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Vientiane, calm capital of Laos

Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, Pakse, Thakhek… Only Asian-sounding city names! And then Vientiane, a city name sounding way more Western! How come? Very simple, Laos was part of Indochina, this former French colony. At the time Vientiane was calle Viang Chan, but the frenchies found it difficult to pronounce the name… So they “frenchified” Viang […]

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Vang Vieng : tubing, lagoon and big parties

Let’s face it, Vang Vieng is the kind of city where people mainly go to party. I was in Luang Prabang just before, and I felt like it was a party place. But actually it was nothing compared to what I was about to see in Vang Vieng…. Korean, Australian and European people who were […]

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Begpackers : tourists begging for money

The begpackers… I heard about those people before starting my long term trip,  since the media brought this whole begpacking phenomenon to light in 2017. But honestly, I thought begpacking was a marginal trend, and I really didn’t think I would ever see begpackers when I started traveling. However… I spotted a few ones!!! In […]

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Chiang Rai, main city of the golden triangle

Chiang Rai (not to be confused with Chiang Mai!) is a city located in the north of Thailand. Travelers going to the north of Thailand usually visit Chiang Mai, Pai, and then Chiang Rai. Chiang Rai is the most northern city, and it’s also the biggest city of the golden triangle. What is that, the […]

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Pai in Thailand : a relaxing city…

I’ve been to many places where I had absolutely no plans to go : Odessa in Ukraine, Batumi in Georgia, Jaipur in India, Kerala still in India among others… Most of the time I went to those places following advice from fellow travelers. Pai in Thailand is one of those cities. I didn’t even know the […]

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Chiang Mai, world capital of digital nomads

Chiang Mai, located in the north of Thailand, is known for being the world capital of digital nomads. But… What is a digital nomad? Someone who has the luxury to work from anywhere in the world, as long as the person has a laptop and an internet connection. Among other jobs, digitial nomads are developers, […]

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Bangkok, starting point for backpacking in Southeast Asia

Bangkok! I don’t even need to introduce Bangkok to you! It’s the capital of Thailand and… what a capital! ALL the travelers/backpackers/tourists I met in Southeast Asia, either in Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia or elsewhere… stopped by Bangkok. Sometimes just for a day, sometimes for a few days but everyone stopped by this city! Bangkok is […]

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Visit of Hpa An in Myanmar

There are so many places, cities and villages to visit in Myanmar. Hpa An is one of those places you have to see in the country. Like the Inle Lake, I didn’t know much about this area before getting there. Hpa An is a city with almost half a million inhabitants, located in the south […]

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The Inle Lake in Myanmar

Inle Lake is, like Bagan, a major tourist destination in Myanmar. In fact, Inle Lake is a big lake located in the center of the country, at altitude and surrounded by mountains. The water is shallow there. On the lake, there are floating villages, which means houses on stilts are there. The people living there […]

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Mandalay, cultural capital of Myanmar

Damn, it’s been a while! I almost forgot how it felt! In Mandalay, a lot of people greeted me in the street and smiled at me! I’m a star, like in Uzbekistan! Many locals stared at me all surprised in the streets of Mandalay, and it felt weird -especially the first few hours- since I […]

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Japan travel tips : things to know before you go

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When you arrive in Japan, you feel like you’re landing on another planet. Everything is so different from home! But at the same time, Japan still fascinates a lot of people. In fact, millions of people visit Japan every year. A lot of them are a bit lost when they get there because they don’t […]

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Being black in Japan

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What is it like, being black in Japan? Before getting to Japan, I heard that the Japanese are rather close-minded, that they don’t accept the fact that foreigners are coming to invade their territory, and basically that the Japanese are racists. But, at the same time, I was also hearing a lot of beautiful things […]

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Sexual frustration in Japan

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Are the Japanese sexually frustrated? I think so. I know a lot of Japanophile won’t agree with me. They’ll say that I cannot understand this culture so different from ours anyway. They’ll say it’s easy to think the Japanese are sexually frustrated after spending only three weeks in the country. They’ll say that by staying […]

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Visit of Osaka

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Osaka is often overlooked by the Western tourists. That’s a shame, they don’t know what they’re missing. I loved my visit of Osaka. It’s not a city-museum like Kyoto, there are probably less things to do in Osaka, but I loved the vibe, the atmosphere of Osaka during my visit. For instance, Japanese are usually […]

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Visit of Kyoto in three days

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I didn’t really know what to expect when I decided to visit Kyoto, the capital of Japan from 794 to 1868. It’s not a huge megalopolis like Tokyo, but it’s not a small town either, like Kobe or Nara. In fact, Kyoto has a population of 1.5 million, but the vibe is not the same […]

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Visit of Malacca City

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Malaysia is clearly the kind of country you have to go to if you want to relax. Admittedly there’s Kuala Lumpur, the capital of the country, but otherwise it’s possible to relax almost anywhere in the country. In Langkawi, you can spend some time chilling on the beach. George Town is the second largest city […]

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Luang Prabang : temples, monks and drugs

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“Opium, ecstasy, weed, MDMA, mushrooms… My friends, you can have whatever you like!“ This is one of the first sentences I heard when I arrived in Laos, before reaching Luang Prabang. I left Chiang Rai in Thailand in the morning, we stopped one night in a village in Laos to spend the night, before hitting […]

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Visit of the Kuang Si Falls, Laos

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During my stay in Luang Prabang, I kept hearing about a place, again and again. An unmissable. A place I had to see, Kuang Si Falls. “Daaaaaamn I visited Kuang Si Falls yesterday, it was wonderful! Man, just go, you’re gonna love it, it’s sooo beautiful!” Not just travelers, the manager of my hostel also […]

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Visit of the Angkor temples

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My visit of the Angkor temples didn’t come off so well. Let’s say my visit didn’t come off as well as I thought it would, or not exactly how I was expecting it to be. It’s partly my fault, but I’m not the only one to blame. You must be like “How dare you!? How […]

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Visit of Hoi An, the city of lanterns in Vietnam

I heard a lot of good things about a small town located in the center of Vietnam, Hoi An (not to be confused with Hpa An!). I didn’t know this city but all the travelers I met kept telling me I really had to go “Hoi An, I loved it! You absolutely have to stop […]

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