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JUNE / JULY 2023 OVERVIEW We have just finished our 3 month stay in Cenang Beach, Langkawi, Malaysia. … our next stop is Hoi An, Vietnam … PLEASE NOTE: I have been to Hoi An before: firstly in 2015 and later in 2020. Hoi An hasn’t changed much 🙂 In this blog, I will focus on what is new. To read my previous blogs follow these links: Hoi An – Vietnam – Information (2015) Hoi An – Vietnam – Retirement Locations (2020) EXCHANGE RATE The currency in Vietnam is the Dong (or the ‘VND’). At the time of writing, the […]

Hoi An – Vietnam – Information (2023)


MARCH 2023 - MAY 2023 OVERVIEW In my previous post, I provided General Information about Cenang Beach including: Exchange Rates; Money / Banks / ATMs; Getting There; When to Go; Transport; Where to Stay; Accommodation Options; Internet / WiFi; Your GRANDPAcking Costs. … now, let’s look at what it is like to LIVE here on a GRANDPAcking Budget … BEACHES CENANG BEACH / PANTAI CENANG Cenang Beach is the most popular beach in Langkawi. This sandy beach is lined with many hotels, restaurants, and bars. It is 2 km long. This is also the busiest beach on the island with […]

Cenang Beach – Langkawi – Malaysia – Living on a GRANDPAcking Budget (2023)



MARCH 2023 OVERVIEW We have just finished our SCUBA Diving Liveaboard and Island Hopping in the Andaman Sea, Thailand. … our next stop is Cenang Beach, Langkawi, Malaysia … EXCHANGE RATE The currency in Malaysia is the Ringit (or the ‘MYR’). At the time of writing, the exchange rates for the major currencies were: US$1 EU€1 GB£1 Published Wholesale Rate 4.50 4.77 5.38 Actual Exchange Rate (Wise Debit Card) 4.46 4.73 5.33 Actual Exchange Rate (Typical Credit Card) 4.36 4.62 5.21 Actual Exchange Rate (ATM) 4.40 4.66 5.25 You will NOT get this Wholesale Rate … you will get the Actual […]

Cenang Beach – Langkawi – Malaysia – Information (2023)


FEBRUARY 2023 OVERVIEW We are island hopping south from Khao Lak, Thailand through the Andaman Sea to Langkawi Island, Malaysia. We have just visited Ko Lanta. … our next stop is Koh Mook (aka Ko Muk) … EXCHANGE RATE The currency in Thailand is the Baht (or the ‘THB’). I will refer to them as THBs. At the time of writing, the exchange rates for the major currencies were: US$1 EU€1 GB£1 Published Wholesale Rate 34.24 36.66 41.40 Actual Exchange Rate (Wise Debit Card) 34.00 36.40 41.11 Actual Exchange Rate (Typical Credit Card) 33.21 35.56 40.16 Actual Exchange Rate (ATM) […]

Koh Mook – Thailand – Information



OCTOBER - NOVEMBER 2022: OVERVIEW: Due to COVID-19, I have spent the last 2 years in either ‘lockdown’ or ‘hiding from restrictions’. From March to July 2020, I was in ‘lockdown’ on Phuket Island, Thailand: Patong Posts From July to September 2020, I was ‘keeping my head down’ on the Red Sea in Egypt: Hurghada Posts. From September 2020 to January 2021, I did the same in Dalyan, Turkey: Dalyan Posts. I made 3 attempts to leave Turkey for Central America: The first 2 attempts via the USA failed through COVID related ‘Acts of God’ … I got no refund […]

Gili Trawangan – Indonesia – Getting There


OCTOBER - NOVEMBER 2020: OVERVIEW: During COVID-19, I was in Phuket, Thailand for 4 months followed by Hurghada, Red Sea, Egypt for 2.5 months. In October 2020, many countries were still closed. The ‘2nd wave’ was well underway. I had few options: Turkey was open to tourists and did not require a ‘Fit to Travel’ health certificate within 72 hours of travel. … we, now, go to Dalyan, Turkey … PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Turkey is the New Turkish Lira (or the ‘TRY’). I will refer to them as T$s. At the time of writing, the exchange rates were: […]

Dalyan – Turkey – Information (COVID-19)



JULY - SEPTEMBER 2020: OVERVIEW: COVID-19 delayed my travels and altered my plans. I was stuck in lockdown in Thailand for 4 months. My Visa Amnesty in Thailand came to an end and I was forced to move on. Many countries were still closed. Daily infection rates in Europe (and many other countries) were on the rise again. I had few options. Egypt had just opened its borders (albeit with restrictions and a 14 day self-isolation period). … we go to Hurghada, Red Sea, Egypt … PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Egypt is the Egyptian Pound (or the ‘EGP’). I […]

Hurghada – Egypt – Information (COVID-19)


MARCH / APRIL 2020: OVERVIEW: My ‘6 Year Around The World’ tour is complete. We are going back to some of the best Retirement Locations in S. E. Asia. … we now look at Patong, Phuket, Thailand … PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Thailand is the Thai Baht (or the ‘THB’). I will refer to them as T$s. At the time of writing, the wholesale exchange rates were: US$1 EU€1 GB£1 Published Wholesale Rate T$32.16 T$35.62 T$39.81 Effective Exchange Rate T$30.59 T$33.89 T$37.89 You will NOT get these wholesale rates (read the ‘Money’ section, below); expect to lose 5%. I […]

Patong – Thailand – Information (COVID-19)



MARCH 2020: OVERVIEW: My 2 daughters and I flew from Siem Reap, Cambodia to Chiang Mai, Thailand on AirAsia. … this is our Chiang Mai story … PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Thailand is the Thai Baht (or the ‘THB’). I will refer to them as T$s. At the time of writing, the exchange rates were: US$1 EU€1 GB£1 Published Wholesale Rate T$31.47 T$35.73 T$40.73 Effective Exchange Rate T$30.21 T$34.30 T$39.10 You will not get these wholesale rates; expect to lose a minimum of 4% … and as much as 6% (see, below). Over time, these exchange rates will change. […]

Chiang Mai – Thailand – CAT Motors Motorbike Rental – Living Ideas


FEBRUARY 2020: OVERVIEW: I flew my 2 daughters out from New Zealand to join me in Saigon / Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Our plan was to tour the Mekong Delta before making our way up through Cambodia to Siem Reap (picking up the best highlights along the way). This is our route: … this is our story … PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong (or the ‘VND’). I will refer to them as V$s. At the time of writing, the exchange rates were: US$1 EU€1 GB£1 Published Wholesale Rate V$23,215 V$25,775 V$30,156 Effective Exchange Rate V$22,538 […]

Mekong Delta (Vietnam) to Siem Reap (Cambodia) – Living Ideas