Resfeber

Hey! So me and my gorgeous fiancé Tammy, have just embarked on a budget back packing trip, first stop Philippines... I'm making this blog for when we are old and grey but also for anyone who wants to know where we are and what we are up to.
  • Day87

    Chasing waterfalls

    January 28, 2017 in Laos ⋅ ⛅ -13 °C

    We were staying in the middle of nowhere, so had arranged for a man with motorbike to show us the sights. Unfortunately he let us down last minute, stranded.

    We managed to flag down a local bus and get dropped off nearish to a waterfall called Tat Fane. Tat Fane is stunning, but because it's so deep in jungle you can only view it from a remote viewing platform, not really the experience we were yearning for. So, after a bite to eat in the average resort restaurant, we walked to the next falls on our itinerary. Tad Genung.

    There are really no words to describe to magnificent beauty of this waterfall. I'll let the photos do the talking. But with tears of happiness on finding paradise, we spontaneously stripped, wrapped ourselves in our sarongs (bikinis are culturally insensitive, underwear even more so!) and plunged ourselves into the freezing falls. The clouds moved, the sun shon through the twin plumes, a RAINBOW appeared. Heaven.

    After our reviving dip, we dried off in the sunshine and made our way back to main road . With a spring in our step, it gave us a boost to give hitchhiking a go! A beautiful Laos family in their truck pulled over, and they help us up into the back, in amongst the fruit, vegetables, and live fish!! We attempted to pay them but they refused and we said good bye with the only language we had in common .... Smiles!

    Easily one of the most moving and liberating days of my life.
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  • Day83

    Tat Lo

    January 24, 2017 in Laos ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Sleepy waterfall town, which really was beautiful. Although our trekking guides, weren't really guides so to speak, rather teenage boys on school holidays trying to learn English. Ha!

    We stayed and ate with a Laos family for the four nights we were there. They were so warm and kind. And the food was incredible. The dad even dropped us off at our next destination, in his pick up truck. Nice one Mr PhoRead more

  • Day83

    Been there Don Det

    January 24, 2017 in Laos ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Probably the most amazing and peaceful week of our lives.
    Don Det and Don Khon stole our hearts, with its food, natural beauty and the people.

    We stayed at a homestay guesthouse with a wonderful family. We would definitely recommend Mekong Dream Guesthouse.

  • Day80

    Sabai di Laos !!!

    January 21, 2017 in Laos ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    We left Kratie by local minibus and headed north to the Cambodian - Laos border. It was quite an adventure..... We bought a ticket all the way our destination, Si Phan Dom (4000 islands), and hoped for the best. What transpired was one of our best days so far, if a little stressful!

    So we first cram ourselves into a minibus with the locals, all smiles and demon of a driver. There is a standard motorbike roped to the open boot, keeping all our luggage in - PRECARIOUSLY! This part of of the journey was delightful, the people were so friendly and we were helping them all in and out.

    The kids were particularly cute, smiling and giggling as we played games with them. But the fun experience was cut short and we dropped off at a random gas station just south of the border and told to wait. So we did ... For two hours. Then another mini bus turned up... Brand new with air con and plenty of room. We jumped in and headed to the border.

    The border was hilarious. First the Cambodian guard was asleep, in the shiny new immigration centre. The only person in there. He stamped us out of Cambodia, obviously charging us for the pleasure.

    The driver then pointed to Laos and said walk. ( I assume people can't be transported ) so we walked to Laos. Tam and I were giggling all the way with nerves and excitement.

    We eventually got the imposing temple like border and approached the visa-on-arrival window with open smiles and politeness. We had read and heard some horror stories about this border crossing; that it can be a little tricky, with guards charging way over the set amount or being aggressive and bribing you to gain entry, ripping passports up if you refused. Not fun.

    The smiles must of worked, we breezed into Laos without paying over the odds AND I got two marriage proposals. Hahaha! Apparently in Laos I'm a stunner. Who knew!? Ahhh, I've found my people!

    With a giddiness in our step at getting through what we thought was the worst of it, we jumped back in our minivan and headed to Ban Nakasang, the port where you get a boat to Don Det the island we planning on staying.

    Our smug faces didn't last that long, as we were unceremoniously chucked off our minibus at the turning for the port. Which was 4km from there. We were hollered at by a few Lao men and they put us in their pig cart/Nike thing and took us to the port.

    Si Phan Don, the 4000 islands was waiting.
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  • Day71

    Kratie

    January 12, 2017 in Cambodia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Krattie pronounced Kra-cheh or as like to call it La Shithole.

