Sintra and Cascais, Portugal things to do

Sintra is one of the most visited places from Lisbon as a day trip. The place is well known for its romantic architectural monuments and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.  I had two options either to explore Sintra and Cascais separately by myself in two days or to book a tour which usually covers…

Mafra and Ericeria, Portugal a day trip

Almost 40kms from Lisbon is the small town of Mafra visited mainly for the huge National Palace of Mafra and further 10kms from there is the beach town of Ericeria. There are several buses you could take either from Sete Rios bus terminal or the Campo Grande terminal. Both the bus terminal are right next…

Lisbon Portugal in 3 days

My Portugal exploration started with landing in Lisbon in the beginning of October. Being almost the shoulder months of the tourist season the tourists crowds were comparatively less, however still considerable to what I expected, although it was comfortable enough to get tickets to monuments, day trips and for bus/train without much advance notice or…

Exploring Thailand a grand tour

Thailand in South East Asia region has been a goto destination by most travelers for a while now, may it be for a short trip with family or a long backpacking trip. Especially for India having the affordable tickets of Air Asia most family vacations are now turning out to be Thailand. When we started…

Two temples to visit in Srirangam, Tamilnadu, India

Srirangam is a small island town in Trichunappali district commonly called Trichy with river Cauvery flowing on one side and one of its tributary Kollidam on the other side. Srirangam is visited mainly as a religious place for the famous temple Sri Ranganathaswamy temple. There are several other temples too that one can visit here…

Island Hopping at Thialand

Thailand is well known for its beautiful islands and pristine beaches. One of the things most travelers would look for while planning a trip to Thailand is which islands to cover and how to do “Island Hopping” ie move from one island to the other. And this is precisely what we were also searching for…

Temples of Madurai, Tamilnadu India

Madurai is a very old city of Tamilnadu and has been in prominence as early as the 3rd century BC. Located in the banks of river Vaigai, which is now almost dry, was ruled by Pandyans, Chlolas , Viayanagar kingdoms, the Nayakas and also was conquered several times and ruled by the Moghuls. The present…

North of Thialand Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai

Chaing Mai along with Chaing Rai which is in the North of Thailand has quite a different feel to the rest of Thailand. Surrounded by mountains and lush countryside it is delightful driving around this area. This was almost our last leg of the travel through Thailand and July in these places it does rain…

Kanchanaburi, Western Thailand things to do

Kanchanaburi which is in the West of Thailand played a significant part in the World War II when it was under Japanese control.  Most of the tourist attraction in Kanchanaburi is associated with the Death Railway to Burma which was started here during this period. The northwest of Kanchanaburi dominated by the River Kwai valleys…

Ruins of Thai Kingdom at Lopburi, Ayutthaya and Sukhothai, Thailand

The three places of prominence of the Thai kingdom where one can visit the ruins are Sukhothai, Ayutthaya and Lopburi. Among this Ayutthaya is the most visited as it is only 70kms from Bangkok and hence most people do it as a day trip. Sukhothai is also largely visited as the ruins here are magnificent,…