Wednesday, 22 February 2012


We thought it would be fun to make an annual list of our favorite (and least favorite) experiences we have had during the year. Even though we are a bit late for last year, we would like to introduce the winners of.... 

Sally and Richard’s Best/Worst List for 2011:

Best beach/island experience- Poyalisa, Sulawesi

Best Buddhist monument- Bagan, Burma

Best Muslim monument- Ubadiah Mosque, Kuala Kangsar, Malaysia

Best colonial architecture- Rangoon, Burma

Most atmospheric ruins- Phanom Sampeau, Battambang, Cambodia

Best village architecture- Tanah Toraja, Sulawesi

Best festival- Songkran, Nan, Thailand

Coldest weather- British Colombia, Canada

Hottest weather- Burma

Most rain- Rantepao, Sulawesi

Best wildlife experience- Tie- bears, British Colombia, Canada; bat cave, Loei, Thailand

Best western food- Tie- Cambodia and Canada

Best seafood- Poyalisa, Sulawesi

Best local food- Malaysia

Best overall food- Ko Fruitopia, Thailand

Most unusual “sight”- Tie- Phallic garden, Bangkok, Thailand and graves, Tanah Toraja, Sulawesi

Cleanest guesthouse/hotel- Tie- Swallow Guesthouse, Krabi and Sugar Guesthouse, Loei, Thailand

Homiest guesthouse/hotel- Birdnest, Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia

Best value guesthouse/hotel- Star Hotel, Battambang, Cambodia

Best social guesthouse/hotel- Tie- Ko Fruitopia; Eden Bungalow, Ko Chang; Birdnest, Kuala Lumpar

Worst guesthouse- Ramayana Hotel, Luwuk, Sulawesi

Cheapest guesthouse/hotel- Tie- Blissful Guesthouse, Kampot, Cambodia; Eden Bungalow, Ko Chang, 
Thailand ; Pop Guesthouse, Trat, Thailand ($5)

Most expensive guesthouse/hotel- May Guesthouse, Inle lake, Burma ($15)

Best bike ride - Bagan, Burma

Best hike- Tie, Tentena, Sulawesi and Kalaw, Burma

Best museum- Islamic Arts Museum, Kuala Lumpar

Best market- Kampot, Cambodia

Best snorkelling- Poyalisa, Sulawesi

Friendliest people- Eastern Sulawesi

Best boat trip- Tie- Bangaii to Luwuk, Sulawesi; Inle Lake, Burma

Best motorbike ride- around Loei, Thailand

Most scenic road trip- Luwuk to Ampana, Sulawesi

Best public transport- Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia

Worst road- Poso to Tentana, Sulawesi

Scariest flight- Vancouver to Trail, Canada

Stay tune for our proper blog post with more news from the past couple of months very soon.....

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