Thursday, 4 December 2014
Wednesday, 22 October 2014
Welcome to HollyWood! This was my first full day in LA and I started it off with the free brekfast at the hostel and signed up to a walking Hollywood sign tour free with the hostel I was staying at yay another good reason to stay at a hostel (free things) I also booked another tour, a better one that I paid more for $39 but I'll get to that later.
The tour we did meant we had to catch a bus from the corner of vine street (but I don't know the number I never took note) and then had about a 15min walk up hill to get to this spot it wasn't amazingly steep and I managed to stay at the front of the group so I think I did well considering it was up hill, this is the closest point you can get to, to see the sign any closer and your paying a fine lol I don't know the location to let you know but if you find the wizard of oz secret garden your on the right street :) I would say follow the yellow brick road but it's not quite like that lol. I had met somone to chat to on the tour and got talking about what we had planed next after the tour and found out the girl was looking for the house from charmed so I had to join and look for this house too (again I can't tell you what street it's on or the bus number as she did all that but she did just get it all off google so just do that) I changed my tour to the day after so that I could look for the house and this was just fine, we went to get something to eat fist on Hollywood blv as we are neR there so makes sence for us to eat around there lol we found a nice little Mexican take away place and it was yummy I had the chicken and cheese quesadilla with free nachos it was cheap, yummy and filling just what you need! Back to the house somone was just moving in so we had to ask if it was ok to take some pictures just out of politeness as it is their home. This was fine to do.
We headed back the bus ride there and back is both around 30mins each way so by the time we had done it was getting late so we went back to Hollywood blv I took yet more pictures of the stars on the floor, the had prints at the Chinese theatre and went on an inside tour of the theatre this was around $15 and was very interesting got to see lots that most will never see and learn new things about it and Hollywood I didn't know. After this we went to the hard rock caffe for some yummy dinner I obviously had burger and a cocktail and kept my glass as it wasn't much to do this option. It was a lovely end to the first full day in Hollywood and I got to do lots that wasn't planed but enjoyed. I would recomend do everything I've said if you like that thing not everyone will have done most of this I can assure you!
Tuesday, 21 October 2014
So today was my last day in Fiji my flight wasn't till 10pm so I had a full day to chill on the sun bed and relax have something to eat all that stuff before I got the taxi at around 7pm and cost me $14 takes around 20-30 to get to the airport and it's not a big one so there wasn't much to do really I just decided to have a nap on the chairs after looking round the shops (very cheap stuff may I add for an airport) but don't buy a drink for the plane ride as they take it off you before bording so annoying :/ the flight was 13 hours and because of the time difference I set off on the 13th October 10pm and arived in LA on the 13th October 2pm in the afternoon time traveling at it's best (until it really becomes a thing to do anyway lol) I went with Fiji airways and the man at the desk when I asked if I could have a widow seat said there wasn't any available but he could give me an isle seat with no on on the row so I got a full 4 sweater row to my self to sleep the whole flight ahhhh nice!
Once I landed in LA and got my bags and immigration all that stuff I got the free airport shuttle to the metro/train station thing and had to get 2 metro things to get to vine stree station and walk about 3 blocks to my hostel what was in an amazing location, I had to stop myself from looking at the stars on the floor whilst I was looking for my hostel lol. I booked a tour with somone off the street and cost me $25 it was crap I wouldn't do it book it with your hostel or hotel! By the time I got to the hostel it was like 4pm the tour was at 5pm and I didn't get back from that till 7pm so it was a long day. I'll not tell you about the tour as it was rubbish and you can tell as I only paid $25. I've decided to book another with the hostel so I'll tell you about that one. I staid up till 10pm so that I wouldn't get up too early and took advantage of the free coffe (with syrups to use)
Sorry this is late I finaly have a chance to write them up on my iPad so I'll do my best to catch up today and tomorrow :) x x x
Sunday, 19 October 2014
Ok so I am so sorry for not posting anything in so long, well since I got to the states I've just been so busy trying to pack everything in and having full days and nights out just sight seeing, and by the time I get in I'm just way too tired to do anything but I'm having a chill day today so I may sit down and try and get some blog posts written ready to put up. But so far I am loving the states I have done la and and Las Vegas so far only 2 more stops till home :( sad but happy at the same time x
Location: Las Vegas Strip (null)
Saturday, 11 October 2014
Today we got up for 9am to get a taxi we arranged the day before for $50fiji each (between 3 of us) to take us around some different places in nadi we started at the mud pools this took us around 30mins to get there and cost us $20 each entry this was one of the best things ever I loved it I would do it everyday if I could. We basically got covered in mud head to toe from the mud pool not like the slap dab you make in your garden like a clay type of mud in gray colour and then let it dry, this took maybe 20mins as it is hot in Fiji but it was on thick it felt just like a face mask hardening all over your body. We then got in to the mud pool and washed it off, the mud pool felt so wired like from your knees down it was like floating mud all around and took a while to get used to the feeling. After the mud pool we went into the thermal pool this was a natural hot spring at around 20 to 30 degrees in temperature and it did burn our sun burn like mad it was just amazing been in a pool that's not getting any cooler as you stay in it and is hot by nature not man made. They had a hot spring also but you couldn't go in it as in temperature is was 80 to 90 degrees so very hot! The man said they boil there potatoes in it and takes around 5 to 10 mins just mad that that's natural we were aloud to put our finger tip in and it was red hot like it would leave burns on you if you fell in. We then went in a third pool that was slightly cooler but after our time in the thermal pool we really wanted a cold pool lol you could stay not as long as you wanted but they didn't rush you with anything so I think you could spend around 1 hour to 1hour and 30mins as the pools are relaxing and there is an option to pay more and have a massage after with coconut oil this was $40 for the whole thing ncluding pools and this would then take longer.
The next stop we went on was just down the road and it was to the garden of the sleeping giants, this cost $16 entry with complimentary juices and they were good I must say here you can spend as long as you wish just walking around or sitting and talking the scenery in as there is lots of places to sit along the way. They have the bigest orchid collection in Fiji and well as the woods/rainforest style part of the mountains and Lilly ponds it was a really nice place to walk around and take in some natural beauty.
Another option you could do whilst in the area of both the sleeping giants and the mud pools is do the zip line that is just over the river and in the same area so the price of the taxi wouldn't change much, I believe the zip line is $108 but I did see a sign for a 2 for 1 offer and you can do as many zips as you want you aren't limited to a certain number. This would be a good replacement to the temple we saw as it wasn't that good and I wouldn't recomend doing that.
The next thing we did was go to the temple this was about 30mins in the opposite direction into nadi town and cost us $5 entry and we could only take pics outside and that was only one view of it and couldn't go in any of the places in it as we wasn't that religion so a bit of waste of time more than anything, like I said I would skip this unless you really love temples.
After that we walking into the town had a look round the local market where the people had made things it was nice but nothing I was looking for they were all wooden items all had crafted and nice and amazing prices so cheap but not what I wanted I was looking for magnets, I found some in the souvenir shops but they were exspensive not if I wanted one I wouldn't mind paying $10 but when I want 3 that's $30 and that's £10 for magnets too much for me.
We had such a fun and interesting day doing lots of things all day we started at nine and got back for 3 and we had a good amount of time at everything but you could spend longer if you wish. We came back and went in the see and chilled on the beach till about 4:30ish and the girls were going back that night so they went for a shower and what not and then we had food watched the sun set and said bye. So nice to meet yet more lovely people on my trip <3
HAPPY FIJI DAY EVERYONE !!!!!!!
Friday 10th October 2014
Today was Fiji day so the hotel had lots of free things going on to celebrate this like a flag raising ceromany, cooking lessons of their Fiji day national dish, free cake, cava ceromany, Fiji history talk and coconut ring making we kept going up and watching having a look at it all eating free Fiji day cake and trying the food but other than do theese things we chilled and sun bathed mostly.
Me and Emma (one of the girls I met) hired a paddle board and attempted to do it, if you don't know what this is then it's the thing with a surf board like thing and a paddle and you stand on it and paddle your way around the sea. it's so much harder than you expect the water did get quite rough at one point too so that made it harder, it's easy to get up but then once your up the waves rock you down lol Emma was quite good she could stand and stay for at least 5 mins at a time mine was more like 30seconds at a time before I fell in to the sea but I kept trying and I just blame the fact that the sea wasn't that calm and I kept been knocked off by the waves.
The blog posts I'm doing lately are so short but when all I'm doing is chilling and sun bathing there really isn't much to write about to tell you or help out with prices and times but anything I do I let you know so I'm sure they will be much longer when I get to USA as I'll be doing more things and less chilling. Plus tomorrow we've booked a taxi to take us around differnt places for $50fiji each for all day so I should have lots more to write about then and I'll not let it spill yet so then there's more for you all to find out.
P.s we had to pay our mojito tab tonight with dinner :( sad times I thaugh we got away with that lol.
Today all we did was sun it up as it was a nice day we had the 5:15pm ferry back to Nadi so we had all day to sun bathe and do what ever we wanted I decided to go on the free Corel viewing and fish feeding trip around 12:00pm and it was ok it had got a bit rough so it was hard to see the fish but the Corel viewing looked so amazing seeing all the different types and the blue starfish so nice. For the last couple of days it's been really hot in the morning and then gets windy by noon and then the sea gets rough and sand blows everywhere it's still hot but obviously more windy and dangerous as you keep cool and get burnt so when ever it's windy and over cast ember you still have to put sun cream on as that's the time you will burn! - just a little tip and advise form me lol.
When we headed back to the port (I'll make sure I find the port name for the next post I do) it was about 6pm ish so we decided to grab some dinner or tea depending where your from lol so we went to the hard rock caffe have a little bit of style and high life it's so much cheaper than in England or america so it's the best time to go to a hard rock or tgis when your in a different country. We (I keep saying we as the girls I met decided to do the same as me and changed their plans so we stood together) so anyway ... We got a taxi back to smugglers cove and cost us $30fiji from the port back to the hotel so as their was 3 of us it worked out at $10 each so not much at all and took around 15 mins. I had booked for 3 nights but I still need to book another I worked it out wrong but that's easy done to add another night but they needed to book in but there was plenty of spare beds in the dorm so that's fine. We dropped our things off in the room and took the main things out and went for a mojito and it was so nice I'm not normally keen of them but I really loved that. The we just kinda walked off and forgot to pay so score free mojito lol I. Sure they will get us at some point as were staying hear for a while ha.
Wednesday, 8 October 2014
Today I did a boat trip to see the castaway island, snorcaling and go to a village and see a cava ceremony it cost me $209 and was done by sea spray the weather was against us really the water was soo choppy and it was really chilly when you were out sailing away as he sun was behind some big clouds all day. But the boat trip was still good and I loved seeing the cast away island with some props still there or recreated what ever it was good to see them where they would be ^^^ the water was way too choppy for me to go snorcaling so I skipped that n just looked around the island it was amazing to see I can't wait to get home and re watch the cast away n see if I missed anything :)
any way the boat trip it's self was fun and the staff were really friendly playing on their guitars singing away to take the time of the sailing away with a free bar with soft drinks, bottle water and beer and wine they also had fresh fruit, biscuits/cakes, and a BBQ lunch what was yummy with no skimping they had tons of everything to go around. The next stop was to another island to see a village and go to a traditional cava ceromany and buy gifts and things from the ladies in the village I naught a few things just as it was cheap and you were helping them out but they did have nice things so I didn't buy anything I didn't like.
The cava well that was an aquierd taste to me it was a mix of dirt and chalk in water and made my mouth all numb and left the worst after taste ewww they gave you lods to drink as well and you can't leave some so I had to just keep drinking and look like I enjoyed it and say vanaka (thank you) I wanted to see a real ceromany and I did and taste it but I don't think I'll be trying it again lol after doing this we headed back to mana island to get the ferry back to our island as all the islands are different distances away we had to get the ferry to mana island to get on to our boat to go on the sea spray trip this was all in the price.
We made it back for dinner and sat and had some cocktails and watched some Fiji dancers normal and fire dancing it was a nice end to the day we had seeing more traditional things.
Monday, 6 October 2014
Bula! Welcome to Fiji guys I arived last night so I really didn't do anything to write about other than sleep, I stayed at smugglers cove and got a welcome back by awsome adventures that I booked with sta travel for £55 that included airport pick up free SIM card, 1 night in a dorm room and brekfast and transfer to the dock where you catch the ferrys to the islands.
but for today I had booked 2 nights on the beachcomber resort on one of the South sea islands I had to pay for a return ferry separate and this was $205 Fiji dollers that's around £66 so £33 each way and it took around 45 mins to get to the island and was buy awsome adventures, the hotel I booked on agoda.com and cost me around £30 for 2 nights in a dorm style then I had to pay $160fiji for the food so brakfast, lunch and dinner buffet style and drinks you have to pay for separate but they have lots of happy hours so it's not too badly priced and the food so far had been good and the dorms look nice all girls so far it's worth the money for a resort on it's own island with no one else but the hotel guests and staff. I had a nice relaxing morning sunning it up on the beach after having to get up early for the coach to get the ferry, but around 3 it started raining and has now dropped chilly so I've booked in for a braid only $5fiji and having cocktails with 2 girls I've met till dinner time at 7pm. At 2pm we went to feed some turtles thinking they were in the sea but they were not they were in a tank but it was free and we did it anyway lol tonight I think the plan is to get a shower and get in my pjs and just chill as I don't think there is much to do and I'm not into a dance commotion so I may just have a few more drinks and see what happens.
So as it says it's my last day hear in Sydney I'm really sad I loved it so much it's just my kind of city and it's made me love Australia and want to come back and see more of it! The people are so nice and friendy and even the accent has grown on me.
So I had a nice chilled day I met my friend in the morning at 10am to walk in to the city to the harbour to catch the ferry to manly bay and we picked the perfect day for this it was so nice and hot and it was the long weekend so everyone was out and had such a good atmosphere with live music and things going off, the ferry was 28mins and cost us for a return $17 and the boat comes every hour, by the time we had got our ticket the boat was due in 10 so we just sat drinking our very exspensive coffees we naught just before as we both was shattered and needed them, we sat on the top dec on the ferry and got to see some really amazing sights of the bays and harbours some really good photo opportunitys. When we got there we went straight to the other side of the beach it's one long road down you can't miss it no turns or anything takes around 5mins to walk and it's a real good beach when we went it was quite choppy so there were lots of surfers out so I had a good checking out sheesh I just love people watching and this beach was perfect, it was very busy but there was still lots of space to sun bathe and go paddle in the freezing yet refreshing waters and apart from this that's pretty much all we did all day was soak up the sun.
