Palm Jumeirah Area Guide – 4 Things to add to Your Itinerary

The Palm Jumeirah is a man-made bunch of islands that host a range of things you to enjoy! When you visit the vibrant emirate of Dubai, don’t forget to stop by.

An art gallery

If you’re impressed by art and are fascinated by arts of all sorts, then you must head over to the Pro Art gallery you’ll find in Palm Jumeirah. This space comprises of artwork by international artists, that you can browse and buy if you want to. A huge selection of art, with different styles and media from over 50 artists from 20 countries on display. Limited edition prints, photographs, sculptures, and paintings are part of the impressive collection.

The Lost Chambers Aquarium

This is one of the prime attractions you’ll come across in Palm Jumeirah. 16 minutes from Oaks Liwa Heights and within proximity to many holiday apartments in Dubai, a visit to this attraction will help you experience a world of marine life like you never have before. With 65,000 marine animals featured in this aquarium, you can also engage in activities such as aqua-theatre shows, snorkelling, aquarium dives, etc.

The Boardwalk

On the days the weather is great, you can opt to cycle, bike or even stroll around the boardwalk.

Nasimi Beach

If you’re looking for a place to relax and get a tan, Nasimi Beach is where you need to go! The magical view is not visible from anywhere else in Palm Jumeirah! Relax at a Cabana, enjoy a whole range of meals and watch the sunset across the magnificent skyline.

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Try out these Fun Activities in Maldives – Things you can do apart from Water Sports

The Maldives is considered to be a destination that favours water sports and rightfully so. The archipelago is surrounded by turquoise water making it possible for you to try out these fun activities in Maldives.

Water sports

Water sports are what draw thousands from every corner of the world to the Maldives. If you are one to treat your adventurous spirit with a bit of daring enterprise, the Maldives is the ideal destination! In case you are a newbie, choose one of the Maldives five star hotels that will gear you up.

Dolphin watching

Before the sunset, you could set out in search of dolphins. The dolphins in the Maldives are the most playful and active ones you’ll see.

Relax

If you have plans to stay at a resort like Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort, don’t forget to make the most of it. You could lie on the beach for a few hours of sunbathing, and if you’ve got a private deck, that’s even better!

Island excursions

Much of the settlement in the Maldives live on the islands. So, if you stay at a private villa, you could ask them to arrange an excursion for you to go and explore the communities.

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Parasailing – Feel the Thrills!

A thrilling feel of adrenaline rushing through your veins, breezy and cool wind on your face, stunning vistas an evergreen and exciting memory this is all you get by signing up for a parasailing session. Read on to know more about this amazing adventure activity.

What is parasailing

Parasailing is a recreational kiting activity, where a person gets towed behind a boat attached to a specially designed parachute-like contraption. Most people engage in this activity to enjoy the thrills and some for the views.

The origin

This amazing activity has a very unlikely source of origin; that is NASA. This was ideally a part of survival training for pilots, who eject from aircraft over water bodies. The idea was taken by adventurists and has been made a recreational activity.

Who can parasail?

There aren’t any age restrictions for this activity, However, there are weight limits; the persons who are joining should not be less than 120 pounds, and should not exceed the weight of 375 pounds. Children should always go together with their parents or an adult and the person should also be sober.

Where can you enjoy this activity?

Most of the popular vacation destination offers to parasail. The Maldives is an ideal place to do and most of the Maldives resorts the likes of Anantara Veli Maldives Resort have this in their activity list or they could make arrangements where you can contact a parasailing instructor or a team who specialize in it.

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Rejuvenating the body and mind in Thailand – Revive and revitalize yourself!

Thailand is certainly an ultimate tourist destination that offers its guests a lot of exciting things to do and see. There is something for everyone in Thailand. If you are visiting here to unwind, relax and rejuvenate yourself here are four things you could do here.

Thai Massage

Unlike western massage therapies, Thai massages focus on pressure points on body and blood circulation. The treatments usually start from your feet and finishes at your head. The massage sessions often comprise of rolling of limbs, rhythmic compressions and gentle rocking. You could experience amazing Thai massage therapies at the spas at most of the Chiang Rai hotels the likes of Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort.

Yoga

This is a collection of spiritual, physical and mental practices that originated in India. Yoga today has made its way to Thailand all the way from India and it is becoming one of the best wellness experiences in Thailand. There is a number of places in Thailand that offer classes for tourists which are conducted by experienced Gurus. You could visit any of them to rejuvenate your mind and body.

Cupping therapy

Cupping is a traditional therapy that has a number of proven advantages on one’s body. It is also proven that it cures a number of bodily ailments and certainly contributes to mental and physical wellbeing. The treatments are done using bamboo or glass suction cups placed on the body which will relieve blood vessels and help to promote blood flow to vital organs.

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Acupuncture

Like cupping therapy this is also an alternative medicine which has originated in China. You could join in for Acupuncture at many centres in Thailand today. Thought the effects of this practice aren’t scientifically proven, one would certainly feel the difference of your body dramatically increases in energy once the treatment is over.

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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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