How to spend less than 24 hours in Hong Kong Part 4

If you might have missed my previous posts to the Hong Kong series I have written, you can check them here:

Part 1  |  Part 2  |  Part 3

The first two times I had less than 24 hours in this cosmopolitan city. The last time I had slightly over 24 hours. This time I had less than 24 hours again.

I stayed at Hop Inn Mody Hostel again which is located in Tsim Sha Tsui. It’s very central, spacious and affordable. I would recommend this hostel, and I would definitely stay here again.

As the posts before, I will list all the things you could do in one day in Hong Kong.

So here we go:

1. Breakfast in a cafe near your hostel:

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Most chinese cities, especially Hong Kong, have plenty of different cafes at every corner that serve delicious pastry, sandwiches, and coffee, all fitting the taste buds of any westerner. Coming from Germany, the country known for its variety of bread, I approve of the cafes in Hong Kong.

 2. Visit the museums:

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Walking to the museum as you can see it in the background

Hong Kong has some interesting and unique museums to offer, especially close to Tsim Sha Tsui in the harbour area. I visited two museums which are in the same building. The Hong Kong Museum of History, and the Science Museum.

Here are some small reviews of the two museums I visited.

  • Science Museum:

I had the feeling that this museum was directed more towards kids. There was a lot of information about the human body, for example, that should be known to adults. Still, I liked how interactive the museum was. There were different activites involved with obtaining the information. It’s definitely worth a visit, even for adults.

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This was pretty impressive. lightning bolts would apear when you touched the glass. I guess it was some magnetic lightning ball.
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There was a hall of mirrors that had special effects, like this one making us small and wide :’D Not flattering at all.
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This one’s already way better. The kid’s face is too hilarious :’D
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This was a triangle-shaped mirror tube. This is what it looked like from the other side. I asked the girl if I could snap a photo of her. Yes, this time I asked to take a photo of a stranger, not the other way around :’D
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And this is how it looked like when I tried to take a selfie in that triangle-tube. It didn’t have the same effect of course. SCIENCE!

So if you have seen everything you wanted to see in Hong Kong, go ahead and have a look inside the science museum. It doesn’t take too much time to walk through it, especially as an adult.

There was also a nail bed where visitors were allowed to lie down on it, and a professional advised what to do. I did it as well, and it didn’t hurt at all. Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of that. But it was an interesting experience.

  • Hong Kong Museum of History:

This is in the same building, but you need a different ticket for this. I heard of my friend Josie that it was a highly interesting museum about the dramatic history of today’s Hong Kong. With that I mean the outcome of Hong Kong as a city it is now. It has so many influences from different cultures that make the city so unique like no other in the world. The museum explains how Hong Kong has developped to the city it is today. It shows the ecological development, the unique appearance of ecosystems and animals in this city, and then, finally shows the influence of its chinese origin, the british opium war and the effects of the japanese occupation. All of these incidents are reflected in the city’s unique culture, and have shaped Hong Kong into today’s modern, cosmopolitan city.  Hong Kong might be the most unique city I have visited. You can neither compare it to other chinese cities, nor western countries. 

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This is something like a small wish shrine

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Traditional masks for street performances
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These fishing boats still exist today.
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Its really impressive that traditional restaurants in Hong Kong and China still have the same architecture today.
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The Japanese occupation
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How cute the shops looked like <3

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There were so much more beautiful photo opportunities. These are the most beautiful snaps I took though.

I am usually not a big fan of museums, but this one was pretty cool. It reminded me of the Story of Berlin museum a little bit.

3. Visit Mammy Pancake – Again:

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I had to get some of these delicious treats again, before leaving China for good. This time I got sweet potato (the purple one) and Sesame. The sesame one was a bit disappointing. I thought they’d fill it with black sesame paste, but it was just sprinkled with light sesame. Sweet potato was the bomb though. Nothing compared to green tea chocolate though :)

4. Stroll along the promenade:

When I walked towards the promenade at Tsim Sha Tsui, I couldn’t believe my eyes. There was heavy fog hanging above the skyline making it look like some sick special effect of a science fiction movie. It looked so beautiful, with the boats sailing in the harbour, and the sun slowly setting into the white curtains of the sky. 

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The weather was really nice. It wasn’t too hot, so you could comfortably walk around in short clothes. Unfortunately, I just had a sweatshirt, so I was sweating like crazy.

