10 places to explore while in Cambridge

10 places to explore while in Cambridge

Cambridge is a county town in Cambridgeshire in England based on the banks of the river Cam, to the north of England. An important trading centre in the Bronze era, this city has a lot to offer to its tourists. While visiting the University City that is, Cambridge, do visit and explore these places:

1. The Fitzwilliam Museum

This amazing and mesmerizing building in Cambridge is a must-visit due to being laden with innumerous artwork to behold in here. The other museum nearby is the Trumpington Street Museum which is equally enthralling.

Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge

2. The Cambridge University Colleges

With more than thirty colleges under the umbrella of the Cambridge University, each of it is an epitome of stunning architecture and heritage. Better is that you book an Official Guided Walk tour of the city to explore these places with ease.

Cambridge University Colleges

3. The Eagle

It is a lovely place full of history in the city of Cambridge which is a small pub where Francis Crick is known to announce that he and James Watson discovered DNA sitting in there. This olden day pub is also home to graffiti of WWII airmen and a RAF bar too.

The Eagle Cambridge

4. The King’s College Chapel

This is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Cambridge and is also a noted symbol of the place. This is an English Gothic structure which was built somewhere from 1446 to 1515 and needs an admission fee to look around.

King’s College Chapel Cambridge

5. The Round Church



Extremely unique and one of a kind, the Round Church is the second oldest building in the region and its architecture can stun even the ones who do not understand art! A must see indeed.

The Round Church Cambridge

6. The Cambridge University Botanic Garden

The Botanic Garden in the university is home to over 8000 different species of plants and the other attractions in here include the likes of a collection of mature trees, glass houses, rock gardens, lake and chronological beds.

Cambridge University Botanic Garden

7. Fitzbillies

Fitzbillies are world famous for their sticky treats called the Chelsea Buns and if you have not tried that you are doing a sin for sure! The dinner menu here is extremely yummy as well!

Cambridge Fitzbillies

8. The Grantchester Village

This is a village located just about a mile away from the city center and if you are person who loves long walks on a lazy Sunday, this place is just for you amidst the meadows and pubs to have food and drink in.

The Grantchester Village Cambridge

9. The Plough

The Plough is a famous pub located in the nearby village of Fen Ditton, a few miles distant away from the city’s centre and is doted as one of the best pubs during the summer months. This is a place where you can drink your favourite by the river banks and see the rowers go by, not to forget the delicious food here! 

The Plough Cambridge

10. River Cam for tours and punting

To explore around the crowded and happening Cambridge, there are several ways such as view this lovely heritage city via punts and boats. The first way is to get a punt tour or a self-punt where you can see the place from the river. Instead, you can get the boat tours from the Plough Pub area or get into a canoe from Grantchester for views.

River Cam for tours and punting Cambridge

Celebrate the Christmas Time in Goa

Celebrate the Christmas time in Goa

Christmas is the time to rejoice and celebrate Christ’s Birth on 25th December everywhere in the world.  But Christmas time in Goa is an unforgettable and grandest of fest for which people flock over from all parts of India and the world. They throng the sun kissed golden beaches of Goa and make merriment. December is the holiest month for Catholics, the churches are decorated with lights, singing of choirs and carols reverberate with devoted fervor. Goa has the maximum Catholic population and Christmas there is the special occasion for all locals who come together from far off places to enjoy family reunions and family meals together. Goa visit for the tourists is a grand exotic experience with Sun, Sea, Spirit and Santa.

 Goa -some facts on local traditional Xmas

  • Goa has world heritage churches

Heritage churches Goa

  • Range of alcoholic drinks , local Kaju Feni, Beverage Bars and Discos
  • At least one Santa each village becomes source of joy for kids.
  • Xmas cake is fruit cake made of dry fruits and Wine.

Xmas fruit cake Goa

  • Local sweets like Neureos –stuffed dry fruit and coconut, Dodol -coconut and cashew square and made like bird nest on decorative paper and Bebinca, these made at home delicacies are gifted to friends and relatives packed in a basket.
  • On Xmas eve all relatives gather at family eldest’s home and celebrate to make their bonding stronger. They have turkey, Chicken, Pork Sorpotel and pulao, wine and cake desserts followed by midnight mass for the family.


Interesting Xmas Celebrations in Goa

  • Full on celebrations in Goa with fun & frolic, Santa shows, music & Dances, Carnivals, Rave parties, Bars & Pubs, Music Concerts, name it, the fun is on the run.

Santa shows Goa

  • Partying after midnight and watching fireworks at beaches is something unavoidable on Christmas.
  • Xmas party dinners on board cruises are the best party experience one can have along with music and dances, food and drinks that are in abundance. The sun will set here but fun never. Sunset cruises are organized from river Mandovi to Santa Monica, the visitors can watch folk dances and other local performances to have a feel of local culture. Night cruise, Sunset Cruise and Goa Backwater cruise showcases Goa’s beauty and culture. Visitors can see lush green plantation of cashew and mangroves along the river while on cruise.

Sunset cruises Goa

  • Gatherings and beach sports Bumping, Snorkeling, sand castling, swimming, Beach volleyball, Boat rides, Water sports at the spectacular tropical beaches like Calangute, Baga, Vagator etc.

Water sports at Goa

  • Also tourists enjoy sightseeing, club hopping in weekdays, market hopping and visits to historical churches such as Basilica of Jesus, The Se Cathedral, Lady of Rosary, The Rachol Seminary and Church of St Francis Assissi etc.

Sightseeing at Goa

  • For peace lovers, beach shacks are also available where one can enjoy peace, nice food, barbecue, bon fire etc and all at a bargain to enjoy the full fest.

Beach shacks at Goa

  • The restaurants in Goa offer awesome seafood and multi cuisines to satiate your taste buds.
  • Christmas celebrations can be experienced in the resorts and hotels of Goa, which offer attractive Christmas packages for stay and enjoyment. So tourists looking for blast on Xmas should head to resorts and hotels of Goa for memorable experience.

5 Best Things to do on Christmas in Delhi

5 Best Things to do on Christmas in Delhi, India

Christmas is synonyms with Santa Claus, Christmas tree, gifts, reindeers, snow, sledge, listening to Christmas carols and most importantly family time! There are so many things that you can do to make your Christmas special, but deciding on one thing in particular is difficult. Maybe some suggestions that are mentioned below will help you to have a great Christmas in Delhi.

