Countries visited

This the list of countries I have traveled or just visited. I have one ïmpression and one recommendation for each country.

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Countries travelled

I visited at least 2 places in that country and stayed overnight at least once.


Thailand

One ïmpression:
I was impressed by the culture of food. Food is so much important part of life, so you can get it everywhere, it is very good, tasty and cheap. I could not save money by cooking myself because the street food was cheaper.

One photo:

Thai McDonalds

Places visited:
Cities:
 Bangkok, Roi Et, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Buriram.
Other places: Nam Nao and Doi-Suthep national parks.
Objects: Temples everywhere.
One recommendation: The White Temple.

One article: 10 most amazing moments in Thailand

nicest countries visitedOne of the countries with nicest people.

culture countries visited

One of the countries with the most amazing culture.

 


Japan

One ïmpression:
The most impressive thing is the transportation system. Subway and trains are so much integrated, that you don’t need to wander around the city searching where is the station – everything is in one place! You just go inside the system in some suburb of Tokyo and go outside at the foot of a mountain.

Places visited:
Cities:
Tokyo, Kyoto, Yokohama, Kamakura, Fujiyoshida.
Other places: Mt. Fuji, Mt. Takao, Yatsugatake.
Objects: Kinkaku temple, Kawaguchi lake, the big Buddha of Kamakura.
One recommendation: Mt. Takao.

nicest countries visitedOne of the countries with nicest people.

culture countries visited

One of the countries with the most amazing culture.

 


Iceland

One ïmpression:
Nature in this country is super amazing. Volcanoes, glaciers, fjords, black beaches, snow and only 5 hours of sunshine. I was astonished by the views. Everywhere!

One photo:

White everywhere

Places visited:
Cities:
Reykjavík, Ísafjörður, Akureyri.
Other places: Hrísey island, Eyjafjallajökull.
Objects: Hallgrím church, Skógafoss waterfall, The Fountain of Energy in Hrísey.
One recommendation: Go in winter.

One article: Top 10 photos from Iceland

nature countries visitedOne of the countries with the most beautiful nature.

introvert countries visitedOne of the countries most suitable for introverts.

architecture countries visitedOne of the countries with the most amazing architecture.

 


Estonia

One ïmpression:
The Saaremaa and Hiiumaa islands are so peaceful. There are places like the one in the photo below. My bicycle lock was broken, but I did not bother about it, I left my bicycle unattended near shops or supermarkets without worry. Probably the most peaceful trip in my life.

One photo:

introverted way

Places visited:
Cities:
Tallinn, Tartu, Pärnu, Kärdla, Kurresaare.
Other places: Saaremaa island, Hiiumaa island.
Objects: Kaali meteoriit kraater, Panga cliffs, Struve geodetic point in Tartu.
One recommendation: Sääretirp peninsula (see the photo).

One article: What is the ultimate answer?

introvert countries visitedOne of the countries most suitable for introverts.

 


Cambodia

One ïmpression:
The sights of poverty stroke me from the first steps in this country. But the most interesting thing is how much creative people get because of it. The motorcycle is actually a powerful means of transport. You can carry many things on it: 5 passengers, 2 living pigs, a bunch of piglets, enormous baskets with whatever is inside them and still be able to offer me a ride.

One photo:

School in Cambodia

Places visited:
Cities:
 Phnom Penh, Saen Monourom, Kampong Cham, Siem Reap, Kampong Kdei.
Objects: Angkor Wat, Genocide museum, Bamboo bridge in Kampong Cham.
One recommendation: Saen Monourom.

One article: Lessons from the Cambodian challenge

architecture countries visitedOne of the countries with the most amazing architecture.

 


Bulgaria

One ïmpression:
The most amazing trains. Not because they are of good condition, but because they are of bad condition. They are slow, inconvenient (you need to transfer the train occasionally!), rusty, noisy. So much fun!

One photo:

Steampunk Don Quixote

Places visited:
Cities:
 Sofia, Gabrovo, Plovdiv, Veliko Tarnovo.
Other places: Rodopi mountains.
Objects: Humour museum in Gabrovo, Mt. Vitosha, The Eye of the Eagle (Orlovo Oko).
One recommendation: Veliko Tarnovo

One article: One inspiration from Gabrovo


Hong Kong

One ïmpression:
This country has such a beautiful countryside! I have never imagined that inhabitants of this city have so many great places to retreat from the busy business center. But those places of retreat are packed with retreaters, I have never seen so many tents in the beach before.

