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Around Kathmandu: Temples and Himalaya Views

Around Kathmandu: Boudanath temple

Once you have seen central Kathmandu set out and explore the treasures around Kathmandu: the historic squares, temples and royal cities. And get up on the hills around Kathmandu for views of the Himalayas, the world’s highest peaks that make Nepal famous.  Kathmandu has some extraordinary cultural sights right outside the city: the Monkey Temple Swayambbunath in the west, Boudanath ...

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Pokhara: Short Hikes, Lake and the Annapurnas

Pokhara lakeside

Pokhara is a lakeside city at 900 m which in Nepal means the lowlands. Yet the city is at the very foot of the Himalayas. In Pokhara you can combine subtropical climate with snow-capped peaks – added with a green mountain lake. Pokhara, Nepal offers short hikes, a lake and the Annapurnas. The Annapurna Massif is literally behind the corner. The ...

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Nepal: Nature, Culture and UNESCO Sights

Nepal: Nature, Culture and UNESCO Sights

One day we understood we were going to Nepal. Clas had a business trip approaching and the only thing we knew about it was that he should spend a week or two working in Kathmandu. So I started creating a trip to the mountain country from scratch. What can we do in Nepal? Nepalese children in Sarangkot, Annapurnas Mountain climbing ...

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Four Short Walks in Old Tokyo

Nezu Shrine gates

Tokyo is known as a huge, ultra modern city and that’s what it is. Yet the Japanese capital hides wonders in it. The old Japan still exists in many parts of the city and you will find it, just walk around. This post will show you four easy walks in Old Tokyo. You can find the old Tokyo in the shrines ...

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Sri Lanka’s South Coast: From Yala to Galle

Yala National Park bee-eater

Sri Lanka’s South Coast from Yala to Galle is palm-fringed beaches, national parks and jungles. And an endless row of busy Sri Lankan villages along the coast. My last post on our Sri Lanka road trip will show you what the South Coast is like and what is special about it.  South Coast has made its own mix of colonial and Sri Lankan cultures and ...

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Kandy to Nuwara Eliya: Sri Lanka’s Tea Country

Women picking Ceylon tea

This post will show you the drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya in the Sri Lankan tea country where the famous Ceylon tea comes from. Tea grows here in millions of bushes and you can see green tea gardens all the way from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya. Tamil tea pickers walk through tea gardens with baskets strapped to their backs and ...

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Historic Kandy: Temples, Lake and Rainforest Hills

Historic Kandy, Sri Lanka

Kandy is a city deep in Sri Lanka’s rainforest hills, yet full of traditions and history. It is where Sri Lanka’s last kings ruled and made this rainforest city the cultural capital of the island. The kings built their palaces and temples, the biggest of them for Buddha’s tooth. They changed a paddy field to a lake that became the new heart ...

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Sri Lanka’s East Coast: Best Beaches and Smiling Locals

Selfie with locals, Passekudah Bay, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s East Coast is far away but has the best beaches and friendliest locals. We stayed in some paradise-like beach resorts that made a perfect setting for our holiday. We really liked the east coast. No tourists, no crowds, just us and the smiling locals. East coast must be what the old Sri Lanka used to be. Few tourists have ...

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Touring Sri Lanka’s Ancient Cities

Polonnaruwa stupa, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has a long and remarkable history, most of which has happened in its jungles. We went to see Sri Lanka’s ancient cities that once were the capitals of some of the world’s great kingdoms. Sri Lanka’s ancient cities had dagobas almost as big as the Egyptian pyramids. One after one these cities disappeared and became parts of the jungle – ...

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Sri Lanka West Coast from Colombo to Kalpitiya

Buddha statues, Colombo

In this post I will show you Sri Lanka West Coast from Colombo to Kalpitiya. We are using a private car but buses use the same road.  After exploring Colombo temples we will drive to Negombo and see fishermen at work and fish being dried outdoors on the hot ground. We will have lunch at Negombo and see the beaches. ...

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