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Lara Croft, the spunky heroine in the box office hit Tomb Raider, has helped uplift the spirits of women adventurers as well as accentuate the already famous beauty of Angkor Wat, Cambodia. Aside from channeling their inner Lara Croft, female solo travelers have listed Cambodia in their bucket lists to witness its abundance in history and culture.
This relatively small country definitely has a lot to offer. Dipping in the waters of Sihanoukville beach, exploring the Angkor Thom Great Wall on a traditional Angkor Gondola boat, attending Khmer food cooking classes, and learning Cambodian meditation are just a very few of what female solo travelers can do in the country that was once called the Khmer Empire.
No backpacker drops Thailand in their Asian explorations, as this nation banks so much on their tourism. Like other neighboring Southeast Asian countries, Thailand is also adorned with incredibly beautiful white sand beaches, valiant mountains, tropical climate, and flavorful cuisine.
We could go on and on in enumerating the places to see and things to do in Thailand, but our top picks for female solo travelers include: exploring the golden palaces and floating markets of Bangkok, shop till you drop in the Night Bazaar of Chiang Mai, hit the beaches in Phuket, and immersing in a cultural experience in Chiang Rai.
If you want to learn the cultural inspiration of the ever famous musical Miss Saigon, then test your history in Vietnam. Known for its beaches, rivers, and impeccable Buddhist pagodas, Vietnam pulls your heartstring with their magnificent natural treasures and rich heritage.
If you want to revisit Vietnam’s history through its famous sites, you would instantly notice the unique variety of pre and post colonial architectural designs. Don’t miss to lay your eyes on the beauty of the ancient Po Nagar Cham Towers. You can also see hints of France through the Hanoi Opera House and Café de la Poste. Complete your list by visiting the Hanoi Bay and test your bargaining skills in their affordable markets.
When traveling in Malaysia, you can choose between the three distinctive tourism palettes: island discovery, city escapades, nature loving, cultural experiences—anything just to fit everybody’s interests and personalities.
But for female solo travelers who want to try them all, here are my recommendations. For your island and beach discoveries, you may want to soak up the sun in the islands of Sipadan, Pulau Redang, or Tioman. Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Tower is your top choice for your city escapades. Breathe in nature’s gift in Gunung Mulu National Park, Batu Caves, or Cameron Highlands. Grab the chance to experience Malaysia’s culture through the Sarawak Cultural Village and many more!
If you are willing to splurge for an Asian trip, then book a ticket to Japan right away! Great things in Japan may come with a price tag, but it sure is more than what it’s worth. The land of the rising sun also just happens to be the land of the best cherry blossoms, anime, unimaginably high technology, and countless historical temples.
To explore the modernity of Japan, Tokyo is your best bet where you can unleash the kid in you in Disneyland, or look over the expanse of the city in Tokyo Skytree, or shop at Ginza. Osaka and Kyoto are a must-see too as both possess the urbanity of Tokyo infused with Japan’s old soul. Try Kyoto’s shrine of Fushimi Inari-taisha and the historic site of Arashiyama. To cap your wanderings, visit the Osaka castle.
As a woman traveling solo, sometimes you just want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the corporate food chain or the stress from work. If you are searching for zen with cultural integration, then Laos is the place to be.
You may want to observe the country’s most popular monastery which was built in the 1500s—Wat Xieng Tong. You can also get a fair share of adventure in the eco-friendly Bokeo Nature Reserve Wilderness. Trekking and hiking which is a way of community immersion can also be enjoyed in either Phongsali or Luang Prabang.
Clad in the beauty of its yesteryears, Myanmar—also known as Burma—is the best place to experience a non-commercialized culture. Although it seems pretty isolated since it can only be accessed through planes, female solo travelers can use this as an advantage to gain a more personal adventure.
No one should miss the photogenic and breathtaking ancient cities of Bagan and Mrauk-U. And sside from sightseeing, you can also swim in the premier beach of Ngapali, explore the maze of Bogyoke Aung San market, or trek and meet locals in the hill town of Kalaw.
It is impossible for anyone to miss one of the world’s biggest and most populous countries in their bucket list—the outerspace can’t even help but notice its mark on the globe. The expanse of the dragon kingdom of China is so big it is so hard to choose where to start.
But as any travel guide books would recommend, it is essential to visit its famous sites like The Forbidden City, Great Wall, and the Temple of Heaven. Complete your China escapade by cruising the Yangtze river, marvel at the Yuanyang Rice Terraces, or traverse Mt. Huangshan.
9. South Korea
The land of “Gangnam Style” and KPop has more to offer than their hugely followed entertainment industry. Behind the glitz and glam of the billion-time viewed music videos, lies a deeply rooted culture and inculcated history.
Historical sites like Gyeongbokgung and Jongmyo are good starters, but you might also want to explore the city hubs of Seoul and Busan. Spend your afternoon for a good bargain at the timeless market of Gwangjang. Travel the gastronomic journey of Korea through its Night Food Tour. Lastly, cap the trip with a whole new level adventure in Jeju island.
A sprawl of beautiful islands across the Southeast Asian region, Indonesia’s countless volcanic islands translate to its unique and countless tourism treasures, making it an irresistible destination for female solo travelers.
Relish the breathtaking view of Arjuna-Welirang volcanoes, observe the solemnity of Java’s mysterious temple Candi Sukuh, or gasp in awe at the boat houses of Tana Toraja. But, if you want to get a natural tan at their world class beaches, then stop by Bali.
Singapore is a melting pot of several Asian cultures—Chinese, Malay, Indians, even Philippines. So if you want to just choose one among all Asian countries, Singapore is your great go-to.
Female solo travelers can be assured of almost a hundred percent safety in this country because the crime rate is just incredibly low. You can easily navigate from its shopping hub in Orchard, to the majestic man-made creation of Marina Bay Sands; to the cultural districts of Little Arab, Little India, and Chinatown.
Another magnificent archipelago in Southeast Asia, Philippines can win any tourists hearts because of its incredibly hospitable and optimistic people.
Of course, there are plenty of awesome things female solo travelers can do in the Philippines. Surf in Siargao, dive in the Tubbataha Reef, marvel at the sight of the Chocolate Hills in Bohol, or walk through time along the historic streets of Vigan. A travel guide could not even cover the massive amount of adventures you can have.
With its incredibly diverse culture, surreal scenery and wealth in attractions, female solo traveler can surely experience more than what they expect in Asia.
Here’s the traditional Maras ice cream that’s being sold from the street vendor carts. There’s a place in Doha “Souq Waqif” where you’ll find plenty of them. The salesmen wear regional dress costumes and play it well with their long wooden spoons before you finally have the mouth-watering dessert touch your taste buds. Unlike any of it’s kind , it has authentic ingredients and dense texture from a recipe back hundreds of years. Great fun for many, kids will definitely enjoy the short thrill of snatching the cones.
From overlooked second cities — Bergen, Norway, and Valparaíso, Chile, to name a few — to beautiful islands such as Anguilla and Pangkor Island, Malaysia, INSIDER has you covered with unexpected spots that you’ll want to visit.
Keep reading to learn about 40 of the most underrated travel destinations around the world.
While often overshadowed by Oslo, the Norwegian capital, Bergen — the country’s second-largest city — has plenty to offer.
From the vibrant buildings that dot Bryggen, a historic harbor district and UNESCO World Heritage Site, to the spectacular views from Fløyen Mountain, which is accessible by funicular, charm and natural beauty abound. An ideal destination for watersport fans, visitors can also go kayaking and rafting through Norway’s famous fjords.
