January
12th
2012

Quiet Times At Angkor Wat


Quiet times at Angkor Wat

Awaking at 4:45am, I silence the alarm quickly but make no move to get up. We’ve both had a restless night in our too warm hotel room with a fan that only works at the fastest, noisiest and most sleep-disturbing speed. I’m already exhausted by the thought of starting the day at this hour, let alone heading out on a sightseeing binge. “Maybe we shouldn’t go today?” I trial the words on Justin. He’s quick to agree and rolls over to go back to sleep, but I lie awake in the stifling heat and reconsider. If I give in today then I’ll have this same internal battle another morning. The words are formed before my brain can compile a counter argument. “Maybe we should?” – Posted by Emma

January
8th
2012

On The Temple Trail


On the temple trail

Watching yet another slow sunset over the Mekong while sipping a cool fruit shake and gently rocking in a hammock we felt a twinge of guilt at having so easily succumbed to the charms of Don Det island leaving our sense of adventure behind on the mainland. Amongst days of doing nothing much, we planned our onward route through Cambodia with an eye for adventure including another off-road fling and visits to remote temple ruins. – Posted by Justin

January
7th
2012

22,000 Kilometre Photo


22,000 kilometre photo

The 22,000 kilometre photo was taken on the way to Dam Dek, Cambodia on 7th January 2012. After a drink stop we managed to convince one of the local guys to pose for a photo with us and contribute the two fingers we needed for our total. Its possible his initial hesitancy at being photographed was due to the strange footwear combo we are wearing. Our excuse was we were cycling due west for most of the day and only one foot was in the sun. – Posted by Justin

January
4th
2012

Laos By Numbers


Laos by numbers

We purposely slowed down in Laos, giving ourselves almost two months to cycle less than 2000km through the country. From steep climbs in the north to heat waves in the south, our cycling wasn’t without challenges, but extended breaks in Luang Prabang, Vientiane, Pakse and Don Det ensured that days off the bike outnumbered days cycling for the first time in our trip. Among our most treasured memories are the children of Laos who enthusiastically waved and shouted sabaidee whenever they spotted us cycling by, some almost falling over in the process. While we saw little wildlife in what was once the land of a million elephants we were still won over by Laos’ lazy charms. – Posted by Emma

January
3rd
2012

Lizard Days


Lizard days

We’re woken every morning by the soft ‘splosh’ of string fishing nets hitting the water, the slightly off-beat thump of a drum being hit at the temple across the river and the comically loud ‘eh-eeerh’ emitting from a gecko through our thin bamboo walls. Rising not long after the sun has pulled up into another brilliant blue, ‘no weather’ sky, we pull pillows, sleeping mats, books and computers onto our shady hammock-adorned deck and settle in for another day of idleness. Spending our last nine days in Laos on tiny Don Det island, the already slow pulse of our journey in Laos has come to a standstill. – Posted by Emma

December
25th
2011

Cycling In Coffee Country


Cycling in coffee country

Emma loves coffee and the Bolaven Plateau in Southern Laos is a major coffee growing region. Could it be fate, luck or has the planning behind our entire cycle journey been leading towards Emma’s coffee Nirvana? As we head south from Thakhek the presence of coffee becomes impossible to ignore. Every small collection of shops we pass through requires a stop for mugs of thick black Laos coffee or cleverly tied and twisted takeaway bags full of ice, sweetened condensed milk and more of the black stuff. – Posted by Justin

December
25th
2011

Merry Christmas From Laos


Merry Christmas from Laos

The second Christmas ‘on the road’ finds us taking a pause at Kingfisher Ecolodge in Laos, where we’ve stretched our budget for a few days of watching elephants and buffalo stroll across the wetlands from our secluded porch. With not even a Christmas tree or elevator-style carols to disturb the tranquillity, we suspect this would be a great place to get away from the madness of the season. We managed to sneak in a little bit of the Christmas spirit with Santa visiting our bungalow in the night, delivering food-based presents in a familiar looking red backpack. – Posted by Emma

December
14th
2011

Adventures On ‘The Loop’


Adventures on The Loop

Some waterfalls aren’t meant to be found. I’m looking at a wooden outrigger anchored to the concrete pier, down some steep steps at the edge of the tiny dusty settlement of Ban Phon Kham. We’ve ridden our bicycles down to the rivers edge to see if someone will take us on the hour long boat ride to Wang Fong waterfall upstream in Nam Kading national park, but the lack of security for our fully loaded bikes and windiness of the day has made Justin an unwilling partner. Its the same price for one person so he suggests I go alone. – Posted by Emma

December
14th
2011

21,000 Kilometre Photo


21,000 kilometre photo

The 21,000 kilometre photo was taken on the way to Thakhek, Laos on 14th December 2011. This was almost exactly one month after our 20,000km photo was taken and must be one of our slowest thousand kilometres so far. Finding a way to show the 21 count was challenging but after experimenting with Justin using his toes we borrowed the fingers of a helpful but confused local man to make up the numbers. – Posted by Justin

December
13th
2011

Day Of Food – Laos


Day of food - Laos

The food in Laos outside the more touristic towns consists of the staple noodles and rice prepared in a few different ways. In small villages the options are normally limited with us taking whatever is on offer supplemented with our own supply of biscuits and fresh fruit. The addition of sticky rice to the stir-fried and steamed variety has been great with us often carrying a plastic bag of this as snack food. – Posted by Justin