A Date drenched in Turquoise Hue: Swimming in the Kuang Si Falls, a Day off from Laung Prabang!

“And you can still see the sea!” She wanted to swim there, immediately- she had a childlike urge of excitement at the sight of water so clear the rocks at the foot of the cliffs looked like clumps of turquoise flowers growing on the seabed.” (An excerpt from The Sea Garden by Deborah Lawrenson). My heart warmed up […]

Memories from a Melancholy Named Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang takes time to grow on your mind. And once the sapling has grown inside, it will take forever to uproot her memories and plant it to a new destination. The landlocked country of Laos has experienced the Mekong turn into a monstrous river and flood the vast rice fields. History has taught this […]

Never Again: Saigon War Remnant Museum

It numbed a part of my mind. The moment I visited the War Remnant Museum, Saigon. Sure, I have read tons of literature, spent sleepless nights watching movies on the Nam war and felt the terror. And not lived in it. For when Copolla had filmed the Napalm bomb razing over the swaying palm trees […]

Hello, Saigon. My Old Friend

The city is old. It has had its own share of rendezvous with colonial rulers. But ancient indigenous civilization peeps from the morning customs as the populace prepare to welcome another work day. The old rat is dead and rots by the open sewage. What did you say? Delhi? Nay. It is not Delhi. There […]

Vietnam: My 2 Weeks Travel Itinerary

Time follows its serpentine course as we make merry by the side, all engulfed in fun and frolic. It was a little more than 30 months, Sayantan proposed me a plan of Nam escapade. Now, I am a Thai travel veteran and in love with the tiny nascent beaches by the Andaman sea. I had […]

Phuket Tsunami et al

  Death of thousands. This is where it all happened. Enormous bout of overwhelm takes the better of me as I stand down the warning poll at Patong beach where Bangla road starts. It is a merry evening, the pubs are pouring heady cocktails, the poll dancers has started with acrobats and nightlife with uncomfortable […]

Bangkok’s Floating Markets

Bangkok‘s floating markets witness joyous family celebration as well as curious travelers’ footfall at large. You will see vibrant happy families feasting together on weekends with signature Thai dishes. They eat different varieties of food in smaller portions and fresh ingredients and herbs feature high on their choices. The floating markets are epitome of this […]