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Greytown - Boat to Bluefields
DECEMBER 2017: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I spent several days making my way from Granada to San Carlos via Costa Rica so that I could take a trip down the Rio San Juan to Greytown. I wanted to experience the Rio San Juan villages and the Indio Maiz Biological Reserve … but, still get to Greytown in time to catch the once-weekly (Wednesday) boat from Greytown to Bluefields. My ultimate goal was to get out to the Corn Islands. I have heard some bad things about the Greytown to Bluefields boat trip – so, I wanted to find […]

Greytown to Bluefields – Nicaragua – Journey



El Castillo - Castle 2
DECEMBER 2017: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I wanted to take a few days travelling down the Rio San Juan from Lake Nicaragua to Greytown to see and experience the Indio Maiz Biological Reserve and, possibly, do some kayaking down the river. I tried to get to San Carlos from Ometepe Island but the ferry between the two does not operate anymore. I ended up in Granada and needed to renew my CA4 90 Day Tourist Visa. So, I made my way from Granada to San Carlos via Costa Rica. My ultimate goal was to take the boat from […]

Rio San Juan – Nicaragua – Information



Tablas - Aglicay - Resort From Southern Hilltoop
FEBRUARY 2016: INTRODUCTION: I was staying at the AGLICAY BEACH RESORT on Tablas Island. I was impressed by what I had found. The Aglicay was the best value for money accommodation that I had found in my 5 weeks in The Philippines so far. The room was a good size and clean; so was the ensuite. It had a lovely beach setting. However, when you use online search engines, there are very few Hotels listed for Tablas Island (less than 10). I wanted to know whether or not there were more such places around the island that were not on the internet… did […]

Tablas – Philippines – Around The Island By Scooter



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JANUARY 2016: OVERVIEW: My costs start at Cai Rong ferry terminal and include: Ferry and transfer from Cai Rong to Quan Lan Town 3 nights in a GRANDPAcking hotel Food & Drink 1x Scooter Hire (with Petrol) Mobile Data / Communications Visa cost apportionment Ferry to Halong CROSS REFERENCES: For more detail, read about Quan Lan – Vietnam – Information. Click here to read about Retirement Locations in this country. Click here for detailed Travel Information and more Travel Budgets in this country. Read About – GRANDPAcking Costs if you don’t know how to interpret my figures. SPREADSHEET SUMMARY: MY ACTUAL 1 PERSON GRANDPAcking COSTS: Accommodation: My accommodation was a ‘GRANDPAcking Standard’ Double with […]

Quan Lan – Vietnam – GRANDPAcking Costs



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DECEMBER 2015: OVERVIEW: My costs start at Hai Phong Airport and include: A Moto Taxi to Ben Binh Harbour Ferry and transfers from Ben Binh Harbour to Cat Ba Town 11 nights in a Double Room in a Budget Hotel with Aircon (which was not needed) and Cable TV as well as a ‘simple’ breakfast 1x Scooter Hire (with Petrol) Mobile Data / Communications Trips / Excursions Visa cost apportionment My costs of Getting Away to Cai Rong Ferry Port Lots of partying and entertainment (I was there for Christmas and New Year) CROSS REFERENCES: For more detail, read about Cat Ba – Vietnam – […]

Cat Ba – Vietnam – GRANDPAcking Costs



  NOVEMBER 2015:   Click here to read our Vietnam Retirement Reviews. Read about Vietnam Visa. OVERVIEW: Welcome to District 1, Saigon on a beach with lots of Russians. There are direct flights from Russia to Nha Trang which means that it is very much a Russian holiday destination. Nha Trang is westernised; there are a lot of western-style restaurants, coffee shops, bars and other services for foreigners. Thanks to the high density of foreigners, there are many citizens who speak English (and Russian). Hundreds of expats — Europeans, Australians, Asians, Canadians, and Americans — live in Nha Trang, either full- or part-time. This beach town on […]

Nha Trang – Vietnam – Information