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Mon, 11 Jan 2010 10:21:00 +0000Even though the city faced one of the most horrific terrorist attacks in the nation’s history from November 2008, but I still personally believe that Mumbai is still worth to travel and experience, at least once in your lifetime. Not only because being as the India’s capital city, but Mumbai has a centuries old history and many sites of tourist interest. This city could be the only place in the world to give you most of the ideas about Indian culture, Indian foods, people and their lifestyle.Although the city has gathered almost every interesting point about the Indian community already, but it will even be more sweet and fun if you could book a trip to Mumbai on during Mid-Jan. During the mid of the first month every year, the Mumbai Festival is on the show. This annual festival covers theater, sports, fashion, food, and shopping. Remember that there are 14 million people in this city!! I guess you can imagine how amazing the atmosphere will be felt like.Then back to some recommendations on the tourist sites. As you could easily find on the internet, there many tourist sites that have been recommended by many different sources in Mumbai. For example, the Gateway of India (built as a triumphal arch to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary in December 1911), the Rajabai Clock Tower, the Marine Drive in Nariman Point area (the main business district in the city which claiming the world’s highest commercial real estate rental space in 1995) and the Juhu Beach (the most popular beach in the city stretching 5 kilometers long and will be very crowded in weekend). Just to name a few…Apart from those mentioned, if you’ve been in Hollywood and been exciting to see how luxury lifestyles of American’s big famous stars were about, Mumbai can give you the same feeling by visiting the Film City. Of course, you might have some opportunities to meet some “Slumdog Millionaire” leading actors/actress. Although, in case you want to find out more on the secrets of Bollywood film production industry, there are some areas in this site which cannot be accessed by people without prior permission from the concerned authorities. But believe me, this area is definitely worth to drop by still.For this year, the Mumbai Festival 2010 was scheduled on Jan 15th - Jan 31st. For more information about travel Mumbai Festival and the city's information, check on http://www.incredibleindia.org/FXZTQBBNGZN9Find quality travel articles for free!! by WorldStepper[...]
Mon, 30 Nov 2009 10:49:00 +0000(image) It’s about a week to go for the SEA Games 2009 – the biggest sports tournament in South East Asia region. This could make all people in Laos become more and more exciting as it will be the first time in history for their nation to be the host of this major regional event which has been established for 50 years this time around. I believed that they’re now more than ready to greet and welcome everyone to the tournament already and now I guess it’s time for ourselves to get prepared.
Wed, 21 Oct 2009 11:01:00 +0000In be honest, I have to admit that I have been enjoyed watching some K-POP music videos from time to time in recent years, especially from a group of pretty girls – “Girls’ Generation”. I also have to admit that I’ve been enjoyed watching some Korean series/movies as well because of their good movie plots, good acting skills from the star actors/actresses and stunning filming locations.Apparently, about 10 years ago, I’d found some articles on newspaper about the South Korea government had set one of their ultimate goals by marketing the Korean cultures and traditions across Asia and let the world knows everything more about Korean. A few years later there were followed by wide-range of products having Korean Brand Name with modern designs and good qualities in the markets like Hyundai, LG, SAMSUNG and so on. Then I began to see Korean series on the public TV channels, then music videos and followed by many Korean barbeque restaurants open here in Thailand. So I guess the Korean government has done something right on what they’ve planned so far.And just to remind anyone who might be interested to know more about Korea, this could be a very good time for you to take a trip to this beautiful country because it’s time for Seoul Grand Sale 2009. This annual sale festival has begun since September 26 but still have another month to go as it will end on November 25. So, let’s be there everyone, as the Korean was promised to make this year very special with the designation of '2010: The Year to Visit Korea’.You’ll be guaranteed to enjoy with wide range of activities provided in the downtown area in Seoul from tourism to shopping,food, beauty salons and a lot more on entertainments. Also make sure that you visit Hongdae, Cheongdam-dong, and tourist sites such as Myeong-dong, Namdaemun and Itaewon, there are about 500 businesses and 800 shops which are ready to offer you some great deal with discounts from 5-50%, free entrance, thank you gifts and many more. Find more information on Seoulgrandsale.com. Enjoy..Find quality travel articles for free!! by WorldStepper[...]
