South East Asia

Spiritual Surfing ~ Bali

The white waves of the ocean used to take Hannahs breath away. “They sucked power out of every vein. I never imagined that surfing your waves could set me free. Bali, that beautiful island where my wanderlust started, where I found deep peace in your wild waters. Immersed in your white and cloudy storm, I was finally able to let go. How did you overcome your fears? That powerless feeling, triggering all your instincts?” Read about her surf adventure in Bali!

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In a bikini, In an Islamic country during Ramadan

Have you ever doubted to travel to an Islamic country, let alone during Ramadan? That’s what Aygin wonders after she travelled to the beautiful island of Langkawi in Malaysia. What did she notice? What did she love? And what surprised her? Find out more about travelling an Islamic country during Ramadan and tell us what you think!

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How to Avoid Bali Belly Like a Pro

And this my friends is why you might want to be aware of the possibility of Bali belly. We’ve all had it at one time or another; my first experience with it was in my very first week as a volunteer in Bali. I’d traveled and I’d been sick before, but I’d never be hit so hard, so quickly as …

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Mount Batur – Seeing the sunrise at the Top of the World

Our trip began at 2am, which I must tell you was not pleasant by any stretch of the imagination, getting up at that hour took some serious effort. We met our friends at Ubud Yoga Centre to get on the arranged bus ride to the Volcano. The bus was another annoyance as it was not comfortable at all with no …

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Culture Shock: From The Netherlands To Vietnam

From cycling through the flat landscapes, enjoying my trustworthy cheese platters and living a well-organized life in The Netherlands, to the complete opposite: Vietnam. Experience my six greatest shocks in this overwhelming country, but please remember, this country, its nature, food and people have stolen my heart. See this as a preparation for your visit, not as reasons why not …

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Dive Certifications and Whale Shark Spottings – Thailand

Chad spent a month traveling Thailand from Central to Northern to Southern and back. He spent that time exploring, learning the culture and taking photos. From bathing elephants to swimming with whale sharks even getting bit by a monkey, Chad has had some close encounters with the wildlife in Thailand. He shares his experience with becoming a diver and the sea life he encountered…

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The horses Of Gili – a video about the vehicles of Gili Trawangang

This video of Marko doesn’t show you the fun, parties and relaxed holidays the tourists are having on the small Indonesian island of Gili Trawangan. It shows you the other side of the story of an island where motor vehicles are banned. It’s up to the many workhorses to keep the infrastructure running – ferrying around hundreds of tourists a day, collecting the rubbish and supplying the many bars and restaurants. This film takes a look at the conditions these horses are forced to live in and shows the positive steps been made by those on the island who seek a brighter future for the horses of Gili..

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A glimpse into Bali after dark

If, like most of the Western world, you imagined Bali to be all pushbikes, healers, special tonics, meditation, and Brazilian-themed beach parties, you can’t be blamed! Eat Pray Love is the culprit my friend, we all wanted to be Julia Roberts taking a dip in the calm waters of Padang Padang with a sexy older gent didn’t we? The real …

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Learning to Love Ubud Again – a guide through the health scene of Ubud by a local

Hannah has been living in and around Ubud for already ten years. Where it first was a bustling small town it grew out to a spiritual destination. Ubud is well-known for its healthy food scene and arguably the hottest yoga scene in whole Asia. For Hannah this was not something she immediately loved but over the years she started to fall again for the charms of Ubud. Let this story from a local, an expat and a yoga lover guide you through the health scene of vibrant Ubud..

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Poverty down the stairs – Mumbai, India

People either see India as a no-go, or they see it as a beautiful, challenging experience. Charmaine, who lived and worked in Mumbai for five months, takes you into her life and shares her opinion of a different side of India she experienced..

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Hitchhiking a way through Myanmar

One of the oldest (and romantic) ways to travel; hitch hiking your way through a country. Nowadays this way of travelling is questioned by many due to safety reasons. Pauline, a Dutch girl who is travelling solo through Myanmar, gave it a go. This is her verdict..

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The ultimate bali vacation with friends boyfriends kids guide

I know I sound like a grandma saying this but when you grow older, things like a full-time job and a family can be very time-consuming and that makes finding time to spend with your friend hard. Especially when you’re travelling the world as a digital nomad and your two best friends both live in different countries. Our last date …

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Lovina, so much more than dolphin cruises

Lovina is well-knowns for the cheap and pretty awesome dolphin cruises. Alex is probably one of the few people that went to Lovina without seeing any dolphin. She went exploring along the coast, in the mountains and in the surrounding villages. This is what she found..

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Visit Vietnam for a wedding? Why not!

