Friday, 4 September 2015

Latest Jay's Trip September 2015 Australia - Czech republic - Australia

I've got an briliant idea in July 2015 as find out there's many people going from Australia visit their families back to Czech republic also another not nice thing is my mam has serious problem with spine and might has to go for surgery. My idea is to pay quick visit to my parents and grandma. Of course it took me about one week to deside when or if to go well the return ticket wasn't as cheap as it is 2k AUD.
Even that I'm happy I'm going to do this I was insoired by other chap who surprised his old guys. Right now only my brother and few friends know that I'm on my way.
At the moment I'm trying to save for future trips aroound the world but right the most important trip is to come back to see my old guuys.
Last year some time around July I've spoken to my mam over Viber and she brought an idea me to come home for summer but my reply was I'm busy travelling as I was anytime before I wouldn't imagine traveling can make me so busy as did in 2014. Every day durring the travel of my life I woke up and had list of goals wanted to reach as book tickets, see places, visit events meet people, plan following days/months/time.
 Some days I felt like to plan nothing unfortunately if you want to see places and people you have to make a schedule. This year, year 2015 started funny as I couldn't get directly to Australia as I've planned but thanks that I've spent extra month with my malaysian friends in Malysia and Thailand.
 During the last few months I've finally got some standard income of kinda stable part time work. I'm not lazy or scared of any work even hard work but some days I'm getting pissed of that I've not money enough to just away do some travel in Asia or at least leave the city (Sydney) for a while. I miss all the space/time to meet new people other cultures, countries right now.
  I got few plans by different ways throough different countries. Option a) is standart planes/buses/trains that costs a lot option b) is to go by car/motorbike all way down from australia or indonesia back home to Czech republic this is the most expensive one option c) is travel light story just pack small backpack get by buses/hitch hiking/cycling/walking this is tough, long time consuming but the cheapest one.
  It's a pitty whichever road I've picked there are fights in middle east damaging not only heritage sites but also causing hudghe road divesrions in that area.        

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Live Australian Trip February 2015

On the 1st Feb I came from Redang island back to Kuala Lumpur where wanted to do an fiber optic s course with sinaranoptik.com but these guys cancel the training without letting know luckily didn't pay anything in advance.
Well stayed few days in Matahari lodge hostel on Pasar Seni sorted lot of things on laptop thanks fast wi-fi connection. I've finally visited Batu caves in north end of KL “luckily” durring Thaipusam - a highly symbolic Hindu festival celebrated by Singapore's Tamil community. It is an annual procession by Hindu devotees seeking blessings, fulfilling vows and offering thanks - .
It was over crowded. People were reckless standing – laying at each other on train station waiting for LRT. Once the security open the people mass have runned in many ppl almost fell.
Early on the 5th woke up got taxi from Pasar Seni to KL Sentral /approx. 15RM/ changed for KLIA 2 Airport bus / 10RM/ Arrived there check-in this time without any issues. I usually have problem to fell in the sleep in transport but this time slept most of 5h flight. Landed for second try in Perth as the wind around ground level was too strong.
Went to immigration and was puled away for questioning about self sufficiency for next three months luckily the immigration officer was happy with my answer and I came to Aus again.
At the Perth airport are two options you can take 15$ bus or bus no.40 and 37 for 4.40$ which end up at Esplanade bus station/ terminal.
I bought an Optus sim card 45$/month 3GB, unlimited calls & TXTs middle price offer. Perth is spread te city center is covered with free Perth city and Telstra wi-fi access points which became useful. Transport is easy by buses, trains and taxis. Zone 1 price is 2.90$ zone 4.40$

The places worth to see in Perth are Kings Parks & Botanic Garden /K.P. War Memorial/, the beaches as Scarborough beach, City beach, The Perth Mint, Hyde Park Perth, London Court, Swan Bells, Water labyrinth /you could sit down next to and connect to free wi-fi/, Perth Mosque – was closed whhen wanted to have a look at and Aviation Heritage Museum which is 10min walk from Bull creek train station this one really nice collection of planes some were fighting in WW2.

