Thinking of spending some precious time with your family or friends to reunite and enjoy the last days of the year to the fullest? Looking forward to welcoming 2019 with a bang? Hong Kong is an excellent destination for Thai revelers because it proposes new, exciting options that cover all age groups and interest categories, a relaxing yet vibrant atmosphere topped with the perfect wintry weather, and an excellent opportunity to pick up some great year end deals and offers. During the festive season, brilliant illuminations and decorations are everywhere, accompanied by contagious holiday music and cheer. There are also endless selfie, twofie and wefie-perfect sights in the entire city, to the delight of millennials and all! There are loads of activities to make you feel the unique vibes of Hong Kong during the merriest time of the year! Here is a shortlist of 8 exciting ideas, including 2 eating spots, to make sure you enjoy the Hong Kong holidays to the max! 1. Hong Kong Pulse Light Festival 2018 Hong Kong is famous for its lightshows especially during the festive season. This year is not looking to disappoint with new ideas and installments to enchant Hong Kong’s promenade with magical lights. As part of the Hong Kong Pulse Light Festival, an International Light Art Display featuring both local and overseas light art installations will be held to delight visitors of all ages. The installations will be displayed at the iconic sites along Central Harbourfront and Tamar Park and would provide a brilliant atmosphere to create wonderful winter memories with loved ones. Dates: 29 Nov 2018 – 24 Feb 2019 Venues: Central & Western District Promenade (Central Section) and Tamar Park 2. Christmas Treasures @Harbour City Harbour City this year has been transformed into a magnificent spot to soak up the unique festive atmosphere that brings joy to all. The largest-ever 60-ft outdoor Christmas Tree is sure to awe all holiday visitors, while the 40-meter long Christmas Bridge will surely attract those who want to write wishes and loves messages on the heart-shaped Love-Locks. Here’s a picture-perfect venue to record precious moments with loved ones as you walk through the world’s largest video keleidoscpope - a surreal world with dynamic Christmas themed scenery such as snowflakes, Christmas tree, stars and more. Dates: until January 1, 2019 Registration: Level 3, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City 3. A Disney Christmas at Hong Kong Disneyland Be transported to a stunning winter wonderland, filled with yuletide carols, magical lights, shimmering snowflakes and more! The best shows with multimedia effects will dazzle you, as you walk through the streets with the magical glow, musical festivities and enchanting moments that will warm your heart. Capture all the cherished moments with your family, and especially with your favorite Disney friends, as they are all dressed in their holiday finery form. Dates: From 15 Nov 2018 – 1Jan 2019 Time: 10:30-20:00 (Fri-Sat till 22:00) Address: Hong Kong Disneyland, Lantau Island, Outlying Islands 4. Experience Snow Village in Ngong Ping 360 Ngong Ping 360 brings you Snow Village experience and outdoor fun this year. Step into Ngong
With divine beaches, the majestic Mt Rinjani and spectacular marine life to discover, the island of Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara has no shortage of attractions both in and out of the water. It’s no wonder that Lombok become one of the most popular destinations in West Nusa Tenggara. Challenge yourself with a trek up steep volcanic peaks. Cycle a bike through lush evergreen rice paddies. Whichever way you choose to spend your time you won’t be disappointed with the spectacular natural beauty on offer. And here is everything you need to know about this magical island of Lombok. Lombok Island is separated by the Lombok strait from Bali Island in the west and by Alas strait in the east from Sumbawa Island. The Sasak people are the dominant ethnic group living in this island, which also consist of 5 regions: North Lombok, Central Lombok, East Lombok, West Lombok and Mataram city, the capital of West Nusa Tenggara. THE UTTERLY ROMANTIC HONEYMOON DESTINATION North Lombok is where you can embark on the great hike to Mount Rinjani and linger until the sunset at Gili’s beautiful beaches. Mount Rinjani is one of the highest volcano in Indonesia, with its summit rising to 3,726 meters above sea level. The Segara Anak Crater Lake located on top of the volcano, is one of the scenic view you should stop by and marvel at! Among more than 20 gilis - local name that means ”small island” in Sasak language - three stood out to be the hot spot destination : Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. Gili Trawangan or Gili T, is where travelers flock to enjoy a laid back atmosphere during day light and still are up to enjoy moonlit parties all night by the beach. You can also enjoy a great scuba dive and circle the island on bicycle to catch the most incredible sunset! Gili Meno is defined by long stretch of pearly white beaches that will give you a secluded feel. Famous for honeymooners destination, the island provide accommodation ranging from unique bungalows to luxurious resorts overlooking amazing panorama. Gili Air is a cheerful mix of the two vibes, where you can still enjoy parties in hip hang outs or succumb at a peaceful nook and just enjoy the ocean breeze. Families love to travel to Gili Air to explore the island on the horse drawn cart or just swimming in the low tides before sun down. TAKE A DEEP DIVE INTO OCEANS AND IMMERSE YOURSELF INTO CULTURE Central Lombok is where the lovely beaches are situated. Kuta Beach, Tanjung A’an, and Mawun Beach are just a few on the list. Don’t miss out to brush up your wave riding skills in the splendid Selong Belanak Beach, or make way to Merese Hill and enjoy the view. Here you can also visit the traditional villages and join the locals of Sasak tribe to experience their daily life in the weaving village of Sade and Rambitan. You may learn a thing or two from the wonderful women with meticulous weaving skills
