Shop till you drop in Malaysia – A popular Shopping Destination in Southeast Asia!

Love to shop?Then you have come to the right place. Malaysia is arguably one of the most popular spots where shopaholics can enjoy endless retail options and more!

Pavillion Kuala Lumpur Shopping Mall

A much-visited shopping complex which is located in the trendy Bukit Bintang district, the Pavillion Kuala Lumpur Mall is a sprawling building which offers avid shoppers both local speciality retailers and international designer labels.

Suria KLCC

Situated at the very base of the iconic steel-clad Petronas Twin Towers, the Suria KLCC is an extremely popular entertainment and retail compound which can be easily accessed from many Sepan hotels in Malaysia including the likes of AVANI Sepang.

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Mid Valley Megamall

Arguably Klang Valley’s most trendy shopping attractions, the Mid Valley Megamall offers a series of concept stores along with a vast choice of high-end designer labels to choose from.

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The Garden

Opened in the year 2007, the Gardens Mall in Kuala Lumpur specializes in luxury brands such as Michael Kors, Hermes and Coach. The mall’s anchor tenants include Malaysia’s movie franchise Golden Screen Cinemas and UK ‘s department giant, Robinsons as well.

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The Amazing City of Bangkok – Discover the City of Angels

To say the Thai capital is a cultural melting pot is certainly an understatement! This vibrant metropolis will know that it is a place where east meets west in a fascinating blend of culture, cuisine and captivating experiences.

A Rich Heritage

Amidst the glistening skyscrapers, you will find sites steeped in history. The most prominent is the sprawling Grand Palace the former royal residence. Easy to reach from centrally located hotels or serviced apartments Bangkok has to offer, the site is also home to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Other notable highlights include the famed Temple of Dawn and the Temple of the Reclining Buddha.

Shopping Galore

The city boasts an amazing array of malls selling everything from designer fashion to the latest electronics. Siam Paragon within 15 minutes from Anantara Baan Rajprasong Bangkok Serviced Suites is amongst the popular malls as are MBK, Siam Discovery and Terminal 21. For something different, visit the Chatuchak Weekend Market where lots of bargaining awaits.

Foodie Delights

Culinary wonders are aplenty in Bangkok which has an exotic street food scene; Pad Thai Kung (a noodle dish usually served with shrimp) is a perennial favourite, while Som Tam (salad made from papaya), Pad Krapao Moo (stir-fried pork) and Pla Pao (barbecued fish) are not to be missed too.

Thrilling Nightlife

Of course, equally famous is the city’s nightlife; the streets come alive at night with lots of bars and clubs catering to revellers both young and old. Insanity, Levels Club & Lounge, Onyx and Live RCA are some of the happening clubs where you can dance the night away.

 

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A Walk in Peradeniya Botanical Gardens – Witness the vibrant colours of nature

Located approximately 5.5 kilometres to the west of the cultural capital of Sri Lanka – Kandy, the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens or the royal botanical garden is one of the must-visit destinations in Sri Lanka. Read on to know more about this wondrous place.

Peradeniya Botanical Gardens| Img by: Koshy Koshy via Flickr,CC BY 2.0

Overview

Attracting over 2 million visitors annually, the Garden is home to an exclusive display of plants which includes orchids, roses, a variety of endemic plant species, medicinal plants and so much more. The plant collection here is inclusive of over 4000 varieties.

The Geographical location and climate

Located next to the Mahaweli River and 460 metres above sea level, the gardens are perfectly placed in a location where plants can thrive. Also, the region which the Garden is located receives rainfall throughout the year approximately for 200 days.

Visiting there and accommodation options

You can visit the gardens from the city of Kandy by a tuk-tuk. There are also plenty of hotels in Kandy near the gardens the likes of Amaya Hills Kandy where you could spend the night in peace after a tiring day of exploration.

A brief history

The garden was created during the year of 1371 by King Wickramabahu the third as part of a temple premise. Later when the British took control over the city of Kandy the temple that was located in the midst of the garden was destroyed and the land was utilized for the cultivation of cinnamon and coffee plants. It was not until 1912 when the Department of Agriculture turned the land to an organized garden which we see today.

 

 

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What Makes Sri Lanka the Best Travel Destination in 2019 – Discovering Paradise

Lonely Planet recently named Sri Lanka as the Best Travel Destination for 2019 and for good reason. Below are some of the highlights that make this tropical island such an alluring place to visit.

The Coasts

Blessed with sun-kissed shores, Sri Lanka has an abundance of beaches that are perfect for a lazy getaway. Be you staying at Colombo hotels or resorts on the south, west or east coasts, these beaches can be easily accessed and offer great opportunities for water sports too.

