Luang Prabang day trip: cycling to the Kuang Si Waterfalls

Often dubbed as the most beautiful waterfalls in Laos, the Kuang Si waterfalls can’t be missed. You can get there by organized tour, tuk-tuk or scooter bike but since it is only 30 kilometers out of Luang Prabang I – being true to my Dutch origin – decided to cycle. The ride is spectacular, the exercise healthy and it is the cheapest alternative out there. So give me one good reason why you shouldn’t man up and start peddling!

– Practical information – 

This itinerary combines a visit to the waterfalls with a visit to a moon bear sanctuary (which is literally 400 meters from the waterfalls) and a visit to the Laos Buffalo Dairy farm. Cycling the 60km round-trip is interesting for both beginners and more advanced cyclists. If you have a shitty stamina and never work out two climbs will probably have you gasping for air, but they are certainly doable! An expert cyclist would probably dub this one as easy/beginner level. 

budget

Minimum of 70.000Kip. 50.000Kip for the rental of a decent (front-wheel suspension) mountain bike. Entrance to the falls is 20.000Kip. Bring extra money for food and water on the way, and add another 50.000Kip if you want to visit the Laos Buffalo Dairy farm on the way back (including 2 scoops of delicious homemade organic buffalo milk ice-cream). It is wise to bring another 50.000Kip for a possible tuk-tuk ride back if you really don’t feel like cycling anymore or if your material breaks down. 

time

Approx 4.5 hours of cycling roundtrip. It took me a little over 2 hours to get there and 1.5 hours to get back (during the cooler hours of the day). I am in decent shape but cycled together with two travelers that were less fit. Calculate in enough time to relax, walk around, hike and swim at the waterfalls (a couple of hours). All in all, this is a day-trip. If you leave around 10 AM (as we did) you will get back at around 5.30 PM in Luang Prabang with plenty of time for stops and a couple of hours at the waterfalls. Consider getting up earlier to have a cooler ride. We were very sweaty and sticky when the sun came in at full strength after 11 AM. 

what to bring

– Money
– Sunglasses & sunscreen
– closed shoes 
– swimming outfit & towel (there are changing rooms at the falls)
– a bottle of water (more can be bought along the way and at the falls)
– sugary snacks to fuel yourself during the ride

– possibly insect-repellant in the rainy season, I didn’t find it necessary in the dry season.

– Preparation – 

So apart from the pearls of wisdom that you are probably used to receive from your parents (don’t drink too much, get a decent night of sleep), I would mainly recommend on not departing too late. The day-trip is perfect if you head out early to cycle to the waterfalls in the cooler morning hours and get back a few hours before the sun gets down. Cycling through the heath of the day and cycling back when it’s dark, however – less enjoyable.  

Rent a bicycle

Mountain bikes can be rented all around town. I got mine in a little place just across of the public primary school on the northern-side of Phou Si Mountain but in all honesty, there are probably better places around. We went there because we were looking for 3 multi-gear mountain bikes and most places only own 2 decent ones. The best is to just find a rental place close to your accommodation.

Navigation

The route is super easy to find. Use google maps (download an offline map of the area) or maps.me and start cycling in the right decision. Before you’ve left town you will see signs pointing you in the right direction. From that moment on its pretty straightforward. 

– The ride – 

The way up

road conditions are generally like this
roadside view

The cycle starts with a few kilometers of reasonably flat terrain. The roads are paved but filled with potholes, enough of them for me to advise you to rent a mountain bike instead of a road bike. After about 4 kilometers you’ll start to feel the incline building up and suddenly a big hill dooms up in front of you. Switch your gears and let the sweat flow freely! This is immediately the hardest part of the whole ride. The incline is pretty steep but short – only 2 or 3 kilometers. When we approached the first hill we decided to all take the climb at our own pace. After a few minutes, when your legs start to ache you notice that suddenly the 2 meters in front of you are way more interesting than the beautiful landscape. This part is all about clenching your jaw, focusing on the road and inching up in the lowest gear until you reach the top. One of my travel companions decided a few meters before we reached the top that he wanted to turn around and head back into town. Little did he know that this climb was really all there was to it.

I wish I would have known, so I could have convinced him to continue because once you reach the top the fun begins. The decline is less steep and stretches a bit longer. For a couple of kilometers you fly down the road at high speed while breathtaking landscapes roll out in front of your eyes. What follows is about 10 kilometers of going up and down. The inclines are short enough to use your previously build-up speed at the last decline to get to the top. As the road creeps closer to the Mekong River the landscape changes from lush forest to farmlands and rice-paddies. 