One photo:

Hong Kong

Places visited:
Places: Hong Kong island, Kowloon, The New Territories, Lantau.
Objects: Big Buddha, ropeway, Avenue of Stars.
One recommendation: Beach somewhere far away in The New Territories.

script countries visited

One of the countries with the most beautiful script (shared with Taiwan).

 


Mongolia

One ïmpression:
It is so empty. Emptier than Iceland. And people in this vast emptiness live in yurts (gers). And in those yurts, they still have TV and phones. You cannot escape civilization that easily!

One photo:

Basketball in Mongolia

Places visited:
Cities:
 Ulaan Baatar, Sainshand, Darkhan, Erdenesant, Kharkhorin.
Other places: Hudon, Gobi, Terelj national park.
Objects: Amarbayasgalant monastery, Hamriin monastery.
One recommendation: Yurt in Hudon.

introvert countries visitedOne of the countries most suitable for introverts.

culture countries visited

One of the countries with the most amazing culture.

outdoor countries visited

One of the most outdoor friendly countries.

 


Malaysia

One ïmpression:
The most culturally diverse country I ever visited. Here you can see Muslim girls with hijabs and all the body covered besides Chinese girls with miniskirts and very open dresses. But it is not only about nationalities. Here you can see bustling megapolis, concrete jungle of Kuala Lumpur, and in the other part of the country – amazing green jungle with indigenous black people.

Places visited:
Cities:
 Kuala Lumpur, Jerantut.
Other places: Taman Negara national park.
Objects: Petronas towers, Museum of Islam.
One recommendation: Petronas towers.

nature countries visitedOne of the countries with the most beautiful nature.

 


Georgia

One ïmpression:
People of Georgia are so much proud about their country. Of course, their country is amazing, but the pride is even more amazing.

One photo:

Views of Georgia

Places visited:
Cities:
 Tbilisi, Batumi, Mestia, Kutaisi.
Other places: Mountains in Migaria and Tsipuria.
One recommendation: Drink local lemonade.

One article: One inspiration from Georgia


Taiwan

One ïmpression:
In any other place, I have never seen such friendly people as in Taiwan. They are willing to help you and to talk to you in every place, even if they speak only Chinese. They will care you like you are their best friend. Sometimes I feel even uncomfortable with that: “Oh, please, it’s too much!”

One photo:

Broken temple

Places visited:
Cities:
 Taipei, Tainan, Guangziling.
Other places: Taroko gorge, Sun Moon Lake, Taipingshan national park.
Objects: Taipei 101, a broken temple in Jiji (see the photo), Tree house in Tainan.
One recommendation: forests in Taipingshan.

One article: When dreams come true

nicest countries visitedOne of the countries with nicest people.

outdoor countries visited

One of the most outdoor friendly countries.

script countries visited

One of the countries with the most beautiful script (shared with Hong Kong).

 


Russia

One ïmpression:
No matter that the government in Kremlin seems quite an aggressive, people in other parts of Russia are friendly, helpful and open-hearted.

One photo:

Simple transport

Places visited:
Cities:
 Moscow, Kaliningrad, Ulan-Ude, Zaigrayevo, Ilka.
Other places: Buryat Autonomous Republic.
One recommendation: St. Petersburg (I have never been there, but I want to go).

One article: One inspiration from countryside


Laos

One ïmpression:
At first Laos seems like a little brother of Thailand. It really is, but still this country is unique. Roads are very very bad – narrow mountain roads swinging and making passengers sick. Nature is very very beautiful. The capital city is very very calm. This country has some special feeling.

One photo:

Laos

Places visited:
Cities:
 Vientiane, Vang Vieng, Luang Prabang.
Objects: Patuxai gate, Pha That Luang, Caves.
One recommendation: Caves.

nature countries visitedOne of the countries with the most beautiful nature.

 


Ukraine

One ïmpression:
For a long time, Ukraine seemed as just another Russia for me, but when I visited this country I understood that this is not the case. They are different, have different language and different history. But the greatest impression was the vast never-ending fields of sunflowers reaching the horizon.

Places visited:
Cities:
 Kyiv, Sevastopol, Simferopol, Lviv, Odessa.
Other places: Mt. Goverla, Karabi Jaila plateau, Mlynki caves.
Objects: Caves, Chufut-Kale fortress.
One recommendation: I’d say Crimea, because at the time I visited it, it was part of Ukraine.


