Summer Fun in the UAE- Yas Waterworld

Going to a water park in the scorching heat of the UAE can be a puzzling decision. While it proves to be perfect to #beattheheat as they say, be prepared to be tanned and/or sunburn.

Yas Waterworld is located on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi (near Ferrari World). It’s a family water park with water slides, rides and activities catering to adults, teenagers and young children.

Top Picks

While pretty much all rides/activities are fun, these are the most popular ones that you are guaranteed to not get bored of:

1. Falcon’s Falaj

Summer Fun in the UAE- Yas Waterworld

This six-person water coaster will take you on a wild ride over twists, turns, rapids and drops

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2. Bandit Bomber

Summer Fun in the UAE- Yas Waterworld

Fancy taking a 550 meter tour of the park on this suspended roller coaster? Bandit Bomber is your answer

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3. Sebag

Summer Fun in the UAE- Yas Waterworld

Mat-race with five other people, head first! Packed with adrenaline, this slide race is bound to be the favourite choice of large groups of friends

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4. Al Raha River

Summer Fun in the UAE- Yas Waterworld

One could stay in this lazy river for hours, truth be spoken. Grab a tube and just float. Ah. Bliss.

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5. Jebel Drop

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One hell of a steep slide from a monstrous height in the park! Would you dare to go?

Summer Fun in the UAE- Yas Waterworld

Oh and if you want to spice it up, you can try the Hamlool Humps! The Same height as the Jebel Drop but this one has three massive bumps to keep you airborne

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6. Yadi Yas

Summer Fun in the UAE- Yas Waterworld

Last but not the least, while it looks like another lazy river, it’s actually the opposite. Yadi Yas is a fast paced wave river; who knew getting thrown around by the strong waves can be so addictive

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Timing and Ticketing Details:

The park is open throughout the year from 10 am to 6 pm (Ladies Night timings vary).

Ticket Prices:

Ticket Prices start at AED 250 for adults and AED 210 for children. More information here.

Residents Ramadam Offer:

Weekdays At Gate Online 
Bronze admission, Adult AED 145 AED 125
Bronze admission, Junior AED 95 AED 95
Weekends At Gate Online
Bronze admission, Adult AED 250 AED 230
Bronze admission, Junior AED 95 AED 95

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Annual Passes:

You can also enjoy non-stop fun all through the year at the Yas Waterworld Park with annual passes starting at AED 695

Residents and tourists alike, pack your beach bags with your swim suits and beach sandals and head on to Yas Waterworld to experience an adrenaline packed day

Things They Don’t Tell You About Moving Abroad

Like All great people , your greatness to will be tested from time to time. Travelling abroad will be an epic adventure of fighting evil of unimaginable scale. If you still haven’t figured it out yet, the super hero here is you.

Chaos Sleep Repeat

Things They Don't Tell You About Moving Abroad

For a while you’ll need your super human senses as you go through the process of improvising i.e. learning to deal with the worlds inequities.
There’ll come a point where you’ll just wish the ground would just open up and swallow you whole just so that you could hide from your responsibilities for a while.
Hollywood got it all wrong, you wont just step off the plane and stumble upon the perfect job and the house of your dreams.

I Used to be Fit as a Horse

Things They Don't Tell You About Moving Abroad

Trying to explain your symptoms to the doctor in mime who doesn’t understand your language.
Then Later, discovering your international insurance plan doesn’t cover up the cost of root canal procedure.

Are Ye Kidding ! You Don’t Remember Where You Live?

Things They Don't Tell You About Moving Abroad

You have all the time in the world to find your self. Funnily enough, finding yourself mostly means finding yourself in your pajamas at 12 am in a place which looks more like a labyrinth than a colony.

I’m Going to Perish if I Don’t Eat

Things They Don't Tell You About Moving Abroad

All that stress is going to get you hungry constantly.
You’re not the kind of person to look back and think you could’ve eaten that.
So you tend to get on the app and order for all the snack and meals that entice your taste buds.

Mashallah Dubai

Things They Don't Tell You About Moving Abroad

It takes time to learn another language , to adopt to a different culture with a different set of rules.
If Somebody doesn’t understand you, you just tend talk in very loud English and hope to get your point across immediately. Or you enunciate ever syllable and sound every word to match the accent of the person you’re speaking to.

Nostalgic

Things They Don't Tell You About Moving Abroad

Moving away from home is both exciting and terrifying . the credo to create the wonderful vision of the future you had once wished to be a a part of.
You’ll panic in the first few days of moving abroad when you realize you got to make your own decisions, cook your food, pay your own rent.
Basically being an adult in the space of few hours.
It’s not always sunshine and rainbows , not having someone to tell you everything is going to be alright is the part you’ll miss the most about being home.

10 Everyday Phrases in Different Languages

Summer is just starting and we all know what that means: it’s time to pack our bags and set off on a much needed vacation! Communicating in a foreign land is not as difficult as it used to be once upon a time. In fact, with the numerous language apps and Google itself, it’s become quite easy to translate something within seconds! Nonetheless, there’s no harm in knowing a few basic every day phrases at the tip of your tongue. Also, it’s a great way to win the hearts and respect of the locals of any country by speaking in their native language

1. French

10  Everyday Phrases in Different Languages

  • Hello: Bonjour
  • Please : S’il Vous Plait
  • Thank You: Merci
  • How are you: Comment ca va?
  • Sorry/Excuse Me: Desole/Pardon/Excusez moi
  • Do You Speak English: Parlez vous anglais?
  • Where is..? – Ou est..?
  • Goodbye: Au Revoir
  • How Much is..? – Combien coute?
  • Yes/No: Oui/Non

2. German

10  Everyday Phrases in Different Languages

  • Hello: Hallo
  • Please: Bitte
  • Thank You:  Danke
  • How are you? Wie geht es dir
  • Sorry/Excuse Me: Es tut mir leid
  • Do You Speak English? Sprechen Sie englisch
  • Where is..? wo ist
  • Goodbye: auf Wiedersehen
  • How Much is..? wie viel ist
  • Yes/No: ja/nein

3. Italian

10  Everyday Phrases in Different Languages

  • Hello: ciao
  • Please: per favore
  • Thank You: grazie
  • How are you? Come stai
  • Sorry/Excuse Me: scusa
  • Do You Speak English? Lei parla Inglese?
  • Where is..? dove si trova
  • Goodbye: arrivederchi
  • How Much is..? quanto costa
  • Yes/No: si/no

4. Arabic

10  Everyday Phrases in Different Languages

  • Hello: marhaba
  • Please: raja
  • Thank You: shukran
  • How are you? Kayf haalik
  • Sorry/Excuse Me: inna asifun
  • Do You Speak English? hal tatakalam al enjliziyah?
  • Where is..? einnahu
  • Goodbye: wadaeaan
  • How Much is..? kam yukallif
  • Yes/No: neam/la

5. Turkish

10  Everyday Phrases in Different Languages

  • Hello: Merhaba
  • Please: Lütfen
  • Thank You: teşekkür ederim
  • How are you : nasılsın
  • Sorry/Excuse Me: üzgünüm
  • Do You Speak English? İngilizce konuşabilir misin?
  • Where is..? nerede
  • Goodbye: elveda
  • How Much is..? Ne kadar
  • Yes/No: Evet/ hiç

10 Places To Visit in Maldives

Maldives is definitely a tropical paradise that beckons to every kind of traveler, be it solo, couples or even entire families. This island country has something to offer for everyone. Here is a list of 10 best places to visit in Maldives, which will surely make your trip to the country quite memorable.

