Home sweet home!
Trip Start Nov 06, 2012
30Trip End Feb 01, 2013
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To round off the blog, we thought we finish with a few observations/ statistics from our little jaunt around South East Asia...
* Our packs and colourful stuffsacks were a BRILLIANT investment: they helped us to organise our things and we very quickly perfected our packing system - we could get up and packed within 20 minutes (having slept through our alarm in Krabi, this proved our ability after a mad dash to get to the airport)
* Regardless of where we were, whenever there was someone on hand to help with luggage, it would always be A’s bag that was carried. V was then left to walk with her day pack and rucksack, much to V’s annoyance and A’s amusement. V concluded that either she looked mightier than A or he was very astute and cunning in where he positioned himself getting out of taxis etc.
* Asian women are mighty: without exception, everywhere we’ve been the women do the rowing, the men do the sewing. Not kidding.
* Number of days away from home = 85
* Kilometres travelled = at least 32,539
* Flights taken = 20
* Number of airlines used = 10
* Countries visited = 7
* Languages "mastered" = 5
* Number of trains taken= 5
* Number of buses taken = 7
* Number of boat journeys = loads
* Number of Mekong crosses = too many to count
* Number of tuk tuk journeys = loads and every one awesome. A sees a business opportunity here and is looking at setting up “Wanstead Village Tuk Tuks”...watch this space...
* Size of our carbon footprint = hmmm. Quite large. We promise not to go crazy with travel for the rest of this year.
* Number of time A got directions correct = three times. He is very proud of this and is going to strive to improve it.
* Length of A's beard = far too long. See photo for status report on return. It needs to be shaved or at least tamed URGENTLY.
* Number of scarves purchased (by V of course) = 5
* Best value for money purchase - V’s kramer. Protected her from the sun, kept her warm in the cooler climes of the North and acted as a cover up in the many temples...USD 4 very well spent.
* Number of beers drunk = hundreds. Mainly by A.
* Our top three beers: 1) Chang - stand-out favourite; 2) Lao Beer; and 3) Myanmar Beer. A was gutted he was sick in Myanmar as it reduced the number of days he had drinking this stuff.
* No of pairs of sunglasses V has gone through= three. After having spectacularly lost the first pair in the same way A lost his in Peru several years ago (some of you know that story), a ban on wearing sunglasses in certain circumstances was banned. The second pair was shattered with gusto outside the National Museum in Luang Prabang. The third pair is still going strong...for now.
* Bottles of suncream = we’re not sure but it’s a lot.
* Amex airmiles = thousands. It took A a little while to work out why V was always keen to stick hotels and flights on her card, but he eventually clocked on. V has promised not to leave him behind when she uses them for a mammoth upgrade.
* Number of temples visited = come on, you seriously can’t expect us to have counted all of those temples...
* Number of currencies used = 8
* Number of professional qualifications gained = 1. Well done A, Mr "Eight letters" Lamport!
* Number of times we heard Celine Dion's “Heart will go on” = too many. The folk over hear clearly love this song and there are a whole number of takes on it. We’ve heard it straining out of speakers in a number of places and often when you least expect it. Celine should tour over here - she’d be a sell out.
* Injuries sustained - two each. We’re pleased we avoided the full moon party in Koh Phangan as all the people we saw in Koh Samui, whose neon tattoos and clothing told us they’d been to the party, sported injuries a plenty. Clearly very dangerous! For the record, our injuries were: 1) a nasty eye injury for V in Phnom Penh; 2) a motorbike burn for A’s right leg in Hue; 3) an injured finger in Halong Bay for V (which almost made A sick as there were shards of paint and kayak under the fingernail...); and 4) a cut toe when A fell off a gangplank. This is in addition to the bout of sickness we each had.
* Final resting place of our perfect dollars = Myanmar (probably now in the Central Bank) and Koh Samui. We had been tempted to frame them but thought it more practical to reduce our bill when checking out in Koh Samui...
* Best value for money and cheapest country award goes to Vietnam - a HUGE underspend on the daily budget here, despite us spending a fortune on tailoring. Thank you, Vietnam!
* Number of T shirts bought = 13
* Number of fisherman’s pants bought = 2
* Number of times V was wrong = 1. That chalks it up to about five over the course of our relationship.
* Number of times we’ve witnessed or heard spitting in the street = far too many to mention. We want to block this out of our memories. Disgusting habit and we're hoping that a trend for it hasn't started in Britain while we've been away.
* Most comical way of attracting a waiter's attention = making a kissing sound. This is the only way in Myanmar. We loved it. Doubt it will work in the UK - A intends to try it in our local Italian. V thinks it's a good job they know us well as it should save him from being arrested.