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Sutra Foundation ‘Temple of Delight’ Photography

I was recently invited to the launch of a photography exhibition called Temple of Delight featuring works by S. Magendran at Sutra Gallery in Kuala Lumpur. The dance photography exhibition consists of nineteen photographs taken from Amorous Delight, an Odissi dance production directed by renowned Malaysian dancer and choreographer Datuk Ramli Ibrahim with costume design by Dato’ Sri Bernard Chandran and lighting design by Sivarajah Natarajan. For those who are not familiar with Datuk Ramli Ibrahim and Sutra Foundation… Datuk Ramli Ibrahim needs no introduction in Malaysia as he is popularly known for cultivating the art of Indian classical dance

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Old Town Hoi An – Beautiful, Dreamy and Magical

It was the images of Old Town Hoi An that drew me back to Vietnam. Images of boats gliding on the river against the backdrop of bright yellow Chinese assembly houses, deep pink bougainvilleas and strings of colourful lanterns. Images such as these that I kept seeing in Instagram and on TV. My last trip to Vietnam was in 2011, after which I swore I would not return to the country again. Seriously. I don’t know why I felt this way about Vietnam. Hanoi did not impress me and Ho Chi Minh City had managed somewhat to persuade me that it

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What You Need to Know About Cameron Highlands

When I visited Cameron Highlands in March after a twenty-year hiatus, some friends were surprised that I found the hill station delightful. They felt that there wasn’t much to do in Cameron Highlands (or Camerons) aside from strawberry-picking and having afternoon tea. Others felt that Camerons has lost its tourist destination appeal due to development at such rapid pace, thus turning the highlands into a scrum especially during weekends and school holidays. Perhaps you need to understand that Cameron Highlands is a small town. The locals are mainly vegetables, flowers or strawberry farmers – their farms are not huge enough

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Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge, Chitwan National Park – Review

Apart from the high-altitude mountain treks that Nepal is famous for, tourists are increasingly discovering the lowlands of Nepal. The lowlands area is in the south, at the fringe of the Indian plains – the Teraj – and it is here that you find Chitwan National Park. Chitwan National Park is a World Heritage-listed reserve covering 932 sq. km of jungle and grasslands, and is one of Nepal’s popular tourist destinations. Chitwan is one of the best wildlife national parks in Asia to spot deers, monkeys, a variety of birds, and one-horned rhinos. And if you are extremely lucky, you

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Temples and Streets of Kathmandu: A Photo Essay

Despite spending only half a day to explore Kathmandu, I have found the city quite extraordinary and enchanting. During that short time, I was intrigued by what I saw – ancient temples, historic monuments, UNESCO World Heritage Sites – that I took quite a number of photos. Here’s a photo essay of Kathmandu’s temples and street life: 32 images of Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa. *Also Read: Top Places in Nepal for Non-Adventure Travellers And a video of my visit to Boudhanath. Did I mention before that this is my favourite place in Kathmandu?

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4 Must-See Places in Kathmandu for First-Timers

Just like any South Asian city, Kathmandu is crowded, noisy, dusty and polluted. The capital city of Nepal is choking under a blanket of pollution particularly now when it is going through a lot of construction, building repairs and roadworks as part of post-earthquake recovery efforts. As such, many travellers typically spend only a day or two in Kathmandu. Majority quickly move on especially the adventure travellers for their main objective is to trek the Himalayan mountain trails in the country. Well, who can blame them – 8 of the world’s Top 10 highest summits are in Nepal including Mount

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Cycling in Hoi An

Introducing Mike McLeish of Pinch Flat who had spent some time in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia working on a community bicycle project which subsequently inspired him to be a ‘bicycle blogger’ 🙂 Mike wrote this guest post about cycling to an island called Cam Kim, near Hoi An in Vietnam. Hope you enjoy the post! ***** I’m currently traveling solo around the beautiful country of Vietnam, specifically the quaint little town of Hoi An. If you’re planning a trip to Vietnam anytime soon I highly recommend this place, it’s straight from a fairy tale. I’ve been here for over two months

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Best Time To Visit Nepal is NOW!

Cabin crew, please be seated for landing. That in-flight announcement was made probably about thirty minutes before landing – I can’t remember exactly when. But typically, when that announcement is made, you would expect to see views of the city landscape from above, right? Not when you’re flying into Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport. From my window seat, I was a treated to a view of clouds like big balls of cotton. The plane flew right into those clouds just before landing at the airport, as if for a few minutes, we were enveloped in these big cotton balls. [Click to

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This is Kathleen’s Kolkata

Believe it or not, Indian films have somewhat influenced my choice of travel destinations in India. I enjoy watching Indian films (with English subtitles, of course) but would like to quickly add that I’m not inclined towards Bollywood masala films. Thanks to a Bengali friend living in Delhi who introduced to me an array of critically acclaimed Indian films that portray vibrant and riveting stories; films par excellence in terms of screenplay, directing and acting that may not necessarily perform well in the box-office. Over a period of time, I discovered more Indian films on my own, and these films

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