1. Malé

10 Places To Visit in Maldives

Do not go on the small size of the Maldivian capital, you will be surprised with the high energy and the number of people flocking to Malé. While Maldives is popular for its tropical beaches, Malé will give you a glimpse of the real Maldives. The entire skyline is dominated with brightly-colored buildings, against the blue Indian Ocean. There are many top attractions here, but the ones that stand out the most are the Friday Mosque (Hukuru Miskiiy), the Republic Square (Jumhoree Maidhaan) and the National Museum. You can even take a ride to Hulhumalé, the highly ambitious artificial island, to spend some time at. Malé is truly a combination of urbanization and its island roots.

2. Biyadhoo Island

10 Places To Visit in Maldives

Located in South Malé Atoll, Biyadhoo Island has one of the calmest beaches in Maldives. The pristine white beaches and the turquoise ocean water create such a serene picture that will make you want to come here over and over again. The island is known to have the best house reef in the whole country and is covered with lush tropical vegetation. There are various water activities that you can indulge in here and Biyadhoo also has some excellent diving spots.

3. HP Reef

10 Places To Visit in Maldives

One of the best diving spots in Maldives, HP Reef is a must visit for all diving enthusiasts. Located in North Malé Atoll, this Protected Marine Area, has some spectacular soft coral formation in vivid blues, oranges and yellows and multi-hued fishes and other marine life swimming around. The marine life in this reef are highly protected, thus divers can take the plunge in the secure areas to enjoy the wonders to the fullest.

4. Utheemu Ganduvaru

10 Places To Visit in Maldives

Maldives isn’t just a tropical island to soak up the sun and sip on some cocktails. The country has some very interesting history and Utheemu Ganduvaru is just the place to find out more about Maldivian history. This is a small palace where the national hero Sultan Mohammed Thakurufaanu grew up. For those who are unaware, Thakurufaanu and his brothers overthrew the Portuguese rule in 1573. Visitors are shown around the entire fortification, as well as, the 500-year interiors. You can see swing beds which were used to stay cool in the heat, lamps that used coco palm oil, intricate wooden carvings and a palm-thatch shed where the guests were made to sleep in.

5. Banana Reef

10 Places To Visit in Maldives

Shaped like a banana, this 300 meters long reef was the first one in Maldives to be renowned internationally. Even after 20 years, Banana Reef still remains as popular. The colorful marine life is not only pleasing to the eye but they happen to be excellent muses for underwater pictures. There are many rare species found here like Napoleon Wrasse, Moray Eels and Bannerfish. This reef is a must visit for divers.

6. Sun Island

10 Places To Visit in Maldives

This island is truly a treat to the senses with the crystalline blue water, the white sand beach and the lush green vegetation. For those looking for a calm and peaceful environment to unwind during their vacation, this island is just the place for you. There is an air of romance in the natural beauty of Sun Island that makes it highly popular amongst couples. For those who wish for some activities, you can always indulge in snorkeling, windsurfing and diving. This truly a tropical haven.

7. Alimatha Island

10 Places To Visit in Maldives

One of the most popular tourist spots, this lively island is a must-visit for families visiting Maldives. Located in the Vaavu Atoll, Alimatha Island is a perfect spot for you Maldivian vacation, as it has everything you would expect on such a vacation. Diving for beginners and experts alike, aquarium-like snorkeling and shallow waters for kids to swim in easily, are just some of the offering from the emerald waters around the island. The central beach is a spot for a variety of activities, be it beach volleyball or some music or dancing. There are also Ayurvedic massage centers and spas, world-class restaurants and fun bars, for you to choose from.

8. Artificial Beach

10 Places To Visit in Maldives

As the name suggests, this is a man-made beach that is quite a relief from the hustle and bustle for those in Malé. Artificial Beach is a perfect place for those who wish for a quick dip to cool themselves down, since swimming here is open to all. Although, you must conform to the restrictions placed on clothing as per local laws. Even if you don’t wish to swim, there is always some or the other activity going on at Artificial Beach. The beach is grounds for many entertainment activities, carnivals and parades. This lively beach side is a perfect way to let loose after a long day in the city.

9. Manta Point

10 Places To Visit in Maldives

This diving spot is a perfect way to see the underwater ecosystem that exists among the marine life. At the Manta Point, you can witness Manta Rays being fed and cleaned by wrasses. After the process is done, the rays swim to the reef feeding. This unique sight truly is one that every diver will take back home with them.

10. Villingili Island

10 Places To Visit in Maldives

A ferry’s ride from the Maldivian capital, Villingili Island is a great escape from the crowds of Malé. The fact that cars and motorized scooters are banned in the island, gives tourists a perfect opportunity to explore the island leisurely on foot. Villingili has natural beaches where you can spend time snorkeling and diving in the turquoise waters. Enjoy the evenings by looking across the water at the colorful Malé skyline. This place is the epitome of serene island life.

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10 Places To Visit in Bali

Bali is an exotic paradise that must be in every traveler’s bucket-list. The rice paddies, the pristine beaches, fun parties, stunning temples and green mountains, Bali has everything that takes to make it a perfect spot for vacation. We list down the top 10 places to visit in this beautiful island that will stay with you forever.

1. Ubud

10 Places To Visit in Bali

While it has gained immense popularity ever since it was written about and shown in ‘Eat, Pray, Love’, Ubud reflects the true culture of Bali. There are so many things to see in Ubud, that you will be spoiled for options. Be it cycling through the villages and rice paddies, visiting the monkeys in Monkey Forest, looking at the unique exhibits at the various museums here, explore the temples or even taking up a cooking class, Ubud will keep you enthralled at every turn.

2. Seminyak

10 Places To Visit in Bali

One of Bali’s top spots for vacationers, Seminyak is a small coastal town, with some luxurious offerings. The coastline houses some of the most hip beach clubs in Bali, where you can completely relax and sip on some delicious cocktails. Seminyak is also known to be the island’s shopping and spa capital. With a range of designer stores and fashion boutiques, Seminyak is truly a shopper’s paradise. A treatment at one of the high-end spas here, will completely rejuvenate your senses. This place is not to be missed by those who are looking for a fun vacation.

3. Pura Tanah Lot

10 Places To Visit in Bali

Sitting on a volcanic rock with the sea crashing all around it, this picturesque 15th century temple is a must visit. Pura Tanah Lot is considered one of the most important temples out of the seven temples that form a ring in southwest Bali, according to Balinese culture. Visit this pilgrimage place during low tide and you can “walk over water” to reach the temple. This temple also beckons to all photographers to capture the stunning sunset, considered one of Bali’s best.

4. Kuta

10 Places To Visit in Bali

Known to be a top party destination, Kuta is a great place to meet and socialize with new people. The pristine white sand beaches are perfect places to soak in some sun and chill on a sun lounger with a cool drink in your hand. This is also a great place to surf, especially for beginners, where you can take surf lessons and rent surfing gear. Kuta is also a great spot to go scuba diving, where you can check out the USAT Liberty WW2 shipwreck, the manta rays and giant sunfish of Nusa Penida and The Blue Lagoon at Padang Bai.

5. Mount Batur

10 Places To Visit in Bali

One of the must do things while in Bali, is to trek up Mount Batur. An early morning hike up this 1700 meters high active volcano, will reward you with one of the most spectacular sunrises you will ever witness. The sun rises above the mist covered mountain top and Mount Batur caldera, and the panoramic view is truly a magical one.

6. Pura Luhur Uluwatu

10 Places To Visit in Bali

This scenic temple paints quite a picture, standing tall over a limestone cliff. Constructed in the 11th century, Pura Luhur Uluwatu is a majestic structure that was considered to ward off evil sea spirits and the monkeys in the vicinity are considered to be the guardians of the temple. With such a fascinating folklore behind the temple, a visit here is a must, especially if you wish to capture the sunset. There are also traditional Kecak dance performances that take place at sunset.

