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Holidays to Singapore are getting Spicier

Singapore seems keen to shed its uptight image as a nation where chewing gum is banned and the punishment for scrawling graffiti is caning. The country’s infamously conservative government has shattered its image by progressively taking bold steps like easing restrictions on prostitution and gambling. The entertainment giant Las Vegas Sands Corp. is in the final stages of opening a jazzy casino resort called Marina Bay Sands integrated resort in the country. Singapore’s tourism industry got to a roaring start this year with January registering the highest number of visitors against any other January in the country’s history.

In fact, this Valentine’s Day, the country got its first casino, the Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) casino. Unsurprisingly, tourist inflow to Singapore is fast climbing dizzying heights. The RWS casino witnessed an astounding 130,000 guests right in its first week of business. Good times are set to roll with attractions like the Universal Studio movie theme park at the RWS.

A pulsating nightlife ensures that your holidays to Singapore have a generous dose of raucous revelry. The Orchard Road is a pub crawler’s delight with scores of charming options like Ice Cold Beer, Bar Nine, Brix, and Que Pasa. Many of the nightclubs allow you to dance away throughout the night.

The country is also a major spoiler for sporting aficionados and offers great options like cricket, polo, football, golf, water sports, rugby, field hockey, and football. The Singapore cricket club and Singapore polo club are must visits for those with a passion for polo or cricket. One can even learn flying and aero modelling at the flying club.

Those of you who still believe that Singapore is too strait laced need to check out red light areas like Geylang, Orchard Towers, Desker Road, and Clark Quay. Although, such places do have licensed centres offering adult entertainment, but there are many illegal operations as well. It is not advisable to go on your own. After all, you don’t want any unpleasant reminders of your holidays to Singapore.

Overall, Singapore is undergoing a rapid change and some people have even formed the opinion that the country is another Sin City in the making. This may be stretching facts too far, but the fact remains that Singapore is one glorious tourist destination where dining and shopping remain the national pastimes.

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Experienced travel writer and editor, Sam Walker has been working with in the field of travel and tourism for 8 years He is consultant and expert advises on holidays to Singapore and writing various tips and advices on holidays and travel industry.

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Posted by on April 21, 2010 in Asia, Singapore


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Travel to Rajasthan – the Royal State of India

The mind conjures up images of daunting forts and fortified palaces, when one thinks of the state of Rajasthan. A fairy tale come true, Rajasthan is all about chivalry, adventure, thrill, and romance. Even though the state is dominated by the arid terrain of Thar Desert and the heat is scorching, it is still the most-often chosen destination for foreign tourists. The region has a multitude of man-made lakes; some of them belong to ancient times. The popular Desert Triangle circuit covers Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, and Bikaner and is known for its massive forts and camel safaris. Rajasthan is well connected by road, train and flights to rest of India.

Whether you are visiting the state on a Royal Rajasthan Tour or on a Wildlife Tour to one of its famous tiger reserves, the hospitality of Rajasthan will hook you up as soon as you put your foot down in the state. Comfort, convenience, care, warmth, and opulent ambience of the heritage hotels of Rajasthan are complimented by their beautiful characteristic architecture and careful décor that showcase arts and crafts of the region. You can also see the royal insignia of the erstwhile rulers of the former palace displayed with pride and honor that it deserves and the furniture, dress code, and even the menu seem to radiate the glory of the regal past of the palace. Rajasthan is keen to preserve its history and culture and the efforts are being appreciated by those who wish to have a glimpse of the Royal Rajasthan of the past.

Rajasthan Wildlife Tours let you explore one of the favorite pastimes of kings and princes that are now a part of history of Rajasthan. As you cruise along the scrub thorns, rocky uneven terrains, fissured wetlands and marshes of the hunting grounds of formal princely states of Rajasthan, you will be mesmerized by sheer variety of birds and animals – indigenous and migratory – that are found here. The biodiversity of national parks in Rajasthan include rare and endangered species too, most famous being Royal Bengal Tigers that were once found in abundance here. Today, they are well-protected in their natural surroundings and seem to be used to the human company, though you are only allowed to see them from far and are not allowed to disturb or feed them in anyway. The avian fauna found in the Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary at Bharatpur makes it the world’s second best haunt for migratory birds and often founds a place in the Golden Triangle Tours of North India.

