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All photos in this blog posts are shot by me: Ása Steinars Disclaimer: Everything you are about to read is based on my own personal experiences in North Korea, so please take…

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Asia, China, Grand Hyatt, Grand Hyatt Shanghai, Hotels, Pudong, Review, Shanghai, Travel -

It’s been 30 days since we crossed the border from Mongolia to China. It has been an amazing journey with a lot of surprises. One thing is for certain: China is a country with one of the most variety in terms of culture and nature that we have visited so far…so one month is merely not enough! Now we’re in Shanghai, our last destination before flying to the Philippines. This gigantic city is special; it has the rich history and sense of community like Beijing, but it is markedly less polluted and more foreign friendly (English is more widely spoken). On the other hand it has the cosmopolitan feel of Hong Kong with shopping malls, cozy café’s, colonial architecture and modern skyscrapers. During our quick stop in the big city we had the opportunity to stay at the five-star Grand Hyatt Hotel, located in the famous Jin Mao Tower, in the bustling skyscraper district Pudong. Lets give you a glimpse of our wonderful stay: We arrived by train from Beijing at the central railway station in Shanghai. From there it was easy to catch the subway to Lujiazui. We easily spotted the Jin Mao tower at the exit; it’s one of the […]

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Asia, erdenet, Mongolia, reindeer herders, Travel, Travel advice -

Erdenet As we mentioned in our previous post we didn’t have a clear itinerary for our time in Mongolia. One thing was determined though; we had to meet the world’s last nomadic reindeer herders living in the taiga up north, close the Siberian border. It is as remote as it gets, meaning a lot of time goes into transport, but that also means an authentic experience with less tourists on your track. So we began our journey up north. Our first stop was in Erdenet, Mongolia’s second biggest city. There are few ways to reach Erdenet, but we decided to take the overnight train from Ulaanbaatar. After countless sleep deprived hours in busses we have become quite fond of travelling by train, especially the sleeper trains. Even though they are often terribly slow, time goes by unnoticed while asleep and it saves you the cost of accommodation. Importantly, they are the birthplace of most of our blog writings. Andri along with the grumpy train attendants! Beautiful sunrise as we woke up in Erdenet We arrived early morning in Erdenet, which is more of a town rather than a city by usual standards. The city center has a department store and a small park, which displays a musical fountain show […]

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Asia, Mongolia, Travel, ulaanbaatar -

Our stop in Hong Kong was originally supposed to be used for arranging a visa to China. Our plan was to take the overland route to Mongolia, but we changed our plans last minute and decided to escape the Chinese visa trouble and fly directly to Mongolia. We couldn’t hold back on our excitement as we sat on the airport in Hong Kong waiting for our flight to Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia. After a few months in South East Asia we were ready for the coldest capital in the world! (average -1.3 celcius). Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong Ulaanbaatar – World’s Coldest Capital We landed shortly after midnight, feeling relaxed after a comfy flight, which unexpectedly included complimentary meals and drinks onboard..love that!  The airport is located 20 km outside the city center so as we walked out a few locals offered to drive us to our guesthouse. We had read about the taxi system in Mongolia, so we were prepared to bargain with the locals. Apparently in Mongolia there are not many legit taxis, it’s more just local people stopping to earn some extra money. It didn’t take us long to find a young man who was willing to drive us to our guesthouse for a […]

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5 star hotels in Kuala Lumpur, Asia, GTower hotel, Hotels, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur luxury, Malaysia, Petronas Towers, Review, The ideal stopover -

Many flights are interconnected through Kuala Lumpur and seldom do travellers bother to go out of the airport. We, however, decided to make a quick overnight stopover in KL and didn’t regret it. It felt so good to escape the heat, the chaos and all the difficulties during our 6 weeks in India. Its hard to describe the feeling, but compared to India, Kuala Lumpur City Center seemed somehow sterile, with cute little cafe’s and shopping malls on every corner. We do recommend staying at least 1-2 days to get a feel for this modern Asian city, it’s the perfect destination for shopping and dining along with a few sightseeing highlights. After India we decided that we deserved some luxury during our 24 hour stop in Kuala Lumpur. We found out that many 5 star hotels come at a reasonable price in the city and after some online research we came across GTower hotel, a luxurious hotel at the heart of Kuala Lumpur that we can personally recommend as a great value for money! The hotel is conveniently situated just a few steps from Ampang park metro station, so it just took us about 5 minutes to get from the hotel to the famous Petronas Towers, door to door (or just […]

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