Category: Exploring

Timor-Leste’s capital, Dili

Dili is a quirky little capital.  Really remote and fairly inaccessible with less than a handful of flights out of its tiny airport, it is not your average ASEAN capital. Even Laos’ Vientiane feels much bigger. But thanks to history, Timor-Leste has become an independent nation and Dili its capital....

Finally made it to Koh Samui!

As some of the regular readers might know, I’ve researched just about every possible Friday evening to Sunday evening getaway flight combination out of Singapore – preferably with direct flights only. In Thailand, the only destinations that work are Bangkok, Phuket – and Koh Samui (and previously Pattaya but Air...

A 12 hours layover in New Delhi

While layovers are definitely undesirable, if they are long enough they potentially allow you to visit an additional city for free. A while ago I flew on Air India from Europe via New Delhi to Singapore and had a twelve hours layover. I arrived in the morning and my connecting...

Arslanbob: mountain village in Kyrgyzstan

I made it to Osh a few days earlier than I expected. My flight isn’t for another couple of days and Osh is not that exciting to just hang out there. Talking to other travelers and consulting the guidebook, I decided to drive up to Arslandbob, about four hours from...

A day in Khorog – capital of the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region

After a tough day of traveling, I was looking forward to relaxing in beautiful Khorog. It is situated in a picturesque valley with a river flowing through it, just a few kilometers from the border with Afghanistan. Khorog is the capital of the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region in eastern Tajikistan. While...

A day in Dushanbe, Tajikistan’s capital

After a long day of traveling, I was finally in Dushanbe, capital of Tajikistan. I rented a place through AirBnB. It turned out to be an apartment in a very central location in a Soviet-era building. Great experience for a two night stay. My first impression of Dushanbe was positive....

A visit to the Urgut Bazaar

About 30km outside of Samarkand lies the village of Urgut. It is know for the big bazaar, which supposedly is especially big on Sundays. After asking around for a while, I found myself in a shared taxi to Urgut and from there in a Marushtka to the bazaar. It was indeed...

Samarkand: former capital of the Timurid Empire

Samarkand would be my last stop in Uzbekistan and I was really looking forward to my visit as it is probably the best known Uzbekistani destination. After the delay on the train ride, I did not want to waste further time and left for the Registan, Samarkand’s premier landmark. Samarkand used to...

Bukhara: onwards on the Silk Road

After a very pleasant stay in Khiva, my next stop would be (as is the case with 90% of travelers in Khiva) Bukhara, one of the main cities of the Silk Road and a historical center of commerce and religion. The drive would be a long one and my hostel...