After Christmas, my brother Christer and his girlfriend, who both live in Oslo, wanted to get away from the cold snowy Norwegian winter, and come and meet us somewhere in South East Asia. All they wanted was a relaxing warm place with a nice beach. First we considered Thailand, but Thailand in the beginning of January which is peak tourist season, turned out to be out of our budget. So after a lot of research we decided on Mui Ne in Vietnam. It would be a trip filled with both ups and downs…
We had plans of staying at Serein Beach Hotel for only three days, but as soon as we stepped into the lovely lobby lounge/ restaurant at the hotel we knew that we wanted to stay longer. It is such a unique and nice hotel, with a great atmosphere located right on one of the most beautiful beaches in Sri Lanka!
Kalpitiya is a small town in the middle of nowhere, on the north west side of Sri Lanka. It sits on the finger of land that separates Dutch Bay from the Indian Ocean. After we had taken a beginner kite surfing course in Mui Ne, Vietnam, we wanted to take our kite surfing a bit further. We had heard that Kalpitiya was THE place to go kite surfing in Sri Lanka! So we headed up north to Kalpitiya for some more lessons. And we did not regret it, the place turned out to be perfect for beginners!
Sri Lanka is, among it`s many attractions, also home to some of the best preserved ancient ruins and temples in Asia. Perhaps the finest can be found at the ancient capital city of Polonnaruwa, situated almost in the middle of the country.
Not as well known or spectacular as the temples of Angkor in Cambodia, but much less visited and no less atmospheric. This is a place where you can easily imagine yourself being Indiana Jones in search of lost treasures, and where if you are lucky some wild elephants may even come wandering across your path while you explore these ancient temples…
We visited Sri Lankas number one tourist attraction, Unawatuna Beach, for two days filled with swimming, sun and sand. It is a lovely banana-shaped beach of golden sand and turquoise water, surrounded with green palm trees. But does it deserve to be the most popular beach in Sri Lanka? We put it to the test and give it our nerd beach rating!
Update 07. October 2021: The once legendary Dusit Thani Hotel is sadly no more. It was torn down and hopefully, a new hotel will take its place soon. We’re keeping this review available for historical purposes, and look forward to the next chapter. After three weeks in Mui Ne, Vietnam, and Angkor in Cambodia together … Read more
Bangkok is one of my favorite shopping cities in the world! I just love shopping in Bangkok, with its combination of huge posh shopping centers with international and Asian fashion design, but once you pop out on the street you can also find all kinds of cool and cheap stuff!
I haven’t found any other city in the world with this kind of combination, where you can both shop cheap local designs at Chatuchak weekend market, and luxury brands like Louis Vuitton and Chanel in a close by shopping mall. The contrasts in this city are what I like the most! You can find everything! Read my ultimate shopping guide to Bangkok!
When you picture Sri Lanka, golden soft beaches probably pops up before your eyes. But this beautiful island can also offer a totally different side, one of misty green lush landscape. It’s a side with a blanket of green tea bushes as far as your eyes can see, divided by waterfalls and small mountain villages. It’s a side where you can go hiking above 2000 m, walk to the end of the world, or in the footsteps of Adam. Welcome to Sri Lanka`s Hill Country!
Hong Kong, the skyscraper city at the edge of China, is not just a shopping mecca for fashion, photography equipment and electronics. It is certainly that as well, but dig a little deeper and you can find entire shopping malls dedicated to almost every conceivable interest. Wether you are a movie poster collector looking for classic Bruce Lee posters (who isn’t), or looking for the latest in Anime, Hong Kong will rarely disappoint. And if you are a movie nerd like me with a weakness for the best movie action figures in the universe, then a visit to Hot Toys is simply unmissable!
Taking the train is the most comfortable way to travel in my opinion. You can walk around whenever you want, go to the toilet, have some food, meet other travelers and locals, read, listen to music, relax and watch the landscape go peacefully by. Taking the train is a great way to see Sri Lanka! It is also cheap and safe! The train trip from Ella to Kandy, in Sri Lanka, is supposed to be one of the most scenic and beautiful journeys in the world. We totally agree!
“They call him Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning. No one you see is smarter than he. And we know Flipper lives in a world full of wonder. Flying there under, under the sea….”. Of course we wanted to meet the real Flipper in person!