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Visiting Wat Phnom - Phnom Penh , Cambodia

Wat Phnom is another must visit attraction in the busy city of Phnom Penh, which is the capital of Cambodia. On our 3rd day of Phnom Penh trip, we planned to visit this beautiful Buddhist temple right in the morning. We started our journey by hiring a tuk tuk and reached the Wat Phnom temple in around 15 minutes. Tuk tuk rides are exciting and we found it as a good way to tour around Phnom Penh city.

Anyway, before writing about our experiences in this sacred temple of Phnom Penh, below is bit of the history as I found from Wikipedia. Nowadays Wat Phnom is a sacred temple for Buddhists and others who are in Cambodia for many offering and worshiping activities.

Visiting Wat Phnom - Phnom Penh , Cambodia
At the entrance of Wat Phnom,Phnom Penh Cambodia

Bit of Wat Phnom history:

As per the legends, Lady Penh found a floating tree from the river which contained many Buddha statues. She built a shrine on a small hill which was manmade and kept these Buddha statues for worshipping. Lately this small shrine underwent different phases of construction and became one of the sacred places in Phnom Penh where people gather for celebrations and offerings.

Our visit to Wat Phnom – Phnom Penh

Visiting Wat Phnom - Phnom Penh , Cambodia

After our breakfast at Frangipani Royal Palace hotel, we started our day to visit around the city. We hired a tuk tuk and we also had a plan to see the city during the tour. When we reached Wat Phnom, it was around 11 am. It was a sunny day. But, the grounds of Wat Phnom were shady with trees.

We had to buy tickets. But it was $1 for 1 adult ticket at the time we visited. (in 2017)

At the entrance, there is a stairway leading to the temple and pagoda. The entrance stairway is with huge statues which reminded me the guard stones of Sri Lankan Buddhist temples. I had the same feeling of entering into another Buddhist temple although this is a temple in Cambodia.

Visiting Wat Phnom - Phnom Penh , Cambodia

We climbed the stairs. Before we reached the main pagoda, we passed a wall with beautiful murals.

Visiting Wat Phnom - Phnom Penh , Cambodia

After passing the murals, then we entered in the main pagoda area.

Visiting Wat Phnom - Phnom Penh , Cambodia
The lion guardstones at  the entrance of the shrine room

Most of devotees and tourists to this temple were walking here and there in the grounds of main pagoda. So, I also had a chance to look around the temple.

Visiting Wat Phnom - Phnom Penh , Cambodia
Incense sticks at Wat Phnom – Phnom Penh , Cambodia

While walking around the Wat Phnom temple grounds,I found these trapped birds.This sight didn’t make me happy.Vendors charge money to free these birds.If you like to free a bird ,you have to pay the vendor.Then you can free a bird.Till someone pay for free a bird or birds,they will be trapped here.Not a good sight to see in such temple…. 🙁

Visiting Wat Phnom - Phnom Penh , Cambodia
Trapped birds at the Wat Phnom – Phnom Penh,Cambodia

After walking around, then we entered into the shrine room. It was a beautiful temple with lot of Buddha statues. Although it is bit dark inside the temple, we could walk around viewing the paintings and Buddha statues.

Visiting Wat Phnom - Phnom Penh , Cambodia
Shrine room of Wat with painted ceilings and walls

Walls and ceilings of the Wat Phnom temple were decorated with paintings. As a Buddhist I could understand some of the paintings and related stories from the Buddha life.

Visiting Wat Phnom - Phnom Penh , Cambodia

On the day we visited Wat Phnom, there were many other people who had visited this temple to worship Lord Buddha. As the main temple is bit small in space, it looked like bit crowded. But, that did not annoy or disturb us from visiting the temple.

Visiting Wat Phnom - Phnom Penh , Cambodia
People paying respect,offerings and worshiping
Visiting Wat Phnom - Phnom Penh , Cambodia
Inside the shrine room
Visiting Wat Phnom - Phnom Penh , Cambodia
Buddha statues inside the temple

Visiting Wat Phnom - Phnom Penh , Cambodia

Outside the temple, there were people who sell incense sticks and flowers for those who visit Wat Phnom. There is also a Chinese Shrine in one level of the hilly area. Other than that, we also found some souvenir shops in one side of the temple premises making it easy to buy some memorable things from Phnom Penh visit.

Visiting Wat Phnom - Phnom Penh , Cambodia
Vendors were selling incense sticks and flowers

We did not spend much time in Wat Phnom as we had few other places to visit during the day.Sadly it was our last day in Phnom Penh. However, Wat Phnom is a really attractive temple in Phnom Penh which you must see if you visit Cambodia’s capital!

