Kashmir Valley Trip

Kashmir may be introduced as belonging to the State of Jammu and Kashmir which consists of three appropriate regions: Jammu, the Kashmir valley and Ladakh. Srinagar or India-held Kashmir is the summer capital, and Jammu is the winter capital. While the Kashmir valley is famous for its beautiful mountainous landscape, Jammu’s numerous shrines attract thousands of Hindu pilgrims every year. Ladakh, also known as “Little Tibet”, is renowned for its remote mountain beauty and Buddhist culture.

Kashmir Valley Tourist Attraction

A poet rightly called it the ‘Paradise on Earth’ for the mesmerising beauty of the Valley abides with you long after you have left its boundaries. Kashmir holiday to this unparalleled charisma will bestow evergreen memories of its naturally gifted region with thick, green, pine-forested hills, deep valleys, beautiful and huge lakes, and scintillating waterfalls. Spring is the time when Kashmir bursts into a riot of colours and millions of flowers carpet the landscape.

The hill station offers an enigmatic canvas painted with vibrant tourist attractions all over the town! The Mughal Gardens, stand glorious and may be described with terraced lawns, cascading fountains, paint-box-bright flowerbeds with the mesmerising waters of the Dal Lake in front of them. These gardens are named as the Chasmashahi, Nishat and Shalimar as they are the Mughal Emperor’s concept of heavenly bliss and are very popular places for picnics and excursions. The historical structure of these gardens lends them a unique sense of serenity even when the flowers are not blossoming. Chashmashahi is a wonderous spectacle, as tucked in the fold of a hill high above the lake, the quiet gardens are watered by the eponymous spring and command a grand panorama of the Dal and the surrounding vale , set in their mountain amphitheatre, .and Nishat Bagh with the Zabarwan mountains as its backdrop, is a `garden of bliss’ which commands a magnificient view of the lake and the snow-capped Pir Panjal mountain range, with its secluded dignity giving way to a lightness in the entire region. Shalimar Bagh in front of the Dal Lake was built by Emperor Jahangir. whence at the summit of this four-terraced grassland stands the fabulous baradari, a summer house ringed with pillars of black marble remaining the high point of an `abode of love’. The gardens ring with the cascades and watercourses of their heyday when the Mughal Emperor and his Empress planted the first of the stately chairs that shade this idyll. The Hazratbal Mosque, or the white mosque, is breathtakingly enchanting, and it would be a pleasure taking a walk through the adjacent market area displaying a range of great fresh food. The Harwan Gardens are another site holding the ruins of the Buddhist Harwan Vihara. The Shankaracharya Hill or Takht-i-Suleiman is an essential destination which rises directly from the Boulevard on the southern lakeshore. At its pinnacle, a few feet above the lake, is the Shankaracharya Mandir, on a hill top, a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, and is visible from the Dal Lake. The Pari Mahal lends a breathtaking view of the city and the Nehru Garden, off Dal Gate, occupies a large area and is known for serving hot and flavoured `Kahva’, a traditional drink of Kashmir, a different flavour worth tasting! . Some distance away, the hill of Hari Parbat is surrounded by almond orchards and the area is the focus of many sacred shines.

tourists enjoying in Dal Lake Kashmir

Go for a Shikara ride in the Dal Lake for better views and a more peaceful cruise in an area devoid of other tourists, admiring the fountain amidst majestic mountains and tranquility . A must see is the `village’ in the lake where the tourists can ride towards the side where locals live to view the floating vegetable market. The “Tulip Garden”-arguably the largest of its’ kind in Asia is located just opposite the main Boulevard Road on the shores of the Dal Lake.

North East India Tourist Attraction

Nagaland in the north eastern part of India is a trekker’s paradise and this thrilling land offers bountiful trekking opportunities. The physiology of this region is hilly and mountainous with lush green surroundings and the environment is salubrious, providing a healthy atmosphere to the tourists. For a driving and daring leisure seeker, few destinations in the world would match the trekking dimensions of Nagaland.

It is a delightful treat for the tourists, who keep interest in the nature, to come across some very rare and exceptional steep mountainous ranges that you could have ever imagined! Here you will not converse with the only snow laden stiff mountains, but also with mountains bounded with soft extended greeneries, abundant lilies in full bloom, surrounded by bountiful  of rare orchids. But, if you really want to go for a challenging mountaineering trip, then northeast India does possess that itinerary in its bag. Sikkim is the place with frozen surroundings and some of the tallest peaks of the world to provide you with the most tantalizing, mountain peaks, those which are highest in the world. This a dream place for the mountaineers, who are passionate about this challenging adventure. 

