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Bangkok has – what I guess we’d call – a reputation.

Mention the city to almost anyone and images of saucy Khao San road and The Hangover 2-esque ‘big nights out’ come to mind.

While this experience of the sprawling city is perpetuated by the young and reckless tourists who flock there from all corners of the globe, I was happy to find that there’s actually SO much more to it.

During a far-too-short visit with my cousin, Nikola – who’s been living there for just more than a year now – I caught some serious feelings for Bangkok.

Getting to see the city from her and bestie, Kelly’s more settled perspective was really special, serving up all sorts of surprises I would have missed out on entirely, had I been left to my own devices.

One of the most exciting things I found during my four days in Bangkok was evidence of a vibrant creative community, using its diverse talents to add value and breathe new life into this ancient city.

As with Taipei, my time there was jam-packed with all sorts of experiences, so I’ve decided to focus on a few of our off-beat adventures in this post and then a few more tourist-y things (that everyone should do when they go) in the next one.

So, here are five Bangkok favourites to start off with:

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If you’ve spent any time on the internet at all over the past few years, you’re probably quite familiar with those motivational travel quotes sprawled across majestic landscapes.

“Not all those who wander are lost.” – JRR Tolkien

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

Well, this post is not like that.

My aim is not to motivate anyone to travel, to ‘find themselves’ or to see the world. Some of us have that desire and will act upon it in one way or another. Others don’t, and will live perfectly fulfilled lives without ever setting foot outside of their home town. It’s really none of anyone else’s business.

Instead, this post is just a collection of things I found useful, clever, heart-warming and enriching in the various elsewheres I’ve found myself recently.

So, here you go:

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Cape Point

After recently being asked to come up with a three-day Cape Town itinerary for tourists, I found myself reminded of just how much there really is to do in this city.

Basing my itinerary on the type of experiences that would appeal to an active and fun-loving millenial traveller on a first-time visit to Cape Town, I decided to package each of the three days according to an overarching theme.

So, here goes:

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This has been a pretty good year for road tripping – first, exploring the West Coast with Guillaume in June, then going to Addo with Mom in August and now, in just 3 sleeps’ time, I’ll be heading off on an epic adventure up north with Open Africa.

Forming part of the #WeOpenAfrica campaign, this 5-day trip will take us from Johannesburg to Limpopo and back again, with some magical stops along the way.

While the whole itinerary has me doing little happy dances, there are five things I’m especially excited about:

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For the longest time now, I’ve wanted to visit Chart Farm in Wynberg to wander among the roses and – best of all – pick a selection of my own to take back home.

But, on one condition: that my mom could come along, as her love for these fragrant blooms runs deep and connects with a tender nostalgia for the birthdays of her childhood in Piet Retief. Born on the 16th of November, my mom’s celebration of life falls slap-bang in the middle of peak rose season, which also happens to be most spectacular in the highveld areas of our country.

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Last Sunday, Guillaume had some time off work for the first time in ages, so we decided to take a casual drive up the R27 and check out the flowers in the West Coast National Park.

Well, let me tell you, a Sunday in September on the West Coast is CHAOS. We arrived at the park’s gate somewhere around 10am, only to find at least 30 cars already queuing to get in (by the time we left a couple of hours later, a new line extended about 200m down the highway). Luckily the wait wasn’t too long, but naturally, we found ourselves constantly stuck in some sort of traffic.

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