From Malaysia to Thailand by Boat Part 1

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Post- snorkelling on Koh Lipe Island, Thailand. Photo taken by Steve Collier (on Nicola’s camera!). Copyright, 2015.

The main routes used by travellers to cross in to Thailand are by air, train or bus but few people travel by boat yet this proved to be a perfect and strangely unique method of transport by which to cross the border.

There are more direct routes, however instead we decided to incorporate other locations that we’d planned to visit along the way and it worked out perfectly. Here’s how we did it with associated costs at the time of journey. Part one details the Malaysian leg of the journey. Part two will detail the Malaysia- Thailand leg.

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Top Travel Coffee Experiences Part 2

In part 1 we named five (six if you include the picture at the top) great travel coffee experiences. Hopefully you get the idea that it’s about more than the quality of the coffee itself and also about the experience of being in that coffee shop or cafe at that particular time.

Here are five more of our favourite travel coffee experiences from around the world that deserve recognition so far.

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Top Travel Coffee Experiences Part 1

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A break at Two Towers Bali on the island of Nusa Lembongan, off the coast of Bali. Photo by Steve Collier. Copyright, 2015.

Finding a great spot to sit down, relax, unwind, catch up and plan our next adventure is something we look forward to when we arrive in a new place. It can be pretty intense trying to work out a location having just arrived after a twelve hour bus ride in 30°C heat and carrying your backpacks.

It’s important to take a moment and find a place to relax, soak up the vibe and think about the next move. People watching is one of our favourite activities while traveling and sitting down gives you time to look out for those characters you might otherwise miss. Ordering something at a coffee shop can help you feel more comfortable in unfamiliar surroundings. You’ll be surrounded by locals and that grounding constant of a good brew is relaxing.

Some of these places were researched before arriving and some were found by chance. So, without further ado, here are five of our favourite coffee experiences so far.

*Disclaimer: Nic doesn’t actually enjoy coffee but in these places we both ordered drinks and enjoyed the experience. Chances are if somewhere does great coffee there will be a selection of equally excellent non-coffee based drinks.

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