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Countdown to Valentine’s Day With These Six Romantic Getaways in 2015

We are popping the question on Valentine’s Day Getaways in 2015!

Whether you are a fan of beach, countryside or city destinations, hotels and resorts across the globe offer exceptional escapes that will make your romantic retreat memorable. The most cherished Valentine’s Day gifts come not only in heart-shaped boxes but also in unforgettable experiences.

Choose from any of these exotic destinations and make this Valentine’s one to remember.

6.  Bali, Indonesia

bali

Bali, meaning “heaven”, evokes your dream of the most splendid sights: towering volcanoes curled in a deep canopy, long white sandy beaches, and green turquoise water along curving coastlines. Ranked as one of the ‘World’s Best Islands’ according to Travel & Leisure Magazine and Lonely Planet.  Bali is exactly what you are looking for on your voyages of love. Spend time together lying on the pristine sand seashores or participating in watersports and beach activities to makes your trip more active and interesting. Rafting, surfing, cycling while savoring this beautiful island, the friendly, open locals and the stunning sunsets are among the best things you can do to warm-up your love on the Valentine’s Day.

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5.  Inle Lake, Myanmar

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Inle Lake is the iconic destinations for couples looking for a quiet but charming getaway on Valentine’s Day 2015. Float on the small boats on the tranquil water, watch the splendid sunrises and sunsets reflecting the red-yellow waterway or slowly contemplate the exceptional floating gardens and floating homes of the Intha people. The feeling of take-back-time indulges your love into the slow rhythms of life, simple yet unique. The one-leg rowing technique of Intha fishermen is beyond your expectations and will complement this amazing Valentine’s Day Getaway in 2015.

4.  Bangkok, Thailand

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Defining the essence of a superb Valentine’s Day, Bangkok, the busy but charming capital of Thailand offers you a retreat of peace and comfort with a romantic twist. You will definitely want to take a canal tour to see the enchanting Chao Phraya River and beautiful canals of the city. Most of these extraordinary boat trips start at the eastern bank of the river, through the backwaters of Thonburi, the glorious Royal Barges National Museum and a unique floating market. Don’t forget to reward you and your loved one with a traditional Thai massage at least once during your visit to Bangkok. Reach the sky and walk in the clouds at the 61st rooftop of Banyan Tree Hotel, kindly recommended by our friends at Exotic Voyages.

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3.  Maldives

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If you’re looking to celebrate Valentine’s Day in an intimate and significantly beautiful setting, the Maldives is the world’s best destination for all these things. Spoil yourselves with a dinner under the millions of stars with candlelight and natural wind, relaxing in a bungalow to watch the endless green turquoise water, doing beach activities such as surfing, fishing or even diving to see the vivid underwater world. A boat trip as if nature plays with the colors of the setting sun just to ensure that you remember each moment and this love for the rest of your life. Velassaru, Maldives, one of the most romantic Valentine’s Day Getaways in 2015 offers one-of-a-kind exclusive dining experiences.

2.  Hanoi, Vietnam 

Hanoi, Vietnam

Visit enchanting Hanoi and welcome Valentine’s Day with a true Vietnam experience and the best that Hanoi has to offer. Take a morning or evening cyclo along Hoan Kiem Lake, through 36 old Quarter streets to watch the daily life of Hanoians. Seeing Hanoi come to life in both its ancient and modern ways. At Exotic Voyages, we highly recommend you try a café in Hanoi. The unique décor and exceptional quality of coffee in each shop will give you a true taste of Vietnam. Walking along the Long Bien Bridge and watching the sun slowly sets behind the Red River presents the perfect end to any day. You are definitely in for a retreat as you visit Hanoi with your loved one in some of the luxury hotels at the centre of Hanoi.

1.  Shanghai, China

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Tianai Lu or Sweet Love Road in Hongkou District is the ideal place to take a romantic stroll. Here young couples often look at walls adorned with well-chosen love poems and aphorisms from famous poets of love. Ride the ferry wheel at Jinjiang Amusement Park and observe Shanghai from a birds-eye view. Shanghai is not only a place steeped in history but also a charming destination, good enough for even the most hard-to-please dates for Valentine’s Day 2015.

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Images courtesy of (from top to bottom) Bali Island Experience, BookingYourTravel.com, Girls See the World Travel Club, Top Viral Media, China.org.cn.

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Best Places in Asia For Celebrating Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is just round the corner so here at Travelog we’ve come up with a list of the eight cities across Asia where you can best see the festivities and experience a century old tradition come alive in modern settings!

