Category: Asia

Dreamy Pink Lake in Thailand

“Sonhos cor-de-rosa”, he said. It is the Portuguese translation for “sweet dreams” and, literally, it means “pink dreams”. A wish that peace and beauty takes over your mind and you let go of reality: and so I did. There I was, on my last day in Thailand, floating…

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Pai, Northern Thailand

More than a destination, a lifestyle The river is refreshing but not that powerful. The mountains are curvy but not that steep. The waterfalls are hidden but not that full. So what is it that makes Pai a destination that compels travellers to stay longer than they had originally planned…

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Letter to an Elephant

Dear Elephant, After our last encounter, contradicting emotions have grown inside my heart. I was overwhelmed with your story and left you when I still had so much to say. Ever since I booked my trip to Thailand, I had really been looking forward to meeting you. That morning we…

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Colourful Temples of Bangkok – photo gallery

On my first day in Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit I wandered in-between temples! Oh wait, confused?! I was as confused as impressed! The 21 words written above compose the official name of…

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Bangkok – The fun is on the Streets

“Like a limbo, you are always a step away from having fun or being scammed.” – My friend warned me few hours before I boarded the plane to Bangkok. With his words echoing in my head, I ventured out of the hostel. My first instinct was to head to the canal…

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Plan Your First Trip to China

So you have decided to visit China?! Yeyy (little dance move)! So here are a few tips to help plan your first trip to China from someone who has just planned it all from scratch, no agencies used and with that I saved a lot of money. Now, it can…

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The Language of the Heart – Yangshuo

Sitting on small wooden stools, the silence was only broken by the sound of heavy rain and the vigorous brushes the woman gives to the soaked clothes in the red round plastic container. The husband astutely maneuvers the knife removing the tip and the stringy bit from the side of…

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Stairway to heaven? Or Longji’s Rice Terraces?

Gold, brown and green collage of steps mold the mountain wall, forming terraces covered in shallow muddy water. Chinese farmers scarcely stood across the terraces, feet in the water, round pointy hats on their heads, concentrating on the task of planting rice. So picturesque! The scenery I had only seen…

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17 Hilarious Facts about the Chinese

When you go to a country culturally so different with an open mind, the things you come across can be part of the fun of traveling. From north to south,  the Chinese showed me some generosity but also challenged my sense of what is “normal”. So here I…

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Fenghuang – Life around the River

The smell of noodles and fried food woke me up just before 7am. Climbing through the balcony, the life outside our bedroom was invading our sleep. My first thought was: where am I?! Slowly the memory of the day before returns. Fenghuang. A remote town located in the west-south…

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Tianmen Mountain – Zhangjiajie

Even with my eyes closed I could feel it. An emptiness of everything and a simultaneous filling of nothing. Walking as far as the edge goes, I opened my arms to embrace the nothing and the everything. The breeze kissed my cheeks and messed up my hair. With the Tianmen…

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