Reflection on 8 month in Asia

Every great experience comes to an end one day and I wanted to use the today’s blog post as a summary and reflection. First five months in China for an exchange semester with diverse trips in China, to Indonesia and Japan in between the semester and afterwards two and a half months traveling through Southeast…

Singapore

My last episode of this awesome almost eight-month journey though diverse countries in Asia ended in Singapore. First, I didn’t even want to visit Singapore because I thought it is to artificial and not typical Asian. But then I got a really cheap flight back home from there so I decided to stay for four…

Phnom Penh – Cambodia

Phnom Penh kept me learning more about the sad and cruel part of the Cambodian history. I won’t go into depth, words can just not describe how cruel humanity can be and how close in time this genocide was shows me that sadly, we seem not learn from the past and that coming from a…

Koh Rong Samloem – Cambodia

On the evening of the third day I took the night bus to Sihanoukville. It was a long journey, again being in a bed, this time with a Russian girl, but I actually managed to sleep a bit this time and we arrived for sunset. I took a motorcycle ride to the harbor where I…

Siem Reap – Cambodia

I made it to Siem Reap, Cambodia after a super long journey and some troubles by bus. First the border took really long because they charged more for the visa than they were supposed to. Cambodia, like some other Asian countries as well, is known for corruption and I experienced it the very first minute…

4000 Islands – Laos

The 4000 islands are more my taste of a great time than Vang Vieng. Still, the journey to get there was trouble and really long. 20 hours in the bus with tiny beds which you had to share with a stranger. In my case a local lady who was gladly really slim, since I’m not……

Vang Vieng – Laos

Vang Vieng the party central of Laos. My group wanted to stay in one of the party hostels where you get free whisky each night and that’s how wasted the people got. I mostly don’t drink alcohol at all. First of all, I don’t quite like most of the taste and second of all I…

Luang Prabang – Laos

This small town really got me! The people again are super nice and the nature is amazing! A beautiful waterfall, lovely river sides, temple and a view from a hill above the city. Sure, there is also some tourism going on, they have hostels and a marked with clothes, souvenirs and food that opens each…

Slow Boot in Laos

This slow boat trip was a great idea! You can see such a beautiful nature and we had so much fun on the boat playing multiple games and chatting. I meet such nice people with whom I did not only spend the two hours on the boat but also the next seven days in Laos….

Wat Rong Khun – Thailand

You want to see the most unusual temple ever, go to see this one. It was an old temple bad in shape and a designer bought it and this is what he made out of it. A temple out of a weird fantasy. Fascination to look at, but not very Buddhist anymore. Lots of tourist…

Chiang Mai – Thailand

Thailand as I think one of the most popular tourist destinations for at least European tourist was my next destination. I have never been there before. First, I thought about visiting the islands but the time would have been to short for that. I would have needed to skip Cambodia or another of the countries…

Mandalay – Myanmar

Boat ride from Bagan to Mandalay I decided to do a day cruise from Bagan to Mandalay. A bit of luxury is nice sometimes and it wasn’t that expensive. The Irrawaddy River took us north to Mandalay. It was beautiful and relaxing. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were included and we also were able drinks on…