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Chatuchak Market in Bangkok: Shop ’til you drop!

Are you looking for the ultimate shopping experience in Bangkok? Then you have to visit Chatuchak Market! In Bangkok you will find bargains for clothes and souvenirs at almost every corner, but nothing beats the experience of spending a day at Chatuchak Market!
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The awkward monk procession in Luang Prabang

Even when you are on vacation you sometimes have to push yourself to do things you’d never do willingly. Like getting up at 5am. Well, traveling can be hard work sometimes, too. But when in Luang Prabang you have to get up early to see the monks’ daily ceremony of receiving alms. I don’t know what […]
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Getting close to North Korea – a day trip to the DMZ

North Korea has been on my bucket list for quite some time now, since I watched some interesting documentaries on this surreal country. Going there is not that easy, you have to travel with an approved tour operator and during the whole trip you are being watched by your tour guides. And there's that feeling to support a government which might not align with your own beliefs... Well, maybe I'll never make it to North Korea anyway. But still - now I got at least to the border to North Korea, the demilitarized zone (DMZ). Yay.
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Is it safe to travel to Tehran? Meet the locals.

…translation in progress..! Gastfreundschaft ist ja etwas, mit dem man sich als Flugbegleiter auskennen sollte. Besonders nach 16 Jahren Berufserfahrung. Nachdem ich aber in Teheran war, und das durch einige Zufälle auch noch länger als geplant, weiß ich: Es gibt noch viel zu lernen. Vom Iran hatte sich ein diffuses Bild in meinem Kopf festgesetzt: […]
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6 Things You Have To See in Seoul!

Seoul. At the other side of the world. And so different than Europe. Actually, it’s hard where to start looking around and staring. And for those of you who are as impressed as irritated by the exotic Korean culture I made a small personal list of some things you shouldn’t miss when you visit Seoul. 1. […]
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Seoul: Free entry at Gyeongbokgung Palace

…translation in progress… Zur richtigen Zeit am richtigen Ort. Es ist zwar klirrendkalt, aber der Tag sonnig. Und es ist genau die richtige, leider viel zu kurze Phase, wenn das Herbstlaub noch in seiner vollen Farbenpracht von den Bäumen strahlt. Ob die Gärtner des Gyeongbokgung Palast in Seoul die Bäume danach gepflanzt haben? Fast sieht es […]
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5 Tips for Hongkong in 24 hours

Hongkong sehen in zwei Tagen: extrem sportlich. Hongkong sehen in anderthalb Tagen: eigentlich unmöglich. Aber der Taifun meinte es nun mal nicht gut mit uns. Anderthalb Tage mussten reichen. Viel zu wenig für eine Stadt wie Hongkong. Schon beim Blick aus dem Hotelfenster (Mega! – und netterweise mit Orientierungshilfe) war klar: ich werde nur einen Bruchteil der […]
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Hongkong: A Typhoon, a tram and a skyline

…translation in progress… Ich habe es im Moment mit Naturkatastrophen. Entweder sie reisen mir hinterher wie in Charlotte oder sie eilen mir voraus. Letzteres passierte dann in Hongkong. Was zur Folge hatte, dass sich das Briefing wegen eines Taifuns um glatte 12 Stunden verschob – und somit meinen ersten Hongkong-Aufenthalt dramatisch verkürzte. Egal. Besser hinter dem […]
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Shanghai, Baby! – First time in China

It’s Shanghai, Baby! Whooo-hooo! So skandalös wie der gleichnamige Roman* war mein allererster China-Besuch überhaupt zwar nicht. Aber es gab eine Sache, auf die mich kein interkulturelles Kommunikationsseminar vorbereiten konnte. Denn live und in Farbe ist es eben gewöhnungsbedürftig, wenn einem ein wildfremder Chinese mitten auf dem Bürgersteig vor die Füße rotzt. Andere Länder, andere Sitten. Auf […]
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The Patuxai Monument in Vientiane

The Patuxai Monument in Vientiane is one of the central spots in the capital of Lao. It was built in the 50s to 60s and it looks like a copy of the Parisian Arc de Triomphe. But if you take a closer look, you will see that it’s really a unique building with Laotian style. For […]
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Vientiane – A unique Asian capital

Ever heard of Vientiane? Me neither until I planned my visit to Lao. Probably for one good reason: It just isn’t as spectacular and busy as any other capital in South East Asia like Bangkok or Hanoi. But only at first sight. It feels more like a bigger village, that’s what makes Vientiane much more […]
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Vang Vieng, Lao – Party town or not?

