Explore Thailand – A radiantly generous and warm country

Thailand is a fun-loving destination. There are several ways to explore this country; through its cuisine, culture, history, religion and nature.

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Elephant Nature Park

Giving Thailand’s elephants a second chance at life, this rescue and rehabilitation centre located in the north of Thailand. There are numerous volunteer programmes you can enrol yourself in if you have the time or you can simply just visit!

Thailand’s Temples

The ample number of temples scattered around Thailand are great spots to visit. There are a few simple rules you may need to follow as these sites are religious, so check beforehand to avoid any inconvenience. Doi Suthep is one of Thailand’s iconic temples, a gold stunner.

Snorkelling and scuba diving

The perfect place to snorkel and scuba dive is Koh Tao. The best way to experience the wonders under the waters is through snorkelling, ask the locals the best sites around Koh Tao and snorkel away!

The Grand Palace

If you’re staying at any Bangkok city hotel, you’ll have easy and convenient access to plenty of attractions. Roughly half an hour from Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok, thousands of visitors flock this attraction. A favourite to photograph, the detail of the buildings will leave you amazed.

Floating markets

The floating markets around Bangkok attract plenty of people! An opportunity to shop differently at one of the floating markets for a unique kind of retail therapy.

The cuisine

It’s highly unlikely that you’ll miss Thai cuisine when in Thailand, however, make an extra effort to taste as much of the unique dishes as possible. The palette in Thailand is fundamentally spicy, sweet, salty and sour.

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A Handy Travel Guide to Wuxi – Discovering the ‘Pearl of Tai Lake’

Bordering Tai Lake’s northern shore, the city of Wuxi in China is blessed with a rich natural and cultural heritage. Known as the ‘Pearl of Tai Lake’, the city has a history of more than 3,000 years and offers plenty to see, do and experience.

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Choosing Your Accommodation
Be it for business or leisure, staying within the main city itself is a good idea. Apart from conventional hotels, you can opt to stay at centrally located hotel apartments Wuxi has to offer which provide easy access to attractions, shopping hubs and dining venues.

Sites to See
There are plenty of attractions to fill your sightseeing itinerary. Nature lovers can head to the environs of Tai Lake and Turtle Head Isle, while not to be missed are Li Garden and Jichang Garden. Other main sites include the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site near Ascott Central Wuxi and Huishan Ancient Town.

Getting Around
If you are planning to make use of public transport to get around Wuxi then look to access the city’s subway services, while there are lots of public bus lines as well. Another option is to hail a taxi which provides a convenient and relatively fast way to get to your destination.

Foodie Highlights
Wuxi is also known for its distinctive cuisine. Crab, fish and shrimp are common ingredients in local dishes and the city has many restaurants with plenty of options. Amongst the must-try foodie delights are sweet and salty spare ribs, almond dumplings and stewed bean curd.

 

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Royal Opera House Muscat, a must-see attraction in Oman – A gorgeous architectural masterpiece

The Royal Opera House in Muscat is undisputedly the leading place for culture and arts in Oman. It’s a majestic creation with a distinctive grand style of an Omani palace.

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About

Known the world over as one of the eye-catching architectural wonders in the Sultanate of Oman, it hosts some of the biggest cultural events in Oman. It is located in the capital city of Oman where many a Muscat hotel the likes of Al Falaj Hotel Muscat can be found. When in Muscat you should not miss visiting this creation to witness its magnificence and the beauty of its design.

A bit of history

The spacious opera house was built under the patronage of Sultan Qaboos and consists of an auditorium, concert theatre, formal gardens that are beautifully landscaped, a cultural market with high-end restaurants as well as an art centre to accommodate any type of opera productions. Also, this opera house was initially known as ‘House of Musical Arts’.

A reflection of arts and culture

The Royal Opera House has been the venue for some world-famous musicals and operas reflecting Oman’s arts and culture. It has also been graced by international musical ensembles such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the renowned American Ballet Theatre. The uniqueness of this opera house is that it has been used to promote the talents of Arab musicians and artists besides world-class acts.

Keep in mind!

If you are planning to visit this place to watch a show, make sure that you follow a strict formal dress code. It’s better if you can arrive early because there is a strict security check at the entrance. Your mobile phones should be switched off or on silent mode.

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Take Me to Mozambique – A Whole New World!

While civil war initially took this destination off the map, it is now back. Mozambique is currently in the process of resurrecting its coastal resorts to increase tourism. Want to know more?