Still, I had to say goodbye to beautiful Hong Kong for good. Of course, it has always been a bit stressful to just visit this amazing city more of less for 24 hours, but the more often I visited, the more I appreciated it. I had a last view on Hong Kong, and then headed to the airport already.

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My flight was in the evening, and I would be back in Yuyao in the evening, early enough to take a shower and find some good night’s rest. The next day, I had one more trip left which was to Shanghai with the laowais (Ana, Josie and Alessandro).

I hope you enjoyed this post. If you have ever been to Hong Kong, feel free to recommend me some more places to visit for next time :)

Thanks for reading and travelling with me!

Merveille.

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ABC Travel List: X,Y,Z – Xinjiang, Yangon, Zanzibar

Because the last three letters are rather poor, and it is already May today, so I will just wrap the last three letters up as cities, because there aren’t really a lot of countries here.

Lets start!

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Xinjiang

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Xinjiang is actually a province in West China, mainly populated by Uighurs and Han Chinese who are mostly muslim. The landscape of this province has everything from deep blue lakes to bright orange deserts.

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These are the rainbow mountains of Dnaxia Landform. An amazing sight that I have never forgotten from the moment I first saw them on pictures.

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And of course, there are a lot of mountains. This is the Changbai Mountain with lake Tianchi on top of it. Looks more like a friendly volcanoe to me. I would probably not dare climbing this gigantic thing, but it surely looks impressive.

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This is the city of Aksu which is famous for its rock formations and it kinda reminds me of Cappadocia. The name Aksu actually sounds turkish as well. It even has a meaning in turkish, which means something like flowing water. Very ironic, since this place looks as dry as it wouldn’t see any flowing water for months.

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Xinjiang is famous for its muslim food, especially the Kebab. Everyone in China loves these grilled meatsticks which are famous in other muslim countries as well. I would love to go on a food trip to Kashgar, which seems to be the cultural centre of Xinjiang.

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Yangon

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Yangon is one of the more popular cities in Myanmar and looks pretty majestic. Myanmar is actually climbing the stairs on my travel list, the more I see and read about this country. The architecture looks so unique, and I don’t know anything about their food which makes it so intriguing.

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This is the Shwedagon Pagoda and it probably is the most beautiful pagoda I have seen on a photo. It is white and gold, almost like liquid.

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Probably inspired by the hot air balloon rides over Bagan, it seems like getting sights from above might also be possible here.

Z

Zanzibar

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Just recently I have seen an instagram picture of a friend who went to Zanzibar which is in Tansania in Africa, and it looked gorgeous!!! The water looked like a mirror, a mirror of the sky. And the pale sand of the beach matched the pale blue colour of the sea perfectly.

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This just looks unreal.

This place would also make a great honeymoon getaway or just a couple’s retreat.

This post has actually been quite short despite covering three different letters and cities. But it’s time this challenge comes to an end now. It was a lot of fun, and I actually discovered a lot of places I haven’t known before.

I hope I could also give some of you inspiration for new travel destinations you haven’t known of.

But I would still like to know what other XYZ places you would recommend, if you know of any, since it is really hard to find places that start with that letter. I would be delighted, so feel free to comment below.

My next post is gonna be about my travels in Beijing in Xi’An which I haven’t posted yet. I know, I am late, but you can definitely look forward for some great picture and stories. Stay tuned!

Thanks for reading and travelling with me!

Merveille.

ABC Travel List: W – Wales, Warsaw, Wulingyuan National Park

This post is not going to be very long, I guess, since I have chosen, or let’s say, had to choose places that do not interest me as much as some other places I have already mentioned in this challenge. Still, these places are worth to be seen. And here they are.

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1.Country: Wales

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Wales is famous for its beautiful natural landscapes. This is one of them, and there are even more…

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This is Snowdonia landscape in North Wales. Very typical with green mountains and hills and little blue lakes in the middle.

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This looks very atmospheric.

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Plus there are many ancient castles that look like straight outta Winterfell :’D

I think a weekend trip to Wales would be an accurate way to get to know the culture and everything this often ignored country has to offer.

