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Travel pr0 tip #3: leaving touts elegantly behind you

Who doesn’t know this feeling: you’re exploring a place on the (very much) beaten path and every ten metres you are approached by a tout. Now, the five second pick up line varies by country but usually starts with “hello friend / brother” (my favorite being in the Philippines “Hello...

Hangzhou: the food did not disappoint

I was looking forward to the food in Hangzhou and sure was not disappointed. Over the two days we did not have a single meal that wasn’t tasty. But then again, we did not go too experimental as one could and you will see below. Another night we had dinner...

Hangzhou: a walk around West Lake and Hefang Street

In late November two friends asked whether I was interested in a weekend in China before year end. I really liked my time in Qingdao a few months ago  and quickly agreed. It was a very spontaneous idea and the initial plan was to go to Shanghai. However when we started...

Bali: A day in Ubud

Back in October I spent a weekend in Bali. I had been before but never made it to Ubud, the town that is considered the island’s culture centre. Not much planning is needed to visit. We asked our Uber driver who drove us from the airport the night before whether...

A weekend at the beach in Rayong

On Friday I wrote about my experiment to organize a taxi driver in Thai through Google Translate. My WhatsApp conversation seemed to have worked and there was a taxi driver waiting for me at U-Tapao Airport as arranged. U-Tapao Airport. Probably doesn’t ring a bell for most of you. In terms...

Experiment: Ordering a taxi in Thai with Google Translate

I’m off for a weekend in Thailand soon, this time off the beaten path apparently. After booking the hotel I enquired with them for a taxi for the transfer from the airport. No reply to three e-mails. Please cross your fingers that the hotel is actually still in business. After...

The Night Guard of the Indian Heritage Centre

A few months back, the Indian Heritage Centre opened here in Little India. If you haven’t been, I can highly recommend it. I was passing by it the other night and had to smile at what looked like the night guard at the (beautiful) front door: