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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Visit Japan and Discover its Magnificence

Visit Japan and discover its magnificence

The word Japan transpires a vision of a technologically developed modern country with its deep roots in ancient history and religion. Japan is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean with its cities bursting with imposing skyscrapers, majestic imperial palaces serving reminder of their glorious past, hilly national parks and ancient shrines and temples. Japan is exciting with its humble people who are filled with national pride for their country, their culture, their food especially sushi, rich heritage and their cutting edge technological advancement. This is not all, you got to visit Japan and discover its true magnificence.

Japan falls among the top attractions for the tourists as 19.73 million people visited Japan in 2015. It has lot to offer with nature’s blessings in its sultry sea beaches, landscapes, high mountains and panoramic kaleidoscopic sceneries. Here it is important to mention of their 19 UNESCO world heritage sites for the purpose of sightseeing.

August Overview-The land of morning sun leaves rains behind in July and the month of August has 83% chances of sunny days. The temperature would be pleasant between 23° to 29°c, though it will be bit humid. August is the peak time for beach activities, Hanabi-a festival of fireworks to ward off the evil spirits and 4 more festivals during August here. A great dance festival in Tokushima will be held between 12th to 15th August. In addition, there will be exhibitions and 97 trade fairs on variety of concepts. In fact, August visit will be very enlightening for the visitors.

Japan
Japan

How to reach Japan

Japan has very busy air traffic and has flights to its 4 International airports from all over the world.

Narita International airport Tokyo– is the biggest airport in Japan that is 60 km east of Tokyo city. One can take train to Tokyo city, Yokohama, Shinjuku, Shibuya etc. 

Haneda Internal Airport-  is in south Tokyo 22 km away, where one can ride on a mono rail or train to reach Tokyo. Haneda airport is the biggest domestic airport too in Japan.

Kansai International airport – is in west Japan located 40 km from Osaka. This airport is for reaching to Kyoto, Nara, Koyasan, Kumano-Kodo.

Chubu Centrair International airport- 30 km from Nagoya. The cities of Takayama, Shirakwa -Go and Ise Shrine.

The flights to practically every city are available, besides bullet trains and other express trains that are the easiest mode of transport for travelling from one city to another.

Japan Accommodation facilities- Japan has numerous all budget hotels, in addition there are alternative accommodations available such as furnished apartments, hostels & dormitories, traditional style accommodations, capsule hotels with shared bath, a TV for males generally. Weekly and monthly hotels and flats too are available.



Cuisines

   Sushi – Sushi is a national dish of Japan. Rice and sea food variations include Nigiri, Gunkan, Norimaki etc.

      Bowl of rice – steamed rice, vinegar and soya sauce such as Donburi

      Rice balls (Onigiri) – Seasoned rice wrapped in sea weeds.

      Kare Raisu (Curry rice) – a curry and rice dish

      Chahan (fried rice) – with vegetables and eggs Chinese inspired fried rice

Kayu – a rice porridge

       Sashimi – Sea food dish, raw fish with wasabi and soya sauce

      Yakizakana  – grilled fish (such as salmon, mackerel, etc.)

      Noodles –  Soba- native noodles dish, Udon- wheat noodles, Somen- thin wheat Noodles

      Yakisoba – Noodles mixed with vegetables and meat. Eaten in fests

Nabe –       A soupy mix of noodles, seafood, mushrooms and vegetables, Sukiyaki is a variation.

      Meat dishes – Yakitori, Tonkastu, Yakiniku, Nikujaga and Teppanyaki etc.

      There are other Tofu and soya-bean dishes.

Sightseeing in Japan

TOKYO

The bustling capital city has numerous neon lighted skyscrapers and technology that reflects everywhere. The unlimited choices are offered in shopping, entertainment, culture and food fest of Tokyo. From 16th century one small castle town of Edo, as it was called, to one of the populous and happening metro, Tokyo has come long way. There are much to witness here.

Tokyo, Japan

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Tokyo Imperial Palace – Emperor’s residence with beautiful gardens.

Parks – Odaiba and Ueno parks, Shinjuku Gyoen park with greenhouse, Koishikawa Korakuen, Hama Rikyu etc.

