RTW ferry from Japan to China

Well, you could just read the blog post about taking the ferry to Osaka backwards, and you would get the idea.. It was actually really nice going back. I knew just how to get to the harbour from the center of Osaka, I just took the subway with one change to Cosmo Square station and…

RTW the voyage home, part 1

As I wrote in the blog post about planning my way home, I was going to board another container ship, the time from China to Europe via the Suez canal. Now doesn’t that sound like a proper adventure! The ship is sailing with CMA CGM and is called CC Kerguelen. It’s the biggest of the…

RTW ferry from China to Japan

Another watery border crossing. The morning of departure went smoothly. I took the subway to the Shanghai International Cruise Terminal stop, which still required some walking around a big block to find the actual cruise terminal. I couldn’t see a shorter way, like a direct tunnel or anything but perhaps I missed it. The entrance…

RTW first days in Koh Rong

Time and distance are fluid concepts in Cambodia. The 100 km distance from Kampot to Sihanoukville, the port town for the island of Koh Rong, and the half an hour ferry ride were supposed to be a 3-hour trip. I had been advised to be ready at 7:30 am for my pickup for the 8…

RTW Krabi Town

Another ferry journey, this time from Ko Phi Phi to Krabi Town on Thailand mainland. I booked my combined ferry-bus ticket a few days earlier conveniently at my guesthouse. The ticket included a mini bus transfer from the Krabi pier to my accommodation in Krabi Town, about 4 km from the pier. Very convenient! The…

RTW journey to Ko Phi Phi

Island hopping in Thailand is easy. You can take ferries or speed boats all the way from Ko Lipe, the most south most island in west coast of Thailand, to Phuket, for many the main island destination to the north of Thailand’s west coast. The direct journey from one to the other would take about…

RTW limping in Ko Lipe

The ferry from Langkawi to Ko Lipe was almost empty. I think we were about a dozen passengers in all. The check out counter was tucked away in a corner of the first floor of the Kuah Jetty complex, with only a few tables and chairs available for waiting. Happily it was enough for our small…

RTW Langkawi

Getting to Langkawi from Georgetown, Penang, was easy. It was just a ferry ride away, and the ferry port was a walking distance from my hotel. As it happens, there was also a bus that took me practically door to door, so I took that to avoid dragging my luggage on dodgy sidewalks there. The…

RTW hanging out in Georgetown

Traveling in Malaysia is quite straightforward and easy, at least that has been so far my experience (totally opposite to Sumatra!). Information is readily available online, always in English, and trains and ferries and some buses can even be booked online. The journey to Penang was no exception. There is a direct bus from Tanah…

RTW journey back to Malaysia

Frankly at this point I was tired of traveling in Sumatra. It was just too cumbersome and fraught with worry as there is little information available online. So I was looking for the easiest way to get back to Malaysia from Lake Toba. First of course you would need to take a ferry to mainland…