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Asia » India » Pondicherry December 10th 2014

I have always wanted to see Pondicherry which used to be a French enclave within India. So when we were in Chennai, we took a bus to visit this charming coastal city in the Bay of Bengal. After we got directions from our hotel in Chennai, we took a cab to the bus terminal. When we got there we had to wait for about an hour to board the bus to Pondicherry. It was a comfortable air conditioned bus. Along the way we saw the sea at stretches along the highway. The bus was an express bus so we didn't stop anywhere, passing through small towns and villages before we reached Pondicherry in about 3 hours. The bus terminal in Pondicherry was a very busy one. There were people departing or arriving from all parts of ... read more
Pondicherry, India
Pondicherry, India
Pondicherry, India

Asia » India » Kerala » Kovalam July 22nd 2014

If you are a beach lover, this is the place to go. It is not as well known as Goa, but is far less crowded and certainly much cleaner. To get to this pleasant beach resort in Kovalam, one has to fly in to Trivandrum a city in southwest India. However, if you are already in India you can also take the train to Trivandrum from the major cities, and then hire a taxi to go to Kovalam. As our departure point was Colombo in Sri Lanka, we took Sri Lankan Airlines from Colombo to Trivandrum. We had already arranged for our hotel in Kovalam to pick us up at Trivandrum airport, but when we arrived we didn't see any sign of the hotel taxi. So we called up the hotel, and they said it would ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Pattaya July 21st 2014

When I was living in Thailand, I would receive friends from abroad from time to time who came to visit the 'Land of Smiles.' Some were close friends, and some were friends of friends. Whenever I had time off from work I would go meet them, and take them around the city for sightseeing. One such instance was when a couple from Hungary came to Thailand and I took them to Pattaya a well known beach resort (read infamous). It was the middle of January. Classes were in full swing at the school where I worked at that time. The weather was not so hot as it was still supposed to be the 'cool' season in Thailand. One evening I got a phone call from an unfamiliar voice of a woman saying that she and her ... read more
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Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon July 19th 2014

If you want to take in a Myanmar cultural show with dinner included, I would strongly recommend the Karaweik Palace floating restaurant on Kandawgyi Lake. (Kandawgyi means 'great royal lake'). I have been there several times and the cultural performance there is worth seeing. It lasts for about an hour and half with traditional dances from the different ethnic groups of the country. Both the dinner and performance are included in the admission fee payable at the entrance . The fee was US$12 a couple of years ago, but has probably gone up by now to about $20 per person, which I think is still worth the price. The dinner is buffet style, and includes Burmese, Thai and Western cuisine. Karaweik Palace itself is a photographer's delight. Built in the form of the 'Hintha' mythical bird ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok July 17th 2014

As the title says, this is an area where very few tourists who travel to Bangkok know about, or just happen to pass through on their way to visit an attraction, of which there are many in the 'City of Angels.' However, readers might also like to know about where and how locals live in a typical residential section of the Thai capital. I lived in one such locality called Si Yan in Bangkok's Samsen district during my five years in Bangkok from 2006 to 2011. There are no known tourist attractions in the vicinity, only low rent housing and apartments, food shops, pharmacies, markets, and hundreds of street vendors selling anything from fried bananas to mouth watering snacks, to tasty sweets and desserts. To a foreigner it can be a fascinating blend of exotic sights ... read more

Asia » Philippines » Cavite » Tagaytay City July 16th 2014

On my previous visits to the Philippines I was only in the capital city of Manila. One time I decided to venture out of Manila to see a couple of popular destinations in the provinces of Cavite and Batangas. The opportunity came when on one of my trips to the Philippines I had to take some things for the husband of one of the Filipina teachers working with me in Bangkok at that time. He came to my hotel to pick them up and asked whether I had ever been outside Manila. He was quite surprised when I said I was only in Manila on my previous visits. He offered to take me sightseeing outside Manila, which I gladly accepted as I wanted to see other places in the country. The next day he came to ... read more
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Asia » Philippines » Manila July 10th 2014

I have been meaning to write about Manila, the capital of the Philippines which I have visited numerous times in the past. Therefore, in this travel blog I have put down my recollections of all those trips to this vibrant and exciting metropolis. My first trip to Manila was way back in 1981, when I visited a friend I knew from my Burma days. At that time he was assigned to the Burmese Embassy in Manila. I flew from Hongkong to Manila by Philippine Airlines (the first of my many future flights with this airline). When I arrived in Manila, I was quite surprised to see my buddy waiting on the tarmac of the airport, near where the plane landed. When I asked him how he managed to be there, he pointed to the ID card ... read more
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Asia » South Korea » Incheon June 24th 2014

Many years ago I had my first sampling of Korean food back in my home country of Myanmar, and found it very much to my liking. Since then, I've always wanted to see South Korea, officially called the Republic of Korea. I had my chance when a Korean friend whom I had known briefly in Thailand when he was working there, invited me to visit his country. It was the first week of May in Bangkok, Thailand. I had just returned from visiting my daughter and her family in Los Angeles, USA. The new academic year at the college where I worked was due to begin in 10 days time, but I still had the travel itch in me. So, on a sudden impulse I shot an email to Mr. Kim in Seoul saying that I ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Samut Sakhon June 23rd 2014

By train from Bangkok to Mahachai I have done this trip several times just to get out of busy bustling Bangkok. Also to take friends from abroad when they visited me in Bangkok. It was a pleasant way of escaping from the heat of Bangkok for one day. Mahachai is a major fishing port in the province of Samut Sakhon, Thailand. To get there you have to first go to Wongwien Yai railway station which is across the Chao Phya river in Thonburi. From Wongwien Yai there are trains leaving every hour to the town of Mahachai. The fare is only 10 baht (30 US cents) one way which is extremely cheap! The trains plying this route are rather old and decrepit without any air conditioning, and there is only one class which is third or ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok June 19th 2014

Traveling by boat on the Chao Phraya river This is about the Chao Phraya River the principal river in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. When I was living in Bangkok I often traveled on this river by commuter boat to avoid the horrendous traffic jams of the sprawling metropolis. There are several ways to take a river cruise in Bangkok. The cheapest is to take the Orange Flag line commuter boat which starts from the suburb of Nonthaburi and ends at Rat Burana pier in Bangkok. There are at least 20 stops on this route where one can get on/off. Tourists normally get on at Phra Athit pier as it is the closest to Khao San Road the main area where backpackers stay for cheap accommodation, shopping and sightseeing. Since I lived in the Sam Sen ... read more
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