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When the Tourist Board of Colombo handed me a map of the city, they spontaneously highlighted:

The famous Colombo Fort
The National Museum
Three shopping malls.

Wait. Was that all there was to the Sri Lankan capital? Two tourist landmarks—and chain stores? Thankfully, that was untrue: by exploring a little, I actually gathered 12 cool things to do in Colombo—if you’ve got a few days planned there on your way to the inland and …

[ Written by Marie C | 14 Apr 2014 | 6 Comments | ]

I used to think only a small and insignificant handful of things could successfully drag me away from the beautiful beaches of South East Asia. Sizzling street food… Half price cocktails… Some sweet reggae music after all of the above… But it turns out I’m also a sucker for a bloody good temple. Not to be confused with a Shirley Temple. They’re rubbish.
My fascination with temples probably started when I …

[ Written by Alex | 12 Apr 2014 | 9 Comments | ]

Here at Travelettes, our love for Thailand is undying and forever more. Sorry to sound pretty gushy about that country, but it’s definitely a fav of ours. Sure, there’s Bangkok with Khao San Road and its never-ending bustling fun; sure, there’s the sandy partying of the southern islands; but how about some northern culture in the serene and stunning city of Chiang Mai?

The “Rose of the North” is Thailand’s fifth …

[ Written by Sophie | 1 Apr 2014 | 12 Comments | ]

With the Oscars coming up, our thoughts tend to evolve around whether Leonardo DiCaprio will finally be awarded for his great performances, or if rom-com sweetheart turned serious actor Matthew McConaughey will win the race. Does Gravity really deserve Best Film? And can Cate Blanchett’s outstanding performance compensate for an otherwise mediocre film? And while the answers to these questions might excite me for the time being, it is a …

[ Written by Kathi | 1 Mar 2014 | One Comment | ]

I am a self-proclaimed pastaholic. I could eat pasta every day and when I was in Rome a year ago I ate it for lunch and dinner. My father says it is in my blood because I was conceived in Venice.  My mother says it was due to my aunt who looked after me when I was little and they went on a trip. As I would get upset in …

[ Written by Annika | 11 Feb 2014 | 6 Comments | ]

Think Thailand’s Koh Pha-Ngan is all about neon paint splattered gap year students throwing some shapes under the full moon and spacing out on shroom mountain? Well, hold your horses cowgirls, there’s more to this infamous Thai island than super-strength buckets and passing out on the sand at 6am. I love Koh Pha-Ngan long time. I’ve loved it since way back when I joined the ranks of starry-eyed youngsters mooning …

[ Written by Alex | 5 Feb 2014 | 4 Comments | ]

I’m pretty sure that every blogpost I ever wrote about Thailand and Bangkok in particular was essentially just one big lovefest. It’s true that the most popular of destinations in Asia is simply always guaranteed to provide a good time, pretty much regardless of weather, company or budget. It’s a bit like a disneyland for adults with fun people, amazing food, stimulating culture, great nightlife, incredible beaches – and trust …

[ Written by Katja | 2 Feb 2014 | 4 Comments | ]

So January, my dreary nemesis… we meet again. As the whirling backdrop of festive fun and social engagements fades into the distant glow of Christmas past, January strikes with early mornings, old routines and no more chocolate for breakfast. Boo. Perfect time then to skip the country, throw those boring, sensible New Year’s resolutions to the wind and turn to a way of life where every day’s a holiday. I’m …

[ Written by Alex | 15 Jan 2014 | 7 Comments | ]

Tokyo, Japan: the largest city in the world. I was expecting blinding neon lights, agoraphobia-inducing crowds, an exhausting pace. I feared the jam-packed subway at rush hour, the feeling of disappearing in a human tide, the oppression of the tall buildings obscuring the sky. I was prepared to be brutally swallowed by a monster metropolis — with the hope that it would spit me out eventually.
Well, one thing that’s certain is …

[ Written by Marie C | 19 Dec 2013 | 7 Comments | ]

I love Bangkok. It’s easily one of my favorite cities of all time and the type of place I love coming back to again and again. Bangkok was the first stop on my one year trip around the world back in 2005. Like any 23 year old backpacker I headed straight for Khao San Road, home of the budget traveler, haven for banana pancakes and $5 hotel rooms. The very …

[ Written by Katja | 7 Dec 2013 | One Comment | ]
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