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Interesting sights, exotic aromas, noisy streets and a sensory overload – this is Asia and it’s awesome. If you’re traveling to Asia then you will find articles about many destinations on this page.

 

10 Beautiful Spots in Cappadocia that are Instagram Worthy

“Can you tell me the EXACT location of this photo?” Yup, that's the most frequently asked question when people see my Cappadocia pictures. In fact, this question comes to me so often that I decided the easiest thing to do would be to just write a post about my...

Day Trip to Dala Village near Yangon, Myanmar

A small fishing village in Myanmar, Dala is a perfect spot for a day trip from Yangon. A trip to Dala village gave us a quick snapshot of life in a small Burmese village. A visit to Dala village is perfect for those who want to take a quick look at simple Burmese...

Why Cappadocia is the Most Magical Place on Earth

Exactly a year ago, I visited a place called Cappadocia, which is in Turkey. This place is so picturesque and full of magic, that words are not enough to describe the beauty. Yes, that’s one of the reasons why I never ended up writing about Cappadocia, but I will give...

Sri Lanka itinerary – Explore Sri Lanka in a Month (or so)

I’m sure by now you know already that San and I spent about a month in Sri Lanka back in the beginning of this year. We fell in love with Sri Lanka and had some unique travel experiences that we will remember for life. We started from west and gradually made our way...

7 Thoughts That Crossed My Mind Before My First Bungee Jump

“Your turn”, said Olly, the jump instructor at Jumping Heights, Rishikesh. “OMG Whaaaaaat”, I thought. However, I smiled and said “Awesome!” I could hear my heart in my ears! I was standing at the edge of the bridge, 83 meters above the ground, ready to take a leap of...

How to Experience the Maharaja Life in Bikaner, Rajasthan

Some are lucky enough to be born in royal families, but the rest can just dream of it. Ever visited a palace and wondered what your life would have been if you were a king? Or maybe you imagined yourself to be Queen Daenerys and living in a massive castle with...

Why I love Visiting Old Manali

Old Manali may have the prefix “old”, but it is way more awesome as compared to main Manali. While latter is one of the busiest summer destinations of India, the former is like a breath of fresh air. Geographically, the only thing that separates them is Beas...

Chandra Taal – The Moon Lake in Spiti Valley

Have you ever stretched your limits to see the place of your dreams? I did a few months back when I trekked for five days to reach Spiti Valley from Manali. In these five days, I crossed the Hampta pass with GIO Adventures, camped at a new spot every night and...

13 Amazing Things to do in Sri Lanka [in 2017]

Sri Lanka, a country that is so green that it feels like one big tropical rainforest national park. No matter where we went, we usually woke up to the music of birds. During our month long trip in Sri Lanka, there were at least five instances where we saw wild...

Sri Lanka Travel Tips – 13 Things You Need To Know

Sri Lanka Travel Tips article is a must read for your Sri Lankan adventure. If someone asks me to describe Sri Lanka in just one word, I'd say "green". It doesn’t matter where you go but you will surely see a lot of green. The entire country feels like one massive...

20 Indian Female Travelers to Follow on Instagram

Who doesn’t need a little inspiration from time to time? I know I do. I have been traveling for many years but it wasn’t until last year that I quit my job to travel the world. While traveling, many people were surprised when I told them I was from India because they...

Tips for celebrating Holi in India from an Indian

So you want to celebrate Holi in India and want some basic information before you start? You've come to the right page! Being an Indian, I have celebrated Holi all my life at many locations all over the country. As per me, it’s the most awesome festival in the world!...

10 Beautiful Spots in Bali that are Instagram Worthy

Bali, the island of Gods needs no introduction. After all, it is the most visited island in South East. In fact, I had almost written Bali off my travel bucket list assuming that every corner here will be touristy, but I couldn’t help being excited when I received an...

Sleeping in a tree house in Sri Lanka.. in the middle of the forest!

You must have noticed pictures of a cute tree house in Sri Lanka on my Instagram page and noticed how I couldn’t stop raving about it. Well, it’s time to share more details because seriously, that tree house was the BEST place that I ever got to sleep. If you have...

Time Traveling to Goa’s Past at Goa Tribal Festival

Ever heard of Goa Tribal Festival? No, it’s not a psytrance party but a festival that involves REAL tribes of Goa. If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you must be aware that San and I were volunteering in Goa and living here for a few months. In fact, I often call...

Exploring the other side of Goa at Dudhsagar Plantation

What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of Goa? I bet it’s the beaches or palm trees. Same with me, because in my many visits to Goa and even living here, I usually stuck to the coastline. If you look at the map of Goa, you will notice there is a...

