Monday, December 30, 2013

New Year Sale from Direct Flights

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Special Offer to Dhaka and Kathmandu with Cathay Pacific

Cheap flights from $1153.00 (incl taxes)

ECONOMY CLASS FARES

Kathmandu
Ex Melbourne fr $ 1153 (incl taxes)
Ex Perth fr $ 1153 (incl taxes)
Ex Brisbane fr $ 1170 (incl taxes)
Ex Sydney fr $ 1170 (incl taxes)
Ex Adelaide fr $ 1175 (incl taxes)
Ex Cairns fr $ 1183 (incl taxes)
     
Dhaka
Ex Melbourne fr $ 1203 (incl taxes)
Ex Perth fr $ 1203 (incl taxes)
Ex Brisbane fr $ 1219 (incl taxes)
Ex Sydney fr $ 1219 (incl taxes)
Ex Adelaide fr $ 1225 (incl taxes)
Ex Cairns fr $ 1233 (incl taxes)

 
Sales & Ticketing : 21 December 2013 to 27 January 2014
Departures: 03 February 2014 - 25 March 2014; 01 April 2014 - 10 April 2014; 28 April 2014 - 26 Jun 2014

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

New Year Special to China with Air China!

 
 
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Shanghai
Ex Melbourne fr $ 972 (incl taxes)
Ex Sydney fr $ 988 (incl taxes)
     
Beijing
Ex Melbourne fr $ 981 (incl taxes)
Ex Sydney fr $ 997 (incl taxes)

Guangzhou
Ex Melbourne fr $ 1041 (incl taxes)
Ex Sydney fr $ 1058 (incl taxes)

Sales & Ticketing : Immediately - 31 December 2014
Departures: 31 January 2014 – 08 April 2014, 23 April 2014 – 19 June 2014, 10 July 2014 – 17 September 2014, 04 October 2014 – 15 November 14

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Special Economy Class return airfares to Sri Lanka and India with Malaysia Airlines

Special Economy Class return airfares to Sri Lanka and India with Malaysia Airlines from AUD $994.00 (incl taxes). Book online!

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Colombo

Ex Melbourne fr $ 994 (incl taxes)
Ex Perth fr $ 1000 (incl taxes)
Ex Adelaide fr $1004 (incl taxes)
Ex Sydney fr $ 1013 (incl taxes)
Ex Brisbane fr $ 1020 (incl taxes)

Mumbai (Bombay)

Ex Perth fr $ 1001 (incl taxes)Ex Adelaide fr $ 1005 (incl taxes)
Ex Sydney fr $ 1014 (incl taxes)
Ex Melbourne fr $ 1017 (incl taxes)
Ex Brisbane fr $ 1021 (incl taxes)

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Departures : 1 February 2014 - 19 June 2014

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Fly to Madrid with Qantas Airways

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Special offer - Flight, Hotel Package and Tour deal to Honolulu

Special Economy Class Package with Hawaiian Airlines + 5 nights Hotel stay at White Sands Hotel 3* + Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour with Dole Plantation



Honolulu
Ex Sydney fr $2008*
Ex Brisbane fr $2008*
Ex Melbourne fr $2363*
Ex Adelaide fr $2446*
Ex Perth fr $2676*




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* Room rate is based on twin sharing


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Departures : 16-October-2013 to 12-December-2013 / 17-January-2014 to 25-March-2014 / 26-April-2014 to 20-June-2014 / 09-July-2014 to 20-September-2014 / 16-October-2014 to 04-December-2014


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Hotel:
White Sands Hotel- 3 Star


Description


This Honolulu hotel is centrally located 2 blocks from Waikiki Beach and the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center. It offers an outdoor pool surrounded by a garden and rooms with kitchenettes.
Every room at the White Sands Hotel Honolulu features a private balcony with pool or city views. The spacious rooms offer a cable TV and a seating area.
Hotel White Sands provides on-site laundry facilities. Guests can take advantage of the concierge services.
The Hawaii Convention Center is 5 minutes' drive from the White Sands Hotel and the Honolulu International Airport is 15 minutes' drive away. The Honolulu Zoo is 15 minutes' walk from the hotel.





Tour:
Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour with Dole Plantation




The popular, fully narrated Oahu Grand Circle Island Tour takes you on a scenic trip around the beautiful island of Oahu to see iconic sites such as the Amelia Earheart Lookout with views over Diamond Head, the Halona Blowhole, Hanauma Bay, Nu'uanu Pali Lookout and world-famous North Shore surfing beaches. This tour also includes a visit to the famous Dole Plantation Oahu.


