Angkor Not: A Photo Journey To Preah Vihear Temple

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Art & Culture, Asia, Cambodia, Continents, Photo Journeys, Worldwide Vacation

Monk at Preah Vihear Temple

Monk at Preah Vihear Temple

The huge unspoiled Cambodian temple complex at Preah Vihear has long been the scene of animosity and fighting between Thai and Cambodian forces, but happily for those seeking an unspoiled temple experience it’s currently safe to visit.

And due to the contentious history of this site there’s just a tiny sprinkling of tourists here even today, making it a hugely contrasting experience to the craziness of the temples at Angkor Wat. 

I Didn’t Kiss A Girl, But I Still Liked It – My Stay At A Gay Resort

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Asia, Cambodia, Continents, Opinion, Worldwide Vacation

Golden Banana Alley

Golden Banana Alley – named after the first hotel to open on the road

I don’t mean to pry but are you gay or are you straight? And how would you feel about staying in a gay-friendly resort if you’re the latter?

I’m a straight gal, so why have I been feeling completely at home at a self-proclaimed gay hotel? In true Carrie Bradshaw style I got to thinking…

The Perfect Place To Stay On Mactan Island – The Crimson Resort Cebu

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Asia, Continents, Perfect Places To Stay, The Philippines, Worldwide Vacation

The Crimson Resort Cebu

The Crimson Resort Cebu

If you’re looking for the perfect luxury beach resort on Cebu’s Mactan Island, it has to be The Crimson Resort Cebu. With stunning Asian-inspired decor and manicured grounds it makes a great retreat after exploring The Philippines’ bustling second city.

Top 5 Pictures of Random Tourists At Angkor Wat

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Art & Culture, Asia, Cambodia, Photo Journeys, Worldwide Vacation

Angkor Wat tourists at sunrise

I love Cambodia, I love Siem Reap and I love Angkor Wat. But as well as playing the same game as everyone else and trying to get pictures of the famous temples sans tourists, I decided to embrace the scenes created by my armies of fellow snappers. Here are my top 5 photos of random tourists at Angkor Wat…

They’re Changing The Guard At Gyeongbokgung Palace

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Art & Culture, Asia, Continents, Photo Journeys, South Korea, Worldwide Vacation

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace Guard Changing Ceremony

But Christopher Robin is nowhere to be seen. And instead of bearskins you can witness the guards or Sumungun (meaning gatekeepers) dressed in their own traditional brightly coloured costumes and armour as they perform a ceremonial re-enactment of the changing of the royal guard.

The Perfect Place to Stay in Manila – The Fairmont Makati

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Asia, Continents, Perfect Places To Stay, The Philippines, Worldwide Vacation

The pool at The Fairmont Hotel, Makati

The pool at The Fairmont Hotel, Makati

I’m just going to come right out and say it, Manila’s Fairmont Makati is my new favourite hotel in the world. In fact it isn’t really a hotel, it feels like a destination in and of itself.

Manila may not be the first place that springs to mind for a relaxing break, but after a stay at The Fairmont Makati you can’t help but feel serene – and in an Asian mega city with this much traffic and pollution, that’s no mean feat.