Monday, 13 March 2017

Handy Tips for the First-Timers

I just got Las Vegas and flaunting it!!!

What does one do in a maze of wonders? That's what the swashbuckling Las Vegas is all about. It comes among the top 10 most visited cities in the world, inviting frequent flights to LasVegas from UK. If you're yet to step into this wild and crazy city, sooner or later you'll crave to know and experience what all is Vegas about. Once you step in, all you'll need is a drink in your hand and enthusiasm to walk downtown Vegas. Yes, it's perfectly fine to sip and stroll and you bet, you cannot do this in your hometown, hence, throw caution to the air and sip up. So, all you first-timers, jot down what all you can do on your first trip to the 'fabulous Las Vegas'.


Head to Fremont Street
Whether you've heard anything about Fremont Street or not, this is the land of ultimate parties. Debauchery! Yes, you got it right. The entire lane is filled with kiosks, free concerts, zip lines and party goers can be seen with their unique apparels flocking into the bars and clubs. This can be a whole new level of 'awe and shock'. That's not all, if you can take in some more, waste no time, just head over to Fremont East promenade to explore the best bars in the entire Vegas.

Things to do at Fremont Street
·         Discover antiques at Main Street
·         Time travel on Fremont East
·         Take the Banger Brewing tour
·         See Buffalo Bill’s train car
·         Take in the toys at Neonopolis
·         Enjoy flair bartenders
·         Sleep with the fishes at Golden Nugget casino

Bellagio Fountains
With 1,300 jets expelling a gush of water 500 feet into the air, the free fountain show at the Bellagio is a sight to behold. Guests at the hotel are frequently seen outdoors admiring and clicking photographs of the fountain show. The highlights include each show being choreographed to songs sung by Bruno Mars and Frank Sinatra. With such diverse music genre at the Strip, one truly feels like standing infront of a jukebox right in the middle of a cascading waterfall.

Monday to Friday - 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
show every 1/2 hour 8:00 pm - 12:00 am show every 15 minutes
Saturdays & Holidays 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
show every 1/2 hour 8:00 pm - 12:00 am show every 15 minutes
Sundays 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
show every 1/2 hour 7:00 pm - 12:00 am show every 15 minutes

Enjoy a Helicopter Ride
An aerial ride over Las Vegas aboard a helicopter is like star gazing. With just a few dollars, this ride is purely an out-of-the-world experience. The sad part is, many people miss this thrilling ride just because they get low on cash and consider it as unaffordable. Just skip one expensive attraction or a pricey meal and you can pay for your chopper ride. This activity needs to be on the top of your bucket list while booking Las Vegas flights and yes, it is unforgettable.

Tours
Jack of Lights - $119
Silver Cloud - $419
Grand Celebration - $449
City Lights Helicopter Strip Tour - $79
Dream Catcher - $614

See a Show
Vegas offers splendid entertainment. It's hard to find a city with world-class shows than the 'Sin City' Vegas itself. Whether it's stupendous acrobats, fantastic dancers, spell-binding magic shows and world famous performers, just make sure you are seated before the curtain goes up.

Best shows in Vegas
·         Absinthe
·         Blue Man Group
·         Jabbawockeez
·         Le Reve: The Dream
·         The Ultimate Vareity Show

'Hog' is the word
Las Vegas is all about 'frills, fun and food'. It's said, the city is a foodie’s dream-come-true, so bite it all up and explore what's the fuss is all about.
With flights from London to Las Vegas relish signature dishes as well as traditional American fares prepared by celebrity chefs at a row of restaurants downtown Carson Avenue.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

It's Good Mood Food in Bangkok

Insider's Guide to Thai capital's Street Food

Thai food is not only appetizing, but soul stirring too. A combination of roasted, boiled and fried, you can taste anything and everything from luscious veggies to the most succulent meat products. No doubt, even a nibbler can turn vulturous.
Bangkok is often tagged as the 'food capital' of the world and one of the world's best place to savour tasty Thai food and intercontinental cuisine. At times, it gets challenging to spot the 'really good' places to eat. Bangkok encounters throngs of visitors flocking into thecity every year with flights to Bangkok. Often, the visitors ask, "Wherecan we find the best Thai food in Bangkok?

