Bintan Canopi Resort Blog Review

Bintan Canopi Tent

If you still need convincing on why you should go to Bintan, Indonesia and stay at Canopi in particular, do read through these 5 Questions and Answers.
 

Thinking of a getaway that doesn't waste too much commuting and waiting time?
Bintan Canopi Resort in Indonesia is just 1-hour ferry ride away from Singapore and 5-minute car ride away from Bintan ferry terminal (Bandar Bentan Telani Ferry Terminal). Even travelling to and queueing at Michelin-star Hawker stalls take longer than that! (Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle at Crawford Lane and Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle in Chinatown. No we are not affiliated to them in any way)

 

Unable to get a few days' leaves or don't want to be away for too long? 
All this getaway takes is just a 2 days 1 night, any shorter you would just have to settle with Sentosa.

 

Planning for a getaway that doesn't burn a hole in your pocket?
Anything more affordable AND better than this would be your own bedroom.
 

Bored of the usual overseas hotels or resorts for your holiday?
This property offers unique accommodation that has recently popularized the word 'Glamping', Glamorous Camping
 

Fancy anything that's new and fresh?
This is the latest resort in Bintan. So it's as good as new, because it's NEW!

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Shortest Blog Review on Bintan Canopi 

If you come across a long-winded blog, stay away from it! Nobody with a proper job and a real life would have the time to read a long-winded blog word by word. We respect your time so we're not going to waste it by blowing your mind with bombastic vocabulary and stuffing you with 2000-word essay. As Jim Rohn aptly said "Time is more valuable than money, you can get more money but you cannot get more time!"


Since a picture is worth a thousand words, then these pictures would amount to tens of thousands of words! We'll let them do the talking!

Bintan Canopi reception
A simple yet effective reception counter attended by efficient receptionists. If you reach the resort much earlier prior to check-in time (2pm), you can leave your luggage in their storage room. That way you don't have to carry it on your shoulders while you do your wakeboarding or kayaking on the crystal lagoon.

 

Bintan Canopi Lobby 2
Lobby is spacious and filled with sofas. Big enough for you to play 'Catch' among yourselves.

 

Bintan Canopi lobby
View of the crystal lagoon from the lobby. No it's not Iphone 6S's fault for this disastrous image, it's the photographer's. It's me.

 

Bintan Canopi lobby lagoon view
Although it's man-made and unlike those you could see in Maldives, the turqoise blue water of the crystal lagoon is good enough for the peanuts that you need to pay.

 

Bintan Canopi lobby to room
The path from lobby towards the tents. 

 

Bintan Canopi restaurant
Unless you're planning to explore outside the resort, this would be your hangout point, lunch venue, romantic dinner restaurant, buffet breakfast joint and supper place.

 

Bintan Canopi lagoon side 1
As you can see, the proximity of the tents and crystal lagoon is only slightly further apart than that of your living room and your kitchen at home. 

 

Bintan Canopi Walkway
Just in case you want to know how smooth and even the walkway is in order to decide what footwear to bring.


 

Bintan Canopi lagoon side 2
You might have realized by now that the crystal lagoon is really huge. In fact, it's the largest in South East Asia and Top 10 in the world! (Don't quote me, it's the resort's claim ;p)

 

Bintan Canopi Jacuzzi Tent Suite
The jacuzzi is right outside your tent. What better way to show off your brand new bikini, six packs or…. one big pack!


 

Bintan Canopi View from Tent
View from right outside our Jacuzzi tent suite. The Jacuzzi tent suite is positioned one row behind the Lagoon Tent Suites. In terms of proximity to the crystal lagoon and view of the lagoon from the tent's door, this is their ranking: 1. Lagoon Tent (best view), 2. Jacuzzi Tent (some view), 3. Safari Tent (no view). In terms of their price, ranking them from highest to lowest: 1. Jacuzzi Tent, 2. Lagoon Tent, 3. Safari Tent.   


 

Bintan Canopi Tent Suite Interior
View of the room the moment you step into the tent suite.


 

Bintan canopi jacuzzi suite 1
Don't worry, the net was not installed to prevent mosquitoes from attacking you (there was none the last time we were there). The mosquito net is just there to make you feel 'Special'. You know you are, right….


 

BIntan Canopi jacuzzi suite 3
You can convert that sofa into a bed and sleep on it if you're sick of the usual "bed-sleeping" back home. But of course, you will still get an extra bed for the 3rd person. If there's a 4th person in your family/group, the 'lucky' one will get to sleep on this sofa.

 

Bintan Canopi Tent Cupboard
The cabinet is useful if you have a 2 or 3 year old kid who likes to play hide and seek. 


 

Bintan Canopi Tent Interior
For those who have an obession to know the feel and view of the room from every angle before passing a verdict.


 

Bintan Canopi Toilet 1
If you don't think there's anything special with an outdoor toilet, congratulations! You're the top 2% of the population who live in a big enough property with a deep enough pocket to build a unique enough toilet. For the rest of us, it is definitely a novel and rejuvenating experience at a very affordable value!


 

Bintan Canopi Toilet 2
That's how a rain shower should be! Any more natural than this then you'd have to shower in the open when it rains.


 

Bintan Canopi Canopi Toilet 3
Yes it crossed my mind too. But I figured that only someone as tall as Yao Ming standing on a stool / ladder could peek at us doing our business. 


 

Bintan Canopi Activities Centre 2
This is the Activity Centre where you could book your land and water sports activities. 


 

Bintan Canopi Activities Centre 1
This is also where they store and charge their electric scooters and ATVs. There might just be times where they have run out of vehicles for rent or that the vehicles are still being charged. Tough luck, try again at a later time!


 

Bintan Canopi Electric Scooter
The electric scooter was really fun. If you plan to use it to explore outside the resort, consider renting it for half a day at S$25 or fullday at S$35. I rented it twice to go round the perimeter of the crystal lagoon (S$8 x 2 = S$16). The crystal lagoon is really huge. At a leisurely space, it took me more than 15 minutes to go round it.


 

Bintan Canopi Electric ATV
The electric mini ATV is fun too, especially for kids! My son loved it! (S$6 per ride). It has a maximum load of 60kg actually. But if you have expert negotiation skills with a charming attitude, sometimes you could get away with certain things.


 

Bintan Canopi Model T Classic Car Ride
Most of us were not yet in existence when cars like this roamed the streets. If you're a car enthusiast or have lots of spare change (S$4), maybe you want to give it a try. 


 

Bintan Canopi Floating Watersport Park
Some of us did not really have a very happy childhood. So why not take this opportunity and be a kid for a moment?! It only costs S$9/ hour to mend that broken memories.


 

Bintan Canopi Floating Watersport Park 2
Then again, it's really not about you, is it? It's about your kids! Let them play!
Talking about watersports, avoid the Water Tricycle at all costs! Do not take it even if they were to give it to you for free. For each pedal that you make, your knee/thigh will hit the steer! Most painful and ridiculous 15-minute I've spent on the water in my life.
Saw quite a number of people do the wakeboarding and it looked quite fun! 

 

All in all,

  • If you have never been to bintan, try going for a short, quick and affordable getaway to this island where you can recharge and rejuvenate yourself. And what better way than to stay at the newest resort on the island?
     
