Thailand. The word brought to me images of a hidden commune on an idyllic beach, where the waters were a shade of undiscovered blue, sands sparkly and fine, like mirrors ground up. After all, that’s where I’d seen Leonardo DiCaprio frolic in “The Beach”. So when we reached Phuket, I was disappointed to say the least. We’d fallen prey to a scam hotel booking company, and then thankfully found a
Paris is undoubtedly a beautiful city. Strolling through the streets, you will enjoy the beautiful Haussmanian buildings and cobbled pavements. From shop windows to people to art to food, everything’s beautiful at eye level. But Paris’ true beauty must be viewed from above. The city knows this, which is why they’ve constructed tall structures at strategic locations, so you can enjoy looking down at the city that looks up. The
Charles has spent a fair amount of time tracking elephants in the wild in Southern India several moons ago. I’ve been faced with one only at a sanctuary as a little child. When I heard about Chiang Mai’s Elephant camps and forest walks, I jumped into it without thinking twice. The fact that I was intending on doing something completely outside of my comfort zone, hit me only too late.
When our Thailand frequenter friends who are foodies told us the street food in Thailand is so good you won’t want to eat in a restaurant, we didn’t believe them. Then we spent 3 days in Bangkok and 1 in Chiang Mai, and we understood what they meant. But that didn’t mean we weren’t curious to find out what a restaurant experience would be like. What would a gourmet Thai meal comprise?
What’s the craziest thing about being travel writers on the road, enjoying the experience, taking it all in? No. It’s not the part where we’re constantly clicking photographs or notes to remember later. Neither is it the crazy bit where we return to our hotels to stay up till the wee hours editing images and writing, researching for the next day or trying to squeeze in a bit of sleep
If you know anything about us yet, you know we love food. All kinds of food. And while the Gourmet Course at the Cordon Bleu Paris wasn’t Charles’ cup of tea and I ended up attending it alone, it was a given that he’d be jumping way more than me at a Thai cooking class. What can I say, the man loves his chillies! We’d eaten a fair bit of
The fact that Chiang Mai is over 700 years old (despite it’s name meaning the new city) is clear from the 300 wats (temples) that dot every main road and nook of the city. While we didn’t have enough time to visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and its 300 steps since that is nearly a half day activity, we did do an evening walk through the old city, to
In Thailand, we did a whirlwind trip to Chiang Mai and we were pleasantly surprised at every moment. We were invited to stay at the Miami Hotel by the owner’s granddaughter. We checked in pretty late in the evening, and thankfully the property was just a quick 15 minute (or 120 baht) taxi ride from Chiang Mai Airport. We reached the property and realised it was very conveniently located on
If you’re a regular reader on our site (or even if you’ve just taken a look at the name) you know that we love doors. Doors that open into different destinations, different experiences, cultures, locales, views and thinking. We also love doors, literally. And we realized that while we were walking around in Paris, gawking at the beautiful doors we passed on the streets. Here’s a round up of our
Hemingway said, “Wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a movable feast.” And it is, for all your senses, but getting your fill of this feast isn’t as expensive as you think. In fact, some of the best things Paris has to offer, are free! Read on to discover all the free things in Paris. 1. Fashion Avenue Montaigne, Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Rue Saint-Honoré,
“How do you deal with beggars?” is a pertinent questions travelers visiting Mumbai ask us. I don’t really have an answer to it. There’s no blanket rule. Sometimes, I instinctively filter them out, sometimes I have to make an effort to ignore them, sometimes I get mad when they tap on the car window with their bangles, sometimes my heart melts and I give a shrivelled old cripple some change. But