Visiting Wat Phnom - Phnom Penh , Cambodia
Chinese temple/shrine in the temple premises

Important information to visit Wat Phnom

Admission fee for Wat Phnom : 1 USD for adults. As I remember kids can enter free. (Entrance fee is for foreigners only, this is considered as a contribution for the temple)

How to reach Wat Phnom : You can reach Wat Phnom by hiring a Tuk Tuk. Usual Tuk Tuk rate to reach places around the city is around 3-4 USD.

Central Market of Phnom Penh is very near to Wat Phnom. So, you can plan your itinerary with these attractions including a city tour around Phnom Penh.

If you need a guide, most of the Tuk Tuk drivers work as guides too.

Wat Phnom dress code: Dress properly as this is a Buddhist temple in Cambodia. Check these tips about visiting a Buddhist temple.

Morning is the best time to visit this temple to avoid the heat of the sun.

Wat Phnom Opening hours: 07:30 AM – 05:00 PM

Time required visiting the temple grounds and attractions: You need at least 1-1.5 hour to spend in this temple

Safety : Phnom Penh is safe if you know these safety tips to visit Phnom Penh.

Have you been to Wat Phnom temple before? Or have you been to Cambodia? Please share your thoughts below.


Booking a Houseboat in Alleppey

Houseboats in Kerala are an altogether different experience in Kerala, in comparison to the rest of the country of India. If you have visited the houseboats of Dal Lake in Jammu and Kashmir, you might think how different can the Kerala Alleppey houseboats can be! The fact is, they are absolutely different and the houseboats in Alleppey move. They actually roam about throughout the backwaters of Alleppey.

The intertwined canals, the lakes, rivers as well the villages that are located on the banks of the backwater canals – all can be visited and encountered by a houseboat ride in Alleppey. If you are thinking of experiencing this unique natural landscape and the life associated with it, you must book a houseboat in Alleppey. Though there are other entrances of the backwaters, Alleppey is the main entrance point. It is the place where most of the houseboats can be found and where maximum of the travellers come to start their joyride. So, booking a houseboat from here needs to be done carefully. Here are a few tips that will help you to book the best houseboat in Alleppey.

Booking a Houseboat in Alleppey

The intertwined canals, the lakes, rivers as well the villages that are located on the banks of the backwater canals – all can be visited and encountered by a houseboat ride in Alleppey. If you are thinking of experiencing this unique natural landscape and the life associated with it, you must book a houseboat in Alleppey. Though there are other entrances of the backwaters, Alleppey is the main entrance point. It is the place where most of the houseboats can be found and where maximum of the travellers come to start their joyride. So, booking a houseboat from here needs to be done carefully. Here are a few tips that will help you to book the best houseboat in Alleppey.

1. Look before you book

The first thing that needs to be assured is that you should not book the houseboat without looking the houseboat. There are many online booking platforms that will give you the chance of booking a houseboat, but without offering you the pictures of the houseboat. However, this might deceive you, as you get a less decorated houseboat while paying more for a luxury houseboat. So, it is always better to see the houseboat first and then book it. But of course, if you do not book in advance, it might be difficult for you to find any houseboat for that matter, especially in the peak seasons.

2. Book through a trusted platform

When you book a houseboat, you need to book the houseboat from a trusted platform. Either you visit the Alleppey entrance point for the houseboat ride, or you can book the houseboats online. There are many online platforms that are very popular and trusted. They offer the photographs of the houseboats and this will give you the option and freedom to choose the houseboat that you like most. Besides, good online platforms will give you the trustworthiness of getting in touch with an entity, if anything goes wrong.

You can also book the houseboat from a resort in Kerala. If you are planning for a long trip to Kerala, where you will stay in any of the resorts of Kerala, you can book a houseboat from them. In most cases, the best resorts of Kerala have their own houseboats.

Top Tips for Booking a houseboats in Alleppey
Beautiful Kerala
3. Look what you want

The luxury houseboat in Alleppey offers a great deal of décor options. You need to make sure that you get exactly what you want for your budget. You can look for the number of rooms in the houseboat and how many you want. Depending on your need and budget, you can choose the number of rooms in the houseboat. Either you can book the entire houseboat or you can choose to share with other parties.

4. Choose the time of start

Usually the Alleppey houseboats start in the noon and end their trips at 8 in the morning the next day. So, it is always a good choice that you reach the dock in the morning to start right on time and enjoy most of the trip. Since the boats do not ride past sunset, you should not be late before you start your ride.

5. Behaviour of the crew

Since the crew will be with you all the time when you enjoy your ride and stay in the houseboats of Kerala, it is a must that the crew is friendly and polite. When you talk with them, understand their behaviour.

