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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Best Places to Shop in Chiang Mai – Retail Havens in Northern Thailand

Chiang Mai offers the ideal shopping experience in Thailand be it at lively night markets to modern malls. Here are a few of the retail hotspots any shopaholic should plan to visit!

Chiang Mai Night Bazaar

Held daily, the popular Night Bazaar offers a lively setting in which to purchase everything from handicrafts, clothes and jewellery to antiques, spices and samurai swords! Located a five minute walk from Anantara Chiang Mai Resort, the market also has plenty of stalls selling Thai street food.

Weekend Walking Streets

Held on Saturday and Sunday nights, these two weekend markets are also well-known as shopping hotspots and are easy to reach from centrally located resorts and hotels in Chiang Mai. Expect to find unique souvenirs, handmade items and arts & crafts along with street musicians too.

CentralFestival Chiang Mai

Those looking for mall shopping can head to CentralFestival Chiang Mai where you will find international brands like Zara, Lacoste, Mango and Converse. There’s a Marks & Spencer here as well as dining options and an ice skating rink!

CentralPlaza Chiang Mai Airport

Easy to reach from the airport and the Old City, this mall features a few designer brands and stalls that sell items from Northern Thailand which are popular with tourists. The Tops supermarket is another draw here as is the multi-screen cinema showing both Thai and international films.

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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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