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Thursday, 27 February 2014

Phuket: Talk About Sea, Sun and Sand

Phuket, Thailand


Phuket adalah salah satu provinsi selatan Thailand. Tetangga propinsi Phang Nga dan Krabi, namun Phuket merupakan sebuah pulau sehingga tidak memiliki perbatasan nyata. Perhubungan pulau ini dijalankan oleh Bandara Internasional Phuket dan dihubungkan oleh jembatan ke daratan utama pulau dan dua lagi yang terletak di utara pulau. Ini adalah salah satu daerah wisata paling populer dari Thailand.

Phuket adalah pulau terbesar di Thailand, yang terletak di Laut Andaman di sebelah barat Semenanjung Melayu. Pulau ini terdiri dari pegunungan, terutama di bagian barat, dengan pegunungan selaras dari utara ke selatan. Gunung-gunung selatan ini merupakan ujung dari rantai pegunungan yang membentang lebih dari 440 km di Tanah Genting Kra dan memuncak pada ketinggian 1138 m di Khao Phra Mi. Ketinggian tertinggi di pulau itu sendiri adalah sekitar 529 m di atas permukaan laut, Mei Tha Sip Song. 
Hampir 70% dari pulau ini ditutupi oleh hutan. Pantai barat memiliki beberapa pantai berpasir, sedangkan di pantai timur mereka lebih berlumpur. Bagian ujung selatan pulau itu adalah Laem Promthep, merupakan bagian pulau yang sangat populer untuk melihat pemandangan matahari terbenam.

Daerah wisata utama dari pulau ini adalah Pantai Patong, yang juga memiliki sebagian besar kehidupan malam dan merupakan pusat belanja murah di pulau ini. Pantai populer lainnya yang masih masuk dalam bagian pulau ini adalah Karon, Kata, Nai Harn Beach dan Bang Tao.

Hal yang perlu diketahui tentang Phuket
1. Phuket terletak sekitar 862 kilometer selatan Bangkok.
2. Hanya ada dua musim dalam setahun. Musim penghujan (Mei-Oktober) dan musim kemarau (November-April).
3. Phuket dibagi menjadi 3 distrik administratif: yaitu, Amphoe Muang, Amphoe Thalang dan Amphoe Kathu.

Tips 
>Pantai-pantai selatan biasanya lebih ramai, sedangkan pantai-pantai utara jauh lebih tenang.
>Semua pantai utama (seperti Pantai Patong, pantai Kata, pantai Karon, pantai Nai Han, pantai Mai Khao, pantai Nai Yang) menawarkan instruksi dan peralatan untuk menyelam, snorkling, selancar angin dan berlayar. Jangan lupa untuk memperhatikan bendera merah sebelum berenang.
  
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Singapore Indoor Stadium: Stadium Electric

Singapore

Penonton konser dan penggemar olahraga telah memadati arena ini sejak dibuka pada Desember 1989. Banyak bintang olahraga, rockstars dan band terkenal di dunia telah memikat penonton dengan pertunjukan di Singapore Indoor Stadium di Kallang. Dirancang oleh arsitek Jepang legendaris, Kenzo Tange, tontonan dalam ruangan ini memiliki atap berbentuk kerucut dan pilar arena.

Selain memberikan pengunjung lokal yang meningkatkan hiburan mereka, Singapore Indoor Stadium juga merupakan habitat dari penyanyi-penyanyi Singapore, para pemain basket nasional terbaik yang bertanding di Asean Basketball League. Pada tahun 2010, Singapore Indoor Stadium juga menjadi tuan rumah dari pemain muda badminton dan tenis meja paling berbakat dunia di perdana Youth Olympic Games.

Stadium Waterfront terletak di belakang stadion memiliki gerai ritel dan restoran yang menyajikan berbagai masakan seperti makanan laut Cina lokal, serta kontemporer India dan Italia. Fasilitas ini  juga menawarkan makan di tempat terbuka dengan latar belakang pemandangan pantai yang indah. Jangan lupa untuk sesekali mencoba pasar jalanan juga.

Alamat
2 Stadium Walk Singapore 397691

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Gogreen Cycle & Island Explorer: The Cycle of Nature

Sentosa, Singapore

Sebuah petualangan sudah menunggu dengan Gogreen Cycle & Island Explorer di Sentosa, sebuah pulau resort di Singapura. Perjalanan melalui tanaman hijau tropis yang indah di sepeda Eco-friendly Hybrid Gogreen, memberikan Anda pengalaman bagaimana kehidupan pulau itu di masa lalu.