Highlights


- Fully narrated tour - Great overview and orientation of the city - All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included - Free hotel pickup and drop-off included - All entrance fees included

At the Dole Pineapple Plantation, take a stroll through the gardens and learn about the history of Hawaii's pineapple industry. Walk through the Plantation Gardens and see different types of pineapple from around the world. Browse the Country Store to find the perfect gift to bring back home.

Your Grand Circle Island Tour Oahu continues with a visit to Amelia Earheart Lookout, where you will enjoy panoramic views of picturesque Diamond Head.

You will see some of Oahu's most prestigious homes in the Kahala area, and marvel at the view from the lookout over Hanauma Bay, a Hawaiian Marine Preserve (closed Tuesdays).

Continue along the coastline to the famed Halona Blowhole, Sandy Beach and Makapu'u Point. Take in some of Oahu's most beautiful vistas over Windward Oahu from Nu'uanu Pali Lookout.

You'll also see Byodo-In Temple, Chinaman's Hat, Kahana Bay and world-famous North Shore surfing beaches such as Sunset, Banzai Pipeline and Waimea Bay.





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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

New Year deal to Singapore - Flight, 5 Nights Hotel stay and Tour deal

Special holiday package deal from $1156.00 (incl taxes)

       
Special Economy Class Package with Singapore Airlines + 5 nights Hotel stay at Value Hotel-Thomsonand (3 star) + Day Tour of Legoland Malaysia from Singapore with Transfer


Singapore
Ex Darwin fr $1156* (incl taxes)
Ex Adelaide fr $1419*
(incl taxes)
Ex Melbourne fr $ 1444* (incl taxes)
Ex Sydney fr $ 1459* (incl taxes)
Ex Brisbane fr $ 1460* (incl taxes)



Hotel:
Value Hotel-Thomson - 3 Star - Double Standard - 1 Room Only

A 10-minute drive from Orchard Road, Value Hotel Thomson is located along Balestier Road. It features an outdoor swimming pool, free Wi-Fi and cosy rooms with a flat-screen cable TV.

The air-conditioned rooms at Thomson Value Hotel come with modern décor. Room amenities include a telephone and tea/coffee maker. En suite bathrooms are fitted with hot shower facilities and toiletries.

Guests can laze by the pool or get their daily work-outs at the fitness centre. Travel and sightseeing arrangements can be made at the tour desk. Laundry services can be arranged with the staff at the front desk.

Breakfast is served at the on-site restaurant. A wide variety of international and local dishes are available.
Thomson Hotel is a 10-minute walk from Novena MRT station and a 15-minute drive from the Central Business District. Changi International Airport is a 30-minute drive from the hotel.


Tour:
Legoland Malaysia from Singapore with Transfer

Enjoy a day of fun with the whole family at LEGOLAND® Malaysia, with round-trip transport from Singapore included. Explore seven themed areas featuring more than 40 thrilling rides, entertaining shows, fascinating attractions and interactive exhibits that push the boundaries of your imagination. At LEGOLAND, there’s something for everyone!

Highlights

  • ·         All entrance fees included
  • ·         Day trip (destination A to B)
  • ·         Family friendly
  • ·         Includes free admission to top local attractions
  • ·         Hotel pickup included

After pickup from your Singapore hotel in the morning, you’ll be taken on a 1-hour (approx.) drive to LEGOLAND Malaysia. The 6th LEGOLAND Park in the world and the first in Asia, this is the ultimate place to push the boundaries of your imagination.

Featuring seven themed areas with more than 40 rides, shows and attractions, you can drive, fly, build and climb your way through 76 acres (31 hectares) of adventure. At this park, there’s something for everyone, from high-speed rollercoasters to interactive workshops to fascinating 4D movies. Start at The Big Shop, offering the largest selection of LEGO® toys in Asia.

Kids can take the wheel of a boat or car and adventure seekers can ride a wooden canoe through prehistoric times. Don’t miss Miniland, where Asian landmarks like the Taj Mahal have been recreated using more than 30 million LEGO bricks. It’s an interactive world on a scale of 1:20, where people, trains and airplanes come to life at the touch of a button.

At the end of the day, you’ll be taken back to Singapore and dropped off at the tour coordination center by the Singapore Flyer. (Please note that coach transfer to Singapore Flyer is operated directly by Legoland. You must speak with a Legoland customer service representative on site for coach departure times and location).






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* Room rate is based on twin sharing


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Sales & Ticketing : 28 November 2013 – 20 December 2013
Departures : 02 February 2014 - 03 April 2014 and 25 April 2014 - 26 June 2014



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Friday, November 22, 2013

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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Friday, November 15, 2013

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

24 hours in Mumbai

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24 hours in Mumbai

by SUPRIYA SEHGAL - http://www.lonelyplanet.com

 

Be prepared to be jostled, hurried and incessantly chatted to as you soak in the trendy yet traditional vibe of Mumbai.

