Friday, December 14, 2012

Hong Kong is good for one thing : SHOPPING! But what else is there? Read to find out more ....

Date of travel Dec 2011©

Night view of HongKong! A glittering city of concrete jungles.

Hong Kong has 4 different territories namely
1. New Territories (Not much for tourist in my opinion)
2. Kowloon (Area where most tourists will stay!!!)
3. Lantau Island (Airport and where the beautiful Disneyland are located.)
4. Hong Kong Island (Victoria Peak and Stanley Market)

So what are the places to visit (beside Tsim Sha Tsui MTR line all the way to Mongkok for shopping galore!!!), well if you have only time for one place then its definitely has to be Victoria Peak!

From Central MTR (thats their equivalent of a subway train) in Hong Kong Island, just a short walk will enable you to reach the Lower Terminus of the Peak.

It can get pretty crowded and the queue can be pretty long so you need to be there early to avoid the queues.

Hint: The tram opening hours on weekends is 7am while the terrace at the top starts at 8am so make sure you are there at those time if you wish to escape the queues that can make you wait for the tram for hours on super peak weekends.

Reaching Hong Kong Island can be done in multiple ways, either via MTR or via a ferry which you can take from Kowloon/Tsim Sha Tsui. Another attraction in Hong Kong Island is the seaside town of Stanley Market.

For this trip to Stanley Market, I took the ferry and then a bus all the way ....... be aware though ....this journey can take you almost 1.5 hours one way!

Beautiful view via the bus to head to Stanley Market......the journey may be long but the view is worth the time.                                                                                   ©

Before long, you will reach Stanley Waterfront Mart and this is where you can do your shopping for half the price you would pay for in the city centre. Let's just say, I spent a few hundreds over here because I managed to find unique things I can't get in the city.

Once you are done with Hong Kong Island, it is time to head to Kowloon, where within the city centre you have many shopping centres for you to begin your great shopping!      ©
Musical Lights will light up the harbour every night - just check the time! Either find a spot by the harbour to sit and watch or simply book a cruise to see all the spectacular lightings in the middle of the harbour. A sight to behold. ©

So what are you waiting for? Love shopping?
Then its time to head to HongKong!!!!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Siem Reap : Finding inner peace in Angkor Wat , Ta Prohm and Angkor Thom.

(Date of Travel : Dec 2011)
I love Siem Reap, Cambodia! Nice people, nice weather (I went in December) and it just feels serene. Travelling in Siem Reap is pretty easy. All you need to do is hire a TukTuk driver (those being pulled by a bicycle). A day will not cost you more than USD$25. However to travel from your hotel to the city centre for instance will cost USD$1 (at most USD$2). American dollar rules here so bring small notes (easier to buy stuff! )

Finding a spot to just laid back and soaked in the peaceful tranquility that is Angkor Wat was surprisingly easy despite the throngs of visitors.

Some temples within Angkor Wat may need a steep climb or two ......but once you reached the top, the view is worth it.

My travelling buddy, Ravi, while I was in Angkor Wat. 

Once you have your filled with Angkor Wat, its time to head to Ta Prohm.

Having trees engulfing the temples create a sense of being transported back to the past. This is truly majestically eerie but at the same time, tranquil.

Having a quick lunch with my very helpful Tuk Tuk driver.

Ta Keo temple.

A smaller site than Angkor Wat, is the beautiful Angkor Thom. Its different, its smaller yet at the same time, it provides you with another sense of being awed standing in a place where at one time was a majestic city.

I highly suggest anyone who goes to Siem Reap to try their Quad Adventure. Click here to visit the tripadvisor site on this MUST DO activity.

Its an eye opener for urban dweller such as myself to see another aspect of education in a rural setting.  I feel sad looking at the kids but at the same time, they seemed happy given the opportunity to just study.
Its an ironic feeling. If you do take this quad tour, do bring lots of sweets to give to the kids that you will pass by along the roads.

Siem Reap is a beautiful place. The temples are a place of tranquility and its people, ever so friendly.

Its time to put Siem Reap in one of your top destination of great places to visit.