Malaysia with Star Cruise

Malaysia is fast becoming one of the leading dive destinations of the world and the richest marine environments in the Indo-Pacific Basin. The incredible bio-diversity of marine life, coupled with beautiful islands, white sandy beaches and clear warm waters, keeps divers coming back time and time again. Top dive sites around Malaysia include diverse underwater geography such as sloping reefs, coral blocks, wall dives, deep dives, drift dives and wreck dives. A dip below the warm seas surface guarantees you an astounding experience, with a concentration of vibrant and exotic marine life rarely rivalled anywhere else in the world. Being blessed with beautiful warm weather all year-round, Malaysia is the perfect place to enjoy theme parks and water parks. In the past few years, several exciting new theme parks have sprouted up all over Peninsula Malaysia. Many of these theme parks provide great fun for the whole family, sometimes offering a resort or shopping mall nearby.

Malaysia Sightseeing Attractions

Discover the magic when you Star cruise onboard and experience new sights and sounds when you sail and you could enjoy a multitude of gourmet cuisine, world-class entertainment and great relaxing options that appeal to a whole range of holidaymakers, be it families, honeymooners, senior citizens and even incentives and business groups!  On this cruise, swim on board, sunbathe, sea view, play basketball, golf, cards, mah-jong karaoke, and various shows on board. There is also a jacuzzi, spa, sauna for the visitors to dwell in, and you would be served tea, breakfast, lunch and dinner on the ship!

Popular items of traditional design include Perak’s labu sayong, geluk, belanga, Chinese dragon kiln ceramics and Sarawakian tribal motif pottery. Contemporary items include vases, flower pots, decorative pottery, sculpture and kitchenware. Colourful and captivating, Malaysia’s traditional textiles are much sought after worldwide as their varieties include batik, songket, pua kumbu and tekat. These textiles are made into all sorts of decorative items, from haute couture clothes to shoes, colourful curtains and delicate bed linen. For shopping, many duty-free items make Malaysia a shoppers’ paradise. There is an endless variety of stuff that travellers can buy, including the famous batik, tekat, songket and pua kumbu, besides unique earthenware, handicrafts and jewellery.

After a hectic trip of sight-seeing and shopping, it is time to rejuvenate at a spa, sauna, or jaccuzi by indulging in an herbal bath or an oil massage. As most artisans are Muslims, Malaysian handicraft designs are heavily influenced by Islam. The religion prohibits the depiction of the human form in art. Hence, most designs are based on natural elements such as the interlacing of leaves or vines, flowers and animals.

Malaysia Beach Tour

For food, the cuisine reflects its multi-ethnicity in restaurants, malls and street-side hawkers’ stalls and in the Melaka food served in historical buildings housing cafes.  The most popular food is char kwey tiaw, asam laksa, rojak and nasi goreng.  Food in Malaysia is made of Western, Continental, and fast food outlets, and most restaurants are` `halal’ to cater for the large number of Muslim visitors. There are a number of fast food chains like McDonald, Burger King,  KFC,  Marybrown, and the Penang Food Village, (Theme Park Hotel) is unremarkable and a notch above competition, as the prices are reasonable and there are no crowds or clouds of smoke, but only tasty food. Travellers need to try the lor mee (noodles in black gravy), the spicy prawn noodle soup and the Penang Fried Kway Teow, which should not be missed.The prawn noodles are delicious too! There are some decent Chinese restaurants serving good food and a meal comprising of one main- course,side dish and a drink per person.   There are some interesting restaurants serving sumptuous cuisine done in a very modern style. Though very expensive, in case, there is a tendency to splurge, then might as well grab the Wagyu steak, flown in directly from Japan, in some resorts!

Year-round travel is possible in Malaysia!  Rain falls fairly evenly throughout the year and the difference between the main October to April, rainy season and the rest of the year is not that marked. The exception is the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, which receives heavy rain from November to mid-February. During these months many east-coast resorts close and boat services dwindle or stop altogether. Travel along the west coast is not affected. The states of Sabah and Sarawak receive high rainfall throughout the year, but it is heaviest from October to March.

Southeast Asia Thailand – Chiang Mai Rose of The North

Koh Samui tropical forested region, palm-lined beaches, aquamarine waters and some secluded beaches, have turned it into a key tourist destination. Kayaking scuba diving, golfing and yoga keep tourists occupied. Koh Chang, the ‘elephant’ island has forests and is rich in wildlife, especially elephants, besides several beaches and many undisturbed isles. where people love to go trekking deep into the jungles, camping, diving and snorkeling. With no less than 50 offshore isles, Koh Chang boasts of the finest red gems, sweet Rakam fruits, indigenous dogs, the historic Koh Chang Naval engagement, and is the eastern-most province in Thailand.

