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Dodging the Rain and Listening to the Monks
Review of Zong Dog Palri Fo Brang Monastery, Kalimpong by koshkha

Advantages: We had a fantastic time
Disadvantages: If you don't turn up during a service, you may not get why we loved it so much.

What Dog? Zong Dog Palri Fo Brang Gompa is also known by the slightly easier to pronounce and remember (but rather less fun) name of Durpin Monastery because it stands on Durpin Hill in Kalimpong. It was neither the oldest, nor the most beautiful of ... Read review

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There is a very special atmosphere in Buddhist temples. & I'd support your last comment - I've been in a number of temples and churches of various denominations during services, as a tourist. I've never felt anything but welcome. Of course, one has to be respectful - but if you're not, why would you be there in the first place. by hiker
Malu, if they sat quietly at the back and didn't disturb anyone like we did, then I'm sure they'd be treated as we were. And ironically, when we went to Durham Cathedral last summer, there was a group of Buddhist monks wandering around. by koshkha
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28.11.2013 00:38
Kanchenchunga Views
Review of Summit Newa Regency, Pelling, Sikkim by koshkha

Advantages: Great room, fabulous views
Disadvantages: Slightly annoying manager, cold room

For our trip to West Bengal and Sikkim in October 2013, I had opted to pay for better hotels than Iíd normally book. After the desperate disappointment of our horrible room at the Viceroy Hotel in Darjeeling, I was a little bit worried that all the other ... Read review

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Superb review - I especially like the last photo. What a stunning view! x by Graygirl
Well reviewed by MrGump
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24.11.2013 22:33
Cacti or Cactuses? Who cares, they're just gorgeous.
Review of Pineview Cactus Nursery, Kalimpong by koshkha

Advantages: Awesome collection of cacti
Disadvantages: Look but don't touch

A Mountain Marvel Our day in Kalimpong was a damp one and it was clear that we were not going to benefit from the fabulous views for which the town is famous. Our driver picked us up at 9 am and headed up the hillside to take us to our first Ďattracti ... Read review

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Excellent review x by Graygirl
Great write up!x by Chippytarka
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18.11.2013 17:06
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A tale of two hotels.
Review of Eastern & Oriental Hotel, Georgetown by garymarsh86

Advantages: A classy and comfortable hotel in the centre of Georgetown.
Disadvantages: The holiday stay goes far too fast.

The Eastern and Oriental hotel Penang. I have already written a piece about the Eastern and Oriental hotel in Penang however what I am about to write about is the Victory wing of the hotel which is a new wing that has been practically rebuilt in a mo ... Read review

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A wonderful review by Pam222
Smashing review and pictures too. x by savvyshopper6476
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11.11.2013 23:11
When I think of this place I could just sit down and cry
Review of Viceroy Hotel, Darjeeling by koshkha

Advantages: A good location.
Disadvantages: Almost everything except the location

Great Expectations When we planned our trip to India this year, Darjeeling was to be the highlight. Weíve been before and we love this fantastic, quirky mountain city. In a perfect world, weíd have booked a tour of Sikkim and tagged our own arrangemen ... Read review

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I would have cried too. x by Graygirl
Quite an entertaining read for a barely contained rant. It just doesn't pay to be too British and not complain - mind you, I'm not sure you'd have got anywhere if you had. Lx by hiker
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11.11.2013 15:00
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A different world at a different altitude.
Review of Resort Hotel, Genting Highland by s7114040302

Advantages: Family friendly, good food and fun
Disadvantages: May be crowded.

