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savouring Australia’s can’t-miss landscapes and laidback lifestyle. Australia’s domestic airlines serve all state capital cities and regional centres
SOME UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES IN AUSTRALIA’S CITIES
There’s nothing like cities so exciting, you wouldn’t want to sleep until you get back home
ibrant and vivacious, picturesque and playful, restful and relaxing – Australian cities are an eclectic mix of 21st century hi-tech and historical charm. While the boulevards are bustling, the alleys are hidden and enchanting. Filled to the brim with sights and sounds, art and architecture, leisurely days and lively nights, Australian cities boast a café culture that makes for ideal chill-outs, pubs and clubs that make for cool hangouts, shopping that gives any credit card a decent
workout, plus a world-class public transport system that makes getting around a breeze. Get the most out of your trip to Australia by taking in the sights and sounds of popular city gateways. But instead of just staying in one city, why not hop on a quick flight to the next city destination, made easy by the availability of good flight connections. Flying is the best way to cover large distances in a short time. You’ll spend less time travelling and more time on the ground
Sydney: The harbour of excitement Sydney is a global city bursting with exhilaration, an urban beach lifestyle and the world’s most iconic harbour. Jump on a ferry and get up close and personal with the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Then again, you can always go on the bridge climb and be awed by the billion-dollar views. Another spectacular sight is from the Sydney Skywalk – a glass-floored viewing platform perched over the edge of Sydney Tower and 260 metres above the street. Visit The Rocks and get a real sense of Australia’s colonial history. After which you can check out Sydney’s beautiful beaches, including Manly and the world-famous Bondi Beach. Perth: The chill-out park Perth is famous for its relaxed lifestyle, where outdoor leisure pursuits abound. Go yachting or parasailing on the beautiful blue waters of the Swan River, or cycle around the Perth foreshore. Work on your tan on some of the best beaches in the world or picnic in Kings Park, with 400 hectares of natural bush, parkland and gardens where you can stroll, cycle or just lay back and admire Perth’s skyline. Do call into Fremantle for a cuppa coffee on its renowned Cappuccino Strip. Melbourne: The culture of good times Treasures abound in the cobblestoned laneways of Melbourne. Discover swanky bars, authentic restaurants, secret art spaces and off-the-beaten-track boutiques. Find fashion originals in Flinders Lane and check out Union Lane’s bold graffiti mural. Visit galleries and see
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and the verdant parks that surround the city. Adelaide is also known as the 20-minute city – simply because everything’s so close, it seems it’s all just 20 minutes away. Brisbane: The gallery of subtropical charm Brisbane is Australia’s subtropical capital where fun-inthe-sun beach activities are offered alongside arts and culture: surf beaches, mountain ranges and subtropical rainforests envelope a city that also houses a delightful
array of galleries, museums and science centres. The Brisbane River is home to the exhilarating high-speed CityCat – a not-to-be-missed river cruise that gives you yet another reason to spend some time here.
MORE CITIES, MORE FUN Take flight in a hot air balloon in Canberra. See 130 million-year-old dinosaur footprints preserved in rock at Broome. Ride some of the world’s longest waves
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cutting-edge outdoor art exhibitions. Spend the night listening to live jazz in Bennetts or Manchester Lanes. Serviced by the world’s biggest tram network, the capital of the state of Victoria is a joy to get around and a mustvisit destination. Adelaide: The festival of fun Adelaide is Australia’s festival capital, where thousands of festival lovers from around the world converge for the Adelaide Festival of Arts, the annual Fringe Festival, and the Tasting Australia food and wine festival. Also worth checking out are the Adelaide Central Market, which reflects the huge diversity of Adelaide’s ethnic community,
at the Gold Coast. Learn about Australian mythology, indigenous art and culture at Alice Springs. Relax between the reef and rainforest at Cairns. Be wowed by the hot-pink sunset at Darwin. Come to a realisation that getting the heart racing with Australian fun and excitement is one of the best forms of rest and relaxation.
To start planning your trip to Australia, get some inspiration by visiting www.australia.com. Refer to any of our Aussie Specialists to enjoy discounts and special offers for Australia.
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Have a Whale of a time on The Great Sunshine Way
The Great Sunshine Way
Blessed with year round sunshine and a mild winter, Queensland is the perfect destination for couples and families alike. Explore the beautiful destinations of Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast at your own pace. Rockhampton
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Each year, between the months of July and November, the sea waters off the east coast of Queensland, transform into a giant aquatic playground for no less than 14,000 humpback whales, which make their annual winter pilgrimage from the Antarctic to warmer oceans to breed.
The best way to enjoy this amazing spectacle is to join a whale-watching cruise. You get to come up close to the humpback whales, sometimes no further than an arm’s length, and marvel at these massive 40-tonne creatures perform their acrobatic stunts.
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The Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast are also ideal places to spot these migrating humpback whales.
Hervey Bay is one of the many locations in Queensland to do whalewatching. Over 30% of these magnificent mammals are believed to stop over here during their “return leg” of the migration with their young, earning this coastal city on Queensland’s Fraser Coast the accolade “Whale Watch Capital of the World”.
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Conquer the theme parks, spot humpback whales, hike through the hinterlands or simply enjoy the shopping, nightlife and entertainment. Discover why Gold Coast is “Famous for Fun”.
Queensland’s capital, Brisbane, is a colourful city with a laidback vibe. You’ll find youthful entertainment, eclectic laneway markets, cool urban villages, fine restaurants and alfresco cafes.
• Live life on the edge with high velocity thrills at Dreamworld, Movie World, Sea World and Wet‘n’Wild Water World.
• Explore vibrant weekend markets at the Riverside Centre and South Bank Parklands.
• Enjoy a close encounter with the migrating humpback whales on a whale-watching cruise. • Sign up for an enchanting night tour in the Springbrook National Park to see Australia’s largest colony of glow worms. • Catch a crab for your lunch and have a go at yabbie pumping and wild pelican feeding! • Explore cosy cafes and quaint craft shops, sample fruit liqueurs and schnapps on Mount Tamborine. • Get your adrenalin “fix” on an action-packed jet boat ride with high-speed slides, drifts and thrilling 360-degree spins on the Gold Coast Broadwater.
• Shop in the city’s premier shopping destination, Queen Street Mall, and in the vintage boutiques of Fortitude Valley. • Do the Story Bridge Adventure Climb for breathtaking views of the city. • Hop onto the City Cat ferry and cruise down the scenic Brisbane River, taking in the city’s sights along the way. • Hand-feed dolphins at the Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort on Moreton Island, just 75 minutes by boat from Brisbane. • The Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), Australia’s largest of its kind, which boasts exhibitions by world-renowned artists.
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Sunshine Coast From picture-postcard villages in the hinterland to the chic coastal resort towns of Noosa and Mooloolaba, the natural beauty of this relaxed yet sophisticated region will captivate you. • Taste some of Australia’s freshest seafood and local produce alfresco style along Noosa’s Hastings Street or overlooking the Pacific Ocean. • Don’t miss Eumundi Markets, which open every Wednesday and Saturday morning, playing host to hundreds of stalls offering a mind-boggling array of local crafts and food. • Head to the famous Australia Zoo, where the late Crocodile Hunter Steven Irwin called home. • Explore the quaint mountain villages of Maleny and Montville, with tearooms and craft shops housed in log and stone cottages. • Visit The Ginger Factory, home of Buderim Ginger, the world’s finest ginger. Discover its incredible range of ginger products and honey tastings, and enjoy a live bee show.
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Journey to the Centre of the Earth 4D experience. Be exhilarated with the Hollywood Stunt Driver Show. Watch in wonderment at BATMAN - Shadows of Gotham live show. Join in the fun with the Scooby-Doo Disco Detective Show. See Bugs Bunny & friends in Kids’ WB! What’s Up Rock for a fun filled live musical show. Check out the Western Town Show Down. Join in the fun of the spectacular All Star Parade.
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Get below the surface at Sea World! See King and Gentoo penguins in their $12M exhibit, Penguin Encounter. Experience a world of fun at Castaway Bay and be enchanted by the amazing dolphins, Sea lions, sharks, Polar bears and stingrays! Australia’s Sea World is sure to entertain.
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Watch the Imagine Dolphin Show. See Polar Bear Shores. Explore Shark Bay. Ride the Jet Rescue. Enjoy the Fish Detectives Sea Lion Show.
Australian Outback Spectacular - Spirit of the Horse One of Australia’s most legendary stories is retold as Australian Outback Spectacular celebrates the courageous spirit of the Australian horse and commemorates the legend that is Phar Lap. Australian Outback Spectacular’s ‘Spirit of the Horse’ features an amazing cast of larger than life characters, magniﬁcent animals including the Australian stockhorse, stunning special effects and a delicious three course dinner. Don’t miss the Gold Coast and Australia’s newest must see live show!