 Also the boat trip to Fremantle and Fremantle itself with the museum, jail, favorite fish and chips places worth it. You can get the City Sight Seeing Perth ticket including the ferry.

From Barrack Street Jetty, Fremantle and Sorrento you can reach the nearby Rottnest Island. The water is nice and clear but bit cold.

Most of the cheap accommodation as backpackers places are around Aberdeen street.




Melbourne
 When I was looking for the options how to get to Adelaide or Melbourne I find out the there is no bus, but there is a train but the standard price is $500 to Adelaide or $4000 in Platinum Class. Well the flight was the cheapest option even I wanted to see the desert at the time.




Saturday, 17 January 2015

January 2015

 The very first plan was to go from Bali to Jakarta, Indonesia. From Jakarta to Adelaide with one stop in Kuala lumpur unfortunately my australian visas expired in November not in January 2015 as expected. Luckily moved to my friends Ashley's Matahri hostel in Pasar Seni, KL applied for my second australian visas (visas 651 which were free) and got these in seven days. Well in the mean time got new destination idea from my friends Ting and Ashley to move to Langkawi, Malaysia and mainly Koh Lipe, Thailand for their birthday celebration.
 Right after visas granted booked ticket to Oz on the 5th Feb. We've got booked taxi from Pasar Seni to SUBANG, KL airport it broke down just around the corner but still got replacement and reached flight on time.
 Arrived to Langkawi, Malaysia in the evening had small dinner in Chinese restaurant food was nice as usual. After went for second dinner with Cola and his friend that one was even better many different kinds of sea food. I stopped drinking alcohol but it was twins celebration we've got to really nice brand new bar at the cost for a drink. Second drinking place had different magic cheap beer towers /compare to Kuala Lumpur/ well we did few ; )
 Next morning took the first ferry to Koh lipe it took around 1 hour was sunny and sea not as choppy. The beach on Koh lipe is so shallow the ferry has to stop at floating jetty 200m away. People and load are then trnsported by longtils to the Koh lipe beach. Arrived to Koh Lipe Sun set beach collected passports from travel office on the beach went to Immigration next door got STAMP AGAIN /the immi officers think the passport has one thousand pages/. Then we got moto taxi for 50THB to the top of the hill close to our Forra diving resort. 
 Forra diving resort was good pick price was okay stylish bamboo hatches with dive center right on the beach with white sand runned by easygoing French guys. Only the prices were pulled as on sea cost and the orders took usually some time..
Same story as Bali heard too much nice about Koh Lipe and that why it lost the magic no WOW! again. It's nice place for one visit it definitely worth to visit but once only.
 Guys went for snorkeling but there was nothing to see if you go there take a swimming shoes there's lot of sharp stones and corrals on sun rise beach the tides are really low too.
 Unfortunately didn't go for diving as wound on heel when step through step in the bamboo hatch but hear no extra mainly soft corrals.
 After Koh Lipe came back to Kuala Lumpur /90 days stay visas on arrival for most of european countries/ the moved to Redang island help a bit and do some necessary computer work.


*True move thai sim card won't apply automatically see setting below
tested on Samsung Note 3  should be kinda universal...


 

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

My live Indonesia trip 2014


My Indonesia trip 2014


Directions:
Lombok - Kuta, Bali - Tulamben, Bali - Kuta, Lombok - Gili Trawangan - Sengigi, Lombok - Kuta, Bali - Jakarta - Bogor - Gununug Padang - Cijanjur - Bandung - Cimahi - Jakarta - Bandung Lampur - Baturaja - Danau renau - Jakarta - Yogyakarta - Kuta, Bali - Jakarta

*Once traveling on Sumatra or Java the train timetable / schedule could be usually find online /www address below/ but buses have no timetables at all as every bus/transport company is independent. Once you can speak Bahasa Indonesia ask locals if not it's going to be bit difficult as for us. Some people mainly receptionist are very helpful but not everybody speaks fluently english.
  



