G’day Mate, The Australian Adventure Begins

Arriving in Australia we thought the Visa part would be easy. But no, we were pulled aside and questioned quite a bit as they were concerned we were unemployed and thought we would end up working here with no working visa. No chance, ain’t nobody got time for that. After persuading him I was gonna be the next British Prime Minister we made it into the country.

Darwin was our first stop in Australia, we wanted to go here as it was somewhere people don’t usually go on their travels, they usually stick to the east coast. It was an alright place, I wouldn’t say amazing as there wasn’t a lot to do, but the national park we visited ‘Lichfield’ was stunning. So worth a visit for that I’d say!

We arrived at 7:30am and couldn’t check in till 12:30 so we dumped our bags and wondered around, in search of Wi-Fi which we found in McDonalds. We also went to the cinema again to fill some time, this time to see American Sniper, which I loved! When we finally got checked in, the room was a disaster, it stank, the air con was broken and it was covered in peoples clothes. It was the first time we just wanted to check into a hotel instead, but we persevered forward and apart from a German staring at us for 4 days and us sweating constantly it wasn’t that bad.

The Lichfield national park tour was really good, it was made up of mostly old people which was brilliant, practically a WI outing. It started off with a crocodile boat trip, which was good/ scary, we saw plenty of crocs which was an added bonus and the guide dangled meat over the side of the boat so they jumped up for that. The guide on the crocs was a man who I feel lived off the land and spent every day with crocs and hadn’t shaved in about 20 years. After the crocs we saw some termite mounds then went on to see a waterfall and swim in a creak which was really needed as the heat is so unbearable. We also swam in some natural rock pools and then it started to rain but I still went and swam under the last waterfall which was amazing.

Not much else happened in Darwin so off to cairns we went.

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Cairns is one of the best places I have ever been, there is so much to do there, you could spend weeks there but would spend a fortune!! We stayed at Gilligan’s which we heard was the best place, it was huge and had a great pool (didn’t go in it just looked good) and its own night club so didn’t have to go far for a good night out. The rooms were decent just a shame we had two absolute idiot American guys in our room. They loved themselves and each other, it was embarrassing how dumb they were, certainly not on my list of people to keep in touch with.

The greatest day of my life happened in Cairns, and that was Uncle Brian’s rainforest and waterfalls tour. Our guide was called ‘cousin Brad’  when we got on the mini bus in the morning and he started talking you could see the whole bus already dreading the day, he was a lot to handle, but by the end everyone loved him!! He made sure everyone got involved and the whole group mixed together. The waterfalls (one of them was where Peter Andre ‘mysterious girl’ was filmed)  and lake at the top of a volcano were stunning but the highlight was the time we spent on the bus. I wish we could have spent weeks on there. We were doing the macarena in the aisle whilst going round a bendy mountain road, then doing the Harlem shake and flashing cars on the highway… safety first. He played the best music and it was sing a long after sing along! One of the best bits was putting on ‘eye of the tiger’ then going off road down a hill, we all went crazy for it banging on the roof and singing our hearts out. There is so much more I could say but I would literally be here forever. We made some great friends though, Charlee, Lillie, Emily & of course Ewan then only guy on the trip. We had a great day then we all went out that night as well and the next which was so much fun.

The next day we went to the Great Barrier Reef, which was really pretty, but not as many cool fish as I was expecting. I did see a turtle though and touched it, it was beautiful! I felt ill all day, being on a boat for that amount of time was not good for me!! But I wasn’t sick which I’m very proud of.

Cairns was so good and if I visit Australia again I will definitely do it all over again and do even more that I missed out on. We got on our first greyhound bud and headed down to Townsville which wasn’t too bad, free WiFi and USB ports to charge our phones.

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Townsville was a really nice place, it was very homely and calm which was a nice change from Cairns in a way as it gave us time to rest. We visited Magnetic Island whilst there which was beautiful. Had so many little hidden beaches which we attempted to get to but we got to hot and turned around. But later we went to a nice beach which was right near the bus stop so not a lot of effort. We also visited bungalow bay koala village. I got to hold a koala bear which was so soft and adorable. Also held a baby croc, a tortoise, numerous lizards and a snake which was so heavy, even Louise conquered her fear to hold it, very proud! Overall it was a nice day and if we had stayed longer it would have been nice to hire a little car to see more of it.

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That’s our first leg of Australia over, so far so good!! But expensive, the money just disappears out here, all donations welcome haha.

Louise’s fact- There is a McDonald’s on every street corner in Australia (love me a Oreo McFlurry)

Final few stops in South East Asia

We got told by a couple of people who we have met not to go to Krabi as the town was awful and had a lot of tourists. We took their advice and booked into somewhere for the night to use it as a lay over to get to the islands. On arrival we realised we had made a huge mistake as we were staying right on the coast line. The hostel we stayed at offered so many cool things, like kayaking in caves and a secret beach, but we were leaving the next morning so missed out on that unfortunately. But we did stay in a little shack which I loved but Louise hated.