The 14-saloon air-conditioned Palace on Wheels offers an ultimate luxury train ride on your trip to royal Rajasthan. Traveling like a Maharajah, living in some of the best maintained forts and palaces, dining like kings and queens, and being offered prompt service at every step is the perfect splurge you can treat yourself with. The Lake Palace at Jaipur has often been cited as one of the most romantic locations in the world and the graceful movements of folk dance performers liven up Pushkar Camel Fair and the bonfire nights at the sand dunes of Jaisalmer. The Mughal-style royal tents at Ranthambore National Park, the camel caravan tours, and a stay at some of the best forest lodges keep Rajasthan tours fun and exciting throughout the trip.

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Posted by on April 21, 2010 in Asia, India


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Little Known Romantic Honeymoon Destinations

Your honeymoon, perhaps the biggest and most important vacation of a lifetime, is the opportunity to celebrate the beginning of a new life together with the one you love. A special, one time only trip, your honeymoon offers the perfect chance to splurge on an unforgettable getaway that will please you and the one you love.

If you’re just beginning to consider your many choices for this momentous trip, take a few moments to learn about some of your most exotic and luxurious options. This list offers some ideas for both classic fixtures for the honeymooning set as well as a few little known romantic destinations.


Nothing says romance quite like Paris, the city of love. Although Europe offers thousands of years worth of cultural landmarks and sites, not to mention charming Old World hospitality at every turn, surprisingly few couples consider it for a honeymoon vacation. However, with cheap booked in advance airfare and a little preplanning, a jaunt to Paris for a week or two makes for a fantastically affordable and unforgettable honeymoon.

Couples looking to create a truly upscale atmosphere for their trip can enjoy some of the world’s most opulent luxury hotels located conveniently in down town Paris. Relax in posh digs at the beautiful Hotel Waldorf Madeleine and let the concierge set you up with tours or clue you in to the finest restaurants in town or pretend you’re royalty at the famous Hotel Concorde Montparnasse.

More adventurous couples on a shoestring can experience the same breathtaking sites and museums including the Louvre, D’Orsay, Notre Dame Cathedral and of course, the Eiffel Tower, without spending an arm and a leg on accommodations. Paris abounds with budget hotels and even bed and breakfasts that offer what some would deem a more genuine experience than larger facilities can offer.

The Caribbean

If the New World is more you and your sweetheart’s speed, consider booking a week long luxury cruise that explores the exotic tropical landscapes and island cultures of the Caribbean Sea. Taking a cruise is a fantastic option that combines all the conveniences and amazing variety of activities of a resort town with stress-free travel to exotic locales.

Honeymooning couples will have tons of fun filled options to choose from while en route to their many ports of call, from mingling at constantly raging deck parties to strolling down whole streets filled with boutiques and restaurants of all types. For those more relaxing times, the happy couple might choose to get a full spa treatment and massage together before heading back to a large upper cabin with a private balcony.

Once your ship pulls into port, you’ll have a whole new world of exciting opportunities to enjoy together. Each island of the Caribbean offers something unique and exciting, but fortunately ships make multiple stops. Popular shore side excursions include tours of tropical rainforests, lounging on pristine white sand beaches or snorkeling through warm life-filled Caribbean waters. For the thrill seeking couples, there’s also ample opportunity for mountain climbing trips or even parasailing.


With the prospect of tropical island paradises on your mind, it only makes sense to consider what may be the epitome of them: Hawaii. Boasting some of the world’s most amazing geographical formations, owing to the volcanoes that built them, the Hawaiian Islands have a reputation for welcoming visitors with open arms.

Happy couples have tons of amazing activities to choose from, including taking close up and personal helicopter tours of active volcanoes, trekking across their dormant cousins or exploring tropical rain forests. Of course, no trip to Hawaii would be complete without ample time at the beaches.

Even though Hawaii is known internationally for its incredible surfing conditions and culture, couples who are looking for a lower key yet still exciting trip might choose to take a guided snorkeling trip along the islands’ rugged coasts that are home to astounding populations of tropical fish and coral.

For an even further hands-off approach, there’s nothing more romantic than a sunset cruise where you just might catch a glimpse of the many whales and dolphins that comb Hawaii’s shores. With something to offer couples of every ilk, the United States’ fiftieth state offers one of the greatest choices for a memorable honeymoon.

When deciding upon the honeymoon that’s best for you and your spouse-to-be, don’t be afraid to think outside of the traditional honeymoon box. Some of the most exciting honeymoons are set in less than stereotypical locations. If there’s somewhere you have both always wanted to see, there’s no better time than your honeymoon to see it.