" Although, it's futile to answer this question, we have listed out fine dining places to relish authentic Thai food.

Bangrak...the must visit
If you happen to be near Silom, Bangrak offers excellent Thai food. With a nonchalant and cordial atmosphere, live music and splendid art pageant every now then, this sophisticated restaurant also serves alcoholic drinks and smoothies. You can drool over shrimps wrapped in crispy bacon, red chicken curry, roasted chicken wings. So, irresistible!

·         Address: 4-6 Soi Saladang, Silom Road
·         How to get there: Take the sky train to Silom station, and walk from there (very short)
·         Opening hours: 10 am – 10 pm Closed on Sundays

Street Food...extremely inescapable
Bangkok sizzles with cheap and delicious street food. You'll find pop-up stalls on moveable trolleys as well as stable food carts, serving sumptuous Thai food. There are open-air food courts well-laid on the pavements. It's a food scene to behold!
Once, the food market at Sukhumvit Soi 38 was highly recommended for first timers to Bangkok, sadly, it's closed down, instead, there are several other fantastic options to sample the street food. The must-try's are Egg Noodle Soup with Chicken and Pad Thai.

Yaowarat
Yaowarat is commonly recognised as Bangkok's Chinatown. It's a great place to relish some amazing street food and undeniably, Bangkok's street food hub. The amalgam of Thai and Chinese smell is heavenly.
Seafood dominates the gastronomic world of Thailand and barbecued seafood is highly famous along with dim sum, fruit desserts and pepper broth. Unless you walk around, it's impossible to  see the large variety of Thai food. Be it satay, pad Thai, barbecue spears with peanut butter, chicken in different variations, fried rice, noodles and different soups, crispy duck and curries of all kinds, try and sample most of it. It's an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

·         Address: Yaowarat Street
·         How to get there: Taxi or MRT  to Hua Lamphong station then walk 15 minutes
·         Opening hours: All day, but best in the evenings


Saphan Taksin and the Bang Rak Area
An ancient part of Bangkok, with an array of restaurants and food stalls, the Saphan Taksin has been pampering taste buds since decades. I tell you, these guys really know some cooking secrets that can even might put to test some renowned chefs.
There are merely a galore of food gems along this road to mention them all, but here lies Prachak Pet Jang famous for its Chinese-style roasted duck with a dark, spicy sauce over rice, and Khao Kha Mu Trok Sung serving tasty stewed pork legs with rice.
Don’t forget to stop off for some mouth-watering Mango sticky rice desert at Boonsap Thai Desserts, or simply grab a batter friend banana from a stall.

·        Address: Along Charoen Krung from Saphan Taksin BTS to the crossing of Charoen Krung Road and Silom Road
·         How to get there: Take the sky train to Saphan Taksin Station


Some other great places to sample street food in Bangkok is around the Victory Monument and on Pectchaburi Soi 5 and many others. Bangkok’s street food is everywhere, always tasty and freshly made, so step out and explore with Bangkok flights.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Sweet, Spicy, Sour Delhi

The Tastes Relished by a Delhi's Belly

It's winter in Delhi; a thick fog conceals the city. Well, the glimpse of the city can be misguided from the plane. Beneath the fog the crispy air is tickling the bone of the Delhites and they aren't staying back at home. The noon sun shoots a ray of hope and the weather turns out to be pleasant and balmy, inviting several flights to Delhifrom UK. It's not only the markets, malls or the food court that starts filling up with shoppers and with hungry hulks, but an army of foodies jumble up at several corners of the city for some colourful and appetizing street food.
Spotting a shabby vendor is rather gratifying as he's the only one to pamper your hunger. It's rather baffling to figure out what goes in your mouth first. Delhi's street food is all about taste and colour. It totally depends on what you like. We have narrowed down a few things to ease it out for you:



It's Hot and Spicy
Winter is surely the raw ideal time for some city excursion and for nibbling incredible, mouth watering street food. Right from the pot to the plate, the tikki or the samosa will definitely be piping hot. Wait until the red and green chutney acts as an icing to the snack. Make sure you break it into two and drool over the aromatic stream that hits your nostrils. You cannot wait another second to feed your starving taste buds.

