Krabi Town & Sokran (Thai New Year)

Krabi town was better than I expected, instead of staying 2 nights as planned we stayed an extra 2. The bus ride there we met a lovely bunch of girls who we eventually stayed with during our time here 🙂 The hostel (Pak Up) that we stayed in was amazing! Modern, clean, chilled atmosphere and it had proper thick bed sheets, like at home 😀

After settling in we visited tiger temple and before you ask no there isn’t any real tigers lol. Anyways we walked up 1274 steps to a temple at a top of the mountain! Was hard work, as some of the steps was sooo steep and scary little monkeys on the way. It took, just under half an hour and the view was amazing especially during sunset!! Before we left, the girls brought a celebratory beer (not a fan of beer so I opted for sprite lol) for the top however big tip as it was a temple we totally forgot that alcohol was strictly forbidden!! So that was an epic fail moment esp as there where monks around but they didn’t see phewww.

The next day it was Songkran (Thai New Year) I found out this is the only day when you can literally drench anyone with water!!! 😀 That morning our hostel had a huge barrel of water filled with buckets and water guns. My highlight of the morning was pouring a whole bucket of water on a dry women on a motorbike who had to stop at a crossing LOL. There was also loads of open back trucks that carried loads of people who we had a massive water war with hahaha.

After the crazy water fights we took a long tail boat to Riley Beach which was AMAZING! The sand and sea was good however the scenery of the rocks around the bay was the highlight, the atmosphere was warming as the locals was celebrating there new year. We had a lush lunch of bbq chicken, pad thai and coleslaw and before we left we took a walk around the caves on the island. That evening we had dinner, cocktails and a boogie 🙂

The third day we all rented bicycles and took a long tail boat over the river and biked for 40 minutes on a small remote island. It was a change of scenery as it felt like we was in the countryside with no westerners around and kids waving hello to us (cute). We biked to luxury hotel and was able to use their swimming pool where we created a synchronise swim routine haha. After we biked back and stopped at a seafood restaurant where I had a messy but well lush red thai crab curry yummm. That evening we visited a good evening market where i picked up some vintage waist high Levi’s shorts for £2 and Nick brought random cheap clothes too.

The day after me and nick went on James Bond tour which my mum had always wanted to go to last time we was in Thailand. The day consisted of the usual boat ride, sight seeing, James Bond island, canoeing, and then lunch/shop on the floating village. That evening we was in for a treat 🙂 as one of the british guys who “helped” at the hostel cooked a proper roast chicken including all the trimmings for 20 people!! It was soo lushhhh!!

The last day me and nick had a relaxing massage before we got on the bus to Bangkok baby 😀

Overall Krabi was a small cute town with plenty of things to do. It’s normally just a quick stop over to Bangkok but be warned you may stay here longer than expected.

XOXO

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Full Moon Party

The evening of the full moon party we took a speedboat over to Ko Pha Ngan and made some new friends on the way. Leading up to this day we have heard so many weird and crazy stories about the party from people dying, getting shot, theft, etc and i just couldn’t get over the fact there would be over 20,000 people visiting this one beach just to party!! It started off really well with out first bucket with a flashing ice cube haha 🙂 and then a crazy painting session with a group of lads from Australia. Nick painted an amazing thing all over my arm that continued onto my face. That night we just partied up and down the beach, from bar to bar, each blasting different types of music. By 1pm the beach was heaving with people in rave paints holding buckets 😀 and having a good time!

The entertainment on the beach was FIREE, locals swinging fire around, petrol fire slide that people could slide down and a huge skipping rope lit on fire. The fire Shows were amazing to watch, however joining in was not the best decision i could have made. Being stupid when drunk i thought i would attempt the skipping! Not cool lol, i received 2 small burns 😦 but don’t worry it was minor. I got bandaged up at the first aid place and then carried on drinking buckets for the rest of the night. Made new friends during the night and danced until we couldn’t hack it anymore and took the 5am speedboat back to Ko Samui 🙂 Tip dont go in to the sea during the night as it got abit polluted by…. i guess you can fill in the missing blanks oh and dont play with fire lol

