Takayama and Shiwakawago

Jethro: Next on our mountainous route was a town called Takayama. This is like Looe in Cornwall or Broadway in the Cotswolds; It’s a place where the locals go to see a pretty old town. We arrived in the morning, and after the now familiar process of constructing our Japanese futon beds, we went off…

Alpine Pass

Peach:  Japan has been pretty spectacular so far with the hustle bustle of Tokyo and then the relative calmness of Matsumoto and the beautiful Kamikochi National Park. So we were well aware that when we decided to take the full day ‘Tateyama Alpine Pass’ that it would definitely be beautiful. It included busses, trolley busses,…

Matsumoto

Jethro: If we had planned to do Japan before leaving UK, we would have got the JR rail pass. You have to get it before you leave home, but it lets you use unlimited trains, and Japanese trains are awesome. Japanese trains are also super expensive (£80 for a couple hours journey) but so are…

New York, USA!

Jethro: Next stop was an unexpected one, New York! … Ok, we’re not in New York, that would be a crazy route. This statue of liberty is actually in Odabia, Tokyo!  oh yes folks, we’re in Japan! Jethro:  The time between deciding to go to Japan, and leaving, was only slightly longer than the time…

Pe-Ning-Nang-Nong Part 2: George Town 

Our first experience of Georgetown was brief, it was when we first arrived at penang island, so at the time we were just passing through and didn’t stay to have a look around. It looked and sounded really interesting though so we wanted to spend a good few days checking out what Georgetown had to…

Pe-Ning-Nang-Nong Part 1: Cats in Pockets

Jethro: My first glimpse of Penang was from the little ferry, and it felt like I had been transported back in time to 80s. ‘Miami style’ white tower blocks dominated the skyline, clean and (for the 80s) modern. The backdrop was forested mountains, with various structures built on it. It was idyllic in an old…

Langkawi

Jethro: Langkawi was the biggest island we had been to yet. A few built up areas on the coast are surrounded by island speckled water on one side, and rice fields and hills on the other. The French colonial architecture of the northern countries has finally given away to good proper British colonial architecture.  After…

Hospital no. 2 and a Stormy Boat Ride

Jethro: Krabi is on the tourist map the same way the M4 is in UK; Most people use it to get around and don’t stay overnight.  It’s a locals town which is a crossroads for getting around the popular Phang-na group of islands, and the rest of the coast. We went for their nice shiny…

Rocking Railay Beach

Jethro: We weren’t expecting to get to do the west coast of Thailand on this trip, as the monsoon season is in full swing. In fact, I’m writing his further down the andaman coast, hiding from the rain that finally caught us up. But back in Khao Sok National Park we heard that some big…

Khao Sok National Park

Peach: The islands were beautiful and chilled out and it would have been easy to stay for another week or so, but it was probably time to move on. From Koh Phangan we made the journey to Khao Sok, to go see the National Park. After our ferry to the mainland we took a minibus…

The Shrinking Islands (Koh Phangan, Koh Tao) Part 2

Jethro:  Next island along is the smallest of the three, and if it was a theme park it would be called scuba-diving-land.  A hundred and fifty competing dive shops pack an island you can walk around in just a few hours.  Even the schoolkids here wear a uniform with underwater scenes on it.  Did 4…

The Shrinking Islands (Koh Samui, Koh Phangan) Part 1

Koh Samui Jethro: Last you all heard, we were rooftop infinity pooling in Vietnam, nearly 3 weeks ago. Since then, we seem to have adopted a distinctly slower southern island place to our writing. Sorry! Our next destination we ended up staying at for 2 weeks, so really we’re only a week behind on our…