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Postby dave-brown » Mon Feb 01, 2016 5:59 pm

Who's been? What did you do? And how was it?
Also other parts of South east asia, Its a place I have enjoyed travelling and look forward to doing more in a couple months.
Focusing mainly on Burma and Laos this time, just started reading up on bits and bobs. The region is riddled with pretty interesting and incredibly fucked up history, which I guess I find intriguing and a pretty big draw card
If you've been and can suggest places, dishes, costings, cultural intrigues and just whatever, it would be much appreciated.
I was hell against Lonely planet before traveling parts of asia, but they do prove useful at times but obviously people experiences are also pretty nifty.

I did just read an article on Stuff.co.nz about a kiwi who was imprisoned for 13 months in Burma for posting an image of Buddha with headphones on, so that's fairly interesting

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Postby Phlegm » Tue Feb 02, 2016 12:54 am

I was in Cambodia back when that guy got arrested for the Buddha image poster. I highly recommend Cambodia if you haven't been.

I've only ever heard one person say they didn't like Laos. Heard a Scottish guy say Laos was the most beautiful country he had ever been to. I guess that's easily comparable to a kiwi saying the same thing. I keep hearing parts of Laos are sleepy but personally I love laid back places. I'm also looking at going there around the end of the year.
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Postby snuff » Tue Feb 02, 2016 7:16 am

I have a good friend who does SE Asia every year, he went to Myanmar last year for the first time and said he wouldn't bother again.
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Postby dave-brown » Mon Feb 15, 2016 2:54 pm

Phlegm wrote:I was in Cambodia back when that guy got arrested for the Buddha image poster. I highly recommend Cambodia if you haven't been.


I travelled through Cambodia in 2014, i was really taken by the place, the Khmer people are a very approachable and seemingly forgiving sort. I've been told from friends Laos is somewhat of a similar experience. A nice pace of life, i found.

I have not really planned out a travel route for Burma yet but found out some fairly disturbing things about Burmas Nationalistic and Islamaphobic tendencies. Slave labour, fascist monk's and genocide, theyve really been quite busy it seems.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSkZlgk76-E
It's worth a watch.
Also this small video exposing hate monger monks of Myanmar.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtAl9zJ3t-M

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Postby PertHJ » Mon Feb 15, 2016 9:15 pm

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I travelled through Cambodia in 2014, i was really taken by the place, the Khmer people are a very approachable and seemingly forgiving sort.


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Postby Dixon Cider A.C. » Tue Feb 16, 2016 8:53 am

Lived with a Burmese couple in Sydney in 2012. They were good cunts. They had never seen a record playing on a turntable before they met me but her ex bf was a punk rocker by the sounds, she had heard of Doom and knew what ridgeys were etc. The bloke had a deece job but was getting an allowance from his old man who was involved in some pretty hardcore organised crime. Massive poppy farms and shit. Now he's living in China working for an airline and fuck knows what happened to her. She did have a pretty gnarly eating disorder so she might even be in the ground.

They were terrified of Aussies and would regularly tell me that I wasn't like other white people. Met heaps of their friends, used to go out for dinner and shit, Burmese food is great and the people are top notch.

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Postby dave-brown » Wed Feb 17, 2016 12:06 pm

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dave-brown wrote:
I travelled through Cambodia in 2014, i was really taken by the place, the Khmer people are a very approachable and seemingly forgiving sort.


:lol: what did you do


Hah, okay i worded that oddly, it wasn't meant to be so self condemning. I didn't do anything offensive, well not to my knowledge, it gets a bit hazy after copious amounts of rice wine and readily accessible pharmaceuticals.
No, maybe 'forgiving' was a poor choice of word, maybe a 'willingness to move on and focus on the future'. Given their history nobody would blame them for stewing in their own animosity. They seem to have accepted what they cant change, a difficult thing to do seeming that only a couple members of the Khmer Rouge were ever charged, and many actually are involved with the new Cambodian peoples party. I was there during elections, and i have a feeling it is far from the free Democratic state it claims. One of the locals I spent time with explained he had to fly the Cambodian peoples party flag out the front of his house, as his neighbour had not....and had not been seen for a long time

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Postby bridge_rules » Fri Feb 19, 2016 3:25 pm

I went to Myanmar in November and loved it.

