Saturday, September 29, 2018

10 Best Tourist Attractions in Ras Al Khaimah

Ras Al-Khaimah is that pleasant, laid-back, sun-kissed part of the UAE which is a restful escape from the hustle and bustle of busy Dubai. Ras Al-Khaimah is located at northern tip of the UAE, backed by the majestic Hajar Mountains. The sea is turquoise blue and unspoilt, with miles and miles of pristine beach for play. The Ras Al Khaimah region is rich in history, as has been proven by the many archaeological excavations that have taken place here. This area has been inhabited since the 3rd millennium BC. So there you have it – pristine beaches, wonderful sights, rugged sports on the Hajar Mountains and a rich history in a modern, atmospheric city. Plus, the world’s longest zipline! Couldn’t ask for more, could you?

1.       Ras Al-Khaimah National Museum

Once a fort and the home of the ruling family till the early 1960s, the museum displays a plethora of archaeological and ethnological artefacts. These range from a collection of rare documents in the Qawasim Room, including treaties between RAK and Great Britain in the good old days. You’ll find several traditional weapons that once were used by the ruling family. You’ll also find many archaeological finds dating back to the early settlers, all the way up to the late Islamic period. You’ll also learn about the Emirati way of life before oil was struck as well. The RAK museum is one of the best tourist attractions in Ras Al Khaimah.

2.       Dhayah Fort

The Dhayah Fort was built during the 16th century in order to defend the region from British attack from the sea. It’s a mud-brick fort that still stands strong on its strategic hilltop position facing the gulf.  The fort has played a crucial role in RAK’s history. From the fort, you can see other watchtowers and fortifications towards the south.  The famous battle between the Emiratis and the British in 1891 destroyed a great deal of the defence set up. Enjoy the immensely panoramic views from the fort's ramparts and explore the old but very atmospheric fort.

3.       Jazirat al-Hamra

Jazirat al-Hamra is an abandoned fishing village that’s now almost in ruins. This place is a tourist attraction because it’s a very photogenic place. The houses of this village have been constructed out of traditional coral blocks, at a time when using coral wasn’t banned yet. The simple houses in their black coral are well preserved in the dry heat of the desert. Explore this village and take as many pictures as you like. Ponder on its unique lost-in-time atmosphere.

4.       Jebel Jais Zip Line

Jebel Jais is the UAE’s tallest peak. There’s much you can do here – drive up to the summit at 1,934 meters, hike, trek, enjoy great views from viewing platforms along the route and more. But more than the beautiful far-reaching vistas, you’ll find something more recent pulling at your interests – the new Jebel Jais Zipline. If you’re a thrill seeker, you’re going to love ziplining at speeds of up to 150kph at 1,680 metres above sea level. You’ll be fitted with a special harness, and for about three minutes, you’ll be in a world of your own, screaming away in joy. Check out blog posts on the world’s longest zipline; you’ll be thrilled to bits!

5.       Khatt Springs

Visit the mineral-rich hot water pools of Khatt Springs, to soak in the therapeutic and relaxing properties of the water. The Khatt Springs resort is located in a lush, green palm-tree strewn oasis, with the Hajar Mountains at its back. Enjoy soaking away your cares, worries, muscle pains and other issues in the incredibly soothing waters of Khatt Springs. When you’ve had enough, take some time to explore some of the 170 archaeological sites in the area. Over the years, archaeologists have uncovered several prehistoric tombs and mud-brick fortification towers from the 19th century.

6.       Hajar Mountain Safari

Do you want to experience the true charm of the Hajar Mountains? How about signing up for a guided mountain safari, which includes a scenic drive along the mountain foothills. The safari includes various activities such as biking, abseiling, rock climbing, mountaineering and hill walking for the outdoor enthusiasts. Be sure to experience the ‘Wadi Descent’ where you’ll be traversing through the narrow waterways that flow in the mountains. It’s an exciting safari and one meant for those who truly like to challenge themselves in the outdoors. It’s also a way to know the Hajar Mountains intimately, so don’t miss out on this!

