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Travel the world draped in Six Yards…

Travel the world draped in Six Yards…

In the last few months, my travel wardrobe got a major upgrade. Something that I never once imagined that I would do, happened! From a complete dummy, I became a semi-expert and felt a joy unlike any other… Ofcourse I am talking about Sarees here 🙂 A saree is one of the traditional wears of India worn by millions of women everyday, be it while taking care of their home or running a country! Growing up, I saw my mom…

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Midnight hike up Kawah Ijen, the heavenly volcanic crater

Midnight hike up Kawah Ijen, the heavenly volcanic crater

Who doesn’t love to see a turquoise blue lake, shining with radiance when the first rays of sun descends on it? When we first saw pictures of Kawah Ijen or Ijen crater as it is commonly known, we were head over heels in love too. So when Singapore Airlines offered a steal deal to fly to Surabaya we immediately grabbed our tickets for the long weekend. Then came the blow! The hike to see this beautiful landscape is supposed to…

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My Color Me Run experience, the Ups and Downs!

My Color Me Run experience, the Ups and Downs!

The last time I played Holi and got dunked in so much color was a long time ago, in the North Indian neighborhood of my tiny hometown while growing up. This Saturday I relived this experience in the streets of Saigon with 6,853 other people in the widely popular Color Me Run event!! It was incredibly refreshing and fun to be like kids for a day and enjoy creating a mess 😀 Though the heat was a bit too much…

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Ingenious bamboo trains in Battambang , Cambodia

Ingenious bamboo trains in Battambang , Cambodia

One of my spontaneous, on-the-fly decision when in Cambodia was to visit a small river-side town called Battambang, around 5 hours journey from Siem Reap.  I will highly recommend Battambang to anyone who wants to experience a real slice of the rural Cambodia. Considerably less touristic than Siem Reap (which is literally flooding with tourists in every nook and corner), quieter and beautiful in a subtle way – Battambang was absolutely the right way to finish my 7 day Cambodia…

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On being an Indian girl and traveling solo

On being an Indian girl and traveling solo

When I first took the decision to go ahead with my travel plans to Cambodia, even when I couldn’t find suitable travel companions, I spent hours and hours reading about solo traveling. I found great advice from various stellar travelers but almost all of them were westerners. There are just so many blogs narrating the stories of girls from the west traveling the world solo! But I could hardly find any Indian women among them. And rightfully so! A girl…

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Cambodia Vs India, is it similar or not?

Cambodia Vs India, is it similar or not?

When I was in Cambodia and ever since I got back, a number of curious souls have asked me whether Cambodia is the same as India. The question isn’t flawed since many ancient Cambodian kings were of Indian origin and you can see Indian influence spread across Cambodian architecture and traditions. Plus, you don’t have a lot of Indians around here for people to really “know” about India, so naturally I become a scapegoat and had to answer this question…

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Doing it our ancestors’ way: Flying between trees in the Angkor jungle

Doing it our ancestors’ way: Flying between trees in the Angkor jungle

Wonder what I am talking about here?  Yes, I flew (the monkey way 😉 ) in the “Flight of the Gibbon” – an amazing zip-lining experience in my recent trip to Cambodia. When it comes to Siem Reap or Angkor, all that everyone talk about are the temples, but this incredible zip-lining experience in the middle of a tasking temple exploration itinerary is so refreshing that it is an absolute must-do!! I took a long time to decide on the…

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The floating world of Chong Khneas

The floating world of Chong Khneas

Having spent most of my 3 days at Siem Reap visiting temples, I wanted to do something different before leaving for Battambang today afternoon. That’s when I heard of Chong Khneas – a whole village floating on the waters of Tonle Sap, the biggest lake in South East Asia. So, how did I miss this in my itinerary?!? I went back to my Lonely Planet guide, and after much searching I saw a tiny paragraph quoting that the visit to…

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My 18 hour bus journey or How I reached Siem Reap, Cambodia

My 18 hour bus journey or How I reached Siem Reap, Cambodia

By far, this is the longest I’ve spent in a bus travel! So how did this happen?! Allow me to explain 😀 The original plan was a 12 hour ride from Ho Chi Minh City with a one hour stop over at Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. The ultimate destination is Siem Reap, which is the base city for visiting the Angkor temples. With all enthusiasm, I boarded the Mekong Express Limousine Bus at 7 AM. Everything was smooth…

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3 Quirky habits of the Vietnamese that I love!

3 Quirky habits of the Vietnamese that I love!

This Sunday was my 2 week anniversary of moving to Vietnam and I celebrated it by spending a quiet afternoon near the Saigon River with a copy of my Lord of the Rings. The cool breeze caressing my face and the presence of many couples-in-love reminded me of the Marina beach in Chennai! 😉 So of course it has entered into my list of favorite places in Ho Chi Minh City. When you move to a different country, there is always…

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