City of Temples, Siem Reap

We flew from Kuala Lumpur directly to Siem Reap – the gateway to Angkor – and we stayed at the Steung Siem Reap Hotel located in the Old French Quarter within walking distance to the markets, restaurants and Pub Street. Conveniently located next door to our hotel is an orange vivacious-looking cafe serving Tex-Mex and Cambodian food. This was our hang-out in the evenings to have pre-dinner drinks with delicious nachos and tacos 🙂 We did not want to dive in straight into temple exploration on our first day because we were lacking sleep due to an early start in the morning

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Amritsar: A Weekend At The Border

After visiting Taj Mahal and Agra Fort the previous weekend, I took another opportunity to travel to a destination in North India which is not typically part of the Golden Triangle route (Delhi-Jaipur-Agra). I went to Amritsar in Punjab state, the spiritual and cultural centre for the Sikh religion. It was a very short visit to Amritsar over a weekend,  thus I only covered the main highlights of this city which were the Golden Temple and Wagah border. Lush green fields of Punjab, just after the monsoon: The best time to visit the Golden Temple is early morning to catch

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A Mughal Weekend In Agra

It was my fifth visit to India since 2003, my fourth visit to this country in 2010 and my second visit to Agra Fort and Taj Mahal. As a result, my friends in India have often joked about making me an honourable citizen of India! I was in Delhi for a month-long business trip and a former colleague of mine in Delhi offered to take me to Agra over the weekend to see the Agra Fort and the renowned Taj Mahal. I didn’t mind visiting to these places again because the last time I was there was in 2003. We drove from Delhi to

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In Pictures: Halong Bay, Hanoi

It was December 2009 and we were feeling restless. It had been seven months since the five of us had last travelled together on a boat in Komodo Island. After that, only half of the group travelled together for mountain climbing but the yearning was for all of us to be on a boat again (do read my other story called Dragon-Spotting). And so we finally decided on Hanoi & Halong Bay in Vietnam in January 2010, and this time we had a total of 9 people in our group. We did a little bit of sightseeing of Hanoi city as soon

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In Pictures: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a beautiful island and I came to this island just as the civil war ended. When I arrived in Colombo in Oct 2009, there was something different about the capital city. It didn’t feel like a capital city but like a beach city. There were cars, traffic, skyscrapers, however, it felt different like the wind was blowing my hair and all my worries flew away. The city puts you in a different mood altogether. As the days went on, I was so glad that the war ended in May (5 months before I arrived) because this tear-drop

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Royal Rajasthan

Royal Rajasthan Rajasthan has always intrigued me. Its monumental Mughal forts, the grandeur of the Maharaja palaces, the colourful sarees of womenfolk against the dull background of brown grasslands. This incredible state is known for its extreme climate – the summer can be blazing hot as high as fifty degrees Celsius while the winter temperatures hover around twenty-five degrees with minimum of eleven degrees at night. I felt that the month of December seemed a pleasant time to travel to Rajasthan; however, it was bitterly cold in Delhi, India’s capital city. Delhi was my first port of landing after a

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‘Little Tibet’ We have finally landed in Leh, the capital of Ladakh. The Ladakh vacation was something which we have been planning for about five months, and something which I have been reading about for quite some time. It all started over a couple of pints of beer in November 2009 when my friend from India told me so much about this ‘Little Tibet’ in Jammu & Kashmir region, the northernmost state of India. Also, I have watched a comedy called ‘3 Idiots’ which filmed a couple of scenes in Ladakh. Ladakh is dominated by mountain ranges especially the Himalaya

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Why India? Incredible !ndia..The tagline from India Tourism. The tagline that you see in every advertisement, be it on billboards, print or television, it never fails to amaze me how aptly it describes India.  I have always wanted to visit India and that curiosity started more than ten years ago. I have read many books and watched numerous documentaries about India and it’s because of the fascinating mix of history, cultures, forts, monuments, mountains, deserts, beaches, people and colours. In 2003, I had the first taste of what India has to offer by visiting the heritage sites of Delhi, the

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Breakfast Above The Clouds On Mount Batur, Bali

I am high on Bali! I had truly enjoyed my first trip to Bali and the Komodo Islands. Since then, I have been in awe of the Island of Gods. As soon as I arrived home, I knew I had to return to Bali again. For the second trip to Bali, my friends suggested that we climbed mountains. I was not exactly fit but was desperate to return to Bali (it was probably post-vacation-syndrome), thus any agenda was fine by me even though I was not the outdoorsy type. Nevertheless, decision was made very quickly and within two weeks, we made all

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