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t may not be as cumbersome as the photographing equipment centuries back (think camera obscura and its chunky wooden body), but many still do not relish the idea of hauling a modern digital single-lens reflex camera (DSLR) when they travel. Fortunately, technology has made it easy for those who fancy fuss-free photography. There is a new proliferation of semi-DSLR, touch screen point and shoot compact camera, with multiple functions that are easy to understand. Yet, there is only that much technology can help you when it comes to capturing winning shots. Good pictures don’t just present themselves; they have to be meticulously thought out and composed before one is able to capture a picturesque image. Consider the following pointers to create the most memorable and striking photographs you can achieve.

looking at, which means having less space behind the head. Static people and animals should be looking into the positive space, as it is strange for people to be pointing out of the frame or away from the great space behind them. A person pointing or looking should always be positioned in the larger area ahead of him.

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Choosing the wrong moment to shoot can ruin the entire picture. The subject looking away, closing their eyes, another person crossing in front of the camera are possible obstructions to a great photograph. Quick decision on viewpoint, composition, focusing, and possessing spatial awareness are probably the greatest assets for quality picture.

Divide your image into three sections, both horizontally and vertically, to obtain the best possible balance. Take a paddy field for example; do not put the point where the end of the paddy field meets the horizon right at the center of the frame. The foreground or the sky should be given the priority to occupy two-third of the frame. Decide on which subject deserves more of the frame.

space allocaTion The understanding of positive and negative space is important. A portrait of someone looking directly at the camera looks balanced when placed in the center of the frame. However, when shooting a person’s profile, create a larger positive space at where the object is

anGles and VieWpoinTs Lose the habit of shooting from a standing position right in front of the sight. Capture the image from different angles – try shooting from high elevation, so as to include everybody in the picture; shoot from a low position to create a towering feel of a person or an object. Explore as many different viewpoints as possible.

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fRaMinG Framing a subject can result in a more impactful image. For example, a picture of just a temple might be boring, but framing it within trees and branches create depth and alter the dynamic of the image. It also gives new life to iconic sights captured similarly in every other travelogue.

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Is Travelling Without Insurance Worth The Risk?

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ften when planning your dream holiday insurance is the last thing on your mind because not many of us want to admit or even consider that arrangements could get upset and plans could go awry. In the past, most people think that travel insurance is unnecessary. Today, major world events such as volcanic eruption in Europe or Indonesia, earthquake in New Zealand, Tsunami in Japan or riots in Bangkok have made many travelers realized that traveling without insurance protection is taking a big personal risk. Here are some real life situations of what could go wrong:

You and your immediate family arrive at the airport waiting to board your flight scheduled at 10am, only to find that your flight has been delayed to 4pm. Who will pay for your inconvenience? Your bag is lost with your prescription medication inside. You need help to locate your bag as soon as possible and have your emergency prescription filled. Who do you call? On your first visit to Europe, your passport and wallet are stolen. Who do you turn to for assistance to locate the Malaysian Embassy to replace your passport? You’re involved in an accident and adequate medical treatment is not available. Who will help arrange and pay for a medical expenses and evacuation? If your mother-in-law becomes seriously ill and you must cancel your trip. What happens to your nonrefundable deposits or pre-payments? Your hospital expenses reach up to RM 300,000 due to an accident overseas. Who can help guarantee your hospital bill? Ensure you have a travel insurance that offers 24 hours emergency trip assistance solution and related coverage to solve your problems. Travel insurance usually cost only about 2-4% of total travel expenses for the full bouquet of benefits offered. Be smart and be sure to include travel insurance as part of your travel budget. I am Ashis h Puri, Cali da’s husba her to Kota nd who wa Kinabalu a s travelling nd back to This testim with Kuala Lum onial is wri pur by Fire tt en on beha Recently m fly. lf of my w yself and m ife. y wife took Kota Kinab alu for a va a Firefly fl ight to cation. Wh Mendonca ilst there m , had a crac y wife Cali k in her rig to walk. da ht leg whic h left her u nable We contac ted Firefly for assistan Firefly Tra ce. Being c vel Protecti overed und on, they, th providers C er rough their hartis, imm insurance ediately re Guard by c sp o nded throu ontacting th gh Travel e orthoped Kinabalu to ic specialist examine he in Kota r and provid care. e the necess ary medica They also l arranged fo r wheelcha the airport. ir Their respo assistance to and from nse to the m and it grea edical surg tly eased o ery was pro ur burden d We wish to mpt uring the d convey our ifficult tim heartiest ap Firefly and e . p re Travel Gua ciation and rd for their thanks to up actions. prompt resp onse and fo llow Mr & Mrs Ashish Pu ri (name has been chang ed to prote ct the insure d’s identity )

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Hong Kong Disneyland: Celebration In The Air

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort is celebrating its 5th anniversary with exciting new performances and exclusives. find extensive collections themed under Tinker Bell, Sorcerer Mickey, Flights of Fantasy, Pixie Dusted Castle, and more during the year of Celebration in the Air! Your shopping experience continues as you visit our all new merchandise outlet located on Main Street USA. - Center Street Boutique that offers trendy, exclusive collections of apparel, accessories, jewelry, watches, and stationary. Created with a unique Disney twist, special co-branded lines or limited edition merchandise will be available throughout the year to give you the hottest selections of the season.

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ong Kong Disneyland is celebrating its 5th year anniversary and the magic is being amplified as Sorcerer Mickey conjures up all new levels of excitement. With a little help from Tinker Bell, the magic of Hong Kong Disneyland will take to new heights as together they shower the resort with pixie dust. Once every five years brings a celebration of this scale. You won’t believe your eyes as new possibilities and boundless dreams will come true. Be amazed as you witness the gravity-defying, aerial spectacular that is the Flights of Fantasy Parade and each evening, be dazzled as Tinker Bell showers Sleeping Beauty Castle with pixie dust. There’s Celebration in the Air during Hong Kong Disneyland’s 5th Year Anniversary, come and experience the magic.

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Flights OF Fantasy Parade Be amazed as magic takes flight with the Flights of Fantasy Parade, featuring all your favourite characters. This all-new parade is Disney’s most innovative yet and will sweep you off your feet as you witness it transform before your eyes. Flights of Fantasy Parade will take you up, up and away on a sky-high celebration as Mickey’s Magical Airship leads the way. Stitch’s surfing dudes, Jungle Book monkeys, Toy Story Green Army Men and more, will all be floating on air. Flights of Fantasy Parade takes interactivity to new heights, so don’t just stand there and watch, join the celebration and feel the excitement as you dance-along with your favorite Disney friends.

tinker Bell Castle The spectacular centrepiece to the Celebration in the Air, is Tinker Bell’s Pixie Dusted Castle. By day, Sleeping Beauty Castle glistens as the golden pixie dust sparkles and shimmers in the sun. By night, the castle magically transforms with a dramatic illumination as Tinker Bell’s magic pixie dust is showered all over the castle, making a rousing finale to each anniversary evening. Don’t miss out on the magic of Tinker Bell Castle; it will only take place during the anniversary year!

tinker Bell Tinker Bell is so excited to be part of the Celebration in the Air that she’s found a new fairy garden in Fantasyland. She’ll be making her sparkling debut to come and meet her favourite friends.

sPeCial 5th anniversary MerChandise More surprises await than ever, with all new merchandise collections exclusive to Hong Kong Disneyland for the 5th Anniversary celebration. Don’t forget to bring home the limited edition collectible toy ‘Vinylmation’. Make your visit to the park even more memorable with a plush toy of your favourite character in the 5th Anniversary costume. And for sure you can

Opening winter 2011 Toy Story Land is the Disney•Pixar themed play area for kids of all ages. Andy, the young boy from the Disney•Pixar Toy Story films, has left his toys unattended in this immersive and highly themed environment, based on one of the Disney•Pixar’s most popular film series. While Andy is away, the toys come to life and play…and guests are invited to join the fun! Andy’s speediest toy car RC Racer(1) is sure to get your adrenaline pumping as you race along a 25 metre-high half-pipe coaster. Join the high flying adventure with the Toy Soldier Parachute Drop, and howl with laughter on the rollicking Slinky Dog Spin (2). Guests will enjoy fun, immersive and interactive environments with life-size toys. A themed food kiosk provides a barrel of fun snacks and refreshments and guests can shop for Toy Story inspired collectibles at the merchandise location.

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Mickey and friends can’t wait to meet you in their gorgeous new costumes for a celebration of such scale. They’ve spent a lot of time to pick the perfect fabric and designs so that they can look their best during the 5th Year Celebration. You can also meet the newest Disney Princess, Rapunzel from the latest Disney movie Tangled. So get your camera ready!


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TASMANIA

Step into Spring The perfect self-drive holiday with friendly harbourside cities, ancient rainforests, rugged mountains and spectacular coastlines around every corner.

Wilderness & West Coast

King Island

Day 1 Launceston – Cradle Mountain Savor the tasty temptations of gourmet local produce as you drive from Launceston to Cradle Mountain (181 km – 2 hours 30 mins)

Cape Grim

Flinders Island

Day 3 Strahan

Stanley Smithton

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Learn about cheese making at Ashgrove Cheese At House of Anvers, indulge in fine chocolate and truffles – the choice of celebrity chefs Visit 41 Degrees South Tasmania and taste ginseng products or smoked salmon Taste up to 50 varieties of honey including the famous Tasmanian leatherwood honey at Melita Honey Farm Visit Sheffield and view the murals depicting the region’s history, and vote for the best mural. Look out for the painting by the famous Hong Kong artist Eason Chan Get lost in Tasmazia, reputedly the world’s largest maze, Lake Barrington Explore underground wonders in Marakoopa and King Solomon Caves, Mole Creek Take a night spotlight tour to see nocturnal wildlife or get close to Tasmanian devils at Devils@Cradle

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Launceston Cradle Mountain Campbell Town Lake Leake

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Queenstown

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Bicheno Coles Bay

Swansea

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Tasman Peninsula

Huonville Tahune Forest Reserve

Cruise the Gordon River and visit Sarah Island, Hells Gates and Heritage Landing Raft gorges, rapids and the Great Ravine on the legendary Franklin River Catch ‘The Ship That Never Was’, a dramatic and hilarious live theatre performance Enjoy waterfront dining and seafood specialties at Strahan. Be sure to try our all-time favourite fish and chips

Port Arthur

Kettering Bruny Island

Day 2 Cradle Mountain – Strahan Cradle Mountain forms the northern end of the wild Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National park , part of the World Heritage area (151km – 2hours 30 mins)

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Extend your stay: Options to the North West Coast

The historic village of Stanley and the dramatic land form of The Nut are spectacular features of your north west journey

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Stroll at the tulip farm to see glorious blooms of tulips in season (September – October) Stop at Hellyers Road Distillery, Australia’s largest single malt whisky, to fill your own bottle then have it sealed with wax Penguin - the town rejoices in all things ‘penguin’ including The Big Penguin, standing at a proud 3m tall along the esplanade foreshore, one of the most photographed landmarks in Tasmania Go Nuts! Walk or take the chairlift ride to the top of The Nut at Stanley – an unusual geographical remnant of an ancient volcano Take the Woolnorth Tour to Cape Grim to breathe the cleanest air in the world On a coastal night tour with King Run, watch and listen to wild Tasmanian devils feeding

Enjoy an invigorating short bushwalk or take a wilderness flight at Cradle Mountain Discover frontier challenges at Zeehan’s Pioneer Museum Ride the restored steam-powered West Coast Wilderness Railway as it meanders through the imposing King River Rainforest gorge Get close to penguins on the Bonnet Island Penguin tour

4 Days / 3 Nights Wilderness & West Coast from A$402 ^ Package includes ~ 3 Nights stay in Tasmania ~ 4 days car hire ~ Choice of 3 experiences: • Seahorse World • Platypus House • Cataract Gorge chairlift ride • Devils@Cradle night feeding • Night with animals spotting tour

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Strahan – Hobart

Find your way up to the mining town of Queenstown before heading east towards Hobart driving through spectacular wilderness, waterfalls and lakes (300km – 5 hours)

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TASMANIA

Soak up the summer Uncover the spellbinding landscapes, ice-carved mountains and alpine lakes of the West Coast with our suggested self-drive program to inspire your travel desires ….

