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One trip to hell… and back: Ijen Crater, Java, Indonesia

It’s time to go down to what some consider to be hell on earth. An active volcano that spits sulfur from its guts and is the source of income of many families living in this East Java region. This is it. We’re going to enter an active volcano, dangerous, and we are paying for it… These people do it every ...

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Ogre Island, Mawlamyine

It is almost impossible to visit Mawlamyine without hearing about Ogre Island. It is located about one hour trip with a ferry that is packed with people and all kinds of merchandise and motorbikes that people carry to the island. The trip costs 9800 Kyats for two people for a return ticket. We ended up going with a local guide ...

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First stop in Myanmar: Mawlamyine

This was our first stop in a big city in Myanmar. We had spent the previous night in Myawaddy after a long trip from Chiang Mai in Thailand to cross the border and couldn’t visit it properly. We could however instantly realize we were in a very different country from those we’ve visited previously in our trip. The women have ...

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A week in Vientiane, Laos

We spent quite a lot of time in Vientiane, as we got stuck waiting for our visas to Myanmar. We got there on Thursday afternoon, so on Friday early in the morning we rented two bicycles and went to the embassy. It turned out, though, that there was some holiday and the embassy was closed, which meant for us that ...

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Motorcycle diaries: Laos

We knew that we wanted to have a different kind of trip in Laos. We wanted to explore the country as much as possible on a motorbike. We heard about a motorbike rental company that allowed customers to rent a bike in Luang Prabang and to give it back in Vientiane. We also heard of a famous loop that we ...

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Muang Khua: First stop in Laos

When we looked at the map, still in Sa Pa in Vietname, we knew that if we would go straight to Luang Prabang we would miss a big part of northeastern Laos. We didn’t want that to happen. That is why we decided to spend our first night in Laos in Muang Khua, a small village in the Pongsali province. ...

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Russian playground: Nha Trang, Vietnam

Nha Trang is one of the main cities in southeast Vietnam. It has been growing as a tourism reference for people all over the world and it’s a modern city with half million inhabitants. Known for its big sandy bay, it’s a well known destiny for scuba diving. After finding a place to sleep, we rented a motorbike to start ...

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2 day Mekong delta tour, Vietnam

First day We get to a small bus full of tourists. There are only two places left, one next to the driver, and the other one on the back. The bus jumps on the holes, rocking me to sleep. Suddenly our new guide calls me and tells me to get out. Only me and Renato. We stop by a highway, ...

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Noisy, dusty and crowded: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

I have to admit that the Cambodian capital disappointed me. And tired me out. Phnom Penh is a huge, loud, polluted, dusty, jammed and averagely interesting city. We got to Phnom Penh late in the afternoon. The bus stopped somewhere next to one of the main streets. As usual, we didn’t have any hotel reservation, so quickly we became an ...

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