Inhumanity. So wrong in so many ways.
You're right, Seren (@serenpala), the events of the Khmer Rouge should definitely be more known to remind ourselves how valuable life is when it is taken from the unfortunate.
Rest in peace to these lost souls
5 4412 hours ago
1e keer in Bangkok - dit moet je zeker doen! 1/6 - Aanschouw de vele tempels.
Indrukwekkend om van dichtbij te bekijken zijn Wat Arun (tempel van de dageraad) en Wat Pho (met de liggende boeddha). #thailand#bangkok#asia
1 3415 hours ago
After a nice breakfast in the morning on the rooftop of my hostel it is travel time again. Will go to Phnom Penh to visit the S21 prison and Killing Fields tomorrow... I think it will be a tough day...
2 3819 hours ago
WOW the food at this place was actually incredible 😍😍😍 Smoothie bowls, fresh juices and picture perfect backdrops 🌸🌴 #itscooltobekynd
1 4317 June, 2019
Just came back from Phnom Sampov where I visited a killing cave and at the end saw a beautiful sunset and millions of bats coming out of the cave to go hunting. Did you visited Battambang already and what was your highlight?
3 4016 June, 2019
One of our favorite ways to adventure in Indonesia is camping! Tag a bestie you would go camping with here!
4 6416 June, 2019
Darlin’ it’s better down where it’s wetter 🐠🐙
So we ticked off a huuuge item on our bucket lists today, getting our PADI open water certificates !!
As you all know Steve just loves the water and this really just confirmed to me, he was a fish in a previous life.
What an absolutely amazing experience it is being about to breathe and float under the water. 3 days and 8 dives later and we are certified 🤙🏽🤙🏽
Massive thanks to Lyn and all the crew @seadive_coron. Your knowledge of the ocean is incredible and we had so much fun along the way. I’d highly recommend you check them out when you’re in Coron.
17 11316 June, 2019
I spent the full day around Battambang with a bunch of cool people... Visited a crocodile farm, drank some cobra rice whine, drove with the bamboo train and at the end visited Phnom Sampov with an amazing view but also an Killing Cave. Now I am waiting for 6.5mn bats to come out of their cave to go hunting! I hope it will be amazing as the sky turns black. Great day so far :-)
Arrived save in Battambang the second largest city in Cambodia where I will stay for 2 nights before I am heading down to Phnom Penh. As always I spent the day by walking around, visited some temples and local markets and found these sculptures in one of the places. I have the feeling that I am the only visitor here :-)
Go where the locals are going and you will have a fantastic time. Just came back to my Hostel after I tried delicious street food and I am so full! Again everybody was starring at me as I was the only non-local at that place sitting on a tiny little chair... So funny :-)
5 4314 June, 2019
Goodbye 👋🏽 Vietnam
Bidding farewell to this incredible country is actually pretty sad.
Starting in the crazy hustle and bustle of Hanoi then riding 1000kms down the beautiful coastline to Hoi An, catching a sleeper train to Ho Chi Minh. Where we finished with full bellies from too much Pho and heavy hearts from the confronting war remnants museum.
Vietnam you are a real gem.
Next up we have the Philippines and we are sooooo excited to lazy sun soaked days sipping on coconuts 🥥 🌴
Rules? What rules? 🔁🔀🔄 🎼🎻🎶
Musician: Kevin MacLeod
4 5214 June, 2019
There are 7 days in a week and someday isn’t one of them!
I am so happy we didn’t wait for ‘someday’ with our adventure. The happiness it has brought me and the lessons it’s taught me have been priceless.
What a fantastic day at Angkor Wat! Had an amazing trip with a gorgeous sunrise and a fantastic guide who showed me so much in the temples that we visited. Searched for Lara Croft but did not find her... Made some awesome pictures and got blessed by a monch for good luck and a happy life!
1 4313 June, 2019
Good morning from Angkor Wat :-) Wake up at 4am to watch the sunrise is very early but the scenery is just awesome :-) Just me alone without any other tourists... not ;-)
10 4812 June, 2019
“...and then there is the most dangerous risk of them all- the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet that you can buy the freedom to do it later.” Don’t forget that money can always return, time cannot.