1) When to Visit

When Mozambique’s temperatures are dry and at their lowest between May and October, it is the most ideal time to visit. While travelling between November and January is quite okay as well, both the temperature and humidity will be much higher. It’s best to avoid the rainy season between February and April as most of the roads become impassable.

2) Getting Around

Since the distances are vast, flying would be the best option to travel within Mozambique unless you have time on your hands. If you’re looking for Mozambique island resorts to stay in, there’s many around such as the Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort for example.

3) Food & Drink

Staple food here includes cassava-based bread, chicken and rice. Chicken dishes oft come spiced with Piri-Piri which is a hot chilli sauce. Seafood is also excellent because of its fresh fish and prawns. Local beers like Laurentina and 2M are incredibly popular.

4) Health & Safety

To ensure your safety, make sure you’ve received vaccinations for typhoid, polio, diphtheria, tetanus as well as hepatitis A and B. With Malaria being endemic, consult your doctor regarding the recommended prophylaxis. Definitely make sure to drink purified water.

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Top Rated Tourist Attractions in Bangkok – Top Four Tourist Destinations to Visit!

Planning a trip to Bangkok ? One of the most popular tourist destinations in the whole of Southeast Asia? Then here are the top four attractions, to take in while holidaying there!

The Wat Arun

Dating back to the ancient times of the former Burma and Siam, the Wat Arun which offers great insight into Thailand’s culture, history and architecture! Do consider climbing to the very top just before sunset to catch some great views of the picturesque Cho Praya River.

Chatuchak Market

A chaotic and bustling weekend market, the Chatuchak is known to be the largest in the world. Visitors can find everything from clothes, jewellery, books, ornaments to delicious street food here. Its located close by to Kamphaengpecth Station and can be easily reached from many a Sathorn hotel in Bangkok including the likes of Anantara Sathorn Bangkok Hotel.

Damnoesn Saduak Floating Market

Paying a visit to this famous floating market is an absolute must, located just 1.5 hours outside of the city, the market space offers a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the locals and their day to day lives.

Khoa San Road

Known as the infamous back packer district, this street is jampacked with food vendors, guest houses, clothing stalls and most importantly people from all over the world. It’s a great place to have a drink and meet new people or simply dig into some great Thai and fusion dishes.

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Ultimate guide to exploring Muscat – A land with many wonders

Compared to flashy Emirati neighbor Abu Dhabi, the capital city of Oman, Muscat is breath of fresh air commonly well-known for splendid seafood and dazzling souks.

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Marvel at the Grand Mosque

An architectural masterpiece, the grand mosque was a gift to Oman from the Sultan Qaboos to mark the 30th year of his reign. The mosque is massive and is surrounded by landscaped gardens, giving it the feel of a serene oasis. The grand mosque is situated near the outskirts of the city, so those who are residing at many a Muscat hotel the likes of Al Falaj Hotel Muscat, the mosque is 17 minutes away.

Shop at the Mutrah Souq

The Mutrah Corniche is home to several stunning mosques and buildings with traditional latticed work which provides a stunning backdrop during sunset. However, aside from the picturesque landscape, the bustling Souq is another good reason to head down to Mutrah. The Souq retains all the charm and chaos of a traditional Arabic marketplace.

Explore Muscat’s Old Town

Muscat’s Old Town is famous for its 16th-century forts and the Al Alam Palace (Sultan’s Palace). The 2 forts are settled on neighbouring cliffs which look out over the Gulf and form the boundary of the historic capital. You’ll find plenty of things to see and experience here apart from its scenic landscapes and a blend of ancient and modern architecture.

Dune Bashing at the Wahiba Sands

The Wahiba Sands is a stark desert with massive dunes as high as 100 metres, perfect for dune bashing. Dune bashing isn’t for the faint of heart as an experienced driver will take you hurling over dunes at top speeds.

 

 

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Luxury Shopping in the Heart of Sri Lanka – Exquisite Creations for the Savvy Shopper

In Sri Lanka, you will find a host of outstanding shopping opportunities for the lover of luxury goods, including the exclusive boutiques described below which will capture your imagination.

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Golden Needle

This outstanding clothing store is noteworthy for its remarkable selection of Indian as well as Pakistani attire for the contemporary woman who appreciates ethnic fashion. The stylish clothing to be found here will undoubtedly entrance the modern lady.