7.       Iceland Waterpark

What a perfect break from the scorching heat of the city! If you have kids in your party, you cannot do better than to take them to RAK’s well known Iceland Water Park. Enjoy various thrilling rides, slides and lazy rivers and other water-based fun at Iceland Waterpark, feeling cool and refreshed. Be sure to enjoy the Penguin Falls, Mount Attack, Pengu Pool, Coral Isle, Kids Cove, Mount Cyclone and other fun rides.

8.       Ras Al Khaimah Zoo

The Ras al-Khaimah zoo covers an area of one million square meters, which makes it the UAE’s third largest zoo. Be sure to admire the very beautiful and scary rare white and golden tigers. The zoo also has its share of black panthers, cheetahs, rare antelope, deer, African and white lions, wild buffaloes and more. Don’t miss out the aviary which has a collection of lovely birds from around the world. The zoo’s creatures are maintained within air-conditioned cages and pool areas. Their cage walls are decorated with 3D images that depict scenes from the animals’ natural habitats. You can get close to the animals and admire them, as there are plenty of guards to maintain safety.

9.       Ras Al Khaimah Beaches

If you’re not interested in history or sightseeing, then you’ll love the pristine white sand beaches of Ras Al Khaimah. The scenery is simply magical, with miles of ocean stretched out in front of you, turquoise blue and green, under the cornflower blue sky. At RAK’s beaches you can go snorkelling and diving, and of course, swimming and beach bumming. Below the waterline you’ll find beautiful black coral colonies that are a diver’s delight. Enjoy the best of Ras Al Khaimah attractions at the emirate’s many beaches.

10.   Desert Safari

RAK’s immense red sand dune desert is a beautiful landscape that simply must be experienced. It’s pristine and lovely and inspires the adventurer and poet within you. You can enjoy desert adventure sports such as dune bashing, quad biking, camel riding and sand boarding to your heart’s content. Sign up for an evening or overnight desert safari and you can enjoy a wonderful Emirati dinner with entertainment as well. RAK is well known for the Bassata Desert Village in Al Wadi, where you can gain an insight into the desert life of old.

RAK has something for every kind of tourist. If you love sunbathing and swimming, you got it. If you are an adrenalin junkie, then the Jebel Jais Zipline will have you all thrilled out. RAK is the best destination for a holiday for kids as well, so what are you waiting for?

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

6 Best Things to do in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is surely going to surprise you with its beauty. It has everything to make you feel awe for from Star Ferry to Disney Land. It is a misconception that only youngsters and children can enjoy in Hong Kong but the fact is that middle aged as well as old age people can also have great time of their life in this beautiful city. You and your loved ones are surely going to enjoy the city’s culture, tradition, food, and its beauty.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Star Ferry

The Star Ferry is a must visit place when you come to Hong Kong. This huge Star Ferry is known for transporting guests between Kowloon Peninsula and Hong Kong Island. This is the most scenic route to enjoy through the city. You are surely going to get surprised while looking at the famous city’s skyline and get tempted to click photos especially during night time. Observing the beauty of skyscrapers on the calm waters of Victoria Harbor have made visitor feel worth visiting the Star Ferry. You can also witness the Symphony of Lights Show, which is known as the world’s largest light and sound show, if you catch 8p.m. ferry.

Victoria Peak

Victoria Peak is a must-visit place in Hong Kong. It is situated at the highest peak on Hong Kong Island. Visitors enjoy the scenic view of the skyscrapers and feel delighted to witness the blue waterways. There are numerous vantage points at the top of the mountain like the Peak Galleria and Peak Tower. You can also check for the shopping and dining options at these two peaks. Most of the travelers loved the scenic spectacular views but few of them complained of crowds. It is a busy destination to visit during holidays where you will find long queues for getting onto the tram but it’s worth waiting. Some guests suggested for finding a bus or taxi to reach the Victoria Peak but also asked to check the weather before going due to fog. The most recommended route to the Peak is by Peak Tram.