8 5512 June, 2019
INDEPENDENCE DAY morning ❤️ Pilipinas 🇵🇭🇵🇭🇵🇭 *after a nice jog earlier after xxx months
3 3812 June, 2019
Everyday I am walking around to explore new places and find some hidden gems. A lot of people who see me walking are smiling/laughing and thinking what is the big white man doing 😂😂😂 but I love it and finding these small streets makes me smiling a lot :-) Tomorrow I am exploring Angkor Wat and my driver will pick me up at 4.30am so it will be a short night...
Travelling has got me feeling like a very small fish in a very big pond🐠😅 ⠀
I have experienced so many new things, and done things that before I could only of dreamt of - and this is only the beginning. It makes me realise just how amazing the world is. ⠀
Its crazy to me that some people live their whole lives and never venture outside of their little pond - they really don’t know what a big ol world they’re missing🐠🐳🌏
54 95210 June, 2019
Our grocery store...on a tour with #knowindotours we will take you to the local market and even teach you how to barter for your groceries! It makes grocery shopping wayyyyy more fun.
6 5510 June, 2019
Wait. I’m still in Vietnam?
Struggling to comprehend right now that this pretty beach is in Vietnam 💛🌴
After days of rolling lush green mountains this was a very welcomed surprise even if it did feel like swimming in the bath 🤣
We had heard this beach was stunning but that was from an 18 year old English backpacker so let’s be honest, expectations were low. I mean I was once an 18 year old English backpacker 😂😂 granted that was many moons ago!!
Who agrees that the most enjoyment comes when you very least expect it? 💛
Well that and a good pedicure! It’s been well over 2 months and I’m finally getting my feet sorted out! I’m feeling sorry for the lady chipping away at my hard backpacker feet right now but oh it feels sooo good!
Today is my last day in Laos before I am going to Cambodia tomorrow. The last days in Don Det were so good for my body and soul. After hundreds of impressions that I gained during the first weeks I used the days just to relax, spent endless hours in my hammock, ate fantastic food and just enjoyed life! You will find a lot of small cool restaurants around the island and if you are in Laos you should definitely go here!
10 5510 June, 2019
Views for days 😍😍😍
Standing at the top of the Hai Van Pass looking out at this view will be a moment we remember forever.
They say, on a clear day you can see China.
Well I didn’t have my glasses on and Steve has broken his glasses so we can’t confirm if we actually did but whatever these views are still absolutely breathtaking.
14 1229 June, 2019
Don Det is part of the 4000 islands although Laos has no access to the sea. The Mekong river is so wide here that thousands of small islands appear. I wanted to take the boat this morning but couldn’t use it 😂😂😂 so I decided to walk around the whole island and explored it by feet!
Woooooo we made it 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽
If you asked me back in Bali what the chances are of Steve riding us half way across Vietnam on a semi automatic motorbike, I would’ve laughed in your face.
Now, that seems like a lifetime ago. We’ve both come a huuuge way since then. Steve’s no longer shaky at take off. Haha. Actually he’s a pretty awesome driver now and well, I am kinda getting better at navigation 😂😂
Seriously though, trekking 1000kms across Vietnam on a bike has been the most epic adventure of our trip so far.
It’s been a crazy experience and it really tested our relationship. Things we learnt during this trip.
1) I don’t know my left from my right, which made directing Steve somewhat challenging.
2) Locals don’t use their mirrors they WILL pull out in front of you.
3)You honk to overtake, honk to change lanes, honk when you’re going through a red light basically if in doubt, just honk every 3 seconds.
4) You indicate left to go right and right to go left.
5) If you ride 1000km’s in 5 days, the chafe is real!
You’d think after all this, why the bloody hell did we put ourselves through it?
Well basically we love an adventure and this was a once in a lifetime opportunity. Where else in the world can you one day be riding through endless fields of rice paddies watching locals getting ready for harvest and the next, ride the famous Hai Van Pass 🤩🤩
We’ve saved our stories so check it out and if you’re in Vietnam absolutely ride a bike, you’ll have so much fun 🤙🏽
Sharing sidewalk chalk with some of our littles neighbors. We love the creations these cute artists come up with!
3 437 June, 2019
All good things are WILD and FREE.
3 397 June, 2019
🌋 To the time we watched a volcano erupt...something I will never forget!
