Tag: Asia

Beaching in Bai Sao

Beaching in Bai Sao

Often referred to as one of the best beaches in Vietnam, Sao Beach or Bai Sao in the local language, does not disappoint at all. Beholding the swaying palm trees, azure waters, pristine and powdery white sands, and the picturesque island is very popular day […]

My Food Journey in Phu Quoc

My Food Journey in Phu Quoc

Partaking of local dishes is something which I always look forward to when traveling and my recent trip to Phu Quoc, Vietnam was no exception. I have always loved Vietnamese cuisine, it is one of my favorites and I always look forward to going to […]

Toul Sleng: The Nightmare That Was Khmer Rouge

Toul Sleng: The Nightmare That Was Khmer Rouge

When genocide is discussed, Hitler’s Nazi Germany and Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge in Cambodia are always on top of the list. I am a person who loves history and every time I travel I make it a point to visit historical sites. Toul Sleng has been on my list for a long time and I am fortunate to be able to visit a historical place, as well as learn about a Cambodia’s grim past.

 

History

 

The Khmer Rouge reached the city of Phnom Penh and took power in 1975. Under their leader Pol Pot, they modeled the new regime to Mao’s China during the Great Leap Forward. The Khmer Rouge immediately evacuated the cities and sent the entire population on forced marches to work on rural areas. April 17, 1975 is forever known as Day 1 of Year 0.

 

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Kek Lok Si: Penang Island’s Must-See Temple

Kek Lok Si: Penang Island’s Must-See Temple

Known as one of Southeast Asia’s largest Chinese Buddhist temples, it is an atrocity not to get a glimpse of Kek Lok Si Temple when in the island of Penang. The temple is a pilgrimage site to some Buddhist followers in Southeast Asia and when […]

Having Lunch at The Loft Cafe in Ho Chi Minh

Having Lunch at The Loft Cafe in Ho Chi Minh

Ho Chi Minh is a lovely and historical city with quirky, little cafes tucked in alleyways and nondescript dilapidated buildings. The unassuming facades of the buildings, where these cafes are located, do not warrant a second glance so I suggest you read up on them […]

A Night of Fun in Khao San

A Night of Fun in Khao San

After a long hiatus from blogging I am finally back with new content and raring to write about the wonderful city of Bangkok. I have put off going to Bangkok for a long time because I though it was just another metropolis with nothing much to offer.

My resolution not to go there was somehow made stronger by the fact that the city does not have a very good reputation. I have read of pedophiles traveling there to satisfy themselves. And no, this does not make a very good topic for travel writing.

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Food and Eating from an Asian Perspective

Food and Eating from an Asian Perspective

The consumption of food is a personal and communal experience in Asia, whether in expensive 5-Michelin star restaurants in Tokyo; hawker centers in Singapore; food stalls in Manila; and side road eating places in Hanoi. In this side of the world, food is what binds […]

The Road to El Nido

The Road to El Nido

The island of El Nido is a 6-hour drive away from Puerto Princesa. Some say it is best to travel to the island early in the morning so that there is still daylight when you arrive while others have said it is best to travel […]

Pura Luhur Uluwatu

Pura Luhur Uluwatu

Southeast Asia is a place which has a profusion of temples and Buddha statues. Bali, aptly called the Island of the Gods, is home to magnificent temples but I have to admit that the one which impressed me most was Pura Luhur Uluwatu.

Also known as the Balinese sea temple, it is precipitously perched on a cliff, overlooking the Indian Ocean. The views at sunset are some of the most gorgeous you will ever get so if you have plans to go to Bali and Uluwatu, make sure that you have your camera handy. It is as if the gods themselves ordered men to build the temple at this exact location.

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Kecak and Fire Dance in Uluwatu

Kecak and Fire Dance in Uluwatu

“Cak cak cak”. On and on goes the chant from half-naked men sitting in a circle around a fire. They are in a trance, “cak cak cak”. Inebriated perhaps? No. Got a little hash-hish in their system? Wrong again. This is the most stunning of […]