Maria Petri


Maria Petri

Well, what can I say. You do get lazy now and again. Keeping a blog up to date is not the easiest thing. Will be updating everything very soon.

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur » China Town December 11th 2010

Penang - Gorgetown - yummy indian cuisine Melaka - Baba Nyona, Chinese, Indian and Malay heritgae - it was time for a break too, so I made use of the gym facilities in Melaka and tried all the dishes Melaka has to offer Singapore - another gorgeous city, if you love cities Kota Kinabalu - Just a transfer town in my opinion - try the seafood though! Sandakan - horrid town Sepilok - worth staying in one of the resorts to chill and see the monkeys Semporna - Sipadan: dive heaven... read more
Melaka - Dutch Square

Asia » Thailand » Eastern Thailand November 20th 2010

Koh Chang in Thailand. Off-season deserted beaches, beautiful and peaceful. Exactly what you need after India. Siem Reap - Angkor Wat: Temples, temples and more temples every day. Phnom Penh - Khmer Rouge and S21 - pretty much the only two good things that the city has to offer Saigon - pretty views from Sheraton's rooftop bar Nah Trang - beach, beach, beach but no sun Hoi An - amazing beach and incredible tailors and of course some culture as well Hue - small, but nice and worth a visit Hanoi - Backpacker's hostel is amazing if you are up for drinking and more drinking, haven't seen much of Hanoi yet Halong Bay - amazing views, great kayaking and way too much to drink Son La - THE ONLY TOURIST IN A TOWN OF 70000 ... read more
My beach hut
Angkor - Siem Reap
Khmer Rouge's genocide

Asia » Laos » North » Luang Namtha November 15th 2010

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Son La November 3rd 2010

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi October 25th 2010

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Quảng Nam » Hoi An October 21st 2010

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Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 October 13th 2010

Hoe Chi Min City or Saigon? A town full of history and scooters. Many locals refer to HCMC still as Saigon, which is the former capital of South Vietnam. It’s almost a must to visit the Reunification Palace and the War remnant museum. Occasionally the palace is used for official purposes but otherwise open to the public. The palace has everything from lavishly decorated reception halls to private cinema. The president himself loved to dance and a game, so he had his own play room with a private bar and band to entertain his guests. The war remnants museum was packed with weapons and pictures of victims depicting the awful results of the war generally and in particular the effect of American chemical bombs. You do feel a hint of Anti-Americanism especially when visiting the ... read more
Chu Chi Tunnels
Chu Chi Tunnels
Chu Chi Tunnels

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh October 10th 2010

Having burnt my face spending the entire boat journey from Siem Reap on the deck I certainly had a great start in Phnom Penh, not! The capital city does not have that much to offer. S21 and the killing fields are a must to get to know Cambodia’s history, but otherwise I found Phnom Penh very quiet, boring and characterless. The King resides in his Royal Palace, hence why visiting can become quite a challenge – you never know if it is open or not although the daily opening hours are 8.30am – 5pm - it is only open when the Monarch is away on duty. Seeing what Khmer Rouge have caused in Cambodia is very saddening. In fact, it is terrifying to imagine that the children who were trained at the age of 6 ... read more
Yummy lunch - spiders
India in Cambodia

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap October 8th 2010

Thai - Cambodian border I was not expecting all the imaginative scams that happen on a daily basis, crossing the border from Thailand, tour from Koh Chang, to Cambodia. Scam No. 1 starts on Koh Chang: You get on a minibus for around 900B (£18) which will take you all the way to Siem Reap. That is a very lucrative offer considering the time and energy you would require to make your own way from Koh Chang to Siem Reap. It probably would cost you only £10 but you would also need 12h instead of 6h to get there. I, of course, am very lazy and prefer comfort and luxury over sweating with your massive back-pack trying to find where the bus leaves from A to B. The minibus stops in front of a restaurant, which ... read more
Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Chang October 1st 2010

After I finally got into Bangkok’s airport it didn’t even cross my mind to get a bus into busy Bangkok, instead I wanted to go somewhere peaceful and nice, just because I deserve it . So I chose the most deserted Island in Thailand, at least for now till the main season starts. Koh Chang is beautiful. I was staying in a beach hut resort with 49 empty beach huts. Mine was right by the beach, overlooking the sea and every evening I got a beautiful view of the sunset. Not many people around - so it was just me, my book and the sea. I was having amazing food there - red, green yellow curries, seafood - it was fresh everywhere you go. I was indulging myself with various massages and a must do in ... read more
My beachhut
My view every evening
The restaurant

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