Monday, September 16, 2019

Sapa, Vietnam



Sending everyone love and few postcards from Sapa, Vietnam.

I had no intention at all to visit Hanoi this year until Facebook reminded me this time 4 years ago I made it to Hanoi for the very first time after 30 hours bus ride from Laos ( trust me you don’t want to go through what people say ‘the night bus journey from hell’ ). I thought oh well it’s been a while, let’s go back to Hanoi and visit Sapa.

Sipping my coffee in my hotel room in Sapa, I couldn’t help but comparing the way I live and travel 4 years ago to the person I am today. Some things change, some things stay the same. Still curious, brave and adventurous, I love how I left a bit of myself in every place I visited. I grow stronger and more confident in my own skin. With each day gives you another opportunity to begin again and write a new story, I want to fill my pages with good memories, adventures, progress, love and portraits from all around the world.

How to get to Sapa from Hanoi:
Train from Hanoi Tran Quy Cap station (B Station) to Lao Cai. I purchased the ticket from www.vietnamimpressive.com for USD29/one way

From Lao Cai Station, exit the station turn left and catch a minivan for 30000 VND/one way to Sapa

Where to stay:
Sapa Centre Hotel ( USD 25-30 for standard room )

Where to eat:
The Lizard Restaurant

Le Gecko Cafe

Good Morning Vietnam


























Thursday, September 5, 2019

Cusco Peru




Cusco is definitely one of my favorite cities in Peru. There are so many things you can do here. From a day trip to Salineras de Maras, Chinchero, the Sacred Valley, Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain to of course Machu Picchu. If you have extra time and craving for adventures, you can go trekking for a few days exploring the Inca Trail, Salkantay Trek and many more. Unfortunately, I had to skip trekking all the way to Machu Picchu this time because honestly I wasn’t prepared and I don’t have any hiking gear with me. But I’d take that as an excuse to come back to Peru. In Cusco town itself, there are a bunch of museums and other places you should visit like Plaza de Armas, my favorite San Blas, market, etc. Trust me even one week in Cusco isn’t enough. 

This country has been nothing short of amazing from day one. I am extremely grateful to be able to visit and experience so many wonderful things I never thought I could in my life. Everywhere you go in Peru, you’d feel the love, kindness, and magic. The other day I was just sitting at the hotel lobby and my security guard suddenly came up to me with a cup of warm eucalyptus. He said eucalyptus is good to keep me warm especially during winter like this. A simple act of kindness that never fails to make me smile and grateful. Being alone in a foreign country is not always easy, but I’m glad I always meet good people. From travelers I met on the bus, to people I went trekking with, hotel staff who made my bed and waitress at Creperia La Bo’m who greet me with smile and know my favorite crepe, all I can say is Peru has stolen my heart and I know one day I’m gonna come back. It feels like as if life taking care of me, but also I do believe good people attract good people and a little kindness does go a long way. 

Where to eat?
Cicciolina ( Peruvian & international ), La Bodega 138 ( Italian ), Creperia La Bo’m ( Crepe ), Kintaro ( Japanese )

Coffee?
Museu Del Cafe, Creperia La Bo’m

Where to stay?
Selina Cusco











Thursday, August 29, 2019

Croatia



Flashing back to a beautiful summer exploring Zagreb - Split - Dubrovnik. Croatia has been on my bucket list for a while so I’m super happy to finally visit this country for almost 2 weeks and reunited with a good friend of mine in Zagreb. 

I absolutely love Zagreb and Split. It was nice to slow down a bit, spoil myself with delicious Croatian food and cocktails. But unfortunately Dubrovnik is just way tooooo crowded, touristy, and expensive I didn’t enjoy the city so much so I left after two days. Many people come to Dubrovnik with a mission to visit the set of Game of Thrones, well even though I didn’t join any Game of Thrones tour, still I found it cool, inspiring and funny in the same time how everywhere you go in Dubrovnik, you’d hear everything about GoT. 

But even if you’re not a fan of Game of Thrones and have extra time, do visit Krka National Park located around 2 hours from Dubrovnik. You can either join the tour or take a public bus to the national park, overall it was pretty easy to get there on your own and was a good day trip back in nature and escaping the crazy GoT crowd.