...is Genting Highland] It is a resort located at the top of a hill in Malaysia. It is somewhat near Kuala Lumpur and can be accessible by land transport (buses, travel coaches or personal vehicles). It is not a huge resort but there are many act ... Read review

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06.11.2013 12:14
Room with a View - But Sometimes a View of a Cloud
Review of Soods Garden Retreat, Kalimpong by koshkha

Advantages: Great views when the clouds allow
Disadvantages: A bit on the chilly side

The Road to Kalimpong The drive from Bagdogra airport in West Bengal to Kalimpong was a rough one. As we were thrown around in the back of the vehicle and our driver did his best to avoid the potholes, I remembered that the one thing weíd not replenis ... Read review

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Sounds lovely, shame the weather didn't play ball. by Essexgirl2006
Excellent! by CelticSoulSister
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04.11.2013 14:01
Seoul good to travel!
Review of Seoul (South Korea) by s7114040302

Advantages: Cool place, good food, good shopping
Disadvantages: Crowded, language barrier for some

...2013 wow), why not visit Seoul to see what all the hype is reall ... Read review

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04.11.2013 13:38
Singapore's most popular shopping/eating district
Review of Orchard Road, Singapore by s7114040302

Advantages: Easily accessible, wide range of activities
Disadvantages: Crowded on weekends

[Why Orchard Road] It is located in the central region of Singapore, making it very accessible and of a relative distance to anyone residing/travelling from any part of Singapore. It is a good place for tourists to explore and even us Singaporeans love Or ... Read review

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04.11.2013 11:49
Once in a while, familiarity might just breed 'content'
Review of ibis Mumbai Domestic Airport, Mumbai by koshkha

Advantages: Good value, clean, comfy and convenient
Disadvantages: Small rooms and very standard Ibis layouts

...book a room at an Ibis I know exactly what to expect. Thatís not an exaggeration or an indication that I have some kind of psychic ability to predict room layouts. Ibis hotel rooms are pretty much universal. I c ... Read review

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Back by MrGump
Excellent review, sounds good! by marymoose99
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27.10.2013 17:50
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The star of Hong Kong.
Review of Star Ferry, Hong Kong by anwar

Advantages: great way to travel and see the views! cheap
Disadvantages: none

This summer we travelled to Australia. I really didnít relish the long flight and when the travel agent suggested a stop over in Hong Kong for little extra cost I jumped at the idea. We had 2 nights and 3 days in Hong Kong and so choosing what to see was ... Read review

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Smashing review xXx by Deesrev
Nice to see that they are still going strong. John by Coloneljohn

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06.10.2013 14:52
No need to feel blue in this house!
Review of Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Georgetown by garymarsh86

Advantages: Brilliant insight into the lives of the rich and famous of Penang.
Disadvantages: Restricted visiting unless you are a guest.

CHEONG FATT TZE MANSION. GEORGETOWN. The Blue mansion. This mansion is known as the Blue mansion due to the indigo paint that covers the house. It was built in 1880 by a rich Chinese entrepreneur whose origins were of a much humbler background. W ... Read review

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Such an interesting read, thank you our Gary xXxXx by Deesrev
I would love the experience of staying here, although having day trippers wandering around might seem unnerving. by kevin121
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23.09.2013 12:43
A Golden Opportunity!
Review of Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion), Kyoto by Anti_W

Advantages: Stunning building and surroundings, interesting bits on the path, cheap admission.
Disadvantages: None!

...The Golden Pavillion, known as Kinkakuji Temple in Japan, was originally built in the 14th century, although the current bu ... Read review

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A lovely review and lovely photos you've provided too :) by anonymili
Pretty. by MALU

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19.09.2013 23:13
Le Corbusier on Museum Design
Review of Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh by koshkha

Advantages: Well laid out and architecturally quite interesting
Disadvantages: It's still an Indian museum and it'll never be a multi-media extravaganza.

...Indian museums. If the Indian government ever find out who I am, Iím sure Iíll never get a visa again, just on the strength of being so disparaging about their museums. Iím harsh but donít we all criticise wh ... Read review

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Excellent review... though you're right, it is quite unlikely. Lx by hiker
An interesting read, E x by Wee_Jackie_163
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18.09.2013 21:05
"Doe, a deer, a female deer..."
Review of Nara by Anti_W

Advantages: Open, beautiful park and surrounding areas, deer, many temples accessible by foot.
Disadvantages: Town center is boring. No modern sights.

...to the small town of Nara might seem redundant, but it really isnít. Historically, Nara holds great significance as Japanís earliest capital back in the 8th century (when it was known as Heijo). ... Read review

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Great review. Sounds wonderful. by Listerbelle
Great review by claireylulu

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13.09.2013 22:53
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