Where to Eat: Bishan Swaroop Chaat Corner
Address: 1421 Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi
Famous for: A Variety of Chaats

Have a Sweet-tooth?
Shun the guilty for your feeble calories these delicacies bring in, just hold your chin high up and pledge to dust it off after you're done sampling the most heavenly, oil-drenched gajar ka halwa, the savoury kachoris or even the amusing jalebis. Irresistible aren't they? However, these are not simply street foods. With one bite you are unified with the history and culture of Delhi. Eating out on the Delhi streets is much more than an experience, it's a crash course!

Where to Eat: Jung Bahadur Kachori Wala
Address: 1104, Maliwara, Jogiwari, Gali Paranthe Wali, Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi.
Famous for: Best Kachodis in Delhi

Street Food goes way back
No doubt, the street food scene shares the soil with several iconic landmarks that too, bear historical marks. Each and everything from the red-stoned forts, marble tombs and minars echo the names of various rulers and invaders who have left an interesting legacy not only over Delhi, but on the entire continent of India. All of them have left a stunning aroma of their signature dishes behind. With Delhi flights from London you can taste all. 

What's Delhi without these?
Let's narrow it down. For instance, you'll see fried balls of dough, most commonly known as gol gappa in North India, filled with spicy savoury water and diced boiled peas or potatoes being gobbled by people of every size and status. If you move from Delhi towards Lucknow, the same snack is known as 'batashas' (a bubble) and again if you travel down towards Central India towards Mumbai, you'll get to know them as 'pani puri'.

At one time, street food was scattered all over the city, but several food courts and luxurious malls have endeavoured to bring together the highlights of the street food right from kachoris to kebabs. Though the efficient network of Delhi Metro makes travelling from one end of the city to the other quite easy, but to taste the real thing one needs to be out on the streets.

Where to Eat: Pt. Gaya Prasad Shiv Charan Paranthe Wale
Address: Shop 1797, Dariba Kalan Road, Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi
Famous for: Parathas

The Oil Sizzles
Street food began primarily from Old Delhi, basically around the areas of Chandni Chowk and Chawri Bazar. The place is heavily crowded, and with a little push you can make your way towards the vendors and their stalls. What Old Delhi mainly demands, that you shop and eat. That's the beauty!

Craving for something more meaty? Ustad Moinuddin in Chawri Bazaar offers royal dishes that have been luring food lovers since decades. Anybody's got a sweet-tooth? So now, let the dessert follow your meal. There's nothing like ending a heavenly meal with a sweet dish and nothing beats the rabri faluda or the spongy gulab jamuns. Amazing food, great history and impressive culture - all in one box.

Where to Eat: Kuremal Mohanlal Kulfiwale
Address: Chawri Bazar, 1165-66 Sitaram Bazar Road (it's the first shop upon entering Sitaram Bazar Road), Kucha Pati Ram, Old Delhi

Hail! The Street Food of Delhi

Despite it's outlandish combination of comestible delights, the street-side snacks do face tremendous competition from upstart 'trinity' rivals that comprises of masala dosa, momos and chowmein and not to forget the many fast food chains that provide quick and tasty bites. However, no tourist claims to have seen Delhi without relishing street food, one of the features that brings in flights from London to Delhi.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Harare: Where Wild is Life after all...

Scouting evergreen places in the Zimbabwean capital city

Harare appeases the world with a stunning combination of natural beauty, iconic landmarks and historical ruins. Though trade and commerce have been seen brimming over the years along with stylish buildings, grandiose shopping malls, museums and art centres, Harare also has its share of lush landscapes, forests reserves, gardens and wildlife sanctuaries. At present times, tourism and travel too have been a great aid for development in Harare. Come, let's look into a few iconic places of interestand attraction in Harare itself that brings in frequent flights to Harare.



Wild is Life Harare
A unique wildlife conservation and a place where the 'untamed live in peace'. This 'hope for the animals' venture provides protection and a place for orphan animals, raising them among their natural habitat. People are allowed to interact with the wildlife, spend time here and feed them with safety measures. The animals that you'll spot include zebras, monkeys, sable, kudu, turtles, hawks, elephants, giraffes and other wildebeests. Highlights include the interaction between humans and cheetahs.

