Month: January 2017

Pearl of the Andaman Sea- Phuket

Phuket is a paradise for beach bums with its clear blue waters of the Andaman seas and pristine beaches to kickass nightlife and amazing local markers, with food from all parts of the world to suit your palate. Another advantage to phuket is its proximity to phi phi island and James Bond island. Do make sure you hit the bars at Bangla road for a night out.

Recommended trip is to phi phi island this one covers phi phi Leh, phi phi don, Maya Bay and monkey island every day trip comes with meals and water included, they cook awesome fresh meals that are good to savour Indian taste buds. Walk straight through the pier at phi phi don and explore the beautiful beaches on the other side and the Clear blue bliss. Do try the local cold stone ice cream made right in front of your eyes in markets along phuket .

Phuket is Thailand’s largest island. The island is mountainous for most of its part with inundated plains at places and is truly gifted with clean cheesy white palm lined sandy beaches on the western shores of Andaman seas and numerous exotic and hidden islands strewn across the Pacific ocean. Azure blue warm tropical sea diffuse with jade green limestone islands creates a spectacular scenery with the mellow rays of departed sun procreate a magical aura and will definitely leaves you enchanted.

During our brief stay of three nights at Phuket, we hopped around some of its spectacular islands, relaxed on its sun soaked beaches and enjoyed the Thai food and nightlife.



What to do in Phuket: There are many things to do in Phuket if you stay for at least a week. Relax on its sun-kissed beaches and do some island hopping, cruising along the beautiful bays, white water rafting, snorkeling and scuba diving along the coral reefs, golfing at blue canyon and many more.



Islands of Phuket: There are many tropical islands dotted the Andaman seas and gulf of Thailand in the east, easily accessible within an hour or two by boat and each one of them offer unique and exclusive sight.






Beaches of Phuket: North of Phuket boast on many of its pristine and secluded beaches and laguna bays to spend an idle afternoons with family, or watch the beautiful crimson sun setting. Karon and Kata are two lovely beaches on the southern part of Phuket, lined with palm trees are quiet and peaceful retreat.



Where to stay in Phuket: If you are on a short trip (2 or 3 day stay) to Phuket then stay at Patong beach, easily accessible and the most happening place in Phuket, heavily concentrated with tour agents, shops, markets, pubs, night clubs, shopping malls, best sea foods and restaurants.


Where to eat in Phuket: Patong has some of the best dining destinations in the Phuket . A batter fried calamari rings  and day’s freshest catch from many of the eatery shacks along the beach road, all fresh and good food to satisfy your taste buds.

Transport cost: From Phuket airport to Patong beach costs us 600 thb and we booked the cab from the AOT limousine counter near the exit of the airport. Speed boat tour of Phi-Phi  cost us 1500 after negotiation. During the high season from February to April, most of the hotels and resorts gives good deals.



What we missed: Phuket FantaSea show on Kamala beach. Dubbed as greatest cultural theme park promises an ultimate night-time entertainment blending with magical illusions, pyrotechnics etc and encompass a carnival village – shopper’s paradise and a grand buffet.

In short, our three day vacation in Phuket was truly enchanting experience and Phuket is truly the pearl of the pacific.

It was the day booked for exploring Phuket on motorbike. We took bike on rent from our hotel @ just 200 bhat. Followed Google maps and the highway sign boards to reach places. There were many Buddha relics as well.


Phi Phi Island, Phuket 

Phi Phi Island, Thailand’s island-superstar can be reached either by a ferry or a speedboat from Phuket. I opted for a ferry as the top deck of the ferry doubles as a sundeck, great for a beach tan. The experience of being right under the sun, in middle of the crystal clear aqua blue sea, the ocean wind brushing your hair and Priceless!



The lower decks feature air-conditioned rooms and drinks and snacks are available on board. Phi Phi’s beauty is a large chunk of the allure. The islands when approached by boat, rise from the sea like a fortress, sheer cliffs tower overhead giving way to the beach-fronted jungle. It’s love at first sight. The ferry ride is the best part of the Phi Phi Island trip, as this 90 minute ride takes you through the most stunning and picturesque world of aqua blue waters, colorful tropical marine life and limestone cliffs.


The second part of the why-I-love-this-place story is Attitude: few places on the planet are this laid-back.  There’s no schedule, no hustle-bustle, no reason to be in a hurry just relax by the beach and live in its beauty.

A perfect example of a day at the beach restores one’s mind and soul.

Trip to world’s richest country- Qatar

“Collect moments, not things.”

Just over a decade ago, we labelled Qatar one of the most boring places on Earth. Now it’s fast becoming one of the most exciting. Doha is a world-class city in the making, with the peerless Museum of Islamic Art, perhaps the finest traditional souq in the Gulf region, and burgeoning arts and culinary scenes. Qatar is the kind of place where you can learn about the ancient pursuit of falconry or watch camels ridden by remote-controlled robot jockeys race across the desert, admire traditional dhows bobbing on the water alongside one of the world’s most spectacular modern skylines, or sample Doha’s portfolio of sophisticated restaurants and then watch the sun set over sand dunes that seem to spring from an Arabian fairy tale. Put simply, Qatar is racing headlong into the future without losing sight of its past – and it’s one pretty exciting ride.



