Wildlife spotting for armchair travelers

Damselfly on a leaf of vegetation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Damselfly on a leaf of vegetation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

True explorers go to jungle and stay there for a month. In mud, rain, bitten by leeches and mosquitoes. Sometimes get a chance to spot some wildlife.  READ MORE »

Rollercoasting through the roof

Indoor roller coaster "Supersonic Odyssey" in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Indoor roller coaster "Supersonic Odyssey" in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

Call me old-fashioned, but I have always imagined roller coasters to be in outdoor amusement parks. Realized my mistake when saw an indoor one, in Berjaya Times Square.  READ MORE »

Which way is up?

Hornbill roaming around the bird park of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Hornbill roaming around the bird park of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

God must have been smoking weed when he conjured this creature.

It's obvious.  READ MORE »

Kuala Lumpur at night

Twin Petronas towers in night cityscape of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Twin Petronas towers in night cityscape of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

Even though modern and developed, Kuala Lumpur is a good city to come back to. It does not have this "big city that makes you so small and unimportant" syndrome, and is actually quite cozy.  READ MORE »

Looking at Everest from the window of aircraft

View at the Himalayas from Thai airways plane, Nepal. Do hope it's Everest.

View at the Himalaya from above

 

Noses into the glass.

Our last glimpse at Nepal's most famous - Himalaya - through the window of Thai airways aircraft.  READ MORE »

So what about Nepal?

Hindu lady in waiting, Kathmandu, Nepal

Hindu lady in waiting, Kathmandu, Nepal

 

We are leaving a place were people are fused by scores of beliefs and traditions from the past, yet confused by the unclear future.  READ MORE »

Ghosts of Durbar square

Evening in Durbar square, Kathmandu, Nepal

Evening in Durbar square, Kathmandu, Nepal

 

Durbar square, the heart of Kathmandu city, is colorful, vibrant and full of energy. If cars and motorcycles were forbidden, it'd be pleasant too.  READ MORE »

Is that a bus station, or just a roadside stop?

Bus station in Sauraha, Nepal

Bus station in Sauraha, Nepal

 

Bus stations in Nepal (also Laos, Myanmar and some other Asian countries) are mostly outside of the town center.  READ MORE »

The real wildlife of Sauraha / Chitwan National Park

Complete encyclopedia of wildlife and animals in Chitwan National Park, Nepal
Based on personal accounts and research by M and J during 2007 July 29th.

Coming to Chitwan area to study the mighty Rhinoceros, we were not able to find any during the never stopping rain showers. After the initial disappointment and even despair, were realized that there are still many exotic and exciting animal species roaming freely in the jungle of Chitwan and its surroundings. We present them here, classified retrospectively by order of discovery.

At first we met the Tout beast. They are aggressive creatures, mostly attacking on sight, their usual prey are unsuspecting tourist animals with belongings. Tout beasts have a well developed sense of vision. They hunt in a radius of 5-10 km from their hideouts. Touts are community-based and strongly dependable on it.

Touts meeting tourists in bus station of Sauraha, Nepal

Tout beasts attacking the tourist animals' bus

 

Later followed our inevitable meeting with a Tourist animal.  READ MORE »

Rainy wrecks, I mean treks

Bar by relaxing riverside of Rapti river, Sauraha, Nepal

Bar by relaxing riverside of Rapti river, Sauraha, Nepal

 

Arriving to Chitwan National Park in the south of Nepal during monsoon, consequently - low season, we expected few tourists and throngs of mosquitoes.

Bearing in mind that some of the biting beasts carry a lifetime present of malaria, we at last managed to wake up out of half year's lazy "no anti mosquito prophylaxis" slumber and properly protect ourselves with a repellent. Either it was effective, or there were not much mosquitoes around, in any case we stayed there practically unbothered by the itchy bites.  READ MORE »

From birds to rhinos

Small bird sitting on wires in Pokhara, Nepal

Small bird sitting on wires in Pokhara, Nepal

 

Like this small bird, we are sitting in dull and rainy Pokhara for a week already, during the monsoon. It's good to take a rest after the intensive period for "digesting" the impressions, but it feels even better to venture off to a new adventure.  READ MORE »

Swastika symbolism

Gate with a pseudo swastika on it, Pokhara, Nepal

Gate with a pseudo swastika on it, Pokhara, Nepal

 

We were drivig with a bicycle towards a hotel after a long day of sightseeing, and spotted a gate, decorated with, well, quite infamous symbols.

We naturally went in to look what's happening. I'll tell you later, but but guess first.
Choose one of the options below and write it in the comments.  READ MORE »

Thank you, Mr. Ripa Rai

Portret of Nepali waiter, Pokhara, Nepal

Portret of Nepali waiter, Pokhara, Nepal

 

Mr. Ripa Rai works as a waiter in Pokhara steak house.

Apart from having a priviledge of being serviced by him on a highest level, I also owe him a huge gratitude for returning my passport, credit cards, ID card, driver's licence etc., which I forgot in a restaurant after the dinner.  READ MORE »

Rocky expectations crushed

Lone flower living in a field of crops, Nepal

Lone flower living in a field of crops, Nepal

 

Departing to Nepal, I imagined to see grey rocks and more rocks and then some.

Arriving here I see a diversity of plants, birds, and even wild monkeys for the first time in Asia.
The land, even though not so colorful at heights more than 3000 meters in the northern part, is very green and thriving otherwise. And we still haven't been to the tropical Terai part.  READ MORE »

Riddle me this — no beef for Hindu, but perfect steak in Pokhara, Nepal

Juicy pepper beef steak waiting on the table of Pokhara steak house, Nepal

Juicy pepper beef steak waiting on the table of Pokhara steak house, Nepal

 

Some are driven forward by a desire to conquer a mountain, prove the capacity to someone or himself.
Yesterday we have finished a three day trek through tracks and paths of lower Mustang region, on the base of Himalayas.  READ MORE »

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