Our first Island stop was Koh Lanta, it was such a lovely island but didn’t have lot to do there so we took this time to relax on a beach and start work on our tans, and I brought a snorkel. I would say that it was a good family resort though, but you might as well just go to Tenerife and save yourself some money and a long flight. Highlight there was at a restaurant one night after we’d had a few cocktails and paid the waiter, he says to me ‘Thank you sir’. Oh god we laughed so much, fuelled by alcohol it was such a funny moment.

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Our next stop was the island of Koh phi phi, we knew it was going to be a party place and we were staying at a party hostel so we were looking forward to a good few nights out. We met up with some boys who we met all the way back in Ho Chi Minh, it was good to see them again and we had a right laugh over the next few days. It was like being back at home having a little crew again. We all went to an “Ibiza” pool party which was just full of guys that loved themselves, so chavy!! We also went to Maya bay with the boys which was great, it was so nice, we went snorkelling and swimming in different bays of islands. The actual bay where the film ‘the beach’ was filmed was really pretty but crammed with tourists. We all went for a swim and one by one we all drifted away from the group to do the classic British thing…have a piss in the sea, classy.
I was really ill one day on the Island, I had, lets say, a ‘dodgy tummy’ so i took a tablet for it (imodium) but got really dizzy from it as a side effect so couldn’t get out of bed all day. Louise was a star and looked after me bringing me a pancake with banana and nutella on it, yummmy. But don’t worry I felt better in time for the night out, staying in is not really a choice. We went to a bar where they get drunk people from the audience to box and if you take part you get a free ‘bucket’. Entertaining but you would never see that in the UK.
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On our way down to Malaysia we stopped in a really random place in Thailand called Trang. There was literally no-one there, not touristy at all, very authentic Thailand. On the first night we walked for about half an hour to find somewhere that had a menu in English, on the second night we walked 5 mins in the other direction and had a KFC, which wasn’t nice at all so wish we hadn’t bothered.

The first stop in Malaysia was Penang, an island off the mainland, we stayed in Georgetown. I loved it here as it was much more developed than anywhere we had been so far and we had a lot to do. We went up Penang Hill which had great views and also up another hill to a temple with a giant Buddha, again great views of the city. We also treated ourselves to a visit to a chocolate museum. Which was just one room explaining how to make chocolate, it was no Cadbury world that’s for sure, but it was free and had a great shop. We also went to a history museum which had a random 3D photo shoot at the end. I had a great time, I love an impromptu photoshoot, I’m always ready! We had a trip to the cinema as well, didn’t realise how much I missed watching stuff!! When I asked the lady at the desk if the film was in English, she sarcastically replied “well yes it’s an American film” didn’t need the attitude it came with, not a stupid question I thought bearing in mind we are in Asia and other places we have been the films were dubbed. We went to see Jupiter Ascending, it was awful glad I only paid £2 for it. So cheap!!! And popcorn was only a pound, sort it out UK.

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Arriving in Kuala Lumpur the first thing we did was go for a Nandos. Chicken was great just as good as home, although major disappointment on the sides, no mash and no halloumi, majorly gutted. Our hostel was awesome, our beds were like little pods and it was all really nicely furnished. It also had a roof top bar that looked out onto the Petronus towers which was a great view, had a good boogie there, DJ played some right tunes. We went up the towers on the second night and walked across the skybridge between them, the views were spectacular, it was so high up. We also went to the Batu caves whist there which were a major disappointment. Would be nicer if they weren’t filled with litter and monkeys running around everywhere. The highlight here was probably finding Marks & Spencer, which had a food section, we were so happy to find it and was amazed at everything in it!! We of course stocked up for our bus journey down to Singapore.

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The final stop of our trip in Asia was Singapore, by far my favourite place so far. The city was amazing, it was like a bigger version of Canary Wharf. Even though it was too expensive for us to do anything, we had a great time walking around exploring and seeing everything we could do if we had money, for example- shop in the billion malls (literally a mall on every street) go up to the top of the ship hotel, go on the wheel, walk around the sky garden and much more, that was just the city centre. Instead of all this we just picked out places we could work and live in the future. Everyone was so business orientated and plenty of wealth 😉 We did go to the cinema here to see 50 Shades of Grey. Quite a crap film but Mr grey was good to look at. We were the only white people in there which we only realised at the end when the lights went up and we turned around haha. The audience was very noisy they just chatted throughout, it was quite relaxed which was actually alright as we could comment more on the film. They also laughed constantly at anything sexual and anytime they said a famous quote from the book. Hilarious. We ended our stay there by spending valentines day in the airport (we literally spent 7 hours at it)

Louise’s fact- quite a generalisation, but Asians are the nicest people you will meet.
I can back this up, my leg was bleeding on the MRT in Singapore and a girl dug out a plaster from her bag to give to me. Kindness you don’t find everywhere!

It’s sad to think Asia is now done, but I will certainly be back!! I have had an amazing time and now we are off to Australia for our adventure to continue. Very excited for some normality and toilets that actually let you flush toilet roll down them instead of putting it in a bin next to it, not a nice thing! Lou is excited to be able to walk into a toilet and not have the fear of it being a squat toilet.

Bonus Louise fact- Asians love a selfie.