When my, now husband and I first starting thinking of where to get married, our first thought was the beautiful Hunter Valley in Australia. It is a special place for my husband as his family have a property there so really – it was a no-brainer. But he knew how much work it would be to prepare the property how …

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Jungle Trek in Bukit Lawang

Willem is in the jungle of Sumatra close to the village of Bukit Lawang where he goes tracking. Along the way, he meets some wild inhabitants of the jungle. But when the group can get as close as they do Willem gets suspicious..

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Fernweh

Fernweh, a word that perfectly encompasses everything I feel at this very moment. Fernweh is German for the intense and absolute desire to wander and travel.  In life, the general consensus is, that home is where the heart is. But what if you lost and left your heart all over the world? Sometimes you can feel so lost when travelling; …

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How to get a Full El Nido experience

As you might have seen on other blogs or read in guides and magazines, El Nido is one of the most beautiful places on this planet. This bold statement makes your imagination run wild because your senses can’t possibly handle so much beauty. After a 5-hour bus ride from Puerto Princesa you arrive at an any small touristy Asian city. …

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Climbing the Rinjani Volcano without a Guide

When you want to climb the Rinjani, people might tell you that you need a guide. Are you allowed to climb the Rinjani by yourself? A simple answer is: yes you can, a guide is not mandatory. At the entrance of the park you need to sign a paper that you are well prepared and responsible for your own safety. …

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How tourism is about to destroy Benoa Bay, Bali

In 2011 Benoa Bay, which is just minutes from Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport was declared a conservation area. This area of mangroves, small fishing villages and sandy islets is one of the last remaining areas of undeveloped space in this tourist-packed area of Bali. However, just a couple of months before the end of his second term as President of …

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Friendship on the Annapurna Circuit

Jibn says namaste. I say namaste. He asks me where I’m going. I say Chame. He says: “Good we go together, we friends. This is my sister but she stops there, from there we are two friends. Yes?” “Yes,” I say “good idea.” My first friend on the Annapurna Circuit. “Yes very good, we two very happy arriving. I make …

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Thai Massage Fairy Tale

Because I’ve been traveling for so long my mother and sister think I am a walking Tripadvisor and Google Maps. Or they pretend to think so anyway.  I’ll show them exactly how well I know Bangkok. After two hours of aimlessly taking busses and getting scammed by taxis, we accidentally arrive at Bangkok’s Chinatown. They really want a Thai Massage, …

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A year of travel, the final summary

It has been exactly one year today since I left to travel. One year in which I have lived the world, learned more about other people and their cultures and was confronted with myself, and my partner, on a daily basis. One year in which I lived, loved, laughed, cried, felt lost, was found and went through what can only …

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School visit in Bhangal, Kathmandu – Nepal

Heading to Nepal I had all these great thoughts in my head of what I would do to help. I wanted to make a difference! My friend and I arrived in Kathmandu and were spending a few days in a hostel before heading to an orphanage for a week. Our contact at the orphanage offered to pick us up from the …

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Travelling – a life lesson learned

Lush green trees flash by, I’m travelling again and staring out of the window of the bus. I wonder what the warm air smells like. I imagine it smells of warm garbage and fragrant Jasmine flowers, a mix of smells I am all too familiar with and have actually come to love as I now associate it with travelling.  From …

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The Hungrier Guide to Bali

Breakfast Bali is a great place to come relax, enjoy and to detox and reset. Bali offers an amazing variety of health-conscious restaurants where you can stuff your face, guilt-free! Organic produce, no artificial colourings, preservatives or MSG – a not-so-healthy Asian favourite, and all freshly made. Fussy Bird, Ubud offers all these things and offers not only healthy dishes …

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A 100 days of Christmas and a foodie nightmare – The Philippines.

The first time I ever travelled outside of Europe was in 1996, when my parents, brother and myself travelled to The Philippines. Here we travelled around for 6 weeks and this country and with that, my very first real travel experience became the benchmark to which I would compare every other journey that would follow. I still remember the smells, …

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George Town Penang – A food lovers paradise

Penang is a small island in North-Western Malaysia, also known as The Pearl of the Orient and it’s no wonder why. The island is a cultural melting pot where Malay, Chinese and Indian culture, heritage and cuisine blend harmoniously. Penang’s main attraction, the famous and ever so lovely UNESCO World Heritage site of George Town, has a strong colonial influence and beautiful Chinese style houses that make for a truly lovely sight and is definitely worth the trip! Rhea, who is an ex-chef from London, guides you through one of her favourite things in life: tasting exciting new dishes..