Wet’n’Wild Water World Wet’n’Wild Water World is Australia’s biggest’n’best water theme park, and a full day of fun and relaxation. From adrenalin pumping rides in the Extreme H2O Zone, to Australia’s largest water slides, including the country’s first looping water slide attraction, AquaLoop, a giant wave pool and a variety of gentle rides such a Calypso Beach - Wet’n’Wild has something for everyone.
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NEW SpongeBob ParadePants stunning water displays and spectacular thematic boats! NEW Sing and dance along to the new Dora’s Best Friends Adventure live show. Immerse yourself in the stunning Imagine Dolphin Show. View the hilarious Fish Detectives Sea Lion Show. Check out the fun interactive children’s shows. NEW Jetstunt Extreme show with the world’s best jetski stunt performers.
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Paradise Country Paradise Country Aussie Farm Tour offers an authentic Aussie farm experience for people of all ages reflecting the Australian bush culture. Guests can enjoy half-day farm tours including exciting horsemanship displays by stockmen and women, koala cuddling and kangaroo feeding, damper and billy tea by the campﬁre, as well as a delicious barbeque lunch. Also don’t miss demonstrations of whip cracking, boomerang throwing and sheep shearing.
Sea World Whale Watch Get up close and personal with one of the world’s largest marine mammals in an awe-inspiring natural experience with Sea World Whale Watch. Sea World Whale Watch’s state of the art whale watching vessel provides the Gold Coast’s only environmentally friendly whale watching experience*. The Whale Watching season runs every year from June to November. *Currently operating
Sea World Helicopters Take a flight with Sea World Helicopters for a bird’s eye view of the Gold Coast’s beautiful coast line. Cruise over the white sandy beaches and enjoy the aerial spectacle of the magnificent hinterland. Sea World Helicopters can arrange a customised tour to suit your plans, with flights available to both Sea World guests and direct to the public.
1. Uncover your own gemstone, gold, silver at NEW Paradise Gold Mine, or find an opal at Clancy’s Opal Mine. 2. Have your photo taken cuddling a koala. 3. Enjoy the Sheep Shearing Show. 4. Try some traditional Aussie Billy Tea & damper. 5. Feed the kangaroos. 6. Enjoy the stunts of the Stockman Show. 7. Enjoy the Aussie Farm Yard with baby animals of all shapes and sizes.
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Sheep Shearing Show & Ram Parade. Stockmen & Sheep Dog Show. Whip-cracking and horse riding demonstration. Cow milking, boomerang demonstration.
Sea World Resort & Water Park With friendly staff, fantastic facilities and direct monorail access to Sea World, Sea World Resort and Water Park is a perfect holiday destination. Consisting of 405 rooms in three different accommodation wings and it’s own water park for guests to enjoy. Sea World Resort now features daily Nickelodeon character appearances and the NEW SpongeBob themed Aquatic Adventure Zone.
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Wineglass Bay Lookout, Freycinet National Park
magine an island, with the world’s cleanest air, fresh ocean seafood and friendly harbourside cities only a short drive from tall forests, rugged mountains and crystal clear lakes teaming with wild trout. Tasmania is the perfect size for a self-drive holiday – distances are short, roads are good, and everywhere you go you have spectacular coastal or mountain views.
CAPITAL CITY Hobart is the capital of Tasmania, and being Australia’s second oldest city its new buildings blend in with the heritage ones that line the shores of the Derwent River.
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There is much to do to delight your senses: stroll around the old docks; watch fishing trawlers unload their catch for the seafood restaurants located here; nurse a coffee under the striped sun umbrellas of Salamanca; spend Saturday soaking up the fun of Salamanca Market (open 8.30am-3pm) as you browse through more than 250 stalls specialising in Tasmanian produce, design, music and natural products. Enjoy the fresh, cool and clean environment while taking in the city’s panorama from the summit of Mount Wellington. For avid foodies, taste freshly shucked oysters at Barilla Bay, pick own fruit at Sorell Fruit Farm or explore the southern wine region. Head out to historic town of Richmond and the Tasman Peninsula, the heart of Tasmania’s convict experience at Port Arthur. For eco adventures, try jet-boating on the Huon River, seal-
watching on Bruny Island, the Tahune Forest ‘Airwalk’ or walking through Tasmania’s oldest National Park – Mount Field and Russell Falls.
EAST COAST A two-and-a-half hours’ drive up to the East coast of Tasmania brings you to the town of Coles Bay, the gateway to Freycinet National Park. Climb to the lookout at Wineglass Bay and discover beaches fringed by lush forests where wildlife abounds. Kayak on Coles Bay, abseil or quad bike to remote beaches in the area. Further north, discover why Lonely Planet chose the Bay of Fires as one of the best destinations in the world for 2009. Nothing in the world rivals Tasmanian seafood, with villages like St. Helens, Bicheno and Swansea being the places to devour plump oysters, lobster and fish.
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GETTING THERE Tasmania is only an hour’s flight from Melbourne. From Sydney it’s just an hour and a half flight. There are many connecting flights each day such as Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia to Hobart or Launceston.
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LAUNCESTON AND THE TAMAR VALLEY Tasmania’s northern gateway is Launceston and many visitors use the airport here to start their northern Tasmanian adventure. Visitors will discover a surprisingly cosmopolitan city with some fine dining experiences that feature local produce and wines, a delightful riverside location, gracious gardens and the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery. Wine touring is possible year round along the Tamar River Valley which heads north out of Launceston. The valley is home to cool climate grape varieties such as Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc, which thrive here and produce some of the world’s most
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exciting range of wines. Several of these also have superb restaurants to complete the wine touring experience. For those who like a little adventure, play a round of golf at Barnbougle Dunes Golf Links, and the forest canopy walk in Hollybank Forest is a must-do activity. At Beauty Point, enter the wondrous world of seahorses and endangered marine creatures, then meet families of platypus in a fascinating discovery centre. Tour the Bridestowe Lavender Farm, flowering mid-December to mid-January.
• Tasmania is ideal for an easy self-drive, the roads are safe and easy to drive. • Tasmanians drive on the left side on the road • Plan your trip. Find out how long it will take to drive between destinations. If using a GPS system, check to make sure routes chosen are not unsealed. • It is illegal to use a mobile phone when driving • Wearing a seatbelt is compulsory by law • Slow down and be alert for wildlife, especially when driving in the early morning, at dusk or during the night, when the animals are more active. • Take regular rest breaks.
FOR MORE INFORMATION Visit www.discovertasmania.com
NORTHWEST COAST The further westward visitors travel in Tasmania, the more remote things become and one gets the impression that, that’s just the way the locals like it. From Launceston, a short two and half hour drive due west brings one up into the high country of Cradle Mountain National Park. Go on a foodie journey as you stock up on raspberries at Christmas Hills and English country-style cheese at Ashgrove, and sample delicious salmon and ginseng products at 41˚ South Tasmania and chocolate at House of Anvers. Naturally, Cradle Mountain attracts people who wish to immerse themselves in the wilderness or experience the beauty of pristine lakes, towering mountains and wildlife species that are distinct to Tasmania. Spend some time in the country-estate surroundings of the MGallery Cradle Mountain Lodge, relax in its cosy setting, see Tasmanian Devils and walk the picturesque Dove Lake. Out of the park and on the coastline bordering Bass Strait the main townships are Devonport, Wynyard and Stanley. Further westward, Burnie is home to arts and crafts centres, a whisky distillery, a pioneer village and Makers Workshop, which is home to artisans and artists. Take time to get to know Stanley, one of the finest colonial-era villages in Australia. To work up your appetite for local food, walk up The Nut, the remains of an extinct
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volcano or take the Woolnorth Tour to Cape Grim to breathe the cleanest air in the world.
WESTERN WILDERNESS Tasmania is noted for its picturesque natural scenery and it doesn’t get any more dramatic than on the remote west coast. Rivers, lakes, coastlines, mountains and forest combine to make the region one of the most stunning landscapes in the world. Queenstown is the main town in the area, with the small settlement of Strahan being about as far west as visitors can access on the island. The area is accessible by good roads from Hobart to the southeast and Launceston to the northeast. Walking trails and 4 x 4 tracks provide access for adventurers to reach the remotest areas. Guided wilderness adventures into the Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers National Park await those who are fit enough and well prepared. Strahan is the base for travelling along the tranquil and scenic waterways Macquarie Harbour and the Gordon River. Back in Strahan, check out ‘The Ship that Never Was’, a theatre production. This longest running in Australia tells the true story of the last ship built on Sarah Island and how it was stolen by convicts who used it to escape. For more information you may wish to contact the following ASP agencies
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he first and largest premier integrated destination resort city on the East Coast of Malaysia, Bukit Gambang Resort City is a family-orientated holiday spot with multiple attractions and accommodation options. Sprawling over 547 acres, the scenic Bukit Gambang Resort City currently comprises the Caribbean Bay Resort, Active Academy Teambuilding and Development Centre, M.IC.E facilities and Water Park. New additions in 2012 are the Safari Park and the Arabian Bay Resort, followed by the first phase of the Global Heritage Villas in 2014. Awarded “Best Large Water Park in Malaysia 2011” by the Malaysian Association of Amusement, Themepark and Family Attractions, the Bukit Gambang Water Park is the nation’s largest water park, boasting the largest wave pool and the longest raft ride in Malaysia. Within walking distance to the water park, the Caribbean Bay Resort is an ideal stay, complete with meeting facilities conducive for any corporate function. For team building opportunities, the Active Academy Teambuilding & Development Centre is able to meet the needs of corporate companies, schools, institutions and even large group bookings. From its present 1000-room inventory, the resort will boast 2000 rooms by mid 2012 with the completion of the Arabian Bay Resort. This newest addition will comprise of three wings of accommodation, food and beverage outlets, club house facilities and a convention centre, with six exhibition halls, 12 meeting rooms and a grand ballroom that can host a banquet seating of up to 3,050 people. For enquiries or reservations, please call 03-89419898/09-5488000 or visit www.bgrc.com.my.
