For the first time, I visited Southeast Asia: I spent three weeks in Vietnam, travelling through the whole country from South to North.
As I have heard a lot of good things about Phong Nha, I had high expectations — and even those were surpassed. The landscape alone is very beautiful, and the enormous caves in the area are just stunning. Continue reading Awed in Phong Nha
Today, I continued on with my trip up North. I stopped several times along the way, for example at the Marble Mountains and at Hoi Van Pass. Continue reading Over the mountains of Central Vietnam
I spent the past weekend with some friends in Frankenfels (in Lower Austria). It was a rather leisurely weekend with observing the lunar eclipse, visiting the Nix cave, barbecuing, and a short stroll over the surrounding hills. Continue reading A leisurely weekend
Today, we visited the Longmen Caves. Out of the walls of these caves (and the surrounding cliffs), more than one hundred thousand (!) Buddha statues have been carved in the time of the Northern Wei dynasty (some 1,300 to 1,500 years ago).
Update from October 31, 2016Additional pictures are available.
Having spent enough time on or near the water, I decided against the highway which would take me to the coast again. Instead, I went inland to visit Semuc Champey. Continue reading The beauty of Semuc Champey
My last stop in Belize, in the town of San Ignacio, was dedicated to the Mayans again: Today, I visited the ruins of Xunantunich. The day before, I went on a caving tour to Actun Tunuchil Muknal to see the Mayan artifacts there. Continue reading Mayan traces above and below ground
From Tulum, I visited another cenote which was simply spectacular: Dos Ojos.
Slowly, I have the feeling that I have seen enough of colonial towns. Fortunately, Valladolid also has something else to offer (apart from Chichén Itzá close by): holes in the ground – or, in other words: cenotes. Continue reading Colonial town with holes in the ground
I have finally arrived at the last destination of this year’s stay in Georgia: Borjomi. From there, I went on an excursion to the impressive cave city of Vardzia. I also stopped at some other sights on the route, like the newly rebuilt (and insanely kitschy) Akhaltsikhe Castle. Continue reading Old caves, new castle