Tian Tan Big Buddha

There are about 268 stairs to reach Hong Kong’s Tian Tan, which is one of the best things to do in Hong Kong. Tian Tan is the largest sitting Buddha in the world with 112 feet tall (34 Meters). Its structure and art cannot be expressed in words as its massiveness is truly going to make you speechless. The scenic view while climbing the stairs is mesmerizing. It is more fun for youngsters and children as old age people won’t be able to climb these stairs easily and it would turn to be a hectic trip.

Hong Kong Museum of History

The Hong Kong Museum of History nearly has 400 million years of the city’s history. It is spread on more than 75,000 square feet that features a permanent chronicling Hong Kong’s history. The previous exhibits have mostly covered the fashion and local food culture. There are nearly 90,000 historical materials and objects to look for. Hong Kong Museum is best for art and history lovers. Keep few hours if you want to explore the entire museum. The museum is open on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6p.m. and on Saturday, Sunday, and public holidays it is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Disney Land

Hong Kong’s Disney Land is known as the “Happiest Place on Earth”. It is the best place to visit if you have your little ones with you. They are going to have the most memorable time of their life. It is spread on small size area but it’s worth visiting with your family. The food is overpriced but it is child friendly. The visiting time for this fun filled land is from 10:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. and is open on all days. More crowd is expected on Weekends and on public holidays.

Temple Street Night Market

If you are shopaholic, then this is the best place to have fun and treat yourself with best and cheap clothes, watches, footwear, cookware, and daily items. Do not consider the marked prices as this is a place where you need to bargain. If you are craving for street food, then go for Woo Sung St that runs parallel to the east the market. Here you will find all exotic dishes as well as simple bowl of noodles to a full meal. You may also get some famous restaurants that serve local food. This market opens in afternoon but most of the hawkers set up at 6p.m. and shuts at around 11 p.m. Kindly note that each market operates on different hours and reaching them is easy as most of them are close to subway stops.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Dubai’s irresistible indulgence under $50

With the best luxuries of the world dominating the city, it is natural to get intimidated for a backpacker or a budget vacationer with Dubai. Dubai has a lavish reputation that makes it look unreachable for travelers on a budget. However, the fact is that Dubai is one of the very few cities in the world, that can embrace the rich and the reasonable with the same warmth. Here’s a list of the best of Dubai indulgences under $50 which proves that Dubai is more than just the playground of the rich and famous.

Enjoy the view of Burj Khalifa observation deck- starting at $34

The tallest free standing structure in the world- Burj Khalifa is one of Dubai’s biggest attractions. This mighty building is almost three times taller than Eiffel tower and boasts of restaurants, offices, a hotel, and plush residences. This 160 storey building has numerous world records in its name including the world’s longest and fastest elevator, highest man-made building in the world and more. The 124th floor observation deck of Burj Khalifa allows you to enjoy a breathtakingly beautiful view from the top of the world, quite literally.

The famous Dhow Cruise Dinner- starting at $40

The most indulging way to experience the beautiful city skyline and the serenity of Dubai creek is the famous dhow cruise dinner in Dubai. The city glitters at night and Dhow cruise offers the best opportunity to admire the illuminated Dubai. Enjoy refreshing music, entertainment, tanura dance shows along with your favorite drinks and a sumptuous Barbeque dinner. The two hour cruise has both open air upper deck and air conditioned lower deck to allow you the best of both the experiences.

Dubai aquarium and Underwater zoo- starting at $32

Enter the ground floor of the Dubai mall and you’ll get to see the world’s biggest suspended acrylic aquarium that boasts of 33000 aquatic animals including sharks and rays. The aquarium reaches the height of the third floor and leaves you spellbound with its unfathomable existence. While this wonder is a free attraction, you have to pay a small price to continue your journey of sea world fascination and visit the underwater zoo and aquarium. The tunnel with 180-degree view of the most exotic marine animal species in the world will leave you spellbound.