1. Get spiritual- Attend Christmas Midnight Eve Mass

There is nothing like attending a midnight mass on the eve of Christmas. It is believed that Christ was born around midnight and therefore, all the churches, chapels and cathedrals hold a mass on 24th December’s night.

  • Sacred Heart Cathedral, Connaught Place.

Sacred Heart Cathedral, Connaught Place.

  • Cathedral Church of the Redemption (Viceroy Church), Rashtrapati Bhavan (ea]st side).

Cathedral Church of the Redemption (Viceroy Church), Rashtrapati Bhavan

  • James’ Church (Skinner’s Church), Kashmiri Gate.

St. James’ Church (Skinner’s Church), Kashmiri Gate

  • Luke’s Church, Defence Colony.

St. Luke’s Church, Defence Colony Delhi

  • Thomas Church, R. K. Puram.

St. Thomas Church, R. K. Puram

  • Stephen’s Church, Church Mission Road.

St. Stephen’s Church, Church Mission Road.

These are few of the very famous churches in Delhi where you can attend the Christmas Eve midnight mass.

2. Dining Out



If you plan to dine out, then make sure that you make reservations at your favorite restaurants and hotels well in advance. Hauz Khas, Connaught Place, South Delhi, and if you are ready to expand your horizon a little more, then Gurgaon too have many places where you can plan your Christmas dinner. The Imperial Hotel, Radisson Blu, Hard Rock Café and Soi 7 Pub & Brewery in Cyber City- Gurgaon, Caffe Tonino and The Junkyard Café in Connaught Place, Gastronomica in Greater Kailash are few of the many places where you can plan your Christmas feasts.

3. Look for broadways and music concerts

Music concerts delhi

If you love this kind of entertainment, then you are sure to find something near around Christmas. Delhi is a happening place as it offers entertainment for all types of audiences. Broadways, dramas, stand-up comedy acts, live music shows, and the list are never ending. Even for this, you will have to book early for better seats and better timings.

4. Offer meals in orphanage or visit old age homes

Old age homes delhi

This is a very little but precious gesture that you can do to make hundreds smile. Christmas is such a beautiful day to spread happiness. You can make old people and children happy with small gifts, meals, etc. Your one visit will make a huge difference in their lives and yours too!

5. Indulge in shopping or window shopping, maybe!

Metro Walk (Rohini)

During the festive seasons, malls like Metro Walk (Rohini), DLF Emporio (Vasant Kunj), Select City Walk (Saket), Ambience Mall (Gurgaon), DLF Place Saket, etc. in Delhi are swamped with beautiful, high-utility, latest products. If you wish to buy anything, then which day can be better than a Christmas! Or you may even simply soothe your eyes by doing some window shopping, it never hurts!

There are so many other things that you can do. But it is all about taking extra efforts to make your near and dear ones happy, especially on Christmas in Delhi!

Johor Bahru- Southern Jewel of Malaysia

Johor Bahru- Southern Jewel of Malaysia

General information about Johor Bahru

Malaysia is a great place to visit whether you visit alone, with friends or with the family. Amongst various Malaysian cities Johor Bahru or JB is one of the unique destinations for variety of tourism reasons. The capital of Johor in southern Malay peninsula of Malaysia, right across Singapore, Johor Bahru is 331 km from Kuala Lumpur (KL). A 1056-meter-long causeway across straits of Johor takes you to Woodlands, Singapore. It serves as a road as well as train link. About 300,000 locals of JB commute each day through it to work in Singapore.

Johor Bahru is an important industrial city for the reason that world’s top electronics manufacturers have at least one plant in Johor Bahru. Johor is one of the Malaysian states having booming economy because of the trade that is one of the main activities in this region. In last few years it has gained traveler’s nod and has become a top notch tourist-friendly destination. Just across the straits from Singapore, one has to take a public transport to enter, although it’s a walkable distance.

Johor-bahru

Why Visit Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru is known for its nocturnal urban life, restaurants, spas and night clubs. It has lively shopping malls, main business boulevard- the commercial hub, Jalan Wong Ah Fook. The tourists’ flock over in Legoland & Danga Bay amusement parks with their families. The city has great tourist attractions in Victorian style Istana Besar palace, Pulai waterfalls, Johor Baru Chinese temple and Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque. In addition, that are the witness to culture fusion that reflects through many cross- religion monuments, that are the important landmarks of Johor Bahru.

How to reach Johor Bahru

BY AIR– Senai Airport is located 25 km away from Johor Bahru, there are many airlines operating from KL and other important Asian cities, including flights from Singapore’s Changi airport to this airport.

BY TRAIN– KTM is the Malaysian railways, that operates from KL and other states to Southern Johor Bahru. You can take a train ride from Singapore – Woodlands for instance, and the drop off point is at Segamat, JB Sentral, Kluang, Kulai, Labis Johor. The train tickets price ranges from class to class.

BY BUS– The luxury buses are available from KL and other places. Singapore is directly linked with road and buses that are available from Woodland, Singapore. Just a causeway to cross and immigration check point to reach Johor Bahru. A second link connecting Malaysia and Singapore are being used by some elite bus services.

BY FERRY– Ferry service is available too from Singapore and Indonesia to ZON Ferry terminal in Johor Bahru. Zon is a duty free complex.



BEST TIME FOR JB

The best time to visit Johor Bahru is between April and October, as November till February is the Monsoon time, although rain prone areas can be identified and the plan can be made accordingly in those months too.

Accommodations in JB-

The hotels and guesthouses, fitting every pocket is available. In addition, resorts and private rooms are also available. African tents and Luxury tents accommodation also can be availed.

CUISINES of JB

Food lovers throng here to have a taste of several dishes such as:

  • Kway Teow Kia
  • Wild Boar meat
  • Poached fish
  • Bitter gourd soup
  • Fried Durian
  • Kacang Pool
  • Laksa Johor

SIGHTSEEING of JB

LEGOLAND

Malaysia is the first theme park in Asia, it is family fun all the way, having more than 40 rides, side shows and lovely attractions. A Lego express train takes you around all the sites of LEGOLAND, then there is boating school, a 50 m observation tower, 4D studios, 1500 figurine in the campus to take snap with. Miniland where things come live as almost everything is hands-on, so you can push, pedal and program, or steer, squirt and splash, your way through a truly interactive experience. Intricate details are mind-boggling. The fun never ceases in LEGOLAND.

