My Cuban roadtrip hasn’t even started yet, when the first problems already appeared. Who would have thought it is that complicated to rent a car? But with that first challenge mastered I was looking forward to an intriguing ride over the Caribbean island to see it’s broad spectrum and beauty. What followed were 18 days and 3,000 km of adventure, nearly no internet access, coping with the permanent shortage of everything, the indifferent road conditions and even a a visit at the local police station after an attempted fraud – but also highly enjoyable nature, beautiful pastel colored towns, beaches with turquoise water, interesting historic insights, hospitable locals and quiet a few Mojito’s! Cuba is absolutely worth a trip but be prepared for a country incomparable to other places in the world and an adventure that I would call the ‘charming challenge of improvisation’.
The first thing you probably hear about Vang Vieng is: Let’s go tubing on the Nam Song river! And although that is definitely a ‘must-do’ for every tourist who visits that riverside town, there is a lot more: Vang Vieng hypnotizes you with its great nature assets during the day and its crazy party scene during the night. A lot of travelers, especially younger backpackers, get stuck in that circle of adrenaline, whisky and the wild beauty of nature – they call it the Vang Vieng Vortex…
Luang Prabang (ຫລວງພະບາງ) is not the capital of Laos – but it’s safe to say it is the heart. The city, which is belongs to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage, is located in the north of the country on a peninsula framed by the Mekong and the Nam Khan River. It captivates with its relaxed atmosphere, versatile culture, excellent street food, a fantastic night market, sophisticated temples and the most impressive waterfall I’ve ever seen in my life.
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”
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?