My Top 5 destinations in South East Asia!

5. Georgetown, Penang

I thought it´s only fair to start the countdown of favorite destinations in South East Asia with my favorite place in Malaysia, the country that treated me so well the last 3 years and Georgetown, Penang, is definitely worthy of a visit.

From Kuala Lumpur to Georgetown can be done by a cheap and short flight or long roadtrip, but my favorite way to get there is by fast and comfortable train through the heart of mainland Malaysia and then hop on a local ferry that drops you in the UNESCO World Heritage centre of town.

The main reason to visit, but definitely not the only one,  is the outstanding and diverse (street) food.


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At night the streets fill up with food stalls where local people have been specializing their recipes for decades. Although I love the food all around South East Asia, the diversity and multicultural history of Georgetown, Penang,
makes it my favorite food destination in South East Asia.


(1/25, F3.2, ISO2500, 26mm)

It is such a pleasure to watch the food stall owners do their magic and take care of their space afterwards with such determination and skill.

Apart from the amazing food, which is available 24/7, the old Chinese shophouses with their shaded arcades and the small alleys make it a perfect place to just wander around.

There are so many old templesChinese clan houses and dilapidated houses around the old town that will make you feel like you´ve gone back to the 17th century when the Chinese, Indian, Arabian and European ships harbored here.


(taken with Redmi Note 3)

Many of these old buildings have been turned into galleries, coffeeshops, lunch cafe´s and bars that are perfect places to relax and watch the scenes in front of you unfold…

Next photo is inside the amazing China house which is an old building filled with a restaurant, bars, galleries and a shop.
A great example of how to maintain your heritage and still move forward.

(taken with Redmi Note 3)

Another big attraction are the thousands pieces of street art, big and small, that color the streets and alleys.
Some of the interactive pieces have tourists lined up to take a picture, especially the Lithuanian-born artist Ernest Zacharevic is famous in Malaysia because of his street art.

This is one of his.

(taken with my Redmi Note 3)

I always like to wander around town and find the lesser known but sometimes even more impressive street art, especially when combined with the crumbling walls.

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And sometimes a friendly old local just fills up the empty part of your frame.

(taken with my Redmi Note 3)

So for me this city is a must-go when in Malaysia and as a token of appreciation for those who made it to the end of the longest post in the history of this blog, here´s the cheapest and most friendly local bar/ terrace/ liquor store in Georgetown:
Antarabangsa Enterprise

Upcoming: top 5 authentic destinations in South East Asia!

It´s about time I put some words and photos to all the travels I´ve been doing the last 3 years, so I decided to make some comprehensive posts about my favorite experiences in South East Asia so far. For the next 5 weeks I will be posting about lesser known destinations I thoroughly enjoyed that didn´t make it unto any lists I´ve seen so far.
These posts will appear every friday for the next month!

To kick things off some photos I made that didn´t appear on my blog yet.

The first was taken on a short boattrip to Rabbit Island in Cambodia. To get there you catch a local fisherman´s boat from the town of Kep and the island itself only exists of a couple of Cambodian families renting out bamboo huts on the beach.

Arriving at Rabbit island in Cambodia

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This is definitely one of the places that will be part of the featured travels!

Same goes for the next photo, which was taken on a boattrip on the Nam Ou river in Northern Laos.

Boat travel in Northern Laos

(1/640, F9, ISO200, 12mm)

And to get my least favorite out of the way; the next two were taken last week on a visit to Koh Phi Phi island and although I knew it was going to be touristy, I still wanted to check it out myself and thought that during the rainy season now I had my best chance.

I spent two nights there and although I was more than 2km away from the tourist village the loud beats easily reached my jungle retreat the first night. The second day I was there the King of Thailand died and this threw the whole country in mourning. I was very impressed by the heartfelt emotions shown and spoken by the people I met the week after.
It also meant no parties, no music which meant the second night I was there was very magical and allowed the sounds of the ocean, jungle and night to show the island´s true beauty.

This first photo I took while hiking thru the pristine jungle interior of Koh Phi Phi, which is beautiful with views down to the lesser visited beaches and natural life surrounding me all day.

Butterflies showing the path on interior of Koh Phi-Phi

(taken with Redmi Note 3)

And the worst part was to find some of the beaches that weren´t frequently visited by snorkeling trips to be full of trash and speaking to a local restaurant owner I found out that they can hardly clean up against what the tides bring in every day. This remains a huge problem in South East Asia as plastic and other rubbish is everywhere and unfortunately the waste process is not a priority….


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From KL with Love


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 Too much traveling, no blogging, but I´m still around and will be back. Til then here are some photos from a day spent in KL.