Overall the full moon party was a great experience and I am happy to say that i have been there and done that! Wished we could of lasted till sunrise as the view was meant to be amazing. Nevermind, there is always next time 🙂

XOXO

The Gulf of Thailand aka Islands on the East Coast

After our spontaneous plane trip to Thailand we finally arrived at Ko Pha Ngan, one of many islands on the Southern Gulf Coast. The first impression of Thailand wasn’t that great, as we boarded off the ferry we where greeted by many local touts. After some deliberation we ended up in a open back truck that took us to Hat Yao on the west coast. Here we found an amazing guesthouse that was newly refurbished and had aircon and fresh towels (luxury item) for £4 a night. That night we ate at an amazing hotel resort on the beach front, it was soo romantic all lit up, the staff was amazingly polite and helpful and with old school love songs in the background like westlife hahah. The sea was dead, completely different to the previous sea in Malaysia.

The next day we took a taxi to a local beach further North, here there is a tiny island just of the coast that is connected by a small sandy path, half way through the sandy path disappeared which led to us walking in the sea (not good when you’re short and the water is coming up to my waist). Here we sunbathed and went snorkelling. On the way back we decided to finish the relaxing day by having a Thai massage for like £5 an hour.

The full moon party was soon, which was located on the South of Ko Pha Ngan, we decided to travel Ko Samui the island next door as the accommodation around the full moon party was quite expensive and had minimum night stay. So Ko Samui wasn’t anything that I expected, we walked along the strip that felt like I was in Ibiza again! Loads of westerners, pubs/bars, amazing hotels and just general crappy souvenir shops all cramped together along the strip.

The island didn’t really have much to offer so we decided to go on a cheap island tour. Here we visited a couple of  Buddhas (wasn’t impressed), view point (not amazing), monkey breaking cocunuts, an okay waterfall and then the highlight of the trip was two rock formations that looks like the female and male genitals (nicknames fanny and dick) was quite impressed of the fanny hahaha. Then we headed of to the full moon party that evening but that will be in a separate blog 🙂

Next day we crashed the hotel next door and laid by the pool that afternoon before catching a boat to Ko Tao. Here we spend 2 days relaxing on the beach, which was nice after the busy island of Ko Samui. We heard from our books and people that it was one of the best islands to go diving but unfortunately we didn’t have time as we had a Ang Thong tour booked. Hopefully after Vietnam we may have a spare week to come back 😀

The Ang Thong National Marine park  tour was amazing it was made up of 42 small islands.  The day consisted of speed boat, sight seeing. buffet on a deserted beach, kayaking and beach. In the evening we found the local market which had local music, here we brought amazing sushi, meat on skewers, mango sticky rice and fresh fruit smoothie – was lush (bought way to much, both stuffed like a pig after haha).

Overall Thailand has been an amazing start with all the islands, the people are ever so friendly everywhere. The weather is hot hot hot, with hardly any rain, i have gotton so brown without even trying!! The food is here is all about the currys, our fave is the massaman curry that has potatos in it 🙂 Excited to see the rest of Thailand now

p.s im sooo far behind in my blog 😦 nearly one month – time to keep things short and sweet

XOXO

The Best Island so far – Perhentian Island

The morning of our travels to Pulau Perhentian Island (long beach) started off abit crazy… We overslept and woke up at 7.40am, 10 mins after our bus should of departed. After a 30 second discussion, we both quickly put on our shoes and ran to our bus stop 5 minutes away. Standing outside a busy local cafe in out pyjamas we soon found out that our bus hadn’t arrived 😀 we rushed back, got changed, packed and thankfully managed to catch our bus. Tip if your late for a bus/train/boat/plane in Asia always check that they haven’t left as they are more likely to be delayed, than to have left on time 🙂

At a local bus stop in Juranitut, we bumped into a worker who we meet previously. He turned out to be nicest guy ever, he let us use the Internet, drove us to the post office (sent nicks postcards on special friend discount) and drove us to the next bus stop and then gave us a whole melon to eat 🙂

It took us nearly the whole day to travel from Taman Negara to Perhentian, which included a boat trip to the island. We found a small bungalow with a fan for £4, and i had a ride on the back of the owners motorbike up the hill to our room. We ended the day having a BBQ dinner set of king prawns on the beach front.

