Hey guys :)

Traveling to the other side of the cost equaled a lot of rain. We're talking the amount of rain pouring down forcing everyone to run to the closest inside and traffic stopping. It was literally raining the entire time we were there so we mostly saw the inside of coffee shops in Krabi.

After Krabi we departed to Phi Phi Island with really high expectations, since everyone had talked so good about it ever since we started our travels. The island had a lot of things to offer like cozy shopping streets, restaurants with sea views, diving tours, boat trips, beautiful beaches, many cats and amazing nature. We do see why people call it paradise even though there's A LOT of partying and the island never goes to sleep.

Koh Phi Phi was our last stop on our Asian tour. After Koh Phi Phi we decided to go to Phuket and then fly back to Sweden. We would like to thank A LOT of people for making this journey one we will definitely NEVER forget.

We want to thank Maxim on the train in Russia for helping us out when nobody spoke English.
Dimitri & Sajid for being so nice to us at the train and giving us food, medicine and water. (And teaching us Russian.)
Jessica and the British/Australian couple that became our first friends on the trip.
Our guide through The Hanging Temples & Yungang Grottoes.
Edvard and his pilot friend we met in Shanghai.
Georgia and Jazzy for making our Guilin-trip extraordinary.
Derek for being such a dork.
Matilda & Ottilia for creating the greatest squad EVEERRR with us and just walking into our lives like you've always been there<33
The 20 Vietnamese military men we spent 19 hours on a train with. You sure were entertaining.
The two British guys we lived together with in Hue.
The Vietnamese lady that made steak, fries and sauce for us for three nights in a row. Most delicious foooood.
The British couple that helped us out when we were panicking over Malaria.
Brenda and Bishal for being among the coolest people.
Emily and Mikayla for teaching us about Australia.
Terry for being the coolest dude on earth. The flying dutchman!!
The annoying American dude who we (of course) ran into twice (shared hostel rooms twice. different countries).
The most rad hostel owner on the entire trip. (we met in Chiang Mai)
Danne and Robin for meeting up with your old friends and having such a good time!!
Hanna and Bettina for being the chillest dudes out there<3
The Portuguese waiter that inspired us a lot at Koh Phangan and guided us to the right motorbike company.
The captain of the little catamaran who drove only us two to Bottle Beach.
Kike and Alicia for the most random night on our trip haha, SO much fun!
The Danish dude that gave us a free entrance ticket for Black Moon Party.
The most inspiring and funny Spanish guy we've ever met for making our laugh until our guts hurt.
Jim for sharing the Koh Samui experience with us by motorbike.
The German and British guys who screamed his lunges out during two nights so exactly nobody could sleep at the hostel.
Trine for a super cozy night.
Max, Logan and Alex for sharing a couple of drinks and laughs with us at Koh Phi Phi.

If we wouldn't have met all of you, the trip wouldn't have been even close to the same. You've all made our lives richer through experiences, life lessons and unforgettable memories. We have learned a lot, both about life, humans and cultures. We've learned that there are so many kind souls in the world, that you don't need to possess much to give much. People are welcoming with open arms and warm smiles. In dark times it will be refreshing and uplifting to look back at this trip as a reminder of how good humans can be and that there is hope, for every single one of us, to make a good life for ourselves and people around us. You don't need to give a human much for them to appreciate your presence, you actually don't even need to speak the same language, sometimes signals, body language and hang gestures are more than enough to get your message to go through. We will always be thankful for deciding to go, it's the best thing both of us have decided to do in our lives.

From now on, as you've probably already noticed, it'll be pretty quiet here until our next adventure. We don't know what, when or where that will be, but we know that there are always new adventures ahead. We also want to thank everyone who's in some way been following our trip, wether it's through our blog, Facebook or Instagram, it's been fun to share. Elin will continue on blogging at http://nouw.com/holmquist while we both will be back here when we feel like we want to share something special.

