The 7-Point Interests (Plus 2!) Of Gangtok

When in Gangtok, your guesthouse host or local driver might mention about 3-point, 7-point or 10-point interests. The only 3-point I know is the 3-point turns when I drive! Later I learnt that the x-point interests meant the number of places (points) of interests to visit 🙂 My host suggested that I hired a driver for a day to do the “10-point interest” tour. I declined that offer because I did not like rushing from 1 point to another, without learning anything about the place or, at least, to enjoy the moment of being there. Having said that, the benefit of

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Farewell to the Land of Persia!

Yes, this is my last post on Iran, a travel series that I had written for the past 3 months, capturing the places that I had visited and experiences that I had went through during that 8-day trip. It seems quite a lot for an 8-day trip but rest assured, we had quite a lot of free time as well to experience Iran at a more leisurely pace. We left Esfahan on a Friday – it was a start to their weekend and the city was quiet. There were not many cars on the roads. Shops were closed and not

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Palaces and Museums of Tehran: Part 1

We arrived in Tehran in the evening, feeling tired especially after an 11-hour flight from Malaysia (including transit time in Dubai). By the time we exited the airport, we came across heavy traffic leading into Tehran. It was Friday, the weekend was already in full swing and locals were out and about (weekends in Iran are Friday & Saturday). A journey which could have been an hour to our hotel turned out to be 2 hours. All we wanted to do was check-in to the hotel, unpack, shower and go to sleep. The next morning I woke up bright and

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First Day in Ho Chi Minh City: Ben Thanh Market Area

Ho Chi Minh City or HCMC is the largest city in Vietnam, and this metropolitan city was formerly known as Saigon. After the fall of Saigon in 1975, it was renamed to Ho Chi Minh City. But the old name of Saigon is still used by both Vietnamese and foreigners. If you are planning to be in HCMC for a short time, I would say 4D/3N is ideal. For starters, here are some activities you could do on your first day. Accommodation in Ben Thanh Market Area It is recommended to stay at District 1 of the city because of

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