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Chiang Mai in the magical north of Thailand

Another year and yes, another trip to Thailand! At this point I’m just gonna stop counting the times I’ve been here. But each time, I do try to explore some new places. This time it was Chiang Mai (North of Thailand) and Koh Chang (South East – Island). Chiang Mai I’ve actually been in Chiang Mai before during my first visit ever to Thailand about 11 years ago! But I wasn’t the “experienced” traveler as I am now. I didn’t plan much or remember much any more either from the trip. 2 years ago I passed by Chiang Mai as...

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The ancient city of Bagan

The second place I visited, was also the reason why most people come from far and visit Myanmar. The temple-filled plains of Bagan rival the temples from Angkor Wat as one of the most impressive ancient sites in South-East Asia. There are about 4400 temples spread out all over the are. While the individual temples of Angkor are more impressive than in Bagan, the real beauty of Bagan is the overall view of the plains dotted with stupas all over. The best way to visit the plains is to wake up early to one of the viewpoints to catch the...

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The gem of Cambodia & 8th wonder of the world: Angkor Wat

The reason why most people come to visit Cambodia or even heard of Cambodia is Angkor Wat. For the people that don’t know, Siem Reap is the city that closest to the temples of Angkor wat, the 8th wonder of the world. Actually I stayed about 5 days or so in Siem Reap just relaxing and only on the 3rd day of being there I got off my lazy ass and visited the temples. I figured the temples weren’t going anywhere so I took my sweet little time. Depending on your time schedule, you can either get a 1 day...

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Busan & Jeju island

Busan was the first stop in South-Korea after Japan. To be totally honest, I was pretty beat from traveling around so much in Japan. I’ve seen a lot of mountains, done some really nice hikes and visited a good amount of temples. And not to bring South-Korea down, but it is pretty much the same here, of course there are some cultural differences to be find. Nevertheless, the first couple of days I just chilled in Busan and figured out my plan for the next destinations. Though I did manage to find some stuff to do while I was here....

Must visit / must do in Japan 2

Must visit places / must-do in Japan (part 2)

Japan has a modern culture that’s strongly influenced by their history. With the help of the internet and some personal experience of friends and relatives, I’ve compiled a list of must do / must visit places in Japan. Be sure to check out part one. Encounter a geisha A Geisha is a Japanese woman who entertains people (usually men), with classical Japanese arts. She is skilled in singing, dancing, playing musical instruments for example, shamisen. serving food, drinks like sake, and tea, and practiced in conversation. There remains some confusion about the nature of the geisha profession. Geisha are regarded...