From March 7 to June 26, 2019, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort (HKDL) is welcoming the return of “Carnivale of Stars” with a rich line-up of spectacular offerings, including an all-new Springtime celebration moment, the popular Disney Character Egg Hunt, and a host of beloved Disney friends fills every day and night with Disney magic! To make the season even more special, HKDL’s newest Marvel attraction, Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle! opens on March 31, 2019, welcoming guests on a high-tech, high-energy interactive adventure fighting alongside Ant-Man and The Wasp. Along with exceptional dining, shopping and accommodation experiences at the park and three resort hotels, this year’s Springtime celebration at HKDL promises to be the most spectacular yet for Thai guests! Shrink to ant size and fight alongside Ant-Man and The Wasp Calling heroes of all sizes! Set to open on March 31, the long-anticipated Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle! expands the epic adventure of Iron Man Experience, and further affirms HKDL as Asia’s epicenter of Marvel action. It will be the world’s first attraction featuring Ant-Man and The Wasp, as well as the first Marvel-themed attraction featuring a female Super Hero as a lead character. The new attraction will send guests on a critical mission with Ant-Man and The Wasp to defend Hong Kong against Hydra’s attack. The adventure begins with a visit to the S.H.I.E.L.D. Science and Technology Pavilion, a newly opened facility at Stark Expo in Tomorrowland. The visit is soon interrupted by Hydra, who has initiated a two-pronged Swarmbot attack in Hong Kong to steal the Arc Reactor atop Stark Tower in Kowloon and a Data Core at S.H.I.E.L.D. pavilion. As he battles Swarmbots in Kowloon, Iron Man calls in Ant-Man and The Wasp to defend the pavilion. But with thousands of bots and only two of them, Ant-Man and The Wasp will need help – and guests at the pavilion are called into action! Aboard one of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s newest combat vehicles, guests will be shrunk to ant size in a heroic battle alongside Ant-Man and The Wasp to defeat Zola and his Swarmbots. Created with classic Disney storytelling and close collaboration with Marvel, Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle! is a highly authentic and engaging Marvel experience. Director of “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” Peyton Reed and the movie production team were on board to film the media for the attraction; Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, the stars of “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” joined the action by reprising their roles; and Christophe Beck, composer of the Ant-Man movies, also created the score for the attraction. The immersive, media-rich storytelling is enhanced by cutting-edge scenic illusion technology and a state-of-the-art gaming system used to create an exhilarating, interactive experience. Disney friends invite guests to join the refreshing Springtime carnival “Carnivale of Stars” Springtime celebration returns this year from March 7 to June 26 with new magical experiences featuring your favorite Disney friends! Start the springtime adventure with a rejuvenated performance starring Mickey and friends in a fun-filled musical extravaganza at the Castle
No matter how many times you have been in Singapore, there is still a lot more to explore. This time with Grand Copthrone Waterfront Hotel, I went on a half-day “Live Like A Local” excursion, designed for international tourists and local staycationers, happening every Saturday. There I found a magnetic neighbourhood, which is not frequently heard among international tourists – Tiong Bahru. Located a few minutes away from the hotel, cosy Tiong Bahru is a magnificent heritage of Singapore, which has flourished with artsy coolness while keeping its admirable traditional appeal. From authentically local dishes, to Peranakan cuisine and chic cafés, a day strolling around colourful lowrise houses of Tiong Bahru is joyously slow-paced. Make sure that your stomach is ready to roll! LOCAL DISHES AT THE MARKET At Tiong Bahru Market, there is no fancy food, but only what the locals actually have on a daily basis. Besides, those are the heritage foods at feasible prices. Must-tries are coffee with raw egg that makes the coffee surprisingly creamier; Jian Bo Shui Kueh with a long queuing line, guaranteeing the yumminess of chewy dough with special pickled topping; local dish Lor Mee; and Fried Kway Teow. QI TIAN GONG TEMPLE Located just around the corner, this temple has been established since 1920, before being rebuilt in the present-time location. It is known as the temple of well-respected monkey god “Sun Wu Kong” who is invincible, brave, intelligent, agile, and helps the poor and needy. Most people, especially businessmen, come to pray for booming business and gaining wealth. PERANAKAN CULTURE Singapore has long had a close relationship with Peranakan culture that is inherited from Straits-born ancestors. The term “Peranakan” derives from the unique culture emerging from marriages between foreign traders and local women, mostly Chinese and Malaysian. Even though Tiong Bahru is not the main district of such culture, you can also try their unique combination at Galicier Pastry, especially Kueh Dah Dah (pandan pancakes with coconut fillings) and Putu Ayu (sponge cake topped with coconut and palm sugar), as well as one-off Peranakan cuisine at House of Peranakan Petit. PAINTINGS ON THE WALLS Along the narrow streets, you can find some elaborate murals by local artist Yip Yiew Chong, illustrating the easeful lives back then. Apart from perking up the whole district, the beauty of them is how they can trigger the memories of good old days to the locals, and narrate the bygone stories to the visitors. Try to spend time speculating their details, and you will understand more about life in Singapore. EXPLORE THE CAFÉS A chic scene wouldn’t be complete without a bit of café hopping, and the neighbourhood is undoubtedly ideal for doing so. From shiny tarts at Drips, creative cakes at Cream & Custard, famous Tiong Bahru Bakery, to everything French in bohemian chic atmosphere at Merci Marcel – too many places are worth visiting around here! Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel arranges the complimentary “Live Like A Local” programme every Saturday, as well as monthly in-house hotel activities in accordance with festivals celebrated in Singapore. For more
Much tourism these days often seems to eventually destroy much of what it set out to preserve, but here in this paradisiacal valley, they seem to be doing a great job of keeping old traditions alive, along with bringing visitors in for Kyrgyzstan’s most alluring adventure travel. So here are 6 things you cannot miss while visiting Jyrgalan Valley, Kyrgyzstan and some helpful information. 1. The spectacular wildflower meadows found throughout the summer everywhere in the Jyrgalan Valley. 2. Doing some sort of horse trekking, whether it be riding your own, using it as a pack animal, or getting real adventuresome and riding up and skiing down during the snow months. 3. Sleeping at least one night in a traditional Kyrgyz yurt. 4. Buying a souvenir kalpak, the Kyrgyz traditional hat and Asia’s coolest and most unique head-wear. 5. Try the fermented mare’s milk kumuz if you dare. Then again, you will be offered it so many times, it may be impossible to continually refuse. 6. Spend a day (or several) in a jailoo, the high summer pastures where herders graze their ani-mals, enjoying the astounding natural beauty that the region has to offer. WHEN TO GO Kyrgyzstan has a continental climate with warm summers, freezing winters, and full spring and fall seasons. June-August bring the warmest temperatures although snow stays above 4,000 metres into July or August, sometimes making passes inaccessible to trekkers. Afternoon rain showers and mountain thunderstorms are also frequent. September and October are excellent months to come, with autumn colours being the big draw. For those who want to experience free-ride skiing, come in the early spring, when there is still plenty of mountain snow but the temperatures have warmed up to something bearable. WHERE TO STAY Bishkek and the resort town of Karakol have hotels, B&Bs, hostels, and plenty of accommodation options to fit all budgets. In Jyrgalan, simple homestays are the norm, but for a bit more comfort and a hearty welcome, the Alakol-Jyrgalan Guesthouse, run by Emil and Gulmira is the best choice. The guesthouse features double or triple rooms with en-suite or shared bathrooms, and there is also the option to spend the night in a comfortable yurt. Guests can also enjoy a terrace, bar, and a shared lounge along with free WiFi. Other perks include a Finnish sauna, trekking and ski equipment for rent, and car hire, plus the hosts can set up any type of horse trek. GETTING AROUND From Bishkek, the capital, you can reach Karakol by private or shared taxis in around five to six hours. From here, buses run three times a day to Jyrgalan, taking up to two hours to cover the 60 kilometres, or else you can hire a taxi and arrive in an hour. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS To enter Kyrgyzstan, your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry. For North Americans, most Europeans, Japanese, South Koreans, Australians, and New Zealanders, no visas are required and you can stay for 60 days. Thai and other visitors need a visa, but this can be obtained from a Kyrgyz Embassy, on
Built during the reign of King Rama V, Surawong Road is one of Bangkok’s most vibrant and historic business neighborhoods. Connecting to the first road ever built in Bangkok, The Charoen Krung Road, and also to the banks of the Chao Phraya River, Surawong Road is revered as the Creative District. Thanks to its heritage, classic architecture, contemporary designs and authentic local food, this road is a cultural yet contemporary tourist destination. Here are 9 highlights of this area that you should not miss. The Neilson Hays Library the monument of love Amid the bustling business district, is a quaint neoclassical building called The Neilson Hays Library. Established in 1920, the library is a monument of love, by Dr. Thomas Heywood Hays, the former Chief of the Royal Thai Navy Hospital and the first medical professor of Siriraj Hospital, in loving memory of his wife, Jennie Neilson, an avid reader, who devoted herself to library work until her last days. The elegant structure was designed by Mario Tamagno, an Italian architect, responsible for numerous landmarks around Bangkok such as the Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall, Hua