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All’s New At Dreamworld, WhiteWaterWorld & SkyPoint
and interact with your favourite animated characters, enjoy festive musical shows, ride all-new attractions, and delight in unique food, beverage and merchandise offerings. For adrenaline seekers, Dreamworld’s new Big 7 Thrill Ride, BuzzSaw, the highest inversion ride experience in the Southern Hemisphere, will give you the fix you need. Shockwave adventure is a must for families who enjoy some fun and thrill. At the Australian Wildlife Experience, guests will enjoy an encounter with Aussie animals and larrikins. To get a taste of what life is like on an outback farm, head to the new Dreamworld Woolshed for the Australian Sheep Shearing Show. For more wild experiences, swap shorts for swimmers and flash your World Pass at the interconnecting gate to jump straight into WhiteWater World. Take on the park’s thrilling slides including the Green Room and The Wedgie. Let the kids go wild in the Pipeline Plunge before retreating to your own private poolside Cabana. While visiting the Gold Coast, another must-do is SkyPoint Observation Deck and the new aweinspiring open-air adventure, SkyPoint Climb. Located in the heart of Surfers Paradise on level 77 of the iconic Q1
ast year, Dreamworld, WhiteWater World and SkyPoint saw a host of sensational features and attractions added to their line-up. The start of this new year signals even greater things to come. For a start, Dreamworld is currently undergoing the most exciting and extensive development being undertaken in any Australian theme park. It will launch the new DreamWorks Experience precinct in April 2012. Inspired by DreamWorks Animation iconic franchises, the DreamWorks Experience precinct will welcome you into the worlds of Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar. You can come face to face
building, SkyPoint Observation Deck offers stunning views of the beaches, hinterland and Gold Coast skyline, and has all the information you need to plan your holiday hit list. SkyPoint Climb, Australia’s highest external building walk, takes you on a guided journey some 270 metres in the sky atop the iconic Q1 resort building to admire 360-degree views of Queensland’s beautiful southeast region. Dreamworld and SkyPoint are currently offering a “Buy one adult ticket and one child enters for free” deal. This offer is available through your preferred travel agents during MATTA Travel Fair and valid for travel from March – September 2012. For more information, visit www.dreamworld.com.au or www.skypoint.com.au
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into four ascending temple halls. While most will make their way steadily up towards the topmost hall, Baoguo’s main hall is at the second tier, where the huge Buddha Sakyamuni sits impressively on his lotus throne, flanked by Buddha’s eighteen disciples in the two side rooms. Located at the mountain’s midsection, Wannian Temple (万年寺) is accessible after a seven-minute cable car ride and then up a solitary stairway that leads to the temple grounds. Only that it isn’t just any stairway – it is a 223-step stairway, which no doubt only the deeply pious and determined will think nothing of. The temple’s main attraction, a 7.85 metre statue of Bodhissattva Puxian (also known as Samantabhadra) riding on a sixtusked white elephant weighing a staggering 62 tonnes, is housed in the temple’s Dome Hall, and was built in honour of Mount Emei’s patron saint.
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If you are looking for a holiday filled with gastronomy treats and gorgeous ancient sites – then let this capital of Sichuan wow you
hen people mention Chengdu, the image of Sichuan peppers and cute pandas come immediately to mind. Look beyond that, and you’ll find so much more – glorious scenery that brings peace of mind, friendly locals who’ll gladly impart the art of drinking Chinese tea, and pious believers who’ll journey tirelessly to ancient temples to thank the Gods for another good year.
FACE OF PEACE Located east of Leshan City and about a two-hour ride from Chengdu, the Giant Buddha of Leshan (乐山大佛) is affectionately called Dafo in Chinese. It’s exactly what its name claims – the largest Buddha in the world at a staggering 71 metres, with shoulders measuring 28 metres wide, each eyebrow stretching 5.5 metres across, and his smallest toenail capable of accommodating a full-grown adult seated down. It is said to be the brainchild of a Chinese monk named Haitong who lived in the 8th century. Haitong had hoped that the presence of the Buddha would calm the turbulent waters that plagued the shipping vessels traversing the area. The project was colossal – Dafo would take 90 years to complete, workers carved the entire statue out of the Xiluo Peak of
Mount Lingyun. Eventually, Haitong’s plan worked, though not entirely for its supernatural reasoning, but also due to the enormous amount of rubble deposited in the river from the carvings, thus altering currents and calming the waters. Devout Buddhist followers and photography fans visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site faithfully, many offering silent prayers as they bow before the seated Maitreya Buddha. Photo opportunities are aplenty; either at a terrace next to his ear, or down a winding stairway to the mountain bottom where his feet are. Don’t be surprised if you see people taking eons just to get their photo angle right – whether it’s smoothing Dafo’s hair or touching his ears – for these are supposed ways for longevity and good luck.
You can’t say you’ve been to Chengdu, if you haven’t had a shot at Sichuan cuisine – or specifically, a dish that has Sichuan peppers in it. An important flavouring in local fare, these peppercorns give Sichuan food its distinctive spicy flavour. Popular dishes include the famous Sichuan mala hotpot and mapo tofu (silky tofu in hot sauce). As the birthplace of one of China’s four major cooking styles, Chengdu is also bursting with food options galore, earning its reputation as a UNESCO City of Gastronomy – Asia’s first and only city to be awarded with this honour. More than just spices, Sichuan cuisine is also sour, sweet and salty; using a good mix of soy sauce, vinegar, fermented soy beans and hot pickled mustard greens. Meats like poultry and beef make regular appearances more so than seafood: think signature dishes such as ginko in stewed chicken (白果炖鸡), twice-cooked pork (回锅 肉), and kung pao chicken (宫保鸡丁).
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Directly opposite the Giant Buddha is the beautiful Mount Emei (峨眉山). Meaning ‘delicate eyebrow’, Mount Emei derives its name from its two peaks – Wanfo (Ten Thousand Buddha) Summit and Golden Summit, which put together resembles the delicate eyebrows of a Chinese beauty. A UNESCO World Heritage Site together with the Leshan scenic area, Mount Emei carries with it an utmost religious significance, since this is where China’s first Buddhist temple was built atop the Golden Summit, the religion brought forth via the Silk Road from India in the 1st century AD. At the base of Mount Emei sits Baoguo Temple (报国 寺). Built during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), the site was previously named Huizong Hall, which symbolises the combination of three religions: Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. Later, Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) ordered for a name change to Baoguo Temple, which literally translates to ‘dedication to one’s country’, since the Buddhist doctrine believes this to be the foremost calling of a believer. Baoguo Temple is a popular pilgrimage site for Buddhist followers, and the ‘must-go’ temple to visit should tourists not wish to take the five kilometres hike to the top of Mount Emei (about 10 hours on foot). As the largest temple on Mount Emei, the complex is divided
Located in Hongya County, LiuJiang Old Town(柳江古 镇) looks somewhat like a beautiful oil painting – traditional Chinese garden-styled residences, gently flowing brooks, quaint teahouses and gorgeous mountain scenery stretching for miles and miles. Before China’s Liberation in 1949, the town was dominated mainly by a few wealthy households, of which Zeng Jia Yuan (Zeng’s Family Garden /曾家园) is the best-preserved, and the only one open to visitors now. Dating back to 1927, the site took 10 years to build. The Zengs allocated specific pavilions for tea and chess sessions, a courtyard for hosting seasonal performances, and another one for their sleeping quarters. Fast forward to the present, LiuJiang Old Town now has a population of about 4,000, with a soothingly relaxed pace of life, and commercialisation has thankfully not completely seeped in yet. It’s common to see friendly locals standing by their doors smiling invitingly, laughing kids and adults challenging obstacles at the town’s water play area, wizened old men bent over their game of chess at a teahouse, or housewives washing clothes along the river’s ‘dominolooking’ bridge – made simply by lining paving stones across one end to the other. Visit us at Hall 1 booth 10 for more information
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Jodhpur, “The Blue City”, is just one of the exotic cities you will pass through on a tour onboard a luxury train in India
this 11-coach wonder. Each of these coaches has been artistically adorned to offer cozy comforts as well as the luxury of a 5-star vacation.
