Chiang Mai – A city full of surprises!

From shopping to misty mountains to hill tribes, Chiang Mai is a popular playground for travellers. If this is your first time, Chiang Mai has a diversified set of things to offer you and will give you the best experience you’ve had in an Asian country. Night markets, comfortable hotel rooms, historical sites are a few that await you in the city.

Places of interest

Chiang Mai is considered a historical city due to its many historical sites including Wat Lai Kroh. In addition, there are museums, gardens, spas and ancient temples that make Chiang Mai one of the most visited capitals.

Shopping

If you want to buy things at low prices and strike the best bargain possible, you are going to find Chiang Mai to be a haven of night markets, boutique shops and malls.

Accommodation

Chiang Mai is a large city with thousands of people shuffling in due to its popularity. If you are worried about finding a place that best suits you, don’t worry, there is a wide range of hotels and Chiang Mai Residences for you to choose from. With places such as Anantara Chiang Mai Serviced Suites and budget hotels, Chiang Mai offers its visitors not only attractions but also a comfortable stay.

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Wat Loi Kroh – A temple of great historical significance!

You can find the temple on Loi Kroh Road 65 – a few yards away from the night bazaar – in the midst of the buzzing tourist scene.

The most interesting feature

The history of the temple is the most alluring aspect. The temple was built in 1456 – which makes it about 500 years old – during the reign of the 6th king: King Kue Na of the Mengrai Dynasty.

The period of reconstruction

After liberating Chiang Mai, Prince Kawila of Lampang started reconstructing everything that was in ruins after many years of suffering and struggle. While rebuilding his own city, the prince sent delegates to neighbouring cities to force people to come and live in Chiang Mai. This was his method of spreading his sovereignty all over the nation.

Things to do near the temple

As mentioned above, the temple is located in the midst all the attractions in Chiang Mai. While you are on your trip, you can explore the night bazaar, Boy Blues Bar, Ceremony of Candles and Sunday Walking Market.

Where can you stay?

Although the temple alone is not a significant tourist attraction, there are other attractions that draw hundreds into the city – so it should be pretty easy to find a Chiang Mai hotel as you have a variety of accommodation options the likes of Anantara Chiang Mai Resort and many others to choose from.

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A visit to Angkor, Siem Reap during Khmer New Year – The Cambodian way of celebrating the New Year!

Many tourists and expats tend to stay indoors and not travel during this period as the country becomes one big commotion of festivities. The prices usually go up, and the services are reduced and limited only to a few destinations.

A bit of history

Earlier, the New Year was celebrated between December and January, but now it has been moved up to April on par with the Hindu New Year.

The first day

The first day is meant for blessings and offerings entirely. The locals make offerings and receive blessings at the local temples.

The second day

The second day is more like a family day where they offer gifts to their family members.

The third day

On the last day, the locals visit the pagodas for blessings and offerings just like the first day.

Where can you stay in Angkor?

Don’t worry too much about finding a suitable place as the region is dotted with places like Anantara Angkor Resort and many other luxury hotels in Siem Reap which offer you excellent accommodation options.

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Enter the Gulf of Qatar – A land of wonders!

Qatar is considered to be a place where everybody would like to live. Its amazing landscapes, skyscrapers, luxury hotels in Doha and art contribute to the country being a major tourist hub.

Cultural Diversity

The country is home to many expats making it a culturally diversified community. If you have plans of living there one day, you can rest easy knowing that you needn’t go out of your way to make friends.

The role as a gateway

It’s pretty easy travelling from Doha to other countries. Within few hours, you can arrive at Colombo, Goa and Istanbul – what’s more, you can access Amman, Muscat and Beirut easily – the flight is very short, and if you are in Doha, that means you are within reach of many other cities.

Art Scene

Doha’s reputation depends upon many aspects including resorts like Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara, and the art scene is one such aspect. The country is dotted with galleries and museums supported by the Qatar Museum Authority. At these galleries, you can enjoy Islamic art and works done by contemporary artists. If you are someone who loves art, you should find these places extremely educational.

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Dream Museum Zone (DMZ) Bali – Get ready to be amazed!

The gallery boasts a collection of amazing artwork that serves as the background for three-dimensional photography.

Places near DMZ where you can stay

DMZ is a popular attraction, and there are other attractions surrounding it. Due to this reason, the place is flanked by hotels such as Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort. So, rest easy by knowing you can easily find a Bali resort hotel close by.

What can you expect to see?

There are 14 categories of artwork in total and 120 different masterpieces of art. A team of talented artists came up with the idea to produce these unique set of artworks. The illusionary effect you see is brought on by nothing other than paint and lighting.

The themes

There are two distinct themes that adorn the Luminescence and Renaissance pavilions. In the Renaissance Pavilion, you can see eccentric paintings such as Van Gogh with shaving foam and Mona Lisa with a fruit basket.

Virtual life experience

The paintings that are here are so lifelike; you will feel as though you are actually experiencing what’s painted. Haven’t ridden a boat before? You can come close to it by striking a pose as if you are really paddling.

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Dune Bashing in Desert – Feel the thrills!

An ocean of sands with waves of towering dunes is all that you see in the expansive Arabian Desert. The stunning landscape gives the best opportunity for outdoorsy people to indulge in the thrills of dune bashing! Read on to know more.

What is dune bashing?

Dune bashing is the term that is used to describe cruising over the dunes on an SUV, particularly in desert regions surrounding Abu Dhabi. Desert tour programmes in these regions have a variety of segments and dune bashing is one of the star attractions. During the ride, the skilled drivers manoeuvre the sports utility vehicle at dizzying speeds which allows you to feel the adrenaline rushing through your veins.