There is lots of places that do fish and chips and it seemed to be on every menu so I took the chance to try some seen as manly is quite know for good fish and chips or so I've heard from people we went to one just round the corner from the Ben and jerrys ice cream shop around 2 doors down it was cheap and one of the best fish and chips I have ever had and I'm from the uk where we are known for it especially at the coast but I tell you I don't think I'll ever find one as good as that! It cost me $12 for it plus a drink I got that was another $4 so not bad really to say how much I enjoyed it I would recomend anyone try some when your there it's the best and a lot cheaper than on the front restaurants where it was pricing from $18 plus depending on the fish you wanted. We got the 5:20 ferry back and walked back up to the hostel.
I decided to have an early night I did some laundry as I had run out of underwere and needed a lot of clothes cleaning and freshening up so I thaught I'd put a load on have a shower and chill I realised the washers are much bigger than I expected and could have done loads more but I know for future, when I went back to the room waiting for my things to dry I met a knew room mate and got chatting and decided to go on the hunt for some pizza this was a hard task but ended up finding a really yummy and we thaught cheap place at darling harbour Siron or something it was called on the left side of the harbour. When I got back the lads in the room already said they were off out and was planning to make as much noise as possible I honestly thaught they were just joking with me but nope one guy was in and decided to turn the light on to re pack then 2 more came back and was chatting away to me and the girl for about half an hour then they turned the lights back off thank god! Then the rest came back later on and woke me up the other girl had gone out to a friends so I was on my own they fetched a tree in to annoy one of the boys and I think that's why they were so load as they were shouting his name etc wanting to wind him up I think, it worked he poured a full bottle of water over one and then the other guy took his mattress and oh my go so much noise and hassle and then one of the guys decided to start talking to me as he noticed I was awake only hoping they would get the point! Then he gave me a wet hat no idea lol and then decided he would climb up to my bunk and sleep with me (not in that way tut tut ) he started getting comfy under the quilts and lot would not move just kept chatting insisting he was sleeping with me tonight I think not! One of the other guy finaly got him out for me but he was still shouting my name for me to go in his no way thank you!!! Sush a wired, funny and horrible nights I've had so far it was all funny it was just a laugh but I was so tired and had to be up to check out not a happy bunny.
Sunday, 5 October 2014
Today we decided to have a much more chilled day and have a bit more of a lay in but with the boys in my room been really loud in the night It didn't feel too much like a lay in. We decided to meet at my hostel as it was closer to darling harbour but the person I was meeting got lost and it was a lot later than arranged but we took the less than 5 min walk from my hostel to darling harbour and went to the wildlife park all I wanted to do was hold a kuala but nope you could only get your picture by standing next to the tree it was in for an extra $20 so I decided against it, we did the wildlife place a lot quicker than the aquarium as it didn't seem as good or as interesting I defiantly would not pay $40 to go and I was a bit disappointed that I had paid $28 for this so I personaly would not recomend it I think I would pay extra and go to taronga zoo it seems much bigger and more open. where everything was behind glass and you couldn't even feed anything and I personaly didn't think there was that much there. After this we went for something to eat at the cheapest place we could find at darling harbour and headed to the gilotto I've cream shop and I was greasy and had 3 flavours not just 2 but I do recomend the forarro chocolate flavour it was yummy!
We also checked out paddys market if your buying gifts I would buy them all there it's much cheaper lots of offers on much better than the gift shops where I got my things from the market is open from 9am till 5pm. The last thing we did this day was just check out china town and sit and have a few drinks just off the Main Street of china town where the beers were only $5 this is cheap apparently but I just had water lol. we headed back to get a shower and chill a bit before going back to darling harbour to see the free fire work show that starts at 8:30pm every Saturday at darling harbour and I must say for a free show it was pretty spectacular! I really wanted an early night as I think the busy days and late nights were catching up with me and we decided to be up earlier the next day.
Today we headed out to the blue mountains 2 hours out of Sydney by train and this costs $17 return (so cheap I can't believe compared to all the other trains that are much shorter distance) and they come every hour ad 18mins past from central station it has a lot of stops and I think this is what makes it such a long journey but it is worth it for such a cheap ride once we got there we didn't do the hop on bus or anything as it was a waste of time and money as you just got straight out of the station walk down the hill on the Main Street once you get to the bottom there are signs everywhere telling you what direction to go to get to what bit of the mountains all together to get to any part of the areas it's about an half an hour walk all down hill on the way but all up hill on way back. We went to see the 3 sisters first as there is a good view point and walks to do from that area to the other side or to the bridge at the 3 sisters after looking in this area we took right on to a shorter path that took us on a much quiter walk with less people and you got to see this view that you can see in the picture^^^ this was only a short 10min walk the other walks you can do are much longer but this took you to the other side where you can get the gonadal ride to the senic world with all the ride things to get you to the mountain and bottoms and also right near the falls and the cascade. The down fall to this rout was the huge hill we had to get up to, to get back to a smaller but longer hill to get back to the main town. We went to a little caffe up the hill there is tons to pick from and we got a kangaroo burger to try and I did not like it at all not very nice in my opinion, not quite a burger more a small stake on a bun :/ the trains going back are ever hour also at 15mins past and again takes 2 hours so we didn't get back till 6pm and I had to move hostel as my days had ran out so I had 3 more nights booked at base hostel about 10 to 15 mins away from wake up! Just down George street and when you get to town hall station it's right behind it on Kent street so not far even with my back pack :) I don't think it's as good as wake up in my opinion but people hear say they think it's better I don't I think it's a lot more run down and old doesn't feel as knew or clean or as organised and I didn't feel the staff were as helpful but it is cheaper and they have good offers for things and free walks like wake up and have a club attached but it's not the hostels. In all I would give the hostel maybe a 3 out of 5 where as wake up I would give a 5 out of 5 but I think I'll do a separate post about the hostels what I think and what they had to offer etc.
Today was one of the most breathtaking days ever as much as I get to see amazing views everyday whilst I am traveling today I got a truly amazing one just by the fact that I had climbed one of the most famous bridges in the world and got see the whole of Sydney harbour from the top of the bridge I can't tell you how much I recomend you do this if you come to Sydney, I know it's a little pricy but if it's your first time and you don't know if you will ever come back then I really would book it and treat yourself how many people back home can say they have done that or anything like it ? Not that many and there is only one Sydney harbour bridge in the world to climb to the very top.
Before I climbed it I obviously stopped and took pictures of the harbour and the opera house as this was my first view of the most famous harbour in the world but I did only have time to stop and take some pictures before I headed to my climb, with the deal I got (booked through sta travel) I climbed the top one, got a free picture and cap and certificate to prove I've done it plus a free entry ticket to the look out point on the bridge this is normally $16, I've forgot the price I paid but i think I posted about it with all the info and prices on a previous blog post about what I had planed for Sydney, but I think it was around £150 I picked to do the climb instead of a ske dive because let's be honest you can do a sky dive anywhere in the world you can't climb the harbour bridge anywhere! I had around 2 hours actually on the bridge and 1 hour getting ready and sorted knowing what to do etc and our climb leader was great full of all different information about the bridge and the harbour she really knew her stuff she also took lots of good photos and more than one in each spot so I had loads to pic from to buy at the end as well as my free group picture and we got an 8sec vide free also. I decided to buy 2 pictures as I had to have proof of doing this the pictures were $15 each quite pricy but they have you as you can't take any cameras up the bridge, but they do have everything you need if you have forgot anything they have it to lend right down to sun cream and hair ties! They also have drinking fountains up the bridge so if your thirsty this is brill plus you really do need it after climbing some of the steps!
