Bali – Culture, food, temples and some traffic

Bali is exactly what happens when a rich cultural heritage meets a lot of tourists. It takes some very deep cultural roots to survive as an island dominated by one religion in a country populated by another. Indonesia is a fast developing country going through all the challenges that come with it – an over-crowded capital, pollution, and overpopulation leading to overutilization of resources. Jakarta … Continue reading Bali – Culture, food, temples and some traffic

Langkawi – A lesson in life…

There is a lot to do in Langkawi, beautiful beaches, amazing food, local markets, and some very touristy infrastructure that is still fun. We found time to do most of these, enjoy a dip in a local waterfall, drive around a lot, and witness some beautiful sunrises and sunsets. The one thing that still comes to memory first when I think of the trip is … Continue reading Langkawi – A lesson in life…

Vang Vieng – The Reformed Tourist Destination

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

Vientiane – Food, temples and do you need anything else?

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?

Reykjavik: So much to do, surrounded by so much to see

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