7. Nusa Dua

10 Places To Visit in Bali

For those who wish for a quiet beach side, Nusa Dua is the one for you. At the southern tip of the island, this beach town caters to a more relaxed and upscale crowd, letting you enjoy your leisure time away from the frenzied crowd of Kuta. The Geger Beach is the most popular beach to visit in Nusa Dua and is open to the public. This pristine beach is ideal for honeymooners looking out for a more private and romantic setting.

8. Lovina

10 Places To Visit in Bali

Lovina is known for two things: its black sand beaches and dolphin spotting. The beaches are perfect to explore on foot, as there are many narrow alleys leading to them. The area has a very relaxed and traditional way of life. Along with dolphin spotting, you can also indulge in diving, snorkeling, fishing and diving on coral reefs. The open air beach restaurants with delicious food and lively music, provide a perfect way to spend an evening here. Sometimes you can also watch a game of night volleyball.

9. Pura Ulun Danu Bratan

10 Places To Visit in Bali

This 17th century charming lakeside temple is another one that is a must-visit. Located on the low lying side of the lake, the temple creates quite a floating effect when the level of water rises, which can be beautifully captured in photographs. The tiered architecture of the shrines are absolutely fascinating to see. The temple, reflected on the lake, with the mountains surrounding the lake truly is a sight that must not be missed.

10. Sanur beach

10 Places To Visit in Bali

While the beach is nicknamed “snore”, it is anything but a sleepy town. There are many lively beach bars and restaurants, as well as, water activities to keep you busy. While here, try out underwater sea walk. Whether or not you know swimming, this is a great way to experience underwater aquatic life. Just dive in without any equipment but a helmet, and you will surely never forget the experience.

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10 Places to Visit in Armenia

Armenia, an ancient land with a rich culture, is surely a country that must be on your bucket-list for every traveler. From stunning churches to picturesque natural attractions and lively cities, Armenia has it all to pleasantly surprise you and make it a truly beautiful experience. Here is a list of the top ten places in Armenia, the land which gave us the Kardashians.

1. Yerevan

10 Places to Visit in Armenia

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The capital of the Republic of Armenia, Yerevan is residence for the highest number of Armenians in the world. The city is indeed an amalgamation of the old and new worlds, as you can see on its very streets. The city has a bevy of buildings displaying some stunning Soviet architecture. The grand Republic Square, the Cascade, the monument commemorating the Soviet victory during World War II and the Armenian Genocide Memorial are some of the must-sees in this historic city. Also known as City of Cafes, there are many beautiful European-style cafes and traditional tea houses lined alongside the streets. This city is truly a true reflection of Armenia.

2. Lake Sevan

10 Places to Visit in Armenia

The country’s largest lake, Lake Sevan is a must visit in Armenia. Surrounded by some beautiful monasteries, the lake provides with a stunning backdrop to them. The Sevanavank Monastery is the best one amongst the lot. You can also windsurf at the lake and gorge down on some delicious seafood in one of the restaurants in the vicinity. There are also many popular beaches along the lake, and since there is no coastline in Armenia, this is a perfect place to soak in some sun. The Sevan Bay and mountains surrounding it, is another scenic beauty in the area.

3. Karahunj Observatory

10 Places to Visit in Armenia

Armenia’s answer to Britain’s Stonehenge, Karahunj Observatory must not be missed at all, when you’re in Armenia. Considered to be almost 3500 years older than the Stonehenge, this is said to be one of first structures on Earth that was made by man. The circular formation of 40 stones was supposedly built to honor Ari, the Armenian god named after the Sun. There also 200 giant stone tombs which makes up the region. This place is truly a marvel is ancient human architecture.

4. Gyumri

10 Places to Visit in Armenia

Gyumri, which is also the second largest city in the country, is an excellent place to visit, especially for those visiting Armenia for the first time. One of the most spectacular places to visit in Gyumri is the Black Fortress on the hill overlooking the city. The sights from this fortification will absolutely mesmerize you. The Kumayri Historic District is another place to visit for those who love history, as you will find almost a thousand ancient buildings here. There is also the Dzitoghtsyan Museum of Social Life and National Architecture of Gyumri, the Aslamazyan Sisters House-Museum and the Sergey Merkurov House-Museum, which are definitely worth a visit while you are in Gyumri.

5. Vagarshapat

10 Places to Visit in Armenia

For those who are not familiar with the fact, Armenia was the first country to officially take up Christianity as their state religion. Vagarshapat is house to the Etchmiadzin Cathedral, the oldest church in the world, built by the state. Today this stunning cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and anyone visiting Armenia, must visit Vagarshapat to see this picturesque church for themselves.

6. Dilijan National Park

10 Places to Visit in Armenia

Out of the four national parks in Armenia, the Dilijan National Park has to be the most picturesque one. Established in 2002, this park is well-known for its medicinal mineral water springs and natural monuments. There are also many of Armenia’s important cultural locations within the national park, like Haghartsin Monastery, Goshavank Monastery, Jukhtak Vank, Matosavank Monastery and the Akhnabat Church. You can also see the Aghestev and Getik river basins within this park.

7. Tsaghkadzor

10 Places to Visit in Armenia

This is definitely the place every ski-lover must head to while visiting Armenia during the winters. Located in the heart of Armenia, Tsaghkadzor has the best ski resort and winter sports taking place within the country. The prices for ski lifts paid here are reasonable, making this one of the most affordable ski resorts in Europe. There are some of the country’s top-class hotels here along with the Senator Royale Casino Complex, which is considered one of Armenia’s biggest entertainment centers. While Tsaghkadzor is renowned for skiing, do not forget to visit the Kecharis Monastery, which dates back to the 11th century and is one of Armenia’s important religious places.

8. Goris

10 Places to Visit in Armenia

For those who absolutely love mountains, Goris is a must-visit. This ancient mountain town, is situated high in the Syunik Mountains and there is an old-world charm here. Untarnished by fast-paced industry and commerce, Goris is still traditional in its ways of living. There Rock Forest is the top spot for visitors, as well as, the numerous stunning churches. On the bank of River Goris, you will find a natural marvel in the shape of a cave city on one side and weirdly-shaped volcanic tuff columns on the other. Goris will truly provide you with an other-worldly experience.

9. Mount Aragats

10 Places to Visit in Armenia

This dormant volcano, has to be one of Armenia’s most scenic spots there is. Mount Aragats is Armenia’s highest peak and you can truly see ancient history in the rocks here. There is a lot of rock art around its base, where you can see paintings of animals and human figures, which date back to hundreds of years. While you can attempt a hike up the mountain from July to September, for those looking for some challenge, climbing the northern peak of the mountain at 4000 meters, will surely satiate your craving for an adrenalin rush.

10. Jermuk

10 Places to Visit in Armenia

While there are quite a few spa towns in Armenia, Jermuk has to be the best amongst the lot. With over 40 thermal springs, Jermuk is a must-visit for those who wish to indulge in some natural therapy. The Gallery of Water is a top attraction here, where you can have free tasting of their healing mineral water. The Jermuk Waterfall, which is also the second largest waterfall in the country, is also another spectacular spot to spend your time while you’re visiting Jermuk.

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10 Places To Visit In Dubai

Dubai, a name that conjures a vision of a luxurious and exotic land, is a perfect amalgamation of modern brilliance of architecture and technology and traditions of the bygone era. While there is nothing in Dubai that must be missed, here is a list of the top 10 places that are a must visit while in Dubai.

