North to Chiang Mai

Well with Koh Tao behind me i board the bus in Bangkok to for the 12hr drive, i’m the only wester on the bus and get a few strange looks but just smile and say sawadee karp, Movie – Steven Segal in thai… I’m going to sleep…
I get off the bus in Chiang Mai at 6:30 am and get a tuk tuk to my hostel, Deejai’s Backpackers, Rob checked me in straight away and gave me a great welcome… very little sleep so a quick nap needed then back up and out the door for a wander around Chiang Mai. Its a hot sunny day in the mountains… so that means humidity, but I have to have a look at this famous city, temples, flower markets, the old city moat and wall, all beautiful. Continue reading

Tales from a tour bus…

I have been inspired by a friend to start a blog of my travels… My name is Simo, I’m a tour guide in Australia taking backpackers across the southern desert and south west of W.Aust… I love travel both world and domestic… this is my first go at blogging, so here we go….For the last 9 years I have been a tour guide for Nullarbor traveller tours, taking back packers around southern Australia, bush camping and accommodated. The past 6 years have been spent driving across the Nullarbor Plain on 10day bush adventures, camping rough under the stars in some of the most isolated places in the world. Work consists of driving, surfing, swimming, some cooking, chilling in the sun on the beach and drinking beer around the camp fire at night with amazing people from all around the world (haha yeah sure). As you can probably understand…. I LOVE MY JOB! I do this incredibly hard work for 9 months a year and have 3 months off…. So what to do with three months with out work….? Well i have decided to see the world…. well as much as i can… So far Vietnem 2yrs ago and Thailand this year… And everything going right next year I’ll travel Africa with a friend Mel, from ‘the Mellyboo Project” a complete blogaholic and one of the craziest people i know…

If you want an idea of what i do for a living watch the vid below…