How I unrushed my world in Asia

Since I’ve started my journey as FoodieBackpacker, day by day I am learning not to hurry, to enjoy my time, to unrush my world.

After traveling and cooking around Europe for 20 months, it was time for me to see, to experience something different. It was time to explore Asia. I knew that it was going to be something completely different than my previous trips, so I had to make the best out of it.

My first stop was Hong Kong. There surely are main attractions such as the peak, the symphony of lights, the longest outdoor covered escalator system of the world and Buddha statue, but I also enjoyed my time watching the skyline in less busy hours and walking in the crazy streets of Hong Kong on a silent Sunday morning in the non-touristic neighborhoods.

Second stop was Cambodia. Siem Reap is another world with Angkor Wat and all the temples. The area amazes and takes you in with the history and spirituality. Instead of rushing in the temples area and checking out only the mainstream ones, I’ve spent 2 days exploring and saved time to see the small temples in the jungle. In some of them I was the only one visiting which was a big experience itself.

Sihanoukville is the seaside city I’ve visited in Cambodia. Koh Rong is known as a party island of the area, but so few would mention about sailing to the back of island to find one of the most amazing beaches of the world and chill there till you catch one of the best sunsets ever.

You can reach to Ream National Park by car from Sihanoukville, but why wouldn’t you enjoy an hour of sailing there and enjoy couple of drinks on Titres Beach while waiting for the boat to take you there?

My last stop in Cambodia was the capital, Phnom Penh. There you find very posh cafes and restaurants by the river side, but I surely chose making long walks in the markets of the city, tasting local street food, making small chats with the locals.

After Cambodia I’ve headed to Indonesia. First to Jakarta, the huge city. One can easily loose himself under the shadows of the skyscrappers or inside the huge shopping malls, but it is a city that you can find the tastes from all regions of Indonesia, so I lost myself finding the best spots to taste them all.”

 “Next stop after Jakarta was Bali. It is crazy how many things to do in that amazing island. Only discovering the beaches around the island would take weeks, but I wouldn’t say it is the best thing I found in Bali. Rent a car or a motorbike and then get more inland like I did. I’ve explored the breath taking nature, the rice fields, the waterfalls, never ending green. No wonder why people are falling in love with Bali. Last stop was Thailand and first stop in Thailand was Phuket. When you take a boat tour and sail in the North of the island, you feel like you are somewhere out of this world. The islands, the landscape is hypnotising. And of course, I had to search for seafood and I’ve found myself in the South of the island, in a fisherman village called Rawai, buying freshly caught seafood from the fisherman and making them cooked in the restaurants across the streets. It still waters my mouth when I think about it. From Phuket I headed to the famous Phi Phi where the traditional sailing boats are decorated with flowers. While sailing, I shot amazing photos with the blue sea, green islands and the colorful flowers in. Catching monkeys on the beach into the frame would not be a surprise.

And the last stop of my Asia trip. Crazy Bangkok. It is such a crowded and chaotic city, where there somehow is an order in chaos. I did not loose myself in the nightlife, but I surely lost my mind while trying to taste all the street food. After 9 days in Bangkok, I know why it is called the capital of street food.

I’ve spent 7 weeks in Asia, visitng 4 countries. Instead of rushing to see all main attractions, I unrushed my world, created my own path and enjoyed each moment. To make the best out of your trips, do the same and #unrushyourworld.”

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