Bikes on a plane, Virgin Australia

It was surprisingly easy to fly with our bikes. We didn’t even have to pay any extra, as with Virgin Australia, any sports items can be checked in as a hold bag. Maximum weight without being charged extra is 23kg, though both of ours were a few kg over. Most flights with Virgin Australia have…

Bikes on an Indonesian train, Jakarta

We discovered the hard way that you can’t just roll a bike onto the trains leaving Jakarta (unless it’s a folding bike). We had been told by customer services at Gambir (the main hub in Jakarta) that we would be able to take our bikes on the train at Pasar Senen. Unfortunately, this was not…

Singapore

As usual we hadn’t worked out how we were going to get to Singapore until the day before. There are a couple of bridges to the north of the island, and two boats from the east. We opted for the cheaper, local bum boats from Pengerang to Changi (thanks for the info, Will). As it…

Singapore to Jakarta by boat

Apparently we are the type of travellers who like to do things the hard way. We found most of the information we needed to plan our journey on this travelfish article, and the relevant ferry websites. The most important piece of information that travelfish didn’t mention is that some of the boats to Jakarta take…

Canals and country lanes

Our route out of Bangkok worked out even better than our route in. With a bit of planning on Mark’s GPS and following the Kingsbury nose, we wound our way through quiet streets, canals and country lanes. We had to negotiate a few big busy motorways that crossed our path, but got lucky when we…

Visa extension in Lijiang

Information for anyone planning on extending their visas in Lijiang. This information was correct on 3 December. It is very easy to extend your Chinese visa in Lijiang. Processing time is less than 2 working days, and very little paperwork is required. Step 1: Register with the Lijiang Old Town Police Station. We couldn’t register…

Another long train journey

As we have limited time on our Chinese visa, and with winter fast approaching in the north, we decided to catch a train south to Chengdu, taking in a few sights along the way, before getting back on our bikes. We had been advised to arrive at the train station at least two hours before…

Kiyikoy to Yalikoy

We heard of a road along the Turkish coast linking the towns of Kiyikoy and Yalikoy from a German couple we bumped into in Bulgaria. There’s no such road according to our map, and Google marks an incomplete track, but we thought we’d check it out. The track wound it’s way up and down along…