East Coast Food & Nature

King Island

Day 1 Hobart

Cape Grim

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Bay of Fires

Nabowla

Valley

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Sheffield

Launceston Cradle Mountain Campbell Town Lake Leake

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Day 3 East Coast – Launceston

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Nestled between Mount Wellington and the Derwent River, Hobart is one of the most beautiful capital in the world. A world of its own – here you can browse through antique stores, discover arts and crafts, linger over a coffee in one of the street cafes, take a cruise on the harbour – and enjoy all the colours, flavours, music and fun of Salamanca Market, every Saturday morning. Hobart is the gateway to the Tasman Peninsula, Huon Valley and Derwent Valley. •

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Swansea

Derwent Bridge

Graze your way through the food, colour, characters and offerings at Salamanca Market Enjoy the art, food and wine at MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), which houses the largest private museum in Australia Get close to Tasmanian Wildlife at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary See how oysters are farmed and taste freshly shucked oysters at Barilla Bay Oysters Tour Cadbury Chocolate Factory and Cascade Brewery Pedal downhill from Mt Wellington or paddle a sea kayak around Hobart’s docks Taste fresh local seafood in one of Hobart’s finest water front restaurants

Bicheno Coles Bay

Explore the fishing village of St Helens, where most of the big game fishing is done. Long sandy beaches, vineyards, national parks, mountain gorges are just some of the scenes you will pass and the cool-climate wine region of Tamar Valley (239 km – 5 hours if via St Helen / 175km – 2hours 30 mins if via Lake Leake )

Oatland

Freycinet NP (Wineglass Bay)

Hamilton

Mt Field NP Sorell

Huon Valley Hobart Huonville Tahune Forest Reserve

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Visit East Coast Natureworld, one of the finest nature parks in Tasmania Experience the beauty and serenity of Binalong Bay and Bay of Fires, where miles of pure white sand and pristine clear seawater await you Visit Forest Eco Centre in Scottsdale to see how they control their own climate naturally Wonder at glorious scene of lavender fields at Bridestowe Lavender Farm, Nabowla where the world seems to have turned purple from mid-December to mid-January Glide on a high wire at Hollybank Treetops Adventure in Lilydale for a fresh perspective and panoramic view of forests Play a round of golf and enjoy the dramatic scenery at Barnbougle Dunes Golf Links near Bridport

Day 2 Hobart - Tasman Peninsula – East Coast

No more than a 4 hour drive, take a fascinating journey steeped in convict history from Port Arthur to Bicheno, a small fishing village along Tasmania’s East Coast (368 km – 4 hours)

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Huon Valley – Walk above the treetops at Tahune AirWalk to see the Leatherwood trees; take a jet boat ride and enjoy the region’s fine produce – fruit, wine and seafood Bruny Island – Enjoy an amazing cruise form Adventure Bay along the coastline of South Bruny, see sheerfaced sea cliffs, seals, dolphins and sea eagles Derwent Valley – Walk to beautiful Russell Falls in Mt Field National Park and visit the Styx Valley where the world’s tallest hardwood trees grow in the Valley of the Giants

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Stroll through the historic colonial village of Richmond – see Australia’s oldest preserved convict goal, bridge and Catholic church Pick your own delicious fruit at Sorell Fruit Farm See natural wonders – Tessellated Pavement, Blowhole, Devil’s Kitchen, Pirates Bay Lookout and Tasman Arch Immerse yourself in the power of Port Arthur, its convict buildings, gardens, tours and captivating tales See the wonder of seals, dolphins, whales and sea birds up close and personal along the Tasman Peninsula on a cruise Walk up to Wineglass Bay lookout, one of the world’s best beaches Explore Freycinet’s magical beaches and granite sea cliffs by sea kayak or four-wheel motorbike See penguins up close with Bicheno Penguin Tours

4 Days / 3 Nights East Coast Food & Nature from A$402 ^

Day 4 Launceston – Tamar Valley Discover Tasmania’s second largest city with its magnificent original Victorian streetscapes (100km – 2 hours return)

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Ride the world’s longest single-span chairlift at Cataract Gorge Explore the vineyard of the Tamar Valley Wine Route Enter the wondrous world of seahorses and endangered marine creatures at Seahorse World See families of platypus in a fascinating discovery centre at Beauty Point Visit UNESCO World Heritage listed Brickendon and Woolmers Estates Stock up on our famous leatherwood honey at Tasmanian Honey Company Sample delicious jams, sauces and chutneys at Tasmanian Gourmet Sauce

Package includes ~ 3 Nights stay in Tasmania ~ 4 days car hire ~ Choice of 3 experiences: • National Holiday Park Pass • Hobart – Airport hotel 1 way transfer • Tahune AirWalk • Port Arthur Historic Site • East Coast Natureworld ^ All prices quoted are per adult, ex-Malaysia, on twin sharing basis in Australian Dollars based on ground content only (excluding airfares and taxes), correct at the time of printing and subject to change without notice. All transactions must be in Malaysian Ringgit. Other terms and conditions apply; please refer to your travel agents.

For more information on Tasmania, visit www.discovertasmania.com


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China Welcomes You

Come visit China’s United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Sites!

Great Wall of China First built during the Spring and Autumn and Warring States period, it was only named “The Great Wall of China” after Qin Shi Huang unified China, and connected different part of the walls. The Great Wall of China is the longest military defense in the world and one of the greatest construction projects in human history. In 1987, it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Imperial Palace of Ming and Qing Dynasties Located at Beijing and Liaoning. The former was built in Ming Dynasty, during the reign of Yunglo (1406). Some 24 emperors ascended the throne in this seat of supreme power. It is currently the largest and best preserved wood structured palace in the world. The latter is the only remaining Chinese palace of the minority tribe. They are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 and 2004 respectively.

clouds. In 1990, it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Lushan National Park Lushan National Park, in Jiangxi, is one of the China’s spiritual centers and contains glaciers from the Quaternary Period. Buddhist and Taoist temples, along with landmarks of NeoConfucianism, blend effortlessly into the beautiful landscape. In 1996, it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Summer Palace Located at Beijing and built in 1750, it used to be a imperial botanical garden. The classical architecture is a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design, and regarded as the Musuem of Garden Landscapes. In 1998, it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 1998, it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Mount Huangshan

Mount Qingcheng and the Dujiangyan Irrigation System

Located at Anhui, Huangshan has 72 peaks, and is renowned for its magnificent scenery made up of many black granite peaks and rocks emerging out of a sea of

Located at Sichuan, Mount Qingcheng is the birth place of Taoism. The world’s oldest irrigation system, Dujiangyan Irrigation System was build in 256 BC and

it is a major landmark in the development of water management and technology, and is still discharging its functions perfectly. In 2000, it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Mount Wutai Mount Wutai Mountain is one of China’s four Buddhism mountains, located at Shanxi Wutai County. In 2009 it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its cultural landscape.


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中国驻新加坡旅游办事处 CHINA NATIONAL TOURIST OFFICE IN SINGAPORE 7 Temasek Boulevard, #12-02A, Suntec Tower One, Singapore 038987. Tel: (65) 6337 2220. Fax: (65) 6338 0777 Website: www.cnta.gov.cn


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Rajasthan A Legacy of Honour

City palace, udaipur

Each stone carving and stone idol in Rajasthan narrates a story of romance, culture and valour of the people of the land. hawa mahal, Jaipur

colour of welcome, to honour the arrival of the Prince of Wales from Britain in 1883. Some of the forts and palaces in this area still awe and inspire architects and masterminds all over the world.

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JOdhpur - The Blue CiTy

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any have described Rajasthan as the ‘Abode of the Kings’, a sensuous mixture of rich legacy, pride and honour, chivalry, bravery, fearless kings and beautiful queens amidst senseshaking colourful fairytale-like stories of valour, wars and conquests. The exotic cocktail of luxurious island palaces, historic forts and royal residences in the backdrop of misty mountains, sun-kissed lakes and golden sands does not fail to boggle your mind. The history of Rajasthan is filled with numerous legends of heroic acts of the Rajput Kings who began to rule Rajasthan from 9th century AD. The chivalrous Kings of Rajputana and specially the Maharanas (Great Emperors) of Mewar fought many wars to save the honour of their land, people and traditions. For centuries this has been the Mecca of travellers from around the globe, artisans, adventurers and, of course, settlers from other regions who were enamoured by the glory of the state. Many people came to the desert state of Rajasthan in search of its glorious past. In modern times, this has become a heaven for tourists and visitors who come in to experience the glory, ride on caparisoned camels and elephants, stay in luxurious palace hotels and explore imposing mediaeval forts and royal palaces. Navigate through the desert state of Rajasthan (or Rajputana, as it was then called) to see aweinspiring forts, regal palaces, unassailable fortified structures, stately villas, imposing Havelis, opulent and highly revered temples like the Dilwara Temples and outstanding mausoleums. Unlike other regions, each architectural structure in Rajasthan has a tale to narrate, whether it concerns brave Rajputs or the lavish Mughals. Each structure is meticulously created and is a masterpiece in itself.

Jaipur - The pink CiTy You can start your travel in Rajasthan from the capital city - Jaipur, especially so because of its easy connections with New Delhi. You can drive down from New Delhi over a lush broad highway, or, if you want, you can take a flight or a train down. The city of Jai (victory) or Jaipur, is the capital of Rajasthan built in 1728 by Maharaja (or Great King) Sawai Jai Singh II. The royal family ruled from Amber Palace, which was around 11km away from the main city. The original city was coloured light grey but the king ordered this to be repainted in light pink, the traditional

The city is referred to as the Blue City due to the blue-painted houses all around. Jodhpur lies near the geographic centre of Rajasthan state, which makes it a convenient base for travel in a region much frequented by tourists. The awesome Meherangarh Fort stands on a mighty rock face 120m high. There is a steep climb up winding through seven gateways, strategically placed. The walls around the entrance are still scarred by cannonball hits with many sites all around of famous soldiers and generals who died fighting at these spots.

Jaisalmer - The GOlden CiTy No trip to Rajasthan should miss this exotic desert (or golden) city of Jaisalmer. Here, too, is an imposing fort built in the 12th century in the middle of the desert. The giant gleaming sand castle is truly a breathtaking sight. Around this are some Jain temples from the 12th - 15th century which are outstanding. Around the fort walls are some incredibly fine sculpted sandstone buildings called Haveli built by wealthy merchants. The most famous are Patwa-ki-Haveli, Salim Singh-ki-Haveli and Nathmal-ki-haveli. Another major attraction while in Jaisalmer is the desert - no tour is complete without taking part in a camel safari to the Sam Sand Dunes in the Thar Desert.

ChiTTOr - The hearT Of mewar Chittaurgarh forts re-create some of the most interesting legends in the history books of India. After centuries of existence, these monuments still stand in all their magnificence as precious heritage monuments of India. Chittorgarh, or the fort of Chittor, holds a special place in the hearts of Rajputs and has a history that epitomises Rajput romanticism, chivalry, bravery and ultimate tragedy. meherangarh fort, Jodhpur

udaipur - VeniCe Of The easT Udaipur is definitely a dream destination for a romantic holiday. It is referred to as the ‘Venice of the East’, and is the most romantic city of India. Some others also refer to Udaipur as the ‘Kashmir of Rajasthan’ (a reference to Dal Lake) and not without reason. Tourists flock to this enchanting town in the heart of the Aravalli Mountains, which offers three interconnected lakes within the town the Fateh Sagar Lake, the Lake Pichhola and the smaller Swaroop Sagar Lake. The city is really a visual exotica dotted with exotic forts, palaces, temples, gardens, mountains and narrow lanes lines withdrawn with stalls, the entire city throbs of its heroic past, valour and chivalry.


