Travel Tuesday – Exploring Chiang Mai

Last week we headed out to Chiang Mai. We didn’t really have a plan, but when we heard about the Grasshopper Adventure’s Food Tour by Bike, we knew we had to try it out. I mean bikes, food and getting to know a city – what is not to like?

The tour combined food, visiting some temples, getting information about the city and some more food while getting around on a bike off the beaten path. This is what we saw {shot with my new 50mm camera lens!}

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Travel Tuesday – Düsseldorf here we come

We’ll be back home in Holland for two weeks. While I love enjoying travelling back home, it’s always super exhausting to travel back and forth between meeting everyone again. So to make sure we don’t need a holiday from our holiday once we return back home, we decided to head out to Düsseldorf for a couple of days.

96. Dusseldorf

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The etiquette for economy seats on a plane

It’s that time of the year again, everyone is planning their holiday. Going for a trip by car, or like many people nowadays jumping on that plane and heading to far away places. And here in the expat world it’s more jumping on a plane going back home to the motherland {Phuket’s roads are getting less crowded, which is a welcoming change for me!}.

It’s also that time of year where people are getting stressed, due to packing, getting all the kids in line and making sure everyone arrives on the final destination in one piece {nobody wants to recreate the scenes from ‘Home Alone’!}. This stress can result into very cranky travellers. Everyone has a short leash while travelling {unless, of course, you’re in Business or First Class, where there is plenty of space}. So be mindful about how to use your space to avoid confrontation!

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Travel Tuesday; Khao Lak, Thailand

When thinking of the North of Thailand many beach locations pop into mind such as Phuket, Krabi, Koh Phi Phi. You hardly ever hear anyone start about Khao Lak, even though its a beautiful area to go to. Yes, there is way less things to do then in neighbouring Phuket, but the area offers incredible beach front resorts, with enough other activities to keep you busy. Khao Lak Town offers several nice restaurant and some tourist markets, with many hotels and resorts around to choose from.

Besides the long stretches of white sandy beaches, the area is surrounded by forested hills and therefore give you the possibility of going out and enjoying some of the beautiful National Parks that the area is known for.

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Travel Tuesday; travel etiquettes


A little while back it was the first time I ever heard of the knee defender. Have you heard of it already? If not, a quick explanation: the knee defender is a devise that blocks airplane seats from reclining. It is being promoted as a tool to defend yourself against reclining airplane seats.

knee defender

As said, I had never heard of this devise probably due to the fact that I am not so tall to need something like this, but in August I read that an United Flight diverted after a passenger used the banned seat recline jammer {a.k.a. the Knee Defender} which resulted into a scuffle. I was amazed, by both the seat recliner and that an airplane had to divert its flight as a fight started {apparently the lady who was sitting in front of the guy with the knee defender threw a glass of water over the guy behind her, after he did not want to remove the device from her chair…}.

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Travel Tuesday; What to do in Phnom Penh?

When thinking of Cambodia, most peoples thoughts go out to Siem Reap. And that is not surprising, as it’s such an amazing city, with beautiful temples and lovely landscapes. However Cambodia has so much more to offer then just Siem Reap, and Phnom Penh is one of those places.

We have visited Phnom Penh a while ago, but it’s still engraved in my memories. Back home, we did not really get to know a lot about the war that happened in Cambodia. I think half of our history books are about the 1st and 2nd world war, and maybe a chapter or two on the Vietnam war, but I never heard anything about the war that happened in Cambodia, and the amount of people who were killed and tortured during that time. So when we went to Cambodia for the first time and started reading about the history of the country, I was numbed. How was it impossible not to know about this?
So when we went to Phnom Penh I knew we had to visit the Tuol Sleng Museum and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. But off course these are not the only things you can do in Phnom Penh.

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