  • If you have been to bintan and stayed in other resorts before, why not give this unique resort a try for a new experience?
     
  • If you have stayed in this resort before, why not try staying again at different tent category, with different people, doing the other land/water activities, eating different kinds of meals, taking different kinds of pictures & videos?


Cheers!

Note: Visit our Bintan specialist sister brand, BintanGetaway.com to buy the most comprehensive 2D1N Bintan Canopi package with boat ride, massage, and city tour with lunch

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Is Sieam Reap all about Angkor Wat?

Angkor Wat Siem Reap Cambodia

So you’ve heard of Siem Reap, Cambodia or maybe you’re on your way to book your holiday there.  There is no argument that the main attraction and must-visit place in Siem Reap is the famous Angkor Wat temple complex.  The majestic & historical Angkor Wat has brought tourists into the country for decades.  But if you think that Siem Reap is all about this temple, think again.  

 

Phare – The Cambodian Circus

Be prepared to be awed and entertained as you experience an exciting and emotional performing circus that is injected with Cambodian history and a culture.  Phare is an amazing performance that involves theatre, story, dance, music and circus arts.  
Phare consists of 8 shows, each with a  different theme.  Besides their mesmerizing performances, one thing that makes watching their shows worthwhile is their social mission.  Phare Ponleu Selpak is an NGO based out of Battambang, Cambodia that provides art education to youth from orphanages, the streets and struggling families.  All of the Phare performers come from the Phare Ponleu Selpak NGO which aims to train their youth so they can have a respectable career.  When you go to see one of the 8 Phare shows, remember that you are helping struggling Cambodian youth find an artistic outlet and possibly a sustainable career. Phare shows begin every night at 8:00 pm.  Prices start from US$18 for adults and US$10 for kids.

 

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1a. Phare Cambodian Circus
 

phare cambodia circus siem reap
1b. Phare Cambodian Circus

 

Phnom Kulen

The word phnom is a Khmer word that translates to mountain in English.  So Phnom Kulen or Kulen Mountain is the next on our list of awesome things to do in Siem Reap. 

Don’t worry as there are not too many steps leading up the mountain.  Take it easy and enjoy the beautiful scenery on the way up.  Don’t forget to buy a bottle of water from one of the many sellers at the base of the steps. 

Once you make it up the steps, you will be treated to an breathtaking view of amazing waterfalls.  If you want, you could take a refreshingly cool dive among the gorgeous waterfalls of Phnom Kulen.  There are two main waterfalls for you to enjoy while visiting Phnom Kulen.  The best time to visit would be during Cambodia’s wet/rainy season, but fear not as the water still falls during dry season.  

The famous River of 1000 Lingas at Phnom Kulen are carvings in honor of the Hindu god, Shiva.  Lingas are the phallic symbol of Shiva.  It was thought that the carving of 1000 lingas in the river bed would purify the river’s water, making it fertile for the surrounding rice crops.  These carvings date back to the 11th and 12th century!  

Phnom Kulen Mountain Seim Reap Cambodia
2a. Phnom Kulen, Kulen Mountain Siem Reap
 

Phnom Kulen Mountain Siem Reap Cambodia
2b. Phnom Kulen, Kulen Mountain Waterfall 


1000 lingas Kbal Spean Kulen Mountain
2c. 1000 lingas Kbal Spean Kulen Mountain

 

Floating Villages of Siem Reap

No visit to Siem Reap is complete without taking a close look at how some of the locals around the Tonle Sap Lake live……on the water! Check these out:

Kampong Phluk is the name of this village.  This village is just a short 30 KM away from Siem Reap.  Some of the houses are built over the water while some are comfortably located by the river that leads to a big lake called the Tonle Sap Lake.  It’s definitely a must to visit if you’re curious to experience authentic & unique local living culture. 
 

Floating Kampong Phluk Siem Reap Cambodia
3a. Kampong Phluk

 

Kampong Khleang is by far the largest of the few floating villages around the Tonle Sap lake in Siem Reap.  The houses don’t actually float, but rather are built on 10 metre high stilts.  During rainy season, the water from the lake will rise up to rest a few metres from the bottom of the house.
  

Floating Kampong Khleang Siem Reap Cambodia
3b. Kampong Khleang


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Shopping

From the boutique shops to the various outdoor markets, Siem Reap has massive amounts of shopping!  Women love the handmade crafts and jewelry in many of the boutique shops.  There is something for everyone among the downtown area.
 

Shopping Siem Reap Cambodia
4a. Siem Reap Shopping
 

If outdoor markets in the hot Cambodian heat aren’t your thing, have no fear as there are plenty of boutique shops guaranteed to have their A/C on.  Artisians D’ Angkor is a great shop to take a look at and feel good about spending some money at.  This business helps teach rural kids how to craft things with their hands, so your purchase helps support their mission. There are also actual crafts and items that are created by their trained artists.  How cool is that?  

Artisan DAngkor Siem Reap Cambodia
4b. Artisans D'Angkor
 

Alleyways and lanes that are lined with restaurants and boutique shops are plenty among the downtown area of Siem Reap with something for everyone’s tastes.  Don’t forget to take a peek down a few of the alleyways as you are walking along the downtown area

Pub street siem reap Cambodia
4c. Pub Street
 

Image Reference:

1a. https://thethoughtfultraveller.com/2015/01/08/cambodias-tragic-past-remembering-recovery/ 
1b. http://www.tourismcambodia.com/activities/cultural-explorations/phare-the-cambodian-circus.htm 
2a. https://www.flickr.com/photos/prof_richard/4125444373
2b. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phnom_Kulen_National_Park#/media/File:PhnomKulen.jpg
2c. http://angkorroad.com/blog/kbal-spean-sacred-angkor-river-of-a-thousand-lingas/
3a. http://travelgeektara.com/kompong-phluk-floating-village/
3b. http://www.kampongkhleang.com/
4a. http://www.pragueangkor.com/en/pages/about-shopping-siem-reap
4b. http://www.artisansdangkor.com/angkor-artisans-1-historical-background.php
4c. http://www.veggienextdoor.com/food-cambodian/

10 Places To Go On Your First Trip To Seoul, South Korea

OK, so after binge-watching that gripping Korean drama or spending hours listening to your favorite K-pop tunes, you finally decide it’s time to pack up and go to this exciting, wonderful place known as Seoul, South Korea. But where to start? Everything seems so overwhelming! Not to worry – you have just come across the ultimate beginner’s resource for the most amazing things to do while in Seoul.

 

1. Enjoy The Serene Atmosphere of The Gyoengbokgung Palace

Let’s get the most obvious thing out of the way first – there’s no visiting Seoul without going to the majestic Gyeongbokgung Palace. You will be fascinated with its awe-inspiring architecture and its peaceful, picturesque surroundings. Best time to visit the palace is during the change of the royal guards ceremony, a perfect opportunity to witness this age-old tradition from first-hand experience.

Gyeongbokgung Seoul, Korea
Gyeongbokgung Palace (1)

 

Gyeongbokgung Seoul South Korea 2
Gyeongbokgung Palace (2)

 

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2. Admire The View From The Top Of N Seoul Tower

Couples, this one is for you. Take your sweetheart to the top of the Namsan hill, where you can declare your eternal love for each other on a padlock, take the elevator all the way to the top of the tower and take silly pictures or share a tasty dessert at the observatory café while looking into each other’s eyes lovingly.