1. Burj Khalifa

10 Places To Visit In Dubai

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The world’s tallest building is undoubtedly one of Dubai’s most iconic landmark. Standing at 828 meters high, Burj Khalifa is a must-visit for anyone visiting Dubai. The grounds around the building are adorned with aesthetically designed gardens and winding walkaways. The Dubai Fountain, which is also the world’s tallest performing fountain and designed after the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas, is also one of the must-see here. While the majestic structure is in itself quite a sight, it is an even better experience from inside the building. The 306 degree view of the city’s skyline from the Observation Deck on the 124th floor is simply stunning. Even the journey up to the deck will keep you mesmerized, with the multimedia presentation of Dubai’s rich history in the world’s fastest double-deck elevator.

2. Dubai Mall

10 Places To Visit In Dubai

Dubai is known for offering a wonderful shopping experience to its visitors, and that is just what you will get at the Dubai Mall. Right beside Burj Khalifa, for which this mall is also the entrance to, is spread across 5.9 million sq. feet and has over 1200 retail stores and 200 food and beverages outlets. Along with high-end fashion outlets to satisfy your retail needs, the mall also has The Souk, a renowned precinct where you will get traditional Arab clothes and handicrafts. There

3. Palm Jumeirah

10 Places To Visit In Dubai

Shaped like a palm tree, this man-made island is truly a marvel of Dubai. Palm Jumeirah is one of the largest man-made archipelagos, the first of its kind and was originally touted as the Eighth Wonder of the World. There are many luxury hotels and resorts on this island, but the one that really stands out is the iconic Atlantis Palm Resort. The resort has a water park, a beach with private access and the Dolphin Bay. You can enjoy the sights of Palm Jumeirah by sailing around the island on yachts or speedboats, or you can enjoy a ride on the monorail along the ‘trunk’ of the island.

4. Dubai Creek

10 Places To Visit In Dubai

While the city is a display of some modern marvels, Dubai Creek will give you a taste of the old-world charm. Separating the towns of Deira and Bur Dubai, this creek has many small villages along the water body, dating as far as 4000 years. The Bani Yas tribe first settled here due to the opportunity of two main forms of economy of the earlier days: fishing and pearl diving. You can take a trip across the creek in a traditional abra, which is a traditional wooden ferry boat and check out the old way of trade and living in Dubai.

5. Dubai Museum

10 Places To Visit In Dubai

Located in the Al Fahidi Fort, is the Dubai Museum, to walk you through Dubai’s history over the ages. The fort, which was built in 1787 to defend the Dubai Creek, is the oldest existing building in the city and has been the residence of the ruling family, as well as, a garrison and prison. The displays are in mixed media and really give you an insight into the rich culture of Dubai. There are galleries displaying old maps of Dubai, videos showing lives of the people prior to the discovery of oil to the present day and live-size models depicting various sects of people living in the earlier days. There are also various dioramas, out which the most interesting one is the one displaying the archaeological site of Al Quasis from 3000 BC. This museum truly will keep you enthralled to see the bygone era of Dubai.

6. The Desert

10 Places To Visit In Dubai

The wilderness of the golden desert of Dubai must definitely be experienced once while visiting the emirate. Just 20 minutes’ drive from Downtown Dubai, the Arabian Desert is one of the top tourist spots in Dubai. A desert safari inclusive of dune-bashing, quad biking and sandboarding, is what Dubai offers to take off your bucket-list. And these fun activities are followed by traditional barbeques in the desert, henna painting and camel rides. You can also enjoy an overnight stay amidst the dunes in the various resorts in the desert.

7. Kite Beach

10 Places To Visit In Dubai

As the name suggests, this white sand beach is popular for kite surfers. Lying south of the Jumeirah Beach, Kite Beach is an excellent place to spend a lazy day soaking in some sun and swimming. You can also try your hand at the various water sport options available or just enjoy the sight of Burj al-Arab across the water. There are many open-air restaurants and cafes to cater to your hunger, too. All in all, Kite Beach is a perfect spot to spend the whole day.

8. Burj al-Arab

10 Places To Visit In Dubai

One of world’s tallest hotel buildings, the Burj al-Arab is an architectural beauty in Dubai’s coastline. Built on a man-made island, with its distinct shape of a sail, this hotel is the epitome of opulence. There is an underwater restaurant with a 360 degrees view of the sea life all around you as you dine, as well as, a bar high up in the air that will give you a panoramic view of the city. World class hospitality and decadence is what the hotel promises to all its patrons.

9. Al Fahidi

10 Places To Visit In Dubai

One of Dubai’s oldest neighborhood in Bur Dubai, Al Fahidi will give you a glimpse of the true essence of Dubai. While Dubai is a class apart when it comes to luxury, the historical neighborhood of Al Fahidi will take you back to a simpler and more exotic time that dates way back into the 1900s. Also known as Bastakiya, this is one of the heritage sites of Dubai, with winding alleys and time-honored wind towers. To help you further to get a taste of the rich culture of this beautiful place, there are Arabic dance classes, heritage tours and guided mosque visits offered here.

10. The Walk at JBR

10 Places To Visit In Dubai

This renowned boulevard is perfect for some retail therapy. Constantly buzzing with energy, The Walk at JBR offers various fashion and handicraft shops and boutiques, cute waterfront cafes and open air cinema. You can always just take a stroll along the beachfront promenade or sip on some cool beverage, to spend some leisure time. There are also DJs playing music or some street performance going on for your entertainment. This is a perfect spot if you wish to simply unwind yourselves.

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10 Things To Do In Malaysia

Extreme contrast is what defines Malaysia, from towering skyscrapers looking down upon wooden houses built on stilts to ancient reefs meters away from 5 star hotels. Home to multi ethnic races and religions of Malays, Chinese and Indians this destination has everything from Rugged mountains to Sandy beaches, forest life to shopping, it is a gastronomical paradise and home to hundreds of colourful festivals.

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From the oldest 130 million year old prehistoric forest in the entire world to 3 of the largest malls in the world, weather you are seeking a relaxed beach holiday or an adventure filled one with theme parks and casinos. Perhaps something for the kids (LegoLand ; Hello Kitty World) or a relaxing mountain retreat where you sip your cuppa with freshly baked scones. From an underwater universe to catching the sunrise on Southeast Asia’s highest peaks, Mount Kinabalu.

For a perfect holiday full of surprises, the time is now, the place is Malaysia.

Best time to visit Malaysia: A beach holiday can be enjoyed all year round in Malaysia as the east and west coasts experience their wettest months at alternate times of the year.

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April to October brings the wet season on the west (Langkawi, Penang, Pangkor) of the peninsula with thunderstorms in the afternoons, which are usually brief, and the odd downpour is a welcome to reduce humidity. The east coast (Kuantan, Tioman Island, Perhentian Islands, Terengganu, Redang and Kota Bharu ) however tends to have a heavier wet season and is best avoided during the rainy period (Nov-Feb). During these months, many of the beach resorts close, re-opening in March.

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Here is our list of top 10 things to do in Malaysia.

Geographically, Malaysia has 3 federal territories (Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya  the island of Labuan) East Malaysia also includes the 2 states (Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo).

1. The Obvious – Visit the World’s tallest Petronas ‘Twin’ Towers, Kuala Lumpur:

Towering at 451.9m above street level, this world-renowned icon is currently the world’s tallest twin structure and fifth tallest skyscraper in the world.

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Must Do :

  • Visit the Skybridge on the 41st Floor and the Viewing Deck on the 86th Floor for a magnificent view of the city’s skyline.

Getting Here:

By Train: Take a train from any station within Klang Valley area and make your way to KLCC Station (KJ10). The integrated train system is the most convenient way to travel around the city centre. Check the map below.

By Car: Access KLCC through Jalan Ampang, Jalan P. Ramlee and Jalan Kia Peng. Tunnels at Jalan P. Ramlee, Jalan Tun Razak and the Ampang – Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway (AKLEH) are also directly connected to the KLCC Parking Bays.