Legoland-malaysia

DANGA BAY

In the waterfront of Johor Bahru, Danga Bay is one place which is right up there with the travelers. Located near Sultan’s official residence Istana Bukit Serene, Danga Bay offers great many fun and luxurious activities. A city on its own has high retail outlets, the biggest recreational park, exclusive eating places, where couples would feel cozy and a big mall that caters to all needs. You can hire cycle and tricycles for moving around, have a tram ride, skate board facilities, well-equipped playground, watch mini zoo having 180 species of fauna.

Danga-bay-johor-bahru

Istana Bukit Serene

Located 7 km northwest of the Causeway, this green-roof, stone building is the official residence of the Sultan of Johor. The palace has a gigantic and expansive garden venue of many royal get-togethers and celebrations. It was built in 1933 in the Art Deco style. The exquisite carvings can be seen on the palace walls. The Istana is guarded by the personal military force of the Sultan of Johor.

istana-bukit-serene

SULTAN ABU BAKAR STATE MOSQUE

1.8km west of the Causeway, its Located on top of a small hill overlooking the Straits of Johor. It has four minarets that bear a resemblance to British clock towers. It is made of white marble and is a combination of Moorish and Victorian architecture. It can accommodate 2,000 worshipers at a time.

sultan-abu-bakar-state-mosque

ISTANA BESAR

A white proud edifice standing tall is a palace built in 1866 by Sultan Abu Bakar. The most interesting part of the palace is its 53 -hectares well-groomed garden that’s open for all. The Royal Abu Bakar Museum located within the palace which was renovated to become a museum officially opened in 1990. It is a vibrant museum that boasts of a good collection of royal inheritance, rare artifacts and a well-kept historical facts of the state’s royal family.

istana-besar

PULAI FALLS

At a distance of 15 km Pulai Falls are visually perfect flowing water in different hills steps through a naturally formed alley. Amongst the Gunung Pulai Recreational forest area, the falls and other forest area is one place to have a relaxing family outing.

pulai-falls

JOHOR BAHRU CHINESE TEMPLE

Johor Bahru Old Chinese Temple is famous as old Temple by the locals. It is a Chinese temple located in Jalan Trus area of Johor Bahru. The temple is surrounded by vertically tall skyscrapers. The130 years old temple has many old artifacts of bronze and brass to show.

johor-bahru-chinese-temple

Dataran Bandaraya Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru square is the main square of JB, this square has an imposing clock tower, thus making it an iconic landmark of the city after Dec 1993 when JB was declared a city.

dataran-bandaraya-johor-bahru

Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple is a main Hindu temple in Johor Bahru. It is also one of the state’s tourist attraction, used extensively with the glass panels and cuttings its must for all to see.

arulmigu-sri-rajakaliamman-glass-temple

There are many other historical and contemporary modern places, where one can really enjoy the time while in Johor Bahru.

Adventure activities in JB

Hiking on moderately high hills, jungle trek for rainforest waterfalls and opportunity to see amazing flora & Fauna of JB. Islands around JB have scuba diving and snorkeling facilities as well as panoramic activities in amusement parks.

Johor Bahru is an ideal place for family vacation with zoo, water parks, etc as attractions. In addition, couples can also have great time here with several massage and spa centers, night clubs and shopping centers available to attract them.

FUKUOKA – Connects Hearts and the World

FUKUOKA- connects hearts and the world

General information 

Fukuoka is the capital of Fukuoka prefecture on the northern shore of Japan’s Kyushu Island. Fukuoka is bordered on three sides by mountains, on the north open to the Sea of Genkai. Fukuoka has subtropical climate. Located 1087 km from Tokyo, being closer to China and Korea, makes it the strategic hub linking Japan with other parts of Asia.

Fukuoka

Why Visit Fukuoka

Fukuoka is highly acclaimed by few international magazines as ‘most livable city in Asia’, one of the world’s ‘top 10 Boomtowns’ and the best shopping city in the world. Fukuoka is a modern city with many positives; one thing ensured is fun unlimited with city’s warm-hearted friendly people that will make your stay here truly memorable. It’s known for its ancient temples, historical monument, beaches and modern shopping malls and Canal City. Fukuoka’s culture displays are incomparably projected through several galleries and museum.

The city is also renowned for Tonkotsu ramen food, offered at the street stalls. Fukuoka has more restaurants per person than anywhere else in Japan. Two million foreign tourists visit Fukuoka every year, mostly they coming China and Korea.

How to reach 

BY AIR– Fukuoka international airport is barely 10 minutes from the city center by subway and flights to all domestic cities and most of the international destinations are available from here.

BY TRAIN– From Tokyo to Hakata station, Fukuoka prefecture takes 6 hours. Trains are available to Nagoya, Osaka, Hiroshima and other cities too.

BY BUS– Night buses and day buses operate between Tokyo and Fukuoka. It takes 14 to 15 hours a side.

BY FERRY– Daily ferry sails between Tokyo and Kitakyushu port which takes 34 hours to reach. From there to Fukuoka it takes 90 minutes.



Best Hotels 

Fukuoka is a commercial hub as well as a bustling tourist destination. For staying in JK Hakata station vicinity is better for easy rolling to different destinations while Tenjin would be better if you plan to stay longer for shopping and sightseeing reasons. Also budget hotels and hostels are available.

Best Time to Visit Fukuoka

March and April is the spring time when Cherry blossom bloom fully and September to October when cold is moderately pleasant, these are the best months to visit.

Cuisines 

Hakata Ramen-noodles with thick pork soup, Mentaiko, Motsunabe, Tetsunabe Goza, Yamanaka- Sushi variant, Tonkotsu Ramen, Yakitori-chicken dish, Udon-wheat noodles, Gyozo-dumpling are few of the popular cuisines here.