View from N Seoul Tower, South Korea
View from top of N Seoul Tower

 

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Namsan, Seoul
 

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3. Pet Cats, Dogs, Raccoons (Yes, You Read That Right!) And More In Animal Cafés

In case you like your coffee with a side of fluffy animal cuddles, then Korea is definitely the purrfect place for you. Cat cafés are already well-known and have become quite popular, but these days you can even sip lattes while hanging out with dogs, raccoons… and even sheep! 

Cat Cafe Seoul
3a. Cat Cafe
 

Sheep Cafe Seoul
3b. Sheep Cafe

 

4. Explore Korea’s Unique History In The National Museum

As the largest museum in the country, this impressively vast institution will be ideal for those who would like to spend a couple of hours navigating through Korea’s long and fascinating cultural history, all the way from the ancient times to modern day.

 

Seoul South Korea National Museum
4a. National Museum, Seoul, South Korea
 

Seoul National Museum South Korea
4b. National Museum, Seoul, South Korea


 

5. Sip Tea In One Of The Glorious Buddhist Temples

It might sound strange, but it is possible to find your inner Zen even in the noisy, bustling streets of Seoul – just visit one of the gorgeous Buddhist temples, where you will find various insightful programs for tourists, including tea ceremony, mandala-crafting, an opportunity to have a glimpse into the everyday lives of monks and many others.

Jogyesa Temple Seoul South Korea
5a. Jogyesa Temple
 

Smiling Statue Jogyesa Temple Seoul South Korea
5b. Jogyesa Temple

 

6. Learn About The Korean War In The DMZ

OK, so maybe meditation and thinking about your own transience isn’t your cup of (green) tea and you are looking for an edgier adventure. Not to worry, because you can always hop on a bus for a short one-hour ride to the DMZ, where you will be able to safely step into North Korea for a truly surreal and memorable experience. Just remember to keep a straight face!

DMZ Demilitarized Zone Seoul South Korea
6a. DMZ Demilitarized Zone 
 

DMZ Demilitarized Zone Seoul South Korea (2)
DMZ Demilitarized Zone Chop


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7. Roam The Exciting Streets Of The Hongdae Area

After a long day of sight-seeing, you’ll probably want to take the edge off – and what better way to do that than getting lost in the busy streets of Hongdae, Seoul’s artsiest neighborhood. Perfect for shopping on a budget, drinking soju (Korean rice liquor) in lively bars and seeing fun street performances, Hongdae will be sure to impress all the young, bohemian types out there.

Hongdae Night Seoul South Korea
7a. Hongdae at night
 

Hongdae in the day Seoul South Korea
7b. Hongdae in the day

 

8. Nanta Show

Tired of just walking, shopping and exploring? Sometimes all we want is to just take a seat, relax and be entertained. Look no further and go for the Nanta Show! It’s a world-renowned comedy (no-dialouge) performance using a combination of music, dance & acting. The premise is a kitchen where the performers are all chefs rushing to whip up a meal. Definitely a show for visitors of all ages, cultures and background!

Nanta Show Seoul South Korea
8a. Nanta Show
 

nanta show seoul south korea
8b. Nanta Show


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9. Noryangjin Fish Market

Don’t be fooled by the ‘Fish Market’ name. Besides fish, there are more sea creatures for sale over here than you can ever imagine! Pick your choice, bargain your price, have them cooked and savor them all, right there in the market!

Noryangjin Market, Seoul Korea
9a. Noryangjin Fish Market

 

Noryangjin Market, Alaska King Crabs, Seoul Korea
9b. Noryangjin Fish Market

 

10. Finish Your Trip In (Gangnam) Style

Thanks to Psy’s massively popular 2012 K-pop hit, there probably isn’t a person in the world left who hasn’t heard of Seoul’s famous high-end, buzzing neighborhood of Gangnam. And for a good reason, too – this area is packed with fabulous shops, lush cafés and upmarket bars that will make you never want to leave.

gangnam seoul South Korea
10a. Gangnam

 

Gangnam Seoul South Korea
10b. Gangnam

 

Image References Courtesy of:

3a – http://www.world-walk-about.com/northern-asia/a-purrfect-day-visiting-cat-cafe-seoul/

3b – https://foodiepink.com/2014/05/28/thanks-nature-cafe-sheep-cafe-hongdae-seoul/

4a, b – http://whatsnewkorea.blogspot.sg/2015/01/places-i-want-to-visit-national-museum.html

5a, b – http://www.theseoulguide.com/sights/temples/jogyesa-temple/

6a – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Panmunjeom_DMZ.png

7a – https://socoolkorea.com/2015/03/31/night-out-in-neverland-hongdae/

7b – https://hwaintheworld.wordpress.com/2012/08/01/hongdae-free-market/

8a – https://lifearmywifestyle.com/2013/06/17/cookin-nanta-review-myeongdong-south-korea/

8b – https://faraazandaneesa.wordpress.com/2012/09/18/fabulous-and-funny-nanta/

10a – http://www.peninsularity.com/2013/05/ladies-and-mother-father-gentlemen-its-gangnam-style/

10b – https://iambillal.wordpress.com/2012/12/26/what-is-gangnam-style-actually-about/

9 Reasons Why Visiting Sri Lanka Will Change Your Life

Are you aching for a sort of journey that will open your eyes to sights like you have never seen before? An once-in-a-lifetime experience that will change you, inspire you and securely lodge itself in your mind forever? Then Sri Lanka is just the right place for you. With its rich history, otherworldly scenery and one-of-a-kind wildlife, this magical island will stun even those who think they had seen it all.

 

1. The Sigiriya Fortress Is Probably The Most Exquisite Rock in the World

Built in the 5th century by the ambitious King Kashyapa, Sigiriya (or the Lion Rock) is one of the most famous historical sites in Sri Lanka. Greeting you with two huge lion paws at its entrance, the remains of the king’s palace are located on top of the citadel. In case you are feeling particularly adventurous, you can take the steep, narrow staircase all the way to the top to explore the beautiful gardens and look at the fascinating frescoes.

Sigiriya Lion Rock Fortress in Sri Lanka
1a. Lion paws at the entrance to Sigiriya

 

Sigiriya Rock Fortress Sri Lanka
1a – Sigiriya Fortress seen from the air
 

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2. The Baby Elephants From the Pinnawala Orphanage Will Melt Your Heart

Because, let’s face it – who doesn’t love baby elephants? At the Pinnawala Orphanage, you will get a chance to meet elephants face to face and even feed the little ones all by yourself. For a truly fun and memorable experience, make sure to visit the orphanage during bathing time, where all the elephants are taken to the nearby river for some quality splashing playtime.