Tue, 29 Sep 2009 09:56:00 +0000Well, the lucky number day 09/09/09 had already been passed for someone who believe in it, and they would need to wait for another 100 year for these numbers to circle back on the calendar, but for most of the people in India, their great lucky days are just about to arrive - the Diwali festival.Diwali (or Deepawali) is known as the "Festival of Lights" and is celebrated in October/November by Hindus who mostly live across many parts of India and Nepal. Essentially the festival marks the victory of good over evil, the light illuminating the dark, and it is also a celebration of the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after 14 years in exile. The exact Diwali date for each year will be featured on the Diwali Calendar and for this year - 2009, the day falls to the October 17.As it has been regarded as one of the most popular festival in India, the Diwali festival will celebrate over five days in total where the third days is celebrated as the main Diwali festival or 'Festival of lights'. Clay lamps will be lit and placed in all rooms of the home on the night and will be the only chance in a year to see the entire country sparkling with beautiful lights. There are many more activities to enjoy with including religious ceremonies, family gatherings, and also some fireworks. Every people will enjoy dancing with happiness and also encouraging for exchanging gifts with their near and dear ones. So don’t forget to prepare yours!!Remember that even the Diwali date is featured on the October 17th but the Diwali festival 2009 will begin from October 15th to October 19th so if you don’t want to miss any part of these celebrations, be there from the first day. You will be enjoyed yourself from the great enthusiasm and happiness sharing among people in every parts of India as it was one of their biggest days in a year.Find quality travel articles for free!! by WorldStepper[...]
Tue, 01 Sep 2009 04:44:00 +0000Regarding as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand's Andaman Sea, the Phi Phi Island or “Koh Phi Phi” in Thais, is part of Krabi province. With 1.20 hours by modern ferry or 2.30 hours by tourist boat from Phuket port, tourists will arrive to the island with huge impression on its magnificent landscape. Although this little paradise island from Thailand was one of the most damaged spots from the tragedy tsunami strikes in 2004, but all the happiness had now been re-built and everything seems to be reformed back strongly. Koh Phi Phi is composed of 6 islands with 2 main rockies, tree-covered islets, Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh. The Phi Phi Don is the largest island of the group, and is the great site where several long white powdery beaches attracted millions of visitors for their sun-bathe and swim each year. It is also the main and the only island in the group to find accommodations, foods, drinks, entertainments and every other thing needed for your stay and vacation. While another is the rocky Phi Phi Leh, a smaller island to the south, has shallow coral gardens, teeming with fish and perfect for snorkelling. It is also an excellent site for a day-trip. And if you do, don’t forget to take a look at the Viking cave. This historic site reputedly contains ancient wall pictures painted by Viking or seafaring people. It’s definitely a worth site to visit. After all day long with beach activities, it’s time for you to get wild and free. Heading to Ton Sai Bay for a wonderful evening out, you’ll find that this area is so special to have parties and to meet some new friends from friendly locals to foreign tourists from different part of the world. The area is also filled with incredible fire shows on the beach, Thai kick boxing and cabaret nights which can keep you amazed and fun all night long. Find further information from any in-bound tour operators who organizing day trips and packages in Thailand. I’m sure they all will be able to provide you suggestions on the Phi Phi Island trip.Find quality travel articles for free!! by WorldStepper[...]