Beijing-CNY

1.  Beijing, China

Beijing is where the biggest of all Chinese New Year celebrations take place across the world. With thousands of years of tradition waiting to come alive during this period, Beijing holds one of the world’s most colourful and interesting celebrations. Many temple fairs are set up during this festive period which showcases martial arts demonstrations, lion dances, folk performances. There will also be special sales and loads of festival food. Most people spend this period spending time with their families and visiting temples to pray to the gods. However, as it is after all China’s biggest public holiday, you can be sure that Beijing’s Chinese New Year celebrations will not be disappointing. Oh, and be prepared for an endless array of fireworks!

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Penang Malaysia

2.  Penang, Malaysia

Penang, particularly George Town, is where the festivities begin. Listed as one of the UNESCO heritage sites in Southeast Asia, George Town literally lights up during CNY. With lanterns hanging all over, a warm reddish-orange glow floods the streets as people celebrate with performances, delicious food and happy smiles! The renowned Kek Lok Si Temple would probably be the biggest light source in the area as it often lights thousands of lanterns and bulbs, illuminating the century old temple in preparation of the festivities.

Shanghai

3.  Shanghai, China

Shanghai, just like Beijing, will see tons of people flocking the streets of this Chinese city. However, unlike Beijing, Shanghai has its own charm and unique character. The Longhua Temple, the oldest in Shanghai, will see 108 Buddhist monks invited to climb the pagoda to strike the bell as a symbolic welcome of the new year while chasing away evil spirits. The Yu Yuan Gardens holds the city’s most famous lantern show – locals dress up in traditional garb and walk around the gardens holding ornately decorated lanterns as they revel in the festivities with delicious food and interesting merchandises that are for sale. To catch spectacular fireworks, head to The Bund which also has many party spots for you and your friends to get a drink and unwind.

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Hong Kong

4.  Hong Kong, China

With a full 15 days to celebrate age old traditions and cultural festivities, Hong Kong is no stranger to the Chinese New Year get up. Locals will flock to temples around the city to pray for good fortune in the new year, as do most places. However, in Hong Kong, the holiday kicks off with a fabulous parade along Tsim Sha Tsui with dozens of floats and performing groups. Fireworks are a definite must as well and you can catch the spectacular display of pyrotechnics along Victoria Harbour. And to make the holiday even more exciting, promotions, discounts and sales pop up all over giving locals to tourists alike, a wonderful shopping spree to stock up on new clothes for the new year.

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Bangkok

5.  Bangkok, Thailand

Home to the largest population of Chinese in Thailand, Bangkok naturally holds one of the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations in the country. Being predominantly Buddhist, most of the Chinese would take a day off to visit temples and give offerings in hope of a blessed year ahead. From red lanterns strung across streets, to loud music and lion dances as well as street performers, Bangkok is bustling more than ever during this period. Not to forget rows of stalls selling a variety of street food that will provide much needed relief as you’re out immersing yourself in the festivities. Do check out Nakhon Sawan, 220 km north of Bangkok as they have one of the grandest celebrations. One of the highlights would be the acrobatic performers who climb a 10m pole to retrieve the money affixed at the top!

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Singapore

6.  Singapore

Singapore’s official colours may be red and white but during CNY, red and gold is strewn across the streets especially in Chinatown where huge statues and pretty lanterns line the roads. Although fireworks are not so common during CNY as compared to other countries in Asia, the Singaporeans still have a good time during this season. From lion dances to street bazaars and acrobatic carnivals and shows, there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained. Not to mention all the delectable Chinese New Year goodies which are only available during this period. As Singapore is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary this year, Chinese New Year will lead up to one of the grandest parades ever to be held – Chingay 2015, themed “We Love SG”, so if you’re in town for CNY be sure to extend your stay to catch it!

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Taiwan

7.  Taiwan

When we think of Chinese New Year in Taiwan, we think of lanterns, lanterns, lanterns. They vary vastly in shape and size and patterns but all bring joy and light to the people of Taiwan and its visitors. The culmination of celebrations ends with the biggest lantern festival where paper lanterns are lit and released en masse into the skies. People often write their wishes on the paper lanterns and send them up towards the heavens in hope of them coming true. The best place to catch the lantern festival would be in Pingxi. The sight of all the lanterns being released at once is truly one to behold.