Sarandë (also spelled Saranda), a resort in the Albanian Riviera, is equally known for its archaeological ruins and its beaches.
While you’ll find the remains of a 5th-century synagogue in the town itself, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates to prehistoric times is located about 12 miles outside Sarandë. The site, Butrint, has in the course of its storied history functioned as a Greek colony, a Roman city, and a bishopric.
If you’d rather catch some rays than sightsee, some of the most popular beaches in the area include Mirror Beach, Santa Quaranta Beach, and Pulebardha Beach. “A friend’s photos of Pulebardha Beach was the impetus for my visit to Albania and it was well worth the visit,” writes a TripAdvisor user.
US News and World Report ranked Anguilla— a British overseas territory — as the Caribbean island with the best beaches. With an embargo on cruise ships, casinos, and even high-rise hotels, Anguilla is far from a tourist trap.
According to users on TripAdvisor, Shoal Bay is one of the best beaches on the island — and possibly in the world. “The white powder sand and turquoise water is so peaceful and beautiful. Although all the beaches on Anguilla are beautiful, in my opinion Shoal Bay East is the best,” one user raves.
In a word, Valparaíso is colorful. Chile’s second-largest city is known for its street artand eye-catching graffiti, and the rainbow of houses that dot its steep roads — among them a home owned by Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. If the incline becomes tiring, you can hop aboard one of Valparaíso’s funiculars, which offer a new perspective on the maze-like geography.
Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama, Japan
Characterized by their thatched-roof, Gassho-style farmhouses — a traditional form of Japanese architecture that evolved to withstand the elements— the Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama are charmingly nestled in a river valley in central Japan.
The three villages, Ogimachi, Ainokura, and Suganuma, have been designated World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
Lake Bohinj, Slovenia
While Lake Bled may have the name recognition, another body of water in the Julian Alps should also be on your radar. More remote and just as breathtaking, Lake Bohinjis a nature lover’s paradise. Visitors can explore the gorgeous environs by hiking, biking, and kayaking.
Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa
At Tsitsikamma, part of Garden Route National Park, you can get active by swimming, hiking, biking, and even abseiling (rappelling). While you’re there, be sure to look out for the dolphins and otters the park is famous for.
Hill Country, Texas, United States
One of eight recognized wine-growing regions in Texas, the Lone Star State’s Hill Country spans an incredible nine million acres and encompasses 25 counties. In addition to being one of the fastest-growing wine regions in the US, Lonely Planet included the destination in its 2017 list of the best places to visit in America.
“[The state] is making great wine, mostly from grape varieties you would find in places like Spain, southern France, and Italy,” according to James Tidwell, Master Sommelier at the Four Seasons Resort in Dallas, Texas.
Garni Gorge, Armenia
Armenia’s Garni Gorge, situated near a village of the same name, is accessible via car or on foot. The gorge is distinguished by vertical cliffs that feature well-preserved basalt columns. It’s also home to a temple that dates to the first century — possibly the world’s eastern-most Greek temple.
Faroe Islands, Denmark
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Calgary, a city with a cosmopolitan feel and a rural heritage, is located in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies. While some only visit to experience the famous mountains, there’s much more to do — whether you’re taking in an exhibit at the Glenbow Museum, which specializes in art and artifacts from Western Canada, or checking out the local foodie scene at the Calgary Farmers’ Market.
The former cattle-ranching capital is perhaps best known for its an annual rodeo, a 10-day event called the Calgary Stampede.
Italy’s Puglia region, which forms the heel of the boot-shaped country, is often overlooked in favor of higher-profile destinations like Tuscany. Yet Puglia has a vibe all its own, from its local wine and cuisine — think homemade orecchiette pasta— to its exquisite beaches.
You’ll find some of the most beautiful beaches in Polignano a Mare, Torre Canne, and Gallipoli.
Oedo Botania, South Korea
If your idea of an island paradise resembles a garden, Oedo Botania is the place for you.
After seeking shelter on the island when it was just an outcrop of rocks, a man named Lee Chang-ho decided to develop it into a botanical garden with his wife. Located off the southern coast of South Korea, Oedo Botania is accessible only by ferry from the adjacent island of Geoje.
“Oedo is a wonderfully scenic island. The gardens are spectacular and there are an amazing amount of opportunities to take photos,” writes a TripAdvisor user.
Assateague Island, Virginia and Maryland, United States
Assateague, a barrier island shared by Virginia and Maryland, is known for the wild horses (more than 300 in total) that roam its beaches. According to folklore, the horses arrived on the island when a ship was wrecked off the coast of Virginia in the 18th century.
While you can simply enjoy the beauty of Assateague and its equine inhabitants, outdoorsy types will want to take advantage of the island’s many campsites and bike paths.
La Roque-Gageac, France
Located on the north bank of the Dordogne River, La Roque-Gageac is a picturesque cliff-side village known for its yellow houses, which were built from stone in the traditional Périgord style. The village also features a 12th-century fort and an exotic garden.
According to TripAdvisor users, a hot air balloon tour that leaves from La Roque-Gageac is a great way to see the broader Dordogne region.
Liechtenstein, one of the smallest (and wealthiest) countries in Europe, is a principality nestled between Switzerland and Austria. In the capital, Vaduz, you can see the city’s eponymous castle— the official residence of the Prince of Liechtenstein — as well as the Cathedral of St. Florin, a neo-Gothic church constructed in the 19th century.
With access to the Alps via the foothills of the Rhätikon Mountains, Liechtenstein also offers numerous hiking trails and ski slopes.
Filled with stunning beaches and uncrowded waves, as well as lower prices than many of its more well-known neighbors, Nicaragua is becoming a destination to be reckoned with.
León was founded in 1524 by a Spanish conquistador, making it one of the oldest colonial cities in the Americas. It was also Nicaragua’s capital until 1857, and is filled with churches, museums, and beautiful architecture. It’s a popular jumping-off point for visiting the many nearby volcanoes.
Nairn Beach, Scotland, United Kingdom
Another noteworthy site is Monfragüe, a national park known for its geological features and wildlife, including 208 species of vertebrates.
Located in northwestern Argentina in the Lerma Valley, Salta is a lively city that moves to the rhythm of its famous folk music, which marries elements of Spanish musical traditions with lyrics about Argentine rural life.
The Salta province is also one of Argentina’s leading wine-growing regions, featuring some of the most extreme vineyards on the planet. Situated at lower latitudes and higher altitudes than most of the world’s vineyards, the climate is well-suited to viticulture.
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Hobart, the capital of Tasmania (an island state of Australia), offers everything from athriving art and music scene to a wildlife preserve.
Get a culture fix at the lauded (and subversive) Museum of Old and New Art, which was opened by local mathematician and gambler David Walsh and cost $200 million to build. “Curators from New York and Paris have marveled at how the museum flouts convention: There are no explanatory placards fixed to the walls, and visitors are encouraged to wander through the subterranean spaces at will,” the New York Times reported.
At Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, a 30-minute drive from the city, animal lovers can see marsupials ranging from koalas to kangaroos — not to mention the island’s famous Tasmanian devils.
If you’re into beer, you’ll also find Cascade, Australia’s oldest brewery, in Hobart.
Pangkor Island, Malaysia
While the beaches are the main draw on Pangkor Island, which is located off the coast of Malaysia in the Perak region, you can also explore a historic Dutch fort, a Taoist temple, and a rainforest.