Tokyo Dome city – an entertainment district

 Exhibition center Roppongi – Art, nightlife, art galleries, exhibitions and aquariums

 Harajuku district – An locality of fashion, culture, shopping, art galleries and churches.

 Meiji Shrine – A Shinto shrine with aesthetic gardens

 Senso ji – Historic temple of Goddess of mercy

 Yasukuni shrine – A shrine dedicated to war dead

 Tsukiji Fish market – It is the largest fish market with all kinds of fishes

 Edo -Tokyo Museum excellent display of Tokyo’s history.

 Tokyo Skytree – 2nd highest structure at 634m in Sumida, having broadcasting center, restaurant and observation facilities.

OSAKA

A bustling port city and commercial center on the island of Honshu, is known for its contemporary architecture, lively nightlife and popular street food. Third most populated city in Japan at a distance of 515 km from Tokyo, on bullet train one can reach there in 2 hours 22 minutes. By air too there are so many flight every day. 

Okasa
Okasa

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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.

The Shinto Sumiyoshi -Taisha Shrine is among Japan’s oldest of shrines.

Theme park – At Osaka water front

Osaka aquarium – Impressive aquarium

Minami (Namba) – Downtown for shopping and having fun

Tenjin Matsuri – Summer festival fireworks’ main place

Museum of history – city’s history well displayed

Shitennjoi temple – Ancient temple

Minoo park – on outskirts a forest park with waterfalls

Science museum – Interactive science museum

KYOTO

Once was the capital of Japan, Kyoto is a beautiful city located on the island of Honshu it has thousands of Buddhist temples and shrines. Kaiseki dining traditions, Geisha the female entertainers, Shinto shrines and wooden houses are its typical identity reasons. Kyoto is 513km from Tokyo and train takes 2 hours 18 minutes to reach there.

 

Kyoto
Kyoto

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Nijo Castle – famous wooden castle

Kinkakuji & Ginkaku -ji zen temple- famous gold color temple in serene and peaceful environment

Fushimi Inari Taisha – Shinto shrine with unique gates

Temples – Ryoan-ji, Nazan-ji,

Arashiyama – bamboo forest with monkeys

OKINAWA

Okinawa comprises of 150 islands in the East China Sea, lies between Taiwan and Japan’s mainland. World War II sites are its uniqueness. It’s known for its tropical climate, broad beaches and coral reefs etc. 2115 km is the distance of Okinawa from Tokyo and flights from Haneda airport are available easily. Although ferries are the option too but these are expensive and time taking.

OKINAWA
OKINAWA

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Naha – Okinawa’s capital is famous for its Shuri castle

Miyakojima – Known for Snorkeling, scuba diving, golf, sea turtles, beaches etc.

Ishigaki – beaches, blue coral reef and mountains

Iromote Jima – Water buffaloes, waterfalls, water sports such as Scuba diving, snorkeling, canoeing

Okinawa island, Kumejima, Kohama island, Onna Okinawa – famous for whale watching, cycling, snorkeling, scuba diving, caves and beaches

FUKUOKA

Fukuoka is the capital of Fukuoka region on the northern shore of Japan’s Kyushu Island. It’s known for its ancient temples, beaches and modern shopping malls, including Canal City. The city is also renowned for Tonkotsu ramen food, offered at the street stalls. At a distance of 1087 km, the trains take 5 hours to reach there. You can fly directly there too.

FUKUOKA
FUKUOKA

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Ohori park – A nice park

Kushida shrine – an ancient shrine

Fukuoka castle – a historical castle in a huge park

Canal city Hakata – a shopping center

KyushuNational museum – Culture is the concept and is displayed nicely

Marine world Uminonakamichi – Aquarium with sea life, otters and dolphins are its main attractions.

Join the growing number of tourists to this beautiful country and discover the magnificence of Japan for an ultimate experience.

Visit Malaysia for Awesome Vacation Experience

Visit Malaysia for awesome vacation experience

Malaysia is a tourist friendly place that has numerous matchless attractions, from the condensed urban jungle of Kuala Lumpur to the unspoiled beaches of the Perhentian Islands. Malaysia is stunning in its beauty and often undervalued in comparison to its neighbors Singapore or Thailand. Its location is on Asian main land and partly in the island of Borneo. There is much more in store for you than its capital Kuala Lumpur. Visit Malaysia this August and find new tourism vistas open for you in this Federal Constitutional Monarchy.