Gabung sekarang dengan Sentosa Island Explorer dan ungkap semua permata yg tersembunyi dan tersebar di seluruh pulau. Jelajahi area seperti Coastal Trail dekat Fort Siloso, di mana Dragon's Teeth Gate pernah berdiri; dan banyak tempat menarik lainnya.

Selain sepeda Gogreen Hybrid, ada juga berbagai sepeda reguler sesuai preferensi yang berbeda. Bahkan anak-anak muda yang tidak berpengalaman dalam bersepeda dapat menyewa sepeda Rosie agar lebih mudah. Kunjungi Gogreen Cycle & Island Explorer dengan seluruh keluarga untuk bersepeda ria di dalam alam, sekarang.

Alamat
51 Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa
(Opposite Trapizza)
Singapore 099001

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Wat Benchamabophit Marble Temple: The Newest Major Buddhist Temples in Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand

The wat was built in 1899 at the initiative of King Rama V on the site of an ancient sanctuary. The king decided this construction to offset the destruction of two old temples necessitated by the extension of the Royal Dusit Palace.

The main building is built on a cruciform plan and uses a white Carrara marble which explains its tourist name Marble Temple. The main statue of the bot is a replica of the famous Pha Buddha Chinaraj whose original is revered in Phitsanulok. In the base of the statue are encircle the ashes of King Rama V.

Bangkok, Thailand

Wat also has beautiful gardens and a cloister whose galleries are home to a remarkable collection of 53 Buddha statues from Thailand to illustrate the different styles and attitudes. Thirty-three statues are original, others are copies; foreign Buddhas complete the collection.

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Monday, 24 February 2014

Canggu Beach : Barrelling Surf and Lush Ricefields touching the Ocean

Bali, Indonesia

Among Bali’s numerous beaches, Canggu Beach was recently chosen among CNN’s “World’s 100 Best Beaches” in position no. 39. Located in the village of Canggu in North Kuta, District of Badung, quite close to Legian beach, Canggu offers a wide stretch of black sand beach that is world famous for its magnificent surf.

In 2004 Canggu Beach hosted the Indonesia Surfing Championship (ISC) chosen for its barrelling waves as well as the beauty of its shores. On the other side of the blue surf one can see tiers of lush green rice paddies where flocks of birds come to fly over or roost. This panoramic scene is rarely found along other beaches and therefore offers a unique experience for its beholders.

Sunsets at Canggu can also be quite a surreal experience. Donot forget to enjoy the barbequed corn while watching the sun slowly disappear beyond the horizon.

Canggu still remains a rural area, where you wlll be able to experience the simple Balinese village way of life. It takes only some 25 minutes from here to the famous Tanah Lot temple, and some 20 minutes to Seminyak for those who yearn for a more exciting nightlife and loads of shopping.

At present Canggu continues to improve its facilities, there are already a number of hotels, villas, restaurants and cafes available to spoil any visitor.

Getting There
Located some 18 km from the city of Denpasar, Canggu Beach can be reached in 45 minutes by car from Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport.When you drive from Kuta Beach it will take only 20 minutes to reach the village of Krobokan. Then turn left until you reach ricefields that touch the ocean. Then you know you have arrived at Canggu.

Canggu lies 25 minutes north of Seminyak and is halfway to Tanah Lot. It is advisable to hire your own carm or make sure that your hotel can pick you up from the airport.

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Universal Studios Singapore®: Ride The Movies at Universal Studios Singapore®

Sentosa Island, Singapore

Go beyond the screen and jump into the action! Universal Studios Singapore is Southeast Asia's only. Universal Studios theme park, with 18 of its 24 attractions designed just for Singapore. Hop on the state of the art rides such as Madagascar: A Crate Adventure, Shrek 4-D Adventure, Revenge of The Mummy, and Jurassic Park: Rapids Adventure.

Enter a new dimension in the world's first 3D battle - TRANSFORMERS: The Ride. Get into the newly created Autobot EVAC and zip through subway tunnels, city streets, and across rooftops, with the Decepticons hot on you heels. Hyper-realistic 3D Media and sophisticated visual effects make this a ride you simply must experiences.

Scream your hearts out on Battlestar Galactica as you zoom, loop on the world's tallest dueling coaster ride. Go on an unforgettable mission to the stars with Elmo and Super Grover 2.0 on the all new family ride, Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase. Head over to New York Street and catch the all-singing, all-dancing Sesame Street Stage Shows and book a scrumptious Sesame Street Character Breakfast!