Tue, 18 Aug 2009 10:57:00 +0000There was big headline a few weeks ago about Michael Schumacher, The seven-times world champion, had an idea of returning to the Ferrari cockpit. But days later were followed by disappointment for everybody as he’s fail to pass the fitness test which were caused by the damages on his back and neck during a motorbike test in Spain in February. But even with or without Michael Schumacher on the tournament, the 2009 Formula 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix is something that should be recommended to everyone to get involved. This tournament in Singapore has been regarding as the first-ever evening Grand Prix in F1 history and the chequered flag will be raised and guns spark off from this 25 September to 29 September 2009.The race is held at the Marina Bay Street Circuit and will be packed with top Formula One drivers & F1 Racing teams in action including Fernando Alonso and his Renault team – The Winner from last year. Tickets are now on sale with the price from S$38 for a Single Day – Walkabout Ticket to S$1,488 for a Season Pass – Pit Grandstand Ticket. For more information, check on the official website - http://www.singaporegp.sg/ Moreover, F1 aficionados can also witness the high octane action from several vantage points in the city including the exclusive ‘Singapore Flyer,’ the world’s largest observation wheel. As this US$ 175 million Singapore Flyer has embodied an entire entertainment complex, including a retail mall, amusement hall as well as food and beverage outlets, there would be a lot more fun for you to enjoy apart from the rare ultimate Formula 1 racing experience in South East Asia. Find quality travel articles for free!! by WorldStepper[...]
Fri, 03 Jul 2009 09:27:00 +0000It might not be that highly popularities on the recent news as the Neverland Ranch of our losing pop star – Michael Jackson, but the Hong Kong Disneyland certainly could bring everyone the totally opposite emotion this summer. Huge of fun will be in place with parties in the stitch style, and yes, they will all happen in this one of the biggest amusement parks in Asia.For anyone who have never been to this fifth Disneyland-styled theme park in the world, but might had been to some of the other Disneyland theme parks, you could find that Hong Kong Disneyland was pretty much smaller than the Paris Disneyland, Orlando Disneyworld or Disneyland Los Angeles. But with the Disneyland trademark, you still can be ensured that the place is obviously packed with all the excitement and attractions, especially, for your kids.Beginning from the hotel, the Disney's Hollywood Hotel has its beautifully manicured lawns in the shapes of Disney characters to the wall paintings and murals of your favorite characters which really makes one's anticipation of fun filled times to come more exciting.Then down to the park, the Space Mountain promises to have some the park's longest lines and could be good enough for a starting point. ... Also, for this summer, prepare yourself to laugh and dance non-stop with Stitch and his friends from U.S. such as Mr. Incredible, Goofy, Ariel and many more. And, if possible stay until late evening to see the fireworks show. It’s truly magical.The Hong Kong Disneyland is located on Lantau Island. The easiest way to get there is by taking train from the MTR Tung Chung line to Sunny Bay Station, then to the Disneyland Resort Station. Tickets are available at the front gate and also at the Hong Kong Disneyland Ticket Express, from the MTR Hong Kong Station's Tung Chung Line Concourse. Even though I heard some people complained about the expensive fares, but believe me, you would never be regret to get a chance to release yourself free in this amazing place. For information about the Hong Kong Disneyland, visit http://www.hongkongdisneyland.com/ Find quality travel articles for free!! by WorldStepper[...]
Tue, 09 Jun 2009 03:06:00 +0000(image) There are many places of interest for visitors in Bali apart from its beautiful beaches along the coastline which offers every possible water activities including surfing, snorkeling, diving, cruises and sailing. When it comes to the mid-year period, the Bali Arts Festival is something that anyone shouldn’t miss.
Mon, 18 May 2009 07:21:00 +0000(image) During this economic recession, every shopper will always eye for a real cheap item which come with big discount and special promotion. And if you’re one of the real bargain hunters, you won’t afford to miss - The Great Singapore Sale 2009 - the annual event in the Lion-city where you could look out for some 70% discounts from the usual prices on everything including designer apparel, beauty treatments, IT gear and many more.
