Monday, December 22, 2014

Melbourne II , Australia

This time a bit longer visit. We stayed five days. We made another HelpX but this time it was totally negative experience. We run away as soon as possible, also weather was bad, rainy, windy.. So the photos are just from last evening when the weather was better.


Melbourne city center

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Cradle Mountain and MONA, Tasmania, Australia

Tasmania's most famous national park. Full of lakes and mountains. Place where one of the worlds “top ten” tracks starts. The Overland Trek. Simply its a stunning nature. We spent three days there and made some best treks ever.

Friday, December 12, 2014

HelpX in Sheffield, Tasmania, Australia

This was a bit different HelpX experience than before. We stayed with Tim and Helen in their farm house in Sheffield. Tim and Helen have 8 kids, six from them still at home and home educated. To cook a morning coffee you have to set a fire on wood in oven. And just to clean dishes take about an hour. But we had enough time to explore town and surroundings and even to make one day trek to nearby mountain.

Good Bye Cake

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Tasmania I, Australia

This small island south of Australia is a bit bigger than Czech Republic. Tasmania is known mainly because of the unique nature, there is huge amount of national parks and some of the world best treks. Australians are kiding from Tasmanians. They saying that Tasmanians has two heads (that they are inbreeded). We dont agree, we havent seen anyone with two heads and we met just nice, friendly and interesting people. We stayed two weeks. We traveled in a rented car for a while, hitch hike the rest, we did awesome couchsurfing and good helpX there. Also we made some of the best hiking and we saw some new animals.
Devils Xing!!!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Melbourne, Australia

Our first visit of Melbourne. Just passing through. We plan to spend much more time in Melbourne after Tasmania. So this time just one afternoon But interesting enough to have own post. 
Melbourne Cityscape

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Bairnsdale and Raymond Island, Australia

Our another destination is Tasmania, but to go there we needed to go to Melbourne first. Again its more than 500km long trip so we stop on the half of the way in Barnsdale for two nights. It's starting to be boring but I have to say it again.. Awesome experience with couchsurfing. Plenty of animals. Koalas and Echidnas this time. Good and funny hitchhiking and in the end one day in Melbourne.
Lazy Koala in Raymond Island

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Mallacoota, Australia

Mallacoota is small village in the most south-eastern corner of Australia. There is a huge system of lakes and the bush around is an national park. We stayed two weeks helping to local family with three lovely daughters. There was plenty of time for bike trips, beach activities and even fishing.. 
Mallacoota ocean coast

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sydney and SE Coast, Australia

Our next helpX is Mallacoota small town in the very south-eastern tip of Australia. It's some 600km so we split the way into few days. On the way we met some old friends, had our first experience with bushfires. We met a lot of Ozzies (Australians) when couchsurfing and hitchhiking.  
Dont worry Gosia, The cliff do not gonna fall down. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Blue Mountains II, Australia

This time about the national park and trekking in Blue Mountains. We had four days off and a lot of free afternoons and Anna, our HelpX host took us for some trips by car to spot some of Australia animals.
Blue Mountains

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Blue Mountains I, Australia

National Park near Sydney. We stayed here almost two weeks so we had plenty of rime to explore the beautiful nature and wildlife. We made few treks and spotted plenty of wildlife including the most dangerous one. It was also our first HelpX experience, so we worked a bit.

Michal - hard worker

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Sydney, Australia

8 hour long flight for less than 90euro and we are 6264Km south in a way different world. No more annoying taxi drivers and touts, no more rice for breakfast and no more hotels for 5EUR for room for night. Hostel in Sydney cost 30eur per person so this will require a bit more planning... The first thing we noticed is a mix of cultures and styles. Each person on the street is different and has different style. Comparing to Asia it's also quite quiet and of course much cleaner. But best are the Sydney beaches, right in the city with free electric grills and plenty of relaxed people.. It was maybe just because of the contrast after Asia, but we fall in love with Sydney in the first day.
Our first view of Sydney with Harbour Bridge and Opera house...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Siquijor, Philippines

There is 7107 islands in Philippines. All locals tell you which island is the best and where you should go. But the also told us. Do not go to Siquijor”. The reason is not terrorism and kidnapping (still popular way of earning money for some Muslim separatists on south of Philippines) The reason is Black Magic and Witches. What we found was slightly different, beautiful beaches, waterfalls, another very interesting couchsurfing and parties again.
Girls swimming pool day.. Our accommodation is on photo below...