24 hours isn't nearly enough time to explore all the highlights of this intoxicating city, but this whistlestop tour will help you catch the flavour of Mumbai: serene mornings by the sea, alternative cafes, crispy local snacks, the rush of great bargains and memorable nightlife. To make the most of a single day, it’s best to hire a cab and zoom between experiences.
 

Spend the morning in Bandra

The aroma of freshly baked bread starts wafting from the A One Bakery on Hill Rd well before daylight, helping you kick-start the day as early as you want. Get a goody bag of cinnamon rolls and blueberry muffins to accompany you into the narrow lanes of Ranwar, which sprawls behind the bakery and into graffitied Chapel Street.
Street art on Chapel Street in Mumbai's hip Bandra area. Image by Supriya Sehgal / Lonely Planet.
Mornings are the best time to explore. You'll see the area's 200-year history gradually unfolding as you pass balconies hanging from colonial homes and huge Christian crosses. Neck-stretching urban art in psychedelic colours drapes the walls of traditional dwellings in a charmingly incongruous way.
For a tea break, loop back onto the corner of Hill Rd to Yoga House where you can enjoy a mud pot chai on the low floor tables or relax on the outdoor benches. Alternatively, head towards Lilavati Hospital Junction to reach Salt Water Café for a plate loaded with bacon, omelettes, pancakes and more. If you haven’t worked up an appetite yet, walk further along Carter Rd by the sea, manoeuvring past morning joggers to reach the Bagel Shop for breakfast.

Delve into Bombay’s belly in the daytime

A mention of Dharavi usually conjures up the image of Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire and a colossal jumble of homes and businesses. Some travellers might be intrigued to see one of the largest slums in the world. An alternative is to explore Dharavi's workshops and tanneries - ask a cab to drop you at the Sion Bandra Link road for some leather shopping. Bags, jackets and belts are all produced inside Dharavi's narrow streets and one-roomed workshops. If you are interested to see the process, get in touch with Mr Fayaz Mir of High Design (tel 09322282721). This is also a way to experience the inside of the slums with a reliable guide.

Your late-morning snack should be none other than the quintessential vada pao at Dadar. Squirm through flailing arms at the shop outside Kirti College for a gigantic bun with potato cutlet filling. Vada pao is an essential rite of passage in Mumbai - but be warned, the topping here is extremely spicy.
Fiery vada pao are made fresh while you wait, at Dadar. Image by Supriya Sehgal / Lonely Planet.
Next on the list is the Washermen’s Colony along the Mahalakshmi train station. Ask the cab to drop you at the station and follow the swell of people taking a narrow staircase down the adjoining flyover. On your left is a world of white sheets, crispy dry shirts and the harsh smell of detergent. Saunter inside to see the voracity with which the clothes are thrashed on the washing stones, dried, packed and chartered off to hotels, hostels and others. You might spot your own hotel bedclothes right here. If you are hovering about in the area at about 11am, you may catch a glimpse of the famous ‘dabbawalas’ - the fleet of lunchbox men who deliver food to thousands of office workers in an astonishingly precise system of colour-coded boxes.

Next, make a stop at the white marble Haji Ali Shrine. Venture through the passage to the left of the monumental Haji Ali Juice Centre, along rows of shops selling offerings (incense, a spread and flowers), and past fattened goats and beggars. Inside, women and men part to enter the shrine separately and are blessed by a stack of peacock feathers. High-tide days are special: the walkway gets completely submerged and the shrine looks like it’s floating mid-water.
Whet your bargaining skills (and keep your wallet safely tucked away) in the streets of Chor Bazaar (Thief’s Market) and Mutton Bazaar. Bargain-hunters arrive in droves to sift through old Bollywood posters, rusty sewing machines, spare vehicle parts, and even period furniture. Prices are reasonable, but bargain unapologetically. Stolen goods are thought to circulate early on Friday mornings from 4.30am, but the usual market opens from 10.30am and 7.30pm every day. Worthwhile stops include Oriental Arts and Crafts (tel 09819489585) for antiques and A 1 Corner (tel 09223439284) for Bollywood collectibles.
Bric-a-brac, antiques and collectibles for the right price (haggling included) at Chor Bazaar. Image by Supriya Sehgal / Lonely Planet.

Spend an afternoon in the Fort area

Pull yourself away from the enticing vintage curios at Chor Bazaar if you want to make it in time for some authentic Parsi and Iranian fare at Britannia (Sprott Road), almost a century old. On your way there, ask the cab to take you around the Azaad Maidan (sports grounds), where you can watch cricket whites get muddy brown as youngsters pursue the common dream of being ‘Sachin’ one day. At Britannia, let the four generations of the Kohinoor family make you feel at home while you sink into the imported Polish furniture. Wash down the sali boti (meat), berry pulao (rice dish), patra ni macchi (steamed fish) and dhansak (curry) with a fizzy pallonjis raspberry drink. Or opt for another atmospheric Parsi joint, Café Ideal.

