Stone Town Zanzibar, Tanzania

Traders used to travel the route by ship, we took the plane: From Muscat to Zanzibar. The archipelago of Zanzibar is made up of the big islands of Unguja, commonly known as Zanzibar, and Pemba, as well as many small islands. In 1698, the archipelago came under the control of the Sultanate of Oman. Even…

A Unique Blend of Tradition and Modernity Muscat, Oman

Muscat has for centuries been an important trading port due to its strategic location at the Arabian Sea. Today, it’s the capital and biggest city of Oman. Don’t expect a city like Dubai or Doha however, because Muscat is different. Tradition is still very important in Oman and Omanis are proud of their culture and tradition….

Across the Bamboo Bridge Luang Prabang, Laos

Back in Southeast Asia. I expected the door of Luang Prabang airport to open and there to be dozens of taxi drivers waiting to make some good money with the newly arrived tourists. The doors of the airport did open but there were no taxi drivers. Maybe on the main road, we thought and started…

Lion City Singapore

It was a very long day traveling from New Zealand via Australia to Singapore and we arrived in the big Asian city tired and hungry. After a big bowl of delicious noodle soup we went straight to bed to be ready to explore the city the next day. We had been to Singapore once before…

3 Towns, 2 Islands, 1 Ghost Suva, Nadi, Levuka. Fiji.

Fiji should be all about lying at the beach and snorkeling or diving in this amazing turquoise water. However, if you have more time than money on your hands you’re very likely to spend quite some time in Nadi or Suva instead of at the beach. Nadi The capital city of Fiji is Suva. However,…

From the City to the Mountains Australia: Sydney and the Blue Mountains

Contrary to what many people all over the world think, Sydney is not the capital of Australia. Nope. But it’s Australia’s most populous and probably the country’s best known city. Who hasn’t heard about Sydney and seen pictures of the iconic Opera House? Postcard pictures however, only show you one side of the story. We…

Melbourne: Graffiti, Ships, and Beach Huts Victoria, Australia

A campervan is a good thing outside cities. And it better stays away from the city. Driving in one, especially one the size of Melbourne, is never very pleasant, especially not in a campervan. Plus, you’d never get than van into an underground parking lot (maybe into one, yes, but not out). We didn’t even…

Kuching: Colors, Cats, and a Crocodile A few days in the capital of Sarawak, Malaysia

The city of cats Kuching is the capital city of the Malaysian state of Sarawak. Its name means cat in Malay so it’s no wonder the city is full of cat statues and paintings. Even the souvenir shops sell all kind of cat related things. A pleasant place Kuching is probably one of the nicest cities in…

Brunei: Surprisingly Different Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

Brunei is a tiny sultanate of only half a million inhabitants on the northern coast of Borneo and very rich in oil. If you’re expecting a kind of Dubai however, you will be either very disappointed or very surprised. Bandar Seri Begawan, short BSB, the capital and biggest (and actually only) city of Brunei, has a…

Phnom Penh: History Lesson Learning about Cambodia's past

In the first half of the 20th century, Phnom Penh was known as the “Pearl of Asia”. Today, it’s Cambodia’s largest city and its booming economic center. The Khmer Rouge regime Not so long ago however, Phnom Penh was a ghost city and the center of the Khmer Rouge’s terror regime. The Khmer Rouge wanted…

Four Nights in Bangkok Bangkok, Thailand

Stopover in Bangkok? Why not. Bangkok is a huge city which has grown very fast and with little urban planning, the roads are perpetually congested and the subway only operates in some parts of the city (but not where the tourist attractions are). Nevertheless, Bangkok is an interesting city and has that something that makes…

Hong Kong & Macau: Welcome to Chinatown Two cities; so close yet so different

In some ways, Hong Kong and Macau were just as I had always imagined them to be. Hong Kong with its skyscrapers with dirty facades and air cons, streets with neon signs and masses of people moving in all directions, and office buildings lighting up the sky and the harbor area at night. Macau, on…