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Visit to Persepolis and Necropolis in Iran

It’s pretty much impossible to go to Iran, and not visit Persepolis and Necropolis (Naqsh-e Rustam). It’s one of the top places you should visit in Iran! Moreover if you go to Shiraz, you have absolutely no excuses. Persepolis is one of the major tourist sites in Iran, rightly. We’re talking about the former capital […]

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The Darvaza gas crater

Now you know the real reason why I really wanted to make it to Turkmenistan : to see the Darvaza gas crater, also called the gates of hell! I had been thinking for weeks about this place, and I really wanted to see it from my own eyes! And I didn’t know if the opportunity […]

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Visit to Seoul in South Korea

Preparing my visit of Seoul wasn’t very easy. Indeed, few backpackers go there (it’s logical since the cost of living is quite high there!). That means I couldn’t ask the fellow travelers I met on the road what to do and what to see there (like I used to do all the time in Southeast […]

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Iran travel tips : how to travel to Iran

Iran, a very beautiful country, unfortunately tarnished with a lot of prejudices. A lot of misconceptions circulate about this country, especially because of mass media, who try to influence what people should think about this or that. Not to mention the US politicians (Bush and his axis of evil, Trump more recently…). It didn’t prevent […]

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Travel to Turkmenistan : what you should know

Turkmenistan, a mysterious country, and also one of the most secluded countries in the world. My experiences in Ashgabat, and also in Darvaza were interesting. I only realized later that this country fascinates a lot of people. Indeed, during the few weeks after my travel to Turkmenistan, I met a lot of travelers watching me […]

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Backpacking Southeast Asia

Backpacking Southeast Asia is something almost all the experienced travelers I met -either in Southeast Asia or elsewhere- have already done. Indeed, backpacking Southeast Asia is easy, not dangerous, cheap and the area is wonderful. Moreover, you meet a lot of other Westerners in the region, that makes it even easier to travel there. Even […]

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3 days in Brunei

I already said it in my guide to East Timor, I’m curious by nature. Since I was backpacking Southeast Asia, I told myself “Let’s go to less visited areas, especially since I’m here in Southeast Asia“. That’s how I decided to spend three days in the kingdom of Brunei, the tiny country located on Borneo. […]

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Ubud in Bali : rice fields, temples and monkeys

My visit of Kuta in Bali didn’t go as planned. I was expecting a peaceful place, and I ended up with backpackers who were just thinking about getting shitfaced and having drugs. So I started wondering if it was going to be the same thing in Ubud, my next stop (in Bali as well). Fortunately, […]

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Singapore, the city-state in Southeast Asia

Wow! I’m used to live comfortably with not that much money in Southeast Asia. Either in Laos, Vietnam or Indonesia, I just need a few euros to sleep, eat, do activities and have a beer! But it was without counting Singapore, the city state of Southeast Asia. Everything is extremely expensive compared to the neighboring […]

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Tourism in Kuala Lumpur

“Where you from?” “From KL” “Huh?” “I’m from KL!” “What’s that KL???” “Kuala Lumpur!!!” “Oh sorry I didn’t know the term ‘KL’!” The first time I heard the term “KL”, from what I remember I think it was in Eastern Europe. I thought that was how cool people were calling Kuala Lumpur, the capital of […]

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3 days in Ho Chi Minh

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Oh my God! The scooters in Hanoi were annoying me to the highest degree, but I hadn’t set foot in Ho Chi Minh City yet, the financial capital of Vietnam. The traffic is insane in Ho Chi Minh City, even worse than Hanoi. Many locals wear anti-pollution masks, there’s noise all over the place and […]

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Going on a Halong Bay cruise

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My visit to Halong Bay was a flop. A big flop! Yeah, we’ve all heard about Halong Bay dozens of time, we’ve all seen wonderful pictures on the internet, and anyway, how could I go to Vietnam, and not visit Halong Bay? After spending a few days in Hanoi, I told myself I had to […]

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Visit to Hanoi, a city infested with scooters

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“Oh you’re going to Hanoi? You’ll see stray dogs all over the streets in Southeast Asia. Except in Vietnam. You know what happen to stray dogs over there? They catch them, and they eat them. The few dogs you’ll see will be keep on a leash“. That’s what a Lao guy told me in Luang […]

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Things to do in Vientiane

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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 called Viang Chan, but the Frenchies found it difficult to pronounce the name… So they “Frenchified” Viang […]

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Things to do in Vang Vieng

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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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Things to do in Chiang Rai

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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 check the things to do in Chiang Rai. Chiang Rai is the most northern city, and it’s also the biggest city of the […]

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Things to do in Pai

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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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3 days in Chiang Mai

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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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3 days in Bangkok

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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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Inle lake boat tour

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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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