We did a night tour of Bangkok by Tuk-Tuk – the best, most fun and most authentic way to experience the “city of angels”! Even though we have been to Bangkok many times, Expique showed us some places we have never been before, places we wouldn`t know of or find ourselves. We also saw Bangkok`s famous sites by night.
We went on an off-the-beaten-track walking tour with the Bangkok Vanguards to explore Bangkok’s ancient Chinatown. Chinatown is a truly fascinating area of Bangkok, with action at all hours and surprises at every turn! It is a maze of alleyways, centuries old temples and hectic markets, filled with hidden gems few that few visitors ever get to experience.
During our travels in Sri Lanka, we had heard so much about Kandy, everybody said we HAD to go to the beautiful city Kandy. So we eventually decided to check out this famous city Kandy on our way from Ella. We took the most beautiful train ride from Ella to Kandy, a highlight on our Sri Lankan trip.
I must admit we were a little bit disappointed of Kandy. Everybody kept telling us (including the Lonely Planet book) that Kandy was sooooo beautiful, and “Here`s a city that looks good even when it`s raining” (quote Lonely Planet). Here is our top 5 list of what to see in Kandy (if you still want to go there after reading this…).
Hong Kong is such an exciting, lively and vibrant city, that really lives up to it’s term: “East meets West”. It has a great mix of both Western and Eastern, both when it comes to culture, food, shopping and architecture. It is a city that has “everything”.
On any given day, you can head to a fishing village less than an hour from downtown, lie on a beach and go shopping bonanza in one of the many flashy shopping malls or back-alley markets. After a busy day, you can wind down at one of the city`s restaurants that holds world-class standard, before heading out in the evening some of to the endless numbers of cafes and bars. What`s not to like about Hong Kong?! Here is our top 10 list of things to do and see in Hong Kong.
From Kandy we went on a day trip with tuk-tuk to the Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka. The orphanage is government run, and was initially created to protect abandoned or orphaned elephants. Today it is one of Sri Lankas most popular attractions, both among tourists and locals. We came really close to elephants of all ages!
It so happened I had my birthday while we were in Mui Ne together with my brother and his girlfriend. We did not have any plans for the day, except to go out to a nice restaurant for dinner in the evening for a little celebration.
The day started at the White Sand Beach, relaxing in the sun beds, when all of a sudden my brother came walking to the beach with a birthday cake! Iiiiihaaa, what a nice surprise! The surprises didn`t stop there, oh no! It turned out that Espen and Christer had arranged for us to take a Kite Surfing course!!! Wooow!!!
I have for a long time wanted to learn kite surfing, so I was so happy to finally try it out! It was my best birthday present ever! The kite surfing course was fun, exhausting and challenging….
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…