Pamper Yourself in the Sweet Serenade of Luxury – Inside the City of Bangkok

Living within the city is a good idea if you are planning on getting a lot of things done in a few days and serviced apartments in Bangkok are not a scarcity. Places similar to the Anantara Baan Rajprasong offers luxurious accommodation within the city, but in an enclosed space that makes you feel like you are away from all the crowd and bustle.

After a day out shopping and tackling the crowds on the busy shopping districts, all you’d want to come home to the end of the day is a safe haven that makes you feel comfortable amidst luxury. Blending the Thai culture with modern amenities, Bangkok city has many great homes away from homes to offer for the visitors there, however short or lengthy your trip may be.

Whatever floats your boat, be it an in house Jacuzzi, outdoor swimming pool or a simple bay window, there are serviced apartments that satisfy all your home needs. Bangkok lets you pamper yourself without the trace of any discomfort.

Fritzjames Stephen is a travel writer, who writes content based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life.

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Corporate Travel Hacks You Should Know – Tips to Ease Your Busy Travels

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Corporate Traveler | Photo by The Ascott Limited

Travelling for business can at first be exciting, but when you’ve got keep on doing it and the miles keep on adding, you become sick of it. You become tired of the long flights, the jet lag and the uncomfortable rooms that you have to put up with. Well then dear business traveller, here are a few corporate travel hacks from us that would help you get the best out of your trip.

Make friends with the company employee who does the booking. Sounds mercenary? Just think of flying in that particular airline you always wanted to or staying at a posh hotel chain. Getting chummy with the person who’s doing the booking can help both parties. You could get your preferred travel plans and in return for their friendship, you could get some souvenirs or even a bottle of wine from your recent trip. Suggest options for them to consider. For example, research on hotel chains that give special discounts like The Ascott Limited, and show your ‘friend’ why it’s better and more cost effective to stay there instead of that horrible place they sent you last time. Check out other accommodation options as well. For instance, staying at a luxury serviced residence for a special business package will give you the benefit of late checkouts and complimentary in-room wireless internet access.

Choose a corporate credit card that gives you great benefits. Its only prudent that those miles and points earned through your corporate travel should owned by you, after all that tiring flying. There are many companies that allow you to accumulate points on your own corporate credit card, while not spending any of your money.

Utilize your miles for last minute tickets. It’s true that more often than not, the price for travel on a short notice is more expensive than booking in advance. So, if you are forced to travel on short notice, put those miles you to good use by purchasing the ticket for your next trip.

 

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Importance of Ayurveda in Modern Life -The Path to Ayurveda is the Path to a Healthy Life

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Unique Ayurveduc Experiences | Photo by Heritance Ayurveda

The world we live in today is afflicted with so many diseases. Yes, we have come a long way in medical science which has helped alleviate human medical issues that in the past would have needed drastic measures sometimes even resulting in death. However, there are some things that western medicine still cannot cure. Certain western treatments also pose the threat of side effects. Unlike the west, the east has been following the same doctrines for medicine, and one of these is the ancient art of healing of Ayurveda. Translated as ‘life-knowledge’ in Sanskrit, Ayurveda has its origins as far back as 5,000 BCE. So, the question is, can this thousands of years old system of health, help us live a more healthy life? The is, yes!

Ayurveda focuses in not only alleviating a specific ailment, it concentrates on healing the entire body and bringing in back to its healthy, former self. It takes on a holistic approach to combat physical as well as mental illnesses and helps the sufferer achieve peace in the body as well as the mind. This ancient doctrine is still strongly practiced in India where it originated from the Vedas. Ayurveda in Sri Lanka, on the other hand, have been given a new aspect to it where it has been transformed into tourism. Those who wish to be healed with the help of this age-old healing system would book an Ayurvedic hotel like the Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara, where they would undergo a treatment process that ranges from 2-3 days to even 1-2 weeks, depending on the type of therapy your body needs. This is decided by an Ayurvedic physician based on your ailments, medical history and most importantly according to your body type.