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See how one dance step can speak volume. See how many dance form can move land.


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Beautiful Bali

Built on a rock just offshore, Tanah Lot is one of the most famous temples in Bali

From misty mountain treks to bewitching temple ceremonies, Bali is a multifaceted enchantress with a lot more to offer than just sand and surf.

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or years, Bali has mesmerised and beguiled travellers, who have bestowed upon her names such as “last paradise” and “island of the gods”. It could be the intoxicating scent of frangipanis carried subtly upon the breeze, the inspiring landscape of serene rice terraces juxtaposed against rugged surf, or the enchanting temple ceremonies and dedicated spirituality of the locals. Many have returned home waxing lyrical about her charms, and it’s not just the beach that they are besotted with. While Bali today remains a tourist haven best known for its golden beaches and vibrant nightlife, it is more than just a playground for sun and pleasure seekers. From mountain treks at dawn for nature enthusiasts to temple tours for culture vultures, the Indonesian island will have something to please, whichever your travel personality.

from Kedisan can be extremely steep, so ascend from Toya Bungkah for a breezier way up. Gunung Batur is also where you can see Bali’s biggest crater lake, which was formed about 30,000 years ago after a major eruption. Other nature expeditions include jungle trekking, white water rafting at the Ayung River and cycling trips through rice fields and villages. These can be easily booked at tourist information centres.

FrazzLed urBaNiTe Tourist magnet it may be, but stressed-out urbanites hoping to get away from it all can still find pockets of restful serenity in Bali. The general rule of thumb is to travel away from the developed areas in the south of the island.

NaTure Lover With wild jungles, volcanic mountains, serene lakes and safari parks, Bali certainly has myriad options for nature lovers. For a start, head to Bali Barat National Park, where you can spot animals like deer and wild boar as well as endangered species like the wild banteng and Bali Starling amidst its varied landscape. Trekking and climbing enthusiasts can scale Bali’s mountains, including the active volcanoes Gunung Agung and Gunung Batur. At 3,100 m, Mount Agung is the highest and holiest point in Bali, and all local temples are built to point in its direction. Climbs usually begin at 2am in order for climbers to reach the summit in time to see the gorgeous sunrise, so it is best to hire a local guide as the route can be dark and tricky. Climbing is not permitted when major festivals are held at Pura Besakih, a temple perched on the mountain slopes, so be sure to check ahead. At about 1,500 m, Gunung Batur presents a slightly easier and shorter climb (about two hours). The route up

Candi Dasa is a small fishing village nestled between mountains and the Lombok Strait. While it is one of the most developed areas in East Bali, many of its original day-trippers have moved on towards Amed, leaving plenty of accommodation options and fewer crowds. The calm waters and stretches of black volcanic sand at Lovina Beach in North Bali are also good for getting away from the crowds. Hire a boat to take you out to sea at dawn for a chance to spot wild dolphins. Apart from the quieter beaches, the lush paddies of Ubud also offer respite for the jaded. Put on your walking shoes and head for an invigorating walk through the rice fields and local villages. In a scene seemingly untouched by tourism, weathered rice farmers plough the fields as ducks waddle idly and children fashion ingenious tadpole traps from plastic bottles. Those looking for a wellness getaway will also find options ranging from day spas to yoga retreats. Succumb to a massage at Padma Spa by Mandara in Legian, perfect your asanas at the Yoga Barn in Ubud, or splash out on a stay at COMO Shambhala Estate, which offers Ayurvedic and hydrotherapy therapies along with yoga and Pilates retreats.

zeaLous diver

a rice farmer works the field in ubud

From calm shallow bays suitable for beginners to fierce currents teeming with manta rays and sharks, Bali’s tropical waters and diverse marine life present countless underwater pleasures for dive enthusiasts. While you can dive all year round in Bali, the best dive conditions are present during the dry season from May to October. This is also the best time to spot creatures like manta rays, sharks and sunfish. The most popular dive sites are in Amed and Tulamben, two small villages in northeastern Bali. The area is where the American World War II USS Liberty shipwreck is situated. Just a minute’s swim from the rocky shore, the wreck is approximately 120 m long and


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De Neefe, who has been teaching Balinese cooking since 1987, runs Casa Luna Cooking School in Ubud, where classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays begin with a morning visit to the local markets. Another notable establishment is Bumbu Bali, which is conducted by Chef Holsen.

is home to schools of tame fishes like sweetlips and unicornfish. Surrounded by beautiful coral reefs, Menjangan Island is a sheltered reserve with several caves teeming with gorgeous sea fans, snappers and moray eels. It is also common to see shoals of tuna and angelfish, along with bigger Manta Point in Nusa Penida creatures like sharks and sea turtles in the waters, especially if you swim out towards the Anker Wreck. Those interested in underwater photography should head to Seraya Secret, a macro dive site teeming with harlequin shrimp, along with other critters like frogfish and pipefish. Experienced divers can also try Manta Point in Nusa Penida, an island located southeast of Bali. While the waters are characterized by temperamental swells, you will be well rewarded with a chance to swim with graceful mantas.

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suN seeker If what you’re after is a beach vacation filled with days out at sea, nights out at clubs and a golden tan to flaunt at the end of it all, Bali’s famed Kuta strip is the place to go. A 15-minute drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport will bring you into the heart of Bali’s famous beach enclave, where surf shops, restaurants and cheeky peddlers line its streets. Undeniably touristy and therefore extremely convenient and accessible, Kuta sees throngs of tourists ranging from thrifty backpackers to extended families. Look past the frenetic mayhem in the streets and head towards the 5-km stretch of beach where sunbathers and surfers congregate. The beach is ideal for peoplewatching as you work on your tan, but don’t expect to get much summer reading done as the roaming vendors can be very insistent when hawking souvenirs and services like massages and hair braiding.

The active volcano mt Batur and its surrounding lake make for a captivating view

If you’re hankering for some action out at sea, rent a board or sign up for a surfing lesson. A firm favourite is Odysseys Bali Surf School in the Mecure Hotel Kuta Arcade. Certified by the Academy of Surfing Instructors Australia, their instructors are equipped with lifesaving skills so you can be sure you are in good hands. Other established schools include Pro Surf School and Big Kahuna Surf School of Hawaii. Kuta beach is home to one of Bali’s most spectacular sunsets, so stay on after surfing to watch nature paint the sky in fiery hues of red and gold. When night falls, party animals will be right at home in Kuta, where small bars jostle for attention with bigger names like Hard Rock Café (gigs at Hard Rock begin at 11pm and continue until 3am on weekends). Or head a little beyond the main Kuta drag to M Bar Go at Jalan Legian to party with the bold and beautiful amidst hiphop tunes.

Bali’s luwak coffee is an exquisite brew containing flavours not found in other coffees

If pumping beats aren’t your scene, hop on a cab to the upmarket Seminyak area and nurse a cocktail at KU DE TA. Situated right on the beach, the sprawling restaurant-bar is equal parts trendy and chill-out, with excellent music and plenty of lounge seats overlooking the ocean.

GourmeT TraveLLer From no-frills warungs (eateries) to fine dining restaurants, foodies will be spoilt for choice when presented with Bali’s plethora of dining options. While local meals revolve mostly around rice and simple dishes, Balinese ceremonial dishes like babi guling (roasted suckling pig) and bebek betutu (smoked duck) have piqued the interest of travellers and are now readily available on menus. Both locals and tourists flock to Ibu Oka at Ubud for the babi guling, which boasts a crispy crackling and is served with steamed rice, blood sausage and fried innards. Another place to taste the dish is at Gemah Ripah, an unassuming warung in Denpasar that also serves bebek betutu, but have your concierge call up a day in advance to make a pre-order. If you’re staying around Kuta, Ketupat Restaurant is the place to go for a Balinese menu featuring the duck, along with other authentic dishes like plecing pakis (fern tips in chilli-lime sauce) and be sampi (spicy beef casserole). Over the years, award-winning establishments by international chefs have also put Bali on the culinary map. Set up by Swiss chef Heinz von Holsen in 1997 to offer tourists a taste of home-style Balinese cuisine, Bumbu Bali is still the place to go for dishes like sate lilit (minced seafood on lemongrass stalks) and ayam betutu (a chicken variation of bebek betutu). Another restaurant worth a culinary detour is Mozaic, which serves up an innovative menu that marries local produce with chef-owner Chris Salan’s modern Western techniques. For full foodie immersion, why not sign up for one of the many cooking courses available? Author Janet

a traditional home in Bali

Temples are a must-visit on an island where spirituality is deep-seated in the locals and where it is rumoured there are more temples than homes. Major attractions include sea temples Pura Tanah Lot and Pura Uluwatu, both of which sit majestically at the edge of steep cliffs and make for excellent snapshots at sunset. Another noteworthy site is the Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, a major water temple set on the serene shores of Lake Bratan near Bedugul. Dress modestly when visiting the temples — this means no miniskirts — or rent a sarong at the entrance. Art and culture are deeply embedded in the Balinese and Ubud is undoubtedly its artistic heart. Peppered with galleries, it is where you can view Spanish artist Antonio Blanco’s bizarre and Salvador Dali-esque paintings at the Blanco Renaissance Museum, learn more about Balinese life through the pieces inspired by nature and culture displayed at the internationally recognised Neka Art Museum, and hone your palette skills with private painting lessons at Pranoto’s Art Gallery. The town is also home to key cultural attractions such as the Puri Saren Agung (Ubud Royal Palace), a beautiful old palace with ornate inner courtyards, magnificent architecture and serene ponds that form a stunning backdrop for Balinese dance performances like the hypnotic legong and dramatic kecak. Get a copy of the performance schedule from the Ubud Tourist Information Centre. A few kilometres from town is the landmark elephant cave at Goa Gajah, an ancient temple with water springs, bathing pools and a cave housing a statue of the Hindu god Ganesh. Not too far from it is Yeh Pulu, a less touristy but no less magnificent complex of ancient rock carvings that is worth a visit. Ubud is also a convenient hub for easy trips to several craft-specific villages such as Mas Villlage, where you can watch masters carve lifelike sculptures out of wood, and Celuk Village, where artisans are trained to craft intricate gold and silver ornaments and accessories.

Visit the Indonesia booth MATTA Fair 2011 from 12 to 14 August at booth 2164-2183 at Hall 2.