North East India Tourist Attraction

If you are in the extreme north east India, then you don’t have to crush the glaciers, nor do you need to carry heavy woollens to avoid the biting chill to go ahead, but, you will be impelled to cherish the abundant ambience around. This is the best choice for the tourists, who are inclined towards mountaineering, but have to resist because most of the destinations available for mountaineering around are snow covered throughout the year.

White water rafting has become one of the most liked attractions in this region and In the past few years, it has been accepted by the few states of northeast India and can be experienced at the mighty Brahmaputra river.

For shopping, fabrics such as muga silk, cotton, kantha work and handlooms are very famous purchases in the North-East region. There are shops lined up with bamboo and cane products, and colourful stalls are full with local village produce such as forest honey, souvenirs like handmade knives, bags, shawls, bamboo cutlery and other crafts, including fruit such as saying and saflang, sold wrapped in banana leaves. You may also pick up the Jainsayem, the traditional Khasi skirt or Khasi jackets, pullovers and shawls! Packets of dried wild apples and gooseberries are also available for the tourists to carry along with them. Artefacts made of wood, bronze, brass, metal and stone and thangkas, curios and statues of different deities are also tempting purchases!

Sikkim Sightseeing City Tour Attractions

For the gastronomical fare, there are restaurants serving simple food like noodles, vegetables, dal, rice, roti, tandoori food and snacks. You would also find fast food spots selling éclairs, cookies, ice-creams, sundaes, cakes, pastries, croissants, pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, muffins, pancakes, milk shake, cold coffee, hot tea and coffee. Excellent Chinese, Japanese and Korean food is served in some outlets. Piping hot momos and ubiquitous little shops selling a rice-and-pork preparation would be an interesting experience. Ofcourse, multi-cuisine fare consisting of Indian, Chinese,Tibetan and International food  along with khasi specialities is also available!

The cold weather lasts from October to February and the rest of the year is rainy-Assam. The climate in Arunachal Pradesh is highly hot and humid at the lower altitudes and in the valleys wrapped by marshy thick forest particularly in the eastern region, while it becomes too cold in the higher altitudes. The rainfall is amongst the heaviest in the country. The Meghalayan sky seldom remains free of clouds and it is neither too warm in summer nor too cold in winter,The climate  is temperate with cool summers and not-so-cold winters in Mizoram. Rains are heavy in Nagaland but the climate is pleasant.  Tripura enjoys a typical monsoonal climate with differences ranging from sub-tropical to temperate conditions in hilly areas. Manipur has a pleasant climate throughout the year and rainfall from June to October. In Sikkim, for most of the period in a year, the climate is cold and humid as rainfall occurs in each month.

North East India Hill Stations

Assam’s topography makes her an ideal destination for mountaineers and rock climbers. The hills, in particular, the North Cachar Hills and Karbi Hills are ready to receive tourists for mountaineering, as there is a recognised mountaineering route in both the districts. There is also a rock hill in Morigaon District known as “Elephant Rocks” which offer ample scope for Rock Climbing. The Simhasana Hill of Karbi Anglong is also known for rock climbing and the main city of Assam, Guwahati, is bounded on three sides with beautiful hills.

Umrangshu is located at the borders of Assam and Meghalaya, some distance away from Haflong. This hill station is bestowed with the natural backdrop of North Cacher Hills region, and travel to this area is a bewildering journey.

Hill Station in Assam

The Tawang Monastery also known as “Galden Namgyal”  stands on the start of a hill, above sea level and has ravines in the south and west, narrow ridge on the north and a gradual slope on the east. In Arunachal Pradesh,   it is the largest monastery as the source of the spiritual life of the people of this region. The most imposing building of the monastery is the assembly hall known as “Dukhang”, which is a three-storeyed building standing on the northern side of the court and houses the temple and the “Labrang”. The inside walls of the Dukhang are painted with murals of various divinities and saints. The altar has a silver casket veiled in silk, holding the Thangkas (or Tankas or Thangkas), of the Goddess Sri Devi (“Palden Lhamo”) the main deity of the monastery. A massive richly adorned statue of Lord Buddha stands in the middle of the northern side the monastery also has a Centre for Buddhist Cultural Studies, the place, where young monks are taught Arithmetic, English, and Hindi besides traditional monastic education. In brief, this monastery is simply amazing and majestic in its appearance and splendour. Visiting the Tawang Monastery is most religiously a very satisfying and accomplished experience. Some accommodations are available here for the tourists, though you may not come across luxury accommodations. The Gentse Gaden Babgyel Ling Monastery is also located closeby and Tawang has a long tradition of nunneries called `Ani Gompas’ and also the Urguelling monastery, which add to the calm and tranquility of the area.