 I came to Indonesia on 15.11.14 Flow from Yangon (Myanmar) with stop in Kuala Lumpur where met my friend Ting Ting and landed in Lombok, Indonesia.
We've had no accommodation organised as usual, sorted visas on arrival at the airport but had not enough cash. Well immigration officers let me leave airport without passport to get money from ATM outside.
Once I stepped off the terminal door was getting dozens of offers from local offical and unofficial teksi drivers(taxi), ojeks /moto taxi/, etc. common price for tourist was 150.000 IDR approx. 15USD per car. We took taksi for 5USD to hotel nearby in Penujak as had to leave next day to Bali meet my parents who were coming.
Went for late walk through Penujak trying find place where selling beer - no chance puretly musliman place.
 Took 5.30pm planes to Denpasar stay on the airport as parents should come in an hour time ...they had 3h delay : ((
 After arrival got to Kuta, Bali where we've found hotel for approx 170.000IDR thanks my malaysian and indonesian friends.
 We've done one day trip to Puri Besakih, Pura Ulun Danu Bratan and sunset in Tanah temple.

21.11. left Kuta Bali moved to Tulamben as I heard only good about USS Liberty wreck
was told the ship was shot by Japanese during WW2 made it to harbor but later was sank by volcano anyway
wreck dive was nice and easy just me and dive guide but too early as not as much light in da water just after 6am well the wreck is in shallow felling in parts so but is massive over 100m long deepest point approx 25m

   

Right after dive and breakfest got organised car transport to Padangbai catch ferry to Lombok (approx 400.000 IDR)
reached the booking office in Padangbai had to fight for tickets price as everything over prices as usual in Indonesia once sorted some guys from the booking office grabbed the luggage and carried them on board had small incident with them completely forgot to be aware of porters /cheeky expensive guys/ they were there required 150k IDR told they will get 30k or nothing finally gave them 40k as they never said a word about the price just grabbed the luggage and walked !
 Ferry between Bali to Lombok was approx 5h sea bit choppy in the middle of trip but in final okay even my parents without sea riding experience weren't sea sick
 Jumped of the ferry avoid any porters walked outside - skipped any closest transport around the boat find warung with beer and organised car for approx 400k IDR  

Reached Kuta Lombok around 8pm checked to cheapest accommodation found on booking.com Gday Inn later find out it wasn't perfect choice as two of three rooms air conditions were never maintained - dirty filters no power
 In Kuta Lombok was necessary to hire motorbike as any surfing spots are kilometers away. Even to hire motorbike - scooter here wasn't easy as bullsh*t like 1 day means borrow in the monring bring back the same day night. Later we've changed for Dedy's Homestay which was nice, comfortable only wifi couldn't reach the rooms
 Lombok is surprisingly more expensive to Kuta Bali

From Kuta Lombok went to Gili Trawangan. The cheeky taxi driver dropped us in restaurant roughly 600m away from harbour where he got his pocket money from the restaurant keeper. They offered us three different types of transport boats to Gili T. Gili T. appeared as most expensive of this area compare Lombok and Bali.
there meant to be speed boat around 400k IDR, shuttle boat for 50k and public for approx 20k. We've paid more later find out it was just a public boat got scammed.    

Gili Trawangan wasn't WOW well spend there few days you can ride the bicycle around the island inn 2,5h if you pedal won't fell of as happened to me...
Stayed in Pondok Hadi was nice maintained place 10min away the sea coast. Only transport on Gili T. is horse, bicycle or your own feet.

Next stop was back on Lombok in Senggigi area the accomodation was bit further from there well went for walk around old Mataram airport. In the morning on 30.11. moved back Kuta, Bali again where stayed in our favorite Kubu hotel. I tried to manage my indonesian visas extension unfortunately had not time enough as was on the go to Jakarta next Sunday.

