April - August 2016
  • Day110

    Omani Grand Canyon

    August 3, 2016 in Oman ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    Woke up early and headed to do the 'balcony walk' in what is known as the Omani Grand Canyon.

    It isn't as impessive or big as the real Grand Canyon, but it was impressive, and the balcony walk along the inside of the canyon was awesome. Although it was very hot which explains why nobody else was doing it. Meant I had the abandoned village at the end of the walk to myself (why they put a village there anyway I don't know).

    It was so hot, as soon as I arrived goats started approaching the car, I thought they were friendly. Turns out they just wanted the shade that had just arrived.
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  • Day109

    Jebel Shams

    August 2, 2016 in Oman ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    Finished the day after a steep climb up to near the highest point in Oman, Jebel Shams.

    Nice views on the way up, also gave some old local man a lift, he didn't speak any English. Watched the sunset had some food and then stayed out to watch the sky, it was so clear and could see the milky way. Tried to take a picture.Read more

  • Day109

    Castles

    August 2, 2016 in Oman ⋅ ☀️ 41 °C

    Rented a car for today and tomorrow to go out and see some sights. Going on an organised tour was crazy expensive.

    First stop was Nizwa castle, would have also visited the souq but it was closed at the time I was there. Then visited Jibreen Castle, which I think was my favorite of the day.

  • Day108

    Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

    August 1, 2016 in Oman ⋅ ☀️ 38 °C

    Visited a couple of mosques today, but the main one was this one.

    The place was huge, and had an amazing chandelier.

    Spent about an hour in the Islamic information centre while they tried to convert me, but also answered any questions I had. There was free water and dates, so it was good.

  • Day107

    Muscat

    July 31, 2016 in Oman ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    Now in Oman, probably the last country I visit before going home and completing the round the world trip. Not sure how long I'm going to stay yet.

    The people are very friendly here though, as in most of the Arabic countries I've visited.

    Spent today walking along the seafront, visited a very good museum, the souq, a few towers, and the Sultans palace. Quite warm for walking though. Tomorrow is 37C. But at least it's drier heat than when I was in Asia.Read more

  • Day104

    Museums and Parks

    July 28, 2016 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    Spent the last couple of days visiting the National History museum, Islamic Arts museum, a Bird Park, Butterfly Park, a normal park, and the National Mosque.

    Not going to be able to fit everything I want to do into this trip, but some is better than none.

  • Day102

    Kuala Lumpur

    July 26, 2016 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Visiting Kuala Lumpur for a few days as Laos wasn't exactly a travel hub, so needed to go somewhere before moving on.

    It's hot here too, but I haven't noticed and been cold at times as most things are air conditioned and indoors.

    Got a nice view of the Petronas Towers from my room. Visited a few malls, things are so much easier in the future. Had a TGI's because I could. But different with it being a muslim country, ribs were beef, and no JD sauce!Read more

  • Day101

    Last day in Laos

    July 25, 2016 in Laos ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

    Didn't have much planned today, except booking flights and hotels for the next part of the holiday.

    Very hot but beautiful day today. Visited a big golden stupa which apparently has a piece of Buddha's breastbone buried underneath. Walked past the Arch again, the not symmetrical fountains were on.

    Then went for a jog along the Mekong while the sun went down. It was very pretty, but still a little hot for running too far. Was good to see everybody out though, just walking, some running, there were also a couple of aerobics classes going on.
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  • Day100

    Vientiane

    July 24, 2016 in Laos ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Travelled to the capital of Laos for a few days before leaving the county. Would like to stay longer, there are other things I want to do in Laos, but I don't have Malaria tablets, and there's an awful lot of mosquitos around, so not going to risk it.

    Went to see some more temples, presidential palace, the Laos arc de triomphe (patuxay), and an interesting museum on Laos history.

    It's mostly recent discoveries because nobody has investigated the ancient sites. It was all good and factual until it got to the US inteference and the rise of Communism in the country. Then it got a little more opinionated rather than giving facts. To be expected I guess. There was a lot of mentions of the Imperialist Americans and their puppets during their Secret War.
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