If an Ayurvedic holiday is not your type of thing, don’t worry there are other ways to bring in Ayurveda to your life to make it healthier. Ayurveda emphasizes that a healthy life is a result of healthy habits, maintained throughout and not just during certain phases. Some of these healthy habits that Ayurveda promotes are about having the right amount of sleep, correct detoxification practices, good clothing habits, regular exercise, adequate take of fluids and a well-balanced diet exempt of harmful chemicals and preservatives. Like we said earlier, Ayurveda is all about maintaining a good mentality as well as physique, thus it promotes a well-balanced mind achieved by maintaining healthy social and personal life, avoiding stress, anxiety or anger; meditation and yoga.

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Types of Accommodation in Maldives – Finding Your Perfect Escape

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Family Accommodation in Maldives | Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort

Just as important as what is on offer at a holiday destination is where you are going to lay your head at night! Yes, having the right room with the right amount of comforts can make all the difference. Of course in a place like Maldives, an added feature is the awe-inspiring backdrops that provide that added sense of allure.

While you do get city hotels with conventional rooms in places like the capital Male, you can enjoy a whole new kind of accommodation experience at luxury resort Maldives has to offer. Each of these options has something different be it the amenities or the setting.

One of the most distinctive and popular accommodation types would undoubtedly be over water suites or villas. Perched above the waters, be it lagoon or sea, these charming sanctuaries let you get up close with nature and soak up glorious coastal landscapes. This kind of accommodation available at resorts like Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort, come with special added touches; these include having glass panel areas in the floor that offer fascinating views of ocean life below or steps leading directly to the waters where you can have a swim anytime you wish. Come sunset or sunrise (depending on which direction your abode is facing) sit back and enjoy Mother Nature’s amazing “show”.

Of course, if you prefer you could choose a bungalow or villa on land, specifically by the beach. This type of accommodation gives you the chance to experience coastal living at its best; fall asleep to the sounds of the sea and awake to the sight of the sunrise with the soft sands of the beach lying just across from your doorway. Water sports enthusiasts can also easily access the many beachside activities on offer, while there is nothing like lazing in the shade along the shore with your favourite book, as the world drifts slowly by.

For that extra bit of indulgence, you can look to stay at a pool villa (be it over water or by the beach). Such options are perfect if you want to enjoy a lazy dip or swim in your own private pool, while also taking in the breathtaking panoramas that Maldives is so richly blessed with.

Fritzjames Stephen is a travel writer, who writes content based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life.

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Theme Parks and Attractions in Doha – Let the Excitement and Limitless Fun Begin

Economically booming Qatar and its flourishing capital Doha have so much to offer when it comes to adventure, fun and excitement. Thrill seekers would have a wide range of activities lined up in Doha at the stunning theme parks. Doha is increasingly becoming an attractive tourist destination running closely behind Dubai, besides having one of the largest expat working communities living in the popular city. There are many attractive things that are offered to travellers here. Besides astounding large-scale theme parks and cultural and religious attractions, there are many 5 star hotels in Doha that visitors can enjoy such as Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara that provide luxurious accommodation.

Circus Land is one of the great places to visit if you are interested in playing games, going on joy rides and winning toys and other prizes. Even though it is mostly meant for kids, adults with childlike minds can also have fun at Circus Land. If you want to take your kids along with you to enjoy water games and activities then you must visit Aqua Park in Doha. Enjoy splashing and getting wet all over at this top notch park which has a massive wave pool, slides, lazy river, family pool plus much more.

Jungle Zone is another fascinating place to enjoy with your kids engaging in adventure games. It offers many attractions such as wild flume, bumper cars and a mountain coaster. Don’t miss watching a 7D movie at its high-tech cinema. You can play your favourite video games together with your kids at a video arcade. Among other things you can do are going on a one day desert safari tour in Doha, visiting the Qatari Museum or going to the Mohamad Al Dosari Zoo & Game Reserve.

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Hydrotherapy Treatments – Used to rejuvenate and restore health

The island of Bali, which is better known for its explosive party scene and energetic water sports, also has a more serene side that focuses on holistic wellness. Sweeping views of lush paddy fields and mountainous vistas provide the ideal locale for Yoga retreats, meditation and hands on healing. The epitome of tranquility is probably a spa resort in a close to nature setting that overlooks the Ayung River’s sacred spring, which is revered among the locals for its healing properties. This is the COMO Shambhala.