7.12 arrived to Jakarta avoid taxi got Damri bus which increased from 20.000 to 40.000 IDR 4 years old and brand new Lonely planet guide has old price only : ((

I reached Gambir station find out it's impossible get subway - train which would stop on Cikini station well didn't give a f*ck just walked down to Six Degree hostel on Jl Cikini Raya took about 20min with 16kg backpack not so bad even with crazy traffic luckily not as bad as Sunday. Unfortunately hostel was full went to closes Old Batavia Capsule Hotel which was perfect place as met really friendly and nice staff who help us a lot with managing any other trips around Jakarta, Java and Sumatra also find out where I have to go to extend visa.
We return to friendly Old Batvavia Capsule Hotel at least three times, every time we've got help and support even during late or early night arrivals.

9.12. finally left the big messy Jakarta city as I hate big cities like this and moved to Bogor it was 1h 45min from hostel in Cikiny botanic garden.
We stayed in Apu pension 100m away the train station, had walk through the town and looked into the Botanic garden as usual dual pricing for locals and foreigners which are written beside each other.

Next stop on our trip was Gunung Padang Megalithic site close to Cinajur found on Tripadvisor.
There was unfortunately no word about it in Lonely Planet guide which pissed some british lady later off as we saw )
Original plan we had was train trip Bogor -> Cianjur.
Cianjur - >  Gunung Padang Megalithic site but we've "luckily" changed out mind on the way as met few friendly and rarely well english speaking local elder guys jumped of the train on Lampegan station. It's one of the smallest train stops I saw so far. There were only two transport options - walk or hire Ojek (motorbike taxi). Ojek took about 15min drive through bendy uphills mountain roads in the middle of nice flavored tea fields to reach the bottom of steep stairs up to Gunung Padang Megalithic site (Ojek price approximately 25k/motorbike).

 Once ready to climb the stairs was stopped by local students on their school trip as usual they wanted to take a pics with my blonde friend Petra.
One of the student was so excited to see foreigners that day as he said the dreams come through to meet foreigners and have a chat with them.
Spend an hour up there as was bit of shade under the tree also cool view all over the hills and valleys around right in the midday time.
 After the chill out we climbed down met some other local guy with laud speaker who loved to talk to his customers also to us from short distance by his gear. In few minutes of chatting we were offered free transport to Cianjur as he was really nice to us. Right after they left we moved downhill it took some time as most of transport was coming/leaving with same customers. Luckily we've found Ojek got dropped to Cianjur suburbs where we got cheap and nice Bakso (indonesian soup with "meat" balls).  
 It was good organised by ojek drivers some other guy called us from Warung(Restaurant) just when we finished our meal.
Unfortunately bus had puncture and our trip Cianjur to Bandung was 5hours instead of planned 3.

When we reached Bandung took taxi for about 1/3 of original price. We were looking for Guest House Pos Chimpelas found in Lonely planet guide. Well didn't find it got other hotel on same street for 300k/nite for twin room luckily with big beds for three people.

 Had a walk in night Bandung found nice man in warung on far corner of Jl Champelas x Jl Kebon Kawung got nice Mie Ayam /Chicken noddle soup/ also gave us tips where and how to reach buses going towards Pangandaran /one of the town on south west coast of Java/ which would be my friends' potential destination as I had to come back to Immigration office in Jakarta for photography and finger prints as part of my visas extension. In the evening browse tripadvisor, lp guide made decision stay together go to see Cimahi waterfall. Cimahi is second train stop away from Bandung approx.15 min.
 Cimahi is spread hill town. Maximal price for local Opelet - minibus is around 7k even that you give driver 50k he says thanks and you have to tell him you need your change back..
 He asked us fluently in bahasa indonesia if to go to the waterfall or keep going to bus station we didn't understand - agreed well it was 10k more expensive when we appear near waterfall access less to 1km away the place he told to us.
       

Transport
found on blog

Bus

Central Jakarta 

GAMBIR 37 KM
Ke Bandara > Gambir Station – Pasar Baru – Jl. Garuda – Arena PRJ – Kemayoran Toll – Sedyatmo Toll – Airport
From Airport > Airport – Sedyatmo Toll – Pluit Jaya – Slipi Toll – Tomang – Tanah Abang – Gambir Station
approximately 40.000 IDR





Java Trains
https://tiket.kereta-api.co.id/

Many Bus companies no single www about buses

Lombok November 2014












Internet connection
I found AP Inn in Kuta Bali as best place with reliable internec connnection - acommodation & restaurant.




