During my trip I’ve been dragging my SLR camera with me almost everywhere. I love to make pictures of the locals, especially the kids. They’re beautiful and really adorable, and they love to be photographed. They come run up to you when you enter their village, or if they’re shy, stare at from the side of the road and wave at you. And than they start posing for the camera like they’re used to it, but still impressed by the weird black thing with a glass round thing on there you’re holding in your hand and making pictures with. Trying to get it from you and try to see the pictures you just made of them, because they really want to see them before you take off.
Well, Here is a sellection of some portrait shots I took in Laos.
In my previous post I told you I had to head to Vietnam. Well.. plans changed again, figured I had 30 days in Laos instead of the 15 I thought. So I decided to come with Minne, Thomas, Dean and Tariq to some small primitive villages. We did some boat trips to get there and if it was nice! So glad I came with them. Laos has its best view and landscapes seen from the water I think. Traveling on a slow boat with around 20 people and only 6 chairs, although not comfortable a very nice experience. 2 of the 3 villages (Muang Ngoi & Muang Khuoa) we visited didn’t have electricity during the day, only 3 hours in the evening. That means silence and pitch blackness at 11 o’clock in the evening. Played some cards together with candle light and slept in our cute little wooden huts/bungalows under our pink princes mosquito nets.
Leaving these little villages after a nice trek tour through the jungle and wandering around in a Hmong village, we’re now in Vietnam after a very funny and weird bus trip. We choose the get a sleeper bus to Han Oi in the evening. It’s a bus with only beds (made for small Asian people off course, which wasn’t very pleasant for my co-travelers hihi) but it’s one big mess. They let more people on the bus than possible (well for European rules and thoughts), 4 people on 2 mattresses (which obviously not fits, so one Hmong woman figured she could use my feet and legs as a pillow) and the floors were covered with people picked up on the way. Crazy and the smell and temperature a bus than gets.. well you can probably imagine yourself.
Getting out of the bus, we got sort of attacked by all the taxi and motorbike drivers trying to get money from you and bring you to a hotel or something. You really need to stay very friendly and have to say at least ‘no’ for 50 times before they give up. It gets quite annoying if people grab you by the arm for a taxi or whatever without actually asking or looking for anything. But guess that’s the thing you need to learn to ignore and live with.
Han Oi is a very big and chaotic city. The streets are covered with scooters, bikes and taxi’s trying to rip you off, as well as they try (and often succeed) in restaurants. The city kind of has its French/Parisian looks but the billboards with Asian commercials, karaoke bars, neon lights and bike taxi’s really reminds you of being in South East Asia.
This is my 4th week I’m traveling, and already my 3rd country! I’m planning to travel trough Vietnam a little slower and take around 2 to 3 weeks to get to the south followed by Cambodia. The homesickness is starting to disappear bits by bits every day. And the fact that it’s already almost a month I’m traveling and I only have around 2,5 left, makes it easier. That doesn’t mean I still miss you all there!
So after Thailand, and more than a week in Vientiane and Vang Vieng, I’m now staying in Luang Prabang with Minne, Thomas and 2 English guy’s they met in Thailand before. It’s very nice here! People are much more friendly, speak better English and are actually looking for conversation to better their English.
Vientiane has been nice, although it’s a very small town as a capital of the country. Most fun was outside the town, driving on a scooter (yeah, actually had my first ride on a scooter) to the Buddha Park on a dirt road for like 45 minutes. It probably doesn’t sounds like fun, but it actually is. Driving trough all the small villages where you actually see the way they’re living is so amazing. Cows cross the street constantly, you have to stop for every dog when driving the scooter, and kids are waving from the sides of the roads everywhere, which is lovely!
Vang Vieng is a different story though, it actually is a village where people go tubing on the river from bar to bar and use zip-lines to get into the river, but it is quite dangerous and people die there every now and then from accidents being on alcohol etc. We did check it out for like an hour just to see what’s going on there, and it was actually pretty fun to just see, but not really our cup of tea. A much better thing we did was renting a scooter again (yeah, this time with gears) and drove to a cave with a lagoon which was amazing! We couldn’t go to far into the cave, since it was without a guide and just a head light, so after a nice trip, went back down and had a quick swim in the blue lagoon water. Later on we went back by scooter and stopped on the way to climb up another hill to see the sunset. That was a bit of a bigger and more dangerous climb we thought it was going to be, but the view on top was just wonderful with the orange/pink sun!
We had to actually drive through some villages, and I think that part of riding scooters outside the cities is just the most amazing, since you really get to see how the people actually live, and what they have to do during the day.
Now in Laung Prabang, we went to the Kuang Si waterfall, which until now was the most beautiful things I’ve seen. The nature here is just sooooo beautiful, green/blue water, palm trees, and flowers. It actually looked fake, couldn’t believe it was just the nature without anything or partly being made or being fake.
