It’s taken me a long time to write this – it’s so difficult trying to sum up these two days into one blog! But one thing I can say, is that I feel very privileged to have had this experience, and it’s one I think anyone should be able to do at least once in their life.
After the fun of Bangkok, we took the overnight train to Chiang Mai – a 14 hour journey that rumbles through the interior of Thailand, past mountains and through jungle. We’ve spent time exploring Chiang Mai, with it’s leafy streets and laid back vibe. What a place!
It was December 2016. Like most people, Ben and I were dreaming of tropical beaches and being our own bosses. A major project at work had completed, and work was now tedious for both of us. We were craving something new, and were intoxicated with a heady mix of love, romance and idealism. Why not just quit our jobs!
We have arrived in Bangkok – a city of bright lights, the smell of garlic and seafood, and the noise of motorbikes. Unfortunately on our first day, Ben had to have root canal after an abscess developed on his gum – not fun! So instead we celebrated his actual birthday a couple of days later, and I planned
Arriving to Komodo National Park feels like you’re on the set of a dinosaur film franchise. Instead of the busy port town I expected, we were greeted by a looming concrete pier, rudely jutting out to sea from a desolate, yellow sand beach. The dark treeline had a gap which suggested that was where we were supposed to
I’m struggling to put into words the beauty, majesty and wildness of Komodo National Park. It’s a place with the power to leave you speechless, an archipelago of Jurassic islands, white sand beaches and prehistoric reptiles. It was 5am when we climbed onto the small wooden boat that was to take us out that morning. There was
Gili Trawangan might appear entirely and utterly flat, but a few sharp eyed visitors might notice a fairly prominent hill that rises to the south-west of the island. You’d be forgiven for never knowing it was there, and I’m sure most people leave the island completely oblivious to it’s existence. It was marked as ‘Gili
When you cross the middle of Gili Trawangan, you’ll see small villages, local huts, new mini-resorts and a few cows, all dotted within a seemingly never ending forest of palm trees. They stretch as far as you can see, lining the main path that links two sides of the island. Most afternoons, after the midday
We finally made it! Since we left home I’ve been dying to get into a warm sea, to dive deep and swim with the fishes. We were almost there. After Kuala Lumpur, we had a long and arduous journey back to Indonesia. The Gili Islands to be exact. In 16 hours we crammed in two plane journeys,
We knew that one month wouldn’t be enough to explore the southern part of Indonesia like we wanted to. But unfortunately, as we had a free visa, we weren’t able to extend it. So we hopped onto a flight bound for Kuala Lumpur, to spend a couple of days here before heading back into Indonesia