PALACE ON WHEELS Once used by the rulers of the states of Rajputana, Gujarat, the Nizam of Hyderabad and the Viceroy of British India, the Palace on Wheels is a fully air-conditioned and luxurious train comprising of 14 deluxe saloons, each with four twin-bedded cabins attached with facilities such as bath and shower with hot and cold water, attached toilets, channel music, intercom, interesting games for children and wall-to-wall carpeting. Named after different states in Rajasthan, these saloons are decorated in accordance with the culture and characteristics of the respective places. The Palace on Wheels also has two restaurants cum kitchen cars - the Maharaja and the Maharani offering traditional Indian, Rajasthani, Continental and Chinese cuisine. At the end of each coach is a separate lounge providing passengers a relaxing atmosphere when they come out of their bedrooms; the lounge provides an exotic view of great Indian countryside. Within the seven nights/eight days route of Palace on Wheels, you will have the opportunity to visit many beautiful cities, historical monuments, wildlife sanctuaries and experience the enjoyment of your lifetime. The train leaves Delhi every Wednesday.
You will have the opportunity to visit beautiful cities, historical monuments and wildlife sanctuaries. DECCAN ODYSSEY TRAIN
Luxury Trains Of India
Experience the lifestyles of kings and maharajas by traversing India in luxury trains GOLDEN CHARIOT A luxury train filled to the brim with modern amenities, the Golden Chariot offers three distinct tour packages to choose from. Each of these tours has been designed to showcase the essence of the South Indian states of Karnataka as well as Goa. For eight days and seven nights, the Golden Chariot takes its passengers across time through ancient kingdoms such as Hampi, Halebid, and Badami. During this magical trip, the juxtaposition of the historical heritage of the places displayed across towns like Belur, Bangalore and Mysore with the wildlife heritage of Kabini
and also the state-of-the art amenities of Goa enables passengers to completely indulge their senses on an allinclusive package. Besides the luxurious destinations, the guests are also welcome to get themselves pampered onboard the Golden Chariot. The various amenities that a guest could avail of include two in-house restaurants, namely, Nala and Ruchi; one lounge bar; a gym as well as a Spa. A variety of cuisines are served in the most tasteful manner in the restaurants and the ‘Mandira’ bar is the perfect place to unwind and relax. The accommodation options too have been very well taken care of through
If Europe has the Orient Express and Palace on Wheels belongs to Rajasthan, Maharasthra is synonymous with the Deccan Odyssey. Deccan Odyssey is the result of a collaborations between the famous Taj Group of hotels and the Indian Railway, and is a complete five-star hotel on wheels, with two restaurants, a bar, a sauna, a business centre and other such amenities on board. Starting from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai, the Deccan Odyssey transports its guests on an unforgettable weeklong journey, the Deccan Odyssey’s route brings you past exotic destinations covering the vast expanse of Maharashtra and a pinch of Goa Mumbai, Ganpatipule, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Goa, Pune, Aurangabad, Ajanta and Ellora.
ROYAL ORIENT TRAIN As you embark on your journey by the Royal Orient train, you get to explore two of the most fascinating and culturally rich states of India, Gujarat and Rajasthan. A joint venture of the Tourism Corporation of Gujarat and the Indian Railways, the Royal Orient train is fitted with all the modern conveniences you would expect in five star hotels. Every cabin is clean, comfortable and furnished tastefully. The cabins have spacious baths attached to them, equipped with running hot and cold water. Starting from Delhi Cantonment Station, the Royal Orient offers a seven day/eight night package covering important heritage tourist locations in Rajasthan and Gujarat. Some of the tourist spots covered are the Qutub Minar, Red Fort and Jama Masjid in Delhi, Chittorgarh Fort and Rani Padmini’s Palace in Chittorgarh, Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, Lake Palace in Udaipur, the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary in Gujarat and the Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar in Jaipur. Visit us at Hall 1 booth 4 for more information
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Magical moments in The Historic Centre of Macau “The Historic Centre of Macau” has been inscribed on the World Heritage List, making it the 31st designated World Heritage site in China on 15 July 2005. This international recognition will further raise community awareness and foster an appreciation of heritage values, thus providing a positive influence on future urban redevelopment programmes that will evolve in line with heritage conservation. “The Historic Centre of Macau” is a living representation of the city’s historic settlement, encompassing architectural legacies interwoven in the midst of the original urban fabric that includes streetscapes and piazzas, such as Barra Square, Lilau Square, St. Augustine’s Square, Senado Square, Cathedral Square, St. Dominic’s Square, Company
of Jesus Square and Camões Square. These major urban squares and streetscapes provide the linkage for a succession of over twenty monuments, including A-Ma Temple, Moorish Barracks, Mandarin’s House, St. Lawrence’s Church, St. Joseph’s Seminary and Church, Dom Pedro V Theatre, Sir Robert Ho Tung Library, St. Augustine’s Church, “Leal Senado” Building, Sam Kai Vui Kun (Kuan Tai Temple), Holy House of Mercy, Cathedral, Lou Kau Mansion, St. Dominic’s Church, Ruins of St. Paul’s, Na Tcha Temple, Section of the Old City Walls, Mount Fortress, St. Anthony’s Church, Casa Garden, the Protestant Cemetery and Guia Fortress (including Guia Chapel and Lighthouse) altogether known as “The Historic Centre of Macau”. Website of Macau World Heritage: www.wh.mo
traditions. This space provides a comfortable venue for tea-related seminars and demonstrations of different methods of tea preparation, both of which will allow visitors and locals to interactively learn and enjoy the culture of tea, and even purchase some of their favorite types of tea, handcrafted goods and souvenirs.
the gatehouse, the servant’s quarters, the main garden and its connecting building. The back area is the masters’ quarters, mainly consisting of two traditional Guangdong courtyard houses of symmetrical arrangement. These two houses are separated by an alleyway, but are linked by hallways on second level. On plan, each house is of three bays in width and two halls in depth. There is a patio in the central bay between the halls along the main axis of the house. Similarly, both houses are two storeys in front view, but are three storeys high at the back. The Mandarin’s House has the essential characteristics of traditional Guangdong residence, yet it also features a fusion of architectural influences from other cultures, making it a unique structure that demonstrates the encounter and interchange between Chinese and Western cultures. www.wh.mo/mandarinhouse
NEW ATTRACTIONS IN MACAU 1) Tourism and Cultural Activities Center (CATC) At the CATC, visitors will find aspects of Macau’s unique East-West culture presented in an interactive way and learn interesting facts to make their experience more memorable. Virtual Macau Experience On level B-2, explore Macau Tourism Today, go on a tour of the city’s World Heritage sites, newest developments and local Events and Festivals. A high-definition video with surround sound is available to showcase the city’s newest and most exciting attractions in a comfortable environment. Macau Creative Pavilion The Macau Creative Pavilion, on level B-1, jointly operated by the Cultural Affairs Bureau and local creative groups, lets you browse among displays of creative goods made and on sale in Macau. Multi Service Floor The ground floor features a foreign exchange services, tourist information and hotel assistance, travel bookings and Made-in-Macau area, which showcases, promotes and sells a wide range of products Made-in-Macau. LUSITANUS Find Portugal in Macau Relax and enjoy Portuguese-style “bica” espresso with delectable Portuguese egg tarts, a local specialty, while viewing traditional Portuguese dance performance, movie, or demonstration of Portuguese handicrafts at LUSITANUS on the first floor. This floor also offers a Portuguese specialties gourmet shop with variety of wine, tea, coffee, cheese, olive oil, honey, sausages, olives and regional sweets, as well as, handicraft and design area to display and sell works of art, handcrafted goods and products designed by local and Portuguese artists. Macau Tea Story On the second floor, the Macau Tea Story unfolds in a Chinese-style tea art showroom, where visitors can browse among displays and taste different teas and popular snacks as well as to learn more about Macau
2) Macau Giant Panda Pavilion Nestled against a hillside in Seac Pai Van Park in Coloane in a fan-shaped layout of about 3,000 square metres, Macau Giant Panda Pavilion is designed to take advantage of combining the terrain’s natural undulations with the architectural characteristics. The pavilion comprises two 330 square metre indoor activity quarters and a 600 square metre outdoor yard for the inhabitation of the giant pandas and a 900 square metre indoor exhibit area. Two viewing paths of different elevations align along the front edge of the fan-layout indoor activity area, accessible to two streams of visitors. Internal facilities include a logistic centre with panda dens, bamboo-washing and storage quarters, feed preparation room, and a feed warehouse. www.macaupanda.org.mo 3) The Mandarin’s House The Mandarin’s House, built around 1869, was the ancestral home of Zheng Guanying. The construction of the house was initiated by Zheng Wenrui, the father of Zheng Guanying, and the house was later expanded by the Zheng brothers. The house occupies an area of 4,000 square metres, on which are buildings and open spaces designed in various architectural styles. The entire complex has more than 60 rooms in total. A private residence of such scale is rare in Macau. The layout of the Mandarin’s House can be divided into two zones: front and back. The front area encompasses
4) Macau Science Center The Macau Science Center – designed by worldrenowned Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei – is instantly recognisable by its silvery, cone-shaped exterior. There are fourteen galleries arranged in a spiral and accentuated by an arch shape. After Beijing and Hong Kong, Macau is the third city in the world to possess the 8,000 x 8,000 pixel screen equipment. The Center also generates 3D effects via a high definition 3D projection system in the Space Theatre of the Planetarium, the first digital system to be simultaneously equipped with ultra-high definition (8,000 x 8,000) and 3D visual effects in the world – all designed to give visitors an entertaining yet educational insight into the fascinating world of science. In addition, a same-scale model of the Shenzhou-VII spaceship and a number of automatic intelligent robots will be featured in the brandnew Macau Science Center. www.msc.org.mo
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Christchurch and Canterbury Road Trips
Get behind the wheel and explore New Zealand’s Christchurch and its amazing Canterbury backyard, which is swathed in natural wonders – the sparkling Pacific Ocean, majestic Southern Alps and an ancient volcanic peninsula. Explore Canterbury’s lush vineyards, pristine glacial lakes, natural wildlife treasures and Mt Cook National Park – each within easy driving distances of each other. breathtaking is Akaroa, a French-inspired seaside village that provides visitors a chance to swim with Hector’s dolphins, one of the rarest in the world and can only be found off the coast of New Zealand.
