|Dates:||27 Feb 2017 - 27 May 2017|
|Duration:||2 months, 4 weeks|
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 - 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 - 27 May 2017|
|Duration:||2 months, 4 weeks|