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Dumaguete, Philippines

Dumaguete is one of few pleasant cites in Philipines. Nice university town with waterside promenade. Accidentally, there was another festival and accidentally we had another cool couch surfing. Our host Ivan is a really nice girl with soul of mermaid and boys body. Ivan became one of our favorite couchsurfing hosts and we had a lot of fun together with her friends and another couchsurfers.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Sipalay, Philippines

To go there might be an adventure. but ones there, it's just like in paradise. Accommodation in a bamboo cottages right on a beautiful Sugar Beach. It's maybe what Boracay was 30 years ago. Empty beach and just few simple resorts. Hammocks, sun, beach volleyball, sunsets all on the empty empty beach.


Monday, October 20, 2014

MassKara Festival, Bacolod, Philippines

MassKara is one of the Filipino biggest festivals. It's Rio rhythm, Venice masks and Asian colors in the city of smiles. We spent three days couchsurfing, partying and observing this unique parade. Its our first party after five months.
One of the dancers

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Boracay, Philippines

It's small island with the perfect beach. Just like from postcard.. White sand, blue and green water, palms and small boats with blue sails. But also one of the most popular places in Philippines. We were afraid it will look like Bali but luckily the tourist season does not start yet and the beach wasn’t crowded.
Boracay

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Angeles, Philippines

This post name should be Volcano Pinatubo and should be about trekking. But not everything is always according to plan. And traveling might be sometimes quite hard. 

Typical couple in Angeles city

Friday, October 10, 2014

Hundred Islands National Park, Philippines

After mountains it's time for some seaside. This National Park is not too promoted by guidebooks and not too many people is going here. It's really hundred island. We wanted to camp on some of them but we end up just on a day trip hooping from island to island.
Hounded Islands National Park

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Sagada, Philippines

Caves can be sometimes too dark and a bit scary. Cemeteries can also be a bit creepy. And is Sagada there are hundreds of coffins in a cave. Unburied, some are broken and human bones just falling out of them. It was a rainy day, it was slowly getting dark and there were no another people around, well no alive people...  
Hanging coffins in Sagada

Monday, October 6, 2014

Rice terraces, Philippines

Beautiful and impressive landscape created by human. Some terraces here are 2000 years old. It's a UNESCO site but it can be very quiet if you walk a bit further. And we went three days further right in between and on the terraces. We slept in the smallest villages and even if the weather wasn’t best and people wasn't so friendly like in Manila this was one of the best treks ever.
Driving away the fog..

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Manila, Philippines


Just after our plane landed through the gray cloud of smog we quickly realized we are in totally different world. Muezzin from mosques was changed by bells from church. It's good because it also means no more crazy taxes for alcohol. Pork is everywhere, not only in strange Chinese dishes. But in the other side.. Manila is knows by serious criminality problem which means we just left our hitch hiking paradise and we are coming back to public transport. First impression is a bit like Latin American. All the chaos, Spanish streets names, colorful Jeepneys and tricycles. Just a totally different Asia.

Philippines flag 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

West Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia

Finally we saw the red people from forest. Orang Utans. We visited national park Kubah we camp in Matang Wildlife Reserve which was just like to sleep in ZOO. And empty ZOO just with animals can became a bit creepy at night.

Male Orang Utan in Matang Wildlife Center

Friday, September 26, 2014

Bako National Park, Borneo, Malaysia

This is something for wildlife lovers. Oldest national park in Borneo reachable only by boat. We saw more big animals here than anywhere else. Wild Boars, Macaques, deadly Snakes, big Spiders, climbing fishes ,but mainly quite big, unique and Borneo endemic Proboscis Monkeys and also Flying Lemur, animal we never heard about before we saw it. And what's best You can really see them in nature.. and we have a lot of nice photos...

Proboscis Money - live just on Borneo

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Kuching, Borneo, Malaysia

Capital of Sarawak and very nice surprise. Modern city with a beautiful riverside promenade. Kuching is an ideal base to explore national parks in southwest Sarawak. We stayed four nights couchsurfing and later few more nights in hostel. We made nice one day trip to Dumai to climb Mouth Santubonk and to Semenggoh to see Orang-Utans.
Kuching City it's mean Cat's City

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Mulu National Park, Borneo, Malaysia

Another must to see and amazing tourist site. National Park with some of the world biggest caves. Mulu is in the middle of Borneo jungle. With other world it's not connected by road so the only way there is by plane or boat. It's a place for some excellent jungle trekking and animal watching. And its surprisingly well organized.


