So even though visiting Raja Ampat has always been a dream of mine for years, I waited to visit until both Jack and I got scuba certified and have gotten some dives under our belt.
Easy hike and awesome view! What makes Kelimutu famous is the 3 summit crater lakes of varying colors. These lakes are very close to each other but each has a different color that changes throughout the years. In 2016, the colors of the lakes even changed 6 times!
I loved my time in Flores, Indonesia and I regret not spending more time on this island. This post is an island hopping guide to see a pink beach, komodo dragons, and more in Komodo National Park (Flores, Indonesia).
This post contains places that aren’t normally on first time visitors’ list of things to do in Bali. If you’ve been to Bali before, or maybe it is your first time here and you’re looking for something different to do in Bali, you should check these places out. It might make you fall in love with Bali (again).
So what’s traveling in Tibet like? The following are my random observations, tidbits of memories, and highlights of Tibet.
At 40 hours, the Beijing – Lhasa train is the longest train ride I’ve been on. I am now convinced that train journeys are way more romantic in books than in real life. Next time I’m going to Tibet, I’ll be flying.
I wrote my first bucket list when I was in 2nd grade. There were 2 things that constantly made it to the top of the lists: to see the Great Pyramids in Egypt and to stand on the Great Wall of China. I still haven’t been to Egypt.
The Muslim Quarter, the City Wall, and more. I was ready to brush off Xian as a jumping point to some other destinations but ended up enjoying so much.
For me going to Japan was like having a part of my childhood come to life. I grew up reading mangas where I learned about eating taoyaki, going to onsen, and sitting around kotatsu before I knew there was a “Japan” beyond these stories, if you know what I mean.
Hakone is a perfect day trip destination from Tokyo. There are onsens, beautiful scenery, and easy access from Shinjuku. With Hakone Pass, it’s very easy to see all of Hakone attractions.
When I learned that my visit would coincide with one of Tokyo’s sumo grand tournament, watching a sumo match became one of the top things I wanted to do in Tokyo.
I’m not going to sugarcoat it, as of right now, Sumba Island is still reserved for the most adventurous of travelers. The roads were bumpy and long. The lodgings were basic. The beaches were beautiful, but lacking in the most basic of infrastructure (no bathrooms, no cafes/restaurants, nothing but sand, water, and mangroves). I thought I’d been to deserted beaches before, but Sumba’s beaches took the phrase “deserted” beaches to a new level. But was it worth it? I think so. I’m so glad I went.