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Sikkim: Places to visit that will make you love India’s smallest state

Sikkim is a jewel of an Indian state and one that’s increasingly getting on most people’s itineraries. We certainly love it: we have been in 2012 and in 2018, both times catching a sleeper class train until New Jalpaiguri; and from there, a shared jeep to Darjeeling — check our […]

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Essential Guide to touring the Karakoram Highway by Motorbike

If you are reading this travel guide to the fabled Hunza Valley, you may already know what the Karakoram Highway is. One of the highest paved roads in the world, the Karakoram Highway was completed in 1979, and opened to the public in 1985 as the China-Pakistan Friendship Highway. And […]

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The Fun Guide to Survive a Sleeper Train in India

So you want to go to India and experience its people, right? Are you looking for an authentic experience? Or maybe you are just looking for cheap transport in India… you may have landed here because you are a penny-pinching backpacker. Someone willing to beg for rotten vegetables from street […]

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How to get a Pakistan visa in Kuala Lumpur

How to get a Pakistan visa in Kuala Lumpur? Even if we managed to hitchhike all over Iran and touring with folding bikes in Indonesia, we have tried, without success, to go to Pakistan for years. I still remember that morning in Kathmandu, in 2012, when someone from the buzzer […]

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PELNI Survival 101: Wicked tips to enjoy a ride on the World’s last cruising ships

With so many cheap airfares available in Asia these days, who would ever think of traveling by sea, trading a handful of hours for long days on a ship? We did (well, we also spent two weeks train hopping from Siberia to Europe, if you really want to know). Reason […]

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4 Crucial Things We Learned Touring with Folding Bikes

We have been toying with the idea of touring with folding bikes for a long time. Not only we have met several inspiring touring cyclists in incredible places over the years, but we also felt that after using buses, trains, planes, hiking, hitchhiking in odd places, 4-day-long boat trips on […]

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How We Got a 60-days Indonesian Visa in Bangkok

The typical Indonesia travel conversation  always goes like this:“I am going to Indonesia.” “Great… I hope you’re not just going to Bali.” “Sure not. I want to go travel off the beaten track, see the places where few people are going. There are so many islands to explore, I am […]