Hydrotherapy treatments have been created using the ability of water to provide buoyancy to heavy objects, store and carry heat and energy, dissolve minerals and salts and other substances, be manipulated to take different forms: ice, liquid and steam. It also takes into account the beliefs that water aids blood flow and has a soothing, calming and relaxing effect. The practise of ‘taking the waters’ has been popular in Europe and Asia at hot springs and mineral springs for centuries. It has been turned into a form of treatment and techniques used today are based on those developed by Father Sebastian Kneipp, a Bavarian monk, in the nineteenth century. It is being widely accepted as a form of alternative medicine with little to no side effects. The types of treatment include saunas, steam baths, foot baths, sitz baths, and the application of cold and hot water compresses.

According to the theories on which the treatment is based, cold water is used for stimulating blood circulation. Cold wet flannel sheets are used to alleviate colds, bronchitis, skin disorders, infections, and muscle pain by wrapping the entire body of the patient. Hot water is thought to remove waste from body tissues. Hot steam inhalation is also used to relieve congestion of the sinuses. Alternating hot and cold water is done to improve certain conditions such as inflammation. Hydrotherapy treatments are often offered at health spas and can even be done at home as a self-care remedy.

Nigel Walters is a travel writer, who writes under the pen name, Fritzjames Stephen. His content is based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life.

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Phang Nga Bay – a marvel of nature

The alluring Phang Nga Bay is a wonder of nature that always captures the imagination of the visitor. If you desire to visit this natural marvel an excellent accommodation choice would be a Phuket luxury resort such as Point Yamu by COMO, Phuket, Thailand. This quality resort offers appealing interiors and many modern amenities assuring a satisfying stay.

The picturesque Phang Nga Bay has secured a firm reputation as a significant tourist attraction, luring a steady stream of visitors from around the globe. An excellent way to explore this natural wonder would be to take a boat excursion from Phuket; thereby you will be able to tour the remarkable limestone formations of the area at your own pace, and also stop at tranquil beaches if you so desire.

Undoubtedly one of the local highlights would be the well-known James Bond Island, so called because it was featured in a popular Bond film. Easily recognized by its rocky crest, this picturesque island and its spectacular surroundings offer a remarkable sight for the tourist. After viewing this extraordinary sight you may choose to replenish your energies by having a typical Thai lunch at the amazing Koh Panyee village. This entire community has been constructed atop stilts, framed by a massive rock outcrop at its rear. Visitors will also have the opportunity to purchase local handicrafts at this remarkable hamlet.

Boating on Phang Nga Bay is always a memorable experience, with the towering limestone precipices creating a spectacular backdrop to a magical scene. The local waters are calm throughout the year, adding to the appeal of the verdant local landscapes. An additional attraction at Phang Nga is the mysterious caves, known as hongs, which may be found at some of the local islands. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore these enigmatic natural formations by kayak, a fascinating adventure that is sure to quicken the pulse. Phang Nga Bay will truly offer a memorable experience for all visitors irrespective of nationality or preferences.

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Commercial Zones in Shanghai: The joy of shopping and indulgence.

Sky – scrapers undaunted by the vastness of the sky,stand majestically throughout the city of Shanghai. However, it is this clustered gorgeousness of Shanghai that makes it impossible to miss when on tour in China.Shanghai is a shop- till- you- drop destination located in China’s central coast. Wait, that’s not all, it is the country’s largest city and is also a global financial hub. In this New – York style city, apartments are innumerable but Ascott Huai Hai Road Shanghai is heads above the rest. Step into these Serviced Apartments, Shanghai and you will undoubtedly feel like exploring the commercial zones in its vicinity. Maybe even venture deeper into the awe-inspiring city.

Where do we start? A trip down Huai Hai Road it will be! Here is a road that is cherished by locals and tourists alike. Colourful people, beaming with joy at the abundance of shops are what you can expect. The atmosphere is electrifying, as everybody is determined to drown in all that the street has to offer. In addition to the 400 shops down the street, there are parks and architecturally superior buildings. If you are the type who is willing to spend a significant amount of time on shopping, then this is the place for you. You will certainly feel faint when you see such variety.