Discover Malaysia

Spend the day with an ethnic old tribe or in a tea plantation in the Cameron Highlands or ramble through the huge national parks of Gunung Mulu and Taman Negara, coming across exciting wildlife that includes Malaysian tigers and Orangutans. Make Borneo part of your itinerary and discover the jungle and dive at Sipadan island, an excellent marine habitat and one of the best diving spot in the world. Here mentioning is mandatory in regards to the great mixed ethnicity in Malaysian food from Indian curries, Chinese cuisines to Malay specialties, that’s truly savoring. Malaysia is unique in true sense.

National park Gunung Mulu
National park Gunung Mulu

August Overview for travel

Malaysia generally has dry weather in the month of August. The east coast of the peninsula remains sunny and dry, the islands there offer fair opportunities for snorkeling and diving adventures. The visitors throng the place in August as it is considered best time for sea sports activities. West coast islands will be humid, though drop in the temperature might be noticed after heavy showers that won’t last long. Overall August is a month to enjoy nature, wildlife and beautiful urban gardens.



Events in August that you can combine

Rainforest World Music Festival from 5th August in Sarawak, Penang has George Town Festival- a culture showcase event on 29th July to 28th August, sports lovers can enjoy Port Dickson Triathlon events on 20 & 21 August

How to reach Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur International Airport is well connected by flights from most of the countries. If direct flights are not available one can reach through Singapore or Bangkok.

Local transport

For distant destinations, domestic flights are available, that’s one easy way. Regular ferries, Bus and train services are available as well. For commuting within cities, one can have taxis, boats, tri-wheelers and car rentals facilities.

Hotel facilities in Malaysia

There are great numbers of hotels that facilitate all the budgets, in all the cities of Malaysia. In addition to the hotels there are short term rooms on rentals, guest houses, religious housing, upscale hostels, farm stay options etc. that can facilitate your longer stays at one place.

Malaysian Cuisines

  • National dish– Nasi Lemak a Malayan dish of rice, coconut and Pandan leaves
  • National drink- Teh Tarik is a beverage, Tea mixed with creamy milk, it is very popular there.
  • Chicken preparations– Chicken satay, chicken curry, Malaysian Mango chicken, chicken dry stir- fry, spicy turmeric chicken, Sesame oil chicken, chicken rice and chicken Randang etc.
  • Sea food- Preparation of fishes, Prawns and shrimps in the shape of fish balls, prawn mee, Shrimp with curry leaves, stuffed crab (poo cha), Sambal Udang (Prawn sambal), Nyona Acar fish, curry fish head, chili crab,
  • Noodles- BeeThai Bak (Rice noodle soup), Pan Mee (hakka flat noodle soup) etc.
  • Desserts- Coffee ice cream, Pumpkin roll, Seri Muka, and great variety of cakes and pastries.

Sightseeing in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR

You are likely to spend many more days in Kuala Lumpur than anywhere else. The city is a bustling jungle of the buildings and people. Here you can see vertical delight in Petronas Twin Tower about 430m tall, you can also walk on the open bridge connecting two towers and can have a panoramic view from that amazing height. The capital city has a remarkable bird zoo and about 10 well developed beautiful parks, that act like the green lungs to the city. Perdana Lake Gardens, Butterfly parks, Orchid garden and Hibiscus garden to name few gardens.

KUALA LUMPUR
KUALA LUMPUR

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Perhentian Island

One can take flight to Kuala Terengganu or Kota Bharu, from there taxi or bus will take you to Kuala Besut Jetty, boats take 1.5 hrs. to 2 hrs. from there to reach Perhentian Island, total 330 km from the capital. Island is known for snorkeling and diving besides its amazing sea habitats, corals & reefs and aesthetic pristine sea beaches.