The Fort area comprises colonial-style buildings that are now converted to office complexes. You can walk from Ideal, stopping at the bookshop Kitab Khana to replenish stock for your travels. Walk further along the Flora Fountain area to reach the Kala Ghoda enclave in time to visit the Jehangir Art Gallery and grab a home-brewed organic coffee at Kala Ghoda Café to put the zing back into your step.

See in evening by the sea

Zip away by cab to the chic Colaba area, starting at Theobroma Bakery for a bite of the sinful ‘chocolate overload’ brownie. Burn it up as you dodge hectic shoppers along the fashionable Colaba Shopping St. If you need a beer, march onwards to Leopold's Café or Café Mondegar. Being featured heavily in best-selling novel Shantaram isn't the only reason Leo’s is popular with Mumbaikars. This place is resilient – the 1871 cafe showcases bullet marks from a 2008 terrorist attack. At Café Mondegar (Mondy’s), the main hooks are beer towers, chili cheese toast, a jukebox and walls decorated by well-known cartoonist Mario Miranda. If you can tear yourself away, walk down to the Gateway of India, a monument built during the British rule that is now synonymous with Mumbai’s identity.
The crescent of Marine Drive seen from the heights of the rooftop restaurant Dome. Image by Supriya Sehgal / Lonely Planet.
Next, head to the moon-shaped Marine Drive. The breezy boardwalk is a favourite with gossiping friends, couples sneaking kisses, tea vendors - as well as packs of stray dogs. To get a glimpse of the entire stretch, catch a drink at Intercontinental Hotel’s rooftop restaurant Dome. No matter how late you descend from there, you can still catch the maalish walas (foot and head massagers) who click their palm-sized bottles of oils with a stone to lure weary travellers and regulars. Getting your head or feet kneaded silly may not be on your to-do list, but it’s a great way to listen to a labyrinth of stories from the masseurs. End the night with ice cream at Bachelorr’s. The unique ice creams have a confounding and irresistible blend of tastes and temperatures, much like Mumbai itself.


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Monday, November 11, 2013

Top 10 experiences on Hawaii's Big Island

 

 

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Top 10 experiences on Hawaii's Big Island

by LUCI YAMAMOTO

Published in http://www.lonelyplanet.com/
 
Island fever may happen elsewhere, but it's almost unheard of on Hawai'i. The aptly named Big Island is fantastically diverse, with miles of highways and - better yet - byways to explore. From age-old fishing villages to modern mega resorts, from snow-capped peaks to sandy beaches, you'll experience tropical splendor backed by an epic history. Hawai'i is twice as big as the other Hawaiian islands combined, and its dramatic terrain will surprise you and take you to extremes.
Where to start? Try these 10 can't miss Big Island experiences:

1. Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

The eerie glow of a lava lake, secluded palm-fringed beaches, ancient petroglyphs pecked into hardened lava, and miles of hiking trails through smoking craters, rainforest and desert – what’s not to love about Hawai’i’s number one site? For a singular experience, try and snag one of the 12 coveted spots on the weekly Secret Lava Tube Tour. This is one of the island’s top places to experience Hawaiian culture including hula on the crater rim, annual festivals and lecture series. All this and more found in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

2. Mauna Kea star party

It is breathless and breath-taking in the rarefied air of Mauna Kea, Hawaiʻi’s most sacred location. Once the sun goes down, the stars come out, and with them telescopes for your viewing pleasure.  The world’s clearest stargazing is here – what you see through those telescopes, you won’t soon forget. For a real trophy experience, head here for both the sun- and moonrise.
Mauna Kea Star TrailMauna Kea star trail, by Justin McWilliams. Creative Commons Attribution No Derivatives license.

3. Snorkeling in Kealakekua Bay

It’s all true – from the teeming, Technicolor fish in knee-deep water, to the spinner dolphins lazily circling your kayak or catamaran. Tourist brochures hype Kealakekua Bay as the best snorkelling in the state and, in this case, you can believe it. Even new rules regulating kayak use can’t tarnish the luster of this must-see spot. If kayaking doesn’t float your boat, hike down to this historically significant and naturally brilliant bay. Hard-core environmentalists might consider other less-trafficked bays – this one is almost too popular for its own good.

4. Waipi'o Valley

Legends begin here, where the road ends overlooking this magical valley. You can linger at the scenic viewpoint however; the waterfalls, wild horses and wilder black-sand beach tend to beckon explorers. Choose from hiking, horseback or even a mule-drawn wagon to get you there. The very experienced can kayak in – when conditions are just right. The most spectacular views, of course, are from the most grueling switchbacks of the Muliwai Trail – head up, up and up some more for the money shot.
Waipio Valley, Big Island
Waipi'o Valley, Big Island by SF Brit. Creative Commons Attribution No Derivatives license.

5. Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park

Dotted with ancient temples, and hangouts watched by menacing teeth-baring idols, a visit to this Pu'uhonua O Honaunau known as the Place of Refuge, makes a memorable introduction to traditional Hawaiian culture. In fact, there’s no better place to gain an understanding of the kapu system that governed ancient Hawaii. Look for heads of honu (sea turtles) bobbing in the bay; foreshadowing the underwater wonders to come at the nearby snorkelling haven of Two-Step.

6. Lava chasing

If you’re lucky (lava is fickle, don’t you know?) you may get the chance to see live lava flowing over and under the land within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park; ending with a magnificent plunge into the sea, sending a steam plume over a mile skyward, as hot lava is mixed with roiling surf. Feel the heat, on a walking, or boat tour out of Puna. Kids love the latter – even willful teens will ooh and aah audibly during the volcano’s full sensory show. However you experience lava here, make a point of it.

7. Hapuna Beach

Rock up to this half-mile of powdery white-sand beach with a rented umbrella and boogie board, and one of Hawaii’s most iconic beaches becomes your playground. Whether you are armed with a surfboard, lounge chair or water wings – this beach has something for the whole family. While the basic A-frame cabins here are not for the finicky, the island’s best beach is your front yard – pretty hallucinatory.

Hapuna Beach, Kohala Coast. Photo by Lonely Planet Images / Getty Images.

8. Merrie Monarch Festival

What did you see at the luau? That’s to hula what Velveeta is to cheese. If you really want to see how a hula, halau (school) invokes the gods and legends through chant and dance you need to make time visit this state-wide hula competition. Book early; people fly in from all over the globe for this one. Unless you’re an intense hula fan, you are likely to enjoy the inaugural invitational more than the structured head-to-head competitions of subsequent days.

9. Manta ray night dive

Diving at night is a thrill in itself, but once you turn on your lights and attract a corps de ballet of Pacific manta rays, with wing spans of 10ft or more and tails like javelins, your life becomes segmented: before diving with mantas and after. Snorkelling with them can be even better because you’re closer, but it’s so popular don’t be surprised when you get head-whacked by someone’s fins. Bring your own dive light and swim into center stage with these graceful animals.
'Akaka Falls
AAkaka Falls, by Yinghai. Creative Commons Attribution License.

10. 'Akaka Falls State Park

This 420ft waterfall crashing through the rainforest choked with fragrant ginger and giant philodendrons is no less spectacular for its easy access. Drive up, stroll a half mile through what feels like Hollywood Hawaii and there you are. Like all waterfalls on this part of the coast, 'Akaka Falls are most impressive during seasonal rains, when they spill violently over the verdant cliffs. Don’t miss poking around the little town of Honomu once you’re done ogling these towering falls.


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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Flights to China with China Southern Airlines

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Visit World’s Largest Buddha Statues Carved in a Cliff
 

The Sichuan Province of China is filled with sacred areas of Buddhist worship. Two areas in the Sichuan Province will astound you with their tribute to Buddha. The first is the massive 71 meter high Buddha carved from a cliff in Lingyun Hill. The head alone is 14.7 meters high, with shoulders 34 meters across. On Mount Ermei, in the same region of Sichuan Province, you will find 14 story pagoda carved with 4,700 images of Buddha and the entire text of the Buddhist Sutra of the Huayan Sect. Your fascination with Buddhist history and beliefs can be fully explored with a journey to see these two incredible locations in the province.
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Friday, November 1, 2013

20 free attractions in London

20 free attractions in London

by ROBERT REID·

 

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1. Borough Market

Around, more or less, since the 13th century, the Borough Market is stuffed with food-lovers and all you need for a memorable grab-and-go breakfast or lunch. One of the top attractions south of the river. Open Thursday to Saturday (go on Saturday to catch the market at its bustling best).

2. British Film Institute's Mediatheque

Hidden under Waterloo Bridge, the institute features four cinemas (not free) and the fun Mediatheque, where you can peruse DTV/film archives and watch for free.

3. British Museum

Unreal; one of London's top attractions, and absolutely free. When I was in London, I'd hop in for 20 minutes, peek at the Rosetta Stone, and move on, saving Aztec mosaic masks or the head-smashed 'Lindow Man' (a 1st-century unfortunate found in a peat bog in 1984) and seven million other items for another visit. Watch for worthwhile 20- and 50-minute eyeOpener tours offered for free too.

