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Thailand and Cambodia Backpacking costs-2016

Standard currency to keep record To keep record of our Thailand and Cambodia backpacking costs, we decided to use the Thai baht since we were starting off in Thailand. When traveling, we tend to “think in South Africa Rands” while spending Thai Baht. Once we crossed the border to Cambodia, we were sometimes spending US … Continue reading »

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Budget luxury accommodation-Midlifebackpackers

Thailand & Cambodia accommodation reviews, 2016 Although we did not want to spend a fortune on the accommodation part of our travel expenses while backpacking Thailand & and Cambodia, we did want a bit of comfort & convenience that we deserve as middle aged, new, and inexperienced backpackers and were most certainly not going to … Continue reading »

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Pattaya. Why we thought this was a wasted detour.

On our way down from Bangkok, to Ko Chang & the Cambodia border, we thought it a good idea to take a slight detour & see Pattaya. What a wasted detour. Why we think this is a wasted detour when traveled from Bangkok en-route to Cambodia?: Looking at the photos, it would seem that Pattaya … Continue reading »

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Thailand & Cambodia trip , 2016

Thailand & Cambodia trip planning starts. It’s time. Suddenly, from a place of nothingness, our Thailand & Cambodia trip planning starts. Many options for trips have been considered. This may not be the perfect time for the average tourist to visit Thailand or Cambodia but we really don’t care. We have been through a difficult … Continue reading »

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MidlifeBackpackers first trip

MidlifeBackpackers first trip to Thailand in 2015 Myself Menno & my wife Janneke are not your typical backpackers. For one thing, we are older than the average backpackers. In 2015, we decided to embark on the first of many trips with a backpack & a flexible schedule. Destination: Thailand. The video clip in this post … Continue reading »

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Thailand backpacking expenditure-2015

Recording our Thailand backpacking expenditure To keep track of our Thailand backpacking expenditure while on the road, we used a free app called “Expense Manager”. This app makes it fairly fast & easy to input travel costs on an Android device. There are different categories as well as sub categories that you can create as … Continue reading »

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Luxury Budget Accomodation for midlifebackpackers

A good friend and family member explained the phrase “slackpacking” to us, as being backpacking, but with more creature comforts. Accomodation in 3 star hotels & resorts, would therefore qualify as being suitable to slackpackers.  Hostels would be suited more for backpackers. We’ll just stick to calling ourselves “midlifebackpackers”. Because we have never really been … Continue reading »

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Stray dogs living the beach bum lifestyle in Thailand

Our perceptions of the proverbial “dogs life” that many stray animals may have may have changed somewhat over the last few weeks that we have been in Thailand. We have seen a great number of seemingly “stray” dogs, loafing about in the streets & especially on the beaches. The difference in Thailand however seems to … Continue reading »

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711 in Thailand. The Westerner’s refuge.

It’s unbelievable how many 711’s there are in Thailand. In every place we have been, there is a 711 every few blocks & they’re always busy. Get to a major bus terminus & there is a 711. Basically they sell items like sweets, cooldrinks, toiletries, fast foods, dairy products etc. Things that we regard as … Continue reading »

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Getting to and from Bangkok and getting around in Bangkok.

Wow. Complex, confusing, frustrating & infuriating. That sums it up. We arrived in Bangkok early morning after an overnight trip from Phuket via bus. There are a number of long haul bus services running between the major centers like Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Krabi & many more. Usually these buses come in 3 categories, ie, … Continue reading »

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