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End of Autumn on the high plateau

Quick stat: Day 12 and 675 km

The high plateau of the central South Island is awesome! Since Fairlie, we visited lake Tekapo and had an enjoyable time in a Spa nearby. Then we had a great day to lake Pukaki, and went up to the base of Aoraki/Mount Cook where we could enjoy some real cold and snow!

We enjoyed every moments, even by rain or snow it was beautiful. When the weather gets really rainy, it reminds us a lot of Iceland :-) and no worries, our tent’s resistence has been thoroughly tested by now! It stands the tests of thunder storm, high wind, heavy showers and a river streaming underneath, without letting us get wet!


Cycling to the high country

Quick stat: Day 7 and 420 km

We are now in Fairly after some nice rides through the coast and the Canterbury plains. We are now heading to Lake Tekapu and Mount John. We hope to be able to spend a couple of days there, though it might be snowing next Wednesday…

The Isle of Sheep

We’re now touring New Zealand South island and are enjoying a bit of relaxation in Christchurch before heading inland. The coast line was pretty and not too difficult, though as we are just starting on our bicycle tour, we felt it harder than it really was. But we had cheering crowds along our way to encourage us :-) they were mainly seals, deers, cows and of course sheep!

Hopefully, we are again reasonably fit for cycling, as the inland mountains are awaiting us! Next news probably from Queenstown.

Back from Myanmar, the Sea is expecting us!

We are now back from Myanmar (Burma). The country is fantastic to visit thanks to the generosity and welcome-ness of its inhabitants, though they are living difficult times and a clear lack of freedom.

We stayed on the beaten trails (which doesn’t mean that they are not bumpy!) as it was low tourist season and because of the recent events last autumn, the tourists were scarce. So we enjoyed visiting:

  • Yangon, the capital of Myanmar.
  • Bago and the Golden Rock, not much of a sight if you are not Buddhist, but there are enjoyable people and hikes.
  • Inle lake, fresh air, treks and nice people.
  • Mandalay, where we kept on trying to avoid paying government fees.
  • Bagan, the ancient city nowadays in ruins but which is still as impressive as it must have been in the 12th century AD.
  • People, we had such great times with local people and some travellers!

You can check the photos from Myanmar as they are now online!

Now we are back in Thailand in Hat Yai, Southern States and tomorrow evening we will be enjoying the sun set on Koh Tarutao, a protected island on the Andaman coast.

The plan is to stay a big week there, and then go back to Bangkok to fly to Sydney on the 1st of April. We should then be leaving the Asiatic continent which we visited for about 7 months. Unless buses, airlines or the weather play us an April Fool. ;-)

Hello from Rangoon, Myanmar

After Cambodia, we came back to Thailand for a little rest near the sea in Ko Si Chang. We had the blue/green sea for us during five wonderful days. Our moral and energy is up again and we are ready for Myanmar.

We should have land by now in Rangoon. But most probably we cannot confirm as Myanmar is one of the worst filtered country as for what is Internet-concerned. So until the 18th of March you won’t hear from us.

See you soon!

Cambodia “express”

“Express” because our time is limited: a flight from Bangkok to Yangon (Myanmar) is waiting for us on the 23rd.

In Phnom Penh, we visited the National Museum, the Royal Palace and enjoyed the nice buzz of the Cambodian capital. Then, despite being Cambodia express, we used the slowest train in the world (and some bus ride too!) to reach Battambang, a city of not too much interest. After that we finally reached Siem Reap, where during 3 days we visited the wonders of the Angkor archaeological site. The area is huge and by bike we only covered a very small part of it: the temples of Bayon, Baphoun and Angkor Wat were some of the highlights.

Good bye Laos, hello Cambodia

Since we left Vientiane, we have been following the slow pace of the mighty Mekong, visiting the Laos cities of Savannakhet and Champasak (and the nearby Wat Phu Khmer temple), pausing in Si Phan Don (meaning 4000 islands). The last one was a nice place to relax a bit and enjoy the nature, before moving on to Cambodia.

We crossed the border yesterday and after 2 days of travelling by bus we are now in Phnom Penh, capital of the Khmers. Our first impressions are that it ressembles Thailand and Laos a lot for modern temple architecture, but if we scratch a bit we feel that something new is awaiting us. The food looks similar to the Thai and Vietnamese one, but different. The people look similar to the Lao ones, but they talk a different language. You know: same, same, but different ;-)

Vientiane, Laos

What we did as of Jan 25, 2008We are now in Vientiane after more than 2 weeks of travelling through Laos. We started in Houay Xai at the border with Thailand, headed north to Luang Namtha, before returning to the warmer latitude of Luang Phabang, the Plain of Jars and now Vientiane, the capital city.

Travelling through Laos is not easy. After 18 days here, 7 full days were “lost” getting from one place to another. But it is rewarding. Just outside the beaten tracks (and it is relatively easy to leave them), the Lao people and culture seem untouched.

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