Rithihi

The well-reputed Rithihi will strike the interest of the shopper interested in traditional and ethnic wear. It specializes in attractive saris, of which you will find an extensive selection here. Situated in convenient reach of this shop is One Galle Face which will soon offer a Colombo shopping mall with such exclusive shopping options as well.

Hameedia

When it comes to menswear the place to go to in Sri Lanka is Hameedia, which offers an excellent collection of stylish clothing for the man of today. Irrespective of whether you desire smart casual or formal clothing or attire for a special occasion, Hameedia will not disappoint with its glamorous selection of apparel.

Suriya Home Decor

At this appealing store, you will find home decor that combines the Sri Lankan heritage with modern designs. Here you will encounter craftwork, art and furniture that have been painstakingly created by skilled artisans in Sri Lanka. You will have the opportunity to choose from an extensive selection of exquisite creations at this boutique.

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Why You Should Go on a Cruise at Least Once in Your Life – The Epitome of a Worry-Free Vacation!

Looking for a quick gateway to get away from your daily chaos? Spend your next vacation on a cruise ship and get ready to have a whole lot of fun! Read on to know more facts.

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A new travelling experience!

Travelling on a cruise ship will be a new and an exciting experience than how it feels when you spend hours on a bus, a train or an airplane. Some of the compelling lures like sliding down onboard waterslides or gazing upon spectacular sea views from your private suite will be a tantalizing experience. If you’re looking for an exciting cruise trip, consider spending your holiday on a luxury yacht in Indonesia the likes of Alila Purnama for an enthralling experience.

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Wake up to beautiful views

While on a cruise, every time you’ll be able to a vast stretch of water. You’ll feel like you are living in a floating city. From panoramic ocean views to breathtakingly beautiful sunrises and sunsets will truly behold your sight.

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Discover many places

Going on a cruise trip is an amazing way to see diverse and numerous places on one trip. Whenever the cruise stops at a port, you’ll have the opportunity to explore nearby beaches, historical landmarks, ancient ruins and more. Pack your suitcase once and you’ll be sure to have a wonderful destination hopping experience.

Incredible food

Be it an early morning breakfast, lunch, tea or dinner, you will get a wide array of scrumptious food to choose from. Almost all the cruises feature diverse cuisines and buffets to entice the taste buds of the leisure travellers.

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Culture in Bali – The Colourful and Creative Culture of Bali

Both Balinese culture and Hinduism as the main religion here have affected the society in Bali immensely. The Balinese culture can be seen clearly in artworks of ancient ruins and various types of traditions.

Enchanting dances

The traditional Bali dances began as a form of entertaining and gifting the deities who visited the place a long time ago. Dancers wear colourful costumes and move as gracefully as a flower in the breeze. This was and is still enjoyed by any audience.

Temples in Bali

Balinese temples are usually the highlight among tourists who come here. Its unique architecture and designs are truly intriguing! Some temples that cannot be missed would be Pura Tanah Lot, Saraswati Temple and Segara Kidul Temple.

Art and crafts

Step out of your Seminyak Bali resort and hit the streets on a quest to find your souvenirs! The art and crafts that can be seen in the markets are ideal souvenir material as the culture and aesthetics of the Bali people can be seen in these.

Bali Museums

Perhaps you are residing in Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort, hopping into one of the museums located close by will give you a better insight into the culture and traditions of Bali.

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Interesting Facts about Dolphins – The Smartest Oceanic Animals

Extremely popular and highly intelligent, Dolphins have captured the attention of humans like no other animal. Best known for its curious and helpful nature, here are some other interesting facts about dolphins.

There are over 40 species of dolphins

Forty-three to be exact, out of which, thirty-eight of them are the oceanic variety and five are river dolphins. The oceanic dolphins are the most well-known dolphins and the ones most commonly seen by people. The river dolphins are rarely seen unless you live near their respective habitats.

They breathe air like us

Regardless of where they live, Dolphins need to breathe air to survive. They swim up to the surface at varying time intervals to breathe before diving under again. This cycle can last for as long as 30 minutes in the large species.

They are curious about people

Dolphins are naturally curious creatures. Archaeological evidence shows ancient civilizations that had access to the sea have interacted with dolphins. Even today, they aren’t shy of boats and have been known to swim right alongside people in the water. If you’ve ever been on a dolphin watching tour found at places like Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas, for example, a luxury resort in Maldives, you would have come to notice how charming they can be.

They use echolocation

Dolphins have the ability to emit ‘clicks’ – sound waves that travel far and wide. The returning echo is used to map out their surroundings and detect any danger or prey nearby.

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