 

2.City: Warsaw

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Warsaw, together with many other Polish cities, has evoked my interest throughout the last few years. Warsaw actually seems to be quite similar to german cities, but the buildings look even older and more beautiful than its german counterparts. Or maybe it just seems like this to me because I have lived in Germany all my life.

Anyway, here are some of the beautiful sides to Warsaw.

-Culture Palace

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This is a culture and science Palace, is actually the tallest building in Poland. It doesn’t seem to be a palace, nor a museum of any sorts.

-King’s Castle

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The red building on the right side it is. It has been the place where the kings used to live. Now, it kind of reminds me of the typical german city halls we have in oldtowns.

-Lazienki Park

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WOW! This park looks amazing!

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I can only imagine how beautiful this park must look like in summer. I would probably spend most of my time at this location.

-Wilanow Palace

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This must then be the polish answer to Versailles. I love the colours, the arrangement of the garden and the structure of the building. Everything fits into perfect harmony with each other.

Warsaw seems to be a beautiful city with an impressive historical past, but also a vibrant place with a buzzing nightlife.

3.UNESCO World Heritage Sight: Wulingyuan National Park

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By now, everyone has probably seen these mountains at least once. No surprise, since these are the mountains that inspired the movie Avatar. Many people call these also the Avatar mountains. Wulingyuan is the name of the town as far as I know, and the mountain area is actually called Zhangjiajie. It is breathtaking, and one of the things that are still on my China travel list.

So, this was a short post. I hope you still enjoyed it.

What W-destinations are on your travel list? Let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading and travelling with me!

Merveille.

ABC Travel List: V – Vietnam, Vienna, Venice and its Lagoon

V is all about Europe and one Asian country this time.

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1.Country: Vietnam

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Vietnam is definitely on my current to-travel list. I am just so in awe of its raw nature, that somehow reminds me of China a little bit. But also the food and its people.

 

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Every vietnamese dish I have tried until now, has tasted so fresh and healthy. It was sooo yummy! <3 But there is still more to do in Vietnam other than just eating.

-Hoi An

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Hoi An looks like the perfect mix of a city between beach and oldtown.

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-Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon

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Ho Chi Minh City, or the former Saigon, is the bustling centre of urban life in Vietnam, as it seems to me. I heard a lot about how fast this city has been rising with its skyscrapers, industries and buzzing nightlife. I also heard that Ho Chi Minh City has some of the most amazing rooftop bars around the world.

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This rooftop bar is called Chill Bar, and it might be one of the most instagrammed rooftop bars. At least what I have seen on the internet so far.

-Ha Long Bay

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In my opinion, the Ha Long Bay looks even more atmospheric than the bays in Thailand. Vietnam has always looked like an amazing mixture of the cultures of Thailand and China. At least that’s what it seemed like on the pictures. I am sure that in reality, it is even a thousand times more impressive, unique, and totally different from what I have imagined in my little head.

-Hanoi

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Hanoi seems to be the cultural, spiritual and historical centre of Vietnam, since it is the capital.

From lakes, museums, pagodas, and mausoleums, this city has everything for any tourist or traveller alike.

-Hue

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This enormous statue of a dragon is the remaint of an abandoned water park.

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And this is the forbidden city of the former emperor’s town. Looks pretty nice.

Vietnam surely has some diverse places to offer for every taste.

2.City: Vienna

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Vienna has much to offer. Not only city-wise, but also cake-wise. The famous Sachertorte has been invented in Austria, and I have even liked the german version of it. I don’t know what amazing tastes I can expect after eating it in its hometown.

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OMG! I need this right now.

Before my cravings get too strong, I will just continue with listing the must-go sights.

-The Castles

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On the one hand, we have the castle of Schönbrunn…

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…and on the other hand, we have the castle of Belvedere. Pretty amazing, huh? I think I’d prefer visiting Belvedere first, what about you?

-Mozart

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I’d love to listen to an orchestral performance of Mozart’s work at the Vienna Philharmonic Opera House.

Seriously, visiting Vienna would probably result in a huge cake orgy at one of the castles’ banquet, with classical Mozart playing in the background:’D

3.UNESCO World Heritage Sight: Venice and its Lagoon

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In Fact, it’s not Paris that is the city of love, it’s Venice. I would love to go to Venice one day, but I have the perfect image of going there with my significant other. It is truly a romantic city with the atmosphere of the water and the intimacy of sharing a gondola, it looks just so unique and inspiring.

