Old is Gold: Exploring the Historical City of Richmond

Ready-Set-Explore… The bustling city of Richmond holds a special place in everyone’s heart because of its Civil War history. The oldest major city in America is known for its museums, Federal-style mansions, modern eateries, craft breweries, and gardens. It’s a buzzing tourist destination, and I hope to travel to Richmond soon. Meanwhile, here’s a post I compiled with the help of three of my close … Continue reading Old is Gold: Exploring the Historical City of Richmond

Lyf&Spice: It’s Awards Time

Let’s celebrate! Lyf&Spice has been nominated for 3 awards over the last 2 months. 🙂 Thank you, readers!! These awards are dedicated to each and every one of you for constantly supporting and encouraging Lyf&Spice to grow as a family. Since it’s raining awards, and it’s high time I posted about them, let us begin. 😉 First off, thanks a ton to each and every … Continue reading Lyf&Spice: It’s Awards Time

A Day at the Cultural Centre of Kota Bharu, Malaysia

A Day at the Cultural Centre of Kota Bharu, Malaysia  Exploring the cradle of culture About Kota Bharu: As promised a few months ago, I have started compiling clips and excerpts on the city I currently live in, i.e. Kota Bharu, the capital of Kelantan, Malaysia. Kelantan is the cradle of Malay culture and Kota Bharu truly lives up to the values of the State. … Continue reading A Day at the Cultural Centre of Kota Bharu, Malaysia

Painting the town red: Street Art at Kota Bharu

Of colour pop and street hop The cute little town of Kota Bharu has a lot to offer. We intend to highlight the artsy side to it through this post. Where: Jalan Dato Pati, Bandar Kota Bharu, 15000 Landmark: Near the State Museum, behind the line-up of shop-houses Let’s dive in:  Hope you enjoyed the virtual tour of our 20 favourite pieces of art at Kota … Continue reading Painting the town red: Street Art at Kota Bharu

Inle Lake: Home to Myanmar’s Unique Culture and Lifestyle

 Guest post by the photo-contest winner…  Lyf&Spice is proud to announce its photo contest winner, Hein. The contest held last month received beautiful photo-entries from its readers. Check out the award-winning photo here. As a reward, the winner was asked to write a guest post for Lyf&Spice and here it is. Before we hop in, here’s a quick introduction: Based in Myanmar (Burma), Hein is … Continue reading Inle Lake: Home to Myanmar’s Unique Culture and Lifestyle

Travel to Cambridge – Sibling Diaries

The city through my brother’s lens…  My brother left for the U.S. two years ago, and we haven’t seen him since. On our recent annual family gathering, he faced issues with his passport and couldn’t join us. Our sister-in-law and nephew filled in for him instead. That weekend, he had to attend a seminar in Boston and decided to stop in Cambridge, the city known for … Continue reading Travel to Cambridge – Sibling Diaries

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Halong Bay Cruise: 24 Hours amidst Limestone Rocks

Cruising our way through paradise… Halong Bay, known as one of the new 7 Wonders of Nature, happens to be a World Heritage Site since 1994. This Bay of Descending Dragons (Ha Long) in the Quang Ninh Province of Vietnam is full of limestone rock formations of different shapes and sizes, small islands and a few caves. Based on our 24-hour experience at Halong Bay, … Continue reading Halong Bay Cruise: 24 Hours amidst Limestone Rocks

Travel to Pittsburgh: Things I Dreamt To Do

The missed flight saga…  It was my first trip to the United States. I’d made plans, chalked out the itinerary, and exchanged U.S. dollars. As excited as I was about the solo trip, however, the world had other plans for me. Welcome to the saga of my missed flight. All About Pittsburgh (Image via Flickr by Always Shooting) Planning a vacation is the best thing … Continue reading Travel to Pittsburgh: Things I Dreamt To Do

Travel to Laos: Nature and Culture at Luang Prabang (Trip Expert 2017 Award)

