08.52 am – Cool thing about Incredible Homestay Delhi is ordering your breakfast from the phone and having them send it up to the dining area outside your room.
We were told that it would take at least 30 minutes so I did some day’s planning while waiting.
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06.01 am – Woke up excited, monitoring the train’s movements as it got closer to the city of Agra where Taj Mahal is located.
06.26 am – Arrived in Agra Fort train station. As soon as we stepped out of the train station, we were approached randomly by a tuktuk driver, offering his services to fetch us to wherever that we wanted to go. As we didn’t have any pickup arrangements with our accommodation, we decided to just use his services.
His name was Ameen and I kid you not but he is one hell of a tuktuk driver. He guided us from all the scams, taught us how to avoid crowds in tourist places, brought us to authentic Indian restaurants, and knows when to go where for the best pictures (eg:the best time to go to Mehtab Bagh/Moonlight Gardens is during sunset).
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07.24 am – When we woke up to the rooftop restaurant for breakfast, it was soooOOooo cold! It’s less than 10°C but the wind made it feel cooler than it should have been!
In any case, we enjoyed the view of the sunrise over Jaipur city from Pearl Palace.
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05.08 am – Arrived at Jaipur Junction train station at around 5am during winter! It was so cold! But I love it! I am a winter kind of guy.
With a data connection and Google Maps, Vivian and I walked towards Hotel Pearl Palace which was situated pretty close by to the train station. We had the help of signboards along the way.
Continue reading 10D9N India Day 4 : Pearl Palace Hotel, Peacock Rooftop Restaurant, Amber Fort, Gaitore, Bapu Bazaar
Siem Reap literally means “defeat of Siam”, depicting the end of the centuries old conflict between the Khmer ethnic people (who represent 90% of Cambodia) and the Siamese. It has always been my dream to visit Cambodia and especially Siem Reap where the beautiful and very famous Angkor Wat and its surrounding temples reside. My prayers were answered when I received the invitation to attend one of Asia’s biggest festival called Blogfest Asia 2012 where key bloggers come together to learn and interact with each other. I had the time of my life and loved every moment spent eating, walking, drinking, taking thousands of beautiful pictures, and sharing short, meaningful conversations with the friendly and helpful Cambodians.
There is this fascinating fact about the currency system in Cambodia. Khmer Riel is the official currency of Cambodia but US dollars is preferred. Even the ATM machines spit out US dollars. However, both currencies are interchangeable at US$1 for every 4000 Khmer Riel.
- Cambodian Hospitality
These fellas above who manned the counter of the hotel where I stayed in for the entire 6 days and 5 nights are ever so helpful, friendly and always ready to serve you with a smile! Khouch (left) and Rina (right) made my stay epic, speaking with me every time I passed by, giving me an insight into their lives and their culture.
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07.51 am – Woke up to our 2nd and last day here in Jodhpur.
For breakfast, we had a cup of masala chai,
fried noodles and
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07.42 am – Woke up to the view of the plains in Jodhpur. The 10 hour train ride from Sarai Rohilla, Delhi was actually better than expected. Slept for a whole 7 hours straight. Was either eating, playing with my phone, or going to the toilet during the remaining 3 hours.
One of the many empty train stops along the way to Jodhpur’s main train station called Jodhpur Junction.
Noticed my cabin mate’s bag secured with a huge chain and lock. Actually, it’s something that is advised a lot in travel forums. I noticed that many other passengers left their bags just like that without being secured with chains and locks and took the calculated risk by following their example. Actually, if you wanted to, you could buy locks and chains from the kids wandering around selling them in the train station.
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06.35 am – Woke up, had breakfast from 7-Eleven, took a dump, showered and packed up.
My favourite bottled soy bean milk.
Checked out the check in information to make sure that our flight is departing as scheduled.
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02.56 pm – Thanks Shawn Chin, for dropping Vivian and I to Penang’s Sungai Nibong Express Bus Terminal for our trip down to KL.
03.08 pm – Arrived at counter no. 28 which belonged to Gunung Raya Ekspress to obtain the bus number plate.
I like the idea that you could conveniently catch a bus from Penang to KL Sentral and then from KL Sentral take a bus to LCCT. Sometimes, it’s better than taking a flight. Moreover, the price is fixed and as of 2012, a bus ride from Penang to KL costs RM35.
We brought as light as possible with 1 backpack and 1 hand luggage each.
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