Phuket #1

How could I forget that I was in Phuket, Thailand, before I flew over to Malaysia?! Me and a friend stayed in an apartment, they had a pool and a gym that was included. I loved it in Phuket. Yes, you here there's alot of tourists and it doesn't feel like Thailand. but really I couldn't feel anything of that. Maybe it was because I had my own scooter where I could drive around in the island and explore on my own. I found beaches where there were no people, and I was just there by my own, went hiking to waterfalls and drank thai tea from small stalls next to the big roads. Yes, I loved it in Phuket.

Our pool. I was so excited to try my GoPro underwater, and Phuket was where it happened!

I drove with my small scooter to the Big Buddha. It felt like I was above the clouds, he was sitting sooooo high up.

A whole grilled fish for lunch.

And THE smoothies. Oh my god. The smoothies.

One of the beaches I spent my days on.

Viewpoint.

Bought a snorkling gear and went snorkling. AMAZING!!!

You really have to try it, it's like another world in the water.

Another fish hahah.


Malaysia #1

After being in bangkok for a week I flew to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I was so surprised by how many different cultures, kinds of national origins and ethnicities. Chinese, Indians, Singaporian, Taiwanese and alot more. Modern city, with very good indian food!!!


When I landed in Kuala Lumpur I took the buss to the city. I liked the decoration in the bus.


Firs thing I ate was Roti with a spicey, flavourful dipping sauce (?), drank Mango lassi with it. 


One of Malaysians desserts - Cendol. Looks creep I know. But it was like shaved ice, topped with some jelly things and beans, and then a sugar syrup. Nice in the hot and humidity weather.


Went for a walk in the city and saw these babies.


My main goal the first day was to see the Twin Towers. It was beauuuutiful at night. So so soooo beautiful!!!
 

I went back to the Indian restaurant that I was in earlier that day. This time I had naanbread with Butter Chicken. I really miss Malaysia because of the Indian food... it is soooooo freaking good.

 Ended my night watching a water show, and it wasn't planned. I just sat down near the water and 30 seconds later the show just started. My first water show.

9 weeks.

I have thought about it so many times, but isn't it so cool that you could actually take a plane and just jump forward in time to a completely different place on earth like I did when I flew to Asia? I think about my trip in Asia every other day, and just the thought of everything Ive experienced and how perfect the trip was makes me smile so big. I was never in major problems or trouble during my whole trip. It was just in the beggining, the first week, when I had stomach problem (I think there was something wrong with the metabolism or that I wasn't used to the different bacterias in the food from European to Asian) otherwise there was no problems with check-in's or luggages etc. Who could believe that? I didn't.

You know when everyone says that you develop as a person when ou travel abroad on such a long journey - I confirm, it's true. I have never known that I appreciated the little things so much, as much as I do now. I mean good food, a gym, internet or even clean clothes. I didn' spend my nights at fancy hotels with clean showers, and most of the times I didn't have clean clothes. So you just appreaciated when you got into a hostel where they had a decent shower and you could take a cold shower and afterwards put on some newly washed clothes. I have always been open and social as a person (except when I was a little kid) and I love meeting new people, but this experience opened me up even more to people. Without thinking, you open up and send time with people you otherweise don't "usually" spend time with. What might be the biggest difference is that I stopped thinking so much. My spontaniety and craziness have always been high, but now it's on a whole new level and I started using the idea "Why not?" as a life motto. In other words, I have had such a pleasent experience, and I have started daring more and doing things I usually or before didn't dare to do. The trip has developed me in a way that made me start to face my fears and dared to grab things I wouldn'y do before.

People have asked me "Isn't it hard to travel by yourself?", and my answer has always been "No, even though I travel by myself, I have never felt alone." I've met so many people, partly because, as I said, I opened up, but also because other people tend to dare to talk to a persom who is by herself instead of those in groups. Do you understand what I mean? So I haven't had a problem meeting new people, which is so fun because I have a a lot of people that I would not meet if it was not because I was traveling by myself.

That trip was fantastic in many ways, I've developed my independence in an incredibly large way. I planned, organized and solved this trip on my own, where no tours were organized, no travel agencies or anything like that was involved. I have managed everything completely by myself, and it has been incredibly fun. Soon, in the end of this week I am packing my bags again. To a new destination and I am so thrilled with happiness and excitement.


French Mountains

Some pictures from when I was skiing in France a couple of weeks ago.










Thailand #1

After Vietnam I flew over to Bangkok. What I've read about Bangkok before I arrived was that they have alot of department stores, it's alot about shopping and a much more "modern" side of Asia. The second thing I read was that Bangkok is one of the most famous cities when it comes to streetfood. And because I'm not a big fan of shopping at all, I just went there for the food hahha. And yes, this city is a food heaven.


I queued for almost one hour to try these cheesetarts from a famous cheesetart company called "Pablo".