Pinnawela Elephants Orphanage Sri Lanka
Elephants in Pinnawala Orphanage 

 

Pinnawela elephant orphanage Sri Lanka (2)
Elephants in Pinnawala Orphanage (2)

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3. Shopping Experience In Colombo Is Off The Charts

Whether you’re eyeing Sri Lankan traditional treasures like precious jewelry, high-quality porcelain, beautiful hand-woven cloths, or perhaps bargain-priced high fashion Western brands, Colombo will be an ideal spot for the ultimate shopping spree. Bonus points if you have good haggling skills!  

paradise road Colombo Sri Lanka
3a. Paradise Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka

 

odel departmet store colombo sri lanka
3b. Odel Department Store, Colombo, Sri Lanka

 

4. Sri Lankan Beaches Are Out Of This World

There is a good reason why beautiful sandy beaches of the teardrop-shaped island have been all the rage in recent years. Not only do they stretch for miles and miles, they are also remarkably pristine and oftentimes nearly deserted – allowing you to bask in these heavenly surroundings all by yourself. If you’re more of an active type, there is a variety of water sports available to international visitors, including snorkeling and scuba diving.

nilaveli beach Sri Lanka
4a. Nilaveli Beach

 

Koggala-Beach-Southern-Sri-Lanka
4b. Koggala Beach

 

5. The Local Food Will Make Your Palate Go Wild

Much like the cultural makeup of its people, Sri Lankan cuisine is also incredibly diverse. The vibrant and colorful meals, which usually consist of rice and some type of delicious vegetable, meat or seafood curry will especially entice those who like a bit of a kick to their food. Also, you can’t miss out on King coconuts or the tasty curd and treacle, a staple dessert of Sri Lankan cuisine.

Sri Lanka food
5a. Sri Lankan Meal

 

sri lanka buffet
5b. Sri Lankan Buffet

 

6. Ayurveda Will Cleanse Your Mind, Body and Soul

Don’t worry – not everything in Sri Lanka is steep rocks and wild animals. Once you feel like you need to take a break from your exciting adventures, you can take shelter in one of Sri Lanka’s numerous spas for much needed pampering time. You can recharge your batteries with a nourishing Ayurvedic program in form of massage, hydrotherapy or various beauty treatments. You will feel rejuvenated in no time! 

Ayurveda
6a. Ayurveda
 

ayurveda herbs
6b. Assorted herbs used in Ayurvedic treatments

 

7. The Rolling Tea Plantations Will Be An Ideal Place For Hiking

Most people have heard about Sri Lanka’s famous Ceylon tea, right? Well, now you will have an opportunity to walk in these lush tea plantations that stretch like a blanket over thousands of square kilometers of Sri Lankan soil. You can also see how Ceylon tea is made and even go for tea tasting. If you can muster up the strength, take the trail all the way to Adam’s Peak for a truly astonishing view of these gorgeous green tea valleys.

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7a – Tea plantation in the Valley of Adam’s Peak
 

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7b. Adam's Peak

 

8. The Dambulla Cave Temple Will Leave You Breathless

Tourists and pilgrims alike who are looking to experience something truly fascinating can step into the magnificent world of the Dambulla Cave Temple. This sacred pilgrimage site consist of five caves found under a large overhanging rock. Once you enter the dim-lighted interior of the temple complex, you will be able to admire the vivid mural paintings and an array of statues depicting Lord Buddha, as well as other gods and goddesses. 

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8a. Dambulla Cave (interior)

 

Dambulla-Cave-Temple-Entrance
8b. Dambulla Cave (exterior)
 

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9. You Will Meet The Kindest And Friendliest People

Many visitors have attested to Sri Lanka’s incredible hospitality – so you can rest assured that you will be met with smiles and warm welcome wherever you go. And besides making indelible memories, perhaps this island is the place where you will also make friendships for life.

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9a. 

 

srilanka dance
9b.

 

Image References Courtesy of:

1b – http://blog.asianinny.com/events-in-nyc/visiting-sigiriya-sri-lanka/

3a – http://www.defence.lk/new.asp?fname=20111202_07 

3b – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q87U87z_Jfs

4a – http://marvelloussrilankalk.blogspot.sg/2014/08/nilaveli-beach-in-sri-lanka.html

4b – http://www.tusitainternational.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/

5a – https://www.lanka.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/foods-in-sri-lanka.jpg  

5b – https://anniebeebuzz.com/tag/buffet/

6a – http://www.ayurvedaacharya.com/treatment/

6b – http://www.ceylontouradvisor.com/

7a – http://www.winstanttea.com/the-valley-of-adam/

7b – http://drinkingtraveller.com/surmounting-adams-peak-sri-pada-sri-lanka/

8b – http://www.thehistoryhub.com/dambulla-cave-temple-facts-pictures.htm

9a – http://www.ft.lk/article/26473/Sri-Lanka-Tourism-celebrates-%E2%80%98People-and-Culture%E2%80%99-in-April

9b – http://mkrf.ru/press-center/news/events/city-moscow/prazdnik-den-indii

7 unique attractions that make Singapore one of the world’s most charming destinations

 

Sometimes avoided on the traveller trail around South East Asia, Singapore is thought of as a destination too costly, commercialized and common. In reality, nothing could be further from the case. Singapore actually overwhelms in terms of the quality of simple & basic places that most people overlook back home. Let’s take a look at some of the best experiences that these modest places offer:
 

1. The Hawker Centres

Despite its higher costs of living compared to its neighbouring countries, you can get a delicious & affordable meal as easily here as anywhere else in the region. With its variety of Chinese, Malay, Indian & western influences, Singapore cuisine is considered of the best in the world. Head to a local Hawker Centre (Food Centre) if you want to get an authentic meal at a reasonable price: Chinatown Complex, Old Airport Road, Maxwell Road Hawker Centre, Lau Pa Sat (Raffles Place), Chomp Chomp (Serangoon Garden).

These Hawker centres usually comprise of stalls that have been around for decades and passed down through generations. Hawker Centres are where locals and tourists alike come together to satisfy their hunger and cravings.

Selecting different kinds of food and having them right there at the Centre is an unforgettable experience you will cherish for a long time; the smells, the sights, and the sounds. Most importantly, with distinctive taste local food dancing freely in your mouth, you will find it hard to stop. Top local picks are: Laksa, Bak Kut Teh (Pork Ribs Soup), Fried Carrot Cake, Crabs, Curry Fish Head, Bak Chor Mee (Minced Meat Noodle), Hokkien Prawn Mee (Noodle), Satay (barbequed meat). While many locals think that they are just a places to go for food, countless tourists visit them like a destination or attraction in itself.

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1a. Laksa

 

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1b. Lau Pa Sat (Raffles Place Food Centre)

 

2. The Gardens

You would be forgiven for thinking that Singapore is merely a sprawling urban jungle. There are actually more green spaces in this tiny city-state than you can ever imagine. However, if you want to go to the greatest and ‘greenest’ of Singaporean’s natural space, then take a trip to the Botanical Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

If you want something natural but at the same time a little more modern and comfortable, drop by one of the hottest attractions in town, Gardens by the Bay. Not only it offers and amazing view of the Singapore Marina, you will also get to explore over 100 hectares of indigenous flora from all over the world. Here you will find flower domes, manicured gardens, forests, and even sections of tropical jungle!