Vang Vieng was known for being one of the hotspots of the backpacker party crowd. Cheap booze and probably some other substances plus the feeling of being in the middle of nowhere made Vang Vieng one of the top destinations in South East Asia if you are 21 and all you want in life is party […]
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Kuang Si Waterfall, Lao: Welcome to paradise

A 30-minute tuk-tuk ride from Luang Prabang and you will see: the Kuang Si waterfalls (also “Tat Kuang Si waterfalls”). Embedded in a tropical forest, this place will leave you speechless. Clear blue water in numerous smaller and larger pools and an actual waterfall so high it’s breathtaking. Adventure at the waterfalls For the adventurous traveler there’s […]
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Utopia Luang Prabang: a place to chill

As I already told you before, Luang Prabang has this special vibe – people are so friendly and laid back and everything seems to be in another, slower time zone. But there’s this one special place which fully captures this whole Luang Prabang vibe: Utopia. You may hear about it, when you get to Luang […]
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A travel guide to Luang Prabang, Lao

The most interesting part of Luang Prabang is the Old Town – and it’s so tiny you won’t really need a travel guide. Nevertheless, I put some of the places I liked most together in this Travel Guide for Luang Prabang, and maybe it will help you to find your way around. Or at least […]
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Luang Prabang, Lao: an introduction

A new dimension of time I don’t know what it was. Me, being a bit tired of a 24-hour-journey, or the city having a possible hangover from the buddhist New Year’s Eve two weeks earlier. The city of Luang Prabang was amazingly calm and quiet, a tranquility I’ve never expected. And it was hot. Almost unbearably […]
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Traffic in Hanoi: a survival guide

I started my trip to Vietnam in Hanoi - and I was genuinely surprised. I don't know what exactly impressed me, maybe it was the smooth experience at the immigration at the airport (who knew that entering a communist country would be so easy) or the curious girl selling me my first SIM card at one of the tiny airport booths.
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Hoi An – A vietnamese paradise

Is it okay to fall in love with a tourist trap like Hoi An? That's the question I was asking myself all the time when I headed to Hoi An. After traveling through the North of Vietnam, enjoying a cruise through Halong Bay, staying a few days in busy Hanoi and the calmer Hue, Hoi An gave me a totally different experience. 
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An authentic Thai Street Food Market in Phuket Old Town!

So I stranded in Phuket Old town last October at the wonderful The Memory at On On Hotel. After a long day of travelling and endless discussions with cab drivers over way too overpriced fares I wasn't in the mood for anything at all. But, as usual, when I'm having a hard time on the road, the next surprise is just around the corner.
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Review: The Memory at On On Hotel, Phuket

When it comes to hotels I'm not a big fan of hotel chains. Not that I don't appreciate the ameneties of a bigger hotel, but in the end it still reminds me of work, as we as crews always stay there. In my vacation, I rather try to seek the unusual. And that how I stranded one day at The Memory at On On in Phuket.
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Chiang Mai und die Hipster Area.

  “…und dann ist hier die Hipster Area.” Waaah? ‘Ne Hipster Area mitten im tiefsten Thailand. Ach. Hätte ich mich mal auch hier besser vorbereitet, hätte ich gewusst, dass Chiang Mai an manchen Stellen in Sachen Hip-ness meinem vertrauten Berlin-Mitte in nix nachsteht. Aber so war ich erstmal mittelschwer erstaunt, als mir das Besitzerpärchen meiner […]
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Wat Traimit: The Golden Buddha in Bangkok

Bangkok - the city of temples. Even if you are not interested in religion, you should definitely pay a visit to tthe biggest temple highlights in Bangkok like the  Wat Pra Kaew or the Wat Pho. If you are near Chinatown, this is a good opportunity to see the Golden Buddha in Bangkok!
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Cooking Class in Chiang Mai for Thai Food Lovers

Before I first came there, I’d never had the idea to do a cooking class in Thailand. Too expensive, I thought, and probably only interesting for ambitious chefs. But when I got there I realized: You can book a cooking course almost everywhere in Thailand and it’s kind of a Must-Do for any visitor. They […]
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