Exploring the lesser known elements What do you look for when you visit a new city or country? Do you depend on trip planners or do you explore the city on your own – your way, your style? Before we dive in, I would like to thank Ankit Agrawal from Travelosthan for nominating me for the Trip Expert 2017 Award. I am honoured and thrilled … Continue reading Travel to Laos: Nature and Culture at Luang Prabang (Trip Expert 2017 Award)

Exploring Food in Thailand: Top 5 Restaurants in Hat Yai

Bird’s nest, chicken feet and more… My previous post was all about street food in Hat Yai. While you get literally everything to eat off the streets, there are some dishes and corresponding restaurants worth a mention. The food mentioned might not appeal to everyone. It’s an attempt to bring forth the ‘lesser loved’ food to the readers. It’s just a means of giving you … Continue reading Exploring Food in Thailand: Top 5 Restaurants in Hat Yai

Liebster Award: More travel tales your way

A feather in the cap Lyf&Spice has been nominated for the Liebster Award – and happily accepts the award. Yayyy… With this, we continue to provide you with exciting travel tales and food journeys along the way. Many more to come… The rest of the story… Credits: I woke up to a message from a wonderful fellow traveller and foodie, Nastja from Brownie on the … Continue reading Liebster Award: More travel tales your way

Vietnam Guide: 20 Travel Tips to Plan Your Vacation

Handy tips and tricks… [+visa discount] Planning a trip to Vietnam? Here are some handy tips and tricks, and all that you need to know to keep your travel woes at bay. Documents: Having the required documentation in place is a necessity. Besides a valid passport, you need to get your pre-approved letter before-hand, from an agency, and carry its print-out, in order to get … Continue reading Vietnam Guide: 20 Travel Tips to Plan Your Vacation

Vietnam Travel Guide: Exploring the Ancient Town of Hoi An

Of lanterns, old houses and ‘visa discount’ Hoi An is a sweet little town known for its traditional flavour of Vietnam. It houses the famous old port of the glorious Cham Kingdom, where most of the spice trading took place. International trading and exchange around the 15-19th centuries accounted for the concoction of influences derived from various countries and cultures. Once a lively port and … Continue reading Vietnam Travel Guide: Exploring the Ancient Town of Hoi An

Laos: Top 10 Things to Do in Luang Prabang

Of waterfalls, night market and more…  “Why Luang Prabang”, I asked my friend; “we can go somewhere else”, but then I realized that this is a place that was never on my bucket list. It would be fun exploring a destination I have been ignorant about. The first impression, I must admit, wasn’t very good. Nevertheless, I began exploring the city on foot. As the first … Continue reading Laos: Top 10 Things to Do in Luang Prabang

Hiking at Bukit Keluang

Of hops, jumps and scenic views Hiking in my beautiful city What is the best park of a hike? To me, it’s the unpredictability. I love the uncertainty associated with every hiking trail. You never know what’s in store for you. The kind of scenery, beautiful scapes, changing valour of the breeze and rhythmically drifting aromas of nature, the splash of the ocean… all work … Continue reading Hiking at Bukit Keluang

Taming the Waters of Rishikesh

Of river rafting and kayaking   Turning dreams into reality… This time, exactly a year ago, we dreamt of a paradise full of beautiful things close to nature, a sky full of stars and the endless river alongside our camps. We woke up the next morning to preserve the bubble, blow some possibilities into it and geared up to fulfil those dreams. Our friends at … Continue reading Taming the Waters of Rishikesh

The temples of Cambodia – Part I: The Small Circuit

Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm and more… Cambodia, the renowned Kingdom in South East Asia is known for its temples, architectural history, culture and food. Travelling to Cambodia would mean planning your itinerary well in advance. The country is so huge and so is the list of things to do, that planning a trip to the Indochina peninsula could get really overwhelming. Fret not, … Continue reading The temples of Cambodia – Part I: The Small Circuit