Chiang mai Sightseeing

Accommodation along the beach and on the streets leading away from the sea range from simple guesthouses to luxury resorts, including some of the finest spa-retreats in the world Chiang Mai, or ‘new city’ is a spectacular blend of magnificent mountains, gurgling waterfalls, fast-flowing rivers, unique monuments and an ideal base for river rafting or trekking into the hinterland to meet the tribal. Its ancient temples stand alongside modern hotels and stores, an engaging fusion of its past with the present. Thailand’s ‘Rose of the North’ as it is popularly called, is a cultural and natural wonderland with ethnic diversity, a multitude of attractions, and welcoming hospitality for offering trekking, rafting, and beautiful and historic temples. Intriguing diversity among ethnic tribes, a number of elephant camps, cooking and massage schools, numerous outdoor activities, a variety of handicrafts workshops, various cultural performances and breath-taking scenery make this retreat, one of Asia’s most attractive tourist destinations.

The remotest of the Northern provinces, lying west of Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son is the ideal destination for those who love wild hill country and who seek the thrill of sweeping valley vistas.Cradled in mist-shrouded forested mountains on the border with Myanmar, this town is one of the most enchanting settlements that is both readily accessible and enticingly remote! Sights include a lively morning market and a handful of temples with multi-tiered roofs typical of Burmese religious architecture. Beyond this town, journeys of discovery and adventure lead you into breathtaking mountain scenery dotted with the villages of Karen, Meo, Lisu, and Lahu hilltribes. Alternatively, the little town of Pai provides a tranquil escape amid stunning scenery!

Chiang Mai Temple Trip

Chiang Rai is Thailand’s northernmost province, a region of rugged mountains and fertile valleys, where this relaxed provincial capital offers excellent accommodation to serve as the perfect centre for exploring the Far North. Two high forested peaks, Doi Mae Salong and Doi Tung, are located just a few kilometres north of the town and both afford easy access into quite spectacular hill country. Of the two, Doi Mai Salong presents the wilder scene, while Doi Tung has been extensively and well developed as part of a royal project conducted under the auspices of the late Princess Mother. North-east of Chiang Rai is Chiang Saen, on the banks of the Mekong River. The site of an ancient and once powerful settlement, it is full of historical interest as well as being the nearest town to the famous `Golden Triangle’, the confluence of the Mekong and Ruak Rivers form the border between Thailand, Myanmar and Lao PDR.

Though Thai is the official language, English is understood. Many festivals are celebrated here, of which two are reminiscent of India, Songkran that ushers in the Thai New Year, when people pour perfumed water on Buddha’s statue and, just like in Holi, sprinkle water on each other, whereas Loy Krathong has the entire populace down by the river, when small boats containing tiny candles, incense, flowers and coins are set afloat, just like the arti performed at rivers in India.

There is also an annual popular long-tailed boat competition, held traditionally between the last week of September and the first week of October. Another festival featuring beautiful and fancy rockets, the Yasothon Bun Bangfai or ‘Rocket Festival’, has a competition with rockets sent soaring high into the sky, also drawing thousands.

Thailand Patong Beach Holiday

The local climate is tropical and characterized by monsoons. There is a rainy, warm, and cloudy southwest monsoon from mid-May to September, as well as a dry, cool northeast monsoon from November to mid-March and July-October happen to be the wettest and coolest months, when you can’t indulge in water sports. The southern isthmus is always hot and humid.

International cuisine caters to the needs of travelers who come from far and wide. There’s also a smattering of Indian restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs, and roadside stalls with delicious snacks. Innumerable shops, upscale boutiques, and street markets sell all kinds of merchandise. Spa treatments are available. Shop all you like but remember that you can get VAT refunds in Bangkok, so keep your shopping receipts intact.

Thai people are known for their generosity and hospitality. With a tropical climate, the best time to go for a Thailand Tour is November-March and July-August, and especially November-February, though April-June and September-October offer discounted room rates while July-October are the wettest and coolest months, with a lush landscape at that time.

Thailand Iconic Sightseeing Destinations

Thailand, officially the Kingdom of Thailand formerly known as Siam, is a country located at the centre of the Indochina peninsula in Southeast Asia. Thai culture has been shaped by many influences, including Indian, Lao, Burmese, Cambodian, and Chinese and this kingdom is blessed by nature in the form of several beautiful beach regions, as people flock to Thailand to sunbathe at the beaches, swim, water-ski, snorkel, wind-surf, or sail along. Skydiving and bungee jumping sends the adrenaline pumping in the dare-devils.

For those who want to keep their feet firmly on terra firma, there is plenty of excitement in the form of an active nightlife, delicious Thai seafood, eateries dishing out varied authentic cuisine, quaint ancient temples, grand monuments, and cruises down the canals in its capital city of Bangkok , ‘City of Angels’  to a floating market.

