Travelling in China can be really nice and at the same time quite annoying. China is a lot more developed than South East Asia, and there is normally no need to take endless bus rides through windy mountain roads with vomitting asian co-travellers (as in Laos for instance) cause much of China is connected by … Continue reading Travelling in China
I spent the first two weeks in China in Yunnan, a province in the extreme southeast of China, close to Tibet. Yunnan is kind of a link between China and South East Asia – the landscape is very similar to Laos, and there are a lot of ethnic minorities living in villages that look like … Continue reading Yunnan
I still can’t really believe it, but I actually made it into China. During the 5 months i have been travelling, I met a lot of people who had been in China and told me a lot about it. Some loved it, some hated it, but really everyone told me that it is totally different … Continue reading China!
Imagine being dropped off at the road far away from anywhere in particular, then taking a Tuk-Tuk along a dirt road full of potholes to the middle of nowhere, and then a boat up a river to a place that isn’t even accessible by road. Approach to Muang Ngoi You end up in a sleepy … Continue reading Nong Khiaw & Muang Ngoi
Welcome to Laos, the country where simply sitting down in a cafe and trying to order a drink may take you more than an hour. This sounds like a negative introduction, but after the hustle and bustle of Vietnam this country is actually a welcome change. The country`s official name is Laos PDR. PDR stands … Continue reading Please Don’t Rush
3 days before i arrived there, I had never heard of the Phong Nha Caves, but it turned out to be the most impressive place of my whole trip. Somehow I had completely missed to know about Phong Nha, but suddenly everyone was talking about this remote place in the mountains where you can visit … Continue reading Phong Nha Caves
Vietnam is a hot country. Especially in the south, the temperatures are high all year round, and if you are there in the rainy season as I was, the climate is especially tough. So when I heard that there is a city not too far from Saigon that has a cooler climate all year round, … Continue reading Kitsch & Canyoning
This is how I got approached regularly while I was walking on the street anywhere in Vietnam. Random strangers say hello to you and tell you that they would simply like to talk to you. Although being approached by locals seems nice at first sight, this kind of behaviour makes most travellers a bit wary. … Continue reading Please Talk English to Me!
Phnom Penh is the capital of Cambodia, and almost everyone I met who had been there told me that for tourists it is not really worth a long visit. It is a big, chaotic and smelly city without many touristy things. However, for people who go there, there is one thing that is a real … Continue reading S21 & Killing Fields
A 24 hour long flight brought me from Mongolia to Bangkok. I have written enough about the circumstances that brought me here, so I won’t repeat them; I guess it is just enough to say that arriving in South East Asia was a big cultural as well as temperature shock – The nights in Mongolia … Continue reading Temples & Scams