Amphawa floating market boats Thailand

Thailand 2015: Amphawa Floating Market in Samut Songkhram

Date: 03 April 2015

After seeing the oddity that was the Maeklong Railway Market, the next stop on our tour was Amphawa Floating market. I had been to the more popular Damnoen Saduak floating market back in 2010 but I heard that Amphawa was the floating market that more Thais visit.

It’s also a lot bigger.

After we got out of our tour van, we were told by the guide that we could roam freely for up to an hour or so. We would then meet back to go for a boat ride to see fireflies.

Amphawa floating market fruit vendor
At first glance it didn’t appear as too touristy as Damnoen Saduak
Aamphawapanich eatery Thailand
But you realize soon enough that there is no shortage of cafes, eateries and stores largely catering to tourists. There’s a good number of Thai visitors too.
Amphawa floating market stalls Thailand
You also had shopping centres like this one which sold knick-knacks, souvenirs…
Dunk Thai girl Amphawa market
… and games like ‘dunk tank a girl’
Boat ride Amphawa floating market
We could pay extra to have a boat take us around the river. I don’t remember how much it was cost per person but it wasn’t too high.
Amphawa floating market canal Thailand
The boat cruises along very slowly through these canals

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Tata Hexa grill GoPro

Off-roading in the TATA Hexa — the ‘Hexa Experience’ in Bengaluru

Date: 23rd December 2016

I was chosen to attend the Hexa Experience via Indiblogger last week. The showcase was taking place at White Orchid, a venue inside Manyata Embassy Business Park.

White Orchid venue Manyata Bangalore
There was quite a crowd. Pretty impressive for a new car launch.

If you want official photos and information about the newly launched TATA Hexa, check out the Hexa website. I don’t think I need to re-type the specifications. Continue reading “Off-roading in the TATA Hexa — the ‘Hexa Experience’ in Bengaluru” »

Aguada Fort lighthouse Goa India

A Goa holiday can be more than just beaches

I’ve been to Goa twice in the past. For my first visit, I was mostly based in the southern part of Goa. Colva was lovely, with its pristine beaches and less commercial buzz (well, compared to Calangute). Our hotel booking was made over the phone based on prior recommendations and it was a nice budget hotel right by the beachside.

Colva beach sunny Goa India
Colva’s main beach, on a nice sunny day. Amazing isn’t it?

For my second visit, I stayed in Panjim but spent most of our time relaxing in Goa’s popular beaches up north. You know, the usual Baga, Anjuna and a visit to Fort Aguada. Both trips were lovely, no doubt, but at the same time, I felt I hadn’t seen what else Goa tourism had to offer besides the seaside views and the beach shacks. Continue reading “A Goa holiday can be more than just beaches” »

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