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Sulawesi – July 2013

Sulawesi – July 2013

Sulawesi forces you to take time to discover. First of all, because of it’s weird shape. Secondly because it is never guaranteed if or when the bus or boat departs. Thirdly, it is so beautiful! The underwater life is breathtaking and so are the tropical forests, the bounty islands of the Togians and the variety of cultures (including unique Tana Toraja).
Ha Long Bay, Vietnam – June 2013

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam – June 2013

We did not make it on one of the authentic brown sailing boats like on the famous Ha Long Bay pictures (all boats are now painted white, because authorities say that this change benefits the bay's recent international recognition..), but the rest was picture-perfect!
Dong Van, North Vietnam – June 2013

Dong Van, North Vietnam – June 2013

One of the highlights of our trekking in North-Vietnam was our visit to Dong Van where we visited the weekly market, visited by many different colourful ethnic hill tribes, a number of motorcyclists and us. It combined cattle trading, lots of meat (including dogs), fabric and furniture with people enjoying the local food and home-brewed rice wine. By 10am most of the products were sold out and most people tipsy.
Tour in North Vietnam – June 2013

Tour in North Vietnam – June 2013

A motorcyclist in Laos told us that if we wanted to see dramatic landscapes and meet interesting people, we should head for North-Vietnam, close to the Chinese border. And so we did, mostly by foot and the rest by car and staying overnight with local tribes in tiny villages. One of the highlights was a visit to the colorful weekly market in Dong Van. Fascinating!
Hanoi, Vietnam – June 2013

Hanoi, Vietnam – June 2013

Lovely Hanoi, famous for its many bars and restaurants. Backpackers and other travelers are plenty, but the atmosphere and the street life are so vibrant that it all fits in the picture. A great basis prior and after trekking and other tours.
Laos – part 2, June 2013

Laos – part 2, June 2013

Laos felt like a backpacker's party place, which is great when you are 18. But it distracted us a bit from its beautiful nature and from getting a good picture of its history and the people. Most locals aren't so fond of the heavy drinking and bare-dressed teenagers either. A great way to explore this with temples, karst mountains, waterfalls and butterflies blessed country was by scooter though. We were treated with a delicious free wedding meal, a friendly monk who accompanied us in admiring the waterfalls, and fellow motorcyclists that enjoyed the landscape as much as we did. Also memorable to us is the monotonous bass beat of the Lao traditional music and the typical, but 'same old, same old' dance style. Go to Laos part 1 Go to Laos part 1
Laos – part 1, June 2013

Laos – part 1, June 2013

Laos felt like a backpacker's party place, which is great when you are 18. But it distracted us a bit from its beautiful nature and from getting a good picture of its history and the people. Most locals aren't so fond of the heavy drinking and bare-dressed teenagers either. A great way to explore this with temples, karst mountains, waterfalls and butterflies blessed country was by scooter though. We were treated with a delicious free wedding meal, a friendly monk who accompanied us in admiring the waterfalls, and fellow motorcyclists that enjoyed the landscape as much as we did. Also memorable to us is the monotonous bass beat of the Lao traditional music and the typical, but 'same old, same old' dance style. Go to Laos part 2 Go to Laos part 2
Life along the Mekong, Cambodia – May 2013

Life along the Mekong, Cambodia – May 2013

Thanks to some good tips from a hostel owner and other travellers we had the time of our lives along the Mekong. The homestay where we ended up staying had the first TV of the village, so it was the place to be for all the kids around. We went to a local wedding and saw the critically endangered Irrawaddy dolphins. We biked parts of the Mekong Discovery Trail hopping from island to island and canoed through the flood forests.
Angkor Wat – May 2013

Angkor Wat – May 2013

Angkor Wat is best explored by bicycle. Our favorite moment was to experience sunrise at the Bayon temple. One by one the carved faces of the 54 towers of this temple caught the sunlight. And we were all by ourselves besides a lonely dog and a monk... The other memorable activity was to cycle for 65 long and sweaty kilometers to Beng Melea Temple. Besides discovering the Indiana Jones feeling in you when climbing this temple, the way there is fascinating crossing the villages and ricefields surrounding Siem Reap.
Thailand – April 2013

Thailand – April 2013

In april 2013 we were  in Thailand for three weeks. We spent some time in Bangkok to celebrate the water festival and relaxed at beautiful Railay beach in the South. One of the highlights of our time in Thailand was definitely our volunteering work through WWOOF.