After a while, you have to make a turn left (clearly signaled). This is where you have to start preparing for your final climb. A longer but less steep incline follows for about 4 KM’s right up to the base of the waterfalls. You have to park your bike on the right at a ‘secured’ parking lot. There are lots of shops and restaurants around to have a quick bite before you head up to the waterfalls. You first get to the moon bear sanctuary and then to the actual falls. 

The way back

farmland views
More lake views
The roadside icecream stall of Laos Buffalo Dairy farm

The way back follows the exact same route as the way up (but now with different views – there is No Road Back 😛 – ) but it involves more downhill than uphill and thus requires less effort. You start with the 4 KM decline, turn right and follow the signs to Luang Prabang. After a few kilometers, you’ll see Laos Buffalo Diary farm on your right. A small organic farm where they make dairy and delicious buffalo ice-cream. The buffaloes are well taken care of and this makes for an excellent stop on the way back (the ice-cream included in the entrance tickets is a welcome bonus, and to be honest for me probably the main reason for the visit). There is an option to also participate feeding and take a guided (instead of self-guided) tour for an additional 50.000 Kip but I do not feel this worth the extra 5 bucks.  

– The waterfalls –

The waterfalls themselves are gorgeous. Even by anticipating on awesome falls, you will not be disappointed. Granted, you do not have all the pools all to yourself but if you manage to find the entrance to the ‘secret pools’ – which are really not that secret – you’ll find yourself almost alone at an incredibly pretty swimming hole. 

Moon bear Sanctuary

Rescued moon bears in the sanctuary

Once you have paid the 20.000 Kip to enter the park you first pass through a moon-bear sanctuary. Here they save moon bear from being killed for their bile to be used in traditional Chinese medicine. I’ve heard many people speak highly of this sanctuary but in all honesty, the bears are still not treated correctly. The cages they are being held in are quite small and the bears all look bored and unhappy. I see no real reason why they didn’t extend the perimeters of their cages except for that it would be harder for visitors to spot them. Obviously, this is a difficult subject since the bears are actually being threatened and the only way to raise public awareness is by actually showing visitors how majestic they are but the visit left a bittersweet taste in my mouth that didn’t wash away easily. 

Waterfalls

The first pools
The hike around the falls
taking the boat to the source
view from the boat

When you walk onward you arrive at the bottom pool of the waterfall where immediately the light blue color invites you to dip in. The lowest 4 pools are all accessible to swim in and even have changing rooms next to it.

You can hike all around the waterfall and go up to the source. Near the source, you can take a small boat to get to the actual source in a bottomless boat (the fish swim right in between your feed) for 10.000 Kip. The boat is a bit of a scam as it only takes you about 30 meters further than the path does. And the source is not a particularly interesting place to be as you can’t really see anything bubbling up. It does, however, provide a different perspective on the place and a relaxed 15-minute boat-ride which for 10.000 Kip might be worth the money spend. Walking all the way around the waterfall takes you about half an hour (with time spend making photos). 

The secret pools

To get to the secret pools you have to head back down a bit until you see a path without a sign next to it heading down from the upper-most accessible pool. Walk for about 5 minutes until you find yourself at a beautiful pool with rocks to jump off from and with deep areas to swim in. But even if you don’t find the secret pools, the Kuang Si waterfalls are gorgeous – so you better not skip it! 

Taking the slowboat from Thailand to Laos

Undoubtedly the most adventurous way to travel from Thailand to Laos is by taking the slowboat. For two days you’ll be bobbing around at the mercy of the mighty Mekong river that meanders through the whole of Laos. It’s gonna be chaos, It’s not gonna be uncomfortable and it is definitely not speedy. But the spectacular scenery and social vibes on the vessel make it all the more worthwhile. If you are looking for adventure, there is no better way of crossing the border than by taking the slow boat.

– Practical information –

What to take

In addition to your normal luggage, You need a portrait picture for your Laos-VISA, your Thai departure card and a warm vest/jacket to wear on the morning of the second day. Make sure you have it on you when you get on the boat. I forgot to get mine out of my big backpack (that get’s stored in the hull of the boat) and had to curl up like a little baby on my bench. Shivering under my paper-thin sarong, my fellow travelers who – of course – had not forgotten to put on a jacket happily mocked me and felt snug and comfortable. 