Perhentian Island
Perhentian Island

PENANG

About 300 km from Kuala Lumpur Penang can be reached by Air, Bus or Train. Trains are more advisable, it goes up to Butterworth, from there taxis and ferries go to Penang, colonial time edifices are the identity of George Town its capital. Sights not to be missed are its lovely beaches, forests, Nature, Penang National Park and Churches. The absorbing activities one can really enjoy there are Hiking, backpack tours, surface water sports, shopping and relish amazing sea food.

PENANG
PENANG

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JOHOR BAHRU

Johor Bahru is 331 km from KL, one can reach easily by Air, Bus or train. It’s the capital of state of Johor at the southern tip of Malay peninsula. A causeway across straits of Johor takes you to Singapore, 300,000 locals go on it and work in Singapore. Johor Bahru is known for its nightlife, shopping malls, main boulevard of main business center Jalan Wong Ah Fook. The tourists’ favorites are Legoland & Danga Bay amusement parks, Istanana Besar palace, Pulai waterfalls, Johor Baru Chinese temple and Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque.

 

JOHOR BAHRU
JOHOR BAHRU

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MALACCA

Malacca city is the capital of central state of Malacca. At a distance of 122 km from KL, this is one of the oldest place in the straits of Malacca. You can reach Malacca city by Bus conveniently from KL. For local transport well colorful Trishaws are available. Its attractions are breathtaking nature’s visuals, churches, street food, The Stadthuys a 17th century Dutch building, Butterfly & Reptile sanctuary, Malacca Sultanate palace, Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum, Mini Malaysia & ASEAN Cultural Park.

MALACCA
MALACCA

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KOTA-KINABALU

Sabah state’s capital Kota Kinabalu is 1623 km from KL, can be reached by air, train or bus easily. Located on Borneo Island this coastal city is surrounded by rain forests in parts. Known for boardwalks along the beaches, the city is the hub of commercial and entertainment activities, Kinabalu beaches, Kota Kinabalu mosque, Kinabalu National Park where 4095m high Mount Kinabalu is located. It is known for its excellent food and entertaining evenings.

KOTA-KINABALU
KOTA-KINABALU

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Visit Malaysia this August and enjoy the fun filled vacation to the hilt, considering that Malaysia is one of the most economical places in Southeast Asia.

Travel to Thailand – the Fun Capital of Asia

Travel to Thailand – the fun capital of Asia

When you sit and ponder about the destination plans, then you must look for South-eastern Asian countries for variety of reasons primarily because of their contemporary modern hi-tech tourism infrastructure and well- preserved ancient traditions. The name of Thailand will come spontaneously in the mind, when you look for complete action packed holidays. The Thailand visit will open up plethora of nature’s bounty that will unfold right there in front of your eyes. It is the fun capital of Asia with its nightlife, spas, malls, beaches, excursions on water and land, to name just a few.

VISIT THAILAND

Thailand is by far the most visited country, especially the city of Bangkok that attracts largest numbers of visitors in comparison to the other landmark cities of the world. The Global Destination Cities Index in 2013 placed Bangkok ahead of London, as most visited destination by foreign tourists in the world. Probably the biggest reason for its enhanced tourism being in its location in Southeast Asia, where tourists from Asian countries, in particular hugely populated India and China tourists visit Bangkok frequently.

August overview– August is the right time to visit Thailand. This is the time when summer and winter rush is less, hence one can have best of deals in hotels and other travel expenses. Another August tourism    preference is related to its weather, as Thailand experiences rainfall and temperature dips low, it becomes all the more reason for travel to Thailand, although humidity remains high. Northern Thailand cities like Chiang Mai get heavy rains in August. When looking for sunny and sandy coastal places, look for Hua Hin, Pranburi, Cha am amongst others.



How to reach

Suvarnabhumi Airport of Bangkok gets flight from all parts of the world. The city is 33 km from the airport, the taxis and buses are available from there.

Thailand Hotels’ facilities

Bangkok is a happening city, the hotels here compliment all budgets from extravagant hotels to budget hotels, on every location of the city, namely Sukhumvit on the 18 km long road stretch. The area caters to the needs of all. Riverside is a high end magical locality, with water taxis and barges plying on the river that is scenic and unforgettable. Silom area is more of a business area, here hotels and excellent restaurants are available in plenty. Pratunam, Siam, Chinatown, Old city are the bustling and fun area to take up a hotel accommodation.