In Arunachal Pradesh, the extreme north eastern state of India, lies one of the most unexplored areas of the Himalayas and this  green patch  is botanically rich and complete with trekking opportunities and hundreds of plant species, rare to find elsewhere in the world. The tropical and semi tropical climate of the area has favored in the growth of a spectacular range of plantations.

North East India Hill Station destinations

Along, the headquarter of West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh is sitting amidst abundant natural surroundings.  This is a small town with beautiful villages and the most ideal place to spend the hot summer seasons. The picturesque surroundings laced with brilliant plantations make it one of the most perfect health resorts of India. The places one can visit around the area are the Mithun and Jersey Cross Breeding Farm at Kamaki.  Another nice place to visit is the place that provides items related to Ramakrishna Paramhansa. Maa Sharada and Swami Vivekananda. The Hanging Bridge on the Siang river is another site and is locally made of cane and bamboo and connects to the other hill tribes which indulge in fishing as a sport.  The most ideal locations at along are available for river rafting, angling, trekking and hiking with splendid picnic spots.

Ziro or Zero in Arunachal Pradesh is a high town but almost a level valley enveloped on all sides by pine clad low stooping hills. It is a small picturesque destination with pine and bamboo groves, villages, a craft centre and the Tarin Fish Farm, which is located at a high altitude and you could also visit the paddy fields to see the indigenous method of rice cultivation. This place also comprises the quietly flowing rivers of Subansiri, Nishi, Apatani, Dafla, and Miri and is an ideal place for trekking and hiking. Accommodation is available at the Inspection Bungalow and Circuit House though you may not find luxurious accommodation.

At the end of the city there is a Government Handicraft Centre, from where you can collect hats made of cane or bamboo and other articles as souvenirs. The Tale Sanctuary is a natural botanical garden stretched throughout the valley and the nature and character of flora and fauna also vary here according to height. Some of the famous attractions found here include mithun, clouded leopards, and bears along with varied orchids.

Kuala Lumpur City Of Malaysia Tourist Attraction

Splendid Malaysia,  known to be the `land of the mountains’, lies along the Strait of Malacca with densely forested hilly areas, rivers with crystal clear waters, white sand beaches, beautiful parks and gardens, the scintillating Batu Caves, an enticing skyline and grand shopping malls. With a highly-developed infrastructure, the world-famed city is a blend for the twirl of sarongs-sarees-baku kebayas-cheongsam, the colourful attire of the Muslims, Chinese and Indians who live there along with the innumerable charming edifices influenced by the Arabian, Chinese, Indian, Dutch and Portuguese style of architectural intellect, and a unique village or countryside, enclosed in its rivers with houses or hutments made on `stilts’, reachable only by a dreamy canoe!

Petronas Twin Towers KL

Besides this fantastic view, it also has the world’s tallest set of twin buildings, the Petronas Twin Towers, a beaming site, staring proudly at the face of the crowds! Multiculturalism has not only made Malaysia a gastronomical paradise, but also made this country home to colourful festivals, which the Malays celebrate and socialise, though they are slow-paced but warm and friendly.

The key attractions here lie in its extreme contrasts……..  As towering skyscrapers look down upon wooden houses built on stilts, and five-star hotels sit several metres away from ancient reefs. Cool hideaways are found in the highlands that roll down to warm, sandy beaches and rich, humid mangroves. 

This paradise land boasts of a delightful variety of traditional handicrafts. Choices range from priceless authentic antiques to exquisite modern hand-made crafts. It has a mulch-ethnic, multicultural, and multilingual society Traditional Malaysian art was mainly centered around the areas of carving, weaving, and silversmiths. Common artworks included ornamental kris, beetle nut sets, and woven batik and songket fabrics. Indigenous East Malaysians are known for their wooden masks. Each ethnic group has distinct performing arts, with little overlap between them and the Malaysian cuisine, as they celebrate festivals such as the Chinese New Year and others relating to traditional Chinese beliefs. Hindus in Malaysia celebrate Deepavali, the festival of lights, while Thaipusam is a religious rite which sees pilgrims from all over the country converges at the Batu Caves.  Despite most festivals being identified with a particular ethnic or religious group, celebrations are universal in a custom known as “open house” where Malaysians participate in the celebrations of others, often visiting the houses of those who identify with the festival.

