The desert or a cherry on top of my travel cake is Penang – the island on West coast of Malaysia. I reach it after one day of hitch-hiking – it is slightly more difficult to practice it here as people really don’t understand what you mean; some others, though, are quite touching with their reactions: one Pakistani guy wanted to hand me money or even host me as he was convinced I would never reach my destination; I eventually got a great 7-hour ride with ultra-nice couple from Georgetown.

And this dessert is delicious indeed, multi-flavoured as Penang’s culture, history, architecture and cuisine. This island is no exception for the whole Malaysia either – the whole country is a mixture of cultures: Chinese, Indian and Malay. Ever since the country gained independence in 1963, efforts have been constantly made to create a harmonious and tolerant society, with much success. Only sometimes you can feel the…

One of the three famous islands in Gulf of Thailand (two others are Koh Samui and Koh Phangan), in theory it is the one that is the least damaged by tourism. At least this is what I was hoping for when boarding the ferry to Chumphon (a small but very comfortable ferry with air conditioning; the return trip will not be so comfortable anymore – I get on board of what could be described as chickenboat – 150 people stuffed on narrow mattresses, toilet with no water, windows that won’t shut…).When I get there I discover that Koh Tao is full of Europeans who came here to admire underwater views (the island is famous for its transparent waters and rich sea fauna) and taste the evening alcohol.However, if you leave the partying whiteys and hotels invading the land more and more out of the frame, you can still be amazed by the island. Numerous beaches of all kinds (sandy, stony),…