Main attractions in Fukuoka

Marine world Umino-nakamichi

An Aquarium in Umino-nakamichi seaside Park in cultural resort area is one site that should be high on your priority. Its marine life, otters and dolphins are its main attractions. There are gigantic good-looking tanks having dolphins and sea lions, a popular public show. Then there is variety of species of 120 sharks, outdoor whale pool, besides innumerable other marine creatures.  

Marine-world-umino-nakamichi

Kyushu National museum

This museum displays Japanese culture and its history. Located in Dazaifu, the cultural exchange room, where all displays are organized, is a huge 1500 sq. m hall. The theme of display keeps on changing to impart maximum and useful information.

Kyushu-national-museum

Fukuoka castle

A historical castle ruins are located in a huge park called Maizuru Park.  16th century castle used to be the largest in Kyushu area in its time and was torn down to cut away from the feudal past. Park is the bigger attraction now, as for castle it’s the walls only that are visible. The park looks astonishing when the cherry blossoms bloom.

fukuoka-castle

Ohori park

It’s a nice and pleasant city park in central Fukuoka having a large water body at its center. There is a walking path around the edge of the pond over two kilometers long and is common place for jogging, walking pets and leisurely strolls. Ohori is moat in Japanese, the park once served as moat to the nearby castle.

Ohori-park-fukuoka

Kushida shrine

An ancient Kushida Shrine was founded in 8th century when Hakata was the main entry point for trade and diplomatic missions between China, Korea and Japan. In the first half of July every year shrine has its biggest five- day festival called Hakata Gion Yamakasa, when race of giant floats is organized from the seven neighboring district teams. Each of the floats are decorated with traditional figures. A ton of weight of float is carried over on shoulders and raced through the streets.

Kushida-shrine-fukuoka

Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine

A large shrine in Dazaifu, 30 minutes away from Fukuoka is in the memory of 10th century spirit that had widespread fear in those days. Its premises have 6000 plum trees.

Dazaifu-tenmangu-shrine-fukuoka

Sumo Kyushu Basho

One of the Six national grand sumo tournaments, Sumo Kyushu Basho is organized from 13th November to 27 November every year. All the big stars shine here.

Sumo-kyushu-basho-fukuoka

Fukuoka Tower

A seaside tower is decorated with 8000 half mirrors and is a great visual from outside and one can observe the sea and city from the top of it too.

Fukuoka-tower

Canal city Hakata

It is a phenomenally huge shopping center and entertainment complex ‘a city within a city’. The complex has 250 shops, cafes and restaurants, besides a theatre, cinemas, game center, two hotels and a canal designed to run through the complex. In short it’s a shopper’s dream realized, as there is nothing here that won’t take their fancy. The food offered here is delectable and of a wide range. A floor is dedicated to Ramen food only including Hakata Ramen. Canal and a fountain with lights are center of show organized every 30 minutes.

Other activities 

  • Tourists can have great time at entertainment venues such as Space world, Wonder -park, Robosquare and BigAir.
  • Water sports such as kayak race, swimming under glass dome, river rafting, boating, cruise and scuba diving.
  • Fun activities such as cycling, canyon hiking and chill at Keya beach attract numerous tourists.
  • Shopping at several malls and nightlife are other big attractions for visitors coming here.

As per local belief, it is the bridge that connects Japan and rest of the world. You need to visit Fukuoka and discover its true magnificence to believe it.

Chiang Mai – Blooming Rose of Thailand

Chiang Mai- Blooming Rose of Thailand

General Information on Chiang Mai

Fondly called ‘Rose of the North’ Chiang Mai is 700 km north of Bangkok, capital city of the state with the same name. Home to large number of happy expats, Chiang Mai is rated as one of the 10 most livable cities in Asia, thanks to its open policies, mild weather, overall affordability and people’s easy co-existence.  It is the main tourist attraction for its natural attractions, religious places and high rated tourist activities. The city was originally founded in 13th century, old walled city is the witness of ancient times.

Why Visit Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai flourishes on tourism that revolves around its cultural sites, heritage, elephant rides, National park experience, cascading waterfalls and live sightseeing. Chiang Mai skyline is dotted with pagodas, ancient houses & lanes reminiscent of an era went by centuries ago. In addition to the cultural and historical legacy, there is contemporary unlimited fun in Doi Suthep- Pui National park with waterfalls, lush green landscapes, elephant valley or Mae Sa Valley, botanical garden, adventure safaris and animal shows etc. Chiang Mai also has innumerable galleries, beautiful parks and upstart markets.

Chiang-mai

How to reach Chiang Mai

BY AIR– Chiang Mai International Airport is 11 km from Chiang Mai city, regular flights from Bangkok and other international destinations such as Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore fly in and out.

BY TRAIN– Take an overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, normally it takes 11 hours to reach. Trains are comfortable and cost effective way to reach here.

BY BUS– Good luxury buses are available every hour from Bangkok for Chiang Mai, they take 10 hours to reach there.

Accommodations

While booking online be careful as name Chiang Mai applies to both state and the city. Old town district of Chiang Mai is the best option to stay as you can find good and affordable hotels and guest houses in this area. You can explore the city easily from here on foot or on bicycle. For lesser rates you will have to go far or across the river to stay.

Best Time to visit 

Best time is, when weather is cool between November to February. Hot season is between March to June, and green season or rainy season is between July to October. 



Cuisines in Chiang Mai

The food here is exotic as it has influence of several countries. Cuisines- Haeng Hang Lay- Burmese sweet curry, Kanom Jeen Nam Ngeow- rice vermicelli with soybean curry, Khao Soi-egg noodle curry, Khan Toke with rice, Sai Oua- grilled herb sausage, Nam Prik Ong/ nume-chilli dip, Miang kham – bite sized leaf wrapped snacks, Tam Khanun- jackfruit salad, Larb Kua- shallow fried spicy meat salad and Gaeng Ho- mixed curry.