Costs

The whole trip costs about 1600 Baht if you book it upfront, a little less if you do it individually. Add 30/35 USD for your VISA + 50-100k kip for a night at a guesthouse in Pak Beng. They are all shitty but hey, the classic Asian ‘shower-right-above-the-toilet bathroom’, is a must-try experience on its own. Bring a couple of dollars/baht extra for random nonsense charges like ‘overtime charge’ or ‘excess luggage charge’ at the border. 

You can get the USD needed for your Laos VISA in bigger banks in both Chiang Mai as well as Chiang Rai. Alternatively, you can also just exchange your Thai money at the border (at various points). Take into account a 200-300 baht fee for the exchange (they will not tell you this is a fee but simply give you a shitty exchange-rate). 

Duration

Two days, depending on your point of departure. The bus leaving at 6:00 AM in Chiang Rai will have you arriving in Luang Prabang around 4:00 PM.

If you leave from Chiang Mai there are some operators that offer a very early rise, stop-by at the white temple in Chiang Rai and still getting on the slow boat to Luang Prabang on the same day. Most operators divide the trip from Chiang Mai up into 3 days, with your first night spend at the border-town Chiang Khong.

Route

If you depart from Pai you will first take the bus to (the outskirts of) Chiang Mai before you drive on to Chiang Rai. From Chiang Mai also pass to Chiang Rai. The prices below are for crossing the border independently without a package deal.

Chiang Rai – Chiang Khong: 2-3 hours (bus – 70 baht)
Chiang Khong (Thailand) – Huay Yai (Laos): 10 minutes (bus crossing the bridge – 20 baht)
Huay Yai border – slow boat pier: 30 minutes (tuk-tuk – around 50K kip) 
Huay Yai pier – Pak Beng: 6 hours (slow boat – 1000 baht at the pier/1300 baht at the border)
Pak Beng – Luang Prabang pier: 7 hours (slow boat)
Luang Prabang pier – Luang Prabang center: 10 minutes (tuk-tuk – 20K kip not included in a package deal

– Crossing the border –

Think twice before you decide you want to cross the border and take the slow boat independently. It will hardly save you any money, is a lot more hassle and will most probably cost you an extra day. This is because it will be a challenge to be at the pier at 11:45 AM when the daily slow boat departs for Pak Beng. If you are traveling with anything breakable or valuable, either keep it on you in your hand luggage or wrap it well in your big bag. Your backpack is going to be tossed around a lot in the coming days in a not too delicate way. 

If you booked a package deal you’ll get picked up at the crack of down from your accommodation in Chiang Rai in a mini-bus. As I only slept for about 5 hours I was looking forward to a bit of a snooze in the bus to the border but alas. Not only was the vehicle packed and were the seats Asian-sized, the chairs lacked headrests which meant no sleeping for me. 

the minivan from Chiang Rai to the border

You’ll get to the border in about 2-3 hours depending on traffic (I had no delay). Here you get off the bus and go through customs – leaving Thailand. Make sure you got your departure card!. When you’ve passed through customs – there is no real check on anything – you have to take a shuttle to cross the Thai-Lao friendship bridge. Crossing the river means crossing the border. Yay! You are now in Laos! After a short ride, you arrive at the customs where you get your VISA. You have to fill out a form and head over to office nr. 1 where you hand over your form, photo and the dollars for the VISA, which you get back at office nr. 2. With your VISA on hand, you hop on a tuk-tuk to the pier. Make sure your tuk-tuk is actually going to the pier and not the bus terminal. I had to switch tuk-tuks a couple of times since there was some confusion before we left.

thai border

Twenty or maybe thirty minutes later you’ll be dropped off at a shop close to the pier where your ‘tour-guide’ (this would be the first and last moment I actually saw my tour-guide, nor did I knew or was expecting that there would be one in the first place) tells you to stock up on supplies and book accommodation for Pak Beng. He’ll tell you the boat will arrive late in Pak Beng and that you should really book now. Kindly decline both buying food and booking accommodation – you’ll get a way better deal when you arrive in Pak Beng. Food and drinks can be purchased at the pier as well. Beer and snack are available on the boat as well, albeit at inflated prices. Prices at the boat are similar to what they charge you at the office-shop however so I really see no reason why you should stock up there. I – of course – fell into this little scam. I bought a couple of beers and the most disappointing sandwich in Laos and was drinking my luke-warm canned beer for the same price as crisp and cold bottled beer purchased at the boat itself.