Tall skyscrapers, palm and rubber trees are an essential part of Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia, as it is acclaimed for having the world’s tallest set of twin buildings, the Petronas Twin Towers, a stunning site!

Sri Maha Mariamman Temple Kuala Lumpur

You will get to view the King’s Palace (Istana Negara) and following this, the Jamek Mosque, built on the confluence of two rivers, where Kuala Lumpur was founded. On to the National Monument, views of fine Moorish architecture of the 19th century in Sultan Abdul Samad Building, and the Railway Station.

The National Mosque of Malaysia is located in Kuala Lumpur, and is situated amongst beautiful gardens. The sojourn towards its National Palace, Merdeka Square, City Centre Park, Petaling Street, the Kuala Lumpur Tower, Indian temples and the Lake Gardens comprising south-east Asia’s largest bird park, butterfly and deer parks, as well as beautiful orchid and hibiscus gardens, could leave the tourists in awe of such splendour.  It has other lake gardens worth visiting, besides a Forest Research Institute and a botanical garden.  Alongside, abound an astonishingly high number of mall making it a shoppers’ paradise with innumerable cafes, restaurants, bars, lounges, nightclubs and restaurants that cater to the visitors. For a perfect holiday full of surprises, eclectic cultures and natural wonders, the time is ripe for your fantasy to come true!

Trip to Batu Caves – Genting Highlands

A trip to Batu caves may be optional, en route to Genting Highlands. The Batu Caves, in Selangor, contain Hindu temples, which still attract droves of worshippers from all over the country. Malaysian caves are also home to amazing wildlife such as fruitbars, swiftlets, and invertebrates as well as having other natural attractions like massive stalamites and stalactites.

Chin Swee Caves Temple Genting Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia

The Chin Swee Caves Temple, a Taoist temple  situated in the most scenic site of Genting Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia, is made up of an imposing traditional structure, with an ornamental roof becoming a wonder in itself.  The Genting Skyway located at the Kuala Kubu Bharu, at the Selangor side of Genting, is a monocable gondola lift serving the Resort.  The dimly lit surreal First World Plaza is a shopping centre located below the First World Hotel,  the biggest hotel   comprising of a  hotel  lobby that consists of shops, restaurants, an indoor theme park, a cineplex, a Watersplash Pool (an indoor water theme park for children), Genting Sky Venture (a sky diving simulator), a Starworld casino, bowling center, Genting International Convention Center, the Pavilion (for daily night performance show), Haunted Adventure, and a Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Museum.

With its diverse mixture of cultures and history, Penang features a wealth of landmarks and monuments that are a testament to its varied past. These include temples such as Kuan Yin, Kek Lok Si and Snake Temple.
Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion Penang
Many of this island’s landmarks, such as the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, provide insight into the notable characters that played a role in building its wealth.  In particular, the Clock Tower provides a reminder of Britain’s place in the island’s history. For a look at modern Penang, KOMTAR is a well-known joint that houses government departments, commercial offices, shops, department stores and restaurants, including the Penang Peranakan Mansion, both features portraying a lovely example of what happen when colonial and Chinese architectural styles blend. The mansion is also a monument to the entrepreneurial skill and posturing that, to this day, animates the local `Baba Nonya’ community, who were descendants of those Chinese merchants who settled in the great Malay and Indonesian archipelagos.

To get here, you could wander through another slice of Penang:  Little India, where the spice is shaped into mini mountains, the gold jewellery is sold on poker tables and Bollywood music is cranked. There may be no place on this island where you have a sense of being so palpably somewhere else, and the atmosphere is so redolent of adventure.  Pick up some milky sweets or eat a nice, hot curry off a banana leaf, and see some stunning examples of Tamil temple architecture at the Sri Mariamman Temple, whose four walls enclose both the holy space of worship and to the faithful, the entire universe.

Discover the wonders of an ancient forest at Mutiara Taman Negara.  Pitch a tent or check-into this forest reserve and bask in the natural surroundings.  An eco-tourism Resort that offers a variety of accommodation promises guests this unique experience with basic amenities and sufficient modern comforts.

