During our trip we have encountered a lot of useful places for the traveller, fantastic places to stay and some really helpful and friendly people. All of them are worthy of credit and could be some use to you for places to stay, eat or read if you ever decide to take a similar kind of trip!

Guidebooks and places to see
Helpful people's webpages
Hamburg Camper park - park your camper in the centre of Hamburg

Herzblut - the bar with women's bras dangling from the bar

Korswandt (Germany) Idyll am Wolgastsee - a lovely hotel overlooking a lake and only 1km from the Baltic Sea Idyll am Wolgastsee - beautiful fresh baltic fish    
Gdansk (Poland)

Dom Musyka - a beautiful hotel located in the Music Academy in the centre of Gdansk


Marcin and Maceij

Both tried to help us on our quest for more inner tubes and tyres.

Malbork (Poland) Malbork Castle - although we didn't stay there we had dinner there and it is worth the extra £3 to have not stayed in the hotel we stayed in!

Malbork Castle

Gdansk information

Malbork Castle

Vilnius (Lithuania)

E-guesthouse - a fantastic modern hotel with free internet access, 10 minute walk from the centre of Vilnius


In your pocket

Vilnius Castle, the Cathedral

Riga (Latvia)    

In your pocket

Latvian history museum, Roxys (!), St Peters Church

Tallinn (Estonia)  

Olde Hansas - Medieval den in the centre of Tallinn

Kuldse Notsu Korts - Estonian food

Tallinn This Week

Olde Hansas, Toompea, Estonian History Museum, Town Hall Square

St. Petersburg (Russia) Roxanna Appartments - beautiful and cheap appartments in the centre of St Petersburg Porga (pronounced Borga) located on Fontanka. You will know you have found it when you see the metal curtains and the chained up metal rabbits.

In your pocket

Hermitage, Winter Palace, Stroganoff Palace, Church on Spilled Blood, Peter and Paul's Fortress, Porga

Galiya and Martia and all those at Porga
Novogorad     The Kremlin (meaning fortress)  


Not in the Hotel Minsk unless you fancy a cheap night's accomodation, peeling wallpaper, a few cockroaches and 1960s electrical applicances

Yuto.rputo - a wonderful Russian/Georgian restaurant on Novy Arbat, Enjoy Moscow

Red Square, the Kremlin, Gorky Park, Novy Arbat

IMS Holdings who gave us so much help with getting our tyre released from the airport. Without them we would be driving on three wheels!

Moscow Rick who tried to find us an appartment

Suzdal Suzdal Hotel   The whole UNESCO protected town Galiya and Martia
Kazan     The UNESCO protected Kremlin Galiya and Martia
Ekaterinberg and Revda    

The Romanov burial ground, the Ural Mountains, rural living, Russian Banyas and a lot of vodka accompanied by fantastic accordian playing!

Alexei and the Ural Off Roading Club

Sascha and Natasha

Galiya and Martia

Chelyabinsk     The underground market, main shopping road

Sascha and Oleg of the ChelyaTransAuto Garage

Galiya and Martia

Petropavlosk (Kazakhstan)      

Nadescha and Shemil as well as their family and amazing friends

Astana     The whole city is under construction so it is worth having a drive around before the city disappears into a sea of glass and bland buildings  
Almaty Get yourself down to the appartment market where you can barter for appartments for however long you want to stay for whatever price There is a wide range of restaurants to eat at in Almaty with a lot of Irish and British bars Zelyony Bazaar (food including pigs heads, camels milk and dried fish, clothes, electrical stuff and Kazak tourist bits), snowboarding in the mountains

Marat and his family

Yelena and her family

Chymbulak (Kazakhstan)     Chymbulak resort  
Jinghe (China)        
Urumqi Bogda Hotel   Uygur market, the city museum and the city park



Turpan Grand Turpan Hotel   Ancient city of Jiaohe and the Turpan Museum  
Hami     The flaming mountains and the vinyards (in the summer)  
Dunhuang Dunhuang Building   Thousand Buddha caves and the Dunhuang sand dunes  
Jiayuguan The Great Wall hotel   The most western end of the Great Wall  
Zhangye Zhangye electric power hotel      
Lanzhou Taida Commercial Hotel   The Tibetan bar and Qing Zhen Xin Ze Gong restaurant Lanzhou garage
Chengdu The Angel Hotel The Shamrock pub Panda Research Centre, Chairman Mao and People's Square  
Leshan     Giant Buddha and the pagoda  
Emei Emei Mountain Spring Resort and any of the monasteries on the walk to the top of Mount Emei   Emei Mountain with stunning walks up and down with a view over clouds at the top and Monasteries along the ridges  
Xiu Xong        
Kunming Cassia Plaza Hotel   The centre of Kunming, Green Lake, Yunnan Nationalities Village, the Stone Forest, Ada and Save the Children
Xishuangbanna Wild Elephant Reserve Xishuangbanna Wild Elephant Valley Hotel   The Asian Elephants!  
Jinghong     Mei Mei's cafe bar  
Mengla Green Diamond Hotel      
Luang Nam Tha (Laos)   The nightmarket The local stilt village  
Luang Prabang Saysamone Guest House on the river The 3 Nagas Lao Restaurant The Thousand Buddha Caves, the Mekong River, Kuang Si Waterfalls, the beautiful Wats that line the main street  
Vang Vieng Bungalow Thavonsouk by the river The pizza, indian, sandwich and variety of stall restaurants that line the main street The amazing karst limestone scenery, sailing down the river on an inner tube, kayaking, the market, the Wats, the "happy"shakes and "special" drinks...  
Vientianne   The nightmarket The Mekong and nightmarket that lines the main river road, the Wats, the Morning Market  
Phimai (Thailand) Phimai Inn The night market Phimai Historical Park  
Bangkok D & D Inn   The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew, Sanam Luang for the annual kite competition, Khao San Road, river boat tours, China town, Indian Market, Royal Palace, Amulet Market, ladyboys, the list goes on..  
Ko Samui Rose Garden Bungalows in Lamai There are a wide range of restaurants across Samui. Here are some that we tried - Chilli Restaurant The Grandmother and Grandfather rock, Big Buddha, Temple Plai Laem, Butterfly Garden, Buffalo Fighting Stadium, Kickboxing stadiums, Coral Grand Diving School as well as beautiful golden beaches with palm trees framing the blue skies.