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I hope you enjoyed this post, about some of the most beautiful places in the world. At least in my opinion.

What are you V-letter travel spots to see very soon. Let me know below!

Thanks for reading and travelling with me!

Merveille.

ABC Travel List: U – USA, Ulaanbaatar, Upper Middle Rhine Valley

This post, I will try to keep a bit short, because it’s bedtime soon for me, and since I have been at work the whole day, and have to wake up early tomorrow as well, I will try my best to keep it as short as possible. Let’s start.

U

1.Country: USA

 

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The Hollywood sign is probably the most iconic collection of letters on a hill in the world :’D It is practically the symbol for the American Dream.

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Driving along the Route 66 has always been a dream of mine, being influenced by everything involving the 60s and the whole Hippie scene. Going on a roadtrip from L.A. to Chicago is probably one of the most amazing things to do in America.

-California, San Francisco, Las Vegas

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Since watching Full House as a kid, San Francisco has always looked like such an idyllic place to live at.

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Vegas, the playground for adults. I would just love to spend one night partying here, just to see if it’s really THAT fun, as it’s shown in media all the time.

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These palm tres and sunset at Venice Beach are THE dream!

-Arizona

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Going to Arizona, seeing Cactus trees and the Grand Canyon and being left in awe are very high on my USA list.

-Florida

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Hard to imagine that this place is in Florida. I actually heard that Florida is mostly populated by retired people and alligators, but it still looks awesome. Plus I’d love to visit Disneyland with the Universal Studios and the first Harry Potter World inside of a Disney World.

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If I should ever make it here, or to any Disney World’s Harry Potter Studios, then I’ll be the happiest person on earth <3

And these things are somewhat the top things on my to-do list when in the USA. I already mentioned New York in the N-letter post, so I won’t include it here again.

 

2.City: Ulaanbaatar

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Ulaanbaatar is the capitol city of Mongolia, and it has interested me since I have heard about it during my time in China.

Not only Ulaanbaatar, but the whole of Mongolia seems so wild and interesting. I’d love to visit it one day. Maybe not in the near future, but one day when I have become a more avid traveller with more experience.

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This is the Gorchi Tereldsch National Park. The nature looks so wild and untouched.

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This is the Winter place of the Bogd Khan. Looks pretty amazing.

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This is the Gandan Monastery. It looks pretty awesome with the birds flying around, and reminds me of the pigeons and seagulls you can see almost everywhere in Turkey.

All in all, Mongolia’s capitol looks very promising. One day, I hope that I can make it there.

3.UNESCO World Heritage Sight: Upper Middle Rhine Valley

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I once drove past the Upper Rhine Valley on the train, when I was going to Cologne, and I looked out the window and wondered what this place was. There were rivers and lakes and mountains, such beautiful scenery, that I just wished to exit the train and explore the surrounding.

This must be one of the most beautiful places in Germany for sure.

So what is on your travel list? Let me know down below.

Thanks for reading and travelling with me!

Merveille.

ABC Travel List: T – Thailand, Tulum, Taj Mahal

My T-list seems very typical, but it is a fact that all of these places have been on my travel list for too long. And here is why.

T

1.Country: Thailand

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The most typical Thailand-picture seen on the internet. It’s almost too clichée for me wanting to experience all of this as well, since it seems like almost everyone I know has been to Thailand. Still, there are so many more things to do there than just beach days and island hopping. Here they are!

-Elephant sanctuaries in Chiang Mai

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There are many places in Thailand that abuse these wonderful animals, just for tourist attraction. I don’t wanna be that typical tourist who just rides with them in order to take a disgusting selfie. I wanna see what a typical day looks like for an elephant at a sanctuary. I am pretty sure that if I will ever do it, I will probably cry of happiness and cuteness overload :’)

There are also a lot of sanctuaries in African countries, India, and other south-east Asian countries.

-Lantern festival Yi Peng and Loy Krathong

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I imagine this event to be one of the most magical things a human being can possible experience. It looks so amazing, so divine, other-worldly. I already can’t wait till I will finally visit this place one day in the future.

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There is also the river version (Loy Krathong) in which candles are released into the river which just looks magical together with the glowing lanterns in the sky. This festival takes place in November eyer year, but there is no fixed date. It always depends on the moon I guess. So I’d make sure to somehow travel around Thailand in November and make sure not to miss this festival.

