I’m not proud of saying this but I got closer to the sculptures at Banteay Srei than I should have. And I had help… from a local guard. This is the first time since it happened that I’m sharing it openly.
They said my Istanbul itinerary wasn’t going to be worth it. With just 100 hours between arriving and flying off, how was I going to enjoy everything Turkey had to offer? I would miss out the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia, the travertine terraces of Pamukkale, the ruins of Ephesus (Efes) and more. But, hey, when […]
By the time I was done with sunrise at Borobudur, it was still only 6.30 a.m. People in Singapore only start waking up around that time for work but the crowds were already streaming into the park. My bus back to Yogyakarta wouldn’t leave for another five hours, so after inhaling a plate of mi goreng […]
The weather forecast didn’t look good before I left for Myanmar. I’d booked a hot air balloon flight especially for New Year’s Day but, closer to the date, the chances of rain kept increasing. I hoped I wouldn’t have to activate Plan B and plot a Bagan temple route on a bike in wet weather. […]
The peak season had just begun when I arrived in Siem Reap, Cambodia last November. I knew from experience that the usual popular spots for sunset at Pre Rup and Phnom Bakheng would be packed. There was no way I was going to jostle with ill-mannered tourists again. Instead, I took a ride to Phnom […]
One hour. That was all the time I had to venture beyond the conference venue and explore Beijing. The backpacker in me found it difficult to accept the reality of business travel. Luckily for me, the Old Summer Palace (圆明园; Yuánmíngyuán) was a brief taxi ride from my hotel. Since I’d visited the other major attractions on […]