I was only there for two weeks, and was probably more of an awful sightsee-er than i suspect you might be Dave, but still..
I found it the most chilled out country of all the ones I've been to in SE Asia. The people are super friendly. In Vietnam and Cambodia I felt like a lot of people were just trying to make a buck out of me - whether honestly or dishonestly. Whereas in Myanmar, everyone just seemed friendly to a fault and really honest. In lots of places they haven't been worn out by tourists yet, so people still find you novel and interesting, and probably haven't caught on that tourists would happily pay 10x more for stuff than what they charge.

On that point - it was also ridiculously cheap. I came back with half the money I had (not counting accommodation costs) - was maybe $700 or something - and it's not like i'd been in anyway frugal, nor did I feel I had been overly generous with my budget. From what I understand, its illegal for the Burmese people to take gifts from tourists, so they won't accept tips, and are militant about giving you back your change, even if it's only equivalent to 1 cent.

However, things changed a bit as I went from the Southern to Northern end of the country. The North had a lot more tourists, so was more expensive, and a bit less welcoming.

Ummm...what else. There was a lot of poverty obviously, which was hard to see. We tried to be careful about where we spent our money, as the government has its fingers in lots of pockets, and obviously don't really want to be supporting that. We were there for election day, so there were a lot of people wearing Ayn San Suu Kyi shirts, and the longest voting lines that'll ever exist. Yangon - which is apparently usually bumper-to-bumper traffic all day every day because scooters are outlawed - was practically deserted except for the long voting lines.

In terms of things to do...there wasn't that much to be honest. Basically lots of temples to look at and that's about it. Hooning around the temples in Bagan on an electric scooter was cool....the sunsets and sunrises there were worth getting up for too. We did a 2-day trek to a village and on to Inle lake which was probably my highlight. Wasn't a lot to do in Mandalay - did a cruise across the river to see the biggest pile of bricks in the world, and other than that mostly just drank beer.

The food was nice, but doesn't have the distinctive flavours of Vietnam/Thailand/Cambodia etc. It's not spicy or coconutty or anything....is quite simple actually. Seemed really healthy.

That's probably enough.

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Postby dave-brown » Sat Feb 20, 2016 2:53 pm

Hey thanks Bridge, that is helpful, chur!

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Postby bridge_rules » Sun Feb 21, 2016 12:46 pm

Some other practical stuff that might be useful....

wi-fi was woeful basically everywhere, but mobile data was really cheap and reasonably good. You can get a local sim for about $5 with...some amount?...of data that'll last a wee while. I think Ooredoo or something had slightly better coverage than the other main cell provider.

And it's a cash economy still. We took USD and exchanged them into kyat there.

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Postby dave-brown » Tue Feb 23, 2016 12:09 pm

Awesome thanks. Was it feasible to withdraw USD from cash machines within Burma, or did you withdraw cash before arriving?
Also with tourism being a fairly new thing there is it worth booking accommodation ahead of time? Rocking up to towns in cambodia, malaysia or vietnam it was always okay to make it up as I went along but im guessing it might be a different scenario in burma?

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Postby bridge_rules » Tue Feb 23, 2016 11:30 pm

Hmmm not entirely sure on either of those tbh...

I got all my USD in NZ before i left. They did have ATMs here and there, but not sure if they spat out USD? and apparently they don't work that reliably. They don't use USD like Cambodia does...they prefer kyats. And you basically can't get kyats anywhere but Myanmar (when you leave make sure you change them before going through airport security!!..lesson hard learnt). They will only exchange mint condition USD notes as well....a bit of a crease and they'll turn it down for some reason.

I also sorted all my accommodation before i got there. I think in lots of places you'd probably be fine to make it up as you went, but that's not something i'd want to give you the wrong info on haha. I'll ask my friend who did our bookings if there was anything that'd trip you up.