Island of Gozo, Malta
Gozo, Malta’s sister island, is small in size but rich in history. The nine-mile-long Mediterranean island contains 46 churches and a megalithic temple complex called Ġgantija, whose name is derived from the Maltese word for “giant.”
According to tradition, Gozo is said to be Ogyia, the island from Greek mythology where the nymph Calypso held Odysseus captive.
Bukovina, Romania and Ukraine
In Bukovina, a historic region that borders Romania and Ukraine, the Carpathian Mountains and a vast expanse of green hills make for a breathtaking landscape.
If these natural features weren’t picturesque enough, Bukovina’s painted monasteries and churches— decorated with ornate frescoes from the 15th and 16th centuries — are stunning examples of Byzantine art. A handful of the churches were added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 1993.
If you’re planning a trip to Asia, you might consider large cities like Beijing or Tokyo. But you should add Taipei to your list too.
From the bustling food markets that form the hub of the city’s nightlife to museums such as the National Revolutionary Martyrs’ Shrine and the National Palace Museum, Taiwan’s capital is an exciting culinary and cultural destination in its own right.
Durban, South Africa
The beachside paradise of Durban is only about an hour from Johannesburg, but far less crowded.
The off-the-beaten-path spot is a draw for surfers thanks to massive waves, and appeals to thrill-seekers thanks to being home to the world’s largest swing.
La Paz, Bolivia
Sitting at an elevation of between 10,650 and 13,250 feet above sea level, La Paz is the world’s highest administrative capital. To view the gorgeous Andean scenery from above, take a ride on Mi Teleférico, the city’s aerial cable car system.
Named a “best value” city by Lonely Planet, La Paz is enjoyable no matter your budget. Travelers can sample fresh food at La Paz’s markets and go on hiking and biking excursions for under $30 a day. Even if you spring for a trendy hotel or dine at upscale restaurants, you’ll still be spending less than you would in pricier locales.
In Ladakh, Tibetan Buddhist monasteries are built right into the Indian Himalayas. While the high altitude and rough terrain might intimidate some travelers, the unbridled beauty of the arid mountain landscape is spectacular.
Whether you want to surf or experience the local music scene, Dakar — Senegal’s capital — could be the place for you.
“Senegal is another emerging west African destination, thanks to its great beaches for surfing, music venues, culture, and food,” a travel expert told Business Insider.
While often dismissed as a necessary layover en route to the Galapagos islands (another must-visit), a refreshed riverfront, as well as new hotels and restaurants popping up all over town are enticing visitors to spend more than just one night in Guayaquil.
Taranaki, New Zealand
For local dining, head to New Plymouth, where you’ll find a mix of eateries in the West End precinct. The neighborhood is also home to stylish galleries and shops.
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I woke up at 10 am and hear nothing but the loud poof of the plane as the ventilation switches from an outside system. Wherever the story takes me sure I’d have a great water for coffee and tasty garlic butter for my toast, well basically that’s how I start my day.
I went downstairs and saw Amy slowly stirring her cup of hot chocolate while browsing the trending stuffs on buzzfeed which has been the routine mostly. Well, life can get crazy at times and if you’re always rushing around in the morning, it’s difficult being able to have a quiet moment at all, I guess that’s how my mindset works. Exactly 2 hours when the driver came repeatedly stimulating his horn to quickly hop in. “How are you’’? He said. Same script everyday but I can’t complain nor get tired of it cause he takes care of my daily transfer to the office without a missed.
An African guy was standing in the lobby called my name and said “hi”. His name is Akins from Ghana, our company guard living next across the building. I can’t imagine how hard to be on their shoes working for 12 hours or more to keep the security around and yet they’re earning less than what they deserved, sometimes those are the things that’s not easy to understand. In the washroom was where I met Rach and Je where we did all the vanity stuffs, some pep talks or even primping before we got stuck in our swivel chairs.
Anyone have their own obsession and so I went straight to the pantry to satisfy mine. The tea girl just made my day with the brewed coffee and strong aroma scent wrapped in the room stealing every seconds left till the senses get hooked and filled my empty cup. As I passed the reception area to have my attendance with Clay there I saw crowd of Clients sitting on the couch waiting for their turn to be called, it was a quite a busy afternoon and everyone were trying to book their flights and packages for the coming EID Holidays or Eid al-Adha also called “Festival of Sacrifice”.
Finally! I got my sit back. Working with twenty people in Operations Department with different cultural diversities comes with a dare but not with them. They fall into three categories: The Helper – The Complainer – The Risk-taker, regardless of the type of impact they leave, a valuable lesson will always be learned at the end of the day, that’s not too bad isn’t it? Nancy is one of my closest friend like an elder sister who’s sitting beside me, there was never a day that we didn’t talked about her secret affair. She’s one of the truest person I know and adore her for having so much devotion to her family. It’s just that sometimes it’s not all about the salary but the environment but the environment around is what truly matters. There you go Mr. Bimb walking closer to follow up his booking status, the screamer boss who seems to get his way of raising his voice to an unconscionable level, the higher the volume, the higher the commitment. And cheers to Lan who just came for his 5pm shift and plays “The Buddy Boss” like the savior of us all from complaints or booked out cases. Thanks to Cader for showing up and made my sales spiked to the highest. He’s our annoying cool Sales Rep who slowly eats my head for being too pushy and aggressive with all his quotation request yet.
Nine hours later Syed came and dropped me back to Villa. Separating the truth from the fiction, being a Travel Consultant has it’s own perks and disadvantages too yet one thing I truly loves about the job is the happiness it brings to the travelers after booking their flights and holiday packages, the kind of flashback memories that will make them smile every time, a great reminder how beautiful the world is and definitely worth to see.