Mutiara Taman Negara Sightseeing

Guests at Mutiara Taman Negara will wake to the drone of cicadas, the chirping of bird species new to them, and a myriad of other unfamiliar sounds that form a consistent cacophony unique to rainforests. You will begin their adventure at your door step or veranda which makes a perfect perch especially for nocturnal sightings. Sighting wildlife outside the chalet is a norm and the fruit season attracts the most number of wildlife, from the mischievous long tailed macaques, the beautiful chestnut-breasted malkoha and the thorny porcupine to the gentle slow loris.

The world’s longest suspended canopy walk is the most popular activity in this rainforest and you have to be prepared to queue for a while. Securing the forest floor, visitors have a good vantage point from here and if lucky, could sight some curious animals. Take a Cruise along the Sungai Tahan to relish the riverside flora and fauna and dip into the refreshing cascades at Lata Berkoh, which form a natural jacuzzi.  Along the way, stop by the Fish Sanctuary for a chance to snorkel amongst fresh water fishes.

Northeast India Discovery Holiday

Northeast India refers to the easternmost region of India consisting of the contiguous Seven Sister States such as Assam which includes parts of North Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh. Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura. The region is known for its unique culture, handicrafts, martial arts, and scenic beauty and historically has had close ethnic bonds with the neighbouring Myanmar, that is Burma, Tibet, China, Bangladesh and Bhutan.

Guwahati, the biggest city in the North-East, is defined by the breathtaking river Brahmaputra, which flows mighty, wide and awesome throughout the year! The place has a picturesque setting though the suburbs melt into rice fields and spread into green hillocks. Dispur, the capital of Assam, is just a short distance away. The original name of Guwahati was Pragjyotishpur, an important cultural center as attested by many ancient temples here. The main attraction is the sea-like Brahmaputra as people gaze at it, sit besides it, walk along it and take a ferry or a cruise on it. For sure, hire a motorized boat (bhotbhoti) from the river front for a private cruise and picnic by a secluded sandbank. The Umananda Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is scenically located upon the Peacock Island in the middle of the fast-flowing Brahmaputra.  Country boats form the Shukleshwar Ghat and take devotees across the Brahmaputra to the Aswaklanta Temple, an important Vaishnavite shrine.

Shakti Peetha Ma Kamakhya Devi temple, Assam

The Kamakhya Temple is located on the Neelachal Hill, the most revered site and one of the foremost shaktipeeths for shakti worship. With a beehive-like shikhara, the lower part of the temple features interesting sculptures. The Assam State Museum features walk-through displays of tribal villages, besides textiles and sculptures.

Located in the heart of Assam on the bank of the majestic Brahmaputra, is the Kaziranga National Park, inhabited by the world’s largest population of one-horned rhinoceroses, as well as mammals, including tigers, elephants, panthers, hog deer, bison, sambars, leopard cats, otters and bears, and thousands of birds like the whistling teal, jungle fowl, pallas’ fishing eagle, swamp partridge, rose breasted parakeets, and white wirewood ducks.  The land is quite level all around and the Wildlife Sanctuary is mostly covered by dense and tall elephant grass. These large stretches are intermixed by small wetlands left behind by the receding floodwaters of the river Brahmaputra. The park, although quite flat in nature, is set against a backdrop of hills like the Mikir and Karbi Anglong. These picturesque wetlands have an abundant cover of water lilies, water hyacinth and lotus. The vegetation that breaks the monotony of these grasslands are large clumps of semi-evergreen forest. Rock Pythons and many more varieties of snakes, Monitor Lizards and Turtles are abundant in the park. . Elephant rides allow you to get up very close to the wild animals and make you feel totally one with nature due to the lack of any sound of an engine. These rides need to be booked in advance at the Bonani Lodge at Kohora. Jeep Safaris are also available and can be booked at the various lodges and through local operators.There is a variety of accommodation choices which consist of Forest rest houses, Bungalows, Lodges and Hotels.

Wake up at morning and a sip of tea, perhaps is one of the most rejuvenating experiences you could have imagined as with Assam tea, the refreshment would get doubled, since the region is popular around the world for it’s refreshing, full bodied malty tea. This tea had been cultured long back when it was only consumed as a health drink or medicine by the tribes, but was brought in the limelight by the Bodos, rewarding it with world recognition and hence, vast wild forests metamorphosed into beautiful embracing tea gardens. Tea gardens make excellent holiday destinations as the exquisite and incredibly silence around them is bliss for the eyes. These are mainly located in the upper Assam and southern Barak Valley region and their smiling persona makes them one of the major tourist attractions. Enjoy the lush greenery of the undulating stretch on both sides of the highway while driving to different tea gardens is an exhilarating sightseeing experience.