Raja Ampat Travel Guide – Spectacular Remote Islands in Indonesia

Raja Ampat Travel Guide has been written in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia. A big thanks to them for inviting Drifter Planet for a press trip to their beautiful country. Two months back I died and I went to heaven. Heaven looks like something...

Goa Flea Markets – 7 Colorful Bazaars That You Shouldn’t Miss

This guide is about Goa Flea Markets. To read more travel articles about Goa, visit this page. Whether you’re a shopaholic or not, Goa flea markets are sure to win your heart. With their vivid colors, spicy aromas, interesting sights, and funny sounds, visiting them...

Wondering what we’re doing in Goa?

If you’re following us on Facebook, you must have noticed that we’re in Goa. No, we are not here for a week or two but are here for a few months. We’re not “holiday”ing here but are volunteering in Goa. This is our way of slow travel because we want to make our way to...

Pasir Timbul – the Most Beautiful Beach I’ve ever seen

In the middle of nowhere, surrounded by the sea, there lies a little island that is hidden to many. For a few hours a day, when the tide is low, this little island emerges out of the ocean. This is Pasir Timbul in Raja Ampat, which literally translates into “emerging...

Did Yogyakarta in Indonesia change me as a traveler?

This is one of my rare "travel diary" kind of posts which is a result of my introspection and where I express my deepest thoughts. Can visiting a place for just a few days change me for life? I thought to myself as I reflected back on the time I spent in Yogyakarta. I...

An Unbelievably Stunning Hot Air Balloon Ride in Cappadocia, Turkey

No visit to Turkey is complete without experiencing a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia. After all, it’s one of the most beautiful hot air balloon ride locations in the world. After having seen so many pictures of Cappadocia's surreal landscape with fairy chimneys...

One Day in Kuala Lumpur – Things to do

One Day in Kuala Lumpur is a guide is for people like me who don’t like to spend more than a few days in big cities and are looking to explore Kuala Lumpur in a short time. Yes, it’s possible to do Kuala Lumpur in one day. Kuala Lumpur – this fast growing metropolitan...

Sleeping in a Cave in Cappadocia – Ottoman Cave Suites, Göreme

Fancy a trip to Mars but can’t afford it? Cappadocia is your answer. Cappadocia in Turkey is the land of unusual rock formations that have further been carved into underground cities, churches and cave houses. Some of these rock formations look like mushrooms (or...

Hampta Pass Trek – the Adventure of a Lifetime

Swollen ankles, bruised thigh.. and yet I couldn’t help but smile at my sunburnt reflection in the mirror. I was proud of myself! I had just returned home after crossing Hampta pass and survived 5 days of hiking through Himachal’s wilderness with GIO Adventures. I...

A Detailed Guide to eVisa for India

EVisa for India - Avoid India Tourist Visa Surprises. Make sure to check your visa requirements before you book your trip to beautiful India. - by Sandro Paladini <script async...

Being Stranded in Istanbul During the Military Coup

They said it is unsafe and they said I should not visit it. “It” in this case is Istanbul and there was no way I was going to cancel my ticket. Did I just prove them wrong? I smiled to myself as I walked around Istanbul’s Sultanahmet Square. I was glad I was here! I...

Goa Travel Tips: 13 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting

Travel Tips to get the most out of your Goa visit I’m sure by know you know that I absolutely LOVE Goa. I love it so much that I spent many hours a few days back in my attempt to create the most detailed guide on the internet to North Goa! Here are some essential Goa...

North Goa Beaches and Beyond – Everything You Need to Know

A detailed guide to the beaches of North Goa. You think North Goa is full? Yes, it is full but only if you visit the likes of Anjuna, Baga, Candolim and Calangute areas. Those who wander beyond these beaches will fall in love with this wonderland. Yes, I have visited...

9 Reasons Why Cochichos Resort is the Best Place to Stay in Goa

After visiting Goa at least ten times, I have come to realize that Vagator is my favorite place to stay. While it’s far from North Goa’s most crowded beaches, it’s sufficiently close to good beaches, forts and some of the best beach bars and parties. Oh and the best...

Filipino Food: 11 Delicious Things to Eat in the Philippines

Ah, Filipino food… before we entered this beautiful country, we were warned by many that we may not enjoy the food here. We didn’t have the best experience in the beginning but we definitely had some memorable eating experiences as we tried more things. Simplicity is...

El Nido or Coron? A Comparison of Palawan’s top destinations

El Nido or Coron? Or both? If you’re thinking of heading to Palawan for a quick trip and are not sure where to go or what to miss, this post will help you make some decisions. Moreover, this post will also act as an excellent guide if you’re visiting both these...

Kasol and Around – 11 Hippie Destinations in the Himalayas, India

"Wait, you're heading to Kasol too??" It's summer time in India and it feels that the roads are on fire! Seriously, with the mercury rising close to 48 degrees in New Delhi and 35 degrees in Mumbai and around, we all need our dose of mountain magic. Almost everyone...