Bangkok Sightseeing

As the political, economic, cultural, culinary, and spiritual capital of Thailand, the city of Bangkok features both old-world charm and modern convenience, at times served up in an apparently chaotic manner, but always with a gracious smile. Many tourists who travel to this city are immediately overwhelmed by its sheer size and the vast number of interests it has to offer as an opportunity to experience the gentle culture amidst the bustle of a great and dynamic metropolis. Amazingly, this great city has had astounding success in combining the ancient and modern worlds.

While the immensity of the city and the chaos of its bustling streets can be intimidating at first, those who spend some time in Bangkok are quickly enamoured by the variety of attractions it contains, from exotic temples, which epitomize Thailand’s strong Buddhist history, to modern shopping malls, which have made shopping an integral part of any  holiday. Every itinerary includes a visit to Thailand’s Grand Palace, arguably the premier iconic sightseeing location.  Other historical and cultural  `must sees’ include the National Museum, Vimanmek Mansion and Suan Pakkad Palace,  all of which either house fine art or are national treasures in their own right. The city is dotted with 400 glittering Buddhist temples of great beauty, magnificent palaces, classical dance performances, numerous shopping centres, and a still functioning traditional way of life, especially along the canals and the Chao Phraya River, the `River of Kings’, which winds through the city. Bangkok truly is the `Venice of the East’. 

The  thickly-forested Lumphini Park, a captivating Butterfly Farm, Dusit Zoo, the Thai Aquarium, the Thai Water Amusement Park, numerous enchanting gardens, two huge parks – Rama IX and Chatuchak – that contain lakes, botanical gardens, besides traditional English, French, and Japanese gardens, are added attractions.

Holiday in Bangkok Thailand

There are several charming Buddhist temples in Bangkok, including the Reclining Buddha temple with a huge statue of a reclining Buddha, Wat Pho, the oldest of the city temples opposite the stately Grand Palace; and, the Golden Buddha or Wat Traimit temple, which has a solid statue of the Buddha weighing 5.5 tonne in gold!

A pretty silvery beach in Hua Hin has horse riding, a hilltop temple, some of the best spas, and an active night market. A premier beach resort towns on the Gulf of Thailand, this is a popular weekend getaway destination for the city residents, young couples, families, tourists and Thais. It is also the location of the King of Thailand’s Summer Palace, Klai Kang Won, `Far from Worries’. The visitors would find here some restaurants, a lively night market, numerous beach activities and great inland activities including golf. This beach is also the site of Thailand’s most popular music festival, the Hua Hin Jazz Festival. Just down the coast at Takiab Bay, visitors can take seaside horseback rides and visit a hilltop Buddhist temple with a spectacular view.   

Pattaya Sightseeing

Pattaya is known for its’ cleanest and prettiest beaches. Most visitors go for river rafting, jet-skiing, or para-sailing. It has a vibrant nightlife besides many other delights including Ripley’s World of Entertainment, Mini Siam with a spectacular collection of miniature replicas of some of the world’s historic sites, Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Gardens, and an underwater aquarium. There are trips in glass-bottomed boats to see its rich marine life off the Coral Island.

Phuket has sea, sand, sun, forests, pineapple clusters, rubber plantations, fishing villages, and nightclubs. Promthep Cape is inundated by tourists for dramatic sunsets. Many opt for water sports that include snorkeling, diving, yachting, kite-surfing, and parasailing. Not far is the stunningly beautiful island of Ko Phi Phi while Ko Tapu has spectacular limestone cliffs jutting straight out of the water. It is also called the James Bond Island as ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’ was partly filmed here.

Cameron Highlands Tourist Attractions

Much of the Cameron Highlands is under cultivation engulfing hectares of forestland.  Jungle trails lead visitors to scenic spots, waterfalls and aboriginal villages and most of the tracks here begin at Tanah Rata. Apart from its walks, the sanctuary is also known for its tea plantations, vegetable farms, orchards, nurseries, insect life, soaring peaks, nature spots, temperate plants, deep ravines, mossy forest, wild animals, serene lakes, golf links, meandering streams, jungle-clad hills, rest houses, places of worship, waterfalls, rolling greens, reptiles, colonial mansions, Land Rover’s migratory birds, animal traps and last but not the least, its native population.  The natives or aborigines are basically jungle dwellers and on the surface, their lifestyle has always been made out to be backward, though this has changed over the years.  While many have left to take up residence in the nearby towns, there are still some who prefer to treat the jungle as their home. The buildings (at the Cameron Highlands) were similar to those of Simla the “Queen of British hill resorts” in India, and were an eclectic mixture from “railway Gothic of the most overpowering kind to publican’s Tudor”.

Cameron Highlands Day Tours

During the colonial era, the “Cameron” was a haven for the home sick.  At present, it is a stopover for those many who want to escape from the heat of the lowlands. It is endearing to visit the outpost’s Cameron Highlands Church and Bala’s Holiday Chalet which is an inn and one of the oldest buildings at the Highlands.