Desert Safari Dubai- $45

As they say, no trip is complete without experiencing the majestic Desert Safari Dubai. Enjoy one of the the best safari experiences in a colossal serene desert with dune bashing, quad biking, camel riding, and photography sessions. The safari ends at a camp that allows you to relax in the desert and enjoy music, dance and entertainment with delicious barbeque drinks, dinner, shisha and refreshments. You can also enjoy shopping at various souvenir shops there. Overall, the desert safari allows you to best explore the desert of Dubai.

Big Bus Dubai Night tour- $40

There’s no better way to explore the beauty of the city of Dubai at night than with the Big Bus Dubai Night tour. Coming at a throw away price range, this panoramic city tour takes you through the city’s best highlights including the Atlantis Hotel, Burj Khalifa, Dubai's historic sector, and Jumeirah Beach Road. The tour also stops at the Wafi mall for the Sound & Light show at the Pyramids. Get amazed by the interesting facts you get to know along with the fascinating history of Dubai. The night bus tour allows you to explore the city of dreams with a whole new perspective. Pass by the famous landmarks, listen to the English commentary, get mystified by the impressive Diera city center, Al Dhiyafah Street, Downtown Bur Dubai, Al Maktoum’s Bridge and a lot more.

Dubai Souqs- between $20- $50

The traditional souqs (markets) of Dubai are known worldwide for their products but more than that they are famous for their bustling energy and vibrancy that’s infectious, thus, making the shopping experience at these souqs truly memorable. The most famous souqs in Dubai are the Gold souq, spice souq, textile and the perfume souq. The interesting part about shopping at these souqs is the fact that you can bargain to your heart’s content. Bargaining is taken in a healthy way and most of the traders oblige you with discounted and bargained prices on unbelievably great stuff.

Dubai Museum- $30

One of the best maintained museums in the world, the Dubai museum is a must visit to completely understand the growth story of Dubai from being a simple Bedouin fishing village to the biggest tourism hub in the world. Built inside the oldest fort of Dubai- Al Fahidi fort built in 1787, the museum walks you through a mock souk that was prevalent in the ancient times, the lifestyle of a simple Bedouin devoid anything fancy, and the wind towers that was used during hot summers when there was no air conditioning system. The experience at the Dubai museum helps you admire the heights Dubai has achieved in such a short span of time with its sheer dedication and foresightedness.

Food feast at Al Diyafah Road- $20

This is one place where you can find the actual diversity of flavors of an expat dominated Dubai. A sumptuous array of cuisine from India, Pakistan, Lebanon, Japan, China and Europe; all at one place in a budget that astonishingly fits your pocket. There’s so much to explore, you would want to fast before going there. Don’t visit the place in a hurry, take your time and indulge in flavors that will leave a lasting impression in your mind.

You have to visit Dubai at least once to see the splendor of the city and the astounding blend of people from all walks of life enjoying and living its wonders. So next time someone says, Dubai is not in a backpacker’s bucket list, give them a heads-up about the enthralling indulgence of Dubai that comes under bewildering budget.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Indian tourist destinations that are identical twins of picturesque foreign cities

It's time again to plan another trip, another journey of exploration, adventure and excitement; all you have to decide is ‘where to go’.  While deciding where to go, if you are looking towards those exotic foreign destinations in search of exemplary scenery, then it’ll be wise to first consider their counterparts here in India. Yes! The pristine natural beauty for which we go abroad is right here in India. Here’s a list of majestic destinations within India that are as beautiful, as immaculate and magnificent as those expensive destinations abroad.

