RTW snow monkeys!

So I had finally made it to Yamanouchi and survived a fire. It was time to go meet the snow monkeys! It was bone chillingly cold, only a few degrees above freezing, so I was again wearing all my clothes, and in fact an extra woolen layer on top and my leggings under jeans and…

RTW Zhangjiajie national forest park

I had come to Zhangjiajie mainly to visit the eponymous forest national park. You know, Avatar mountains. The film wasn’t actually filmed there, but the Hallelujah mountains were inspired by the rock pillars in Zhangjiajie, as well as by the karst formations in Guilin. As the national area is large I opted to hire a…

RTW Angkor day 1

Everyone’s heard of Angkor Wat, right? But it may surprise you that there are more ruins of temples and cities in the Angkor Archaeological Park than just Angkor Wat. The park is around 400 square km in size, and includes the remains of several capitals of the Khmer Empire. Most of the best known ones are…

RTW journey to Siem Reap

I had booked a seat on a direct day bus from Bangkok Thailand to Siem Reap Cambodia with the busiest land border crossing between the two countries (from Aranyaprathet to Poipet). I realized later that the company I booked with did not have the best reviews, but the journey went surprisingly smoothly. The bus was…

RTW Bangkok and final days in Thailand

All things come to an end. My two month long adventure in Thailand is finally almost over. After amazing islands, incredible cities and awesome animal adventures, as well as some mishaps, I spent my last days in Thailand in Bangkok. Getting from Chiang Mai to Bangkok was a relatively simple affair of taking a direct night…

RTW elephants, elephants, elephants!

I had been wanting to go on an elephant pampering tour ever since I arrived in mainland Thailand, but by that time my arm was broken so I didn’t think I could. I would have considered going on one, just to be able to get close to the elephants, but the responsible places include things like…

RTW amazing Ayutthaya, part 1

It was a last minute decision to go to Ayutthaya for three nights, carving a bit of time from my planned schedule. And wow, am I glad I did, rather than just pop in there for a day trip. The historical center is a compact area, mostly located on an island surrounded by three rivers, completely circulating…

RTW diving in Ko Phi Phi

The day before my island/snorkel tour, I had visited a dive shop on Tonsai Bay. Happily, their logistics meant that I was perfectly fine to dive with them with a still-healing sprained ankle, so I booked a trip with two dives for the day after the snorkel tour. The dive shop prepped all our dive gear…

RTW islands and beaches of Ko Phi Phi

The first several days were non eventful, while my ankle healed. I walked to different beaches, but mostly the long beach north of town (not to be confused with Long Beach, which is south east of town). Some shade could be found there, just on the edge where beach met the restaurants and cafes lining the…

RTW Bukit Lawang

Bukit Lawang is more than the orang-utan treks, and if you should ever visit, I highly recommend staying there for a day or two. Getting to Bukit is strenuous enough that you really don’t want to turn around and leave the next day you arrived. And I had it easy. The lovely receptionist at my…