I walked around the maze-like alleys of the souq. The construction is very modern while still trying to replicate the style of old souqs. They sell everything there, from clothes to sweets to toys to falcons to cats to jewelry. It’s very easy to get lost in there, and it’s best to just relax and allow yourself to get lost instead of worrying about it. The outer part is lined with restaurants and sheesha bars. It seemed like the place to be for locals at night, as many restaurants were packed. The men wear white long shirts and loose pants, with a head cover called gutra, tied with a black rope called agal.

Just when you thought that you’ve shopped everywhere and know every mall—the Mall of Qatar has opened its doors in 2016. It is said to become the biggest shopping and entertainment complex in Qatar. A glass-domed space equal to the size of three football fields, appropriately called the Oasis, has been designed to bring natural light and greenery to the indoor retail centre. Make sure the Mall of Qatar features on your to-do list.

Qatar is not only the richest country in the world, it is also the only country whose name starts with a ‘Q’. Its enormous wealth has allowed it to play big in the world of politics, the world of sports and the world of culture and education. This is the country of Al Jazeera, the host of FIFA World Cup 2022, and the country that many were not familiar with fifteen years ago.

How about taking in the impressive ever-changing skyline of Doha at night by strolling along the corniche? And while you are there you can visit the renowned Museum of Islamic Art. Or head out of Doha to see what else the country has to offer: to the fort of Al-Zubara in the North, or the beautiful inland sea of Khor Al Adaid in the South — a blue mirage surrounded by impressive desert dunes.



There is a public bus system for getting around, which also connects other parts of the country. However, to see some of the natural attractions you will either need to rent a 4-wheel drive vehicle or take a tour.

Qatar is less conservative than Kuwait or Saudi Arabia, but more traditional than Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.

Like a lot of the little sheikhdoms around the Gulf, Qatar was a British Protectorate back in the day and, as such, English is widely spoken. Arabic however is the main language, and knowing a few words is always appreciated.

I found Doha to be very pleasant.

Land of ceylon- Srilanka

Your best travel journeys will always be last minute plans, ideas came up with on a night with close friends.  Trip to Sri Lanka was the sum of one such discussion. It was going to be an extended long weekend, thanks to the public holiday and the weekend combined, said to myself let’s see a place i have never seen before. Always a good choice.

Colombo, capital of Sri Lanka, despite its small size, offers a perfect tourist brochure for anyone who decides to take a break and fly right into this beautiful beach side destination. A city with an overdose of gems ranging from expensive stones to rubies and sapphires to garnets, shinning in various colors is a sight not worth missing. Walk into any one of the million stores located at every street and you will come across well crafted gems in various sizes and cuts.

From gems to the next most famous product of Sri Lanka, their tea. Sri Lankan tea, famous that it is, is available in number of flavors leaving me surprised and astonished to find that certain flavors even exist. Strawberry, blueberry, cardamom, cinnamon and of course loved by all the very own green tea are just a few flavors that I picked up while shopping in Colombo. And of course how can anyone miss their ultimate Ceylon tea, after all Sri Lanka was at one time a British crown colony known as Ceylon. With prominent hotels like Taj Samudra, Cinnamon Grand and The Kingsbury splashed all over the city, one can check in and indulge in the best that these grand hotels offer.

Reach Colombo and spend a daytime buying local teas and watching the parliamentary buildings. Cinnamon Red hotel offers a landscape view from its top floor open cafe (non-members cannot order till 5 pm). It very cheap and sunset from the infinity pool should not be missed. Marina and Bellagio casinos are good for late night entertainment. You can also choose to visit Negombo beach and buy local wooden antiques. Alternatively, there is a wide range of beach cafes and restaurants to spend a good evening.

Hikkaduwa Beach

 The natural beauty is absolutely mesmerizing. Villas are available at cheap prices. Unawattuna beach has a great night life. Hikkadua beach near Unawattuna will fill up your appetite for sun bathing with a crimson sunset in the dessert.

Mirissa Beach

Travel to Mirissa for Marine Safari. It starts at 7 am and can last untill 1 pm. You may view the magnificent blue whale if you are lucky. Safari can cause sea sickness and hence take necessary precautions.

Galle fort

Visit Galle fort and get a fantastic view of the Indian Ocean.

Galle International Cricket Stadium

 The International cricket ground. You can divide the day between Bentota and Galle.

Nuwara Eliya

Travel to Nuwara Eliya. Tea-estates are very scenic and the place comes alive during monsoon. However, there is not much to see other than tea factories, lakes and waterfalls.

Sri Dalada Maligawa

Travel to Kandy and spend a day visiting the Tooth Relic Temple and peace pagoda. Enjoy the elephant safari, red shell coconut water and local Tiger beer.