Main attractions in Chiang Mai

Doi Suthep- Pui National park

Is a national park located 15 km from Chiang Mai. Named after the twin mountains, the national park is spread in 265 sq. km area. The main attraction of the park is Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a 14th century built sacred temple followed by many Thais as pilgrimage. Doi Suthep is also the name of the mountain where it is located on its top. Its main features are its pagodas, golden mount, Buddha statues and other many statues and artifacts. Forests is on hilly landscape, having few vantage points, caves, waterfalls, bounty of nature and flora & fauna. 2000 species of ferns and flowering plants, 300 species of birds and mammals such as boars, Indian Muntjac or barking deer, Assam macaque, Asian golden cat and Asian black bear are few among the lot.

doi-suthep-pui-national-park-chiang-mai

Chiang Mai Zoo

When talking of animal upkeep and welfare this zoo takes the cake. Spread on the forested mountain slope this zoo is simply amazing. Animals are kept here in their natural surroundings but in safety for precise display. There is one refrigerated cold environment where penguins live, is a hit with the spectators. Then there is one remarkable aquarium also. One can use zoo monorails and shuttle buses for sightseeing.

chiang-mai-zoo

Wat Phra Singh

This is Chiang Mai’s best known and most revered temple, pilgrims make beeline here to pray Lion form of Buddha, a graceful idol said to be brought from Sri Lanka in 14th century. During the Songkran festival this statue becomes the center of attraction.

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Wat Chet Yot

Known as ‘temple of the seven spires’ the temple was built in line with Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya, where Buddha attained enlightenment. The architecture of the edifice is diverse with essentials from Thai, Laos, India and Chinese style. A 15th century temple, is known to be the focus of pilgrimage for the one who is born in the snake year.

wat-chet-yot-chiang-mai

Chiang Mai Night Safari

An ambitious Thailand government’s project following the Singapore model, Chiang Mai Night safari is classified to three zones, Savanna Safari, Predator bowl and Jaguar trail- where you walk or ride atop open tram. While on the safari you are kept entertained by various activities right from feeding animals by your own hands, touching tiger cubs or watch laser show or fun plaza’s musical fountains.

chiang-mai-night-safari

Wat Chedi Luang

Huge pagoda or Chedi is its unique feature that makes a distinct marking on Chiang Mai’s skyline with 80-meter tall pagoda. It was once housed emerald Buddha, the most important Thai emblem.

wat-chedi-luang-chiang-mai

Mae Sa Elephant Camp

The elephants at the Mae Sa Elephant Camp are no ordinary pachyderms. Apart from going about their daily routine as tamed elephants doing their rituals, these tremendously bright animals have been trained to paint, play football, dance and perform to show their talent, that will amaze you to the hilt. Thai elephants are in Guinness World Record for their activities.

mae-sa-elephant-camp-chiang-mai

Bo Sang Handicrafts Village

The umbrellas are the identity of craftsmanship in Chiang Mai, the craft is known across the world for the handcrafted, hand painted colorful all sized umbrellas. Interestingly, these are made from Sa paper made from the bark of mulberry tree.

Museums

Chiang Mai City Arts & Cultural Center, Chiang Mai National museum, Art Museum, Museum of world insects & Natural wonders, Postal museum and Art in Paradise are the museum here.

Flower festival

In February end this awesome flower festival is organized, that is amazing show.

Other activities in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai offers lot for the tourists of all ages in outdoor activities, such as trekking, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, elephant riding even mahout course, white water rafting, kayaking and night safaris. Also tenpin bowling, tennis, golf, swimming and kick boxing camps. More serene activities include cooking courses, meditation, yoga, tai chi and even shopping.

Chiang Mai is an ultimate place for culture and modernity presented in just the right proportion, its pocket friendly life is just the icing on the cake for the tourists.

Pattaya interesting tourist destination that offers enticing range of attractions

Pattaya- One Place Infinite Entertainment!

Pattaya is one interesting tourist destination that offers you an enticing range of attractions. Right from Thailand’s traditions to contemporary adventures, every type of tourist will find something of his interest here. You can rock on the party street, explore the religious treasures, art, nature, culture and science. Pattaya offers you recreational options beyond imagination!

General Information 

Located on the eastern coast of Thailand, Pattaya is just 147 km away from Bangkok, the capital city. People there speak Thai and English. It doesn’t experience severe winters, in fact the weather is anywhere between cool and humid. And therefore, Pattaya is also one of the best beach destinations of the world.

 Why Visit Pattaya?

It may be best, but Pattaya is not only about beaches, it has a lot to offer in terms of sightseeing and interesting activities. You can never associate Pattaya with just one thing- it has so many things to amaze you like floating market, Buddha mountain, tropical gardens, temples, and so forth.

Pattaya

Best Months to Travel 

November, December, January and February are undoubtedly the best months to travel Pattaya. The weather around this time is extremely pleasant, neither too cold nor too hot. During other times of the year, the weather usually is not very friendly.

Pattaya Cuisine

Thai food is famous across the globe, and what makes it more desirable is the copious use of a variety of spices and herbs in it. This cuisine such as Thai red curry, rack of lamb, alligator,etc is all about amazing aromas and tastes. The chilli-hot flavour dominates the Thai food, but it doesn’t lack balance and other details like sour, salty, etc. In most of the dishes vegetables and meat are cooked together and so what you get is a food with high nutritional value!

In addition, you can enjoy cuisines of other countries such as Korea, China, Japan, India, US, Australia, Italy to name a few.



Best Sightseeing Places 

 1. Sanctuary of Truth

The Sanctuary of Truth is one of the most iconic structures in Pattaya. The whole structure stands 105-meter-tall and is made up of teak with intricate carvings. This place is neither religious nor has any royal backdrop. It is meant to be looked at in philosophical and artistic way that depicts Thailand’s culture and faith.

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2. Nong Nooch Tropical Garden

The Nong Nooch Tropical Garden is spread across 2.4sq.kms of land and displays a remarkable variety of flowers and landscapes that include 17th century French Gardens and Stonehenge recreation.

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3. Wat Phra Khao Yai (Buddha Mountain)

The Buddha’s statue is naturally the main attraction here as it stands18 metres tall in height.

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This is a best place for spiritual tranquillity with bells and aromas of burning incense making it more calming.

4. Art in Paradise

This place is different than the other arts galleries of the world. It plays with optical illusions that involves the visitors of the gallery. It offers a different perspective of art in general.

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Best Pattaya Activities

1. Walking Street

The famous Walking Street of Pattaya is stretched at 500 meters and becomes a no vehicle zone post 18:00 hours, every day.

