Snowy white temple in Chiang Rai, Thailand.

Ooops, I forgot to post the last part of our roadtrip 🙂 After Mai Salong we decided it was time for Chiang Rai. We changed two songthaews (60 B + 30 B) and found a cheap room near the police station (Ban Lotus gueshouse, 200 B). The city is cute but and there’s lots to see but we were kinda concentrated on one thing – THE White temple. Chananaaaa! There’s a local bus going there from the bus station (20 B). The cheap way for those who like budget traveling 🙂…

Usually when we go to the bus or use an ojek, people give us a higher price because we’re bulejs, white. We try to travel as local as possible, do the same routes, have the same (un)comfort, it takes us the same amount of time as the local people need. But still we see the locals who joined the bus pay less money than we. It’s not a lot and it probably wouldn’t matter to us if our journey wouldn’t be so long. 10.000IDR and 20.000IDR and 10.000IDR…

The best way is to travel as light as possible. That’s why we left our big fat backpacks in our hotel in Kathmandu and went on a little trip with cheap local buses (we payed only around NRS 200 for both of us). We visited Bhaktapur, the lovely town with 65 000 residents is full of old Newari culture. Carved wood everywhere with detailed ornaments and the main Durbar Square is just amazing. There is a 15$ fee just to enter the town but we took the advice…

We were deciding to go cross Nepal border by land trough hot Varanasi or not so common Darjeeling. After a bit of research we opted for Varanasi – Gorakhpur – Sunauli. And it’s actually quite simple: On the day we arrived to Varanasi, we bought a ticket on the railway station to Gorakhpur (in 1st class – we had our own cabin yaaay! No breakfast in bed, tough ;)). It was Rs 380/person. From the Gorakhpur (center) railway station to Sunauli, the city by the border, there are…

We finally moved from Pushkar to Bikaner. It took us a bit more than 7 hours with a sleeper bus, Rs 350 per person. We got our ‘bed’ on the bus, but where to put our luggage? Lots of space on the floor but rules on some buses are strict. No luggage on the isle! So we put all the bags to our feet and managed our bodies around it. The ride was bumpy, it seems like there was a speed bump every 20 m which throwed us…

Sigirya is one of the wonders of Sri Lanka, it’s actually hardened magma from extinct volcano. Some people say King Kassapa built a garden and a palace on the summit after murdering his father in 5th century. Some people say it was a Buddhist monastery which was supplemented over the centuries with frescoes and hand written poems. It took us 2 buses and 3 hours to get to Sigirya, the entrance fee was $30/person. It was a magnificent sight, maybe even more when you look at it from…

How easy it is to get from Colombo to Kandy? A public bus, 100 km, 3,5 h and Rs 153. That’s not even 1 eur 🙂 Buses can be crowded, but we got seats and I was sitting with an owerweight gay couple. It wasn’t that bad, really 🙂 The scenery is beautiful, palm trees, pineapple fields, and the roads are bad. You should not be impatient when it comes to public transport. Buses start their route when the seats are filled and they are pretty slow. We…