Blogs from Asia - page 3


Asia » Indonesia » Sumatra » Tanjung Pinang May 27th 2015

I have not seen the movie, Laskar Pelangi (or "Rainbow troops"), but have heard about it which was made in 2008 and had made the island instantly famous domestically. For years, the island had been known for its tin mine, next to the neighbouring island, Bangka, and it did have more domestic visitors only a few more flights from Jakarta were added. A few more three and four star hotels were built too, giving more choices to the travellers. Locally, the island is called Belitung and it has been on my 'to go' list for a long time, but somehow - despite its beauty, it was not 'inviting enough' for me as I felt it was not 'exotic enough'. So when my friend of high school days asked me to join her to Pulau Seribu ("one ... read more
Before the sun goes down at Tanjung Tinggi
Batu Berlayar (Sailing Rock)
Batu Berlayar

Asia » China » Shanghai May 27th 2015

The only way I can describe this unique city is by saying that there is not a boring building in site. The architecture and lights create an unbelievable skyline during the day and especially at night. Our hotel is right on The Bund so we are within walking distance from a ton of great restaurants, shops, and nightlife. Our first night we ate at Lost Heaven where we had some delicious Chinese and Tibetan style dishes. The buildings along The Bund are very European in style. In contrast the other side of the river is filled with oriental buildings; this walk incredibly interesting and eye catching. Day 1 and 2 were mainly work days. Class in the morning, and interviews in the afternoon. Our group traveled out to Shanghai University's School of Public Economics while our ... read more
Iva & Elaine
Yu Garden

Asia » China May 27th 2015

Shanghai-ending on a high for one of us anyway!! Despite a very arduous journey we wanted to try the Maglev and it was certainly speedy. 306km per hour and a journey time of 7 minutes. Then afterwards was the subway slog with the bags. We eventually got to the hostel very late dumped the bags and headed to the bar for a couple of beers. Next day Chris wasn’t feeling too god, his sinus and chest problems recurring and after a very fitful night he decided to just stay in bed. I had a lovely day in Shanghai on my own, first I went to Tianzifang which is a little rabbit warren ... read more
Shanghai skyline
BBQ mushrooms
Yummy cuttlefish

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Mabul May 27th 2015

It has been a while since I joined a photography tour, so when my friend Ella and Imam asked me to go to Tawau, Eastern part of Malaysia over the long weekend of Good Friday, I agreed and bought my ticket immediately. From Singapore, I had to fly to KL and took an Air Asia flight the following day to Tawau. This time, I didn't have to worry about itinerary as it was all planned and I simply had to follow the group; there were 9 of us. From Jakarta, there is an alternative route to reach Tawau via Tarakan. Once landed, we were picked up at the airport and were taken to Samporna, an hour drive from Tawau, and spent a few hours for lunch there before we were taken by boat to Maiga island. ... read more
Boat crew
The view from the island
Our accommodation

Asia » Bhutan » Paro May 27th 2015

Saurav & I visited Bhutan in the year 2013(aug 13th - aug 16th). Our tour included stay & sight-seeing of Paro & Thimphu. We boarded our flight from Guwahati to Paro, and in a span of 50 mins, we were in paradise, that moment while landing, as our flight waded through the beautiful valleys and clear blue skies on a lone landing strip, we knew our trip was goin to be spectacular. We were greeted at the airport by our guide/driver, who accompained us for the rest of the stay. He was polite and courteous and was dressed in his traditional attire 'Gho'. We headed straight to Thimphu, the capital, which was about 1hr 30mins by road from Paro. The view of the landscapes, the lush green valleys and the gushing water of Thimphu river made ... read more
At Termalinca resort - Thimphu
The Buddha Dordenma statue
At Naksel resort - Paro

Asia » Laos » South May 27th 2015

After yesterdays antics of mostly getting very hot and sweaty Kate and I decided to have a more chilled day today. So not venturing too far from the guesthouse we found somewhere to sit for me to be able to catch up with this blog! With this being our last day in Laos we thought we'd end it with watching the sun set. Arranging with a bar owner to do a boat trip we met him at 4pm - and probably a relative/friend who owned a boat! First things first and that was to find an ATM - so after being dropped off at the mainland and stocking up on some kip we headed off for a trip around some of the islands. Watching the evenings activities of fishermen casting their nets while water buffalo laze ... read more

Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Manali May 27th 2015

Apologies for the delay but we've moved blog webpages few month ago and forgot to update this you have loads to read, if you can be bothered!... read more

Asia » Laos May 27th 2015

After having a bit of a lay in Kate and I headed out to explore the island of Don Det. Deciding to walk south down the 2km length of the island was proving to be harder than it sounded! Must of taken us about 45 minutes not including a stop for a lovely watermelon/lemon fruit shake, at a bar owned by a nice chap from Liverpool. Carrying on we finally made it to a bridge which would take us across to another small island - Don Khone. Having to pay an entrance fee to get on the island we walked another 15 minutes to the visitor attraction - a park, a waterfall, a beach and the Mekong. Hearing the waterfall before we saw it, it was huge - crashing down over boulders you could hardly hear ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali May 27th 2015

Bali Hallihallo ihr Lieben, da bin ich wieder! Diesmal mit meinem Reisebericht über Bali! Wie beim letzten mal gesagt sind wir also zum Flughafen gefahren und haben das Einchecken und den ganzen anderen Kram,sowie den Flug selber ohne größere Probleme meistern können. Das Drama fing erst in Bali am Flughafen an. Wir hatten von Australien aus kein Geld gewechselt, da ich dachte, dass es günstiger ist einfach an einem Geldautomaten das Geld rauszuholen ohne sich groß mit den Wechselkursen beschäftigen zu müssen. Außerdem kann ich mit meiner deutschen VISA Karte im Ausland abheben ohne irgendwelche Gebühren zu bezahlen. Leider hat meine deutschen Karte, sowie Leonis australische Karte, an dem Geldautomaten im Flughafen nicht funktioniert, sodass das wir ohne baliniesischen Ruphien mitten in der Nacht am Flughafen standen und irgendwie zu unserem Hotel ... read more

Asia » India May 26th 2015

-SP- Ayer cruce la montannas entre Myanmar y la capital de la region de Manipur, Imphal. Estas simpaticas montannas albergan unos ancestrales grupos etnicos que segun el folleto de turismo "han vivido desde tiempos inmemoriales en armonia". Lo cierto es que ahora les gustan las metralletas y granadas chinas (que llegan via Myanmar por esta frontera larga y porosa) y las usan los unos contra los otros y a veces le cae algo al ejercito tambien. Asi que he tenido 3 checkpoints, con parapeto, chaleco antibalas y kalashnikov cargado, pero en plan majetes. Entre eso y los convoys que van de un lado para otro, ayer vi mas metralletas que en toda mi vida anterior Aqui en la llanura hay ahora gente normal, aunque la poli y el ejercito tambien estan en cada esquina, ire en ... read more

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