The most atmospheric wat of Chiang Mai, Thailand

The chanting of the few dozen of monks, dressed in their traditional orange robes, continues. The monks pray, their voices low in the large and dark atmospheric prayer hall made of teak that is decorated with flapping orange flags. Keep travelling

An off-track motorbiking adventure to Beng Mealea, Cambodia

I decide to stop my motorbike in front of the narrow improvised bridge. I feel relieved and worried at the same time. Relieved, as the previous river crossing did not offer the luxury of a bridge. I had to launch my semi-automatic 125 cc Honda Dream motorbike into the murky stream and use all of my skills to extract it from the water in which it was immerged wheel-deep. Worried, as this wooden bridge is no more than 50-centimetre wide, with no rails to prevent a potential fall into the water, and for good measure a missing plank in the centre leaving a gap just the right size to sink the front wheel in.

I am looking at my partner with envy as she has already crossed. When she turns her head, I capture her smile and instantly come up with a genius plan Keep reading

Photo of the day: Poetic Wat Phu Champasak, Laos

Connected to the ancient city of Angkor in Cambodia, the Wat Phu Champasak temple complex is one of the most impressive Khmer temples in Laos. Originally dedicated to Shiva, detailed carvings of Indra and Vishnu can be seen on these ruins. The Hindu temple was  Keep reading

Photo of the day: Wat Phan Tao, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai is dotted with many Buddhist temples (wats). Wat Phan Tao is special. Keep reading

Photo of the day: the glorious ruins of Ayutthaya, Thailand

Founded in 1350, Ayutthaya used to be the capital of Siam for more than 400 years. Strategically located at Keep reading

Wat Pho’s majestic reclining Buddha, Bangkok, Thailand

I am contemplating the serene smile on the 2.5-metre-wide delicate face of the golden reclining Buddha. I try to step back in the finely decorated chapel to take it all in. The whole figure is 46 metres in length and 15 metres in height. It is one of the largest Buddhas of Thailand, here in Wat Pho, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, in the heart of Bangkok and it is truly majestic. Keep reading

Exploring the cradle of the Maya civilization, El Mirador, Guatemala

From the 77 meters of the massive pyramid of La Danta, the huge city sprawls at my feet. From the wide plaza on which La Danta stands,  Keep reading

Photo of the day: the path of philosophy, Kyoto

A friendly witch and her husband on a roof overlooking the path of philosphy in Kyoto. Keep traveling!

Temple hopping in Kyoto: travel tips and our top 10

I am biking like a mad woman on the sidewalks, with my knees almost hitting my chin at every turn of the pedals on my ridiculously small bicycle, ringing the bell to warn pedestrians in the busy streets, who weirdly enough do not seem surprised by that tall Dutch woman showing off her bicycle skills on that tiny Japanese bike. Overtaking herds of tourists, I am temple hopping in Kyoto! Keep reading

Japanese religions: Temple or Shrine?

Even if you have read our shrine for dummies article which give a basic understanding of these places of worship with their do’s and dont’s, you can still be a bit puzzled Keep reading