Surya KLCC: Take the central bubble lift to Ground Level. Head to the Dewan Filharmonik PETRONAS Lobby and take the escalator down one floor to the PETRONAS Twin Tower Visit Operations to purchase your ticket.

Operating Hours

Visiting Days  Tuesday to Sunday (closed every Monday)

Open on all public  holidays with the exception of Hari Raya Puasa and Hari Raya Haji.

Visiting Hours  9am – 9pm (closed from 1pm – 2.30pm on Fridays)

Ticketing Counter Concourse level, PETRONAS Twin Towers

Note: Issuing of Tickets will start from 8.30am (tickets are limited and issued on a first come, first served basis). Advance purchase is available.

Ticket Price

Adult RM84.80

Adult (MyKad) RM26.50

Child RM31.80

Child (MyKid) RM12.70

Price is inclusive of GST at 6%.

Local Phone no: +603-2331 8080

Website: http://www.petronastwintowers.com.my/

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2. If Shopping is your favourite Sport then Shop till you drop at the BBKLCC, Kuala Lumpur

With three of the world’s 10 largest malls are in KL, offering year-round sales, this is shopping at its best.

The BBKLCC stretch from Bukit Bintang to Kuala Lumpur City Centre, in particular, will leave you spoilt for choice with its abundant fashion, food and entertainment options. Lose yourself in the huge selection of local and international brands available across nine signature malls within the area. The shopping district is also well-connected via a covered pedestrian walkway and an efficient network of public transportation.

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Must Do: Go on a shopping spree by visiting the nine shopping malls within the area

  • PAVILION KUALA LUMPUR
  • FAHRENHEIT88
  • SURIA KLCC
  • STARHILL GALLERY
  • SUNGEI WANG PLAZA
  • PLAZA LOW YAT
  • BB PLAZA
  • LOT 10
  • BERJAYA TIMES SQUARE

Getting Here:

Phone/Email: info@bbklccmalaysia.com

Website: http://www.bbklccmalaysia.com/

3. How about a walk through prehistoric rainforests – Taman Negara, Pahang

Estimated to be over 130 million years old, Taman Negara is Malaysia’s premier national park and one of the world’s oldest rainforests. Home to a vast diversity of flora and fauna, as well as amazing natural landscapes, this virgin rainforest is also the location of Mount Tahan, the highest mountain in Peninsular Malaysia. Get an overhead view of the forest via the world’s longest canopy walkway, or take part in the different activities and attractions available at each of the park’s four entry points.

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Must Do:

  • Stroll along the world’s longest canopy walkway while enjoying the view of the surroundings at 45m above ground
  • Explore ancient limestone caves
  • Take your pick from a variety of eco-adventure activities available: rapid shooting, jungle trekking, canoeing, mountain climbing
  • Visit the orang asli (indigenous community) settlement
  • Spend a night in an observation hide to catch a glimpse of nocturnal wildlife

Getting Here:

Chugging upstream along the Tembeling river in a creaking wooden boat is the best way to get into the heart of Taman Negara and its launch point for adventure, the tiny village of Kuala Tahan.

Han Travel (han-travel.com), based in Kuala Lumpur, offers a bus ride to the jetty at Kuala Tembeling and the onward boat ride for 75RM. On this three-hour ride you’ll get to see water buffalo cooling off in the shallows and macaques stalking the banks of the Tahan as the jungle closes in.

Phone: +603-9086 6800

Website : http://www.wildlife.gov.my

4. Seeking some adventure – entertain yourself at Genting Highlands, Pahang

Perched on top of Ulu Kali Mountain at some 1,800m above sea level, Genting Highlands is a one-stop hill resort with hotels, theme parks, a casino and a number of entertainment, dining and retail options. Its cool climate and close proximity to Kuala Lumpur – approximately an hour’s drive – make it a popular highland getaway among city folks. Genting Highlands is also Malaysia’s only licensed on-land gambling spot.

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Must Do :

  • Ride the Skyway Cable Car to the top of the hill
  • Hit both the outdoor and indoor theme parks
  • Try your luck at the casino (strictly for non-Muslims)

Getting Here:

By Car: A drive up to Resorts World Genting can be very scenic and you can enjoy the chilly weather as you ascend to the top. If you’re travelling from Kuala Lumpur, you can reach Resorts World Genting in a little under an hour.

By Bus: You can opt for an economical mean of transportation to Resorts World Genting by using the Genting Express Bus Service.

This service is available at:

Pudu Sentral, KL Sentral Station

Terminal Putra LRT Gombak

One Utama, Petaling Jaya

By Cable Car:

Have a leisure ride up to Resorts World Genting on the Skyway Cable Cars. They travel in a comfortable speed, allowing you to take in breathtaking views of nature at its best. A Normal one way costs RM 6.40

Local Phone no: +603-2718 1118

Website : http://www.rwgenting.com/

5. The perfect beach life – Tioman Island, Pahang

Located approximately 56km off the coast of Pahang, Tioman Island is hailed as one of the world’s best beach getaways. Picturesque with towering twin volcanic peaks, soft golden sands, cool mountain streams and refreshing waterfalls amidst a lush tropical rainforest, the island’s waters are filled with a diverse range of aquatic species, colourful corals and mesmerising dive sites.

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 Must Do :

  • Dive at one of the many dive sites dotted around the island
  • Go island-hopping to other islands within the Tioman Marine Park
  • Visit charming local villages such as Salang, Tekek and Juara

Getting Here:

Phone: +609 414 0532 / 419 1595

Website : http://www.dmpm.nre.gov.my/

6. For those who love the mountains – Afternoon tea and scones – Cameron Highlands, Pahang

Located on the Titiwangsa Range some 1,500m above sea level, Cameron Highlands is Malaysia’s largest hill resort. The cool weather up here makes it the perfect environment to cultivate a variety of produce, including tea, flowers, cacti, vegetables and strawberries. Enjoy the picturesque view of flourishing tea plantations blanketing the undulating hills, which can be enjoyed over a refreshing cup of tea.

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Must Do :

  • Visit the BOH Tea Plantation to learn about the tea-making process, followed by a steaming cup of tea in full view of the sprawling tea plantation
  • Pick your own strawberries to take home
  • Enjoy a relaxing walk in the enchanting Mossy Forest

Getting Here: The only way to get to Cameron Highlands is by road. Many years back, you could only get to Cameron Highlands from the south via Tapah but since the opening the new roads from Ipoh (Perak), Gua Musang (Kelantan) and Raub (Pahang), travelling to the highlands has become much more easier. The Simpang Pulai Road is the most popular road taken by most tourists coming from Kuala Lumpur or Penang although some people still prefer the old Tapah Road.

From the South via Tapah (Old Road)

Cameron Highlands is about 300km from Kuala Lumpur and it takes about 3 hours to get here via the North-South Expressway (NSE). If you are driving from Kuala Lumpur, find your way to the NSE by following the signs to Ipoh. Once you’re on the expressway, keep on driving north for about 1.5 hours until you reach Tapah.Take Exit 132 and you will be at the Tapah toll booth. Once you have paid the toll, turn left at the traffic lights and from here onwards you will be on the long winding road to Cameron Highlands which is about 60 km’s away.

If you’re driving from the north just take Exit 132 at Tapah and follow the same direction. It takes an average of 1.5 hours to reach Tanah Rata from Tapah. Please note that there are no petrol stations this point forward until you reach Ringlet so if you need to fill up, the Tapah rest area (before you exit the express way) would be your best choice.

Driving Tips :

The toll rate from Kuala Lumpur (Jalan Duta Toll) to Tapah is RM19.40.

The last rest area along the expresswy is the Tapah Rest Area which is about 3 km from Exit 132. If you miss this, you can still take a restroom break at the tol exit on your left.