Domboshawa
This place derives its name from 'rock' and 'red' forming it as the 'Red Rock'. Domboshawa is a tiny town in the Mashonaland district. The most appealing feature of the area is the red rock and the majestic caves decorated with paintings dating back 5,000 years. These paintings were done by the Khoisan tribe, who basically were hunters who used rocks to draw on the cave walls. Their art includes sketches of wild animals, gods and goddesses, planets they worshipped and war scenes. Out of the many, only 200 paintings have been recognised at this present age.

Doon Estate
The Doon Estate is basically a market area where the most common species are the monkeys. You can shop for high fabrics, wood carvings, paintings, vegetables and smaller household things. Apart from the local merchandise, you can buy cakes, chocolates and coffee. Relish some local food and beverages.

Avondale Flea Market
It is an outstanding shopping mall where tourists can discover entertainment, enjoy assorted eatables and buy household stuffs. It's all at the same place. There are even cinema halls, shopping arcades, aromatic cafes, traditional shops and a parking area. Visitors flocking into the city with Harare flights from UK can purchase all kind of stuff from the flea market in Harare.

The Botanical Garden
No doubt, this is the most visited park in Harare. With an area of 58 hectares the garden nourishes 450,000 plant species, around 1000 tree species and many herbs and shrubs. All the species have been brought from the Eastern highlands and Highveld lands of Zimbabwe. An educational institute also abides to inspire citizens and visitors, motivating them to preserve the scarce floral species of Zimbabwe. 

Mukuvisi Woodlands
Situated on Paget Road, Glenara, the Mukuvisi woodlands are famed as Zimbabwe's great game view. Several wildlife and safari lovers swarm into these lands to watch the wildlife of Zimbabwe largely comprising of Kudus, rhinos, giraffes and elephants and several other mammal species. You can also enjoy:
i. Horseback safari
ii. Game drive
iii. Walking safari

Amanzi

Amanzi is an opulent 5-star lodge in the city of Harare. There are unusual gardens, alluring swimming pools, plush restaurants, luxury shopping stores, lush green gardens and petite waterfalls inside the Amanzi lodge. Amanzi is one of the most preferable tourist spots, inviting plenty of flights from London to Harare. It's a must-visit for peopletouring Harare.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Irresistible it is!!!

Amusement Parks in Hong Kong

The 'Pearl of the Orient' - Hong Kong is bewitching beyond compare, inviting frequent flights to Hong Kong fromUK. It's rather baffling to focus on one attention-grabbing wonder in the city. Whether it's shopping, dining, amusement parks or the cityscape itself, choosing one area is extremely bewildering.
If you're looking for fun escapes in 'Asia's World City ', get ready to focus on nothing else but which ride to board next. With numerous amusement parks to choose from, Hong Kong offers some of the most enlivening rides that you can ever imagine. So, where do we take you first?


The Ocean Park
A largest theme park in Asia, often sees an explosive crowd that it caters to everyone. The concern is, if you can handle the twists, turns and the 360 degree curves of the dragon rollercoaster at the park, you can also control your fear on the Hair Raiser. The ride throttles at 55 miles per hour and it's pure madness. With roughly 8 million spectators, the park ranks 12th in the world.

Standard Day, 1-Day Tickets cost HK$450 (P2,497.68) for General Admission
(ages 12 to 64) and HK$320 for a Child's Ticket
(ages three to 11, P1,776.13)
The Senior Ticket (age 65 and above) costs HK$100 (P555.04)

Hong Kong Disneyland
Need to tell more about Disneyland? You know you can expect something out-of-the-world in this smallest of the globe's Disneyland. The thrills on offer include Tarzan's Tree House, Castle of Sleeping Beauty and a glimpse into the future. To enjoy the next level of excitement, Buzz Lightyear ride will give you steady goosebumps. Shun the scare, take in the fun!

