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 10

What an amazing month! This travel month manages to cram in more incredible experiences than any of my previous, fantastic travel months. I get now why South East Asia is so high on many travellers’ best-of lists. The weather is wonderful, if a bit hot for my taste, the people are warm and friendly, the food…

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 Happy New Year from Chiang Mai

May 2017 bring you only joy, health and happiness! I had spent the day up on the mountain, and returned to my hotel around 6 pm to have a nap. I woke around 9 pm, and got myself ready. A danish guy on the same tour had heard that there would be monk chanting at…

RTW mountain tops in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is a wonderful destination, even if you only want to chill, eat great food and visit more temples than you have ever seen in such a small area. But if you want to do more, there are several options out of town. To get out of the town and see the countryside a…

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 amazing Ayutthaya, part 2

I managed to see a whole lot of Ayutthaya in the three days I was there. The old city center is compact and walkable, and only the extreme heat during the middle of the day limited my walking about. I usually got up very early and went to see the sun rise over a wat…

RTW alternative Christmas in Ayutthaya

I chose to spend my Christmas in Ayutthaya to get away from it all. You would think that being in Thailand where most people are Buddhists and thus do not celebrate Christmas would be enough, but no. Big malls in Bangkok play Xmas music, there are twinkly plastic deer in front and trees decked in Xmas…