The road from Tapah to Cameron Highlands is narrow and has a lot of sharp bends. If you have passengers who get motion sickness, its time to get those plastic bags out (just in case)

There will be lots of heavy vehicles going up and down this road so be careful especially when you are overtaking. Most local heavy vehicles will give you the signal to overtake when its safe so be patient. Its also common courtesy to let the vehicle behind you overtake you if you’re driving slower that vehicle.

During the rainy season, watch out for fallen rocks and branches on the road.

For first timers, driving at night is not recommended especially it its raining.

There are a few spots along this road where you can get Maxis and Celcom signals. Watch out for the signs indicating these areas.

From the north via Simpang Pulai / Ipoh

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Since the road from Simpang Pulai was open, more people are using this route to get to the highlands as its wider and less windy. It only takes about 45 minutes to get to Kampung Raja from Simpang Pulai and this is the fastest way to get to the highlands if you are travelling from the north (Penang or Ipoh).

Take Exit 137 (Simpang Pulai) and turn right at the traffic light right after the toll booth and drive for about 200 metres before you reach a traffic light.. Turn right again and your’re on you’re way to Cameron Highlands.You will get some magnificent views of the mountain ranges along this road.

After about an hour, you will reach the Kampung Raja junction where you will have to turn right from the new road into Kampung Raja town. You’re now in Cameron Highlands and you can just follow the main road to your destination. Brinchang ; Tanah Rata is about 25-30kms from here.

Driving Tips :

If you are driving from the south (Kuala Lumpur), this route would be longer if your destination is Tanah Rata or Brinchang.

Driving up this road is a pleasant experience as it gives you some great views of mountains.

Since the roads are less winding, people tend to speed here but watch out for the sharp bends at some stretches.

There is limited mobile coverage along this road.

Phone/Email: admin@cameronhighlands.com

Website : http://cameronhighlands.com/

7.  Scale new heights – Kinabalu Park, Sabah

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kinabalu Park is home to Malaysia’s highest mountain and one of Southeast Asia’s highest peaks, Mount Kinabalu. A favourite destination among adventurous souls keen to scale its heights, the view from Mount Kinabalu’s summit is often described as second to none. The park is also a wonderland of ecological treasures filled with thousands of plant and animal species, including a large number of endemic species

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Must Do :

  • Catch the sunrise on Mount Kinabalu (prior physical training and preparation are needed)
  • Take a refreshing break at the nearby Poring Hot Springs
  • Go mountain biking or jungle trekking

Getting Here:  The Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park is accessible via 15 – 20 minutes speedboat ride from Kota Kinabalu. The departure and arrival point for the boat transfers is at the Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal, situated next to the Malaysia Royal Custom Department. Boat transfers to the islands are available daily from 7.30am to 5pm.

Return boat transfer fares to the Islands are listed as follows:

Manukan Island : Adult RM23, Child RM 18

Mamutik Island : Adult  RM23, Child RM18

Sapi Island : Adult  RM23, Child RM18

Sulug Island : Adult RM23, Child RM18

Two island hops : Adult RM33, Child RM28

Three island hops : Adult RM43, Child RM38

Four island hops : Adult RM53, Child RM48

Boat charter for one island : RM204

Boat charter for Malahom Bay : RM204

Boat charter for Police beach : RM204

The following rates are not inclusive of charged terminal fee (RM7.20 for adults, and RM3.60 for children under 12); each entrance fee is valid for 5 islands per day.* A levy of RM50 per boat will be charged for special pick up times or overnight stays

Admission Fee
Other fees and additional charges are listed as follows:

Malaysians: Adults: Rm3 per pax, Children (below 18years old): RM1 per pax

Non-Malaysian: Adults: RM10 per pax, Children (below 18 years og age): RM6 per pax

Local Phone no:+6088-553 500 / 523 500

Website : http://www.sabahparks.org.my/

8. For the Kids ; Play time for all – LEGOLAND and Hello Kitty Town, Johor

If you’re looking for fun and adventure for the whole family, Johor’s cutting-edge theme parks offer you just that. The first of its kind in Asia and the first international park in Malaysia, LEGOLAND offers a first-class park experience with thrilling rides, interactive displays and themed areas.

The park’s main attraction is MINILAND, where miniature replicas of Asia’s popular landmarks made with more than 30 million LEGO bricks can be seen. Hello Kitty Town, the first Hello Kitty theme park outside Japan, is a must for fans of this popular Sanrio character. The park’s highlights include Black Wonder, a state-of-the-art interactive experience, and Kitty House, an iconic house filled with everything Hello Kitty from top to bottom.

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Must Do :

  • Visit all seven attractions within LEGOLAND – each offering different thrills and experiences
  • Watch a live performance by Hello Kitty and friends at Hello Kitty Town’s Purrfect stage

Getting Here:

Phone: +607-597 8888/+603-2203 9668

Website :

Alternatively here are 10 activities just for Kids in Kuala Lumpur

• Petrosains Museum Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
• Aquaria Aquarium
• KLCC park and playground
• Berjaya Times Square
• Aircraft Museum
• KL Tower
• Batu Cave
• National Science Center
• Bird Park
• KL Lake Gardens

9. Drop off to an underwater universe – Sipadan Island, Sabah

Rated as one of the world’s top diving sites, Sipadan Island boasts a truly magical and breathtaking underwater experience. Situated at the heart of the Indo-Pacific Basin, the centre of the world’s richest marine habitat, the oceanic island is surrounded by several exciting dive spots such as the Hanging Gardens, Barracuda Point and the Turtle Cavern. One of its most thrilling features (and certainly not for the faint-hearted) is the Drop Off, where knee-high water suddenly gives way to a 600m drop.

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Must Do :

  • Discover the island’s world-famous underwater beauty and any of the 13 main dive sites
  • Go island-hopping to nearby Mabul and Kapatai

Getting Here:  You can fly to Tawau from either Kuala Lumpur (3 hr) or Kota Kinabalu (50 min), continue by minivan or taxi to the port town of Semporna (1-2 hr) and from there to Sipadan itself (1 hr by fast boat).

Phone: +6088-553 500 / 523 500

Website : http://www.sabahparks.org.my/

10. And finally if you are interested in Mysteries, myths ; legends – Langkawi, Kedah

Part of an archipelago of 99 tropical islands just off the coast of Kedah, Langkawi Island is as much shrouded in age-old myths and legends as it is filled with natural beauty. It was accorded the Global Geo-park status by UNESCO in 2007 for its diverse and astounding geological heritage, which dates back to more than 500 million years. Langkawi is also a popular duty-free destination.

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Must Do :

  • Take a day trip to nearby Pulau Payar Marine Park, a popular diver’s paradise
  • Indulge in a range of water sports such as yachting, sailing and jet skiiing
  • Shop till you drop in the duty-free heaven of Kush
  • Enjoy an exhilarating cable car ride all the way up to Gunung Mat Chincang

Getting Here:

Phone: +604 966 7186 / 699 7187

Website :

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Key Festivals and religious ceremonies:

• Chinese New Year – January, February or March
• Malaysian Labour Day – 1st May
• Wesak Day
• The King’s Birthday – 5th June
• Merdaka Day – 31st August
• Hari Raya Puasa – August
• Malaysia Day – 16th September
• Deepavali – October or November
• Hari Raya Haji –  November

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10 Things To Do in Austria

Austria lives up to its clichés, from being the music capital (Sound of Music and the Waltzes of Strauss) to scenic alpine peaks, varied museums and contemporary and monumental Habsburg architecture. Starting with Vienna which is a good place to soak up the culture of Mitteleuropa. Salzburg, (birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) between Innsbruck and Vienna, represents an intoxicating Baroque city within easy striking distance of the mountains and lakes of the Salzkammergut, while the most dramatic of Austria’s Alpine scenery is west of here, in and around Tyrol, whose capital, Innsbruck, provides the best base for exploration. Followed by less renowned provincial capitals such as Graz and Linz which are surprising pockets of culture, innovation and vitality.

