I got out of the tiny airport and walked straight to the rental car counter. My car was ready in no time and while it wasn’t fancy, it was spacious and from a brand that I hadn’t heard off. A simple inquiry on the car return process got me an amusing response – the guy calmly said he would meet me on the driveway, “don’t … Continue reading Langkawi – A Small beach town with a twist
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
Usually, I would not write a full post about just a day trip, but this one day just stands out in every possible way. It was a mix of very different experiences, some fabulous and others just mind-boggling and two worth writing home about. There was also some delicious food at a most unexpected cafe and then a bizarre ride on a ship with a … Continue reading Hakone – A full day on the move…
Tokyo is more a city to experience than to see. Where there is no dearth of modern buildings with flashy lights, there are quiet trails with wide roads and greenery all around. The residential areas have several small coffee shops that serve fantastic coffee with cookies and snacks. The train stations are like cities by themselves and are very easy to get lost in and … Continue reading Tokyo – Shinto when Happy, Buddhist when Sad!
Japan had been high on the wish-list for a while. It has pretty much everything I look for in a destination – beautiful nature, a vibrant and unique culture, delicious cuisine and the most modern architecture of them all. It is not the cheapest place to visit, especially because of the cost of hotels, but the cheap flights from India make up for some of … Continue reading Japan – So many choices!!!
I would be hard pressed to think of anything particular that is worth seeing in HCMC – I could give you a long list of things to experience. A modern and younger side of the traditional Vietnamese culture would top the list and seek close competition from food. It is a typical big city with commercial streets, malls, rooftop bars, street food and bustling traffic. … Continue reading Ho Chi Minh City – Exploring South Vietnam
We only knew a little bit of what to expect here as it wasn’t as well known as the other Vietnamese attractions. By the end of the trip, we were blown away with the surprises and it actually was one of the highlights of the trips. It is a small historic town with a small canal passing by, a number of cafes, local spas and … Continue reading HoiAn – A historic town full of surprises!
One of hollywood’s favorite locations, not just for its stunning natural beauty but also for all the mystery and intrigue associated with its 1900 small islands, numerous caves, very unique wildlife and just that feeling that you can hide here forever. One good way to explore the bay is to cruise around and that gives you ample time to appreciate the calm waters and the … Continue reading HaLong Bay – A true wonder!
There is so much to do in Hanoi, there are numerous temples and shrines, there is a vibrant life and culture, an old town with loads of hidden treasures to explore and, a city centre lake with a walkers only weekend market around it, but the one thing I will always remember about it is the food. The wonderful taste, amazing variety, the fresh aromas … Continue reading Hanoi – A beautiful mix of food, temples and more food
The rate at which Vietnam has come up the tourism hot list is quite amazing. It doesn’t take much when you have one of the best cuisines in the World, a natural wonder of the world to boast of and a lot of history associated with the war with US to storytell. I would assume a lot of Americans don’t show up here but there … Continue reading Vietnam – Just before Travel turned to Tourism