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Why Visit koh rong samloem

Why You Need To Visit Koh Rong Samloem

As soon as I stepped foot on the beautiful white sand on Koh Rong Samloem I knew I had found where paradise lives. Here’s a little information about our adventure on the island and why this place has to be on your bucket list. Koh Rong Samloem also known as Koh Rong Samloem or Koh Rong Samloem is a magical place, a peaceful getaways you will never forget. It has managed to keep its distance from mass tourism, less developed than the larger island known as Koh Rong. This is what makes Koh Rong Samloem special. Samloem is protected by the Wonderful Wildlife of Samloem project to maintain the beauty of the island, keep the pristine beaches clean. Koh Rong Samloem is just a 45-minute boat ride from the Cambodian town, Sihanoukville, (more accurately known as ‘shitsville’), but a completely different world awaits. Sihanoukville is overrun by tourists, some are unsavoury, there’s a great deal of begging, most of which by children and you will probably be offered drugs while you’re here. While I never felt unsafe in Sihanoukville …

To Do In Cambodia

Three Things To Do In Cambodia

Ever since Angelina Jolie swung through temples in Cambodia as Lara Croft, the place has been crawling with tourists. However, because of Cambodia’s complicated history some people still view it as a violent and dangerous place. Instead it’s quite the opposite, it has so much more to offer. Maybe you’re wondering what there is to do in Cambodia. There’s plenty to explore in Cambodia, but the chances are you aren’t going to see all of it in one trip. So I’ve put together a list of the top three things I think you just can’t afford to miss in Cambodia. Three Things To Do In Cambodia Sunrise At Angkor Wat Today the temple has become Cambodia’s most popular tourist attraction. While you will be accompanied by hundreds of other tourists, watching the Sunrise over Angkor Wat is still a must see. Angkor is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia. Stretching over some 400 km2. We travelled by tuk-tuk before dawn and bought our tickets at the official ticket booth on the road …

Vietnam Travel Photo Diary

Vietnam Travel Photo Diary

There is something spectacular and interesting about Vietnam. We spent over a month here visiting some beautiful places along the way, it was a privilege to be able to take photographs of this colourful, historical country. I fell completely in love with Vietnam, for it’s history, culture and uniqueness. I even went as far as writing a post describing a few reasons why I fell in love with Vietnam. Take a look, I’d love to know what others thought about it. For now here are some of the photography’s I took whilst travelling through Vietnam. Hoi An was one of our favourite towns in Vietnam. The architecture is sensational, with a mix of styles from wooden Chinese shophouses and temples to colourful French colonial buildings, ornate Vietnamese tube houses and the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge. You could spend days roaming the beautiful streets of Hoi An. Hoi An Hoi An – Japanese Covered Bridge Hoi An – Thu Bon River Hue – Imperial city The scenery in Vietnam is phenomenal, I’ve never seen anything like …

Why I Fell In Love With Vietnam

Why I Fell In Love With Vietnam

I fell completely in love with Vietnam, now one of my favourite countries in the world which I hope I get the chance to return to. Here’s why I fell in love with Vietnam. You don’t have to search online for long to find that travellers either love or hate Vietnam. There’s a lot of littering, pollution, scams (but that’s the same throughout South East Asia) and my personal pet peeve, the traffic is horrendous. Nonetheless, I fell completely head over heels in love with Vietnam. Maybe it’s the resilience of the Vietnamese or the beauty in places like Ha Long Bay. Whatever it may be, I loved every minute of it. We spent a month travelling around Vietnam, there were so many things to see and do. Each and every part of Vietnam has something unique and different to offer. Now you’re probably wondering what makes Vietnam such an incredibly wonderful country? Well… It has History Vietnam has a complex history making it a country that is rich in culture. While they may paint a somewhat …

Laos Travel Photo Diary

After Chiang Mai we decided to leave Thailand and head for Laos on the slow boat. The slow boat is a three day journey, which isn’t as bad as it sounds. Travelling to Laos involved a bus journey to the border town Chiang Khong and stopping overnight. Accommodation was provided in the package we bought through our hostel in for the Slow Boat. The rooms were little wooden shacks with a fan and mosquito net. I had to get into Beth’s bed because mine was ripped. The next day we had another bus ride to the border. Our visa was stamped and paid for and then we were in Laos. Now for the two day Slow Boat to Laung Probang. When I first set eyes on the Slow Boat I thought: “Damn this is going to be a rough two days”, but it was actually a smooth trip. An awesome way to see the beautiful scenery. It was lovely passing the villages along the river. Locals got on and off, it was an interesting way to see a …

3 things to do in chiang mai

3 Things To Do In Chiang Mai

Arriving in Chiang Mai was such a relief after the craziness of Bangkok. Here is my list of a few awesome things to do in Chiang Mai. We got the over night train which was tired-sum, but as soon as we arrived we knew we were in a better place. From day one we had a good feeling about Chiang Mai, it has a chilled vibe and is much cleaner. Even though Chaing Mai is really chilled out there are a lot of activities on offer. It offers everything from Cooking Classes to Trekking Tours, this can make choosing what to do a bit overwhelming. Hopefully my top three things to do in Chiang Mai may shed some light on which activity is best. Get Up Close And Personal With Elephants   Choosing which Elephant sanctuary to visit can be a confusing task. I advise you to do plenty of research beforehand. We wanted to make sure the Elephants were treated correctly even after all the tourists had gone home. Many of them sound good …

My First Impressions Of Bangkok

My First Impressions Of Bangkok

The second leg of our adventure has begun. After seven months in Australia, working on the Gold Coast and then travelling the East Coast, we have now landed in South East Asia. First, stop Bangkok, Thailand. It was a complete culture change to the comforts of Australia. In my eyes, Australia is very much like home (England), apart from the sunshine and beaches. Arriving in Bangkok was crazy. The first thing I noticed was the smell, a potent odour, which can only be described as sewage waste stench (I later heard that the Durian fruit is the culprit to what makes Thailand smell so bad). I was surprised by how dirty Bangkok actually was. I thought this was going to be one of the most Westernised countries we will be visiting in South East Asia, now I no longer know what to expect. How are we going to cope? Upon arriving in Bangkok we then had the dilemma of finding our hostel without Google Maps. However, the real struggle was the fifteen minute walk with …