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Archive - January 2011

Phuket

Everybody has heard of Phuket, Thailand’s most famous beach destination. Some remember it because of the tsunami that hit the island in 2004 while other knows it because of its reputation as a sex...

Krabi, Ao Nang and Railay

One of Feng’s legs was resting over my left knee, his feet were on the dashboard, and I had one arm around his waist, another above his leg. Picture a Kamasutra-esque position without the honey-get...

Ko Phi Phi Ley

Ko Phi Phi Ley, Phi Phi Don’s little sister, is a popular day-trip once your hangover is over. Pretty much all of the travel agencies in town sell a half-day boat trip to the small island for 250...

The Woman in Black

The couple walked into the restaurant and sat right behind us. The first thing I noticed was that we had the same shoes, a pair of red rubber flip-flop, the kind everybody wear at the beach. Her feet...

Ko Phi Phi Don

We had heard a lot about it. Ko Phi Phi (yes, it’s pronounced “pee-pee”!) has the best beach in Thailand, it’s a must-stop etc. Well, what we found there was very different from what we were...

Ko Lanta

If you feel an irresistible need to read Tom Clancy while burning under the sun, wear a Speedo swimsuit and yell in some Scandinavian language, be massaged by young Thai girls, show off your bad-ass...

Trang Islands

Leaving Ko Muk was an unexpected long journey, but certainly one of the most beautiful one I made.

Tham Morakot, the Emerald Cave

Ko Muk is famous for the Emerald Cave, a limestone tunnel that lead into an island cave, semi submerged by the sea. The only way to get there is by boat, so we arranged to have a long-tail to take us...

Ko Muk

Ko Muk is everything you could dream of. Palm trees? Checked. Pristine water? Checked. White powdery sand? Checked. Throw in picturesque Thai long-boats (the main form of transportation around here)...

The Thai Adventure

My motto has always been “travel the world, take pictures, eat chocolate”, but I’m strongly considering changing it for “you haven’t lived till you’ve taken a bus that runs out of gas in the middle...

Pulau Langawi

We had originally planned to cross to Thailand right after Georgetown, but we decided to linger a bit longer in Malaysia. Still looking for the perfect picturesque island, we settled on Pulau...

Georgetown

The empty streets were bustling with activity at night: we were right in Little India and we could almost taste the smell of incense, burning in front of most shops. We were also close to a Mosque...

Kuala Lumpur

Crossing the street is best done with both eyes closed and a prayer book in hand, as you try to dodge trucks, cars, irate taxi drivers and motorbikes. The pedestrian green light, a flashing animated...

Going to Malaysia

An exit stamp later, and we were out. Entering Malaysia was similarly easy: no questions were asked and we were given a three-month permit on the spot. The only creepy factor was the huge posters...

A Foodie’s Day in S’pore

I’m lucky to have a strong stomach and a taste for street food. I’m not a huge fan of “weird” meat (i.e. intestines and the like) but I can eat pretty much anything else. You can’t really apply...

A Secret Affair

At 11 p.m., we suddenly realized we’d better print the Kuala Lumpur hotel booking confirmation we had just made online. Obviously, we don’t carry a printer with us (although I sometimes wish we did)...

Singapore’s Chinatown

And this is where my perception of Singapore suddenly changed. Just a couple of blocks from all the main Western financial institutions, we stepped into another world.

Bye Australia, Hello Singapore

Asia has such a unique atmosphere that best way to adapt is to embrace the crowd, the smell and dive into the chaos without looking back. We landed in Singapore under pouring rain, after a whole day...

10 Stuff We Learned in Australia

We bused about 3,000 kilometers along the East Coast, from tropical Queensland to New South Wales. We drove another 1,000 kilometers South of Sydney and out of the beaten tracks. We walked on dozens...

Canberra

Australians are quick to dismiss their capital and I don’t think I have ever heard anybody bragging about being from Canberra. Indeed, the state of ATC (Australia Capital Territory) is tiny and...

The Grand Pacific Drive (III)

We finally found a little paradise, 500 kilometers from Sydney and 700 kilometers from Melbourne: the little town of Narooma, on the Eurobodalla Coast. Conveniently located far enough from the two...

The Grand Pacific Drive (II)

To get there, we had to take a steep climb up a mountain road. During the first half of the climb, the narrow strip of asphalt crossed the Kangaroo Valley, where there seems to be more wombats than...

The Grand Pacific Drive (I)

After New Year, we decided to rent a car to get off the beaten track and go where Greyhound doesn’t, South of Sydney, following the Grand Pacific Drive.

Sydney By Night

All travelers know how great—and slightly surrealistic—it feels when you see a landmark for real, whatever it is, for the first time. I didn’t react any differently when I first walked to the iconic...