4. Houses of Parliament

The Palace of Westminster, home of 'Big Ben' (or Clock Tower), is a neo-Gothic wonder from the mid-19th century. And it's full of houses: namely the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Reserve ahead to watch antics during Parliament sessions.

5. Museum of London

Off the radar to most visitors, yet one of the city's great attractions, this museum offers a walk through London's various incarnations -- from Thames Valley geological history, to Anglo-Saxons and 21st-century bankers. Plus there's a nice cafe in its garden.

6. National Gallery

Its 2000 Western European classics by Van Gogh, Renoir, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo make the National Gallery a serious art stop, with over 5 million people popping into the building on Trafalgar Square each year. Miss the hordes by visiting on weekday mornings or Wednesday evenings (after 6pm). Any time, it's all free.

7. National Maritime Museum

Greenwich's best attraction, this neoclassical building museum gets more interesting and fun the deeper you go in. The focus is on Britain's seafaring past, including the bullet that felled Horatio Nelson, a replica of Ernest Shackleton's life boat and plenty of kid-friendly interactive exhibits in the Your Ocean exhibit.

8. National Portrait Gallery

Before Google or Wikipedia, the English came here to put a face to the name of a who's who list in history. Here, a block north of the National Gallery on St Martin's Pl, you'll see paintings and sculpture, including Andy Warhol's take on the Queen.

9. Natural History Museum

Those Victorians sure liked to 'c & c' (collect and catalogue). This is the result, an outrageous collection of things nature in a lovely Gothic Revival building from 1880. A diplodocus dinosaur skeleton watches the entrance. Farther in comes a T-Rex and the Darwin Centre, with 450,000 jars of pickled specimens. A wildlife garden is open April to September only.

10. Photographers' Gallery

Wonderful contemporary photo collection in the West End benefits from its new two-floor space - where the gallery's been since 2008. Plus there's a great cafe.

11. Science Museum

Highly informative and entertaining Science Museum fills seven floors with interactive exhibits. The Energy Hall highlights the first steam locomotives of the early 19th century; big with kids are the third floor exhibits, including old gliders, hot-air balloons and flight simulators.

12. Serpentine Gallery

Looking like a 1930s-style tearoom in leafy Kensington Gardens, this gallery is a lovely spot to take in one of London's most important contemporary art collections, with works by Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons and the like. Loads of natural light pour through huge windows. Each year a new 'Summer Pavilion' (May to October) is opened nearby, to host open-air cinema and readings.

13. Sir John Soane's Museum

Son of a bricklayer - OK, I just wanted to say bricklayer, it's true - Soane's West End home is filled with the early 19th-century architect's personal effects and curiosities, making up one of London's most atmospheric and fascinating sights that few know exists. The house is largely as Soane left it upon his death in 1837, from Christopher Wren drawings, a lantern room and slaves' chains. Aim to go on the first Tuesday of the month, when the home is lit by candles.

14. St Paul's Church

Not to be confused with St Paul's Cathedral (a big attraction that comes with a ticket price), this church on the western flank of Covent Garden Piazza is known as the 'actor's church'. The first Punch and Judy show took place in 1662, and there are memorials for Charlie Chaplin and Vivien Leigh, the most famous faux British Confederate of all time.

15. Tate Britain

The older half of the Tate duo (the modern bits moved downriver in 2000) is no stodgy sister. Here, permanent works focus on British masterpieces from the 16th to late-20th centuries. Look for one-hour thematic tours and 15-minute talks on painters and paintings, all part of the admission price: nothing.

16. Tate Modern

Speaking of which, this mod half of the Tate, hiply set in the Bankside Power Station on the Thames, is one of the city's most beloved attractions. Special exhibits cost £8-10, but you can spend much time enjoying its permanent (free) collection of 60,000 works (Pollock, Warhol, Rodin, Matisse), wrapped in uniquely themed exhibits such as 'Poetry & Dream' for the surreal. The upstairs cafe has wonderful Thames views, and the building's amazing.

17. Temple Church

Da Vinci Code fans, and you know you kinda are one, make this church – with origins dating to the 12th century – a must-see in London, for its role in a key scene. It's a distinctive place, built by crusading monks, with a traffic-free oasis of green spaces amidst the buildings in the City.

18. Victoria & Albert Museum

Open since 1852, its 4.5 million objects – like the stunner entry chandelier by Dale Chihuly – make it, very simply, the world's best decorative arts museum. Make sure you have plenty of time. The first floor focuses on Asian (Japanese swords, ancient Chinese ceramics) and some European art, including plaster casts Michelangelo used for his David. Then there's a photography collection of half a million images, picked up over the museum's 160 years. The Ardabil Carpet in the Middle East-focused Jameel Gallery is one of the world's oldest, dating from Iran in the 1500s.

