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    Backstreet Academy

    These guys bring together local craftsmen and tourists for fun-filled arts n craft classes. Its worth going if you want to learn how to make some Cambodian craft. Allow at least two hours.

    These guys offer a genuine insight into the lives of the animals they save and protect, and with our deeply knowledgeable guide I came away excited that the animals have such a team of advocates on their side.

    This is the house of veteran Martin Wickramasinghe turned into a museum. The artefacts are displayed really well with lots of descriptions in a English.

    Amazing experience to walk through the different temples, rooms and museums - lots of carved Buddhas, elephants and interesting artifacts.

    The Central Bank has done a very good job in restoring this beautiful, old colonial building with marble floors and pillars and a huge chandelier. The displays give you an insight into the economical history of Sri Lanka.

    Places To Eat

    The best Khmer food I had in Siem Reap, served in a wonderful garden that makes you forget that you are in a busy and loud city. Great food and perfect service. Not too close to downtown but easy enough to get to.

    A training restaurant with very high standards. The food here is excellent Khmer cuisine and the service was impeccable. I love the fact that my money is going to a good cause.

    This is a restaurant set at an awesome location. You are right next to the beach and it has a small pool. Great food, good selection of drinks and fantastic staff. I highly recommend this place.

    We had lunch at the Empire Cafe and it was really good. Lovely building full of history and charm. The food menu was excellent, modern fusion and presented really well. Great service in a lovely atmosphere.

    Very chilled and relaxing cafe in Colombo. Friendly staff. Great hot chocolate and real coffee. Got a little lost trying to find the place but definitely worth looking out for.

    Traveller Tips

    Explore Phnom Kulen National Park

    This place is a world of it's own. About 50 km from Siem Reap and up a mountain. But once in the park, the giant carved reclining Buddha and swimming at the waterfall are worth the ride.

    Check out the Royal Palace

    The Royal Palace is comprised of a number of different buildings and monuments, all surrounded by lush gardens. It's a nice place to walk around and admire the lavish architecture of the khmer culture.

    Explore Sinharaja Forest Reserve

    Sinharaja is a world on its own, far from everywhere and ideal for the real nature lovers. You can walk the trails on your own or get a guide.

    Visit the Kandy Garrison Cemetery

    A well maintained place near the center of town. Be aware there is a closing time. It gives a sobering insight into the harsh and dangerous existence of Dutch and British colonists in Sri Lanka.

    Visit the Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

    Although a bit hard to find this temple is well worth a visit. The temple is absolutely loaded with artefacts and offerings from people over many years. They've put everything on display there including gold and silver jewellery, wrist watches and coins.

    Facts about Asia

    Jantar Mantar is the worlds largest Sundial

    Jantar Mantar is the largest sun dial in the world, accurate to within 2 seconds. At the same site there are other astronomical instruments on a large scale built nearly three hundred years ago.

    Yelagiri an emerging weekend destination

    Gone are the days when this little virgin hill station popularly known as ‘ The Poor Man’s Ootty’ needed an introduction. Situated in Vellore Dt, TN, 220 Kms from Chennai and 150 kms from Bangalore, today this little hill has become the favorite weekend destination of the Bangaloreans and Chennaites, thanks to the ‘Golden Quadrilateral’ highway network between Chennai and Bangalore that is further developing into a six lane super highway.
    Just deviate from this highway at Vaniyambadi and drive up to Ponneri from where the ghat road ( 17 Kms from Vaniyambadi) with 14 hairpin bends leads you to the beautiful, unexploited nature … Yelagiri.

    The Historical Melaka

    The UNESCO Historical Site of Melaka is about One and half hour drive from Kuala Lumpur. One of the interesting places to visit while you are in Melaka is the Mini Malaysia, where you can find an actual size replica of the Traditional Wooden houses in Malaysia.

    Getting About in Anjuna

    Renting a scooter is a wonderful way of getting around here. Be aware that the only road law is to give way to all cows!

    Yoga Retreats

    Anjuna on the northern tip of Goa is famous for people in search of the hippy in them. There are many yoga retreats. This place swells in the dry season so booking is recommended.