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Jun 02, 2018 12:00 AM Another day of shopping

Another day of shopping Saturday is a big shopping day in Bangkok. The please to head is Chatuchak Market. Its a huge weekend market which nearly everything on sale. It was so large I felt like I kept on getting lost.

Jun 01, 2018 12:00 AM Whoop, whoop back in Bangkok, - Bangkok, Thailand

Whoop, whoop back in Bangkok, - Bangkok, Thailand Third trip to Bangkok, so there's not much need to see the sights. This trip is about shopping so headed for MKB to get a bargain. I really should have done some more research so hope it was the best place to shop.

May 31, 2018 12:00 AM The end is in sight - Chiang Mai, Thailand

The end is in sight - Chiang Mai, Thailand Another relaxing day. I had plans of travelling to the hillside and do the famous climb.

But as it happened I just lay by the pool, and then in the net chairs. I went for a walk but just hung around the hotel.

Eventually I went out to the mall and the night market and then just headed back.

My holiday is coming to an end but it has just been so incredible.

My plan was to take the overnight train back into Bangkok but to fly was so cheap and wasn't uncomfortable in the slightest. I finally flew with Thai Airways and I would love to do it again. The landing was smooth as silk, lol But its all what its cracked up to be.

May 30, 2018 12:00 AM Another aeroplane ride - Chiang Mai

Another aeroplane ride - Chiang Mai I had the most amazing breakfast. Well I had banana pancakes and honey. It wasn't really amazing but I enjoyed it so much.

I then took a tuk-tuk to the airport. As I traveled, a motorcyclist was riding behind me. As we boarded the aeroplane, it was the same man directing the captains. Sometimes the world can be small.

I chose a new funky hotel (opened only 3 months ago) which was a little techy. I know it isn't a big thing but the rooms had door bell and at a touch of a button allows your room to be cleaned. They provided a nice breakfast and anything left over they would leave in the fridge so that guests could help themselves to. They also provided bottled water all day which was unusual but everything was well considered. I loved staying then.

May 29, 2018 12:00 AM Templed out... Luang Prabang, Laos

Templed out... Luang Prabang, Laos Today I was a bit tired so after breakfast I just retired to my veranda to watch the world go by. I was feeling a little templed out, after visiting so many Stupas, pagodas and temples over the last couple of weeks.

After the heavy rain yesterday and last night a sink hole has emerged across the road from my guesthouse and you could see ministers come and go to see the damage.

The Mekong River seem a lot higher and I noticed that it was pushing water upstream on the Nam Kham. Little boats trying to get across the Mekong was pushed way downstream before they managed to cross the river.

There are two popular waterfalls to visit here: Kaung Si and Tad Sae, and there are a lot of people around town who'll encourage you to visit one of these. Plus there was Pak Ou caves.

Later on, I went to the night market; where they closed off the road to ensure everyone was able to display they wares. I headed off for dinner and that was the end of an incredibly enjoyable day.

May 28, 2018 12:00 AM Short sharp shot - Vang Vieng

Short sharp shot - Vang Vieng It was only a short time in this wonderful little town and I will really need to return and spend a little more time on my next visit.

The rains finally came, over night and this morning, but the place never looked so beautiful. The morning was bright and I managed to see men fishing on the river. I didn't see the catch but it was so interesting to see them.

The rain followed us all the way up the mountains on our journey to Luang Prabang. We stopped at this wonderful stop high on the mountains and it would have been brilliant as they have a lookout, but all I could see was the low cloud cover. I was very disappointed as it was so cold as well.

As we came down into Luang Prabang the weather improved and it became sunnier and warmer. We arrived just after lunch as the driver done a pit stop just outside town for lunch. It was very cheap on 20kip per plate.

After a short tuk-tuk ride from the bus station we ended up at our river view guesthouse for couple of nights. The town is situation at the intersection of the Khan River and the Mekong. I believe its a world heritage town for cultural importance.

After a bit of shopping, the sunset on Mount Phousi, the best view in Luang Prabang I'm told.

May 27, 2018 12:00 AM Road trip - Vang Vieng, Laos

Road trip - Vang Vieng, Laos After breakfast decided to get a bus to Vang Vieng, but this was coming up to 6 or 7 hours, so decided to take a van which as only 3 hours. It's a little more expensive but well worth it and the brilliant thing is that they picked me up from my hotel.

I arrive into the town and headed for the tourist information centre, but it turns out that its closed today. The funny thing is when you're travelling its hard to remember what day of the week it is.

I think my hotel was only 1 km from the centre as was going to get a tuk-tuk. He decided to charge me 10kip per person, which isn't a lot but it seems a lot for being in the centre of town. So decided to walk around before heading to the hotel and we just happened on the river and saw some bungalows. It turned out that was right where we needed to be

So on the cards for the rest of the day is tubing down to river and a hot air balloon.

Gosh I love this place already. My bungalow was right on the river bank and to the back lovely mountains. It was so idyllic.

May 26, 2018 12:00 AM Lazy day in the capital - Vientiane, Laos

Lazy day in the capital - Vientiane, Laos Mad dogs and Englishman are out at the heat of the day. I headed for the market to get some local produce. I ended up trying mangosteen which doesn't look anything like a mango but it was really love. I know I'd heard of this before but I don't ever remember trying it. Once you've peeled away the outer shell the actual fruit is so small and eating one seems a waste of time, you need at least three to get the taste.

On the list for the day was visiting Pha That Luang - the gold buddhist stupa; That Dam - bell-shaped stupa; Talat Sao - the morning market; Patuxai - the war memorial built 1968, and really just enjoy the day.

May 25, 2018 12:00 AM The tiny capital of Vientiane - Laos

The tiny capital of Vientiane - Laos Had an early flight to Laos and my hotel was nice enough to pack up our breakfast so that we could have it at the airport.

We flew with Air Asia again, and have the flight went via Bangkok so didn't arrive until early afternoon into Vientiane.

We went to the night market along the Mekong and there was such a hive of activity.

I loved seeing the different groups exercising as the sun went down.

May 24, 2018 12:00 AM Final stop in Myanmar - Yangon/Rangoon

Final stop in Myanmar - Yangon/Rangoon We got in late last night and took a taxi from the airport. This was the longest journey from the airport and you can tell that Yangon is a large city. We drove to china town to get to our hotel but on the way we passed the Shwedagon Pagoda. It looked so beautiful against the dark sky and really couldn't wait to explore.

The room I booked was on the 7th floor and I was so annoyed that they didn't have a lift. I can't imagine that are not forced to disclose this on All the receptionist could say was sorree! I complained but they only had one floor down available so that's where I ended up on the 6th floor having to walk up all those flights of stairs.

We were close to the night market so went for a walk, its amazing to see the sights and sounds of south east Asia.

Today I headed to the Shwedagon Pagoda and decided to take a walk there as it seemed close to where we were staying. There are four entrances North, South, East and West and I chose to go in that entrance. It is an amazing complex with so many other things to see. I was people watching, bell watching stupa watching just very interesting. I had to take my shoes off and walk around bare feet and with the sun on the marble it was incredibly hot. I was sort of tiptoeing shade to shade.

We then had to pay to enter the people's park which I hadn't realised was a amusement park and it felt like I was trapped in there. Finally found the exit and walked back to the hotel.

I headed back down to the night market but instead crossed through and went onto the river to take some pictures. It ended up being the best sunset ever. Initially the sun just went down with no fanfare and was about to head to dinner, when the light began to change and all the motorised boats came to shore to take the workers home. It was so loud as the motors sounded like lawnmowers and as one boat came in filled up and left.

It was a perfect ending to the day.

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