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Hue you! – want a lady

February 14, 2012 Leave a comment

The first thing you notice in the city of Hue is the touts, offering everything from bike tours, to ladies to boat rides to marijuana. Our favourite offer was “sir, do you want to buy my poem?” I liked the novel approach so much, that I now have his one page masterpiece for the princely sum of 60p.

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Mekong Delta

February 1, 2012 2 comments

The Mekong Delta: a lifestyle rather than a place, thousands of square kilometres of waterways and islands, wide silty rivers, small tributaries and man-made canals. These are the motorways, A roads and B roads of life here – everything revolves around living on and around the water.

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Kanchanaburi & Hellfire Pass

January 8, 2012 1 comment

For today we thought we would embark on something a bit more hardcore. Kanchanaburi is the home of the bridge over the river Kwai – first detail, it was not built on the Kwai at all. Luckily for Hollywood, the Thai’s did not want to spoil a good tourist opportunity, so they renamed the original river with the new bridge to “Kwae”, so now the film and reality can match.

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Sydney – why is it not the capital?

January 3, 2012 2 comments

After missing the fireworks, we were determined to make the most of Sydney, and just in the first afternoon we despatched the botanical gardens (after finding the oldest bridge in Australia, a whole 4 feet long!), the Opera House and the ferry to Manly. Only mistake – it was a bank holiday Monday and Manly was mental, with the beaches, streets, cafes and ferry all rammed.

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Abel Tasman – stands for “sun trap”

November 18, 2011 Leave a comment

This is the Windemere of the south island, easy to get to, pretty, – and full of tourists. It has a reputation for its accessibility and this draws in the crowds, but once you get there you can see why.

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Waihi – Heart of Gold.

November 9, 2011 Leave a comment

After a couple of average holiday park campsites, we decide to hit the DOC (Department of Conservation) campsites a little harder. We find a lovely little site by a river in a secluded valley called Dickey Flats. The place is idyllic and a great base for walking down the gorge to Karangahake gold mining town. The signboard suggested torches and before long, we were in dark wet and narrow tunnels cutting through the gorge, much to Jo’s displeasure. Even the glow worms hanging from the ceiling didn’t cheer her up.

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Tilcara and the ruins of Pucara: sorry, tired – dull post

October 20, 2011 Leave a comment

The village of Tilcara sits half way up the Quebrada de Humanhuaca at around 2,500m (7,500 feet). (Humanhuaca Gorge). This little settlement has been here since pre-Incan times, and one of it’s main claims to fame is the ancient ruins of Pucara.

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