Travel

Visiting Maldives: Panda’s Tips & Tricks

Visiting Maldives: Panda’s Tips & Tricks

I never had the Maldives on my list.   I honestly thought it was one of dreamy destinations beyond my reach. Like Tahiti. Or Bora Bora. (How does one even reach those places?) But seriously though, I just didn’t think I was ever going to […]

Discovering Nizwa: Panda’s Practical Guide

Discovering Nizwa: Panda’s Practical Guide

Minarets, mosque domes, bleating goats & bustling markets make you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time when you visit Oman’s former capital city (6th and 7th Century AD), Nizwa. This city used to be the centre of the country’s religion, trade and education […]

Exploring Wadi Damm: Panda’s Practical Guide

Exploring Wadi Damm: Panda’s Practical Guide

Once in a while I need to escape the UAE in search of some lush scenery and natural formations. I am fortunate enough to find that (and more) in the country right next door to me- Oman. I have been to various parts of Oman […]

Azerbaijan: Panda’s picture-perfect weekend away

Azerbaijan: Panda’s picture-perfect weekend away

I had zero expectations about visiting Azerbaijan. I knew no one who had been, and I didn’t know much about the country itself. What I did know is that it was close proximity to Dubai and offered a very easy eVisa which meant it automatically […]

Tunisia: A country of unbelievable contrasts

Tunisia: A country of unbelievable contrasts

A lost child wailed for his mother, a man frantically searched for his missing cat, shopkeepers screamed out offers on the top of their voices to attract customers and customers desperately tried to bargain for the best possible prices. The footpaths of the Sousse souk […]

Oman: turtles, secret beaches and hidden pools

Oman: turtles, secret beaches and hidden pools

Do you ever find that there is just one country you keep being drawn towards no matter how many times you go there? For me that country is Oman, the country I also imagine to be where Aladdin fell in love and Sinbad set sail […]

Expat Panda’s 3 hidden & inexpensive gems in Dubai

Expat Panda’s 3 hidden & inexpensive gems in Dubai

When it comes to visiting Dubai- the United Arab Emirate’s most famous emirate- people generally visit the same expensive places to take the same repetitive photos and have the same customary experiences. While I am not insulting anyone who chooses to do those things, because […]

The Seychelles: Why the experience in an African paradise justifies the price!

The Seychelles: Why the experience in an African paradise justifies the price!

The Seychelles is paradise on earth.   I know that is a bold statement to make but its seriously true. I cried a little as my Air Seychelles plane touched down on this stunning island. Not because I was sad but because I was grateful; […]

Nepal: A truthful trip in the world’s least developed nation

Nepal: A truthful trip in the world’s least developed nation

People always rave about Nepal. I’ve met many people who say it’s their favourite destination in the entire world. People who return time after time and never tire of Nepal. Having heard all of these avid fans, I decided I too wanted to see what […]

Myanmar: What to skip and when to go

Myanmar: What to skip and when to go

I didn’t fall in love with Myanmar. In fact, there are more things I disliked about Myanmar than things I liked. My reaction took me by surprise- I’m used to loving a place, leaving my heart there and making return trips to collect it (I’m […]