Monthly Archives: September 2013

Think Las Vegas? Welcome to “City of Lights”

Las Vegas

Las Vegas Strip

 

Thinking of holidaying in Las Vegas?  You are probably thinking right as Las Vegas is one place to have a fun filled holiday. Las Vegas has something for everybody ranging from kids to lovers to business class individuals; to tourists; to adventurers even lovers of sports are not excluded. Popularly known as the entertainment capital of the world, this fun city lives true to its name as it has more than enough fun avenues for its visitors.

The mention of Las Vegas depicts artistic hotels with very large casinos, Vegas Shows, restaurants, Bars, Clubs and Lounges. These casinos are the major attraction for this entertainment world. But don’t get it twisted, Las Vegas is not all about casinos, there are other basic resort centres in Las Vegas that keeps you busy with unending fun, makes you lose track of time and leave you with a longing to be back.

Night life in Las Vegas is unending as well as exciting. The clubs are open and always filled to the brim with fun lovers. Want to get away to take some fresh air, you can never be bored while doing this because the excellent night view of city is something to behold. The lighting arrangements and the glitters coming out from the largest casinos of world and plush resorts make it the brightest city on earth.

Las Vegas is heaven for all shopping lovers specially fashion freaks. There are lots of things available in this city to buy from premium cloths range to exotic perfumes, cosmetics and many more. You can find distinct gatherings and outlets of almost all famous designers and brands. You can never be disappointed in this aspect in Las Vegas as many designers erect their outlets and stores there so you have various options to choose from. Popular brands such as Adidas, Nike, Guess, Kenneth Cole, Tommy Hilfiger and many more can be found in this wonderful city.

Kids aren’t left out in the fun-catching experience as long as Game Works is concern. The Las Vegas Zoo offers hours of entertainment away from the casinos, and Circus. Circus has been a family fixture in Las Vegas for years; the city boasts of the world’s largest indoor theme park, the five and a half acre Adventure dome. Families can find go-karts, kid-friendly shows, children’s museums, and wax museums along with many other family oriented activities scattered all throughout Las Vegas.

Gameworks

Gameworks

The Mandalay Bay with inviting swimming pools, Desert Rose Resort; an all suit resort located behind the Tropicana and conducive for family with kids, Tahiti Village Resort and Spa; an island theme resort with a fitness centre and a full service spa embedded in it are fun dominated places that shouldn’t be missed on a trip to Las Vegas. Las Vegas dinning shouldn’t be joked with also as many celebrity chefs have their restaurants there to service your taste like never before.

This entertainment capital of the world still has lots of excellent things to offer. Words alone cannot fully describe the beauty and the first-hand experience it has to give. Want to have a fun filled holiday, think Las Vegas and you will not be disappointed.

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Guangzhou – A city with the perfect blend of Business and Beauty

Guangzhou

Guangzhou

Guangzhou, a flourishing metropolis full of vigour, is the capital city of Guangdong Province located along the south coastline of China. Famous worldwide for its delicious cuisines, shopping malls, endless skyscrapers and most especially foreign trade, Guangzhou (also known as Canton or Kwangchow), is the third biggest city in China after Beijing and Shanghai with a population of more than 1.2 million.

For modern travellers who have craved for a business and shopping trip all their lives, Guangzhou is just the perfect place to be. Being the centre of the Pearl River Delta, also dubbed as “the world’s factory”, Guangzhou accommodates countless huge markets specializing in almost any made-in-china products, including Chinese tea, herbs, garments, watches, electronics and toys.  To tourists, the city is really a ‘Shoppers’ Paradise’. It’s a place where you can find everything at a very competitive price, for foreigners and local Chinese alike. There are quite a number of wholesale markets in the city but if you are not up for wholesale, Guangzhou is also a retail centre! Shopping centres and streets provide loads of options at very attractive prices.

Guangzhou is being viewed as a “business” city worldwide, but what may interest you to know is that, this city is a perfect synonym to the world “beauty”. A visit to Canton Tower, which provides a bird’s view of the city, opens your heart to the world of travel while a cruise on the Pearl River, further opens your eyes to the fantasies of this city. And guess what! Water and very simple snacks are available on the cruise ship.

