Sir Bani Yas Island: The Arabian Ark – A Bubble of Conservation!

The Arabian Ark is based on Sir Bani Yas Island which was an initiative by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan al-Nahayan. Today it has developed into a fully-fledged sanctuary that over 13,000 animals call home to. Interested in learning about the wildlife haven based on Sir Bani Yas Island?

1). How It Started

The late Sheikh first introduced a few animals in 1971 to this island which spans over a space of 3,500 acres. Some of these animal breeds were almost extinct or were so in this part of the region until they were introduced to Sir Bani Yas Island and now they’re thriving!

2). The Different Types of Animals

This wonderful Arabian Ark is home to striped hyenas, caracals, Arabian tahr and Arabian Oryx. Sand and mountain gazelles are found here too. While you’re exploring this sanctuary, if you’re looking to stay in Abu Dhabi luxury hotels, there are many choices like Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Sahel Villas for example.

3). The Circle of Life

Later on, in recent times, a few cheetahs were introduced to the island to restore a balance between prey and predator. Cheetahs were once indigenous to these lands but were wiped out.

4). Conservation

Many animals once on the verge of extinction or extinct in the region have been brought back. Thanks to the Arabian Ark conservation efforts, all these once-threatened species are doing well!

Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world. Google+

Magical Memories of Maldives – A Dream You Would Want To Return To!

Secluded palm-fringed beaches, dazzling ocean waters, fiery sunsets, mysterious creatures of the deep and soothing wellness; the song title “Heaven Is a Place on Earth” by Belinda Carlisle certainly rings true when it comes to the Maldives!

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3b/Diamonds_Thudufushi_Beach_and_Water_Villas%2C_May_2017_-04.jpg

The Day Begins
Imagine waking up to the call of the ocean and a few steps outside your doorstep lies soft white sand bathed in the new morning sun. Staying at Maldives residences by the beach offers such a wonderful beginning to the day, while overwater villas with access to the tranquil waters below provide a whole other experience too.

The Call of Adventure
Set off on a journey of discovery be it by snorkelling or diving to underwater worlds full of vibrant corals and fascinating marine life. Resorts in the Baa Atoll such as Amilla Fushi Maldives let you explore a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve where you can come face to face with graceful mantas, wise old turtles and harmless whale sharks.

Distinctive Dining
Savour the evocative flavours of diverse cuisine in distinctive backdrops; enjoy a romantic dinner by the ocean, have a family picnic on the beach or try a sandbank experience, the ultimate for dining amidst intimate seclusion.

Inner Bliss
Amidst heavenly ocean breezes and an enchanting sunrise, go through your daily yoga routine getting truly in touch with nature and yourself. Indulge in some spa pampering getting a revitalising massage and a rejuvenating body scrub. Feeling refreshed and restored, get ready to do it all over again on an unforgettable holiday in Maldives!

 

 

Would You Like a Cup of Sri Lankan Tea? – A Sip to Soothe Your Soul

The production of tea in Sri Lanka is one of the main forms of income for the country. The process of tea production in quite an interesting one! Here’s a little more on the tea industry in Sri Lanka.

The history of tea

It was in 1824 that tea first came to Sri Lanka for a botanical exhibit. At the time it was planted by the British, no one had any idea the kind of impact this plant would have to Sri Lanka. Tea production began in 1867 after a disease destroyed several of the coffee plantations in the island. Several tea museums are part of Sri Lanka hill country tours provided by tour companies such as Steuart Holidays.

Image Credit: Steuart Holidays

The tea business today

The tea from Sri Lanka is considered to be of better quality and is valued at 1 billion Us dollars. This tiny island produces 330 million kilograms of tea each year, which is quite an impressive number for such a small country. The tea industry gives work to over a million people, which is 5% of the population.

The types of tea

Sri Lanka produces various types of black tea whilst also producing green tea and white tea. The freshest and smallest of the leaves right at the top of the branch is white tea, which explains why white tea is more expensive than green and black tea. When you’re on a tour, you’re usually shown the entire process of tea production.

Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world. Google+

Tips to Planning a Wellness Retreat – In Search of Inner Bliss

Has “work, eat, sleep, repeat” coupled with a good dose of stress become your daily routine? In that case, it’s high time you start planning a wellness retreat!

Destination is Key

It’s important that your destination of choice be conducive for a wellness retreat as well as being one that you are comfortable with. For example, in Sri Lanka, wellness resort options can be found by the beach which makes an ideal setting, while a wellness centre in the mountains offers a wholly different experience.