Cuisines of Thailand

  • Tom Yum Goong- shrimp soup
  • Som Tum- Green papaya salad
  • Toma Kha kai- Chicken in coconut milk
  • Gaeng Daeng- meat and coconut based curry
  • Pad Thai- Thai noodles
  • Khao pad- Fried rice preparation
  • Pad Krapow Moo Saap – Pork and basil with rice
  • Gaeng Keow Wang kai- Chicken cooked in green curry
  • Yam Nua- Beef salad
  • Kai Med Ma Muang- Chicken and cashew nut dish

Sightseeing in Thailand

BANGKOK

‘City of Angels’ as Bangkok is referred in Thai language, the city is modern in its outlook and carries popularity for its beaches, historical locales, skyscrapers and shopping facilities. It has certain notorious entertainment attractions for certain tourists in its red light areas. The massage parlous and spas here do great business and have an element of attraction for a section of tourists, probably because of its affordability and high standards.

Bangkok, Thailand

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The city has various attractions in the form of monuments and locations.

  • The Grand palace– A magnificent palace in the city
  • Wat Arun– temple of Dawn
  • Temple of Emerald Buddha
  • WATS- Mahathat, Pho, Woravihara and Traimit
  • Baiyoke Sky Tower- Tallest building of Bangkok 310meter high
  • Museum– Jim Thomspon House and Ban Kamthieng house
  • Victory Monument
  • Best beaches around Bangkok- Hua Hin, Koh Samet.
  • Nightlife in clubs and trendy malls
  • Floating boat markets

 PATTAYA

Pattaya is an eastern Gulf Coast popular tourist destination, famous for its entertainment tourism, nightlife and beaches. Jet skiing and para sailing are very trendy for adventure lovers.

PATTAYA
PATTAYA

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How to reach

By Air-Pattaya’s airport is U-Tapao Airport located 30 kilometres from Pattaya. Flights are very frequent.

By Bus– Buses and taxis ply from Bangkok to Pattaya covering a distance of 122 km.

By Train– An economical way to travel between Bangkok and Pattaya, it has regular availability.

Sighseeing– Jomtien beach, Walking street, Ko Phai, Bira circuit auto racing, Sanctury of Truth-wooden building, Srirach Tiger zoo, Water park etc.

 PHUKET

The coastal city of Phuket is very famous for its beaches and blue sea. It’s also called paradise island. A modern city having extreme fun, mixed with adventure opportunities, is known for the speed boats travels to adjacent islands such as Bond island. City’s golf courses, cruises, sail boats and yachting, eco-adventures and never ending fun on Patong beach makes Phuket an unforgettable destination.

PHUKET
PHUKET

Hotels– There is no dearth of excellent and pocket friendly hotels in Phuket.

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How to reach – 2nd busiest airport of Thailand, it has regular inbound and out-bound domestic and international flights. Flights from Bangkok 686 km away are more preferred, though the bus service is also there.

CHIANG-MAI

An ancient mountainous island in northern Thailand is a picturesque place. A 12th century Buddhist town now a much visited tourist destination with sights like temples WATS in Thai, namely Phrathat Doi Suthep, Chiang Man, Phra Singh and Chedi Luang besides other ancient temples and other religion’s spiritual monuments. August is rainy time here normally, so check out before going there.

CHIANG-MAI
CHIANG-MAI

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How to reach– By air one can reach easily here, 3 km from city, the airport has international and domestic flights both. Bangkok being 695 km by road from here, the buses too are available. Regular train service is available.

HUA HIN and CHA-AM

How to reach–  200 km from Bangkok, Trains, taxis and buses are available to these places.

The twin coastal towns of Hua Hin and Cha Am are 25 km from each other. The unique feature of Hua Hin is its guest houses built on jetties, besides numbers of ancient and modern all budget hotels. A popular destination of European tourists, there are sightseeing opportunities such as Klai Kang Won, royal residence, long sandy beaches with beach facilities, adventure sports such as jet-skiing that are available along with many other water sports.

HUA HIN and CHA-AM
HUA HIN and CHA-AM

Travel to Thailand if you really want to know the definition of one never ending big party, then travel to Thailand this August.