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A lovely local experience in Melaka

The saying “you are only as good as the people around you” can be applied to cities as well as people. A mediocre place can be made into something amazing by the locals you meet. Melaka is one of these places for me. Despite the cities beautiful old Chinese mansions, the old Dutch Stadhuys (city hall), the historical fort, and …

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Custom made in Vietnam

When in search of custom made clothes or shoes, Hoi An is ‘the best place’ in Vietnam to get it. In this quaint town you will always be able to find a tailor or shoemaker who can make you clothes or shoes in whatever size you need. There are supposedly over 200 tailors in Hoi An. Off course visiting all of …

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The Hungrier Guide to George Town, Penang

George Town is a famous and ever so lovely UNESCO World Heritage site on the island of Penang. For Rhea, George Town was above all a foodie paradise. Every time when she shares her favourites, the rest of the team will make sure they get some snacks at the same place. If you’re paying a visit to Penang and you like good food, you might want to have a look at this ultimate foodie guide through George Town..

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Ubud, Bali – An ancient sanctuary in a modern day life

Ubud is a place that has successfully integrated its ancient rituals into the hustle-bustle of the modern day life. Traditional ceremonies such as births, weddings and cremations still remain the same as they have for the last decade, and it is fascinating to be able to witness the devotion with which the Balinese regard their heritage. Rhea shares her story about the traditions she experienced in Ubud..

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Bangkok – Local life and a colourful kitchen

Busy, chaotic, noisy, smelly, dingy, dark and full of weird. It’s not hard to find the faults in this city but when looking off the beaten path and tourists traps, you will find life; vibrant and colourful. Truth be told, there are nicer cities in the world, but Bangkok is used as a base for most SE Asia travel and …

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Singapore or Singabore?

Singapore (or Singabore, as I more affectionately refer to it) is one of those cities you can’t quite put your finger on. The old blends in with the new but a contrast still remains. High rise buildings tower over small sheds, stalls and little markets. This is where the ‘real’ Singapore still shows. The Singapore of days gone past, the …

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The lovely family Pandey

Waking up reminds me of the mornings at the Mentawai tribe… The sun rises and the women start their day by cooking, cleaning and feeding the animals. I hear the noises but I’m still in my hard bed…Shall I go and help or stay a little longer? Even though my back hurts I decide to stay just for a few …

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I’m off to the mountains!

Permits in the pocket, trekkingshoes ready and I even have a ‘afritsbroek’ (trekking pants). Wow I swore to myself I would never wear one of those but here I am… I’m so excited! From tomorrow on it’s gonna be offline time again for probably the next 3 weeks. I’m going into the MOUNTAINS! Walking from little village to little village, sleeping …

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Back into the world after ten days of silence retreat

Here I am, back in Pokhara village after 11 days of silence in a completely isolated world. Yesterday I couldn’t really enjoy coming back into ‘normal’ life: Normal life with other people then just the group we were with, with internet access, with my phone, with 323 whatsapp messages and 153 emails. But I am slowly coming back… Sipping my first beer in almost a month: can you imagine me not …

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Last message before 10 days of silence…

No phone, no email, no whatsapp, no messages, no talking, no eyecontact… Just me, myself and I. OFF the line. Why? Same question every time… Because I’m curious. Curious about the experience, what it will do to me. How will it feel? Will I really be able to have more control over my thoughts? Use them a bit less and …

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Kathmandu like LIS

I love this ‘city’! Or shall I say big village? It’s like time stood still. Red brick buildings, shitty cars, old bicycles, every day a few hours without electricity, big watertanks on rooftops for showers. What I like most is daily life.  People here don’t use the internet to read bullshit, check out everybody else’s lives or buy stuff. Here everything happens in the streets. And that’s why the …

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Namasté Kathmandu!

I asked my new german friend how to say ‘hello’ in Nepali and he just stared at me like I was crazy. Now I understand why. Namasté is hello of course. So… Namasté! I have been in Kathmandu for a while now. People even ask me ‘Are you still in Kathmandu?’ Yes I am because I am not in a …

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Surfing Mui Ne

Mui Ne is a town on Vietnam’s South-East Coast with lots of beachfront resorts, hotels and cabins. Mui Ne is one of the only places in Vietnam, which I recalled, that even has small cabins on the beach. So when you are looking for a break from ‘hostel life’, go find a cabin in Mui Ne. Booking ahead is not …

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Nha Trang – island hopping and sightseeing

It may not be on many itineraries when planning a visit to Vietnam, but when the weather is nice (you need to definitely check this in advance), beach destination Nha Trang could surprise you Nha Trang boasts a 6km stretch of sandy beach and has multiple islands just a boat ride away. Activities you can do here range from the …

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