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Postcard – Temples of Tikal

Posted by on March 22nd, 2013 in Central America, Feature, Guatemala, HDR, Photos, Postcards | 1 comment

It did require catching a bus at 4am, but getting to Tikal before the sunset and, more importantly, before the crowds was worth it. Watching a sun rise from an ancient temple almost all by yourself is an experience worth waking up at 4m. Some of the temples here go back over 2000 years, that is old by any standards. In my opinion, Tikal is the best temple to visit in Central America, way better than Chichen Itza, which I found a bit disappointing, despite it being the famous one. What’s your favorite...

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Ha Long Bay – Where Ground Rises Sky High

Posted by on September 16th, 2012 in Asia, Destinations, Photos, Vietnam | 25 comments

“This wonder is ground rising up into the middle of the high sky” Nguyễn Trãi   We watched the majestic stone islands rising vertically from the calm sea. Straight rock faces ricing directly with lush green jungles pushing out where ever they could; such a bizarre sight and definitely one of the most popular sights in Vietnam. And here we finally were. Our journey had taken us from Saigon to Ha Long Bay, sort of like that Top Gear episode about Vietnam, except we didn’t drive the whole route with scooters and we went to Cambodia and Laos along the way. But I am quite interested in driving thru Vietnam on a motorbike; if anybody has done it, let me know. Anyway, we had gotten into a bus in the early hours of the day in Hanoi, which had...

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The Quest for the Puerto Princesa Underground River

Posted by on January 5th, 2012 in Asia, Philippines, Photos | 12 comments

[Not a valid template] It was a sunny morning in Sabang as I dropped to the ticket office to buy myself a ticket for the Puerto Princesa Underground River. I then continued to loiter around, watching other people to come buy tickets. This wasn’t just to be creepy, I needed to share a boat with someone; I wasn’t going to rent a whole boat just for myself. That would be expensive and boring. Quickly a couple came up, so I hit a conversation with them and they were happy to have me in their boat to share some of the cost. That’s the thing; the boats that you can hire to go to the Puerto Princesa Underground River from Sabang fit six people, so you are better off sharing. [Not a valid template] [Not a valid template] And besides...

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Stupid or Lucky, Making It Through the Bolaven Plateau on a Motorbike

Posted by on October 20th, 2011 in Asia, Laos, Photos | 20 comments

I was despairing, the road was just a mud field with rocks, it was raining and the last 5km had taken me almost two hours. And now I had reached an uphill that my motorbike just couldn’t handle. It was like ice with the mud and the rain, my rear wheel just kept spinning and the bike kept sliding backwards. I hadn’t seen another vehicle for ages; I was out of water and food. And at this rate I wouldn’t make it to the next town before sunset. I couldn’t get any grip on the bike from the road, so I was forced to push it up the hill while revving the engine constantly. It was exhausting and by the time I got to the top I was completely soaked with sweat under my rain coat. I really should...

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Cruising the Floating Markets of Can Tho

Posted by on August 11th, 2011 in Asia, Photos, Vietnam | 7 comments

[Not a valid template] My alarm went off, so I groggily fumbled for my iPhone and looked at the screen. I fought the urge to just click the snooze, I knew I’d be sleep in two seconds if i did. I managed to resist the the tempting thought and actually pulled myself up from the be. Damn, I hate getting up at 5 am, I am just not meant for getting up at this hour. We gathered our things with my sister, packed our bags and headed downstairs. Even the receptionist was still asleep in bed next to reception. I knew this was too early. We woke him up (I am sure he appreciated it) and we checked out. [Not a valid template] [Not a valid template] [Not a valid template] We stored our bags to the back room,...

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