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INDONESIA – 30 DAYS, FREE
LAOS – 30 DAYS
MALAYSIA – 30 DAYS
MYANMAR – 14 DAYS
SINGAPORE – 30 DAYS
THAILAND – 30 DAYS
VIETNAM – 21 DAYS
ARMENIA – VOA AT YEREVAN AIRPORT MAXIMUM OF 120 DAYS OR BETTER YET, GET AN E-VISA
HONG KONG – 14 DAYS
IRAN – 30 DAYS BUT 14 DAYS AT KISH AND QESHM AIRPORT
ISRAEL – 30 DAYS
KYRGYZSTAN – 30 DAYS VOA
MACAU – 30 DAYS
MALDIVES – 30 DAYS VOA
MONGOLIA – 21 DAYS
NEPAL – 90 DAYS VOA
SRI LANKA – 30 DAYS ETA ON ARRIVAL
TAIWAN – 30 DAYS
CAPE VERDE ISLANDS – VOA
COMOROS – 45 DAYS VOA
DJIBOUTI – VOA
GAMBIA – 90 DAYS
GUINEA-BISSAU – 90 DAYS VOA
KENYA – 90 DAYS VOA $50 FOR 30 DAYS
MADAGASCAR – 90 DAYS VOA $27 FOR 30 DAYS
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RWANDA – 90 DAYS $50 FOR 30 DAYS
SENEGAL – 30 DAYS VOA
SEYCHELLES – 30 DAYS VOA
TANZANIA – 30 DAYS VOA $50 FOR 30 DAYS
TOGO – 7 DAYS VOA
UGANDA – VOA$50 FOR 30 DAYS
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FIJI – 120 DAYS
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NIUE – 30 DAYS
PALAU – 30 DAYS VOA
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Moving to another country is tough mostly if you don’t know anyone from a particular city yet it also allows you to grow and live independently, meet new people and get to know different points of view, embrace other culture and traditions but that wasn’t …
Healthy marriages requires several essential to make it work aside from the deep emotional connection between the two couple, it requires respect, honor and kindness as well. The story that was portrayed by the characters of “Prelude” didn’t explained much about how it affected the marriage though Adina’s husband showed infidelity practice at one point when he was sick. Adina calmed her nerves and continued to treat him the best way she can even after the rumors kept spreading that her husband went away to be with one of his women, still there was no confrontation happened from her side instead she always give him the benefit of the doubt, nursed him, support him and get fond of him. She never had a single thought of ending the relationship because she cares more of her husband’s happiness than hers, or maybe in real sense she’s in denial of what truly lies in between what she feels and think. There could be tons of reasons to give up from the start, how her siblings in law indirectly made her feel the regrets for their brother marrying her yet life went on and she lived with it without hatred in her heart, how she was cheated on, unfortunately not all women are like her. Too often, an unfaithful spouse whose affair has been discovered will continue to see and/or contact their affair partner. Sometimes this is done in secret. They may assure their spouse that they’ve ended the affair; however, their lack of transparency and untrustworthy behavior indicates otherwise. Bethrayal was never been good part of anything mostly if it’s done by someone closest to us or let say in this case was the husband but maybe the character of Adina also shows what true love is all about, despite the fact that she’s aware by the infidelity of her husband she chose to stay away from the negative effect that might cause the whole family to suffer instead she played a great role to be the best wife that any husband could wish for. At the end of the day she maybe not be the luckiest woman but she was happy that she made her husband the happiest man who lived.
An art of expression through different lenses of the camera finding the right angle to get the best shot. Anyone could do photography and anything could be a great object for photograph, it’s a matter of how close you pay attention to the detail of what to capture. Creativity of the eye plays the integral part of photography on what should be done with the lighting, composition and focus to make that vision becomes materiality. With the current generation, it’s a trend to have a mandatory selfie everywhere to update our social accounts to cater our personal interest cause the truth is it feels good and entertaining seeing ourselves in a particular moment and sharing to other people how we do chasing more likes and be in the game of popularity that gives us a temporary fulfilment of the day.
Admiring professional photographers to achieve the same quality when taking pictures might take some practice snapping photo after photo till it looks perfect and convincing enough to portray our emotions behind the lens. Selfies could be tough as nails too aside from finding your best angle (which doesn’t work always) you’ll be the photographer at the same time. I never had a hard time since I have taken my share of selfies anyway. I love filters, it adds life in the image but not to the extent of brushing away the raw beauty that almost looks like a wax sculpture. Great lighting and right background are two of the key factors for taking good pictures (or any photo for that matter). It would benefit to stay away from the direct sun light as brassy lighting cause unflattering shadows and highlighted eye bags which you wouldn’t like too.
Going against the flow and discover things for yourself means you can do photography in any way you are pleased to as the saying goes that “Photography is a story we fail to put in words”
Our minds, body and soul should be in rhythm to fill the inner peace and happiness that often set aside because we’re preoccupied with our daily activities . In the Southern West corner of Indian Peninsula there’s a state called Kerala, where this 5 star property in Marari Beach is located and named “Carnoustie Ayurveda & Wellness Resort”. The calm beauty in a beach setting surrounded by lush green of trees and grass, flowers attracting butterflies to kiss them under the sun and villas that are spacious to roam around having the essence of privacy will surely gives you an enormous feeling of relaxation and healing at the same time. An oasis tucked in a small village which takes few hours from Cochin Airport promises a buzzing moment during the stay with its uniquely stylish structures that would definitely worth of every drop of your dime by the quality of service from qualified professional medical therapist and a wellness diet program (which teaches that diet is the foundation of health and is centred on 3 bio energy forces called doshas: Vata,Pitta and Kapha) arranged beautifully with the touch of Indian colors and flavors. The program truly meets or even beyond the expectation that complements the revitalizing and refreshing surroundings finding serenity out of stillness with exquisite sweetness refounded through solitude that enhances results.
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Choosing your favorite place is like picking the best tang of ice cream they’re all so good yet gonna end up with the usual taste we’ve always tried. Surely, we do have different definition of Paradise and these places would give you a high pitch of bright eyed and bushy tailed just after you tied your knots.
1. MALDIVES. “THE SUNNY SIDE OF LIFE” .There’s no better feeling than packing your chic summer outfit get on the plane and arrive in archipelagic island of Maldives where sands are fine and powdery white just like the wide smiles of the locals, where the weather is perfect to bask in the sun and let the deep rays immerse on your skin wrapping you like a warm blanket.
2. SEYCHELLES. “WELCOME TO ANOTHER WORLD”. With it’s outstanding calm atmosphere, talcum powder beaches swaddled by topaz waters, vigorous hills and an awe-inspiring laidback settings will definitely turn your head around on this stunning island of Seychelles with the tropical oceanic climate. Flying here could be a bit challenging for your pocket yet won’t make you regret a single penny to be spent.
3. BALI INDONESIA.”WONDERFUL INDONESIA”. Being the most popular island “Bali” in the Indonesian archipelago that’s well known for it’s ancient culture and hospitality with plenty of temples and palaces that sets natural backdrops of top attractions. There are plenty of astounding beaches and affordable upscale resorts in different Bali’s famed areas like Kuta, Seminyak and Jimbaran where the lodges are just in front of the beach with the tranquil seascapes and sunrises in the eastern side of Nusa Dua, Sanur, and the remote coast of Candidasa. Not only the pristine water but the central highlands of Ubud with it’s flowing rice fields could be your best bets too.
4. THAILAND.”AMAZING THAILAND”. The accommodating and fun loving nature to welcome you from the glittering temples to tropical bluish clear water of beautiful islands through to the comforting Thai smile that makes you feel homey.
5. SANTORINI GREECE. “ALL TIME CLASSIC” . Located in Aegean sea that takes less than an hour flight from Athens to the island. It has always been a dream escape for romantic getaways because of the breath taking snow drift of white cycladic stylish houses lining the cliff tops and places. A good toast while watching the sun sets with the reflection of orange and red in the cliffs could be the best part of your day.
6. TUSCANY ITALY.”MADE IN ITALY”. Wouldn’t you fall inlove waking up in the morning seeing this lovely scenic picturesque like a cast in the movie “Letters to Juliet”. Be indulged with it’s outstanding taste of cuisines and wines which being said that “a good wine isn’t properly judged of till the second glass” . Buongiorno!
7. KYOTO,JAPAN “ENDLESS DISCOVERY”. Located in the Central part of Honshu Japan, this tranquil heavenly spectacular panoramic view surrounded by mountains and cities will undoubtedly sweep you off your feet that you would wish to keep going back cause of the romantic settings added by the cherry blossom trees with it’s perfect climate. The exquisite taste of cuisines that would melt your taste buds is something you don’t want to missed either.
8. FINLAND “I WISH I WAS IN FINLAND”. It’s not only about Santa Claus home but in Northern Lapland when the sky is clear, there’s a blazing dancing lights you can watch from the comfy bed of your igloo or cottage. Witnessing the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) is once in a lifetime experience that could be even more special watching with your partner.
