 🐟🐡🦐🦑🐠🐙🦀
Loving life 🙋🏻♂️
Getting ready for another mid morning dive at Gato island 👍
There's something special about sitting at 25 metres for a while with these bad boys at 6am 🦈
We've been diving and chilling in Malapascua for the last few days now and have both completed our advanced open water certifications! 😝
Couldn't ask for a better start for our early mornings with Evolution!
Quick check in - arrived in Malapascua after a day of travel. Beginning the advanced open water course tomorrow morning 🌊👍
High up and in the centre of the island - "Chocolate hills"
It's a cool bit of nature and a nice place for sunset 👍
Another little road trip and round 2 seeing these guys 👁👁
On the way home after some more exploring with the guys.
We put some decent mileage on the bikes today so everyone was a bit achy but this was one of the photos we got heading back - Bohol is amazing
Today we went to the tarsier sanctuary 🐒 these little guys were awesome! So cute and very interesting to watch and learn a little bit about 👍
Adventure day today with a couple we met back in El Nido, so much fun working our way through the canyon - climbing, swimming and jumping off some pretty high water falls.
Cameras never do this sort of thing any justice but this was an incredible day 😄
Arrived in Cebu, only stayed one night and up early for a trip to Kawasan falls the following day for some canyoning!
Quick ferry off from Boracay and back to the airport. Should be over on Cebu by this evening 😀
Daily stroll though here to get to the beach 🌊 🌴
These little sand sculptures are everywhere so we had to take a photo 👨🎨
Good view of the islands from 8000ft
Little 9 seater over to Boracay ✈️
We aren't qualified to dive deep enough yet to scuba dive the Japanese shipwrecks (We will come back one day when we're certified!)
This one though was at an angle where the top began at 5 metres - the bottom going all the way down to 35.. impossible to see without scuba.. but i was able to free dive a bit of the way down and get some cool shots 🎥
Tori searching Barracuda lake for the only giant barracuda left.. centre point of the lake is 60 metres deep and it's pretty big so we were told we would be lucky to find "her"
Just before we had to leave she spotted it with me as the only witness - no one else believed we saw it! 🐟
This lagoon was a mix of fresh and salt water so you could open your eyes without them burning which was pretty cool
Great day out island hopping yesterday 🌴👣
Bit cloudy ⛅️
700 and something steps up this afternoon for a nice view of Coron town and some of the surrounding islands
6 hours across the water and we've arrived in Coron - saw a few dolphins on the way over 🐬😎
Alex working on the afternoon refreshments 🌴
After waiting due to illness, we're finally certified divers!
Another incredible day on the boat with perfect conditions, 30 metres of visibility, stingrays, a baby turtle, huge tuna fish, barracudas and big colourful schools of fish in amongst amazing coral walls and gardens we can definitely say we are both hooked!
On top of that Palawan divers really looked after as and we had amazing instructors and a really awesome crew on the boat taking care of equipment, driving to and from each dive spot and cooking up excellent food!
Can't wait to get back in the water ASAP 🤙🏻👌🏻
Dinner out with a good friend we met all the way back in Thailand, was so cool to cross paths and catch up! 👍
Sunsets like this just don't get old 🌅
🌧Fun in all conditions ⛈☔️
Awesome afternoon out paddle boarding with the boys! (Dan and Alex) We got all the way around the bay before the weather turned and had to paddle back to shore in the pouring rain - was actually pretty refreshing though! 🛶⛱
We've been in El Nido for two weeks now so moved to a beach the other side of town for a change of scene 🤗
Still in El Nido - slight delays with diving as tori hasn't been feeling too great with a cold. Not a bad place to kill a bit of time though (when the weather is like this!)
Some cool fish being nosy and getting involved 🐟
Practice skills with kamil - I think we were demonstrating we could clear a flooded mask here 🤙🏻
We we're even lucky enough to see a green sea turtle 🐢
Really cool aquatic life and so much colour!
Part of the pre dive buddy safety check 👍
Heading out on the boat ready for our open water qualification with Palawan Divers!
There are way too many photos to upload but here's a few of our incredible first day!
Have to start going through and learning this bad boy ready for Mondays theory test 🤓
Limited Internet connection and temperamental weather. Only been here for the afternoon and we've had monsoon like rain and lightening as well as beautiful blue skies.
Hoping for good weather in the morning as we're booked in for at least 7 nights here and diving starts next week! ⛵️🌊🌞
Visa extension accepted.. wandered round Puerto princessa and now after a long, overloaded bus ride we're in El Nido 🙉
4 layers of candy floss while we had to kill some time in a shopping mall 🍭
Riding backwards in the side car of a "trike"
After a slightly delayed flight we've arrived in Puerto Princessa. Need to go to the embassy in the morning to extend our visa but all good.
Awesome weekend with alex, spent most of our time on the beach, had a bit of an explore, played on a total wipeout type thing and drank too much, we finished off today with a bit of snorkelling in the corals. Heading back to the city tomorrow
Another fun little afternoon away from the beach
A drive and a boat down to Puerto Galera - there will probably be a few beers on the beach this weekend🍺
Arrived in Manilla, the Philipines. Staying with my brother alex as he has a long weekend off work!
