Category Archives: Maldives – 2007

My Favorite Travel Photos

Whenever I miss travelling and the places I visited in the past, I go through my collection of travel photos and try to relive the memories. That’s me being a little nostalgic ūüôā

Here are some of my favorite travel photos. There are hundreds of them by the way, so maybe I’m going to post a few more next time.

Mongolia

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We were on our way to Gobi desert when we came across a truck-load of Bactrian camels. This particular specie is native to the steppes of Central Asia and has two humps on its back.

For more information on Bactrian camels, please follow this link.

Maldives

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Dubbed as the sunny side of life, Maldives is definitely a must-see place. Its pristine white-sand beaches, crystal clear water and the amazing underwater world scream paradise.

Laos

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The town of Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Apart from its countless temples and monasteries, there is also one very interesting place which draws attention from the town’s visitors. Not too far from the town center is the spot where Mekong meets Nam Khan. Notice that the waters of these two rivers¬†don’t have the same colors; on the lower part of the photo is the Nam Khan river.

Another Dream Holiday

I remember dreaming of going to Maldives for so many years. The sunny side of life has always been on my dream holiday wish list. About 3 years ago, this dream finally came true when X booked a Maldives holiday for my birthday celebration. The tranquility, luxury and privacy were just perfect. The crystal clear water, the long stretch of white sand beach, swimming with the school fish  and the amazing view of the fish and corals from our very  own private sun deck were just among the amazing things that made that holiday something to be remembered for the longest time.

the sunny sie of life

 

Well, since¬†my old dream holiday had turned into reality, I ¬†have a new dream holiday destination again, the Caribbean.¬† Today, after finishing the article that I’ve been working on for a few days, a Caribbean holiday just made it to my dream holiday list.¬† I guess writing about island hotels in the Caribbean gave me a bit of a torture as I don’t think I can make this holiday happen in the very near future; the writing per se was enjoyable though,¬†I enjoyed writing about that particular topic.

The photo below was taken from Wikipedia

Caribbean beach

Birthday in Maldives

Now that my birthday is just around the corner, I’m thinking of how I’m gonna celebrate it this time. Should I go away or not? I don’t know yet, maybe I’ll come up with something interesting in the coming weeks. I guess celebrating birthday away and alone doesn’t sound nice to me at all.¬†¬†

My birthday holiday in Maldives is¬†definitely my favorite among the holidays I’ve had,¬†a holiday that used¬†to be¬†just a dream, and the best birthday celebration ever. I wish I could go back there someday even for just a few days.¬†¬†

maldives birthday holiday

Maldives Holiday part 2 ‚Äď Male¬†City

A beach life in a beautiful island resort in Maldives is the type of holiday that never fails to amaze most women.  I really loved that small piece of paradise and I wish I could have another Maldives holiday someday.     

After enjoying the sunny side of  life  for several days we decided to leave the island and head to Male, the capital city, for a little exploration. The speed boat transfer took more or less an hour but it was an enjoyable trip. Not only the boat ride was very comfortable, the aquatic scenery was also amazing.    

Approaching Male port

 

Dozens of beautiful private boats and yachts were¬†moored at the port.¬†I remember seeing this beautiful boat and¬†I was like… “That’s my boat”,¬†¬†she was very attractive and elegant.¬†If I had billions, I would definitely¬†¬†get myself one like that, yeah that’s me and my over-wishful thinking.¬† A girl can dream, can’t I?¬† There was also a section of the port dedicated to boats for public transportation only.¬†¬†¬†

We hurried to our hotel after we got off the boat. Everything in Maldives is really pricey, even a tiny hotel room can cause a small dent in one’s pocket. We reserved the room via phone call while we were still at the resort and we had not a single clue what it was like. Having stayed¬†in a luxurious water villa for several days, we were really disappointed when we saw that tiny room but we just laughed it off, anyway it was just for a night. We just dropped our bags and¬†went out immediately to¬†see more of Male and to¬†grab something to eat.¬†Male is just a small city with narrow streets and motorcycles are used as basic ¬†means of transportation.¬†¬†¬†

street in Male

 

The entire afternoon was spent walking around the city; visiting mosques and other tourists spots, having coffee,  pies and cakes in road side cafes and checking out some souvenir shops.     

streets of Male

 

Male is alcohol-free. There is not a single establishment¬†that sells alcoholic beverage in th city. Non-muslim expats need to have a license to buy any alcoholic beverage but there is one place where tourists and the likes can have a glass of wine while having dinner at the restaurant or a glass of cocktail while lounging at the poolside. I explicitly said “tourists and the likes” as this place doesn’t¬†serve alcoholic beverage to locals. I wonder how the man behind the counter feels while mixing those colorful¬†drinks when he can’t actually taste it. Well, I’m not that positive if they serve those kind of drinks, but they definitely serve alcohol.¬†¬†¬†

So after spending an entire afternoon wandering around, we decided to hopped on the boat  to get to the airport; well, not to fly home but to have dinner. The Hulhule Island hotel is the only hotel on the island and it is just minutes walk  from the airport.   

poolside bar

 

This is the only place where alcoholic beverage is being served, but to foreigners only. We wandered around the place first before heading¬†to the restaurant. We prefered to have dinner at the poolside restaurant instead of the indoor one. The¬†romantic¬†ambience of the poolside dinner had¬†the “holiday feel” as well, oh did I mention that we were wearing¬†t-shirts? Well, we didnt bother to go¬†back to hotel to get changed, besides it’s Maldives and everybody¬†was¬†in casual dressing mood. ¬†The food was great, and it was like an all-tourist place that night.¬†¬†¬†