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Halong Bay Storms

May 3, 20122 Comments

How long in Halong Bay After our first few days in Vietnam we turned to planning our first tour here, Halong Bay.  Halong Bay is on the ‘must do’ list if you are visiting Vietnam. Therein lies the problem, the choice of tour companies, agents and types of trip (one day, two day, three day […]

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Hello Hanoi

May 2, 20120 Comments

Flying China Southern to Hanoi We said sayonara to Japan, and boarded our China Southern airplane for Vietnam, via Guangdong. We were apprehensive on our Japan departure, not because we were worried about what we would find in Vietnam, but because we had booked our flight with China Southern airways and let’s say the reviews […]

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Flashpacking Travels in Japan & Tokyo

April 28, 20123 Comments

We were woefully under prepared for our visit to Japan. Arriving from the Philippines, we’d spent our last day in Manila running round malls trying to extract as much cash as possible from as many different ATM’s to obtain our Japanese rail passes, cash only! We just about managed to pull it off, but it […]

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Yudanaka: Onsen, Ryokan and Snow Monkeys

April 20, 20123 Comments

We were getting a little travel weary from our Japanese explorations, not that we were bored, it’s just our ageing muscles we’re throbbing from the long hours of walking and hiking that we’d been enjoying.   We decided a couple of days recuperation and relaxation were in order, before we headed back to Tokyo to complete our visit […]

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Kanazawa, Shirakawa-go and Takayama

April 16, 20122 Comments

In our last travel blog post, we visited some amazing Japanese temples and experienced the annual cherry blossom spectacular. In this update, we decided to travel into the countryside so we set off  in direction of the Japanese Alps.   We would be traveling to Kanazawa by train then by local buses through the mountains to Shinikawa-go before ending up […]

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