INDONESIA: Caci Dance in Melo Village, Flores

On a bright sunny day at the palm-fringed Kampung Melo, a sub-village of Liang Ndara on Flores, a group of Manggarai people clad in their traditional outfit welcomed us. The village chieftain spoke with the assigned head in our group and performed a modest ritual. Each of us was handed with hand-woven scarf and a local wine made from palm …

VIETNAM: Tam Coc Boat Ride Tour

Limestone hills soaring like sentries above bleak and barren bogs and wide expanse of rice fields welcome me. The land here is a sea of olive-green dominated by these gorgeous mammoths so ancient that it dates back to the forgotten ages of the earth’s beginning. Time seems to stand still, and only the sound of the river flowing, the cooing …

VIETNAM: Things To Do in Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh province in Vietnam comes in an easy to love package – rice paddies and placid river hemmed in by limestone hills, majestic caves, verdurous forest, ancient ruins, majestic temples and majestic cathedrals. Ninh Binh is a perfect day tour from Hanoi city because it is just 2.5 – 3 hours away by bus, car or train.  Youn will …

THAILAND: How to Get to Northern Bus Terminal From Bangkok Airport

At Northern Bus Terminal (Chatuchak) in Mo Chit, there are several buses bound for all the areas in the North, Northeast and Central Thailand such as Chang Mai, Chang Rai, Sukhothai, Lampang, Lampoon, .  I took this route to Kanchanaburi. HOW TO GET TO NORTHERN BUS TERMINAL (MOCHIT 2/ CHATUCHAK) FROM BANGKOK (SUVARNABHUMI) AIRPORT     From Suvarnabhumi Airport take …

Sensational Sukhothai

Sukhothai is heritage, yes. A name rooted in the Sanskrit words meaning “dawn of happiness”. This thriving city is where the past is always present, yet dauntless enough to embrace innovation. Sukhothai emerged as the first capital of Thailand for about 140 years; from 1238 to 1438. It was established by Thai governors, Khun Bang Klang Thao (Sri Inthrathit) and …

Redang Island Tour

It was a balmy day, the sun is showering its morning blessing; dazzling in the gorgeously placid cerulean waters. I spin ecstatically while examining the bountiful marine life. Multi-hued fishes rendezvous around the gigantic coral plates that accentuate the seafloor. I see clown fish (Amphiprioninae) crown the swaying tentacles of anemones as damsel fish (Pomacentridae), parrotfish (Scaridae) and Moorish idols (Zanclus …