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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!

Langkawi, Malaysia

Langkawi, Malaysia

If you visit Malaysia you must make a trip to the north of Malaysia to the island of Langkawi. If you are in Pinang you can take a direct ferry from Pinang (costs 70 Ringgit for a 3 hour ride) to Langkawi Island. The ferry arrives at Kuah (eastern part of the Island). I traveled there with my German friend Janine. We heard that the New years eve celebration mostly happen along the beach in Pantai Cenang which is on the western end of the island so we booked a guest house closer to that area. When we arrived in…

Exploring Pai in my Vespa

Exploring Pai in my Vespa

In Pai you can rent a scooter (pictures 9,10) for less than $5 a day including gas. Then ride to Love strawberry Pai (picture 1), Coffee in Love for a scenic view (2), see the WW2 memorial bridge (3), feed bananas to the elephants (4), check out the Chinese village (5), and slide down the waterfall (6) and go to the Buddha temple (7) up in the top of the hill to watch the sunset (8). To finish it off have a nice healthy salad at Charlie and Leks health food restaurant. ‪#‎Pai‬‪#‎Vespa‬‪#‎Thailand‬‪#‎travel‬              …

Loi Krathong in Chiang Mai 2015

Loi Krathong in Chiang Mai 2015

Loi Krathong Annual Full Moon Festival (Yee Peng) in Thailand Location: Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand Loi Krathong is an annual celebration to celebrate the last full moon in the year. The festival is held in many parts of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. The best place to witness this week long festival is in Chiang Mai.This year it falls on the date November 25th. I was just lucky to be there in Thailand around this time. I went to Chiang Mai for 10 days and manage to fully partake in the festival. For a peaceful religion like Buddhism they know how to throw…

Thailand Itinerary

Thailand Itinerary

This is the plan from Nov 17 – Dec 16. After that inevitable stop in Bangkok, head to the north of Thailand for a couple of weeks and then go explore the islands in the south. I am looking forward to seeing Loi Krathong (sky lantern lighting) festival and the scuba diving in Koh Tao. Bangkok ->Chiang Mai/Chiang Rai/Pai -> Krabi ->Ko Tao (diving)  -> Koh Pha Ngan ->Koh Samui -> Surat Thani

Hoi An in Vietnam is a charming town

Hoi An in Vietnam is a charming town

The old town in Hoi An has a magical feeling. With its narrow lanterned streets and speakers playing classical piano recitals throughout the day it is easy to walk around. The town is open only to bikers and pedestrians. There are nice cafes and restaurants serving both western and vietnamese cuisine ranging from $2 on the low end (for budget savvy travlers) to $10 on the high end. Some of the must try dishes are Com ga (Chicken rice), Banh vac White Rose (Steamed rice with shrimp) and Getting a custom suit is a must do activity when you are…

Laos 2015 Trip

Laos 2015 Trip

Laos (23 days) Some of my readers know that I took a year off to travel around the world. My first destination in this year long would tour is Laos. I heard a lot about Laos from other travelers but didn’t know what to expect. As soon as you arrive at Vientene airport you go through immigration like in any other international airport. But here the immigration stamp process is very old school and cumbersome. There are 5 immigration officers sitting next to each other. You submit your passport and the visa application to the first officer. He reviews it…

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