For the most convenient way to purchase Gardens by the Bay ticket deal, you can get from Lokopoko here

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2a. Singapore Botanical Garden

 

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2b. Gardens by the Bay

 

3. The Theme Parks

Singapore may be small but did you know that it is also home to the first Universal Studios in South East Asia? This most visited tourist attraction in Singapore is perfect for all tourists as it has rides and attractions suitable to all ages.

Located strategically on the famed Sentosa Island, you can also combine a trip to Universal Studios Singapore with a visit to the adjacent S.E.A Aquarium & Maritime Experimental Museum. There are more than 100,000 marine animals of over 800 species that you can feast your eyes on.

For the most convenient way to purchase cheapest Universal Studios Singapore E-tickets, you can get from Lokopoko here

Universal Studios Singapore
Universal Studios Singapore

 

4. The Kampong

If you want to get off the beaten track and take the road less travelled, then head to Kampong Buangkok, a small village located in Buangkok, Hougang. The village is the last one of its kind in Singapore. Back in the day, Singapore was made up almost exclusively of quaint fishing villages and settlements like this. Nowadays Kampong Buangkok offers a glimpse of a slower pace of life rather than the hustle & bustle of modern Singapore. This is truly a hidden gem in metropolitan Singapore.

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Kampong Buangkok

 

5. The River

Many visitors to Singapore wander along the banks of the Singapore River on their way to the city attractions. Take note not to miss the opportunity to use the waterway and explore the city from a different vantage point. Join a boat tour and cruise past iconic colonial buildings & architecture such as the Fullerton Hotel & Cavenagh Bridge, the Esplanade & the world-renowned Merlion. You will also view modern landmarks like Marina Bay Sands, and quaint gems like Clarke Quay, Boat Quay & Parliament House.

Singapore River
Singapore River

 

6. The Street Markets

One of Singapore’s uniqueness is the diversity that this city offers. You can spend a morning to explore Little India for its Indian food & products. In the afternoon, move on to Bugis Street Market, a famous street market that sells souvenirs, accessories, clothes, and just about everything else under the sun. If you still have some leg muscles allow, visit the famed Arab Street to check out its textiles and genuine Muslim food.

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6a. Little India

 

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6b. Bugis Street

 

7. The Historic Sites

Despite its short history, Singapore is full of historical relics, like the mighty Raffles Hotel or Fort Canning. You might even want to do something that is firmly off the tourist trail such as the Marsiling WWII Tunnel & Naval Base.

This underground bunker was built during the Second World War by British soldiers stationed in Singapore, and is a mesmerising piece of history that has remained intact over the years. A trip to the tunnel will require a short hike through jungle terrain. You will most likely spot the bunker due to the rope hanging in front that allows you to lower yourself down. Once inside, you can follow the natural path of the tunnel and explore to your heart’s content. 

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Marsiling WWII Tunnel & Naval Base

 

 

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Image References:

1a. http://www.soshiok.com/restaurant/328-katong-laksa

1b. https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Restaurant_Review-g294265-d5791814-Reviews-Lau_Pa_Sat-Singapore.html

2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singapore_Botanic_Gardens

4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kampong_Lorong_Buangkok

5. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2d/Singapore_River_where_it_all_begins.jpg

6a. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_India,_Singapore

6b. http://sekolahsg.com/3-tempat-belanja-baju-trendy-dan-murah-di-singapura/

7. http://sunriseodyssey.com/6-lost-gems-of-singapore-that-you-must-visit-before-theyre-gone 

Top 3 Must Try Balinese Cuisine

1. Sate Bali Bawah Pohon (Literal translation: Satay Bali under the tree)
Location: Jl. Patih Jelantik No. 57, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
 
When you're in Bali, do drop by the big "tree" along Jalan Patih Jelantik and check out this world-renowed Bali Pork Satay. This road side stall would have one person grilling the satay at a time despite the non-stop flow of local and international tourists coming to eat. A standard plate of 10 sticks of satay costs 25,000 IDR (~S$2.50), incredibly affordable considering the quality of the satay. It definitely tastes uniquely different from the usual satay, and also served without the usual sweet soya sauce / peanut sauce. A must try for satay and pork lovers!

2. Bebek Tepi Sawah (Literal translation: Duck by the side of the Field)
Location: Jl. Raya Tuban, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
 
Bebek Tepi Sawah is a balinese specialty deep fried duck served with Balinese vegetable. If you are a meat / chicken / duck "lover", this has to be in your top 3 must-eat bali food. Although the price of this dish a tad high, it is still worth the try. Cooked and served in local balinese style, the duck is crispy on the outside and yet not oily. The meat is tender and emanates an aromatic taste once it hits the tongue. Bebek Tepi Sawah Crispy or Grilled Duck 115,000 IDR (~ S$11.50). 
 
 
 
3. Babi Guling Bu Oka (Literal translation: Ms Oka's Roasted Suckling Pig)
Location: Jl. Suweta, Ubud (+62 0361 2077 490)
Location: Jl. Raya Teges, Peliatan, Ubud (+62 082 897 005 063)
Location: Jl. Tegal Sari, Ubud (+62 0361 976 345)
 
Babi Guling is a traditional balinese food consisting of roasted pork meat, fried pork skin and some vegetables on the side. It will also come with a bowl of vegetable soup. Although it's located quite a distance from the main town of Kuta / Legian, many have made the trip to one of these Ubud outlets to taste the legendary roasted pork meat. Although there are countless restaurants all over Bali selling roasted pork meat, many would attest to Bu Oka's superiority. Wherever you stay in Bali, if you are a foodie and have half a day to spare in Bali, do make the effort to give this a try. You won't regret it!
 

10 Reasons Why Maldives Is The World’s Top Romantic Destination

The Maldives may be physically sinking due to high surface erosion and rising sea levels, but the archipelagic state has retained its charm to new starry-eyed couples, soon-to-be engaged couples, honeymooners, guests celebrating wedding anniversary, well… basically all lovers.

Here are ten reasons why Maldives is the ultimate romantic getaway:

1 – The beaches

The powdered-coral shores are all as pristine and picture-perfect as couples bask in pure, natural love. They are amazingly white.

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Constance Moofushi – For 4D3N Package details, click here
 

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Velassaru
 

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Banyan Tree 


2 – A night sky encrusted with diamonds

Where better to present the sparkling rock – and pop the question – than under the clear Maldivian sky with twinkling stars? 

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Velassaru Beach Dining


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Coco Bodu Hithi

 

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The Residence In-Villa Private Dining


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Taj Exotica
 

3 – The over-water villas

The crowning glory of a romantic holiday is a private hut-on-stilts that's literally a few feet above the sea. It simply cannot get any more isolated and closer to nature than this. You’ll feel it’s your piece of heaven on earth.

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Velassaru Water Bungalow – For 4D3N package details, click here
 

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Centara Ras Fushi Deluxe Spa Water Villa – For Advance Purchase special, click here
 

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Kuramathi Water Villa – For Stay 4N Pay 3N package, click here


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Anantara Veli Water Villas – For Stay 4N Pay 3N offer, click here
 

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Taj Exotica One Bedroom Ocean Suite

 

4 – The People

The natives and expats have melded so beautifully that their cheery disposition can be generally infectious. They will leave you in your own world and appear at your doorstep just when you need them. 