Opening Hours
Mon - Sun: 10am - 7pm daily

Park operating hours are subject to change without notice
Address 
Resorts World Sentosa Singapore
8 Sentosa Gateway 
Singapore 098269

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Wonder Full -- Light & Water Spectacular: An Award-Winning Convergence of Light, Music and Sound

Marina Bay, Singapore

Voted the “Best New Tourist Attraction” by the ASEAN Tourism Forum, Wonder Full is a stunning showpiece of visual effects, with interweaving lasers, searchlights, LEDs, video projectors and giant streaming water screens. Lose yourself in a show that took three years and 100 architectural, design, creative, musical, engineering, technical and I.T. specialists to develop.

Immerse yourself in Wonder Full—an amazing convergence of light, music and sound. Set to a breathtaking orchestral soundtrack, Wonder Full uses light and laser effects to tell the universal tale of the journey of life, so sit back, relax and enjoy. Lose yourself in a stunning showpiece of visual effects of interweaving lasers, searchlights, LEDs, video projectors and giant streaming water screens.

For 13 electrifying minutes, Singapore’s city skyline will feel like your own private viewing backdrop. Bring the whole family, and come early to secure your spot. You won’t want to miss out on this exciting, free event which was voted “Best New Tourist Attraction” by ASEAN Tourism Forum.

The soundtrack is broadcast live on 103.9FM—the official radio station of Marina Bay Sands. Singaporeans Iskandar Ismail and Daryl Ang arranged and conducted the original score, which was recorded by a 140-piece orchestra. Laservision, the creator of the multidisplay media attraction, controls its technical wizardry down to the millisecond. It took three years and 100 architectural, design, creative, musical, engineering, technical and I.T. specialists to develop the show.

Opening Hours
Sunday-Thursday:
8pm, 9:30pm

Friday, Saturday:
8pm, 9:30pm, 11pm
Address 
Event Plaza,
Waterfront Promenade
Marina Bay Sands,
10 Bayfront Avenue,
Singapore 018956

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Gardens By The Bay: An Awe-Inspiring New Green Space for Singapore

Marina Bay, Singapore

Spanning 101 hectares, this award-winning horticultural attraction houses over 380 thousand plants and is just a five-minute walk from the city. The Gardens comprises three spaces—Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central. From the waterfront promenade, enjoy an amazing view of the Marina Bay financial district skyline. The grounds are perfect for an evening stroll and a picnic with loved ones.

Monet once referred to his garden as his most beautiful masterpiece. Singapore’s new icon, a 101-hectare horticultural attraction, certainly seems to be the nation’s most beautiful with more than 380 thousand plants in huge domed conservatories.

Less than a five-minute walk from Marina Bay, the Gardens is split into three waterfront spaces: Bay South, Bay East, and Bay Central, which connects the first two.

Bay South―the largest waterfront garden―is where you’ll find the impressive Supertrees. These 9 to 16-storey-tall vertical gardens collect rainwater, generate solar power and act as venting ducts for the park’s conservatories. A suspended 128-metre-long walkway between two Supertrees, the OCBC Skyway, is perfect for walks at any hour, offering a bird’s eye view of the Gardens and the Marina Bay urban area.

At Bay East, there’re pretty pavilions, lush lawns, tropical palm trees and natural blossoms, ideal for an evening stroll or a picnic with family and friends. Along its two-kilometre waterfront promenade, you can get an amazing view of the skyline.

For a reprieve from the tropical heat, head to the cooled conservatory complex, which won the World Building of the Year at the World Architecture Festival 2012. There, you can study plant species from around the world such as baobabs and date palms.

After the sun sets, don’t miss the sky show of dazzling lights and sounds in the OCBC Garden Rhapsody, which takes place nightly amidst the Supertrees. It’ll make a wonderful ending to a day out in the Gardens.

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Sunday, 23 February 2014

Ko Chang: Thailand’s Second Largest Island

Trat, Thailand

Ko Chang is an amphoe in Trat Province, Thailand. It is located on the Gulf of Thailand's eastern seaboard, 310 km from Bangkok and near the border with Cambodia. The island has everything that travelers want from a tropical vacation, from long stretches of sandy beaches to unspoiled rainforests. There are plenty of activities to pursue on the island too, including scuba diving, kayaking, fishing and jungle trekking.

