WOCCA WORLD TRAVELS
Base: CHENGDU, Sichuan Province, China ...
About 沃伦 :
沃伦 has lived/travelled the UK, Europe, Middle East, Asia, & Australia.
In very recent years, extensively throughout south east Asia & China
China | Oct 05 - Oct 05
Golden week & the three treasured objects of Chong Qing
China | Sept 05 - Jun 06
Teaching postgraduates at the University of Electronic Science & Technology of China in Chengdu, Sichuan Province
China | AUG 05
HONG KONG, YANGSHUO & XI'AN:
Flew back to Hong Kong in August 2005 and then holidayed domestically in mainland China (Yangshuo & Xi'an).
Australia | Jul 05 - Aug 05
Wocca returned to Australia after three years living in Asia. His family & friends are on both sides of the country.
Hong Kong | Jul 05 - Jul 05
Two month summer vacation and Wocca flew in/out of mainland China to Hong Kong a couple of times. A chance to have a look around, taste some local cuisine, and so on.
China | May 04 - Jun 05
KUNMING & XISHUANGBANNA:
Taught in the Foreign Languages Department, International Finance Department, and the International Business School of Yunnan University of Finance & Economics, a government university in Kunming. See Wocca's webpage for more details.
Also holidayed for a week in Xishuangbanna, close to the Laos / Myanmar borders.
Philippines | Jan 05 - Feb 05
Several days in Manila before beaching out for a couple of weeks at Puerto Galera (White Beach & Sabang). Back to Thailand for more quality beach time & the return flight to China.
Thailand | Jan 05 - Feb 05
Thailand | Jan 05 - Feb 05
BANGKOK, KANCHANBURI & KOH CHANG:
Two months winter holidays. In Bangkok catching up with local friends, and organising flights to The Phils. On return to Thailand ... taking it easy at Kanchanaburi (River Kwai) inland, then over on beautiful Koh Chang in the Gulf of Thailand, close to the Cambodian border.
Afterwards, I flew back to continue working & living in south west China
China | Oct 04 - Oct 04
DALI, LIJIANG & SHANGRI-LA;
The first day of October each year is National Day in China. A week-long holiday called "Golden Week" is observed. With a group of nine friends, I went on a domestic Chinese package tour of the north of Yunnan Province.
Sleeper train from Kunming to Dali. Erhai Lake by boat. Butterfly Well Park. Old Dali Town & Foreign Street. Bus from Dali to Lijiang Old Town and Square Market. Then on by minibus, past the first bend of the Yangtze River, to "Shangri-La" in the Tibetan Prefecture of Yunnan.The actual town is Zhongdian. Close by is Songzanlin Lamasery as well as Napa & Shudu Lakes. Yak rides are available.
Upon returning to Lijiang, there was Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Spruce Meadow and White Water River.All meals and hotels were included in the tour cost. We returned to Dali by bus then back to Kunming by overnight sleeper train. Sleeping berths can only be booked through travel agents.
Thailand | Jun 04 - Jun 04
CHIANG MAI & PAI;
A visa run to northern Thailand for a week. A quick visit to the Chinese consulate in Chiang Mai, then up in the hills to peaceful Pai. A great place to hire a motorcycle and ride around the mountains.
Myanmar | Apr 04 - Apr 04
MANDALAY & BAGAN:
A 28 day tourist visa for Myanmar (Burma) was arranged through the Myanmar consulate in the Camellia Hotel, Kunming in Yunnan Province, southern China.
It only took 1.5 hours to fly from Kunming to Mandalay, Myanmar. There's nothing exciting at all about Mandalay, unless you relish the thought of watching a wooden marionette (puppet) show.
After arranging a re-entry visa to China through the Chinese consulate in Mandalay, I took the express boat (11 hours) down the Ayeryarwaddy River to the world heritage site of Bagan (aka Pagan). When Marco Polo travelled through this part of the world, he was amazed by all the golden Buddhist stupa's. You can hire a bicycle to ride around the different parts of this town.There were quite a few retired European tourists in Myanmar.From Bagan, I flew back to Mandalay before returning to China.
China | Mar 04 - Mar 04
An overland four wheel drive tour from Kathmandu, Nepal to Lhasa, Tibet.
Nepal | Feb 04 - Feb 04
A five hour local bus trip from Pokhara to the town of Bhairahawa, close to the Indian border. From Bhairahawa, another 45 minute local bus trip to the village of Lumbini; the exact birthplace of Lord Buddha in 623BC. A dusty village however the nearby Ashok and temples constructed by the various Buddhist countries, are really quite beautiful.
My Buddha Air flight from Bhairahawa to Kathmandu was diverted via Pokhara. This flight was above the clouds that hung below the peaks of Annapurna Ranges and the Himalayan Mountains.Mount Everest could also be seen.
Nepal | Feb 04 - Feb 04
Kathmandu seems nice and funky enough until you get away from it. Then you can appreciate, the clean mountain air in the countryside, especially at Pokhara in the Himalayan Mountains.
Pokhara is a beautiful lakeside town. The bus up from Kathmandu takes about eight hours to cover the 210km journey. There are plenty of guest -houses to choose from in Pokhara.The highlights of Pokhara include the Mountain Museum, and tandem paragliding from 1,000 metres. Well worth the effort if floating in the clouds appeals to you.
Nepal | Jan 04 - Feb 04
Nepal is heaven compared to India. Every thing is quite simple,friendly & relatively laid-back.You can purchase a 60 day tourist visa ($US30) on arrival at Kathmandu airport. There's usually a courtesy bus from one of the many guesthouses, waiting to meet planes. No need to organise anything in advance.It's possible to also purchase 5 month tourist visa's if you want stay much longer. I think they cost about $US80. Something worth noting is that foreigners cannot stay in Nepal more than 5 months in any one calendar year.
