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My Best and Worst Travelling Experiences

Most of us have travelling experiences that we will always remember for as long as we can. They could be funny, romantic, embarrassing, heartwarming etc.

So here is the list of my best, worst and somewhere in between experiences… in no particular order.

  • Getting lost in Gobi desert and spending the night with the locals in their tent. It was definitely one of the best. I was really surprised by how generous they were, I mean inviting total strangers in someone’s home is not something we see everyday.

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  • First camel, not to mention Bactrian, ride in Gobi.
  • Having diarrhoea on the day of my flight and taking medicines with labels that look like boxes, lines and circles 🙂
  • The sunny-side-of-life birthday celebration!  Definitely the best.  I wish I could go back to Maldives

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  • The city tour bus ride in Bangkok
  • Valentine’s day and Vietnamese new year in Hanoi.
  • Having rashes all over  my body while travelling in Mongolia
  • Eating sausage and crepe in the streets of Bangkok. That was my first  taste of street food while travelling. I have a very sensitive stomach that’s why I stay away from street food and those that my system is not used to
  • Swimming with the whale sharks in Cebu

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  • Trekking in Batad and caving in Sagada. Both were my firsts

So that’s my list. maybe I can still update it next time.

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My Favorite Travel Photos

Whenever I miss travelling and the places I visited in the past, I go through my collection of travel photos and try to relive the memories. That’s me being a little nostalgic 🙂

Here are some of my favorite travel photos. There are hundreds of them by the way, so maybe I’m going to post a few more next time.

Mongolia

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We were on our way to Gobi desert when we came across a truck-load of Bactrian camels. This particular specie is native to the steppes of Central Asia and has two humps on its back.

For more information on Bactrian camels, please follow this link.

Maldives

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Dubbed as the sunny side of life, Maldives is definitely a must-see place. Its pristine white-sand beaches, crystal clear water and the amazing underwater world scream paradise.

Laos

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The town of Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Apart from its countless temples and monasteries, there is also one very interesting place which draws attention from the town’s visitors. Not too far from the town center is the spot where Mekong meets Nam Khan. Notice that the waters of these two rivers don’t have the same colors; on the lower part of the photo is the Nam Khan river.

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Things have been really crazy these past few weeks; day job, part-time job, new [small] business venture, new hobbies etc. I used to wish for some more interesting stuff to do on top of my full-time day job, and now that I got them I feel like I’m really exhausted already.  I like what I’m doing, it’s just that I’m overdoing it  I think.  Good thing I’m off to the beach tomorrow for a post birthday celebration, and of course bonding time with a bunch of good friends.

Early this year, I finally decided to start writing my travel memoir in a form of a coffee table book and I planned to finish it before the year ends. Unfortunately, there were so many distractions along the way and I decided to take a break. Well, I hope I can start working on it again by January.

 Here are the sample photos that will appear on the book under Mongolia section.

Mongolian countryside

It was such a long and tiring road(less) trip to Gobi desert. We decided to have a quick stop over after traveling (from UB)  for about  four hours. The Mongolian countryside looks amazing  under the bluest sky,  with all those green pea-like plants and wild animals all over the place.

Mongolian countryside

Ice gorge in Gobi desert

One of the reasons why we visited the Gobi desert is to see the ice gorge.  I guess the 14-hour drive from UB to Gobi, getting lost along the way and spending the night with total strangers’ ger in the middle of nowhere is all worth it. After a long argument with our driver (he wanted to follow his itinerary rather than ours, when in fact we hired him as our driver and not as a tour leader),  over an hour drive from the camp, a camel ride (again, our driver took the liberty of booking a horse ride for us without even informing us, obviously we declined the horse ride and opted for a camel ride that seemed to take forever to reach the ice gorge ),  and a few minutes of walking, I  guess it’s all worth it. 

We were a little hesitant to choose the ice gorge over sand dunes as part of our itinerary that day. We thought that we might not see the real ice gorge as it was summer time but the lady from the camp gave us an assurance that we wouldn’t be disappointed.  So, we skipped he big sand dunes as we’ve already seen the small ones on our way to the camp. I know it was really sad to miss those big sand dunes but we didnt have that much time as we needed to go back to UB as scheduled to see the opening ceremony of the Naadam festival.   The sand dunes trip was originally part of our itinerary but we got lost on our way to the camp and forced to spend the night somewhere in Gobi, spend another few more hours changing/fixing tires the following morning and spending another few more hours finding our way to Three Camel Lodge. In effect, we lost one precious day in Gobi, we missed the chance to see big sands. I just told myself, “at least I was able to see the ice gorge”. 

I have a lot of nice photos but I can’t  post them all here as they’re going to be included in the book.   

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