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Tale Of Four Cities

Sakai City

Experience the richness of Japanese culture and tradition in Sakai, Kobe, Kyoto, and Osaka. CyCle In SakaI CIty Located 30 minutes by train from the Kansai International Airport is Sakai, a historical town where streetcars still run through. There is the spectacular Mozu Kofungun (the Ancient Tumulus Clusters), and amongst them, the world’s biggest ancient burial mound, the Nintoku-tenno-ryo (the Tomb of Emperor Nintoku) which have been earmarked for inclusion in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites. From the creators of these gigantic constructions also came the art of ironsmithery. The knives preferred by 90 percent of professional chefs in Japan come from Sakai. These are the knives that are responsible for beautiful and intricate works of fine cuisine art. They go by the brandname of ‘Sakai Uchihamono’, a brand that is highly reputed even in the world of Western cuisine. You can watch the production in one of the workshops in the city and catch a glimpse of the master craftsmanship that Sakai is so proud of. Another traditional art of Sakai is the bicycle. You can rent one of these finely crafted Sakai bicycles for as little as 300 yen a day, and enjoy the sights and sounds of Sakai on it. kobe City kobe City

Sakai City

Come to kyoto There are more than 2,000 historical shrines and temples with 17 cultural properties registered as World Heritage Sites in Kyoto. In these shrines and temples are beautiful gardens. When autumn comes, the red leaves Add to these various cruises in and around the bay, and autumn colours on the historical buiildings and canals and rivers in the city – Osaka is just filled to the gardens are indeed a glorious sight to behold. brim with tourist attractions! In addition, there are many historical festivals that Osaka, also known as the ‘kitchen of Japan’ is are still held in Kyoto to this day. In addition to the three famous for the flavour and taste of the local food. From major festivals in Kyoto, the Aoi Matsuri, Gion Matsuri, okonomiyaki and takoyaki to fine French dining and and the Jidai Matsuri, the Kurama Fire Festival and sushi – you can enjoy every cuisine in this city. There Miyako Odori are also spectacular. are also others like the shabu-shabu which originated in With Kyoto being the capital for 1,000 years, there Osaka. are many chances to encounter genuine and top quality With branded goods shops lining the streets of products. In its long history Kyoto also developed Shinsaibashi, and Nippombashi with its growing Kyo-Ryori (traditional Kyoto cuisine) which is the origin reputation as the trendsetter and focal point of pop of Japanese cuisine. Kyoto is home to Japan’s top culture, shopping areas are aplenty in the city. This traditional, long-established Kyo-Kaiseki and Japanese spring Osaka Station, which boasts the biggest train restaurants which continue to offer dishes prepared in terminal in Osaka, had extensive renovations and the same way for centuries. Why not come to Kyoto and emerged as the ‘Osaka Station City’. The latest fashions experience the essence of Japanese food culture? come together in this giant shopping area, which is set Visitors can also walk around the city and enjoy the to become Osaka’s newest hotspot attraction. historical streets only seen in Kyoto. In entertainment districts such as Gion, you may even meet a geisha. Stroll along the quaint, historical streets and admire Japan’s most beautiful ancient capital osaka City of Kyoto to your heart’s content.

oSaka, the aqua metropolIS

IntroduCIng kobe CIty A charming city with various attractiveness, Kobe often gives one a first impression of ‘mountains and seas’. And immediately following that, ‘modern, chic streets’. Historically, Kobe flourished as a sea port, and as a result, adopted the different cultures of many foreign countries. Perhaps that is why you get the feeling of being in Japan, and yet at the same time in some nostalgic place you have been sometime in the past. Walk the streets and take a leisurely break in one of the cute cafes. ‘Kobe sweets’ are definitely one way to spend some blissful moments. There is also the Arima Onsen, one of the three oldest spas in Japan, and loved by many for its long history. When night falls, and the street lights come on, take a cable car ride up Mt Rokko for a splendid view of the Kobe Port and the city nightscape, dubbed the ‘10 million dollar night view’. The warmth of the glow seems to envelope both city and inhabitants in a glittering sparkle.

Osaka is an international city with a 1,500year history as the ‘aqua metropolis’ with countless attractions: the many museums each with its unique character, the Nakanoshima area with its abundant water features and greenery, the bright neon signs with their glittering reflections shimmering in the rivers nearby, the bay area with its amusement and entertainment centres like Universal Studios, Japan® and aquariums.

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Macau Major Event Highlights 23rd Macau International Fireworks Display Contest September 10, 12, 17, 24 & October 1, 2011 Imagine the night sky of Macau glowing in a myriad of magnificent fireworks and accompanied by the cheers and applause of spectators enjoying the impact of the light and sound show. What a splendid scene! The annual “Macau International Fireworks Display Contest” not only lights up the nights of Macau, but also the hearts of spectators. Local residents long for the marvelous fireworks displays that add a joyous atmosphere to holidays and festivals. The contest has also become an annual characteristic of Macau. Many visitors specially choose this time of the year to come to Macau to enjoy an exotic and romantic holiday. Macau attaches great importance to cultural heritage. In fact, the firecracker industry used to be one of the three handicrafts in Macau, and fireworks, being a significant element in Macau’s cultural heritage, also have a long history in Portugal. To celebrate this ‘colourful’ history and cultural inheritance, Macau started to stage the annual “Macau International Fireworks Display Contest” from the 1980’s to demonstrate the unique vibes of Macau when the magnificent fireworks light up Macau’s stunning scenery. The Macau International Fireworks Display Contest has grown over the years into an internationally acclaimed event, one of the best of its kind. The Macau International Fireworks Display Contest first started in 1989; with only five participating teams. By 1995, the event had developed from the original five-team contest to a 10-team event, with two different teams showing their expertise each night. For the past years, over 100 international teams from China, the Philippines, Thailand, Taiwan China, Japan, Korea, Australia, United Kingdom, Switzerland, France, Germany, Portugal and Spain have taken part in the “Macau International Fireworks Display Contest”. The Macau Government Tourist Office will continue to work towards advancing the event’s international status and reputation, with the vision to bring about the world’s most prominent international fireworks display.

58th Macau Grand Prix November 17-20, 2011 It is probably the most internationally known event produced in Macau, because of its quality and of its history of more than five decades. The Grand Prix is in fact a set of car and motorcycle races in a city circuit. During the days of the Grand Prix the city lives an extraordinary excitement: the noise of the engines, the crowds of tourists, the colourful decoration of the streets. It all changes the rhythm of life during one week. For more details please visit the Macau Grand Prix website (www.macau.grandprix.gov.mo).

11th Macau Food Festival November 11-27, 2011 A favourite event among local residents and visitors, the Macau Food Festival brings delicious Asian, European, Mainland China and local delicacies, and exciting entertainment and fun for everyone. With the theme of global delicacies in Macau, the Macau Food Festival will be like an amusement park where visitors can taste worldwide cuisines in just one place. There are also game booths, live performances and beer competition during the festival. Organiser: Association of Macau Restaurant Merchants Please visit us at MATTA Fair, 1325-1326 & 1345-1346, Hall 1 to find out more.


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Fascinating Philippines

Corregidor

This enchanting archipelago of more than 7,000 islands offers more than just white beaches and conical karst hills Fort

Santiago A small rocky island 48 kilometres west of Manila, Corregidor is a place of war remnants. The traces of the Second World War can be seen from the ruins of structures, gun emplacements and war tunnels, depicting a former battleground where American and Philippine troops held out against invasion of the Japanese. It is the place to visit for historians and those who cherish peace and freedom.

VIllA ESCudEro The focal point of experiencing Philippine culture, Villa Escudero’s rural setting attracts visitors from all over the world for its village tour, museum tour and particularly, its local cuisine. The AERA Museum, a replica of a long-gone church, houses the country’s largest collection of colonial religious art. Discover over 600 bird species at its lush

gardens and orchards, and try out scrumptious local food at Waterfalls Restaurant, where sparkling waterfalls serve as a wonderful backdrop for a memorable meal.

MAnIlA CAthEdrAl Built in 1581, this cathedral has braved through the war and numerous natural disasters. Statues of famous saints sculpted in Roman travertine stone grace this majestic Latin Rite Roman Catholic basilica, and its beautiful interior and stunning rosette windows is a portrayal of its strength, delicacy and grace.

IntrAMuroS A walled city with an influence of Spanish colonial

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architecture, Intramuros is a tourist spot where one can find nostalgic romance of the past within this oldest district in Manila. A nearly three-mile long circuit of massive stonewalls runs along its perimeter, and within is a historic centre that is home to San Augustin Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Fort Santiago; Ayuntamiento ruins and many others.

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Sarawak Regatta

Slated to run from September 15-18, the Sarawak Regatta is an eagerly awaited event with a truly international appeal and strong support from the local and tourist communities

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or four sun-kissed days from September 15-18, the breaking of the waves brings with the ocean winds the world’s best and brightest boats as they converge on the welcoming waters of the Kuching Waterfront on the Sarawak River for the annual Sarawak Regatta. Sails have been proudly billowing in the bayu winds from as early as 1872 when the event was first recorded in the Sarawak Gazette. The Sarawak Regatta has been a landmark event through the ages as a cultural sporting event for early communities living in and around the once-small town of Kuching. Since then, the event has blossomed into a world-class premier water-sport event for the State with distinct historical and cultural significance and a much anticipated annual highlight for all who live in and flock to Kuching. The tradition of holding the annual Regatta in the Sarawak River continued through the Colonial period and through the formation of Malaysia. During these periods the Regatta prospered under the stewardship of the Kuching Resident and District Office which brought its unique historical and cultural cache to the fore and nurtured the event as a key attraction. Amidst the pomp of the occasion and the prowess of the crews manning the regal vessels from all over the world on display, the wide array of side events which celebrate Sarawak’s tourism, handicraft, science and technology advances, its rich culture and tantalising cuisine compete to hold sway with visitors but are no less enthralling a draw for the crowds.

Promoted these days as the premier water-sport event in the state’s tourism calendar the Sarawak Regatta ranks as the most aristocratic amongst all the sailing and racing events in Malaysia in terms of its popularity and patronage. Every year, the Kuching Waterfront and the banks of the Sarawak River come alive with this truly multi-cultural sports extravaganza showcasing the ethnic diversity of the state and its guests, with boats of various colours and sizes vying for honour and glory in the spirit of friendly competition. The Sarawak Regatta is not merely a boat race but an occasion to celebrate as thousands gather to cheer

and take in the convivial atmosphere of the event. As always, the passion of the participants ensures a great sporting spectacle for the crowd who shout themselves hoarse with excitement. This, more than any other is why the Sarawak Regatta has come to be immortalised as ‘the Mother of all Regattas’ where the majesty of the occasion almost matches its awe-inducing natural beauty of the land.


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Cultural Taiwan

Discover the bewitching Kang Qing Long district within the city-slick Taipei and get a sense of what a real Taiwan is

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ang Qing Long district has become one of the most cultural and educational areas in Taipei City after the Taiwan Restoration. From quaint coffee houses to independent bookstores, it offers both locals and tourists a cultural and academic atmosphere that one can hardly find elsewhere.

Formosa Vintage museum Surrounded by old-style billboards, banners and iron window frames, Formosa Vintage Museum is an atmospheric little shop along Xinyi Road, in which cultural and historical relics can be found. From Gaoshan people’s carvings and swords, advertising posters of the Japanese colonial period, to Tatung doll and pinball, it all reflects on the multiple faces of Taiwan’s history and culture. Founded by a doctor called Lin Yu-fang, he established Formosa Vintage Museum to commemorate his parents’ love for Taiwan, and to display his collection of ancient books and relics. It is an ideal place for history and antique lovers to spend an afternoon immersed in the trend of nostalgia.

Hui Liu Located next to Yongkang Park, Hui Liu is a teahouse that integrates modern and classic features without fancy décor. The name of this teahouse is translated to “return to nature and self reservation”, which aptly fits the ambience that portrays peace and tranquility. Basking in melodious music, one can enjoy exquisite and delicious dishes or simply sip a cup of traditional tea. Operated by Hu Hsiao-chen and her American husband, Evan Shaw, the couple insist on using vegetables and fruits in season that are grown using natural farming methods for their vegetarian menu, to pursue “not merely the health of the body but also the health of the entire nature”.

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Ye tang Cut off from the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse yourself in the quiet atmosphere of Ye Tang, a tea culture studio that serves quality tea and showcases tea sets, cultural relics, paintings and calligraphy. Opened by He Jian, this amicable owner often shares his tea knowledge with customers and never misses out a good opportunity to share his warmth and sincerity through stories and a cup of good tea.

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CHang Yi Fang As the nation’s first classical puppet store, Chang Yi Fang is the preservation of Taiwan’s puppet show culture and has become the voice of traditional folk art. Established by Chen Yi-shi and his wife, they dedicate their time and effort into the production, development and restoration of traditional Taiwanese puppets for years. Other than puppets and figurines, this shop also carries a dazzling collection of creative handmade bags, bags, pencil cases and purses. Also catch fascinating puppet shows that have been carried down from generations.

WHite Wabbit reCords Famous among Taiwanese fans of independent music, White Wabbit Records imports non-mainstream music from all over the world, and at the same time releasing outstanding works of Taiwan’s independent bands. Located just next to National Taiwan Normal University, it is a convenient spot for music lovers to pop by. Customers are free to listen to most of the albums before purchasing, and interactions and discussions of music are common in this shop.

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Unique from other shops on the street, SIENNA is a small style shop that sells exclusive handmade leather products from purse, wallet, handmade suitcase to accessories. Hidden on lane 68 of Shida Road, this quaint little shop is furnished with creative planting, exquisite wood décor and bright light. Customers can request for customised leather products or even engrave their names on it.

