Winter Trek in Sapa, Vietnam : Day 2

The first day of our trek was concluded with a warm cup of coffee and a smiling host.

The morning thereafter promised a different track but never insufficient of marvelous sights. The day is clearer, the path still challenging and the smiles unwavering. We were welcomed with a surreal scene of the peak of the mountain as the day cleared and the clouds moved as if they are curtains unfolding a monumental moment.

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Our guide showing us the path for the day!

Indeed for me, it was. Then as if the picturesque panorama wasn’t enough, the thick clouds’ movement created a scattered illumination of the sun’s rays from the sky beaming to the ground, creating a picture perfect moment. Yet you don’t click on the camera, or you can’t because you stand in awe. I think this is one of the reasons why we travel, to become spectators of wonder, participants of transient moments and become storytellers of rapture.

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Day 1: A Winter Trek in Sapa, Vietnam

Winter of January 2015, one of the coldest months of Sa Pa District, Vietnam. We left our backpacks at the hostel in Hanoi and equipped ourselves with a few clothes, mostly consisted of jackets, secured our passports, readied our cameras and a boost in basal metabolic rate for we are about to venture in a cold exciting sojourn for two days, a winter in South East Asia like I’ve never experienced before.

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Early morning view of the lake and surrounding mountains

A night bus trip from Hanoi provided just enough sleep and warmth from the cold outside breeze. At about five in the morning, the bus stopped and slowly the quiet bus awakened excitedly to the exit. Gusts of wind welcomed the tourists. And I immediately had to find shield from the five centigrade cold. What prompted a cold intolerant like me to go? My sister. Let’s just conveniently blame her. Continue reading »

Exciting Things to Do Around Washington D.C

As a blogger, it’s best to follow the old adage to “write what you know,” and in this case, I’ll be following that rule very closely as I discuss the best way to tackle Washington DC – where I lived for 7 years — as a traveler.

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I’m biased, but in my opinion, DC is the best major U.S. city to visit for travelers, both foreign and domestic. It’s packed with museums, parks, and monuments (the vast majority of them free); great restaurants; professional sports teams; and is clean and easily navigable, thanks to its subway system (called Metro) and strict grid system for streets. Continue reading »

24 hours on Gili Trawangan, Indonesia

Stepping on the island after a hairy boat ride was the best thing that happened to me that day. We proceeded on looking for our friends who were already on the island. They arrived a day earlier than us. However, because of our schedule, we only have about 24 hours on the island. After an initial confusion about where they were staying, we eventually found them and booked another room. That was well into the evening and we were starving for normal food after having similar food on the mountain trail.

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View from the restaurant

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Rock Climbing in Railay, Krabi, Thailand

Railay is a small peninsula at the tip of Krabi, Thailand. It’s only accessible by boat due to the high limestone cliffs cutting it off from the mainland. This part of Thailand has been popular with rock climbers from all over the word because of its quiet atmosphere and beautiful stunning beaches.

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There are many accommodations in Railay that ranges from cheap hostels to luxury resorts. However, we decided to stay at Krabi town. There’s a daily boat that goes back and forth from early morning until about 5 in the afternoon. Continue reading »

7 Best Travel Advice for First Time Travelers

Whenever it is time to travel to a new destination, there are certain things that every traveler worries about. Be it the difficulty of communication, getting lost and losing some valuable things, missing flights and getting sick. These situations are common amongst travelers and they can be difficult to anticipate. However, with some of these small but brilliant tips for first time travelers, these can be easily avoided with proper planning and preparations.

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