I'm scared of hights but after getting over the ladder part and off the metal mesh flooring once your actually up the bridge it's not scary as you can't see down and you can tell your very safe you just get amazing views all around. But as I said there is a ladder bit to get up to the frame work of the bridge, I would guess around 40 steps 4 sets of ladder steps there not too bad but my issue was you can see down to the cars below you and if you slip your falling down them lol but not to put anyone off they take around 4mins of your 2 hour so you can defiantly get over it!
Later on we took the ferry from the harbour to darling harbour to go to the aquarium the return ferry ticket was $12 and the normal price for the aquarium is $40 but I got mine for $28 from wake up hostel but as I found out later base hostel offer this and the wildlife for $25 each even cheaper but both work out cheaper than the student prices! I really liked the aquarium but I'm glad I didn't pay full price I think I would have been disappointed for $40 they had lots of fish and other sea creatures to see not just your normal fish and had 2 shark tunnels it took us a good 1 & 1/2 to 2 hours to go round it after really looking and taking pictures so it is really worth the cheaper price and it's open till late. After this we got the ferry back to the quay circle (main harbour) and got the 555 free bus back up to central station where our hostel is also the last stop for the bus and on the night we picked was the only night in the week the free bus runs later till 6pm when we got back we had a drink and some food and had a bit more of an early night as it was quite hectic all day doing things non stop walking.
Saturday, 4 October 2014
On the night it was free wine and cheese night so some girls and I that I had met on the beach walk decided to head and check that out as it was on the first floor so it was only a lift ride away so easy when you have a bar and everything in your hostel the wine was goon this is cheap box wine that's what they call that hear this term was new to me but I quickly learnt to call it this but i didn't find it too bad I quite liked it but then again I like cheap wine back home lol I had as many as I could drink whilst it was free and they weren't stingy with it too so I got pretty merry and I guess the cheese was good too lol after it got to 10pm we had to take the party to the bar area where they were still giving out free drinks so I got another two and had a really good night my very first night partying away in a different country I met another girl and one of the girls I had met on the beach walk went to bed as it was her first day so she was shattered I don't know how she stayed up so long lol but me and this other girl stayed up dancing till 1am and then I finally went to bed as the sleep thing was catching up with me too still slightly jet lagged. And that was my second day pretty much I met some knew people to plan things with made friends and had a good party on free goon loved it!!!
Friday, 3 October 2014
So my first day in Sydney started really early as I landed at Sydney airport at about 6:30am and it was all ready really busy and full, there were mile long ques to scan your passport to through the border (all computerised not one human checking or giving me my stamp in my passport :( not happy) all through there were long ques it was a lot quicker than if a person was doing it, you simply put your electronic only passports in the scanner answer 3 questions yes or no and you get you ticket to go to the scanners and this is simple again you stand on the markings like normal scanner things in airports it takes your picture and you scan your card thing and your done and into the baggage collection point. After the ques our bags were all ready going round and mine was there then you went to go out through imagination (nothing to declare) and this was horrible the queuing systems they had in place were not enugh for the amount of people all trying to get out people pushing in and ramming into you with trolleys people going in the wrong lanes and because the ques went back so far got away with it because they couldn't send them back but I was lucky after standing around trying to find what que I had to be in around 5 mins and imagination officer came to me looked at my card and sent me out through a separate door no hassle no ques straight out! I then wen to look for the train station in the airport to take me to central station as my hostel was 2 mins away across the road so there was no need to pay for a $30 taxi when I could get a $16.40 train that took less than 10mins to go to other stations after central station this costs $17.
The hostel I'm staying at is wake up! Sydney this is the first hostel I have ever stayed in and I loved it so nice and clean not what I expected everyone was helpful and friendly and I would love to stay hear again if I ever came back I'll do a better review in a separate blog post about my first time hosteling.
As I got to the hostel for just after 7:30am my room/bed wasn't ready as check out is at 10am then they have to clean it and get it ready so check in isn't till after 12 so they let me have a key to the kitchen and tv area and I slept in the tv room till 2pm I was so tired as I had not been able to sleep on the flight at all. Once I had checked in I put my stuff in the room and locker and took a nice long shower to refresh me and get me ready to do something, so I checked out some maps and decided to have a walk to a park not too far and then to darling harbour as they are only around 10-15mins away from the hostel walking. I went to the caffe at the hostel very nice and posh I had some spaghetti bolognise and a coffe to keep me up a bit this was so good and a decent portion very filling and did the trick and only cost me $16 all together.
It was such a nice and warm afternoon and it was nice to just have a slow walk around checking prices for things like the aquarium - $40 for adults $33 for students and the wild life park - same as the aquarium ( you can get multi buy entrance tickets and save money if your not a student) at darling harbour have a look at the parks and the Chinese friendship gardens - $6 entrance for adults.
After my walk around I decided to look for the Sydney tower as it was getting dark and it's not too far from this area (I think everything from the hostel is in good walking distance) this was $26 for an adult and no student tickets with the entrance to the tower you also got a short 4D movie about Sydney before going up to see the views and you can stay as long as you want, you can do the sky walk but this is $60 and the revolving restaraunt is a buffet style and looked reasonable prices from what I saw.
After around an hour at the tower I decided to head back to the hostel thinking it was later than I thaught, this was easy to get back you just walked in a straight line all the way down on pit street. If this fails just look for the clock tower at centeral station this is right across from it (if your staying at wake up!) when I realised it was only 6:30pm I decided to have 2 wines at the caffe bar outside as it was still quite warm an wait till a bit later so that I would sleep through till a normal time in the morning as I had a nap earlier.
Monday, 29 September 2014
So on day 28 I litrely did nothing I decided that the botanical gardens were too far away to walk and to just save my money and get some dinner and sit and watch movies all day lol I had mc d's again btw how much of a fatty am I at this point it was 2 days in a row plus a Wendy's the day before lol oh well the heart wants what the heart wants lol so seen as all I did is watch movies I'll recomend some that I watched - oblivion, this was a good film I have watched it about 3 times in 2 days but the first 2 times I was doing things so I didn't get the gist until I watched it a 3rd time with no interruptions and as it happens it was worth a watch in the end lol and then another I really enjoyed and stopped face booking and everything lol this was the prestige it's one of those films you have to keep watching to keep up with it because if you miss something your lost for a long time I loved it that much I can't wait to get home and see if I can buy it to watch again and make other people watch.
