Chan and the World

Japan from top to bottom

Japan from top to bottom

Japan 2016 When I was a child I asked a question to my mother where in the world sun first rises. My mother told me it was Japan. I said to myself I will go visit the land of rising sun at some point in my life. It was that and the longing to see the Cherry blossoms (Sakura) in the spring time that inspired me to embark on a journey to Japan in late March. Based on the advice I got from my fellow backpacker I purchased a 14 day JR Pass before my arrival in Japan. I knew…

Upcoming Japan Trip and Itinerary

Upcoming Japan Trip and Itinerary

Here is a rough itinerary of the places I plan to visit during my time in Japan. Tokyo – 5 days Kyoto – 5 days Osaka – 2 days Nara, Kobe – 1 day Hiroshima – 2 days Nagasaki – 2 days Kagoshima – 2 days Nagoya – 1 day Also got my 2 week JR Train pass that will provide me unlimited travel on bullet trains across Japan. Here is a map of the JR Rail network coverage! .

Bariloche, Argentina – Blast from the past

Bariloche, Argentina – Blast from the past

Bariloche also known as the Swiss alps of Argentina is situated in the foothills of Andes mountains. It is a popular base for hiking and skiing and exploring the towns around the lake Nahuel Huapi. The town itself is picturesque with Rumors has it that Bariloche attracted quite a number of former Nazi members including Adolf Hitler himself after the end of World War 2 . But the bit about Hitler living there was not completely true. Besides the two main attraction points of Bariloche – skiing and houses of fugitive Nazi’s there is also a thriving Chocolate industry in…

Repost: Why the best time to travel is NOW

Repost: Why the best time to travel is NOW

We hear it every year, that now is the best time to travel. And it’s quite often true. Resources to find affordable (and even free) travel options exist these days in droves. The west is benefiting from a strong currency, oil prices are cheap, and with increasing uncertainty in some Middle Eastern and South Asian countries, the geopolitical situation of many nations could deteriorate to the point where you missed your chance to go. Everything we need in order see the world can now be ours for cheaper than it ever has been before, and there has never been a…

Cambodia is more than Angkor Wat

Cambodia is more than Angkor Wat

Cambodia is best known for its gorgeous Hindu temple complex and the terrible genocide that took place during Khymer Rouge in the 70’s. In my opinion it has a lot more to offer. Unfortunately, most travelers come to Cambodia to just visit the temples. But I wanted to try something different. I thought the best way to see the true side of Cambodia is to go to the country side. I am already a fan of the country side in Burma. I decided to take a road trip and experience the country side in Cambodia as well. Here are some…

Avoid Air India at any cost

Avoid Air India at any cost

Avoid Air India Flight Number: IX – 621 Kuala Lumpur to Chennai This is regarding the flight I took from Kuala Lumpur to Chennai on Feb 4th morning. The plane was supposed to leave at 12:30 am in the morning from KL. But upon arrival at the checkin counter I was told the plane is delayed by 3 hours. Then I waited for 3 hours. Then after 3 hours of wait the plane still hasn’t arrived at the gate. We waited for another 1.5 hours. They gave us a paltry $3 refreshment voucher to make up for such a long…

Myanmar (Burma) adventures

Myanmar (Burma) adventures

My first real exposure to Burma (Myanmar) was from watching the Emmy award-winning travel focused show of Anthony Bourdain’s show of Parts Unknown. It was featured in the very first episode of the long running TV series. Watching the episode immediately excited my travel senses and curiosity about the country that has been isolated from the world for 60 years. I wanted to get a first hand experience of the country. Luckily I was in Kuala Lumpur when I planned a visit to Burma. I visited the Burmese consulate and I received my tourist visa on the same day. Burma…

Why train travel in Burma is fun and adenturous?

Taking the train in Myanmar is a must do fun activity for all ages. It feels like you are riding on a roller coaster the whole time when you are in the train. Traveling in “Upper class” is preferable as you can sit on leather seats as supposed to wooden seats. On your way you notice the following – farmers with their conical hats tilling the farm, cows grazing the field, pagodas on the top of the hills and little children waving their hands. Warning: Don’t eat much before your travel! Watch the video!

Bagan, Myanmar – Spiritual place

Bagan, Myanmar – Spiritual place

Bagan, Burma – I was more spiritually connected in Bagan (see the pictures below) than when I was in Angkor Wat. Waking up early in the morning to see the sunrise was more rewarding in Bagan than in Angkor Wat (I am sure others will disagree on this one). You can rent an e-bike in Bagan and ride to various pagodas in the Old town. Bagan is a city with 4000 pagodas (literally). You can visit a few main ones in the center of Old Bagan like the Ananda(most beautiful), Dhammayangi (biggest), Thatbyinyu (tallest) and Shwegugyi (for sunrise).