Photo Diary: Seeing Surreal Slovenia

Whilst backpacking solo through Europe, I randomly chose to visit Slovenia – specifically Ljubljana and Bled as I was short on time. Upon arriving in Ljubljana, I was pleasantly surprised as I was unaware of the Austrian influence which has contributed, mainly, to the architecture style and taste of food. I also really appreciated how compact…

Travel Review: Exploring Remote Pulau Kapas

If you’re a local in Malaysia then you would have heard about infamous Pulau Perhentian in Terengganu at some point or the other. However, that state is home to another breathtakingly beautiful beach destination known as Pulau Kapas. In fact, the island is actually closer to Kuala Lumpur than Pulau Perhentian yet has remained under…

Photo Diary: Pattering Around Patan

Despite a 30-day visa and a 28-day yoga teacher training course (which you can read about here), I still managed to visit Patan, the neighbouring city to Kathmandu, across the river. After venturing around Thamel, really just a clash of bodies (locals and tourists alike), in Kathmandu, Patan was a literal breath of fresh air…

Photo Diary: Entering Shan State Via Goteik Viaduct

Burma was colonised by the British, with the side effects mainly visible in, but not limited to, Yangon. Amongst the various architecture erected in the name, and style, of The Queen, the Goteik Viaduct is (IMO) the most impressive feat – spanning around 700 meters in length and with a height of over 100 meters,…

Photo Diary: Details at Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon

To be honest, I viewed Yangon as a stop-over – due to mainly seeing photos of one main attraction (Shwedagon Pagoda) in a city with buildings crammed together. However, I was pleasantly taken aback, wishing I had an extra day to explore the nooks and crannies of Yangon. Besides being surrounded by greenery in the welcoming…

Photo Diary: Backpacking To Bagan

After an unforgettable adventure in Hsipaw, I left for Bagan – where the adventure continued, but with a friend in tow. Luckily he has a motorcycle license because if not for the e-bike, getting around in Bagan would have been (1) tough due to the heat and/or  (2) expensive – and honestly, there’s nothing like driving…

Photo Diary: Mandalay in May

I recently visited Mandalay with my mother and brother (+ his friend), who were willing to explore the ancient cities (Sagaing and Mingun) nearby and the various sights within the city. Our first stop was Mandalay Hill as we arrived just in time for the sunset – if you’re obsessed with reflective tiles then you…

Photo Diary: Going From Bangkok to Ayutthaya Via Train

Since I’m on a budget, I decided to visit Ayutthaya via train; the Thai railway system interconnects various regions efficiently and affordably. In fact, the (third class) ticket from Bangkok to Ayutthaya costs a mere 20 Baht (around 2 MYR) – of course, excluding air conditioning and allocated seats. After arriving in Ayutthaya, my friends…

Photo Diary: Living The Kampot/ Kep Stereotype

Whilst in between Kampot and Kep, I felt rather like a living, breathing stereotype – here’s why: wedged between two cities and (literally) off the side of a main road is Man’Groove Guesthouse, where I stayed. For 4.20$, I had access to a room with a double bed, but a (simple) shared toilet, and the…

Photo Diary: 72 Hours in Phnom Phen 

I left Mondulkiri (although I could have stayed forever) for Phnom Phen and had less than 72 hours to explore the city – as the bus for Kampot, my destination after Phnom Phen, was a morning bus. If you’re short on time, as I was, then these are the main sights to visit to grasp…