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Huvafen Fushi
 

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Huvafen Fushi – For Seasonal Offer package, click here
 

5 – The tranquil turquoise waters

Every relationship is unique, just as the turquoise waters in Maldives. Long-lasting love flows where there's peace and quiet. Couples committed to each other know this.

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Six Senses Laamu
 

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Gili Lankanfushi
 

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Baros Water Villas – For Advance Purchase offer, click here
 

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Centara Grand – For 4D3N Package Special, click here
 

6 – Exquisite Interior

Most of the island-resorts in Maldives spare no expense at providing guests with the best in-room experience, right from the bathroom window down to the bed-side table and of course, the bed.
 

Maldives Huvafen fushi Beach Bungalow blog
Huvafen Fushi Deluxe Beach Bungalow – For Stay 4N Pay 3N offer, click here
 

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Baros Water Villa – For Stay 4N Pay 3N offer, click here
 

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Centara Ras Fushi Deluxe Spa Water Villa – For 4D3N Package, click here


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Centara Grand Sunset Water Villa – For 4D3N Advance Purchase special, click here

 

7 – Supreme Indulgence

What can you not love about the extreme pampering given by each resort’s spa centre? They are all set in the most peaceful surrounding with unique first-class treatment. You know you deserve it.

Centara Grand Spa
Centara Grand Spa


Banyan Tree Spa
Banyan Tree Spa
 

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GIli Lankanfushi Meera Spa


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Coco Bodu Hithi
 

8- The breath-taking views

The islands never run out of spectacular views, day in day out.
 

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Niyama Aerial View – For 4D3N Seasonal offer, click here
 

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Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Aerial View
 

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Six Senses Laamu
 

9 – Even if it's not for the water

Let’s face it, not everyone loves the water. Not a problem! You need not stay in an overwater villa. Every island-resort almost certainly offers equally exquisite beach-front villas.

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Velassaru Beach Pool Villa – For 5D4N seasonal offer, click here
 

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LUX* Beach Villa – For Stay 4N Pay 3N offer, click here
 

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Constance Moofushi Beach Villa – For 4D3N Advance Purchase special, click here
 

Maldives Niyama_One_Bedroom_Beach_Pool_Suite_Exterior blog
Niyama One-bedroom Beach Pool Suite – For Stay 4N Pay 3N Offer, click here

 

10- Unforgettable Sunbursts

Between the break of dawn and the last moments of twilight, Maldivian skies go wild with colour. Even the least romantic of tourists get stirred.

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Conrad
 

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Velassaru Sunset Cruise

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One last attempt to convince you that this place is REALLy romantic…..

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LUX* Wedding – For honeymoon or anniversary couples, click here

 

References:

*All Images are courtesy of each mentioned resorts

Batam – Top 5 Hotels in Nagoya Hill & Top 5 Hotels in Baloi

Top 5 City Hotels in Nagoya Hill

The Nagoya Hill area is Batam's main shopping and leisure centre. It is just like what Orchard Road is to Singapore, Bukit Bintang is to Kuala Lumpur or Ortigas Center is to Manila. Naturally, most people who come to batam would definitely drop by this area for various reasons: shopping, eating, relaxing (massage) or just to sightsee. As there are quite a number of hotels in this area, we have come up with a list of those that are superior in terms of facilities, service, overall quality & most importantly customers' feedback. They are also closest (within walking distance) to the main central area.

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Batam Nagoya Hill
 

#1- Nagoya Hill Hotel (4*) [NEW]

One of the newest city hotels in Batam and most popular right now, the Nagoya Hill Hotel did not gain fame from its imposing structure and contemporary furnishings alone. It's building a stellar reputation by focusing on excellent staff service, complemented by state-of-the-art systems. Amenities include a fitness centre, sauna, and pool. This 4-star hotel is lieterally 1 minute's leisurely walk away from Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall.

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Superior Room (Double)
 

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Superior Room (Twin)

Check out our 2D1N Batam Nagoya Hill Package

 

#2- Nagoya Mansion Hotel and Residence (4*)

The Nagoya Mansion Hotel and Residence offer leisure and business travellers a delicious fusion of warm ambiance and cool atmosphere, what with its welcoming staff, comfortable accommodations, and a plethora of surprises. After a long day of touring the island or going around Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall, guests can unwind at La Bamba Restaurant, La Brisa Juice Bar and Foodpark, or Parlente Bar. This hotel is just 5-10 minutes' walk away from Nagoya Hill.

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Deluxe Room
 

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Executive Deluxe Room

Check out our 2D1N Batam Nagoya Mansion Package

 

#3- Da Vienna Boutique Hotel (3*) [NEW]

The extremely new 3-star Da Vienna Boutique Hotel is home to the much-talked about lobby that features helix columns and a geometric ceiling, and rooms that are a cut above the rest in Batam. The concept hotel is also home to scrumptious dishes, served at either Ken-Yang Japanese Fusion Restaurant or Le Lion d'Or Fine Dine Restaurant. Guests seeking to unwind can catch ultra-talented live bands and fascinating mixologists at Barletta Lounge and Bar. For those who are very particular about a hotel's star rating, do not be fooled by the 3* rating as this is essentially a boutique accommodation. You will be pleasantly surprised by the high room and service standards offered by this newest city hotel.

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Grand Deluxe Room
 

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Hotel Lobby

Check out our 2D1N Batam Da Vienna Package

 

#4- Harmoni Hotel [Nagoya] (4*)

This 4-star hotel is known for its elegant rooms and guest pampering. It's the go-to place for hot tub and sauna, a well-appointed fitness centre, and a shimmering outdoor pool. After the sunset, guests troop to either of its two bars for refreshing drinks and a night of music. Harmoni Hotel is one of three luxurious getaways by the Harmoni Group, and should not be confused with its sister-hotels in Batam, Harmoni One and Harmoni Suites.

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Deluxe Room 
 

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Hotel Pool

Check out our 2D1N Batam Harmoni Nagoya Package

 

#5- Harmoni Suites Hotel (4*)

Whilst nestled at the centre of Batam action, Harmoni Suites provides a soothing break from the hustle and bustle of the city. The apartment-style hotel is popular amongst travellers not only for its charming buidling design and superb interiors, but also for the clean, modern lodgings that come with a kitchenette each. Other unforgettable features include the quiet indoor pool, Mick's Pub that features live bands, and – best of all – Café de Rosa for diners who want to enjoy international cuisine 24/7. This beauty is a 5-10 minutes walk away from Nagoya Hill.
 

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Studio Room
 

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Pool

Check out our 2D1N Batam Harmoni Suites Package

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Top 5 City Hotels in Baloi Area

Baloi is the 2nd biggest business and shopping district in Batam, after Nagoya. There is the famed BCS (Batam City Square) Mall, supermarkets, restaurants, Factory Outlets (Polo Ralph, Nautica, Tommy Hilfiger, etc.) and retail shop-houses offering various products (souvenirs, etc.) & services (massage, etc.). Besides Nagoya, this would be the next best area to stay in Batam city centre if you're looking for activities and convenience. 