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Koh Samui is the biggest island on the east side of south Thailand. Coming from Koh Phangan, which is very small and not as developed, Koh Samui was very touristy. We arrived in the afternoon and was welcomed with POURING rain, it rained so much the roads were flooded all the way up to the top of the tires. It was an interesting experience and since it didn't stop raining during our 3 days on the island, we tried to do the best of the situation and rented scooters together with our friend Jim and explored the island's many waterfalls and viewpoints.

It was so much fun driving to the waterfalls, beaches, viewpoints and markets. We saw wonderful sunsets between rains and chased planes since the island has an airport located quite near the pier which gives such a great opportunity to take cool photos of planes. Unfortunately we failed quite hard with that, but the sky isn't gonna fall down because of that ;)

One thing we've been dealing with is elephant trekking. Both of us love elephants and would love to see them, as long as they are WILD. Now all around Asia, and in this specific case Thailand, you can go riding, feeding and swimming with elephants. Activities that might seem fun at first glance, but when you actually think about it, it's terrible. The way they're treated and then the fact that they're captured isn't into these small areas is just awful. As we were hiking up a hill to a waterfall we came across one of these "sanctuaries" and studied the way they acted and were treated, we also took some picture, mostly because we wanna show what it looks like. We just want to make clear that we DO NOT support this business whatsoever, and we DID NOT take part in any sort of elephant/other animal activity/"adventure".



We finally made it to our first island in Thailand, and a really cozy one too. Quite small, but still great. We immediately dropped our bags at the hostel, found a beach and then just ran into the water. And guess what happened? We got sunburnt right away.

We were a bit lucky, every Saturday they have a food market and we arrived at Saturday! It was a really long street with all kind of delicious foods and weird animals to try if you dared.

So what did this little island have to offer? They had a few very beautiful beaches. We took a taxi all the way to the north of the island and then a boat ride for 20 minutes, then we reached this beautiful beach called "Bottle Beach". The place had a chill vibe and the people there were so relaxed and friendly, highly recommend going there if you ever find yourself at Koh Phangan.

We were a bit unlucky with the weather the next coming days, but we did the best we could of situation and rented a scooter. We drove, for the first time EVER, on the left side of the road and explored the island. It was kinda scary at first but then you got used to it and it was so much fun! We found a palm tree hanging over the water, more beautiful beaches, a 14 meter wide tree and an amazing viewpoint with a restaurant overlooking the island. My favorite part was when we were driving and suddenly the sky just decided open and start pouring rain over us, flooding the streets and we just kept driving...so much fun.

Last but not least we went to our first kind of full moon party (it was actually called Black Moon Party), it was a lot of fun. We painted our bodies with color that glowed in the dark and danced all night long to trance music (which is very hard, believe me).

I really liked this island, it had a lot of good qualities and kind people. Next up is Koh Samui, come along



Bangkok is a very very big city. It was actually kinda hard to wrap our heads around how big it actually was. I think you can find EVERYTHING in Bangkok. There's this one square surrounded by 4 different malls and they all have over 300 stores. How is that even possible?

We met up two very familiar faces, Robin and Danne. It was so much fun meeting them we sat up talking on the roof until 5AM, haha! We also got to really taste the nightlife of Bangkok, which honestly isn't something I would choose over how I normally party. But it was fun trying it out. It was literally insane though. Khosan Road, which is the main party street in Bangkok, is filled with clubs pumping music out from speakers in a decibel I can't even imagine because they're all trying to be louder than the others. Holy moly was my head confused when I danced in-between two clubs blasting two different kinds of music? Haha!

We had a fun time even though we spent an entire day hungover in bed. That's what we deserved, I guess. We didn't see enough of the city in my opinion, mostly Khosan Road, malls, random roads we walked and what swooshed by the taxi window. But I'm also fine with it considering how many cities we've visited so far on our trip, it's impossible to see exactly everything. And Bangkok is an easy destination, so we will probably be back.

