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TourismWe are Carambolasia and we cycled 4500 km through Southeast Asia AUA

Dec 3rd 2016 by Varvarna • 5 Questions • 350 Points

Now almost four hours we are over and out. Thank you all for you questions. We enjoyed the time and we hope to see you on the road next to us soon. We will close with someone who has a clue about adventure:

It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.

J.R.R Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

Hello everybody, our names are Cath and Rob ( http://i.imgur.com/p10am7j.jpg) and we traveled nine months total through India, China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia. After four months traveling in India and China we felt bored from backpacking all the time. We decided to buy two bicycles in Vientiane, Laos and hit the road till Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. We visited four countries and cycled 4500 km (yes, sometimes we took a bus) in five months. We had no former experience in a trip like this. We even didn't enjoy cycling, but we've grew on it.

Here are some pictures which should proof that we did this:

http://imgur.com/a/OkayK http://www.carambolasia.com

On a trip like this without any planning are many possibilities for problems, here are some of them we went through:

  • Dogs
  • As a couple we had bad times and good times
  • Rob was major sick in Cambodia
  • No road maps
  • A lot of flat tires because of the poor equipment available
  • Cycling while Monsoon

Our user names are: VarVarna (Rob) and Carambolasia (Cath), if you have any question please ask them and we try to answer them as best as we can. If you want to ask a question in German or French feel free to do it. We will start answering questions at 17:20 Central European Time.

Now almost four hours we are over and out. Thank you all for you questions. We enjoyed the time and we hope to see you on the road next to us soon. We will close with someone who has a clue about adventure:

It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.

J.R.R Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

Q:

What would you consider to be the worst single thing that has happened to you during your journey?

A:

Hey Rob here, for me would it be the infestation of my guts by some micro organism. Couldn't sleep, couldn't eat and i took three weeks till it was over. It was really a experience, I lost a lot of weight and was worried at some point about my existence.


Q:

That sounds amazing!! I'm glad you had such experiences.

A:

Thank you, were both really glad that we tried this.


Q:

Are you considering cycling elsewhere?

A:

If I could I would cycle everywhere. What I really want to do is to cycle from Asia to Europe or vice versa. That would be great, only the route is problem today.

Tanks shouldn't stop us from meeting all those people on the way. But some day I will step into the shoes of Marco Polo....someday....


Q:

Have you been to an european stile restaurant? Like a pizzaria or something like that.

A:

As an Italian I couldn't resist when I learned that in Phnom Penh are two Italian restaurants managed by my countrymen. We had pizza which I dearly missed and after two months of noodle soup this was a thing. I just told the owner to shut up and take my money 😁

Edit: I am German as well and in Thailand we discovered the "Schnitzelwirt" a Bavarian restaurant filled with goodies from home like: beer and Schnitzel. Couldn't resist two times


Q:

How did you choose the name?

"Carambol" pronounced in Hungarian means accident (typically on the road, car crash, etc).

Glad to see you survived the journey without any serious Carambols :D

A:

Hey sorry was occupied in the kitchen, preparing some pasta. Now to the question. Cath comes from France and I from Germany which are complety different counties which also have a long rivalry. So we decided to Carambol and Karambol which means the same in French and in German and since today I know in Hungarian as well, to collide. There is also a great Tv show which uses a similar name. Here you go: http://sites.arte.tv/karambolage/de