During February 2018 we traveled around all of Southeast Asia. While in Thailand one of our favourite stops was the Phi Phi Islands. Included in the Phi Phi Islands is Maya Bay, one of the most famous beaches in the world. Maya Beach has been featured in movies such as "The Beach" and "James Bond" and is extremely picturesque. We were lucky enough to score a spot on the Maya Bay Sleep Aboard trip. While all tourists are required by law to leave the bay for the night, this company has the rights to stay over night and sleep on the boat! Our trip included a tour to Maya bay with snorkeling, kayaking, beach time, campfires, night time snorkeling with glow in the dark plankton and sleeping on top of the boat in Maya Bay! This was easily one of our most memorable experiences during our travels and we highly recommend this to anyone planning on visiting the Phi Phi Islands! Just make sure you book far in advance as it usually books up! For more information on booking your spot go to www.mayabaytours.com/maya-bay-sleepaboard

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Song #1: Nora Van Elken - Find You (Adon Remix)

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While travelling in Guilin, China, we made a short trip north to visit the Longsheng Rice Terraces (Dragon's Back Bone). These rice terraces are also known to some people as the Longji Rice Terraces. These are arguably some of the nicest rice terraces in all of China. Most of the fields were constructed over 650 years ago. They are built along the slope winding from the riverside up to the mountain tops. The locals named it "Dragon's Backbone" due to the field's resemblance to dragon's scales. Our trip to the terraces didn't go exactly as planned. We had left early in the morning to see them for the day, but due to some unexpected slow downs with public transportation we ended up getting there in the late evening. Making a quick decision, we decided to find an Air BnB and stay the night.....with nothing but the clothes (and drone) on our back. The little village of Dazhai is embedded in to the top of the terrace and filled with many locals running their street shops year round. A gondola can take you to the top, but shuts down every night around 6pm, leaving only the locals and the few tourists who stay the night. The traditional woman of the village all have long black hair that usually touches the ground. They are only able to cut their hair once in their life at the age of 16, symbolizing the fact she is an adult. The next morning we woke up to see the sunrise, grab some tea and head down into the fields. Although there are walkways down in to the terraces (which we were told we could walk through), many tourists do not do this which is why you can see we were the only people in the rice terraces. The terraces are truly amazing and worth experiencing with your own eyes. If you ever find yourself in China, put this place on your list!

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Song #1: Gryffin, Slander - All You Need To Know (Audio) ft. Calle Lehmann

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Guilin is easily one of the most beautiful areas of China. The Li River that runs through the region is lined with stunning Karst Mountains as far as the eye can see. These mountains are what you will find on the Chinese 20rmb bank note. During our Chinese Golden Week holiday we traveled down South to experience this magical land we had heard about and it did not disappoint. We took the typical touristy Li River cruise but got off half way down the river in the small town of Xing Ping. In addition to being located in the middle of some amazing hiking trails, the city is most known for their Cormorant Fishers. Cormorant fishing is a traditional fishing method in which fishermen use trained cormorant birds to fish in rivers. This method of fishing is a dying art and Xing Ping is still home to some of the few fishers that practice these methods. We were lucky enough to hear of a "secret" hike from our hostel host. We had to take our scooter on a boat across the river and find our way to the starting point based on his directions and a few landmarks he had given us. Finally after an hour of searching we stumbled upon what we believed was the trail head at the back of a farmers field. This hike is one of our favourites we have ever done. It felt so private and removed from the hustle and bustle of China with views that we couldn't even imagine. If you come to China, you need to visit Guilin! Enjoy!

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Song #1: Sam Feldt - Start Again

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