Koyao Island Resort- A piece of Paradise

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One of the islands we decided to visit in Thailand was Koh Yao Noi, situated in the famous archipelago of Phang Nga Bay. Phang Nga Bay national park is a geological wonder filled with islets, sunken caverns and formation rising vertically from the sea. It is one of the most beautiful places in the southern Thailand. Some 10.000 years ago, when sea levels were lower, one could walk from Phuket to Krabi. With such amazing surroundings, we chose to accommodate at Koyao Island Resort, place where we spent a few perfect days and which I would now call Little Paradise.

Koyao Island Resort is surrounded by lovely, sandy beaches, rain forests and uninhabited islands in a place where mass tourism and hotels are far away and the original Thai hospitality has free reign.

Since we arrived we were greeted by a very well trained management team, always at our disposal and, of course, always smiling. Let’s not forget we were in The Land of Smiles. After we refreshed with a cherries welcoming drink, we were taken tour rooms. Because at Koyao Island Resort all rooms are Continue reading

Capsule Hopping in Singapore

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What this button do? What about this one? And the other one? Look, there is another one.

Before going in a certain destination, I try to make a list with the things that I want to experience. And because Singapore is known as a futuristic city, we really wanted to try to sleep in capsule hotels. For the ones that are not familiar with this concept, a capsule hotel also known as a pod hotel, is a type of hotel developed in Japan that features a large number of extremely small “rooms” (capsules) intended to provide cheap, basic overnight accommodation for guests who do not require the services offered by more conventional hotels.

On the other hand, I must admit that we were a little bit scared of the thought of sleeping in a very small space where we couldn’t see the natural light in the morning. Despite all of these, Continue reading

When busking is misunderstood

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We were always fascinated by buskers, we always supported them and we always admired their courage of opening themselves up to strangers on the streets. Because, believe us, it’s not an easy thing to do! Let us tell you why. Comparing busking to begging is retarded, because busking is the act of performing in public areas for gratuities, while begging is the practice of imploring others to grant a favour, often a gift of money, with little or no expectation of reciprocation (source: Wikipedia).

I remember even now all the buskers we have met on the way, because all of them transmitted something, emotions. Doesn’t matter if they were playing music, selling photos, posing as statues, doing magic, etc. We always tried to Continue reading

Diving in The Gilis with Blue Marlin

Diving in The Gilis with Blue Marlin

I remember even now the day when we were pushing our bicycles through the hot sand in Gili Air, Indonesia and while passing in front of a dive centre, looking at it on our left side, we heard a voice with a foreign, different and beautiful accent asking us: „Hey guys, do you want to try scuba diving?”. Obviously that we wanted to try this, only that we were not determined enough to do it, we were missing that thing that would make us say a convincing YES. To be honest, we stopped only because he was Continue reading

Post Travel Depression, Symptoms

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Did it ever happen to you to come back from a place from where you never wanted to come back? To think about the same place hour after hour, even a few days after you left it? If you answered “yes”, then most probably you understand how I feel.

We were in the car that was about to transfer us from the port to the hotel, together with Petri, when Continue reading

10 Reasons Why Gili Air Became Our Favourite Island

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The closest island to Lombok, Gili Air is aptly named after the Indonesian word “air”  meaning “water”. It is the only Gili island to have natural underground fresh water walls. Gili Air is gem of a spot that allows you to sample the best of both worlds of the Gili islands- it has the relaxing charm of Gili Meno and a bit of the night life of Gili Trawangan.It is the most locally populated island with Continue reading

15 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Indonesia

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“How many of the 17000 islands that Indonesia has will we manage to visit in 30 days?” This was the question that I asked myself when we chose Indonesia as the next destination after Thailand.

The 30 days visa which we got on arrival at the airport was not enough for us, so we chose to come back in Indonesia and explore it as it should be done. In the months that we spent there, we had the chance to explore Indonesia from Continue reading

How to Travel Bali on a Budget

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If somebody would have asked me 2 years ago about Bali and about the cost of living there, I would probably answer that it is an expensive destination, suitable to the ones that want to spend their honey moon on an exotic island and opposed to the backpackers traveling on a budget. Something inside me kept telling me that it should also be possible in another way, a cheaper way. But the truth is that I would never imagined that I can easily live with only Continue reading

Cum și de ce m-am plimbat o zi întreagă să caut artă stradală în Penang

Dacă aș spune cuiva că am zburat cu avionul doar ca să ajungem într-o destinație care să ne safisfacă papilele gustative, m-ar crede? Exact asta am făcut cu Penang, un oraș cunoscut ca și capitală culinară a Malaysiei.Ca să ajungem în Penang din Langkawi, aveam două posibilități: un ferry care dura câteva ore și costa aproximativ 15 euro sau un avion care dura 20 de minute și costa aproximativ 10 euro. Evident că am luat cea mai ieftină variantă, avionul. După un zbor placut și super rapid în care nici nu am apucat să ne decuplăm centurile de siguranță, am ajuns în aeroportul din Penang, unde așa cum suntem obișnuiți, ni s-au oferit transferuri către hostel pentru sume fabuloase. Într-un final, am găsit un autobuz care ne-a dus chiar până în Georgetown (centrul vechi al orașului) unde am avut și cazarea.

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Pe drumul de la stația de autobuz și până la adresa hostelul, pe lângă faptul ca îmi învârteam capul după fiecare tarabă unde se gătea, am văzut o mulțime de pereți pictați și desenați, sârme îndoite și mesaje ascunse ale căror poveste nu o înțelegeam. Și nu, nu-i prima dată când am văzut graffiti, însă în Penang chiar era ceva diferit pentru că fiecare bucată de artă Continue reading

Ce înseamnă cu adevărat să fii blogger de călătorii

Și zici că vrei să devii blogger de călătorii? Sau vrei doar să afli adevărul din spatele acestei meserii? Spun “adevăr” pentru că de multe ori realitatea pe care o afișează bloggerii nu este ceea ce pare. Iar astăzi vreau să îți prezint tocmai acea realitate, pe care nu o găsești în prea multe site-uri.

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Visezi să ajungi călător full-time sau chiar să fii plătit ca să călătorești? Visul tău îmi sună cunoscut! Din perspectiva unui blogger de călătorii, am două vești pentru tine: Continue reading