Night Tour of Bangkok by Tuk-Tuk – Ride along the Night!

Bangkok has so much to discover, with it bringing in people from all corners of the planet, what better way to explore it other than a night tour in a tuk-tuk. Want to know more?

1) Klongsan Market

The Klongsan Plaza night market is both vibrant and busy. What used to be a train station in the past is today home to a wonderful market. You’ll find many cool items here from shoes, trendy clothes, jewellery, accessories and jeans. You’ll also come across many street foods stands as well.

2) Wat Prayoon

The Wat Prayoon is a 138-year-old temple that was built during the period of King Rama III. It has received the UNESCO Cultural Heritage Conservation Award of Excellence in 2014. You’ll see a large inverted bell shape pagoda and turtle pond where you can feed the little creatures.

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3) Pad Thai

If you haven’t tried this dish yet, there’ll be many spots on your tour where you can stop and consume some. Bangkok serviced apartments are an excellent choice for accommodation when you’re in the area, with many to choose from, like the Anantara Baan Rajprasong Bangkok Serviced Suites for instance.

4) The Giant Swing

A must see when you’re in the city is Bangkok’s, Giant Swing. Located right beside the Wat Suthat, you simply cannot miss it. This iconic swing is over 21 metres tall and is painted red. It was built by King Rama I in 1784.

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Elephants in Thailand – One of the most magnificent creatures!

Elephants have been a part of Thailand for many years and are also the national animal of Thailand. Read on to know more.

Elephants

They are broadly categorised into two species; Asian and African. Under Asian you have further sub-species; Sri Lankan, Indian, Sumatran and Bornean. Out of these, the ones that are found in Thailand are the Indian elephants, which are currently under the endangered species. There are a little more than 1500 wild elephants in Thailand. However, it is sad to note that many of them are poached from the wild and held captives, and most of them are used for tourism.

Habitat

The natural habitat of the Thai elephants is usually further up in the Northern and Western parts due to the presence of tropical forests in the area. It has been said that in 2017, the Department of National parks stated that the number of wild elephants has increased by about 7-10 percent. This is good news as the numbers had dropped due to illegal logging which leads to a dramatic reduction in the forest cover.

Cultural Significance

Elephants have an integral role in thai culture, if you happen to visit a museum in Thailand, you will see a plethora artworks and scriptures that have some reference to the elephants. They are considered a sacred animal, due to their symbolism in Buddhism. The first flag of Thailand was actually a white elephant amidst a red background. The flag of the Royal Thai Navy also has a white elephant on it. Why white elephants? As mentioned earlier, due to its association with Royals, white elephants are considered to symbolise wealth and power.

How could you see them?

If you happen to plan your stay at resort properties the likes of Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort which is a hotel in Chiang Rai – you have a high chance of spotting wild elephants since the Golden Triangle region has the highest concentration of Thai Elephants. You could also join on a wildlife safari during your time here during which you can witness many other animas as well.

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A Guide to the Exotic Wildlife of the UAE – Wild Inhabitants of the Middle East

Amidst desert landscapes and the waters of the Arabian Sea and Persian Gulf, the UAE is home to a diverse array of wildlife. If you love wildlife safaris, birdwatching or exploring the ocean, here are some of the creatures you may come across here.

Mammals

The Arabian Oryx is the UAE’s national animal and can be found at the Arabian Wildlife Park easily accessible from Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Sahel Villa Resort. Other mammals that call the UAE home include camels, mountain gazelles, the Arabian wolf, the Arabian wildcat and the Arabian leopard.

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Birds

The UAE has recorded more than 400 bird species. Be you staying at Abu Dhabi luxury hotels or budget guesthouses, you can look to get in some birdwatching. The national bird of the UAE, the falcon takes pride of place, while the Kentish plover, sooty gull, short-toed snake eagle, broad-billed sandpiper and the desert lark can also be spotted.

Reptiles & Amphibians

The saw-scaled viper and the sand boa are amongst the terrestrial snakes of the UAE, while there are many lizards as well. As for amphibians, the main species are the Dhofar toad and the Arabian toad.

