My blog Lyf&Spice is all about travel and food. It documents my travel stories and food journeys along the way, as I interact with the locals, explore hidden gems, try their food etc. So far, it focuses on South East Asia and India, but I hope to expand it further soon. The aim is to help travellers gain inspiration, travel tips and tricks and help them explore a place through my lens.
What tips of advice could you give our readers that may want to start a travel blog?
Just begin it. If you are truly passionate about travelling and sharing your experiences with the readers, do not shy away from it.
Have you got any places on your bucket list? If so where?
Yes, there are lots – Kashmir, Prague, Myanmar, Nepal, Paris, New York and the list goes on and on …
What are some of the best things about travel?
Getting to know the culture of a place, interacting with people, trying the local food, and drifting yourself into a completely different world.
Have you experienced any downsides to travel?
Not really, as everything is actually an experience and something to learn from.
What has travelling taught you?
To be carefree, see the ‘good’ in everything, and to respect every food and culture in the world.
Whats your favourite city or cities and why? What are the top attractions to see in each?
Luang Prabang in Laos: https://lyfandspice.com/2017/07/05/travel-to-laos-luang-prabang/
Hoi An in Vietnam: https://lyfandspice.com/2017/06/21/vietnam-travel-guide-hoi-an/
Any recommendations for best beaches you have visited? where were they?, and what did you like about them?
Perhentian Islands, without a second thought. They are just about 1.5 hours away from where I live in Malaysia, and by far the most gorgeous beaches I have seen. I like the fact that they are relatively less touristy and virgin with nearly transparent waters. Scuba diving is a pleasure there.
Another special beach that I would like to highlight is the Timang Beach in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. It is completely different from the rest of the beaches in the fact that it has a gondola to take you over huge waves crashing against the cliffs, on to the other side. You cannot dip your feet or swim there, but the experience is insane and the scene is surreal.
What do you love about travelling?
The fact that I get to experience a different side of life, take time out to absorb the beauty around and live life in a different zone.
What’s your favourite travel apps?
TripAdvisor, Traveloka, Uber, Grab, Samsung Health, Pepo
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Can you recommend any great places you have visited for our readers that has delicious food? What sort of dishes were they? Where were these places?
Yes, of course. While there are so many of them, I’m listing my top 3 here:
Hat Yai, Thailand
Kota Bharu, Malaysia
Your top off the beaten track places to visit & why.
Terengganu for its hiking and beaches
Cameron Highlands for strawberry picking and jungle trails
Ninh Binh in Vietnam for a slow-boat ride at Tam Coc or Trang An
Kbal Spean in Cambodia for the valley of 1000 lingas
What equipment do you use to blog?
(drones / cameras / programs to edit etc)
My phone Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Snapseed, Photoeditor Pro.
What are your travel plans this year? anything exciting?
My plans are more or less impromptu. I just got back from Yogyakarta and am heading to Kuala Lumpur and other nearby cities this month and the next. The plans for the rest of the year are fluid.
How do you plan your trips? (do you for example use any websites or particular places to research)?
I scan through the flight tickets to any 3-4 destinations, and based on the cheapest one, I plan my trip around it. Most of the time, my plan is made and materialized in a day or two. I prefer booking via Traveloka and checking reviews on TripAdvisor.
Best websites to book flights / hotels or other ?
What 5 things do you always pack?
Power bank, mint, mini tripod, lip balm, fanny pack.
Share a travel quote you love one of your own….
“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world” – Gustave Flaubert
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