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Batam City Square (BCS) Mall
 

#1- I Hotel Baloi (4*) [New]

Opened in April 2015, the 4-star I Hotel Baloi features 215 plush rooms (with a rain shower in the bath, yes!) that welcome you after a long day round town. It has a host of amenities, including the Theraz Spa and a pool overlooking the city. The hotel is a stone's throw away from Batam City Square (BCS) Mall, which has a huge supermarket and a cinema, and is a 15-minute drive into the Nagoya administrative district where the famed Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall and Superblock – Batam's largest shopping paradise – is situated.

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Lobby


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Exterior

Check out our 2D1N Batam I Hotel Baloi Package

 

#2- BCC Hotel & Residence (4*)

The 4-star BCC Hotel & Residence has a commanding view of the urban sprawl that's happening across Batam Island. Its well-appointed accommodations come in all sizes (including the three-bedroom apartment that can house seven people!). Its long list of amenities boast a sauna and a hot spring bath, plus a pool with a bar. Nestled within the vicinity of Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall and other popular attractions, the hotel is at the centre of action, and its Helipad Terrace Lounge has quickly become an attraction in itself.

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Deluxe
 

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Executive Deluxe

Check out our 2D1N Batam BCC Hotel Package

 

#3- Swiss-Inn Batam (3*)

Operated by the internationally acclaimed Swiss-Belhotel group, Swiss-Inn Batam makes for a reliable place to call home in the island. Its spartan accommodations speak of convenience, comfort, and affordability, and its location is the best for guests who want to sample Batam's deliciously eclectic culture.

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Superior


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Deluxe

Check out our 2D1N Batam Swiss Inn Hotel Package

 

#4- Gideon Hotel (4*)

This 3-star hotel prides itself in minimalist, smartly decorated accommodations that evoke a hassle-free and enjoyable stay in Batam Island. After a trip to nearby shopping centres, Gideon Hotel becomes the place for ultimate relaxation, what with its sauna, steam room, massage room. Then there's the lounge for a cool nightcap and great entertainment before a good night's sleep.

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Superior
 

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Deluxe

Check out our 2D1N Batam Gideon Hotel Package

 

#5- 89 Hotel (3*)

People are dead wrong if they think that 3-star hotel rooms are too tiny to let them brush their teeth sideways. The 89 Hotel offers the luxury of space and comfort at ridiculously low rates. Its indulgences include a Jacuzzi and a well-equipped fitness centre, plus L'Amour Restaurant that's popular for its à la carte dishes available all day long and scrumptious buffet breakfasts. Guests become so drawn to this hotel that many of them actually forget to explore the shopping and dining haven just outside the door.

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Superior
 

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Deluxe

Check out our 2D1N Batam 89 Hotel Package

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Top 5 Batam Myths & Top 5 Reasons ‘Gen-Y’ Loves Batam

Top 5 Myths About Batam Island

Tourism in Batam Island, Indonesia is fast gaining ground. With more than a million foreign visitors coming here every year, it's quickly becoming an Indonesian destination of choice next to Bali. But for all its interesting features, Batam labours under certain misconceptions that people carelessly make.

Here are five of the most notorious myths about Batam Island that need to be busted:
 

Myth #1- Batam is very far from Singapore!

Duh! You don't need to commandeer a British or Japanese naval ship, and circumnavigate the globe via the Strait of Singapore, just to get here from the Garden City. Batam's four (not just one or two) ports are less than an hour's ferry ride away from Singapore, and there are close to a hundred arrivals and departures from dawn till well into the night.

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Batam Ferry
photo credit: flickr.com/photos/digitaljourney
 

Myth #2- Batam is more suited for the elderly

Too bad, Millennials and members of Generation Z can't come because the island is a boring place that will satisfy only the Gen Xers, Baby Boomers, and the Lucky Few. But that's just according to those who haven't been here! Truth is, people from all age groups get to have fun indoors, outdoors, offshore, and above ground. With a multitude of packaged adventures, young people can bar-hop, bike across the Barelang, wakeboarding, or fly along ziplines.

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Barelang Bridge
photo credit: flickr.com/photos/toffeespin

 

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photo credit: galleryhip.com

 

Myth #3- Going to Batam costs an arm and a leg

When tourism booms, competition tightens and businesses keep prices at extremely affordable rates to stay at the top of their game. So whether it's a day tour or a packaged holiday, going to Batam won't make a dent in the wallet – let alone dismember tourists' limbs! Even travel insurance costs less than S$8 per person, which is cheaper than serving of Caffè Latte Venti at a Starbucks in Singapore. With our 1-day tour at S$18 per person (click for details), 2D1N 3-stars Hotels + Ferry Package from S$36 per person (click for list) and 2D1N 4-stars Hotels + Ferry Package from S$38 per person (click for list), they are cheaper than spending a weekend out in Singapore!

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Nagoya Hill Hotel (4*) [NEW] — check out our Nagoya Hill Batam Hotel + Ferry Package
 

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Batam Turi Beach Resort (4*) — check out our Turi Beach Batam Resort + Ferry Package


Myth #4- Going to Batam once is enough

This mentality applies to those who think that having fun is a single event in human life. But the better-knowing people, especially those from nearby Singapore, repeatedly sail here for myriad purposes that can't be fulfilled in just one trip: great shopping, sumptuous Indonesian dishes and international cuisine, a thoroughly soothing massage, exhilirating outdoor activities, a fun-filled nightlife or a great round of golf, ALL at a much more affordable prices than in Singapore.

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Photo credit: thespasecret

 

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Batam Golf Palm Springs


Myth #5- All hotels in Batam are second-rate

People who think that accommodations here are half- to 1-star at most, must be the king and queen of backwards. Either they should take a time machine and return to the past, or they should board a Batam-bound ferry from Harbourfront Centre and get a life!

I Baloi roomI Hotel Baloi (4*) [NEW] — check out our I Hotel Baloi Batam Hotel + Ferry Package
 

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Harris Resort Waterfront (4*) — check out our Harris Waterfront Batam Resort Package

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Top 5 Reasons Why 'Generation Y' Loves Going to Batam

Batam Island isn't just for Generation Xers and Baby Boomers. So say Millennials – members of the fun-loving Generation Y (born between1980s to early 2000s) – and even Generation Z, who have been here, and who just want to keep coming back.

Here are reasons why the place draws the younger crowd:
 

#1- Batam has a gazillion and one backgrounds for selfies

It's an island, with unobstructed views of the sunburst, sunset, and star-studded night skies. Millennials are always spotted with their selfie sticks saying cheese by the sea, on the hills, or against man-made structures – and posing for their life's best shot ever!

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Sunset View
photo credit: flickr.com/photos/128948345@N06
 

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Evening View
photo credit: flickr.com/photos/ozarth
 

#2- Batam has a million and one adventures and experiences

Hip cafés are aplenty here, true, especially that Nagoya Hill exists to please diners, shoppers, and everyone in between. But these aren't all that Batam Island can give. There are Flying Fox lines, paintball battlegrounds, and go-karting circuits. If these aren't extreme enough, there are resorts that offer water-bound activities like kneeboarding, wakeboarding, jet skiing, and water-skiing. 
 

