Most people I know haven’t heard the name of this city and hardly anyone has ever been able to associate it with Laos. I didn’t know much of what to expect when we drove in a little after dark. We had a room blocked off in a villa that was rated in the high nines on most 10 point ratings. It boasted of a Mekong … Continue reading Luang Prabang- A stunning small town
About a decade ago this small town was the hub of sinful travel in SE Asia. It was a drug-heaven, a center for flesh trade, and a place for wealthy backpackers to enjoy various gifts of nature. A swift government action took away all the crime and what was left was a lot of tourist infrastructure and the beautiful nature. Soon Vang Vieng found a … Continue reading Vang Vieng – The Reformed Tourist Destination
Laos is a small country that sits quietly among its very prominent and loud neighbors like Thailand and Vietnam. Vientiane is its befitting capital! A quiet place where all the buzz and the nightlife in Bangkok is replaced by awesome local food and beautiful temples all around. You can look across the river to see a Thai town known for its flesh trade. In Vientiane, … Continue reading Vientiane – Food, temples and do you need anything else?
This one looks jaded on paper when you compare it to the two tourism magnet countries that surround it. The lack of popularity can be a boon or a bane – there is not as much infrastructure but there aren’t the crowds either. The planning part was easy. There are 3 major cities. Vientiane is the capital with amazing food and numerous ornate but small … Continue reading Laos – A road less travelled!
Every drive in Iceland is spectacular and it’s hard to pick anyone to be better than others. This drive does stand out a bit for the number of known and named attraction it gives access to. Once we ended up at the wrong trailhead and still ended up finding a beautiful glacier at the end. We did do a day trip to Vik and back, … Continue reading Vik – The journey is the destination
There is never a paucity of things to do in Iceland, whatever be the weather or the time of day. There are many waterfalls, hikes, beaches, lighthouses, glaciers, and volcanoes once you step out of the city, but the beautiful city of Reykjavik also houses some amazing wonders and experiences. It is a large city with a high energy downtown that pretty much comprises of … Continue reading Reykjavik: So much to do, surrounded by so much to see
The first morning in Iceland and with car keys in my hand I felt like a kid in a candy store. There were so many places to go and so many things to do – so little time! The most popular of the circuits came first – known as the Golden Circle tour, it comprises a National Park, an amazing Geysir, one of the most … Continue reading Golden Circle – A perfect day
There is no place in the world like Iceland, period. Nothing more needs be said and nothing less would do it justice. While I had combined my trip to Iceland with Sweden, I think they deserve separate posts (and even trips) – so here goes. Planning for Iceland wasn’t easy because there isn’t much information to go by and outside of Reykjavik, the hotels get … Continue reading Iceland – never felt like Earth!
It was almost sad to leave Petra, that 2000-year-old city had mesmerized me and I knew I leaving behind unexplored corners. Exploring those could take weeks, the time I did not have. Our driver was going to give us a day tour of the Wadi before dropping us off at the Marriott by the shores of Dead Sea. We had gotten some early glimpses of … Continue reading Wadi Rum and Dead Sea: A desert drive…
Just to clarify – there is no clear rank order among the 7 wonders of the world. Petra was the third of the wonders that I saw and it remains the last. Though I have been to the Taj Mahal a few times since I have not added a new man-made wonder to my photo collection in the last decade. Petra though was so mind-blowing … Continue reading Petra: The third wonder