The Shopping

The commercial capital Colombo is ideal for some retail therapy. The Dutch Hospital shopping area within a 10 minute walk from The Kingsbury Colombo is one such highlight as is the newly opened Colombo City Centre mall. Also worth visiting is the colourful Pettah street market area with bargains galore.

The Mountains

Make your way inland and soon you will be surrounded by mist-shrouded mountains draped in emerald tea bushes. The stunning natural backdrops are perfect for exploration and visits to charming towns full of old world charm.

The Culture

Sri Lanka is steeped in history and UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, Sigiriya and Kandy offer fascinating insights into a time kings ruled the land.

The Wildlife

From stealthy leopards to majestic elephants, the island is also home to exotic wildlife which can be seen in their natural habitats. Wildlife safaris at national parks the likes of Yala, Minneriya, Udawalawe and Wilpattu are not to be missed.

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Pamper Yourself for Better Wellness – Relax Your Body and Mind at a Spa

A day spent entirely on self-care is a day well spent! Everyone should visit a spa on a regular basis to treat and relax both your body and mind. Here are just a few benefits in case you need a push to your nearest spa.

A massage can treat various aches

A massage at a good spa can reduce, or in some cases, entirely remove various aches and pains. Inform your masseuse of any pre-existing conditions and they’ll focus on treating the area. Of course, to properly treat body aches, a regular visit to the spa is needed to continue treatment.

Detox at the sauna

Sweating is one way of ridding your body of toxins, and there’s no better place than a sauna for that. A spa day is ideal after a night of overindulging and follow it up with a massage to get maximum benefits.

Bonding time

A day at the spa can be a great bonding experience if you go with friends or family. A lot of hotels like Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort, for example, may even offer couple packages at the spa. A Bali resort hotel may even have their own unique therapeutic oils for massages.

It directly affects your hormones

That’s right, getting a massage releases a hormone known as serotonin in your body. Serotonin helps to regulate your mood and appetite, which is why a day at the spa instantly makes you feel better.

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Find Your Balance with “Chakra Crystal Balancing” – Unblock Your Chakras with the Right Stone

Wearing selected crystals is a unique method that has been used for centuries to treat various ailments. Here’s how to find the right chakra crystal to suit your body.

The science behind it

The official term is known as the piezoelectric effect. Think of how a piece of quartz in a watch emits a slight voltage that keeps it running perfectly. Certain crystals can do the same with the human body.

What’s a Chakra?

Chakras are 7 focal points in the body used in an assortment of ancient meditative practices. Starting at the base of the spine and moving up to the head. If your chakra is not balanced, it is believed to cause ailments in the body. Many Asian countries use chakra stones to balance wellness – in Phuket, you can find many spas using the stones.

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Not all crystals react the same way

Each stone has its own unique charge that reacts differently with each person. Depending on this, the stone needed to balance a chakra can vary on the person and their need.

Finding your chakra stone

The best way to find a stone is to test it by holding it or placing it on parts of your body with your eyes closed. Do you feel uncomfortable, repulsed, or even relieved? Test each stone and pick one that you feel happy with. Nowadays, several hotels like Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas have incorporated chakra cleansing sessions for guests.

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Bali and Its Culture – Everything You Need to Know

Having first been inhabited around 2000 BC, Bali’s cultural roots run true and deep. Here are 4 interesting things to know about the fascinating ” Island of the Gods”.

Hindu Influence

Hindu influence plays a major role in the culture of the island. The two most commonly believed theories are that Hinduism was brought by South Indian sea traders, and the other is that the Indonesian Royalty embraced the religion and the common masses followed.

Balinese Dance

Lithe, graceful and dramatic with intricate hand movements, Balinese dancing is sure to leave the audiences enchanted. Do make time to watch a performance while on a visit as it’s among one of the most popular Uluwatu things to do.

Native Cuisine

The Balinese cuisine is made up of a variety of spices, fresh vegetables, meat and seafood with steamed rice as the main staple. Foodies intent on sampling authentic dishes can do so at premier hotels such as Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort. Joining one of the many cooking schools on the island too would prove to be a fun experience to enjoy while on holiday.

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Everett Harper from San Francisco, USA, Bali cuisineCC BY-SA 2.0

Language

The local language on the island is Bahasa Bali, however, Bahasa Indonesia and English are spoken in popular tourist areas.

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Whale and Dolphin Watching in the Maldives – Seeing the Mammoths and the Acrobats of the Ocean

The Maldives is one of the best places in the world for whale watching. The warm and tropical waters surrounding the archipelago is a playground for these gentle giants. Read on to know more about Whale and Dolphin watching in the Maldives.

The Charter

Booking the right tour guide and boat plays a crucial part for a proper whale watching experience you need to identify a whale watching charter that is equipped with gear such as life jackets, proper whale tracking equipment, comfortable seating and facilities such as toilettes and fresh water on board. Tours can be arranged from the resort or villa in Maldives during your stay. Resorts like Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas, for example, have their charter tours which you can take advantage of.