So today so far I have don't nothing really again I didn't set off to the airport till 2:30 on the train I had to get the train (LRT) from the station near me this was the (I've forgot now but I'll add when I find the map out again I think it's in my big bag) but this cost me 1.30ringett to the centeral station and then from there I got the KLIA train to the airport this cost me 35ringett and took 28mins and come I think every half hour I got the 3pm train I then sat around found a mc d's again lol got my 3 hours free wifi and then went to check in but I had to do online check in at the till things and then do normal bording to drop my bag off this was just a hassle took time to figur out the till things and then when I went to the baggage drop he then wanted to do what they normally do at check in and look at my pass port and then re print me another bording card just a waste of time and paper if you ask me! My fligh is now delayed by an hour but people are still rushing into the bording area and there is still another hour and half yet so I'm writing this till there is no que to go and board no point standing around when the plane is not even there yet lol
Saturday, 27 September 2014
So today for some reason I was way too shattered to do much I guess it's because I managed to do 4 days worth of sight seeing in 1 day lol all I've done Is look for a post office to post some of my gifts home this cost me 33RM not much really just in case some of them I couldn't get in to Sydney I thaught it was best. I also went to mc Donald's had what I normally had and was stuffed not like me at all I also tried a Darien fruit mc flurry not too bad actually. I think my face book post sums it up for today lol.
It's also just started raining like really bad with thunder and all that so I'm glad I'm not out and having a bit of a chill day just watched monsters inc too love a bit of disney to make me happy :) I went to the shop got a new flavour of ice tea and some Hershey's chocolate milk shake hope it's better than the other days and some cookies for tonight and there is also hangover 3 on hbo tonight so I'll be watching that last night I watched White House down I really enjoyed it I didn't realise what film it was till right at the end and was like oh this has just come on ske movies lol my mum was right having the tv on as background noise really helps :) so yer a bit of another boring day but I feel like it's needed it saves me some money and I haven't had a nothing day in so long. It's also been good to get some blog post done what I've needed to do and catch up with :)
For some reason I keep putting this blog post off and I don't know why it's easy and simple enugh to write about.
So where to start well it was the over night train from Bangkok to Chiang mai and took around 12 hours we set off from Bangkok train station at 5:30pm to arrive in Chaing mai at 7am but it dad have a few stops before it really got going.
The raining I give the over night train all together is 4 out of 5 as it was very clean, and had everything you needed people coming round with drinks and food for dinner and breakfast the seats were comfy and large only 2 to an area and you could have easily fitted 2 to a seat. The beds were comfy when put up around 8pm when dinner had finished unless you asked earlier, the top bunk was a tad smaller than the bottom but felt just as comfy and just as clean and remarkabley I felt really safe when I was on the top bunk going I didn't roll over or fall off or anything lol you got clean fresh out of the back bottom sheets, pillow case and blanket so I didn't feel wired using an old muky sheet. On the way back I had the bottom bunk and again felt safe and was a bit bigger so I had more room to spred out and put my bags behind me so no one could touch them, I would recomend doing this with your valuables as you never know on things like that. There was an English toilet and an Asian toilet on the train so just make sure to go to the right one as people said the Asian one was horrible. I also took snaks and drinks so I didn't have to pay the train prices for food plus it was mixed reviews off people about the food some liked it some didn't. I guess it depends on how fussy you really are with food. I slept the whole night on the train and didn't wake up till the man woke me up to put the beds back I had one of the best nights sleep I must say. So I would personaly really recomend the night train to Chiang mai it will save you money and it is really good quality.
25th - So I missed another day I know but I really didn't do much other than a bit of laundry a walk to the local 7/11 and have a shower and bed oh and watch some soaps on YouTube I just had a relaxing day really after all the hassle in the airport and I felt much better for it the next day let me tell you. I did also fly with Malaysia airways and I was a bit nervous after all the latest new about them but I'm ok and the food on flight was amazing the first full meal I've ever in my life eaten on a plane kid you not and it was yummy (pasta and chiken) I also got a taxi from the airport to the city centre when I landed I had to pay 2RM to the Lady at the taxi stand and then ended up costing me 70RM something not the 13RM I'd seen on someone's blog this is around £13 I think could be more depending on the day.
Small hotel review
After the few days I've had I also upgraded my room too so it had free wifi, air con and a tv with privet bathroom. Much better and for 4 days it cost me 200RM around £37 so not too bad the hotel is clean and friendly staff and quite nice not like what I had read on trip advisor I have got a front room what is on a main road so there is noise but not enugh that you can not get no sleep it hasn't woke me up so far too so I don't know what some people were on about. The hotel is called cintamani travellers lodge they have all sorts of room options including shared rooms. It's a small walk around 3mins from Masjid Jamek station this can get you to the centeral station and to the station near the towers.
26th - I decided to walk to the towers I just followed the direction I saw them in and once you get on the right road it's one long road no need to trun off until you get to the towers and then your there anyway. This took me around an hour but on the way back as I knew where to go probably 30mins maybe not even that.
It looks far on this map I looked on but I can assure you it's not that far at all and I'm not sure if I followed all the right directions but I thaugh I'd put it on if you want to see a right map lol
But I did get told that there is free shuttle busses for different areas of the city from the bus station not far from the train station but I didn't look for it so I can't tell you how far away it is from the hotel.
I set off for the towers thinking it would take me much longer and got there for around 11:30 I would wait a bit later even if it's your first time looking for them as it's not hard to follow the direction they are in, I just found it hard killing time there as I wanted to spend the whole day so I could see the towers at night, there is a huge shopping Center attached to the towers with I think 5 floors but the shops there are the much higher price ranged shops so not for me a backpacker on a budget and I found it hard to locate the food places I wanted took me 2 hour to look for a mc Donald's and I still never found it and ended up having a Wendy's my first again lol. The tickets do sell out fast but not as fast as some people make out I got mine about 1:30 for a later time and they had a few left but I wouldn't leave it much later to buy them than that. I would also recomend buying the latest one so you can see the city at night as you don't get to spend as long as you want on there just 15mins on the sky bridge and 30mins at the top of tower 2 only plus you can also get student discount with a valid I'd card what gets you 20% off making it 60RM to get in. The sunset isn't whilst 7-7:30pm and as your only aloud a short time it could be hard timing this right but if you do the kl tower too what ever one you do at one time you can do the other at a different one like one in the day one after sun set so you've had 2 views.
I would buy the ticket like I did then go around looking in the mall having something to eat and looking around the gardens and fountains they are beautiful such a nice place to sit and think I wish we had more parks like that in the uk.
The fountains are best at night once the lights come on than during the day. Also if your doing the twin towers at night I would take this time to go to the kl tower so you get to see the city during the day this one is much cheaper and you have a few more options like an open air deck, observation deck and and a revolving 360 deck reservation needed as it is a restaraunt you also get student discount here too costing me only 40RM 10% off I only did the observation deck but you can do bundles as well as including the aquarium they have and the BASE jumping lol (your looking at the scenery and all of a sudden a person is falling in front of you lol) it is up a hill and I did think of turning back but it's not far at all from the towers so if your doing it all in one day like I did accidentally this is the best way. The BASE jumping was very cheap too I wish I had the guts and I would have done it they said this is where they do the BASE jumping championships!
To kill some time after I had done both sets of towers to wait till night time to see everything light up I went to the dome restaraunt right next to the fountins outside (there is an inside too) it was really yummy food but the service was terrible it I'd did the trick to kill time.
