This was our first major trip and it was part of our Honeymoon in 1990. We had planned to live at three different Islands – Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. Mahé Praslin La Digue
The difference between Vientiane and Luang Prabang is very noticeable. Luang Prabang has a calm and very relaxed atmosphere. The buildings have a colonial style look.
English OR Svenska Gibbon Experience – i Huay Xai Efter 2 dagar på Mekong floden kom vi äntligen fram till staden Huay Xai. Det finns inte så många hotell, så vi bodde en liten bit utanför staden. Följande morgon, åtnjöt vi en god frukost med cappuccino, och gick sedan in till Gibbon Experience kontoret i Huay Xai. Vi tittade på några videos angående säkerheten och hur man spänner fast sig innan man använder ziplinen. Det finns några olika turer att […]
English OR Svenska Gibbon Experience – in Huay Xai After 2 days on the Mekong River we finally arrived into the small town of Huay Xai. The hotels are very few, we stayed a little bit in the outskirt of the town. The following morning, after enjoying a good breakfast and cappuccino, we stepped in to the Gibbon Experience Office in Huay Xai. We were watching some security videos regarding how to fasten yourself before using the ziplines. There are […]
We boarded the boat from Luang Prabang early in the morning. The day started with a heavy rain.
Pangkor Laut is an Island about 3h drive north of Kuala Lumpur. Dining Bungalow Spa Village
The flight from Bagan to Mandalay takes only 30 minutes. When we arrived to the hotel area with our taxi, a security guard is scanning the taxi before we can drive in to the entrance. When we enter into the hotel we had to go through a security portal like the ones at the airports. The hotel is very nice with a splendid service and a beautiful pool area. Today we took a trip to Amarapura and the large monastery. […]
Our taxi ride from the airport in Yangoon to the “Summit Parkview Hotel” took about 35 min. The taxi driver was a bit annoying, he wanted to sell all kinds of different guide trips to places all over Myanmar. He wanted us to add his Facebook page too. It was a delight to get out from the taxi and check in to this very nice hotel. Our room had a magnificent view over the “Shwedagon Pagoda”, it is one of the most beautiful […]
The main reason people travel to Myanmar is to see the old temples in Bagan. We stayed in a hotel called “The Hotel @ Tharabar Gate”. It was located in Old Bagan. The rooms were in Bungalows. The hotel had a spa but we didn’t use it. There were no balloon trips during wet season otherwise that would have been on top of our list. We walked up to Ananda Temple situated just outside our hotel. Ananda Temple This Buddhist […]
The airport in Heho. Map over Inle Lake From Yangoon we were flying to Heho. At the airport in Yangoon they are hand writing our names on the boarding card and we got a sticker attached on our shirts. The flight time was 1 hour and it costed around $100 per person. After we arrived in Heho we took a taxi to “Nyuang shive” located next to the Inle Lake. There we had to pay a fee because we were […]
Hanoi Note: This trip was done in 2001 and 2002 Hanoi is Vietnam’s capital town with 3 million citizens (8 millions in 2019) .From 1902 to 1953, Hanoi was the capital town of the French Indochina, which from 1893 consisted of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.Hanoi is a town surrounded with beautiful lakes and lush parks, and it feels a little bit more spacious than HCMC (Saigon). However, the pulse of life is just the same. The most visited area is […]
DMZ Note: This trip was done in 2001. We also made a one-day excursion from Hué to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). DMZ consists of an area about 10 km wide and located around the Ben Hai river. This river forms the split between South Vietnam and North Vietnam. The area around the DMZ is still not cleared by mines, and everyday new mines are found.Our first stop was in a mountain district near the Laos border. Due to the fact […]
We bought bus tickets to Hoi An in Saigon. These are “open tickets” where you decide your final destination of the bus trip. On the way to your destination the bus stops in different cities and you can stay there for several days. The night before you want to depart again you just tell them and then you can go on further to your final stop the next morning. After some days we stayed in Hoi An, in central Vietnam.The bus […]
Note: This trip was made in 2001 Hué has about 250000 citizens and is known as the old imperial town. Here 13 Emperors have reigned during 1802 to 1945. The largest places of interest in the area are the old Emperor tombs. In November 1999 the whole town was below water when a huge flood hit some parts of Vietnam. The city is split in two sections by the Parfyme River. We really recommend a boattrip at the Parfyme River. […]
Saigon, or Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) has 9 millions citizens.Add to that about 2.5 million of mopeds/motorcycles. One advantage of that is that the city is not as polluted as for example Bangkok.The traffic is very hectic. To go from one side of the street to the other side is a big achievement.You can not stay and wait for someone to stop and let you pass, you must slowly go forward without stopping or going back!This is what you […]
During our big Asia trip in 2001 we completed three different school visits. These were our objectives to visiting schools in Malaysia/Borneo, Thailand and Singapore: To visit students and teachers in their everyday life situation at schools in Malaysia/Borneo, Thailand and Singapore and set up a network for long-term and improved contacts.The connections are made especially with children and school personnel in elementary schools in the above mentioned countries. Our hope is that the visit will be followed by corresponding […]
Note: This trip was done from 1999 and 2001, three years before the horrible Tsunami hit the island. Two hours by boat from Phuket is the Island Phi Phi.Phi Phi Island is split into two Islands, Phi Phi Don (where you can live) and Phi Phi Lee (now famous from the movie “The Beach”).Here you can live in bungalows directly on the beach. There are coral reefs very near and it feels like swimming in a giant aquarium with colorful […]
After a one night train ride to Surat Thani, and one more boat trip, we arrived to Koh Samui.The Island, which was discovered by backpackers, has beautiful beaches.Most of the tourists live near Chaweng Beach or Lamai Beach.
