On my birthday earlier this year, Shabbir decided to gift me a vacation, instead of taking me out for a fancy dinner and giving me some gift that I would seldom use. We could only squeeze 3 days from our busy work schedules that coincided with my birthday and decided to travel during that period. We shortlisted a couple of places to visit in Meghalaya during this trip, focusing primarily on Shnongpdeng, which is a fishing village of the Jaintia tribes. On one side of the village is the mountain and on the other side a river – the village is set in the valley. The main attraction of this village is not only the beautiful Wah Umngot but the simplicity and authenticity of the surrounding local community. It was truly a birthday celebration with a difference.
If you are a traveller, you must be well aware of TripAdvisor and their coveted ‘Travellers’ Choice Awards. When TripAdvisor announced the 2019’s top spot holders we wanted to make sure we visit at least one of them from the list right away. We love to visit beaches and were very happy to find that two of the top 5 Best Beaches in Asia were from India – holding the top spot on the list was Radhanagar Beach (Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands), with Agonda Beach (Agonda, South Goa) coming in at the fourth spot. We found a long weekend in April and decided to hit either of the two beaches. Considering the fact that travelling to Andaman and Nicobar Islands for just a weekend would be futile, we decided upon Agonda Beach – the best beach of mainland India – as our destination. In this blog we pen down our experience during the 4 days’ stay in Goa.
AirAsia has successfully done what many budget airlines aspire to do – create an illusion of accessible air travel for the masses while making millions selling their additional services. We faced a lot of problems even when we booked ‘Premium Flex’ tickets with AirAsia – not only did they cancel one of the flights very close to the travel dates, they did not even provide all the services that come with the premium tickets, which are almost priced double the basic fare.
Nevertheless, if you do not go for their premium services and the only thing you expect from them is to fly you from point A to point B at the cheapest prices, then you would surely be impressed with AirAsia.
We, surely, were not impressed and we will not be flying with them again, internationally.
Our choice of Sri Lanka as a destination for our honeymoon was completely accidental. We were utterly confused when we were deciding where to visit for our honeymoon – but we were sure of one thing, the hotel where we stay has to be unique. And, we finally found that hotel – Sea View Tree House in Dikwella. Without much thought we booked the hotel and then decided to work around with the travel, visa and other requirements. After a little more research we realized that we booked ourselves in a hotel that was just 5 mins away from one of the best beaches in the world – Hiriketiya Beach.
There are no doubts that Shantiniketan offers one of the perfect weekend getaways near Kolkata. In this blog we list out some of the top places to visit while you are in Shantiniketan, and a few that you might avoid depending on your taste and the season you are visiting this gem of a place.
It is really great that JetPrivilege (and Etihad Aviation Group) has not abandoned its loyal members and come up with an alternative that is far greater than just being able to book seats with Jet Airways (and its codeshare partners) using JPMiles. Now, using JPMiles we can easily book a seat to any corner of the world, without having to worry if a particular airline flies that route or not.
The people of Koh Kood call their island the ‘still unspoilt island of Thailand’ and they can not be more precise in doing so. The island is so bent on keeping its ecology intact that over 70% of it is still unexplored. Moreover, unlike the other islands, no tourist is allowed to bring their car to Koh Kood. The only mode of transport in this island are bikes and handful of taxis. But, this should not deter you from visiting Koh Kood – it has something for every traveler and should be part of your Thailand itinerary.
Koh Kood is a part of the Trat Province in Eastern Thailand, situated in the Gulf of Thailand and has influence of the Cambodian culture due to its vicinity to it – this is something you will definitely notice once you spend some time there.
Reaching Koh Kood from Bangkok is pretty easy. All you need is some planning and choosing the right connections. The best way to reach Koh Kood from Bangkok is to fly into Trat Airport, drive to Laem Sok and sail to Koh Kood.
Kolkata itself is a paradise for travelers with its various offerings – from the fast moving metro-city vibes and five star joints to the traditional pockets which still hold the old world charm, from Yautcha and Oh Calcuatta to Mitra Cafe and Chitto Babur Dokan, from Hard Rock Cafe to Coffee House…the list goes on and on. While Kolkata alone is enough to entice travelers, there are plenty of places that one can visit from the City of Joy that makes it an even better option to add as part of our itinerary when you are visiting this part of India. There are various places that you can visit from Kolkata for a day or two like Baharampur, Bakkhali, Darjeeling, Diamond Harbour, Hollong, Digha, Kurseong, Kalimpong, Malda, Gadiara and Sunderban, among a host of others. But, there is one particular place that you must add to your list if you are planning to go on a short trip from Kolkata for a weekend – Shantiniketan. In this blog we will give an insight on how you can plan your trip to Shantiniketan.
Koh Lipe is part of the Tarutao National Marine Park, situated in the Andaman Sea, very close to the Malaysia border. To be honest, Koh Lipe is easier to reach from Malaysia, via Langkawi, than from Thailand.
But, that should not deter you from including Koh Lipe in your itinerary when visiting Thailand. It is a beautiful place with lovely beaches, crystal clear waters, nice places to party, great places to eat… the list goes on – truly, a paradise on earth with a laid-back lifestyle.
Reaching Koh Lipe from Bangkok is pretty easy. All you need is some planning and choosing the right connections. The best way to reach Koh Lipe from Bangkok is to fly into Hat Yai, drive to Pak Bara and sail to Koh Lipe.