Kashmir in J&K and Khajjiar in Himachal Pradesh- The Indian Switzerland

If natural beauty is your calling, then you won’t really have to spend a fortune and go to Switzerland. As an Indian you are blessed with an equally beautiful paradise on earth – Kashmir. The same snow capped mountains, pristine lakes, blossoming weather and abundance of natural beauty. The untouched beauty of Khajjiar in Himachal Pradesh and Kashmir can give you everything that Switzerland has to offer, coupled with the feeling of having your own people around.
Best Time to Visit- March to August

Chitrakoot Fall - The Niagara Fall of India

So you really want to visit Niagara Falls. Why? Not that it isn’t one of the most beautiful falls in the world, but because when you have Chitrakoot falls in India, you actually won’t miss Niagara at all. While Niagara fall offers a majestic beauty with its height of 167ft i.e. 50 meters, the Chitrakoot falls is marvelously beautiful with its width of about 300 meters (98ft).   It is also India’s widest waterfall. The Jog falls in Karnataka is again a sight that will quench your thirst of a spectacular waterfall. It is the 2nd highest plunge waterfall in India and very similar in beauty to its counterpart, the Niagara falls.
Best Time to Visit- October to February

Thar Desert- The Sahara Desert of India

Also known as the Great Indian Desert, the Thar Desert will give you an experience no short of Sahara sand dunes.  Take a surfing trip in the Thar Desert and enjoy an exceptional desert experience, right here at a cost far lesser than that of going all the way to Sahara desert. The Thar Desert has beautiful stretches of hillocks, gravel and sandy plains. The vegetation and ecosystem is far more suitable for habitation than most of the other deserts in the world and thus, you can find villages and animals in good numbers here. In fact, some of the rare species that are fast vanishing can be found in this desert of India.
Best Time to Visit- July to March

Goa- The vibrant Brazil of India

 For people who want to visit the beautiful beaches of Brazil and enjoy the relaxed, laid back day life and the happening nightlife, Goa is an apt alternative. Numerous idyllic beaches with breathtaking view of the sea along with modern lifestyle and every possible luxury at the shore, Goa is a favorite of foreign tourists in India. With a long history of the Portuguese colony dating back to the 16th century, Goa still has a lot of Portuguese effect on it.  It’s the favorite place for vacations, celebrations, relaxing, and partying.
Best Time to Visit- October to February

The combined beauty of Thailand, Malaysia and Maldives- Andaman & Nicobar Islands in India

With approximately 300 odd islands, Andaman &  Nicobar region of India is truly a magnificent place to be if you are a water and marine life enthusiast. Tourists flock to places like Maldives, Malaysia and Thailand for its pristine beaches, untouched natural beauty and unbelievable marine life. Come to Andaman & Nicobar Islands and fall in love with white sandy beaches, twinkling crystal blue waters, rainforested interiors and palm lined shores. The delectable cuisine will add as a topping to your cherished experience.
Best Time to Visit-December to march

Shillong- The Scotland of the East

If the beauty of Scotland astonishes you, come to Shillong. Nicknamed as the Scotland of the east, it offers divine natural beauty in the form of lakes, peaks, falls, and pine trees along with an unbelievably beautiful climate. Shillong has no dearth of adventurous and exciting places to visit. Beautiful architectures of the British era still rule this picturesque city and are one of the main tourism attractions. Being the capital of Meghalaya state, it has all the modern amenities you would need including luxury hotels and resorts, but it’s the natural beauty that makes the mark in your memories for ever.
Best Time to Visit- September to May

Uttarakhand Valley of Flowers- As magnificent as Antelope Valley in the USA

Covering a vast area of 87sqkms and located at an elevation of 3658meter above the sea level, the valley of flowers in the Bhyundar area is an outstanding treat to your eyes. Nothing short of Antelope Valley of U.S in flora and fauna, the Valley of flowers in Uttarakhand is a mesmerizing place to be. It is also declared a world heritage site by UNESCO. It is home to over 500 different and rare flower species in unbelievable colors and designs.
Best Time to Visit- June to October

India is a land with numerous discoveries, man-made wonders and abundance of natural beauty. While you will have to visit many different latitudes and longitudes in search of beauty in other parts of the world, India with its rich culture, landscape, architecture and natural marvels brings to you all at one place. So, pull up your socks and start the journey of discovering the land of spectaculars- India.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Best Places to Eat In Dubai

Dubai is a global foodie paradise, much like Singapore, but Singapore has had over a century to develop its foodie destiny. Dubai is just a few decades old and is a recent foodie haunt, the home of several Michelin-starred chefs. If you’re looking for authentic Dubai cuisine, we’ll be glad to tell you there’s no such thing. There’s the Emirati cuisine which is a mix of Arabian and Bedouin dishes. The foodie scene in Dubai comprises of a mix of cuisines from all over the world. When you’re in Dubai, be sure to sample a bit of everything from everywhere – the street stalls, food courts, mid-range restaurants and top-tier eateries. It’s quality all the way.

