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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 it has the island’s best beaches and friendliest locals. The east also has some beautiful beach resorts that make a perfect setting for a relaxed, peaceful holiday. Not many tourists have found this piece of paradise in the east so you can easily find a beach for yourself and spend lazy days ...

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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

This post will show you the Sri Lanka West Coast from Colombo to Kalpitiya. After exploring temples of Central Colombo we will drive to Negombo to watch fishermen at work and fish being dried outdoors on the hot ground. The idyllic Kalpitiya Peninsula in the north has white-sand beaches on both sides, backed by coconut palms that they also use ...

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What to See in Sri Lanka

Ahangama stilt fishers, Sri Lanka

We took two weeks off from the European winter, me and Clas my husband, and traveled down to tropical Sri Lanka just north of equator. We didn’t know much about this lush, green island in the Indian Ocean neither did we have good ideas on what to see in Sri Lanka. Only a handful of all the people we know ...

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Central Bali Day Trip continues

Central Bali Day Trip

In this post our Central Bali day trip contitues. We are returning from Mount Batur to Sanur. First we visit a coffee plantation and learn about Luwak coffee which is said to be the most expensive coffee in the world. Then we will visit the holy Pura Tirta Empul temple and walk on the postcard-pretty rice terraces of Tegallalang. Before heading back to the ...

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Day Trip to Central Bali

Day Trip to Central Bali

This blog post tells about a day trip to Central Bali. We rented a car and a driver to see the artist villages of Batubulan and Batuan. In the villages we visited a jewellery, a painter house and the famous Pura Desa Batuan temple. Before heading to the mountains and the volcano of Mount Batur we stopped at the ancient Goa Gajah Elephant Cave.   ...

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Day Trip to West Bali

Maru towers, Pura Taman Ayun

To discover Bali we rented a car and a driver for two days. To begin with we did a day trip to West Bali after which we toured Central Bali. This blog post brings you to West Bali. First we watch Barong dance. Then we visit a monkey forest and a temple with Maru towers. After that we walk on rice terraces and at the end it’s time to watch ...

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Getting Around Bangkok by River Boat

Bangkok by boat

This post tells you how to explore Bangkok by river boat and I also included a Bangkok ferry map. Bangkok’s top sights and old town are all located by the Chao Praya river that has very good boat connections. That makes Bangkok’s river boats the best way to see the city. In this post we will first take a Chao Praya river boat to Chinatown. ...

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Day Trip to Duden Waterfalls

Upper Duden Waterfalls, Antalya

This post shows you how to make a day trip to Duden Waterfalls just outside the city of Antalya, Turkey. We made the trip on local dolmus buses which was not difficult at all. So to see these amazing waterfalls you won’t need an expensive bus tour, you can just use a local bus. Upper Duden Waterfalls, Antalya, Turkey Two ...

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