Top Destinations to Visit in August

Top destinations to visit in August

South-east Asian countries have something unique about them. Most of them are modern yet stick to their ancient traditions, religions, preserve their culture and food habits. If you have some plans to travel somewhere, don’t look beyond Thailand, Malaysia and Japan, as these are among the top destinations to visit in August.

August overview- August is preferred by regular travelers who like to travel in this month only. As weather in Malaysia is rainy at certain parts of the country, the temperature drops down to around 29°c or less. In Malaysia mostly weather remains good and sunny in places like Redang, Perhentian, Kuala Terengganu and Tioman. In Japan the temperature in August remains between 26°c to 29°c, the rains are sparse in the month of August there.

In Thailand the weather remains good with the temperature dropping to 28°c, except in the northern parts of the country in the hill island Chiang Mai, that gets fair amount of rains during August. Rest of the places can experience some showers, that one has to check before proceeding there. The bottom line is   that, in all these countries, August month is the best time when rush of people is less.



VISIT THAILAND

Thailand is a country with a big appeal for the tourists of all kinds, for the secluded kind there are beaches, cool hideouts, bars and unexplored wilderness. For fun lovers there is plenty, from the shopping malls, Massage spas, bars, classy red light area, all night activities clubs etc. For adventure lovers, there is so much to do such as jet-skiing, yachting, speed boat rides and deep sea diving.

Thailand map
Thailand map

Cities in Thailand to see

  • BangkokThe capital city where fun never sleeps

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  • Pattaya The blue sea and sandy beaches, a picture perfect place
  • Phuket- A well -known coastal town, where one can enjoy the sunshine, water sports, speed boat rides to the islands and picturesque panoramic scenes.
  • Chiang Mai – A northern island is a Buddhist monument’s city, besides great fun with its beauty.
  • Hua Hin and Cha-Am- The twin coastal towns are great for Europeans who enjoy great facilities on the sandy sea beaches.

VISIT MALAYSIA

Malaysia is a pleasant and hassle free country, it’s vibrant with multi-cultural population that includes Malay, Chinese, Indians, other ethnic and indigenous groups. This exotic country has all, historical monuments, temples, nature’s wealth, beaches, jungles, wild life and good transportation system.

Malaysia map
Malaysia map

Cities in Malaysia for tourists

  • Kuala lumpur- The capital city’s skyline is covered by skyscrapers such as 451 m tall Petronas twin towers.
  • Penang On Malay Peninsula, by the strait of Malacca, this is the state of Malaysia it has Penang island where its capital George Town is located.
  • Johor Bahru- at Peninsula connecting Singapore, Johor bahru is a happening place with its night life.
  • Malacca cityMalacca city reflects its colonial past with beautiful churches and monuments
  • Kota Kinabalu- Capital city of Sabah state it is a lovely coastal place.

VISIT JAPAN

An island nation in the Pacific Japan is technologically happening, full of high rise buildings, Shinto and Buddhist temples and gardens.  A country that should to be seen to believe.

Japan map
Japan map
  • Tokyo Capital city, it is bustling, modern yet culturally strong, a beautiful city.

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  • Osaka On Honshu island, Osaka is a port city and a business center.
  • Kyoto On Honshu island, it has great Buddhist and Shinto shrines, attractive culture showcase.

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  • Okinawa- A big island city has plenty of attractions such as Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, beaches etc.
  • Fukuoka- Huge city on Kyushu Island, malls, beaches, art museum has plenty of monuments.

Certainly the top destinations to visit in August as described, will motivate you to travel to Thailand, Malaysia and Japan, and have great time there.

Beautiful Bhutan Enjoys Nature’s Generous Bounty

Breathtakingly beautiful Bhutan enjoys nature’s generous bounty

Bhutan- the last Shangri-la on earth

Overview

Bhutan is a small land-locked country located in the north- east side of India. China is located on its north and other three sides are covered by Indian territories. Nepal is at its west, separated by India’s Sikkim state, farther south is Bangladesh beyond Indian states of West Bengal and Assam. Breathtakingly beautiful Bhutan enjoys nature’s generous bounty. The land of ‘thunder dragon’ Bhutan has ancient temples and fortresses and its rich treasure of the culture. It fits description of Shangri-la to the boot, as depicted in James Hilton’s 1933 novel Lost Horizon.