Now that you have known about the factors and tips that will help you to book your houseboat in Alleppey, you need to choose the right Alleppey houseboat packages. These will offer a 2N and 3D package, 3N and 4D package and the like. Some also offer honeymoon packages especially meant for the couples. You will get food and drinks included in the package. The food is freshly cooked local delicacies and meals along with fruits and snacks that would be more than enough to cherish your time in the houseboat.

24 hours in Seoul, South Korea

Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is a busy and attractive city in Asia. Among the hustle and bustle, you will be surprised to see the many attractions in Seoul that will make your visit memorable.

If you are in Seoul for a really short 24 hours, then below are the must-visit attractions that will fulfill your desire to explore South Korea and its culture! If you look for a complete itinerary for Seoul, then check out this helpful Seoul city guide.

24 hours in Seoul, South Korea
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Visit the Gyeongbokgung Palace

Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace was the royal palace for the Joseon Dynasty. This is one of the major attractions in South Korea, so don’t miss the opportunity to explore this historically valuable destination. Although you need to pay a small fee for admission, it’s worth visiting. Spend at least two hours in the Gyeongbokgung Palace premises to explore all the courtyards, gates, and pavilions and enjoy the architecture.

Stroll Along Insadong Street

In Insadong Street, you’ll find a range of products from expensive souvenirs to daily essentials. A walk through Insadong Street will give you the opportunity to take a peek at Korean arts and crafts while indulging in nearby cafes and restaurants. If you love handicrafts and arts, then this is the perfect place to admire the work of Korean crafters. Don’t forget to buy some great souvenirs to make your visit to Seoul memorable!

Explore Samcheongdong

As one of the unique places in Seoul, which lies between Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace, don’t forget to visit Samcheongdong even if you’re rushing with few hours left in your Seoul visit. This is the best place to view Bukchon Hanok village, which is the name for Korean traditional houses. This is the ideal place to admire the antique beauty of Korea. And this is the perfect place to shop for accessories from Korea. With many nearby shops, art galleries, and cafes, you’ll find that your visit to Samcheongdong is really relaxing and comfortable!

24 hours in Seoul, South Korea

Visit Dongdaemun Market

A visit to any new city isn’t complete if you don’t go to a local market and learn about daily life. In Seoul, the Dongdaemun Market is the perfect place to visit and find almost anything. From traditional markets to shopping centers, Dongdaemun Market is a shopping district that you must not miss during your short stay in Seoul.

Walk Along the Cheonggyecheon Stream

In the evening when you’re almost tired from visiting many attractions around Seoul, calm down and relax by walking along the 11-kilometer long Cheonggyecheon Stream. Although you don’t have to walk the entire path, a walk along the Cheonggyecheon Stream is the best way to end your day. On the way, you’ll see murals, colorful streets, and fountains. Relieve your tiredness and relax along the Cheonggyecheon Stream while enjoying the city views of Seoul.

These are the best attractions to see in a short trip to Seoul. Even if you only have 24 hours, these places are amazing attractions that you must experience in this beautiful city of South Korea!

A Day in Johor Bahru

We enjoyed a day trip in Johor Bahru, Malaysia on 31st December making it as our year end trip for 2017!

It is a new year, new goals, new beginning and new destinations to travel. Last year was so busy for us, but we could travel to different places whenever we had free time. Although most of our trips were to Sri Lanka to see parents, it was also a great time to visit attractions in Sri Lanka!

A Day in Johor Bahru
Christmas Decorations at the City Square Mall – Johor Bahru,Malaysia

While we cannot forget our trip to Phnom Penh, Cambodia during 2017, we also made few trips to nearby Johor Bahru, Malaysia for short getaways. It was the same on December 31st which we decided to visit Johor Bahru for a day trip. If we leave early from Singapore, it is easy to return back to home after spending a day in Johor Bahru. In such trips, our most of the activities include shopping, dining and play activities for the kid. Always these short trips are good for family bonding time!

A Day in Johor Bahru
Christmas Decorations with Sesame Street theme at the City Square Mall – Johor Bahru,Malaysia

As always, we travelled to Johor Bahru by bus. Our first visit was to City Square mall which is a huge shopping mall in Malaysia, Johor Bahru. Usually, in City Square Mall we find lot of free attractions for the kid.

A Day in Johor Bahru
Lot of cute items on sale at the City Square Mall – Johor Bahru,Malaysia

He simply loves to spend time among the decorations, pose with favourite characters and shop some toys for him. As it was holiday season, City Square Mall was decorated with the theme Sesame Street! Isn’t it a fantastic idea to entertain the kids?

A Day in Johor Bahru
City Square Mall – Johor Bahru,Malaysia

Kid was so happy to see the Big bird, Elmo and Cookie Monster who are his favourites from the Sesame Street Show.