After Luang Prabang I’ll have to head to Vietnam, my visa will run out, and since I can’t get any money myself here, but really want to move on and don’t want to bother my friends by sticking around with them, I just have to leave and get ready for my next journey travelling alone again!
It took me a while to actually have the guts to buy food on the streets..
So a week has pasted, and so did I already pass another border. Jup after 5 days in Thailand staying in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, I’m now in Laos.
Bangkok has been quite hectic and stressful. It’s so busy, many tourists, tuktuk’s, taxi’s, scooters and people who try to sell you stuff are everywhere. So after 3 days wandering around town, visiting a massive shopping mall to get my phone fixed (which didn’t actually work after waiting for 4 hours) walking trough Chinatown and walking on and around Khao San road, I left for Chiang Mai.
Rented a bike over here, and cycled trough town visiting a lot of Wat’s (Buddhist temples). Kinda nice, because that way it’s easy to just take your own plan and end up wherever you want to. With a map and some Thai people who speak a little English you’ll find the way back quite easily. I even found some super nice second-hand/vintage stores, that are actually quite similar with the ones we have in Europe, no money and place in my bag to buy anything though haha. Massive shopping diet here!
Well now in Laos I’m with Thomas and Minne. I decided to meet op with them and skip some stuff in Thailand. I wasn’t feeling very good, because it had such an impact on me and all alone, I guess it was just to much. So meeting up with them and going to some more quite places seemed to be a good plan for me. And so it does, and was a good plan. We’re staying in Vientiane for 3 days (which is actually quite small for a capital city). Going on a scooter trip tomorrow to a Buddha Park 25km out of the city. I think that’s going to be a nice adventure :) me riding on a scooter for the first time hihihih
After a week I’m almost used to the differences here in Asia. It took me a while to actually have the guts to buy food on the streets (at the food stalls) and eat it on a small table next to the busiest roads ever as well. To get used to the toilets, and beds that feel like they’re made from wood or something, and the hygiene (that’s almost nowhere to be found). You see cats, dogs, cockroaches, rats, mice en insects everywhere! But guess you just have to ignore that and go for it. Food is quite nice though, but some western food from time to time tastes great as well! haha.
So leave vientianne in 2 days to go to Vang Vieng, and after that, I’ll still have to decide. Dom’y know yet, Han Oi or the south of Laos. Well, guess you’ll find that out in a while in my next post.
SOOOO.. Tomorrow I’m going to leave this country to step on a plane to Bangkok. Jup Oh My Gosh, time goes so fast! I’m getting more and more nervous every hour. Now with all my stuff packed and all information bundled together, I’m ready to leave and let my journey begin.
Under here is a map of the places I am or might visit. Haven’t planned out yet where to go to in Malaysia and Indonesia, but I will figure that out on my travel there.
Starting in Bangkok my 2nd destination is Ayutthaya. I guess from there I should choose whether to got to Cambodia followed by Vietnam, Laos and the North of Thailand, or the other way around! haha… Well, I’ll find my way. Next to that, I’ll probably find some cool other lonely backpackers that I might get along with, so guess that will probably influence my plan and route as well :)
About my blog. I won’t be able to be online often in South-East Asia. If I want to post something and contact the western world, I need to go to an internet cafe.. So don’t expect me to write something every day or week. This journey is to get away form the computer, digital world, stress and everything that comes with that. It’s all about culture, nature, people and freedom.. But don’t worry, I will write and I will post photo’s just not on a very regular basis. :)
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An unconventional fashion brand and show for sure! Look at this collection, full of colours and extreme prints. Roberto Piqueras moved from Madrid to London last year thanks to a sponsorship from Burger King, a fashion brand sponsored by a fast food company?! weird but true. After displaying his stuff last season at Primitive, he did a show on the path leading from his east London council flat to the main road. Roberto’s androgynous digital print pieces with neon accents are basically his take on the nu-rave fashions he wishes he’d been in London to see. With people just leaning against the fences watching the collection in an alley, this show wasen’t anything from normal or what we’re used to see.
Just like Sam Voulters says on Vice: ” It’s great to see a show done the way the designer wants—a whole week after fashion week, on his own estate, using models cast from tumblr. The best fashion shows always manage to convince you that you’re absolutely where you’re meant to be in the universe right at that moment in time, and being made to feel that way on the world’s most ordinary path outside a mediocre block of flats made me feel like Roberto was particularly good at this whole fashion thing. ”
Don’t we all love amazing interiors? Well I was looking through my interior lookbook (see here), and just had to gather all these amazing white interiors to share it with you all. Some have added some colour, some just consist of actual ‘non-colour’.
Next to my wooden floor (which I would’ve totally painted white if I lived here longer) in my appartement, I love to have everything white. It gives so much placidity and calmness to your house. And you can easily give it more cosines by adding wood, plants and some (colourful) accessories. This way you can also establish the attention on f.e. a certain object or a piece of furniture.
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