Lang Cave

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Mt Kinabalu, Borneo, Malaysia

Mount Kinabalu, best trek ever, or just an overpriced hill where you wait in queue to make a summit photo??? The highest peak of Malaysia. And if we don’t count Himalayas in north of Myanmar and if Papua is already part of Oceania. Kinabalu is the highest peak of all southeast Asia. It's 4095 meters just few tens of kilometers next to seaside and it's a pretty impressive mountains. Everyone we met says it's the absolute must in Borneo and the best trek ever and most beautiful mountain in their lives. In the other side some climbers pages says its not challenging enough and horribly overpriced. Both is right a bit and really the hardest part is to be aloud to go there and not to ruin the budget.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Brunei

Full name of this small sultanate "Brunei Durusalam" means "Abode of Peace" and it's quite unique place. There are two quite important people in this country. First one is sultan. There is a lot of oil under this country and this oil is basically his. This makes him the richest man on earth. His palace is 4 times bigger than Buckingham and has 257 bathrooms. He has about 7000 cars including 452 Ferrari. Unfortunately he is not member of Couchsurfing. The second important person in Brunei is Karen. Her palace has 254 bathrooms less, and she has just two cars and its not Ferrari. But in difference of sultan she is on Couchsurfing and thanks to her we can say we really like Brunei.

The Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque

Friday, August 29, 2014

Labuan Island, Malaysia

Labuan is an island near Malaysian Borneo, there is an important harbor but for tourists it is usually just stopover on the way to Brunei. All Labuan is also one big duty-free zone. Which means the price of beer there is about 3 times cheaper than in rest of Malaysia. So after long abstinence and with a vision of Malaysian Las Vegas we planed to stay there three nights.. Well, we shouldn’t.
Clock Tower in Labuan City

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Mamutik Island, Borneo, Malaysia

Smallest island we ever been. If dragon lets you, you can walk all around island in less than half hour. Mamutik is part of Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park and we decided to camp there overnight. 
View of just a little bit bigger Sulug Island from Mamutik

Friday, August 22, 2014

First days in Borneo, Sabah, Malaysia

So we are in Borneo, Not in plan but not bad. world third biggest island cowered by rainforest and mountains. To many places here the only access is by plane or by rivers. Hopefully we will see some orangutans here, climb some 4000m high mountain and do some good Jungle trekking. To make it more adventurous, soon after our arrival, Michal lost our guidebook.
Tip of Borneo

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Bali, Indonesia

This one week on Bali was much different from our previous traveling. Not because Bali is the only Hindu island in Indonesia. Not because of thousands of tourists here, but because of just the very special tourist who spent two days flying from Europe all the way to here for short one week holidays and to visit us. 
Bali pico! :D

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Lombok, Indonesia

Island, with a huge volcano and beautiful seaside and even more beautiful small Gili Islands near coast. We made our best motorbike trip here when we went three days all around the island.


Lombok landscape

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Bali to Lombok, Indonesia

Yes we are jumping from place to place fast and without plan. We landed on Bali but we had an important meeting on here one week later so we spent just one night here in the most touristic party place – Kuta. Nice thing about Kuta is that you can simply walk from airport to center in about half an hour. 
Kuta beach on Bali

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Jakarta, Indonesia

Indonesia's 10 million capital (30milion metro area). The biggest of southeast Asia mega cities. And so different from those we saw before. Except of high traffic there not so much to see. But involuntary we spent three nights. We have another very positive experience from couchsurfing and probably also thanks to the local holidays it was a bit unusual Jakarta. And in the end we like this city.
Jakarta's main square

Monday, July 28, 2014

Bukit Lawang, Sumatra, Indonesia

The most touristic place in Sumatra. Small town known because of some last few thousand Orangutans living in nearby jungle. For us it was a bit disappointment.
No orangutans, but we found a nice frog :)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Volcano Sibayak, Sumatra, Indonesia

small but busy dusty town near to two claimable volcanoes. The bigger one unfortunately erupted a year ago and again two weeks ago and it's forbidden to climb up now. So the small one, 2212m high Mt Sibayak has to be enough for us.
Steaming Volcano Sibayak

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lake Toba, Sumatra, Indonesia

Lake Toba is worlds biggest volcano crater lake. It's big like Belgium and we went to the Singapore size island in the middle of this lake. Cheapest place we have been and also one of nieces. And a motorbike trip around Island was also perfect. 
Lake Toba

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The way from Melaka to Parapat (Malaysia to Indonesia)

Every guide and all internet forums and blog do not recommend to go to Sumatra by boat. Flights here are very cheap. But if you fly you miss the magic of traveling by boat and even better overnight bus. This was real traveling again, not just a holiday.
Ferry from Malaysia to Indonesia

Monday, July 21, 2014

Melaka, Malaysia

We came to Melaka just because of ferry to Sumatra. But we were very surprised. So laid back European like town we didn't expected. Its an UNESCO word heritage site and weekend markets in Melaka are a magnet for tourists. We arrived on Friday so we get all from Melaka.
Crazy rickshaw drivers with loud disco music and wifi on board..

