Month: September 2015

Angkor Wat Highlights

Did you know that Cambodia has 4,000 ancient temples? And that if you want to visit them all you’ll have to stay in Cambodia for at least two and a half years? I had the opportunity to visit a few of Cambodia’s ancient temples, but the one that really stands out is the Angkor Wat. The Angkor Wat is the biggest religious complex in the world and it’s considered one of the wonders of the ancient world. Quick history: This beautiful building took approximately 30 to 35 years to build in the first half of the 12th century (113-5BC) by King Suryavarman II. The construction¬† involved 300,000 workers (Aka slaves) and 6000 elephants, and yet it was still not fully completed. Here are the highlights of my visit: 1) This is definitely the best spot to take a picture with the Angkor Wat When you enter the complex, head over to the only fortress to take this picture. 2) The beautiful view from the Angkor Wat Its complexity and beauty both attract and distract one’s …

Airline Review: Bangkok Airways

Dear Bangkok Airways, My name is Mariella Molestina and I am writing to you to tell you about my terrible experience while traveling with you. As I was waiting to board my plane from Phuket to Bangkok, I heard an announcement saying that my plane was delayed for approximately two hours. My final destination was Siem Reap, therefore I could loose my connection. As a frequent flyer, I’ve learned that layovers should be scheduled with at least three hours in between flights just in case something like this happens. Therefore, I wasn’t worried.… yet. I landed in Bangkok at the time my connecting flight was boarding. “I got this!”, I thought. My plan was to get off the plane and RUN as fast as possible to my gate.¬† I planned to stay in Siem Reap for only two days, therefore re-booking my flight was not an option. I had to make it to my next flight! As I deboarded the plane, which took twenty minutes, I asked the flight attendant to please call my gate …

Bangkok’s Top Eight Attractions

Hello, Southeast Asia! I’ve been wanting to take this trip for almost two years now but it never worked out. Well after two years of planning and dreaming, I finally did it! As soon as you step out of the airplane you can tell this city is going to be an interesting adventure. Traveling for 24hrs was not easy… I expected to be very tired after traveling for so long, but truth is the excitement got me and as soon as we checked-in to the hotel we decided to go out and explore. Here are Bangkok’s must-do activities: 1) “Would you like to ride the Tuk-Tuk?” As soon as we arrived, we tried to go to the Grand Palace but it was closed already.While wondering around Bangkok’s chaotic center, we decided to ride a Tuk-Tuk to the hotel. What’s a Tuk-Tuk?  Tuk-Tuks are Thailand’s primary method of public transportation. A motorcyclist with a passenger cabin  that can take you from point A to point B in half the time. Tip # 1: Do not believe …

Thailand’s Tiger Temple: Playing with Wild Animals in Captivity

Tiger Temple was one of my favorite (and scariest) activities in Bangkok. I love animals, but this close encounter¬† made me realized how dangerous this activity really was. Before our visit, they told us a few safety rules: Do not wear red/orange color clothes Loud noises are not allowed No sudden movements or running Usually, the tour starts very early in the morning. Our guide picked us up at the hotel around 5:30AM and drove us to Tiger Temple, located around two and a half hours away from Bangkok. Here’s my experience: 1. Once you arrive to Tiger Temple, seven monks will line-up to receive their daily breakfast Monks are very respected men in the Buddhist religion. In Thailand, monks receive everything they need from locals, such as medical attention, food, transportation etc. They are only allowed to receive one meal a day. In Tiger Temple, they receive their breakfast around nine in the morning and then they spend the rest of the day praying, educating people and taking care of the Tigers. Shown below, …