South-East Asia Stories Index

In summer 2013, my girlfriend and I spent six week travelling through four countries in South-East Asia. This is how we did it.

Our first adventure was two nights in the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, gateway to South-East Asia:

The Sky Bar from Hangover II!

The Sky Bar from Hangover II!

Next up we jumped on a bus to Koh Chang and escaped civilisation for a piece of paradise:

Posing in Paradise

Posing in Paradise

We entered Cambodia via Koh Kong:

Koh Kong waterfront

Koh Kong waterfront

Our next island adventure came at the stunning Koh Rong:

The beach to ourselves

The beach to ourselves

Back on the mainland we stayed at Sihanoukville:

Otres Beach 2

Otres Beach 2

Then we took the road to Siem Reap:

Rural Cambodia

Rural Cambodia

We explored the majestic Temples of Angkor:

Chilling out in the heat

Chilling out in the heat

Phnom Penh and The Killing Fields was a harrowing but fascinating trip:

A reminder of the horrors

A reminder of the horrors

The S-21 Prison was if anything harder to bear but a visit everyone should make:

Inside the prison

Inside the prison

We entered Vietnam, our third country in SE Asia, and visited Saigon and the War Remnants Museum:

U.S. Tanks and Helicopters in the Courtyard

U.S. Tanks and Helicopters in the Courtyard

Whilst in Saigon we also checked out the Re-Unification Palace and Ben Thanh Market:

Re-Unification Palace

Re-Unification Palace

Further up the Vietnamese coast we went snorkelling in Nha Trang:

Nha Trang

Nha Trang

Our next destination was the beautifully quaint Hoi An for a tailored suit, a photo tour and Vietnam Day:

The colourful boats on our photography tour

The colourful boats on our photography tour

Then it was on to Huế for motorbikes and monasteries:

The best way to get around Huế

The best way to get around Huế

Fron Hanoi we visited Halong Bay, perhaps the most beautiful place on Earth:

Some locals have lived on these islands all their lives and never visited mainland

Some locals have lived on these islands all their lives and never visited mainland

We hopped back to Thailand and Phuket, to decide where to go next:

The Phuket rain gave us time to think

The Phuket rain gave us time to think

Koh Phi Phi blew us away with its beauty after the devastation of the 2004 tsunami:

The beach on the isthmus

The beach on the isthmus

It’s more than a view. I truly believe my great-grandkids on Mars may one day still talk about post-tsunami Phi Phi:

The best view in the world?

The best view in the world?

We took a trip to the beach from The Beach:

'The Beach' to myself

‘The Beach’ to myself

Over in Krabi, we discovered Thailand’s most beautiful island ain’t even an island:

Picture postcard Thailand

Picture postcard Thailand

Patong Beach showed us a part of SE Asia gone wrong:

Patong Beach was not the SE Asia I had come to adore

Patong Beach was not the SE Asia I had come to adore

Our first impressions of Singapore were pretty awesome:

Our seats opposite Marina Bay Sands

Our seats opposite Marina Bay Sands

At my first Singapore Grand Prix we made it into a Hong Kong newspaper:

Look who made the Hong Kong Sing Tao Daily's Singapore GP Report. Vettel didn't get his name captioned but Jodie Louise and I did

Look who made the Hong Kong Sing Tao Daily’s Singapore GP Report. Vettel didn’t get his name captioned but Jodie Louise and I did

We ended our SE Asia trip in style with a stay at the incredible Marina Bay Sands complete with infinity pool:

The illusion of the Infinity Pool continues right until you get to the edge

The illusion of the Infinity Pool continues right until you get to the edge

You can read my highlights of SE Asia here, and my in-depth guide to getting around SE Asia here.

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