Posts Categorized: Chat with local

Chat with a coffee farmer

Salento is fast becoming a must-stop for travelers in Colombia. Drawn here by the spectacular Valle de Cocora and its quaint streets dotted with bohemian cafes, it’s one of the best places to unwind and rest. One of the activities offered in Salento is visiting a coffee farm. There are a few that charge a…read more

Chat with a travel writer

When you are traveling alone, you met interesting people on the road. Nithin Coca is one such person. We first met in a hostel in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2006. We found out that we were taking the same night train to Thessaloniki, Greece. During the train ride we chatted more about our travels; and he’s…read more

Chat with a buffalo racer

Limbang, a small administrative town stuck in between the two parts of Brunei in the Borneo island, is a sleepy town that attracts few visitors. But every year in June, the town comes alive with the Babulang festival of the Bisaya people. One thing that had fascinated me since I learnt of this festival was…read more

Chat with a homestay owner

The Borneo island is one of the least explored islands in the world, even though it’s the 3rd largest island in the world. It’s therefore not surprising that there are mysteries to discover and adventures to be had. Even though I was born and raised on this exotic island, there are things that I’m just…read more

Chat with a young street vendor in Dali

Dali, Yunan is one of my favourite places in China. It’s one of the more authentic old town in China that hasn’t been done up too much to attract the tourists’ money, ala Lijiang. Old decadent buildings mingled with the new squeezed in between the imposing Cangshan (Grey Mountain) and the ethereal Erhai Lake.

Chat with a Tibetan driver

I woke up to a chilly morning and struggled to get out of bed. Dawn in Litang, at over 4,000 meters above sea level, was cold even in summer. After checking out of the hostel, I walked to the bus station to get a transport to Daocheng. But transportation in this Wild West of China…read more

Chat with a horse cart driver

Myanmar is quickly gaining popularity as a tourist destination. This is because it has been closed off for so long and now that it’s opened, many tourists want to be the first to see it, while many backpackers want to be among the first to create a beaten path. But there is no denying how…read more

Chat with a blind masseur

Nothing compares to the heavenly sensation of getting a massage after a long day of sight-seeing, trekking, walking, etc. One of the many pleasures of travelling in South East Asia – the affordable massages.

Chat with a tuk-tuk driver

If it is your first time travelling in South East Asia, the ubiquitous tuk-tuk would have fascinated and frustrated you in equal measure. It’s an interesting way to get around but tuk-tuk drivers can be a hassle and bargaining with them is a skill not many of us have.

Chat with a Vietnamese restaurateur

  It was a hot day in Hoi An, Vietnam. A day so hot that I gladly postponed all sight-seeing and stayed in the air-conditioned room in the hostel. But hunger propelled me into the stifling heat. I went in search for food in an alleyway where I saw 2 restaurants one opposite the other.