All posts by Dragan Tapshanov

The 5 most visited “Ghost Towns” in the world – #1 will give you chills

From many reasons, over time, some cities have totally died. Some because of the wars, some because of natural disasters, third because of human mistakes. However, their residues remain to testify for their life and history, but we can agree, they act very creepy. Continue reading The 5 most visited “Ghost Towns” in the world – #1 will give you chills

Amateur Travel videos from adventures in Nepal

If you are reading my blog (and you are probably not, because i use it as my diary and note book) you know that i am planing a Nepal adventure and i am lost in research, so i decided to collect all the best amateur videos made by travelers from their Nepal adventure.
I think that this list will be useful for me, and for other adventurers who are planing a trip to Nepal.
I use this videos to find an inspiration for where to go, what to visit, to collect info about transportation, accommodation, tickets, security, gear, etc.

These are the videos that are helping me in organizing my trip.

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Sometimes a dare to call myself a Philosopher

“Making the souls of the people pose for you in one special moment far away from your comfort zone in the other side of the world, creating a story in few seconds from the beginning to the end, sharing the same emotion with people that are not related to you in anyway when looking the photograph, that is a successful travel photograph if you are asking me. Travel photograph is not a selfie where your are holding a domestic beer. The power of a travel portrait comes from the eyes of the strangers, when they look in you they see also a stranger, they are insecure and excited same as you, those emotions are making the portraits so powerful and different than the ordinary, set up portraits.”

Dragan Tapshanov

The story about a Monk

Orm is a monk that lives in the not so much famous Wat Srisoonthorn, north from Phuket town. He doesn’t speak English and doesn’t wear the traditional orange robe, but he is one happy person who just want to sit among people. He has a dark past that is still haunting him and because of that he has some minor mental disabilities.

Orm the monk

When i arrived at the Wat(temple) there was nobody around, only sleepy dogs who were too lazy even to bark for welcome. But suddenly a happy face jumped, walked towards me and started talking on Thai language. I didn’t understand a word he was saying but he just knew what i wanted to see.

He took me to the temple where the Buddha is waiting his followers, surrounded by oil paintings on the walls with motives from the Buddhist stories. Peaceful Wat where u can meditate and relax.

Orm took me to one board that was placed near the statue so i can read on English the meaning of the paintings. All the time he was looking at my cameras, i guessed he wanted to pose because the tourists only take photos of the monks wearing the orange robe, and he doesn’t have one because of his criminal past. The story of his life was told to me by one other monk that i found just outside of the temple.

After i finished taking photos of Orm he took me to the top of the Wat where reclining Buddha is placed, the statue is huge and you can even enter in it. They say that this temple is not visited as the other ones because it cannot be found in many of the guides used by travelers and there aren’t many reviews on the social networks. Anyway, if you are a passionate temple hunter as i am, this is a place to visit! Admission free and you can take photos inside of the temple. Ask for Orm if you want special tour.


Good day beer lovers!

As big beer addict, i can’t imagine an adventure in some foreign country without trying their domestic beer. I am always combining their traditional beers with their domestic snacks, like for example in Cambodia i am drinking #Angkor and eating baby snakes or fried locusts, in Thailand i am drinking #Singha with fried scorpions, and so on and on.

I decided to create a list of all the beers in the Indochina peninsula in South Asia, divided by the countries from where they are coming from, ranked by my taste, and my taste is not approved by many, so that means that my no.1’s are not always the best.


Get to know Ouranoupoli, Mount Athos – Greece

Ouranoupoli is the last frontier before entering Mount Athos, the Holly mountain if you ask the Greeks
Small city that is offering relaxation and peaceful holiday, which is rare in the Chalkidiki peninsula. 
The city is not a popular one among the young tourists because of its quiet nights, but this doesn’t meat that there aren’t any, there are many young travelers staying here for exploring the holly mountain.

Tourist traps in Greece for which you should be aware of!

Years i’ve be staying in Greece for the summer and every time is the same story. They are doing the same scams to tourists every year, and every year they make bunch of money of tourists that do not know what to expect from the locals.

The scams and traps are not just on the streets and the bazaars, they are also in the taverns and cafes. Continue reading Tourist traps in Greece for which you should be aware of!