Christmas Decorations at the City Square Mall - Johor Bahru,Malaysia
No more photos please!! 🙂

After spending time in City Square Mall, we headed to KOMTAR JBCC which is another shopping mall in Johor Bahru. It is the best place to entertain the kids as there are many attractions just for kids.

A Day in Johor Bahru
Christmas Decorations at the KOMTAR JBCC Mall – Johor Bahru,Malaysia

Near the Angry Birds Activity Park area, there are lots of other activities including Kiddy rides. Although my kid didn’t want to play at Angry Bird theme park yet, he loves spending his time on Kiddy Rides.

A Day in Johor Bahru
Near the Angry Birds Activity Park, KOMTAR JBCC-Johor Bahru,Malaysia
A Day in Johor Bahru
Angry Birds Activity Park, KOMTAR JBCC-Johor Bahru,Malaysia

It was same this time too. After spending some time on Kiddy rides, we again started shopping for new items.

A Day in Johor Bahru
Play area near the Angry Birds Activity Park, KOMTAR JBCC-Johor Bahru,Malaysia

From kids school supplies to my handbags, outfits we could buy interesting items from shops. From Indian food to Chinese food, there are many places to indulge in food while spending time in Johor Bahru. But, my kid’s favourite place to visit is Mc Donald, simply because of the Happy Meal and the toy he gets!

After a day full of fun and excitement, we returned home at night. Still, we will visit Johor Bahru again for the New Year 2018.We love to spend a day or two there while indulging on delicious food and spending time on salons and spa!

How did you spend your December 31st?


the PADI Dive Instructor Course in Thailand

Bored with your mundane 9 to 5 office job? Can’t face another monotonous night shift at the local factory? Had enough of the 2 hour commute to and from work? Do you want to ignite your life, do something you enjoy that you are passionate about, and get paid for it while living in paradise?

Why not come to Thailand and become a PADI Dive Instructor and change your life!

The PADI Instructor Development Course is the scuba diving industry’s number one Instructor course and your gateway to a Lifestyle change you will not regret!

Here are 7 cool facts about completing your PADI Dive Instructor Course in Thailand.

1. The Weather

The tropical climate enjoyed in Thailand almost year round provides a great backdrop for anyone enthusiastic about completing some serious scuba diving training, spending time in the country and indulging the Thai experience.

Crystal clear warm waters, illuminated by strikingly colourful coral reefs and an abundance of marine life provides a comfortable and relaxed environment in which you can train to become a PADI Dive Instructor in Thailand.

2. The training Facilities

the PADI Dive Instructor Course in Thailand

Outdoor, specifically designed training pools, AC classrooms and easy and quick access to ideal IDC scuba training sites via dedicated IDC dive boats, makes the logistics and organisation of conducting an IDC in Thailand straight forward.

This enhances the learning experience and creates an atmosphere conducive to learning. And all of this, located in the middle of a popular and hugely successful dive centre such as IDC Koh Tao, provides the perfect surroundings to benefit the early career of any budding PADI Dive Instructor.

3. Thai Food

the PADI Dive Instructor Course in Thailand

The tantalizing tastes, exotic flavours and fragrances of the curries, noodle dishes, papaya salads, stir fries, soups and rice dishes has turned Thai food into a popular cuisine around the world.

Known for being spicy, Thai food mixes sweet and sour, salty, bitter and spicy with a subtle blend of all 5 on main dishes. A cuisine to suit all moods at all times of day a superb addition to an already cool list of reasons why you should become a PADI Dive Instructor in Thailand

4. The Quality of training

Home to the world’s most experienced and successful PADI Course Directors you will find yourself in safe hands with regards to the level of education and training you receive during your PADI Dive Instructor course in Thailand.

A highly competitive market, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to the high standard offered on the Instructor training programs in Thailand.

5. Diving industry

the PADI Dive Instructor Course in Thailand

The most popular scuba diving training destination in the world for non-divers and divers alike to train.

Thailand’s diving businesses are vibrant and at the forefront of the world scuba diving industry for training, education, business and customer service.

Thailand boasts some of the world’s most successful dive operations as well as some of diving’s most popular dive spots and is not just a one visit destination, as many divers return to continue their education.

This is testament to the high quality of training and service Thailand’s scuba diving industry provides.

Submerging yourself into this environment during your PADI Dive instructor course in Thailand is invaluable experience for candidates serious about the career and lifestyle change becoming a PADI Dive Instructor can provide.

6. The Prospects 

Jobs, jobs, jobs! With 25 million tourists from all over the world visiting the Kingdom of Thailand annually there is plenty of potential and growth yet to come in the Thailand diving industry with new opportunities arising all the time.

Training to become a Dive Instructor in Thailand gives you a head start, offering you network opportunities before you become an Instructor that may prove important when looking for employment after the course.

