Asia

Books You Should Read Before Visiting These Asian Countries

Books You Should Read Before Visiting These Asian Countries

Reading a book about the country/destination before I travel is one of my favorite pre-travel activities. Sometimes, I read while traveling. Other times, it’s after my trip so I can explore more about the destination I just visited through a book. Travel writing is insanely […]

These Are the Best Food Experiences in Asia – Part Two

These Are the Best Food Experiences in Asia – Part Two

Culinary travel is one of the best ways to unravel a country’s culture and unique traditions. Food experiences like cooking classes with locals, homestay meals, food tours and market tours offer a glimpse into the culinary landscape of a new destination. We asked travel bloggers […]

These Are the Best Food Experiences in Asia – Part One

These Are the Best Food Experiences in Asia – Part One

Food connects people, opens up conversations and builds friendships. When we travel, we love joining a cooking class or a food tour to learn about the culinary traditions of a new destination. While it allows us to taste local cuisines, it also teaches us many […]

A New Home, Wild Bears and Smiles on the Road: Stories from India’s North East

A New Home, Wild Bears and Smiles on the Road: Stories from India’s North East

Yesterday, my Khasi friend Jonathan checked in to see if I was fine. It turned out that he’s actually enjoying his quarantine days. He wakes up and goes fishing. For Khasis, fishing is their ultimate hobby. Jonathan—or, Jona, as we call him, lives in Shnongpdeng, […]

To Kolkata, With Love—Conversations Over Breakfast

To Kolkata, With Love—Conversations Over Breakfast

6 AM. It was mid-January. I remember getting off the train at Howrah. It bustled with sounds. I remember manoeuvring past railway platforms lined with passengers in their deep sleep. They were overnight wanderers waiting for their morning train. Perhaps, late arrivers catching some sleep. […]

Conversations Over Breakfast in Gangtok: How I Found Family

Conversations Over Breakfast in Gangtok: How I Found Family

“I think we and Sri Lankan people are the same level nice,” says Oksonam, which according to her is extremely nice. Over the years, traveling in Sri Lanka has taught me one thing – it’s that its people, my people, those who live in far […]

“I’m Taller Than You” – Conversations Over Breakfast in Meghalaya

“I’m Taller Than You” – Conversations Over Breakfast in Meghalaya

She’s beautiful. She glistens in the warmth of the morning light as if she was like a sunkissed carpet of grass decorated with tiny wildflowers. They dance in the soft October breeze. Some of them are painted pastel purple. Others: yellow, pink and lily white.

5 Tips to Be a Respectful Traveler in Thailand

5 Tips to Be a Respectful Traveler in Thailand

Thailand is a beautiful country with warm, kind souls, making its “Land of Smiles” title well-earned. It’s also no wonder that the country draws in thousands of visitors per year, thus making the tourism industry one of their biggest economic contributors. Tourists actually play a […]

One Typho at a Time: Conversations Over Breakfast in Gangtok

One Typho at a Time: Conversations Over Breakfast in Gangtok

Some days, during my trips, I sit quietly on new cafes, sipping local coffee. Other days, I, unable to speak the local language, walk past locals, grinning. I observe them from far, quietly.

Photos I Took in Ipoh, Malaysia

Photos I Took in Ipoh, Malaysia

During my trip to Malaysia, I could only wish if I had stayed in Ipoh much much longer. A quaint, mellow town filled with art, hipster cafes, boutiques, and mouthwatering food – for a traveler like me – there’s nothing to dislike about Ipoh. I didn’t […]

Malaysia: Five Reasons to Stay at DoubleTree by Hilton Melaka

Malaysia: Five Reasons to Stay at DoubleTree by Hilton Melaka

A quirky town with old school buildings, colorful murals and streets lined up with boutiques, cafes and a few makeshift stalls, Melaka is truly a beautiful place to be. It’s only a couple of hours from Kuala Lumpur and luxury buses run to Melaka from […]

In Bangkok, Thailand, Food Connects Two Strangers

In Bangkok, Thailand, Food Connects Two Strangers

I’ve never loved big cities. Never. In December, however, I was on a trip with TakeMeTour Thailand, a community-based travel organization which provides meaningful travel experiences. I was in Bangkok. Bangkok. The crazy big capital city of Thailand. And in Bangkok, I learned to love […]