Month: January 2015

Siem Reap Beyond the Angkor Temples – My Top 5 Things To Do !

I was met with confused stares every time I mentioned visiting Cambodia to friends/family/colleagues, most didn’t really know enough about the country but almost everyone mentioned the Angkor Temples in Siem Reap, the prime tourist attraction in Cambodia. And if you are not particularly fond of architecture and monuments (like me), you will be a tad bit concerned with this feedback, wondering if there is anything more to this city than its world renowned sites. I did make it to Siem Reap and am totally glad that I did ! It is a busy, bustling city, full of travelers who throng to see the temples but it does have more to offer than that – an easy, friendly vibe and a mind blowing variety of food, both of which made my experience incredible. Below are my top 5 things to do in Siem Reap – 1. Ride in the Tuk Tuk The tuk tuk is basically a bike to which a carriage/wagon is attached and you will finds loads of these throughout the streets of Siem Reap. These are convenient, airy …

Exploring the best of Cambodia in 10 days

With the holiday season around the corner and a significant stash of leaves available, I began an end minute (and very frantic) research in December for yet another place to explore. Since I had barely two weeks off, anything beyond Southeast Asia seemed too much of a stretch, so I started digging up places close by. And as I read more and more, something about Cambodia intrigued me – maybe it was the history, maybe it was the beautiful pictures of the untouched islands, I still can’t put my finger to it. But one thing seemed clear, that this country was far more than its world renowned temples, and definitely worthy of a visit. Believe me when I say that creating an itinerary for Cambodia isn’t easy – the more you research, the more you get lost, distances are significant, internal flights quite expensive, and intercity transport options limited. I spent 10 days in Cambodia, and by no stretch is it enough to see the entire country. But I tried to make the best use …

Looking Back and Moving Forward

I entered 2015 with a real bad headache and a harsh bout of throwing up (without a wild drinking party trust me!). I guess it was the hectic travelling over the last couple of weeks, crazy work deadlines before that and exposure to multiple and extreme temperatures. However, I have nothing but thankfulness for how 2014 went for me. I launched this blog (which I had been contemplating for quite some time), with a very simple intent of sharing my travel experiences with friends and family. In fact, when I set out on this, I never thought of metrics like readership, click through, followers etc., hence I am happily overwhelmed at the shape this has taken and the response I have received. And this has just encouraged me to push the boundaries a bit further in 2015! So thank you, all of you, who have read, liked, followed or shared my blog! On a personal note, things have been a bit challenging due to health issues of close ones and the learning that I have walked away with is to not …