3 396 June, 2019
Under the mountain guards a thousand Buddhas 🇲🇲
3 486 June, 2019
It breaks my heart...a house of relatives welcome me into their home for a feast. Yet they are a sea of strangers to me, with nothing much in a third world country. I show up empty handed, with only a smile and my father's face 🤦♂️
9 826 June, 2019
How many cases of water could YOU fit on your motobike/moped/scooter thing? 🛵🏍😆
WE MADE IT 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽
After a long day on the bike we finally made it to Tam Coc but hells bells our arses are on fire 😂😂😂
We nearly missed this sunset though as we were so tired that we crashed out on the bed straight after we checked in. When we realised the time we were literally running up these 500 stairs to make sure we made it to the top before the sun went down!
But WOW. So worth it for these views 😍
“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it”- Peter Pan
About a week ago, we did a thing...We got PADI certified together! I’ve always been in love with the underwater world but every time I’ve started a scuba dive, I’ve psyched myself out. Even though I would pass the initial skills portion and start descending in the ocean, I’d end up not finishing. After this happening 3 times I told myself scuba just wasn’t for everyone (aka me), I couldn’t equalize properly because of long-time sinus issues, along with many other excuses to make myself feel better about avoiding my fear. I went to Bali with the intention of Austin getting certified on his own. After meeting with the dive instructors, I decided on the spot to give it another shot. Then that entire night I kept thinking how I didn’t want to fail yet again so I panicked and decided to just not do it...again. I thought scuba would just be something Austin and I wouldn’t be able to do together and it’d be “his” thing, not mine. He would encourage me and told me countless times how he knew I could do it because he’s seen me get through the hardest parts, and I would get so frustrated because he “just didn’t understand”. Less than 5 minutes before our course was supposed to begin, I changed into my swimsuit and told myself I’m doing it this time...still full of fear and panic. 3 days, 5 dives, and quite a few written and physical tests later, and I DID IT. I’m glad my competitive side got the best of me in this case and it’s another fear I’ve overcome in my year of being fearless! It also goes to show how having the right person/people in your life can push you into being the best version of yourself and achieving incredible things together. Without Austin and the specific dive instructors we had, I’d still just be wishing I could explore under the sea and I wouldn’t have realized that it actually IS my thing. 🧜🏼♀️ Thank you Austin, for always being my motivating force and pushing me to my limits. You were right....this time 😏
15 653 June, 2019
Only a few hours away from Ho Chi Minh City but a world's apart!
1 533 June, 2019
Searching for pyramids out here! ☀️🗺🔮
4 583 June, 2019
Have you ever experienced what it’s like to spend a day on a remote Indonesian beach? It’s even more magical than it looks!
4 612 June, 2019
You'll find some pretty interesting stuff in this city 🇻🇳
4 362 June, 2019
Sunrise. Sunburn. Sunset. Repeat.
9 541 June, 2019
Spent the last two hours motorbiking through fog with less than 50 feet visibility to see this sunset from the last mountain of the day. No filter needed.
7 601 June, 2019
Many people walk through here and walk by this ordinary old man. No no, he's an icon. Now THE last public writer of his kind, he's been working at a post office since he was 16 and is fluent in English, French and Vietnamese. Super friendly and always happy to take a pic with you, can you guess his age?
12 821 June, 2019
Great decisions have been made here 🇻🇳
1 451 June, 2019
QUICK the trains coming!!
‘Train street’ in Hanoi was top of our list and for very good reason.
We were fascinated to see how close the train gets to the locals that live and work here and see it speed through this crazy narrow street.
Sadly we didn’t check the train timetable and no trains today 😂😂 They mainly run in the evenings and at weekends.
It was actually pretty cool though to explore when it was quiet and less touristy. However, we will defs will be back to catch the train in action.
Currently planning my trip back to Thailand & Southeast Asia, who’s coming wiiiittthhh me 🙋🏼♀️ .
When I think of where I got my travel bug, my wanderlust, my desire to see the world, the first place I think of is Thailand. My first “oh-shit” moment walking off that airplane, having my pants instantly vacuum to my legs because of the humidity, not a sign in sight I could understand & life around me overpowering my senses, I thought to myself “well shit, what now.” After a very questionable first meal, down a very dark alley (and in retrospect probably wasn’t the smartest idea) I fell in love with the country. The people & their warm smiles, the flavors, spice and never-ending noodle supply, the hot sticky air and all-of-a-sudden tropical storms. Thailand you’ve stolen a piece of heart, changed my perspective of the definition of spice and I promise I will be back. Many more times.