Ho Chi Minh

8.  Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Considered one of the most important celebrations of the year, Chinese New Year or Tet as it’s called in Vietnamese is one of the most celebrated festivities. Tet is well known for its gorgeous flower displays where they would be arranged in the likeness of the animal that represents the coming year. A good place to catch the flower displays would be Nguyen Hue Flower Street. If you’re not so into flora, try the entertainment parts such as Dam Sen Park or Sui Tien Park. With music shows, games and activities, these parks transform into a mini carnival of sorts for everyone to revel in the festive spirit. Ho Chi Minh definitely comes alive during Tet with multiple performances along the streets, flowers blooming and lots of activities for one and all to take part in.

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Images courtesy of (from top to bottom) CPCSSchoolsWonderful MalaysiaShanghai HighlightsHK MagazineWikalendaContinental People10kBlessingsFengshui and VoyagestoAntiquity.

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Make it Your Resolution to Visit One of These Top Destinations in Asia in 2015

Wondering where to head to in 2015? Our Travelog local experts have gathered their top eight South East Asian destinations to visit in the coming year to satisfy your wanderlust and travel needs.

1.  Singapore, Singapore
Hotel – Marina Bay Sands
Local Delicacy – Chili Crab
Attraction – Sentosa Island

singapore

Recently crowned as Lonely Planet’s top place to visit in 2015, Singapore has more to offer as they are celebrating their Golden Jubilee this year. Join in as they commemorate this memorable milestone and relish the food, shopping, culture and atmosphere.

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2.  Bali, Indonesia
Hotel – Ayana Resort and Spa Bali
Local Delicacy – Babi Guling (suckling pig)
Attraction – Seminyak

bali indonesia

Famous for its endless white beaches and bright blue seas & skies, Bali offers much more than meets the eye. Indulge in sumptuous seafood or wander around the many cultural Indonesian sites and check out what else Bali has to beyond the beaches and nightlife.

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3.  Penang, Malaysia
Hotel – Armenian Heritage Street Hotel
Local Delicacy – Char Kway Teow
Attraction – Batu Feringgi

penang malaysia

Penang has been gaining popularity over the past few years and for good reason – cheap accommodation, delicious food and famous street art. Don’t be the only fella at the party who hasn’t visited Penang, hurry to Malaysia in 2015 to enjoy the current buzz and excitement.

4.  Mount Everest, Nepal
Hotel – Hotel Everest View
Local Delicacy – Lechón
Attraction – Sagarmatha National Park

mount everest philippines

Want to strike off something crazy on your bucket list in 2015? Climbing Mount Everest has to be the most incredible feat you can achieve in the New Year.  Join a tour group (the cheaper option) or go on a solo adventure to scale the highest mountain.

5.  Kanchanaburi, Thailand
Hotel – Thai Garden Inn
Local Delicacy – Gang Keow Wan (Thai Green Curry)
Attraction – War Museum at the Bridge

kanchanaburi thailand

Kanchanaburi, situated in Northern Thailand, is famous for its amazing nature (we’re talking cool waterfalls and a diverse range of flora and fauna), historical attractions and tiger and elephant farms. Kanchanaburi has still got some way to go before it hits the tourist trail, so head there in 2015 to beat the crowds.

6.  Luang Prabang, Laos
Hotel – La Residence Phou Vao
Local Delicacy – Chicken Laap
Attraction – Wat Sen

Temple in Luang Prabang Royal Palace Museum, Laos

Lesser known that other Laos cities, Luang Prabang is one of SEA’s hidden wonders. Located just 300km north of Vientiane, Luang Prabang is filled with many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, mountains, cultural and historical buildings, artifacts and not to forget, scrumptious Laotian food.

7.  Siem Reap, Cambodia
Hotel – Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor
Local Delicacy – Green pawpaw salad
Attraction – Angkor Wat

angkor wat cambodia

Home to the popular Angkor Wat, Siem Reap is a popular resort town – a gateaway from the capital of Cambodia. Siem Reap reveals the true natural beauty of Cambodia with its untouched rural areas. However, prices here may be a little higher than the rest of Cambodia, so do take note of that.

8.  Ngwe Saung Beach, Myanmar
Hotel – Ocean Blue Beach Hotel
Local Delicacy – Shan-style ‘tofu’ noodles
Attraction – Rakhine Mountain Range

ngwe saung beach myanmar

We definitely have to include another beach destination to the list, especially with the harsh winters in many countries all around the world. Ngwe Saung Beach is a little known wonderland with pristine beaches and exotic food. It is definitely a viable alternative to touristy Bali.

