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One traveller's day-by-day account of a year-long journey through Japan, China, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, America and Canada

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The beachfront restaurants were pretty pricey and tended to each offer the same menu, but there was a glint of competition appearing between them in the form of slightly differing prices. The speciality of an evening was the seafood beach barbeque. Generous chunks of fresh fish caught just that day were chopped up, bbq'd and served on a huge platter with veggies and chips. Out of the exotic choices on offer, we