India is a great country, no doubt. But it’s no lie that it’s a very challenging country — be it for locals or foreigners making their first visit here. One thing that can be very annoying is people trying to rip you off (*cough* auto drivers *cough*). Scam artists are aplenty in India. So if there’s one thing I have grown accustomed to is not becoming easy prey for such scammers. Religious worker knocking on my door seeking donation for his “charity” in a state so far away? Yeah, not going to fall for that. Caller telling me I have won a big prize but I have to pay a “delivery fee” to get my prize. No thanks, you can keep it. Continue reading “How being #MoreIndianThanYouThink helped me avoid getting scammed” »
It’s summer season here in India. The school holidays have kicked off for kids. Goa feeling too commercialized and crowded for your liking? Then consider the greener pastures and the far less crowded beaches of Kerala for your family holiday. Being a Keralite, I may come off as a bit biased but the facts are out there — Kerala is one of India’s most popular states for tourism for a reason. From its famous backwaters, unspoiled beaches, great seafood to the hill stations of Munnar, national parks such as Periyar… you have a lot to do in Kerala if you are willing to get around a bit.
Flights to Kerala are aplenty and both Cochin and the state capital Trivandrum are well connected to India’s major cities. Flight booking should be a breeze but you may wish to consider which city to begin your journey from. If you fly into Cochin, then you have several attractions like Fort Kochi, Alappuzha (a.k.a Alleppy) and Kumarakom all within easy reach from Ernakulum city. Cochin is also a great hub to visit the hill station hubs of Munnar and Thekkady. Continue reading “Visiting Kerala for the summer holiday — why you should” »
Date: 06 April 2015
Today was my last day in Bangkok. Being a short layover from my Japan trip, I still managed to go to the Maeklong Train Market and Amphawa Floating Market — two attractions I hadn’t been to before. I wondered what else to see before leaving Bangkok. And so I looked at the map and decided to head to Lumphini Gardens, Bangkok’s largest public park.
The easiest way to get to Lumpini park is to take a BTS to Sala Daeng Station and leave via Exit No.6.
But before entering the park, I stopped by Burger King to have lunch.
Lumphini Gardens isn’t much of a tourist attraction but if you want to see some greenery away from Bangkok’s concrete city center, or if you want a quiet place to cycle or skateboard around, then this public garden is worth visiting. I took the subway and went to a mall just to kill time before I headed to the airport to catch my flight back to Bangalore.
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