Five favourite markets around the world 22

Every market tells a story – of a culture, a craft and a tradition and it is this story that gets sold in the form of souvenirs in tiny little lanes and stalls. There is so much of energy, life and colour in every market and each one of them is unique. Historic and intrinsic to a country’s culture, we visit five different markets from around the world. Taling Chan Floating Market in Bangkok In a city which is flocked by shoppers, where bargains are a way of life, there is no dearth for markets. But my favourite is the […]

Pushkar, market, rajasthan

Buddha, Wat Pho, Thailand

Wat Pho – Reclining Buddha Temple in Bangkok 7

Nostalgia can sometimes take you on a trip of its own ; which is probably why I found myself heading to  Wat Pho, the Reclining Buddha Temple in Bangkok, twenty years after my first visit here. I barely had any memory of my maiden trip to Bangkok and an old under exposed photograph showed a Golden Buddha in a reclining pose.  Intrigued, I decided to revisit the temple and learnt that the name, Wat Pho takes its name after a monastery in India where Buddha  once used to live. Our journey to the temples started as we flew in a […]

Wat Arun or Temple of Dawn in Bangkok 12

I enter the shrine and can see the unmistakable influences from both Along the banks of the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok are ancient temples that take you back in time. Amidst the noisy clutter of Bangkok city, these temples offer a sanctuary of silence and space. Gods and demons fight for space as you can see symbols of Buddhist iconography everywhere. The temple of dawn or Wat Arun takes its reference from  the Hindu deity Aruna but it was once a Buddhist temple that was restored and rechristened more than 200 years ago when  a local king saw the […]

Wat arun, Bangkok, Thailand

Mistyt morning Thailand nakhon nayok

Special Sunrises and Sunsets from 2013 20

From a gorgeous sunrise at Nagin Lake, Srinagar Kashmir (Read – Dawn at Nagin Lake, Kashmir) To a sunset in the Thar Desert in Rajasthan (Read Kuldhara – A haunted village near Jaisalmer) A misty morning in Rustic Thailand, in Nakhon Nayok (Read Five Memories from Thailand) To a magical sunset in Redang island, Malaysia (Read Snorkelling in Redang Island) These are some of the most beautiful views of the skies that I have seen in 2013 in my travels. Read my travel story of 2013 here Hoping to see more dramatic skies in 2014. To see gorgeous skies around […]

Souvenir Series – From the Taling Chan floating market in Bangkok

In the Souvenir Series, we visit the Taling Chan Floating Market in Bangkok. Although most of the products sold were produce, sweets, fruits and fish, we found several plants and herbs and even knick knacks and gifts. I found some gnomes and figurines and flower pots that are used to decorate gardens. I was so fascinated by these pretty owl shaped pots that I almost bought them, but I was worried they would break. If I get a chance to go back, I would for sure buy them. The market is open only on weekends and is quite a haven […]

Souvenirs floating market Bangkok, Taling Chan Floating Market

Nakhon Nayok Dam Thailand, Nakhon Nayok Dam , Rustic Thailand,

Five memories from Thailand 2

A few months ago,I was invited by Thailand Tourism on an international bloggers meet and I must say that it remains one of the best trips so far. It was quite a treat driving around the country in a convoy with the Tourist Police leading us. I have shared a few posts here, but they have largely been teasers as I have not had the time to sit and blog about my trip. Looking at my photographs today, I realized that it is difficult to pick up just a handful of memories from a memorable trip, but here are my […]