Thailand, my second home!

Update: After my first blog entry below about Thailand, I continued traveling and returned back home (in New York City) at the end of an amazing 13 months. Even though I was back in the US in summer, the most fun time to be in the city, I wasn’t able to live in-between four walls…

Northern Thailand: Pai

Pai is a tiny mountain town near Chiang Mai, which is also a hippy gathering center. Tour companies and guesthouses all over Chiang Mai arrange minivan services between Chiang Mai and Pai and the trip takes 3 nauseating but pretty scenic hours, given the 762 sharp curves along the road. We booked our tickets with Aya…

Thailand: Koh Samui and Koh Tao

Koh Samui is the biggest of the three islands located on the east coast of Golf of Thailand (Koh Tao and Koh Phangan are the other two), which I visited in several different occasions. It was my first stop in Thailand in 2015 for the 7-day Vipassana silent meditation retreat and I went there a…

Northern Thailand: Chiang Mai

Beautiful, modern yet authentic bohemian city in the northern part of Thailand, which is the country’s second most-visited city

Cambodia ❤

In between my trips to India and Thailand, I bought a ticket to Cambodia on a whim, which appeared to be a good option while applying and waiting for my 2-month Thai visa application. Cambodia is the first place I visited without making any prior preparations and I am glad I did it this way…

Motorcycle Diaries India Part 3: The Himalayas 

This is the 3rd and last part of my 8 month journey in India which started in Delhi and extended to Rajhastan in the northwest, Goa in the southwest, Rishikesh in the northeast and finally to the Himalayas (Himachal Pradesh) in the north. From Goa up to the Himalayas In order to skip a ~40 hour…

Motorcycle Diaries India Part 2: Goa

To continue from my previous blog entry on Rajhastan (Pushkar, Jaipur, Udaipur), Delhi, and Rishikesh, here is part 2 of my India story discovering the beautiful southern paradise Goa and a bit of Karnataka. Himalayas deserve their own chapter hence I will continue with another blog entry just for the majestic northern region. We arrived in…

Sri Lanka              

I paid an impromptu visit to Sri Lanka to apply for a new tourist visa for India (details below) since the previous one expired after 3 months. Frankly I went to this beautiful island unwillingly by interrupting my stay in Goa however, I was glad I did it since I was super impressed by Sri…

Nepal: Kathmandu and Pokhara

The days in Nepal start with namaste and end with namaste. How can someone not be comfortable surrounded by people who see the divine in each other! I thought the Nepalis were very kind people whose faces lit up when they saw us and tried to have a chit chat in any chance they got. And…

Indonesia: Sumatra and Jakarta

Sumatra Trip cost: Flight: $30 One Way from Jakarta to Sumatra with Lion Air Accommodation: 400,000 RP ($30) per night I got to Padang Airport in Sumatra from Jakarta with an easy flight that took 1 hour and 15 minutes. I was picked up by lovely Yuli who made a living by making airport transports for…