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.

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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.

 

 

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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.

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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.

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Interesting Facts About Bali – A magical land with many wonders!

It’s no secret to anyone that Bali is home to breathtakingly beautiful coastal landscapes, numerous temples and plenty of natural riches making it an ideal destination for all leisure travelers around the world.

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Location

Bali’s location in the ‘Coral Triangle’ is the reason behind its diverse marine life and extreme natural beauty. This particular region is known for its staggering number of corals, numerous marine turtle species and reef fish. The extensive coral reefs in the region protect its people from storms.

Tourism

You will not probably get shocked by the statement that 80% of Bali’s economy depends on tourism! Out of many tropical destinations in the world, tourists tend to pick Bali for its idyllic beaches, captivating cultural scene, lively religious scene, every kind of natural beauty and many a Bali Kuta resort the likes of Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali featuring facilities to try out every kind of watersports.

The Bamboo Chocolate Factory

If you’re a chocolate lover, there will be an ideal place waiting for you in Bali. Established in 2011, the Bamboo Chocolate Factory is the world’s largest bamboo structure preparing some of the most delicious chocolate treats. Unbelievable isn’t it? Take a tour to this amazing factory and savour different varieties of chocolates.

The most expensive coffee

How about tasting one of the most expensive coffees in the world made from civet droppings? Your mouth will agape after hearing its price. It can go up to as high as 50 dollars a cup!

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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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Coral Adoption in the Maldives – Contribute for a Noble Cause!

The Maldives is home to an extensive array of corals, in fact, almost all the islands of the archipelago are made up of corals. But however, these fragile marine ecosystems are facing a great risk of being deteriorated. Read on to know more about corals and a noble thing you could do to protect them.

What are corals

Corals are a type of marine invertebrates that live in colonies mostly in warm tropical regions of the world. They are a vital part in the composition of reef ecosystems and they play an integral role in the balance of life in the oceans.

Why they are in danger?

Reef ecosystems which are home to colonies of corals are very popular among tourists. They dive underwater or venture over these ecosystems over glass-bottomed boats to see them. These activities disturb and agitate these ecosystems and since they are very fragile they die. The world today is seeing a dramatic decrease in corals as we speak. This is mostly due to an increase in tourist activity and environmental pollution.

How can we save them?

There are a number of ways and measures we could do in order to save corals; Even the act of simply leaving them undisturbed helps them a lot. One of the trendings yet effective ways to protect them is by joining a coral adoption program.

How can you contribute

While you plan your holiday in the Maldives, visit a coral nursery and see what are the efforts that go into rehabilitating these fragile ecosystems, sign up and donate, be a responsible holidaymaker. Best Resorts in the Maldives are highly supportive of this new way of coral conservation and you could sign up, by reaching out to a resort property in the Maldives the likes of Naladhu Private Island Maldives.

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Exploring the Largest Shopping Mall in Bangkok – An Ideal Place to Shop Till You Drop!

The central world is the third largest shopping Mall in Thailand and the largest in Bangkok. The mall is expansive and you can find everything your heart desires in one place. Read on to know more about the mall.

Overview

The mega shopping mall – Central World offers one of the most amazing shopping experiences one could possibly have. The mall is home to a large collection of shops ranging from boutique shops to flagship stores. The mall is also a popular tourist hotspot with a wide range of attractions.

What’s inside it?

A mall can be commonly known as a large enclosed shopping area that includes various kinds of shops that sell essential commodities to luxury goods, but there is more than meets the eye to the Central World mall, there is a theatre, mega-stores stores that measure between 2000 to 8200 square metres, sports equipment stores, a central food hall, spas, fitness centres and over 35 flagship stores.

Construction

The mall has a 550000sqm retail space and has been constructed with a total size of a whopping 830000sqm and regarded as the eleventh largest shopping mall in the world. The mall was opened in the year 2001.

Getting there

Reaching the mall is pretty easy, you could get there from almost all the parts of the Bankok city by a taxi, and you also have direct BTS train access to the Mall. If you are stationed at a Siam Hotel in Bangkok, the likes of Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, the mall is just a few minutes stroll away.

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The Thrill of Snorkelling in Maldives – Amazing Underwater Discoveries

With its crystal clear waters, vibrant corals and spectacular array of marine life, the Maldives is undoubtedly one of the best snorkelling destinations on the planet. Here are some things to keep in mind.

Resort House Reefs

A house reef is one that is generally located close to a particular luxury resort in Maldives located on its own private island. Staying at such a resort means you have easy access to the reef and can spend time exploring the waters. The needed snorkelling gear is often provided by the resort itself.

Special Excursions

Special snorkelling excursions take place at key areas where one can enjoy specific highlights such as whale sharks and hawksbill sea turtles. Resorts the likes of Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas also offer snorkelling with manta rays during their migration season (June to November).

Other Marine Sights

On a snorkelling adventure be prepared to be awed by a range of colourful coral varieties including brain, table, staghorn and lobe corals. The fish here are just as vivid with clown triggerfish, bannerfish, fusiliers and butterflyfish amongst the many species that can be spotted.

Night Snorkelling

For something different, you can even try night snorkelling in Maldives. These guided excursions offer a whole new perspective of corals and marine life after the sun has set; lionfish, lobsters, stingrays, octopuses and sharks are amongst the creatures of the night you may encounter!

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Discovering the Coral Reefs of the Maldives – Vibrant Underwater Treasures

Did you know that 25% of the world’s marine life is based in and around coral reefs! Home to 26 atolls and more than 1,000 coral islands, the Maldives is one of the best places on the planet to witness the beauty and biodiversity of such reefs.

Coral Reef Origins

Most of the reefs in the Maldives have been formed as part of a huge underwater mountain range, with corals growing beside the rim of these age-old volcanoes. The atolls make for a barrier against the currents that in turn causes nutrient-rich water to rise which further encourages coral growth.

Coral Reef Biodiversity

A coral reef isn’t an inanimate “object” and is, in fact, alive with countless organisms and marine creatures. If you are staying at a luxury resort in Maldives that offers excursions to coral reefs you can witness this biodiversity which includes more than 1,000 species; this includes a range of reef fish, eels, rays, turtles and sharks.

Conserving Corals

In order to help with coral conservation, resorts in Maldives have undertaken a variety of initiatives. Some have started coral planting projects as well as coral adoption programmes offered by resorts like Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas which let guests get actively involved.

Protected Marine Areas

The government of the Maldives is also doing its part to help preserve coral reefs. It has designated protected marine areas including the Baa Atoll, Maaya Thila Reef, Banana Reef and Fish Head Reef which is hoped will help these marine ecosystems thrive well into the future.

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