The following day it felt was like I was on holiday 🙂 the bay was a long stretch of lovely white sandy beach. The sea was amazeballs, it was crystal clear and the waves was massive – constant strong wave machine soo much fun. However there was a flip side, 2 locals drowned a few days before due to the strong current. One of the days we were enjoying a light lunch when we heard screams from the sea, it was pretty scary stuff but the locals were on it! A hench man in little tight black trunks ran out and swam into the sea and saved the struggling swimmer. Round of applause all round.

The islands atmosphere in the evening was perfect. We had dinner on the beach front, lit by fire lanterns and sat on the beach chilling, drinking monkey juice and smoking shisha (nicks 1st time omg but now she’s pro 🙂

The following few days was very similar – food, beach, sea, drinks and shisha. One day we bumped into a few guys we meet previously at the formula 1 (small world). On the Saturday evening there where free drinks for the ladies and I had a little boogie at the bar haha. I soon realised that the locals love to ask me for my Facebook?! How do u say no?? Anyway I give them my name. As I know for a fact they won’t be able to find me as there are hundreds of me, perfect plan (p.s. I am the best one of out of the hundreds 😀

The last day I nearly got caught in the sea current and struggled to swim only a few metres back to shore even though the water was only up to my stomach, however I met a few guys from Liverpool who pulled me in 🙂 which was funny as they struggled for 10 minutes swimming themselves. (actually wasn’t funny lol). That night we had met up with the same guys and couple of others. We decided that we would meet up with the boys in north of Thailand to go trekking with, we will see…

Overall Perhentian island was perfect. The sea, sand, restaurant and the evening atmosphere. It was the perfect the break that nick and I needed to relax and wind down after the hectic trips inland. I kinda wished that we went snorkelling as its meant to be amazing here with loads of sea turtles. Our Malaysian adventures are fast approaching the end!

P.s. we both started to miss/crave potatoes, as the carbs in Asia are mainly noodles and rice! To fill this craving I had an amazing tuna, sweetcorn and cheese jacket potato, yum!

XOXO

Cameron Highlands, Formula 1 and Taman Negara

Writing this blog is taking much more time than I expected, however I’ve downloaded the iPhone app so I’m typing this as I spend hours and hours on the bus travelling up and down the country. Hopefully now i will be able to update you guys more frequently 🙂

So since KL we made a two day trip to the Cameron Highlands, the weather here was lush, similar to a hot sunny day in the UK, which meant a break from the humid weather in the city. Shortly after arriving we decided to have a 30 mins neck and back massage. This is hopefully one of the many massages I will be receiving 😉 That evening for dinner we had a steam boat (also known as hot pot in the Uk) this consists of cooking meat and vegetables in a boiling pot. Sounds weird but I love it 🙂 only cost £1.50 – bargain. Was proud of nick trying lots of new foods like tofu and wontons. Our friend Tom got a bit tipsy on one can of Chang beer! Lol at him.

The following day we took a morning tour that consisted of visiting butterfly/reptile farm, strawberry farm (criminal activity took place as we stole a strawberry while we was under CCTV haha), rose centre, mosque and the tea plantation. This took up most of the day but the highlight of the tour was visiting the tea plantation and factory, the views was amazing and looked like the scene of the PG tips women picking tea leaves. The tea company there was called Boh tea which I brought for my rents to try. I also decided to buy some green tea for my dad at the local shop, however when i left I realised that they where from China = EPIC FAIL.  In the town Nick got a leather maker to hand make her a leather arm thing which she absolutely loved.

After that small trip we traveled back to KL and brought a 3 day ticket to see the Formula 1 over the weekend. To be honest I have never watched it before however i thought why not as I’m here and wasn’t too expensive. We had a hill side view which allowed us to see over 60% of the track, i couldn’t believe how loud the cars were. Before the race I got a glimpse of Michael Schmacker (dont know how to spell it) who was signing autographs. It was just our luck that it started to pour down with rain within the first few minutes of the race starting. They soon stopped the race for safety reasons, and we were unsure if it would start up again, after about 40 mins the race continued. After the Formula 1 we decided to test our racing skills by going go-karting which was fun! (Tom came 1st, then me and then Nick).