CoFFee mania An interesting coffee shop with an attitude in a small alley on Shida Road, Coffee Mania serves coffee made personally by the owner himself, so as to deliver originality and supreme quality to customers. Opens at irregular hours, it is advisable to make an appointment before heading down. From making a cappuccino to designing the shop’s interior, the owner insists on having a personal touch to provide the best of warmth and hospitality to his customers.

saLt Peanuts Salt Peanuts is an inspiring coffee house that seems to emit creativity from every corner. Stylishly designed with British rock music as its background, this coffee house is popular among the young and old. Established by two girls who graduated from National Taiwan University, they continue their passion of design, music and art in this business. A designated area named “Salt Peanuts Factory” hosts artistic exhibitions such as oil painting, photography and fashion design. Enjoy a cup of coffee and bathe in the artistic and intellectual space where coffee, human and life interweave.

Jiu Xiang Ju books Better known as an antique bookstore, Jiu Xiang Ju Books (JXJ Books) carries a variety of books from Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong and China. This second-

hand bookstore attracts bibliophiles from all walks of life including students, professors and even publishers. JXJ Books holds various seminars and regular exhibitions covering a wide range of subjects, benefitting academics, thinkers and those who enjoy an intellectual exchange. This bookstore strives to become a centurial second-hand bookstore that serves as a literary sanctuary for all book lovers.

oLdie goodie For those who fancy western classic songs, Oldie Goodie is a place not to be missed. This music bar is located on the second floor of an office building on Shida Road. A warm and bustling bar filled with music enthusiasts and occasional live performances, this place is perfect for an evening of reminiscence and nostalgia. oldie goodie

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Bangkok & Its Various Attractions

Bangkok, whether as a short stopover destination or as a holiday destination has various attractions – from tourist attractions and shopping to restaurants and spas to offer visitors to the Thai capital city. at Soi Swaddee, Sukhumvit 31 Road, it has 15 rooms with a capacity for 30 clients. www.oasisspa.net

dr orawan Holistic Institute 1988 Since 1988, the DOHI has provided medical services related exclusively to skin conditions, cosmetic laser surgery, Anti-Aging Medicine. and anti cancer medicine. Dr Orawan Holistic Institute 1988 has two branches in Bangkok: 1. Avenue Ratchayothin, Ratchadapisek Road, Chatuchak 2. Sukhumvit 55 (Thonglor12), Bangkok

s Medical spa S Medical Spa is pioneered by the renowned AntiAging Physician and Dermatologist Dr Pakpilai Thavisin, it aims to combine Western medicine with Eastern therapies to offer integrated healthcare. The physicians and certified practitioners carried out in-depth research and discovered profound findings to develop unique S services. www.smedspa.com

MadaMe Tussauds Bangkok The 10th branch of the world’s favourite wax museum. With over 75 wax figures and brimming with interactive experiences this is so much more than just a wax museum. Lady Gaga has just been added last month to the collection. www.madametussauds.com

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Red sky, Centara grand at CentralWorld Located on the 55th Floor, tourists can enjoy Chic Urban Bistro Dining, Wine Bar & Martini Bar with breathtaking al fresco vistas of Bangkok from 5 pm – 1 am. Seating Capacity: Outdoor 149/Indoor 81 www.centarahotelsresorts.com/cgcw/restaurant.asp

The first of its kind in Thailand, Crystal Design Center (CDC) is the most comprehensive and integrated design centre in Asia showcasing architectural, interior decorating and construction products. Located at Praditmanutham Road, Klongjun, Bangkok. www.crystaldesigncenter.com

The Peninsula spa by esPa Winning “Award of Outstanding Performance on Health Tourism: Hotel and Resort Spa” of the 8th Thailand Tourism Awards 2010, the Peninsula Bangkok, located on the bank of Chao Phraya River, is a luxurious riverside hotel with a unique waved - shape design offering uninterrupted panoramic views of Bangkok. www.peninsula.com/Bangkok/en/Wellness/The_ Peninsula_Spa_by_ESPA/default.aspx

naj exquisite Thai Cuisine Established by Mrs Luckananaj (Naj) Markawat in 2004, Naj Exquisite Thai Cuisine, located off Convent Road, is an authentic Thai restaurant residing in a charming century-old historical house. www.najcuisine.com

Cooking Class on Manohra Cruises, Bangkok Marriott Resort & spa Enjoy the cruise and the art of Thai cooking. Meet the chef and crew at the Longtail Bar. They will take tourists on board the Manohra Cruise to a local market where they will be shown a variety of fresh foods for sale. www.manohracruises.com

sirocco Located on the 63rd floor of The Dome at lebua on Silom Road, Sirocco is the world’s highest al fresco restaurant and one of Bangkok’s most coveted dining choices. It never fails to leave one mesmerized with a breathtaking view of Bangkok and the Chao Phraya River, an amazing Skybar and quality Mediterranean fare with ingredients from the world’s best markets. Live jazz music featuring vocalists of international repute, adds to its captivating ambiance for a perfect evening. www.lebua.com/en/the-dome-dining/siroccorestaurant/

Millennium Hilton Bangkok Located in Bangkok’s Klongsan area, Millennium Hilton Bangkok is a new ultra - contemporary 5 - star hotel that is well known for its beautiful scenery of Chao Phraya River and Bangkok Skyline. www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/BKKHITW-MillenniumHilton-Bangkok-hotel/index.do

RarinJinda Wellness spa Winning “Award of Outstanding Performance on Health Tourism: Day Spa” of the 8th Thailand Tourism Awards 2010. Located on the 8th Floor, Grand Centre Point Hotel, Soi Mahatlek Luang 1, Ratchadamri Road, Bangkok. www.rarinjinda.com

The oasis spa Winning “Award of Excellence on Health Tourism: Day Spa” of the 7th Thailand Tourism Awards 2008. Located

Mandara spa, Bangkok Marriott Resort & spa Winning “Award of Excellence on City Accommodation with more than 80 rooms” of the 8th Thailand Tourism Awards 2010, Bangkok Marriott Resort & Spa, situated on the Thonburi side of Bangkok’s Chao Phraya river, is a 5 - star riverside city resort with classical Thai architecture, tropical gardens and cool river breezes. www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-information/fitness-spaservices/bkkth-bangkok-marriott-resort-and-spa

Bumrungrad International Hospital Bumrungrad International, located on Sukhumvit 3 (Soi Nana Nua), Wattana, Bangkok, is an internationally accredited, multi-specialty hospital located in the heart of Bangkok, Thailand. Founded in 1980, today it is the largest private hospital in Southeast Asia, with 554 beds and over 30 specialty centers. Bumrungrad offers stateof-the-art diagnostic, therapeutic and intensive care facilities in a one-stop medical center. www.bumrungrad.com


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Istanbul Invites You

Istanbul’s beauty lies in its ability to embrace its contradictions. Ancient and modern, religious and secular, Asia and Europe, mystical and earthly all co-exist here.

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The availability of large space suitable for golf, and the temperate climate of the Mediterranean and Aegean coasts create a great potential for Golf Tourism in Turkey. Check out some of the more interesting courses available at the Everlasting Capital:

Gloria Golf resort Situated in the pine forests at the foot of the Toros Mountain, this course was designed by French golf architect Michel Gayon. It is considered a Gayon classic with deep bunkers, green areas and seven ponds.

nobilis Golf otel Designed by internationally renowned architect Dave Thomas, this course is next to a natural pine forest around Belek Acisu River, and has been operating since 1998. It covers an area of 729,000m2 with 18 holes.

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stanbul, once known as the capital of capital cities, has many unique features. It is the only city in the world to straddle two continents, and the only one to have been a capital during two consecutive empires Christian and Islamic. Its variety is one of Istanbul’s greatest attractions: The ancient mosques, palaces, museums and bazaars reflect its diverse history. The thriving shopping area of Taksim buzzes with life and entertainment. And the serene beauty of the Bosphorus, Princes Islands and parks bring a touch of peace to the otherwise chaotic metropolis.

Topkapı palace One of the most astounding and popular places to visit in Istanbul is Topkapi Palace, the symbolic and political centre of the Ottoman Empire in between the 15th and 19th centuries. It stands on the tip of land where the Golden Horn, the Sea of Marmara and the Bosphorus come together, and is a maze of buildings centered around a series of courtyards, typical of Islamic tradition. Such is the complexity of each building, it will take many hours in order to be explored properly. Opening hours: Daily 09.00 – 17.00, winter closed Tuesday.

Dolmabahce palace Built in the reign of Sultan I Abdulmecit during the 19th century, this over-ornate palace lies along the European coast of the Bosphorus. Dolmabahce Palace was constructed in between 1843 and 1856, mixing different European artistic influences and built by Abdulmecit’s architect, Karabet Balya. It was built over three levels, and symmetrically planned, with 285 chambers and 43 halls. Opening hours: Daily 09.00 – 16.00, except Monday and Thursday. Telephone number to book guided tours: (0212) 23 69 600.

ÇıraGan palace The huge palace was constructed by architect Serkis Balyan in 1871, as appointed by Sultan Abdul Aziz, from the ruins of the old palace. It briefly housed the

Turkish Parliament from 1908, but was destroyed by a fire two years later, and was only rebuilt in 1991. Now, it is Istanbul’s premier luxury hotel, and has retained something of its former glory.

beylerbeyı palace Beylerbeyi, in which the Asian Tower of Bosphorus Bridge was constructed, is a beautiful district allotted for palaces since the Byzantium era. Sultan Abdulaziz built the Palace, to replace the older, wooden palace, between 1861 and 1865. Eastern and Turkish motifs are used with Western design elements, on the sides and for internal decoration, and the atmosphere is something resembling that of Dolmabahce Palace. Open daily except Monday and Thursday.

yılDız palace This vast park consists of mansions, gardens and lakes, the whole area surrounded by high walls, and all set in a superb hillside location. Popular at weekends and holidays with locals, it offers one of the few green areas within the city centre, and is a great place for walking, relaxing and eating. Park: Open daily 09.00 – 17.30 Sale Kosku: Open daily 09.30 – 17.00, except Monday and Thursday. Museum: Open daily 09.00 – 16.30, except Monday.

klassis Golf and country The course was designed by one of the world’s best golf players, Tony Jacklin, and has hosted the European Challenge Tour in 1997 and 1998, and the BEKO Seniors PGA Tour in 1999.

kemer Golf country club Catering not only to golfers, Kemer Golf Country Club is suitable for every member of the family. It has everything under the sun with a wide range of sports, entertainment, relaxation and dining facilities. A few of such conveniences include a cinema, open & indoor swimming pool, stables, mountain bike and recreation club, playground, casino and a gymnasium.

national Golf club The National Golf Club Antalya was opened in late 1994 and designed by Ryder Cup player David Feherty and Seniors Tour player David Jones. It was the first golf course in Turkey to be developed with the guidance of the European PGA and has been designed in accordance with their standards.

Tat Golf This course is built on an area of 13 acres by Hawtree of England, a Golf Course Architect. It has 18 holes, 9 hole academic course, a training field, bars, open-air swimming pool, maintenance facilities and even international telephone and satellite. Not enough golfing? There are still plenty of courses to play from. Come now and experience what it’s like to be a Champion at the PGA Tour. It’s all here at Extreme Turkey. Visit our website at www.goturkey.com for more info today!


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ocated at Kuantan, East Malaysia, and just 35 kilometres before Kuantan Town, Bukit Gambang Resort City is the first and largest premier integrated destination resort in the region. Boasting 547 acres of land with 200 acres dedicated to resort attractions, this resort is surrounded by a serene natural environment perfect for a peaceful respite. The resort comprises of four major compounds – Carribbean Bay Resort, Active Academy Teambuilding & Development Centre, MICE facilities and Bukit Gambang Water Park. Trekking through the jungle and soaking up the ravishing view of East Coast forest is one of the many activities that guests can relish at Active Academy, and other alternatives include obstacle courses, a flying fox and paintball. Cruise down Kuantan River from Shahbandar Jetty and take in magnificent scenery of mangrove forest, fisherman village and Kuantan Town. Kuantan River Cruise is available for both day and night services. Also don’t forget to bag in adorable souvenirs such as the penguin soft toy mascot at gift shops located at the Caribbean Bay Resort or Bukit Gambang Water Park as a memento.

