Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Five myths about the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands, which lie in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Ecuador, have some of the most unique wildlife in the world, from giant tortoises to vast colonies of seabirds. Visited by Charles Darwin in 1835, the extraordinary animals were the basis for his Theory of Natural Selection. The wildlife is real, but the logistics and cost of traveling around these remote islands are perhaps the last remaining myths about the Galapagos Islands.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Forbes Travel Guide awards dozens of stars in Las Vegas

What makes a hotel superb? Not just pleasant or comfortable or even luxurious, but truly excellent?

Forbes Travel Guide uses a proprietary list of up to 800 objective standards to answer that question and assess hotels, restaurants and spas in 29 countries across the globe to see how they measure up. Formerly known as the Mobil Travel Guide, Forbes sends undercover agents into the field to evaluate properties from virtually every angle, from the customer service to the room service to the fitness facilities.

Last month, Forbes revealed the results of all that research with its 58th list of star-rating recipients from countries in the Americas, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. And once again, Las Vegas scored well with the reviewers.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Your complete guide to Britain's best pie eateries

Crisp, crusty pastry formed around a rich, hearty middle, saddled perhaps with a generous scoop of creamy mash potato, traipsed in liquor or soggy from pea-wet. The Great British pie is an iconic food that is as comfortable in the mouths of merry football fans as on the plates of showy diners at The Ivy.

Yep, check your calendars – British Pie Week has come around once again and we’ve gathered a comprehensive list of the nation’s best shops, cafes, bars, bakeries and pubs that sell Britain’s ubiquitous luxury and it is sure to leave you pie-eyed.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Three Day Trips from Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai, in Thailand’s highlands, is an ancient city with over 300 exquisite temples, it’s culturally rich, vibrant, and offers a wide variety of things to do. In the hills beyond the city, the colorful Lanna culture, unique to Chiang Mai and its surroundings, is seen in every aspect of life, from language to landscape to food.

Get out into this spectacular countryside, where Lanna culture is king, and see all its hidden treasures first-hand. Whether you rent a car or scooter, hire a driver for the day, or sign up for an organized tour, plan on a trip outside Chiang Mai’s city limits while you’re in the area.

Here are three day trips I recommend

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Room 304 in the Michelberger Hotel, Berlin, Germany

Is it a house in a room? Or a room in a house? Taking the phrase ‘a home from home’, quite literally, Berlin’s Michelberger Hotel’s newest suite, Room 304, is an explorative and transformative space built to resemble a temporary house, and features the same layout and components of a modern residence.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Some of Shanghai’s sightseeing treats from on high

Shanghai is a city of high-rises and fabulous tourist attractions. But what do these scenic spots look like from way above? The Global Times reveals some of the city's secrets and glamour with aerial photography.

As early as 6,000 years ago in the Neolithic Age residents in Songjiang lived in Guangfulin, fishing, hunting and farming. Nearly 4,000 years ago, the earliest group of settlers from the Yellow River basin came here and and created "Guangfulin culture" with the locals and this marked the origins of the modern city of Shanghai. Recently, the light system at the Guangfulin Relics Park was completed and is now open to the public. Visitors enjoy the intriguing lighting and stunning lake views. Photo: Yang Hui/GT

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Bangkok takes top ten spots in two internationally renowned travel surveys

Bangkok’s status as one of the world’s most popular destinations was reaffirmed recently with the city winning accolades as the World’s Second most “Liked City” on Instagram, as judged by airport transfer company Hoppa, and voted Sixth Best Overall City in the World, and Third Best in Asia, by readers of influential travel publication Travel + Leisure. Other destinations in Thailand; such as, Phuket and Pattaya were also singled out for praise.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Traveling to Budapest for the weekend? 7 sights to see in Budapest

In my opinion, Budapest, Hungary, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

On the flight in, you see the parliament building dominating the metropolis’ landscape. On the ground, you’re surrounded by extraordinary feats of architecture — from arching bridges to the apartment complex by your hotel. Everything is worth putting your eyes on, if only for a minute.

But it can be intimidating to fly into a new city without a plan of attack. When you’re studying abroad, you rarely spend more than a weekend at each destination, so there’s a lot to cram into your short stay.

If you’re planning a trip to Budapest, here are a few must-see places (in order) to help make the city a little more navigable.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

London travel guide

London is a diverse and cultural city steeped in history, there are so many things to do there and lots of free activities to boot! It's in an English­ speaking country which makes it really easy for Singaporeans to travel there, not to mention that Londoners are mostly very friendly and helpful.

The city is especially attractive to those who love art and culture, since many of its museums are free and come with world­class collections. Those who love to shop will have no end of retail pleasure on the major shopping streets of Oxford and Regent, while foodies get ready to fill their stomachs with endless great cuisine from street markets to high tea salons.