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Postby dave-brown » Wed May 04, 2016 12:03 pm

Given that Myanmar has only just shaken itself from the clutches of the former military regime only a few years ago, this is probably the newest punk scene in the world.

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Postby dave-brown » Sat Jun 04, 2016 5:01 pm

Landed in Yangon two days ago, and I'm absolutely loving it.
Havent had such a culture shock in a long time, feeling delightfully uncomfortable, if that makes sense.
It's all quite a genuinely foreign place, visibly less influenced by the west. We found a cheap hotel on Agoda.com which was a bit of a hike from the city centre. It was quite an experience. Dogs fighting over rubbish at the front door, an African guy pleading for his passport back from someone im not quite sure down the hall way. Im not sure what exactly that hotel was, but it was definately sketchy. There was a restaraunt on the same block where we tried our first burmese cuisine. With a small game of sharades they understood I didn't eat meat, I got something which was yellow and mushy, almost dahl like, and came on a plate of rice. It was definately edible. It came with a complimantary fishy broth. (The next day upon relocating we were to discover the burmese food is actually incredible, we were definately in the wrong area). The local bar was the highlight of the place. A dirty concrete floor laden with plastic chairs, not dissimilar to drinking holes in the majority of s.e asia. The walls were painted the colour of the local beer and the patrons were a lively, red gummed beetle chewing bunch. We used our Burmese phrases to greet our fellow drunks and had a good evening on the piss. It seems a kissing sound is used to sumon the bar workers, lots of rats scuttling about from the gutter near our feet and some uncommentated premier league on a cracked flatscreen. We'd arrived in myanmar.
Since relocating to a slightly more metropolitan area closer to the central station, we discovered a plethora of absolutely mind blowing steeet food. Very vegetarian friendly and literally some of the nicest food I've ever eaten. Super friendly locals, and very honest street vendors. (always ensuring we got our change when we over payed, and from what I observed, no different pricing to the locals, a large contrast to most of s.e asia).
The sewer clearing operation which was visibly present, was one of the most rudimentary operations I've ever seen. The pavement slabs were removed and waist deep teenagers in shorts and bare feet worked tirelessly with shovels in the heavy rain. They biffed it up to street level where the next member in the chain slogged knee deep in the dark earthy slush, biffing it onto a nearby truck. They were all laughing and joking with the eachother and the street vendors, whom divied them all out cash, suggesting it was a privately funded affair? This undesirable labour is vastly contrasted by the golden sheen and undeniable/near unfathomable beauty of the near by pagodas.
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Postby 9seconds » Tue Jun 14, 2016 9:24 am

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/ ... are_btn_fb

ive never really felt like travel was a possibility for me, but if it ever is, then i wanna go here
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Postby dave-brown » Fri Jun 17, 2016 6:24 pm

9seconds wrote:https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/11/lost-city-medieval-discovered-hidden-beneath-cambodian-jungle?CMP=share_btn_fb

ive never really felt like travel was a possibility for me, but if it ever is, then i wanna go here


thats a pretty interesting read. That area was wicked enough allready without those recent discoveries. Youd probably enjoy it there, cheap beer and $1 mojitos lol. Just avoid Pub st, its not as bad as Khao san rd, Bangkok, but pretty fucking close.

Northern Burma was pretty stunning and a bit more chill. Way more tourists, and so many pagodas that i began strolling past them as if they were merely a pile of bricks. (That was after 5 days in Bagan though). Definately a pretty stunning place. I enjoyed it even more than Angkor Wat (bit of a cliche comparasim, but hey). Missed the slow boat betweet mandalay and Bagan as it was only twice a week and it didnt fit our schedule ,but it was a gnarly trip non the less. Our taxi driver smoked a woman off her scooter in Mandalay, thas was pretty dodge but she was okay. And to keep my S.e asian tradition ended up in a seedy kareoke bar. It was the must rungus place ive ever drank in........ And i have drunk in some pretty seedy places. Super nice people though, got shouted a few beers there. My girlfriend was into the beetle chewing and i had some local cigars so we thought we fit into the bar quite well i feel.
Myanmar Beer is easily the most pleasent beer in s.e asia, I will quite happily never drink Chang again in my life.....but any port in a storm I guess.

