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Top Places to Visit in South Goa

Goa is one of my favourite states on the west coast of India. After spending much time in the bigger cities in the country where there are massive crowds, vehicles, traffic jams and honking, Goa is a respite from all that congestion and noise. Back in 2014, Goa was a place where I had sought solitude and relaxation at awesome beaches on lovely coastlines amid towering palm trees. Spread over 3,700 square kilometres, Goa is divided into two districts: North Goa and South Goa. I had stayed for four days in South Goa, after which I moved on to the

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First Impressions of Rome: History and Art

My first trip to Europe was in 2008 and the destination was Italy. Rome was the first port of entry and the Eternal City made such an impression on me that, no matter how beautiful the other European cities that I had discovered in subsequent trips, Rome would always be my favourite. Why was Rome my all-time favourite European city? Ancient history: I was surrounded by ancient history everywhere in Rome and I marvelled at their inventions and formidable achievements, for the Roman civilisation was one of the world’s greatest and left a significant impact on today’s architecture, engineering, and politics. Beautiful

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Bhopal and Begums

I was invited by Madhya Pradesh Travel Mart (MPTM) in India to attend a travel fair organised by Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board from 27-29 October 2017. It was the fourth time that MP Tourism Board organised MPTM, and the objective of the travel fair was to promote Madhya Pradesh as an all-year round destination for domestic and inbound tourists. For the benefit of my non-Indian readers, Madhya Pradesh is a state in central India. Due to its geographical location, Madhya Pradesh is called “The Heart of India” and is the second largest state in the country. Madhya Pradesh is not

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Short Getaway Places Near Kuala Lumpur

Anyone wants to know the destinations to visit in Malaysia, the information given is usually the capital city, Kuala Lumpur (KL), the islands of Penang and Langkawi, the historical city Melaka and the jungles of Borneo in East Malaysia. With the exception of Melaka which is only a two-hour drive from KL, the other places require driving around four to five hours or a flight time of two hours or so. Depending how much time one has in Malaysia, the aforementioned places might not be doable especially if one has only two or three days at hand. However, we, as

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Ibis Coimbra Centro Hotel – Review

When it comes to choosing the right hotel accommodation, it is a matter of three things: affordability, facilities and location. Luxury hotels might be out of reach for some of us which then leaves us with boutique and budget hotels or hostels. Boutique hotels are springing up like mushrooms in nearly every city but after some time, they might lose their sparkle, not being able to upkeep their maintenance and facilities. Hostels are definitely not suitable for business travellers or for those travelling with families. However, there is one trusted brand which has appealed to all groups of travellers –

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Student Life and Fado in Coimbra

Halfway between Lisbon and Porto in the central region of Portugal is a medieval city called Coimbra. Perched on a hill overlooking the Mondego River, Coimbra (pronounced as kweembra) flourished under Moorish rule for over 300 years until the Christians ousted them in the 11th century. Coimbra was the medieval capital of Portugal from 1139 to 1255 until Afonso III decided to move the capital to Lisbon. *Read: Discover Lisbon with Lisboa Card Coimbra is also Portugal’s equivalent of Cambridge or Oxford, renowned for its university – Universidade de Coimbra – the oldest and most distinguished university in the country.

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Portuguese Connection to Melaka (Malacca)

The Portuguese connection to Melaka that most Malaysians know is the small fishing village called the Portuguese Settlement which has been popular among tourists for its seafood restaurants and during Christmas when residents decorate their houses with Christmas trees, decorations, lights and Nativity displays. However, the present generation of Malaysians and tourists in general are not aware that the Portuguese Settlement is a thriving community of residents who were descendants of inter-marriage between the Portuguese colonisers and the local Malay population in the 16th and 17th centuries. The descendants are called Portuguese-Eurasians or “Kristang” in Malaysia; majority of them are

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The Scarlett Boutique Hotel Hue, Vietnam – Review

Throughout my trip in Central Vietnam, I had been lucky to stay at budget accommodation which were value for money with amazing 5-star services. I stayed in a guesthouse located deep in an alleyway in Hoi An and a budget hotel situated along the riverbank in the countryside. As the saying goes, good things come in threes, and indeed, the third good thing came in the form of a hotel called The Scarlett Boutique Hotel in Hue. You wouldn’t be able to identify The Scarlett Boutique Hotel right away on the main street unless your vision was clear enough to

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Three Ways to Travel From Hoi An to Hue

After spending two days in Hoi An admiring the picturesque Old Town and lazing by An Bang Beach, it was time for me to move on to another destination. A different destination for me to spend a night or two, preferably a place that was historical to suit a history buff like me. And that destination was Hue. Hue (pronounced as ‘hway’) is located 126km north of Hoi An in Central Vietnam and was formerly an imperial city for the Nguyen Dynasty from 1802 to 1945. Much of Hue’s tourist attractions is the tranquil atmosphere of the promenade and Perfume

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Visit and Stay Outside Hoi An

The very mention of Hoi An and immediately images of yellow heritage buildings and colourful lanterns pop up in one’s mind. This is the scene that most tourists associate with Hoi An – a town in Central Vietnam where tourists come in droves to walk around the quiet streets of the Old Town, admire the Chinese-influenced heritage buildings, cruise on the Thu Bon River, and to take lots of IG-worthy photos of various styles and poses. The Old Town of Hoi An is indeed captivating and pretty but has anyone wondered, is that all there is to see in Hoi

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