While Thailand, Bali and Vietnam are on everyones Southeast Asia bucket list, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic – better known as Laos – still often escapes traveler’s notice. Unjustly! Laos is such a multifaceted country with astonishing mountains and waterfalls, the best baguettes outside France, interesting and smart locals, a fondness for our beloved TV-series “Friends” and the smell of adventure everywhere you go. You just should never get into a situation where you need medical treatment… Continue reading “TRAVEL TRIVIA: 10 things about LAOS that might surprise you”
Laos was originally not on my itinerary, but it turned out to be one of my favorite countries in Southeast Asia. I traveled it from north to south and started with floating down the Mekong River for two days… quiet an adventure but also a great time to relax, to observe the passing scenery, to have some me-time or to talk with fellow travelers. Continue reading “Laos Pt. 1: The Slowboat Experience”
After spending some time in a buddhist country like Thailand you inevitably see dozens of temples and they can’t really get you frenetically excited anymore… after a while it’s more like “ah, nice – another one…”. But I promise, that is certainly not the reaction when you see the crazy, creative and pretty contemporary “White Temple” in Chiang Rai (Northern Thailand). Continue reading ““White Temple” in Thailand: bizarre and breathtaking”
As much as I love traveling around – I honestly have some difficulties with certain vehicles… boats are for example always a challenge – and so are the minivans in Thailand! Therefor it was quiet a tough journey to reach Pai – this tiny, charming town in northern Thailand. But why did I still fell in love with that place and why is it absolutely worth a visit?
Once you’re done with visiting Bangkok and you want to explore further parts of Thailand you have to make a basic decision: Going north or south? Mountains or islands? Temples or Beaches? Elephants or party animals? I decided to go up north to the scenic and culturally rich city of Chiang Mai… was that a good or bad decision?!
After I had to say goodbye to Melbourne in January as my semester abroad was over and my visa expired, I flew to Bangkok. But no time for long sadness… a new adventure – nearly 3 months traveling through Southeast Asia – was about to start. Continue reading “Bangkok – the door to Southeast Asia”
On my recent trip to Bali I had a realisation. Not one of these groundbreaking, life-changing ones – but a quite interesting one for myself: I love traveling on my own, but I don’t like to be alone… and yes, that makes perfectly sense for me.
Bali was always in my head as the incarnation of paradise – so even before I moved to Melbourne for my semester abroad I knew I wanted to go there while I’m in the southern hemisphere. As soon as I knew the dates for mid-semester break from uni I booked a flight and started to be very exited. But my joy about the upcoming vacation was a bit dampened… suddenly a lot of people started to run down Bali as uber-touristy party place (especially popular with Aussies) and they kept on telling me that Bali is overrated, overcrowded and artificial – generally not as nice as other places in Indonsia or Southeast-Asia… Continue reading “First time on Bali – is it the paradise I imagined?”
Der Countdown läuft. Heute in genau einem Monat beginnt ein neues Kapitel in meinem Leben: ein Auslandsemester bei den Aussies mit anschließendem Trip durch Süd-Ost-Asien!
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