Tony and Fleur and Audiojelly (for all your music needs!)

Armani Thai International suits (they made us some beautiful suits for beautiful prices)

Alor Setar (Malaysia)        
Kuala Lumpur AnCasa Hotel in Pudu/chinatown Chinatown Petronas towers and surrounding area, chinatown Adriano's Malaysian family
Singapore (Singapore)   There are some fantastic restaurants in Holland Village, China town, East Coast Food Court, Gay Leng Road, Bukit Bakit seafood restaurant in the lorry park. Have a look at Makantime for a list of really good restaurants and recipes. Raffles Hotel, Sentosa Island, Chinatown, Little India, Holland Village, Orchard Road, Police Academy (although you will need to be invited!), Muhammed Sultan Road, Gay Leng Road

Roger Phillips (of ED&F Man)

Kevin DeSouza of Regents Motors Land Rover Garage

Assistant Superintendent of Police Richard Goh Teck Sia

Adriano's Singaporean family

Bali (Indonesia)

Simpang Hotel (Kuta)

Candi dasa hotel (Candi dasa)

Ketupat Restaurant in Kuta - the best Indonesian food in a romatic setting

Any Warung

Kuta for the tourism aspect of Bali, Ubud for culture and monkey forest, Lake Batur and the drive up there, Lovina for northern tourist aspects and black sand, Gilimanauk for a stunning view of Java, Tulamben for shipwreck diving, Tambanen for ancient Bali, Tanah Lot for sea temple, Besakih for the largest volcano temple, Mt. Agung  
Darwin (Australia) Chilli's backpackers hostel   Deckchair Cinema, the old town hall and surrounding area, the dock area, Smith Street and Mitchell Street  
Daly Waters Daly Waters campsite   Daly Waters pub  
Borroloola Borroloola campsite   Barkly Tablelands and the outback  
Hell's Gate Hell's Gate roadhouse and campsite   Barkly Tablelands and the outback  
Burke and Wills Burke and Wills roadhouse and campsite   Barkly Tablelands and the outback  
Georgetown Georgetown campsite      
Innisfail Flying fish point campsite      
Airlie Beach        
Brisbane Bells Caravan Park in Redcliffe      
Moreton Island Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort      
Sydney   Captain Cook cruises for The Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour, Bondi Beach, Palm Beach, IMAX cinema Jenny and Jim Greneger, along with Georgia and Rosie
Kioloa Merry Beach Caravan Park   Kangaroos, Possums, beach  
Melborne   Ugly Sisters, The Butterfly Club, and soooo many more St Kilda, Melbourne Architechture, trams, Queen Victoria Market, Captain Cooks Cottage, Federation Square, the Formula 1 track (that you can drive on), Flinders Street Station, Acland Street for delicious cakes, an Aussie Rules game at the MCG, Chinese Museum, Immigration Museum, Old Melbourne Gaol, Melbourne Museum, Chinatown  
Buenos Aires (Argentina) Dakar Motos   Puerto Madero, Casa Rosada, the Obelisk, San Telmo, La Boca  
Cordoba     Jesuit churches  
San Rafael     Vineyards, plum orchards  
Mendoza   Plaza Indpendencia Vineyards  
Puerta del Inca     The natural deposit bridge  
Santiago (Chile)   Bella Vista district Bella Vista, Bairro Paris Londres, La Churascona - Pablo Neruda's house  
Vina del Mar   Cap Ducal restaurant, Sheraton for sunset Beach front  
Valparaiso Casa Aventura   Cerro Conception, Naval headquarters, the hills and colourful houses.  
Linares Saavedra vineyard      
Island of Chiloe Chonchi, Quemchi, Ancud   Pretty wooden clapper board houses, rolling agricultural land  
Careterra Austral     Unbelievable scenery, pretty villages  
Ruta 40     For the drive on the most infamous road in the world, Cuevos de los Manos  
Calafate Municipal campsite   Moreno Glacier, chocolate shops  
Ushuaia     The end of the world, Beagle Channel boat trips to see the penguins and seals, Antarctica trips ($4000)  
Petrified Forest Campsite 20km away   150 million year old stone trees  
Peninsula Valdes Puerto Piramides Bar de los Cretaceos Southern Right Whales, Killer Whales, Penguins, Guanacos, Nandus  
Carmen de Patagones/ Viedma     Oldest church in Patagonia, Rio Negro