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Malaysian Highlights

Perhentian Island Beach Party Fire Dancer Perhentian Island Fish On our way to Perhantian Skyline of Kuala Lumpur from Batu Caves Batu Caves Outside Batu Caves Petronas Towers Day Petronas Towers Night

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A Slight Change of Plan

Before I start, we’re in Malaysia! After an uneventful flight to Kuala Lumpur and finding a place to stay we spent the following days exploring the city. We figured out the subway system, visited the Petronas towers (day and night), … Continue reading

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Angkor Wat – back to China for the day

Our tuk tuk driver picked us up at 10am and we agreed a price of $18 for the whole day.  Not particularly cheap for a tuk tuk, but he dropped us at Bayon, waited for us to walk around each … Continue reading

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Thailand Highlights

We realised we didn’t post much on Thailand. Maybe we spent too much time on the beach! From now on we’ll aim to do at least one post a week. Here are some highlights from Thailand: Big Buddha – Koh … Continue reading

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Cambodia

We’re in Cambodia! After three aeroplane breakfasts we finally landed in Cambodia.  Not our longest flight, but we changed planes twice, so through security a total of 3 times. Bangkok, Malaysia (yes we landed in Malaysia, our next destination!) and … Continue reading

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Thailand

We arrived in Thailand on 27/04/13 after the airline messing up our flight.  Upon booking our tickets we were told that we didn’t need flight details, just our passport as it’s all electronic and they would be able to look … Continue reading

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The Great Wall? Easy. You are not a hero till you climb Mt. Hua!

On the penultimate day of our trip in China we decided, at the last minute, to visit Mt. Hua. We particularly wanted to get onto the plank walk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsGC0lZ-5g8). Once dropped off at the east ticket gate (and paying the … Continue reading

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“You are not a plucky hero till you climb the Great Wall”

We were recommended a township called Gubeikou as somewhere to see, and climb the original un-restored Great Wall. We decided just to go for it. After a little research we found bus 980 from Beijing (Dongzhimen) takes you to Miyun, … Continue reading

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Rations

If you’re ever planning on doing this trip then don’t listen too much to the guide websites or books! Actually the Trans-Siberian Handbook Trailblazer book was the most accurate in the end, but not completely. The Trailblazer book is a … Continue reading

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Men are men, women are women

After spending nearly 25 hours on a train from Berlin to France we stopped at 00:58 in Belorusskiy station, Moscow.  It was about -10c and after Ramadan (the Russian we were sharing the 3-berth with) told us yesterday that it … Continue reading

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Ascension Island

I could write pages about Ascension, but I’ll try keep it short and hopefully readable! After being back in the UK for the day I already want to go back, but the rest of the trip awaits! What an amazing … Continue reading

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Ascension Flight Ticket

We received our ‘tickets’ from AITA (Ascension Island Travel Agency) yesterday – a Word document with an MoD booking reference and a list of reporting instructions, baggage allowances and all the usual stuff.  We’ve had it booked since August as … Continue reading

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Tickets

We can now get from Germany to Russia & from Russia to China! Our tickets arrived early this morning, special delivery 7 days earlier than expected. Once again Real Russia have impressed us. It’s a while still until we need to … Continue reading

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26 days to go – accommodation

Now that our Berlin to Moscow and Trans-Mongolian tickets have been confirmed we have booked places to stay in France, Germany and Russia. China was booked a few weeks ago as we needed the confirmation for the visa, but I’ll … Continue reading

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Visas!

28 days later and we have all the necessary visas to get from Leamington Spa to Beijing! Belarus transit, Russia tourist, Mongolia transit & Chinese tourist. We’re very impressed with Real Russia‘s service.  All 8 visas (4 each) were processed … Continue reading

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Deposit Paid

We’ve put down a deposit of £50 each for the Berlin to Moscow & Trans-Mongolian tickets!  The tickets only become available for sale 60 days before the departure of the Trans-Mongolian train and 90 days before the Berlin to Warsaw … Continue reading

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“Permission is hereby granted”

After answering a few questions about why we wanted to stay on Ascension, and after holding our breaths for almost 3 weeks we received our entry permits today! The entry fee is just £15 for the duration (£20 if you want … Continue reading

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The Plan

The original backpacking through Asia idea is still there, but after watching too many travelling programs we have added a few bits! Here’s the rough plan: Ascension Island (2 weeks).  Update: Fly out 27/02/13 @ 2300, land on Ascension 28/02/12, … Continue reading

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Travelling

For a few years now my brother and I have wanted to see more of the world, the urge to go travelling has only been made worse by films and series such as A Map for Saturday, Madventures, Departures, and … Continue reading

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