Sometimes you travel miles just to get the most reasonably priced computer-related gadgets. At Xujiahui, you will be transported to computer heaven. The mall is one of Shanghai’s ten leading commercial centers. Take your time and buy all the computer- related material you need.

A street with rows and rows of watering holes! It is true Hengshan Road Bar Street is popular for the widest variety of bars. From the British – style country pubs to those fragranced by the feel of neo-classical China, these bars promise to keep your spirits as high as a kite. Here are few you must visit, Sasha, Lapis Lazuli and Shi Guang Dao Liu. You can add to this list on your visit to the street.

As is evident, Shanghai has reached unprecedented heights in the commercial sector and it will keep adding more jewels to its crown.

Nigel Walters is a travel writer, who writes under the pen name, Fritzjames Stephen. His content is based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life. Google+

Feel the Royal Living in Thailand- Culture and Heritage Of Siam Land

A buzzing new holiday destination in Asia in the recent past has been Thailand. The country boasts of a rich culture and heritage and is known to be an exotic and tropical getaway. The capital being Bangkok is a rich vibrant cosmopolitan city. Attracting tourists from all across the globe from varying demographics , the country is not short of great places to stay. The latest preference among tourist have been serviced apartments. Bangkok especially has a large number of them. Being the capital the choice it has to offer is pretty vast. One that stands among them is Ascott Sathorn Bangkok. Perfectly designed to suit every modern travelers needs these apartments are located conveniently and makes exploring the city much easier.

Bangkok is full of interesting places to see and exciting things to do. Having a rich cultural heritage , the Grand Palace which is situated at the heart of the city has been the residence of the kings of Thailand since the latter part of the 18th century. The building complex is a great example of the Siamese architecture. The Grand Palace is divided into four main courts and each of them have significance of their own. A stroll inside the palace complex is a great way to get an insight into the Thai culure and heritage.

Another place of interest that has a strikingly magnificent reflection of the Thai religious belief is the reclining Bhuddha. Better known as Wat Pho. Home to one of the largest reclining Buddhas in the city , measuring around 46 meters is a must do for any visitor. The statue is covered in Golden leaf. Wandering in this premises is also a great experience.
The temple of Dawn or the Wat Aun is another interesting place to see located on the Western bank of Chao Phraya river. It has a very unique design in comparison to other temples in Bangkok city which makes it a must visit place. Located just opposite Wat Pho it is hard to miss.

Nigel Walters is a travel writer, who writes under the pen name, Fritzjames Stephen. His content is based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life.

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One Day Trip to Kalutara – Beach Retreat

Located in the Western Province of Sri Lanka , Kalutara is not too far from the Capital of the island. Only an hour away thanks to the new Southern Expressway the city. Kalutara is one of the closest beach retreats if you are in Colombo and do not want to travel too far. When accommodation options are taken into account there is a wide range of Hotels in Kalutara, Sri Lanka is famous world over for the beaches that surrounds it and Kalutara also has a beautiful tropical beach to boast of.

One of the highly recommended hotels in Kalutara is AVANI Kalutara Resort and Spa. Tastefully designed hotel offering true Sri Lankan hospitality is a perfect place to spend a day and feast on the great dining options it has to offer.

The close proximity to Colombo makes Kalutara an ideal place to spend the day. The city’s dominant land mark is the Kalutara viharaya which sits beside the Kalu Ganga is a large Buddhist temple which is believed to be the only hollow Bhuddha stupa in the world. Most passers by traveling towards the South of the country stop by to make offerings to the temple. The name of the city is derived from the major rivers that flows through this city , Kalu Ganga originating in the central hills and meeting the ocean in Kalutara.

The city was formly famous for its spice trading and was also the capital city of the country for a short period of time. The city also boasts of fortification during the period of the Dutch Portuguese and British. The city is home to numerous famous Buddhist temples such as the Kalutara Bodhiya which is one of the 32 saplings from Anuradhapura which is believed to be a sacred site for the Buddhist and is located on the Galle Road. Another famous temple is the Asokaramaya temple built in the 19th century. One of the other places to visit while in the city is the Richmond Castle built for a rich governor in 1896 which is located in a fruit estate.

 

Nigel Walters is a travel writer, who writes under the pen name, Fritzjames Stephen. His content is based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life.

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