Marieke Willems

Marieke Willems

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7x the best things to do in Pai


The village of Pai is high in the mountains and surroundings are breathtakingly beautiful. The landscape is dominated by green rice fields and impressive mountains. Pai is located about 130 kilometers from Chiang Mai and the route to this village counts 762 square bends. Just the route to Pai is a special experience. The atmosphere in Pai is very relaxed and the center consists of a few streets full of cozy restaurants, small cafes, hip coffee bars, scooter rental companies, massage parlors and excursion desks. There are so many things to do in Pai! It is absolutely true what everyone says about Pai: you fall in love with it!

What are the 7 best things to do in Pai?

Culture & NatureTravel

Everything you need to know for a visit to Qom, Iran


The city of Qom is the religious heart of Iran and is a true place of pilgrimage. I have been fascinated by the city of Qom for many years. Because this is the city which was called home by ayatollah Khomeini for years. I’ve read several books on Iran and Qom always plays a part in them.  The holy city of Iran is full of mullahs and Koran schools. Trying to imagine how the city looks like never really worked out and I decided to have a look at it in real life. Definitely worthwhile to visit Qom in Iran!

Read everything you need to know for a visit to this holy city Qom in Iran.

Hidden GemsReizen

A must visit Cambodia: Landmine Museum in Siem Reap

landmijnen museum

The Cambodia landmine museum in Siem Reap is definitely recommended and left a very deep impression on me. In order to understand the story behind the landmine museum in Siem Reap, it’s important to know a little of the volatile history. Pol Pot’s reign (1975 – 1978) led to forced labor, malnourishment, bad medical care and executions. About 21% of the Cambodian population died (in total approximately 3 million people).

Landmines cause new victims every day in Cambodia, about 800 per every year.

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A bizarre temple: Karni Mata’s Rat temple in India

rattentempel India

Before I decided to go to India, I’d been warned by people in my surroundings. You hate it or you love it. In my case the verdict is: I love it! Lots of tourists have a list with things like a visit to New Delhi, the Taj Mahal, the beaches of Goa or Mumbai on it, but on the top of my list was a visit to a rat temple in India.

Years ago, I’ve watched a documentary about a strange rat temple in India and decided that I had to see it with my own eyes.

TravelUnique Experiences

Why the Pushkar Camel Fair should be on your bucket list


The Pushkar Camel Fair in India is an experience that hits all of your senses full on. The amount of colors, smells and sounds is overwhelming. A unique festival that can not be experienced anywhere else in the world! During the year, the village of Pushkar is an idyllic and quiet town, with a beautiful lake and some interesting temples. But during the seven days of this festival it really flourishes and almost bursts from the amount of people visiting. I’ve been there and would like to recommend anyone to visit this festival as well.

5 reasons why you have to put the Pushkar Camel Fair on your bucket list!