the ‘tour-office’ close to the pier

– The slow boat to Luang Prabang –

Day one

When you arrive at the pier you’ll see the boat docked and most probably it is already packed. I hopped on believing I got the last seats – but then there arrived another bus. And another one. and a few more. And some minibusses. And a couple of tuk-tuks. Even though the boat was already packed they kept on loading more and more people on. Chaos started to break out in some families. Sweating parents – crying kids. The expression on the faces of people lined up to get onto an already packed boat  – priceless. The expression on the faces of the boat-workers ensured me that this is the norm. So do not stress out and just enjoy the show. 

the pier
filling up the boat

 

Do make sure you are not one of the last 30-50 people to get on the boat. The last seats are in the engine room and your ride will be dreadful. The sound of the engine will have your head spinning for days and the petrol-fumes will make you feel nauseous – and probably aren’t that healthy either.

When the boat departs instantly the whole ride gets more enjoyable. All seats in the boat are just loose bus-seats that can be turned around to form little get-togethers. People play cards, chat with each other and take in the spectacular scenery. 

The dreaded engine room

Pak Beng

At around 5:30 PM you’ll arrive in Pak Beng, where you can immediately arrange for accommodation at the pier. Expect shitty fan-rooms with gecko’s on the walls and cockroaches in the bathroom. If you want something more luxurious – opt for the eco-friendly the Sanctuary Pak Beng Lodge with beautiful and clean rooms and a killer view overlooking the Mekong River from its restaurant.

After dinner, all travelers that are looking for some social interaction gather at either Happy Bar or the Hive Bar, where drinks are served and tunes are pumped well over midnight. 

Sundown in Pak Beng

Day two

The next morning the boat to Luang Prabang leaves at around 09:00 AM. Most people – especially those who spent their first day in the engine room – will arrive early and the boat will most probably fill up before 08:30 AM. Luckily this time everybody is divided up over 3 boats that are both more comfortable and more spacious. I have no clue why these boats aren’t used for the first lap but I can image it is because shallower water does not allow for the big boat to go to Luang Prabang. Obviously the smaller, more comfortable boats are more costly for the operators. Either way, this part of the trip is more relax and enjoyable. In my experience, people are also a bit less social most probably because they are no longer cramped together with 10 people in one square meter. 

At around 04:00 PM you arrive at the Luang Prabang tourist pier where you have to get off and take a tuk-tuk into town. Here, everybody cues up to buy a ticket (20K kip) into town. 

If you gather a large enough group you do not need to buy a ticket and can just arrange for a tuk-tuk to take you to your accommodation straight away – saving you time, hassle, and if you are a good barterer probably a bit of money as well. 

the pier in Luang Prabang

 

Bangkok’s trendiest neighbourhood: Ari

When people are planning a trip to Bangkok they usually stay in the same areas. Backpackers choose Banglamphu where they can party all night long on the infamous Khao San Road, people with a little more to spend head over to Sukhumvit with its trendy clubs, restaurants, and fancy hotels. Lastly, business travelers opt for the financial district Silom, with even more fancy restaurants and even bigger hotels. But Bangkok’s got more up its sleeve. If you are looking for chill vibes, hip eateries and easy connections to all the highlights the city has got to offer it is worth considering staying in Ari, the hippest ‘up-and-coming’ neighborhood in Bangkok.

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The San Blas Islands: Panama’s paradise islands

There are about 350 of them. All so tiny you could walk around them in under 15 minutes. Only a few are inhabited, the others’ main purpose is serving as nesting grounds for turtles. All with marble-white beaches, wavy palm trees and lined by the azure-blue waters of the Carribean. Welcome to Panama. Welcome to the San Blas Islands.

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Panama City: a cityguide

Panama lies at the heart of the Carribean, but its capital Panama City oozes everything but Carribean vibes. High skyscrapers are lined along a beach-less coast. Panama City is definitely not the most interesting place to visit. But with it being the gateway to Panama, a visit is hard to avoid when you have set your mind to exploring the country. Better read this guide to ensure you’ll make the most out of it!

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Bolivia in 2 weeks: the ultimate itinerary

Vicuna's in bolivia

Bolivia deserves a good itinerary for itself! Many people that visit Bolivia combine it with a visit to Peru (me included). But when that’s not an option, the latter rarely wins the battle. Not rightfully so! Bolivia makes a perfect destination on its own. It’s probably the cheapest country to visit in South-America, it has the richest nature and a very interesting culture that dates back many centuries (if not millennia). Follow this itinerary and be as amazed by this utterly pure country as I was. 