9. SWITZERLAND “GET NATURAL”. The mere thought of flying to Switzerland would make you roll your eyes because of the diverse scenic landscapes that only get to see through pictures of advertisements. Aside from the unspoilt charm of the Alps there’s a vast stretch of wildlife and sanctuaries that promises a bundle of excitement and fun with a guarantee picture of perfect hassle free kind of honeymoon.
10. IRELAND.”JUMP INTO IRELAND” The stone fences, green hills, country roads, tiny farm, lakes and the cheeky isles, the people and the character of place itself gives a complete backdrop for all kinds of adventures whether it’ll be in Castles, long walks on beaches, visiting Cathedrals, horseback riding and what about the Irish sunsets? Surely gives you an oozing romantically “Fairy Tale” kind of moment.
11.KENYA.”MAGICAL KENYA”. Choosing a rugged place for honeymoon makes more desirable and intimate since it’s not the common place where people usually go. An adventured filled holiday surrounded by packed of magnificent animals in an authentic classic Safari set up is the best part with the rustic country style cottages, large windows having a view of mountains and grass plains,private veranda for a good toast of champagne,curling up with each other in a peaceful and solitude set up are worth the while.
Disclaimer : These are based on mostly requested honeymoon spots by our Clients and not to offend other places not mentioned in the list.
Let’s pray for the people of Greece🙏
“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.” – Isaiah 43:2
A season is like a reason
When you’re about to pick the right reason
You will put your mind in prison
Always think clearly of it
For you not to regret of it
It will never put your mind out of it
You must try to give yourself a treat
Just even for a single bit
Relax your mind, and work for it
Then it will lead you to the best you haven’t met
What it takes to have a 24 hours stop in a city where you’ve never been to?
There are no direct flights from Denpasar Airport to reach Lucknow India and the only option is to transit via Singapore. While waiting for boarding an airline ground staff announced the delay of estimated departure due to late turn around of the same aircraft to be used. It was honestly the worst thing ever he heard that day thinking the short time to spend in the city known for Tagline “Passion Made Possible” .After kicking one’s heels, he finally arrived at Changi Airport (2 hrs and 40 min flight duration) with mixed tickled pink and cold feet at the same time. The Immigration officer asked how many days he intends to stay as Visa allows a maximum period of 30 days with a validity of 2 years, 24 hours maybe sounds good to welcomed him with a smile. In the arrival area there’s a Helpdesk Center to provide details you might need like a map or tourist book and in his case watching some vlogs about this place gave him an idea where to go and that’s to explore “Little India”. He installed “Grab” app instead of taking a cab from the taxi stand surely cost more than bus or trains yet cheaper compare to Taxi’s roaming around. If staying longer then MRT could definitely the best choice of transport considering the fastest and efficient way to get you to most parts of Singapore. He booked Sandpiper Hotel (3 star property), location wise is convenient to markets or shopping centers, local Indian restaurants, Mrt stations, and walkable distance to Little India. Rooms are relatively small yet fair enough for 1 night lodge mostly if travelling alone and if not carrying too much luggage to fit in the space. Wifi is also available, front desk were nice and helpful, still recommendable if not so picky. Dinner was served in Bismillah Biryani Restaurant nearby the hotel. Around 7 pm when the driver came to bring him to Night Safari (he paid 15 SGD for the driver + 47 SGD for the entrance ticket). The timing was perfect as soon as he entered the zoo a live show was ongoing treating everyone with an amazing experience and great fun. The park lightings significantly catch the eye of the visitors to enjoy nocturnal behavior of different animals in the forest which is normally open till 12:30 midnight.
Morning of the next day he decided to have his breakfast in “little India Restaurant” just few steps away from the hotel and get prepared for the half day tour to take him to Marina Bay to see Cloud Forest and Flower Dome. Grab app made his life much easier in a click of his finger driver was there, that’s pretty comfortable, isn’t it? Entrance cost SGD 28 (for both Cloud Forest and Flower Dome). A magnificent and worthy to visit with its well-maintained nature of greeneries and impeccable architecture of the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome. This refreshing mist of waterfall in Cloud Forest that welcomes the tourist gives an instant impression to take you through levels of opportunity to see various tropical kind of plants. And yes, not all comes for free cause if wish to do skywalk or have access to glass domes there would have to pay an additional cost. You don’t need to be a huge flower sucker to deeply get impressed and appreciates the Flower Dome, just get your feet there lay your eyes enjoy the heavenly scent and let it judge on its own. It could’ve been better if not departing in 3 hours unfortunately the driver was already waiting outside to drop him to the Airport.
“It’s not always about how long you stayed in one place, but how it indulged your spirit and the feeling of being at home is more enough to fall in love with the city”
Once had a stunning youthful glow that stands out from the rest, the jazzy velvety colors of the petals and the alluring scent that lingers and get stuck in the senses has gone. Now every side dried out, leaves almost falls off from the stalk and not as lovely as freshly picked. The form didn’t changed except that it doesn’t look alive anymore and fragile not to hold it tight, but why I still keep them after all when there are tons of reasons to trash them away. Roses are one of the sweetest creation that never needs to compete for crowns to justify they exist, they just naturally bloom one day into the prettiest version of their own that brings a bliss in a single blink of an eye. It has the power to convey the sincerest kind of affection that oftenly can’t be expressed by words. I’ve got these hanged in my closet for quite a while, still I found them attractive and always makes me smile whenever I see them (sounds cheesy huh ,but yes it was my first time receiving a bouquet of flowers upon arriving at the airport). Looks could have been faded through months or years yet it all turned to more uniquely styled version of elegance that blossomed over the time of maturity. That kind of beauty that fresh ones doesn’t have, the experience along the way to a well lived life⚘
“You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you.–Song of Solomon 4:7“
Sitting next to the glass window of 9th floor right on spot view of well-built architectures and busy bright lights on the street cars moving everywhere trying to catch the day before it ends. I wonder why their weekend falls on Thursdays and Fridays what’s special on these days? Why not the usual Saturdays and Sundays? Is it because Friday is their Salaat-Ul-Jumma? Really, I have no idea but living here for quite some time get me used to this pattern. Days are passing by so fast in a snap of the finger without realizing a second has gone. It was like yesterday I came and the whole thing looks dreary and daunting like a fish out of the water cause by the unusual set up of the district being compared to my native country, and yes today is my 3 years of loving every blind side of this place and the sensory memories which will never leave me. Could be true when in Rome do as the Romans do if you know what I mean. Behind the luminosity lies the dusty desert coating the entire city of Doha concealed by darkness and snazzy skyscrapers that magnetize the eyes of the gazer. Random thoughts occupying my head waiting for the electric kettle hit 100°C to make my Joe while the distressing news about Pakistan bombing keeps playing on different tv channels and can’t help but to ponder why people are so heartless nowadays, can somebody tell “Genie” to come out of the bottle and put these killers in?!!Facing the blank screen moving my cursor left and right puzzled of words hitting backspace and retype and backspace when a sudden mocking blip from the boiling water just broke the silence ready to stir up my cup. Naively starring outside and see no stars probably the effect of the artificial lights in night skies which makes it hard to detect by own eyes just as how rare the rain shows up on this land. This isn’t my first time coming here however it’s different from all other days I took to this place. Maybe because the landscape is so magnificent? I don’t think so. Could it be that it’s such a beautiful night? Nah, that can’t be. Maybe it had to do with the fact that my mind can freely travel the farthest my sight could the way my hands navigate right words on keyboards to fill in the blank page, like how fairytales excites and astonish the imagination of the kids. Guess I just found my feet today when nobody can get my butt in gear when it comes to things I couldn’t do the whole week long. One great way to instill that feeling of happiness is simply sit in silence, for just a few minutes, and just be. Observe the breath without inferring how slow or how fast it is going or what thoughts are coming and going and allow ourselves to actually feel our own presence. The presence of true self. The essence of who we are and this is what exactly I love about Fridays when the birds are out of the cage and can freely soar highly in the sky.
