Category Archives: Travel Tips

Kostanay, Kazakhstan: Spending Winter in ‘Almost’ Siberia

Kostanay, Kazakhstan is almost Siberia.  Almost.  It lies very close to the Russian border and in the northern Kazakh steppe.  There is nothing for miles and miles…and miles…and miles. Summer is probably beautiful there.  I imagine parks open with ferris wheels spinning and kids laughing while eating their pink cotton candy.  I imagine teenagers sitting […]

Visiting the Uplistsikhe Cave Complex in Georgia

Close to Gori, Georgia lies the elaborate cave complex called Uplistsikhe.  Uplistsikhe, which literally means “Fortress of the Lord“, sprawls out over around eight hectares (about twenty acres).  It was built in the B.C. times, but the town didn’t reach its height until the 9th – 11th centuries A.D. when more than 20,000 people then […]

What I Did in Battambang, Cambodia (and My Impressions)

Getting there was easy.  Getting out was easy.  But my time spent in Cambodia’s second largest city was anything but a walk in the park for me emotionally. I knew Battambang wasn’t the place in Cambodia where travelers flocked to prior to going there.  But I didn’t truly understand why.  Most travelers do the same […]

How to Get From Kuala Lumpur to Singapore by Bus

After spending copious amounts of time waiting on or using public transportation in Thailand, I was surprisingly quite anxious to get down into Malaysia and Singapore, where I knew public transportation operated in a more efficient manner. Therefore, I had no reservations when it came to booking a bus ticket as opposed to a plane […]