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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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Quirky International Places To Spend Valentines Day

January 31st, 2011 by

While roses, candy and a romantic dinner are the staples of a Valentine’s Day celebration, more adventurous couples can make this romantic moment more unforgettable by spending it in an unusual or even outrageous location.

Here are six quirky places to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Loveland, Jeju Island

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Jeju Loveland, South Korea

This sex-themed park was developed by businessmen in Jeju Island, a popular getaway for honeymooners. By displaying all sorts of erotic statues all over the park grounds, newlyweds and other lovers can get ideas on how to spice up their own love lives. Visitors can choose among several hotels in Jeju and visit many other sights that enthrall both lovers and families alike.

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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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Discover El Nido’s Magic This Valentine’s Day

January 14th, 2011 by

With just a month to go before Valentine’s Day, a lot of people are starting to secure flights and tickets to different destinations for a romantic celebration.  A trip to El Nido in Palawan certainly ranks as just that.

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El Nido is at the northernmost tip of the main island of Palawan in the Philippines. People who have been to Ha Long Bay in Vietnam or to Krabi in Thailand will find the limestone cliffs and rock formations in El Nido equally impressive.

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The Proboscis Monkeys Of Sarawak, Borneo

January 7th, 2011 by

Bako National Park is the oldest national park in the state of Sarawak, Malaysia and spans a tidy 27 km2. With easy accessibility from the city of Kuching, comfortable accommodation and exotic flora and fauna, waves of tourists include the national park on their Borneo to-do lists.

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The usual gateway to Bako National Park is via a flight to the vibrant city of Kuching. There are groups who book their own hotels in Kuching and simply arrange for overnight stays within the park from there. To arrange and pay for accommodation, one must proceed to the Visitors Information Centre and take a 45-minute taxi or bus ride to Kampung Bako village. Once in Kampung Bako, a short boat ride takes you to the National Park. A small entrance fee later and Bako is yours to explore.

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A Travel Diary Look Back at 2010

December 31st, 2010 by

With 2011 upon us, I thought I would re-visit some of my travel highlights from the past year.

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The highlight of my first quarter was a trip to Boracay Island in the Philippines.  It was a second time for me but the first for my family.  We were pampered by the courteous staff of the Boracay Regency Beach Resort & Convention Center during our 5-day stay.  Aside from their exceptional service, quite a number of visitors choose to book their stay at this hotel mainly because of their comfortable rooms, lovely spa and their gorgeous buffet spread.

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Singapore’s Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

December 17th, 2010 by

The list of spectacular attractions that Singapore has to offer is truly endless.  Whenever I find myself in this fascinating country, I make it a point to do the rounds and cover most of these impressive landmarks with the little time that I have.  One of these notable stops is the world-famous Esplanade.

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Known for its characteristic mirror shells, the unique architectural design of the Esplanade has been likened to the Durian fruit numerous times. This is why a lot of people fondly refer to them as the Durians of Singapore.

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Putrajaya: Malaysia’s New Garden City

December 10th, 2010 by

Putrajaya is located about 25 km south of Kuala Lumpur (KL) and only 20 km from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at Sepang.  In 1999, a new seat of government was chosen to avoid congestion in frenetic KL. The development of a new capital city was an idea hatched by former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad years before. As a result, the planned city was built over a vast 5,000 hectare swamp.

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In 2001, Putrajaya was made a Federal Territory of Malaysia, the third in the country with KL and Labuan.

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Explore the Gili Islands Off Lombok, Indonesia

December 3rd, 2010 by

When it comes to sparkling blue waters and beaches perfect for an afternoon of surfing in Indonesia, Bali naturally comes to mind.  But the truth of the matter is that the Indonesian archipelago has so much more to offer holiday travellers.  The Gili Islands, for one, deserve strong consideration.

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The Gili Islands or what are collectively called the Gilis, are a popular tourist destination off the northwest coast of Lombok.  The name “Gili Islands” is somewhat redundant given that gili actually means “small island”.

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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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