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Peru to Bolivia: a border crossing guide

border crossing desaguadero

Everybody that ever went backpacking or just on a holiday to multiple countries for that matter, knows that crossing country-borders is a stress-full, tiresome but also exciting experience. Sometimes it goes super smooth! Sometimes it takes hours, a lot of bribes and probably ten years of your life because of pure stress. All you can really do is prepare, brace for a long day and hope you get there before nightfall. How best to prepare for the border-crossing between Peru and Bolivia? By reading this article of course!

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Sucre Bolivia, the city of eternal spring

Sucre, the capital of Bolivia, has a lot of nicknames, but the most striking for me is ‘The City of Eternal Spring’. Walking around in this relaxed, sunny and pretty little colonial city just puts a smile on anyone’s face. With its hilarious ‘zebra’s’, cheap food and Spanish lessons for a dime you wonder why on earth you didn’t consider going to Sucre before.

– Practical Information –

When

Visit Sucre year-round. The temperature is always pleasant and it hardly ever rains. The Bolivian winter coincides with the European summer and is generally considered high-season – so prices might be a bit higher during those months (May- October). However, Sucre is light on tourism so you do not have to take that into account too much.

In, Out & Around

Alcantarí International Airport

Do not be fooled by its name as this airport only services a few international destinations. Namely Sao Paolo (Brazil), Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Madrid (Spain). For other destinations, a stopover in La Paz will probably be necessary.

The airport is located 25KM (20miles) from the city center and can be reached both by taxi or by collectivo (mini-bus). A taxi costs about 50/60B  – the collectivo is only 8B but requires a short walk from the airport (they depart at the corner of Avenida Gregorio Donoso and Calle Camargo.

Bus Terminal

The central bus terminal of Sucre is located 2KM from the city center and can be reached for 3-5B by taxi. The terminal services most destinations in Bolivia. Take into account that most roads going out of Sucre are unpaved (except the road going to Potosi and Uyuni, and the road going to the airport) which means bumpy rides – it might be worth paying a few extra bucks on a decent bus company to ensure the bus has good suspension. 

Getting Around

As sucre’s historical center is not too big – a lot of destinations can be visited by foot. Sucre is build up quite logical: the streets going from North to South are called ‘Avenidas’, the streets from East to West are ‘Calles’ which makes for easy navigation. If you do get lost- just ask a ‘zebra’ for directions. These are former homeless children that walk around in zebra-costumes and function as traffic agents. They are always happy and smiling. One of the best governments-projects I have ever heard of – and one that certainly cheered up the city!

zebra at a crossing
a zebra at a crossing in Sucre

If you are heading out to the smaller villages surrounding Sucre your best bet is either a Collectivo, which are incredibly cheap, or a taxi. Almost every car in Sucre offers taxi-services. Just haul a random car and if it stops discuss a set price up front. Never pay more than 5B for a short ride. 

 Budget

Sucre is cheap, probably one of the cheapest cities worth the visit in South America. A 1.5L bottle of water costs about 7 bolivianos (€0.80/$0.95), a lunch at a mid-range restaurant about 25 bolivianos (€2.80/$3.20) and dinner 40B (€4.80/$5.50). A large beer (bottle of 660ML) is 30B in a café (20B during happy hours) and a hostel can be found from 40B. 

– What to do –

Learning Spanish

The main reason people flock to Sucre is because it is the perfect place to learn or improve your Spanish. Bolivian Spanish is known for its slow pace and clear pronunciation which makes learning a hell of a lot easier. Lessons can be taken/booked at almost every hotel/hostel/tour agency and all offer extremely good value for money. Taking lessons in the morning/early afternoon and using the remainder of the day to explore the city and its surroundings is just the perfect intermezzo for any extended trip in South – America. Many people plan on visiting only a few days but end up staying a week or 2. 

Walking around the historical center

The heart of Sucre is the Plaza 25 de Mayo – a beautiful green park surrounded by old colonial buildings. From here you can just circle out and explore the historical center. A little North-West of the Plaza is the Mercado Central where they sell everything the area got to offer. Check out the Butchery area where they butcher whole sheeps and cows – buy a fresh fruit juice for only a few B and head up to the top levels of the building to have the best cheap eats the city has got on offer (delicious Pollo a la Brasa (fried chicken) for only 10B!). From the Central Market, you can head up further north to the Parque de Bolivar with its miniature Eiffel-tower and if you are up for it walk on to the Olympic Stadium. Do not try to complete the circle but just walk back the same way you came through the Parque as the Stadium is located in quite a dodgy area. From the Plaza 25 de Mayo Recoleta is a short 10-minute walk to the South-East and definitely worth taking the detour.

