Amsterdam tips: getting around

Walking Amsterdam is tiny compared to other capital cities. From one end of the center to the other is about 45 minutes on foot. If you are able-bodied you can walk between most of the sights. For example the walk from Anne Frank House to Rijksmuseum is around 25 minutes walk alongside pretty canals: You …

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Amsterdam tips: things to see and do

Canal boat tour A tacky canal boat round-trip is actually very interesting and nice! You will see a lot of the city in one hour, and hear a lot about the history and the reasons why the houses stand crooked, or how many bikes are stolen or thrown into the canals every year.
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A few last days in Bangkok

Thursday 12th November 2009 So, back to Bangkok! This time I made a point of not staying in the 'Damrak of Bangkok', that horrible Khao San Road area, even though I was arriving there by bus and was supposed to meet friends there later. The bus from Ko Chang came in from the eastern side …

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22 hour boat trip with the Ilala ferry

Getting to the boat I had had a perfect few days relaxing, reading, swimming and sunbathing (apart from the Patrick incident) before the weekly Ilala ferry would make its long trip northbound on Lake Malawi. Together with some Australian travellers I was crammed onto the back of a pick-up truck at about 7a.m., the only …

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