When it comes to lazing on the beach in luxury, White Sand Beach is one of the most popular destinations. Located on the island’s northwestern corner, it’s the longest beach on Ko Chang. The central section of the soft sandy beach is lined with resorts and hotels. Hat Tha Nam on Ko Chang’s southwest coast attracts travelers looking for fun on a budget. From rustic bungalows to tree houses, visitors can find accommodations here on the cheap and spend the money that they’ve saved on the bars and restaurants popping up along the shoreline.

Among the many beaches on Ko Chang, Hat Khlong Phao is one of the most striking. Extreme low and high tides make this picturesque beach a beachcomber’s dream. Located at the north end of the beach is Laem Chaiyachet, a rock formation that’s been fitted out with a pier. It’s the perfect spot to watch the sun setting into the Gulf of Thailand.

Around 70 percent of Ko Chang is covered by mountainous forests, and taking hikes to view the island’s waterfalls offers visitors a refreshing break from sunbathing in the sand. A short hike from the beach of Khlong Phrao leads visitors to Namtok Khlong Phlu, the island’s largest waterfall. The falls drop in three cascading tiers. Those who climb to the top tier can reward themselves with a dip in a large pool.

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Chiang Rai: Explore Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai, Thailand

 The northernmost city in Thailand, Chiang Rai serves as the main commercial hub of the Golden Triangle, which contains the borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. A busy town offering something for everyone, Chiang Rai is often used as a base for exploring the surrounding region.

The city is also home to a few museums that exhibit local heritage, culture, art and architecture. With its lovely green spaces, trees and flower, Saun Mai Ngam Park is a nice place to relax or attend a flower festival at year’s end. Markets and a night bazaar offer food, handicrafts, souvenirs and free cultural performances. Chiang Rai Beach is popular for picnics and riverboat cruises.

Outside of Chiang Rai, the Gate of Siam is a special place on the Laos border where visitors can enjoy lovely views. Namtok Khun Kon Forest Park offers nature walks and scenic waterfalls. Lion Hill Cave is an interesting cavern surrounded by picturesque scenery, hiking trails and picnic areas. Various tour companies operating from Chiang Rai guide tourists to nearby hill tribes to experience their culture and traditions.

Restaurants are plentiful in Chiang Rai and serve a variety of cuisines from Northern Thai to Western. Local specialty foods include khao sawy (chicken curry with noodles) and Northern Thai sausage. There is also a good supply of bars and clubs for nightlife options.

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Saturday, 22 February 2014

Khoo Kongsi: The Most Magnificent Clan Houses in Penang

Penang, Malaysia

When the first immigrants from the Hokkien province of China arrived in Penang, one of the first things they set out to do was build one of the most magnificent clan houses in Penang. Work began on the clan house in the 1890's which resulted in what was said to be a palace which rivalled that of the Emperor of China. As the story goes, this extravagance incurred the wrath of the Gods and on the first night of the clan house's completion, an unexplainable fire broke out and burnt the house down! It wasn't until 1902 that the current clan house began construction.

One of five clan houses still standing in Georgetown, the Khoo Kongsi clan house takes on a remarkable resemblance to a mini clan village. One of the grandest clan houses in Penang, the Khoo Kongsi features tall thin columns supporting a gently sloping, red tiled roof, topped with carvings of dragons, phoenixes, mythical animals and various scenes from popular Chinese legends.

The clan house also has a grand hall adorned with resplendent and intricate carvings and richly ornamented pillars which are said to have been crafted by master craftsmen from China. Other major Hokkien clan houses that can be found in Penang are the Cheah Kongsi, Yeah Kongsi, Lim Kongsi and Tan Kongsi. 

Getting There
>By Foot or Taxi
There are two entrances to the Khoo Kongsi. One is on Jalan Masjid Kapitan Kling (Lebuh Pitt), in between Armenian Street and Lebuh Aceh. The second entrance is on Lebuh Pantai, also in between Armenian Street and Lebuh Aceh.

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Tasik Kenyir: The Largest Man-Made Lake in Southeast Asia

Terengganu, Malaysia

Tasik Kenyir, Terengganu, is the largest man-made lake in Southeast Asia, spanning 260,000 hectares.

It is also Malaysia's largest rock filled hydroelectric dam. When the area was flooded, most of the hills were above the water level, thus creating about 340 man-made islands.

The rainforest that cradles the area furnishes the lake with an incredible assortment of flora and fauna.