-Beaches and Bays

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Chaweng Thailand: The Beach revisited
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These pictures are all from telegraph.co.uk

I would also love to visit the movie set of The Beach, since it looks unbelievably amazing.

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Gorgeous!!!

-Wat Rong Khun Temple in Chiang Mai

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This must be the most beautiful temple I have ever seen. I have seen a picture of this years ago, and since then, I kept the city of Chiang Mai in my head for a long time.

-Nightlife in Bangkok

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From street night markets in Kaoh San Road, to rooftop bars in Bangkok city centre, there is the perfect nightlife activity for every taste.

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These would be the main things for me to see in Thailand. Seems like not a lot, but it actually is with all the beaches, the elephant sanctuary and the timing of the festival.

 

2.City: Tulum

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Tulum is, right next to Cancun one of the most popular beach destinations of Mexico. And there is a reason for that, if you look at the picture.

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There are even beautiful Cenotes you can swim in <3 Seems like the best place for a vacation.

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Cave Cenotes, but also open Cenotes. This one is called Cenote Azul. The one above is called Ik Kil. But there are half a dozen more that you can choose from. What a great matter to choose something :D

In Tulum, there is also a city that can be visited, but if I should ever go to Tulum, I am gonna relax on the beach and jump from Cenote to Cenote. No way my feet will lead me to town when I could lie on the beach all day :D

 

3.UNESCO World Heritage Sight: Taj Mahal

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The Taj Mahal is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and a tomb dedicated to a woman. One of the few monuments in the world that has to do with a woman rather than a man, and that makes it even more beautiful.

If I should one day get to India, I will definitely stop by Taj Mahal, wake up early and try to get the best pictures without the tourist crowds.

What destinations starting with T are on your travel list? Let me know below.

Thanks for reading and travelling with me!

Merveille.

ABC Travel List: S – Singapore, Seoul, Serengeti National Park

Finally I have reached the letter S which I have waited for very long. It has two of my favourite must-go places that are on my travel list nowadays, of course, both of them in Asia. It also has one newly-found spot that I just recently discovered and immediately wanted to explore.

Without further ado, let’s start!

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1.Country: Singapore

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Singapore is surely on the top 3 countries I want to visit right now. It is the perfect example for a modern, clean, asian nation that could manage to please every- and anyone. Here are the top things I would love to see.

-Spend one night at Marina Bay Sands Hotel

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I know that this might be a bit expensive, but going to Singapore, and not spending at least one night here would be a total waste. Plus, the Marina Bay Sands was probably the first famous infinity pool that started all the infinity pools around the world. I think this would be perfect after a long flight, arriving early in the morning, sleeping in in your room and then spending the rest of the day and evening in this hotel. Checking out the next morning and looking for another, cheaper accomodation.

-Hawker Center

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Even more than fancy restaurants, it is the Hawker Centers I’d go for food in Singapore, since they are famous for its authentic food from different cuisines in the world, especially local cuisine which is a mix between Chinese, Indian and Malay. I love the first two cuisines so much that I’d die to try their fusion. I also heard amazing things about Malay food. I mean, there has to be a reason that Singapore is known as the foodie capital of the world.

Here is a link to a website where you can browse through all the hawker centers and all the food that is offered there.

There are already a lot of dishes on my list:
Ayam Penyet, Bak Chor Mee, Ban Mian, Biryani, Chendols, Chicken rice, Laksa, Halal Chinese Foods, Nasi lemak, Nasi Padang, Onde Onde, Roti Prata, Satay, Popiah, ,…

Most unbeatable ayam penyet
Source: Ayam Penyet
5 best chendols in Singapore
Chendol
5 best nasi padang restaurants
Nasi Pedang
Mind-blowing onde onde
Onde Onde
8 best satay stalls in Singapore
Satay
6 different varieties of popiah you must try
Popiah

OMG I AM GETTING SO HUNGRY!!!! :'(

All food photos are from hungrogowhere.com

-Gardens By the Bay

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This looks like straight out of a fantasy world. Some people compare them to the Avatar trees, for me they look like massive, sparkling massage sticks :’D

I’d definitely visit these trees in the evening when the lights are turned on. And I’d try anything to get a picture like this one <3