Guangzhou isolation from the rest of the China by its mountainous topography has exposed it to the outside world resulting to its unique way of lifestyle, liberal ideas, distinctive cuisine and tremendous wealth. With the nickname ‘Flower City’, thanks to its year-round warm weather which other parts of the country doesn’t have, it is very common to see homes decorated with flowers in Guangzhou and the sight of this is fascinating.

That’s not all, below are some breathtaking places to visit on your next trip to Guangzhou;

Yuexiu Park, the largest park in the city, gets its name from Yuexiu Mountain, which is located in this city.

Chimelong Water Park, the largest water park in the world.

Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family, famous for its exquisite craftsmanship including wood, stone, and brick carving, and metalwork using copper and iron.

Chimelong water park

Chimelong water park

But despite its vibrant sight-seeing resources, travellers can also come to Guangzhou to enjoy the very best of Chinese cuisines. Food is the centrepiece of life and the people of Guangzhou aren’t left out.  In Guangzhou, one can grab the authentic taste of sweet & sour pork, wonton soup and dim-sum. Only few travellers can leave Guangzhou hungry.

Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family

Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family

As one of the first Chinese cities to be opened to the outside world, Guangzhou is definitely a pioneer in introducing fresh overseas trends in the field of entertainment. And it is easy to find a place to relax in such a big city.

If you’d like to improve your health, there are golf courses, tennis courts and bowling clubs. If you just want to relax, the Karaoke parlours and pubs are good choices. Or you can take a boat on the Zhujiang (Pearl River) to enjoy the charming night scenery of the city.

So there you have it, the city of Guangzhou located in southern China on the Pearl River about 120 kilometres northwest of Hong Kong is a dynamic metropolis waiting to be explored.

Turks and Caicos: a Paradise for Two

At Turks and Caicos, Love is all you need because everything else is included.

Undoubtedly one of the most romantic places on earth created for love birds. Indulge in a world of heavenly togetherness, where endless beaches, plush accommodation, intimate restaurants and exotic gardens are perfect interludes for exceptional privacy and romance.

Choose to do as much or as little as you want at Turks and Caicos: stroll along serene garden pathways, wade into hidden grotto pools, sway in a hammock for two or in an aptly-named love basket as soothing ocean breezes stir your senses or get lost in one of the many places created to bring you together. While you always have the option of diving into the deep sea, you may wish to dive under the covers instead.

At Turks and Caicos, there are no schedules to follow or clocks to obey…only hours of each other, alone in paradise.  There is a reason it is called paradise; not only for giving honeymooners the loveliest settings to inspire romance but also as environmental stewards in protecting the lush green foliage, sugary-white sand beaches, and translucent aquamarine waters of the delicate island environments.

That you are close to the waters gives you the drive to indulge in watersports. Everything you can imagine doing on water. More than water, the land sports are most encompassing: from tennis, board games, fitness, yoga, golf to croquet and more.

Experience the very pinnacle of luxury all-inclusive excellence with Turks and Caicos vacations. Turks and Caicos delights couples in love with supreme vacation packages at luxury resorts in Windsong, Alexandra, Parrot cay, and Beaches, featuring gourmet candlelit dining for two, gorgeous tropical settings and some of the world’s most exquisite beaches.

Turks and Caicos: Things to do

You have options, which is all that matters. Be it getting married, relaxing or touring; don’t be locked to a spot, experience freedom, class and luxury across the Caribbean. Below are some of the things to do in Turks and Caicos:

Caicos Dream Tours
This well known and hugely popular tour operator have 5 power cats, all fully shaded, 3 of the larger ones with bathroom facilities, easy ladders to climb, large floor space and great for little ones. They have all the snorkel gear with snorkel and lifesaver vests provided complimentary.

See the glow worms right after a full moon 
You won’t believe this natural display of underwater bioluminescence each month. It’s a great addition to an already outstanding sunset cruise on a fun and relaxing sailing charter.

Horseback ride on the beach
Provo Ponies is the operator to call when you want a romantic horseback ride on an isolated beach, or just to take a friendly gallop across our pristine white sands and through the waves

Get Married
What better place to tie the knot than this island paradise? It can accommodate just about any size or style of wedding you want, from wedding on the beach or on the ocean, to traditional church affairs. And you’ll already be on your honeymoon by the time you say “I Do.”

Turks and Caicos: Accommodation

Be it a wedding vacation or you’re on honeymoon, there is something for every lovebird. Turks and Caicos have just that perfect resort you desire when it comes to accommodation. Below are some resorts in Turks and Caicos:

Beaches Turks and Caicos Villages and Spa

Windsong Turks and Caicos

Alexandra Resort

Parrot Cay by COMO, Turks & Caicos

Middle East: Where to go, What to do.

