Tag: Southeast 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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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 […]

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 […]

Trekking at MacRitchie Nature Trail and Reservoir

Trekking at MacRitchie Nature Trail and Reservoir

Being stuck in Singapore during the Chinese New Year holidays can either be a bore or an adventure, depending on how you look at it and how you spend your time. Me, I chose to go out and explore the city which I have called […]

The Charming Little Town of Malacca

The Charming Little Town of Malacca

I have always loved the bucolic country life where everything is so simple. No people hurrying about to get to work and no one rushing to the bus stop or the train station. Everyone is just enjoying life at a leisurely pace. I am not sure if it was because we visited Malacca on a weekend or if people there are just less frazzled and bothered but one thing is evident, they surely know how to live and enjoy life and they have some of the best food I have ever tasted in Malaysia.

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One of the many riverside hotels in Malacca

Malacca is a charming little town. As a matter of fact, it is the most charming little town I have visited so far. There is a palpable feeling of relaxation and just being carefree, luxuries which you cannot afford when you live in a metropolis. Dubbed “The Historical State” because of its long and sometimes bloody history, Malacca is simply gorgeous.

Malacca offer history buffs a list of places which are a must-see and must-visit.  The best part about going there is that the area is small and two days and a night are enough to cover what is significant about the entire town but should you need more time to savor its exquisiteness, three days would be more than adequate.

One of the highlights to any trip to Malacca is the river cruise at night. The canals look very nice at night with all the lights and the quaint little hotels and buildings by the side of the river. There are numerous restaurants where couples eat by candle light, as well as drink wine. Perhaps they also think about their past, the places they have been, and the future where they are heading.

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The Flora de la Mar maritime museum

If you are a food connoisseur, you will be very happy to know that there is one long street in Malacca where you can find various dishes which will truly delight your heart. You can find Western, Malay, Chinese and Indian dishes and your fill without breaking the bank.

The trip to Malacca filled my senses. It taught me a little history lesson, allowed me to explore great food and gave me the chance to destress myself.

My Food Journey in Malacca

My Food Journey in Malacca

Aside from meeting wonderful locals and fellow travellers, discovering new cultures and seeing picturesque places, food is one of the most compelling reasons for me to travel. Food is always one of the highlights of any travel experience and I have been fortunate to discover […]