The last day in Kuala Lumper we did some shopping where Tom brought a sh*tpad (fake iPad) for around £80, the lady on the stall was very amusing. In the evening we visited the Petronas Towers which looked amazing lit up.

The final small trip was to the Taman Negara National Park, here we trekked in the jungle to the canopy walk which was 50 metres high, this was made out of rope which was a bit daunting. This trip was very peaceful with not many tourists, we took a long tail boat down the river and always ate on floating restaurants on the river, which you had to walk on a plank of wood to get on to.

Overall this trip has been very spontaneous so far, packed with little trips and activities. Time is going really quick and I’m loving every minute of it, already 17 days in and haven’t missed home so far….

xoxo

The First of Many New Friends

My first impression of KL was how much counterfeit goods where sold in china town while we was making our way to our hostel, the only place I would normally see this was HK but this was on another level with so many stores just selling fakes from LV, Mulberry, Longchamp and more.

At the hostel we bumped into a guy we met in our previous hostel in Singapore called Tom. The three of us went out for Chinese as we where staying around the corner from China town, I had chicken and chinese sausage rice clay pot for £1.20!! this was so lush, it reminds me of my parents home cooking. After we strolled down the night market browsing and bantering with the stall owners.

From that night we where travelling in a group of 3. The following days we explored Kuala Lumper which was a bit of a disappoint compared to Singapore. We visited a museum, orchid centre, national mosque (wasn’t that impressive) got lost in a massive shopping centre called Mid Valley, visited a temple in the Batu Caves which was guarded around scary monkeys and in the evenings we always walked around the busy streets of China Town buying small souvenirs which included finding boxers that fitted out friend Tom as the sizes here where tiny. Finally we gave up as the XXL was too small lol.

The three days we ate mostly Chinese food but one day we decided to have Mc Donald’s which consisted of a double chicken burger and ribena for £2.20. I found out that most of the Chinese people speak Cantonese (my language) which helped in situations like taxi fares and bargaining power. Tip When hailing a taxi look for Chinese drivers as we have found that they are less likely to scam you 🙂

Our hostel Fern Loft was really good as it was clean, modern, lots of back packers and friendly staff for only £4 a night. Here I created my own category of a stereo typical backpacker called ‘lost in travelling’ these are backpackers who stay in one place far too long, who just gets drunk in the evening and lay in bed all day, wasting time to see the city/town. There where a few of these but I guess it’s what they want.

Overall I would say KL was an okay city and only needed a few days. That’s all I think to say atm but in my next blog you will see that I stayed longer than expected.

XOXO

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‘Welcome to my Paradise’ aka Tiomen Island

I thought the trip in Singapore was a good start but by the end of Tiomen Island I kinda of didn’t want to leave, this post will explain why…

So my first impression of Tiomen wasn’t as amazing as I expected, we traveled 8 hours to get there and while on the ferry over to the island Nick was soo close to being sick. When we got dropped of at the island it took us around 20mins walking up and down till we finally found a wooden hut with a double room and basic toilet for 4 pounds a night right on the beach 🙂

The first night we had dinner in a local restaurant which probably consisted of fried rice and vegetables. Then we got chatting to the owners of a beach bar and they offered to take us to Monkey Bay which was a 1 hour walk or shall I say trek! So at this point I didn’t really have a view on the island apart from the locals where nice and friendly. The second day, we woke up Ali Babba (yes I know. i don’t think its his real name either) and Danny 9am sharp for our morning trek! The walk was a TREK! monkeys, mosquitoes, proper muddy paths and steep slopes. Without their help I don’t think we would of made it. Once we arrived I forgot about the grueling sweaty hour trek. This was where I experienced snorkeling for the first time (yes I know the first time!) It was amazing saw Nemo and family an loads of fish, went snorkeling for hours and on the way back I saw a Eagle Ray that was over 1 metre wide!!! I found out, that this was very rare as divers on the island still hadn’t seen one yet!! 😀 Tip make sure you use plenty of sun lotion on the back of your body when snorkelling as now my back body is really tanned. Spent the rest of day sunbathing and had a pizza on the beach bar, which was then I realised I was truly happy here 🙂 Spent the evening having cocktails and joining a divers birthday party where I had the chance to swing fire (which nick was a bit nervous off haha).

