Sunday, July 26, 2015
Semarang is a Dutch colonial town situated in the northern coast of Indonesia. With a population of 2 million people, it is the largest city and the capital of Central Java.
Obviously, it is not a popular getaway for tourists looking for adventure and excitement. And I must admit that judging on my ride from the Achmad Yani Airport to Quest Hotel, I easily dismissed Semarang as a mundane provincial city with nothing much to offer.
So why was I there anyway? I wanted to see the Candi Gedong Songo and Semarang is the nearest city to it with an airport and railway station.
I only had one day to explore Semarang before my trip to Yogyakarta and since I absolutely had no idea on where to go, I hired a driver for 25,000 rupiah to take me around town.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
A Beginner’s Guide to the Street Foods of Khaosan Road
It is common knowledge to all travellers backpacking around Southeast Asia that all roads lead to Khaosan Road. This small block located at the northern part of Rattanakosin district is perhaps the most popular and populous street in all of Bangkok. For newbie backpackers, Khaosan is your jump-off point to the rest of Southeast Asia. It is your one stop shop for tours, visa and tickets to Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Malaysia.
The scene in Khaosan is unlike anywhere else in the world. At any given time, people from all over the globe are coming and going at an equal rate. The entire stretch of Khaosan Road is virtually an airport with everyone stuck on a long layover journey. It is for this very reason that Alex Garland—author of the bestselling novel ‘The Beach’--nicknamed Khaosan “The backpacker’s purgatory”.
Despite of it all, there is assurance that beyond all the chaos and novelty surrounding Khaosan, the numerous food stalls remain to be truly authentic Thai. It is a good place to get acquainted with the gastronomic wonder of Thai cuisine.
Saturday, July 18, 2015
What Makes it Popular?
The Indochina backpacking circuit is probably the most well trodden trail in all of Asia. The food and accommodations are dirt cheap. The exotic paradises are aplenty and the cultures and traditions are intriguing and inviting. The Indochina trail consists of several countries sharing borders in the mainland of Southeast Asia. Countries in this region are Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar.
Naturally, meeting and chatting with backpackers from all over the globe is a regular activity all travellers do on day to day basis. Everybody has a story to tell and adventures to brag. Having met and talked to so many travellers on the road I have learned of their favourite beach spots, hiking trails and towns. With the vastness of Indochina the wide variety of answers is expected. Some travellers prefer the serene and secluded while others favour the raunchy and crowded. But no matter how laidback, exuberant, old or young they were, there was only one thing they agreed upon—that Thai food is their absolute favourite.
Friday, July 17, 2015
The Sagrada Familia is the last great work of surrealist architect Antoni Gaudi. It is a testament to his visionary genius and distinctive style that is way ahead of his time and generation. A world renown architectural jewel, Sagrada Familia is utterly phenomenal and truly one of a kind. You will never see such complex work of art anywhere else in the world.
Still under construction
Antonio Gaudi worked on this masterpiece for roughly 40 years but never finished. The Sagrada Familia has been under construction for over 100 years and is not nearly closed to being done. It is projected to be completed by year 2026 to commemorate Gaudi's 100th death anniversary.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Safari World Park Information
LocationAddress: 99 Panyaintra Road (Soi Ramindra 109) | Samwatawantok, Bangkok 10510 , Thailand
Safari World is located at Min Buri, just 35 kilometers north of Bangkok and approximately 45 minute drive from the city.
How to get there: Given the distance involved, a taxi is recommended. However if you prefer a public transportation, take the bus no. 26 at Victory Monument to get to Kilometer 9 of Ram Indra Road. You can take the mini-bus to Safari World from there.