1- day adult ticket is now HK$499, child's ticket HK$355
2- day adult ticket HK$680, child's ticket HK$480
Prices for seniors are unchanged (1-day HK$100, 2-day HK$170)

Snoopy's World
Not exactly a huge theme park, but more of a playground, on the 3rd floor of the New Town Plazz in Sha Tin. Kids love being around the animated replica of Snoopy, Peanuts gang and Charlie Brown. Smaller kids can enjoy the canoe ride and plenty of alluring eatables. Believe it or not, Snoopy's World has 6 zones of amusements. Now, that's something dandy you can enjoy with Hong Kong flights.
The best thing about Snoopy World is - No Admission or Entrance Fee

How about - Ocean Park vs Disneyland?
Undecided about the two parks? Well, no more! These two parks cater to two diverse crowds. Ocean Park is a world-class theme park with excellent gigantic rides. The animal attractions in the park make it a worth visit in their own right. If you crave for some wild, crazy and thrilling rides, the Ocean Park is outstanding.

Alternatively, Hong Kong Disneyland is basically more about experiencing Hollywood and being reconciled with the Disney characters. People of all ages will love watching Mickey dancing down the streets. If you wish to relive the Disney magic, then see them all at Disneyland.

The Wharf Macau
Usually known as Fisherman's Wharf, this ravishing point is 1 hour ferry ride from the Hong Kong Island. While there have been debates regarding calling it as a theme park, there are several things one can do at the leisure facilities positioned alongside the promenade in central Macau. With quite a number of rides, shopping and dining on offer, Wharf Macau is a treat to the soul.
Macau Fisherman's Wharf opens 24 hours, with no admission fee.

The Grand Resort Deck
Being the only water park in the Hong Kong area, the fabulous Grand Resort Deck is a marvellous choice with slides, rapids, a kid's zone and the biggest rooftop wave pool. Now, that's a WOW!!!

This new addition to the theme park is no doubt, one of the best. With a makeover, the Grand Resort Deck is much more attractive and famous with couples and young people.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Unparalleled Beauty Beyond Bangkok

Tranquil Places to Explore on the Outskirts

By mentioning Thailand, it feels as if there are a handful of places to explore. Hopefully this write up will remove any misconception. There are places that haven't been turned into tourist hot spot. One such name is Koh Phayam, towards northwest Thailand, bordering Myanmar, which is on the verge of blooming along with its rivals. There aren't any mode of transportation or any hotel chain. You may find shortage of hot water and air conditioning only in the resort bungalows.
Aforetime, Koh Phayam had been a hideout for refugees, but since a few years,ardent holiday-makers have also been flocking into this off-beatdestination with flights to Bangkok. To enjoy speed, a fast ferry from Ranong gets you to a concrete jetty that emerges.

For many, Bangkok can be a beautiful chaotic mess. Forget sleeping; its energy grips and the madness of the city catches you like wild fire. Many a times, the traffic, the crowd and the dusky air churns an escape within. That moment, there's nothing like a quiet space to calm your soul. Stepping out of Bangkok to the nearby places can be soul-stirring. We have charted out a few places to escape the hysteria of the Thai capital.


Lumphini Park
Quietness surrounds Bangkok's largest park. You begin to wonder if at all you've entered a soundproof room. The hustle and bustle of the traffic suddenly dies. A few more steps inside lushness, the singing of the birds revives every bit of your inner being.

The park blooms with a lot of activities - a group cycles around, fitness freaks love to jog around the park, families enjoy absorbing the greenery, children get curious about the fish that jumped out of the lake and others are busy swimming as well as enjoying a massage from an elderly man. At a distance, you can spot a group of young people practicing a dance or martial arts. No wonder, the park comes alive with a variety of things that's embedded in your mind forever.
Lumphini Park is the idyllic way to start your day. Try visiting the place during the early morning hours.

Loha Prasat Wat Ratchanaddaram
An ancient charm, the 19th century temple is located just adjacent to the canal from Phu Khao. Established to symbolize a castle by King Rama III. The 38 turrets represent happiness and the mysterious, spiral staircase at the centre of the Wat takes you to the top. The view is awe-inspiring! Loha Prasat emits solitude, and surprisingly, not many people venture here. Just soak up the calmness.