Beautifully creates a tinkling melodious sound out of silence sway by the wind that gives an enormous captivating effect to uplift the spirit and soul. Beyond the horizon where eyes and lines meet lies a vibe to be felt and engraved. Hidden in the Western Coast Peninsula of Calatagan is a resort called “ Stilts Beach” the dubbed Maldives inspired landscape in the province of Batangas (3 hours drive from the South of Manila). The stunning white sand paradise and iconic floating cottages above pristine water with fully furnished wooden lanai has perfect setting to crack the hustle and bustle city life and simply enjoy watching the sun falls down the skyline.
Taking a wheel to this small town doesn’t come cheap but surely gives you a whole whale of time. They have different room types depending on pocket preference if wish to stay overnight and day tour is an option as well . I could say I’m pretty lucky enough to be a local cause I’ve got plenty of reasons not to spend a dime for 1 night of forty winks since my house is utterly close by.
We buckled our seatbelts and drove to resort with my bestfriend last April 2018.
Passing the green lane of ravishing trees we reached the main entrance, two security guards asked if we have a reservation and told them we’re just gonna have dinner. They handed the pass and directed the way to infinity parking lot which wasn’t jammed that day. As getting nearer to the reception area we’re hearing the clapper kept playing in the cool breeze from the sea, the catchy tag lines posted in every corner surely won’t make you back out your feet. In the lobby is where the restaurant located more woody tables outside the pavilion to be occupied with a dense view of cottages and beach, chimes hung on the trees being swayed by the wind and cozy lanterns glow adding a unique sentiment of the moment. As luck would have it the waiter came to our table and offered a complimentary welcome drink (it’s from a friend who’s working there yet I don’t say either to have a big cheese on plate to get the attention) I guess that’s just one of the perks being in hometown where someone knows someone. We ordered “bulalo’’ the famous dish in Batangas, scrummy “lumpiang hubad” ,their chocolate pastry with drops of Bacardi rum which was quite strong to be honest. Shortly after having our sumptuous dinner we decided to take a walk in the stretch of the beach under the bright stars and get mesmerized how charming the night was like a tourist trapped in a beautiful island somewhere and doesn’t want to go back yet. Sitting in a gazebo on the beach adorned with candle lights and white flowers, the tiny woooosshhh sound of the wave , who wouldn’t wish to get a diamond ring right on the spot? None of us anyway! but cup of Joe did saved us😊 “Kuya” who’s in charge in the venue was cool enough to pitch in and capture good shots in between. I mean 3-4 hours break into this place wrapped up our night and call it a day. Might be a bit pricey for some, but the snap happiness and smiles it brings gives a fair shake yet even greater memorable experience.
” Happy hearts always win and smiles that can’t be taken back is something worth than a million. At the end of the day we look for our kind of serenity and always, always it finds us back home”
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Yesterday I was on the phone with my Client discussing about their honeymoon plans when my Manager hastily went on panic and yelled telling our neighboring Villa was on fire. Everyone was in a hurry to leave the office and save their passports left in their closets and me sitting upfront playing like a deadpool talking about Maldives Package and all. My friend who’s living in the opposite block of flats kept me posted of the current situation in case it gets worst. There’s a rule that taking pictures/videos are prohibited and subject for deportation, who wouldn’t get scared of that when police officers started checking each and every person they’ve seen holding phones during the event. It’s no different with any other countries having paparazzi everywhere, but sharing in social media to get sympathy or interest for trending status cause is a big NO NO!
While girls were downstairs ,they’ve heard a loud bang coming from the master’s bedroom. All get alarmed and rushed to the 2nd floor when they saw the Air Conditioner sparks from the back end of the stabilizers loose contact in the screw that started emitting fumes and quickly turned into flames ignited by some fabrics and woods next to it due to overheating of the compressor. Firefighters came after few minutes being wrapped by heavy smoke and getting suffocated by the smell of burnt wires and materials. Given the comfort AC brings to cool our space , it’s not bad at all to switch it off when not necessary. Sometimes it works better and last longer when we’re giving it a break.
Biyu which means banana and Kukung is a snake fruit. We arrived at the hotel passed 5 pm and from the reception area I could see the refreshing scenery of green rice fields, the sound of water stream from the infinite pools and the high pitch chirping sound of the cricket. The place was just simply fascinating and so are the staffs. She handed the room key and we walked ahead to room 101. Dangled of white curtains draped on the front glass door with a mini balcony and garden facing paddy and bamboo villas on the other side was just stunning to stare at and feels so homey. There’s a complimentary fruit bowl of banana and snake fruit on the wooden table where the property was named after Biyukukung Suites. The location is very accessible that makes it easy to roam by walk whether it’ll be restaurants, souvenir shops, spa and yoga center or even tourist spots like Monkey Forest which is 2.1 km away from the hotel. The roads were not congested though scooters are everywhere being used by locals and tourists. From Kuta we have arranged our full day car hire costing 500,000 IDR per day through the recommendation of our friend (I can share the contact if you need). While on our way we’ve seen Balinese people placing offerings in front of small shrines in their houses, a thin stick of burning incense surrounded by brightly colorful flowers and petals that brings balance and peace. It’s enthralling to see how devoted they are when it comes to their spiritual practices that’s not always witnessed mostly in my country. We dined in “Bebek Bengil” restaurant near Monkey Forest and enjoyed their local signature of Nasi Goreng and the crispy duck for the first time and hate me not but I think what we’ve paid deserves more for our taste buds cause it’s a bit pricey or maybe we’re not just a fan of duck but seriously worth of a try if coming to Ubud.
We continued walking after our dinner and checked out some souvenir shops and convenient stores nearby incase we’ll be in need of something. In Bali everything is “Hati” means heart and there’s what they call “Hati-Hati” or take care of your heart. A glimpse of sun rays in the window seeing the view of rice paddy from my bed and hearing the birds twittering in the balcony was such a captivating morning to wake up and have coffee watching the sunrise.
While having our breakfast we had a bit chit chat with the waiter of the hotel. He is 59 yrs old, very nice and generous enough to share the native culture of Bali, famous places to visit, restaurants for the best local dish, meditation centers, spiritual healers and who would forget this Guru guy from Eat Pray and Love movie “Ketut” which he said passed away few years ago .I love the simplicity of their lives, dreams that aren’t complicated and contentment of what they have is something that we don’t get across everyday and having the chance to experience the free worry kind of world around is certainly special.
We booked our flights and hotel and the rest were just happened on the road. Backpacks, white sneakers and sometimes flip flops or bikes is all you need in Ubud. No need for clay fancy stuffs. Respect that won’t cost an arm and leg, the basic and simplest rule to follow mostly when going to Holy Temples. Girls should wear sarong or kain kambeng and scarfs known as selendang for men.