You will see this street flooded with food vendors, performers doing their gigs. There is no part where there are no lights and music. This is definitely a fun place to be at during nights.

2. Tiffany Cabaret Show

Tiffany’s Cabaret Show is another spectacular thing that attracts the lovers of performing arts. It is hosted at a grand theatre in Pattaya and runs for an hour with lots of colours, sound and lights. You can enjoy Indian Raj, Thai dance, Broadway and slapstick burlesque.

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3. Pattaya Floating Market

The real name of this market is Four Regions Floating Market which is inclusive of the north, northeast, central and south parts of Thailand. This floating market sells souvenirs, food, fruits, art, handicrafts, and clothing.

4. Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark

It has 30 state-of-the-art water rides and slides, displays various entertainment shows has an amazing food court and Disneyworld style mascots.

5. Ripley’s Believe It Or Not

It has more than 300 exhibits which tell true stories and facts. These displays are meant to prove that truth really is weirder than fiction.

6. Beach sports

Visit the popular beaches such as Pattaya beach and Jomtien beach to enjoy array of adventure activities such as kite surfing, wind surfing, paragliding, under water sports or just laze around in peace.

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7. Other attractions:

Fun does not halt in Pattaya as you can experiment several other activities such as skydiving, rocket ball adventure, biking, ATV tour, coral Island tour, bungee jumping, golf, Thai Massage and Thai cooking classes.

Hotels and Other Accommodation Facilities

Pattaya being one of the most visited tourist destinations of Thailand offers you a huge range of accommodation options. Right from luxury hotels to 3-4 star resorts and affordable guesthouses, it is a destination that money can’t stop you from visiting.

How to Reach?

By Air: The U-Tapao airport located at Sattahip is just about 30 kilometres away from Pattaya and has limited connectivity options.

Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport is about 120 km away from Pattaya, and will take about 90 minutes’ road trip for you to reach your destination. You can easily find affordable cabs outside this airport.

By Bus: There are many bus services from Bangkok to Pattaya and from other North-Eastern parts of Thailand.

By Train: Bangkok and Pattaya are well connected by rail too. There is a daily train service for this route. If you are looking for an economical travel, then train is the best option. You can buy tickets directly at the station, but 30 minutes before the departure.

So reach out to your next vacation destination that is Pattaya, Thailand and feel the unstoppable excitement!

Penang – Crossroad to Fun and Food

Penang- Crossroad to Fun and Food

Overview

Penang is an island 28 km off the mainland of Malaysia. Penang is also the state of Malaysia on North-west coast comprising Penang Island, and a strip of land on mainland called Seberang Perai. The second smallest state in the country out of 13 states with 1031sq km area, out of that Penang Island has area of 285 square km.  Its state capital is George Town which is located on the Penang Island. The island has connection to mainland by a 13.5km long Penang Bridge and another of 24 km long bridge. Also it has a 3 km channel between the narrowest points between mainland and island. Ferry services link is also convenient that links two land areas.

Why visit Penang

Penang is striding up with the modern developments, while preserving the diverse heritage and tradition. A unique blend of east and west mix, Penang has been catching attention from the visitors for years. It has to be seen to believe with its colonial era buildings, churches reminding of bygone years, incredible forests and wildlife in National park and its cool leisurely beaches. It has a stamp of Asian charm and hospitality, thanks to its culture, happy time shopping opportunities and finger licking culinary range.

Penang’s sea beaches are good but lag behind in comparison to some of the other Malaysian beaches. If they lack in something they gain in another, diversity, which is their strong multi-culture base. It has influence of Malay, Chinese, Indians and Europeans that reflects in their cuisines. For this very reason, this place is known as ultimate food haven and a ‘culinary destination’, well known in whole of Malaysia and Singapore also.

HOW TO REACH PENANG

BY AIR– Penang International Airport is at 17 km distance from Georgetown, the domestic and international flights are available.

BY TRAIN– Trains available up to Butterworth from KL and other places, from there taxis or ferries can be hired to reach the island.

BY BUS– From Kuala Lumpur bus can be availed, this is supposed to be the cheapest form of travel.



Best Time to visit Penang

December and January are considered to be the best months to visit. Between May and October if you can take risk for rains or heat then you can avail off-season deals.

Cuisines of Penang

Diverse cuisine options both from the East and the West are available here:

Malay food– Ikan bakar, Mee Jawa, Mee Udang, Penang-Laksa, Nasi Lemak

Chinese– Bak Kut The, claypot chicken rice, Char Koat Teow, Hokien char & mee, Hainanese chicken rice, Wan Than Mee, Lor mee, fried oyster omelette

Indian– Appalam, Apom, banana leaf rice, biryani, fish head curry, Nasi Kandar,Mee Rebus

Western– Tari Burger, Chicken chop, Neslo,

Penang hotel options

Penang offers fabulous accommodation options to diverse tourists as per their budget and choices be it boutique hotels, beach view resorts, economical hostels or serviced apartments. The capital George Town has unique stay options at World Heritage sites while beaches offer nature facing stay options which you can book online at great prices.

Activities and Adventure in Penang

Swimming and hiking in Penang National Park, parasailing, scooter and speed boat rides, snorkeling and diving. kayaking, archery, paintball, jungle-trekking, water polo, and beach volleyball in Jerejak Islands

SIGHTSEEING in PENANG

George Town

Capital of Penang has plenty of attractions to offer to tourists, such as pre-Second World War houses and shop houses, as well as 19th century churches, temples, mosques, and colonial buildings. A UNESCO world heritage site George Town is well maintained in cleanliness and other aspects of safety and management. George Town is a modern-day city with skyscrapers and shopping malls. Luxuriant Penang Hill, with hiking and a riding on the funicular railway provides a panoramic view of the hills and the city.  There are some important places to see:

George Town Panang

  • Kapitan Keling Mosque, which is the largest mosque in the city
  • Sri Mahamariamman Temple is the oldest temple in the country
  • Church of the Assumption considered to be the oldest Roman Catholic church.

