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Upon returning…

We endured fifteen hours on an Airbus. No TV or other distractions, and all food to be paid for. Add to that the quite uncomfortable seats and you’ll guess that this was a budget airline. Air Asia is a very good low cost airline, we’ve flown several times with them now and the service is [...]

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Paradise found, briefly.

There’s a boat service from the harbour in Penang that runs out to Langkawi Island. Langkawi is just south of the border with Thailand and is Malaysia’s version of  sun-kissed tropical party islands such as Kho Samui, not far away in Thailand. The Thai islands are about lazing on the beach by day, and partying [...]

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Arriving in Cambodia

We arrived in Siem Reap, a sizable town and the hopping off point for visiting the vast complex of temples known collectively as Angkor Wat. Air travel brings the huge contrasts between countries sharply into focus. Malaysia was so very different to Indonesia, far more ‘western,’ far more developed, two countries sharing a land border [...]

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Our Indonesian journey concludes

Our final destination in Indonesia was Jogyakarta, a fairly small town that’s a tourist stop off point. It has a long street market with a thousand stalls selling fake everything, nice batik clothes, and bric-a-brac that no doubt heads straight for the charity shop bin bag once it reaches Europe. It has legions of becaks, [...]

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The horror

We needed a bus for our journey, and for our sins we found one, and when the journey was over we’d never want another. We needed to get across to the neighbouring island of Java, a relatively small island that 120 million people call home. Our flight out goes from a town in the south [...]

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