Archive for 'Notes from the road'

Off the beaten path: Anshun

Posted on 21. Apr, 2014 by .

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Most visitors to China see but only a small portion of this massive country; treading well inside the confine of the beaten paths established by travelers who came before them. Granted there are amazing cultural, historical and natural sights: the Great Wall, Zhangjiajie, the Terracotta Warriors, Panda, etc. just to name a few. However, traveling […]

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10 memorable experiences

Posted on 28. Feb, 2014 by .

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This February I celebrate 10 years of traveling and life on the road. To commemorate this milestone, I’ve come up with a series of Top 10 posts. These choices are based solely on my personal experience. 10 memorable experiences These 10 years are filled with memorable and intense experiences. Some of them are scary and […]

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Top 10 Man-made Wonders

Posted on 10. Feb, 2014 by .

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This February I celebrate 10 years of traveling and life on the road. To commemorate this milestone, I’ve come up with a series of Top 10 posts. These choices are based solely on my personal experience. Top 10 man-made wonders Many of us travel the world to see amazing man-made structures. Many of them are […]

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Top 10 Countries

Posted on 07. Feb, 2014 by .

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This February I celebrate 10 years of traveling and life on the road. To commemorate this milestone, I’ve come up with a series of Top 10 posts. These choices are based solely on my personal experience. Top 10 countries In these 10 years of traveling I’ve been to many countries. And it’s not easy to […]

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Choosing a good hostel (in Southeast Asia)

Posted on 15. Nov, 2013 by .

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When I started traveling, cheap was the operative word. I would choose hostels based solely on their rate. I’ve slept in all kinds of hostels; from bed-bug-infested ones to those that required me to commute to the outskirt of the city. I’ve also stayed in social hostel with party atmosphere and those cozy family run […]

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Is blood thicker than water?

Posted on 30. Oct, 2013 by .

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Why China? Unlike many places in the world, China had never really pricked my interest. The easy answer was that Chinese were infamous for their lack of civility. But digging deeper, I began to wonder if that was the only reason. I guess as I was growing up, China had seemed like a bland country […]

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This is… the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu

Posted on 03. Oct, 2013 by .

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One of the most awe-inspiring sights you can ever experience in China is the Great Wall. Built over 2 millenniums ago, it has withstood countless assaults of wars, erosion, disrepair, pilfering. Today, many sections of the once connected way are gone; either they had crumbled and buried under the earth or reduced to piles of […]

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A trek through smiley land

Posted on 27. Aug, 2013 by .

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Trekking in many parts of Southeast Asia, you have to battle leeches and dangerous terrain. But the trek from Kalaw to Inle Lake in the centre of Myanmar is one of the best treks I have done in this region. There were hardly any leeches and many trail options to choose from, ranging from easy […]

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Demystifying Kopi: How to order a cup of local coffee in Malaysia

Posted on 03. Aug, 2013 by .

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Malaysia may not be the head-scratching, frustrating destination like China or India. But there are still things that baffled travellers who like to be a little adventurous when it comes to eating and drinking. If you are like me, preferring local places than international chains, then you may find yourself in the following scenario: You […]

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Observing Yangon

Posted on 30. Jul, 2013 by .

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Myanmar – a country that was shrouded in mystery and conjured images of lush undiscovered natural beauty until recently – is still relatively untouched by tourism. There is no luxury resorts to lure the big spenders; no banana pancake trail to tempt the average backpackers looking for fun. But it is THE destination most avid […]

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