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Golden City Go-Kart
photo credit: flickr.com/photos/digitaljourney

 

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Flying Fox
photo credit: larinasdiary.blogspot.sg

 

#3- Batam has a wide array of shopping finds

Those who don't know Batam think that it's littered with wild horses in the jungles and alligators in the marshes. Here's the skinny: Those animals are indeed almost everywhere on the island. Horses and alligators serve as icons of many low-priced finds, particularly Polo by Ralph Lauren and Lacoste. Batam is a free-trade zone, so nobody is surprised that branded items abound. 

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Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall, Nagoya
 

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Batam City Square (BCS) Mall, Baloi
 

#4- The evenings here are enchanting and electric

Boomtown Batam Island has a nightlife, and well-travelled Millennials know that it's comparable to that of nearby Singapore and CHEAPER! There's an almost-endless selection of cafes, pubs, KTVs, hotel bars, whatnot. For quiet evenings, perhaps, you'd just like a simple A&W meal?

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Family Karaoke Inul Vista
 

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A&W
photo credit: nathanondrugs.files.wordpress.com

 

#5- Wi-Fi & Internet connection are practically everywhere

The restaurants have it, the cafes have it, and most hotels provide it to guests for free. Plus, we are giving each traveller a free Flexiroam Indonesia Pre-paid SIM card for every booking. What's there not to love?

Wifi
 

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Flexiroam SIM Card

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10 Reasons Why You Should NOT Holiday in Bali


10 Reasons Why You Should 'NOT' Holiday in Bali.

The magic of Bali is a thing of the past, if it ever existed at all. What people experience now is just a mirage that's successfully marketed to at least five million gullible visitors each year.

See for yourself why you should consider a vacation elsewhere, like on the moon or in the stars. Any frickin' where but Bali.
 

1. The surroundings are terribly stressful

Tourists are everywhere and many are wild. The Balinese aren't doing anything about this. Not even the gods are taking action to shut these people up. The climate on the island is so hot and humid all year round. So, good luck in finding a scenic, cooling and peaceful place to relax, unwind, and search for inner peace. Bali's got none of that. Visiting temples you say? Come on… How boring will it be to just keep looking at architectures?

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Ulun Danu Temple, Lake Bratan, Bedugul
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Tanah Lot Pura (Temple), Tabanan
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2. Bali landscape is dull and flat

The hinterland is a semi-eternal swath of rice paddies slapped on top of one another to suck the water out of a system called subak. The panorama can leave you in awe for half a second, and then yawning for the rest of the day. You'll wonder why places like these even make it to the UNESCO Heritage List. So don't even think of booking a tour that shows travellers nothing but overcast skies, and, of course, more rice paddies and groups of subak.

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Jatiluwih – *Image reference (2)
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Tegalalang
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3. The Balinese stage sloppy cultural shows

The natives think that their traditional dances are spectacular, but who's surprised? They love their queer headdresses and heavy make-up, not to mention their puppet-like steps, as much as they do their horrible cliffs overlooking the sea. Sometimes they even play with fire just to make it look a little more fascinating. Don't they know fire is dangerous?

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Bali Kecak Dance – *Image reference (3a)
 

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Bali Kecak Dance – *Image reference (3b)


4. The beaches are heavily polluted

Disgusting! The once-celebrated coasts of Bali are 'ALL' now littered with strange things called pure sand, and nobody seems shore-footed anymore. Clearly, this destination should be stricken off your bucket list even if this was the only popular place in the world you hadn't visited.

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Padang-Padang Beach – *Image reference (4a)
 

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Lovina Beach – *Image reference (4b)

 

5. The Balinese are unsophisticated

The natives know no ancient kings and queens, and have no sense of history and heritage. Their forefathers might have been too lazy to carve their cultural traditions in stone.

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Gunung Kawi (Mt. Kawi) – *Image reference (5a)
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Gunung Kawi (Mt. Kawi) – *Image reference (5b)


6. The Balinese mutate dogs

Sure they do! Look up the high-IQ Kintamani dogs on Google, and see how these locals have exploited man's best friend by producing the first pure Indonesian breed and making foreigners rabid about these creatures. They even have a dog festival, bah! Well, at least, they don't slaughter and feast on the canines. While on the topic of ‘Kintamani’, it’s also the name of a mountainous region where you could get a view of the volcanic Mt. Batur over lunch. Though I guess it might just be too ordinary for you. 

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Kintamani Dog  *Image reference (6)
 

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Lunch overlooking Mt. Batur & Lake Batur, Kintamani
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7. Holidaying in Bali is shallow

The novelty of visiting this exotic Southeast Asian island has long worn off. Bali's got no depth, no unique charm, no character of its own, naaa-thang! And, really, what's so refreshing, liberating, and exhilarating about diving? To worship the cold-blooded sea creatures and check out underwater parks? Come on, you can do better sleeping in your room!

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Underwater Temple Garden – *Image reference (7a)
 

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Underwater Temple Garden – *Image reference (7b)
 

8. The air is stuffed with weird smells

Eew! Only crazy tourists will go gaga over the scents that seep into the nostrils ad nauseam. Like, who wants to relish the aroma of Balinese coffee, or of the spicy dishes from the local restaurants? And what sane person would go for those icky susu asli milk-egg tarts that melt in the mouth? Those prolific bloggers must have been paid huge sums of money for overrating this sickening place. Either that, or they are themselves crazy.

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Balinese Coffee – *Image reference (8a)
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Balinese Nasi Campur – *Image reference (8b)


9. Bali is an ecological disaster

Because the natives aren't too refined, they don't put their animals in cages or in zoos. They wouldn't understand you if you tried teaching them how to preserve the diverse species of fauna and flora. uydu görüntüleri Trying to catch a glimpse of animals roaming freely in their natural habitats? In your dreams! 

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Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest
 

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Dolphin watching at Lovina Beach in the morning sunrise
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10. Bali's five-star hotels are bamboo huts

You only plan a Bali holiday when you're ready to leave the comforts of your 21st-century home. Because the island is as stuck in the past as its people, you can expect luxury accommodations in the form of rambling grass houses on stilts crowned by thatched palm roofs. You can also expect to take a dip in shapeless mud pools tiled with slippery moss.

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Trans Resort Bali Premier Room – *Image reference (10a)
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Trans Resort Bali Premier Room – *Image reference (10a)
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Without a doubt, Bali is 'dangerous'!

The island of Bali so heinously entrancing and wickedly addictive, once you come, you'll no longer want to depart from it. OR you might keep coming back for more! Especially not after you've marvelled at the sunrise over the majestic Gunung Agung, or at the glorious sunset during your Jimbaran BBQ dinner. And definitely not when you've made friends with the gracious Balinese.

And you still want to holiday in Bali?!

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Jimbaran Seafood Dinner – *Image reference (11)

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Image References Courtesy of:
(2) – wonderful indonesia

(3a) – wonderful indonesia
(3b) – chinadailyasia news article
(4a) – asiaplacestosee
(4b) – Ministry of Culture & Tourism, Indonesia 
(5a) – Bali Semara
(5b) – danielpanuturi
(6) – Dianliwenmi
(7a) – Paul M Turley through Pinterest
(7b) – Paul M Turley through Pinterest  
(8a) – BernieCB via Compfight cc
(8b) – pinterest
(10a) – Trans Resort Bali

(10b) – Trans Resort Bali
(11) – Jimbaranbayrestaurant

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