19. Wallace Collection

Arguably London's finest small gallery, and way off the normal map, the collection is an enthralling glimpse into 18th-century aristocratic life, set up in a sumptuous restored Italianate mansion stuffed with 17th- and 18th-century art works. Superb, unless of course you live in such a place already.

20. Whitechapel Gallery

Home to ten galleries in an art nouveau building first opened in 1899, the Whitechapel mixes up is themed exhibits between established and emerging artists. Picasso's Guernica was first displayed here in 1939. Watch for music, readings and films on Thursdays and some Fridays, or pop into the uber-designed cafe for a break.
This article was first published in February 2011. It was refreshed in November 2012.


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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

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Hotel:
Harbour Ville Hotel - 3 Star

     
Description


Property Location
With a stay at Harbour Ville Hotel in Singapore (Harbourfront), you'll be convenient to VivoCity and Universal Studios Singapore. This hotel is close to Haji Lane and National Orchid Garden.


Rooms
Make yourself at home in one of the 100 individually furnished guestrooms, featuring refrigerators and LCD televisions. Windows open to city and garden views. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with showers feature rainfall showerheads and complimentary toiletries.


Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreation opportunities such as a fitness facility, or other amenities including complimentary wireless Internet access and a television in the lobby.


Dining
You can find a meal at a coffee shop/café serving guests of Harbour Ville Hotel, or stop in at a snack bar/deli.


Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary newspapers in the lobby, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a 24-hour front desk. Free parking is available onsite.


Tour:
Singapore Zoo Morning Tour with optional Jungle Breakfast amongst Orangutans



See the orangutans at Singapore Zoo on a morning tour from Singapore, with the option of enjoying a wild breakfast with these fascinating animals. Singapore Zoo has the world's most successful orangutan-breeding program, and the largest social colony of these highly intelligent primates. Don't miss the opportunity to photograph and interact with the orangutans as they swing and climb in their naturalistic enclosure. And if you choose to eat breakfast with the orangutans it will be an experience you'll never forget.

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You'll also have a close-up visit with a reticulated python, the longest snake in the world. After your breakfast in the wild, take a tram ride around the Open Zoo, a new concept in animal-keeping featuring landscaped gardens and minimal cages. Passengers who do not select the breakfast option will be given free time to explore the zoo.

Singapore Zoo is in the north of the island at Mandai, by the serene Seletar Reservoir, and is immensely proud of its orangutan-breeding program. By focusing on these magnificent creatures, whose plight symbolizes the disappearance of tropical rainforests around the world, the zoo hopes to nurture a respect and deep appreciation of nature in all who visit the zoo.

       


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Monday, October 28, 2013

Here Is Why Maldives Should Be Your Next Vacation Spot

Here Is Why Maldives Should Be Your Next Vacation Spot

 
                   
Honestly! who doesn't dream of a holiday in Maldives? That clear turquoise water, those white sand beaches, colorful coral reefs and seemingly endless blue horizons – it’s the ultimate destination. And to make it even easier for you to decide whether Maldives should be your next vacation spot or not, here are some of the activities you can enjoy.
Scuba diving is a primary activity on the Maldives. The water clarity is excellent and the underwater life is rich. The Maldives is one of the few places in the world where you can swim all year round with whale sharks, the biggest fish in the world.
Fishing is in the blood of Maldivians. Go and join the locals to go fishing and bring back the good catch to a deserted island to eat and celebrate.
Boats, sea planes and private yachts are the transportations to get around with in the Maldives.
The Maldives are an archipelago of 1,192 coral islands grouped into 26 coral atolls in the Indian Ocean.
Surfing has also become an increasingly popular activity in the Maldives. The clear turquoise water and not crowded condition make it the perfect destination for surfers looking for smooth surfing.
Get a chance to eat in an underwater restaurant while in the Maldives – truly one unforgettable experience.
Make unforgettable memories in the most unusual of places - under the sea.
Angsana Velavaru Resort
Luxurious W Retreat Spa in the Maldives Terrace views
The Dusit Thani
The Luxury Dhigu Resort, Maldives
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, September 9, 2013

Discovering Great City Features of Amsterdam


Discovering Great City Features of Amsterdam




This is a famous city for young and elder people. The largest city in Netherlands, Amsterdam is a great place to visit as there are lots of things that you can see and do here. You will surely enjoy visiting this place, whether you are looking for great cuisine or you wanted to immerse yourself with its rich history. Prepare yourself for one of the most exciting city adventures you will ever have and enjoy some of the city’s top attractions and its unique environment.

Exploring the city by foot can be a great experience but if you want to make it more fun and exciting, you should ride a boat to explore its wonderful canal as it is highly recommended. The amazing canals of Amsterdam were declared as a UNESCO monument in 2010, the beautiful canals offers great attraction where you can relax while enjoying sightseeing.