With a bit of research and diligent searching, you can plan a romantic honeymoon that you and your special someone will share memories of for years to come.

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Posted by on April 21, 2010 in General


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King Arthur in Snowdonia: on the Trail of the Once and Future King

King Arthur appears often in literature, from the Mabinogion to Geoffrey of Monmouth, from Ninnius to Chretien de Troyes; but it’s difficult to reconcile his literary adventures with the real Arthur who, if he existed at all, was probably a Celtic warlord who united his countrymen against the invading Saxons.

In literature and folklore, King Arthur is most often associated with Cornwall and Wales; the name Pendragon is Anglo-Welsh, meaning “Dragon’s Head”. And while his famous court at Camelot has often been linked with Caerleon, just outside Newport in the south east of Wales, there are several legends placing Arthur and his feats in the Snowdonia region of North Wales.

Whether or not Arthur existed is debatable. However, folk memories last a long time, and one has to wonder if there’s some shred of truth to the local Arthurian legends that still survive in Snowdonia.

One tale describes how Arthur met a giant, Ritta, on the slopes of Snowdon while out riding with his knights. Arthur remarked upon Ritta’s unusual cloak, which the giant explained was made from the beards of kings. Ritta said he would be honoured to include Arthur’s beard in his cloak but Arthur, reluctant to part with his facial hair, refused. A fight ensued and Arthur slew the giant and had him buried under a cairn at the mountain’s summit.

Snowdonia is dotted with cromlechs, ancient burial chambers left behind by our ancestors thousands of years ago. Yet despite the age of these atmospheric monuments to our forebears, folk tales still connect them with Arthur who, if he existed, would probably have lived in the 5th or 6th century. One such tale claims the cromlech at Cefnamlwch, on the Llyn Peninsula, was formed when Arthur threw the capstone from the top of Garn Fadrwn, while the three standing stones beneath were carried there by Arthur’s wife in her apron.

Dinas Emrys, an old hill fort at Beddgelert, has several Arthurian connections in literature and folklore. The name Dinas Emrys honours Merlin – full name Myrddin Emrys – who described two warring dragons in a pool beneath the fort. The pool is, apparently, still there; a first century rectangle choked with tall grasses. In another tale – “Lludd and Llefelys” from the Mabinogion, an ancient collection of Welsh folk tales – the dragons were put into stone coffers and thereafter the place was known as Dinas Emreis.

In another tale Arthur fought a monster, the Afanc, which lived in Llyn Barfog (the Bearded Lake), not far from Aberdyfi. The Afanc had been terrorising the area so Arthur went to fight it. He lassoed the beast with an enormous chain, and his horse, Llamrai, hauled it from the lake to be slain. A nearby rock, Carn March Arthur (the Stone of Arthur’s Horse) bears a deeply-etched hoofprint, said to have been made by Llamrai as the Afanc was dragged from the lake.

Lakes are a common theme in Snowdonia’s Arthurian tales. Llyn Dinas, a Snowdonia lake which reflects the fort of Dinas Emrys which towers over it, is said to be the site of a battle between Arthur’s knight Sir Owain and a giant. The hill beside Llyn Dinas, local legend says, is where Merlin’s treasure is buried.

At least two lakes in Snowdonia are claimed to be home to the Lady of the Lake and the final resting place of Excalibur, Arthur’s sword. Some local legends say that Sir Bedivere threw Excalibur into Llyn Llydaw, beneath Snowdon, after Arthur’s death; and that this was the lake Arthur sailed across to reach the magical isle of Avalon. Another story insists the sword was thrown into Llyn Ogwen, also in the mountains of Snowdonia.

Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island), off the tip of the Llyn Peninsula, is another place with Arthurian connections. In some tales the island is Avalon. In others, Enlli is the burial place of Merlin, who lies in a cave or in a magical house of glass. It’s also said that Arthur’s ship lies at the bottom of Bardsey Sound, the stretch of water separating Enlli from the Llyn Peninsula.

And even Arthur’s final battle is said to have taken place in Snowdonia. One story says that he died at Tregalan, where he was brought down by a hail of enemy arrows at a pass that is to this day called Bwlch y Saethau, or Pass of the Arrows. Arthur’s knights covered his body with a cairn of stones, still known as Carnedd Arthur or Arthur’s Cairn. After his death, Arthur’s knights sealed themselves in a cave below the summit of Y Lliwedd where to this day they slumber, fully armoured, ready to fight at their king’s side when he awakens to save Wales in her hour of greatest need.