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Work, Rest, Play with the Pulai Group

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hen the travel bug bites, propelling you off the seat and into the wild blue yonder, you don’t have to go far to make a full recovery. A night or two in a private locale, a little peace and quiet in a scenic hideaway or a romantic sojourn, take a vacation with the Pulai Group’s hotels and resorts!

A PrivAte AffAir At PulAi SPringS reSort Pulai Springs Resort is a world-class resort with 5-star facilities nestled amongst the glorious Malaysian flora and fauna at the foothills of Mount Pulai in Johor, the southernmost state of West Malaysia. It is a golfing haven with two 18-hole championship USGA Class Golf Courses; the Pulai Course is designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and the Melana Course by Peter Dalkeith Scott. Both are courses of distinctions and were designed to provide the ultimate challenge with memorable signature holes amidst the varied terrain, water elements and changes in elevation. The award winning Resort features luxurious accommodations of a 313-well appointed Cinta Ayu Resort Apartments and the 22-Suites Boutique Hotel, The Anugraha. The Resort’s dining options include Qing Palace Chinese Restaurant famed for its authentic szechuan cuisines, or opt for a more elegant dining at the Gleneagles Terrace featuring Asian and Western cuisines. Cinta Terrace serves a sumptuous buffet breakfast spread or simply indulge in mouth-watering pastries at the Cinta Lounge. In the evening, relax and unwind at Elephant & Castle with live-band entertainment. Recreation facilities include The Pulai Spa, tropical landscaped outdoor swimming pools, jacuzzi & sauna rooms, gym, the Tee Tee Club, a kids club, Cineplex, Sport Centre featuring both indoor and outdoor activities such as pool, squash courts, table tennis, cycling and team building games. Located just off a bustling network of highways that connects Malaysia & Singapore and a 20-minute drive from Senai International Airport and the new Senai-Pasir Gudang-Desaru Expressway.

DeSAru’S HiDDen gemS - PulAi DeSAru BeAcH reSort & SPA Life’s a beach at Pulai Desaru Beach Resort & Spa! Located in the heart of Desaru, Johor, one of the most beautiful unspoiled beaches in the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, with a 22km stretch of uninterrupted beach, the Resort combines the captivating panoramic views of the South China Sea with lush tropical rainforests. The newly refurbished Resort is features a 210-spacious guestrooms blending contemporary design, comfortable elegance, accented with modern artistic touches, with the grand lobby set against the backdrop of South China Sea that exudes a feeling of tranquility. Complementing the Resort’s chic and innovation range of food and beverage facilities are Palm Brasserie an all-day dining restaurant, Teppan! Japanese Restaurant featuring Live Teppanyaki cooking, relax over refreshing drinks at the Lobby Bar, overlooking the swimming pool or by the pool at the Coco Bar or chill-out at The Pulai Lounge with its nightly live entertainment. Pamper yourselves at the The Pulai Spa with Balinese concept offering complete spa menu with treatment rooms and high quality spa products. Recreational activities include the Kid’s Club, games room with indoor games, water sports, jet-ski, banana boat, tennis, cycling, beach volleyball, beach soccer and beach games. Only a 45-minute drive from Johor Bahru via the new Senai-Pasir Gudang-Desaru Expressway, Pulai Desaru Beach Resort & Spa is the perfect holiday destination on the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia, in the state of Johor.

Hydro Hotel Penang, is the perfect venue for a luxurious, warm and rejuvenating vacation. The Hotel has a 350 well-appointed fully-serviced guestrooms and suites, equipped with centralized air condition and individually controlled, IDD phones, tea/ coffee making facilities, mini fridge and complimentary in-house movies. All rooms with private balcony and most of the rooms facing the Andaman Sea. To cater to your gastronomic needs, Hydro Hotel Penang has an all- day dining restaurant that is situated on the ground floor, this breezy open-air Coffee House, surrounded with lush greenery, with the view of the swimming pool and some glimpse of the Andaman Sea. Whilst, The Lounge features a wide variety of beverages and snacks whilst, enjoying the live performance by our resident band. Recreational facilities include secluded beach, outdoor swimming pool, kids club, and shops. Other facilities include banqueting, meeting & conference ballrooms and function rooms, Business Centre and Executive Lounge. Hydro Hotel Penang is located along the beautiful Miami beach on the famous Batu Ferringhi stretch in Penang.

For further information or Room Reservations, please contact our Corporate Sales Office at Tel: 603-7781 7220 or visit www.pulaigroup.com Visit us at MATTA FAIR, Hall 3, Booth 3212, 3213 & 3214. Check out our Holiday Packages on sale.


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Triways: Amazing Destinations Great packages for business & pleasure

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riways Travel Network (Triways) which was incorporated in 1981 celebrates its 30th anniversary this year with wonderful treats to its clientele. Triways consolidates its stand as a leading total travel management company with quality services, value for money packages and great offers at MATTA Fair 2011. Statistically proven, Triways is the largest bumiputra travel agency in Malaysia, majoring in Muslim tours and halal packages. Besides being a hugely successful umrah and outbound player, Triways is also becoming an increasingly active MICE (meetings, incentives, conventions, exhibitions) operator in this country. Numbers aside, what differentiates Triways from other travel agencies is the reliability of its services. Triways understands the needs of their customers. By bringing the best quality service to the table, they ensure products presented are worth their customers’ every cent. Starting from personal consultation, air tickets and accommodation arrangements to guided shopping trips, every detail is covered with diligence.

Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways, Gulf Air, Emirates and many others, giving access to the best holiday destinations worldwide. On top of special airfares, travel packages and cruises for individuals, families, honeymoon couples and religious purposes Triways is paving its way to become Malaysia’s airlines, hotels, theme parks, golf courses and local tour operators to better serve their corporate customers.

OutstandIng OffErs In conjunction with the August 2011 MATTA Fair, Triways is offering special airfares, extensive choices of travel products to attractive local and international destinations and value-for-money tour packages. Triways aims to provide the best holiday experiences at value prices.

MICE MarkEt takEs PrECEdEnt Customers’ satisfaction is a key factor, so Triways designs packages focusing especially on ease of travel for their customers. They are constantly looking to reduce time and stress for their customers. Winning numerous awards consecutively for top selling performance, Triways maintains good relationships with major carriers such as Malaysia Airlines, Etihad Airways,

favourite MICE player. The MICE market is quickly becoming top priority for Triways. This travel agency takes outbound corporate travellers on tailor-made packages to various destinations around the world, while catering to all their MICE needs. Triways works closely with their MICE industry partners such as

Plan your holidays and grab Triways’ great offers at MATTA Fair 2011 from 12 to 14 August 2011. Visit booth 2224 – 2233, Hall 2 at PWTC for outstanding holiday packages. The great offers are also available throughout the three days at Triways’ offices in G-Tower (03-21618134) and TTDI (03-77291044). www.triways.com.my


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BACK by POPULAR DEMAND

MATTA TRAVEL FAIR DEAL Booked between 09-14 AUG 2011, Enjoy: • 5-10% Discount • Free T-Shirt (term & conditions apply)

All rates are on Ground Arrangement Only MY LEISURE From RM 498

10% discount

MY SAFARI From RM 868

VILLA LIFESTYLE ROMANCE

5% discount

Accomodations:

• 3 nights accommodation at selected hotel.

• One night stay at selected hotel in Lovina Beach, South Bali, and

• Meet & Greet Service upon arrival at the airport.

Mara River Safari Lodge.

• Airport - hotel - airport transfer on seat in coach basis. • Choice of 1 full day tour activities.

HOTELS SELECTION:

for RM

SANUR AREA INNA GRAND BALI BEACH (5* Standard Class)................................. 558

RISATA BALI (4* Standard Class) ........................................................ 548 ASTON KUTA HOTEL & RESIDENCE (4* Superior Class) .................. 628 RAMA BEACH (4* Standard Class) ...................................................... 598 SUN ISLAND HOTEL KUTA (4* Deluxe Class) .................................... 698 DISCOVERY KARTKA PLAZA (5* Superior Class)............................... 828 BALI DYNASTY RESORT ........................................................................ 728 KUTA & LEGIAN AREA SANTIKA KUTA (3* Standard Class) .................................................... 538 ALAM KUL KUL BOUTIQUE HOTEL (4* Boutique Resort) ............... 698 WHITE ROSE HOTEL (4* Standard Class) ........................................... 498 HARD ROCK HOTEL BALI ...................................................................... 958 MERCURE RESORT KUTA ...................................................................... 708 SEMINYAK AREA THE ROYAL BEACH SEMINYAK (5* Deluxe Class) ............................. 998

• Return transfers between airport-hotel-airport in a Private

• Touring & Safari Journey.

• Choice of One Half Day Touring activities selection.

Cold Towel & Mineral Water provided.

• Return transfer hotel-airport-hotel on Seat-In-Coach basis • Meals & Dining as states in the itinery includes Lunch at Bali Zoo

MY EXPERIENCE From RM 688

KUTA AREA

10% discount

WHITE ROSE (Pool Villa) ........................................................................ 838 SEMINYAK AREA SUN ISLAND BOUTIQUE VILLAS (Pool Villa) ..................................... 838 ROYAL BEACH SEMINYAK (Luxury Pool Villa) ............................... 1,648

• Daily Breakfast at hotel s restaurant.

SILQ PRIVATE VILLAS (Deluxe Pool Villas) .................................... 1,238

• Morning Dolphin searching by Outriger boat. • 2 Full day touring & journey coverings: Art & Hadycraft Villages; Ubud market; Oleh Oleh Shopping; Toya Bungkah Hot Spring Escapes; Monkey Forest; Royal Family Temple and Tanah Lot. • Meal & Dining as highlighted in the itinerary includes a Grill Seafood Dinner at Jimbaran Bay.

SOUTH KUTA AREA RAMA BEACH RESORT (suite villa) ..................................................... 838 UBUD AREA KOMANEKA at MONKEY FOREST..................................................... 1,178 KOMANEKA at TANGGAYUDA ........................................................ 1,178 KOMANEKA at BISMA ....................................................................... 1,178

• Free Morning Dolphin Show at Melka Excelsior. • Fully escorted with English Speaking Guide.

Book on any WOW Bali Package and Get FREE Hard Rock Cafe Bali Culinary Voucher

BOOKING PERIOD: 09 AUG - 31 AUG 2011 FOR TRAVEL BETWEEN: 15 Aug - 31 Mar 2012

UBUD AREA KOMANEKA RASA SAYANG (Luxury Boutique Resort) ............... 1,128

MY LEISURE From RM 698

BALI

(Redeemable for a main course selection + a glass of soft drink)

5% discount

3D2N +1Nt Free

3D2N Bandung + 2D1N Jakarta

SHERATON SENGGIGI BEACH RESORT ............................................... 558

ASTON MARINA - JAKARTA

NOVOTEL LOMBOK (VILLA) ............................................................. 1.198

ASTON BRAGA - BANDUNG ................................................................. 698

Half Day Borobudur Temple Tour with Lunch

for RM

• 2 nights stay at selected hotel/villa/resort in South Bali.

MELIA HOTEL (5* Deluxe Hotel) ......................................................... 988

3D2N PACKAGE Includes:

• Services of an English Speaking Guide.

• 1 night stay at selected hotel in Lovina Beach.

NUSA DUA BEACH HOTEL & SPA (5* Deluxe Class) ......................... 988

MY BREAKWAY From RM 399 5% discount

Vehicle.

VILLA/SUITE SELECTION:

• Fully escorted with English Speaking Guide.