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After a long bus drive from Laos over the border to Thailand, we finally got to our hostel in Chiang Mai. After getting tons of suggestions of what to do in and around Chiang Mai we started exploring the city. We started off with some real Thai massage and after that we went to an art gallery with 3D paintings and took a lot of fun pictures.

The first day we went zip-lining through the jungle helped by the most amazing guides. During our way from start to end we faced different challenges such as a zig zag bridge, falling 15 and later 40 meters straight downwards and walking over poles of tree. The experience was super cool and even though Elin is terrified of heights she enjoyed it a lot.

In the evening we went to see a temple up on a large hill. From the temple you see the entire city and we realized that Chiang Mai is huge!! Haha. At night they light up the temple and that was really nice since it's mostly made of gold so it shined bright. We also heard the monks singing for an hour inside the temple, that was really cool.

Day number two we went on a camera hunt, Elin's been talking about getting a new camera for a while and finally she found one she wanted. After successfully making an adult decision to buy the camera, we went to the city's Grand Canyon which is a canyon with in the middle basically. More than a canyon they also have a water park, which means we turned into children for a few hours playing around in the water park.

Chiang Mai has big variation of stuff to do. You could do many different kind of adventure stuff like trekking, rafting, zip lining or hiking. But also see the real culture of Thailand in one of all the city's temples or old quarters. At night they have several big cozy night markets and foods everywhere.

The last thing we did before leaving Chiang Mai was going to a Cabaret show. It was literally so good! It was filled of energy, happiness, humor and love. It was an experience going there and we both went back to the hostel smiling.

Chiang Mai is an amazing city with so many nice people. Not too crowded and amazing things to do. If you want to test the real deal of Thailand, we recommend Chiang Mai. It was literally bomb.



Vientiane is a weird capital city. It's basically the feeling of a small city but the area is bigger. It's so weird. There's no specific centre of the city, which is very rare. Mostly the city has a lot of temples, so we visited a few. Laotian temples are very detailed and has a different kind of architecture than others we've seen so far. They're really beautiful!

Our main stop in Vientiane was the COPE Visitor Centre which is both a rehabilitation centre for disabled people but also a museum open for everyone to see. The museum includes information about the bombings over Laos during the 70's, stories from the affected people, documentaries and donated prosthesis'.

For those of you who don't know what happened to Laos during the 70's, here's a link to a website for you to read: http://legaciesofwar.org/about-laos/secret-war-laos/

Before boarding the bus to Thailand we visited the Buddha Park which was kinda cool. A big park with many buddhas in different shapes and forms. Very different and unique. Overall Vientiane was an okay stop, it was very hard to get a clear view of the city because everything was so spread out, but it was nice to have been there! :)

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Laos has always been a dream of mine. Since I was a kid. I've always heard stories about Laos, both its cities and its incredible nature. After a flight out of Cambodia and a surprisingly fast border crossing and visa process at Luang Prabangs tiny airport, we were there. We came out in the arrival hall, and nobody approached us. "Hello?"

It was the first time during our 2 months of traveling we could walk around at the airport peacefully changing money and taking our time without anybody grabbing our arms yelling "TAXI!!!???" or "TUKTUK!!!!????". Believe me when I say that was one of the best feelings I've had. Not really, but almost.

The night we arrived we went out to grab some food and ended up at this night market that closed very early, around 22. We walked around for a while, while they were closing up and realized this night market was very different from all other markets we've seen so far. Their souvenirs and items were more personalized and not the stereotypic "I bought this in Asia"-style. Very nice.

Spent our first day walking around the city visiting temples, climbing mount Pousi, eating good food, cross the bamboo bridge and just enjoying the beautiful architecture of the city. This is the first place where they had actual houses, similar to Swedish houses, since we left Russia in January.