Spectacular MacKenzie Country
WAIPARA VALLEY (58 MINS) / HANMER SPRINGS (90 MINS) The idyllic food and wine trail features 20 vineyards and innovative menus at local cafes. The district’s alpine spa village of Hanmer Springs is the perfect setting for indulgence and adventure. Soak in natural thermal pools, go biking, or play a round of golf. Relaxing alpine village Hanmer Springs
tart your awe-inspiring New Zealand selfdrive holiday at the heart of the South Island. Experience the four seasons and contrasting colours of Christchurch. Witness this vibrant city reemerge, after earthquakes, as a world leading, smart city. While part of Christchurch’s centre is off-limits, there is still much to do in New Zealand’s ‘Garden City’. Enjoy the true tranquility of a punt down the Avon and a leisurely stroll through the Botanic Gardens. Explore the city’s green heart, Hagley Park, for world-class entertainment at the pop-up events village, now home to Christchurch’s iconic festivals and events calendar. Uncover open-air markets, indulge in the eclectic atmosphere of busy cafes, bars and restaurants dotted around the city. Here are some road routes, with indicative driving time starting from Christchurch.
sperm whales year-round but there is a vast array of other wildlife to marvel and wilderness walks that will take your breath away.
BANKS PENINSULA / LYTTELTON (20 MINS) / AKAROA (90 MINS) Full of picturesque bays, seaside villages, boutique galleries and cafes. Lyttelton is a historic township with a strong artisan presence and eclectic cafes. Equally Stunning French village of Akaroa
KAIKOURA (2 HRS, 30 MINS) A unique place where eco-tourism meets Maori culture, and where the rugged snow-capped Southern Alps come crashing down into the Pacific Ocean. Renowned Whale Watch Kaikoura takes visitors to see the majestic
SELWYN (20 MINS) / ARTHUR’S PASS (2 HRS) Selwyn stretches across the great Canterbury plains and is bound up by the mighty Rakaia and Waimakariri Rivers, with Arthur’s Pass National Park in the high Southern Alps to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east. This area of ‘middle-earth’ New Zealand offers grand scenery, spectacular food and wine, gardens, local produce and offers a variety of activities and pure Kiwi experiences.
AORAKI MT COOK MACKENZIE (4 HRS, 50 MINS) New Zealand’s highest peak. If you are looking for clear starry nights, space and silence, the great outdoors experience or a little relaxation and pampering then this is the place to be. Surrounded by glacial lakes, stargazing tours and iceberg cruises are available. You can continue driving to Queenstown from Mt Cook (3 hrs, 48 mins).
Idyllic surrounds in Waipara Valley
Delightful cray fish pit stop in Kaikoura
Serenity and awe on the road to Ashburton
ASHBURTON (1 HR)
Stretching from the magnificent Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean, and bordered by spectacular braided rivers and high country glacial lakes. Experience traditional rural hospitality, interactive farm stays, outdoor adventure (hunting, fishing, walking, jet boating) to winter skiing in world-class Mt Hutt and Methven.
Christchurch is the gateway to the South Island. For more self-drive holiday itineraries visit www.christchurchnz.com New Zealand has four seasons: autumn (Mar - May), winter (June - Aug), spring (Sept to Nov) and summer (Dec – Feb).
Visit us at MATTA Travel Fair, Tourism New Zealand booths 2135-2136 & 2141-2142, from 16 - 18 March, 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. in Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), KL
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With its powder-soft and pearl-white shores, Boracay Island is where the rich, beautiful and famous across the globe gather to grab a slice of action under the sun chilling out. The beach, named after the puka shell that gets made into jewellery sold on the island, is one of the stops along a sailing trip round the island. Although there are less stalls and vendors here, you can still enjoy a delightful meal at one of the beachfront restaurants. Try Puka Grande, which serves delicacies such as sweet and sour fish, barbecued chicken and garlic rice. Near to Puka Beach is the Bat Cave. Take a short hike through the forest, after which you will arrive at the mouth of the cave, which drops down at a very steep angle. It is extremely slippery and dangerous, so a local guide is recommended. Those who make it inside the cave,
irst-timers to Boracay Island in the Philippines should be forgiven for thinking that it is a place for only the young, beautiful and famous. One can tell from how, even while one is up in the air on the plane, the island gradually emerges on the horizon like a butterfly at rest. Even with its diminutive proportions – the island measures seven kilometres long and one kilometre wide at its narrowest point – Boracay has seduced throngs of holidaymakers from the world over, many returning year after year. Framed by an endless stretch of soft ivory-hued sand that leads into the calm, crystalline waters, the island has earned a reputation for being a hip hangout for the young and trendy, celebrities and those in the know. Located at the north-western tip of Panay in Western Visayas, off the Sibuyan Sea, Boracay is part of Aklan, the oldest province in the Philippines. The island is made up of three cosy communitiies: Yapak in the north, Balabag in the middle and Manoc-Manoc in the south. Boracay remained a national secret until the 1970s, when a foreign film crew stumbled upon it and started spreading the word. Others attribute its popularity to the rave reviews by German travel writer Jen Peters. Either way, it would have been impossible to keep mum about the pristine allure of Boracay.
WHITE HOT Boracay’s main attraction is White Beach, which faces the turquoise waters of Sulu Sea. Hailed the “best beach in the world”, it boasts four kilometres of sand so soft, fine and bright, it’s been likened to treading on talcumpowder. Sun-worshippers can partake in a variety of activities. Adventurous types can get in on the action with adrenaline-pumping options such as windsurfing, kiteboarding and banana boat-riding. Those who want to get up close and personal with the diverse marine life can jump in the crystal waters for some snorkelling, sail away to a nearby island on a paraw (a local outrigger boat) or cut through the waves on a hobie-cat. Meanwhile, the lazy can lie back for a snooze or simply sunbathe. Most congregate at Central Boracay (which is serviced by three boat stations), where many resorts, restaurants, sea-sports centres and shops are found. There are also a myriad of stalls offering massage, hair-braiding and henna body art services, among others. This is possibly where Boracay received its reputation as a playground for the good-looking - the palmstudded pathway perpetually spills over with attractive folks flaunting their picture-perfect abs and biceps, supermodel-slim bikini-clad silhouettes or an eyecatching tattoo.
THRILLS TO TARRY AT Those who prefer to be far from the maddening crowd, however, can pop over to Bulabog Beach. Located parallel to White Beach on the eastern end of Boracay, it is fronted by a coral reef sited 500 metres off-shore. A popular spot for windsurfing and kiteboarding, it is less developed than White Beach, and therefore evokes the nostalgia of the former Boracay. Beach-goers are also found at Puka Beach. Located at the northern end of Boracay Main Road, it is quieter than White Beach, and recommended for
however, will be treated to an awe-inspiring sight of the stalactite-filled ceiling and bats further down the cave. The most common way to get around Boracay is on the tricycle, a motorised pedicab that can accommodate up to four persons. But you can also explore the island on motorbike or scooter, which are available for rental, although these are prohibited on White Beach.
