Category: Travel reports

Swedish Visa application center opened in Yangon

The Embassy of Sweden Bangkok has announced the opening of their Visa Application Centre operated by VFS Global Myanmar Ltd. in Yangon. On July 2, the Embassy’s Migration Liaison Officer, Mr Magnus Petrone, was in Yangon to open the Swedish Visa Application Center operated by VFS Global. The center is now up and running. If…

Worldwide connections in a second

In her New Year’s Eve speech, The Danish Queen Margrethe II encouraged everyone to do something unnecessary. Something to keep us curious about the world. Something to make us snap out of our everyday routines. Walking around Singapore’s landmark “The Merlion,” I was stopped by a couple of friends, who were doing a surprise birthday…

Hotelier Michael Gaarde-Nielsen showcases “new” Karon beach, Phuket

Hotel Manager Michael Gaarde-Nielsen is in a prime position to give the best possible update from Karon Beach on Phuket, a beach previously very much dominated by tourists from the Nordic countries. Nowadays, this is a much more international destination in terms of its visitors – just like the rest of the island. And it…

Travel while working: Life of digital nomads

The Danish couple Nicolaj Jensen and Malene Vinter are on the run. Not from war or persecution, but from the trivialities and stagnation of the everyday life. They are digital nomads; an increasingly popular phenomenon where people travel the world while working. “We love staying on a small island. You can do meetings with customers in…

Unimaginable, new reality: clean, vendor-free Phuket beaches

[wzslider] A reliable “witness” the Danish Hotel Manager, Michael Gaarde-Nielsen at Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket on Karon beach, had already informed ScandAsia earlier in the year that all of the tourist island’s beaches, including Karon, were completely cleared from sunbeds, umbrellas and vendors. This just had to be witnessed; something that had seemed up…

The first kilometer is the hardest

Joakim Ekendahl and Wej Supaporn recently completed a fulfilling journey from Sweden to Thailand on bicycle. Over mountain tops, through deserts and snow, more than fifteen thousand kilometers in the saddle.   The idea of cycling through numerous countries, while experiencing distinct and different cultures as bicycle globetrotters, would perhaps be thrilling to many. But…