Second day, we spent in a tuktuk for 25km to the Kuang Si Waterfall which is one of the most stunning places I've seen. The big waterfall is massive connecting the smaller waterfalls making pools. We climbed the mountain and saw the waterfall from above and hiked 3km through the jungle to a hidden spring. We swing-jumped into the water and competed about free beer. It was so much fun. When we came back that day we were all utterly tired but decided to go out for some beers.

I really enjoyed Luang Prabang. The city is perfect if you want to experience Laos' culture, but also their nature. With their chilled and calm atmosphere, beautiful houses and nice inhabitants, it's hard not having a good time here.



Hi guys!

Our last stop in Cambodia was Siem Reap, with a main goal: see Angkor Wat which is the worlds largest temple. After a long night in a sleeping bus the first day was one of those days where you just sit and try to keep your eyes open. We managed to get some frozen yogurt, see a temple and I also lost my brain while trying to shake hands with a monk who responded with: "no touch women". Ops.

The second day started really early, we were picked up at our hostel 04.30 by our tuktuk driver. He drove us to Angkor Wat, the largest temple in the temple complex of 163 hectares. We saw the sunrise and it was a cool experience. Angkor Wat was insanely massive. It was built between the years of 802-1220, even though its old it's very preserved. It's hard to explain in words what the place looked like so I guess you have to see our pictures.

In the evening we visited the night market and the pub street which is a main tourist attraction in Siem Reap. I really liked it, they had a lot of different foods and souvenirs, but like most the other markets a lot were the same. We did find a lady who made henna tattoos and we both got one really pretty henna on our hands.

Summery of Cambodia 🇰🇭:

  • People here are not that polite as the ones we've met in previous countries.
  • They have a history we did not learn about in school, so for us it was totally new information.
  • They have a lot of cool and different stuff but overall the country is not one of our favorite on this journey, probably because of Cambodia's history.



Hi peeps!

So again after Elin convinced me, we got on a boat heading to what we heard was "paradise". And the rumors were true, the island did not have any roads so we took our shoes of and walked true the sand to our hostel.

After walking around in big cities for a while it was a really nice change to come to an island where there where no cars no noise, a hostel that had dorms with no doors and bucket showers. We actually got really lucky because every night they had a bonfire with a fire show like ten meters outside our dorm.

We spent the first day at the beach or actually in the water because it was so warm and just amazing water to swim in. On day two we went to "clear water bay" witch is a beach 45 minutes away from our hostel. So after a hike in the jungle and seeing wild monkeys and cut my foot and complained a little we came to the bay and it was magical, wow nether Elin or I have ever seen such clear water or white sand.

It truly was a paradise island and I highly recommend you guys to go there. And last but not least we went on a night swim to see shiny plankton, sounds weird, but it basically were glittery lights in the water when you moved around. IT WAS WAY TO COOL. Highly recommended.

So with a burned face and a peaceful soul we will now move on to our next city.

Kisses and hugs



We arrived in Cambodia and Phnom Penh around 9 at night. Took a tuktuk to our hostel where we were staying for the next coming three days. We stayed at the top floor (4th floor), had no aircon and shared rooms with 12 others. Do I have to say it was deadly hot in there?

Phnom Penh is a pretty grey city. There's a few things you can do but overall it isn't great. We went to see S-21 which is an old prison they've kept very well from Pohl Pots regent times during the late 70's. It was well worth a visit, mostly because of educational reasons. I've never heard of Pohl Pot and his massmurders until now. It gave me goosebumps walking around there since everything was very well kept.

We also went to see the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda which was massive. An interesting thing about Cambodia is that the religious buildings are all super fancy and massive but people live in houses looking like they're about to break down any second?

More than that we saw a few temples and Wat Phnom which is both a Pagoda and a big clock located in front of a roundabout.

Compared to Vietnam we didn't really like Phnom Penh that much. It was very dirty, touristy and we didn't feel as safe as we did in Vietnam. Kinda sad but we are hoping that the rest of our Cambodia trip will change our opinions on that!