Still not sure where to go in 2015?

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Images courtesy of (from top to bottom) USC Marshall School of Business,  iLove-IndonesiaOnly Penang, Explorers Web, Go PixPic, Luxury Travel, Intrepid Berkeley Explorer, Travel Myanmar.

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Six Unmissable Day Trips From Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is a top destination for those who are curious about Malaysia; however there are many remarkable places around Kuala Lumpur that are easily forgotten but yet worth a visit. Here’s our top six day trip destination from Kuala Lumpur.

Malacca

1.  Malacca

Less than 2 hours away by car from Kuala Lumpur, Malacca is dubbed ‘The Historic State.’ A small city filled with historical wonders such as the A Famosa, the oldest surviving European architectural remains in SE Asia, and numerous antique temples, mosques and churches, Malacca is a short cultural respite from the buzz of city life in Kuala Lumpur. It is easily accessible by car, taxi, bus and trains. For those who take the train, you’ll be pleased with views of the Malaysian rural countryside.

Elephant sanctuary

2. Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary

The Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary is located in the state of Pahang, a mere 1.5 hour drive away from Kuala Lumpur. An attraction popular with animal lovers, one not only gets to feed and play with the gentle creatures, they are also allowed to ride and swim with them as well. The sanctuary is an ideal location for families as well as visitors would be educated on the sanctuary’s elephant conservation activities. The Elephant Sanctuary is a must-go for an enriching, unique experience.

genting highlands

3. Genting Highlands

Known for its theme park and lovely weather, Genting Highlands is only 10RM and an hour away from the sweltering weather of Kuala Lumpur. An expanding integrated resort, Genting Highlands has numerous attractions such as its six hotels, an entertaining theme park, casinos and 170 dining and shopping outlets. There’s never a lack of things to do in Genting and it is especially suited for friends and families who want a short break.

batu caves and temple

4.  Batu Caves and Temples

The Batu Caves and Temple has to be one of the nearest day-trip destinations from Kuala Lumpur.  A short 30 minute drive away, visitors will pass by KL’s Little India and can stop for a meal and pictures at the colorful community.  The Batu Caves is an enormous limestone hill with a series of caves and cave temples within and its interior is lined with different deities and structures. It’s an ideal day trip destination for those who love both nature and history.

Kuala Selangor

5.  Kuala Selangor

Need a break from city life to simply immerse yourself in nature? Kuala Selangor is the answer to that. Kuala Selangor, an hour away from Kuala Lumpur, is home to a Nature Park that is widely known for its bird sanctuary and mangrove swamps. However the main attraction of Kuala Selangor that attracts thousands of tourists every year is its famous firefly phenomenon.  Every night, the fireflies appear in the thick mangrove streets along the river and lights up the dark night with its magical shine.  It’s a mesmerizing phenomenon that would leave you holding your breaths in amazement.

The Chiling Waterfall

6.  The Chilling Waterfall

Located in the north region of Kuala Lumpur, the Chiling Waterfall is an easy 1.5 hour drive away from Kuala Lumpur. It is a magnificent and picturesque natural site that you can play and frolic in. Deemed as one of the best waterfalls in Malaysia, the chilling waterfall is a must-go for those who want an escape from the bustle of the city into the calm surroundings of nature. However, do note that the waterfalls is a short trek away from the main land, thus it’s not ideal for the weak and unfit.

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An Hour-by-Hour Guide to 24 Hours in Kuala Lumpur

You’ve got 24 hours in Malaysia’s capital city and you want to engage your senses and immerse yourself in Malaysian culture.  Here’s a hour-by-hour schedule of the must-see places and things to do if you’re in Kuala Lumpur for just a day!

8am – Petronas Twin Towers

Petronas Twin TowersStanding at a majestic height of 451.9metres, the Petronas Twin Towers is without doubt Kuala Lumpur’s most famous icon. Take a walk along the Sky Bridge – the world’s highest bridge between two towers, and enjoy a birds’ eye view of the city allowing ample photo opportunities.

Going up the tower is definitely not for the faint hearted but those who experience vertigo, not to worry! Some people say the best views are of the tower itself in all its futuristic glory. Just Google ‘Petronas Towers’ and you will find yourself looking at some pretty creative selfies taken with the skyscraper, which could serve as photo inspiration.

Tickets are required to go up the tower and are issued on a ‘first come first serve’ basis. So it is definitely recommended to head there first thing in the morning as it sells out pretty quickly. The tower is as beautiful on the inside as it is out and going to Kuala Lumpur without even walking past the highest standing tower in South East Asia, is definitely a ‘no-no’.