Cut trip short and heading to laos today. Unfortunately i didnt do my research, Mandalay international airport is quite a humble affair....i.e two cafes and no money exchange booths. I was pretty suprised that an international airport didnt supply you with the oppurtunity to swap your local currency out, but i guess they want you to spend it all there. I took a gamble (stupidly) and now have about $100 nzd worth of Burmese money, noone takes it lol, anywhere. They just laughed at me in Bangkok when I tried flogging it off, guess the next person i meet going there is getting a sweet gift.

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Postby 9seconds » Sat Jun 18, 2016 5:23 pm

yeh ankor wat was already on my list of places id love to see, now it hardout is, this thread is making south east asia look pretty attractive honestly
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Postby dave-brown » Wed Jun 22, 2016 12:46 am

Yeah Angkor Wat is an amazing spot to visit. Ive heard reviews of people claiming atleast a week is needed to see all the historic splendor. Me and my gf spent ten hours riding bicycles around and had seen our fill, amazing as it was. Its incredible for sure but maybe I lack the attention span. Other things come into play though, in my understanding, the historical sight is somewhat monopolised by foreign powers and the Khmer people see little profit from tourists ($Usd 20 per person). One small example of the Cambodians being shafted after the fall of the khmer rouge. (Phu quoc down south is lavish, but a fair amount of animosity as it was annexed by the Vietnamese after their asssistance in Pol pots downfall.)
Bagan on the other hand we spent 5 days there. atleast three exploring the never-ending plethora of pagodas sporadically decorating the country side . ( the other two spent, relaxing or drinking heavily in the restsraunts and /or beer gardens).

We just spent three days in Vang tiene, after a comfortable night train from Bangkok. Not a whole bunch touristically to do there aside cycling along the Mekong, kareoke and boozing at the bars and sampling the local cuisine, oh and the infamous Buddha Garden of course, which is quite something. But just enjoyed how a large city was comparatively so relaxed to that of Myanmar. Also discovered a sweet vegetarian restaraunt specialising in fakemeat noodle soups. Right up my alley. The museums are slightly biased in a political sense, as they are in Vietnam, fair enough to be anti U.s but opinionated captions in museums are harder to take on as historical fact.
Just completed a 14 hour over night trip from Vang tiene to Don Khone, 4000 islands. This island being slighty less poplular with younger backpackers and the horribly innevitable trending fire twirling hippies on its neighbouring island Don det. We have a sweet bungalow on the water front with a balcony and hammock. ($20 aud a night) A well prepared stock of books, rice wine and valium. Hah. Its quiet season so not too many tourists and quite possibly the most lavish spot ive visited. We can just dive off our balcony into the Mekong!!!. Only been in Laos for 4 days but fucking well enjoying it. Less hawkers than vietnam and a pace of life perhaps even more layed back than that of cambodia.... and far less tax on booze and cigs than the Muslim nation of Malaysia.
Highly reccomend this spot. Found an ice vendor, cheap soda water and even more rice wine if we deem it necessary. Im a sucker for getting comfortably numb in a hammock in a scerene environment for sure. Only encountered two tourists on this side of the island so far. two old pommy birds who are ex punks so its been pretty choice. No doubt a different story in two months time as tourist season will pick up. Allot of construction going on and allot of restaurants closed due to down season but a small proce to pay for the lack of tourists i think.

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Postby dave-brown » Sun Jul 03, 2016 12:27 am