Thu, 23 Apr 2009 05:19:00 +0000Every tourist who had a chance to visit Kuala Lumpur would certainly be amazed by unique and remarkable architectural features of the “Petronas Twin Towers” or the “Twin Towers”. After holding the world's tallest buildings record for almost 6 years (from 1998 to 2004), before being surpassed by Taipei 101, the towers are still the tallest twin buildings in the world. It beats the Sears Tower in Chicago, United States by 10m height (Although the Sears Tower has more floors with occupied office space at a higher level).The stunning silver centerpiece(s) of Kuala Lumpur rise 1482 feet above the capital city, casting long shadows over this increasingly popular Asian destination. A culturally diverse city, Kuala Lumpur is renowned for its food, nightlife, shopping and of course, those towers. The city's extensive mix of cultures and ethnicities create the best of Malaysian, Chinese, Indian and Pakistani flavors (just to name a few). Shopaholics salivate at the choices available on Bintang Walk (in Bukit Bintang), an uber-cool area loaded with shops, restaurants and chic cafes.The two towers are connected by a sky bridge. When you want to visit the towers, then the sky bridge is the highest point you can get. Situated on the 41st floor at a dizzying height of 170m above the ground, the bridge provides the best views of Kuala Lumpur City Center and definitely is regarding as one of the big tourist attractions. You can grab a free ticket at the ticket counter but with limited 1,300 tickets distribution per day, you will probably need to stand in line 30-60 minutes especially during weekends. If you fancy some nightlife activities, you can certainly enjoy this area. At night, Kuala Lumpur lights up, mostly due to the two massive glowing Petronas spires and the buzzing nightlife of the Golden Triangle. The Golden Triangle is becoming legendary in South East Asia for its trendy bars and pubs, offering great choices for nonstop parties. It's true the towers lure in the tourists, but it's the amazing culture and excitement of Kuala Lumpur that keeps them coming back.Find quality travel articles for free!! by WorldStepper[...]
Wed, 25 Mar 2009 05:00:00 +0000(image) Please don’t tell anyone that you’ve already been in Melbourne without hopping on its city's tram network. The Melbourne tram network is regarded as the largest tram network in the world. This public transport service was firstly introduced on 1885 and has become an icon, a part of Melbourne’s character ever since. The Melbourne trams can take you from the downtown’s busiest areas to most of the inner suburbs. Well, a tram trip in Melbourne can considerably be one of the best and easiest ways for you to feel people, roads, buildings and the lives of this gorgeous city.
Tue, 10 Mar 2009 05:03:00 +0000(image) If you’re seeking somewhere to travel and spend your holidays for this month (March), Japan can be a decent choice as the cherry blossom viewing season, draws near. A huge event throughout Japan, the festival celebrates the blooming of cherry trees at around the end of March and generally lasts until early April. Even though, for this year, because temperatures in February were above average in most parts of Japan and similarly mild temperatures are forecast for March, the cherry blossoms are expected to open a few days ahead of their average schedule.
Thu, 12 Feb 2009 07:52:00 +0000(image) If you’ll be in Sydney during the upcoming Valentine’s day this weekend, you might be in the right place. This famous city certainly provides a perfect romantic tourist destination for every couple. There are a lot of wise recommendations for couple to do such as a coastal walk in Bondi Beach or an open air cinema in Royal Botanic Garden. But what will there be when stay in one of the most romantic spot in the world on the day that supposed to be one of the most romantic day in a year.
Fri, 16 Jan 2009 02:38:00 +0000(image) The Chinese New Year is usually celebrated in January/February with visits to friends and family, the wearing of new clothes, and the offering of food. Lots of food, Firecrackers can be heard in Chinese communities and lion dances are performed in the streets. The day will be determined by the Chinese calendar or also called the Chinese Lunar calendar. And for the Year of the Ox, the Chinese Lunar Year Festival would start from 26th of January.
Fri, 09 Jan 2009 07:12:00 +0000(image) Regarding as the hottest tourist destination for the year 2009 in “LONELY PLANET’S BEST IN TRAVEL 2009”, Bay of Fires is a place of tranquil beauty, full of clean white beaches and rocky bays. This could be a very first time for many people to hear about the name but this unique place from the east coast of Tasmania has made all Australians to be proud of.
Mon, 22 Dec 2008 10:16:00 +0000(image) Just in time that all the problems now have been resolved and they now got new good-looking government, Thailand is now back to the top list for Christmas and travel destinations. This unique country has always provided amazing scenery and hospitality and has already been regarded as a great choice anytime for winter holidays. With colorful countdown activities occuring throughout the country ready to welcome 2009, it is the perfect time to visit the "Land of Smiles".