10 am – Kompleks Budaya Kraf: Craft Complex in Kuala Lumpur

Kompleks Budaya Kraf: Craft Complex in Kuala Lumpur

Explore Malaysia’s ultural heritage through art. Situated within walking distance of the Petronas Towers, this craft complex provides a glimpse into Malaysia’s colourful culture. Tranquillity surrounds as artists scatter throughout the building working on intricate wood pieces, batik painting, pottery and more.

If you fancy yourself a little go at the artwork, try your hand at Batik Painting and take home your very own handmade souvenir. The Batik Painting is suitable for all ages and would make for an interesting and colourful experience both for solo and group travellers.

The artists are often more than willing to talk about their craft and share about Malaysian culture. Approach them with an open mind and it will be filled with fascinating lessons and educational stories of who, what and how the Malaysian people came to be, all told through the story of their craft.

1pm – Jalan Alor

Jalan Alor

Located in the heart of the city centre, lies a bustling street that would make any self-proclaimed foodie go into a frenzied excitement. Kuala Lumpur is a foodie’s haven and it comes in the form of Jalan Alor.

Stall after stall of Malaysian cuisine es flank the street and you would be spoilt for choice. From the very simple ‘fishball noodles’, to a spicier ‘curry laksa’ and to the more exquisite ‘drunken chicken noodles’, you’re likely to find anything you’re craving for here.

Be adventurous and be hungry when you’re in Kuala Lumpur and on their renowned food street. Pop into a stall and see, smell and taste what Malaysian delicacies they offer. And if you’re feeling especially hungry, don’t just stop at one stall, surely you have to try more?

3pm – Masjid Jamek 

Masid Jamek

Kuala Lumpur is a largely Muslim Country and it’s no surprise to see several mosques around. However the largest and most spectacular of them would be the Masjid Jamek.

Nestled in between palm trees, this mosque, the oldest in Malaysia, provides a soothing sense of serenity and tranquillity. Step in only to be awed by the design of this religious building – take note of the intricate details and be amazed by the sheer size of this architectural beauty.

It’s a small cost to get into the mosque and both women and men are required to cover all exposed area of skin by wearing long sleeves, pants or skirts as a show of respect. Definitely a must see for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle to do some quiet reflection and ready yourself for more buzz from the busy city of Kuala Lumpur.

5pm – Chinatown

China Town Kuala Lumpur

Although a largely Muslim city, Kuala Lumpur also has a huge Chinese population. Chinatown was therefore created to cater to the Chinese residing in the city. Today’s Chinatown is alive with sights and sounds and smells as people peddle their wares at cheap prices.

For all those who love a good bargain, Chinatown is a definite must-go. From cheap watches, to branded goods (although not the real deal) and even illegal DVDs, it will definitely pique the interest of any avid shopper who can’t resist a deal. It’s recommended to bargain, and if you’re good enough, some peddlers may let their wares go for as low as 50% off the original price!

Even the avid shopper gets peckish but in Chinatown, stalls are scattered along the roads and you can easily pick up a quick bite. From ‘chee cheong fun’ (rice noodles with a sweet or chilli sauce) to small bowls of dumpling soup or even just a cup of traditionally made coffee could perk you up for round two of shopping.

8pm – Bukit Bintang

Bukit Bintang Kuala Lumpur

After a full day of shopping, eating and engaging in cultural activities, end off your experience in Kuala Lumpur at Bukit Bintang!

For the hungry, Bukit Bintang is littered with trendy cafes to stylish bars so wind down with a drink or if you’re up for a hearty dinner, pop into one of the many food stalls that line the street.

For the shopaholic, satisfy all shopping needs here. With 9 major malls all within walking distance, surely it’d quell all urges to shop after. From premium outlets, to trendy boutiques and even a night market that sells cheaper goods, get ready to shop till you drop.

And lastly for the culture vulture, soak in the atmosphere that oozes a mix of languages, smells, sights and smiles. Where locals interact with foreigners, where a myriad of voices fill the busy streets and it doesn’t matter if you’re black or white, walk around and take it all in.

Warning: As with all crowded streets across the world, be wary of pickpockets and keep your belongings safe!

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Images (from top to bottom) courtesy of Petronas Twin Towers, TripAdvisor, Wonderful Malaysia, Malaysia Land of Nine Kings, Visit Malaysia, Old Penang Hotel.