RTW review – a year on the road

Wow, a year of continuous travel! And not a single mile flown. That’s quite an achievement. For my month 12 review I am going to do something different, especially since I just recently posted a lengthy review of South East Asia and also updated the post on the travel worries I had before I left. So that’s 12…

RTW the best and worst of SE Asia

Five months in South East Asia, what a ride! Now that I’m moving onward and northward to China, it’s time for final review of the very best and the few worst things of South East Asia. There will also be a souped up monthly review later, as the next one will mark one year of…

RTW review – month 8

Oddly, enjoying quality beach time does not make for very compelling blog posts. I will return back to travel descriptions soon. But for now, another month review. I’m about half way through, as it’s been already eight months since I embarked on my journey, with possibly another 7-8 months to go. You find the previous…

RTW journey back to Malaysia

Frankly at this point I was tired of traveling in Sumatra. It was just too cumbersome and fraught with worry as there is little information available online. So I was looking for the easiest way to get back to Malaysia from Lake Toba. First of course you would need to take a ferry to mainland…

RTW Samosir island on Lake Toba

After my uncomfortable journeys in Sumatra so far, I had booked a private car from Bukit Lawang to Lake Toba for the princely cost of 65 GBP. I later realised that I could have joined a tourist bus for about a fifth of that, but at least I could leave when I wanted, and have…

RTW review – month 7

As the 6 month review was so extensive, I will keep this one sweet and short. Also, a big chunk of this month was spent onboard the Bellini, and I have already written a separate post about that. And you can find the other month reviews here. Best of the best Trekking with orang-utans! This…

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…

RTW trekking with orang-utans

What an amazing experience! What a privilege! Meeting orang-utans in the wild in Sumatra made all the effort of getting there worthwhile. It was a strenuous and occasionally dangerous trek, up and down steep slippery paths, but so worth it! There are again lots more photos on Flickr! I had arrived in Bukit Lawang around…

RTW a short stop in Medan

I spent two days in Medan, which is the gateway to Northern Sumatra and the fourth largest city in all of Indonesia. That was two days too many. The city is large, sprawling, noisy, dirty, busy, and run down. There are few nice buildings in the town, and even if there were nicer areas, you…

RTW journey to Medan on Sumatra

I’ve always loved orang-utan, so now that I was so close to Sumatra, one of the few places left in the world where you can see them in the wild, I just had to go and visit. It is perfectly possible to get to Sumatra from Malaysia without flying, nor is it very costly, but…