Balkans Travelogue 5: Kotor, Montenegro

From Dubrovnik, we took a day tour to Kotor, which is a coastal town in Montenegro and the only town on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea. It is also one of the best preserved medieval old towns in the Adriatic and hence, recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

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The first thing you notice about the town is the fortifications, which are about 4.5km long and have been around for centuries.

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The Saint Tryphon Cathedral, which was built in 1166, but was damaged during two massive earthquakes, one in 1667 and another in 1979. It had to be rebuilt after both disasters.

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Balkans Travelogue 4: Ston and Dubrovnik

We travelled from Zadar to Split and finally to the town of Ston, which is located at the Southern tip of Croatia. The journey from Split to Ston took half of the day.

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To get to Ston, we had to go through immigration at Bosnia and back into Croatia again. The checkpoint was quite efficient.

As we got closer to Ston, we noticed a great wall. The inner Walls of Ston surrounding the town is about 890m in length and the one outside town was about 5km. The 14th-century wall was initially about 7km long, but there was some demolition work done by the government, and the stones were taken to build other facilities.

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We had fish for lunch (again).

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Balkans Travelogue 3: Zadar, Croatia

Our next stop was Zadar, the oldest continuously inhabited city in Croatia.

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One of a kind Sea Organ, an architectural feat! It is hard to capture from this angle as this is the back of the organ, but what happens here is that music is created by the sea waves entering the tubes located underneath. You can see many people sitting along the organ, just admiring the view and the harmonic sounds.

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The Church of Saint Donatus, which is circular in shape and 27m high.

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The Landward Gate, with the Lion of Saint Mark, a symbol of the Republic of Venice. Zadar was conquered by Venice from 1202 to 1358 and 1409 to 1797, and the legacy is still evident.

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Balkans Travelogue 2: Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

I must state that December was definitely not the best month to visit the scenic national park of Plitvice Lakes. The trees were barren, and the colours turned out quite cold in pictures. As I was researching about the location, the best period seems to be Autumn when the leaves turn to various shades of yellow, orange and red.

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The national park is the oldest in Southeast Europe and the largest in Croatia. It boasts 16 lakes with 92 cascades and waterfalls, making it a World Heritage Site in 1979. dsc09796dsc09800dsc09805dsc09817

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Balkans Travelogue 1: Pula, Croatia

I apologise for the lack of posts as I was overseas! First to Europe and then to Thailand. Here is the first of my Balkans Travelogue series.

In the early part of December, I travelled to Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenia, before making a side trip to Venice. Our first stop in Croatia was Pula, a city known for its Romanesque architecture, located by the sea.

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Before reaching Pula, we stopped at a rest stop for lunch. There, we found a restaurant called Restavracij In Picerija, where we had pasta. The servings of the Carbonara and Bolognese were so huge that two people could share one plate. We spent 22 Euro on the meal and drinks.

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The Pula Arena, which was constructed between 27BC to 68AD and is one of the six largest surviving Roman arenas in the world. The exterior is still structurally intact, and now the well-preserved amphitheatre is now used as a venue for concerts.

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Japan Travelogue: A Short Trip to Sendai and Tokyo

I went to Japan for about a week at the end of October, specifically to Sendai and Tokyo, for work. It was a rare opportunity that I got to travel during Autumn! We flew into Narita Airport, then took a domestic flight to Sendai, which was cooler than Tokyo.

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Sendai is one of Japan’s biggest cities, and it is famous for its beef tongue, Samurai history as well as being the City of Trees.

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We got to make our own soba and had it for lunch!

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Other than awesome Kit Kat flavours, I love to check out Haagen Dazs in Japan too!

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Bangkok Travelogue: Bangkok in One Day

Only have a day in Bangkok and want to cramp as much as possible? That is definitely feasible!

Travelling around Bangkok

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An excellent mode of transport in Bangkok is the Tuk Tuk. It is cheaper than taking a cab and is an experience like no other as the driver weaves in and out of traffic. Another way of getting around is through Uber, but this only worked for us when the pickup was at the hotel, as it was hard to communicate a pickup location otherwise.

Taxis were usually our last resort as a lot of them do not go by meter, especially on weekends. They will quote you an unreasonably high price, but you would have no choice as all of the other drivers will quote you the same price too.

On Lok Yun

Situated in Chinatown, amidst all the other traditional shops, is one of Bangkok’s most famous and popular all day breakfast places, On Lok Yun. The place is not exactly accessible, so we got a cab to take us there. The one-way journey cost us about 340 Baht.

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The menu allows for a varied combination of Thai-American breakfast items, which is good because we wanted to try a range of their food and yet had plans to hit many other cafes and restaurants later. The breakfast as you see here cost 310 Baht, which is very affordable. The toast at On Lok Yun was outstanding, but we did not really fancy their milk tea.

On Lok Yun
 72 Charenkrung Road Wang Burapha Phirom, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Tel: +66 2 233 9621
Opening Hours:
Opens daily from 0530-1600hrs

After that early breakfast, we walked over to The Old Siam, which was just a stone’s throw away, intending to do some shopping. However, when we got there, we realised that the prices were exorbitant. A couple of shops quoted as 1,890 Baht for a skirt!

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Fortunately, we made some interesting finds in the food section on the first floor.

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I really like this snack (35 Baht)! I have no idea what it is called, but it comes in many pretty pastel colours and is served with popiah skin. You are supposed to wrap the spun sugar with the skin and munch on it. The taste is pretty similar to Dragon’s Beard Candy.

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