The structure of the temple is breathtaking. With rectangular intersecting halls, the peculiar maze like design stirs happiness within. The other halls, display space, light and free flowing energy, allowing people to meditate.
The best part is, there are several meditational places in the city, just to overcome the chaos and struggle the city brings. The locals are well-versed with the city-life, hence, a quick escape to these serene places is extremely gratifying.


Supatra River House
Located on Chaya Praya River, opposite Maharas Pier, an attractive boat crosses the broad expanse of water. It's the perfect place to beat the heat and cause the crowd to enjoy nature's healing.
The Supatra River House offers a tranquil oasis and it's gigantic deck invites you to marvel at the spectacular views. With Bangkok flights from London enjoy savouring some authentic Thai food or snacks at the river house restaurant. By evening, you'll be served a set banquet menu or a la carte dining. It's just heavenly!

Traverse Soi Rambuttri

A favourite locality for many, the Soi Rambuttri is quiet and peaceful. Being crammed with backpackers, it's surely the talk of the town. As you walk down this attractive street, just grab coconut water, a bowl of Thai curry and some sweets for the way. if you aren't carrying food, walk into any street-side restaurant and relish some lip-smacking food. 

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Big, Bold, Beautiful & Bewitching Manila!!!

What Makes the City So Overwhelming?

The very best of Manila culture can be explored with flights to Manila from UK. The urban city is still developing beneath the clear blue sky with world-class hotels, business centres, places of interest and shopping districts. By flying in with flights to Manila, you'll see that there is no shortage of amazing places with people on an adventure budget.

Then there is food – the vital part of Manila table that adds to the setup and getup of this Philippine capital. The history of food reflects with Japanese, Chinese and American and Spanish influences.

But why do locals and tourists feel that Manila is still the best place to visit – or even retire?
Since the Philippine capital city emits more fun, the Filipino officials and government authorities are on their toes to beautify the jam-packed capital and attract tourists to come in with low cost Manila air tickets as well as reduce pollution at the same time with open-air lush developments such as Bonifacio High Street and Ayala Triangle Park, even establish vertical garden in the tunnel walls and under flyovers. Wow! that's something innovative and impressive.


With Shopping & Attractions, Manila Sizzles...
Intramuros is first on the list when one thinks of historical sites in Manila. The walled, tree-lined territory with marks of hooves on the cobblestone paths is the only part of the city that draws maximum tourists. It is also the home to the Romanesque fa├žade housing the biggest pipe organ in Southeast Asia inviting Manila flights at last minute deals.

Chinatown, a mind-blowing place with awe-inspiring Buddhist temples, Chinese restaurants, pawn shops and much more. Do not leave the place before relishing some delicious fried noodles and fresh Xiamen Lumpia at Po-Heng and at the President Grand Palace Restaurant.

Greenhill’s Shopping Centre is an outdoor and indoor haven comprising of more than 2000 stores selling electronics, pirated DVD’s, clothes and beautiful pearls that famed and defined Philippines as the Pearl of the Orient.
Greenbelt has been recommended as the most upscale mall for combining landscaped gardens with indoor shopping.

Bonafacio High Street is almost an experience where you can shop in a park. With Manila flights from UK explore the clean and broad roads, which are housed with restaurants and flagship stores lining up both sides of this friendly park. BHS also holds four floors of books making it the largest bookstore. Find branded luxurious watch and a restaurant, where you can relish grilled meat at the Cue Modern BBQ, double choc yema cake at Slice, Rocket Fuel at the retro inspired Rocket Room packed with the trendiest styles. These places host family and couples night every Tuesday and Thursday. 

Mind-blowing & Wild Attractions
Manila is born to attract the world with its spread out attractions such as:
·         Intramuros
·         Rizal Park
·         Coconut Palace
·         American Cemetery and Memorial
·         National Museum of the Filipino People
·         Casa Manila
·         Malate
·         Metropolitan Museum of Manila
·         SM Mall of Asia
·         Manila Bay
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Don’t believe yet? To know more about the high-adrenalined city of Manila browse Crystal Travel to search and find cheapest flights from London  to Manila.
You'll be able to sense that Manila not only attracts visitors towards the city much, but also towards the White Sandy beaches of Palawan, Boracay or the scintillating Island of Cebu. That's another story, that requires exploration.