There’s a network of jungle trails, waterfalls and mountains, and less-taxing points of interest, including colourful temples, rose gardens and tea plantations where visitors are welcome to try the local brew.

Boh Sungai Palas Tea Estate, in the hills north of Brinchang, has the roads lead past a Hindu temple, and the  tea pickers are predominantly Indian.There is also a gift shop selling every version of Boh tea that one can imagine and a pleasant cafe where you can sip tea while looking out over the evergreen dense plantations below.  The Titiwangsa Tours cover the local nurseries, organic farms and orchards and the  entrance fees and dinner are included. Fathers Guest House has a resident licensed guide who leads informative nature tours of the Highlands, including a visit to the Orang Asli village.

Lavender Garden Cameron highlands Tours

The Cameron Highlands Golf Club began with a nine-hole golf course a century ago when it was common to find tiger paw prints in the bunkers!  Apart from its improved facilities, it has also undergone a change in name and is presently known as the Kelab Golf Sultan Ahmad Shah (SAS) Cameron Highlands.

Now known as The Lakehouse, this establishment was previously owned by the late Colonel Stanley J.Foster, and is colonial in its ambience as the unit sits atop a hill overlooking the Sultan Abu Bakar Lake.   The interior is reminiscent of an English country house with open fireplaces and wood-panelled walls.  Outside, the landscape would pass for an authentic English garden with a lush forest reserve serving as its backdrop.    

Tringkap is close to Brinchang and a short distance from the tea estates. Kuala Terla also nearby from Tringkap has  most of its residents as farmers. Kampung Raja is the first town after departing the Simpang Pulai interchange and by and large, a residential area. The best place to pick up local produce is the Multicrops Central Market, which sells teas, fruits, strawberry, jam, honey, potted plants and numerous other things. Yung Seng Souvenir Shop has a good, if rather expensive, selection of Orang Asli, woodcarvings, as well as affordable artwork from across Asia. Very popular with travellers, foreign and domestic, the Rosedale’s menu spans several cuisines (Chinese, Malay, European, Indian), and is complemented by good coffee and free wi-fi. This bright highland also serves a range of simple Indian fare, including tandoori chicken, set meals, fish-head curry and vegetarian dishes.

Kuala Lumpur & Cameron Highlands Sightseeing City Tour Destinations

Suria KLCC is one of Malaysia’s premier shopping destinations due to its location beneath the Petronas Twin Towers. Apart from this, Bukit Bintang district has the highest concentration of shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur. It houses various cafes, alfresco dining outlets and retail malls. The Bangsar district also has a few shopping complexes, including Bangsar Village, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Mid Valley Megamall and The Gardens. The Damansara subdivision north-west of Kuala Lumpur, though not in the city-proper, is the home of the only IKEA outlet in the country, and a cluster of locally operated malls such as Cathay Multi Screen Cinemas, The Curve, Power Centre and One Utama. Apart from shopping complexes, KL has designated numerous zones in the city to market locally manufactured products such as textiles, fabrics and handicrafts and the Chinatown, commonly known as Petaling Street is one of them featuring many pre-independence buildings with Straits Chinese and colonial architectural influences.  KL’s Central Market (Pasar Seni), which was once the city’s wet market, offers an assortment of arts and craft merchandise, varying from antiques and paintings to souvenirs and clothing.

Kuala lumpur Sightseeing

The cuisine here reflects the multi-ethnicity in restaurants, malls and street-side hawkers’ stalls; in KL, food is served in buildings which are housing cafes, restaurants, fast food outlets and street hawkers, offering a delectable gourmet adventure with a blend of Indian, Continental, Chinese,  Malay and Japanese food fare.  The most popular Maly food is char kwey tiaw, asam laksa, rojak and nasi goreng. 

Protected by the Titiwangsa Mountains in the east and Indonesia’s Sumatra Island in the west, the city has a tropical rainforest climate which is warm and sunny, along with abundant rainfall, especially during the northeast monsoon season from October to March. Otherwise, temperatures tend to remain constant throughout the year, with the winter season being.

The Cameron Highlands is one of Malaysia’s most extensive hill stations and has its boundary touching that of Kelantan in the north and shares part of its border with Perak to the west..

Cameron Highland Sightseeing

The three townships of Cameron are Ringlet, Tanah Rata and Brinchang. Ringlet is the first town after the turn off at the Tapah Interchange and is one of the agricultural hubs of the region. Tanah Rata is the administrative centre of the Cameron Highlands and the general hospital, police station and post office are located at this municipality. Brinchang is the biggest town of the retreat. Hence, The Cameron Highlands is a vast area of rolling green hills, tea plantations and forests stretching along the road from the town of Ringlet, then through the main towns of Tanah Rata, Brinchang and beyond.

