RTW journey to Lake Kawaguchi

The first thing you must realize is that there are at least two Kawaguchi stations. I needed the one on Lake Kawaguchi, with full name (Fuji)kawaguchiko, which is east from Tokyo. I had researched online and was dismayed that the route there included a lot of changes. However, by chance I also checked in google…

RTW bus from Fenghuang to Zhangjiajie

It was raining when I left Fenghuang. Perfect timing! I had booked my bus ticket at my hotel, as the bus station was further away from the town center so I didn’t get there before I left. I got a slip of paper in Chinese with the departure time, 10:30 am, on it and the…

RTW bus from Guilin to Fenghuang

In vain I searched for a train from Guilin to Fenghuang, only to realize that there isn’t one. There is, however, a direct bus that takes about 6 hours. I asked the reception in my hostel in Guilin how I should go about getting a ticket. She kindly called the bus station, and after a…

RTW a short hop from Hoi An to Hue

The road over the mountain pass from Hoi An to Hue may have been my favorite South East Asia journey so far. The trip only took about three hours, plus time to pick up everyone in Hoi An. I was fortunately ready a little early, as they came for me at 7:15 am. There were…

RTW bus from Da Lat to Hoi An

Or, as it is often called in traveler reports, “the bus ride from hell”. I was warned, but decided to brave the 16 hour bus ride as the bus took me basically door to door. The other option would have meant a 4 hour bus ride to Nha Trang, a change to a train (with…

RTW delighted with Da Lat

I have already written a few posts about Dalat, the Crazy House and the day tour to nearby sites, but not yet about the lovely town itself. The journey to Da Lat from Saigon was long, but the bus was super comfortable. I took the Futa sleeper bus, even though the bus ride was during…

RTW first days in Koh Rong

Time and distance are fluid concepts in Cambodia. The 100 km distance from Kampot to Sihanoukville, the port town for the island of Koh Rong, and the half an hour ferry ride were supposed to be a 3-hour trip. I had been advised to be ready at 7:30 am for my pickup for the 8…

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 charming Chiang Mai

I may have just found my favorite SE Asia city: Chiang Mai. While it doesn’t have the immense appeal of ancient ruins of Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai is instantly accessible, very walkable, with great restaurants, and filled to the brim with amazing temples. And, importantly, it is both in north Thailand and at a slight elevation,…

RTW cinema and shopping in Bangkok

Last I wrote, I was in Krabi, nursing a broken wrist. A week after the accident, I got a solid cast on my wrist and finally felt safe enough to travel with it. That doesn’t mean it was easy. Packing with only one working hand was certainly challenging, but I managed. And of course I…