Undeniably one of my favorite Temple in Ubud is Pura Tirta Empul. It’s a crowded place during mid day yet with a peaceful awe inspiring for devotees. Don’t leave without having a purification bath in the holy water springs believing to bring good health and success in life. It has 13 channeled sprouts to perform your prayers and skip the 11th and 12th (they say it’s ritual for the dead).
Entrance Fee : IDR 15,000 per person
The lovely Tegalalang Rice Terraces that serves as the highlight of the photo op after long steps sweating and extra pounds burning we’re all worth it after hours of trekking and resting under the trees. There’s nothing to stash from the pocket here unless maybe you would hire a guide.
Bali Luwak Coffee Plantation
Tasting Luwak coffee was my favorite part being a “coffeaholic” if the term make sense. It’s one of the most expensive coffee that comes from the poop of Palm Civet. We’ve paid IDR300,000 for the entrance fee including the great treat of different brews of coffees/teas with a twist of spices made by their self hand.
Mt Batur was one of the top spot during the tour. The climate in the surrounded area was a bit colder, street vendors selling souvenirs at bargained prices and this pretty needlelike spikes that everyone claims for the foul odor was on our curiosity list for taste test crest. Yes I’m talking about Durian fruit that everyone hates. Strange piece with a unique and striking taste that smells stinky socks yet I couldn’t say it’s disgusting. We liked it to be honest but maybe just “maybe” in a form of candies would be better.
Every journey woudn’t be complete without souvenirs to take home. I’m a huge sucker of lucky charms and luckily we found one near the hotel. I bought a rudraksha beads bracelet that says a tear from Shiva’s eye grew into this tree and wearing it will have her protection so I’m using it everyday and guess it’s working 😊
We had this trip in April 2018 ,spent 2 nights in Kuta and 3 nights in Ubud too short for such a beautiful place like Bali. We’re planning to go back soon and hoping for a little longer stay.
Eye catchy , yes definitely! Does it taste good? yes! the stoned shape taste better. Which is sweeter?nips it is! Why some nips looks exactly the same? no, not really! some the bottom or side is cracked. Why the shapes are different? aha!machine made it this way to hypnotize your eyes. And so why they’re mixed? cause they look adorable together, aren’t they? Which one to put in candy jars? uhm!I think kisses are better 🌰
Imagine the brightest night and sky full of stars.
Imagine that you are 10-12 years again and you watch the night sky.
And from all those stars you choose one and make it yours and look for it every night
It’s yours as you are hers.
And one night that star becomes real and you start to feel the beauty of life and understand the meaning of living.
You can feel the warmth, you can feel the joy and your biggest wish is to share that with the world.
That’s the art of imagination, a blank space in between the lines of our thoughts creating sanity in our subconscious mind awaken the senses of our souls to something beyond the horizon of reality.
Perhaps not in your TOP Bucket list to wander caused by society’s connotation be related to one of the Arab Countries. The truth is Qatar is not a soulless place. In fact, it’s a great spot for sunshine at least before the temperature strikes 41°C and not as cold as snow during winter season. Structures of the buildings brings a unique modern profile to the skyline of the city in the middle of the desert.
Still in the development stage where constructions are everywhere and possibly the drawback for some areas.Plenty of huge shopping centers with less people than the usual malls we have back home except weekend of Thursday and Fridays. Local women in traditional dress (abaya) worn with pride on a daily basis showing their fashionable heeled stilettos or stacked heels while men with the usual thawbs ,beards and moustache that emphasizes their strong willed personalities. The population consists higher percentage of expatriates than locals working in different fields with equally reasonable wage based on level of position. Cost of living is way better than Dubai, but if you’re a real clubber and can’t live without the juicy strips of bacon then you have to stash extra bucks to gratify your fancy. Instagramable coffee shops sites, the aroma of roasted beans lingers in your head ,scrummy taste of pastries or muffins even a bite of chocolate cookie and a sip of hot Turkish coffee are definitely worth of a try.
Middle East is not all about desert and camels, wide roads or sand storms
but attractive beaches not to mention of wearing bikinis is a big NO! Banana Island Resort a setting closed to perfection of scenic view with defined Architectonic design that’s just 5 min away ferry ride from Shoekh Port.
Famed marketplace of Souq Waqif flooded of stalls and bustling people studded with local restaurants, souvenir shops, the scent of homeland in all corners will make you feel the essence of Arabian country.
Tourist should not need to worry about the no go areas as place is safe yet being cautious around you isn’t such a bad idea at all, crimes are very low compared to other neighboring countries even by walking alone in the street or alleys just amazed me as an Asian exposed to lawbreaking activities. Living here for 3 years I could say Qatar is a glam and gem, beautifully flicker on its own that earns a spot on your list as well.
“Unjustified judgement of minds before seeing what it truly deserves molds the character of an individual that leaves mark in the society.”.
Yes! It’s my first time travelling solo at least before I landed to New Delhi runway. As a Filipino citizen it’s a requisite to have a pre-arranged Visa which nearly cost $45 together with 2 pcs of passport size picture, photocopy of my Id – front and back as well as my passport. Sunday morning when I asked my friend to drop me to India Embassy which took us half an hour to get there. To my surprise there was no crowd at all so I walked straight to the counter to give my documents. The officer in charged asked me to re print the form till the last page ( with the payment details ) , in short I have to go back and drive again 30 minutes cause the area is utterly secluded and not like any place where everything is available nearby. Can’t get hold of trying to finish before the clock ticks at 12 since I’ve got limited time to have it done. While waiting for a taxi a guy approached me and introduced himself then jump right to the question if I need help with the Visa. Hearing it was kind of relief like a fish bone stuck in my throat was pulled out. Playful thoughts lingering in my head that he’s a fixer who collects money and sort of leave me with empty pockets yet thinking the process and tight schedule lead me to rather take the risk and wish that maybe I was meant to see the mystical land of “Incredible India”. Throwing interrogating questions was probably the best thing I did with a little trust on him though seriously drives me nutty as fruitcake. He gave me his mobile no. and Residence Id in exchange of my passport and payment of $90. After 3 working days I received a call from a registered mobile number saying that my Visa was approved. A rang from the doorbell disturbed the silence and seeing him standing outside the gate holding my passport was the best feeling ever that moment , OMGGG!!! A little faith will really lead you to right places. So yes, all was set .My ticket and hotel (6 Nights /7 Days) bookings are done, just simply waiting for my departure and I’m good.
19 Sep (1st Day) . Jet Airways flight is now accepting passengers bound to DELHI ( distance : 1596 miles from DOH-DEL) Leaving early morning at 2 am a sudden feeling of excitement and nervy lying the fact that we’re only 4 girls onboard including the 2 crew members (all Indians) though it’s cool like I was an alien trying to invade their country. The guy sitting next to me handed his phone and started asking to take some pictures of him to show his family and so I did. When the flight took off I put my headset on and watched a movie while enjoying every munch of ferero. Without my knowledge 3 hours had passed maybe fell asleep in between.