Penang National Park

This National Park is Malaysia’s smallest of the parks, all the more reason to watch with ease. Located    25 km from Georgetown, the park has three nearby hidden beaches and network of trails for trekking.  Spread over 1200 hectares, it’s the lifetime experience to see nature’s complete offerings in this park. In this lovely wilderness, it is unimaginable that one is so near to the bustling city. The experience one can get here is soothing to the eyes and heart. From the easy hike to Monkey Beach to the more challenging trek to Teluk Kampi, explore what this park has in store for you. Monkeys and turtles are in abundance here, if lucky you can find some baby turtles hatching.

Penang National Park

Penang Hill

A British time hill station, the hill was well chosen by the British people to overlook the city and the surrounding area. The view from the top is enchanting and panoramic. The place still has British time’s rundown cottages and the cooler air up there to provide great relief from the warm weather.

Penang Hill

The most popular way to climb up to Penang Hill is through the funicular or hill train.  There’s another way that starts by the Botanical Gardens and it’s called the Moon Gate. From here, it’s around 6km up to the Hill. The trek is not an easy one, it’s steep, muddy, and humid as hell, so get lots of water and proper boots to climb.

Batu Feringghi Sea Beach

Batu Feringghi is Penang’s most advanced thus a popular beach, long stretch of soft & white sandy beach that is dotted with beautiful houses, local and global restaurants, oceanfront resorts and reasonably priced hotels, as well as the exciting night market with hundreds of stalls set up that offer the best shopping time for you, where you can bargain competitively. Batu Feringghi beach is located just half an hour away from Georgetown, when your sojourn coming to an end, check for this market.

Tanjung Bungah

Tanjung Bungah is a panoramic seaside suburb located between Gurney and Batu Feringghi. Within a half-hour’s drive from Georgetown, Tanjung Bungah beach is surrounded by lush greenery and rocky landscapes. It has risen in popularity over the years to become one of Penang’s most popular destinations, having must-visit charms such as Penang Toy Museum and Penang Floating Mosque.

Tanjung Bungah Penang

Jerejak Island

A tranquil tropical 362-hectare island with picturesque beaches and an unspoiled rainforest, Jerejak Island has been protected for 4 centuries. Known as the biggest of the many islands surrounding this place, this island can be reached by daily going ferry.

Jerejak Island Penang

Snake temple – Must visit this one-of-a-kind temple which is filled with aroma and smoke.

Snake temple Penang

It is famous as Food Haven, but there are so much more to enjoy the holidays such as beautiful parks, shopping complexes, museums and old heritage sites. Therefore, visit Penang during your next vacation and feel the difference!

Malacca city – a Historical Malaysian City

Malacca city – a historical Malaysian city

When you look for any city in Malaysia with cross-continents historical importance then the name of Malacca city pops in the mind. It is the capital of Malacca state in the strait of Malacca. Oldest city in Malaysia, Malacca has lot to offer to the tourists who look for interesting sightseeing and pleasurable time during their stay. Malaccan history and its landmarks, theme parks, cultural parks, city’s unique set-up, sea beaches and colorful flowery trishaws to take you around to see those, present just the perfect blend to bring Malacca city on top of the travel list.

Why Visit Malacca city 

Malacca’s unique picturesque location on the Malacca strait, geographically puts it several notches higher and above many of the south-east Asian destinations. Here you get immense value for your time in Famosa resort called Famosa water world which is an activity oriented theme park offering the charming experience. Here you can also witness, Butterfly & Reptiles Sanctuary and a zoo. Take a colorful Trishaw and go watch historical Malacca Sultanate fort, Chinese temples, Stadhuys Building reminiscent of Dutch time, watch museums, ancient churches, go shopping and take a cruise in the river.



How to reach Malacca city, Malaysia?

By Air- Fly from Kuala Lumpur to Melaka airport located 16 km from the Malacca city.

By Train– There is no direct train to Malacca from Kuala Lumpur. You have to take train from Kuala Lumpur to Tampin 118 km away then take bus for 40 km distance to Malacca city.

By Bus– Buses is the easiest mode of transport for reaching Malacca at 149 km from Kuala Lumpur in 2.5 hours.

Accommodation options in Malacca city

You will be spoilt for choice of accommodation options available in Malacca city at the prominent places. Whether you are looking for colonial style guest house or luxurious hotel or opt for cheaper stay options, the city caters to diverse preferences of tourists. Just check your favorite on internet and book hotel online to get the best deal ever!

Best Time for visit

June and November are the wettest months when it rains or drizzle. Rest of the months are fine though hot and humid. The temperature remains around 30°C though nights are shade cooler.

Cuisine in Malacca city

Foodies can discover variant flavors in Malacca city. Its rich culture and history has influence on cuisine as well. The tourists can discover Chinese and Malay flavoured cuisine in several dishes. Chinese rice balls, Nasi Lemak, Nyonya Laksa, Duck noodles, Satay celup, sambal delicacies are some of the prominent dishes.

What to See when you are in Malacca city?

A’Famosa Resort

A beautiful resort located at 24 km from Malacca city, around a country town Alor Gajah. This resort offers accommodation to stay, theme park including safari Wonderland, A’Famosa Water World and Cowboy Town. Various activities such as Archery, Horse riding, rock climbing, Go Kart, Cycling, Paddle boating, Pony riding, target shooting, horse carriage rides and fishing wait for you. These activities will offer more worth for your visit here.

A’Famosa Resort
A’Famosa Resort

Stadhuys

A 16th century Dutch building complex that has acclaimed name for its architecture. It comprises of set of oriental buildings and a museum of Ethnography in the Stadhuys. Here you can shop for various household and bridal cultural objects. Red square as it is called also, is one of the best places in Malacca.

Stadhuys Malacca
Stadhuys Malacca

Cruise on river 

Melaka river goes through the city and past the streets of Malacca. Boats are unique in the design and a cruise is one experience that will elate your spirits.

Cruise on river Malacca
Cruise on river Malacca

Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum

Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum, is a museum that showcases the local history of ethnic Chinese-Malays called Baba-Nyonya or Peranakan in Malacca. You can walk down here or take a Trishaw to reach here, the museum is a treat for history lovers.

Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum Malacca
Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum Malacca

Cheng Hoon Teng temple

The temple depicts Chinese architecture’s influence in Malacca. The Chinese believed in three spiritual lines Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism, that reflects here. Located just near Harmony Street, the Temple premises are spread in 4,600 s. m. The Cheng Hoon Teng Temple is one of the oldest and beautifully decorated temple in Malaysia which is still operational.