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Steven Jones is Senior Tourism Services Officer at Cyngor Gwynedd Council, a Welsh local authority whose not-for-profit Snowdonia Mountains and Coast website provides visitors to Snowdonia with a wealth of useful information about the region, including activities, attractions, history and culture. The site also enables visitors to search an extensive database of Snowdonia accommodation, and to plan their holidays in some of Snowdonia’s most popular towns and villages.

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Posted by on April 21, 2010 in Europe, United Kingdom


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Tailor Made Holidays for Groups in Europe

The birthplace of William Shakespeare and one of the best-loved places to visit in central England. Easily accessible from London and most of southern England, it is a ‘must’ as part of a tailor made holidays for groups. See Shakespeare’s museum and also Ann Hathaway’s cottage amongst other things. Check out our Stratford day trips and our Stratford overnight which includes Warwick Castle and Oxford for a well-rounded cultural experience.

Warwick Castle is over a thousand years old, was built by William the Conqueror in 1068 and is considered the finest medieval fort in England. The castle has many attractions, from the dingy dungeons to the grandeur of the State Rooms and Great Hall. Visit the King Maker exhibition and climb some of the magnificent towers to view the surrounding countryside. A tailor made holidays for groups trip to Warwick Castle is a must for history lovers.

Fans of the Royal family will be in their element! Steeped in history, visit the home of Queen Elizabeth II and enjoy a through the keyhole experience of the world’s largest and oldest castle. Enjoy the spectacular State Apartments and marvel at its generously furnished environment. Used for State occasions to this day, be a part of where these regal traditions take place whilst appreciative world well-known artworks. Visit St. George’s chapel, where the tombs of numerous kings and queens reside, and Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House to be amazed by the magnitude and intricate design.

Smart, chic and seriously French – there’s lots of cool shopping and spa style in Paris to be found. Some of the most famous sightseeing places and lots of art, old quarters and trendy stuff to lose yourself in. The tailor made holidays for groups cafĂ© society by day and night and all sorts of world-class restaurants to choose from. Paris clubs and night spots are a class apart and guarantee a great time!

Fed up with expensive Euro prices? Want a great summer week at affordable prices? Like the tailor made holiday for groups idea of your own apartment or villa with a group of friends – freedom and your own place with no hotel hassles. Then go for Siofok on the coast of Lake Balaton in Hungary.

Long a major favorite with Dutch, Scandinavians and other Europeans because of its nightlife and fab beaches it is yet to be discovered in the UK. Especially this year when Europe and the Med are hurting anyone with pounds in their pocket, this is a great place to go tailor made holidays for groups to guarantee a cool time at cooler prices

Season is from beginning of June to end August and, regret, because of popularity, we can only usually take bookings for whole weeks (minimum 5 nights) and for groups – not for individuals or couples only. Flights are easy – loads of options to Budapest and we arrange transfers to the coast

Masses of activities, in and out of the water, and the main attractions at night are the restaurants with really great prices and all-night clubs. Then just laze the day away on great beaches with good swimming conditions. For the active, apart from water sports, there are quad bikes, buggies and paintball all at prices much better than the UK

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Posted by on April 21, 2010 in Europe


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Toronto – Canada

By Hannah Rollmaker

Though there are many beautiful places to visit in Canada, no other city comes close to Toronto in terms of sightseeing and grandeur. Toronto is easily the most populated city in Canada and is the capital of the province of Ontario. Toronto, with two and a half million citizens, ranks in at number five in the most populated cities in North America. If you include the Golden Horseshoe (the region of Southern Ontario that Toronto is a part of), you’ve got a whopping eight million people that call the Greater Toronto Area home! This is a quarter of Canada’s entire population contained within earshot of America’s Great Lakes.