Marine Life

When it comes to marine life, the UAE is home to Indo-Pacific humpbacked dolphins, humpback whales, whale sharks and hawksbill and green turtles. The surrounding waters also play host to a vast number of fish species the likes of catfish, reef sharks, sweetlips and sunfish.

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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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Discovering Africa’s Little-Known Underwater Paradise – Mozambique Adventures!

Set amidst 1,500 miles of coastline, Mozambique is blessed with truly rich marine biodiversity. Those exploring this magical underwater world are in for a treat as they will encounter fascinating denizens of the deep.

Arctic Humpback Whales

Seeing these gentle giants of the ocean swimming wild and free is a truly unforgettable sight and can be enjoyed on excursions organised by the likes of Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort. Arctic humpback whales can be spotted in the waters around Medjumbe Island especially during the migration period from July to October.

Oceanic Manta Rays

When it comes to underwater adventures, one of the best places to visit in Mozambique is Tofo; here you have the chance of taking in the amazing sight of giant oceanic manta rays, some of which have a wingspan that is seven metres long!

Dolphins and Whale Sharks

Dolphins can be found around the waters of Mozambique almost the whole year-round at places like Medjumbe Island. Some excursions give you the chance to not only swim with dolphins but whale sharks too; don’t worry, they are harmless to humans!

Other Marine Life

Marine turtles can also be seen during some underwater exploration, while the Quirimbas Archipelago beaches give you the chance to witness turtle nesting or hatching from October to April. Other marine species including mobula rays and various sharks, not forgetting colourful coral can be seen at places like the Two Mile Reef.

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Popular Tourist Attractions in Hua Hin – A City of Miracles

Hua Hin is considered to be a romantic getaway by locals and foreigners alike. Offering you a variety of things to and places to visit, Hua Hin is certainly a must-visit destination in Thailand. There are also many hotels and resorts here where you can unwind, relax and enjoy a memorable vacation.

Mrigadayavan Palace

Built during the 1920s the palace boasts a stunning Italian inspired architecture and a serene ambience. You can visit here without much of a hassle if you are stationed at Anantara Hua Hin Resort since it is located within reach.

Cicada Market

To buy gift items and souvenirs at low prices, head down to the open-air Cicada Market. If you are lodged in a hotel in Hua Hin, you don’t have to rush and hurry back – after exploring the market, you can visit the nearby art gallery and the beer garden.

Shopping Village

Plearn Wan Shopping Village is a complex that’s styled in the 1960s Thai architecture. There are many shops for you to explore here as well as cafés and guestrooms for you to take a bit of a break.

The Chopsticks Mountain

Or as the natives like to call it Khao Takiab, is one of the main attractions in Hua Hin. There’s a temple at the summit of the mountain where you will be surrounded by panoramic views.

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Tawi Atair Cenote in Beautiful Salalah – The ‘Well of Birds’ Sinkhole

The largest governorate in the Sultanate of Oman, Dhofar houses a large cenote which is known by the name ‘Tawi Atair’. The locals previously believed the sinkhole was created by a meteorite, however, the sinkhole was created through karst processes.

The famous sinkhole

Found among the Qara mountains, Tawi Atair is a rather remarkable limestone formation. The depth of this sinkhole is similar to that of a 60-floor building, it’s an impressive structure with vertical walls. Approximately 58.4 km from central Salalah, this cenote can be reached in less than an hour from Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara.

Reaching the site

There are two main routes which you can take in order to get to the destination; one is to take the mountain route after Taqa and the other option is the route from the Anti-Gravity point. It’s best if you double check with any Salalah Hotels that you are staying at for the quickest way to get there.

Unique Species of fish

A new species of fish was discovered in the lake of the sinkhole. The new type of fish was found in 1980 and was named after the individual that made the discovery; a researcher is well known for exploring the Arabian caves, Andy Dunsire.

Well of birds

The Tawi Atair sinkhole is also known as the ‘well of birds’; for obvious reasons, there are numerous birds living in this sinkhole. It’s an unusual sight in Oman for a large number of singing birds to be found in one place.

 

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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.

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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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