Cheng Hoon Teng temple Malacca
Cheng Hoon Teng temple Malacca

Ancient churches

  • 16th century church of St. Paul has a story to tell from Goa Archbishop to Portuguese and then Dutch invaders. Located near A’Famosa Fort, the church’s ruins still give reminder of its tall past.
  • St Peter’s Church- was built in the beginning of 18th century by Portuguese Catholics. A world heritage site, an Alabaster statue of Christ is a big attraction.
St Peter’s Church Malacca
St Peter’s Church Malacca
  • Christ Church of Melaka is a protestant church built in the mid of 18th Its elegant red building and the environment around is enjoyed by the visitors.
  • Tan Kim Seng Bridge is an old bridge which is worth seeing for its antique value and history associated with it.
  • Malacca zoo – visit the zoo to spot 215 species of animals here.

Activities

There are plenty of activities and adventure moments while in Malacca.

  • River Cruise
  • Cycling
  • Zoo- watching fauna
  • Leisure time on Pengkalan Balak Beach & Tanjung Bidara Beach
  • A’Famnosa wildlife safari
  • Golfing
  • Multiple adventure and other activities in A’Famosa resort

Therefore, witness mixture of history, rich culture and growing urban life in Malacca city, Malaysia for sumptuous experience.

OSAKA – a Happening City in Japan

OSAKA – a happening city in Japan

A bustling busy port city and commercial center on the main island of Honshu, it is the capital of Osaka prefecture in Kansai region in Japan. Osaka means ‘large hill’ the name changed from erstwhile Naniwa, long-long back. It has an enviable skyline second only to Tokyo in skyscrapers. In the night time, it just looks out-of-the-world with sparkling neon light.

It is the third largest city in terms of population which is 7% of Japan’s total population. Incidentally, Japan’s 78% population lives in urban area.

Why Visit Osaka?

Commercially, it is one of the finest to travel. Its huge Greater Osaka metropolitan area is located in sprawling 7800 sq km area, making it one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world.  Being a major commercial and cultural hub, the city has so much to offer to tourists whether its big city comforts or even small town feel; interesting traces of history as well as modern day amenities to woo all kinds of travelers.

In springs when Cherry Blossoms bloom, that’s visible everywhere, especially in Nishinomoru Japanese Garden in Osaka-Castle-Park and in Mint tunnel in late April, the sight is breathtaking.

 A festival Tenjin Matsuri of fireworks is held in July in this city. Beside these, there are many sites seeing opportunities that will make your visit worthwhile.

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Enjoy unique Japanese food such as sushi, okonamiyaki, takoyaki, udon, kabo beef besides other interesting meals at famous eating outlets of Osaka. Also the tourists can relish several Asian and Western recipes at Osaka restaurants.

Osaka
Osaka

How to reach

  • By Air– The main international gateway to Osaka is Kansai International Airport. Domestic flights operate from its Itami Railway, Monorail and subway are connected to the city from Airport.
  • By Train– City center of Osaka is connected by railways to Tokyo and other major cities. Bullet trains take 2 hours and 20 minutes to reach this place from Tokyo.
  • By Road– Overnight and day buses are available that take 8-9 hours to reach here from Tokyo. Driving down in a car may not be a good idea for a non-Japanese, as all the direction signs on the way are in Japanese.
  • By Ferries– Ferries are the options available too though it’s expensive and time taking.

Best season to visit

Spring time from March to April are the best, when Cherry Blossom trees blossom to full glory. It’s climate is temperate and humid, so October to December is best to visit.



Accommodation 

Tourists will be pleased to find an array of hotel chains offering best amenities and strategically located near shopping destinations, airport, stations, etc. besides, guest houses, dormitory style stays, private rooms, hostels and women-specific accommodation are also available at economical prices. One can book accommodation online in Osaka.

Sightseeing

The city’s lifeline is the subway that has its network to almost all the places, use this to see these sites.

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Osaka’s Shogunate Castle

Osaka’s Shogunate Castle is a 16th-century edifice which is its prime historical milestone; it is surrounded by a moat and park with plum, peach and cherry trees. It is unique in design and construction.

Osaka’s Shogunate Castle
Osaka’s Shogunate Castle

Nishinomoru Japanese Garden

Nishinomoru Japanese Garden or Naniwa Palace site park is a sprawling grass land and blossoming flowered trees, a beautiful sight just adjacent to the castle.

Nishinomoru Japanese Garden
Nishinomoru Japanese Garden

The Shinto Sumiyoshi

Taisha Shrine is among Japan’s oldest of Shinto shrines. Located in Sumiyoshi ward, the shrine became center of royal attraction since 10th  century.

The Shinto Sumiyoshi
The Shinto Sumiyoshi

Theme park

At Osaka water front, it is famous for its Universal Studios, Japan. It is very similar to Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles barring the studio tour.  There are many attractions, souvenir shops and restaurants. Universal City Walk also has a variety of restaurants and shops. The fireworks on Saturday nights and holidays are very impressive. Situated in Osaka Bay Area, the place has been done in truly Hollywood style with mesmerizing attractions and adventure activities especially for kids.

Theme park Osaka
Theme park 

Aquarium

Impressive aquarium, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan is an aquarium located in the ward of Minato in Osaka near Bay. It is one of the largest public aquariums in the world.

Osaka aquarium
Aquarium

Minami & Namba

Minami and Namba, the southern sector of the city, form one of the two main commercial districts of Kansai’s biggest city, and contain some of the biggest tourist attractions. Mainly a shopping area. The slogans ‘’something for everyone and eat till you drop’’ underline its beauty and utility.

Minami & Namba
Minami & Namba

Museums

City’s history well displayed through its many museums such as Municipal Museum of Fine Art and Osaka Museum of History, get a Kansai Grutto Pass worth 1000 yen and see them all.

Museums of Osaka

Shitennjoi temple

Ancient Buddhist 6th century temple should be seen for its statues and artifacts.

Activities

  • Cycling way to see Osaka
  • Cruise in Tanbori river
  • Hiking on Mino falls
  • Fishing trips
  • Sea diving, snorkeling
  • Camping, Snowboarding, wakeboarding, skiing- through some clubs