Architectural Art : Wordless Wednesday

Memories from Ba na hills, Vietnam



Photo story : Ri Kynjai Resort, Meghalaya

Photo story : Ri Kynjai Resort, Meghalaya

To know why the name that echos “Serenity by Lake” is so perfect match, you need to visit this property or scroll down to the pictures, I have presented, without reading my never ending praises for the same.

In the corner of Meghalaya, when you look for the best option to stay, you do not expect much. And when you see a boutique resort, with above 8.5* rating on every hotel booking site, we were excited but still unknown to what was unfolding.

With couple of breaks in between and 3.5 hours of scenic but tiresome journey when our car started dancing on that kachcha road, leading to Ri Kynjai Resort, we just breathed deep. Not again, I murmured. Bad experiences of hotel booking and cancelling due to not meeting expectations, were alive suddenly. But we had to take a chance.

And that chance was worth every moment we spent there. The resort is presided over the picturesque Umiam lake, which is mostly known as Barapani lake. Inspired by Khasi culture, every corner of this property has been planned meticulously.

And it reminded us Bali…..why? We had same experience there when our expectations were overruled by the reality we experienced. Read more about it here :-).

Well, I can write 5000 words essay about the details and why it was one of the best experience but I am not in mood to change the title of post from Photo story to Word story so stopping here.


Let me tell you why it felt special….

1. That fireplace in the living room where you both can be cozy.

2. Living room sized bathroom and bed sized bath tub….a dream of any couple. Again, one of the best experience.

3. Have you tried playing Hide and Seek with your partner in a hotel room? 🙂 Well, I am not kidding. The villa at the resort has two floors and while reading and talking in the little space on upper floor, you can imagine, what if this would have been your home 🙂

4. Panoramic view of the beautiful Barapani lake, the moment you open that balcony door

And now, I will allow pictures to tell you the story 🙂

The road that leads to resort…..

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But mind well, reaching to reception is a task…







But where were we staying?

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Did you see that lake view from Room balcony?

Let’s go around to check the beauty…..Restaurant, spa, walking trek and ??








And at this picturesque property, I needed a special click too…


I know…..I know….dreams, wishes and imaginations are flowing 🙂

Pack the begs then……

Cu Chi Tunnels : Photo Story

Cu Chi Tunnels : Photo Story

The #1 tourist destination in HCMC, Vietnam – The Cu Chi Tunnels,  carries bleeding history with it but rather than those war facts what will impress you the most is the way tunnels have designed. Today, this 121 KM long Cu Chi tunnels have been turned into war museum and tourists are invited to crawl into it.  Knowing the fact that all these tunnels were dug with hands and  its design still impresses every tourist, will give you another reason to explore relevant history.






Cu Chi tunnels is a massive network of underground tunnels, which were used by Viet Cong soldiers as hiding spots during combat as well as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters.




Life in the tunnels was difficult as air, food and water were scarce. Also, as tunnels were infested with ants, scorpions and spiders, Malaria was a common disease and almost half of the community was infected with Malaria, at any given time.




Widely used different types of booby traps with punji stick were the highlight of the tunnels as they were explosive and gave American soldiers tough time while fighting.

I know, you have got another reason to visit Vietnam, while that crazy house story is still playing in your mind.

Pack your bags and let me know if I can help with itinerary….:-)