7. The Personal Development 

The culture, the people, the training, the relationships. Completing your PADI Dive Instructor Course in Thailand, in a multi-national training environment, working alongside colleagues from all over the world.

There are many opportunities to meet new people, learn to manage cultural differences and build personal relationships with people from all over the world.

The comradeship that divers share is unique. Submerse yourself in the scuba lifestyle and reap the unique rewards it brings. The experience you gain and personal development you achieve is invaluable.


A Pilgrimage to Anuradhapura- Sri Lanka

When we are in Sri Lanka we always love to arrange pilgrimages with family members. As a country with lot of sacred cities, temples and historical sites, Sri Lanka offers many reasons for us to plan pilgrimages each year. It can be a pilgrimage to see temples and ruins of ancient city Polonnaruwa or it can be a pilgrimage to see Anuradhapura attractions, we always find these tours as a way to bond with family members while spending time in religious activities. Our trips to Kandy are also pilgrimages most of the times as temples are the main attractions, not only for visiting but also to spend time with religious and spiritual activities.

So, here is a travelogue of one of our recent pilgrimages to Anuradhapura which is one of the sacred cities in Sri Lanka.

A Pilgrimage to Anuradhapura- Sri Lanka
A Pilgrimage to Anuradhapura- Sri Lanka

It was last June that we were in another holiday in Sri Lanka. During this period, we spent time to visit Anuradhapura which is one of the sacred cities in Sri Lanka. I’ve visited Anuradhapura Buddhist attractions many time, but I still plan to visit the same places again simply due to the Buddhist beliefs and to spend time in spiritual activities.

A Pilgrimage to Anuradhapura- Sri Lanka
Stopping at a fruit stall is a great way to have a break.

As of most pilgrimages, we left our home early in the morning with the hope of reaching Anuradhapura in the noon. On the way to Anuradhapura, we stopped in few places for breakfast and for short breaks. As there are fruit stalls along the road to Anuradhapura, it is always enjoyable to taste different fruits which are also fresh.

A Pilgrimage to Anuradhapura- Sri Lanka
Travelling with a kid,we always like to have short breaks during road trips.

Finally, we reached Anuradhapura. After having lunch, our first visit was to the ‘Sri Maha Bodhi Tree’ which is one of the sacred places for Buddhists in Sri Lanka.

A Pilgrimage to Anuradhapura- Sri Lanka
Sri Maha Bodhi tree

It is believed that ‘Sri Maha Bodhi tree’ is a sapling of Bodhi tree that Buddha was sitting during his enlightenment.

A Pilgrimage to Anuradhapura- Sri Lanka
Offerings at the Sri Maha Bodhi Tree

As usual we always like to visit Ruwanwalisaya in the evening to avoid the sun. During the day time, it can be really hot and it is not easy to go around the stupa and do the offerings with proper concentration.

A Pilgrimage to Anuradhapura- Sri Lanka
Ruwanwalisaya Stupa

In Thuparamaya, we also could see and  join another Buddhist offering which is called ‘Kap ruk Poojawa’.After visiting both Thuparamaya and Ruwanwelisaya which are must visit attractions in Anuradhapura, we reached our accommodation.

A Pilgrimage to Anuradhapura- Sri Lanka
Kap Ruk poojawa at Thuparamaya

It was the day before June Full moon day which is also called ‘Poson Poya’.In Sri Lanka, full moon day is a holiday and it is a day for Buddhist activities. As a Majaor poya day,Pososn Poya is a crowded day for Anuradhapura and temples were full of devotees.

A Pilgrimage to Anuradhapura- Sri Lanka
Thuparamaya Stupa after Kap ruk poojawa

We also spent time having meals and drinks from ‘Dan sal’.Dan Sal are the places that people offer food and drinks for anyone without any charge. It is completely free to drink or eat from a ‘Dansala’ and these events are mostly organized during the major full moon days.

A Pilgrimage to Anuradhapura- Sri Lanka
Dan Sala (It was a Biscuit Dan sala organized by a major Biscuit brand of Sri Lanka which travellers to Anuradhapura received biscuits free. 🙂

As the city was fully crowded, we also experienced huge traffic jam. However we could visit the major attractions including Abhayagiriya and Jethwanaramaya.

A Pilgrimage to Anuradhapura- Sri Lanka
Mirisawetiya stupa

We had great two days in Anuradhapura spending in spiritual activities. It was a pilgrimage that we like to remind again and again.

A Pilgrimage to Anuradhapura- Sri Lanka
It is easy to buy flowers and other necessary things for offerings at the entrance of each Buddhist places.
Useful tips for planning a pilgrimage to Anuradhapura

Leave early and reach Anuradhapura early morning to save time. So, you can visit more attractions during the few days of stay.