The biggest difference in traveling lately is that the photography is not my priority, the enjoying and experience are most important.
So even though I went to Thailand twice, Tioman island and Holland I hardly made any (worthwile) photos, but the archive is still waiting to be shown…

View over KUala Lumpur from Ampang viewpoint

(1/200, F7.1, ISO400, 10mm)

These were all taken on Ampang hill, East of Kuala Lumpur at an abandoned viewpoint where there used to be restaurants, bars and a club. All these were shut down a couple of years ago due to a landslide.

 Street food with a view

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This last photo is taken a little bit lower on the same hill where the locals started making their amazing local food for ridiculous prices with one of the best views of the sun setting over KL City Centre.

Tomorrow I´m off to Thailand for two weeks and the second half of it will be a bit more about taking photos, so I´ll be back here…

In the meantime my laziness suits Instagram better😉

Valley of the Rings

Miner in the Window

(1/500, F8, ISO200, 17mm)

 Of all the amazing and diverse landscapes I´ve seen in New Zealand the valleys surrounding Glenorchy was one of my favorites. I can totally understand why film director Peter Jackson thought he could make Lord of the Rings into a movie when his home country has all these epic locations.

These valleys were used in a couple of scenes from his trilogy (depicting Isengard), but before they became known as that, it was mainly an area for mining, first gold and later scheelite, but the last state mines were closed in the 1960´s!

The above photo was taken inside a miner´s cottage.

The next was taken just outside this cabin.

Miner´s cabin in Dart Valley

(1/400, F8, ISO100, 17mm)

We stayed in the small town of Glenorchy, which was at the end of the road of an amazing 45 minutes scenic drive from Queenstown which winds past mountains, rivers, forests, glaciers and Lake Wakatipu.

We spent a couple of days exploring the valleys, mountains and waterfalls further up and I tried to make use of some sunsets and sunrises to catch some of the scenery.

Lake Wakatipu Sunrise

(1/400, F8, ISO400, 123m)

Above photo was taken on a piece of land for sale (I wish!) in early morning overlooking Lake Wakatipu. This last photo was shot on the road back to Queenstown, the only way in and out if you are not hiking or flying!

Driving into Glenorchy

(1/400, F8, ISO400, 123m)

Bye bye Glenorchy, hope to be back someday…

Land of the Long White Cloud

Lake Pukaki with dissappearing Mt Cook

(1/1600, F7.1, ISO200, 74mm)

 Just returned from a journey around the South Island of New Zealand or as the Māori called it Land of the Long White Cloud and it seemed appropriate after seeing the above scene on our last day there. It is the view over Lake Pukaki towards Mt. Cook, the biggest on the South Island, but dissappearing in the clouds to the right.

Although my expectations were very high It was easily exceeded by the beauty and diversity of the landscape.
Apart from all its natural beauty the people of the South Island made it even more unforgettable; they were so friendly, interesting and sociable.
Definitely a country where I could live in a heartbeat!

Morning in Milford Sound

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I tried to take advantage of the beautiful autumn light and woke up early to catch sunrises and find pretty spots for sunsets, which wasn´t very difficult, because there is literally magic in every corner of that part of the world.

The above photo and the last were both taken at sunrise in Milford Sound, one of the two magical fjords we saw in the Fjordland National Park.

Sunrise over Mt Pembroke

(1/125, F7.1, ISO400, 50mm)

Many more to come…

Beam me up, Gaudi! (An Old & New Beginning)


Beam me up(1/200, F9, ISO100, 50mm)

This is a remake of a very old photo I made on top of the Casa Milà in Barcelona. Gaudi did an amazing job on these roof guardians and it was a pleasure to spent a magical hour at sunrise alone on the roof before the big tourist groups came.

It´s also my 40th photo on Instagram and as I will spent the next 3 weeks roadtrippin´ on the South island of New Zealand, it would be nice if those of you (and easier for my lazy self) who are on Instagram to connect there too…

Tomb Raider


tomb raider 666
(1/400, F5, ISO800, 15mm)

 Last year we visited the ruined city of Angkor and its famous temples in Cambodia. I never met anyone who had been there and wasn´t enthusiastic about it and we were also totally mesmerized by this magical place.

My personal favorite of all the temples was the Preah Khan complex, which we saw on the second morning of our 3-day visit.
At sunrise we had breakfast on its steps and spent hours alone wandering the corridors with all its statues and crumbling walls before the next visitors arrived.

The photo above was taken near the Eastern entrance of the Buddhist temple where one tree was still standing on top of the ruined wall.

PS. The Tomb Raider movie was actually shot at the Ta Prohm temple.