Sri Lanka: Culture, Caves, and Rocks Kandy, Anuradhapura, Dambulla, and Pidruangala

Kandy: Drums & Buriani “Hello, my friend! Where are you from?”, is how most conversations in Kandy started. That’s how we met a guy who, after asking what we were looking for – tea in bags – lead us through Kandy and into back alleys probably no tourists ever venture into. Instead of just sending…

Angkor: Too Big To Fail? Cambodia

Angkor is an archeological site in Cambodia that stretches over some 400 km2. It was the capital – actually, several capital cities, each with a huge temple at its center – during the Khmer Empire from the 9th to the 15th century. The remains, over 1000 temples and other structures, include the famous Angkor Wat…

Sunset over Thousands of Temples Bagan and Mandalay, Myanmar

Bagan, the ancient city of thousands of temples, is a stunning place beyond comparison and probably the reason to visit Myanmar. A rich history Built over a period of 250 years around a thousand years ago, there were once about 10’000 temples, pagodas, stupas, and monasteries built of wood and/or stone. Most of them didn’t…

Golden Pagodas and Floating Gardens Yangon and Inle Lake, Myanmar

With the end of almost half a decade of military rule in 2010, Myanmar has been opened for tourism. It was possible to visit the country before that, but visas were limited and many places were off limits for tourists (some still are). Now an e-visa is available for people of most nationalities. However, with…

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…

Slow Train to the Copper Canyon Barrancas del Cobre, Mexico

The Copper Canyon (Barrancas del Cobre) is a system of canyons in northwestern Mexico. The canyons are huge; they are considerably deeper and cover a larger area than the Grand Canyon in Arizona. The region’s indigenous inhabitants are the Rarámuri or Tarahumara who are known for their ability to be able to run for hours…

San Blas: Lost in the Caribbean Panama

What if there was an archipelago in the Caribbean with an island for every day of the year (and a few spare ones)? With white sand beaches and turquoise water, where you could let the days pass by swinging in a hammock underneath palm trees, drinking from a coconut, and not worry about anything? What…

Salta la Linda Argentina

Salta is not only miles away but also worlds apart from Patagonia. It’s a lively, bustling city surrounded by green hills, it has beautiful old buildings (though not all of them in good condition), impressive churches and a big central plaza where cultural events such as music and traditional dance take place. . A lively…