What can you expect?

Usually, if you had booked a desert tour you’d be picked up from your resort property and be taken to the site. The same vehicle will take you on a thrill ride once you have arrived at the dune site. There will be a lot of shouting and screaming while your driver pulls off amazing stunts on the 4×4.

Booking a deserts tour

You could find a number of desert tours by going through the web. But be sure to do some research before joining one. If you wish to avoid many hassles you could opt to stay at a resort property the likes of Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara which already has dune bashing in their leisure activity list.

Things to remember

Be sure to wear comfortable clothes – ones that help you to stay at ease as well as off from sand, wear a scarf and try to avoid shoes and wear sandals instead. Brings your camera with you if you are a photography enthusiast – the sceneries will be spectacular. Also, drink plenty of water and stay hydrated during your time in the desert.

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Exploring Kalutara in Two Days – A Getaway in Paradise!

Kalutara, is a favourite spot with both locals and international visitors, as an idyllic getaway from the bustling city of Colombo. Here is the top must-visit attractions and things to do while here!

Enjoy Watersports

The calm waters of Kalutara are perfect to enjoy an array of watersports such as surfing, windsurfing and snorkelling among others. There are plenty of well-reputed watersports centres which one can approach to rent out equipment.

Eat Fresh Seafood

Love seafood? Then you have come to the right place. Foodies can dig into fresh seafood such as tiger prawns, crabs and lobsters which have been prepared in a myriad of ways. One has the endless options of choosing from either charming seaside cafés or premier restaurants at one of the many hotels in Kalutara including the likes of Anantara Kalutara Resort.

Visit Richmond Castle

Pay a visit to the iconic Richmond Castle, a grand mansion which was built by a wealthy landowner during colonial times to catch a glimpse of the area’s rich history. Do make some time to take in the many fruit groves that surround the manor as well!

Take in the Brief Gardens

Another key attraction in the area, the Brief Gardens by Bevis Bawa is a picturesque place to visit. Visitors can enjoy a picnic on terraced lawns and the many nooks and crannies these famous gardens come along with.

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Tourism Impact on Maldives Corals – Deterioration of a fragile ecosystem

Coral reefs are one of nature’s most fragile ecosystems; even the tiniest disturbances in the water could affect this astonishing marine creature. The Maldives is an archipelago, that is composed of atolls which are home to a variety of corals. Today the island nation is facing difficulties in safeguarding this resource. Read on to know why.

Corals in the Maldives

Almost all the islands of the Maldives are formed by corals over thousands of years. The islands are still surrounded by colonies of these marvellous creatures and they are an integral part of the marine ecosystem of Maldives.

The threat

Corals as mentioned earlier, are very sensitive creatures, even the tiniest fluctuations in the water quality or temperate can destroy a whole colony of these organisms. With more and more tourists arriving at the Maldives, more pollutants and excrement are released into the ocean by boats and from resorts that eventually damage these fragile ecosystems.

Oxybenzone!

If you are wondering what Oxybenzone is, it is a common chemical ingredient used to make sunscreens and it is known to be one of the major causes for the deterioration of reefs. Why? That is because just a mere drop of this substance is enough to cause toxic effects on a whole colony of corals.

Efforts of conservations

Seeing the destruction caused to the corals and other marine life, the government of Maldives has implemented strict regulations and laws in order to conserve these organisms. Maldives Resorts the likes of Anantara Veli Maldives Resort are also taking serious measures and contributing to the cause by running their operations in an eco-friendly manner.

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Bali Travel Guide 101 – Planning your stay at a paradise isle!

Whether you wish to recline on a hammock to enjoy absolute relaxation or looking for a sense of adventure by engaging in water sports such as surfing or jet skiing, Bali offers them all! It is an ideal destination that will cater to the needs of travellers of all kinds and sort. Read on to know more about the paradise island of Bali.

Sunset, Hammock, Relaxation, Bali, Asia

Overview

Bali is a province and an island located in Indonesia. It is a popular tropical destination for beach bums and surfers alike. The currency used here is Indonesian rupiah and the common tongue is Indonesian while you’ll also hear speaking Balinese in the rural regions of the island.

Weather

Bali boasts a warm and pleasant climate all year round due to its equatorial location. The island also receives a bit of rain during the months between January to April and October to November.

Getting around

Though Bali may seem like a small island, the island is home to a number of attractions and there is a lot to see here. There is also a lot more ground to cover and you could use Taxis and private cars to get around. Traffic in Bali could get a bit hectic and if you wish to beat the traffic you could also rent a scooter which is one of the most efficient modes of transport here.

Accommodation options

Bali offers a plethora of accommodation options ranging from cheap motels to exquisite Seminyak Beach Resort the likes of Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort. Planning your stay at these resorts will certainly be a worthy experience if you wish to enjoy a memorable and comfortable holiday experience.

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A world-class destination – The Maldives wins one of the most prestigious awards in the industry of tourism!

The Maldives has been selected as the best seven-star destination on the Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards that took place on the October 6 at the Capsis Out of the Blue Elite Resort in Crete, Greece. It is worth noting that the archipelago competed head-on with world-class destinations such as Seychelles, Dubai, Singapore and Mauritius to win the Seal of excellence, known as the Signum Virtutis, in the seven-star Destination category. The award was received by the Maldives ambassador Switzerland, Dr Hala Hameed who represented the country. This was the third time the title has been awarded to the Maldives after the years 2013 and 2014. The Maldives already being a world-class destination, securing this award will enhance the image of the destination bringing in more tourists for the coming years. Many believe that the nation’s beauty and the composition of luxury Maldives resorts the likes of Baros Maldives along with many others paved the way for the award.