Best time for whale watching

February to April and October to November are considered high season for whale watching in the Maldives this is the time of the year when you can avoid the monsoons which makes the sea rough. Ideally, during these times, the seas are calm and the chance of spotting whales and dolphins are high.

The Blue whales and dolphins

The Blue Whale is the largest animal on earth measuring over 30 metres in length, and it is truly a thrilling experience to see these gigantic creatures leaping through the waves. Dolphins are also sea mammals and they can be spotted in groups these feeble creatures love to show off their acrobatic skills in front of visitors.

Things to remember

Even though whale watching sounds as a simple leisure activity, there are a few things you need to remember before heading out to the ocean on a boat. You should wear light clothing as you preferably clothes that can protect you from the tropical sun and water splashes. Don’t forget to bring a pair of binoculars this helps you to see the dolphins and whales if they show up a little far from your boat. Always wear a sunscreen avoid being sunburnt.

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Best surfing destinations around the world

Are you ready for you next adventure? Gear up and get your surfboard ready to go on a surf vacation to some of the best surf destinations around the world. Read on to know about more about these destinations and prepare yourself for the best surf holiday ever!

Portugal

Portugal being one of the warmest countries in Europe is home waves and swells of all sizes. Portugal has great surfing conditions all year round as it picks up swells from the north, west and south, The best time to visit Portugal for surfing is during October and April and this is when you get to ride the biggest swells. Remember, the water is cold, and have to wear a wetsuit in most of the surf locations around Portugal. The Algarve region makes an exception in this case as it is one of the few places where you can surf wearing board shorts during summer months.

Spain

Surfing at Genoveses beach, Almería, Spain | Image By - diego_cue, CC BY-SA 3.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

Surfing at Genoveses beach, Almería, Spain | Image By – diego_cue, CC BY-SA 3.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

The coastal regions of Spain boast a warm and friendly climate all year round. If you’re looking for the best surfing experience on your vacation in Spain, the coastline facing the Atlantic is where you need to be at. You can ride the best swells at the Bay of Biscay. Even though surfing in Spain can be done all year round summer marks the best time amateur surfers, as waves are gentle and the waters are warm. The time between September and April is ideal for pro surfers as the waves during this time are fairly big and this is the time when the ocean becomes restless.

Bali, Indonesia

Bali is known by surf enthusiasts as Asia’s surfing capital as it is home to a stunning coastline which features waves that are big enough to challenge and thrill even the most skilled surfers, Bali is on every surfer’s bucket list and it is certainly a paradise on earth. From the smallest to the mightiest break waves Bali has it all. The best time to surf in Bali is during May through September and the water stays warm throughout the year

Maldives

anonymous, Maldives, from plane, CC BY-SA 3.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

anonymous, Maldives, from plane, CC BY-SA 3.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

Located near the equator and in the tropics, Maldives is one of the best-surfing destinations in the world. The waves here are warm and rise up to shoulder to head-high. Maldives is ideal for amateur surfers and surfers who are looking to polish their skills best time to visit Maldives for surf holidays are between March to October and June to August. It is recommended that you book your accommodation in a Maldives resort prior to your arrival and you can find pretty decent resorts the likes of Anantara Veli Maldives Resort.

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Best investments to make in 2018 – Assisting you in making a choice

Saved up your year-end bonuses intending to make a fruitful investment? Well, it is quite a debate that goes on inside your head when deciding on the best option in which to invest your hard-earned money. Here are 4 of the most profitable choices with some details that may aid your big decision.

 

The stock markets

While this is probably an obvious answer to your question, what is important is the manner in which you use your available cash in the investment. Having a few extra bucks to invest does not mean that one must dump it all at once into the stock market. In fact, it is better to purchase fewer shares when the price is high and more shares when the price falls.

Peer-to-peer lending

This is where you invest your money in other people, in other words, lending your money on interest quite similar to the way banks provide loans. There is a high possibility of earning returns from between 5% – 7%. This depends upon the risk of the loan. However, it is easier to get started on peer-to-peer lending than investing in the stock market, especially since online websites are available for this purpose.

Real estate

This industry is thriving as there is never a drop-in demand for land, houses, apartments and so on. There is a plethora of luxury residencies like Infinite Luxury, coming up in many places like Phuket. Property investment could bring in returns fast, the property in which you have invested will eventually rise in value due to development. Therefore, rental prices for houses and apartments are always on the rise posing a higher advantage to the investor.

Self-investment

Investing in oneself must sound rather cliché! But, it is an absolute must that this is done. Investing in yourself may not even cost you a cent, it’s just that easy. Experts say that reading at least 3 books on financial management and leadership is bound to make a person smarter. It is also seen that CEOs of renowned companies read an average of 60 books per year to develop their knowledge.

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