Bits and Pieces

We decided to keep track of some fun facts during our PigFish travels. This page will be frequently amended and updated as our travels progress. If there is something else you would like to see on this page, just let us know.

Countries visited: 19 (Thailand (three times), Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, South Africa, England, Wales, Scotland, U.S. (don’t ask), Belize, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Hong Kong (own currency & government equals new country?), Macau (see Hong Kong)

Cities visited: 70 (Bangkok, Chiang Rai, Mandalay, Bagan, Yangon, Phnom Penh (twice), Battambang, Kampot, Kep, Can Tho, Saigon, Ham Tien, Da Lat, Nha Trang, Quy Nhon, Hoi An, Da Nang, Hanoi, Kuala Lumpur, Georgetown, Langkawi, Koh Lipe, Ao Nang (twice), Singapore, Negombo, Dambulla, Kandy, Ella, Tissa, Mirissa, Unawatuna, Bentota, Benoni, Greater Kruger area, Cape Town (twice), Stellenbosch, Mossel Bay, Knysna, Franschoek, Beckington, Cardiff, LLandudno, Langholm, Edinburgh, Inverness, Glasgow, London, Chicago, San Pedro, Granada, Leon, San Juan del Sur (three times), Playa Santa Dominga, Moyogalpa, Liberia, Monteverde, La Fortuna, Cahuita, Puerto Viejo, Bocas Town, Boquete, Panama City, Cartagena, Medellin, Bogota, Hong Kong, Macau, Phuket, Koh Lanta)

Pizzas eaten by Lisa: 94

Best pizza:

  • Robert: Luna Cafe in Da Nang Le Pizza in the Bagan area
  • Lisa: Luna Cafe in Da Nang (the ONLY redeeming thing about Da Nang) Le Pizza in the Bagan area

Worst pizza:

  • Robert: Marco’s in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
  • Lisa:  Marco’s in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Craziest thing we ate:

  • Robert: Rat, field mouse
  • Lisa: Rat, field mouse

Best thing we ate:

  • Robert: Samosa salad in Yangon and Kampot pepper crab in Kep and chicken roti in Ella
  • Lisa: Cao Lau in Hoi An and Bun thit nuong in Nha Trang Hand drawn Chinese noodles in Phnom Penh

Worst restaurant experience:

  • Robert:  The Pub in Kandy.  Bad English pub food at greatly inflated prices.  The BBQ place in Dalat that refused to let us cook our own BBQ and (we think) stole half our chicken.
  • Lisa:  The street stall in Hanoi that never brought us our beverages or one of the two entrees we ordered.

Beers tried by Robert: 103 (Thailand (Singha, Leo, Beer Lao, Tiger, Beer Chang, Siam), Myanmar (Dagon, Mandalay, Myanmar), Cambodia (Cambodia, Angkor, Anchor, Kingdom, Black Panther — he says this one is pretty bad), Vietnam (Red Saigon, Green Saigon, 333, Biere Larue, six beers brewed at Pasteur Street Brewing Company, fresh beer in Hoi An, Legend, the real Budweiser, Beer Hanoi, Bia Hoa Vien, Halidra, fresh beer in Hanoi, Carlsberg), Malaysia (Skol, Faxe), Singapore (some unknown IPA, Raffles), Sri Lanka (Lion, Lion Strong), South Africa (Hansa, Windhoek, Fraser’s Folly, Black Label), England (Old Speckled Hen, Butcombe Bitter), Wales (Nicholson’s Pale Ale, Trooper — made by one of the guys from Iron Maiden, Brains SA, John Smith’s Extra Smooth), Scotland (Belhaven Best, Guinness, Belhaven St. Andrew, Belhaven 80, Trade Winds, Wild Cat, Flying Scotsman, Northern Light, St. Mungo, Punk, Red Ness, Tennant, Boddington’s), U.S. (Founder’s All Day IPA, Revolution Use the Schwartz, Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’, Fist City) Belize (Belikan), Nicaragua (Toña, Erdmann’s IPA, Victoria, El Boom (a small microbrew), Jamaica (also a small microbrew and one of the worse beers Robert has ever tasted), Victoria Frost), Costa Rica (Bavaria, Imperial, Imperial Silver, Bohemia, locally brewed Stout, Costa Rica Craft Brewing Company Libertas blond IPA), Panama (Panama, Balboa, Atlas, Bocas Bewery Amber Ale, Bocas Brewer Cali Pale Ale, Boquete Brewery IPA, Casa Bruja Blond Ale, Casa Bruja IPA, Casa Bruja Tulivieja, Istmo Brew Pub Colon, Istmo Brew Pub Chiriqui, La Rana Dorada Pils, La Rana Dorada Especiale) Colombia (Club Colombia, Aguilar, Apostal IPA, Apostal pils, Bogota Beer Company Chapinero, Pilsen, Poker, Bogota Beer Company Candelaria Clasica, Bogata Beer Company Septmazio, Bogota Beer Company Bacata Blanca), Hong Kong (Kirin Ichiban, Asahi, San Miguel), Thailand (Archa))