    The hostel we were staying in was AWFUL, but cheap and we made some new friends... Cockroaches. I woke up with one on my arm, grab it and through it against the wall and want back to sleep. That's what you get for £2 a night. Ha!

    The town itself is a mish mash of smells (good and bad), people and Lorries passing through to Laos. The island opposite on the other hand was absolutely stunning. Sitting in the middle of the Mekong like a emerald dam was Koh trong. We took the boat across, hired us some bikes and explored the island.

    So much lush vegetation, birds and local people, just getting on with their daily life.
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  • Day71

    The Elephant Valley Project

    January 12, 2017 in Cambodia ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Before we got to the forests of Mondikulri, Tammy had been doing some research into how to see elephants in their natural habitat. We were insistent on not going along the tourist route and end up riding them or swimming with them... Far as I can remember. Elephants are just meant to be Elephants, so that's exactly what we wanted to see.

    The Elephant valley project is NGO that has 300000 hectares, for elephants that they have rescued. Most of the elephants that we met had been treated badly, and over their time at EVP had learn to become elephants. Ruby, Pearl and her friends were all born in captivity.

    Ruby, a female who was born into logging with male elephants. Only knew how to behave like a teenage boy when she arrived, and they nick named her "the bodyguard", as she keeps an eye on her new family.

    You are not allowed to touch or approach them, unless they approach you. Ruby seemed quite curious of me, and she allowed me to stroke her side. A moment I shall never forget.... Quite like an elephant eh?!

    After a morning trekking through the forest, eating brown ants and meeting our new friends we arrived at base camp .A lunch of fresh fish, rice and fruit was served cooked by the local Bunong people. Delicious.

    For the afternoon trek, we found the terrible two. Easy rider and Gayling, they were munching their way through bamboo . We followed them down to the river pools, and sat on the rocks.... It was bath time.

    A day I'll never forget. ❤️
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  • Day71

    Mondolkuri

    January 12, 2017 in Cambodia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    "Like Scotland in the summer" was the the words uttered by Tam, as we arrived to the Nature Lodge in Sen Monorom .

    Horses and cattle walking free amongst us, as we ate wholesome food and cooled down from the humid few months. A beautiful retreat to unwind, read and cozy up in the cold nights.

    From here we explored the jungle and the wildlife.
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  • Day67

    Khmer Roots Cafe

    January 8, 2017 in Cambodia ⋅ 🌙 28 °C

    We got to the beautiful family run cafe at 11am. I was really keen to do a cookery course whilst we were away and I am so glad we waited until Cambodia.

    The setting made it extra special, right on the shore of the emerald Secret Lake,
    The husband and wife duo (sorry can't remember their names) greeted us with beaming smiles and a refreshing ginger ale with lime.

    Then we set to work of how to create four delicious dishes:

    Massaman Curry
    Chicken Kampot Pepper
    Beef Lok Lak
    Amok Chicken.

    It was so lovely getting an hands on approach, especially as i have missed my kitchen the most whilst being away. The amount of preparation and ingredients that goes into each dish is incredible and i feel so greateful that i can now take these skills home and share with friends and family.

    My favorite dish was the Masssaman curry and the beef lok lak... so yummy and even more tasty because I had cooked it, well with a little help.

    A really fun day!!

    https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g608455-d6894758-Reviews-Khmer_Roots_Cafe-Kampot_Kampot_Province.html
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  • Day65

    A Kampot New Year

    January 6, 2017 in Cambodia ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Kampot was calling, as we left the jungle surroundings of our Christmas hideaway.

    We managed to get a local shared taxi, FULL to capacity. (two people per seat) for 7 dollars for the two hour journey. Kampot is a sleepy town with tasty cuisine, a chilled backpacker vibe, dusted with old french colonial architecture.

    We opted to stay out of town on the river front in neat, sweet bungalow and made it our base for 5 nights. The river view bar was super super chilled with amazing food, tasty shakes and ice cold draught beer. Bliss!

    Whilst bicycle exploring by day, we met a few ex pats taht had decided to make Kampot their home, and you can see why. Probably one of the places we have visited so far that we could see us staying longer and maybe setting up a life there. We we given some tips on where to eat and where to get the best sunsets and cocktails, their recommendations didn't disappoint,

    NYE was a brilliant day of bar hopping on the bikes and sampling some tasty local treats. The Kampot Cider was my choice of drink for the day... brewed locally and perfect for the humid days. We eventually found ourselves on the roof top bar of the Mad Monkey hostel, where champagne was 2$ and we saw 2017 with some new friends we met that night. So much fun but a lot of sore heads the next day.
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