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.  (Please note that we have separated our fun facts by year).

2019 Countries Visited:  1 (Vietnam)

2019 Cities visited:  1 (Nha Trang)


2018 Countries visited:  7 (Thailand (X3), Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam)

2018 Cities visited:  24 (Bangkok (X2), Legion, Nusa Dua, Ubud, Labuan Bajo, Permuteran, Amed, Seminyak, Singapore, Kuching, Georgetown, Melaka, Kuala Lumpur, Kata Beach on Phuket, Bophut Beach on Ko Samui, Siem Reap, Chiang Mai, Sukhothai, Luang Prabang, Hanoi (X2), Mai Chau, Hue, Hoi An (both the beach and the town), Saigon, Nha Trang)

2018 Favorite pizza:

Robert:  Pizza 4 P’s in Hanoi

Lisa:  Pizza 4 P’s in Hanoi

2018 Most days Lisa went without pizza:  16 (April 30-May 16, and it was worth the wait as the pizza at Il Bolognese in Bangkok was quite qood).

2018 Best thing we ate:

Robert:  Quail egg omelet with roe on a stick (Bangkok night train market)

Lisa:  Falafel at Al Diwan in Seminyak

2018 Craziest thing we ate:

Robert:  A cube of coagulated blood in a bowl of curry mee in Georgetown

Lisa:  Jerky made from water buffalo (OK, not that crazy, I know….)

2018 Favorite beer:

Robert:  East West Summer Hefeweizen in Vietnam

Lisa:  Come one people, you know the answer to this one.  There is no such thing as a good beer.

2018 Favorite hotel:

Robert:  Sofitel So in Bangkok with the Blue Alcove as a special mention for the best economical hotel

Lisa:  Sofitel So in Bangkok

2018 Favorite excursion:

Robert:  Flores scuba dive to Manta Point

Lisa:  Didn’t really have one.  We didn’t take that many excursions and none of those we took really stood out for me.

2018 Favorite beach:

Robert:  Didn’t really have one — some were good but nothing stood out

Lisa:  I’m with Robert on this one

2018 Best dive or snorkel site:

Robert:  Manta Point off Flores, Indonesia

Lisa:  Jemeluk Beach near Amed, Bali

2018 Favorite experience:

Robert:  Seeing the manta rays in Flores

Lisa:  Watching an orangutan in Borneo

2018 Best non-alcoholic drink:

Robert:  Watermelon juice everywhere

Lisa:  Lemon ginger fizz in Ubud (this drink can be really good or really bad) and lime ginger fizz in Chiang Mai and Italian sodas all over

2018 Biggest surprise:

Robert:  The extent to which we really enjoyed the city of Kuching in Borneo

Lisa:  Having the best Lebanese food of my life at Al Diwan in Seminyak, of all places

2018 Bouts of serious illness:

Robert:  2 (flu in Siem Reap, food poisoning in Luang Prabang)

Lisa: 2 (food poisoning on Phuket, flu in Siem Reap)


2015 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)

2015 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)

2015 Pizzas eaten by Lisa: 94

2015 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

2015 Worst pizza:

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

2015 Craziest thing we ate:

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

2015 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

2015 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.

2015 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))

2015 Favorite beer:

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

2015 Worst beer:

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

2015 Craziest thing we drank:

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

2015 Favorite bar:

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

2015 Best coffee:

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

2015 Worst coffee:

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

2015 Favorite Fruit:

  • Robert: Mangosteen
  • Lisa: Pomelo

2015 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

2015 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

2015 Favorite hotel:

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

2015 Worst hotel:

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

2015 Favorite beach:

  • Robert: Nha Trang
  • Lisa: Nha Trang

2015 Living things we missed the most:

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

2015 Non-living things we missed the most:

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

2015 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

2015 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

2015 Best Internet: Posh Hotel Hanoi MK Hotel (Yangon)

2015 Worst Internet: Kaday Aung Hotel (Bagan)

2015 Cheapest country: Vietnam (by a hair) Cambodia

2015 Most expensive country: South Africa (b/c of the safari) Singapore Myanmar

2015 Favorite country:

  • Robert: Vietnam Cambodia
  • Lisa: Cambodia

2015 Worst Boarding Crossing: Sixola, Costa Rica to Guabito, Panama

2015 Least favorite country:  Egypt, which is why we didn’t go there on this trip!

2015 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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