Castile is the heart of Spain, surrounding the capital city of Madrid with fine historic cities and castles dramatically poised on hilltops. Set on a plateau, Castile offers unique luxury choices for touring visitors in former castles, palaces and monasteries. In days of old when knights were bold, many of them rode across the high plain of old Castile. Today, this richly historic region of central Spain is threaded with fine highways rather than riding trails for men in armour, and it makes a great touring destination. Elevated at an average of 660 metres, Castile occupies most of the central meseta of Spain. Divided into the region of Castilla y Leòn to the north and west of Madrid, and Castilla-La Mancha to the south and east, this plateau is sparsely populated compared to the coastal regions. Ideal for a driving tour, the wide open road beckons, with a network of excellent two-lane blacktops built in recent decades. As every Spanish schoolchild knows, in the 15th century, the “Catholic Kings” – King Ferdinand and Queen Isabel – unified Spain and set it on the path to being Europe’s greatest power in the next century. A royal couple like no other in European history, their transformative reign saw the rise of a string of great cities. Amongst these cities of old Castile, four stand out for their beauty and lasting power: Segovia, Avila, Salamanca and Toledo. Though all of them have Roman or even earlier origins, they had their great moments in the 16th and 17th centuries – and walking their streets today, visiting their monuments, imbibing their atmosphere, you thrill to the sense of being in a bygone world of immense richness and power. And what is even more special about visiting Castile is that you can stay in outstanding historical properties throughout the region – castles, palaces, convents and monasteries turned into hotels by the Spanish government’s unique Parador chain – and so get truly inside the atmosphere of Spain’s amazing olden days – but with modern luxury facilities. Full details on this come later in the story. THE CITY LIKE A SHIP For a grand tour of old Castile, first head north from Madrid, across the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range, to Segovia. As you motor down onto the plateau, Segovia appears unmistakably, crowning a long hilltop above the rolling fields, like a ship upon the waves, its cathedral the mast, its castle the prow, and its Roman aqueduct the rudder. The aqueduct is the symbol of Segovia, the best-preserved engineering project of the Romans in all their former empire, a magnificent collection of arches which now also acts as the gate into the old city. A narrow street rises steeply though the tightly pressed huddle of buildings, winding this way and that, passing a wonderful array of shops, until it reaches the main square, a rectangle of fine old buildings dominated by a Gothic cathedral. Turning down a side street, leaning into the stiff wind which habitually blows up this way, you eventually come to the far end of town and
King Power Mahanakhon unveils Mahanakhon SkyWalk – Thailand’s highest 360-degree observation deck and rooftop bar at 314 meters high, offering spectacular panoramic views of the city from Thailand’s tallest building. The new premium attraction opened its doors to the public on 16 November 2018. Located on the 74th, 75th and 78th floor of the King Power Mahanakhon Building, highlights of the indoor and outdoor observation deck include one of the world’s largest glass tray floors, Thailand’s highest Rooftop Bar, and Thailand’s fastest video-themed elevators—which allows visitors to ascend to the 74th floor in 50 seconds. Located in the heart of Bangkok’s central business district and directly connected to Chong Nonsi BTS station, the attraction is to become a global landmark destination that transforms Thailand’s tourism scene into a truly international force. Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, CEO of King Power Mahanakhon, said, “The launch of Mahanakhon SkyWalk, Thailand’s highest 360-degree Observation Deck and Rooftop Bar sets a new milestone in King Power’s history. As a Thai company, we are extremely proud to create a new landmark in the heart of Bangkok that enhances Thailand’s tourism image as a phenomenal world-class travel destination. The new attraction is the first of its kind in Thailand to offer a completely new experience and impressive perspective on Bangkok’s skyline.” Mahanakhon SkyWalk is being promoted to both Thai and foreign visitors in order to stimulate the nation’s economy and long-term spending while sustainably enhancing its tourism and retail industries. Mahanakhon SkyWalk consists of: • 1st Floor: Lobby, main entrance and ticket counter for Mahanakhon SkyWalk. After purchasing tickets, visitors will proceed to the elevator boarding area via a Bangkok-themed digital corridor. Experience Thailand’s fastest elevators and reach the 74th floor in 50 seconds. • 74th Floor: Indoor Observation Deck. Experience 360-degree panoramic views and learn about Bangkok’s key landmark destinations through interactive screens and an Augmented Reality experience. Send postcards to loved ones from Thailand’s highest post-box! • 75th Floor: Mezzanine, Restroom facilities, and Glass elevator boarding area • 78th Floor: Rooftop area and outdoor observation deck with the following highlights: o Glass Tray, one of the world’s largest glass tray