muang la

Voyagista likes to stay… at Muang La in Laos

I am going to introduce you to a charming address in the North of Laos in a region where the ethnic minorities still live in relative isolation from modern life and where mass tourism has not arrived. Muang La is for Laos what the Songstam Lodges were for me in Yunnan – enchanting accommodation offering […]

mdili snow moutain from songtsam lodge

Adventure in the Sacred Mountains of Chinese Tibet : the Meili Snow Mountains

The Meili Snow Mountains are a sacred range of mountains lying partly within the Yunnan Province of China and on the border with Tibet. This range boasts six peaks of more than 6,000 meters and reach up to 6,740 meters. Kawagarbo, the tallest, is also the most sacred to the Tibetans. In the past, numerous […]

wengen children

Switzerland – Wengen, a summer paradise for the kids

Wengen is a marvelous place and it is even more so if you have kids to entertain: there is a lot to keep them busy. If you thought it is much better to be in the mountains in winter (like me) I will offer you some reasons to think otherwise:  1. Wengen is a car-free […]

streets of campeche

Mexico – The Pirates of Campeche

It has been a long time since pirates threatened the fortified walls of Campeche but you can still experience this époque through the town’s well preserved architecture of the period. The streets of Campeche are lined by brightly colored houses of the period accompanied by their owner’s humbug volkswagens of every hue. For us, Campeche is also a […]

Arrivée à Prambanan

Indonesia – My heart is torn between Prambanan and Plaosan

Prambanan is one of the highlights of Central Java, but I really wasn’t quite sure of what to expect: First impressions: this reminds me of Angkor Wat … and it is so hot … and all seats in the shade are taken! Second impressions: these temples are impressive with their beautiful friezes and this cow […]

hakkoda

Japan under Five Meters of Snow

As I drive to my destination, powder that we can normally only dream of is piling higher on the tall walls of snow lining the side of the road… welcome to one of the more isolated places in Japan and join me for a ski trip in Hakkoda, Northern Honshu. It was several years that […]

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View of Batad in Banaue

Philippines – hunting rice fields in the land of headhunters

For a long time I wanted to get amongst the famous rice terraces of Banaue in the north of the Philippines. During the month of November I finally made the long drive (8 hours from Clark Airport and 10 from Manila Airport …. ) to this beautiful area. Without the kids in tow we were […]

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namibie

Amongst the Dunes in the Namibian Desert

The Namibian Desert was inscribed on the list of World Heritage Sites in 2013. The announcement brought back many wonderful memories for me as the desert was one of the highlights of our Namibian honeymoon: the majesty and beauty of the place, coupled with (several) glasses of champagne amongst the dunes, and topped off with […]

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mdili snow moutain from songtsam lodge

Adventure in the Sacred Mountains of Chinese Tibet : the Meili Snow Mountains

The Meili Snow Mountains are a sacred range of mountains lying partly within the Yunnan Province of China and on the border with Tibet. This range boasts six peaks of more than 6,000 meters and reach up to 6,740 meters. Kawagarbo, the tallest, is also the most sacred to the Tibetans. In the past, numerous […]

hakkoda

Japan under Five Meters of Snow

As I drive to my destination, powder that we can normally only dream of is piling higher on the tall walls of snow lining the side of the road… welcome to one of the more isolated places in Japan and join me for a ski trip in Hakkoda, Northern Honshu. It was several years that […]

liberty private works hong kong

Voyagista likes to dine…. at LPW in Hong Kong

Liberty Private Works (LPW for those in the know) is a well-known and well-liked restaurant in Hong Kong especially for a couples night out…. and our wedding anniversary was a great opportunity for us to return to LPW. If you are passing through Hong Kong and have a special occasion to celebrate, this is the […]

Fujian Tulou house

A weekend with the Hakka people of Fujian

They are made of earth, bamboo and wood, can be round or square shaped, the oldest ones are 1,200 years old and they can be 100 meters in diameter. They are found in China’s Fujian province and Americans satellites thought they were nuclear power stations…What are they? The Tulou houses of Fujian.  They were built […]

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