Tom and Tessa

South East Asia 2016-17

Ayutthaya

After a fantastic time cooking the previous evening (never thought I’d ever hear myself say that!), we awoke (aufwachen) for…

Chiang Mai two

Bags packed (Taschen gepackt) and motorbike fully fuelled (vollgetankt), we set off on the 672 turns back down to Chiang…

Happy Birthday, Mum!

Happy Birthday, mum! All the best from Pai! 😘🎁🎉🍾

Pai

As we bolted down (rasen) the highway out of Chiang Mai doing 120km/h, I started to wonder (such fragen) if…

Chiang Mai one

After our short but great visit to Luang Prabang, it was time to go back where it all started: Thailand….

Luang Prabang

After our journey back to Hanoi from Cat Ba, we had enough time for lunch and a bit of shopping…

Cat Ba Island

Taking a junk boat through the towering limestone islets of Ha Long Bay (Boot) is possibly the most famous (berühmt)…

Hanoi

As you’ve read from Porko in his guest post; after our luxurious train ride and checking into Queen Light Hotel,…

Hué part two & Phong Nha

Our blog has grown so popular that we’re now commissioning (beauftragen) guest posts! This is a post from the World-renowned…

Hué part one

After a less than inspiring stay in Da Nang – where the highlight were the tacos we had for dinner…

Da Nang

For the following morning (31.01.) Thao had arranged a car to pick us up to drive us to Da Nang,…

Hoi An part two

Next morning I woke up to a pleasant surprise. Tom had told Thao it’s my birthday, so I was treated…

Happy Birthday, Mama!

Alles Liebe & Gute zu deinem Geburtstag!😘🎁🎉🍾 ❤️-liche Grüße von An Bang Beach!

Hoi An part one

We said goodbye to John in Quy Nhon at 6am and boarded the sleeper bus to Hoi An. As the…

Quy Nhon

With the Tet New Year festival (more about that in our next post) fast approaching (nähern) and this time being…

Nha Trang

On the morning of the 20th we took a bus to Nha Trang, Vietnam’s most popular beach destination on the…

Da Lat

After Mui Ne, we continued our journey north and went inland to the mountain city of Da Lat. Da Lat…

Mui Ne

At 9am on the 13th January, we were picked up for our bus journey to Mui Ne, a small beach…

Ho Chi Minh

In line with the transient nature (bedeutet, dass man nicht lange and einem Ort bleibt) of the European yoof (youth)…

Singapore

Our first stop back in Asia after leaving Melbourne was Singapore, where we’d be staying for two nights. We got…

Melbourne

After flying down to Melbourne from Sydney with Matt, we cabbed (wir haven ein Taxi genommen) it to our friends…

Sydney

Very tired we arrived at Sydney at around 2:15am on the 28th December. We took an Uber to Matt’s apartment,…

Port Macquarie

After taking the night bus from Brisbane to Port Macquarie, I was immensely grateful (dankbar) to be picked up by…

Surfers Paradise

Our next destination was Surfers Paradise where we would stay with my friend Brad, whom I’ve met on my previous…

Brisbane

On the 16th of December we were finally headed to Australia and we were both looking forward to a little…

Gili Islands

Our last destination in Indonesia and also one we were most looking forward to were the Gili Islands. Set at…

Lombok

Still feeling bad about our overindulgent (überaus nachsichtig) 21 minute flight from Langkawi to Penang earlier in our trip, I…

Bali

Leaving Java, we took the public ferry from Banyuwangi and then a public bus to Kuta Beach – all for…

Mount Bromo & Mount Ijen

Two volcano sunrises, about 200 km away from each other, in 24 hours? No problem!

Yogyakarta

On the morning of the 23rd we finally (endlich) left Jakarta and I can honestly (ehrlich) say I have never…

Jakarta

Everything we’d heard and read about Jakarta was that it wasn’t a particularly tourist-friendly city and wasn’t really worth spending…

Kuala Lumpur

“Hey bird. Hey Mr Birdy. Oooh hello birdy” “Are you going to say hello to every bird in here?” “Is…

Cameron Highlands

Late as usual, we were picked up for our transfer to the bus station for our journey to the Cameron…

Penang

After hearing horror stories of the boat journey across the open sea of the Malacca Straits from Langkawi to Penang,…

Langkawi

Our time in Thailand had come to an end, next stop: Malaysia. We decided that our first stop should be…

Ao Nang, Krabi

Leaving Ko Lanta, we were destined for Ao Nang, Krabi; a three-hour drive back up the Phang-Nga Bay. The journey…

Koh Lanta

Our departure from Phi Phi for Koh Lanta ended up being rather protracted (langwierig). Despite all the tour shop signs…

Koh Phi Phi💛

On wednesday (26.10.2016), we arrived at our most favourite place in Thailand so far: the Phi Phi Islands. The Phi…

A wondrous hour at the immigration office

After our earlier mishap, we arrived back to the Phuket immigration office at 09:50am – ten minutes before opening – to extend our tourist visas before we were due to be picked up from Amici Miei at midday for our ferry to Phi Phi.

Happy Birthday, Papa!

Alles Liebe & Gute zu deinem Geburtstag!😘🎁🎉🍾 ❤️-liche Grüße von James Bond Island!

Phuket

Arriving into Patong Beach, Phuket in the early afternoon, we checked into our hotel Amici Miei (meaning ‘My Friends’ in…

Khao Sok – A rainy adventure🌧💦

“Bye Larry”. It was time to say adios to our new friend Larry the Lizard who had been living in…

Koh Samui part two – Ang Thong National Park

Our second day on Koh Samui started at the very early time of 07:15 to join our boat for a…

Koh Samui part one

Today – our first full day on Koh Samui – we decided to hire and moped to travel round the…

Koh Tao part two – The King is dead. Long live the King.

We’d just finished eating sushi for dinner (happy hour, buy two get one free – very tasty) and were walking…

Koh Tao part one

After two chilled out and lazy days in Chumphon, having watched the complete first season of Stranger Things on Netflix…

A bus ride to remember🚐

“TAM. Hey TAM! How do you say? Taveller or tavelling?” ‘Not again’, I thought to myself. When will he go…

SUN!☀️

Today, on our last day on Koh Phayam, we finally had some sun! Which we used to explore the other…

Buddhas, buses and beaches

Our final day in Bangkok before heading south was to be spent exploring the two biggest and most famous temples in the city – Wat Pho and the Grand Palace.

Sunset on the rooftop

Sun setting over Bangkok from the roof of our hotel in Chinatown.

One night on Khao San Road

“…a short road that has the longest dream in the world”

Welcome to the year 2559

Why is that? Thailand uses Buddhist era dating, which is 543 years ahead of our Gregorian calendar. Things are a…

See you on the other side 🙂

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