The sleeper bus diaries: Getting to Vietnam

One of the most memorable things for me about Vietnam will be our long-distance journeys by sleeper bus, one of which took an epic 24 hours. Just imagine, an entire day on a bus! But this blog post is purely about our attempts to get to Vietnam from Laos in the first place…

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Climbing in Northern Vietnam: How we got sick on Christmas day

Food poisoning is something our mothers always warn us about before we set off on travels outside the safety of the developed world, but it’s something most of us never seriously worry about when there’s so much yummy exotic grub to try at every street corner. But you certainly wish you were a bit more cautious when you (or your other half) are puking your guts out on Christmas day in a hotel on a Vietnamese island…especially when you cherished the dream of going for an outdoor climb that day and enjoying the local countryside!

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Climbing in Laos: Unexpectedly mind-blowing

When we set out for our trip to South East Asia, we though we would spend most of our time climbing in Southern Thailand, and another large chunk in Vietnam. We were also planning to check out the climbing in Northern Thailand, maybe for a week or so, and Laos and Cambodia were reserved for a short tourist trip. How wrong we were…

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A very Thai Thanksgiving

Who said you can’t celebrate Thanksgiving all the way on the other side of the world? When you make American friends in Thailand, you make the magic happen.

Last Thursday it was Thanksgiving in America, and we decided there was nothing stopping us from having a family style celebration over in Thailand. Luckily, the homestay we were staying at was incredibly accomodating and got on board with our need for all the food to arrive at the same time, sharing style.

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Climbing in Thailand: Longing for rain

I’ve never longed for rain this much in my life. A few days ago, temperatures reached a toasty 34 degrees Celsius, with Google telling me it “feels like 37”, and I could feel every single damn degree of it. My head was pounding, my body refused to move, I was starting to get pretty irritable. The weather forecast promised a 60% chance of rain, and I could sense it hanging heavy in the air (even heavier that the usual humidity in Thailand), but it just wasn’t coming.

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