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Guide to Songkran Festival Thailand

April 8th, 2011 by

Visit Thailand this April and beat the heat by getting soaked to the skin. How? Songkran Festival!

Songkran is a Sanskrit word which means “passing through” and refers to the sun’s passing into Aries. Basically, Songkran is the celebration of the New Year in Thailand. It’s also referred to as the Water Splashing Festival.  The specific dates vary but generally the festival takes place the first two weeks of April.

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The festival is an opportunity for Thais to strengthen bonds with peers, colleagues, neighbors and their Buddhist faith. It’s a time to set new resolutions and correct all past bad conduct. At the start of the first day, Songkran adherents visit different wats to offer prayers and food to the monks.

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April 2011 Hot Event Guide

April 1st, 2011 by

The Lion King
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
March 3 – April 30

The Lion King is a Broadway musical adaptation of the hit Disney film, which features a smooth combination of exceptional talent and impressive production.  Join Simba and his friends in this all-in-one entertainment spectacular.

Buddha’s Footprint Parade Festival
Ta-Porn District Cultural Centre, Kloong, Chantaburi, Thailand
April 1-30

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This activity in Thailand involves the important ceremony of pouring water in order to ask for blessings from a family’s esteemed leader. Another essential ritual is what the Thais refer to as the Praying for Ghosts Ceremony. Basically during this time, the people make it a point to pay their respects to Buddha’s footprint and ashes. Read the rest of this entry »

Manila Weekend Guide

March 18th, 2011 by

Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, is notorious for its crazy traffic jams and narrow streets that are always clogged with vendors.  Still, it is easy to fall in love with this city.  The people are always helpful, warm, and ready to greet you with a big smile.

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Manila is energized with rich culture, unique traditions, superb restaurants, gigantic malls, idyllic getaways, and superb hotels.  It is a fantastic destination not only for long vacations but also for those who only have a weekend to spare.

Here is a list of things to do during a quick stay in vibrant Manila.

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Best Hotels to See Cherry Blossoms in Asia

March 11th, 2011 by

Quite a number of people know what Cherry Blossoms are.  Unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to see these flowers in the flesh.  In Asia alone, Cherry Blossoms are present in China, Korea and Japan.

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For those who are keen on witnessing a Cherry Blossom’s beauty up close, it is important to take note that the blooming period of cherry trees commences differently depending on a country’s geographical location.  A milder climate makes the flowers develop much earlier.  In some locations, the flowers bloom as early as January while it can be as late as May in others.  One must also remember that the Cherry Blossom season does not last for very long.  Flowers last only for about a week and the wilted petals are blown away by the wind another week after.

Here is a list of hotels ne can consider for a good sighting of Cherry Blossoms.

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Asia’s Best Rooftop Bars

March 4th, 2011 by

Rooftop bar-come-restaurants are becoming popular because of their smooth blend of cocktails and breathtaking views. Consider this list the next time you visit exotic Asia.

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Luna Bar, Kuala Lumpur

The chic Luna Bar provides a superb panoramic view of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s vigorous capital.  Its long indoor bar has a stylish design that leads guests towards the outer edge of the rooftop for a heart-stopping view of Kuala Lumpur’s twinkling city lights.  Each visit is made extra special not only because of the unique mix of cocktails available but because of the prominent sight of the Petronas Twin Towers.  The pool in the middle looks tempting when the action turns sweltering hot!

The bar is open from 5:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. from Monday to Thursday.  The party starts at 3:00 p.m. and ends around 4:00 a.m. every Friday and Saturday.

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Wildlife Within Reach at Lok Kawi Park

February 25th, 2011 by

Sabah, the Malaysian state in northern Borneo, is considered one of the best destinations for adventure and ecotourism. Many visitors, for instance, venture to the islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park or attempt to conquer the summit of Mount Kinabalu.

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Ho Chi Minh City’s Ben Thanh Market

February 18th, 2011 by

Ask anyone about Ho Chi Minh City’s must-visit area for a “shop ‘til you drop” experience and Ben Thanh Market is sure to come up.  It is undoubtedly one of the ultimate destinations in old Saigon.

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The market provides not only satisfaction for shopaholics but culture hunters as well.  The iconic landmark has a dash of French colonial charm and is one of the most indelible attractions in the city.
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Find Valentine’s Day Romance in Thailand

February 11th, 2011 by

Thailand is a top destination in Asia for tourists the world over. With love in the air in advance of Valentine’s Day, a lot of couples are expected to head to this culture-rich country for an unforgettable romantic getaway. From quiet dinners to river cruises, thrilling mountain treks to sultry beaches, Thailand is sure to respond in kind.

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Here is a list of some fantastic places in Thailand where lovebirds can spend a lot of quality time together and steal some sweet smooches by a breathtaking sunset.

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Hong Kong’s Glorious Symphony Of Lights

February 4th, 2011 by

In Hong Kong, people who find themselves somewhere along Tsim Sha Tsui Harbour at exactly 8:00 p.m. each night get to watch the highly acclaimed Symphony of Lights.  While waiting for the show to start, visitors usually browse through the different high-end boutiques at Harbour City Mall.  There are also superb Hong Kong hotels in the area, like the Marco Polo, that offer fantastic buffet dinner spreads.

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Throngs of tourists head to the heart of the action to witness how music is beautifully synchronized with spectacular lights originating from over 40 key buildings in both Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. It is truly a stunning show that is set against Hong Kong’s gorgeous glowing skyline.

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A Day Guide For Singapore

January 28th, 2011 by

There are people who visit Singapore and make it a point to stay for a week or more.  There are also those who pop in for a day. If you qualify for the latter, check out some must-see stops and activities in the foremost city-state.

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Singapore Botanic Gardens

Shops and almost all of the major malls in Singapore open at 10:00 a.m. The Botanic Gardens, however, opens at 5:00 a.m. – perfect for early risers. Join local residents and take a brisk stroll, run or practice tai chi. The park is also a good place to have a typical Singaporean breakfast of toast with kaya spread and soft boiled eggs procured from a nearby food stall.

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  • Polls

    Top 5 Romantic Spots in Asia

    • Palawan, Philippines (39%, 182 Votes)
    • Boracay, Philippines (36%, 168 Votes)
    • Bali, Indonesia (31%, 143 Votes)
    • Agra, India (18%, 84 Votes)
    • Batangas, Philippines (17%, 79 Votes)
    • Male, Maldives (16%, 77 Votes)
    • Jeju Island, South Korea (16%, 75 Votes)
    • Sentosa Island, Singapore (15%, 72 Votes)
    • Krabi, Thailand (13%, 60 Votes)
    • Macau, China (10%, 49 Votes)
    • Halong Bay, Vietnam (7%, 34 Votes)

    Total Voters: 467

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