There is one thing many people would agree on whenever a discussion about the Middle East is brought up and that is its enormous wealth of history, luxury and vast landscape. In the midst of it chaotic environment and political unrest in some countries in the Middle East, there are still wealth of fascinating territory to explore in this vast region that is so rich in ancient history. The magical combination of light, land and sea of the Middle East make it an unforgettable destination.  There are lots of options available to experience from the rich culture, history and ancient forts of Oman to its empty beaches, Palestine’s sacred sites and the old-world lure of Yemen. The Middle East has more than enough to offer its guests. Here are top five most visited and safe cities and countries in the Middle East.

 

Dubai (UAE)

Dubai is the most populated emirate in the county.  The city shares border with the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf. Famously known for its wealth, the dynamic city is a playground for the rich and the famous. It blends the richness of history with amazing high-tech architecture and premier golf courses. For visitors experiencing luxury Dubai holidays, the city also has a unique collection of luxury beach resorts and hotels. Desert treks, a wide array of water sports, traditional culture, gourmet dining, welcoming people and exceptional shopping combine to make Dubai an enticing option for sophisticated travelers. Any trip to Dubai is far from ordinary.

SkiDubai

SkiDubai

 

Jordan

The ancient Jordan is filled with tremendous history and famous sites of attraction to entertain its guests. The rich history and culture of the area has made Jordan tours very popular. This beautiful land has ministered to people both spiritually and mentally because of it connection to some of the histories in the bible. Nothing quite prepares you for the moment you set your eyes on Treasury in Petra. This mind-boggling creation sits in the vast untamed desert, and has done so for thousands of years. Other spectacular places that keep you intrigued all through your stay in Jordan include Wadi Rum, Dead Sea and Mt Nebo, along with many other amazing places.

Treasury in Petra

Treasury in Petra


Cairo, Egypt

Cairo is the capital of Egypt and true to its meaning which is the triumphant; the city is largest city in the country. Cairo is a fascinating combination of ancient and modern architecture, citing such monuments as the Pyramids, the Hanging Church, the Sphinx, and Heliopolis as its own. The oldest part of the city is east of the river. The Egyptian pyramids are a must see when in Cairo. There are over 100 pyramids in Egypt. The best known Egyptian pyramids are those found at Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo. The Pyramid of Khufu at Giza is the largest pyramid and the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still in existence. Very few places on earth continue to captivate human mind from one century to the next and Cairo is one of such places.

Pyramid of Giza

 

Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem richly abounds in historical, archeological, and religious significance. It’s no wonder then, that even in January, tourists are everywhere. In Jerusalem, you can touch the Western Wall, the last remnant of Judaism’s 2nd Temple, gape in awe of the shimmering Dome of the Rock, or stand in the very spot where the cruxification of Christ occurred. There is hardly any end to the sites of interest that this noble holds, and thanks to the fervent work of archaeologists, more sites are being discovered every year. While on your trip in Israel, plan to walk through the streets of this beautiful city and simply immerse yourself in the daily life of such an ancient and revered place.

Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem

Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem

 

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul is one of the world’s most interesting cities.  Its unique location, literally bridging the gap between ‘East” and “West”, and unique history as a Christian and then Islamic city, is precisely what attracts tourist to the shores of the Asian Continent. The city’s impressive heritage is on display and has been magnificently preserved. From its famous mosques and churches (the Blue Mosque, Süleymaniye Cami, and Hagia Sophia), through palaces (The Topkapi and Dolmbahce), and on to the Grand Bazaar, Istanbul is one memorable excursion after another. Istanbul is a truly vibrant, colorful, and hospitable country rich in ancient history yet full of modern amenities

Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque

There are many things that one can do for adventure on a trip to the Middle East. Generally speaking, a trip to the Middle East is truly a cultural experience for most people.  With 98% of the population speaking Egyptian-Arabic, the Middle Eastern countries have not been influenced by the modernization seen in most European countries. In larger cities, there are some modern places to visit, but it is the historical and cultural areas that fascinate most tourists.

Jiuzhaigou National Park, China

Lonely Planet hikes through Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site home to the Southern Sky Column, which inspired the floating peaks in Hollywood blockbuster Avatar.

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