Top Budget Food Haunts and Street Stalls in Dubai

·         Al Mallah Restaurant (Dhiyafah Street): An excellent street food stall that offers Emirati food, their core specialty being chicken shawarmas, which are to die for. The chicken is perfectly marinated and the wraps are perfect. All Mallah offers several other delectable dishes too, all at a very reasonable pricing. All Mallah is one of the best places to eat in Dubai.

         Zaroob: This street food haunt near Dubai International Financial Centre, is of Palestinian origin. It has a funky outdoor garden that you’ll enjoy. Inside you can enjoy piping hot falafel, mana’oushe, fateer and several other Arabic classics.

      Bu Qtair: This quaint Indian seaside restaurant is a bit far from the central action, but the food is worth it. Be sure to order the deep-fried turmeric fish, basmati rice and the slightly sour Assam curry. Best part? In the evenings, you can sit on the sand and eat.

      Ravi Restaurant: Ravi Restaurant is Dubai’s famous Indian cuisine haunt, which fits Dubai’s residents well, as there are many Indians and Pakistanis in the city. The food in Dubai has many Indian and Pakistani influences, and no Indian restaurant is more popular than Ravi Restaurant.

          Din Tai Fung: This Taiwanese foodie paradise is a restaurant chain. It’s located in the Mall of the Emirates and is a definite favourite of dumpling lovers around the world. Visit Din Tai Fung before heading off to Ski Dubai, warming your belly with hearty noodles, wonderful xiao long bao, and some mouth-watering veggie dishes that have earned them such a name among locals and visitors.

      Tom and Serg: Fronted by a florist, Tom and Serg always smells like fresh flowers. This café serves the best cold brews and Cubano sandwiches with veal ham and veal belly. To die for.

 Calicut Paragon: For lovers of vegetarian food, here we have budget-friendly pricing and flavoursome curries every evening. Fill your belly with delicious cheese-stuffed mushrooms and spinach pakodas and fabulous seafood. The crab masala and the pomfret in spicy rub and the fruity mango fish curry take the steal. End the meal with a cup of fragrant masala chai and you’re done for the day. Calicut Paragon is one of the best vegetarian places to eat in Dubai.

      Al Ustad Special Kebab:  A Persian restaurant, Al Ustad is one of the oldest establishments in Dubai. Head here for absolutely no-frills, totally authentic, Iranian fare. The quirky décor and the old-world charm and the melt-in-your-mouth kebabs will set everything all right in your world again. Al Ustad Special Kebab is one of the best non-vegetarian places to eat in Dubai.

Top High-end and Michelin-starred Restaurants in Dubai


Indego by Vineet: If you long for true Indian gourmet food, then head to this fine dining restaurant. Michelin-starred chef and owner Vineet Bhatia can whip up a mean cauliflower and broccoli puree that’s to die for. He is the first Indian chef to earn the Michelin for his restaurants in Geneva and in London. What’s more, he is the man behind the fascinating food on Qatar Airways

      Le Petite Maison: When you enter this high-end restaurant, you’ll wonder if you’ve stepped into a Renoir painting. The walls are a mottled beige and the waiters are in perfect black and white ensembles. The Mediterranean French cuisine is truly fabulous. Try the lamb cutlets and the gratin potato that comes with steaming hot cheese that doesn’t coagulate when cool. Try the delectable chocolate mousse for dessert.

·         Pierchic, Al Sufouh Rd: Located on a romantic pier overlooking the Burj Al Arab, Pierchic offers a warm service along with amazing seafood. Order the pavlova for dessert – the sweet mango sorbet underneath the meringue is done excellently here.

