All posts tagged: Asia

Goa Diaries

I avoided Goa for a long time, travelling the length and breadth of India on several trips, but never making it to the vacation hot-spot known for beaches, sunsets and parties. And when I finally did, I fell in love with it. I loved the atmosphere, the many clean & serene beaches, and the chilled out vibe it was always known for. Also see: Thailand’s Maeklong Railway Market Subscribe to my Youtube channel, for more travel videos.

Cambodia Tourist Visa: Why I Say Visa On Arrival?

If you think there’s a list of countries that fall under the category of Countires-With-Supereasy-Visa-Policies, consider Cambodia having a place in it. I landed in Cambodia at 2 in the afternoon (after realising that I’d have rather taken a bus to the country), and by 2:15 I was through. This was when I’d to apply for Visa on Arrival. Thailand Visa on Arrival for its long queue had me discouraged, but God help Cambodia who made it up to me. In 15 minuntes, after my AirAsia flight dropped me, right on top of the runway, in Siem Reap, I was on the other side of the world. The world that lies behind the walls of Airport. The free world. Getting a visa stamp for Cambodia is super easy, and quick. I remember I did not wait more than 3 minutes at VOA department, and I get my beautifully-stamped passport back. I totally loved how the airport officials swiftly dealt with my application, in addition to some 30 other applications that landed together with me. Though that’s a different question that they’re, …

Why I Loved Phnom Penh

When after spending a few days in Siem Reap, I decided to move to Phnom Penh, it was FOR ONLY ONE NIGHT – before further moving to the coast. I had more than just a fortnight left in Cambodia, and islands were my priority. But as I arrived in Phnom Penh, one night became two, two became four, and four became almost a week. Every day, I woke up, thought to myself, I’ll get in the bus tomorrow, and wasted the entire day street hopping, eating, and drinking. That wasn’t me. But the city had cast its magic on me. Phnom Penh is a kind of city that stuck you in. It is laid back, cheap and easy-going. Everything here is accessible at a hand’s reach, and at a cost cheaper than affordable. The pace of life is seamless, and the many affable locals make the city enjoyable to a next level. In short, Phnom Penh is a perfect city to easily blend in, and you don’t need more than one day to realise that. What …

The First Timer’s Travel Guide To Angkor Wat

Visiting the ruins of Angkor Wat is in every traveller’s bucket list – whether or not they have one. This was the centre of great Khmer empire that once ruled most of the Southeast Asia. Though the civilization went extinct, its identity, in the form of a few historic temples, always remained around us. They are now among a few popular tourist attractions in Cambodia, and perhaps the reason why so many tourists come to Cambodia at first place. I spent five days in Siem Reap, out of which three days were totally dedicated in exploring the temples of Angkor. While to some tourists they might seem pretty similar, they are not. And perhaps that’s why I advise to learn some history before you start with your tour. Getting a guide is helpful, but if you’ve some knowledge about this place, before you even arrive here, you’ll be able to appreciate the entire archaeological park with a whole new perspective. Getting Into The Angkor Archaeological Park There are 3 types of admission passes: $20 one day …

CAMBODIA Travel Guide

Cambodia is wild, unorganised and raw. But there’s something about the country that draws you in. Even though it is widely recovering from a long ripping past, its people can always be found sharing smiles. From the moment you step into the country your life will slow down, and the pace will continue throughout your trip. Travelling in Cambodia is cheap and one can survive a day in under US $10. The country’s tourism – across its three major tourist towns, namely Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and Sihoukville – revolve around a rich history, delicious food, beautiful coastline, and a rocking nightlife. TOP PLACES TO SEE AND EXPERIENCES TO TRY Temples of Angkor Archaeological Park: This is the highlight of tourism in Cambodia, and the reason why most of the tourists visit the country at first place. Spread over 400sq. kilometres, the temples ruins in Angkor Archaeological Park breathe history, spiritual beliefs and harmony. Though it contains a total of 45 different temples, the temples of Angkor Wat are historically most significant. This is moreover where Hollywood …

How To See Phnom Penh In Two Days

For many travellers, Phnom Penh is but an afterthought of the main attraction of the temples of Angkor. While there’s no denying that they are the highlight of tourism in the country – the lively riverside, cosmopolitan capital is no less in charm. For the city is lovely, and its many traditional and cultural sites make it an amazing spot to spend a few days. Where in my view, the ideal time to explore Phnom Penh is definitely between 4 to 5 days, if you’re short of time, and have no more than a couple of days to spare, this itinerary would surely come in handy: Day 1 To understand the country’s dark past and its people’s resilience, a visit to Phnom Penh’s Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Genoside Museum is a must. Kickstart your day by getting a bargained deal in under 10 dollars to The Killing Fields, which is about 9 kilometres south of the city centre. A heart wrenching audio tour at Killing Field will take you back in time and explain …

The Temples Of Angkor Wat

Visiting the ruins of Angkor is in every traveller’s bucket list – whether or not they have one. They were the first thing I saw in Cambodia, and man, I was spellbound. So without saying much, I kept capturing bits and pieces in a video camera – and now this is what I’ve got. A 3-minute video of my visit to the temples of Angkor. Take a look. Also see: Thailand’s Maeklong Railway Market Subscribe to my Youtube channel, for more travel videos. 

THAILAND Travel Guide

Thailand is a travel hub, and the home to most of the backpacker’s activity in the entire Southeast Asia. From lush jungles, to white beaches, to crazy city markets – you can find it all here. In fact, the country has so much to offer, that it is literally impossible to summarize its diversity. Its capital, Bangkok, is a perfect metropolis with gilded temples and night market. The north offers you hill tribes ruling the mountainous jungles, and the south, on the contrary, is all about postcard perfect beaches and crazy moonlight parties. Wherever you’re in Thailand, there’s the cheap street food – something so awesome in its standard that no other country in the world can beat it. Your most lasting impression, however, will be the friendliness of the locals – who can always be found sharing smiles, and giving directions to the tourists, with all the little English they understand. When it comes to backpacking through Thailand, it is super easy. In fact so easy that you actually feel that everything here has …

Maeklong Railway Market, Thailand

It’s sad how so many people travel to Thailand, and after visiting a few night bars, shopping malls and islands, they think they’ve seen it all. You can find them almost anywhere else in the world. That is not the real Thailand. But perhaps this is…. A daily food market, running on the railway tracks. Publicly known as Maeklong Railway market, it is one complete unique thing about Thailand. Also see: Concluding Video Of My Backpacking Trip To Thailand Subscribe to my Youtube channel, for more such travel videos. 

How To See Bangkok In 3 days

Bangkok, certainly, is a city that deserves more than a couple of days of temple tours and market visits. The city is massive, and every corner of it has an attraction to drop by. It’s a place to wander, to meander in a romantically beguiling fashion, and just… be! I remember I initially stayed 3 nights in the city before heading for the mountains in the north of Thailand, leaving my thirst to see more of this beautiful city unquenched. Inevitably, I returned back, and ended up staying in Bangkok for almost another week. [Also Read: How Much A Holiday Costs In Thailand] Its multicultural vibe, the combination of old and modern traditions, skyscrapers, street food, peppy tuk-tuk rides solidify Bangkok as a must-visit. And where 3 days are definitely NOT ENOUGH to get your head around Bangkok, you can at least use them better, and tick off some of the major sites and must-do activities, in and around the city. Here’s my suggested itinerary to get the most out of your trip in 3 days: Day 1 …