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Ratna and George Cherian are avid travellers (and so adorable!) with an inclination to the offbeat. They visited Japan in May 2018. Here’s the suggestions I gave them.
Shalome, thank you so much for your inputs. We had a marvellous time. The Japan Railway system has amazingly precise timing and English signboards that made our travel easy. We visited the ethereal Himmeji Castle from Osaka, the humbling Hiroshima Peace Park Memorial and Museum and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Shirakawago.
We ate ramen in Ramen Alley, tried varieties of sake in Sapporo, amazing beef in Kobe and Takoyaki (octopus fritters) in Osaka. In Takayama we stayed in a ryokan where we padded around on tatami mats in Yukatas (light kimono).
Ratna & George

Shalome, thank you so much for your inputs. We had a marvellous time.

The Japan Railway system has amazingly precise timing and English signboards that made our travel easy. We visited the ethereal Himmeji Castle from Osaka, the humbling Hiroshima Peace Park Memorial and Museum and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Shirakawago.

We ate ramen in Ramen Alley, tried varieties of sake in Sapporo, amazing beef in Kobe and Takoyaki (octopus fritters) in Osaka. In Takayama we stayed in a ryokan where we padded around on tatami mats in Yukatas (light kimono).

Ratna & George

Neha is a writer, a home cook and a self-professed Jelly bean enthusiast (if her Instagram bio is to be believed! :D) Always on a quest to find amazing food, she loves to travel and explore new sights and well as new tastes. Neha visited Cambodia in November, 2018, and returned with some great tips on where to eat and shop. Thanks, Neha, for writing in!
When in Siem Reap, buy local. Start off with the ‘Made in Cambodia’ market, which has many sustainable businesses worthy of your contribution. Some of my favourite stalls were ‘Sombai’ – artisanal liquor packaged in beautiful hand-painted bottles, and ‘Ammo’ – jewellery made from ammunition. The market is also home to ‘Embassy’, a restaurant that offers a contemporary take on Khmer cuisine. I would rank it my best meal in Cambodia. If you’re looking for souvenirs, I highly recommended ‘Senteurs d’Angkor’ for natural beauty products, and ‘Artisans Angkor’ for traditional Cambodian crafts and silks.
Neha

When in Siem Reap, buy local. Start off with the ‘Made in Cambodia’ market, which has many sustainable businesses worthy of your contribution.

Some of my favourite stalls were ‘Sombai’ – artisanal liquor packaged in beautiful hand-painted bottles, and ‘Ammo’ – jewellery made from ammunition.

The market is also home to ‘Embassy’, a restaurant that offers a contemporary take on Khmer cuisine. I would rank it my best meal in Cambodia.

If you’re looking for souvenirs, I highly recommended ‘Senteurs d’Angkor’ for natural beauty products, and ‘Artisans Angkor’ for traditional Cambodian crafts and silks.

Neha

Ankit and Antra are both commercial pilots, certified divers and Ankit is even a licenced paraglider. So suffice to say their holidays always have a wild side. They travelled to Bali in August 2018.
Shalome, thank you for your lovely tips, we had a great time in Bali! We were primarily there for paragliding, which we did off Pandawa Beach in the south. The views and winds are divine.
We spent an afternoon at the Bali Sea Turtle Society (BSTS). We weren’t allowed to touch the hatchlings in the tanks but the real joy is in seeing them swim.
Get to their office on the beach by 3.30 pm to buy your tokens and then release them under supervision at 4.30pm (closed on Sunday). Nesting season is in July and hatchlings are born in August-September.
Ankit & Antra

Shalome, thank you for your lovely tips, we had a great time in Bali! We were primarily there for paragliding, which we did off Pandawa Beach in the south. The views and winds are divine.
We spent an afternoon at the Bali Sea Turtle Society (BSTS). We weren’t allowed to touch the hatchlings in the tanks but the real joy is in seeing them swim.
Get to their office on the beach by 3.30 pm to buy your tokens and then release them under supervision at 4.30pm (closed on Sunday). Nesting season is in July and hatchlings are born in August-September.

Ankit & Antra

Shaun is a self-taught web designer and an intrepid traveller. In fact, he has also designed The Trip Tweaker’s website. Thank you, Shaun, for making us look good and for letting us steal your thoughts!
Shaun visited Sikkim in December (brrr!) 2017.
While in Sikkim for a friend’s wedding we visited Yuksom, Pelling and Ravangla, home to the state’s oldest monasteries.
In Yuksom we stumbled upon Mama’s Kitchen, tiny homestay which also serves food. A sole young woman skilfully cooked and served us, all the while apologising for the long preparation time. That meal was one of the most memorable of the trip: steaming thukpa, momos and even a homemade tree tomato pickle that wasn’t on the menu.
As for the rest, a visit to the coronation altar, some stargazing and lots of chang made it the perfect trip!
Shaun

While in Sikkim for a friends wedding we visited Yuksom, Pelling and Ravangla where the first rulers of Sikkim set foot.

In Yuksom we stumbled upon Mama’s Kitchen, tiny homestay which also serves food. A sole young woman skilfully cooked and served us, all the while apologising for the long preparation time. That meal was one of the most memorable of the trip: steaming thukpa, momos and even a homemade tree tomato pickle that wasn’t on the menu.

As for the rest, a visit to the coronation altar, some star gazing and lots of chang made it the perfect trip!

Shaun