Author Archives: stuart

  • Khao Sok National Park

    What the hell am I doing here?  Speeding across a vast, deep, dammed lake with 15 other randoms, sat low in a motor-canoe type thing, all the while on the way to a trek into dense Thai jungle, to then go potholing through a daylight-void cave of inky blackness. Oh I know – it’s because Alex …

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  • Hitchhike to India leg 61: Phuket to Khao Sok National Park

    If it had been up to me, I’d probably have been sleeping in a bar in Phuket town instead of writing this somewhere close to completing a round trip from Bangkok to Singapore.  Currently, I’m not wearing the trousers.  Alex has a bee in her bonnet about a day visit to the Khao Sok National …

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  • Phuket – overrun shit-hole. Mostly.

    The province of Phuket is an interesting place, depending on who you are and what you’re looking for.  There is, as they say, something for everyone, but not necessarily everything for someone.  Or something.  Anyway, the highlight of my stay here is of course, reuniting with my Bishkek baby and partner in crime Alex, as …

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  • Hitchhike to India leg 60: Trang to Phuket

    I sleep in.  This is because I’m still exhausted from yesterday’s hitch, and I know that if I surely can make the remaining 287 km to Phuket with relative ease.  But nothing ever comes that easy in the hitch world.  Or does it? It’s 11 am and bright with sunshine as I hand my key …

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  • Hitchhike to India leg 59: Kuala Lumpur to as close as I can get to Phuket

    It was with more than a little trepidation that I set out this morning on what was potentially a very lengthy and difficult hitchhike.  After the events of the previous few days – namely myself cocking everything right up – I was very nervous to get back on the road.  Making a series of in …

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  • Liverpool FC world – Kuala Lumpur event catastrophes

    Bear with me dearest readers, as the following three stories are all somewhat connected, but to include them in a single post would – in this fast paced, impatient world – make anyone ‘X’ out in haste an horror at the mere thought of attempting the read.  Look upon this chapter as the first in …

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  • Hitchhike to India leg 58: Malacca to Kuala Lumpur

    Just as I’m preparing for my triumphant return to KL, the vile, sickly, green, snotty fingers of the man flu take hold.  This I attribute to one thing and one thing only – air conditioners.  Consistently walking around in 40 degree heat only to be then thrust into minus 20 every time you enter a …

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  • Hitchhike to India leg 57: Singapore to Malacca…and…Malacca

    Singapore was sucking me dry and it was time to get out.  However that is much easier said than done as once again I negotiate the horrendous border nightmare.  So confident I am in making my destination in next to no time, I nevertheless make a glaring error in starting late and not factoring in …

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  • Singapore and a flying Indonesia visit

    Often referred to as “The Lion City” or “The Little Red Dot”, Singapore is the world’s only island city-state.  It was founded many moons ago by Malay fishermen, and has grown to become the second largest port in the world (the first of course is Shanghai – but you all knew that didn’t you?  You …

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  • Hitchhike to India leg 56: Kuala Lumpur to Singapore

    “I’d never have thought of that” comments a British Red Coat as Captain Jack Sparrow expertly removes Elizabeth Swan’s corset with a knife in The Pirates of the Caribbean.  “Clearly you’ve never been to Singapore”, he fires back.  Oddly enough, that one line resonated enough from the 2003 movie to make me want to go. …

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