The five settlements in the area are the Bertam Valley, Kea Farm, Tringkap, Kuala Terla and Kampung Raja.  All are separated from one another by a considerable distance. Bertam Valley   is involved with the growing of flowers and vegetables.Kea Farm is the highest village in peninsular Malaysia. ROSE CENTRE Kea Farms in Cameron Highland is located in the Rose Valley Village. Spread over 10 levels of terraces due to it’s cool climate, this place is the biggest attraction for Cameron Highland’s visitors.

The Center contains over 100 varieties of roses in every imaginable color including black and green and, besides roses, there are thousands of species of flowers as well as dozens of varieties of orchids. Some flowers even have their names derived from the unique shapes, like ‘butterfly’ and ‘ladies shoes’.

Visitors can venture through an exhilarating journey of various cultural murals, stone sculptures, which blend well with the landscaping. Souvenirs, fresh roses, potted plants are on sale.

Kuala Lumpur and Cameron Highlands

Kuala Lumpur is the federal capital and most populous city in Malaysia. It is the seat of the Parliament of Malaysia and the major tourist destinations here include the Mederka Square,the House of Parliament, the Petaling Street, the National Palace (Istana Negara), the Kuala Lumpur Tower, the National Museum, the Central Market, the National Monument and religious sites such as the Jamek Mosque and Batu Caves. The city plays host to many cultural festivals such as the Thaipusam procession at the Sri Mahamariamman Temple and its architecture is a blend of old colonial influences, Asian traditions, Malay Islamic inspirations, modern and postmodern architecture mix. Many of these buildings derive their design from traditional Malay items such as the songkok and the keris and some of these structures have Islamic geometric motifs integrated with the designs of the building, signifying Islamic restriction on imitating nature through drawings.

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The National Museum which is situated along the Mahameru Highway has a collection comprising of artifacts and paintings collected throughout the country, and Kuala Lumpur also has an Islamic Arts Museum which houses more than seven thousand Islamic artefacts, including rare exhibits as well as a library of Islamic art books. However, the museum’s collection not only concentrates on works from the Middle East, but also includes displays from China and Southeast Asia. This place has a Cultural Craft Complex coupled with a museum that displays a variety of textile, ceramic, metal craft and weaved products. All the information of the production process is portrayed in a diorama format complete with historical facts, technique and traditionally engineered equipment. The Royal Selangor has an ultra modern visitor’s centre, which allows tours to be conducted through its pewter museum, gallery and its factory. In its pewtersmithing workshop, `The School of Hard Knocks’, participants are taught to create their own pewter dish using traditional tools and methods. Amongst those shown are pottery making, intricate wood carving, silver smithing, weaving songket cloth, stamping batik patterns on cloth and boat making.

The National Mosque of Malaysia, Masjid Negara is situated amongst a beautiful garden and is a bold and modern approach in reinforced concrete, symbolic of the aspirations of a then newly-independent Malaysia. It is a uniquely designed building that embodies a contemporary expression of traditional Islamic art with its tall minaret having the shape of a “closed blue umbrella”.

Kuala Lumpur Malaysia trip

The Lake Gardens is a manicured garden near the Malaysian Parliament building, which was once home to a British colonial official. The park includes a Butterfly Park, Deer Park, Orchid Garden, Hibiscus Garden and the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, Southeast Asia’s largest bird park. Other parks in the city include the ASEAN Sculpture Garden, KLCC Park, Titiwangsa Lake Gardens, Metropolitan Lake Gardens in Kepong, Forest Research Institue, Malaysia Taman Tasik Permaisuri (Queen’s Lake Gardens), Bukit Kiara Botanical Gardens, Equestrian Park, West Valley Park and Bukit Jalil International Park.

The entertainment hub of the city is mainly centred in the Golden Triangle encompassing Jalan P. Ramlee, Jalan Sultan Ismail and Ampang Road. Trendy nightclubs, bars and lounges, such as the Beach Club, Espanda, the Hakka Republic Wine Bar and Restaurant, Hard Rock Cafe, the Luna Bar, Nuovo, Rum Jungle, the Thai Club, Zouk,and many others are located here.