You can also explore the city using a bicycle. Cycling is popular in Amsterdam, recent studies show that almost forty percent of traffic movements consist of bicycles. You will see a lot of people riding their bike to go to school and work. Tourist can enjoy a leisure ride; touring around the city with bike can be exciting and fun. There are cycling tours that are accompanied by experienced guides, it is advisable to hire tour guides to take you to some of the beautiful sites in the city.

The city of Amsterdam is also ideal for art lovers. You can find great museums and art galleries in the city. Some of the most popular museums are the Rembrandt House Museum, Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum. There are also other popular museums that you can visit in Amsterdam; one of it is the House Boat Museum. This museum is situated near Leiddeplein and it exhibits different boats and how people lived in house houseboats.

The city is rich in history, it is a place where you can pay your respect for the past while enjoying a modern city comfort. Monuments which serve as a reminder of World War 2 can be found at the Homomonument and Dutch Memorial Monument. Visiting these memorials can be spiritually rewarding.

You can also go to the gardens in Amsterdam. You can discover hidden gardens around the long canals of the city. There are over 20 gardens on the Amstel River. These beautiful gardens are open to the public. Amsterdam has an extensive mixture of parks and you can rest, relax and take a break from the bustle and hustle of the city in these parks. Your children will surely enjoy visiting large parks with amusement facilities.

Shopping lovers will also enjoy visiting Amsterdam. You will be delighted to know that there are plenty of shops in the city. You can find popular designer shops here like P.C. Hoofstraat , independent retailers are also popular here and you can find them in the Nine Streets. Booking between April and September is the best time to enjoy shopping as there are numerous shops in the outdoors during these months.

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Special Oktoberfest offer

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October - Oktoberfest, Germany

Oktoberfest. Photo by [46137], Flickr.com
Location: Theresienwiese, Munich, Germany
Dates: 16 days from late September to early October
Level of Participation: 5 - messier than a stag night
Description:
In 1810, a horse race was held to celebrate Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig’s wedding. The jamboree was such a riproaring success that it became an annual event and morphed into today’s famously large and ribald party. The horse race was dropped in 1938, because everyone was only interested in one thing: beer. The amber nectar is enthusiastically quaffed by more than six million Lowenbrau-lovers, from local, lederhosen-clad gents to antipodean gangs. Sitting at long trestle tables with thousands of other beer monsters in huge, multifloored tents, the international inebriants work their way through more than 6.5 million golden litres. The festival’s healthy diet also includes some 500,000 chicken, 104 oxen and more than 50,000 pork knuckle servings.
The merriment begins with the Brewer’s Parade, which proceeds through the city centre from Sonnenstrasse to the festival meadow at Thereisienwiessse, nicknamed ‘d’Wiesn’ (dee-veezen). The lord mayor stands before the thirsty masses and, with due pomp, ceremony, and a mallet, opens the virgin barrel by slamming home a wooden tap. He exclaims O’zapft ist!’ (It’s tapped!) and the crowd cheers, though they are probably less impressed by the mayor than the buxom waitresses in laced bodices. Soon the waitresses will be doling out the Bavarian brew, drunk by the 1L Mass (tankard).
To make matters simple for those who have just consumed one pretzel and three steins, only one type of beer is available. In the paraphernalia-decorated marquees run by Munich’s major breweries, Lowerbrau et al serve specially brewed ‘Oktoberfest-Bier’. More challengingly, you pay using special tokens sold by the tents and generally must be seated to get served. Negotiating such rules could prove tricky for drinkers on their way to becoming a Bierlichen (beer corpse), but such casualties will probably be busy with wildes Bieseln (wild peeing).
At the weekends, and after the first ceremony, it can be tricky finding a seat. But there’s plenty of entertainment that doesn’t involve glugging frothy tankards until oom-pah bands sound appealing. Just check out the sheer scale of the world’s largest drinking competition. It employs more than 10,000 people and has it’s own police force, lost and found office, childcare centre, fire brigade, consumer protection unit, baggage checkroom, post office and first-aid station. It installs its own sewage system, power stations, U-Bahn terminal and, of course, 1000-plus Portacabins.
At night, drunks blink confusedly at the dazzling carnival with its roller coaster and Ferris wheel. Amid the high-tech rides, a few nostalgic favourites have survived. There’s Germany’s last remaining flea circus, a fixtures since the 19th-century, and the Schicht’l Tent, where sleight-of-hand beheadings are a specialty. There’s one way to become a beer corpse…
Essentials: Tuesday is Family Day, with reduced prices for sideshows and rides. Book accommodation months in advance.
Local Attractions: Alte Pinakothek houses one of the world’s finest collections of Renaissance art. Oktoberfest participants rarely see it.
More Info: www.oktoberfest.de

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