I also went to the traders hotel right across from the towers you can get to this by the gardens and conservation Center to go to the sky bar but to get the best seats you need to make a reservation and it's a long list so if you know your going I'd make it before you got to Malaysia. It is amazing looking inside with a pool too but it is very busy.
Wednesday, 24 September 2014
So as I've had a few down days I felt like I wasn't looking forward to Kuala Lumpur as I did not know what to expect I wasn't sure on my hotel choice etc but after getting a bit of wifi looking at the exchange rate and looking up my hotel and how to get there and found that it's in good location to most things I want to see and only 15mins from the airport I feel much better knowing I'll have enugh money on me and that the hotel has other room options available so I'm going to ask if I can upgrade if I'm not too keen on the room I was given. I really need to get some washing done too but I don't think any of the rooms have balconys so we shal see what happens there. At the minute I'm using a bit of free wifi near burger king with no time limit on floor 2 it's not brill to face time but ok for facebook and things I'm soon going to be checking in after my 2 day airport holiday lol so I thaught I would sort all this before going to the other side as I'm not sure if there will be free wifi. All the check in times on the board are from 8:55am so I'm just waiting a little longer before going back up to check. My flight is only a short one 2hour 10mins on Malaysian airlines :/ fingers crossed right there and I will be having my phone next to me ready to turn on if need be lol I'll post the blog now but if I get more free wifi later I will be adding more and re posting :)
I know this is in the wrong order but I really wanted to write my days 23 and 24 first and as I didn't do much other than travel on day 23 I thaught it would be ok to do it in this order.
So for day 22 litrely all we did was travel we got up for 7:30 so we could walk to the pier and get our ferry to suratani from koh Samui this was a hour and half ferry then a coach to the airport this was another hour and half. We had a bit of sitting around and waiting before we could check in as it was only a domestic flight your only required to arrive 1 hour before your flight and because of the coach and ferry times we arived 2 hours before, the same before we flew with nok air it was an hour fligh back to Bangkok to say this is a cheap airline you get a lot for the £20 you pay, free 15kg checked in lugage, a free snack and water on the plane and free wifi when in the airport it's really good value for money. We then got a taxi from the airport to koh San road and I'm sure he took us the long way round as he was on meter. The only other thing we did that day was go for a meal to a really yummy Indian and have a good look round the shops for some last min souvenirs.
Tuesday, 23 September 2014
So I know I've missed a few days and I really don't know what I did on the days as to why I missed them but whilst I'm hear at the airport for yet another 20 hours! After sending last night hear too I think I'll have lots of time to write more blog posts to make up for missed days.
23rd - So yesterday we looked around for the cheapest taxi or tuk tuk from koh San road to the airport (the big main one) and no one was going lower than 400 and we know it doesn't cost that much as it's not half as long of a journey than some have been for less, so we ended up getting a shared mini bus for 100 each much better and it wasn't full too so bonus for us. It took us around 30mins to get to the airport including a small amount of traffic. I had decided to come early yesterday so I could save money on a hotel room that I would have to give up really early and I would have to get up even earlier so I decided to tag along with Sophie and Luke and wait it out until the next morning for my plane to Kuala Lumpur. When we arrived there chek in wasn't open for another hour so we decided to finish off our game of monopoly we had started the day before when traveling (it's good to kill time) once they had checked in we set out looking for somewhere to eat and Burger King was our choice as mc d's was on the other side :( and they were staying out till nearly bording time with me, so this was the very first Burger King I've ever had and I wasn't too sure about the look of the burgers so I went for the king sized chiken nugget meal this meant I got a really large fanta to last me a while (good thinking batman) ;) when I left Sophie and Luke for bording (sad times) I tried to connect to the internet and found an ict free wifi connection thing so I assumed it was for all the time I could see where it said for 1 hour so I wasted most of it by just checking on face book and instergram, how annoying and as soon as it decided to disconnect my dad started ringing me on face book to talk so I sorted panicking looking for more free wifi and I managed to find a 2 hour one but I've never seen an airport with so many wifis but no way to get the pass words or pay for it so crap! So anyway I used this to talk to my dad for a bit and then knowing I was planning on face timing my mum too I decided to look for some more wifi where I could pay or something as I knew I had time to kill to ring at the right time in England but I couldn't see any caffes or things that offered it free when you buy something so I asked around and the only place I can buy it was in a far corner of the airport on the 4th floor right past letter Q check in for 100baht for 20 mins (doesn't last long at all) it's a computer caffe but they have wifi also.
I know for a fact I still had some of my 2 hour wifi left as I only used around 1hour 30mins but it wouldn't let me back on! I ended up paying 600baht just for wifi! £12!!! And then around 9:30pm the 1 hour free wifi I used before let me on without a pass word and username and I was on for around 3 hours with out it disconnecting so I wounded if that's because the airport is quiter then or they had a problem whatever I'm glad I got it and hope it does the same tonight as it's not too bad in the airport when you have internet but without it time drags. In the area where the internet was there was one small row of seats that were perfect for me to get comfy on it was a bit darker than the rest of the airport, much quiter and felt safer as that's all what was there so I plan to get the same seats tonight, hopefully finger crossed. I had to go to the loo around 10:30pm ish and lot my seat for about an hour to some very loud and huge group of Chinese people I was not impressed as I was getting verry tired too. When I did try to get some sleep I actually had a better nights sleep than I expected I did wake up a few times and checked everything but by the time I woke up properly it was 6:30am and I only woke up at this time as the cleaners sat on my chairs and started having a good old chat!
This now leads us to today the 24th after I looked at the check in boards and couldn't see mine anywhere I decided to just sit down and sort my things out whilst doing this I noticed my hotel in Kuala Lumpur was booked from the 25th and I was like oh well I'm going to have to pay for an extra night I must be stopping for 5 days and then I looked at my flight ticket and realised that I had booked it right it was me that was at the airport a day too eraly or 2 days if you count the day before. At this point I just panicked I couldn't get a cheap enugh hotel near and the cost to get back to koh San road and back was going to be too much the whole reason of coming early in the first place was to save money but I haven't done that too well after paying for all the internet but anyway it just made me feel gutted and upset I just wanted to go home so bad I wanted to cancle the whole thing I walked around all the airport trying to figur something out look to buy tickets home (uk) I texted my mum and dad saying I wanted to come home I was in tears :( I don't really know why it's not like I had missed my flight I was just extra early but for some reason it just made me so upset and wanting to go home so bad, like every time I've thaught I feel lonely and wanted to go home this was now a good reason to and it's not but at the time it felt like it.
After buying yet more internet only 20mins not long enugh when your in tears to phone my dad he calmed me down and re assured me that it was ok and how much I would lose if I came home now I felt a lot better and just decided to make it yet another adventure and right about it for you guys and do a video to match to keep me entertained whilst I have no free wifi, I think it was more the panic and loneliness getting to me more than anything sometimes I wish I hadn't done it on my own but I don't wish I hadn't done it at all I honestly thaught it would be so easy for me to do on my own having left home and going to uni for 3 years and not wanting to stay at home anyway but it's a different kind of lonely because all things can go wrong and will and when your on your own first timer traveling it feels like a disaster as you have no one to blame or get lost with it's just you and the only contact is on the internet and when you don't have that it's upsetting. I think and hope I'll feel a lot better when I get to Australia as it's more of an English speaking country and more westernised and I think it will feel more normal and less like I'm on my own in a strange country and more like I'm just at home on my own.
