From KAMPOT to THANSUR BOKOR and back

I want more. Much more. Money? No way! I want more time! More time to live – 106 healthy years. But I first and foremost want longer days – at least 36 hours, better yet 48.

Wat Trauy Kooh in KAMPOT from where to go to THANSUR BOKOR and back
Wat Trauy Kooh on Fish Isle Kampot: Studying with a view

I came to Kampot today.

Kampot is very, very nice, actually the nicest place in Cambodia so far. Apart from the deserted beach on Koh Rong, but you cannot compare a secluded beach to the capital of a province.

While Kampot is nice, the guest house I’m staying at is the coziest I’ve been to in Cambodia by now. The room is quite small, but it’s so pleasant and with all these pretty, pretty details. I’d like to spend time here.
Quality time.
Reading. Writing. Cherishing.

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Guide to SIEM REAP – beyond ANGKOR WAT

So here comes my guide to Siem Reap – beyond Angkor Wat. A place that at first made me feel bad. And ignorant.

Because contrary to expectations, Angkor did not blow me away.

SIEM REAP - beyond ANGKOR WAT
The world-famous reflection can be captured as well at 7 a. m.

This lack of enchantment makes me feel like such a jaded snob who thinks to have seen it all. However, I remember how the temple site in Sukhothai dazzled me. Was the spell broken? Will I no temple ever mesmerize me again?

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Guide to the Most Amazing Places in SRI LANKA

My three-week visit to the Island of Sri Lanka was a mesmerizing experience. The historic remains, the preserved natural richness, the white beaches, and colorful traditional attires were pleasing to the eye and soothing to the soul.

Mihintale, an amazing place in Sri Lanka
One of Sri Lanka’s most sacred places: Aradhana Gala where Buddhist monk Mahinda landed as he met with King Devanampiyatissa.

Let this guide take you to some of the most amazing places this beautiful country has to offer.

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Guide to ANURADHAPURA and MIHINTALE

Here comes my guide to Anuradhapura. Anu… what? Read my lips: Anuradhapura. It is one of Sri Lanka’s ancient capitals. A visit can easily be combined with a trip to Mihintale, a holy place of Sinhalese Buddhism.

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O come, all ye faithful, joyful, and triumphant….to the Abhayagiri Dagaba in the northern part of Anuradhapura.

Although it’s also famous for its ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization, there are pleasingly few tourists around, but huge numbers of truly faithful.

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Guide to POLONNARUWA

Polonnaruwa was the second capital of Sri Lanka after the destruction of Anuradhapura in 993. First of all, I’d like to say that due to their length, these Sri Lankan names are very twitter-unfriendly.

Statue of King Parakramabahu I
Welcome to the Kingdom of  King Parakramabahu I

Apart from the Brahmanic monuments built by the Cholas, Polonnaruwa consists of the monumental ruins of the garden-city created by Parakramabahu I in the 12th century.

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Guide to SIGIRIYA and a daytrip to DAMBULLA

Another day, another place, another homestay:
Here comes a guide to Sigiriya from where – after exploring the Lion Rock – you can still go on a daytrip to Dambulla to see the beautiful cave temples.

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If you really need assistance climbing up, there are many young men willing to help you for a tip.

Sigiriya is probably the most famous and iconic landmark in Sri Lanka, and while it is also a town, it mainly consists of small houses scattered in a jungle-ish area.

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Guide to KANDY

and an inspiring Temple Hike from Embekke to Pilimathalawa

Guide to Kandy – geographically and metaphorically Sri Lanka’s navel. Everybody goes there, some people even straight from the airport.

Sri Dalada Maligawa, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy
Sri Dalada Maligawa, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

After having spent four days in Kandy, I ask myself: Why?

Honestly, I didn’t really get it. And after some additional online-research I’m definitely convinced that it is almost hysterically overrated.

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MIRISSA – Beach Hopping

It wasn’t even on purpose that I neatly divided my trip into three parts: culture tour during the first week, nature trip during the second, and now it’s the final countdown on the coast.
Beach Hopping from Mirissa.

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Mirissa’s iconic Parrot Rock with an epic view of both sides of the beach and the wide ocean.

But first I spent two thoughtful and memorable days in Tangalle.

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BANGKOK – more than just one night

More than in any other Asian metropolis, tradition, and modernity in social graces, culture, and architecture are so balanced. A visit to Thailand’s vibrant capital is a must on every trip to Thailand.

Panoramic View of Bangkok from the Golden Mount

Panoramic View of Bangkok from the Golden Mount

Therefore it’s very convenient, that most individual travellers are landing in Bangkok, a  city certainly worth a visito of more than just one night.

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