Latvia

One ïmpression:
Latvia seems as a tiny country with tiny castles, that could be found scattered in many places. What a medieval feeling!

One photo:

Zayts in Riga

Places visited:
Cities:
Rīga, Jūrmala, Jelgava, Jēkabpils.
Other places: Beach.
Objects: St. Peters church in Rīga.
One recommendation: St. Peters church (see the photo).


Vietnam

One ïmpression:
People in Vietnam like talking to foreigners so much, that they can approach you just walking in the street or sitting in the park. In any other country, I haven’t met so many people willing to meet me on Couchsurfing as in Vietnam.

One photo:

Bicycle in Vietnam

Places visited:
Cities:
Hồ Chí Minh City, Đà Nẵng, Đà Lạt, Cần Thơ, Hội An.
Other places: Cát Tiên national park, Mekong delta, Sơn Trà peninsula in Đà Nẵng.
Objects: War museum, Lang Biang mountain, Marble mountains.
One recommendation: taking an intercity minibus.

script countries visited

One of the countries with the most beautiful script.

 


Lithuania

One ïmpression:
In any other part of the world I haven’t seen so well maintained forests. It is so comfortable to live there. I mean in the forest.

One photo:

Love Lithuania

Places visited:
Cities:
 Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Šiauliai, Nida.
Other: Curonian spit and everywhere else.
Objects: Dead Dunes in Curonian Spit, Trakai castle, television tower.
One recommendation: The old town of Vilnius.

architecture countries visitedOne of the countries with the most amazing architecture.

outdoor countries visited

One of the most outdoor friendly countries.

 


Countries visited

I visited only 1 place in that country or visited more, but did not stay overnight.


Belarus

One ïmpression:
It may seem like a step back to the soviet era. The names of subway stations are impressive: “October”, “Tractor factory”, “1st of May”, “Lenin’s square”.

One photo:

Skaryna in Minsk

Place visited: Minsk.
Objects: Subway, National Library.
One recommendation: Cheapest subway in the world.


Turkey

One ïmpression:
Istanbul is probably the most beautiful city in the world I ever visited. Not only the mosques are fascinating, but also the streets, the buildings, the markets and the busy Istiklal avenue. However I got tired from this city quite quickly, it is so active and noisy!

Place visited: İstanbul.
Objects: Mosques, City Walls, İstiklal Avenue.
One recommendation: Just go there.

One article: My failed photo

special countires visited

Special award for Istanbul.

 


Finland

One ïmpression:
Finnair, the Finnish airways call themselves the shortcut between Europe and Asia, so it should not be surprising to see lots of Japanese, Chinese and other Asian tourists flooding the city, as well as signs with Chinese characters in main tourist spots. But it is surprising.

Place visited: Helsinki.
Objects: Suomenlinna castle, Korkesaari island.
One recommendation: Both mentioned objects are good. Maybe Suomenlinna is more entertaining.


Sweden

One ïmpression:
Stockholm seemed like a modern but not too busy and too active city. Even this busyness of a capital city is happening in a slow paced northern way.

One photo:

tiny street in Stockholm

Place visited: Stockholm.
One recommendation: Try to find this tiny street from the photo ;)


Slovakia

One ïmpression:
No impression of the country itself or it’s people, because all the time I spent somewhere in the mountains. The mountains were amazing!

One photo: (find the hotel if you can)

Hotel in Slovakia

Place visited: High Tatras.
One recommendation: Chata pri Zelenom Plese.


Poland

One ïmpression:
Quite a strange thing to be impressed, but I saw a lot of homeless people sleeping in different places around the city. I myself slept on a bench near the bus station, and got up very early, so I had a chance to see them. At day time, they just wake up and go wherever they go.

One photo:

Tree in Warsaw

Places visited: Warsaw, Lublin.
Objects: Union of Lublin.
One recommendation: Lublin is better than Warsaw.


Norway

One ïmpression:
There are so many black Muslim people there in Oslo! Crazy! Seems like Africa! They have a huge market just near the train station. You can see Norwegian men with tall black girlfriends in the city. That is what happens when your standard of living is too high.

Place visited: Oslo.
One recommendation: Go to fjords, don’t go to Oslo.


Technical stops

I did not really pass the immigration there, but still spent some time.


Singapore

Place visited: Changi airport


Myanmar

Place visited: Tachileik market

script countries visited

One of the countries with the most beautiful script.

 


Serbia

Place visited: Nicola Tesla airport


Kyrgyzstan

Place visited: Manas airport


That’s all for now…