Thailand(2): Angthong National Marine Park

It was Prateek’s birthday and we couldn’t have celebrated the day any better.

As soon as we arrived at the hotel (Day 1), I started looking out for Tour Packages from Koh Samui for the particular day. There were several options like Island hoping, Fishing, Picnic, Zeep Tour, Wildlife tour, Jungle Tour etc and I zeroed down on Samui Island Tour (Samui to Angthong National Marine Park). The day’s itinerary looked very promising and included several activities like Sea Kayaking, Snorkelling, Hiking, Swimming and not to mention, a sumptuous lunch and unlimited snacks. It was my gift to the birthday boy and I prayed real hard that it turns out to be a “perfect day”. Continue reading


Thailand (1) – A Photo Tribute to Koh Samui


By the time the boarding gate was open for travelers flying to Koh Samui, the sun rose high up in the sky and so did our excitement level. It was an hour long flight from Bangkok to Samui (the 2nd largest island of Thailand) and within minutes of take-off, we are flying over the turquoise green sea with numerous feathers of white clouds occasionally blocking the view. We are talking all the way, sometimes about our journey from Delhi to Bangkok and sometimes about our expectations of the island we are about to step in.

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The greens of monsoon


Having spent over a decade at Delhi and shuttling between Delhi and Gurgaon for years, I usually associate Delhi Monsoon to flooded roads and nerve-racking traffic jams. The scene is not that different when I rewind my memories to childhood as well, except for the traffic jams. We witnessed floods every year, and the National Highway that ran very close to my home would be filled with relief camps. Schools were shut down and people lost their homes and cattle and of course the vegetation was ruined. It took months to get back in shape and restore the lost assets.

Bad things aside, monsoon is also a blessing for the dying plants after the severe heat wave of the summers, especially in this part of India. Once the rain starts pouring, the buds start showing and slowly, the beautiful flowers start blooming all around. The dust layer is also washed away, revealing the beautiful shade of green. These are the little luxuries of life and I sure relish them. Continue reading