11 countries, 11 months, 5 religions, 4 continents, 4 seasons, 3 health issues that required clinical treatment, 3 foreign pre-paid sim cards, 3 times diarrhoea, 3 secret hopes, 2 quick stops at “home”, 1 motorbike accident, 1 constantly overweight suitcase, 1 single solo Western blond traveller, 0 travel vaccinations, numerous dreams fulfilled, a great number of amazing people met, countless times spent laughing and crying…
Bangkok is an exciting and enchanting city. With its many street markets, temples, palaces and countless fragrant food stalls to explore you could spend a lifetime in this city and still come back begging for more. Although there is a myriad of adventures to experience in Bangkok there are also many opportunities for exploration outside the city limits.
Bangkok has become one of my favourite cities. Amazing temples, floating markets, sky bars for a chill out drink at night, unforgettable street food and drinks… The metropolis is as peaceful and slow-paced as it is dynamic… depends on what you want and need from it and if you are willing to go around exploring, even the less touristy places… I go around on a bike, trying out different street food, drinking Thai Chai, loving the vibes of the city, imprinting the smiles of the local people into my heart…
Pokračovat ve čtení “Bangkok Return”
Completely different to everything else you have seen in Laos, this place in the North of the country is a marvel of South-East Asian natural beauty combined with French colonial architecture and a bit of a Western touch in cafés, restaurants and bars. A chill-out place of culture and art where yoga and temples and amazing sunsets viewed from the Phousi Mount align with Kuang Si waterfall healing power and the Mekong river ancestral vibes and traditions – a perfect melange that will surely make it underneath your skin…
A small riverside town in Central Laos, this place will make you feel at home if you love outdoor activities such as mountain biking, trekking, kayaking, caving, swimming and rock climbing.
Surely, there is a lot to see in Laos. If you have a month or so, go around the country, explore and enjoy. Bring along a waterproof bag and a waterproof head-torch (to explore the caves), a waterproof cover for your phone or camera, trekking shoes, a sunscreen, sunglasses, a water-bottle, a mosquito repellent, your passport, money, and your international driving licence.
Food in Laos is similar to the food in other countries in South East Asia. Lots of rice, noodles, greens, soups, curries, Pad Thai, crispy pork and other type of meat, fish and seafood. Laotian dishes would typically include mint, cilantro (coriander) and green onion and can get pretty spicy. Almost anything can be paired with sticky rice. And there are some specialities you should not miss out on. The best thing – like anywhere in South East Asia – is the great number of street food stalls. You can never go hungry here.
I guess this one might cause a stir. As I, unlike many of those who were describing the country to me before I got here, don’t think it is “cheap, not touristy and with the loveliest people in the world”.
Leave out Alcatraz during your visit to SF unless you are desperate to see the island jail. The tickets are usually sold out weeks in advance anyway. Instead, put your trekking shoes on (or at least a good pair of sneakers) or get a bike and try out the many trails around the legendary Golden Gate Bridge.
Forget about sunflower in your hair or Kerouac… But get a joint and bring your hiking shoes along – as well as your “own big wheel”.