Two things to know about laos.
1. It's quite expensive to send letters abroad, (and an impressive feat if done at all).
2. The petrol is surprisingly expensive and tastes quite disgusting.
Laos has be amazing thus far. Biking along the Mekong and an unhealthy amount of kareoke in VangTiene. Hammocks, valium, ww2 novels and swimming in the Mekong in 4000 islands..... rented a bungalow for bugger-all, right on the river. Was possibly the loveliest place Ive ever holidayed. Don Khon, not Don Det, that involves more drum circles and filthy hipster hippies.
The most incredible Dinosaur museum known to man in Savvanakhet. Seruoisly go there!!! Its a tiny town with not much to do, a neat night market with tasty treats, some strange kareoke bars....those things are unavoidable. We stayed in a small pocket of bungalows on the cities edge ran by a lovely Loation lady in her late thirties. If she were any more helpful or lovely she would simply implode out of impracticallity. Whom after a hearing our woeful tale of hours spent attempting to purchase bus tickets to Vang Vieng laughed, hopped on her scooter, went and bought them for us and picked us up baguettes for breakfast on the way.
Anyway i digress Okay the post office in Savamnakhet....
We found it. That was a start! We were pleased. We presented a pile of post cards and letters to various people whom are irrelevant. (Not that i deem them irrelevant as people, but the detail of their persons are irrelevant to the story.)
"Postal stamps, international please"
we said politely with a few Loatian nicities thrown in there,( okay i lie, one Loation nicitie, please, which is rarely used it seems).
"No" the woman replied
"No stamps?" I asked
"No" she repeated
Presuming language problems i indicate the desired object and ask "Are you a post office?"
"Yes, we are post office but no stamps", she replied, disproving my previous presumptions of a language barrier.
"You're a post office that has no postal stamps?" I asked.
"Yes", she said, "the guy who bring the stamp, he not come today. maybe try tomorrow or day after!"

Haha I shit you not it was amazing, and the whole time i was made to feel as if this was completely normal and how could i be so stupid as to presume a post office would produce a postal stamp at whim.
I left not feeling angry at all , just baffled and mildly amused.
Anyhow the we went to book bus tickets right after that.... Hah. Well much of the same but with more locked doors, non existant staff, non existant bus stations, the works. Any way, me and the missus gave up and went to the pub, I think the bus ticket salesman was allready there.
The loation people are amazing, they simply don't take life too seriously. They turn up if they want, they do as they please, fuck it why not. We could all learn allot from the relaxed approach of the people of Laos.
" Bo pen yang" - Dont worry.....
and they dont. haha. These guys have nailed it, were stuck in traffic jams, 9-5 shit. Student loans, mortgages two weeks payed leave whoopdee fucking doo. The tuk tuk drivers knock off at three, hit the piss and play dice.
Obviously this relaxedness is only an aspect of life here, they do work pretty hard and for fuck all money (comparatively).
Oh the dinosaur museum.....woah. dude. Go there. it's a small affair with two rooms but theyve been busy archeologically in Laos in recent years. with an impressive collection to boot. One of the workers was obviously bored and wanted to practice English so he showed us around. Opening drawers and pulling out bones and handing them to us as if they were records in a record store. Some were in glass cases but some just in draws below as if they were cutlery. We were holding dinosaur knee bones, femurs, teeth, the works. He even took us out back where they remove the rock and clay and clean them. There were masses of the things......some of them where wrapped in tissue paper and placed in Beer crates. Dinosaur bones stored in beer crates!!!! Yes okay they are an innovative people, whom lack funds to harbour superior storage units
, but still its hard to fathom. They guy was an archeologist but he'd never heard of Indiana Jones. He kept looking slightly perplexed as I insisted on calling him that, either he doesnt get kiwi humour or im just not thay funny. Assumedly the latter. Anyhow it was an experience that i wholeheartedly reccomend.
Nightbuses are the best for transport between towns, (when traveling in twos especially, as to avoid spooning a stranger). It saves a nights accomodation and after one or two day trips u find the scenery not too dissimilar and also making the most of time in the next destination. 5am transfers can get confusing, especially if you partake in the readily available valium, but mini bus drivers at the other end can sometimes be just as messed up. One driver was so visibly drunk a replacement was called, much to my amusement, but not to our fellow french backpackers. But annoying the french is a plus if anything.
Anyhow we got to Vangvieng, the Amsterdam of S.e asia, famous for opium abuse and drowning drunken backpackers whom think innertubes are not just flotation devices but some kind of invincibility cloak.
After several deaths via drunken drownings the Laos government has declared many attempts to clean up the town and create a healthier touristic scene...i dunno when their last routine investigation was because the first bar i walked into, seeking shade and a place to look at a map, and of yes of course a beer, put a small menu in front of me. It wasnt beers or cocktails, it was an array of class C and class A drugs. I gave her a perplexed look she quickly exchanged it for a menu for drinks.
Theres definately a horrific backpacker party scene here but luckily we found some derolict bungalows on the outskirts. I dont have a problem with partying at all, but i didnt come to Laos to take mdma with Pommies, and i know the locals dont approve of drunken western woman walking around in bikinis, im all for breaking social norms in my own country, but doing it abroad it certain ways is just plain disrespectful and biggoted.
The view from our bungalow is breathtaking, the cascading and instantaneously verticle mountains are in plain view from our bungalows deck. I dont even mind rainy season restricting our activities, this bungalow is a perfect place to relaxe, read and write... i do wish i had more Cocksparrer on my Ipod though.
Anyhow to the distasteful and overpriced pertolium... the rain subsided midday today, so we hired a scooter to drive to some waterfalls at the near by mountains. Most s.e asian bike rentals have a "leave with a full tank , return with a full tank" policy. This one didnt, half a day rental was $4. Thats cool. fairly standard, it had enough gas to get to the petrol station. I didnt know how much gas was worth or even how far we were going, i filled the cunt up and it cost $8Aud. (I know the price of gas in nz is almost double but in aus you can fill up a small 250cc bike for about ten bucks).
So anyway we hooned around a while looked at some cool shit, nearly crashed a bunch of times in the mud, usual western tourist shenanigans and then the terrenterial rain came back with a vengeance. We went back to our bungalow and the remaining 4 hours of hiring this bike were essentilly useless as the roads are slippery as shit if not flooded completely. I didnt want to return the bike with nearly a full tank so i siphoned it out into water bottles for future use. Im a bit of a novice and copped a mouthfull of the shit. More surprising, my gf is from chch and she never knew about siphoning, I thought all south islanders were dodgy rednecks who pushed cows over for fun and siphoned gas out of tractors to drive their shitty skylines around.
Any how Vang vieng is very nice, its full of tourists and got a bit of a Ibiza vibe but lots of nice caves to see. Gonna bike round today to find some old tractor tyres to go tubing without a guide and an entourage of knobbends.
In conclusion ....petrol is gross, i probably wont send u a letter but this is definately a place to relax (aand party if you so desire. )

