At the time of this blog, we have been sheltering-in-place for 6 months. I am getting a bit restless and dreaming of going on an adventure. It is encouraging to see some countries opening recently, welcoming international tourists once again.
During this time of flux I look forward to being inspired by historical monuments and soothed by nature on my next trip. If you are comfortable traveling in 2021 and want to take advantage of the lower prices and lesser crowds at many iconic tourist destinations, here is what you need to know:
On my way to Delhi early this year, I decided to extend my transit in Dubai and make a long weekend of it. After all Dubai is a fascinating city where everything is glossy and tall. Not to mention the amazing nearby islands popping up from the Persian Gulf. My family arrived at Dubai International Airport early in the evening and we enjoyed a restful night at the hotel.
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On our trip to the famed Angkor Archeological Park in Siem Reap, Cambodia, we left with more than just fabulous photographs of the ancient temples. The warm and hardworking locals gave us a good and lasting impression of the Cambodian peoples.
This is the sixth time that I have been to Sri Lanka. In this December trip, I easily relaxed into the laid-back tropical atmosphere. My most memorable moments are visiting the tea plantation, watching the fishermen on the poles along the shore and the best of all elephant safari.
The peninsula of Malaysia was a major stop on the ancient spice route, attracting traders and explorers from east and west. Malaysia has absorbed influences of the indigenous Malays, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and British traders to create a rich culture and culinary heritage. The current population consists of Malay, Chinese, Indian and indigenous people all in one place. Breakfast in the UNESCO listed world heritage city of Georgetown, lunch in Kuala Lumpur and sleep in the Borneo rainforest by nightfall?
This year I checked off Angkor from my bucket-list. Frankly, this most important archaeological site in southeast Asia and a UNESCO World Heritage Site is truly impressive. I wandered through the majestic towers, watched both the sunrise and sunset at the temples.
If you are planning a trip to Angkor, I am sharing some Do’s and Don’ts for a memorable time.