On tour in Pondicherry by put-put

On tour in Pondicherry by put-put

Using sign language to find the bus to Pondicherry After breakfast, I check out at the hotel in Madras and take a put-put to the local bus stop for Pondicherry. A little boy leads me to the right bus, which I would have found by myself also, but inevitably they cling to you. In sign […]

The deserted villas of Kep

The deserted villas of Kep

Travel to Kampot in a shared taxi After breakfast, we prepare our backpacks and wait for our transport to Kampot, our next destination from where we want to visit the deserted villas of Kep, a bit further along the coastline. This time we travel by a shared taxi, something we have not done yet. Four […]

Searching for the bus station in Madras

Searching for the bus station in Madras

Arriving in Madras during the rainy season My first impressions after arrival in Madras: it is warm and humid, plus I see puddles everywhere. The rainy season clearly has not ended. My transfer from the airport to the hotel went well, only a 20-minute drive. According to my driver, that is not feasible during the […]

Relaxing along the beaches of Sihanoukville

Relaxing along the beaches of Sihanoukville

Taking a private bus to the beaches of Sihanoukville After a stopover in Phnom Penh yesterday, we are heading for the beaches of Sihanoukville today. The bus trip will last about four hours. A tuk-tuk driver picks us up to bring us to the departure point at Capitol Guesthouse; they seem to run this daily […]

The sound of the waves at Ngwe Saung Beach

The sound of the waves at Ngwe Saung Beach

Fully booked hotels in Yangon My Myanmar holiday has nearly come to an end now. I have a couple of days left, so I decided to travel to Ngwe Saung Beach in the Bay of Bengal. To reach my destination, I made a stopover in Yangon again. Even though I had reserved a room, nothing […]

To the Mekong to spot the Irrawaddy dolphins

To the Mekong to spot the Irrawaddy dolphins

Racing on a dusty road from Banlung to Stung Treng Primarily a travel day today; we leave from Banlung to Stung Treng and tomorrow we sail from there to Kratie where we want to spot the Irrawaddy dolphins. Mister Leng has arranged a car (taxi) for us, 15. We leave around 8.45 am. Our driver […]

To the Golden Rock Pagoda in the back of a truck

To the Golden Rock Pagoda in the back of a truck

Myanmar has 3 temples of major importance In my opinion, every trip must have a quest. Today I have fulfilled mine. Myanmar has 3 temples of significant importance; the Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon, the Mahamuni temple in Mandalay and the Golden Rock Pagoda in Kyaiktyio. So today finally I reached the latter. Trying to catch […]

Trip to a Chunchiet graveyard in a shaky boat

Trip to a Chunchiet graveyard in a shaky boat

Arranging transport to Voen Sai The small town of Voen Sai is our destination for today. Apparently, we can go by car. Nick, a travel writer for Lonely Planet, would like a hike; he wants to explore a piece of untouched nature near Siem Pang. As he speaks Khmer, he offers to negotiate for us […]

Some Buddhist lessons in Bago

Some Buddhist lessons in Bago

Many Buddhist lessons while visiting Bago`s highlights Today the highlights of Bago are on my agenda, and they will come packed with Buddhist lessons. At a leisurely pace, Tin, my motor driver shows me the points of interest of this small town. There is no pressure nor complaints about how bad things are going with […]

Spending time in the Old Quarter of Hanoi

Spending time in the Old Quarter of Hanoi

Waiting for the minibus to bring us to Lau Cai train station Around 5 pm a minibus would pick us up to take us back from Sapa to the train station in Lau Cai. I spend my time walking along the lake, sit down to read something, and head to the market again. Around 4 […]

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