Artsy Amman

An interesting observation of the questions asked of me when I returned from Jordan. Apart from “Is Jordan safe?”, the ones I found amusing were “Did you go to Petra, is it like in Indiana Jones?” , “You went to Jordan? Oh my god, Petra!!”, “How was Petra?”, “I hope you went to Petra!”. Of course I went to Petra, it would be a travesty if I didn’t! I appreciate your questions and am more than happy to share with you about my thoughts on Jordan…and Petra. But nobody has asked me about things to see and do in the

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A Quick Guide To Chiang Mai: Part 2

Here’s a quick guide to Chiang Mai Part 2 – activities that you can do in Chiang Mai especially if you have limited number of days to explore in this beautiful, laidback city. As mentioned in the Part 1 post, Chiang Mai is the fifth largest city in Thailand. I was surprised by the never-ending list of activities that one can do in this city of a million people. But then again, it’s Thailand, and the country certainly knows how to organise and showcase their tourism professionally so much so that there are activities for visitors with wide range of

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3Cs of Chiang Mai: Scenes From The City

Thailand is a beautiful country. It’s a great country for food, shopping, islands and beaches, jungles, mountains and wildlife, and not to mention, magnificent Buddhist temples. I was in Chiang Mai for a couple of days at the end of January, and some of the activities I did were temple visits, night markets and a day tour to the Golden Triangle in Chiang Rai province. Chiang Mai is situated in northern Thailand and also known as the “Rose of the North”. It’s a smaller city than Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, and is surrounded by the countryside and mountains, thus the city

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Things To Do in Darjeeling

It’s 8am. I could hear some noise from the kitchen which was next to my bedroom. Breakfast was being prepared and I could not wait to start my day. I had arrived in Darjeeling the day before, and my homestay host, Mr Pradhan had been sharing with me the various activities I could do throughout my stay at the hill station. However, the first thing I wanted to do that morning was to go to the District Magistrate’s Office to apply for the Inner Line Permit to enter Sikkim. I wasn’t sure how long it would take to process the permit,

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Churches and Coffee in New Jolfa, Armenian Quarter in Esfahan

New Jolfa is the Armenian quarter of Esfahan established in 1606 by Shah Abbas I during the Safavid era. The Armenians were fleeing the Ottoman Empire’s persecution and because Iran and Armenia had a long history of close relations, Shah Abbas relocated 500,000 Armenians to Persia. New Jolfa quarter became their new home and over time, the Armenians became active in the cultural and economic development of Persia. Shah Abbas treated the Armenian population well, as such, the Armenians were able to assimilate with the Persians while keeping their Christian faith and Armenian traditions. In the 20th century particularly during

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