Trekking in Luang Namtha

After transiting from Myanmar through north Thailand, we finally arrived in Laos! We had been looking forward to visiting the country of 6.5 million people, where the low population density (compared to its neighbors) and relatively low tourist numbers sounded very appealing. Our first stop after an overly convoluted border crossing at Chiang Khong (bus […]

Kalaw to Inle Lake Trekking

kalaw to inle lake

We had been longing to go trekking again for a long while, so when we learned that there is the possibility to do a multi-day trek from a small town called Kalaw to Inle Lake, we were very excited. There are different options for trekking in the area, from short day hikes to two or […]

Krabi and Phuket


With some diving in Ko Tao behind us we were heading to Krabi on the Andaman Sea side of south Thailand next. My parents were coming to visit us in the beautiful bay between Phuket and Krabi Town. While it is one of the most expensive parts of Thailand, it’s also one of the most […]

Hiking Mount Rinjani


A few days of amazing relaxation on Gili Air made us a bit restless and ready for some exercise. We had seen Rinjani, the second highest volcano (fifth highest peak overall) in Indonesia staring across at us from nearby Lombok while we were on Gili Air and were interested in hiking up. Lonely Planet quoted […]

Hiking Kawah Ijen

Kawah Ijen

Kawah Ijen is a large volcanic crater in the Ijen volcano complex on the Indonesian island of Java. Ijen was made famous when National Geographic shared images of the blue fire that burns constantly from a vent in the crater. Sulfur causes the intense blue flames that draw hundreds of people, mostly Indonesian, to visit […]