Sri Lanka has plenty to offer from tropical beach vibes, cool surfing spots to amazing wildlife, lush tea plantations and colonial architecture. It’s only a small island but its biodiversity is really incredible and the ease of travelling around to witness the changing landscape is an enormous advantage.
In the past 10 years, Sri Lanka has certainly flourished as a tourist destination but it’s important to mention that it’s still not as developed as some spots in Southeast Asia. The country opened up to visitors since the end of the civil war with more flights and various accommodation options ranging from family guesthouses and bungalows to surfer hostels and mountain-view hotels. You won’t find any high-rises with fancy rooftop bars, Sri Lanka has a more laid back atmosphere and is a perfect destination for people who love to embrace a local vibe at slow pace.
Situated in northern part of the country, in a valley at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, Luang Prabang is a real gem of Laos. The entire place is a perfect blend of ancient past, French colonial influences, Asian tradition and stunning nature. There is something pretty around every corner, from tree-lined boulevards, Royal Palace to over 30 Buddhist temples with gilded roofs.
To be fair it came as a bit of a surprise to me how small Luang Prabang actually is. One of my friends was living there for four months. He was working as a social media consultant for an eco-fashion company and he definitely managed to generate enough hype about the place. I pictured it as a much bigger town.
When I was planning my trip the idea of spending 40 days in China seemed just crazy and I was a bit worried that maybe my plan was overambitious. I had a feeling that after few weeks I will be desperate to leave China but actually I was wrong! On a day of my flight to Vientiane, a capital city of Laos, I was excited but somehow sad that I was leaving spectacular Yunnan. On the other hand, I had enough of cold weather and even the tastiest bowl of noodle soup was not going to change the fact I was looking forward to fresh and raw vegetables, ice coffee and beautiful sunshine.
Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in an office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain. – Jack Kerouac
Visiting Vietnam back in 2013 that was like a prelude to my trip around Asia. I knew that I want to explore more of this incredible continent during a sabbatical.
My solo travels took me through 10 countries, from Japan all the way down to Indonesia. Since I managed to keep a travel diary, you can read about some of my adventures. I haven’t covered all of my extensive travels though. Maybe one day?
One of the roads from the Tiger Leaping Gorge was leading to Shangri-La. It was not really a mystical and mythical Himalayan utopia but a city originally called Zhongdian. Since December 2011 it changed its name to the place out of James Hilton’s novel to promote tourism in the area.
Located at 3,317 meters it was one of the coldest places I visited during my trip in China. It was also the last stop before heading back to Lijiang and Kunming and later flying to much warmer Laos.