Set Your Goals

You should be clear on what exactly you want to achieve through this retreat; it can be just chilling on the beach, indulging in spa treatments, trying meditation and yoga or engaging in active pursuits. Integrated medical centres such as Kaya Sri Lanka offer added benefits for you to choose from be it weight loss programmes, personalised health assessments or specialised clinics.

Think Long Term

You should not treat a health retreat as a quick or one-off experience. If you need a long break, ensure you spend adequate time at your retreat and plan to incorporate certain practices once back home. This could be everything from eating healthy to adding some yoga to your daily routine.

Who to Go With!

When planning your retreat also consider who you want to go with. Sometimes you may want to plan a trip with your partner or a close friend and enjoy a shared wellness experience. However, you may also just need some “me time” as part of an individual journey to find inner peace.

 

 

Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world. Google+

 

Koh Samui Travel Guide 2019 – A brief guide on how to holiday on the island

When speaking of Thailand, the first things that come to mind are the iconic city of Bangkok, the high-end malls and the wonderful temples embellished in gold. However, there is more to Thailand than just that! The island Koh Samui is an island worth your time and money. Here’s a brief guide.

Best time to visit

So far, the best time to visit Koh Samui has been recorded as late December to early April. This is usually the period where the days are filled with all sunshine and smiles and less gloom. October and November however bring in the showers which means it is off-peak season here.

Best places to stay

The fishing village in Koh Samui is a popular choice which is also called Bophut. Resorts the likes of Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort are available for a comfortable stay. Chaweng is known as the best choice for backpackers travelling to the island. Lamai on the other hand is for the beach lovers.

Getting about

There are several ways to travel in Koh Samui. Some tourists may opt to hire their own vehicles or bicycles to explore. But the local way to travel is by Songthaew. This is a substitute for buses where passengers travel at the back of a pick-up truck.

Food in Koh Samui

The best thing about Koh Samui is that you can feast on all sorts of cuisine to your heart’s content! Or maybe not if you are watching that waistline! One can find Thai, Indian, burgers, healthy food and much more at restaurants like Saffron.

Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world. Google+

Planning a Perfect Honeymoon – The Perfect Escapade!

Just married and looking to whisk your partner away to a dream destination? Consider the Maldives which is the ideal location for an island escape with its aquamarine waters, coral life and sublime beauty. Interested in finding out more about planning a honeymoon to the Maldives?

Before You Get There

Make sure you visit from November to April as this is the best time to be in the Maldives. All international flights fly to the capital, Male following which you will need to have organised an internal transfer to your island via seaplane or speedboat.

When You Get There

Pick the right activities before you book as once you’re in your water villa, you cannot leave for the duration of your stay. This is also why selecting your specific villa is crucial as you’ll be spending almost all of your time there, unlike most other holiday destinations. Certain resorts offer specific activities that cannot be found in other resorts, such as swimming with 40-foot whale sharks, so bear that in mind too!

Local Culture

Alcohol is not served on the local islands but will be on the resort islands. Women are expected to cover up on the local islands but again, are free to wear whatever they please on the resort. When looking for a Maldives private villa, there are many such as Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives to choose from.

Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world. Google+

Here’s why you should visit Thailand in the Summer -An unforgettable Thai adventure awaits

In order to enjoy the best of tourism in Thailand, then visiting during the summertime is highly recommended. The following points will explore as to why summer is the best time to enjoy the country.

Thailand| Img via pxhere

 

 

 

The beauty

Despite the summertime being extremely warm, this time also tends to be the wettest. July, August, and September is the monsoon season, where you may experience heavy showers, however, the rain feeds the plants and Thailand is at its prettiest. Book a serviced apartment in Bangkok to experience the country and its beauty.

Price -wise

During summer, you’ll find much lower prices from hotels, restaurants, bars and even shops. This is due to the less demand during this time. If you’re planning a trip on a tight budget, this time will suit your set budget and you can still have an enjoyable time. Book your accommodation at Chatrium Residence Riverside Bangkok as early as possible.

Tranquility

The summer months are categorized as the low season in Thailand, and that really makes all the difference. Thailand during its peak season is incredibly busy and exhausting. When you visit during the summer, you visit a country with an all-round calmer atmosphere. You’ll find deserted beaches and attractions that are less crowded, allowing you to enjoy at your own pace.