Sun rays started slipping through the lifted shades of the window, clouds were getting clearer, the aerial view was just so stupefying as it gets closer to the lush of greenery landscape of widely rice paddies and houses. Touch Down! Everyone was in a hurry to disembark the aircraft while me enjoying watching the people moving in a fast pace. Compare to other Arrival terminals this has less crowd the lanes weren’t long or maybe my timing was perfect cause I arrived in the morning. After I filled out the arrival card the Immigration officer didn’t asked anything and just stamped my passport and smiled. Welcome to New Delhi😎
My bf picked me up via UBER Transfer from Airport to Hotel ( FabHotel Connaught Mews,Delhi ). It’s a 3 star property fair enough for 1 night stay especially for backpackers and a pocket friendly traveler. The location was accessible to Metro and railway Station,Park and if you’re a food enthusiast restaurants were on every side depending on your taste buds. Rare to find fast food chains where you can have a typical combo burger meal with crispy fries and soda. As the sun completed it’s tour for the day, we decided to knock off our feet to close by Area and did shopping in the night market that won’t indeed break the bank .There were plenty of house scarves shops with reasonable prices good quality and designs if you’re a scarf lover. Later that night, we stood passing by the street lights, retail establishments, and finally found this restaurant to have our dinner. We came inside and sat on their wooden bench waited for our turn to be called. For a moment I was like a rubbernecker wrapping my notions in the neighboring tables watching each and every person tuck in their traditional sumptuous assorted viands. A guy wearing a run of mill uniform approached us and handed the menu. Same with other couples we’re like two peas in a pod except when he’s making me nuts for being too fussy on what to eat. He’s an Indian-Muslim and only eats HALAL meat which made me go bananas cause I was crazy hungry. We then go for fish with a sauce and the usual basmati rice! Ohhh! This mouthwatering dessert called “Rasmalai” which I’ve tasted back in Qatar unfortunately not available so I had quick bites of Rasgulla while waiting for the queue. A syrupy kind of delight made of ball shaped, looks plainly simple yet rich of sweetness for a sugar junky like me. After some time the waiter came and gave our order and went back to hotel riding in a rickshaw that took us 15 minutes or so.
20 Sep (2nd Day) .Morning when we checked out and headed to New Delhi Domestic Airport going to ‘Chandigarh”. First hitch kicked off with our bird’s-eye survey started rolling. 45 minutes duration before the arrival to our destination. The weather was perfect though month of September is Monsoon season.FLIGHT LANDED🛬
I could say the airport is pleasant well organized, spacious and signage were nicely set up. Probably the cons would be the limited options of taxi’s or cars to take you to your further trip. Book prior to arriving could help a lot though you’ve got options too since there are few waiting outside the arrival Area. Day went and took us roughly 7-9 hours drive to arrived in the Hotel (Citrus Manali Resorts) not to mention the zigzag road series of blind corners short straight stretches with villages all over that made me felt dying before we reached the hotel because of my motion sickness but definitely worth it to see this amazing place. Scary to test our luck on this highways to hell which made the trip even more beautiful and unforgettable experience. I highly recommend this property .Location wise, very neat rooms with river view and balcony, staffs were accommodating and well groomed. Upon arriving in the lobby area they served us a welcome drink with a warm smile on their faces. I just loved the spirit ,energy and all.
21 Sep (3rd Day) . We had a buffet breakfast (Indian style). Tea is the common hot drink in the morning but I had coffee available as per request and yes bread with butter and honey too. The rest of the menus has a touched of herbs and could really smell it in the dining area. Lunch time when our guide came for our full day Manali tour. We visited temples of Hidimba Devi in Cedar Forest (locals offer to take photos of us wearing traditional dress for $5 , Vashishtha and Jamula Temples. We watched live dance shows and magic tricks too from one of their Cultural Center and that’s for free. You’ve got nothing to worry about entrance fees we didn’t pay anything except for the full day car disposal. Almost 5 pm when we reached the hotel and get prepared for dinner. Their food is basically Indian style ,I enjoyed the roasted chicken cooked in Tandoor with the local signature of spices ,chapatti bread, basmati rice haven’t tried the soup but looks appetizing and fruits for dessert. Cakes or Pastries is not something you can always find in their fridge as what I’ve noticed.
22 Sep (4th Day) . Shimla! Yes, we’re heading to one of he eminent tourist spot in Himachal Pradesh state. Landscape is closed to Manali with both high altitude and temperature are relatively the same. Great scenic beauty of pine forest and lofty mountains, lights of the houses in the evening was just so perfect to stare at night and feel restored. We stayed in a 3* hotel (Silverine) located in the prime location but on a steep slope and old I guess from how it was maintained but staffs were great and friendly. Not too bad considering the budget and more over their set of menus.
23 Sep (5th Day) . Itinerary of the day was none. That’s my favorite part put my shoes on continue walking stumble in between and collect stones of memories. First break was Kufri in the outskirts of Shimla. Horse riding is available in the ridge and take you to Kufri Mountain approximately with 3-4 km distance and make a pit stop in Mahasu Peak the highest point in Kufri. The breathtaking view of Himalaya at the top of the hill was just so immensely magnificent. We paid some bucks when we arrived in what they call the “Telescope ViewPoint” to see mountain peaks and a bit of history .For those who are extremely adventurous and wants to burn some calories they offer trekking with a guide as well. After being refreshed our driver brought us to Amusement Them Park of Kufri Fun World. Entrance fee was $9-10 per person and you can enjoy bungee jumping, crossing Burma bridge, Zipline Valley, Go-Kart and free access to other attractions. The sun has already set when we came back to the hotel for dinner and prepared our stuffs going back to Delhi the following day.
24 Sep (6th Day) . Passed 8am when we woke up. Pick up time was at 1030am heading to Kalka Shimla Railway Station (32.7 km) and had our brunch along the driveway with the usual dish chicken and soup . The entire stay was absolutely wonderful because of our driver . This guy is so cool and professional well familiarized about the places and not even a little that I felt he’s greedy or a huge sucker of money. I would highly recommend him. Our train departed at 4pm
and reached New Delhi in the evening. We stayed in the same hotel (FabHotel Connaught Mews) for the last night wandering the street to find restaurants and shops to buy souvenirs.
We ended up with beers instead, a good toast isn’t bad at all.😁🍻
25 Sep (7th Day) . As the sun woke up I was already out of my bed for Departure.
“Every place has a black corner and colored ones on the sides”
Undeniably one of my favorite part in Ubud Bali. It’s a crowded place typically in the afternoon (at least based on what our driver said 😉) as most of the tourist don’t let the chance slipped away without trying the sacred bath in the holy water springs after their morning tour
. The place itself heals the soul, seeing people around sincerely offering their prayers believing to bring good health and success in life taking chances that wishes do come true with a strong faith and patience in God’s perfect timing. Individuals from different races travelled across a thousand miles to meet and experience the common notion of unforgettable memories. How cool is that?! 😎
The nights are truly made with beautiful lights creating an invigorous attraction to our minds and soul. A single gleam that brings radiance to the entire City and completely change it’s course from dullness to a flash of elegance artistry devise our eyes to something noteworthy.
* 2 Nights accommodation in Pattaya at the Sunshine Hotel & Residence
* 2 Nights accommodation in Bangkok at the Grand Alpine
* All Tours and sightseeings are operated on shared basis or will depend as per your vehicle selection during Customisation
* Return airport transfers or Intercity transfers are on Private Basis (toyota/corolla)
5 nights 6 days – for only 410 USD
◣ Tbilisi, Georgia
◣ Package Price: 410 USD p/p
Accommodation: MAXELA APARTMENTS
Accommodation 5 nights 6 days
Tbilisi – Mtskheta Tour
Ananuri – Kazbegi Tour
Wine Region – Kakheti : Signaghi – Bodbe – Tsinandali Tour
English Speaking Guide Service
Driver Service During the Tours (Mercedes Vito)
■ Price is given per one person in 4-5 person Apartment