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One of Europe’s smallest countries Austria is predominantly highlands and mountainous with the eastern Alps occupying 60% of it territory, the river Danube runs through 350 kilometres from west to east through the northern part of the country.

Best time to visit Austria: Austria is a year long destination with two distinct seasons, the winters (November to April) are best for sports enthusiasts where most of the mountain resorts offering hiking, skiing, climbing and other winter sports, however outside of these resorts, there is not much to do be as the weather  conditions are wet and cold. Christmas, New Year and Fasting (Ball Season) and the Salzburg festival between July and August are touristy. The Summers are beautiful around the lakes and picnics though you might witness a sudden thunderstorm.

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Getting Here: Austria lies right at the heart of Europe, with seven countries bordering it. Its excellent transport connections make it an easy stopoff on either a north–south or east–west route through Europe. Vienna has a major international airport, and you can also fly to Salzburg, Innsbruck, Graz and Linz or to the Slovak capital Bratislava, only a 1hr 15min bus journey from Vienna. Vienna is also one of central Europe’s major rail-hubs, with connections including Budapest, Bratislava and Prague. Trains from Croatia and Slovenia stop in Graz, before also terminating here. Arriving from northern Italy (Venice, for example), it’s likely you’ll arrive in Innsbruck, which also has good rail connections with Munich, as does Salzburg

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Here is our list of top 10 things to do in Austria

1. The obvious Vienna tour – A city which drips in Imperial nostalgia, a feast for your eyes. Without a visit to Vienna you only have half the picture.

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Built on a grand scale as seat of the Habsburg Empire the museums are rich, visiting the old palaces of the Hofburg (Now official residence of the president of Austria) and Schönbrunn (A 1,441 room palace which was the imperial summer palace of Maria Theresa, this also has the oldest zoo in the world, a privy garden, a maze and a labyrinth and a marble summer house) should be high on the list, as are the cultural offerings from the gargantuan art collections of the Kunsthistorisches Museum to the new cultural complex of the MuseumsQuartier.

Imagine the likes of Freud, Klimt, Schiele and Schönberg frequented the city’s cafés and you will find the Europe’s oldest cafe here. The city boasts some wonderful Jugendstil (Art) and early modernist buildings and a bevy of traditional fin-de-siècle cafés patrolled by waiters in tuxedos. Last, but by no means least,Vienna is by far the best place in the country for night- life, and that means everything from top-class opera to techno.

Things to do:

  • Drive the Ringstrasse to see the Vienna State Opera, City Hall and Hofburg Palace, former winter home of the Hapsburgs
  • Visit the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, the Hapsburgs’ summer residence, Explore the staterooms where the royals lived, Stroll the gardens or enjoy coffee and a snack
  • Explore the Spanish Riding School which dates back to the time of Emperor Maximilian II
  • Visit Belvedere Palace to see its art collection, including Gustav Klimt’s Kiss
  • Visit St Stephen’s Cathedral, the Chapel of the Hofburg, the Parliament and the Votive Church.

TravelWings Tip: Pick up a Vienna Card at your hotel or the tourist information centre.  Costing just 20 Euros, it provides free rides on public transportation and over 200 discounts at museums, historic sights, restaurants, theatres and concerts for 72 hours.

Website: http://www.wien.info

Vienna Hotels ; Info

Tel. +43-1-24 555

Fax +43-1-24 555-666

Monday – Saturday, 9.00 am – 7.00 pm

Email: info@vienna.info

2. The Vienna State Opera house offers 300 shows in a year  and this includes some of histories most famous ballets and operas in both modern and classical versions and is a must visit.

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Website: www.wiener-staatsoper.at

Tel: +43 1 514 44 2250   (Information)

Tel: +43 1 513 1 513   (Tickets (credit card)

3. For the Kids – Wiener Prater amusement park: This park holds the title of the oldest amusement park in the world, “Wurstelprater”.  It’s origins date back to 1162 AD, and it was donated to the people of Vienna in 1766.

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The highest-flying swing in the world – Prater Turm, 117 metres tall and with a maximum speed of 60 km/hr. is a must try if you are into rides.

Also do see the Ferris Wheel (Riesenrad) in the Prater amusement park, immortalised in the film The Third Man.

Website: http://www.prater.at/

Visit The largest indoor playground in Vienna Bogi Park

Website: http://www.bogipark.at/

Visit the oldest Zoo in the world – founded in 1752 its main purpose is for species conservation and general nature conservation Schönbrunn Zoo

Website: http://www.zoovienna.at/

4. Intoxicating Salzburg – As the birthplace of Mozart and venue of the Salzburg Festival, one of the world’s most renowned celebrations of classical music and theatre Salzburg ensures substantial musical pedigree. The drive to Salzburg alone is spectacular, passing lakes and mountains, and stopping to eat and snap selfies, including at Lake Mondsee.

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Hohensalzburg fortress is arguably the country’s most impressive medieval castle and Salzburg’s ‘Altstadt’ (historic city centre) contains the country’s most concentrated ensemble of Baroque architecture.

Of Austria’s other regional capitals, Innsbruck combines both a buzzing nightlife and close proximity to some of the Tyrol’s highest peaks to make it one of Austria’s most popular destinations. Its attractive and largely medieval city centre focuses on the Hofkirche, site of the memorial to sixteenth-century Habsburg strongman Emperor Maximilian I.

In the Styrian capital, Graz, the main attractions are the Altstadt, the fine-art collections of the Landesmuseum Joanneum and the Baroque Eggenberg Palace. Austria’s second largest city is also a good base from which to venture out into the vineyards and pumpkin fields of the rural southeast.

Website: http://www.salzburg.info/

Tel. +43662 88987-0

Things to do:

  • Visit Salzburg, the home of Mozart.
  • Take a walking tour through Salzburg’s Old Town – a UNESCO World Heritage listed site
  • See the famous gardens of Mirabell Palace
  • Visit the Sound of Music filming locations tour in Salzburg, See the beautiful locations where scenes from the movie were filmed
  • Listen to the soundtrack and sing along to famous songs
  • Visit the gazebo where ‘Sixteen Going on Seventeen’ was shot
  • In Salzburg, you must try Mozartkugel, a chocolate praline filled with nougat and pistachio marzipan

5. The Sound of Music Tour:

  • Mirabell Gardens – Maria and the children were seen dancing around the statue of Pegasus, the winged horse, and throughout the gardens singing ‘Do-Re-Mi.’ The Mirabell Gardens were laid out in the 18th century.

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  • Leopoldskron Castle – The front side of the castle was used as the Trapp family home, the children were boating on the Leopoldskron Lake and fell into the water. The Venetian room was copied from the castle and used as the ballroom.

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  • Hellbrunn Castle – This hunting castle was built in the early 17th century by Prince-Archbishop Markus Sittikus. In the gardens the glass pavillion was reconstructed for the pleasure of those fans still returning after 30 years.

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  • Nonnberg Abbey – Nonnberg Abbey is the oldest convent in the German speaking part of Europe. Maria was a novice there. The baron and Maria were married here in 1927. The scenes for the movie made here include the opening with the nuns going to Mass and Maria coming too late.

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  • St Gilgen and Lake Wolfgang – Scenery shown at the beginning of the movie was filmed at Lake Fuschl on the way to St Gilgen. Like the Mozart family, visitors from all over the world appreciate the beautiful village in the Salzkammergut.

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  • Wedding Church Mondsee – Mondsee Cathedral was used as the location for Maria and the Baron’s wedding in the film.