Toronto commands a very large cache in the global financial sphere and for good reason. The Toronto Stock Exchange is one of the ten largest stock exchanges in the world. The “Big Five” banks of Canada all call Toronto home and Bay Street, in the Financial District, is known the world over for having some of the most important brokerage firms on the face of the planet. With such wealth, it is little wonder that Toronto is one of the most expensive cities to live in within Canada. This high cost does have an upside, though, as Toronto is one of the safest cities in North America when it comes to crime rates. Much of this has to do with the city’s stringent policies regarding gun laws but, regardless, the low incidence of crime is even more remarkable when one considers how diverse the population of Toronto is. No one nationality is dominant in Toronto, though people of European descent (British, Irish, and the like) make up just over half of the population. Nearly a quarter of Toronto is made up of Chinese and South Asian people, and the fact of the matter is that Toronto is incredibly diverse and there is no real “majority”. This is made even more evident when one sees how multilingual the city is; though English is the dominant language, there are enough French, Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, and many more foreign tongues that the emergency services are able to respond to over one hundred and fifty languages!

Toronto is about more than just business and multiculturalism, though. Tourists who visit Toronto consistently marvel at the amazing sights contained within this busy burg. The Toronto Zoo, for instance, is one of the largest in the world and contains nearly five hundred different animal species and over five thousand different creatures! The much loved neighborhood of Yorkville attracts visitors from around the world for its very prestigious upscale boutiques and restaurants. For those with slightly less discerning tastes, the Toronto Easton Centre offers people of more modest means an incredible shopping experience and, as a result, has become Toronto’s most popular tourist spot, attracting an astonishing fifty-two million visitors a year! With all the perks of big cities and hardly any of the crime, pollution, or crowding, it is little wonder that people from all over the world adore and cherish Toronto. If you have yet to visit this Canadian wonderland, do yourself a favor and take a pilgrimage to the happiest place on Earth (north of Disney World, that is).

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Toronto attractions and highlights

* Canadian National Tower

Toronto’s most famous landmark is the CN Tower, a 553 metre- (1,815 foot-) tall steel and concrete transmission tower and observation deck which is the second tallest freestanding structure in the world.[1] But it is now recognized that the CN Tower is the tallest free-standing tower in the world.

* Sports stadia

The Rogers Centre (formerly SkyDome) is the world’s first sporting arena to feature a fully retractable roof. It is currently home to the Toronto Blue Jays (baseball) and the Toronto Argonauts (Canadian football). Nearby, the Air Canada Centre is the home of the Toronto Maple Leafs (ice hockey), the Toronto Raptors (basketball), and the Toronto Rock (box lacrosse). It was built to replace the legendary Maple Leaf Gardens. Additionally, there is BMO Field, which the home to the MLS team Toronto FC (association football).

* City Hall

Toronto’s City Hall is one of the city’s most distinctive landmarks. Built to replace its predecessor — now known simply as Old City Hall — its modernist style still impresses today (it has been used as a backdrop in American films to depict a city of the future). Directly in front of City Hall is Nathan Phillips Square, a public space that frequently houses concerts, art displays, a weekly farmers’ market, and other public events. It is also the site of a reflecting pool that, during the winter, becomes a popular skating rink.

* Yonge-Dundas Square

Yonge-Dundas Square is the city’s newest and flashiest public square, located across the street from the Toronto Eaton Centre, a large, popular shopping mall long enough to have Toronto Transit Commission subway stops at both the northern and southern ends of the mall. Another upscale shopping mall with subway access is the Yorkdale Shopping Centre, although this mall sits outside of the city centre at the intersection of two highways, Allen Road and the 401. Queen’s Park, an historic scenic park and public space, surrounds Ontario’s Legislative Assembly.

* The Toronto Islands

The Toronto Islands form part of the largest car-free urban community in North America. Accessible by ferry, “the Islands” include a public park and a children’s amusement park, Centreville. The city has several large forested urban parks, the best known being High Park to the west of downtown. The city is crisscrossed by a network of ravines that have remained almost wholly undeveloped. The Martin M. Goodman trail also traverses the entire lakeshore from one end of the city to the other, a section of this trail runs as a Boardwalk through the Beaches area, from Ashbridges Bay to Victoria Park Avenue. The Scarborough Bluffs are majestic cliffs along much of Scarborough’s shores.

* Toronto’s oldest cathedrals

The Roman Catholic St. Michael’s Cathedral and the Anglican St. James’ Cathedral are both on Church Street.

* The Distillery District

The Distillery District is a collection of old and restored industrial buildings from the 19th century which now feature artworks and historical artifacts from Toronto’s early industrial past.

* Casa Loma

Casa Loma, Spanish for “Hill House”, is a castle overlooking downtown Toronto, it is one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions.


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Posted by on April 17, 2010 in Canada, Toronto


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