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Postby dave-brown » Mon Jul 04, 2016 2:13 am

PertHJ wrote:Love these updates!


Hah okay so on the topic Pert. Prior to this most recent postal service fiasco, i sent a lovely post card to you and Lucy. I believe we were in Vangtiene at 'Buddha Gardens". It depicted a lovely image of a massive concrete Buddha lazing about in a kind of "its sunday morning, im hungover and the Home and Away Omnibus is on kind of pose". Monica gave me some postal stamps she acquired from some where or another unaware that it was more expensive to post cardboard images to the northern hemisphere than it was to the south. Hence this may never arrive. I guess time shall tell. Never fear ive found thr local post office here in Vang vieng and shall try again ttomorrow.

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Haha! The Italian postal service is pretty rubbish too, so maybe two negatives will make a positive.....?
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Postby scott penk » Mon Jul 04, 2016 10:00 pm

PertHJ wrote:Love these updates!


i too am enjoying them muchly

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Re: Myanmar (Burma) and Laos...

Postby 9seconds » Tue Jul 05, 2016 8:36 pm

yeh agreed, south east asia has always been interesting to me cos of ruins and shit, and my uncle had some good stories about smoking weed there in the 70's but youve kinda made me want to go there for just general experiencing other cultures.
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Re: Myanmar (Burma) and Laos...

Postby dave-brown » Wed Jul 06, 2016 6:50 pm

heres a heart felt poem i wrote in Vang vieng after losing one of my favourite jandles.......Yes yes i partook in the shameful western tubing, so shoot
me.

