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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 »

Best Malaysia Grand Prix Hotels

March 28th, 2011 by

You have tickets to the big race. Your Grand Prix party itinerary is all set. Now all you need is a list of stellar hotels in KL.

Look no further F1 fans. Discover the best Malaysia Grand Prix hotels to complete your race weekend, April 8-10, 2011.

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Concorde Inn Kuala Lumpur International Airport

Stay close to Sepang F1 International Circuit and three minutes away from Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The Concorde Inn features boutique-like environs, a sumptuous Poolside Snack Bar and plush deluxe rooms. Read the rest of this entry »

Best Spa Resorts in Bali

March 25th, 2011 by

Bali’s best spa resorts, much like the peerless destination, offer a wondrous breadth of melt-your-care-away options. You can seldom go wrong on Indonesia’s dream island but if we have to whittle it down, these 15 spa resorts will do just fine.

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Aston Bali Beach Resort & Spa

A mere 20 minutes from Denpasar International Airport, the Aston offers affordable rates and solid package options for Tanjungbenoa visitors on a budget.

Ayana Resort & Spa

Golf, tennis, superb on-site restaurants and la pièce de résistance, the 22,000 m2 Thermes Marins Thalasso spa complex.

FuramaXclusive Villas & Spa Ubud

Indulge in a host of spa treatments from the comfort of your private villa, with little more than the rustle of the wind through the padi fields to disturb you. The FuramaXclusive Villas & Spa is a divine choice in Ubud.

Gending Kedis Villas & Spa Estate

At the fab Gending Kedis resort in Jimbaran Bay, all you need to do is select which luxury villa and private pool you want. The rest is exquisitely easy.
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Best Michelin Restaurants in Asia

March 23rd, 2011 by

When the Michelin Red Guides for 2010 hit bookshelves last year, food critics worldwide had a field day. For the first time ever, a city other than Paris had amassed the most stars; those precious little gems inspectors out of Clermont-Ferrand bestow on restaurants to denote quality of food, wine and beverage service, décor and myriad other elusive characteristics. Precious little gems that make or break careers and, in the case of more than one perfectionist French chef, drive some to commit suicide.

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The city in question, by the way, was Tokyo. A surprise in some epicure circles, where a staunch French food bias persists, but overall, no major shock. While a few notable food journalists went wild on the story, the Japanese were relatively calm in response. Those familiar with the culinary scene in Tokyo simply shrugged and nodded in agreement. Why should Paris always dominate the Michelin star process? Read the rest of this entry »

2011 Malaysia Grand Prix Nightlife Guide

March 16th, 2011 by

When a Formula One race rolls into town the big question is never, “Who has the best shot at the pole?” Nay, the key questions tend to hone in on less motorsports-related territory; as in which celebs will show up for GP weekend, which driver has the sexiest arm candy and which club has the hottest F1 scene.

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It is this last topic that concerns us most today. If you’re in Kuala Lumpur for the Malaysia Grand Prix on the weekend of April 10, where exactly are you going to party? More importantly, in which restaurants, bars and clubs are you most likely to spot a Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso, Mark Webber, Sebastian Vettel or Michael Schumacher? Read the rest of this entry »

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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Top 10 Retail Districts in East and Southeast Asia

March 4th, 2011 by

Where to shop and what to buy: the topic is unavoidable for even the most stringent and rabid anti-capitalist and anti-materialist visitor in East and Southeast Asia. You may avoid malls like the plague back home but this is Singapore baby. Or Kuala Lumpur, Taipei, Tokyo or Shanghai. When in Rome, in other words, shop like the Romans.

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In a city like Seoul, for example, the deceptively simple affair of a day at the market or mall is more bloodsport than trite task. Myriad elusive rules permeate the retail ritual in much of Asia, which, when combined with the promise of sweet, negotiable deals on a titanic array of exotic and colourful products, makes it a compulsory exercise for neophytes.

With this firmly in mind, check out our top 10 retail districts in East and Southeast Asia. Read the rest of this entry »

Top 5 Asia Travel Apps

February 27th, 2011 by

No app or technology advance can ever replace one-on-one interpersonal connections with locals while abroad, or indeed, the blissfully spontaneous adventures that come with a long walk in a strange city, sans map.

Despite all this, the best travel apps conveniently coalesce important information, serve as foreign language translators and act as robust interpreters in often wildly complex urban jungles – as anyone who has ever been hopelessly lost and miles from that familiar Tokyo hotel can well attest. This, we believe, is what our fave five apps for Asia accomplish.

Shanghai Metro App by Communicarta

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Celebrate Federal Territory Day in Malaysia

January 28th, 2011 by

Malaysia offers a ton of special events and holidays in which to participate. Hari Merdeka, for one, or Independence Day, involves the entire country, from Kota Kinabalu to Langkawi, and takes place every August 31. The de facto national day commemorates the formal dissolution of British colonial rule and establishment of a true Malaysian state.

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Muslim holidays, of course, form a big part of the annual calendar, from Hari Raya Puasa, which marks the end of Ramadan, to Hari Raya Haji. Other important holidays in eclectic, multi-cultural Malaysia include Chinese New Year, Duanwu, Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, Diwali, Thaipusam, Vaisakhi and Wesak. Suffice to say that young residents of Malaysia receive a deep cultural education, practically by osmosis, by virtue of the diverse cultural, religious and secular holidays that populate the calendar. Read the rest of this entry »

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    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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