SAIL AWAY, SAIL AWAY The Philippines has 7,107 islands, and some of the most enchanting can be found a stone’s throw away from Boracay. Spend a day aboard a paraw boat and set off to visit islands such as Crystal Cove. Formerly known as Tiguatian Island, named after the chirping sound of the bird found only here, it is a 20-minute journey from Boracay. Venture down to explore the two caves, where you can dive in for a spot of snorkelling. Shutterbugs can also take the opportunity to flash away, especially since the beach overlooks the South China Sea and, in the distance, Boracay. Other stops during the regular island-hopping itinerary include Crocodile Island. The island, shaped like the reptile, is a favourite site among divers. The waters here are filled with a vibrant mix of marine life, ranging from Scorpion fish and Gorgonian fan coral to Moray eels. Visit us at MATTA Travel Fair Hall 1, booth 1212 & 1213 for more information
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Stunning Sarawak ADVENTURE – BY LAND AND SEA If you’re up for some trekking then the Head Hunter’s Trail, Sarawak’s highly acclaimed trail that traces the route of the ancient Kayan tribesmen who traversed valleys, hills and rivers, is definitely worth it. Make a stop at Camp Five and climb Gunung Api (Fire Mountain) to the pinnacle, which reaches the sky at an amazing 2,377 metres. If you’re searching for a ‘cool trail’, then head for Kelabit Highlands, aptly known as Sarawak’s ‘heaven’. The main town of Bario is 1,000 metres above sea level, and is flanked by Mount Murud (2,454 metres) and Batu Lawi (2,043 metres), which is more challenging. Treks vary in length; some last up to seven days and cross into Kalimantan (Indonesia). In contrast, the Mount Santubong Summit Trek is recommended only for the fit and agile.
ne of two Malaysian states on the island of Borneo, Sarawak is home to 28 ethnic groups – each with its own distinct language, culture and lifestyle. With an area of 124,449.51 square kilometres, Sarawak is the largest state in Malaysia, making up some 37.5 percent of the country’s total area. The Ibans form the major ethnic group on this land, with the Chinese being the second largest group at 26.7 percent, followed by the Bidayuh, Melanau and other native tribes of Sarawak. The Malays also constitute a large portion (23 percent) of the population as well, mainly concentrated along the coast.
NATURE Sarawak is a nature lover’s dream destination with its protected national parks and ancient rainforests filled with caves, cascading waterfalls, pristine beaches and exotic wildlife. There are eleven National Parks and two Wildlife Centres, which contain the largest cave, chamber in the world, longest canopy skywalk and spectacular natural limestone formation. Bako National Park – the state’s oldest – is 37 kilometres from Kuching and a short ferry ride across Sungai Santubong. Things to do here include bird watching, caving, jungle trekking, photography, rock climbing, snorkelling, sunbathing and swimming. The Mulu National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that will take your breath away. Gunung Mulu has it all – the most extensive cave system with razor sharp limestone pinnacles where you can watch the exodus of millions of bats from the dim caverns at dusk. Another worth a mention is the Niah National Park where, over 40,000 years ago, prehistoric men inhabited the Niah Great Caves. Paleolithic artefacts and Neolithic paintings can be found at ancient burial sites dated as far back as 42,000 years. Another excursion that must be experienced is a visit to Pulau Talang and Pulau Satang National Parks. These two islands are turtle sanctuaries and between May and October, green turtles come ashore to lay and bury their eggs. Pulau Satang Besar is open to the public while visits to Talang-Talang Islands require special permits.
Located near the town of Bau, just 40 minutes from Kuching, are the Fairy Caves from which you can try rock climbing and abseiling. Another activity for the adventurous is caving which, while demanding, requires reasonable mental and physical fitness. Get wet and wild as you squeeze through rocks and boulders, swim through subterranean streams and get covered in mud. For mountain bike enthusiasts, Sarawak is an ideal destination. There are annual mountain bike competitions such as the Rainforest Cup, which is held in Kuching at the nearby beach resort of Damai, and the Battle of Borneo at Mulu. Jet skiing, paragliding, windsurfing or sailing the turquoise waters off the coast of Sarawak are definite musts if you enjoy water sports. There is also diving
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available and many sites remain unexplored. This is one of Sarawak’s best-kept secrets and many sites rival that of Sipadan in Malaysia and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Current popular dive sites are off Miri – the Luconia Shoals (by live aboard), Tukau Drop Off, Siwa Reefs, Eve’s Garden, Santak Point, Kenyalang Rig, Sri Gadong wreck and many others.
ENTERTAINMENT & RESTAURANTS Steeped in rich cultural heritage, the colourful ethnic tribes in Sarawak celebrate a potpourri of events and festivals throughout the year. However, a feature common to all festivals in Sarawak is the open house tradition, where friends, relatives and strangers drop by homes and are welcomed with a huge spread of special food and drinks appropriate for the event. For visitors there are a number of excellent restaurants, cafes, bars and other entertainment hotspots to visit.
CUISINE Due to the diversity of Sarawak’s population there is a wide range of culinary specialties available. The Sarawak laksa is undoubtedly the most popular dish in Kuching and consists of prawn sambal (chilli) paste, coconut milk, thin vermicelli noodles (mee hoon), egg and chicken strips, prawns, coriander and lime juice. In more-touristy places, tofu, bean sprouts or other seafood might be added to your laksa. Another signature dish is Kolo Mee, a dry-tossed noodle dish that is one of the locals’ favourites, being sold on nearly every street corner. Lard, yellow egg noodles, minced pork or beef, and BBQ strips of pork dominate this specialty, together with vegetables, black vinegar, shallots, garlic and chillies. The Iban-style dishes involve cooking in a bamboo stem over an open fire, and meat, fish, vegetables, rice and spices are cooked inside the bamboo to create a special aroma and texture. Others include the Mee Sua Chicken, originally from the Sibu region, which consists of thin rice noodles, chicken, and ginger stewed in red wine, and the Midin, a nutritious, crispy jungle fern which is usually stir-fried with shrimp paste or anchovies for its typical salty and savoury taste. Used as a side dish, this fern perfectly compliments other main dishes such as seafood, fish or meat.
SHOPPING Like most states in Malaysia, there is no shortage of shopping centres, hypermarkets, markets and other retail outlets. Some souvenirs to take home include pottery, textiles, beads, bamboo, rattan, salted Terubok fish, Bario rice and Sarawak pepper. Sarawak pepper has gained international recognition by chefs and gourmets as one of the best pepper due to its distinctive flavour and taste perfected through years of government-funded agro-research. Today, with the advancement of technology, there’s more variance in pepper produce like pepper candies and pepper perfume. Sarawak’s all-time favourite and very unique souvenir craze is the Salted Terubok (American Shad) Fish. One of the seafood favourites in Sarawak, Terubok is full of bones but tasty nevertheless, so the trick of the trade is to find the biggest Terubok fish as the bones are larger and easier to dispose of. Also available is the
Terubok egg, which costs around RM200 per kg. The ‘Orang Ulu’ and natives regard Bario Rice as the finest and best rice from the highlands of Sarawak. It is grown in cool climates at an elevation above 1,200 metres and has long been regarded as one of the finest rice grains in the world, famous for its soft texture and fine and elongated grains with mild aromas. The rice is home-grown and planted and harvested by hand using age-old traditional methods – i.e. no pesticides and chemical fertilizers. It has all the attributes of organic rice and is perfect for health conscious consumers.
For more information on where to stay, shop and eat, do check out www.sarawaktourism.com.
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aiwan has two faces. Sitting on one side are bustling cosmopolitan cities like Taipei and Taichung with shiny luxurious stores and multi-storey buildings. On the other side are laid back and serene sights of historical wells, beautiful caves and luxurious, sandy beaches. What Penghu and Yilan offer is the quieter side of Taiwan, where old cows stroll along green pastures like old men mulling over life, and little stalls stand conservatively at the side of the street. And within these two regions are the most welcoming of people, delectable cuisine and some of the most enticing sceneries.
PIGGING OUT IN PENGHU It is already late in the afternoon when my domestic flight touches down at Magong Airport. Knowing that we haven’t got much time left, my guide and I hop into the van just as the driver exclaims: “We are running out of light!” I come to understand what he means as we approach Xiying Rainbow Bridge. The view is simply breathtaking. The golden sky shimmers in the evening heat, as a gentle breeze blows from the offshore. Silhouettes of people dot the bridge like little shadow puppets dancing against a stream of light. As the sun creeps down faster than a sunny-side up can be cooked, it is time to tackle some of Penghu’s notable delicacies. I find myself seated in a most ordinary Chinese restaurant set with big round tables – the Chinese believe that such seating order encourages the kneading of relationships. Glass panels from ceiling to floor reveal a splendid view of golden sunset along the coastline, and diners find pleasure in viewing the transition that nature has so wittily presented. However, what seems more enticing is the food. “Penghu has the freshest seafood in Taiwan”, claims Mr Chang, director of Penghu National Scenic Area Administration, who wears a permanent smile on a face weathered with experience. It appears to be indisputably true. Even a simple dish of steamed fish with minimal seasoning tastes as though it was brought freshly out from the sea minutes ago. Dish after dish of fresh prawns,
A Tale of Two Cities
Penghu and Yilan are set to leave a lasting impression in the hearts of the travellers who traverse through its dynamic landscapes large red crabs and slices of juicy sea urchins are served, and soon a simple dinner turns into an extravagant feast. The night market at downtown Magong sees streams of people strolling along its open pavements, some bargaining for a better price of a straw hat (which proves to be very useful in this summer heat), others queuing up for a bowl of multi-coloured cactus shaved ice topped with a dozen other ingredients. As a delicacy
astonishingly famous in Penghu, cactus snacks can be found in various forms, from cactus ice cream to crackers and jelly. Modern donut shops, local pastry outlets, quaint accessories stores line up side by side. Chairs and tables spill out on the pavement outside coffee shops with young adolescents nestling a cup of ice coffee in the humid evening.