Hong Kong Vacations

Hong Kong or `fragrant harbour’ in Cantonese, derived its name as the fragrant incense stored for export near the Aberdeen Harbour drifted with the sea breeze, spreading its essence all around. Enclosed by the South China Sea and the Pearl River Delta, stunningly charming Hong Kong has a deep natural harbour, and rates high on the graph of quality life. The eccentric natural beauty comprising gleamy bays, sandy beaches, pristine rivers, shining mountains and nature reserves is complimented by tall modern skyscrapers amidst an amazing skyline that glitters at night!
Hong Kong Tourist Attractions
Sampans are still used for sailing in this harbour , and a trip across the famed Victoria Harbour with shimmering water, blue sky, scenic land and high-peaked mountains may be taken by a ferry service called `Symphony of Lights’, which glows like gem droplets in the sea! You can take a ferry to go to a nearby fishing village and can relax or indulge in some water sports at one of the most popular beaches, strangely called Repulse Bay! Victoria Peak offers panoramic views of the city-state of Hong Kong wherein a tram would take you swiftly to the Peak, amongst exhilarating scenic views. A moving pavement system in some parts, and its longest covered escalators, are a technical marvel in the world! The Star Ferry service was made iconic by the filming of Hollywood’s The World of Suzie Wong. The place is known for its’ junks that traverse in the sea, besides small kai-to ferries that connect remote coastal areas to the mainland. The giant bronze Buddha, Ngong Ping piazza, Po Lin monastery, and sedimentary rock regions with unique and curved landforms are keen tourist attractions , besides an entire village that rests on `stilts’ and you can explore this captivating island city which encompasses the shockingly ethnic Chinese and European architecture, including exquisite ancient Chinese and Indian temples, mosques, and churches. You can even watch playful dolphins in the deep blue sparkling waters! There’s a statue for Bruce Lee, as a tribute to Hong Kong’s martial arts and practitioners. Jackie Chan also belongs here. You can always look forward to some revelry as the city is always celebrating some music or dance festival, while its Cantopop music, which blends Western and Chinese genres, is catchy and hugely enjoyed. The Global Geopark of China, with volcanic and sedimentary rocks and strange landforms, is unique, and listed by UNESCO in its Global Geoparks Network.

Hong Kong trip

Chinese and Asian handicrafts, textiles, crafts, art deco and other souvenirs are available aplenty to take back gifts and momentoes for relatives and friends. Jade, ivory and other Chinese traditional goods are reminders of the cultural heritage of the place. Chinese clothing has always had a distinct style and fashion sense, from trendy cheongsam dresses, mandarin style jackets and tops, to decorative silk robes and fine fabrics. Chinese black tea and herbal tea is traditionally associated with China and Hong Kong as well as pu-erh tea, oolong tea and Dragon Well tea, amongst other famous types of this healthful drink. You would be spoiled for choice when it comes to the unsurpassed selection of modern and traditional gold jewellery, accessories and ornaments at unbeatable tax-free prices. Chinese dinner service tableware is world-famous for its beauty and durability and porcelain and bone china products which are imported from the Mainland to dozens of shops and department stores in Hong Kong. The jade market is a great place to spend a morning browsing and soaking up the atmosphere, serving as a mecca for collectors from all over the world, as the stone is defined to ward off evil and kept as a lucky mascot for protection.

The temple street night market is an ordered chaos in action and the perfect place to pick up a few bargains, as it is awash with rows of brightly lit stalls hawking an astonishing variety of clothing, pens, watches, compact discs, cassettes, electronic gadgets, hardware and luggage. The busy food stalls offer a range of delicacies including fresh seafood and hotpot dishes to tempt your appetite. The Stanley Market is the incredible place to buy something special as return gifts and the historic lanes in this old fishing village are jam-packed with vendors selling Chinese artwork, silk collectibles and curios, as well as large-sized clothing. Plan to stay for a few hours and sample the fine restaurants in the restored Murray House or along the main street on the waterfront.

Bangkok Travel Information & Holiday Ideas

As the political, economic, cultural, culinary, and spiritual capital of Thailand, Bangkok, or Krung Thep, `a city of angels’, is a modern behemoth of screaming traffic, gleaming shopping centres and international sensibilities interwoven with devout Buddhism. The city has a blend of both old world charm and modern convenience served with a gracious smile. It is impossible not to get enamoured by the exotic temples of the city, which epitomize Thailand’s strong Buddhist history to modern shopping malls, which created shopaholics to be an integral part of a visit to Bangkok!
Bangkok Travel
Nearly every journey to Bangkok would include a visit to  Grand Palace, its premie sightseeing attraction, situated in the heart of Rattakosin district. The gleaming spires of the Grand Palace are located nearby the most spectacular temples, including the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Keaw), the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), and Wat Po which features an enormous reclining Buddha and was home of the first Thai massage school in the kingdom, hence making these iconic destinations  a landmark for the city’s unique cultural traditions. You may come across saffron-robed monks travelling through the city, alongside the winding Chao Phraya, the River of Kings’, which is connected by numerous canals from which Bangkok earned its name as `Venice of the East’. A cruise on this river, a visit to the floating market or an exploration of the city’s `back alley’ canals or klongs are themselves captivating fantasies in Bangkok.  Other historical and heritage discoveries include the National Museum, Vimanmek Mansion and Suan Pakkad Palace, all of which either house fine art or national treasures in their own right.

