Unwanted travel situations

“You learn from your mistakes”. Even after being an avid traveler while on my Indonesia trip I came across many such incidents where I almost acted as a newbee.

Day 2

# Friend’s Mobile lost– can you ever imagine riding a bicycle on a no motor island on sunny day, stoping at a vast clear water sea stretch to take a dip, having a sumptious meal with loaded protien, enjoying a drink at the sunset, then riding back in the pitch dark sandy pathways to your hotel realising suddenly that your phone is missing.

What happened, where did it go, where was it last kept??? Answer – it was all the time in the open, front basket of the bicycle & we only later realised that the basket had a hole in it.

Day 5

#Debit card missing– we flew from Lombok to Bali and directly head to Ubud. And after spending a day in Ubud, I scrolled through my emails to find a notification of a failed transaction from my debit card. I panicked, i thought someone in my hotel must have taken it.

What must have happened people, do you want to take a wild guess.

I had packed my wallet in my backpack that I gave for checkin to the ‘Lion Airlines’. A baggage handler must have extracted my wallet from luggage at Bali airport and quickly took all the cash and visible cards. ‘My card was not internationally enabled’- i suffered a loss of INR 8000.

Day 12

#Situation with the local animals– We were so scared about the belongings that we kept all the cash with us. We were posing with the sunset at Ulluwatu temple, bags kept on the side, a monkey came and took away my camera case along with all the cash in it. Thanks to a gentlemen who helped to bring back the case with all money intact, only with the loss of my lens cap which is still not replaced.

Day 20

#A monster ate my freind’s debit card– here the moster is the ATM machine, on our last day of our trip, we were withdrawing some cash. And neither did we get the currency nor did we get the card back.

Learnings -Always keep your belongings and precious items on your body, preferably in a waist pouch or in a sling bag

Charisma of Paro (Bhutan)

Learning and experiencing butanese culture was of my major interest. I booked myself in a Homestay- Ama’s village lodge, a bit away from the Paro main town. A traditional bhutanese farmstay, with two dogs in the back yard, barn and wooden planks stacked at one end and agriculture field with new crops on the rear end of the house made it the perfect choice.

The room I stayed in, had traditional paintings on the wall, an interconnecting room (which obviously I din’t need). Also our room had a prayer room, which we sneaked in when grandma came to worship. It looked like a mini monastery with the statues of lord “Buddha” and ‘Padmasambhava’ and the chanting instruments.

None of the rural bhutanese houses have bathrooms attached to the rooms. They are usually constructed away from the sleeping rooms, somewhere in the corridors.

What’s in Paro??

The Tigers nest

It has always been an Instagram destination. But dint know that the complete hike can be so much more than an insta perfect pic.

The base is about 9km from city center. The ticket costs Rs 500. You could take up the support sticks or pony’s to take you up but then what’s the fun. Some eatables, sport shoes, warm jacket and a fit body is all you need to complete the hike in 3hrs.

It’s a steep route but I chose shortcuts, they pump the adrelin, hell out of me. The shortcuts through the narrow paths amongst the pine with ravine on one side and trees on other is exhilarating.

Quick altitude accent might make the head heavy.

There are storage rooms for bags & cameras. You can not take your belongings inside the temple premises. And there are no shops/cafe. Keep enough edibles.

Taktsang cafe is mid way, so if you are not on budget, definitely experience the dining amidst the jungle and fog while admiring the tigers nest.

The monastery is enlightening if you go with belief . A guide will accompany you inside(included in the ticket). They would walk you through the history and importance of each temple.

Post the trek I was so hungry that I could eat like a whale. So our driver took us to a low cost restaurant that served buffet lunch.

Shopping

Explore the symmetrically aligned shops for souvenir, traditional wear, incense sticks or local produce.

National museum of Paro

The museum showcases the culture of the country. It shuts by 3:30pm.

Read

Grab a seat in one of the cafe on the street of Paro market, order a pot of lemon tea with a piece of delicious carrot cake. Pick out the book you want to read from the book shelf and that’s my ideal holiday.

Paro is a panoramic town with snowclad mountains forming a fencing around. It has people living simple lives , witnessing the real emotions of joy, love and peace. “We” the city dwellers are just existing to earn, real emotions are far away from our knowledge. Hence I travel to keep me sane and maintain my balance.

Guide to layovers at klia2

Air Asia being the economical carrier is my favourite choice to travel with. Yes it ofcourse has somany drawbacks but I am happy to forgoe the luxury if its brings down my flight cost to half. Traveling to south east asia with this airline also brings long hauls.

Klia2 – Kualalumpur airport specially designated to Air asia is well equipped to cater to >5hrs of layover. Strolling through the duty free shops and showrooms can utilize upto 1 hr of your time another 30 min to have a meal and sleeping is the best timekiller.

The international transit/departure hall comprises of facility for all sort of travelllers:

Traveler no.1- Spenders

The people who are happy to spend upto RM 200 to take a nap and freshen up. Sama-sama is a transit hotel located on the 1st floor of the international departure/transit hall. This will be an excellent option for the ‘spenders’. Foodcourt has some delicious options to dine with wine.

Traveler no. 2- Value for money

The travelers looking for one spot to have it all, should straightaway head to the Air asia red lounge. For RM 75 you get breakfast, unlimited tea and coffee, shower rooms, charging points and comfortable bean bags.

Travelet no. 3- Shoestring budget

The airport has free wifi for 24hrs per equipment and the speed is good. Charging points are situated at the ground floor near the wait areas. The waiting halls have connected chairs which are comfy enough to take a nap. If one sleeps like a dog, he will have a tough time with the announcements which dint bother me😁. Still got time and don’t want to sleep head to the tv lounge (movie/sports). Are you a book worm, downlad ebooks from E-Sentral all for free

Mcdonalds is cheapest for grabbing breakfast. And for snacks – add some hot water to insta noodles at WH Smith.