      Rhodes Twenty10: Located on Al Sufouh Road on Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort, Rhodes Twenty10 steakhouse takes you right back to the Billy Boys, a team of gangsters. Everything is over-the-top here – the Swarovski-designed chandeliers, the black walls, and gangsta food. There’s even a painting of the Billy Boys hanging in the waiting area. The Twenty10 Burger is a Rhodes Twenty10 specialty, which is a sandwich made of prime fillet between foie gras and confit potato. For dessert, order the iced pecan parfait, which offers the perfect crunch with a sweetness that you ought to try to believe.

        Only & Only Royal Mirage: This restaurant serves some excellent modern Asian cuisine. The ambience is casual dining during the day. However, after sunset, a magical change takes place and the casual ambience is replaced by a slick, refined ambience that turns this place into a fine-dining restaurant. The restaurant seating is positioned beautifully around the pool, which makes the seats look as though they are floating on the water. When you enter the restaurant, a winding walking built over the pool takes into the seating area and the casual bar. There’s also a fancy poolside marquee deck complete with stripes and shine.

 Ostro Mediterranean Restaurant: Offering what’s popularly known as Dubai Cuisine, which is a mix of Mediterranean, Lebanese, Iranian and Emirati cuisine, Ostro Mediterranean Restaurant has achieved a consistent rating of 4.8 stars from reviewers. The service is amazing here, as is the plentiful menu. The restaurant is located in Barsha Heights near Internet City Metro. 

Special Dubai Dhow Cruise Dinner

How about combining a fabulous boat tour with an even more fabulous dinner on Dubai Marina or Dubai Creek? Enjoy a wonderful buffet style dinner plus hot and cool beverages. There’s even kids’ entertainment on some dhows. Eat the best of food as you glide past Dubai’s scintillating skyline.

Whether you’re doing a national cuisine hunt or looking for a quick bite to eat, Dubai has it ready for you. There’s an eatery in this city to fit every budget. There are enough fine-dining options to take care of those ‘have-money-will-spend’ moments as well. You’ll never be at a loss as to where to dine or what to eat, not while you’re in Dubai.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Singapore for Solo Female Travellers

Singapore is one of the most happening places in South-east Asia. Millions of tourists visit this country every year, and encounter an enriching experience during their travels. As far as the solo female traveller is concerned, a small city like Singapore with so much character creates quite an impact. There’s much to discover and experience. Plus, Singapore is one of the world’s safest cities for a solo female traveller to go romping, so there! Go and have fun at this intriguing, culturally complex gem in South-east Asia.

Grab Something at A Local Food Court

One of the most interesting things about Singapore is that it’s a totally foodie city. Everywhere you’ll find hygienically maintained street food stalls serving a plethora of cuisines at throw-away prices. Food centres are fully covered halls with stalls where hawkers make food right in front of your eyes and serve it. Don’t forget to try Singapore specials such as chicken rice, Dry Laksa (a spicy noodle soup), Sambal Stingray, Chilli Crab, Chicken Satay, fish head curry and Fried Hokkein Mee (egg noodles with pork). Do pay a visit to the Maxwell Food Centre – it’s one of Singapore’s oldest food centres. Also make a visit to Old Airport Road Hawker Centre, and the Newton Food Centre and the Makansutra Gluttons Bay.

Make Love to the Birds at Jurong Bird Park

Feeling alone and blue for a bit? Visit the colourful and highly motivated birds at Jurong Bird Park. Enjoy being amidst countless bird species, and participate in the feeding of them. Take plenty of pictures of the remarkably coloured birds as you stroll through the park. Some of the birds will hop over to you and eat from your hand, and believe us; that experience alone is well worth applying for a Singapore Visit Visa!

Shop till You Drop at Orchard Road

If you’re a girl that loves shopping, there’s no better place than Singapore. You can shop all day at Orchard Road, which is an entire street filled with malls, department stores, retail outlets and stalls selling everything on the face of the earth. You don’t even have to go from one mall to the next, as most of them are interconnected through passageways underground. Just grab a map and make sure you don’t get lost! Make sure you visit Orchard Central, Lucky Plaza, the Centrepoint, ION Orchard, Paragon and other malls on this road. 