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This is approx. 4 hours duration

6. Kitzbüheler Horn – One of the most picturesque of Austria’s many summits at 1,998 meters, it is accessible by cableway via the Pletzeralm or by climbing from the village of Kitzbühel, the summit affords glorious views: to the south from the Radstädter Tauern to the Ötztal Alps; to the north, the nearby Kaisergebirge; to the west, the Lechtal Alps; and to the east, the Hochkönig. To the south of the Kitzbüheler Horn rises the 1,772-meter-high Hornköpfli, also reached by cableway. In addition to the great views, on the summit, you’ll find the Gipfelhaus, a unique mountaintop home; a chapel; a restaurant; and an Alpine garden. During the ski season, the mountains in the immediate vicinity of Kitzbühel bustle with skiers from all over the world.

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Website: http://www.kitzbueheler-alpen.com/en

Things to do:

  • Visit the 1,655-meter-tall peak of the Hahnenkamm, breathe Austria’s cleanest mountain air here, along with its most beautiful walking country, and superlative skiing terrain it’s only accessible by chairlifts and cable cars.
  • Visit the St. Andreas Parish Church (Pfarrkirche St. Andreas). Built between 1435 and 1506 and later remodeled in Baroque style, this massive building with its low tower and dome is equally attractive inside, boasting beautiful stucco work, ceiling paintings, and 15th-century frescos. Adjoining the choir is the Rosakapelle with its fine tracery windows and a ceiling painting of St. Rosa from 1750. Also of note is the fine 17th-century high altar, a work by Kitzbühel sculptor SB Faistenbergerth.
  • Another must-see church is the Bernhard-Kapelle, a simple structure high above Kitzbühel on the slopes of the Hahnenkamm. It serves as a picturesque backdrop much favored by photographers.
  • Visit the most attractive mountain garden in Europe, the lovely Alpine Flower Garden lies on the Kitzbüheler Horn at an altitude of 1,880 meters, just minutes away from the summit and the Gipfelhaus. This attraction covers more than 20,000 square meters of mountainside and is home to more than 300 different species of plants from across the globe.
  • Other attractions include Town Museum Kitzbühel, Lake Schwarzsee and the popular spa and winter resort of Fieberbrunn

7. Innsbruck Altstadt: Surrounded by snowcapped mountains, Innsbruck makes you feel quite insignificant in the midst of nature’s striking Alpine mountain range. Said to have a duel personality, the area offers both pristine landscapes and a sophisticated urban center. Altstadt, the medieval town of Innsbruck, draws you in with its unique architecture and many shops. While you are strolling the streets of the Altstadt you can visit one of its famous landmark, the Golden Roof. This house was constructed for the Holy Roman Emperor, Maximilian I, and it was decorated with thousands of gilded copper tiles that create the appearance of pure gold.

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TravelWings Tip: Pick up a 48-hour Innsbruck Card which is the easiest way to explore this Austrian city on your own. Valid for 48 hours, the card includes entrance to museums and other attractions, a round-trip ride on any cable car or funicular railway, public bus and tram transport, entrance to Swarovski Crystal World, discounted entrance to Tratzberg Castle, a 5-hour bike rental, discounts at Casino Innsbruck, discounts at retail stores and much more.

Website:  http://www.innsbruck.info/en

8. Krimmler Ache: Austria’s Tallest Waterfalls : The Krimmler Ache plunges 380 meters in three tremendous cascades and makes for an excellent excursion from the nearby village of Krimml. At an altitude of 1,076 meters, Krimml – perched high above the Salzachtal in a wooded valley – is a wonderful place to stop for a few days if you’re into hiking.

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Website: http://www.krimmler-tauernhaus.at/en/the-krimml-achen-valley/

9. Dachstein Caves, one of Europe’s most impressive cavern networks, which are, in places, up to 1,174 meters deep. Highlights include the Giant Ice Cave with its sub-zero summer temperatures and huge caverns with magnificent frozen waterfalls, and the Mammoth Cave with its huge pipe-shaped galleries formed by an ancient underground river. Above ground, visitors can tackle the superb 5 Fingers viewing platform, an incredible metal structure hanging over a 400-meter sheer drop with excellent views of the surrounding Alps.

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Mystical concerts in the ice, every year in August, the Parsifal Dome is transformed into a unique concert hall. The musical ice concerts are a guaranteed treat for the ears – with goose bumps included

Website: http://www.dachstein-salzkammergut.com/en/dachstein/dachstein/

10. Danube Valley ; Melk Abbey : View the beautiful Austrian countryside dotted with imposing castles, abbeys, sloped forests and wine villages, and take a scenic boat ride down the Danube to the town of Melk to visit its impressive Benedictine abbey.

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Melk Abbey is one of the most famous monasteries in the world. Situated high up on cliff, overlooking the calming waters of the Danube river, rests the peaceful Benedictine abbey. Previously the castle of Leopold II, the structure was given to the monks, who transformed it into a place of tranquility and learning in 1089. The impressive spiritual center has become one of the greatest examples of Baroque architecture and the flourishing musical and liberal arts of its time.

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Must Do: Enjoy a romantic 1.5-hour boat ride down the Danube River from Spitz to Melk (Available only from April 13 to October 28).

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The nightmare of all travellers, especially if you are travelling with kids. No one likes them but the Smart traveller knows how to ease through serpentine queues.

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Here are a few tips to make it easier on yourself.

1. Plan Ahead

– Check in Online in advance and book a seat at the front of the aircraft, this simple trick allows you to disembark earlier and shave off at-least 30 minutes.

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2. Time your arrival – Fly in between 10 AM and 4 PM – since there are fewer flights, its less busier and here is another 10 minutes saved.

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3. Be prepared – Keep all your documents ready ; undamaged, along with all forms filled – keep a pen handy for any last minute changes. Check the airline website for limits on carry-on and checked baggage – especially for children and infants.  Restrictions are strictly enforced during busy times and you may need to pay extra for your overweight luggage.

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4. Stay modest –  Flashes of jewelry and expensive designer luggage increase your chances of being searched, however dress business like – Keep a Jacket handy, who knows you might even get a FREE upgrade

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5. Dress Appropriately – Wear slip on shoes and avoid belts with metallic buckles or anything metallic. Do not wear anything baggy as you might be patted down for security. Shove in all your personal paraphernalia (Rings, watch, belt, wallet, phones, earphones keys) into the top pouch of your carry-in or your backpack while you are seated in the plane. Use clear zip-shut sundries bags and TSA-friendly laptop cases to help speed you through security. Another 5 minutes saved.

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6. Queue Manners – Scan the queue before you choose which one, skip the ones which have families, elderly and suspicious looking ones. The chances of them taking longer to clear will delay you. If you are traveling with kids, you usually have priority to enter a plane, however you need to shamelessly wriggle ahead of the queue before the queue forms.

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7.  Stay Organised – Keep all receipts of your purchases in an organised fashion. This will alleviate and shorten the time spent with the customs officer.

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8. Check-In Baby Strollers – Consider checking your stroller in at Check-In rather than at the Gate.  You can disembark the plane relatively quickly, Of course you do run the risk that your stroller might be late on to the luggage carousel but you will save time if you can be off the aircraft quickly and don’t require it to transport your kids to the Immigration Hall.  If you have a baby/toddler that doesn’t like walking then do remember to pack a carrier.

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9. Know the airport –  familiarise yourself with the airport layout – If you have to change gates or aircraft along the way.  Where is the closest baby change room, duty free shops, or  a smoking room if you smoke. Do check for the right terminal some places have more than one airport

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10. Body Language –  Be friendly, and smile!  No matter how irritated you are, how bad your flight was remember the airline and airport security staff are just doing their job, respect them and act courteous and be positive.

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