-Singapore Botanic Gardens

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It’s all about the gardens in Singapore it seems. I know that this is also a UNESCO Sight, but I have also heard a lot of beautiful things about this spot, and it is the perfect playground for photography obsessed people like me :’D

The rest of Singapore is actually more artificial than cultural. I would think about some stuff to do in Orchard Street maybe which is the main shopping area, and I would consider visiting Universal Studios if I still had time and money left to do so. Other than that, I would just make Singapore a complete food tour :’D

 

2.City: Seoul

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When I think about Seoul, I think about a relaxed, but cosmopolitan city. I think about beautiful and fun people. I think about its bustling nightlife. And I think about Korean BBQ.

Except for these amazing things to do in this city, there are also some sights to explore.

-Gyeongbokgung Palace

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This palace actually reminds me of the Forbidden City Palace Museum in Beijing, just a tiny version of it. I heard that there is a change of guards with the presentation of local weapons, so I’d be excited to see that as well.

-Myeong-dong/ Dongdaemun Market

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These are the main shopping districts of Seoul, and I guess there should also be restaurants and cafes, and I hope several animal cafes that tourists and locals alike can visit.

-Seoul Tower

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Source: myeongdong.org

This might actually be the only high tower in Seoul I think. From here, you can actually get a great view over the city.

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The skyline of Seoul actually reminds me a little bit of that of Taipei or a small chinese city.

-Namsan Park

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Namsan is actually the name of the mountain where the Seoul Tower is located at.

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Source: english.visitkorea.or.kr

-Samsung Museum

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Source: expedia.com

Since I have many gadgets by Samsung (phone, tablet, camera), I can actually say that I am a Samsung fangirl.

-Nightlife in Itaewon and Hongdae

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Source: mydestinationseoul.com

These two districts and Gangnam are the main parts of the city for nightcrawlers. Since Gangnam is rather posh, I’d focus rather on these two districts. I am sure that you can explore these parts of the city during the day as well, but they are particularly known for their nightlife scene.

In general, Seoul seems like a cool city for young people to hang out, but also for travellers who want to get a taste of korean culture. Surely a must-visit place.

 

3.UNESCO World Heritage Site: Serengeti National Park

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I have known about this place for ages now, but just recently, I saw pictures of this National Park again on social media. This place reminds me of the Lion King, and if I had to think about a place where it all takes place, I guess it would be this very place here.

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I also saw pictures of hot air balloon rides over the national park, and I would love to experience that as well. Seeing the animals from above probably feels like watching a documentary.

And quite quickly, we have already reached the end of this post as well. I imagined it to take more time, but most of the places I chose are more relaxing than full of sights to see.

What are some places starting with S on your travel list? Let me know below!

Thanks for reading and travelling with me!

Merveille.

ABC Travel List: R – Russia, Rio de Janeiro, Rapa Nui National Park

I have finally arrived at R, one of the easiest letters to do for me, in fact. With world famous places which I wouldn’t have considered a few years ago.

Here they are.

R

1.Country: Russia

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Russia, has a boasting history filled with amazing art, being the birthplace of movies and ballet, and not to forget all those important authors like Tolstoy, Dostoevsky or Nabokov, is a country worth visiting for every kind of art lover.

Here are the top cities to visit and what to do there.

-Moscow

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Moscow seems to look just like a fairytale world. With a city looking like this, it’s no wonder great stories and art comes to life. Despite of hearing controversial things about the corruption present in the country, I am sure that it should be okay for travellers and tourists who take care of what they do and say.

I guess in Moscow, the main attraction is the Kremlin and the Red Square which I have already covered in an earlier blogpost. Still, there are way more cities in the biggest country of the world.

-Saint Petersburg

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Saint Petersburg is the cultural capital of Russia, with many architectural buildings to admire, delicious food to taste, and a big collection of art to discover.

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This is the Eremitage, and I just want to express how much this architecture reminds me of Wes Anderson movies. It is unbelievably beautiful.

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I guess I could spend hours in the Catherine Palace, snapping photos of this pompous interior.

I guess I could find a dozen more things to do in Russia when I’d plan to go there, especially art galleries, museums, exhibitions or anything connected to ballet or literature. If there should be a legit russian ballet performance during my trip in the far (or near) future, I’d make sure to see it.