Panglao Island, Bohol – Our Favorite Place in the Philippines

Panglao Island is a tiny island attached to the south-west tip of the main island of Bohol in the Philippines. It is very close to Cebu island as well. We wanted white sand, blue water, beautiful nature and loads of peace. A little research suggested that the...

Tambayan Capsule Hostel, Manila – A Love Affair to Remember!

Goodbye Beaches, Hello Manila! Our time in the Philippines was about to end when we decided to spend a day in Manila. After many days of island hopping, camping and staying in dirty hostels, San and I needed one day of comfort and good food. Our few attempts to eat...

Explore Penang (Malaysia) Like a Local

This guest post about Penang, Malaysia has been written by Vivian Lee as a part of "Explore Like a Local" series. Explore Like a Local is an initiative by Drifter Planet to help you get insider tips about destinations all over the world. Want to write about your...

Paper Plane Hostel in Kuala Lumpur – Coolness Overload!

Being budget travelers, San and I have stayed in many different kinds of hostels in numerous cities. They’re affordable, fun and are unarguably the best spots to meet other backpackers. From vividly colorful walls to inexpensive decor, most of the hostels are usually...

Ngwe Saung Travel Guide – A Beach Destination Near Yangon

Ngew Saung or Ngewsaung is a lesser known beach destination in the Irrawaddy region of Myanmar that is easily accessible from Yangon. The name Ngwe Saung means silver beach in Burmese language and is a suitable description. Yes, Ngapali Beach is the most popular beach...

Why Holi is the most AWESOME Festival EVER

Holi may be an Indian and Nepalese festival but it is now popular all over the world. Why? Because it’s AWESOME! Some call it the festival of colours and others call it the festival of sharing love – I call it the festival of FUN. In my opinion, it is the most amazing...

8 Things to do in Melaka, Malaysia – the Amsterdam of Asia

Things to do in Melaka - the Amsterdam of Asia Am I still in Asia? I thought to myself as I walked around the streets of Melaka. Everything around me looked very European – the architecture, street art, cute little cafes and wait… did I just see a windmill on the...

11 Indian Girls That Are Totally Rocking Solo Travel

I’m not lost. I know where I’m going. Yes, I’m alone. Doesn’t mean I’m lonely. You think I’m gutsy? Thanks – feels good. No I’m not traveling solo to nurse a broken heart. (But that’s a good idea). No, I’m definitely not running away from anything. No, I’m not rich, I...

11 Reasons Why I love Goa and Keep Going Back

Goa is perhaps India’s most popular destination. It is known for its massive beaches and a unique culture that’s a mix of Indian and Portuguese.  It is not a city but is a state (or a province) that’s divided in many zones. I have lost count of the number of times I...

Shwedagon Pagoda of Yangon – fables, facts and tips

“Then, a golden mystery upheaved itself on the horizon, a beautiful winking wonder that blazed in the sun, of a shape that was neither Muslim dome nor Hindu temple-spire.” -- Rudyard Kipling Shwedagon Pagoda or Paya is the biggest and the grandest Pagoda in Myanmar....

51 Reasons Why Life in India is AWESOME

“To other countries, I may go as a tourist, but to India, I come as a pilgrim.” - Martin Luther King, Jr. Life in India can be joyous, tough, colorful, stressful, chaotic but never boring. You must have heard numerous times that India is one of those countries that...

10 Fun Things to Do in Yangon, Myanmar (in 2017)

This post is not just about things to do in Yangon but is also a mini travel guide with information about where to stay and public transport. If you're looking to spend a few days in Yangon, then look no further because we've got you covered.  Yangon may not be...

This KICKASS Video of Hampi will make you want to visit it

We arrived in Hampi from Goa just for two days, but ended up extending our stay because we fell in LOVE with this land of lost civilization and mystery! You have read my post about 11 awesome things to do in Hampi - now let us SHOW you those things. From train journey...

Myanmar Travel Tips – 15 Things to Know Before Visiting Burma

Breathtaking temples, mysterious ruins, virgin beaches, river deltas and exotic culture – Myanmar has it all! Yet, it is one of the least visited countries in South East Asia – which is why it is usually tough for travelers to find sufficient Myanmar Travel Tips prior...

Kheerganga – My Favorite Trek in the Himalayas

Have you ever visited a place that you wished would remain a secret? Kheerganga was one such place for me. A trek so beautiful that the physical workout felt like a picnic. A destination so picturesque where it felt like I was in the land of “Heidi. A dreamlike...

