About Mel C
Lives in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Since Jun 2013
25-34 year old female
I was born in Mauritius, Africa and grew up in Vancouver, Canada since I was two years old. After 25 years of my life growing up in Canada, I had an irresistible urge to live somewhere else for an experience and because I knew there was so much more of the world to see. In 2013 I quit my full-time jobs to work for an NGO in Cambodia for 7 months. I then went to 5 other countries in Southeast Asia, met hundreds of people and it was the best year of my life. I can't seem to stay away from Cambodia for very long now I'm working for a travel company during my time here and loving it. I've met some of the most generous people I've met in my life in Cambodia. In my spare time I love riding my motorcycle, cycling, hosting dinners and enjoying the company of funny people.
Flea & Street Markets
Casinos, Shopping Malls
Scuba & Snorkeling
National Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas
Nature & Wildlife Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Geologic Formations
Get an early start to your day in Port Louis at the central bazaar, the local market where you can find a variety of food, merchandise, spices, and souvenirs from local merchants at great prices. You’ll see a mix of Creole, Muslim and Chinese merchants selling and buying all manner of goods here, and the ethnic mix of Port Louis is also reflected in the food.
After the market, walk to the Caudan Waterfront where you can enjoy the beautiful view of the water, observe the work of local artists, explore the variety of shopping opportunities, and eat! It's also a good idea to investigate the evening entertainment options on offer while you're here: There isn’t much open around Port Louis at night, but the fun always continues at Caudan, where there are cafes, pubs, cinema, games for kids, and sometimes live music right by the water.
If you’re craving delicious, authentic Creole food, then pop over to Moka Village — just under a 10-minute drive from Port Louis — and stop by this family-owned garden restaurant, run by Marie-Christine and Majo. Their warm hospitality and passion for hosting is the product of Marie-Christine’s dream to open a restaurant since she was 12 years old. The dishes are made from fresh and local ingredients, many of which are from their own garden, and prepared just as they would be in a typical Mauritian home. Rice forms the base of the meals, and common traditional dishes include salted fish and chutney de coco. You will probably fall in love with the hosts as much as the food!
Pereybere Beach in the north of Mauritius has some of the greenest waters to be found on the island. If you're not a beach bum, you can also find water sports here, including diving, which is more popular at Pereybere as the winds and currents aren't as strong as in the south of the island. There are restaurants along the beach too, often packed with both local people and tourists.
If you're the more adventurous type, and want to dive into Mauritius' clear waters to explore the underwater world, then this center is for you. Instructors can accommodate everyone from beginners to experienced divers, and you'll be in very safe hands as you explore the diverse sea life protected by the large coral reef here.
One of the many benefits of traveling in Mauritius is that you can get from the north to the south of the island in under an hour by car, meaning you can see quite a bit in just one day. Most travelers visit Mauritius for the beaches and many don't take time to see the incredible Black River Gorges National Park in the island's southwestern region. It is the country's largest park, and home to many native species, including over 300 species of flowering plants. The park has great hiking trails that are suitable for all levels with fantastic view points, river crossings, and waterfalls to explore too.
After you’re done with Black River, you can drive a short distance to Mauritius' Seven Coloured Earth. A natural phenomenon, it is the only area in the world where you can see seven colors of earth together. This rare beauty of nature is the result of the decomposition of volcanic rock gullies into clay, and the colors are created by a chemical presence in the soil. What is most fascinating is that the different colored sands naturally settle into different layers, giving the appearance of branded colors. The drive to Chamarel is beautiful in itself, but definitely stop to see this phenomenon too.
On your way out of Chamarel Coloured Earth, you can make a short stop at the beautiful Charamel Waterfall that is formed by River St. Denis and lies within the Black River Gorges National Park. It is definitely one of the best waterfalls to see in Mauritius.
End your day in Flic en Flac in the west of Mauritius, where you can watch the beautiful sunset right on the beach. While it may not be the clearest water compared to other parts of the island, the views you can enjoy here, along with the many food carts and restaurants situated along the beach, make it the place to be as the sun goes down.
After ending your day with a beautiful and peaceful sunset on the west coast of the island, treat yourself to some quality, comfort Italian food at Chez Pepe. The portions are generous, the food is delicious, and you can enjoy your meal by the water.
If you want to have dinner in the north of the island before you continue your evening at the clubs in Grand Baie, my favorite restaurant is easily Happy Rajah. Indian food is one of my favorite types of food, and after comparing the flavors from restaurants in Canada, Europe, Cambodia and Mauritius, Happy Rajah remains in my top three. The chefs use recipes derived from the 17th century Moghul emperors, and employ traditional cooking methods in each of the more than 60 delicious items you can choose from here.
If you’ve still got energy to move after watching a serene sunset and eating a filling dinner, while most of Mauritius is quiet and shuts down at 6pm, Grand Baie in the north is where the nightlife continues. This is where the tourists flock to after dark, to enjoy drinks and continue to dance at one of several clubs on the strip.