When you are in Kuta, Bali going through Poppies I stop on the corner with Gang Bedugul pull to Balirita bar for beer into open street bar and say hello to Budi from Jay thanx ; ) 










Wi-fi spotssendok cafe corner kuta bali
la mulya hotel
dsm@wifi.id

 Kuta Bali, Indonesia beach sun set November 2014



Kuta Bali, Indonesia beach after storm : ((



*funny thing is we had two Lonely planet guide releases one 2010 english, second 2014 czech language  but information were almost same and no updates on prices at all !!!
 *my personal experience. That means it's not necessary to buy brand new travel guides



video
Motorbike Taxi in central Java with my "small" 26kg backpack. Wherever you go, travel light guys!!









Good bye Indonesia!


Money Indonesia
IDR - Indonesia Rupiah 
approximately

1.00 USD = 14,425.02 IDR

Of course you can pay on some occasions by USD only.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Myanmar ( Burma )


မြန်မာ

Trip direction
Yangon - Madalay - Bagan - Inlay lake - Ngapali beach - Yangon - Myeik - Yangon...

Welcome drink with my czech friends
Myanmar beer
approx 2500-3500MKK


Left Malaysia traveled through Thailand met my czech friends in Bangkok and arrived ton Yangon
For most country as visas necessary organised these online only condition was to to Yangon Internatinal airport.
Everybody's luggage arrived in part. We've got local sim cards from Telenor directly on the airport only issue was this mobile network was under construction what mean there were covered only Yangon and Manadalay : (
 Telenor staff were really patient and helpful even with very basic english.
Next day we have done sightseeing in da Yangon city was so National Museum was unluckily closed, went to Museum counter nobody was there looked unused for longer time finally met somebody of staff who were kind of removing items from there they also hardly but explained about the opening hours.       
 Had look at Shwe Dagon Pagoda which was nice impressive religion place also first touch with really that foreigners have to extras. Once you  go there make sure cover knees and shoulders!


Money:
MKK - burmese kyat
- illegal to bring abroad
Myanmar /formally known as Bruma / was one of the most impressive countries I've been to so far. First very easy recognised thing is everything is expensive for tourists. On the other had this country is very poor. There are only tracks insted of proper rioads for example 250km trip from




















Some Video Records from Burma Trip 2014
 Amusement in Myeik - Mergui, Carusel runned by 12 people no engines just human factor!
 
 




Bagan hotel prices November 2014
New park hotel 10-20usd/pax
May kha lar guest hse 8-14
New heaven 10-12usd





Malaysia

Malaysia was one of the best experience ever. When my vietnamese visa were due in mid August I find out Paul my irish friend is in Kuala Lumpur that time I was onto fly directly to KL or through Singapore as needed to buy new DSLR.


 I've tried to schedule my Malaysia Trip and organise some accommodation in advance when was in Singapore unfortunately it never happend.
 Once you fly and arrived to KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport) there is free wi-fi with coverage around the entrance to shopping area after you grab you baggage and pass immigrations.

 Second main free wi-fi spot is KL Sentral station in the city. By the way there is many wi-fi spots in restaurants in the city but if you prefer street food as I do they don't have it.

I've discovered few hotels in Pasar Seni (Central Market). Compared Vietnam where I came from Malaysia is expensive. If you are thirsty backpacker think twice as alcohol is more expensive in this nice country as it's musliman country.

Price of 0.5 Beer glass in KL is between  2.27-4.55USD

Malaysia is very colorful in any mean this is based on three main rases / cultures which are Malay, Hindu and Chinese. Thanks this you'll find so many different kinds of food traditions, culture events and even more.
When talking about the food it is realy delicius including kari hindu food, chinese pork, etc.



Kuala Lumpur - Kuala Terenganu - Pulau Redang /island/
Dive sites Redang island
Pulau Redang


Thaipusam 2015
Thaipusam is key Hindu ceremony that is runned every year during full moon in tenth month of hindu calendar = Thai. It is happening from mid Jannuary to mid February of Gregorian calendar (public holiday in Malaysia).