Maldives-A Solo travel to Paradise!

Maldives tourism is an experience of a lifetime. It is a magnet that you should allow yourself to be attracted to.


Maldives Tourism, in several ways, is synonymous with the very idea of exotic, romantic getaways. With some more than 1200 islands and perhaps the best beaches in the world, this Indian Ocean is the closest one could get to heaven. The twenty-six atolls that make up Maldives have a predominantly Muslim population and a vast colonial history. Incidentally the lowest country in the world, the endless expanse of the ocean will greet travellers at every step as they go about their Maldives itinerary. And its brilliantly colourful coral reefs with over a thousand striking marine species will enchant even the most experienced of wanderers.

Considering the multitude of hotel chains competing with one another to offer you the most luxurious travel experience you’ve ever had, this astonishing country spoils you to the core. With its pristine white sands, aquamarine waters and possibly the most diverse underwater ecosystem, this tropical getaway invariably features in all bucket lists.

Getting Around in Maldives

Speedboats and public ferries (also known as dhoni sailboats) are the easiest ways of moving around in the many islands that form a part of your Maldives itinerary. Seaplanes connect the faraway resort islands and are rather expensive. It is advisable to ask your hotel to arrange transfers for you. If not, a dhoni should cost you very less. Remember that all resorts have an entry fee of their own. Moreover, Maldives is a Muslim state and alcohol is therefore banned. You can however grab a drink in a resorts and hotels.


The bustling capital and the heart of Maldives tourism, Male is linked by regular flights to and from most major cities around the world and the airport is on Hulhule island which is some 2 kilometres from the city. A short ferry ride connects the two. While Male offers excellent boat connections to the neighbouring atolls and islands, you could rent a scooter or a bicycle in order to get around the city.


Amazing Things to Do in Maldives: Male

Male, the phenomenal capital city, offers some of the best things to do in Maldives:

1. Visit the impressive Grand Friday Mosque and the Islamic Centre. Both serve as the most important architectural landmarks in the city and are essential places to visit in Maldives.

2. Spend an entire day in the warm embrace of the Hulhumale Island. It interestingly has a superb artificial beach that forms an integral part of your Maldives itinerary.

3. Take the Whale Submarine excursion to develop a better understanding of life on a reef. Of all the many touristy things to do in Maldives, this one will stay with you for a very long time.

4. You happen to be in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Maldives tourism is all about taking some time to appreciate its magnificence and perhaps indulge in a luxurious spa treatment or two.

5. If in case you are looking for a true luxury experience, head over to the Rangali Island by virtue of a 30 minute seaplane journey and stay at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. The resort is home to an all glass undersea restaurant and it is an adventure in its own right! The prices for their villas are expensive.


Best Rated Places to Eat in Male

1. Sala Thai – One of the most popular restaurants in Male incidentally serves Thai cuisine. With wonderful interiors and a vast menu, Sala Thai has great food to offer and is therefore unmissable.

2. The Sea House – This is a restaurant with a view and an excellent one at that. The Sea House is capable of satiating every possible food craving, right from Indian and Italian to authentic Thai.

Considering all the untouched beauty it is home to, Kuda Bandos is an unmissable part of your Maldives itinerary and is one of the most popular places to visit in Maldives. You should ideally ask your hotel to arrange a transfer for you. If not, there is a public ferry for around 70USD from Male airport to the Bandos resort which is another five minutes from Kuda Bandos. The island is closed on Fridays and Saturdays and you would have to pay an amount of 10USD to enter. Leave early in the morning and carry food in order to make the most of your private picnic. Cooking sheds are also provided.

Some best pictures of Maldives









Well tonight, it happened this time, it was in Abudhabi.

No matter how many videos of Coldplay’s live concerts you have watched over Instagram, Youtube and Facebook yet being there is something that is unforgettable. People screamed, clapped, shouted, sang, jumped danced to any song they loved and lost in their world.

By the time Coldplay arrived, over 30,000 fans packed into Du arena and were buzzing with excitement.Wristbands lit up on every hand. Coldplay naturally belong in big arenas, and the production element of a Coldplay show is incredible.


Fireworks at Du arena.


The New Year’s Eve concert by rock band Coldplay at du Arena on Yas Island pulled in an estimated 30,000 people. Yellow remains the band’s calling card after being released 15 years ago. Their energy is addictive and caused the audience to stand on their feet for the entire concert. Coldplay performed on three stages with cutting-edge production – lighting rigs beamed out a swirls of colours as wristbands worn by more than 30,000 attendees lit up in hues.

The Scientist – Everyone adores this song right? There’s something special about hearing 30,000 people sing such beautiful lyrics in sync. I’ve had “nobody said it was easy” stuck in my head alllll day, this was a total highlight of the night.





Hands in the air!


Absolutely gutted to catch the songs, but those final songs reconfirmed my love for Coldplay’s music and live performances even more than watched videos on Youtube and other social medias.

Did you go to the concert? Have you seen Coldplay live? What was your favourite song? Let me know below .
With Love

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