As we near the end of our mega vacation, I would like to take you back a couple steps. It will be a bit more of a visual story this time. We opted for a fully aranged boat tour on the Bornean version of the Amazon river: the Kinabatangan. We were in for a treat!
According to Culture trip, one of the biggest stereotypes about Japan is that it’s “The weirdest country on earth”. We tried to discover if this is true or blatantly exaggerated and went on a crash course Japan, guided by not one but two writers of The Sushi Times (TST): a Dutch website, explaining all things Japanese.
Where would you end up? We’ve asked ourselves this question when we started saving, we asked it again when we wanted to book flights and while on the road we still do. Because where to next is always open for debate in between our scheduled flights, busses and boats.
When we started this thing back in January, we planned not to plan too much. Our route mainly consisted of hunches on what would be an interesting new stop. We had some successes and some, well, interesting experiences. We only had two parts in our trip that were set: the family visits in Peru and Vietnam.
Just before leaving Vietnam and heading for Sri Lanka, we had a special occasion coming up. Together for 10 years and married for two, that calls for a celebration. The thing is, the past months have been one big fiësta. So what would be the way to celebrate?
One of the top tourist attractions in Southeast Asia is Ha Long bay. It’s a UNESCO world heritage site, famous for its enormous limestone cliffs and beautiful blue water. The fame, however, has a down side: this Vietnamese bay is filled with cruises, backpacker party boats, and even worse, tons of plastic. So on the one hand, we really wanted to see this paradise and on the other, we hated the thought of sailing in, and adding to, the plastic soup.
Many travelers flee Thailands capital quickly after they have experienced the city’s heat, crowds, smells and chaos. Not us though, we actually love hectic Bangkok so much that we return to the city quite frequently.
The beautiful temples, immense skyscrapers, intense markets, tasty streetfood, hypermodern shopping malls and diverse nightlife are all a very good reason to visit Bangkok. But that is not why we have been there four times and even spent most of our honeymoon in the city. It’s because of our lovely friends that really make us feel at home everytime we visit.
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