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2.City: Rio de Janeiro

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All people I know who went to visit or live in Rio de Janeiro, come back with love in their hearts. Most of them get captivated a lot and actually wanna go back. In the end, it is a city with a rich culture and with many controversies as well.

A few years ago, I wouldn’t have put Rio into my travel list, because I heard some brutal stuff about the crime rates. But more recently, I heard more positive things than negative ones. And all these positive experiences from other people awakend my interest. I wanna visit this vibrant and pulsing city in the biggest country of South America and meet its beautiful people who are obsessed about futbol!

-Jesus the Redeemer Statue, a.k.a. One of the seven Wonders of the World

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To be honest, this one is the least interesting World Wonder for me, and I actually don’t really understand why this has been chosen, since it is just a statue in the end. I guess it is acttually pretty big and it is Jesus, but I guess I have to find out the reason when visiting it. Plus, the views look promising.

-Ipanema Beach

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I have seen my friend on photos posting from this beach, sitting in the warm water and watching the football World Cup 2014. I was pretty jealous. The promenade with the clubs, bars, cafes, restaurants and shops along the beach looks just like the most perfect vacation. And I can imagine that there might be some amazing looking people here.

-Favelas

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I know, I just talked about the crime in Rio, but the Favelas, the main are where all the crime takes place, have actually turned into a somewhat tourist attraction. I guess many Hollywood movies are to blame for this (like Fast and Furious), that used these Favelas as filming locations. I am not sure if abusing the Favelas as tourist attraction is a nice thing to do to the community that suffers of famine, poverty and crime, but maybe this interest could be turned into something positive, for example offering some people who live there to earn a living off tourism, working as guides or selling self-made gifts. That would actually be a nice way to boost the economy of the Favelas and take the people out of their situation. Maybe all of this is not as easy, since government should reenact this, and I guess if it doesn’t move a finger to rescue these people from their poverty, there might be no hope for them :(

-Rio de Janeiro Carnival

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Visiting the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is one of the must-do things on my bucket list. In my opinion, it is one of the most amazing festivals in the world, and the Carnival in Germany could never EVER compete against the one in Brazil, not even in the least bit. That’s all I’ve gotta say. And I am actually really pissed to be living in the country in which the Carnival sucks to a degree I can’t cope with.

For now, these are the main things I would love to do in Rio, and eat a lot of Acai Berry and Coconut, of course <3

 

3.UNESCO World Heritage Sight: Rapa Nui National Park

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The Rapa Nui National Park in Chile, also known as the Easter Island with the statues of mysterious human faces called moai, is one of my most wanted places on my bucket. I actually wonder why this sight is not considered as a World Wonder. Maybe, because people haven’t found a lot about these statues. Which makes it more intriguing for me to visit and see these beautiful, but kind of creepy monuments.

With this, I will end this blogpost. I hope you enjoyed it.

What are some of the places starting with R on your travel list? Let me know below.

Thanks for reading and travelling with me.

Merveille.

 

ABC Travel List: Q – Qatar, Qingyuan, Quebrada de Humahuaca

For Q, I really had to do some research, because how many countries and cities with Q do we know? And only in recent years, people have actually heard of Qatar, one of the richest countires in the world and the name giver to the famous airline Qatar Airways.

Let’s start with the list.

Q

1.Country: Qatar

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Source: thousandwonders.net

Qatar kind of reminds me of Dubai, just without the Burj Khalifa, and I guess without a desert. I actually don’t really want to visit this country if I don’t have to. I can’t think of anything interesting to do here, so I will now do some research and maybe try to find some worthy activities. Wish me good luck!

-Beach

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Source: lifeinqatar.com

To be honest, this beach doesn’t really look appealing to me. But of course, if I had nothing to do, I would go and have a look.

-Hamad International Airport

The terminal itself cost billions to build - and the money is evident in the gold-plated counter of one of the many airport coffee shop
Source: dailymail.co.uk

I heard that there was a golden bar at the airport in Qatar, but since I guess they don’t really have bars serving alcohol there, I’d just call it a cafe which it actually is.

Anyway, if I ever go to Qatar, I think I’d rather spend my time inside the airport, since there is more to see there, with all those shops, cafe counters pleated with real gold, and even an art exhibition than can be admired by travellers.

