A neighborhood bursting with history in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The name Bastakiya is from "Bastak" which was a town part of the Arab-dominated province of Lars in south-central Iran. The construction of this neighborhood dates back to the 1890s.
You're in Bangkok. You want to go out and take in the city but don't want to deal with traffic. What are your options? Well, you have many.
I find walking easiest for short distances if not raining (rainy season from July to October). You can walk around but you won't be able to cover much ground. The main reason people don't walk much is the heat and humidity (hot season from March to June). You could get on the road by taking a:
Tuk-tuk (haggling required)
Locals on short journeys to and from work are the primary clientele, but they're not adverse to tourists using their services.
You can go practically anywhere in the greater Bangkok metropolitan region by bus. It takes time to familiarize with the lines of buses in Bangkok and it is not always easy to get information in English.
But all of the above will have you stuck in the notorious Bangkok traffic. Bangkok traffic jams among world's worst. Drivers can spend an average of 64 hours a year stuck in traffic.
The best option to get around Bangkok inner city is to take the Skytrain (BTS), which is my favorite. You don't have to worry about traffic. It's a cheap, smooth, clean, fast way to get around Bangkok. One day pass is the way to go. It will save you a LOT of time in rush-hour. If you have the option, AVOID rush hours (7-9 am and 5-7 pm). It’s hell.
You can also use MRT subway. It's designed more for the residential/commuter passenger.
I later found out that there is no photography on the Skytrain (oops). How do you like to get around in Bangkok? Let me know in the comments.
During one of my trips to Bangkok, I booked a river cruise for my mother and I. I knew she'd be into it. We chose the more traditional boat trip which included dinner, Thai music, and Thai dancing.
In the past, I have mentioned the Topkapı Palace gradually lost its importance as the Sultans preferred to spend more time in their new houses along the Bosphorus. Well, here are some worth leaving palaces for.
For those who are geographically curious, the Bosphorus is a narrow, natural channel and an internationally significant waterway by Istanbul. Internationally significant because it forms part of the continental boundary between Europe and Asia.
Topkapi Palace was home to all the Ottoman sultans for a period of nearly four centuries. What's magnificent about the palace isn't its architecture (though very ornate), It's the view from its grounds. So one snowy day I took a walk around.
The Topkapı Palace gradually lost its importance as the Sultans preferred to spend more time in their new dwellings along the Bosphorus. More about that in a different post.
As I walked the Sultanahmet District, one thing became abundantly clear, the cascading domes and minarets of the Sultan Ahmed Mosque (better known as the "Blue Mosque") rule the Istanbul skyline.
There are many important structures in Istanbul. But this one – commissioned by emperor Justinian, consecrated as a church in 537. Converted to a mosque by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1453. And declared a museum by Atatürk in 1935. It surpasses the rest because of its architecture, history, religious importance and extraordinary beauty.
I'm standing on the Boston University bridge, where The Head Of The Charles Regatta starts. The boats are lining up in the order of their numbers with the Boston skyline at the distance. It’s an exciting moment as the crews begin in their “high strokes.”