AYODYA RESORT BALI (5* Deluxe Hotel) .......................................... 878

5% discount

restaurant.

• Meet & Greet services upon arrival at the airport

NUSA DUA AREA

MY LEISURE From RM 558

• Daily Breakfast served in the privacy of your villa OR in the Resort • Meet & Great services upon arrival at Bali s Airport with refreshing

Park.

SOUTH KUTA AREA

• 2 Nights stay in selected Suite or Villa Resorts.

• Daily Breakfast at hotel Includes Breakfast with Lion at Mara River Safari Lodge.

• Services of an English Speaking Guide.

5% discount

From RM 838

3D2N Lifestyle Escape From RM 398

Includes: 2Nts stay, Breakfast, apt-hotel transfers, Tangkuban Perahu Crater Tour, Full board meals with One Fine Dining Dinner at The Peak Restaurant

5% discount

For Booking and Enquiry Please Contact: AF Travel

Eden Tours & Travel

Golden Tourworld Travel

Holiday Tours & Travel

PNL Travel

Boustead Travel Services

Golden Tropics Travel & Tours Sdn. Bhd.

Holiday Asia Network Sdn. Bhd.

Orange Holiday World Sdn Bhd

Worldtravellers DMC SDN.BHD.

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(117808-P) (KKKP0249) Tel: 03 - 2031 6001 13th Floor, Menara Boustead, 69, Jalan Raja Chulan 50200 Kuala Lumpur www.bousteadtravel.com

(183304-M) (KKKP1655) Tel: 03 - 2148 3880 290, 1st Floor, Jalan Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur. www.edenvacation.com

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(14859-T) (KKKP1508) Tel: 03 - 2118 7288 72, Wisma GTT, Changkat Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur www.gtt.com.my

(208956-D) (KKKP:2104) Tel.: +603-4291 2163 Fax.: +603-4291 1903 78G Jalan Pandan Indah 4/6B, Pandan Indah, 55100 Kuala Lumpur www.holidayasia.net

(23070-H) (KKKP0424) Tel: 03 - 6286 6288 A-0-1, Block A, No 1, Jalan Seri Utara 1, Sri Utara, Off Jalan Ipoh 68100 Kuala Lumpur www.holidaytours.com.my

(621885-H) KKKP No. 3857 Tel : +60 (3) 20530505 Fax : +60 (3) 2053 0566 Suite 10-2 Level 10 Heritage House, No.33 Jalan Yap Ah Shak 50300 Kuala Lumpur www.holidayworld.com.my

(143718-V) (KKKP:PL0908) Tel: 03-9284 4859 24 Mezzanine Floor, Jalan Serkut Taman Pertama, Cheras, 56100 Kuala Lumpur www.pnltravel.com.my

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Extraordinary Vacations

Travel the world with Apple Vacations and make your every moment worthwhile

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immerse in the splendour of snowy he extensiveness of this landscapes and partake in winter world with its different activities such as skiing. On the seasons is a perfect reason other hand, spring is the best time for us to pack our bags and head to witness Japan in its full bloom, as out for a vacation. Ever since it is engulfed with cherry blossoms travelling has become an essential and abuzz with activities. Hailed part of today’s lifestyle, resisting as the Country of Maple Leaves, the temptation to embark on a Canada is ablaze in spectacular and dream holiday has become almost dramatic colours with maple leaves impossible. Apple Vacations would of red, orange and yellow during the like to travel with you to various crisp and sunny autumn. destinations in the world to soak Spring is the time of the year in their beauty and magnificence! for cherry blossoms viewing. In Let us step out of our familiar seasonal countries, the arrival surroundings and embark upon of spring is a much awaited and the journey to discover and cheerful affair. With trips to these experience more of our world, countries almost every day, Apple the diversity of life and various Vacations ensures that you will not cultures. Apple Vacations and Conventions miss out any of the best places to Travelling in countries with Sdn Bhd Group Managing Director view the cherry blossoms. different seasons, namely winter, Dato’ Desmond Lee, JP. Meanwhile, places that are not-tospring, summer and autumn at be-missed include China – Beijing, different times of the year, provides Shanghai, Zhangjiajie, Huangshan, Silk Road and more. you with unique experiences. Winter is the best time to Besides, Apple Vacations also offers other meticulously designed tours to Scandinavia (Denmark, Canada Norway, Finland and Sweden), Eastern Europe, Iceland and Greenland, South Africa, Greece, Turkey, South America and Antartica, Dubai, as well as Spain, Portugal, and Morocco. Apple Vacations and Conventions Sdn Bhd group MD Dato’ Desmond Lee JP (Lee San) believes in in-depth travel and thematic travel. As such, Apple Vacations will continue to produce quality and affordable travel packages to give its customers a most extraordinary vacation. Italy

Winter@Hokkaido

Apple Team

Japan Alps

Seasonal Japan has always been everyone’s dream destination. After all this while, don’t you find yourself yearning to immerse in Japan’s exceptional scenery, culture and cuisine? It is worth mentioning that Apple vacations offers discounts for its Japan tour packages. The price of the packages is reduced, but the quality is maintained, it is a great deal, which you should not miss! The destinations include: Honshu Tour: The most popular Honshu Tour, which begins from Osaka and ends at Tokyo, enables you to experience Japan at all angles. Japan Alps & Gassho Village: Located deep within the valleys of Japan’s central alps, Gassho Village is a quaint village surrounded by towering mountains as high as 500 metres. With extraordinary spirit, they battle the harsh conditions of nature in pursuit of livelihood. The poignant story of Gassho Village teaches us important lessons about life. Hokkaido: Sunny skies and cool weather make autumn the most pleasant time of the year. As autumn gradually makes way for winter, heavy snowfall will envelop Hokkaido and other parts of northern Japan, transforming them into a stunning and surreal snow land.

Apple West In-depth and Creative Team Western countries are steeped in unique identities, cultures, histories and sceneries. Which of them will your next destination be? Let the Apple West professional team enlighten you and take you to explore many western countries in specially designed in-depth and thematic tours. (America + Canada + Italy + Spain + Portugal, etc)

Apple 101 Apple 101, which made its debut at the previous MATTA Fair, desires to interact with every visitor during the present travel fair. Promotions, gifts and great deals, which will be offered during the fair, include cash rebates, free travel magazines and lucky draws. See you there! Apple 101 is a comprehensive e-platform, offering you a free online magazine that provides travel information, hotel reservations (Apple 101 is linked with 92 countries globally) and a venue for online shopping.

Offerings upon Registration During the MATTA Fair, visitors can obtain various promotions by registering at Hall 1 or Apple Vacations and Conventions Sdn Bhd. Early Bird offerings include up to RM3000 worth of discounts (per registered couple) and also free gifts from various tourism boards (*while stocks last). For more information, call 603-2141 8250 (Apple Oriental), 603-2143 3939 (Apple West & Exotic), 603-2143 8877 (Apple Flexi) or log on to www.appleholiday. com.

MATTA Fair Booth Number; HALL 1; 10921097 & 1108-1113; 1124-1129 & 1140-1145; 1156-1161 & 1172-1177 (36 booths in total) During MATTA period, you may also visit Apple Vacations’ office for promotions and good deals. The details are as below: PRE-MATTA: Date: 1/8 – 11/8 Time: 9am – 6pm POST-MATTA: Date: 15/8 – 17/8 Time: 9am – 6pm

MATTA: Date: 12/8 – 14/8 Time: 9am – 8pm


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06D Delhi Srinagar Gulmarg Pahalgham 10D Delhi Agra Jaipur Srinagar Gulmarg Pahalgham  International + Domestic Flights inclusive  All meals  minimum 2pax  Daily Departure BEST  most popular holiday destination in India* BUY  Shop for : Gems, Marbles, Textile, Leather, Carpets  Tour Delhi Agra Jaipur*  Sunrise @ Taj Mahal  Stay in a Deluxe Houseboat in the middle of the lake with a personal butler elephant + jeep ride* entrances worth USD50pp* rajasthani night* (group)

* only for 10D program

INCLUSIVE:

Entrances

Domestic Flight

RM1688

International Flights RM2888

Tours

Hotels

All Meals*

RM3188

RM2988

Other Exotic Destinations RM2288

6D Taj Mahal

6D Mumbai GOA

10D Buddhist Pilgrimage

8D Sikkim 5D Nepal

RM1188

RM1788

RM1908

RM1588 RM6588

4D Cochin

5D Bollywood RM888

6D Shimla RM1288

5D Best of Kerala RM1288

8D Tibet RM15888 RM1088

3D Chennai Shopping www.dhesu.travel

4D Hyderabad

4D Bangalore

10D Palace on Wheels tours@dhesu.travel

4D Sri Lanka Tel : 603-2692 5525 / 2691 6999


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RM2499

1499 1899 1599 999 2399

HOLIDAYS

5D4N Bangkok / Pattaya Sumptuous Vacation P

~Asia Hotel Bangkok~ ~Baiyoke Sky Luxury Dinner~ ~Chaopaya Dinner Cruise~ ~Dedicate car service~ ~Exclusive tour guide service~ ~Fantasy Alcazar Show Pattaya~ ~Glittering Alangkarn Show Bangkok~

2199 1599

2299 4699

6D Seoul / Nami Island / Ski Resort 2188 6D Seoul / Jeongdonjin / Fruits Farm 1788 8D Seoul / Nami Island / Jeju Island 2388 8D Seoul / Jeju Island + 3D Iiiusion Museum 2788 8D Seoul / Ski Resort / Jeju Island + Inje Ice Fishing 2988

~1 car, 1 guide service~ ~2 Brilliant show~ ~3 cycle along Hutong~ ~4 World Heritage Destination~ ~5* Jade Pearl Hotel~ ~6* Golden Leopard Restaurant ~

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~ Fun with SpongeBob SquarePants~ ~ Leofoo Resort Guangxi~ ~ Luxury Hot Spring~ ~ East China Sea Afternoon Tea~ ~ Paper Church Afternoon Tea~

New Zealand

RM2199 H

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~ 5* Hotel in Resort World Sentosa~ ~ University Studio Singapore~ from ~ Singapore Flyer~ RM ~ Open Top FunVee Bus~ 988 ~ Captain Explorer DUKW~

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7D Go New Zealand 9D New Zealand Classic – Train 10D New Zealand Premier 12D New Zealand Remarkables

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8D Xiamen / Hakka Tulou / Zhangzhou / Chaozhou / Shantou 8D Xiamen / Wuyishan / Fuzhou / Quanzhou / Putian 7D Guilin / Guangzhou / Hezhou / Lipu / Yangshou / Xing’an Meeryland 8D Nanning / Detian / Guilin / Longsheng / Yangshou 7D Xian / Zhengzhou / Luoyang / Kaifeng / Dengfeng / Shaolin 7D Qingdao / Yantai / Penglai / Taishan / Qufu / Jinan 8D Shanghai / Jiangnan + Huangshan 9D Harbin / Jilin / Changchun / Shenyang / Dandong / Dalian 9D Harbin / Jilin / Changchun / Shenyang / Changbaishan / Tianchi 12D Silk Road + Qinghai Lake

**Night show, Night tour only FREE with group size with min 20ppl per group

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*1 way flight*

RM1699

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RM

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*4 star hotel *3 boat trip *2 night show

RM2299

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RM 498 568 788 RM

RM

3D HoChiMinh F&E 188 4D HoChiMinh / Cuchi / Mekong 428 4D HoChiMinh / Cuchi / Vung Tau *Free Special Dinner* 628 3D Hanoi F&E P 198 4D Hanoi / Halong Bay P *Free Puppet Show* 448 4D Hanoi / Halong Bay (overnight Junk) P 888 5D Hanoi / Halong / Van Phuc Nin Binh P 998

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3D Yangon F&E 268 4D Yangon Thanlyin P 738 5D Yangon / Bago / Thanlyin P 1068