Things to remember

While you’ll bring with you all the summer related items such as flip flops and sunscreen, do pack a raincoat with you as well.

 

 

Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world. Google+

Why you should visit Bangkok this summer – An experience of epic proportions

Filled with many places to visit, numerous tales to learn the rich culture and history, Bangkok is the ‘heart and soul of the backpacker’s universe’. Do read to know more facts!

Wat Arun and Chao Phraya River| Img by: Roger W via FlickrCC BY-SA 2.0

 

 

Street food

In almost every nook and cranny of the city, one can witness how masterful chefs sell flavourful Thai food. While savouring mouthwatering dishes, you’ll be able to interact and mingle with the locals. A good way to begin scouring the city for the very best of its delicacies will be to first visit Chinatown which is known as the birthplace of Thailand’s street food. Many of the Bangkok City Hotel the likes of Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok offer diverse Thai flavours to make your dining experience truly memorable.

The Grand Palace

Bangkok showcases many culture-rich attractions that tell its own story to those who thirst for historical facts. Located in the heart of Bangkok, the Grand Palace will be a great place to start your journey. Even though the palace was a former residence for King Rama V, now it’s used for hosting royal ceremonies.

Terminal 21

Would you like to buy bundles of things that you’ve always dreamt of having? From branded clothes to cheap accessories, Terminal 21 is sure to provide you with an ultimate shopping experience. Catering to both men and women, this is the ideal place to shop your favourite designer brands and what not.

Chao Phraya River

Sailing along the Chao Phraya River is not merely sightseeing and taking pictures, you will have plenty of things to do in this part of Bangkok. The Asiatique is one such place to be if you’re in the mood for touring the city at night.

 

 

Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world. Google+

Explore the Galle Fort – An iconic colonial edifice

A magnificent structure standing tall against the waves of time – The Galle fort is one of the most historically significant sites in the country. Read on to know more about it.

A little bit of History

The fort was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese and was captured by the Dutch in the 17. After being additionally fortified It fell under the control of the British in 1649. When the country gained independence from the colonisers the archaeological department of Sri Lanka undertook an extensive reconstruction program on the fort and restored the structure to its colonial glory.

 

Location and getting there

The Galle fort is located in the southwestern coast of Sri Lanka, in the bay of Galle. You can reach the fort from the railway station by taking a tuk-tuk which will only take you around 5 to 10 minutes to reach.

 

Things to do at the fort

Upon reaching the fort you could feel the colonial charm! The soothing sea breeze the exquisite view of the Indian ocean and the surrounding regions of the fabled Galle city – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the meticulous architecture, every tiny detail you see at the fort will amaze you.

 

Accommodation options

There are plenty of accommodation options to choose near the Galle fort but one, in particular, must be considered when choosing your accommodation, that is the Le Grand Galle. Planning your stay here certainly comes with a lot of perks but one of the main reasons that you could choose your abode here is, it is the only Galle hotel that offers you unparalleled views of the magnificent fort directly from your accommodation.

Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world. Google+

Chengdu Travel Guide – a plethora of experiences

The cute panda parks in Chengdu draws in visitors from across the globe. Apart from the panda’s the city offers a wide variety of spicy food, beautiful skyscrapers and other tourist destinations you can enjoy.

Panda

Panda | Image Credit : anonymous, Chengdu-pandas-d10, CC BY-SA 2.5 ES

Serene surroundings

Chengdu is one of the most unique cities in China unlike its more popular cities like Shanghai or Beijing because people are more laidback and relaxed. If you’re staying at one of the luxury options for Accommodation in Chengdu similar to that of Somerset Riverview Chengdu you’ll discover most people don’t speak English, making it best you enlist the help of a local tour guide or know some common phrases to get around while exploring the area.

The Pandas

The Sichuan province that surrounds the city of Chengdu is full of pandas, the main reason why the city is a popular tourist destination. The Chengdu Research Base, which is located near the city is a scientific facility that conducts research on how to increase the survival chances of pandas is one of the best places to see pandas in their natural habitat.

The food

Chengdu is the birthplace to popular dishes such as “Szechuan Chicken” and “Kung Pao Chicken” which served at Chinese restaurants across the world. It’s a great place to visit if you’re a foodie as there any scrumptious choices of dishes that you can try out.

Explore the south-west of China

The Leshan Giant Buddha, Mount Qingcheng and Emei Shan are some of the other popular tourist destinations which are located in the southwestern region that you can visit while visiting Chengdu.

Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world. Google+