Lamphong Train Station, Makkawan Rangsan Bridge, and Phayathai Palace. The construction was executed with the same meticulous approach as those used with the aforementioned landmarks, prompting the public to call it “a grand palace on a small scale”. The still functional library offers more than 20,000 books for keen booklovers, and a gallery and café that have played host for special events and functions. It was awarded the status of “Historic Landmark” by the Association of Siamese Architects in 1986. Bangkok Folk Museum Bangkokians’ treasured history Bangkok Folk Museum, also known as Bangkokian Museum, is originally home to Professor Waraporn Surawadee who donated to property to become a museum that offers an insight into the lifestyles of Bangkokians amid lush, green garden. Located in the heart of bustling Bang Rak District that is now filled with commercial buildings and skyscrapers, Bangkok Folk Museum is a rare sanctuary that is open to the public for free. Visitors can also learn about the history of the house as well as Bangkok from knowledgeable staff members who will show you around and share delightful and fun stories along the way. Bangkok Folk Museum offers an insight into the lifestyles of well-off Bangkokians during World War II and its aftermath (circa 1937 – 1957). The museum consists of three zones in three quarters with display many of the possessions of original family members in good condition as well as memorabilia from early Rattanakosin Era and art pieces. Bangkok General Post Office Bangkok’s design hub In 1885 Thailand joined the Universal Postal Union and used the former British Embassy of Charoen Krung as office, which was later known as Bangkok General Post Office. In 1940, the building went through a major renovation, led by Mew Jitsame Apaiwong and Phraya Sarote Rattaniman. Under the brutalist concept that tends to use geometric shapes and showcase original surface of the materials, Bangkok General Post Office looks like a giant box paved
Formerly Siam Culture Park, Na Satta has been refurbished by a group of devouts who aim to create a place for peace, and to integrate modern ways of education into this ample knowledgeable park. “Na Satta”, which literally means “at faith”, is now inviting everyone of all ages to go on a compelling expedition of faith, just an hour’s drive from Bangkok. FAITH IN PEOPLE Throughout the history of Thailand, the evolution and changes did not just miraculously occur. There were thoughtful and determined people behind those uphill struggles to change. Apart from the inspiration earned from hearing about those honourable individuals, learning how far we’ve come with their strives could wake us up to be more conscious of what we have here in Thailand, and to be more careful not to impair it. At Na Satta Memorial Hall, not only are powerful stories told, you will witness the most refined life-sized replicas of the people behind them. Taking a long time to complete each of them, all wax figures meticulously imitate the individuals, even to the tiniest details. Inside the house, there are two floors to be explored. Once you scan the QR code in front of each figure, you can learn more about their greatness through spellbinding short movies on your device. Besides, enjoyable interactive AR (augmented reality) will appear from time to time. What a playful way to learn! On the first floor, you could learn about lives and respectable contributions of ML Pin Malakul, who played an important role in the education system; Seub Nakhasathien, one of the greatest Thai wildlife conservationists, who sacrificed everything to protect his beloved forest; former prime minister, influential Thai political leader, as well as the founder of Thammasat University, Pridi Banomyong; and nine other honoured people. Walking upwards to the second floor is the heart-warming “Srinagarindranusorn” room, displaying figures of graceful Princess Srinagarindra, or widely known as “Somdej Ya” (meaning in Thai “the grandmother”, as she is the mother of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who has been acclaimed as “the father” of all Thai people), whose altruism and benevolence are greatly respected by millions of people. Throughout the floor, you will learn more about her incalculable contributions to Thai society, as well as her talents and personal interests. Another chamber is called “Mahitalanusorn”, with stories of Somdej Phra Mahitalathibet Adulyadejvikrom, also known as Mahidol Adulyadej, the father of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. FAITH IN BUDDHISM Apart from written history, Buddhism is one of the major faiths in Thailand. Jataka stories and other Buddhist fables have been customarily taught in Thai schools for decades, but now that we are living in a more technological world, learning Buddhism and its history doesn’t need to be in a traditional form – especially here at Na Satta, where students and visitors can learn through spectacular three-dimensional storytelling. Inside an immense hall made of bricks and woods, with Buddha Images of Three Historical Periods, is another world to explore. You are welcome to sit right before a majestic Buddha’s image, and travel back to the ancient days of Sukhothai, Chiang
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
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.