I was so dissapointed though... I think social medias that I've read and said that it was a must - try, gave me too high hopes and I just got dissapointed because really, it wasn't that special.


Mango and sticky rice!!! This was bomb though.


Hahhaa, when I told my mom that I've tried crickets, worms and other insects and bugsshe just screamed. It wasn't disgusting, it was just the look of it that was scary. Otherwise it just tasted like fried, crispy things. But the small worms to the left on the picture was really disgusting. The consistency was exactly what you would expect that a worm would be, that, I would never eat again.


I saw a long queue on the other side of the street when I was walking in China Town. I didn't know what the people were waiting for but the people in line said it was good so I went into the line and waited for one and a half hours. I got these grilled white breads with different fillings (butter and sugar, chili and chocolate). It was okay, but not worth one and a half hour.


Morning markets, night markets, floating markets, I love them all!!


Coconut icecream in a real coconut with sticky rice and red beans. I know it sounds weird with this combination, but it's actually really tasty. 


Roti banana. Very crispy pancake with bananas and condensed milk. So sweet, but so good.


Floating market.


I ordered food from the different boats at the floating market, sat down and had a nice lunch in the heat.





Sticky rice in a bamboo stick.


I visited many temples when I was in Asia, and they're all beautiful in different ways.


Real gold on a statue.


;(


One night I went out with a boat to the sea to see fireflies. I can't show you how amazing it was to see small lightning bugs flying around trees just near the water. All quiet and peaceful. Incredible. 

Vietnam #3

One of my favorite places in Vietnam was Da Lat. It's one of the cities in Vietnam that has a lower temperature than the others cities in Vietnam, around 22C. I stayed here for about one week, spent the days hiking, looking for waterfalls, and viewpoints. In the evenings I went out the the nightmarkets and ate streetfood and drank homemade hot soymilk. You should definitely go here if you are in Vietnam.


































































Exotic fruits

Different fruits that I tried when I was traveling in Asia!

Coconut
Custard Apple and Sherry (?)
Guava
Star Apple
Other types of Coconut
Mangosteen <3
Durian
More Coconuuuts
Sapodilla

Vietnam #2

I was not only in the city area in Vietnam, but also in the country side. I went with a family there so they showed me around, nothing much to do but it was another perspective of Vietnam. Also I was sick when I was there so it was hard for me to walk around and try to enjoy it because of my energy, I would have wanted to see more fields and walk around more than I did, but I'm still happy I got to see this side of Vietnam.


A house in the countryside.


I don't know what kind of fruit this was but it was awesome! Citric, sweet and se easy to eat. Asians often eat fruits with a spicemix - like chilipowder and salt. 


Coconut trees.


Me and a pair of many pair of sandals I had during my two months trip.


Ricefields.


:D


Here, I was covered in mud because I decided to walk in all the mud between the ricefields...


Natures selfiestick.


Dirty water and not so good icecream hahah.


Clean water was kept in these big jars. For cleaning, washing, shower etc.


This made me so angry and sad. They are kept in here and later people release them to make them fight against eachother. How animals are treated in Asia is... horrible.


Drying flowers to make tea.

Vietnam #1

First round of photos for you. These are all from when I was in Vietnam, where I started my trip.


I went to the beach one day, but it started to rain so I went to a café next to the beach and I got a table right next to these goldfish.


Hiking! 


One of the few taxi rides I took. If you go to Vietnam, I don't recommend you to take taxi or car to move around. Rather motorcycle. Soooo much traffic...


Fish for dinner.


The best drink after water - coconut water.


You can find markets everywhere in Vietnam, I love the fruits in Asia!!!


My only bowl of Pho in Vietnam... I know, only one...and it wasn't that good. Moms the best.


Scooters EVERYWHERE.


Typical Vietnamese dish with rice noodles, tofu, different meats, herbs, salads and (stinky) dipping sauce. It was alright.


It's normal to have escargot, seashells, dipping sauces and beer as a midnight snack in Vietnam. Loud music and loud Vietnamese people.


Breakfast at a morning market. I don't know what it was... the lady just gave me something haha, but it was good. 


Scooter parking.


Hiking!


I rarely saw trees in Vietnam, or Asia in general. But the few times I did, it was beautiful.


Co Chi. I went and saw how the people in Vietnam protected themselves during the Vietnam War.  I got very very very impressed.


Sandals made out of tires.


Durian!!! Either you can't stand it or you love it, I love it.


Breakfast - Banh Mi Op La.


Baos in ChinaTown, I will always love these Chinese buns with all kinds of different fillings.


Tiger beer on Bui Vien street in Ho Chi Minh with a friend I met while traveling.
 
This is Banh Khot, like small fried pancakes with shrimp. You eat it with fish sauce and salad. It was really good, and the restaurant was PACKED.