Satu Susanna Rommi

Satu Susanna Rommi is a freelance journalist and travel writer with a passion for Asia. Born in Finland, she has lived in four countries including three years in India. She writes about travel in two languages (English and Finnish), and she has published two award-winning travel books in Finland. She continues to spend several months every year in Asia.

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Learning about Scotland’s History in the Edinburgh Castle

The Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

It started raining as soon as I entered the Edinburgh Castle, even though the sky had looked bright when I climbed up the hill. Tip for visitors: Bring an umbrella, the weather changes quickly in Scotland. The Edinburgh Castle has stood on a … [Read more...]

Exploring the Angkor Archaeological Park in Cambodia by Bicycle

Tree roots grow over a temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia

I'm covered in sweat. Sweat is pouring down my back under my t-shirt, and my hair is soaked. I don't mind the sweat, because I'm looking at my favorite temple in the Angkor Archaeological Park so far: Ta Phrom. Unfortunately there are about a million … [Read more...]

Shopping at the Sunday Market in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Shoppers at the Sunday Market in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Paper umbrellas, lanterns, cotton scarves, silk pillow covers, table mats, handbags, slippers, Thai spices, herbal remedies, handmade soaps, natural cosmetics, jewelry, Buddha statues, elephant statues, toys, silk ties, clothes, incense holders and … [Read more...]

Visiting the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Barbwire outside the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh

Security rule no. 6: "When getting lashes or electrification you must not cry at all." A board on the courtyard lists 10 rules for the S-21. The facility, in Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh, was once a school. Between 1975 and 1979 it became the … [Read more...]

Learning about Cambodia’s History at the Choeung Ek Memorial (Killing Fields)

A mass grave in the Killing Fields, Cambodia

I hold it together until I see the Killing Tree, but then it's impossible to stop the tears. The Killing Tree, as the sign next to it explains, is "the tree against which executioners beat children". Previous visitors have attached colorful … [Read more...]

Motorbiking in Sardinia, Italy

Two motorbikes in Sardinia

"Sardinia," explains my motorbike-obsessed friend, "is a motorbiking heaven". Here's why: there is little traffic. The roads have lots of curves. There are amazing coastal roads (with lots of curves) and amazing mountain roads (with lots of … [Read more...]

Exploring the Historic City of Ayutthaya, Thailand, by Bicycle

Wat Mahathat, Ayutthaya, Thailand

As I park my bicycle next to a 7/11 and a collection of souvenir shops, I realize Ayutthaya is not going to be the step back in time I hoped it would be. It feels more like a history theme park. Before I came to Ayutthaya – the old capital of … [Read more...]

Kayaking Down the Ardèche River in France

Kayaking down the Ardèche River in France

Bonne descente! shouted a man after me and my boyfriend to wish us a good trip down the river. We carried our kayak towards the freezing water in the Ardèche River through a grey and chilled September morning and set out on our second day of … [Read more...]

Admiring Thailand’s Largest Reclining Buddha in Wat Pho, Bangkok

Wat Pho Buddhas, Thailand

My first thoughts, when I enter Wat Pho in Bangkok, are extremely non-spiritual. There are too many people. They all stand in my way. Despite big signs that ask visitors to "dress respectfully", many Western women have decided to turn up at a … [Read more...]

Road-Tripping to Remote and Quiet Pangong Lake, Ladakh, India

Pangong Lake, Ladakh, India

I'm feeling quite intrepid. I am sitting on the back of my boyfriend's Royal Enfield motorbike and we have just crossed the third highest motorable mountain pass in the world, Chang La in India's Ladakh. We are heading towards Pangong Tso, a salt … [Read more...]