There’s a misconception that Thailand elephant sanctuaries are an ethical and responsible way to interact with these large, beautiful creatures even without the elephant riding. I thought the same and visited one. The Elephant Riding Issue You’ve probably already that elephant riding or multiday trekking is bad for elephants. If you haven’t, let me break it down for … [Read more...]
Asia Travel Blog
Welcome to Aperlust’s Asia travel blog. Here you’ll find tips and stories about Asia travel. This blog includes posts from Japan, Cambodia and Thailand.
Most of Asia is inexpensive to travel. Hopefully, this blog encourages you travel more of Asia.
I left my hostel in the morning to grab a mango smoothie when I was struck by a narrow pint of pressured water from a gun. Welcome to Songkran, the water festival, in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Songkran celebrates the Thai New Year and is on April 13th of each year. But the celebration usually lasts a few days covering April 14th and 15th as well. Songkran is derived … [Read more...]
I travelled to Gunung Leuser National Park, Bukit Luwang, to trek and see orangutans in the Sumatran rainforest. I stayed at the Brown Bamboo Guesthouse. The main reason I stayed here was because the owner, Gia, oversaw the travel guide association for the Gunung Leuser National Park. He was also a nice guy. I booked the tour through Gia and I paid €80 for a 2D/1N jungle … [Read more...]
I rented a bicycle. Rode it from central Siem Reap to Angkor Enterprise to buy my three-day ticket. Then rode it to Angkor Wat the same day: never again. It took me 30 minutes to ride my bicycle to Angkor Enterprise and then another 35 minutes to Angkor Wat. All this in the heat and sometimes blazing sun depending on the clouds. I was tired to walk around Angkor Wat once … [Read more...]
Travelling from Kualanamu Airport (Medan) to Bukit Lawang by bus is relatively easy with the exception of the locals trying to rip you off. There's something special about visiting Sumatra. The journey is worth it to see orangutans in Gunung Leuser National Park. Kualanamu Airport to Bukit Lawang Go to the airport bus stop (it’s right outside and you’ll see signs). Get … [Read more...]