A modern and convenient electric rail system included an elevated sky-train and underground subway have made travel in the city both easy and enjoyable. Wat Benchamabophit Dusitvanaram is a Buddhist temple in the Dusit district of Bangkok, also known as the marble temple and an exquisite site. The thickly forested Lumphini Park, a scintillating Butterfly Farm, Dusit Zoo, Thai Aquarium, Thai Water Amusement Park, numerous enchanting gardens, two hugh parks – Rama IX and Chatuchak- that contain lakes, botanical gardens, besides traditional English, French, and Japanese gardens are added attractions.
Connecting hotels directly to modern shopping malls and traditional markets, such as the Suan Lum Night Bazar and Chatuchak weekend market, the electric rail systems have literally elevated the city’s shopping to world class status. An escapade to Bangkok is not complete without experiencing the vibrant nightlife, during which time you may even witness the occasional elephant wandering the streets!
siam park city bangkok
Bangkok has some excellent department stores and designer boutiques housed in upmarket complexes such as The Emporium (Phrom Phong is your BTS station), MBK or Siam Paragon. There are several sales around the year so you can be sure of picking up a bargain. With all the enticing shops around you, please remember you have a flight to catch. Also keep in mind that you can get VAT refunds in Bangkok, so please keep your receipts from the stores for encasement.

Whether the purpose of your Thailand holiday is to immerse yourself in the city’s unique culture or simply to splurge in the shopping malls, the guarantee of a fascinating experience of the amazing old legacy and luxurious comfort awaits you. As the city has transformed itself as an exciting and sophisticated hub, the visitors get exposed to a glimpse of gentle hospitality amidst the bustle of a great and dynamic metropolis.

Bali Travel Information & Holiday Ideas

Bali is an Indonesian island located in the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands, lying between Java to the west and Lombok to the east, separated by the Bali Strait, Known as the Island of a Thousand Puras or Island of the Gods, it is also the largest tourist destination in bali the country and is renowned for its highly developed arts, including traditional and modern dance, sculpture, painting, leather,metalwork,  music, temples and shrines.

The island is surrounded by coral reefs and beaches in the south which tend to have white sand while those in the north and west have black sand. Bali has no major waterways, although the Ho River is navigable by small sampan boats.  Black sand beaches between Pasut and Klatingdukuh are being developed for tourism, but apart from the seaside temple of Tanah Lot, they are not yet used for significant tourism. Taman Ayun Temple, the Pakerisan Valley in Gianvar, rice terraces in Tabanan with the ‘subak’ system and Batukaru will be proposed to UNESCO as World Heritage sites by Bali administration.

Bali Holiday Ideas

The beaches in Bali,diving sites in Bunaken, Mount Rinjan in Lombok and various national parks in Sumatra are just a few examples of popular scenic destinations. These natural attractions are complemented by a rich cultural heritage that reflects Indonesia’s dynamic history and ethnic diversity. Gitgit Waterfall is located in the plateau area and is surrounded by tropical tree and emits the constantly natural water debit during the year. The voice of the waterfalls around the charming nature is amazing and there are some plantations protecting the rain forest around the waterfall and you may get to see some wild monkeys drinking water from this waterfall. Kertha Gosa is a tourism place which is a lot of visited by tourists in Bali located in Klungkung Town, east part of Bali with The ceiling of this Taman Gili Building is full decorated by the dressy puppets painting of Kamasan style narrating the human life in this earth and eternity. The Bali Museum is a museum of art and history located in Denpasar and there are flowers, flowers everywhere. You’ll see and smell the fragrance of  hibiscus, bougainvillea, jasmine, and water lilies. Magnolia, frangipani, and a variety of orchids are found in many front yards and gardens, along roads, and in temple grounds.

Virtually everybody comes to Bali to shop, and even if shopping wasn’t the ultimate aim, you’ll still end up with fascinating and irresistible buys. Bali is a treasure trove of fine art and handicrafts, antique and semi-antique furniture, paintings, delicately carved jewellery, wood and stone carvings, masks, woven and dyed fabrics. Bargaining in markets, shops and art shops, is normal practice and getting a good price depends largely on one’s bargaining prowess. There is a place for taking rest while enjoying the beauty panorama of the rice terrace and the Buleleng Beach.
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Bali lies just to the west of the Wallace Lane and thus has a fauna which is Asian in character, an exception of the Yellow-crested Cockatoo Australasian in character, the critically endangered Bali-Starling, which is endemic, Barn Swallow, Black-naped Oriole, Black Racket-tailed Treepie, Red-rumped Swallow, White Heron and Great Egret. Bali is also famous for its artisans who produce a vast array of handicrafts, including batik and ikat cloth and clothing, wooden carvings, stone carvings, painted art and silverware. Notably, individual villages typically adopt a single product, such as wind chimes or wooden furniture.