I stayed at the old, established Kathmandu Guesthouse in the heart of the Thamel tourist district. The rooms were a bit more expensive than other guesthouses however they were very comfortable. The Kathmandu Guesthouse is more like a hotel than a guesthouse. A big advantage is they accept major credit cards. There's not actually much to see in Kathmandu itself, but it is a good base to plan tours & just chill out on the rooftop restaurants.
India | Oct 03 - Feb 04
KOTTAYAM, BANGALORE, MYSORE & GOA:
At Kottayam (Kerala) & Bangalore (Karnataka) in the south of India, I taught (IELTS) English to post-graduate nurses. Most were Catholic and preparing to work in the USA & the UK.Whilst in India, I also visited Mysore, the "City of Palaces" near Bangalore. Mysore is really quite charming.
The beach at Goa on the west coast of India, facing the Arabian Sea, was my favourite place. The first time, I stayed at Calangute Beach for 5 days. The next was for 10 days. I really did not want to leave Goa. It was fantastic. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested.Multiple-entry six (6) month tourist visa's are available for India, irrespective of how long you want to stay. The cost of the visa varies according to your nationality.
Thailand | Sep 03 - Oct 03
In order to improve my foreign language teaching skills and options, I did six (6) weeks' private TEFL (Teach English Foreign Language) training in the Thai capital of Bangkok.
During this period, I rented a small apartment in suburban Bangkok and made some lovely Thai friends. I even took weekly lessons in learning the Thai language. Thai's think it is polite to be late or not turn up at all for appointments or dates.
It was a nice change not to be involved in any tourist activities, as this was my fourth time in Thailand. Tourism is very well established in Thailand. Any new to Bangkok can just head straight to the Khao San Road backpacker area, and organise whatever flights or tours they like.
China | Dec 02 - Sep 03
I travelled by soft-sleeper train ($US100) from Hanoi, Vietnam to Beijing in December 2002. Winter is bitterly cold in northern China. The wind cuts like a knife. No matter how much wrapping you have on, it still gets through. The sights in & around Beijing included Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, The Great Wall & the Beijing Acrobatics.
I left Beijing & went by bus (8 hours) to windy, dusty, non-descript, Dongying in Shandong Province near the BoHai Sea. This city's claim-to-fame is its oilfield. I taught English as a foreign language to over one thousand Chinese high school students from December 2002 to September 2003. I was the only foreigner there.The immediate area (Bafenchang) was established by chain gang prisoners in the 1930's. Being in a fairly isolated provincial area, local folk thought at first that I must be Russian.
I also visited Lai Zhou, Linzi, Zibo & Qingdao in Shandong. Qingdao is a beautiful seaside place during summer.
Cambodia | Nov 02 - Dec 02
POIPET, BATTAMBANG, SIEM REAP, PNOM PENH, SIHANOUKVILLE:
Vietnam | Nov 02 - Dec 02
SAIGON, HUE, HANOI, HALONG BAY & SAPA:
Laos | Oct 02 - Nov 02
VIENTIANE, VENG VIENG & LUANG PRABANG:
Thailand | Sep 02 - Oct 02
ISLANDS & BEACHES:
Singapore | Aug 02 - Oct 02
Malaysia | Aug 02 - Sep 02
MAINLAND EAST & WEST COASTS, AND SARAWAK :
Indonesia | Jan 02 - May 02
LOMBOK, BALI, JAVA & SUMATRA:
Australia | Sep 91 - Dec 01
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
Born in Sydney and grew up on the mid-north coast of New South Wales. I developed a love of the beach at a very young age. Have travelled around most parts of mainland Australia. The cities that I know best are Brisbane, Perth & Sydney.
Malaysia | Oct 99 - Oct 99
Beach resort area. Great breakfasts, parasailing and night street market. Very conservative, soft-core Asia. Wonderful for families.
Thailand | Jun 97 - Jun 97
BANGKOK, CHIANG RAI & CHIANG MAI
New Zealand | Sep 91 - Sep 91
ENROUTE NEW ZEALAND - AUSTRALIA
USA | Sep 91 - Sep 91
ENROUTE LONDON - LOS ANGELES - AUCKLAND
England | Dec 90 - Sep 91
EAST SUSSEX / KENT:
France | Aug 91 - Aug 91
ENROUTE ENGLAND TO SPAIN:
Spain | Aug 91 - Aug 91
BARCELONA & COSTA DEL SOL:
Netherlands | Feb 91 - Feb 91
Wales | Jan 91 - Jan 91
Italy | Dec 90 - Dec 90
Israel | Oct 90 - Dec 90
Egypt | Nov 90 - Nov 90
CAIRO & THE SINAI:
England | Sep 90 - Oct 90
Malaysia | Sep 90 - Sep 90
ENROUTE AUSTRALIA - ENGLAND
Turkey | Sep 90 - Sep 90
ENROUTE AUSTRALIA - ENGLAND:
Scotland | Sep 90 - Sep 90
Australia | May 87 - Sep 90
Indonesia | Jun 89 - Jun 89
Australia | Jan 77 - May 87
NEW SOUTH WALES / QUEENSLAND
The Antipodean Side of Wocca ...
Wocca, I am very impressed with your travel log.
I don't expect to be going anywhere now until the
winter vacation (Spring Festival) in January 2006.
I am cosidering teaching English in Yangshou next term at an experimental middle school (3500 RMB a month for 20 hours a week). I am also considering Yunnan. Having lived and taught in Yangshou yourself and traveled in YUnnan, what would your advice be?
I haven't actually taught in Yanghsuo ...Try these teacher forums for the information you seek
TEACHER DISCUSSION FORUMS