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China

5D Mono Beijing 8D Beijing / Tianjin / Chengde 5D Shanghai Jiangnan 7D Shanghai Jiangnan 5D Guilin Yangshou Lipu 6D Guilin Yangshou Lipu Longsheng Dayu 8D Zhangjiajie / Furong / Changsha

588 1588

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RM 838 888 1688

4D Seoul F&E 5D Seoul 7D Seoul Jeju Island

New Zealand

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RM 158 528 388 438 608 248 888 268 888 1088 158 398 298 848

3D Jogjakarta F&E 4D Jogjakarta / Borobudur

198 778

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4D Jogjakarta / Borobudur / Solo 788 5D Jogjakarta / Solo / Dieng Plateau 1048 from

Taiwan

3D Taipei F&E 4D Taipei Hot Spring 5D Taiwan Health Tour

RM 268 388

*Crab Museum*

588 668

*Master Bear Resort*

708

5D Flying Cow Leisure Farm 6D Taiwan Round Island 6D West Taiwan Happy Go

*Leofoo Village Theme Park* 868 7D All Taiwan Super Value Tour 778 7D Taiwan Focus 888 7D Plentiful Taiwan *Hello Kity Restaurant* 988 7D Taiwan Deluxe Tour 1168 8D Splendid Formosa *Master Beat + Cingjing Farm* 1118

Singapore RM 2D Universal Studio Singapore 248 3D Singapore F&E 288 3D Hard Rock + USS 788 from

*Ground arrangement only

= Private Tour Available

= Families 4 or Friends 4

*Peak season surcharges apply *Tour price are subject to change without prior notice *Tour/Group Departure Ex. KL & cash terms only *These special tour packages are available for urchase at the Travel fair venue only

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Fax : + 603 2166 3766

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Email : outbound@discover-orient.com.my

Address:C-0-1, Ground Floor, Megan Avenue 1, Block C, 189 Jalan Tun Razak 50400 Kuala Lumpur

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Mediterranean

Spain

Diverse as Day and Night

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pain can best be summed up as a country as diverse as day and night. From the food to the culture and lifestyle, to historical monuments and dramatic landscapes, Spain has consistently featured as one of the Top 5 destinations of the world. With so much to offer for every holiday need, it is no wonder tourists flock to this Mediterranean country year in year out to explore its many charms. The two main cities for Spain are Madrid and Barcelona. Madrid is located in the mainland while Barcelona is located on the northeast coast of the Iberian Peninsula facing the Mediterranean Sea. Madrid’s main attractions include the Royal Palace where the kings of Spain lived from the 18th century until early 20th century and Plaza Mayor, a grand symmetrical rectangular square which in the olden days was the site for festivities, royal coronations and bull fights. Barcelona on the other hand, has the famous boulevard known as Las Ramblas. The most famous street in Barcelona, La Ramblas is often crowded with tourists and locals alike with flower stalls, street artists and kiosks lined along the boulevard. A stroll through the streets of the city is likened to a walk in an open museum where you will appreciate the monuments of the genius and eccentric architect, Antonio Gaudi. Some of his most famous works include the unfinished Sagrada Familia which is perhaps the most recognisable landmark of Barcelona today. His other works such as Guell Park, Casa Batllo and Casa Mila are so unique and different from any other architecture throughout Europe, looking like a page out of a fairytale book. For those who appreciate artistic beauty, Spain is the only country in the world with 13 cities declared as World Heritage Sites. These cities are recognised for their outstanding cultural and historical importance and include among others Toledo and Cordoba. Located near Madrid, Toledo was once the Spanish capital and is known by the locals as “The Imperial City”. A guided walking tour through the twisting streets of Toledo highlights the Jewish Synagogue which is one of the oldest in Europe as well as the Church of Santo Tome which houses one of the masterpieces of El Greco, a painter, sculptor and architect of the Spanish Renaissance who is of Greek origin. Cordoba on the other hand, has one of the most colourful histories imaginable. It was the largest city in Medieval Europe and the seat of Muslim civilisation in Europe. Here you can see the magnificent Mezquita, a former 8th century Moorish mosque which is now Cordoba’s main Cathedral. While Cordoba was the seat of Muslim civilisation, the last Muslim ruler of Southern Europe ruled from the Alhambra Palace in Granada. Alhambra Palace is Spain’s most spectacular example of Moorish architecture. The palace and its fortress occupy a hilly terrace on the southeastern border of Cordoba. Other places to visit in Spain include Costa del Sol, a popular tourist destination on the coast as well as Seville, the artistic, cultural and financial capital of southern Spain. Straddling the River Guadalquivir, Seville has an abundance of twisting streets and narrow lanes, adding much to the character of the city. More exciting packages for Europe, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Exotic, Club Med, Asean and Domestic available this MATTA. Visit Holiday Tours at booths 1098-1107 and 1327-28, Hall 1 (for International packages) or 3088-89, Hall 3 (for Domestic packages). Tel: 603-6286 6288

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Upon entering Johannesburg, head to Gold Reef City – a unique historical theme park that offers a wide range of entertainment and world class facilities. Indulge in one of the many restaurants, experience a 4D movie and enjoy the thrill of the fun rides in the park. Also take part in the underground mine tour which leads deep down into the earth surface and feel the air and riches of history.

Pearl of the South

Explore the wonders of South Africa in 10 days with Parlo Tours and be blown away by its sublime beauty and boundless wilderness Day 1: Kuala lumpur – Dubai – Durban Depart for Durban, the largest city in South Africa, from Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Day 2: Durban Driving along the Golden Mile, a popular stretch of beachfront in the city, travellers are able to catch a glimpse of the Suncoast Casino in the north and Vetchies Pier in the south. Slightly up north stands the prestigious Moses Mabhida Stadium, which was one of the host stadiums for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, boasting a capacity to hold 54,000 spectators. Witness some of the African’s traditional cultures such as tribal dancing and spear making in Shakaland – a Zulu homestead, which is a unique resort that houses the homes of the Zulus and several hotel rooms.

hyenas and antelopes along the way. A short stay at the lodge in the National Park gives travellers an insight to the spirit of Africa, with its picturesque setting along with exquisite interior design. The luxurious accommodation at the outback is an epitome of experiencing nature within a comfortable realm.

Day 4: pilanesburg national parK – sun City A day might not be sufficient to fully explore the magnificent Pilanesburg National Park; thus spend the next morning with one more round of guided game drive to discover more species roaming along the undergrowth. Explore Sun City, also known as City of Gold, at the later part of the day. This holiday resort city is set deep in the rugged scrub vegetation, within the heart of an ancient volcano, and is South Africa’s most luxurious and well-known resort. A myriad of entertainment such as Sun City Superbowl, the South Africa’s finest concert venue; Sun City Theatre, host to several productions; and two cinemas showing current releases, are set to impress.

Day 5: sun City – pretoria – Johannesburg After getting intrigued by the Zulu’s culture, head over to uShaka Marine World. This 16-hectare theme park is the fifth largest aquarium in the world, and is home to shark species such as the ragged-tooth sharks, hammerhead sharks and local catsharks. As one of the major attractions of Golden Mile, this park guarantees a day of fun and excitement, from its daytime entertainment of Sea World, Wet ‘n Wild, uShaka beach, to the African-styled Village Walk, which has a host of restaurants, cafés and shops.

Day 3: Durban – Johannesburg – pilanesberg national parK Take a domestic flight from Durban to Johannesburg, and then proceed to the notable Pilanesberg National Park. This 572 square kilometres game reserve holds several of the nature’s wonders, especially the exotic wildlife – Africa’s “Big Five”, a healthy population of lions, leopards, black and white rhino, elephants and buffaloes. If luck strikes, you might even spot brown

Travel to the serene city of Pretoria where British colonial architecture meets South African-styled design concept. Ready your camera for notable structures like the Voortrekker Monument, Kruger House, Church Square and plenty more.

Day 6: Johannesburg – Cape town Fly from Johannesburg to Cape Town on a short domestic flight, and travel to the Table Mountain National park, where breathtaking valleys, stunning bays and diverse flora and fauna reside. Table Mountain is a flat-topped mountain overlooking the city of Cape Town. It is a major tourist attraction and a must-see for all who visit this park. Another noteworthy geological structure is the Cape of Good Hope – a rocky headland on the Atlantic coast, which possesses a significant importance to sailors for many years. As one of the most-visited attractions in the country, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is a perfect mix of shopping, entertainment and world-class restaurants, with Table Mountain sets as its backdrop. The Nelson Mandela Gateway offers boat trips to Robben Island, which previously served as a place of banishment and imprisonment used by the Dutch.

Day 7: Cape town Explore several major destinations of Cape Town that are perfect for landscape photography – Cape Peninsular, a rocky peninsular that protrudes and stretches 75 kilometres out to the Atlantic Ocean; Seal Island, where a great number of cape fur seals reside; and Boulders Bay, where one can find a penguin colony. Hop on a diesel bus ride and get whisked away on a scenic journey 238 metres above the ocean, bringing one to the Cape of Good Hope.

Day 8: Cape town A visit to Stellenbosch will introduce travellers to a world of fine wine. Stopover at Neethlingshof Wine Estates to taste the finest wine produced in the region. Learn a little history at the Cape Malay Quarter, which was previously occupied by the colonial settlers who spread their growing Islamic faith among slaves and their descendants. An education tour to the Spier Cheetah Outreach Centre will help visitors to understand the plight of the cheetahs and the campaign for their survival. End the day at Westcoast Ostrich Show Ranch, a popular tourist destination providing informative tours, great value leather and featuring an ostrich meat-oriented restaurant.

Day 9: Cape town – Dubai – Kuala lumpur Depart from Cape Town to Kuala Lumpur, with breakfast provided.

Day 10: Kuala lumpur Home sweet home.

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Busan sea FestiVal Busan: Korea’s largest sea festival sees millions of vacationers gathering at Busan for 10 days of beach, sun, water and fun every year. Held at Haeundae Beach, Gwangalli Beach, and several other places within the city, this major event will include over 30 small and large-scale celebrations from water sports programmes, quality art performances, street dance to art exhibitions. Don’t miss out the performance by top Korean celebrities during the opening ceremony.

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killorglin: One of the Ireland’s oldest and longest celebrated festivals, Puck Fair is packed with fairs, concerts, street entertainment, workshops and competitions. Don’t miss out some of the mind boggling events such as the Wobbly Circus Street Entertainment, Pet Show and dazzling fireworks on the final day.

leeds: One of the best live performances in the UK, Leeds festival will feature celebrated artists such as My Chemical Romance, Muse, Interpol, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Pulp and many more. Party to your heart’s content as several stages, well as on-site bars and food outlets will be set up to compromise large numbers of visitors.

Venice: The 68th edition will have Darren Aronofsky (director of Black Swan) as the International Jury’s president and Marco Müllen as director. Catch highly anticipated films like Cut by Amir Naderi; and The Ides of March. This festival aims to promote awareness for international cinema and its aspects of art and entertainment.

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bangkok: Performers from the UK, Brazil, Netherlands, Taiwan and many more will be gathering at the Thailand Cultural Centre for an array of spectacular performances. From contemporary ballet, gymnastic dance, opera, to symphony concert, this is one music and dance festival not to be missed!

Perth: Australia’s most sought after creative talents will present their collections in the fashion tents during the Perth Fashion Festival. Drawing more than 44,000 visitors last year, this is a must-attend event on the Australia’s fashion calendar. Events include runway shows and fashion exhibitions.

Hawaii: As part of the Aloha Festivals, this floral parade is a vibrant equestrian procession of both male and female P’au (horse) riders, and an exhibition of elaborated floats adorned with bright and colourful Hawaiian flowers carried from Ala Moana Park to Kapiolani Park.

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Aomori NebutA FestivAl Aomori: One of the three major festivals in the Tohoku region, Japan, Nebuta festival is held mainly in Aomori prefecture and attracts millions of visitors every year. The nebuta floats clad with colourful lanterns and historical figures painted on paper, are carried by participants with accompanying haneto dancers and children. Rent or purchase a haneto costume and watch the brilliant fireworks at the end of the final day.

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