HaflongTown Assam

Haflong is a hill station in Assam, situated at a high altitude from the sea level and is famous for its scenic features comprising of azure blue hills, emerald green rivers, unique orchids such as the`blue vanda’ and rare species of birds. It is often referred to as the land of blue hills and the inhabitants generally include the Himar, Mizo and Naga tribes. Pineapple and oranges are grown here in abundance and the place is best known for a lovely lakeside resort developed in the lavish green hills around the town. Haflong Lake,is a large and beautiful lake that adds a celestial beauty to the hill station which is regarded as the ‘Scotland of Assam’, but is famous for the Jatinga village. Boating on the lake and Garampani, a hot-water spring, are captivating for the tourists. The Lake, Jatinga and the surroundings offer a haven for hundreds of migratory birds in winter.

Cameron Highlands Malaysia Holiday Destinations

Cameron Highlands is another colourful avenue worth exploring!  This place has neat plantations sprawling across this premier hill resort along with colourful terraced flower gardens, orchards, vegetable gardens and strawberry farms.  It is the perfect getaway for tourists seeking refuge from the frantic rush of city life, as it is blessed with an all-year round salubrious weather; abound with lush flora in a restful and serene atmosphere. The climb up the winding roads through pristine rainforests begins at the turn-off at Tapah, the little town nestled at the foot of the hill range. You could take a brief halt at the Lata Iskandar waterfall, a popular picnic spot that has shops selling ethnic souvenirs and handicrafts.

Cameron Highlands Holiday Trip

A visit to the Orang Asli village of the Semai tribe in the interiors could drive you downhill to get acquainted with the tribals as you gain an insight into their way of life, skilled handicrafts and transitional medicinal herbs.  Witness the astounding demonstration of a blow-pipe! You would also get an opportunity to see the variety of the carnivorous pitcher plants, unique to this area. A short trek to a nearby waterfall for tea and coffee brewed by the intrepid guides would complete the flavour of a visit to such areas. A visit to the Boh Sungai Palas Tea Estate, vegetable farm, rose farm, butterfly farm and a Buddhist temple Sam Poh Wan Futt Chi, would be a satisfying experience! For a very English taste of tea and strawberries: it could almost be Wimbledon –as you take to the trails around the hill station of Cameron Highlands. Amidst the pleasingly geometric forms of the bushes of the tea plantations, stretch yourselves and relax in the cool high-level air for views of peaks and waterfalls.

This huge grey lump of granite looms large over northern Borneo, Mount Kinabalu,  because the two-day climb requires steely determination to tackle hours of solid uphill, but dawn views across to the Philippines on a clear morning offset even the most burning thighs. The state of Sabah, on the island of Borneo, is often promoted as an outdoorsman’s paradise, and Sabah’s Semporna archipelago, particularly the island of Sipadan, has been described by Jacques Cousteau as some of the best diving in the world. The teardrop-shaped island is perched atop practically sheer sea walls, that plunge to the bottom of the Celebes Sea and additionally bird species and mammals inhabit the mountain’s slopes.

Mount Kinabalu Sightseeing

Outside the protected and Unesco World Heritage, the listed area of  Kinabalu National Park,  has much of  Borneo’s forest  logged, developed or replaced by palm-oil plantations.  Intact habitat makes the walk from the steamy rainforests to alpine meadows not only an inspiring physical challenge, but a privileged journey through one of nature’s last Edens.

Officially known as Langkawi, the Jewel of Kedah is an archipelago of islands in the Andaman Sea, some distance off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia, and has been given the status of a World Geopark by UNESCO. The ecstatic trip begins as the island is surrounded by the turquoise sea, the interior of the main island being a mixture of picturesque paddy fields and jungle-clad hills. Top dive sites here include diverse underwater geography such as sloping reefs, coral blocks, wall dives, deep dives, drift dives and wreck dives. A dip below the warm sea surface guarantees an astounding experience, with a concentration of vibrant and exotic marine life, rarely rivalled anywhere else in the world. The Underwater World Langkawi is an innovative marine aquarium which houses innumerable species of aquatic life and some mammal and reptiles, as a trip here will definitely enlighten you on the beauty of the island’s flora and fauna both on land and sea. The Atma Alam Batik Art Village and the Pisang Handicraft and Art Village are original design villages with the highlights of the Malaysian art and culture as original batik and souvenirs are available at the main outlet.

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.