Sunday, 21 September 2014
Today like a lot of this a lately has been a nothing much day as all we have have done really is travel back to koh Samui get to the same hotel we were in last time were were hear and go out for some food. We did try some shark when we went for dinner though and this was at the sunset restaraunt right on the corner of the beach in nathon - the place we are stopping in koh Samui it was reasonably priced and was yummy but had no ice cream left and that was all they had for deserts anyway :(
The hotel we are stopping at is called wang bua house (hotel) it is a nice little lady that owns it and it is right off the street down a gravel road only a short 2 minute walk to the beach front to the bars and restaurants. It cost us 750 baht for all 3 of us with free wifi, hot water, tv, air con and free tea and coffe on a morning it is very clean and such a nice hotel for so little if you are stopping in nathon in koh Tao I would recomend this hotel to stay at, it's not far from much the beach one side the shops and things the other side and only a 5 minute walk from the main piers you get from don sack to koh Samui so it is great location.
The island it's self was one of the most beautiful islands I have ever seen, it was very calm and relaxing and looked just like an excluded tropical island. We walked all the way to the view point of the island to get an amazing view even though we did get lots of bites from this and was very hard to do in the heat as it's steps all the way up and then when you get to the top you have to do a bit of rock climbing to get to the top rock to see the view, it was amazing but if you are verry unfit like me or have asthma it can really tire you out with how hot it was and how steep the steps really are.
Friday, 19 September 2014
Today we have come to the island of koh Tao it cost us 600 baht each for one way and took around 1 and 1/2 hours by ferry so far I like it much more than koh Samui how ever there is less sight seeing things to do and more about the snorcaling and diving, it is more exspensive here than on koh Samui the room are on avarage 700 - 1,000 baht a night but we found a very small place that also has it's own restaurant for 600baht a night all prices are based on 3 people sharing for 1 person it is more like 500 a night and for 2 it was 600 a night so made more sence to share and find a cheap one. Even the 7 elevens here are more exspensive for example normal ya large bottle of fanta is 28baht here it is 32baht and same with the toasties 25 normally 33 baht here.
But so far it is much more relaxing with better beaches and more things like restaurants and bars too chose from. We have booked and paid for a trip to koh nang yuan this cost us 800 baht each this included the entry fee to the island 100, the boat to and from the island as well as stopping at aow muang ( mango bay ) and stopping to snorcle at different locations with use of there snorcaling equipment, it also included lunch, tea or coffe, fresh fruit and water. So all in all a good deal considering it would cost you 500 each to get there and back to the island plus a 100 to get on to the island plus food and drink and only that one place you stop at where as this one stops at different locations for snorcaling. The trip starts at 10am and gets you back for 4:30pm as the island close at 5pm.
This was my view as I was writing this on the beach so peaceful and quite and very empty at this end. We had the best pancakes for dinner from a street stall man he had the most choices of toppings I have seen so far from the pancake men in Thailand I decided to go wild and have bannana, Nutella and peanut butter it was yummy as. We haven't decided so far what to do later or tonight but I think we want to rent some scooters or something and explore the island more.
Thursday, 18 September 2014
So today I was supposed to leave Sophie and Luke to head to koh sok national park but after a long decision about the cost of things and the fact I would get in too late from my flight to get my baggage that's in storage, so I got a new flight for £30 to leave at the same time of them and we are staying on the east islands koh Samui and koh Tao this way it is much cheaper for us all and much more better and more fun for me to be with friends. So today we headed to the more touristy area of the island and we are stopping in a nice hotel called the friendship (it has a bar and reseraunt and also sell all tickets for ferrys and tours for the islands) just across from the big budda pier (this cost us 100baht each in a taxi truck thing and was around 20 mins) so we are not far for tomorrow heading to koh Tao. We went across to the beach for the afternoon till it cooled down a bit to head out to the big budda for sun set we managed to get there for 100baht there and 100 back from where we were for all 3 of us, we then went to the Chinese temple only a short 5 min walk away it said it shut at 6pm be we could still get in. Tonight I had a nice English meal and had mince and onion pie and Garvey with mash at a small English restaraunt just up from the budda pier 2 mins away called the bakers dozen it was nice and cheap and all home coked by a nice little English man. And now I am in bed after heading to a 7 eleven for some fanta a huge bottle for 28baht like 56p and writing this before bed as we have to get up early for our ferry to koh Tao so I will say night and write tomorrow x
Wednesday, 17 September 2014
Day 16 - So after traveling back from Cambodia that seem to take ages but at least it was comfy this time we got a hotel just off of koh San road this cost us around £5 each with a fan and free wifi and water it was the star dome or dome star one of the 2 is the right was around lol we headed for something to eat and found a really cheap and yummy Indian we had a huge portion also this was just off of koh San road also. We then went on to koh San road had a rink in a bar waiting for it to liven up a little bit but we had to be in bed erly as we had to get up for the plane, we then decided to eat scorpion or at least try it I think it tastes like very salty gravy and was very hard you can see my reaction on my video of day 16 on my YouTube it's a funny watch.
Day 17 - traveling to koh Samui this only took one hour on the plane and we booked this with nok air was around £20 with a free snack and water not bad at all, when we arrived at suratani airport we got a bus and ferry combo ticket for 400 baht around £8 this took a few hour but we arrived on koh Samui for 12:30pm so we still had a full day to do things. We decided to walk around to look for a cheap hotel rather than get a taxi to the main touristy area after walking around an hour and in one big circle may I add we managed to get a 3 bed room with free wifi, tea and coffe, hot water and air con for 750 baht so quite cheap and it's off the main road so it's a lot quiter. We had a short walk around after we had refreshed our selfs we went to the beach for a few hours.
On day 16 all we did was travel so I thaught instead of doing a small quick blog on the traveling what I've already done I would write a review for the hotel we stayed in.
The hotel was called Angkor secret garden inn and was in Siem reap Cambodia it wasn't far at all from the Angkor temples and I'm guessing that's what you would be going for if your staying in that area. For 2 nights we paid $44 dollers this was with a hot shower a double bed and air con in the room with 2 free bottles of water, it also included breakfast and unlimited tea or coffe and free wifi and access to computers.
The person that sorted me and my friends out was Mr luky and we each gave him a $20 tip as he was just that helpful, friendly, kind and just all round perfect for somone you would want to help you out in the hotel. If you go there I'm sure he will be there as I'm sure he is the manager and he is there 24/7 he helped in the kitchen and surged us food in the restaraunt they have in the hotel and this food was the best I've had so far on my traveling trip it was all fresh homemade, yummy and best of all cheap the most it cost for one thing was $3 !!! My recommendation for food to order is the cream of pumpkin soup and garlic bread and the burger and fries.
The hotel also have free bikes to use and they have a taxi/mini bus service and a tuk tuk service we used this to go round the Angkor temples for the rent of the tuk tuk it was $15 from 11am till 7pm (you can also do sunrise) and free water at every temple you visit from the tuk tuk person we had mr luky again doing the tuk tuk but there is another person that does this in the hotel. We were short on money for food and lent us some and dropped us off at an ATM after our sight seeing tour this was so nice of him and really was another reason to tip him. He even came up the last temple at sun set with us what was nice.