In 1974 Bhutan came out of self-imposed isolation and started promoting tourism discreetly. They love their culture, natural habitats and heritage so much that they are still careful about volume of tourist inflow. Visa for all is mandatory to take, except for the citizens of India, Bangladesh and Maldives.

Bhutan

How to reach

Air- Paro International airport is located deep in a valley 2,235 meters (7,333 feet), and is surrounded by   imposing mountains of 4,900-meter height. Druk Air of Bhutan is the only way to fly in and out. It’s connected to Indian cities Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Guwahati, Bagdogra and Gaya; Bangladesh, Nepal and Singapore.

Train– Nearest railway station is Hasimara, from here distance of last Indian town Jaigaon is 15 km,  from Jaigaon to Phuntsoling is 4 km, Thimpu (capital of Bhutan )from here is 164km.

Road– Road journey to Bhutan’s bordering town Phuntsoling is scenic. Distance from Siliguri to Jaigaon is 94 km.




Sightseeing

Thimpu

Capital of Bhutan was established as the capital in 1961. It has colorful weekend market and quirky shops, museums and landmarks like the National Memorial Buddhist Chorten that is built by the third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. This small city is without traffic lights. Amazing? Surly it is!!

Thimpu

Culture

Thimpu is a perfect showcase of Bhutanese culture. Exotic national dress code, dances, media and monastic traditions. Tshechu is an important 4- day festival performed with jest in autumn. A famous mask dance Cham dances are performed in the courtyards of Tashichho Dzong.

Taktsang Lhakhang

High above the Paro valley tucked at 3,000m, this monastery is known as Tiger’s Nest. It was built in the 8th century, when legend has it the 2nd Buddha, Guru Rimpoche, meditated here. For Buddhist pilgrims this is one of the most sacred sites in the Himalayas. For any onlooker this place is amazingly panoramic.

Taktsang Lhakhang

Gangtey

This splendid glacial valley lies at an elevation of 2900m. After climbing up through dense forests enriched with flora and fauna, you will be startled to find open expanse of dwarf bamboos. The valley has two beautiful nomadic rivers, Nakay Chhu and Gay Chhu. Overlooking this almost flat valley is the village and monastery of Gangtey.  Regarding its fascinating wild- life the black-necked cranes, barking deer, wild boars, red foxes, leopards and Himalayan black bears, are exemplary.

Gangtey

Tashicho Dzong

Tashicho Dzhong was originally built in 1641. Known as the ‘fortress of glorious religion’, It was rebuilt in 1952 by the third king and is now used as the seat of the Royal Bhutanese Government. Situated in beautiful gardens, it is also the summer residence of the central monastic body.

Tashicho Dzong

Jigme Dorje Wangchuk National Park

A remote village in the Rukha is a hidden wonder. Accessible only by a precarious rope bridge, Experience the other face of Bhutan’s hospitable rural community.

Jigme Dorje Wangchuk National Park

Activities when in Bhutan

  • Cycling
  • Hiking & Camping expeditions
  • Nature & Wild life tours
  • River rafting and tubing
  • Kayaking & Canoeing
  • Horseback riding tours
  • Golfing
  • Scenic drives
  • Ethnic shopping & tasting Ethnic food

Few interesting facts about Bhutan

  • Bhutan’s king is Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk, in 2008 Bhutan transited from absolute monarchy to constitutional monarchy.
  • In 2006 Bhutan was world’s 8th happiest and happiest Asian country.
  • TV and internet opened up in 1999 by government of Bhutan for all.
  • Druk Air has fleet of 5 planes and to 10 destinations it has its services.
  • Vajrayana Buddhism is the state religion of Bhutan and Hinduism is second after this.
  • Bhutan’s main language is
  • Buddhism was introduced in 7th century by Tibetan king Songstan Gampo.
  • Bhutan maintains strong economic, strategic and military relations with neighboring India.
  • Its Royal Bhutan Army has 16,000 soldiers trained by Indian