As I check out of the hotel the next morning, my guide suggests that we pay a visit to the Breakfast Street, adding that “just the breakfast snacks there are enough to keep you bloated for the rest of the day”. Before me are two neat rows of double-storey old buildings that stretch a few hundred metres down. The scent of fried dough fritters gusts towards me, sending an immediate rumble in my empty stomach. The lady frying the dough fritters flinches as I raise my camera. “No face please”, she demands as she skillfully turns a long dough fritter over in a hot wok of oil. I’m gobsmacked by its size – double the length of the normal ones I usually see. Size does matter, after all. An array of Chinese breakfast snacks can be found in this street where people stroll around with fresh soybean drink in one hand and huge, pearl-white bun in another. Barely finishing up our breakfast adventure and I’m already in the van proceeding to South Sea Visitor Centre down at the fishing port. About 30 minutes out in the sea I arrive at a structure raised above sea level. “Penghu Oceanic Pasture”, the guide introduces, “right here, you can find nothing but the freshest oysters”. Never a fan of seafood, I’m a little apprehensive. Fresh oysters caught straight out of the water are delivered to our mini barbeque pit. The shades of grey and white seem unappealing at first, but once it cracks open
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EARTHLY YILAN Just 50 minutes on a domestic flight and I’m back to Taipei. The journey continues on, passing the hustling Taipei and into the beautiful Yilan County, northeast of Taiwan. A short ride down to Fulong has me hyped up for a cycling expedition at the Old Caoling Bikeway Tunnel. This tunnel was built in 1924 during the Japanese colonial period and was the longest tunnel of that time in Taiwan. Once an important railway, it now is a cycling trail
under the charcoal fire, its pearl-white flesh sizzles in the tiny pool of salt water within. Once extracted from its shell, it’s recommended to dip in soy sauce mixed with Japanese wasabi, and honest as day, it tastes beyond good, even for me. The prospect of a less choppy platform holds more appeals after a 20 minutes ferry ride back to the port. I venture on to discover some of the great rock formations in Penghu. One example is the Siaomen Whale Cave, which is much eroded by sea waves and what’s left of the basalt cliff looks like a beached whale, where its name is derived from.
for tourists and those who fancy a windy and historical cycling session in this two-kilometre long tunnel. A deserving meal after the workout session is especially desirable as I stop over at Toucheng Farm for lunch. Other than having a host of farm-stay facilities and educational packages, this farm is also home to Cangjiu Winery, a rather young winery but with an impressive collection of wines made from fruits, wheat and milk. Beside the winery stands a classy restaurant that serves Chinese and Western fusion cuisine. The barbeque salmon and fried chicken with pepper and fagara deserve two thumbs up, and plenty of other fingers if possible. Vegetarian meals are available here too, and vegetables are guaranteed to be organic. The farm’s owner, a kind looking man in his early forties shows me around the farm like a proud father showing off his child’s graduation pictures. He emphasises on the minimal use of pesticides, but also expresses his woes on the peril of pests. However, organic produce is still the priority for this farm. Other than ingredients for wines, the farm also cultivates an assortment of melons, peanuts and vegetables plus several farm animals. Away from the splendid rural paradise I move toward the city centre where the Lan Yang Museum resides. This dipped-shaped architecture opened in 2010 and reflects the slanted structure of a mountain. Weaving through the museum is like walking in a rainforest, unlike other museums that we visit all too often. Within this compound one gets to understand why Yilan has no lack of water and the methods of farming and harvesting developed ages ago. The Taiwanese people are a group of hospitable folks who value friendships, even if you are just a passing tourist in their land. What I’ve found out in this short trip to Taiwan is more than just about how to luxuriate my holiday. It is the discovery of something embedded within the people and places of Taiwan – the beauty from within, from a simple conversation, a plate of green vegetable to a capacious structure. The Taiwanese spirit holds such warmth, some find it unimaginable to visit the country just once in their lifetime.
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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 The award winning 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 resort features luxurious accommodations of a 313room, well-appointed Cinta Ayu Resort Apartments and the 22-suite Boutique Hotel, The Anugraha. Dining options at the resort include the newly refurbished Qing Palace Chinese Restaurant famed for its authentic Szechuan cuisine, or the more elegant The Gleneagles Terrace featuring Asian, Western and International Cuisine. Feast on a sumptuous buffet breakfast spread of indulge in mouth-watering pastries at The Cinta Lounge. In the evening, relax and unwind at Elephant & Castle to the melodious tunes of the liveband entertainment. Recreation facilities include The Pulai Spa, tropical landscaped outdoor swimming pools, Jacuzzi and sauna rooms, gym, the Kids Club, Cineplex, Sport Centre featuring both indoors and outdoors activities such as pool, squash courts, table tennis, cycling and team building games. The resort is located just off a bustling network of highways that connects Malaysia and Singapore, and is a 20-minute drive from Senai International Airport and Senai-Desaru Highway.
DESARU’S HIDDEN GEMS – PULAI DESARU BEACH RESORT & SPA Life’s a beach at the award-winning 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 an uninterrupted 22 kilometre stretch of beach, the resort combines the panoramic views of the South China Sea with lush tropical rainforests. The newly refurbished resort features 210 spacious guestrooms, all blending contemporary design, comfortable elegance, and accented with modern artistic touches; and a grand lobby set against a backdrop of the South China Sea that exudes a feeling of tranquility. Making up the resort’s chic and innovative range of food and beverage facilities are Palm Braserrie all-day dining restaurant, Teppan! Japanese Restaurant featuring live Teppanyaki cooking, the Lobby Bar serving up refreshing drinks, Coco Bar that overlooks the swimming pool, and The Pulai Lounge with its chilled-out vibe and nightly live entertainment. Pamper yourselves at The Pulai Spa, its Balinese concept offering an extensive spa menu, comfortable treatment rooms and high quality spa products. Recreational facilities and activities include the Kid’s Club, games room with indoor games, water sports, jetski, banana boat, tennis, cycling, beach volleyball, beach soccer and beach games. Only a 45-minute drive from Johor Bahru via the new Senai-Desaru Expressway, Pulai Desaru Beach Resort & Spa is the perfect holiday destination on the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia, in the state of Johor.
THE ISLAND ESCAPE AT HYDRO HOTEL PENANG Hydro Hotel Penang is the perfect venue for a luxurious, warm and rejuvenating vacation. The hotel has 350 well-appointed fullyserviced guestrooms and suites, each equipped with centralised air conditioning with individual temperature control, IDD phones, tea/coffee making facilities, mini fridge and complimentary in-house movies. All rooms come with a private balcony and most of the rooms face 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 is surrounded with lush greenery, with a view of the swimming pool and glimpses of the Andaman Sea. For winding down, head to The Lounge for a wide variety of beverages and snacks while enjoying the live performance by the resident band. Recreational facilities include a secluded beach, outdoor swimming pool, kids club, and shops. Other facilities include banqueting, meeting and 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 us at www.pulaigroup.com Visit us at MATTA FAIR, Hall 3, Booth 3051, 3052 & 3053, and check out our Holiday Packages on sales.
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A Million Moments, One World
Go behind the scenes, beyond the screen, and jump right into the action of your favourite movies at Universal Studios Singapore™; leap into the adventure of Asia’s newest and most exciting waterpark; explore the marvels of the high seas in the multisensorial Maritime Experiential Museum™; discover nature’s wonders in the world’s most spectacular aquarium; savour a splendid dinner from a celebrity chef – now there’s even more to enjoy at Resorts World™ Sentosa Singapore STAY At Resorts World Sentosa Singapore, there are hotels to suit your every mood: Festive Hotel™ is ideal for families with its child-friendly facilities while Hard Rock Hotel® Singapore appeals with its rock-edged glamour and contemporary architect Michael Graves infuses his unique style into Hotel Michael™. Discover a precious pearl at the southernmost tip of continental Asia. Situated along the fringe of a tropical rainforest on Sentosa, the Equarius Hotel™ ensconces guests in a haven of lush greenery. An integral part of Resorts World Sentosa Singapore, the Equarius Hotel is the perfect getaway for nature lovers and families alike and is a stone’s throw from nature hikes amidst verdant grounds and the island’s numerous attractions, including a water theme park that is opening soon. Located at the western tip of Resorts World Sentosa Singapore, guests at the Beach Villas™ are guaranteed privacy while they enjoy spectacular views of glittering waters. Guests will find themselves in paradise with this series of exquisite tropical sanctuaries, lavishly designed with bespoke furnishings, making it the perfect setting for an idyllic retreat. To cater to their every whim and fancy, the Beach Villas even offer guests their own personal butlers and transport buggies throughout their stay. Equarius Hotel is set to redefine the concept of luxury hospitality
Through a series of unique exhibits, the multisensorial Maritime Experiential Museum brings you on an interactive journey of discovery
Shop at The Galleria, where international fashion and luxury brands can be found, and enjoy on-the-spot tax rebates.
at the eclectic OSIA, contemporary Chinese cuisine fine dining at Chinois by Susur Lee and Forest , the latest unique dining concept helmed by renowned celebrity chef Sam Leong. At Forest , guests dine under a forest canopy inspired ceiling, whilst savoring Chef Leong’s signature flavourful creations. Savour the authenticity of popular Malaysian hawker fare at Malaysian Food Street; from the architecture and street décor of Malaysia in the 1970s, the trademark hospitality of street hawkers to the most famous and best tasting food, no expenses have been spared to bring you on a gastronomic journey through time.