The rooms were clean and comfy nothing wrong with them at all had free toiletries a tv and air con, the beds were big and comfy and I had the best nights sleep.
We also paid up at the end of the stay this was really nice not to be hassled as soon as we got there plus we needed an ATM so this was perfect. We also got a free welcome drink of juice and you have the option to be picked up from the bus station to the hotel free of charge if you know the time and bus number, we didn't so we just got a taxi there they also offer a taxi back all the way to the border for $30 but we got a mini bus that they had posters up for for the whole trip back to Bangkok this was $25 but you have to book the night before as there is only 13 spaces.
Over all I rate this hotel 5 stars for everything food, helpfulness, cleanliness and attitude the facilities were perfect and this would have been really good for a long stay as well as a short stay it's just off the busy road so you could walk 5mins to the street bars and food stalls if you wish but it just off the way to make it a better sleep with less noise. I Would recomend this hotel to anyone it is well worth the small amount of money for what you get me and my friends all agree.
The whole reason we came to Cambodia was to see the Angkor wat temples but as we were so tired from traveling the day before we didn't get up to see it at sunrise instead we opted for sun set both are what people flock to at Angkor. We had a delicious breakfast from our hotel included in the room rate and got rid of the other tuk tuk driver by saying we were too sick to go as he was over charging us so we did the tuk tuk service to the temples with the hotel (Mr luky our driver and much more)
He took us to the first stop to buy our park tickets for the day only entry - there is lots of tickets for different amount of days as there is lots of temples not just 1, we did 4 of them for 1 day this was a good amount of time for the ones we did and this cost $20. The first temple was the main and most well known Angkor wat this was good but not my favourite as it was jam packed very busy as expected but just not what I was imagining it was also having some work done to it so I couldn't get some photoes (the main ones you would take as well) also as I noticed it is re bult a lot of it it but very badly done some things are in the wrong place you can tell this with the carvings and other bits you can tell things are brand speaking new and had cement all over but still I am glad to have seen it but the much smaller ones I liked the most.
The next temple was much more like ruins and was covered in trees and just looked a lot more natural and un - touched this one was called ta prohm there are some people selling things (lots actually) and are really good gifts to bring back and you can really barter hard with them I got 3 magnets for 1 doller and a rice paper painting for 2dollers (USD) so I would recomend waiting and getting gifts and souvenirs at theese places rather than shops as you can get a much better deal.
The next temple again I liked as it looked more old and un touched more of a real feel and not re bult although some of it was, it was a lot less noticeable than Angkor this was a lot more busy than the last one but not as much as Angkor but then again it was smaller but still had ques for pictures as it was the tomb reader one so lots of people wanted pictures in curtain areas and where things were fillmed etc I myself have never seen it but some areas I had my picture had ques so I guess it was a famous area but I just liked it as it looked nice for a photo. Bantea kdei
Another temple I forget the name of it was a much smaller in size of area but was taller it was good but there wasn't too much to see it only took around 15mins to have a decent look around before we went to our fial temple to see the sun set. It had faces in the pullers lage ones and they were on a lot of of magnets and things so I'm guessing it was a well know one but like I said it's a huge area full of all different sized temples. ( Angkor thom )
The last temple we had to climb up a large hill or mountin in my case lol this closes at 5:30 to let anyone else in and then you climb all the way to the top to see the sun set around 6 - 6:30pm this would have been perfect if in the last 30mins the clouds didn't cover it up even though there had been none all day but it was still nice to sit and see right from the very top of this temple.
One thing for some of them a scarfe or shall is not good enugh to cover your shoulder with some will only let you in with an actual t-shirt or jacket.
Monday, 15 September 2014
So day 14 I would like to forget it was the most hastle of traveling I've ever done just for 3 days in Cambodia at one point I wanted to go back to Thailand and that Cambodia was just not worth it ! (Day 15 today I feel much better and glad I did stay) so it starts off not too bad you have to get up erly to get to the train station to buy your ticket and get the train for 5:55am the train departs at this time every day and only cost 48baht (less than a £1) - for more Info check out my earlier blog post about my trip planning to see more details of times, prices and know how. This is what actually happend compared to reasurch. So far this is all correct as before and wasn't too bad then when we got on the train and I know for 48 baht I wasn't expecting much but rock hard seats and jam packed for over 5 hours as the train stopes at every stop on it's way about 40 I'm sure and a cow walkers quiker it ended up taking more like 6 and 1/2 hours with then police moving everyone around for the laugh cramming Thai people all in to 2 carriages and everyone one else into the rest with spare seats just no need at all.
Once we got to piopet we got a tuck tuck to the border or in our case 5 mins walk away! To then have no clue where to go no real signs so we followed the groups of people qued for around 15 mins to get our passport stamped not knowing if we had to do something before or after etc then walked another 5mins to the visa place across the road this was quite simple $20 like I had resourced but then they decided to add on 100baht this was not on the sign and know where I looked before said we had to pay this so I personaly think it was a bit of a scam (if it's not then please let me know) then followed the crowd again thinking we were going to the free shuttle bus but nope to another 30min to 45min que of people to get our passport re checked and fingers scanned.
After this we finally got to the free shuttle but my friends needed an ATM for the taxi to Siem reap and this took another 30mins as there was no ATMs in this area at all and the banks were being funny. Another tip make sure you bring USD to pay as this is what they want more than there own currency for everything! Bring them in before don't wait for an ATM there is none! Lol
We then got the free shuttle bus to the bus station and as we were so tired and just wanted to get to the hotel we paid $40 for a taxi to Siem reap as they said they would take us to the hotel and it would be quicker. But it turned out to not be as quick he stopes at shop clearly hopping we would buy something when we had no cash to do so and then when we got into Siem reap he dropped us off with some tuck tuck man and said he can do it free for us if we use him the next day if not we have to pay even though we paid the taxi! Another con right there. When we finally got to the hotel it was like bliss we had deffanetly been tested and rewarded as the hotel was lush so amazing (if you check my video I tell more about the traveling and the hotel with a room tour) I liked the hotel and the person running it so much I am going to write a separate review for it tomorrow I would so recomend it the staff are great and welcoming and accommodating and it's really cheap to stay and for food!
By the way the tuck tuck man did come back the next day to take us but we said we were I'll and got the hotel to take us to the temples instead lol
It cost us around £30 that day alone more than what I had spent in 1 week in Thailand! Just in getting there and getting in is quite exspensive in comparison.
Day 13 - was a nothing much day I got back off the sleeper train and went to my next hotel (Siam star) to meet my friends Sophie and Luke for my next bit of my trip traveling to Cambodia (day 14) so all day I litrely did nothing much other than chill and wait but on the night we all went to baiyoke tower what was next to our hotel ( we did this on a purpose) we paid around 400 baht and got a free cocktail with that at the bar we had an amazing view and got a good choice of drinks to pick from seen as they were free. I really enjoyed this tower more than most as there were servile floors you could go on including a bar and a revolving observation deck outside right at the very top. It had lots of other things to look around at like old Thailand things and about the tower, the observation deck goes slow enugh to take pictures and take in the scenery I would recomend doing this as an alternative to the sky bar (hang over tower) we then had a very short sleep as we had to be up for 3ish to get ready and go to the train station for our train to Cambodia and I was shattered after already doing a 12 hour sleeper train.