If you follow us on Instagram (casual self promo) you will know that we have a very serious and deep rooted obsession with waterfalls. We basically spent 2 weeks of our 4 week Bali stay getting up before dawn and travelling the length and breadth of this incredible Island to search out the best and most spectacular waterfalls we could find …and there were a lot.
When we decided to extend our Bali Visa for another 30 days, we didn’t really have any idea of how to go about it. We tried to find up to date information about the process online but it was few and far between.
Most websites will advice getting a Visa agent to do all the dirty work for you because as you will find out, its a little more time consuming than anyone would like!
Since the start of planning our trip to Vietnam, Ha Long bay was number 1 on our list of things to see, as it is for almost anyone who visits the country. This UNESCO World Heritage site is situated in the northeast of Vietnam, 170km from Hanoi. For the few who don’t know, Ha Long Bay holds a collection of thousands of limestone islands of various shapes and sizes topped by rainforests, which are scattered across an area of over 1500km2, giving one of the most unique and beautiful landscapes on earth. No wonder so many films have included the ‘other-worldly’ landscape. It is no surprise then, that it is estimated an average of 50,000 tourists visit this site per day in the high seasons…
We traveled through Cambodia just shy of a month. To be honest, it can be done in less. 2-3 weeks will be more than enough time to get your fill of the tourist spots as well as enough time to get a feel of local life here.
One thing we can say about Cambodia is just how lovely, kind and friendly the Cambodian people are. We were always met with a smile, often greeted at hostels with free water and food, waved to by local children we passed in the streets and has stories shared by welcoming restaurateurs. You really feel the pride and sense of community here and you can understand why when you learn of the horrors of their past.
Our first border crossing, the infamous Thailand (Poi Pet) – Cambodia Land border. We had heard stories of scams, inflated prices and a walk of horror in the ‘no mans land’ between the two countries. So was it all it lived up to be?
The Tl:Dr version is No.
Renting a Bike and cycling around Angkor/ Angkor Wat – Was it worth sacrificing our bums, potential safety and at times sanity for the money we saved on a Tuk tuk or tour… The short answer was Hell Yes! But be prepared for a very hard but still incredible day!
So you’ve decided to backpack around Europe – you’ve read all about the amazing cities, the beautiful beaches and the great party scenes in the blogs and lonely planet guides and you’ve talked to friends who’ve ‘been there, done that’ and while all that is great to get those wanderlusting juices pumping, its the boring, practical, actual travelling part that’s going to make or break your experience.