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Thailand is one country I just do not get tired of visiting. There is plenty to explore and enough to ensure that you have the time of  your life. Bangkok is a great stop for cultural exploring and shopping but for a more relaxed stay and some fun in the sun I prefer to hit any of the many islands in the country. Koh Samui is the third largest and has a reputation for being exclusive to honeymooners. I must admit it is an absolute dream for the loverbirds and after all the wedding madness, an ideal spot for some…

When I think of the Philippines, I think of pristine beaches and crystal clear waters and world famous beaches like Borocay and Palawan. Somehow the capital city of Manila is not my first thought. I found myself in Manila this year and ended up spending nearly a week there and I have to confess it might not be as alluring as the world famous beaches and the traffic will kill you, but the city has a charm of its own. It’s a great city to give you a true sense of Filipinos and I’d say is a pretty good introduction…

My first trip to Indonesia was just a couple of days spent lazing by the pool in the pretty island of Bintan. At the time I didn’t think much of the country and just enjoyed my few days of leisure with a bunch of friends. It’s much later after reading several blogs that I realised Indonesia has much to offer specially if you’re looking for an idyllic beach holiday. Having been to Bintan, Bali and even Komodo island I experienced firsthand the beauty I had only read about. While you can’t take away the lure of pristine beaches, ideal diving…

Bali is considered to be the jewel in Indonesia’s crown. This island has become incredibly popular and visitors can’t get enough of everything Bali. For great food, high end restaurants, casual cafes and even cheap and cheerful street food, shopping, the beach, the nightlife, Bali has much to offer. The agenda is simple, kick back relax and work on your tan. Come nightfall indulge in a fun night out. This is what most tourists do but if you’re up for something different then these are a couple of experiences worth exploring. VW Safari ride – Without a doubt this is…

Sunday is all about waking up late, cooking an indulgent curry, stuffing myself to the gills with it followed by a blissful afternoon snooze. This Sunday I found myself up and early giving breakfast a miss highly anticipating lunch. Mum and I had been graciously invited by our neighbour for an indulgent Parsi style seafood themed lunch. Mahrukh Mogrelia ( my new bestie ) is mum’s pal, who I soon learnt, is a wizard in the kitchen. Mahrukh is in my opinion a one woman army that manages to do a billion things in a day and I find I…

” You’re going to see the Komodo Dragon!!! You’re so lucky !” squealed a friend when I first mentioned what my trip to Indonesia entailed. I must admit I was curious about these creatures I’d heard so much about but this ear piercing level of excitement and enthusiasm wasn’t my first reaction. I’d seen a Komodo Dragon before in a zoo in Singapore and to be honest despite the fact that I was practically repulsed at the sight of it, to me it didn’t really count as seeing the reptile as it wasn’t in the wild.  So unlike my friends…

India has plenty to offer a curious traveler if only we take the time to look beyond the obvious. To call our country diverse is an understatement and people forget that there is a reason we’re called a sub continent. For many travelling to India is restricted to the usual suspects like Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Goa, other popular metros and some typical tourist spots. Not that they don’t have their own unique offerings but if one takes the time and makes the effort to explore the interiors of India, you’ll be left speechless and equally impressed. A recent trip to…

I’ve such fond memories of my time spent in Bintan but most of them including working on my tan and scoffing down some delicious food. Bintan as I learned from my recent trip is much more than that. People like to visit as part of their trip to Singapore as it’s just a quick ferry ride across and it’s usually marketed as just a beach and resort destination but the truth is there is plenty beyond that. This trip I had the pleasure of staying at one of the very best hotels Bintan boasts off  the Bintan Lagoon Resort and thanks…

Despite multiple trips to my favourite Singapore, I had never heard of Haw Par Villa. What was once owned by two Burmese brothers who I’m told were the inventors of Tiger Balm is now a bizarre theme park that attracts curious tourists. There use to be a huge mansion but what remains is just the gardens. These gardens are full of various statues from Chinese mythology and oddly enough even a very random Statue Of Liberty. The park is of course quite old and not exactly maintained like other attractions in Singapore making it seem old and outdated but I…

The first time I visited Indonesia was in 2014 to the small island of Bintan. It was a quick trip to just laze and flop by the pool or the beach and do nothing. Which means that my impression of Indonesia was limited to a great view and some delicious food. It’s only when I embarked on this Trip Of Wonders with the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism for a whopping 12 days, that I realised I hadn’t even seen a sliver of what the country has to offer. After two weeks of flying back and forth and exploring various islands…