The End of the Road.

So final blog post I feel I should sum up 14 months of travelling with some stats!

In all we visited 19 countries (20 if you count the 30 seconds we were in Paraguay for, I don’t though!) over four continents.

We stayed in South East Asia for 9 months, spent 5 weeks in Oceania, 3 months in South America and 2 weeks in the Caribbean.

We managed to hit some record breakers/notable sites/personal highlights:

The largest religious structure in the world (Angkor Wat, Cambodia)

Spent a week in a Buddhist Monastery ( Wat Tam Wua Forest Monastery, Mae Hong Son, Thailand)

Cooking with cow bile and making knives (Luang Prabang, Laos)

Having the most crazy time (Vang Veng, Laos)

Longest wooden bridge in the world (U-Bien bridge, Mandalay, Myanmar)

Gorged on Temples (Bagan, Myanmar)

Gav learned to dive and got his advanced certification (Koh Tao, Thailand)

Spent over three weeks looking after a around 30 animals and street dogs at an animal Sanctuary (Koh Samui, Thailand)

Eat ourselves silly (Penang, Malaysia and everywhere in Colombia! and all of Vietnam in fairness)

Chased by an orangutan in the Jungle (Bukit Lewang, Sumatra Indonesia)

I learned to dive (Koh Tao, Thailand), and then did my advanced (Kota Kinabalu, Malyasia)

Formerly the largest cave passage in the world (now second) (Deer cave, Mulu, Malaysia)

Dived one of the top 10 dive sites in the world (twice!) according to: Dive in, The Telegraph (Barracuda Point, Sipadan, Malaysia)

Gav chased a mantis shrimp and we got to watch manta rays playing (Komodo National Park, Indonesia)

Saw the home of the homo floresiensis (Flores, Indonesia)

Most southern tip of New Zealand (Slope Point, South Island)

Crazy caving, being eaten alive and chasing waterfalls (South Island, New Zealand)

Had my first steak in 19 years (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Stood in the Devil’s Throat (Iguazu Falls, Argentina/Brazil)

Drank a lot of wine (Mendoza, Argentina)

The driest place on earth  (Atacama desert, Chile) and the highest Geyser field in the World (El Tatio, Chile)

The three highest capitals in the world (Quito Ecuador(2850 m), Sucre, Bolivia (2750 m), Bogotá, Colombia (2625m))

Threw some shapes at the Salt Flats (South & Central, Bolivia)

Entered the bowels of a silver mine (Potosí, Bolivia)

The highest administrative (de facto) capital in the world (La Paz, Bolivia, 3640 m)

The highest navigable lake in the world (Lake Titicaca, Peru)

Hiked into the 2nd deepest canyon in the world (Colca Canyon, Peru)

Entered the fringes of the Amazon (Manu National Park, Peru)

Sandboarding in an amazing Oasis with dunes that never shift (Huacachina, Peru)

Watched pelicans being pelicans (Galápagos Islands)

Plus a whole raft of UNESCO sites:

Manú National Park Popayán, Creative City of Gastronomy

Country Seen/Total Site (Hyperlink to Post) Significance Year of award
1 Vietnam 6/8 Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long – Hanoi (this I’m not sure of but we were around the Citadel) Cultural 2010
Complex of Hué Monuments Cultural 1993
Ha Long Bay Natural 1994
Hoi An Ancient Town Cultural 1999
My Son Sanctuary Cultural 1999
Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park Natural 2003
2 Cambodia 1/2 Angkor Cultural 1992
3 Thailand 1/5 Historic City of Ayutthaya Cultural 1991
4 Myanmar 0/1
5 Laos 2/2 Town of Luang Prabang Cultural 1995
Vat Phou and Associated Ancient Settlements within the Champasak Cultural Landscape Cultural 2001
6 Malaysia 3/4 Gunung Mulu National Park Natural 2000
Kinabalu Park Natural 2000
Melaka and George Town, Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca Cultural 2008
7 Indonesia 2/8 Komodo National Park Natural 1991
Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra Natural 2004
8 Singapore 1/1 Singapore Botanical Gardens Cultural 2015
9 Brunei 0
10 Australia 1/19 Sydney Opera House Cultural 2007
11 New Zealand 1/3 Te Wahipounamu – South West New Zealand  Natural 1990
12 Argentina 2/10 Iguazu National Park Natural 1984
Jesuit Block and Estancias of Córdoba Cultural 2000
13 Brazil 1/20 Iguaçu National Park Natural 1986
14 Chile 2/6 Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaíso Cultural 2003
Qhapaq Ñan, Andean Road System (Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia) Cultural 2014
15 Bolivia 4/7 City of Potosí Cultural 1987
Historic City of Sucre Cultural 1991
Qhapaq Ñan, Andean Road System (Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia) Cultural 2014
16 Peru 7/12 City of Cuzco Cultural 1983
Historic Centre of Lima Cultural 1988
Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu Mixed 1983
Historical Centre of the City of Arequipa Cultural 2000
Lines and Geoglyphs of Nasca and Palpa Cultural 1994
Manú National Park Natural 1987
Qhapaq Ñan, Andean Road System (Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia) Cultural 2014
17 Equador 2/5 City of Quito Cultural 1978
Galápagos Islands Natural 1978
18 Columbia 1/9 Popayán, City of Gastronomy Cultural 2009
19 Cuba 4/9 Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios Cultural 1988
Old Havana and its Fortification System Cultural 1982
Viñales Valley Cultural 1999
Urban Historic Centre of Cienfuegos Cultural 2005

This blog has been 84 posts long (including this one), had almost 1,450 visitors from over 50 countries and has taken me 20 months to write- working full time and blogging is very difficult!

So there it is! I’m done! Thanks to everyone who has helped us on our journey round hosting us in various places or showing us round, it meant a lot!

And last but not least, for those who have been reading from the beginning or checked in from time to time- thanks to you for reading, hope you have enjoyed it!

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