Favorite beer:

  • Robert:   Trade Winds (real Scottish cask ale) Saison from Pasteur Street Brewing Company Dagon (Myanmar)
  • Lisa: Come on, beer is nasty

Worst beer:

  • Robert:  Jamaica at the brew pub in San Juan del Sur
  • Lisa:  Any beer I am forced to drink

Craziest thing we drank:

  • Robert: Weasel coffee in Dalat
  • Lisa: Turns out I didn’t drink anything crazy

Favorite bar:

  • Robert: The Living Room, Kampot and Absinthe Café, Phnom Penh
  • Lisa: Yellow Cafe, Langkawi Absinthe Café, Phnom Penh

Best coffee:

  • Robert: All over Vietnam
  • Lisa: Come on, coffee is even worse than beer

Worst coffee:

  • Robert: Anywhere Nescafe is served
  • Lisa:  Can something be the worst when all of it is nasty?

Favorite Fruit:

  • Robert: Mangosteen
  • Lisa: Pomelo

Best excursion:

  • Robert: Hanging out with cheetahs in South Africa Scuba diving in Koh Lipe Moto trip up Bokor Mountain
  • Lisa: South African safari Moto trip up Bokor Mountain

Souvenirs we wish we could have bought:

  • Robert: Longyi in Myanmar, Kampot pepper in Cambodia, Coffee in Vietnam and Costa Rica, LED helicopter (sold all over Asia), small black lacquer bed acting as a coffee table
  • Lisa:  Kampot pepper in Cambodia

Favorite hotel:

  • Robert: Sofitel in Bangkok
  • Lisa: Sofitel in Bangkok

Worst hotel:

  • Robert:  Kaday Aung in Bagan
  • Lisa:  Kaday Aung in Bagan

Favorite beach:

  • Robert: Nha Trang
  • Lisa: Nha Trang

Living things we missed the most:

  • Robert: Our pets, our friends and riding bikes
  • Lisa: Our friends

Non-living things we missed the most:

  • Robert: Fancy cocktails
  • Lisa: Match days at AJH and Sunday afternoons at Red Door

Most miserable experience:

  • Robert: Being wedded to a toilet for 2 days in Bangkok AND in Phnom Penh
  • Lisa: Hiking the volcano in Leon (although boarding down made it worth it) Hiking up the mountain in Battanbang

Happiest moment on the trip:

  • Robert: Hanging out with cheetahs in South Africa Scuba diving in Koh Lipe Riding a scooter, always feeling like Nanni Moretti on one
  • Lisa: Watching lions, cheetahs and giraffes in the Greater Kruger area Chilling in Kampot

Best Internet: Posh Hotel Hanoi MK Hotel (Yangon)

Worst Internet: Kaday Aung Hotel (Bagan)

Cheapest country: Vietnam (by a hair) Cambodia

Most expensive country: South Africa (b/c of the safari) Singapore Myanmar

Favorite country:

  • Robert: Vietnam Cambodia
  • Lisa: Cambodia

Worst Boarding Crossing: Sixola, Costa Rica to Guabito, Panama

Least favorite country:  Egypt, which is why we didn’t go there on this trip!

Things we should have packed but didn’t:  All purpose tool, corkscrew, can opener (purchased in Ao Nang), sarong (purchased in Koh Lipe), mask/snorkel (not that a mask/snorkel would have fit in our luggage)

2 Responses to Bits and Pieces

  1. was the sarong for Robert or Lisa?


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