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Khao San Road, Bangkok

36 Hours Alone in Bangkok, Thailand

For first-time solo travelers and visitors with limited time, here is my list of the top things to experience Bangkok’s multi multifaceted personality.

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LAOS: A DAY INTO THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN HOOK

With nearly 7 million inhabitants, Laos counts over 100* ethnic groups which can be grouped into 4 families, each speaking its own dialect and having its own customs and religious views. Even though a lot of agencies organize visits to various hill tribe villages, I decided to look for a more authentic, less touristy experience. […]

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Ko Phi Phi Tailand

Ko Phi Phi, the corrupted paradise

In 1996, Alex Garland, wrote a novel about a young English backpacker named Richard, who ditches his familiar life to travel in search of something new. He lands in Thailand, where he meets a mentally disturbed guy who gives him a hand-drawn map. It contains directions to a mysterious island with a paradise-like beach, untouched by tourists. Lured by the idea to find […]

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Koh Lanta Sunset

Romantic sunset through the palm trees of Koh Lanta

Koh Lanta was kind enough to welcome me with a romantic sunset. Behind the palm trees, on the beach, I was expecting to see lots of couples cuddling, enjoying the amber glow of the horizon. To my pleasant surprise, there were none. Only a couple of stray dogs and a girl in the distance. I […]

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The Similan Islands, diving boat

The Similan Islands, where I fell in love with diving

It was still dark outside when I left the room. I jumped into the pickup joining the few dozing off at the back. It was way too early for socializing. I closed my eyes. A few moments later we reached the port where a speed boat was waiting for us. I was told that if […]

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Khao Sok Floating Houses

Khao Sok, the Indiana Jones Adventure

Terry, Patrick, Kat and I got off from the back of the pickup. We had to buy rubber shoes from the street market for our jungle trek tomorrow. All of my companions got rubber shoes with spikes on them, very much resembling the soccer shoes. But not me. I got black ballerina-like rubber ones. Even […]

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Dragon show Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year 2017, Year of the Rooster

The Chinese New Year celebrations caught me at the Si Lom Sky Train station in Bangkok. I was heading to the hostel, after a two-day visit at Khao Yai National Park, when I heard firecrackers just around the corner. I made my way through the masses to a narrow one-way street. Between the residential buildings, right on […]

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Elephant Quest at Khao Yai

The Elephant Quest, Khao Yai National Park

A safari vehicle picked me up early in the morning for a full-day adventure through Thailand’s oldest national park, Khao Yai. Another three pick-up stops followed by a 75-minute scenic drive from Pak Chong to Khao Yai’s Visitors Center. With our leach socks on, we were now ready to roam through the jungle. Our hiking group […]

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Bangkok, street life

Bangkok, where life is happening on the street

If I had to pick one photo to describe life of Bangkok, it would be this one – a woman washing the dishes in a bucket on the street.  I spent four days in there and I took hundreds of photos – from the remarkable temples and the iconic floating markets to the rushing tuk-tuks and the delectable […]

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