Maya Bay: The BEST Way to Experience “The Beach”

Trust me, it's paradise. This is where the hungry come to feed. For mine is a generation that circles the globe and searches for something we haven't tried before. So never refuse an invitation, never resist the unfamiliar, never fail to be polite and never outstay...

11 Awesome Things to Do In Hampi, India

A unique destination which is a pilgrim’s delight, a backpacker’s haven, a historian’s riddle and a geologist’s venture – Hampi’s got it all! Except for one thing. We did not see a single resort and we hope it remains this way. Hampi is a small town in Karnataka,...

Railay, Ton Sai and Phra Nang in Krabi Province

Railay peninsula in Krabi province is one of my favorites and I have visited it twice. However, my first visit to this place back in October 2013 is what I will remember for life, mainly because of my dramatic entry. It was that time when my close friend Rosh and I...

Vang Vieng – A Lazy Party Destination in Laos

Vang Vieng is a small town in Laos along the Nam Song River. How to Reach Vang Vieng, Laos The usual way of reaching Laos or Lao is by road. You can take a bus from Bangkok over the friendship bridge boarder to Vientiane, which is the capital of Laos. I was a in a bit...

Delhi Travel Tips: 21 Things to Keep in Mind While Visiting Delhi

If you’re visiting India, most likely your flight will land in Delhi. It is a massive city and can confuse anyone that’s not familiar with it. It is divided into 6 main zones – North, South, East, West, Central and Old Delhi. It has an interesting history - it was...

Bangkok in ONE Day – Things to do

Is it possible to explore Bangkok in one day? Probably not - but here is an attempt to help you decide what to do in Bangkok if you're visiting this city for a short duration. Bangkok has been the gateway to SE Asia for many backpackers for the last few decades. It is...

My Travel Hangover Made Me Meet My Soul Mate

Have you ever experienced a travel hangover? I did back in November 2013. This happened right after I came back home (India) from a backpacking trip in Thailand with my travel buddy Rosh. Travel Hangover is that disgusting feeling when you come back home after...

India to Thailand via Myanmar – Road Trip Itinerary

As you know, San is from Germany and I'm from India.  Many times I turn green with envy when he shares stories of crossing borders within EU seamlessly from one country to another, by driving, hitchhiking or many other ways. But now, it’s time for me (and many of...

10 Reasons to visit Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Some of the most prominent movie makers like Wes Anderson, John Madden and Christopher Nolen absolutely love Rajasthan. With its barren fields, magnificent architecture and colorful people, Rajasthan’s exotic landscapes make the perfect backdrop for some famous movie...

The best of EVERYTHING in Havelock on a Low Budget

Want to do Havelock Island on a low budget? My Havelock Island post was very detailed, hence I am sharing a list of best of everything on the island for a backpacker’s budget: 1) Best Place to Eat: Welcome Dhaba (crab curry, prawn curry, fish curry, steamed fish,...

Havelock Island – the Ultimate Backpacker Destination

Ever heard of Havelock Island? This Island has everything it takes to be the ultimate backpacker's destination Island and is a part of the Andamans and Nicobar Islands. The best part? Well, it has some of the most beautiful beaches in Asia which are right out of a...

Koh Phangan – Thailand’s Party Island

Koh Phangan is a Paradise Island and is one of the three major islands located in the gulf of Thailand in the middle of Koh Tao and Koh Samui. This island is famous for its parties - the Full Moon Party being the most famous one. If you only want to know about the...

Full Moon Party of Koh Phangan: A Detailed Guide

This post is about the most famous party of Asia (and maybe the world) - the Full Moon Party of Koh Phangan! So you’ve decided to check this item off your bucket list? Well, I did too a few years back.  My multiple visits to Thailand's Koh Phangan have taught me a few...

Gallu – of chai shops, secret waterfall and goats

Gallu is a little village in Himachal Pradesh with less than five houses and just two guest houses. If you like swimming in natural pools as much as we do and like hunting for lesser known little wonderlands, then you will absolutely love reading about this...

Dharamkot – a Hippie village in the Himalayas

Dharamkot is a cute little hippie village in the Himalayas. It's near Dharamshala and McLeodganj - the famous Buddhist destinations in Himachal Pradesh, India. While Dharamshala and McLeodganj have become extremely crowded because they are popular summer travel...

Trekking to Triund in Himachal Pradesh, India

Triund hill is a flat spot which is perfect for camping in the middle of the hills before the majestic Dhauladhar range. The only way of reaching this place is by trekking from McLeodganj or Bhagsu or Dharamkot or Gallu. The best part of this trek is that it can be...

Neil Island of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India

Imagine a paradise island which is many hours away from the main land with empty soft sand beaches, extremely blue water, no cell phone connectivity, amazing seafood curries, simple village life, extremely polite (and sweet) people and unbelievably affordable. Yes,...

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