These include rare ferns, exotic orchids, hornbills, elephants, and panthers. It is also home to more than 8,000 species of flowers, 2,500 species of plants and trees, 800 species of orchids, and 300 species of fungus.

It is a popular retreat for nature lovers as it is surrounded by lush tropical rainforest.

It is also an anglers haven as the lake is home to hundreds of species of freshwater fish like Baung,

Getting There
>By Car
There are several alternative routes to go to Kenyir Lake. If you travel by car from Kuala Lumpur, head to Ajil through Karak Highway to Jerengau-Jabor Highway then onwards to Kenyir. Another alternative route is to take the coastal road through Kemaman, Dungun, Kuala Terengganu and then on to Kenyir Lake.

>By Boat
There are a number of boat operators at the Gawi Jetty, who can take you using their fibre glass or double decked houseboats, across Tasik Kenyir. It is advisable to make prior bookings. Some travel agencies offer tour packages.

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Friday, 21 February 2014

Batu Caves: An Iconic and Popular Tourist Attraction in Selangor

Selangor, Malaysia

Site of a Hindu temple and shrine, Batu Caves attracts thousands of worshippers and tourists, especially during the annual Hindu festival, Thaipusam. 

A limestone outcrop located just north of Kuala Lumpur, Batu Caves has three main caves featuring temples and Hindu shrines. 

Its main attraction is the large statue of the Hindu God at the entrance, besides a steep 272 climb up its steps to finally view the stunning skyline of the city centre. 

Monkeys frolic around the caves, and it is a popular spot for rock climbing enthusiasts. Paintings and scenes of Hindu Gods can also be seen in the Ramayana Cave.

Batu Caves is a place where you should not miss on your next visit to Malaysia!  

Getting There
>By Car or Taxi
Batu Caves is accessible by car or taxi as it is situated beside the main highway of MRR2 in Batu Caves area.

>KTM Komuter
There is also the KTM Komuter train service from KL Sentral to Batu Caves.

>Monorail and Bus
From KL Sentral, take the monorail service to Titiwangsa station. Alight here and take the bus to Batu Caves.

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The Kraton Yogyakarta: Palace Fit For A Javanese King

Yogyakarta, Indonesia

The palace of Yogyakarta, known as the Keraton (also spelled kraton or karaton), is a grand complex that was meticulously planned to reflect  the Javanese cosmos. This splendid example of traditional Javanese architecture has no equal. Designed and built in stages, the Keraton was completed in 1790.

This elegant complex of pavilions was constructed entirely on ancient beliefs and each feature of the complex, from the courtyards to the trees, has a special symbolic meaning related to sophisticated Javanese world view.

The Keraton is built facing directly north towards the majestic Mt. Merapi with to its south backing the Indian Ocean which is believed to be the abode of Kanjeng Ratu Loro Kidul, the Queen of the South Seas and the mystical consort of the Sultan. Malioboro road was originally used as the ceremonial route, not unlike London’s Pall Mall, and forms a straight line drawn from the Sultan’s palace to the Merapi volcano.

A green square called alun-alun  fronting the palace, has a large banyan tree in its center, while behind the palace is another similar square. When a sultan dies, the cortege leaves by the southern gate on its way to the cemetery of kings at Imogiri.

This palace was designed to be more than just a royal residence. It was built to be a focal point of the Sultan’s entire kingdom. Today, the Keraton is a piece of living history and tradition. It continues to be used, both as a home of the Sultan as well as for other important ceremonial and cultural  functions of the Yogya court.

The present Sultan Hamengku Buwono X of Yogyakarta retains the title of Sultan although Yogya has become one of the provinces of the Republic of Indonesia. The Sultan of Yogya,is also the governor of the province, and is still considered the cultural head of this region, and is greatly loved by his subjects.

Even with Yogya’s modernization, the Keraton of Yogya continues to be respected by the people of Yogya, steeped as it is in mysticism and philosophy. In the afternoons, after the palace is closed to visitors, women in traditional costume can be seen respectfully sprinkling water and flowers on the pillars, lighting incense to “cleanse” the keraton from evil spirits.

Getting Around
Visitors explore the palace on foot. The palace is open to visitors from 08.30 am to 12.30 pm except on Fridays and Saturdays which it closes at 11.00 am. It is closed in the afternoons. 

Getting There
The Keraton is located in the centre of Yogyakarta and can be reached easily by taxi, becak, andong – the horse-drawn cart, or by public bus.

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