Will upload photos asap
Cruising back to the harbour 😎
Climbed up to get inside one of the caves in the rock - apparently almost all of the formations are hollow and it's just a case of finding the opening for each one
We spent a lot of the night squid 🐙 fishing 🎣 with bamboo rods a bit of string and a hook - they were then cooked by the staff and eaten as a midnight snack
Views from our cabin
Although the weather wasn't incredible, the mist gave the landscape a cool look and the sun coming though the cloud still looked awesome
Bamboo rafts would get us close to the limestone as well as into the pearl farm and floating village
2 day 1 night cruise out to Ha long and Baitu Long bays ⛴
Arrived in Hanoi - change of scene compared to Hoi An
Cool shot of the local fisherman (had to put the filter on to make it look even cooler)
Think we were all fairly happy with what we made 👍
Laid back cooking class 🍤🥘🌮🍴
Quite fun though 😁
No idea why they thought round "boats" were a good idea 💡🤔
All the way down the river you can see these sorts of set ups - nets are lowered in the afternoon (bait left in the water) and pulled back up the following morning every day with a fresh catch to be taken to the market. Apparently it's a good way to make a living here
Big old bits of tuna being weighed out 🐟
Soaking up the local culture through the market this morning
Town gets even prettier at night time - Hoi An is famous for its hanging lanterns.. they're everywhere
Both agreed - best coffee shop we've ever been too - didn't know there were so many ways of doing coffee ☕️
This traditional Vietnamese iced coffee is incredible!
Been exploring Hoi An for the last couple of days - we have bicycle rental included in our stay and it's the perfect way to get around town along with the locals 🚴👍
Arrived in Hoi An - didn't get much sleep on the over night bus but we did get a free room upgrade 👍
After a week in Mui Ne, we've finally moved on and arrived in Nha Trang - only staying for a couple of nights to break up the journey further north.. bit of a tourist resort but nice beach 🌊
This evening we joined all the other crazy bikers for a trip to catch the sun set over the red sand dunes 🛵🌞🤘
Tuesday mornings seem to be made for this and Vietnamese iced coffees 🏖
Took the bike for a quick spin up the coast to have a look at the nearby fishing village 👌🏻
Once again we found puppies - mummy dog has six of these fat balls of fluff running around 🐶
Seafood BBQ place 30 seconds from our front door - been here for lunch two days in a row so far..
NO JOKE - we are eating fresh lobster, scallops and prawns caught each morning and cooked for us by the fisherman for less then £4!!
Love Mui Ne already, such a cool place with the nicest atmosphere 🌅
5 hours outside of Hoh Chi Minh on a cool little sleeper bus 🚌 we've arrived in Mui Ne.
Our first view of the ocean so far and it looks like a really cool town! 😎🏄♀️🏄
One of the sky bars above Ho Chi Minh
We both got the chance to shoot some old AK47's at Cu Chi shooting range 👍
Afternoon at the war Museum getting an insight into the Vietnam war
Arrived in Hoh Chi Minh city - here for a couple of nights to experience the city buzz, meet up with our friends Ross and Laura and see the Cu Chi tunnels
Stilted homes for the fishing families
We cycled a long stretch of the lake before we took a canoe across the water with our bikes to continue the journey back to town - 4 hour round trip saw a lot of local sights
Rice paddies near the lake - flat ones like this are for "sticky rice"
Rented some old bikes for the day to explore the lake and it's surrounding areas
Found a nice little room to stay in at Inle lake - our last couple of nights in Myanmar before we leave for Vietnam 🇻🇳
Two days of intense walking ended with the most refreshing waterfall!
Our room for the night shared with our trekking group 😎
Arriving at the village we will be staying in..
Setting off on a two day, one night homestay trek in the the hills of Hsipaw.
There are various hill tribes that live and farm very different lives up here with their own way of living and different languages etc.
We will be covering 17km of farm land on day one to reach the family that we will be staying with. We'll have basic accommodation and our meals cooked for us before we return back to town downhill on a slightly shorter route of 14km.
It was roughly 5 hours walking each day in 38+ degrees of heat, extremely steep, dusty terrain with a thick layer of smoke in the air as its "burning season" where all the farmers burn there fields across Myanmar to get them ready for the next harvest. Not the easiest first trek for either of us!
Checking out how the locals live and getting food later in preparation for the trek tomorrow!
Arrived in Hsipaw - small little town but nice to explore and check out the markets
People jump on and off at each station to sell noodles, watermelons and all sorts of drinks etc
Leaving Pyin Oo Lwin for Hsipaw via a bumpy old train 🚂 that took 8 hours. Not quite the same as back at home!