Check out Singapore’s Celebrated Nightlife
Want some glitter and glamour to liven up your nights? Then head to Clarke Quay, which has an array of clubs, cafes and bars. Music throbs from every door and laughter and merriment echoes through every street. Be sure to eat at Brizo’s famous Crab buffet, visit Fort Canning Park and get to know about Singapore’s colonial history and catch the spectacular laser show at Boat Quay. 

Take in Some Culture

One of the nicest things to do in Singapore is to pay homage to other cultures. Visit the temples and churches that dot the country, such as the Sri. Mariammam temple in Chinatown, Singapore’s oldest temple. Visit the Tooth Relic Buddhist Temple, and check out the Cathedral of St Andrews and Good Shepherd. The Thian Hock Keng Temple, dedicated to the Taoist goddess of the sea is a real beauty. You can also go on a Merlion hunt, something that visitors to Singapore undertake, just to spot how many of these mythical creatures dot the city. Learn more about the Peranakan culture by visiting the Intan, or the Peranakan Museum. Check out more of Singapore’s colonial history at Fort Siloso at Sentosa Island.

Visit China in Singapore 

If you could parcel a piece of China and stick it within Singapore, it would be exactly like Chinatown, complete with little cobbled streets, row after row of outdoor stalls and bright colours everywhere. You can pick up pretty souvenirs, little knick-knacks, herbs, medicines and tons of Chinese tea. Pick up some quirky gift items for your folks and friends back home from Chinatown’s many alleys and hawker centres.

While you’re at it, enjoy a relaxing reflexology massage. There’s one shopping complex in Chinatown you shouldn’t miss – it’s the Yue Hwa Chinese Products at the corner of Eu Tong Sen and Upper Cross Street. This mall offers five levels of incredible goodies, from embroidered silk mandarin jackets to ginger-flavoured candy.

Go On a Night Safari

It takes up no more than an hour or two, but it opens up your eyes to the world’s creatures and their habitats. The nocturnal animals are situated in 7 geographical zones around the ginormous park. You’ll see Asian elephants in the Asia section, and Kangaroos and Wallabies in the Australian section. You can also explore several walking trails that bring you closer to the animals. If you like, you can enjoy breakfast with the Orangutans in the morning, one of Singapore Zoo’s unique visitor-friendly offerings that you’ll love.

Taste A Tiny Bit of India in Singapore 

If Chinatown is a slice of China in Singapore, then Little India is veritably a bit of India within this bustling cosmopolitan city. If you love Indian food, you can stroll through the colourful markets and buy all the ingredients you want. Or, you can enter one of the many wonderful South Indian hotels in Little India – Komala Vilas comes to mind, and have a fabulous meal.

Don’t forget to check out Indian gold jewellery while you’re at Little India. It’s unbelievably lavish, and gemmed up to the nines. Check out the lovely silk sarees with their lavish brocade borders and pick up a couple of easy to wear salwar and kameez top and bottom sets for yourself.

Try Some Eco-tourism

Feeling hot and bothered? You need a green break. Head straight to the MacRitchie Reservoir Park for some well-deserved nature. Walk along the suspended bridge over a rich forest. Visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens and marvel over the collection of flowering plants there, not to speak of the National Orchid Garden. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is an 80-hectare tropical paradise complete with a rainforest and waterfalls. While you’re at it, explore the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve to spot some exotic birds and wildlife. If you have the time, visit the Chinese and Japanese Gardens and the Chinese Mythological Theme Park in Jurong.


As a solo female traveller, you’ll be always aware of your surroundings and try not to be alone anywhere. While that is a good precaution, you needn’t worry yourself while in Singapore. You can explore the gardens and forests with impunity, and get to know the heartbeat of Singapore at your leisure. Travel to Singapore and explore this fabulous little city to its last tiny delight.