bunaken, indonesia, offbeat travel

5 offbeat travel destinations in Southeast Asia. 

5 weekend getaways from Singapore to pamper you.

Malaysia: 3 travel adventures you don’t want to miss.


Nikoi Island: ecotourism, beauty, magic.

Tempat Senang: rejuvenation.

On The Island of Bunaken

Bunaken: of blues seas & anonymity.


In Search of Murakami’s Japan

Japan Tourist Visa for Indians: Requirements and Tips

Secrets Behind Some of Japan’s Most Intriguing Traditions

Why Travelling in Japan is Like Nowhere Else in the World


Mount Kinabalu: Turning 21 on The Peak.

The Old English Charm of Maxwell Hill.

Port Dickson: Living on stilts!

Desaru, a getaway in Malaysia.

On Cloud Nine in Genting.


Why Bohol is My Favorite Island in The Philippines

Tagaytay City, Philippines.


Secret Ways to Experience Singapore

Boutique Hotels in Singapore Under US$ 150.

Singapore: 10 Best Free Things To Do.

10 Must-Try Vegetarian Food Places in Singapore.

5 Weekend Getaways From Singapore to Pamper You.

5 Years On, Singapore Still Surprises Me.

Zoukout 2010: I came, I saw, I survived.

My First Chinese Wedding.

The Tempest – Singapore Act

The Singapore Grand Prix

Bungee Jumping!


Sri Lanka: First Impressions

7 Epic (yet affordable) Airbnbs to Stay in Sri Lanka

Lessons on the Art of Living in Sri Lanka’s Hill Country

In Photos: Chugging up Sri Lanka’s Hill Country

Galkadawala: Sri Lanka’s Best Kept Secret

Incredible Ways to Experience Sri Lanka

Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge: Tete-a-tea in Nature’s Lap

Flickr: Snippets of Sri Lanka


Not Your Typical Travel Guide to Taiwan


New Year’s Eve in Chiang Mai: A Thousand Lanterns and Wishes in the Sky

Going Back to The Places We Love

Koh Mak Island: Of Hidden Beaches, Broken Boats and Beer

In Photos: The Countryside of Northern Thailand

Monday Blues Are Better On a Beach in Thailand


I’m Going to Turkey

My First Impressions of Turkey

A Midsummer Evening in Istanbul

On Losing My Turkish Hamam Virginity

So Long, Turkey

Living Like a Local in Istanbul

Safranbolu: Once Upon a Time in Turkey

6 Quirky Things About Turkey

10 Travel Tips For Your First Trip to Turkey

Turkey’s Black Sea Coast: A Photo Essay

Turkish Food: A Vegetarian’s Delight!


The untouched gems of Northwest Vietnam.

Finding Home in Vietnam.


Times of India: 7 Travel Destinations for Solo Women (PDF)

Lonely Planet: Sri Lanka ‘Untravelled’

BBC Travel: Touring Turkey’s Black Sea Region by Mini Bus

The Hindu: Cafe By The Sea


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  8. hi @Shivya! I found your message in this page real inspiring. If you come by to Philippines then come visit at Cebu. Be glad to tour with you around, coffee or tea if you like, better yet for anything fun. Namaste.

    • Thanks! I was in Philippines in March this year, saw Cebu just in passing. Spent most of my time in Bohol and loved it!

      • You’re welcome @Shivya! It’s nice to hear that you’ve been to Bohol. It’s my home. It would be exciting to catch you soon when you come back to Philippines. Let me know. Namaste.

  9. Dear shivya,
    I thoroughly enjoy your blog every time i read it. Was curious as to whether you have travelled to Yangon- was researching on sustainable accommodation there. Actually i have to give you credit for the change in my thought process about travelling responsibly.
    Also curious, if you had a chance to visit the rest of south india- apart from kerala and karnataka.
    Once again, thanks for letting us live vicariously through your travels!


  10. Pragati Sanghavi says

    Love your blog Shivya…You’re an inspiration …I keep reading your posts in free time…Lo
    ved all of them!

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