Recoleta

General Cemetary

family tomb general cemetary

The General Cemetary is located a little further away from the center – west of the Plaza 25 de Mayo. Walking there takes about 25 minutes (going up and down a few hills) but if you like being lazy during your holidays – a taxi is only 3B (after haggling it down). The General Cemetary is not your typical cemetery as the place is used as a park with people coming here to read and relax. Most former presidents of Bolivia are buried here in huge presidential tombs, which are quite the sight. Local youngsters offer guided tours for a few B.

If you walk all the way to the end of the burial place the sad reality of being at a cemetery will hit you in the face, as this is where the deceased children are buried. 

Dinosaur Park

As a child, I adored everything that had anything to do with dinosaurs so when I heard that Sucre has one of the largest collections of dinosaur footprints in the world I couldn’t be happier! The Parque Cretácico can be reached by bus  (line 4 from Arenales street at the corner of Junin street – 1 block from the Plaza) which only costs 0.5B (oneway). Do not take the dinosaur-bus from the plaza as it is ridiculously overpriced. The entrance fee to the park is 35B, including a guided tour to the cliff-base from where you can see hundreds of footprints going up the cliffs hundreds of meters high. The guided tours start at 10 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm – so make sure you arrive a little bit before that. 

The park showcases many dinosaur-skeletons, a few dozen life-size dinosaur replica’s and of course the footprints. Even if you are not that interested in dinosaurs – do not skip out on this one, as the collection really is impressive.

Activities & Surroundings

There are a lot of activities to do in and around Sucre and all at excellent value for money. Think ParaglidingHorseback-riding or visiting Tarabuco Market

– Eating & Sleeping Recommendations –

Eating

There are a few places I recommend trying out in Sucre for food. Abis Café (at the Plaza) is great for lunch and serves mean icecream as well. The best cheap eats can be found at the top level of the Mercado Centrál but on top of the list has got to be Pueblo Chico. A restaurant mostly visited by middle-upper class locals but which provides excellent value for money. Huge and delicious portions for about 70% of the price you would pay elsewhere (do not expect fancy food – just good meals for good prices). They also have an extensive cocktail list. At Pueblo Chico, we only paid 77B for a dinner for 2 including a large beer and a soda each (that’s €9/$10.50!).

Drinking

Sucre has a few bars/cafés that have a great ambiance and a better happy hour. Joyride Café has great 2-for-1 happy hours (sometimes they have dessert happy hour, meaning 2 desserts for the price of 1) and the cocktails and beers during happy hour at La Viega Bodega are the cheapest in town. The best parties are hosted in the Berlin Bar of the Kultur Berlin Hostel. Looking for a place to party with the locals? Ask around for a karaoke bar after 2 AM. Whatever you do – DO NOT request English language songs and start singing them enthusiastically. The local crowd will not appreciate this and show their disapproval by hauling bottles of beer to the stage. Yep, I learned that first hand.

Sleeping

I stayed at Kultur Berlin Hostel and wholeheartedly recommend it! You pay a little extra (55B a night) compared to other hostels but the vibes are great – the bar is excellent and the beds are comfortable. If you are looking for a social place and still get a good night of sleep – this is where you should go.

Morocco Itinerary: the best of Morocco in 1 week

Morocco is a huge country and both nature and culturewise incredibly diverse. Seeing it all in a week is simply not possible. But if that is all time you’ve got the following itinerary is a great way to make your first acquaintance with the most popular destination of North-Africa. You’ll see some of its greatest cities, best nature and of course get to venture out into the Sahara. All without being too much in a hurry. Sound great? Let’s go.

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Visiting Fez: the city of the thousand doors

 

Fez (Fés in Arabic), is the most traditional of the four big imperial cities of Morocco and walking (or sometimes crouching) in the old Medina will throw you back centuries in time. The most dazzling – and to some horrifying – aspect of Fez is beyond doubt the dark and dirty medina. Thousands of little alleys crawl all over each other filled with chaos, beggars and barters, donkeys and cats. Getting lost here is unavoidable. Fez will definitely shock you, but this is a shock you do not want to miss out on. 

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