Travel Guide to Boracay, Philippines

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White sand, blue waters, clear skies aha! still mesmerized by this beautiful island! This was my 2nd trip to Boracay but i still fell in love with this place in the same way i did for the 1st time. The best time to visit this island is from April – October, if you looking for some quite time and less crowd. Being one of the top international destinations it becomes crazy crowded and expensive from November – March so avoid it if you can during this time. Continue reading

Suvarnabhumi (Golden Land)

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As they say it’s all in the name. Bangkok is truly a Golden Land. All the temples (Wats as they call in Thai) are made out of gold. I was amazed how much our Indian Hindu rituals match with the Thai rituals. For a matter of fact even the word “Suvarnabhumi” is derived from a Sanskrit word. The hand carvings on the walls of temples reminded me of temples in South India.

Must see

  • Grand Palace: The official residence of the Kings of Siam. Put this on top of your must-see list when visiting Bangkok, cause it’s a huge place and takes almost your entire day and it closes at 3:00pm. The other temples are open till 5:00pm or 6:00pm
  • Wat Phra Kaew: This Buddhist temple is inside the premises of Grand Place.
  • Wat Saket
  • Wat Pho: The sleeping Buddha
  • Wat Suthat: The sitting Buddha
  • Wat Intharawihan: The standing Buddha
  • Wat Arun: The temple of Dawn. This temple is again time consuming as im sure one gets lost in its beauty. You have to take a ferry (which is hardly 2mins ferry from the local ferry terminal) to visit this temple. Make sure you take the ferry from the local terminal (which will cost you 20bath return) which is behind the Grand Palace and not the ferry run by the tour guys (they will charge you around 600bath or so)
  • The floating market
  • Wat Benchamabophit: the marble temple.
  • Khao San Road for night market, bars and street food.

I would suggest around 3 days are enough to see Bangkok. And when in the city you must try the street food and the coconut ice cream you get from the street vendors. They serve the coconut ice-cream in a coconut shell with fresh coconut meat at the bottom toped with some roasted peanuts 🙂 (my mouth literally watered while describing that 🙂 ) and for the dare devils you have the variety of insects and worms to try marinated with Thai spices J (Little different from what you get in Cambodia) . And when visiting temples make sure you have your knees and shoulders covered as they find it offending if you enter the temple exposing them. You do get a cover-up on deposit but lets avoid to wearing the sweaty cover-ups (you know what I mean 🙂 ) . Also best place to say I would suggest is Khao San Road as its close to most of the temples and also good for street food, street shopping, thai massage (must try) and having a chilled Chang beer

Must Avoid

  • Stay away from tour guides when they approach you. Cause they charge unnecessarily way too much and try to mislead you from your plan.
  • BARGAIN!!! Yes don’t pay to the tuk tuk drivers for what they ask. If they say 350baht tell them 100baht straight yes bargain for less than 50% cause the distance is not that much between the temples.
  • If taking a taxi always ask the guy to go on meter. If they deny then just leave the cab cause they ask for around 500baht and when honestly in meter it wont even cost you more than 100-150baht.
  • Same when doing street shopping in the night market or on Khao San Road. BARGAIN!! BARGAIN!!

So lets take a small trip to Bangkok 🙂

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Siem Reap, Cambodia

Friendly people, mouth-watering cuisine, the world famous Angkor Wat, vibrant culture and legendary nightlife… and my list goes on!! I was amazed every moment on my impromptu 3-day trip to Siem Reap.

What to see in 3 days?

  • Day 1: A must see!! Angkor wat alone takes an entire day. I would suggest seeing the mesmerizing sunsrise at Angkor Wat and then continuing the trip inside the temple once the sun is up. You would require a tour guide if you are really keen on knowing the history of the place. They charge you around $14 for the entire day. By the end of the day you’ll be tired and would like to relax and have a good meal. So I would suggest restaurants near Pub Street for a good meal and some nightcap. And for the dare devils you can try the bugs, snakes that street hawkers sell 🙂
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Sunrise at Angkor Wat

you can find history narrated on the walls of Angkor Wat

you can find history narrated on the walls of Angkor Wat

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World famous Angkor Wat

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  • Day 2: spend the next day seeing the other main ancient ruins Ta Prohm, Bayon temple (my fav) , Banteay Srei. You can end your day by seeing the sunset at the sunset point and then grab some dinner and do some local shopping at night market (good place to buy souvenirs) before you hit the bed.
Bayon temple

Bayon temple

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happy faces :)

happy faces 🙂

Buddha Statue opposite Bayon Temple

Buddha Statue opposite Bayon Temple

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  • Day 3: you can have relaxed picnic day by the Lake or just roam around the city before you leave for your next destination!

Good to know

  • The best and effective way to get around is by tuk tuk. You can rent it for an entire day for around $20 max. You can also rent a bike for cheap but its very tiring and will be time consuming to go one place to other.
  • When visiting temples and ancient ruins dress conservatively. No bare shoulders and no knees exposed. And that goes for both men and women.
  • Everywhere USD is accepted. Even if you don’t have the local currency its not an issue. Everyone accepts USD, from restaurants and shops to tuk tuk drivers.
  • Bargain! Don’t pay the price that they ask for. When shopping at night market or taking a tuk tuk, make sure you bargain.
temple inside Angkor Wat

temple inside Angkor Wat

Ramayana carved on the walls of Angkor Wat

Ramayana (hindu mythology) carved on the walls of Angkor Wat

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amazing paintings!

amazing paintings!

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snake wine

snake wine

dare to eat some?

dare to eat some?

yes these are edibles :)

yes these are edibles 🙂

but this was my meal the first night i landed in Cambodia! fried rice from a street hawker! i love street food cause i feel thats where you get to taste the real local flavors!!

but this was my meal the first night i landed in Cambodia! fried rice from a street hawker! i love street food cause i feel thats where you get to taste the real local flavors!!

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Friendly Cambodian :)

Friendly Cambodian 🙂