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A glimpse of Kuala Lumpur

After Phi Phi Islands we went to Kuala Lumpur for three nights, just to taste a little bit the Malay culture. When you have a short time to spend in such a big city you have to dose your energy and time for the most important attractions. I know I will come back to KL so I didn't run to see everything. The next recommendations are not exactly in the chronological order. I will start with the main symbol of KL: the Petronas Twin towers, which were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004. I think I spent almost half of day walking in the area. At the feet of the Petronas Towers there is Suria KLCC, one of the largest shopping malls in Malaysia, featuring mostly foreign luxury goods and high-street labels.  If you stay late in the evening in the area you might also stay for the Lake Symphony, a magical performance of light, sound and water, at the esplanade outside of Suria KLCC. Checkout https://www.suriaklcc.com.my/attractions-2/esplanade-lake-symphony/ for the showti…
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Phi Phi Islands - more than party

As I mentioned in my last post, from Bangkok we went to Ko Phi Phi Don (pronounced Pee-Pee). We flew to Krabi and from Klong Jirad Pier we took the boat. Tip: don't buy return ticket from Krabi. I bought one and it was more expensive than the ones sold on the island and I couldn't use it for the earliest boat departing from the island. To get from the airport to the pier, Grab is your friend. The boat ride is ~2h.  Ko Phi Phi Don is a party island, especially the area of Tonsai beach and Loh Dalum beach. If you are looking for activities less touristic I have some suggestions.  Firstly, if you look on google maps you will see that most beaches are accessible only by boat, but it's not true. A local from a restaurant recommended Maps.me which has all the marked roads on the island.  I am not saying that a ride with a longtail boat is not nice. To Long beach we first went by boat, one way 100THB (~3EUR) by day and 150THB(4.5EUR) by night. 
Another way is through the forest.…

A glimpse of Bangkok

One of my dreams for 2019 was to travel again to South East Asia and as Paulo Coelho puts it in "The Alchemist", when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. Now I live my dream during the next three weeks backpacking through Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.
This time it will be different from my previous journey in Indonesia and Singapore because the entire itinerary is already set. With a group is difficult to do free style.
Our journey begins in Bangkok. No matter if you chose a direct flight or a connecting one, you can't beat time, or at least I can't (when traveling from west to east). But it's worth it!
Some logistic tips before traveling to Thailand:
- you must have a passport valid at least 6 months from the day of arrival
- for some countries you can apply for a visa on arrival and until April 30, 2020 you are exempted from paying the 2000 BHT fee (~61USD).
Getting the visa on arrival was a good exercise to practice…

Sidi Kaouki

As an adept of  'less is more' mindset I loved so much Sidi Kaouki. Long walks on the beach with the waves in the background. Thoughts are like waves. They come and go. I just have to observe them without judging them. I find so calming this exercise. Sometimes is not easy to do it. Sometimes I  also have storms in my mind like the storms at sea.  The morning wasn't very encouraging. Cloudy with showers. Despite the outside conditions Hassan arranged for us one of the most beautiful experiences I had, lunch in a cave with ocean view. I couldn't believe it! I have never imagined anything like this!
But that's not all. We had the beach only for us! We were the first ones to leave footprints in the wet sand.
And we walked on the sand dunes!


And the sun decided to show up!
And we ate tagine prepared there by some locals with fresh fish from that morning.

In the afternoon we went to another deserted beach where we walked listening the ocean and admiring the multicolour…

Essaouira

The next two nights we are staying in Sidi Kaouki, but on our way there we are stopping to visit also Essaouira, a city port on Morocco's Atlantic coast.  Before Essaouira we stopped at an argan oil women's cooperative. This is the only part in Morocco and in the world where argan grows. Due to this fact the cosmetics containing argan are very expensive.
There are goats eating the argan fruits from the trees. Yes! I saw a lot of goats in argan trees. The fruits are collected and transformed in oil for cosmetic or culinary use.
It's so hard to leave outside the occidental misconceptions about African countries! I was so convinced that Morocco's roads must be terrible. Bigger it was my surprise to discover the opposite. Romania can't dream of roads like this.
After these days I strongly believe that the only way I can truly enjoy a place, a different culture that the one I live in, is to keep my mind open.
The distance from Marrakech to Essaouira is around ~180km.
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