Follow the rules when you enter into the sacred city and the temples. Check this post on how to behave in a Buddhist temple if you are not sure.

Avoid bathing in lakes if you don’t know the designated places to have a bath or to enjoy water activities. Always read the sign boards and warnings before you go to the water/lakes.

Hiring a van from a car rental service is always our preferred way to reach Anuradhapura when we plan pilgrimages. This is a stress free way to reach Anuradhapura.

Accommodation in Anuradhapura

Book your accommodation before you reach Anuradhapura. During the crowded days, it is not easy to find proper accommodation.

We booked Creston Park Accomodation through Agoda which is a decent budget hotel that is great for family holidays. The good thing about Creston Park Accomodation is that their food is really delicious. Also staff is friendly.The location is strategic and near to sacred city of Anuradhapura. (Accomodation Near Anuradhapura Pooja Nagaraya)

If you look for booking a complete house for your group, then check AirBnb for such accommodation .Most of the houses offered are affordable in rates. Use this link to book and save up to $50 SGD travel credit.

A Pilgrimage to Anuradhapura- Sri Lanka

Have you been to Anuradhapura? Do you like pilgrimages? If so, do you plan such trips with family members and friends? Please share your thoughts below.


Reasons Why Maldives Should be on Your Travel Bucket List

With crystal clear seawater, luxury family resorts and magical sunset views over the beach Maldives is one of the wonderful destinations in Asia that any tourist dream for. It is same with us too. While planning our dreamy holiday in Maldives after the year-end holiday in Sri Lanka, I want to share why Maldives deserves to be on top of any travel bucket list right now.

After you read these reasons, I am sure you will add this amazing and romantic destination to your bucket list without thinking more. Truly Maldives is a paradise on the earth that you should not miss!

Reasons Why Maldives Should be on Your Travel Bucket List1.Turquoise Waters

If you say it turquoise waters or blue waters, Maldives is a fantastic destination for a dreamy vacation. Be it a romantic holiday or honeymoon getaway, you will find the best views around you. Crystal clear seawater and ocean views will create you magical experiences in Maldives making it a memorable holiday for the entire lifetime!

Reasons Why Maldives Should be on Your Travel Bucket List

2. Amazing Marine Life

You will sure have seen marine life photos of Maldives before. Aren’t these made you wanting to visit Maldives in anytime you can? If you look for a magical Snorkeling destination on this earth, Maldives is currently on top. Any trip to Maldives would not be complete if you don’t add marine life experiences for your travel plan.

3. Luxury Resorts

Popular as a destination for a romantic getaway, Maldives is full of luxury resorts in each island. Can you just imagine spending your time in a white sandy beach surrounded by beautiful sea views while dining at your favourite restaurant! Swaying palm trees and windy atmosphere will make you feel relaxing making it a luxury holiday at any of the beautiful resorts in Maldives!

Reasons Why Maldives Should be on Your Travel Bucket List

4. It’s easy to plan your holiday

Planning a tour to any new destination require lot of time and experience. From booking your flights, accommodation and planning your activities in your destination need some expertise to enjoy a relaxing holiday. Other than flights and hotels you also need to plan your airport transfer. However if you plan your next holiday to Maldives, trip planning will not be stressful. There are many Maldives Tour Packages available which provides all inclusive packages that suit for your budget. You only need to select your preferred tour package to Maldives before you book. You even don’t have to worry about your itinerary when you book your tour package!

5. You don’t need visa

Well, although some citizens enjoy visa free travel for many destinations around the world, there are many other countries that need to check visa requirements before planning any trip. I know how painful this is as we miss many last minute holiday opportunities simply because of time required for visa pre-approval process. But, you don’t need pre-approval of visa to enter into this beautiful destination on earth. At present, all nationalities will get 30 days free visa on arrival to enter Maldives!

Now you know the reasons why you should add Maldives to your travel bucket list right now. Planning your Maldives tour is painless and you will experience the luxury of a relaxing holiday. There are many activities to do without getting bored. It’s a truly amazing destination!






Places that you should not miss when visit Bangkok

Bangkok city is one of the most top of mind of tourist destination. Steeped ever, culturally liberal and astounding in term of modernism, Bangkok stands apart from all of those other world.

The city greets you on arrival using a countless of attractions and sights, the following are best three recommend tour outside and inside Bangkok:

The Grand Palace

Places that you should not miss when visit Bangkok

The Grand Palace: Perhaps the best historical invests Bangkok Day Tours, this area is a perfect instance of architectural brilliance and historical legacy. It features a cluster of several beguiling buildings, which can be associated with royal categories of Thailand. The sheer size, exuberant atmosphere and stunning assortment of artifacts in Grand Palace will truly delight your senses.

