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Yangshuo Day 03 – Pantao Hill

Yangshuo Day 01 & 02 – Treasure Cave
Yangshuo Day 03 – Pantao Hill
Yangshuo Day 04 – Chicken Cave
Yangshuo Day 05 – Moon Hill
Yangshuo Day 06 – Xingping
Yangshuo Day 07 – White Mountain & The Egg

Pantao Hill


Pantao Hill is a karst tower that overlooks the town of Yangshuo, and affords amazing views of the town nestled cosily in-between the hills. The hike up to the peak makes for a nice and short excursion, and gives your climbing muscles some time to recover. The path itself can be quite tedious to locate as there are no signs that point the way, but you shouldn't have too much trouble if you follow the directions below. Read more
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Yangshuo Day 01 & 02 – Treasure Cave

Yangshuo Day 01 & 02 – Treasure Cave
Yangshuo Day 03 – Pantao Hill
Yangshuo Day 04 – Chicken Cave
Yangshuo Day 05 – Moon Hill
Yangshuo Day 06 – Xingping
Yangshuo Day 07 – White Mountain & The Egg

Yangshuo


UNESCO Yangshuo (Mandarin: 阳朔) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is well-known for the thousands of karst peaks that seem to have erupted suddenly from the flat plains that surround them. Unique karst landscapes like this are produced when soluble rocks (200 million-year-old limestone in this case) are dissolved by the carbonic acid that is present in rainfall. Normally, just caverns and fissures are produced, but when the surrounding bedrock is also removed, tall limestone towers remain. According to the geologist Ray Beiersdorfer, four conditions are required: Read more
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Ijen Crater


Getting to Banyuwangi


It was still very early in the morning when I clambered into the sweltering bus that was heading to Banyuwangi from the Ubung bus terminal in Bali. Still bleary-eyed from the lack of sleep, I paid the IDR850k for the bus ticket - a rate that seems to have been standardised amongst all the bus services, and included the cost of the ferry from Gilimanuk to Ketapang - and squeezed my way through the narrow rows trying to find an unoccupied seat next to the window. I knew we would be travelling west on the coastal road, so in order to get the views of the coast, I made sure that the seat was on the left side of the bus. Read more

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Bagan


The Temples of Bagan


I climbed out of the Shwe Mandalar express bus groggily and somewhat curmudgeonly after being rudely awoken by the strident cry of the bus driver just as the bus squeakily rolled to a stop. Despite the lack of sleep, I found to my surprise that the bus ride had been far more comfortable than I had anticipated. For some reason I had expected the eight and a half hour ride to be on a cramped and very crowded bus that was not too dissimilar to the one that I had taken to get to Bromo. This was most likely due to all the horror stories of the road conditions in Myanmar that I had heard, stories that I think are probably only applicable to rural areas and possibly the ride from Bagan to Inle Lake. Read more

Krabi Day 09 & 10 - Thaiwand Wall Cave & West Railay Sunset


Krabi Day 01 & 02 - Ao Nang & Phra Nang
Krabi Day 03 & 04 - Muay Thai Wall & Songkran
Krabi Day 05 & 06 - Kayaking & Thaiwand Wall

Krabi Day 07 & 08 - Railay Lagoon & Phi Phi Island
Krabi Day 09 & 10 - Thaiwand Wall Cave & West Railay Sunset

Krabi Day 9

Thaiwand Wall Cave

We made our way back to the Thaiwand Wall Cave with the specific intent to climb up to the mouth of the cave, haul everything up, and then descend through the cave to the other side. This was something that we had planned to do on the previous trip to Thaiwand Wall but had unfortunately run out of daylight. Read more

Krabi Day 07 & 08 - Railay Lagoon & Phi Phi Island

Krabi Day 01 & 02 - Ao Nang & Phra Nang
Krabi Day 03 & 04 - Muay Thai Wall & Songkran
Krabi Day 05 & 06 - Kayaking & Thaiwand Wall
Krabi Day 07 & 08 - Railay Lagoon & Phi Phi Island
Krabi Day 09 & 10 - Thaiwand Wall Cave & West Railay Sunset
Krabi Day 7

Monkey Madness!


I woke up pretty early that day so after purchasing two cans of Birdee robusta coffee (THB20 each), I made my way over to West Railay to pass the time. There are several ways to get across with most of them passing through alleys and paths until they merge with Walking Street. They are used quite frequently by both tourists and the locals alike and almost everyone can direct you if you have any uncertainties. Read more