The next day we had a relaxing day which consisted the beach, more snorkeling and a evening BBQ dinner. On the last day we decided to take up on discovery snorkeling which turned out to be AMAZING! At first I was very scared about being under water and unable to breathe but the 2 diving instructors from Liverpool where amazing trainers. We spent 45 mins diving to around 10 metres and saw sea turtles (was less than a metre from me, eating coral), black tip sharks, nemo and loads of fish, it was like I was in a fish tank no joke! The divers said that we was extremely lucky as other people never see turtles and sharks 😀

That night we had pizza and cocktails and this was when a lady asked us to join her male friends for drinks… Staring right at me on the spot I was like okay…. Once she left we was like no way haha and drank our drinks and left to see our Tioman friends. Honestly can you say no to them to her face and not be rude?? Maybe I need to learn how to reject people and be a bitch (joke). The last night was relaxing on the beach, watching a film and chatting in front of a bonfire made just for us. Ali Baba and Danny will be missed..

Overall Tioman island was paradise, amazing diving/snorkelling site, friendly locals, lovely beach and good pizzas. Here i fell in love with ice milo (ice hot chocolate). Would love to come back one day in the future, will have to see…

XOXO

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In Hindsight…

I am currently just over one week in to my travels abroad and have just started to write this post. In hindsight I wished I set this blog stuff up before i left the UK as I am having to spend time on setting it up and making it look nice blah blah blah…

Anyway enough about that, so in the last week I have done ALOT! Didn’t think traveling was gonna be this good but currently it is living up to more than I expected!! While I was in the UK everyone was like  your gonna have an amazing time blah blah blah, but for some reason i just think it was gonna be that good (its weird cus im normally so positive and get excited by stuff so easily).

Moving on… my first stop was Singapore. Singapore is meant to be the most expensive place where we was going to visit apart from Dubai.  Stayed at a lovely hostel for 3 nights (stayed an extra night than planned opps) which included breakfast and bicycle hire for only 8 pounds. Took up the bicycle hire and cycled to the east coast 10minutes away along the sea shore. Then in the evening we ventured out to China Town where we acted like tourists taking photos everywhere and browsing the market. For dinner we had the famous chicken skewers and seafood noodles which where lush (may create a food page  if i have time, for my food lovers hahah).

Day 2 – We traveled to Sentosa with a new friend from our hostel, here it was quite touristy with Universal Studios and lots of tourist. This is along the coast which had amazing beaches and sand. As it was the second day we just walked along the sea front enjoying the scenery and sat on the beach. We took cable cars around the area which was free. We visited the most Southern Point of Asia which was cool i think. We stopped and had lunch which was nasi lamak which is rice, cucumber, nuts and chicken curry thing for only 3pound 50-pence was good.In the evening we went to the Night Safari which was pretty impressive, here we got on a tram thing in the dark and saw loads of animals which was surprisingly all out in the dark. Spent the whole evening there and just went back to hostel for some hawker food f rice, chiken, pork and duck for a couple of pounds.

Final day we went to Marina bay to look at some tourist stuff and then went to the new casino/hotel which had an infinity pool at the top, this is a famous new building as it is very tall (dont know the exact details but famous). In the casino i won over 14pounds on the slot machines, this really made my day (Danny Wong i went in for you 🙂 then we attempted to sneak to the top deck of the hotel for the view but this was restricted to hotel guests and we kinda failed but we got to like floor 15?? After this we decided to go to the Raffles Hotel for the famous Singapore Sling (cocktail), here we where greeted with massive bowls of monkey nuts and the shells scattered all over the floor. The cocktail was around 13pounds (very expensive) but at least i can say i have had the famous Singapore Sling. Then in the evening we walked around Little India which was abit of a let down tbh.

Cant believe Ive written so much for 3 days!! Could of wrote sooo much more as we packed each day and did/see loads of things, probably should try and keep it short and sweet.

Overall Singapore was a big city that is well developed. Lots of things to do and see, people are very friendly and the beaches where nice.