floors at a height of 310 meters. o The Peak, Bangkok’s highest viewpoint at 314 meters up from ground level. o Thailand’s highest rooftop bar with signature drinks and cocktails. Visitors can enjoy direct BTS Skytrain access to the attraction via Chong Nonsi Station, exit 3. (Conveniently located 3 stations away from Siam BTS Station). The attraction is open daily from 10.00 – 24.00 hrs, with the last admission at 23.00hrs. To celebrate the launch, special promotions include a complimentary upgrade to the rooftop with the purchase of a Mahanakhon SkyWalk ticket at 765THB (from the normal price of 1,050 THB) from today until 31 January 2019*. *Terms and conditions apply. Ticket type Description Adult Admission Children/Senior *Children under 12 years of age *Seniors over 60 years of age Mahanakhon SkyWalk Indoor Observatory Deck (74th Floor) 850 THB 250 THB Mahanakhon SkyWalk & Rooftop Indoor and Outdoor Observatory Deck (74th and 78th Floor) 1,050 THB 450 THB
Venice has always attracted tourists across the world to experience its signature lagoon city, however; approximately 70 percent of city is now engulfed with the water due to the storm, leading to the temporary close of the major tourist attractions, including St. Mark’s square. Last Sunday, I took an express train from Milano Centrale, the railway station, to experience the Canal City, Venice, with a slight hope of sun as rain had been falling throughout the whole country, coloring the sky with the low cloud. It had been raining the whole night before our departure, yet we didn’t cancel Venice from our itinerary. I had a rough morning getting to the Centrale station, which we should have noticed that it could foreshadow something even worse, however we precede according to our plan. For two hours, we had arrived, yet Venice seemed to be quite grumpy. Even though the whole city was covered in rain to the point where the sky looked the same as the water, the storm couldn’t stop the excess amounts of tourists from visiting. It was crowded as we expected, and most tourists were spotted wearing the colorful high boots. When we arrived at San Marco boat station, we realized that having a pair of that bright rubber boots was a right decision as 3/4 of Piazza of San Marco was then submerged. The boots might be designed to be unstylish but durable enough to make us waddling from alley to alley. Did I mention that Venice Marathon was held on the same day we visited? It was such a stunning scenes that the runners were racing through flooded streets, while most tourists had to walk on the provided wooden walkways. Be Careful, it’s slippery!, shouted the Gondola workers whose works seemed to be suspended in the rain. Some tourists tripped over, some accidentally dropped their items in the water, or even worse, their newly purchased bags. We had watched the forecast prior our trip, yet this was beyond our expectation. The rain soaked into my outer and newsboy hat, however the atmosphere was still filled with laughter and joys of visitors who seemed to accept this incident gracefully. The flooded water offered the extraordinary experiences as tourists tried to embrace themselves in this unfortunate event, and the city tried to be functional. The water was knee-high when I was there, flooding into shops and restaurants where diner can enjoy their pizza with their feet in the water. The shopkeepers also used the bucket to remove water from their shops. Venice is accustomed with the high water situation, as known as aqua alta, occurring when the winds push water from the lagoon into the canals. The water normally recede within few hours, however; not for this time.The water was knee-deep last sunday but now the flood has been described as the worst hit in a past decade. Fear is rising according to the official statement of the Venice city that salt water may cause damage to the historic sites. While
In a mountain stream, people are standing knee-deep. Wearing coolie hats against the hot sun, they dip wide circular sieves in the murky water, then raise them up and shake them to and fro. They are panning for tin. But not seriously. Laughing and joking, they are day trippers having a fun time at Tin Valley, a feature of the Lost World of Tambun, a popular theme park on the edge of Malaysia’s third biggest city, Ipoh– acting like the “dulang washers” of old.
Unlike almost every other tourist on the plane landing at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, I hadn’t come to Mauritius to luxuriate on its perfect powdery beaches or swim in the turquoise sea. I’d come, instead, to eat. The Indian Ocean island, which lies two thousand kilometres off the coast of south eastern Africa, draws more than a million visitors every year, who jet in for idyllic stretches of white sand, underwater marine life, championship golf courses and luxury resorts. I’d been to Mauritius before and stayed within the confines of my resort, but this time I wanted to discover another side of the island, away from the palm tree-shaded loungers. My mission was simple: to find Mauritius’s best food.
Arriving at Taoyuan International Airport, I head straight to the city of Yilan, passing the blinding city lights of Taipei without a chance to even say hello. After an hour, I wake up from my nap and find myself in the middle of the first leisure farm: River Forest Leisure Farm. It is a mid-sized farm with the loveliest accommodation. I overnight in a duplex room and have a first good night’s sleep in this adorable off-the-beaten-track expedition, before waking up to the freshest air I’ve felt in so long, the joyously swimming koi fish in a pond of clear groundwater, as well as the beautiful sound of guzhen during my breakfast, before taking my time strolling along the farm at my leisure.