King Kong Lor, king of caves

Being in Laos seems like such a long time ago. So much has happened since. I’m working on my photo album and all these memories come back. Like the time I took a bus to Kong Lor cave. It took me a day to get there and a day to get back, but it was…

The joy of transportation in Laos

I woke up feeling sore. My neck was aching from the tough pillow. I feel like I haven’t actually slept well in a while. I can’t wait to sleep in my own, comfortable bed. I had my breakfast at the guesthouse and asked for a sandwich to take on the bus with me as well.…

So what’s the deal with Mrauk-U?

Mrauk-U, pronounced Meow O, is a small town in the west of Myanmar, not far from Bangladesh. The town makes it on some itineraries because of the incredible temples and the possibility to visit some Chin villages. It is a pretty sleepy town, where most of the roads are still dirt roads. The ones that…

Let’s go to Big Sur!

The Thrills sang about Big Sur and the song was playing in my head when I got on the bus to the Big Sur area. I was staying in picturesque Monterey and didn’t have a car. A small bus took me out of town and into the Big Sur. On my way there I made…

Tourist friendly

As a tourist you are always a bit lost. Every new city raises the same question. Where is the hostel/hotel? How does the public transport work? Where can I find a map? Different cities have different ways of providing you with the necessary information. In my opinion Melbourne is a good example of a tourist…

Getting to Sandakan

I am in Kota Kinabalu in the Sabah province of Malaysia, on the island of Borneo. The easiest way to get to Sandakan is to simple take a plane, but the most adventurous and cheapest way is to find your way by bus. Taxis are cheap in Borneo. If you’ve got a few Ringgit to…

Crossing borders

Flying with Airasia is cheap, but as a backpacker I wanted the very cheapest I could find. So I figured out that flying from the Johor Bahru airport in Malaysia is cheaper than flying from Singapore airport. Airasia even provided free bus travel from Singapore. Making my way to Johor Bahru from the center of…