2017 was a year full of challenges for us. It sure wasn’t an easy one but with perseverance and hard work we managed to end the year with a good 3,5 months of travelling and visited 13 countries in total. Some of those are countries we always come back to, some of them were countries we had never been before and some were countries we wanted to explore more of. Here is our year in photos. Read more “2017: Our year in photos”
From Cherating we took a taxi, then a bus and then a boat to Pulau Kapas. One of the “paradise islands” off the east coast of Malaysia. We had heard many good things about Pulau Kapas. It’s a very small island and much quieter than it’s neighbours The Perentian Islands. The boat ride from Marang to the island is only about 10 to 15 minutes.
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Our bus pulled up on a dusty parking lot. Stray dogs lay in the shade, now and again waging their tails against the flies. It seemed to be the final stop so we got off and collected our backpacks. We had arrived in Thaton. A small Thai town right near the border with Myanmar. However, we had not come here to cross the border.
Read more “A boat ride from Thaton to Chiang Rai, Thailand”
Having seen photos and a video by Thai artist Korakrit Arunanondchai that featured the white temple in Chiang Rai, we were determined to visit. When we found out about the black house, we were even more excited. Black and white, Yin and Yang, dark and light. Life and death? Or was that not the underlying idea of the respective artists? From what we read about both places, people loved the white temple and all its beauty and detail. The black house however, evoked other feelings in most. Feelings of dread and even revolt.
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Chiang Mai is the biggest city in the north of Thailand, popular with travellers from all over the world for its laid back atmosphere and many activities on offer. When walking through Chiang Mai you might not realise it, but it’s a city with a lot of history.
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We bought two third class tickets at the train station and lugged our backpacks onto the platform. It was our second experience with train travel in Thailand. Our first trip had been a short one, from Bangkok to Ayutthaya, less than two hours.
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