The national park Kao Sok is situated 100 km north west of the Island Phuket.In this park you can ride elephants, go canoeing, go inner tubing in the river or spend the night in a tree house ! There are also some trails and camping possibilities. We were also shown how rubber is made. Kao Sok is a large national park with a lot of jungle and a marvelous atmosphere and nature.Here are large mountains of limestone and you may […]
Note: This trip was done in 1999 and was our first backpacker adventure. The girls were 6 and 8 years old, Many people take a one-day trip from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi to see the famous bridge over the river Kwai and the war museum. The bridge was bombed in 1945 and was rebuilt later. Here you can go by train over the bridge and further on for some hours on the “death railway”. We decided to stay in this […]
Bangkok’s Airport is welcoming you in typical Asian style! Bangkok is a good starting point for the Asia journey. The capital town of Thailand has about 14 million citizens, is very chaotic and busy. Here you can stay a couple of days to visit the interesting temple areas.There are about 400 temples just in Bangkok and about 30000 in the whole country.The most famous one is Wat Phra Kaew and Grand Palace with Wat Pho which are in the same area (Wat […]
The republic of Singapore is one of the worlds smallest countries. Singapore or Singa Pura (Liontown) has around 3 millions citizens. There are mostly Chinese (78%), Malay (14%) and Indians (7%). Singapore has a clean and nice environment and the business district with its sky-scrapers give a picture of a modern society. The country is indeed not so old. The English man Sir Stamford Raffles made a landing in 1819 and founded a couple of years later Singapore as a […]
From Sepilok we took a bus to Lahad Datu and then traveled further with a mini bus (100 km) into the real rain forest in Danum Valley. This forest has the smallest influence from mankind. It is located in an exclusive area and the only chance to visit this is to book accommodations at Borneo Rainforest Lodge.It is in Danum Valley where the Swedish nature photographer Mattias Klum has spent 14 months taking photos. Borneo Rainforest Lodge Helena explores the rainforest […]
Sepilok’s rehabilitation center for orangutans is located outside Sandakan. This is one of the largest sights in Sabah. In this center they take care of injured orangutans and apes that have been captured as pets by the locals. The orangutans are trained to take care of themselves and are later released to jungle life. Two times a day the orangutans are fed at a platform. The more they learn to adapt themselves to the wild life the more food they […]
Kota Kinabalu The Capital town in Sabah is Kota Kinabalu (or simply K.K) and it has about 200,000 citizens.The citizens are mainly Malay, Chinese, and immigrants from the Philippines.K.K is of course the starting point for further jungle adventures in Sabah, and to get permission to access Mount Kinabalu. Mount Kinabalu The mountain Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain in South East Asia standing at 4101m.The mountain is located in the middle of Kinabalu National Park. To climb up the […]
The first national park in Sarawak is named Bako and was founded in 1957.Bako is located on an island about 40 km. north of Kuching and consists of 27 km2 untouched tropical rainforest.There are 16 marked trails with a total length of more than 30 km.To get there you can take a boat from Kampong Bako which will take you about 30 min.We also hired a guide out to Bako.
Borneo – the name itself has an exotic sound. The world’s 3rd largest Island which the greatest part belongs to Indonesia, but also shares the island with Malaysia and Brunei. Malaysia and little Brunei are located at the north part of Borneo. In Borneo there are two states that belong to Malaysia, it is Sabah at the north east side and Sarawak at the north west side. Sarawak Kuching The name of the largest town in Sarawak is Kuching (Kuching means […]
Langkawi is an island in the north west corner of Malaysia. The island has some great beaches, the most famous ones are Pantai Cenang and Pantai Kok.At the beach Pantai Kok, there were remnants from a movie set staged at a temple. It was the American movie “Anna and the King” (which is a story about Thailand’s first king) which was shot here.Langkawi is a tax free zone and it is preferable to shop in the capital town Kuah. Other […]
Malaysia’s capital town Kuala Lumpur or K.L has about 2 millions citizens where old and new buildings are mixed.At one time the world’s tallest building was located in K.L and the name is Petronas Twin Tower. The government owned petroleum company (Petronas) owns 49% of the building and that has given the building its name. With its 88 floors, the towers are reaching up to 450 m.The K.L Tower that reaches a height of 400 m. is also worth a […]
We landed in Cambodia’s capital town Phnom Penh to stay one night.The civil war ended in 1997 and the country is one of the poorest in the world. Cambodia has 12 million citizens and they also have nearly 10 million landmines still in the country!They are now restoring roads and buildings. There were not many paved roads.The soil is red and brown from sand and clay. There are a lot of potholes, mopeds and motorbikes, wagons, cars – chaos, poverty […]
After one night in Phnom Penh we flew further to our goal in Cambodia – Siem Reap.It is here most of the tourists come to see the fantastic temples in the surrounding area.Here is the largest concentration of temples in the whole world. The history in Cambodia can be split in 3 epochs: 1) Before Angkor time. 2) Angkor time. and 3) After Angkor time. The Angkor time lasted from about 11th century to 15th century.Then Cambodia was on its […]