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Volcano eruption threatens Borobudur

Borobudur is one of the biggest and oldest Buddhist monuments in the world. It is rivalled only by Angkor Wat. But now it is under threat by a vicious neighbour; the mighty volcano Mount Merapi.

Tales from Yogyakarta

Eschewing Bali in favour of central Java (I have never been one for nightclubs or beaches), I landed at Yogyakarta in the blazing heat of a Saturday lunchtime. Adisucipto holds all the chaotic charm of a provincial airport in this part of the world but the diplomatic formalities passed painlessly. Upon stepping out into the […]

Laos can go and …

The next morning I was packed and ready. We went for breakfast – never ever go to Pizza Boy in Rd 13. It’s rubbish – and then across the road to the travel agent. I asked him when the next bus to the border would go. He said not until 14.30. The last bus had […]

4000 islands can go and …

Let’s stop here for a second and look back at what happened so far. As expected we got ripped of at the border, someone had nicked my camera, some bugger tried to charge us for crossing a bridge that the French had built 100 years ago, it was rather touristy and not all that chilled […]

Don Det – Don Khon

Despite the lack of air condition it was a pleasant night. Electricity was only introduced to the island a few months ago so a even having a fan in the room was pretty much a novelty. There finally was a bit of a breeze so the heat was bearable. We were about to leave for […]

Why not?

Last night when I was sitting and contemplating I asked myself one question: Did this trip meet any of my expectations? The honest answer to this was: No. I simply never warmed up with Cambodia. I didn’t like the country side and the people I met didn’t do much for me either. I very much […]

What next?

The English guy (Ray) left the next morning. I had time to contemplate. I quite liked Krati and certainly would stay another night but what to next I wasn’t so sure. There certainly is nothing wrong with Cambodia but for some reason I was a little disappointed. The country is not particularly photogenic. Most of […]


Once again I was surprised by Phnom Penh. It really isn’t as bad as one would expect. The Tuk Tuk drivers are annoying – which comes with job – but other than that the place is rather mellow. Even the heat was more bearable this time. This probably had to do with the fact that […]

Back to Phnom Penh

Kep was a bit of a disappointment I must say. It as at the sea but that’s about it. It doesn’t have decent beach and the hike is rubbish. I actually went. First you walk up the hill and then the way is sign posted. The sunset rock was a bit further than I had […]


As I said I had warmed up to Kampot but one afternoon is enough to see it all. My personal highlight was dinner. They actually served bangers and mash. I almost cried. I guess one has to travel to South East Asia to really appreciate the beauty of bangers and mash. It didn’t come with […]


There are days where you ask yourself; what on earth possessed you to do a certain thing. While I was sitting in Kampot I was asking myself exactly that question. I had decided to come here but why I honesty do not know. At first glance Kampot is a god forsaken village in the middle […]

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