There was once a pair of footwear,
of which I held so dear,
They encompassed my feet so well,
A share delight to wear,
They came into my posession
not by purchase, but per-chance,
They slipped on so prefectly
and my comfort thus enhanced.
I thought they might be Bosuns,
but he moved out, and they remained,
I thought they may belong to Stef,
"Aint mine" she boldy exclaimed,
So I acquired the footwear,
The jandles I had my eyes on,
Perfect timing for myself,
With a holiday on the horizon,
The sneakers i packed for the trip,
they never left my pack,
The jandles never left my feet,
and the comfort never lacked.
I lumbered through Kualalumpur,
With them between my toes,
I peddled about Penang,
and no problems arose.
I meandered through Myanmar,
with my sturdy thongs,
I met the Burmese with ease
and still my shoes stood strong,
The Thai border cops
adored my crocs, & the trip went on,
It was all going all too well,
the story too good to be true,
How could man construct it,
the perfect slip on shoe.
Then alas, when in Laos,
I awoke one day, one shoe had split,
The left jandle began to fray,
I'm not a cobbler, nor a shoe smith,
But I must with all my might,
Tend to this problem post-haste,
The left jandle must be set right,
Alas, I must admit, the mending never came,
We went tubing in the Mekong,
It was just such a lovely day,
I had a dry bag, but still i was illequipped,
I wrangled through some rapids,
And my bag it must of ripped,
with all the chaos, water all around,
When I found dry land, only one jandle was to be found,
One shoe is of little use,
To a man whom owns two feet,
I kept one as a momen-toe,
but i must admit de-feet

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Re: Myanmar (Burma) and Laos...

Postby PertHJ » Wed Jul 06, 2016 11:32 pm

Sorry for your loss mate.

I guess your bag couldn't handle the jandle....

Julia and I are currently on the train between Krakow and Prague, there's free wifi and power! Amazing stuff.
Krakow was a bit of a short visit but a managed to eat heaps of pierogi, Zapiekanka, and Obwarzanki. Had a few good beers, and a real good ice cream (snickers and salted caramel). Checked out Auschwitz yesterday, pretty intense. Tourists can be awful.
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Re: Myanmar (Burma) and Laos...

Postby dave-brown » Thu Jul 07, 2016 6:53 am

PertHJ wrote:Sorry for your loss mate.

I guess your bag couldn't handle the jandle....

Julia and I are currently on the train between Krakow and Prague, there's free wifi and power! Amazing stuff.
Krakow was a bit of a short visit but a managed to eat heaps of pierogi, Zapiekanka, and Obwarzanki. Had a few good beers, and a real good ice cream (snickers and salted caramel). Checked out Auschwitz yesterday, pretty intense. Tourists can be awful.

man id stab a man for some Zapiekanka right now haha.
Krakows a mean town eh? old towns breathtaking.
Some of the tourists at Auschwitz are some of the worst cunts imaginable. Selfie sticks in a fucking death camp? People are fucked eh.
Beers surprisingly strong in Polsndw though,
check out this place in Prague, rude service but cheap beer and vegan burgers, plus theres two punk bars around the corner. ......one of thems.called the Tea garden or some weird shit. youl find it. If your staying in à backpackers you will probably be on the same street.

https://m.facebook.com/pages/Belzepub/195793440453596

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Re: Myanmar (Burma) and Laos...

Postby PertHJ » Fri Jul 08, 2016 4:47 am

Cheers for the suggestion, Julia and I are sitting in Belzepub post verge chilli burger (and onion rings), quite possibly the best burger I've ever had. Perfect bun and patty consistency, real tasty cheddar, and those jelapenos!

Off to a tiki bar soon
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Re: Myanmar (Burma) and Laos...

Postby Dead Kid » Fri Jul 08, 2016 10:32 am

dave-brown wrote:We were holding dinosaur knee bones, femurs, teeth, the works.

Handfuls and handfuls of fossilised turds I bet! Not like Western exhibitions where you might be allowed to poke your fingers through one hole and touch one thing in the same spot that everyone else has touched it. Until the point that you're merely stirring your finger around in other people's finger grease and microbiota. Slice of moon rock at Cape Canaveral, I'm looking at you.
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