44. The best things are for free. Zhangijaje-Fenghuang-Longji

“Ok, here we go again…”, I thought seeing endless queues in front of the train station. We kind of got used to the Chinese security rules but it didn’t change the fact it was still annoying. The train station in China looks more like an airport, with countless security gates. There are no people sitting…

43. Back to dynastic times. Xi’an-Huashan-Pingyao-Gugaon

Chinese trains maybe aren’t as comfortable (in China every inch is used efficiently) and entertaining as Indian ones but at least no one played Bollywood songs at 4am and we got to Xi’an on time. From the first moment we entered the city I started to miss our farm. Concrete, pollution and horrible noise, wherever…

42. Trying to understand Them. Leshan-Chengdu-Jiulin

So far I thought Turkey was the best country for hitchhiking but after 1 week in China I started to have serious doubts. I wondered why Chinese are so open for picking up a bunch of strangers who cannot even say a word in Chinese. Although they barely travel themselves (or they join a tour…)…

41. Closer to the Heaven. Kunming-Lijiang-Shangri-La

I don’t really know when my fascination with China started… Maybe it’s about its long turbulent history that was stuck in my head after hours of history classes or maybe it’s about its odd, distant culture? Well, I think the reason of coming here was mainly to see one of the oldest civilisations and probably…

40. The wounds heal slowly. Laos

Laos. Does it sound familiar? A small country sandwiched between Thailand and Vietnam definitely isn’t the most famous country in the world. It wasn’t my biggest dream either, cuz how can you compare it to adventure of Pakistan or beauty of India? You can’t. But this country has something that it’s hard to find anywhere…

39. The taste of France! Luang Prabang-Nong Khiaw

Luang Prabang supposed to be the second the biggest city in Laos. We got there after a day of hitchhiking and found a guesthouse that in fact was a family house adapted for tourists. Pretty family atmosphere: kids going to school, mum cooking and grandma blindly watching TV all day long. I knew I shouldn’t…

38. Chilling à la Lao. Vientiane-Vang Vieng

I don’t get one thing: why are all the capital so boring? I was hoping Vientiane would be different but it ended being as dull as the others. Anyway we didn’t really come there to explore but to do our paperwork. So after finding a cozy hostel (with A/C!) we prepared ourselves for our next…

37. Thai oasis. Chiang Mai-Pai-Sukhotai

Welcome to civilization! Thailand, a place where we could finally slow down and feel like human beings again. After almost 3 months in India and an intense month in Burma, we could take our time to recover and laze around for the whole 2 weeks. As we planned to go to Laos after that and…

36. When your stomach says “No!”. Myanmar.

All right… Myanmar 🙂 I could say loads but I’ll say one thing: it’s surely an unforgettable experience. I’m sure tourists coming to Burma through Yangon airport and travel to Bagan or Mandalay in comfortable buses have slightly different experience than us. Definitely less stressful. But at least ours was real and authentic and no…

35. I’m so zen. Yangon-Hpa-an

For a second I really thought we would just die there. We were stuck in the middle of nowhere, in 40°C, where barely paved road and a dog licking his balls were the only thing we could see. We couldn’t get to Yangon in one day. Probably not even in a week. There was no…

34. On the western tracks. Bagan-Ngapali

“20 dollars for an entry?”. No way. Knowing we were entering the most touristy place in Myanmar -Bagan- we had to have a plan. And we did. Hitchhiking from Nyaung Shwe was long but helped us avoid paying for expensive bus tickets and… for the entry. Our driver understood our situation so he didn’t mind…

33. A bit of localness. Kalaw-Inle lake

Even though the roads in Burma are terrible, hitching here is really easy. We had a chance to check it while traveling to Kalaw where 3-day trek through Kalaw hills awaited us. The first highway part went smoothly and usually the first car stopped for us. From Meiktila it was harder as per mountain roads…