Tue, 02 Dec 2008 04:03:00 +0000(image) Already regarded as one of the most famous travel destinations in Asia region, Hong Kong is great anytime for enjoyable holidays and vacations. However, it’s during ‘WinterFest’ that Hong Kong really lights up. Great food, fantastic shopping, amazing sights and sounds, and a moderate climate will make this city an ideal destination for travelers on these special days from November 28, 2008 to January 4, 2009.
Wed, 12 Nov 2008 09:22:00 +0000(image) There are a few festivals from Thailand which reasonably well-known to people outside the countries. Talking about those festivals, “Loy Kratong” festival would be included on the top famous lists. Talking about “Loy Kratong” festival, today (12th November) is the day that the festival take place for this year which seems like everyone is ready for this traditional and wonderful event.
Originating as a Brahmanical festival adopted by Thai Buddhists during the reign of Rama IV in1863, “Loy Kratong” is a ceremony that venerates the Lord Buddha by offering floating trays laden with flowers, candles and incense. Loy translates to "float" in Thai, while Kratong pertains to a tray made from banana leaves. The light from the candle honors Lord Buddha, while the act of floating symbolizes the release of anger, resentment or any tarnishing of one's character. It is a way for a person to make amends and start afresh.
In addition to this, most Thais also float their kratong to honor the goddess of the rivers and waterways, Mae Nam, who they believe will bring good luck. This ties in with the romantic element of Loy Kratong which stems from a legend about Nang Nopamas, who was a royal consort to King Ramkhamhaeng (founder of Sukhothai).
As mention in the beginning, the Loi Krathong Festival is not only celebrated nationwide in Thailand, but also international places. There are many “Loy Krathong” festivals set up by Thai communities in some major cities around the world such as Melbourne, Sydney or London which you can enjoy respectful floating Krathong ceremony along with "The Noppamas Queen Contest", Thai foods exhibition and exotic mix of Thai culture shows throughout the day.
Thu, 06 Nov 2008 04:22:00 +0000(image) Sailing or Yachting might not be one of the most popular sports in Asia, but everyone in the world would know that Asia is one of the most splendid spot for sailing or yachting. There are sailing or yachting club in many countries in the region that have set up group’s event or tournament throughout a calendar year. For this ending year’s period, it’s time for the King's Cup Regatta in Phuket.
Mon, 13 Oct 2008 02:35:00 +0000Some might say it would not be the right time for travelling or honeymoon, since we’re all now facing the world’s economic problems which might shaking our livings and give us more pressures. But believe me; escaping from these loadings in-mind with some distances holiday is always give you more energy. Especially when this is the celebration for your wedding, it might be really important for this special ceremony.However, for this kind of hard time, it’s better to look for ways to save money on your honeymoon expenses. Where can you find that? Here are the useful tips to help you to make a smart prepare for your honeymoon;1. Plan everything early. You certainly will get lower prices if you can prepare everything before at least a couple of months ahead. Something likes advance booking for your airline tickets and hotel bookings will always cheaper when there aren’t many people looking for the same seat.2. Go off-season. This always works. Traveling during non-peak periods is one of the easiest ways to save money. In some occasions, you might be able to cut your cost almost in half for doing that.3. Gather your friends with you. The simple concept is that the more you booked the more power for bargaining. Group booking is another way of reducing your travel expenses. So if you don’t mind, invite your close friends and their lovers to joy your honeymoon trip. Beside, this would also give you some memories to talk about in your group.4. Study on your honeymoon destination. There are many ways to do that. Google search is very helpful. It can give you many ideas and information on the location where you can go. This will prevent you from wasting times and money on your lost. Or maybe, you can simply subscribe to blogs to grab ideas from the others experiences. These people always give good reviews and guides.5. Keep an eye on currency. Make sure you're prepared for using a different currency. Check the exchange rates from your local back before you leave and think about how much currency you will need. It's good to have some small bills when you get off the plane for tips at the airport, payments for taxis, or tips at the hotel.As a summary, plan your trip in advance can only give advantages. So, if you do have a plan for wedding, have a think about your honeymoon trip in the early stage and everything will be great and fun for your once-in-lifetime moment. Find quality travel articles for free!! by WorldStepper[...]