I also only heard good things about Qatar Airways, so I would also like to fly with that airline one day.

-Souq Waqif

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This souq actually looks very authentic, and I think I wouldn’t mind walking around this place, trying to find some unique souvenirs.

-The Pearl / Doha Corniche

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This is basically just a round island peninsula, probably artifical that has housings and a marina. Very similar to the Dubai Marina in my opinion.

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Source: qatarisbooming.com

The Doha Corniche is a beach promenade that is mainly on the Pearl.

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So all in all, there actually are things to do in Qatar, but I would prefer other middle eastern countries anytime.

2.City: Qingyuan

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Qingyuan in Quangdong Province is apparently famous for its hot springs.

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I regret not knowing of this place earlier and not visiting it while I could.

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This is the lianzhou underground river, and the colourful caves look amazing! I must say, China must be having the most beautiful cave sights I have heard of.

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There is a statue of Lao Tzu at the Laojun Rock. Looks very intimidating.

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You can actually go on a legit rafting ride.

There is actually a lot of other things to do in Qingyuan than bathing in hot springs, which is very promising.

3.UNESCO World Heritage Site: Quebrada de Humahuaca

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Source: youtube.com

This sight follows the route of the Camino Inca. It used to be a trade route, leading through the Andean region in Argentinia.

I just admire how beautiful the colours of the rocks look like. I wonder how this evolved.

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Source: argentravel.es

This rock formation look just like a layer cake :’D how amazing is that!

I must say, that after this ABC – Travel List challenge I realized that there actually are quite a few countries I wanna visit in South America.

I also imagined this post to be quite short, but I actually found some interesting spots.

Do you guys have any recommendations with Q? Let me know below.

Thank you for reading and travelling with!

Merveille.

ABC Travel List: P – Phillipines, Phnomh Penh, Petra

Letter P is a really tough one, especially on the World Heritage Part. There is gonna be a honorable mentions part for this letter.

P

1.Country: Philippines

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First things first: When in the Philippines, the most important activity must be island hopping. If you already have a diving license, then diving should be in it too. I’d still like to do a scuba diving license in the near future. One of my bucket list items.

-Boracay

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Boracay looks more like a honeymoon resort island. I guess I would only come here if there was a special party, since this place seems to be famous for parties as well.

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-Palawan / El Nido

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Palawan actually has transformed into tourists paradise. I’d still like to go there. The pictures look unreal!

-Cebu

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Cebu mostly looks like a holiday resort place as well, but then there are falls like this one here (Tumalog Falls).

-Bohol Chocolate Hills

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These hills are literally instafamous.

-Puerto Princessa

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I would love to swim and drive through this cage.

-Coron

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2.City: Phnomh Penh

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Being the capital city of Cambodia, this city should be offering a lot of sights for tourists, travellers and backpackers alike.

-Royal Palace Phnomh Penh

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Actually, the architecture of this royal palace looks a lot like a temple. I’d like to find out why.

-Phnomh Penh Silver Pagoda

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Source: indochinavoyages.com

I really love Pagodas, so everywhere I go in Asia, I have to visit that city’s pagoda.

-Ta Prohm (Tomb Raider)

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Actually, this sight is in Angkor which I used in my A-letter post in the UNESCO part. But I thought I should mention it again in this part. Just very briefly.

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And you can actually watch the sunset, with Tomb Raider. Probably the female video game heroine of our childhood.

 

3.UNESCO World Heritage Sight: Petra

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Source: google.com

THIS! Is the next World Wonder on my travel list actually. I am dying to go to Jordan and see Petra. Part of me is also a bit afraid of going to the Middle East, but I am just so afraid of the destructive future, that one day we might not have all of this left anymore, just like in the movie Wall-E in which everything and everyone disappears. A very eery, sad and unnerving imagination. I love this planet even with all its imperfections and all the pain going on, and I don’t want it to be destroyed.

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Source: historythings.com

I immediately decided upon Petra after seeing it on the UNESCO list. I did go through all the sights, and here are some honourable mentions, that have already been on my travel list:

-Piazza del Duomo, Pisa

-Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

-Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto), Italy

-Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen-Itza, and Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan Mexico

Do you have any more recommendations to my list and the post in its whole? Let me know below.

Thanks for reading and travelling with me.

Merveille.