The Arabica coffee production region is the highland region of Kintamani near Mount Batur. Generally, Balinese coffee is processed using the wet method.  This results in a sweet, soft coffee with good consistency.  Typical flavours include lemon and other citrus notes. Bali has many shopping centers, for instance, the Kuta shopping center and the Galeria Nusa Dua. Eating establishments in Indonesia are available from the modest street-side cart vendors, to the luxury fine-dining restaurants.  Most of malls and shopping centres in Indonesian major cities usually have an entire floor dedicated as food courts, where one could samples rich variety of Indonesian cuisine, and some Indonesian cities have their own signature dishes.

Even when it rains in most parts of Bali you can often enjoy sunny days on the “Bukit”, the hill south of Jimbaran Beach. On the other hand, in Ubud and the mountains you must expect cloudy skies and showers throughout the year.   In higher regions such as in Bedugul or Kintamani , a sweater or a jacket after the sun sets.

Hong Kong With Disneyland

Hong Kong, the city that never sleeps, offers lovers and families a plethora of after-dinner entertainment options and there a plenty of hotels with cosy bars and lounges to suit every mood from live bands to karaoke sessions. The Events Capital of Asia also features a stunning array of local and regional artists as well as a bevy of international celebrities. Other mainstays are the major touring shows, and Hong Kong’s own acclaimed orchestras offer a stimulating array of choices when it comes to loosening up those tight muscles and tense nerves. Here Eastern wisdom is combined with western-style to produce a feeling of total re-invigoration with a simple massage to soothen the body and mind. Rejuvenation for the persona!

Said to be the ‘culinary capital’ of Asia, Hong Kong has more than innumerable restaurants with many award-winners. International cuisine to cater to travellers from all over will delight you and you can have your pick of restaurants, bars, pubs, or cafes. Authentic cuisine from Asia and the West, along with the best Chinese and Cantonese dishes served with dimsums and fresh seafood being the most popular, besides Indian food and fast food, to please one and all.
Hongkong Holiday Trip Package

Another scandalising locale would be the one that originated years ago, as Walt Disney introduced the world to enchanted realms of fantasy and adventure, in a magical place called Disneyland, located on reclaimed land in Penny’s Bay, Lantau Island. Today that spirit of imagination and discovery comes to life in the Hong Kong Disneyland which is dedicated to the young and the young -at heart – with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration, and an enduring symbol of the cooperation, friendship and understanding between the people of Hong Kong and the United States of America. The park consists of six-themed areas such as: Main Street U.S.A. designed to resemble an early-2oth century Midwest town serving as the entrance of the park and is heavily influenced by European immigrants and Chinese culture as it has an authentic Chinese eatery and a Bakery with the world’s most famous desserts. The Adventure land is the biggest amongst all Disney parks featuring a large island area home to Tarzan’s Tree house, which is circled by the Jungle Cruise, and is also home to the Festival of the Lion King’s show. Fantasy land brings to life characters and places from Disney movies for children, showcases the Sleeping Beauty Castle, as well as the Fantasy Gardens where costumed Disney characters can be met. Tomorrow land, with an optimistic vision of the future,is a new themed area opened with an emphasis on metallic trim, dominated by blue and purple hues and unique attractions such as Autopia and Stitch Encounter have been added.
Hong Kong Disneyland Trip
The Toy Story Land has been themed using bamboo to act as giant blades of grass surrounding the area and makes use of characters from the Toy Story movies, such as an enlarged Woody Rex, an oversized paper plane and Luxo Jr, and has been marketed by the park as `Asia’ Exclusive’. Grizzly Gulch represents a complete new story and reminisces an abandoned mining town set amidst mountains and woods with the centerpiece structure named Big Grizzly Mountain, inspired by Grizzly Peak in Disney California Adventure Park. Mystic Point is themed and set in dense, uncharted rain forest surrounded by mysterious forces and supernatural events and the site will feature Mystic Manor sets as a home to a world traveller and adventurer.

The park features a daytime parade `Flights of Fantasy’ as well as a night time firework show `Disney in the Stars’ and `Tinker Bell Castle Illumination’, a new night time show that debuted along with `Celebration In The Air’. Seasonal entertainment, such as `Disney’s Haunted Halloween’, `A Sparkling Christmas’ and the `Disney’s Chinese New Year’ are held in the park to celebrate major holidays.
The grand opening celebration album was the soundtrack for the stupendous opening ceremony of the Hong Kong Disneyland and much of the album has Cantonese or Mandarin cover of theme songs of animated Disney films.

Summers in Hong Kong are warm with occasional rainfall, winters are cool and cloudy. March-May bring cool evenings while September-November are very pleasant. But no matter what time of the year it is, Hong Kong with Disneyworld will delight and intoxicate you in every season.