Asia

India | Alleppey: January 24-27, 2009

January 24th, 2009 We left Cochin this morning and after a couple of hours passing by charming sights of coconut palms, humble village shacks, quiet rivers lined by rows of palm trees, and generally a lot of greenery, we got to Alleppey. The main part of town was divided by a long canal...

India | Cochin: January 18-23, 2009

January 18th, 2009 Yesterday there was supposed to be the Elephant March (the main reason we actually came to Thrissur)… and well… we didn’t get to experience it! Apparently, it only happens in a few select villages and the actual March that leaves Thrissur and goes all the way to...

India | Thrissur: January 14-17, 2009

January 14th, 2009 Woke up early today to get ready and leave Ooty. Karthik kept calling our driver to ask him to meet us to get our extra money back. He started saying he’d be there shortly and then just kept making excuses that he’d gone to take some people elsewhere or that he’d come...

India | Ooty: January 7-13, 2009

January 7th, 2008 This morning we left from Mysore when it was still dark… so yes, damn early! But it felt good to be out on the road again. This time, we were taking a cab (the driver was the brother of our auto driver/tour guide in Mysore). We’d heard from everyone that the drive would...

India | Mysore: January 4-6, 2009

January 4th, 2008 We packed up at our apartment and headed to the bus station, our auto all crammed up with us and our many bags. The bus station itself seemed like a slice of chaos, not knowing exactly where our bus was leaving from, no real signs, or information desk. Asking around here...

India | Bangalore: December 26, 2008-January 3, 2009

December 26th, 2008 We got here early this morning… and what an adventure it was. Our bus was about 45 minutes late, but it did finally arrive. When we got on, some guy came around distributing woolen shawls to everyone. We took them, but Penny found them to be too itchy, and so refused...

India | Chennai: December 10-25, 2008

December 11th, 2008 We got here late last night (around midnight). The flight was ok. Not too long. We were sitting beside a woman from Trichy, working in Singapore. She asked Penny at one point to look over her immigration form to ensure that she filled it correctly. Then she started...

Thailand | Bangkok: November 20-December 9, 2008

November 20th, 2008 We arrived in Bangkok early afternoon today. The airport was quite impressive, both in size and modernity; however the lines to go through the Passport Control were quite long. It seems lots of people want to come to the “Land of Smiles.” After picking up the luggage...

Vietnam | Halong Bay: November 15-19, 2008

Hanoi - Enroute to Halong Bay November 15th, 2008 The flight today to Hanoi was uneventful, however had to wait more than an hour to get our entry VISAs! We even discovered that we didn’t have to apply for another VISA entirely, instead could have gotten an additional entry stamp on the...

Cambodia | Siem Reap: November 9-15, 2008

November 9th, 2008 So we’ve finally arrived in Cambodia! We’re at the Soria Moria hotel, a boutique hotel in Siem Reap. Our flight from Saigon was quite uneventful other than being almost entirely empty! The plane was at the most at 20% capacity; something we’ve never encountered in all...