Arrived in Pyin Oo Lwin to break up the journey onto Hsipaw - 3586 metres above sea level. Nice change of pace again and checked into the only hostel in town - an old colonial breaking point for high class brits who used to travel through this region. It's dated but super fancy! 🏠
Hopefully we'll have some time to explore nearby waterfalls and botanical gardens over the next day and a half
Her royal highness 👸 enjoying a cup of coffee watching the sun rise
4.30am wake up to catch the ferry north from Bagan to Mandalay. Started off dark and cold but as the 11 hour journey continued we got some good weather and nice views ⛴ 🇲🇲
Rented Electric scooters for the day. We were searching for pagodas to climb and explore - so much fun doing it ourselves and heading off road 🛵😎
Arrived in Bagan after a 10 hour overnight bus. Wasn't too bad and as we got in at about 5.30 am we headed straight to one of the pagodas to catch the sunrise. Not a bad start 😀
Biggest pagoda in Yangon. Very hot up there and full of gold and diamonds 💎
Checked into pickled tea hostel for one night. Went out to find dinner. Cultural overload, a new language to learn the greetings for and a completely ridiculous currency! 🇧🇫
Bus booked to travel overnight tomorrow north to Bagan 🚌
Back in Chiang mai - hostel with a pool 😎
Our group mocking the Chinese tourists and there crazy photography attempts.. ☯️🈶🉐
Such a good place to spend the evening ✅
Tori taking her time through part of the canyon - there some pretty big drops 👀
Natural hot springs - not that we need warming up!
Bamboo rafts in the cave - was hard to get a load of decent pictures as the only light came from a lantern
Haven't done too much for the last couple of days, although we had a full day out today exploring Pai!
We got to the hot springs, rafted through this awesome place called Lod cave and managed to catch the sunset up at Pai Canyon 🌅
Just arrived in Pai after a 4 hour bus journey - 762 hairpins on one road! Glad we had motion sickness pills with us.
Now time to explore this lazy town then chill out in one of the hammocks!
Unplanned evening out lead to a stupid cabaret show and look who gets pulled up on stage!
Chill out day by the pool today after all this "hard work" and researching the next bit of the journey 😎
Today we went to the "sticky falls" with a group of friends - the high calcium levels in the water have made the rocks naturally sticky so you can literally walk up and down the steep waterfall face, ropes were set up where it was almost vertical!
Such a cool and unique place to chill out in the jungle for the day and it was the perfect hangover cure 🍺🙏🏻
We also got work with over 520 rescue dogs 🐶
Tori wants to go back and adopt!
Yellow ribbons are blessed and tied in this way by the monks who aim to prevent destruction and deforestation
It's impossible to summarise how amazing this week actually was. Full of emotional highs and some very lows as well.
We learnt a huge amount about the welfare of the Asian elephant and we're lucky enough to be a part of a rehab program that is working tirelessly to improve the treatment of animals across Thailand.
As well as all the jobs around the park we also met some awesome friends, got close up with amazing elephants, played football with the locals, were cooked incredible meals and we're truly looked after.
Photos will not do this justice but I'll leave a select few below.
Here is also a link for more info: https://www.elephantnaturepark.org/a%E2%80%A6/facts-about-elephants/
Arrived at elephant nature park, here for a week.
Doing loads of different chores around the park from helping with the rescued elephants and dogs, to scoping dung, to building dams and protecting the land from forest fires.
Having a great time so far - limited internet connection so next update will probably be back in Chiangmai.
Early pick up this morning for a full day kayaking down mae ping river. Paddled an 18km stretch of the river taking about 4 hours with a few stops to call off every now and again.
Came across water buffalo on the banks and in the water as well as local fisherman and awesome jungle scenery.
Decent workout by the end of it!
Spent the morning at the hostel, before heading out to Chiangmai old town for a look around, then booked into an afternoon/evening cooking course
Met some really nice people already and after shopping for ingredients, cooking and eating all our own Thai meals we ended up at an open air food and drink court with live music and a beer!
Pretty good day 👌🏻
Tori setting up bunk
Checked in to D-Well hostel, Chiang mai. Got to hang around for a bit until we can get into the dorm. Probably head out to get our bearings..
12 - 14 hour overnight train journey from Bangkok to Chiangmai begins.
Great service, half decent food on board (too spicy for tori), the most efficient little team of people to turn seats into beds and actually pretty comfortable other than the ride being a bit bumpy! 🚂😴
Looking forward to exploring Chiangmai city before being picked up for elephant nature park on Monday morning 😎🐘
Last day lazing around Siameze hostel before we get the overnight train to Chiangmai tonight
Day out in city, cranky old long boat on the way there and stopped on koh San road for pad Thai and spring rolls on the way back 👍
Getting over the jet lag and long flight. Will be heading into Bangkok central over the next couple of days to see some sights.
Arrived in bangkok - siamaze hostel. Got massive room with ensuite and spending a couple of nights here. First night was settling into the hostel with free unlimited coffee and hammocks.
Setting off from Gatwick - the start of the adventure
|Dates:||27 Feb 2017 - 16 Nov 2017|
|Duration:||8 months, 3 weeks|