The Grand Palace could be the city’s most well-known landmark and a trip to Bangkok Day Tour will not be complete without clicking here.

The Bangkok Grand Palace had been built in 1782 and has been the house of the King, the Royal court along with the administrative seat of presidency for 150 years. The intricate details and exquisite architecture will continue to draw tourist and admire it. Today, the Grand Palace still may serve as spiritual center of Thailand because,

Inside of Royal complex lies the Wat Phra Kaew or perhaps the Temple from the Emerald Buddha, which needless to say has the revered Emerald Buddha. Thai Kings stopped surviving in the palace round the 1900’s but all ceremonies are still performed here.

** Note that the Grand Palace close till 31 Oct 2017 , due to the king funeral

Damnern saduak Floating Market

Places that you should not miss when visit Bangkok

During Bangkok Day Tours the largest with the floating markets you’d be noticing is Damnoen Saduak, which pulls a huge number of tourists, as well as locals buying food, every day. The many traders here gives the site a chaotic feel, because they make an effort to maneuver their boats for the best positions near to the side of the canal and shout towards the shoppers to get their attention.

In addition to food, the Damnoen Saduak floating market is a good location to buy souvenirs, as most of the traders look after the tourist market and provide the sort of trinkets you’d probably only find in Thailand. But do not are taken in by how the traders work, since they are all skilled negotiators – as you will discover by trying to haggle for the purchase.

The most common one of the floating markets is the Damnoen Saduak, noted for being large and classy. On the other hand, smaller markets, including Ampawa and Tha Kha, gives travelers a peek at the area flavors of this beautiful city.

Historical Park and Capital of Siam – Ayutthaya

Places that you should not miss when visit Bangkok

Founded in the valley of the Chao Phraya River, by King Ramathibodi I in 1350, the old – Ayutthaya took over as second Siamese capital after Sukhothai. Day Trip from Bangkok to this particular ancient site will point the large reliquary towers in the massive monasteries giving a touch in the history grandeur from the city. In the 1700s, the Burmese took a couple of years to capture the town, simply 2 days to eliminate it. Consequently, Ayutthaya collapsed. But, right after, town of Ayutthaya was re-founded ten or twenty yards away. Town and Park of Ayutthaya were made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.

So these are the three places that I highly recommend to visit and hope you can have a good time there.






Phnom Penh first impressions

Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia is with lot of unique views and attractions. It is not a completely clean city where you will not see any dirt. Instead this city shows signs of similar Asian countries which are not developed. However we had exciting 3 nights stay in Phnom Penh without many worries experiencing the difference in culture, views and attractions.

Well, our trip to Cambodia is well planned though we didn’t visit the most popular Siem Reap attractions. We decided to visit only Phnom Penh simply because we had 3 days for the holiday. Still we have plans to visit Siem Reap in near future.

Cambodia : My First Impressions of Phnom Penh
View from a busy street of Phnom Penh

As another Asian country, I absolutely like our stay at Phnom Penh though there are strange experiences and views than we expected. Below are some experiences and impressions I want to note down here which I found as unique to this simple city of Cambodia. Anyway I don’t have any intention to make this as a fun post or to laugh at people of Cambodia. Instead these are the moments that made me feel like I am in another destination which made me exciting!

The Visa process

Cambodia offers visa on arrival facility for some selected countries. As Sri Lankans we require visa to enter into Cambodia, Phnom Penh. Though we can use the facility of Visa on arrival, we applied for our Cambodia visa before we travel. I think we were lucky. As I noticed it was crowded for visa on arrival service. We saw people waiting at the immigration area for their visa.

It is true that anyone wants to reach the hotel or destination when they are in a new city than waiting in a long queue. In such, if you require visa for Cambodia, plan it before arrival or get ready for a long line.

Airport transfer

Once we are in Phnom Penh airport, it was really easier to hire a taxi to the hotel we stayed. For a car the rate is around $9 within the city area. The car driver was friendly and helpful. He talked with us and was helpful for planning our tour schedule giving us some ideas about the attractions.

Phnom Penh first impressions

Something I noticed while we were in the car was that in Cambodia they use cars which steering wheel is on the left side of the car. It is new for me as I am familiar with the car drives with right side steering wheels.

Phnom Penh City views

Phnom Penh is not one of the most cleaned cities I’ve seen. There is garbage along the roads and it can be too hot during the day time. Other than this I noticed their overhead cables. Those are so massive and lots of overhead cables are exposed along the road.

Phnom Penh first impressions
I can’t forget these overhead cables along the streets. 🙂

Narrow streets are so packed with vendors and shops. Other than that sometimes there is no space to walk. If you plan to bring your stroller with the kid, I must say that Phnom Penh streets are not stroller friendly. But, you can use strollers in some attractions such as Royal palace garden or for your river sidewalk.

