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Varkala Beaches, India

Only a 50-km from Trivandrum airport, Varkala is one of the cheapest alternate beach option to Kovalam resorts. The stretch has only a few good hotels/hostels and restaurants. The time I visited the beach, I didn’t find it crowded with tourists. But, be prepared to play beach volleyball with the locals or take a casual […]

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Tak Bat – Silence is the code

Luang Prabang,Laos 5:30AM – Locals and curious tourists gather on the streets. Between 6 and 7 AM – Calm, collected and undisturbed saffron-robed monks line up, walk down the streets, and collect food that they would eat for the rest of the day. The town of Luang Prabang with well over 50 temples and monasteries, is […]

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Pink City (AKA Jaipur)

I went on a road trip with my parents from Agra to Jaipur in December, with a hope that Rajastan will cool down a bit. To my disappointment, it was a hot day from  sunrise to sunset. Jantar Mantar : Built by Raja Jai Singh in early 1700, Jantar Mantar is a collection of astronomical […]

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Slice of Heaven – Iceland

Reykjavik: Icelandic Air flies non-stop from Boston to Keflavik. If you plan on renting a car from the airport, make sure the pick up location is Keflavik airport, not Reykjavik airport. Stay : BB 44 guesthouse is about 35 mins drive from the airport in a town called Kopavugar. Great hospitality. Highlights: Past mid-night sunset and view […]

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Frenetic City of Holiness – Siem Reap !!

It was deep into the month of December. Siem Reap was still screeching hot and humid !! A backpackers’ paradise, the city offers One dollar accommodations and fifty-cent beers to cool off. If you want to enjoy these luxuries, stay at Garden Village Guesthouse. You will never be alone at this hostel, just like every other backpacker […]

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Spain in Two weeks – Itinerary

I visited Spain the last two weeks of December. Although the beaches were out of scope and had to wear jacket in north, it is a great time to go, if you want to avoid tourists and manage the budget. It is certainly cheaper to travel in the winter. Madrid: One can easily spend a […]

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Bangkok and Surroundings in 4 Days !

Fly into Bangkok and get visa on arrival. For Indian passport holders, they give 30-day stay on arrival. The line gets long, but the process is fairly straight forward. Only thing to keep in mind is, at the Bangkok airport, the money exchangers don’t take Indian Rupees for Baht. So, I used the US dollars […]

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