Phnom Penh: The phoenix risen city of South East Asia

Phnom Penh truly stands out to be the phoenix-risen city of South East Asia. From a genocidal past to a thriving city now – Phnom Penh has much to offer to a tourist. Often hidden in the shadow of Siem Reap, Phnom Penh is a city which has much to offer, especially when it comes…

Some nights in Bangkok

When I stepped out from the Bangkok airport, I found the city to be a confusing city. I had to wait at the airport for about 30 minutes to get a cab, and haggling with cab drivers and tuk-tuks are the way to travel in Bangkok. The key to spending limited time in Bangkok is…

South East Asian Art in Singapore

  Singapore is underestimated as a travel city. Lonely planet puts it at a dismal rank of 14 among its top 20 cities in South-East Asia. I tend to disagree.  For me, the art scene in Singapore makes a compelling argument as to why Singapore should be among your first destinations in South East Asia….

The Bali verses

Writing about Ubud is like writing a poem. You wish you had a lyrical tone to it somewhere or your sentences can somehow magically rhyme to convey the sensual flavours you’ve just experienced. To me walking into Ubud was like walking into a painting. The lush green rice fields painted the perfect backdrop to the…

Cambodia: Greeting the Sun at Ankor Wat

It 5 am in the morning of a warm January Tuesday when my phone alarm rings. I wake up to fulfill a promise I made to myself as a kid .My first glimpse of Angkor Wat began through the annals of history narrated in my seventh grade history textbook.  As I skimmed though the pictures…

Nuraghe: The Hidden Gems of Sardinia

A tourist guide in Tharros told me once that Sardenia is a museum on display. He couldn’t be more correct. The island has about a 7000 Nuraghi’s or pre-historic remains strewn all over the islands – left open for public display with no long queues or unnecessary tickets. Sardenia has a story apart from the…

The Insides of Paris: Parisian Catacombs

Paris the city of lights has its share of darkness – and this comes alive in the Catacombs of Paris. I had one last weekend in Paris before returning to Fontainuebleau and had a choice between the Chateau du Vincennes, and the catacombs of Paris. I chose the latter. While I had seen several chateau’s…

Annecy: The Venice of the Alps

I was working in Geneva for a short period of two months when I decided to make a day trip to Annecy. Visiting Annecy to me was like reading poetry. It is beautiful and grows on you with every step. The Venice of the Alps has much to offer. Outlined by the Swiss alps, Annecy…

Crete: Where beaches meet ancient civilisation

A page is insufficient to describe Crete. Crete – a tiny island to the south of Greece perhaps loses out in fame to Santorini – another Greek island highlighted in almost all popular media as one of the top 10 travel destinations in 2015. But that’s what makes Crete so special! The privacy it offers…

Understanding Dubai

For most of my trip to Dubai, I was struggling to make sense of the city. The dazzling lights of the skyscrapers and the hustling cities appeared to me like an attempt to a desperate call to the world – we have arrived, we are the city of the future, the city of business, the…

Monaco

Monaco is a city that typically requires a 2 day itinerary. Honestly, a good way to tour Monaco, is via day trips from Nice. This way you can access various reasonably priced accommodations for a comfortable night stay in Nice.  For me, Monaco really is not much about its culinary delights, exotic location or architecture,…

Moving versions of art – Cars: Turin’s auto museum

The National Automobile Museum in Turin is perhaps one of the only museums in the world that reinforces the  thought that cars are just not machines. The museum goes a step beyond and highlights how cars are not just a medium of transportation, they are actually borne out of an artists imagination. Vintage Collection With a collection…