Fri, 03 Oct 2008 02:43:00 +0000(image) Apart from number of great famous beaches and night-life entertainments, the beauty of the cloud forest, wild animals and waterfalls from Thailand National Parks also attract lot of adventurous tourists to come and see these wild animals and bird singing through the trekking route.
Located just 200 kilometers from Bangkok, Khao Yai is one of Thailand's natural gems. The oldest and most internationally renowned of the country's national parks, Khao Yai is a beautiful and mysterious place brimming with mango fields, dense forests, towering waterfalls and vibrant wildlife. Walking trails stretch more than 50 kilometers. Families moved here to plant rice more than 100 years ago, and remains of their original settlements can still be found.
Perhaps most interesting to visitors is the enormous population of bats living in a cave near the outer perimeter of the park. Every evening at sundown, more than 3 million of these creatures emerge to find their evening meal. The spectacle lasts for more than an hour.
Wine lovers may already be aware of Khao Yai's place on the wine map. Although Thailand's wine industry is but ten years old, it's fast making a name for itself in the regional market. Thai wine's home is now firmly in Khao Yai. Several wineries offer tours, where visitors are treated to picturesque surroundings and a warm, peaceful atmosphere. You can explore scenic landscapes or sample the delights of grape juice and wine in all of the region's wineries.
Khao Yai is easily accessible by bus, train and car, and there are several options when staying in the park, including camping. The Visitor Center can provide all necessary information. Many travelers book a hotel in Nakhonratchasima or Bangkok, using it as a base for traveling to Khao Yai.
Tue, 23 Sep 2008 10:30:00 +0000(image) Regarding as the only men’s top-level professional tennis tournament in Southeast Asia, for tennis lovers who reside in Thailand or the surrounding countries, the Thailand Open 2008 is a must-see event. With top ranking ATP players headlining the tournament and seats available at very affordable rates, the Thailand Open is like the Wimbledon of Southeast Asia, minus the walloping a real Wimbledon will have on the wallet. Besides, the ATP Thailand Open is now in its sixth year as part of the ATP Tour and returns to Bangkok from September 21-28, 2008.
Even without the Thai favoriteParadorn Srichaphan in the past 2 year because of his wrist injury, the Thailand Open has grown and grown and has been fortunate to have seen many of the world’s top players compete in Bangkok. As such, for this year, there will be many World Tennis players involve in the tournament as usual including Danai Udomchoke(THA), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga(FRA), Marat Safin(RUS), Novak Djokovic (SRB) and The twins - Sonchat and Sanchai Ratiwatana(THA).
These top tennis stars together with other 30 professional tennis players from all around the world will be chasing for this year’s prize money of US$ 576,000. The games take place in Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani, Bangkok. The tournament is now on; do not wait if you want to joy this great competition atmosphere. There aren’t many chances for some prime viewing of the world’s top tennis players.
Thu, 18 Sep 2008 08:51:00 +0000(image) If you’re seeking a romantic, quaintly Asian experience, then you won’t find a town more appealing or authentic than Hoi An city in Vietnam. As the country’s oldest trading port, Hoi An has an illustrious history that is juxtaposed by an everyday rural charm. Listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, this charming ancient city has preserved much of its ornate Chinese architecture and a unique culture unlike any to be found in Asia.
Fri, 12 Sep 2008 07:28:00 +0000(image) If you are one of the casual business travelers, certainly the Canton Fair can be one of the major trading events that you shouldn’t miss. Over 200,000 buyers and 40,000 exhibitors are expected to join the event with the estimating a business turnover over USD 30,000 million. Everyone can see the great business opportunities from their attendance.