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…

Having left Lopburi, I reach Chiang Mai after 17 hours train ride (13 hours travel; 2 hours waiting in the station; 2 hours delay on the way, including switching the trains in the middle of the jungle due to engine breakdown). Luckily the train was half empty and I could sleep quite comfortably.

Chiang Mai (“New City”) was officially founded in 1296 by king Mengrai, though before there already existed a town called Wiang Nopburi. Chiang Mai replaced Chiang Rai as Lanna kingdom capital. The city is located amidst picturesque mountains that make the biggest highlight for travellers (plus the all-night party centre and over 300 temples to see). Chiang Mai can really be addictive – you can ask those many individuals who only stopped here for a couple of days and have been living here for years already.

Do Chiang Mai docieram z Lopburi po ok,…