Transport and getting around the city
Phnom Penh first impressions
You will see beautiful decorated Tuk Tuks in Cambodia,Phnom penh.

While there are different transport options are available in Phnom Penh, Tuk Tuks are much popular. I really like these tuk tuk rides while watching the streets, city views and people of Cambodia. These tuk tuks are beautiful decorated and some are well maintained. We saw many tuk tuks along the streets parked till a customer request a ride.

Phnom Penh first impressions
These scooter rides with more than two people or without safety helmets are common sights in Phnom Penh

Other than tuk tuk rides, it seems motor bikes are one of the popular ways to travel for the people in Phnom Penh. There are lots of scooters around the city. In the evening traffic jam was so much higher and we saw lot of scooters which is an unusual compared to the cities we have travelled before.


We can’t forget the friendly people from Phnom Penh. They are extremely polite. They smile easily. We had the feeling of staying in a long time familiar country though we stayed just 3 nights there.

Cambodia : My First Impressions of Phnom Penh
I had opportunity to talk with this local vendor while tasting a young coconut at the Central Market of Phnom Penh.

In the streets you will also notice street vendors who sell different stuff including the street foods. Local markets are so much popular and these places are the best to experience the culture and lifestyle of Phnom Penh. Other than local markets, we also visited Buddhist temples. We also can’t forget the Opportunity to talk with Buddhist monks in Phnom Penh.

My first impressions of Phnom Penh are different from other cities we have visited before. Phnom Penh is a city with friendly people, both rich and poor. City views are with both clean and dirt. But it is a fantastic city. Country is rich with heritage cities, historical attractions and culture. If you plan a visit to Cambodia or Phnom Penh, don’t think twice. As a traveler you will really enjoy the different experiences there!

Have you been to Cambodia or Phnom Penh before? Or how do you experience your first visit to any city?Please share your thoughts below.






Why Bali is a great Travel and Leisure Destination

Bali is an island and a province of Indonesia, often referred as the island of the Gods. It is a popular tourist destination which has seen a significant rise in numbers of visitors’ since1980s. So if you are pondering what’s so special about this Asian island or planning on visiting someday, the answers are not far fetched that’s why tourism-related business makes up to 80% of its economy.


Why Bali is a great Travel and Leisure Destination

Bali is one the world’s top tourist destination due to her mesmerizing sites and archeological monuments. The island is home to numerous wildlife, lakes, forests, waterfalls, paddy fields, temples, retreats and beautiful ancient villages. Bali is part of the Coral Triangle, i.e. the areas with the highest biodiversity of marine species. In this area alone, over 500 reef building coral species can be found. For comparison, this is about seven times as many as in the entire Caribbean. The island numerous rain forests support the existence of various species of animals. The island biodiversity was better preserved with the establishment of the West Bali National Park a natural conservation with pure ecosystem managed by the zone system for multiple research purpose involving education, tourism and recreation.

Cultural Heritage

Bali has a rich cultural heritage which has been preserved for centuries, with beautiful architectural Hindu temples serving as spiritual, cultural and historical significance center for many. The Indonesian International Film Festival is held every year in Bali. Bali is also renowned for its diverse and sophisticated art forms, such as painting, sculpture, woodcarving, handcrafts, and performing arts. Local and international cuisine is available at resorts, restaurants or local diners, be rest assured you will be delighted.

Beautiful Beaches

Bali is a great travel destination because of its attractive surroundings (both mountain and coastal areas), diverse tourist attractions, excellent international and local hotels, and the friendliness of the local people. According to BBC Travel released in 2011, Bali is one of the World’s Best Islands, ranking second after Santorini in Greece. Kuta Beach, Pandawa Beach is a few of the famous tourist locations in the northern part of Bali, which own beautiful calm sea water, blackish chromatic sand and the sea with its dolphins. One of the favorites is the Lovina Beach, famous for dolphin watching.

Interesting Sites

Bali has several significant holy sites dating back to the 14th century. The Ubud Monkey Forest, iconic Uluwatu Temple, Besakih Temple (Mother Temple), Ubud Art Market, Bali Safari and Marine Park, Kintamani and Mount Batur are few of its enthralling wonders.

Also, the Banjar hot water spring is a natural hot wellspring from the ground and it is believed it heals diseases it is opened to the public. The Bali Safari and Marine Park is the island’s largest animal theme park and home to over 60 species of animals. Bali’s volcanic mountains have contributed to its exceptional fertility and its tall mountain ranges provide the high rainfall that supports the vastly productive agricultural sector. South of the mountains is a broad, steadily descending area where most of Bali’s largest rice crop is grown

Whether is a trip for research, leisure or spiritual divination,Bali is waiting, go explore her wonders and hospitality you will be elated.

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