Overnight road trip: Tokyo to Hakone and Mount Fuji

This was our second visit to Japan. It was April and cherry blossom festival in Tokyo and Kyoto, but this time we wanted to see something else. So, we booked a car. After 11 hours flight from Europe, we spent half a day and a night fighting jetlag in cherry blooming Tokyo. Had some lovely… Continue reading Overnight road trip: Tokyo to Hakone and Mount Fuji

Singapore: More than a staging post

First impressions of Singapore, and a few tips To me, Singapore used to be little more than a staging post on journeys to e.g. Australia. I imagined a city-state dominated by skyscrapers and container ships, with expat enclaves as the only touch of greenery. Then, I grabbed an opportunity to spend a long weekend there… Continue reading Singapore: More than a staging post

Aha! experiences in Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan

Japan recently moved up my list of interesting travel destinations. Previously, I associated the country primarily with advanced consumer electronics, skyscrapers, crowds, stressed-out school children, and sushi. But, last month I visited Tokyo and Kyoto with my partner, and we had at least thirteenĀ Aha! moments in five days: 1. Tokyo is quiet and uglier than… Continue reading Aha! experiences in Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan

Jungle and Elephants – Precious Treasures of Thailand

HOW ENCHANTING to open the door to the terrace in our hotel in Kamala beach, Thailand, overlooking the jungle and mountains, and be greeted by the sound of trumpeting elephants! We asked the maid if it really were elephants we could hear. It was indeed, however, no wild elephants, it turned out, but elephant artists… Continue reading Jungle and Elephants – Precious Treasures of Thailand