Spanning fine dining to casual fare, 30 different cuisines at over 60 dining outlets await you. Take your taste buds on an exquisite journey at Joël Robuchon Restaurant and L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon by the world’s most decorated Michelinstar chef, Joël Robuchon. Celebrity chefs take centrestage here at Resorts World Sentosa Singapore with Scott Webster
Singapore’s longest running show, Voyage de la Vie™ is a multi-million dollar theatrical spectacle and the winner of Time Out Singapore’s Best Theatre Production of 2011. It features death defying feats, breathtaking acts, electrifying stunts on and above the stage, and sensational action sequences to leave you enthralled. Immerse yourself in an interactive journey of discovery at the Maritime Experiential Museum, the multi-sensory maritime museum. ‘Meet’ the legendary explorer Admiral Zheng He, board full-sized replica ships like the Jewel of Muscat, visit the ports on the Maritime Silk Route at the Souk and even experience a simulated shipwreck at the multi-sensory Typhoon Theatre! Look forward to Asia’s newest and most exciting waterpark and the world’s most spectacular aquarium, the Marine Life Park, opening in 2012. Discover nature’s wonders with the countless species of ocean life or dive with dolphins for amazing close encounters.
Indulge in the finest cuisine by the the world’s most decorated Michelin-star chef, Joël Robuchon
Ride The Movies™ at the region’s only Hollywood movie theme park, Universal Studios Singapore! There’s something here for everyone in the family. With seven themed zones, unique rides and world-class attractions, you’ll never want your day to end!
Experience the hyper-realistic 3D thrill ride, TRANSFORMERS The Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle, at Universal Studios Singapore
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as Emirates, Etihad Airways, Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Cathay Pacific, China Southern Airlines and many more, with rock bottom airfares that are too good to be missed! Besides airfares, TTN features packages for both individual and group prices, which will be offered at a discounted price exclusively for MATTA Fair 2012. Our leisure international packages cover destinations in South East Asia, the Orients, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and North America. For domestic packages, TTN showcases Sabah, Sarawak and tourists destinations in the Peninsula such as Langkawi and Pangkor Island. MATTA is the best time to grab some attractive promotions from resorts in the East Coast of Malaysia and the surrounding islands, such as Tioman and Redang Island. So, don’t miss out on these special offers by visiting the TTN booth at 2216 – 2221 and 2226 - 2231, Hall 2 at PWTC. TTN offices are also open for these three days including our brand new office on the ground floor of G Tower (Hotline : 03-21618134/44 ) and TTDI (Hotline : 03-7729 1044/ 7729 1033). Visit TTN’s website at www.triways.com.my for more information on all the special airfares and travel products for MATTA Fair 2012.
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DIRT N DUST FESTIVAL
THE WHISKY FAIR
Amsterdam: Queen’s Day, or Koninginnedag, in Amsterdam is a regal celebration of the official birthday of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. This mammoth carnival engulfs the entire city in a brilliant shade of orange.
Thailand: Also known as “Water Festival”, Songkran Festival is a celebration of Thai New Year. Equip yourself with water guns, bottles or even buckets full of water, and join merrymakers all over the country as they splash water over one another for good luck. Visit temples and witness the cleansing of Buddha images, which symbolises the welcoming of prosperity.
Queensland: Come April, this Australian event celebrates its 18th anniversary with triathlon races (swim, bike and run), live music, and kids entertainments such as kids rides, face painting and stilt walkers.
Limburg: Distillers, independent bottlers, importers and retailers will gather at Limburg, Germany, for the annual whisky exchange. Acclaimed musicians such as John Cashmore, Paddy Schmidt and Freddy the Piper will also be performing during these two days.
THE GREAT WALL MARATHON
Gifu Prefecture: Catch the beginning of cormorant fishing season in Gifu Prefecture, Central Japan this month, where the traditional fishing method using trained cormorants to catch ayu fish (river trout) is practised along the Nagara River.
Tokyo: This biannual international art event gathers about 10,000 artists exhibits, filling the space with creative spirit, innovative energy, theatrical art, culinary cuisine and cutting edge fashion. Don’t miss out impressive lighting works, special installation and see how artists push their creative limits.
Tianjin: Take part in this tough but beautiful running experience along the Great Wall of China, and enjoy one of the world’s most amazing sights. Participants can select a full marathon, half marathon, 10km or a 5km run.
Kuala Lumpur: This annual event brings all the heritage and culture of Malaysians from all states, giving visitors an opportunity to learn about Malaysian people and their diverse cultures.
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ooking for a holiday where you can enjoy to your heart’s content and still keep within budget? Check out Club Med’s all-inclusive holiday concept, which comes with three meals per day; unlimited wine, beer, and soft drinks; daily and nightly entertainment; a wide selection of sports and activities for adults and children; and all day bar and snacking. Available strictly during the three-day MATTA Fair, the Holiday Tours-Club Med Buy 1 Free 1 offer means you get to bring a companion along absolutely free. This offer includes evergreen popular destinations on our very own shores in Cherating to neighbouring destinations in Bali, Phuket and Bintan for those looking for quick nearby getaways. For the sun, sand and beach, make your way to Maldives and Mauritius. In Maldives, choose from Beach Bungalows on the edge of the beach, with open-air bathrooms and great views; or the luxurious Suites on Stilts, where you can jump into the crystal blue waters at your fancy. In Mauritius, choose between La Pointe aux Canonniers, a resort set amidst lush tropical trees and on one of the island’s most stunning coral reef bays; or Club Med’s top luxury resort, the La Plantation d’Albion, with its unique setting between majestic mountains and crystal clear waters. And now, for the first time ever, our Club Med offer also includes the brand new Club Med Guilin in Southern China, which boasts one of the most beautiful sceneries in the world.
SEE EUROPE FROM THE INSIDE Holiday Tours, with award-winning Trafalgar Tours, gives you an insider’s view into Europe, bringing each destination to life and creating a unique memory to last you a lifetime. Choose from a wide range of tour options from Central and Eastern Europe to Scandinavia, Russia, the Baltic States and Eastern Mediterranean. Apart from the major sights and attractions, we will surprise you with Hidden Treasures along the way, giving you a one-of-a-kind insider experience. If you are 18 to 35 years old and looking for vacations with a twist, then go explore with Contiki tours, designed specifically with young travellers in mind. Your Contiki journey is packed full of culture, cool places and great people, letting you discover the real flavour of Europe. This MATTA, you will enjoy an unbeatable 15% savings on Trafalgar and Contiki tours. Selected itineraries are also available with up to 20% savings on published prices.
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harbour, around a magnificent Hemmed in by hillsides The city is packed Zealand’s capital. Wellington is New restaurants, number of quality with an astounding WHY GO? Nearby are shops and theatres. cafes, bars, galleries, Mauritius had native population Coast, theuntil it was Kapiti the likeno great outdoor destinations discovered by European region. in the 16th century winecolonisers and the Wairarapa Rimutaka Range(although the dodo was resident). Since then, Hindus, Africans, Chinese and Europeans have made their mark When to Go for nothing: on the island’s culture and cuisine. Historic towns and called “Windy Wellington” in The capital’s not tropical forests await beyond the coastal resorts. rain come and sheets of freezing lacerating winds in winter. the southerly blasts sideways during months and WHEN TO GO April are the warmer November through Temperatures are high year round, but cyclones in maximums visit, with average the best time to January and February can bring rain. Hardly a week 20˚C. hovering around goes by without a festival – highlights include Hindu and Tamil firewalking ceremonies of Teemeedee in hoW to Go Auckland December and January, and Chinese New Year. intothe Kuala Lumpur, fly From Singapore and m) and Malaysia (singaporeair.co Airlines with Singapore HOW TOs.com) GO respectively. Connect to .com) Airport is Airlines (malaysiaairline Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International (airnewzealand Air New Zealand Wellington with mainland Mauritius’s only airport. Air Mauritius (jetstar.com). or Jetstar Airways (airmauritius.com) flies there direct from both Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Island taxis are harbour houses flanking available fromWellington’s the airport (aml.mru.aero). LEFT The colourful the cafe capital of RIGHT Cakes and New Zealand
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Published on Mar 8, 2012
Published on Mar 8, 2012
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