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Singapore

Small island country with big ultra modern city. Full of skyscrapers, modern architecture, sky trains and wide highways. Mix of cultures here is visible specially in food-courts where you can get everything from everywhere. Singapore is also more than twice expensive than Malaysia so we try couchsurfing again. Two requests, two positive answers and two very nice couples who hosted us.
Gardens by The Bay

Monday, July 14, 2014

The JB, Johor, Malaysia

Our next destination was Singapore. But to go there had to go firstly to Mersing the port town, and to Johor Bahru called JB where we found our first Asian couchsurfing host - Beckham successful young salesman who made this Malaysian boarder city which most tourists just pass on the way to Singapore good enough to have own post.
Brunch with Beckham

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Tioman Island, Malaysia

Finally seaside, beach and relax.. So chalet right on the beach, cold beer and good food. But we choose a bit bigger island with some jungle. And actually we haven’t seen so many big wild animals anywhere else.
On our balcony...

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Taman Negara, Malaysian Jungle.

Taman Negara in Malay means national park and it's a name of national park. Big one, with some big wild animals like Tapirs, Gibbons, Wild Boars and also few last wild elephants and tigers. It's another place for jungle trekking. Trekking on ground and also 40 meters high in canopy of trees. We did all, without guide of course, we tried to spent a night outside in jungle and we were much closer to some animals than we wished. And there was blood.
Yes, when trekking in jungle, you might lost some blood.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Beautiful mountains. Known mainly because of eternal spring weather and temperatures only around 25degrees Celsius. But also for really interesting jungle treks. So something for us. Get healthy and hurray to jungle.
With a Carnivorous plant

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The KL, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, called “the KL”, cybercity with huge airports, monorails and some of the highest skyscrapers on the world. But you can just walk here. You don’t need sky-walks to cross the street all sights are in walking distance. End everything seems to be well organized.
Infront of KL Galery

Monday, June 23, 2014

Bago and our last days in Myanmar (Burma)



We had no big expectation before coming to Bago, we stopped here more less just because we still had some time and Bago is on the way to Yangon. But in the end we stayed two nights. Way by train in ordinary class was long but ok. Hotel was cheap and nice. Well we had to change the room for the second night because Michal destroyed fluorescent tube when hunting for mosquito and there was sharps everywhere. And in the second room there was a biggest cockroach we ever seen, but still it was the best value hotel we had in Myanmar (Named San Francisco). And the staff was very helpful. Women from reception gave us detailed information how to enter each monument without paying 10USD government entrance fee. very useful.
It was a bit rainy..

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Pilgrimage to Golden Rock, Myanmar (Burma)

Kyaiktiyo Pagoda on Golden Rock is one of the hollies place in Myanmar. Its a small pagoda on a huge balancing rock covered by gold leafs situated on the top of mountain. There are two ways up, by truck or trekking...
Under the gold balancing rock

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Hpa An & Sadan Cave, Myanmar (Burma)

Hpa An is capital of Kiyan state close to Thai boarder. Most of the state is closed for foreigners. From Mawlamyine you can go two hours by bus or five hours by boat. Boat is slower and more expensive but we like boats. Near Hpa An are also some caves, so this would be also quite adventurous... click read more.
finally light! But...

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Mawlamyine & GIANT Buddha, Myanmar (Burma)



We arrived to Yangon bus terminal at around 4AM, we just change the bus and continue another 8 hours to Mawlamyne. So pretty long journey from Bagan almost 18hours. It was rainy almost all way so to be in bus wasn't so bad. Mawlamyine is Myanmar's third city but looks small. There is couple of things to see around like the world biggest reclining Buddha.. and to go to him, can easily changed into unexpected and adventurous trek.
3m high monk statues showing the way..

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

The top of Myanmar. Most famous and also most visited place in country. And probably one of the most spiritual and magnificent place on world. Which can be compared to Angkhor, Petra, Piramides or Taj Mahal. Huge city with about 4000 temples from 12th century. Do we like it? Yes, a lot! Click read more.
Temples of Bagan