Pushkar & Jaipur

Pushkar is a town in the state of Rajasthan. With its holy lake and numerous temples, Pushkar is one of the most sacred Hindu towns in India. 
Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and known as the Pink City of India. 
 


 

 
 

Welcome to India!

Pictures are taken in Old & New Delhi.

Inside Laos

Travelling two weeks through Laos. 

Family scene outside Luang Prabang (the former capital) in the north of the country. 

Watering place in the village.

Monks in Luang Prabang.

Dinner with a Lao family.

Rainy days in Vang Vieng.

Xieng Khuan (Buddha Park) in Vientiane. The park contains over 200 Hindu and Buddhist statues and was founded in 1958. 

Myanmar

"This is Burma, and it will be quite unlike any place you know about", wrote Rudyard Kipling in 1889. How right he was: more than a century later Myanmar remains a world apart. A journey back in time. We have been so impressed by the country, culture and people.
Now Cambodia with two friends from home.

Yangon

Our last stop is Yangon. The country´s largest city with a population of over five million and the most important commercial centre in Myanmar.

Railway Station in Yangon.

On the right side you see the 2,500 year old Shwedagon Pagoda, which is  the most sacred and impressive Buddhist site for the people of the Union of Myanmar. Shwedagon Pagoda forms the focus of religious as well as community activities – Monks washing the statues, offering flowers, worshiping, and meditating. 

Corner for Tuesday born people to pray and wash the buddha.

Inle Lake

One Leg Paddling is a special fishing technique at Inle lake. An Intha fisherman stands up on one leg and wraps his other leg around an oar and propels his boat forward. It frees his hands for catching the fishes.

Catching the fish.

Monks coming together to play.

Where cigars are rolled...

"Long neck woman" wearing 8 kilos on her neck.

Kalaw

Kalaw is an old colonial town with a laid back atmosphere, refreshing climate, scenic views and a big market.
After a six hours trekking tour, we met tea pickers far up in the mountains.

Villagers from the surrounding hills come down once a week to the market to sell and buy goods. 

Overgrown car.

Bagan

The ancient city of Bagan.
Bagan, which stood as an ancient capital from 11th to 13th century and as a Buddhist center with about 10.000 temples, pagodas and monasteries, of which over 2.200 still remain. 

This is a construciton site. Everything is done by hand, no truck, no excavator. They only machine which is used is a cement mixer.
200 workers (50% women) building a hotel with 48 rooms within one year. Daily earnings: US$5.

Food Market in Bagan.

Smoking a corn leaf cigar with the oldest granny in town.

#Sunrise #Bike #Selfie

Villages on the road

Many women in Myanmar are really beautiful. They say, their secret is “Thanaka”, which is a yellow paste from the wood of a tree and is applied on their skin every day. 

This family invited us for a cup of tea. 

The father showed us how betel quids are prepared and used. It is a mix of betel nut, lime, anomalism and tobacco wrapped in a betel leaf.
They give users a “short lift” when chewed but are also known to cause oral cancer and very bad teeth.

Harvesting black beans.





Mandalay

Mandalay is the last royal capital of Myanmar. 
Evening scene at the Ayeyarwady river in the north of Mandalay.

Preparing breakfast.

This monk invited us for lunch at the Mandalay Palace.

The little nun is an orphaned child. She grows up at the monastery and gets teached by the older nuns. In Myanmar you hardly see street kids because boys will become monks and girls nuns. 

Sorting plastic for US$5 a day.

Coming Home

5,5 months, 23 weeks, 8 countries, ~ 80.000  kilometres and ~ 60 accommodations.
Lots of great people, 1000 mosquito bites and tons of adventures to look back on!
Looking forward seeing friends and family, drinking water from the tap and eating some really nice food from home.
 

Islands in South Thailand

A three weeks journey through Koh Phayam, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao with two friends - Dani & Wolfi. 

Bangkok

5-day stopover in Bangkok:
Partying and preparing our visa, flight and accommodation for Myanmar (Burma).

Morning scene at the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Ratchaburi outside of Bangkok

China Town

Friendliest Tuk Tuk driver in BKK

Fishing Boy at Chao Phraya River

Java

Kawah Ijen in East Java contains the world´s largest acidic volcanic crater lake. The active crater is known for its rich sulphur deposits which are being quarried by sulphur miners.
 
 
The miners break the sulphur into large pieces and carry it in baskets up 300 metres to to the crater rim and then 3 kilometres down the mountain for weighting. They carry between 75kg to 100kg up and down twice a day.
 

Bali

Known as the Island of the Gods, Bali is a province in Indonesia. Hinduism is the largest religion. The Balinese are extremely devout and no day goes by without making offerings to the gods. The deeply spiritual and unique culture is very impressive.

At the Goa Gajah Bedulu Temple or also called Elephant Cave Temple

This young women is praying and taking a bath in the holy waters at the Tirtha Empul Temple. 

We also stopped at a coffee plantation and tried the famous Kopi Luwak Coffee. 

Hindu Festival in Padang Bai