Thaipusam January 2015 Batu caves, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Vietnam


Hanoi - Halong bay - Hanoi - Sapa - Hanoi - Danang - Hoi an - Nha Trang - Mui ne - Ho Chi Minh /Saigon/




Vietnam is hughe country with chili and hot temperatures. When I arrived at the first day of my planned one month visit I hated it, when I left after four months I loved this country.

As I was too lazy to plan anything just found simple map of travel through Vietnam on Facebook and tried to follow.
 Only when applied for visas extension find out it would be cheaper once came from south. The difference of extension for european passport holder was three months 90 USD/130 USD, one month     55 USD/70 USD

 Arrived on 7/4/14 to Hanoi which was mainly cloudy, very humid with chili nights compared with sunny & hot Bangkok where I came from. 

Well the Vietnam welcome wasn't nice at all first country I didn't fell good in straight away.
 I hang few days in Hanoi tried to get my old DSLR camera fixed, no success but there's few good & chap repair shops. Also GOPRO accessories is relatively cheap on a main cross roads front of lake in Old town.
    
Old town isn't as big and you can walk it whole in two days there's few sightseeing around and few entertainment places as The Water Puppet theater which worth to be seeing.

Hanoi wasn't as nice as too much smelly smoke from exhausts and humid made it bad. I stayed mainly in Backpackers' Hostels and went with them on the Castaway Island Trip it coast around 250USD wans't as cheap but good fun - three days two nights, slept one nite on boat one on the island, saw fish farms and Halong Bay. If you go to Halong bay please get your rubbish with you! as there is a lot of tourists and also litter. The sad thing is locals don't care about environment much yet : (


Mekong Delta, South Vietnam


After return to Hanoi from Halong bay I took night 12 hours train to Lao Cai. When arrived to Lao Cai all the minibus drivers were ready to pick ppl as I tried to safe a bit, passed all of these and walked to the square unfortunately followed by some annoying mini bus ticket seller who was breaking my plan to ask locals how much is normal price for minibus Lao Cai -> Sapa /36km/. Finaly I've got rid of him but the local woman in shop didn't speak well english as I had problem to meet people with fluent english so many times : ( When most of buses were on the leave I sit down on main square kept refusing expensive minivan offers i told the guys: "Get me to Sapa for 50000VND" they were laughing, didn't want reduce the price, staying on their 200k or 150k Dong shauting at me that I'll go the next day up there. I just smile at them took time of to sit and in 5min one of them started dealing about the price, I finally reached my price with one condition do not tell price to others on board : D  


Me on the second day of home stay in last quarter of the 4 hours steep way back to Sapa, North Vietnam. Shot taken by my guide. I've pushed myself and had break only when she wanted. First was chili and humid, that day was so hot on direct sun and the track was all all time up.






When I came from Sapa back to Hanoi I was sick  and few people told me Hue doesn't worth it I skipped it and flew directly into way wormer Danang. Danang is spread city but you can walk it as well. Unfortunately I've got accomodation cross the river not as far from sea coast as was sick and had to few things on laptop stayed in Hotel. Staff from this hotel were so nice to me they weren't cooking but served me dinner first nite, I could also borrow motorcycle for free to get lunch. On this side of river was almost nobody speaking english and menu in restaurants were vietnamese only without pictures. Even that the staff and customers were very helpfull and we made it through.


Mekong Delta, South Vietnam


Next stop after Danang city was small historical town Hoi An. There's are few cheap backpackers which fine. In the center of the town is river. You find many nice restaurants on both sides and even discotheque. It's good idea to motorbike or even bicycle as the town isn't as big the main beach is outside of the city.  When I was there in April I did scuba diving as well but the dive side is remote around 1h away from the shore and water at that time was so cold (21-22 degree celsius) as I came from hot water on Koh Tao in Thailand (29-30 deg celsius).

Fish in Danang, Vietnam













Lady Buddha statue
Linh Ung Pagoda, Danang
at night

















Dive sites Nha trang, Vietnam
Mun Island