Archive for February, 2012

February
13th
2012

Thailand By Numbers


Thailand by numbers

Our final country by numbers post has taken a while to put together meaning the memories of our brief time are a little faded. Along with swimming and good food, the ever present knowledge that things were coming to an end tinge all my memories of Thailand. – Posted by Justin

February
5th
2012

Rolling To A Stop


Rolling to a stop

At 4am I’m wide awake. I stare at the ceiling in the last cheap hotel in nameless small town of our trip willing Justin to wake up with the same urge to get going. Sensibly he doesn’t stir. By a slightly more reasonable 5:30am we haul our panniers down a flight of stairs one last time and clip them onto our bikes on a dark street. I wave goodbye to the half asleep security guard. He has no reason to suspect that this day will be different to any other. – Posted by Emma

February
4th
2012

Sidecars And Side Roads


Sidecars and side roads

When an official-looking man in a orange fluorescent jacket waved us off the road, I thought our bribe-dodging karma had finally worn thin. Only with the slow realisation that I had seen our assailant earlier, I pulled the brakes, coming to a stop a few metres ahead. Nic had passed us an hour earlier cruising on his motorcycle, while his son lounged in a deck chair side-cart as if they had the whole afternoon to kill. Introductions to him and his son Boy were made, and we were quickly offered huge slices of watermelon and an invitation to visit his home and farmland about 70km away. – Posted by Emma

February
4th
2012

Day Of Food – Thailand


Day of food - Thailand

We regularly enjoyed green and red curries at our local Thai restaurant in London so we were expecting big things on the culinary front from Thailand and we weren’t disappointed. Our first overnight stop in Trat saw us wandering through a bustling night market between thundery downpours, our arms bulging with bags of delicious takeaway food. We have been enjoying the availability of fresh fruit and (somewhat guiltily) the wide availability of western treats (and air conditioning) via the ubiquitous 7/11 stores. – Posted by Justin