Marko Bratkovič

Joined November 2016
  • Day21

    Bye Thailand

    January 2 in Thailand ⋅ 🌙 25 °C

    I've always admired Bagan and those 2000-something temples. So the choice this time was a no-brainer - Myanmar! I hadn't had much clue about it... but the country, the people, culture, the smiles and happiness you can feel everywhere... This is truly one of nicest countries I've been to! If only I had more time to check more outside of classic Yangon - Inle Lake - Bagan ❤️ - Mandalay route 🤔
    Backpacking always comes with meeting lots of awesome people, with whom I have shared lots of moments, debates, happy thoughts, karaoke (yes, did it ☑️), laughs and of course beers 🍻
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  • Day19

    Yes, still alive

    December 31, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ 🌧 31 °C

    Nothing much to update, just chilling, relaxing and partying at Haad Yuan :) It's New Year's night tonight so... food, drinks, amazing people and hours of dancing to great music ❤️

  • Day16

    Haad Yuan, my home away from home!

    December 28, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Woke up today at 6, packing and off to speed boat to Thong Sala. Thought Marie is going on same bay, but mixed Haad Tian with Haad Yao 😃 So, taxi, long-tail and... HERE I AM! So nice, hot, beach, sea, good food, chilled around during the day, some nap a now it's Guy's Bar time 🕺 See you on the other side 🙃Read more

  • Day15

    Aaaand back to Thailand

    December 27, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    Everything comes to an end and so did my stay in Myanmar. It's a transit day. Woke up, airport, flight to Suvarnabhumi (Bangkok). It was FULL of tourists, yelling, arguing,... so annoying. Yeah, welcome back to real life, Marko. But before going back, as usual, a short stop on Koh Phangan for some swimming. Because I was too late for a ferry I have spend a night on Samui. That's fine, met some cool German girl traveling to Phangan and went for dinner and chat, couple of beers,... Fun night. Off..to bed, have an 8am boat to catch. Sooo close :)Read more

  • Day14

    Last day in Mandalay and Myanmar :(

    December 26, 2018 in Myanmar ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Oh the hangover! Daaaamn! Roommates woke me up because I didn't hear my alarm clock. Bad :) So me and one roommate went to Mingun, one of old ancient towns around here with a huge temple, unfinished (because king died before) and cracked at recent earthquake. Quite ok, an hour ride with boat upstream. Nap time after that and sunset at famous U Bein teak bridge. Too many people so I left before actual sunset. An easy day. Chilling on rooftop now. It's my last day in Myanmar. Looking back and thinking what an amazing time I've had. But my closing thought is coming up 😊Read more

  • Day13

    Mandalay

    December 25, 2018 in Myanmar ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Instead of sleeping I just went straight to city. There is a big old palace in the middle of city, it's actually replica, but still fun to see. As a foreigner you can only see the palace. Next was Kuthodaw pagoda, so pretty with people taking photoshoots all over :) Continued to Mandalay Hill, a 30 minute walk up on stairs, lots of Buddha statues on the way. Had to pose for people like 15 times :) But they are so cute and what is my 15 seconds compared to make people smile 😊 Quite a view of the whole Mandalay from the top! Last stop was Mahamuni Paya with golden buddha statue where you can buy a golden leag and stick it on buddha. Didn't do that though.
    There was a Xmas party later at the hostel. I again met so many nice people, also brasilian guys from Bagan hostel. Then some girl, Lesley, heard I'm from Slovenia, she was there, so we talked and got invited to come along with her friend to - karaoke bar! SO MUCH FUN! We had our own room, 6 of us, singing like crazy to all kinds of songs. Got home at like 4am and had to navigate taxi driver how to get to the hostel. Classic 😊
    And Merry Christmas everyone!
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  • Day13

    Mandalay

    December 25, 2018 in Myanmar ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    I actually got some proper sleep on the train. It's slow, loud and it was cold! Of course I dont have any warm clothes with me except my hoodie, so I had to improvise how to cover with my microfiber towel and a shirt 😄 Woke up several times but at 6am, here I am! Mandalay! Still need to figure out what to do and see today. I have 2 days here before heading back to Thailand. I'll probably grab some food and... I dunno, wonder around I guess. This city is big! It all looks so close on the map but it's all so big!Read more

  • Day12

    Leaving Bagan to Mandalay

    December 24, 2018 in Myanmar ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Today was my last day in Bagan. Didn't do much but chill and hang with people, went to coffee shop with a cool Canadian girl Kayla (got info about where to find local coffee in Mandalay), went for Indian food with Ghali, did sunset yoga (my back says Thanks!), now I'm on a night train to Mandalay. Trips have many stops, but I don't think I've ever had such hard time leaving a hostel before. I'm a bit sad actually. I've met so many amazing people here, had such a great time, so many stories, laughs, ... And even if Christmas doesn't mean that much to me I was hard seeing all these beautiful people at Xmas dinner and I had to... leave 😞 It was amazing seeing Brad again, great guy UK who lives in Vietnam. I'd really love to spend another evening with them! I'll even miss the staff, so sweet! Writing this with heavy heart, I know next adventure awaits in Mandalay, but I past 4 days in Bagan, that's something I will never forget. I miss them all already!Read more

  • Day11

    Awesome Bagan

    December 23, 2018 in Myanmar ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    So last full day in Bagan. So nice and chilled. Me and Ghali (French living Maroccan friend) took an easy day. We've seen tons of pagodas already so next stop was museum. We were like rockstars! There were like 10 groups of people asking to take pictures with us. Plural - we had to pose with mom, ganma, aunts, sons and whonot! One group found us again and another photoshoot took place. Then a monk. Crazy. Nice museum though, lots of history, art, you name it. We found some local place for lunch - rice with coconut and chicken curry, really good food! Again just chilling and talking for hours. Next we had to do some Indiana Jones stuff again - a mission to find a secret temple that you can climb on - got the coordinates from a Dutch couple in Inle Lake. It's not easy to find, there are roads, paths, bushes, it took us a while but we found it! There is a lock but you just push and then some minor climbing to the top. What a view! We just sat there for 2 hours, talking, waiting for sunset. Another German family joined us later. We were all sitting in a ledge, silence, admiring amazing sunset with birds flying and singing around. Just beautiful and this was IT! THIS is what I came here for, THIS is what traveling is all about, this view, this spot, this moment! Planes, buses, scooters, just for this one moment that fills and recharges your heart and makes you alive! This is what it's all about ❤️
    Day ended in hostel with beer pong and lots of laughter with beautiful people!
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  • Day10

    Ballooning day!

    December 22, 2018 in Myanmar ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Balloon flights are popular in Bagan and for an obvious reason. It is not cheap though. They go for $350, I got it for $300. I wanted to skip this but... some British couple in Yangon's hostel was so amazed by it so I thought - I'm here, it's really an amazing place so why not? I had to wake up at 4:30, they picked me up and some other guests and went to this place where it all starts. This really is well organized stuff, run by British company, called Oriental Ballooning. You get coffee, meet the pilot, they tell you all there is to know, you see them test all the equipment so you have zero doubts about everything. There were 4 balloons from our company and 8 more from others, 12 people per balloon, that has 4 sections with 3 people in each. Then it starts - they fill the balloons with fans first, then the fire starts. These things are HUGE! Our pilot was this lovely Swiss girl, who flies all around the world, very informative, fun. Next thing you know - you are airborne! I won't even write, pictures should say enough. Let me just say this is on of greatest things I've done on trips. And it's worth every cent!Read more

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