<![CDATA[ZINNIA TRIP - Travel]]>Fri, 03 Dec 2021 21:39:41 +0530Weebly<![CDATA[Nagaland : Best Places to Visit in Nagaland]]>Fri, 03 Dec 2021 11:51:28 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/nagaland-best-places-to-visit-in-nagaland                      #nagaland #manipur #tourism #trip #venture #adventure
Nagaland – a cultural hub of North East India never fails to fascinate the tourists. If you want to explore the vibrant festivals and lifestyle of India, Nagaland is a must-visit for you. You will be charmed with the scenery, food, and handloom of the state. Let’s take a deeper dive into the gorgeous beauty of Nagaland. Here are the topmost places you must visit during your trip to Nagaland.
Dimapur

Acknowledged as the entrance to the state, Dimapur will offer a warm welcome to Nagaland. The well-connected town boasts of its road connectivity and scenic beauty. This is an ideal place for history and nature lovers.

Once here, visit the 13th-century Kachari ruins. These are the evidence of the Ahom invasion. To witness the scenic landscape of the town, visit Kuki Dolong Village, Nichuguard Village, Medziphema, Seithekima Village, and Chumukedima. Far from the din and bustles of the city, these places are ideal for tourists. Green park, Nagaland science centre, Ruzaphema, etc. are some other places to visit.

Try the Tibetan food in Dimapur. Bamboo shoot, axone, fermented dry fish, anishi, dry colocasia, etc. are some of the mouth-watering delicacies of the place. If you are a shopaholic, you cannot but shop stylish scarves, bags, bamboo mugs, Naga shawls, silk mekhla, etc. from Dimapur Hongkong Market.

Dimapur boasts of being the only airport in Nagaland. It is well connected to major cities like Guwahati and Kolkata. It also has a railway station. You can avail of public or private transport from the airport or rail station to reach the destination.

Kohima

Kohima is the capital of Nagaland and is a charming place to visit. Renowned as a commercial spot, Kohima has retained all the natural charms and never fails to attract visitors.

The blend of modern and ancient spirit has offered a distinct appeal to the city. The remarkable place will charm you with its vibrant lifestyle. Here, you can get a glimpse of the Angami tribe that predominate the space. This is a perfect melange of history and culture. Puliebadze Peak and the Japfu Peak are two famous peaks in the state.

Abandoned village, graveyard, broken pottery, delightful ancient ruins - Kohima is filled with diverse elements. Some of the must-visit spots include Naga Bazar, Kohima War Cemetery, Kohima Zoo, the state museum, Dzukou valley, Tseminyu, etc.

Dimapur is the nearest rail station from Kohima, located at a distance of 75 km. Daily trains from major cities like Kolkata, Guwahati, New Delhi, etc. are available from here. You can also reach the location from Dimapur airport (64.7 km).

Mokokchung

As one of the most lively states in Nagaland, Mokokchung is the abode to the Ao tribe. Popular for its hospitality, festivals, and rich tradition, the town has become a tourism hotspot in Nagaland. It is assumed that one of its famous tourist spots Longkhum is heaven for nature lovers.

Its hills are surrounded by Rhododendron and its pristine beauty is something you will instantly fall in love with. Longkhum is best known for its handicraft and ethnic handloom. Ungma is yet another destination that is believed to be the abode of the tribe as they entered Nagaland.

Ungma is called a living museum of the Ao tribe. If you are interested in tribal life and culture, make sure to visit this place especially during festive seasons. Moatsu festival is one of the most renowned festivals of the place celebrated in May. Also, check out the Mokokchung district museum, park, and Changtongya.
Here, you can shop handmade items, ornaments, tribal shawls, and silk clothing. During your trip to Mokokchung, taste aikibeye, samathu, akini, and chokibo. The supreme delicacies will bring a different sensation to your tastebud.

Jorhat is the nearest airport to Mokokchung (located at a distance of 105 km). The next nearest airport is Dimapur, located 212 km away from Mokokchung. Mariani in Assam is the nearest railway station (85 km). You can avail of transport from the station to reach the tribal village. You can also enter the destination by road. National Highway 61 connects the place with major cities like Changtongya, Wokha, Amguri, and Tuli. Nagaland state transport bus runs from Kohima to Mokokchung (162 km). Shared taxis are also available.

Mon

Mon is an interesting place to visit in the state. Here, you can come across warriors with face tattoos, blackened teeth people, and headhunting prowess. The fascinating place is rich in agriculture.
In and around the place, you will amusing things to witness. For instance, you can visit Longwa (the largest village in Mon), you can see the border of Myanmar. You can even enjoy the opportunity to have half of your body in India and the other half in Myanmar. Here, the chief’s house is a major attraction where the chief resides with his 60 wives.

​Yet another unforgettable sight is the large number of trophies made with animal’s skulls in the chief’s residence. Other than this, Chui Village, Veda Peak, Shangnyu village with their wooden carving are some of the popular tourist attractions.

Visit the place in April to celebrate the lively harvest festival known as the Aoleang Monyu festival. The weeklong festival is celebrated by hosting large feasts and offering sacrifices.

Samathu, Aikibeye, Anishi are some of the popular dishes to try on Mon. While there is no large merchandise to shop in Mon, you can shop some handmade items in this place.

The nearest airport to Mon includes Jorhat (157 km) and Dimapur (295 km). You can get conveyance in the form of tourist taxi and state transport bus to reach Mon. You can reach Mon via Sonari by bus. It is at a distance of 65 km from Mon. You can also avail of buses from Simulguri but that is an indirect transport service. You have to reach Nginimora from Simulguri and then board yet another bus to reach Mon. You can also reach the destination through the railway. Lake railway station is the nearest one to Mon.

If you are yet to plan a trip to Nagaland, it’s high time to do so. With its rich culture and tradition, scenic beauty, warm hospitality, and lip-smacking delicacies, you cannot miss visiting this place once in your life.
If you are yet to plan a trip to Nagaland, it’s high time to do so. With its rich culture and tradition, scenic beauty, warm hospitality, and lip-smacking delicacies, you cannot miss visiting this place once in your life. Pay a trip to the place and you will forever cherish its sweet memory.
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<![CDATA[China : Many Things to Do in China]]>Fri, 03 Dec 2021 11:11:27 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/china-many-things-to-do-in-china    #china #travel #trip #hongkong #adventure
China has always been a place of mystic since the early ages when it was first discovered through the writing of Marco Polo. Even in the ultra-modern state that China has set up today, it holds to its tradition and culture and is an embodiment of mystery and exotica. The Chinese have preserved numerous relics from its rich past including such features as the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace in Beijing, etc. which marks the magnificent rule of the Chinese emperors. The Great Wall of China is known throughout the world and is supposedly visible from space. China is full of exciting places and things to do from enjoying yourself on an exotic cruise to finding yourself in the tranquil solitude of some hidden temple.
The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China, known to the Chinese as Changcheng or the "Long Wall" spans over a length of 6,000 kilometers. It connects the Shanhaiguan fortress on the eastern side and Jiayuguan on the western side. It is so long that the provinces of Hebei, Tientsin, and Beijing fall on their way and contain the most well-preserved sections of the wall.

The wall is rich in history as well as in its architectural marvel. It has an average height of 6 to 8 meters, but in some places, the Great Wall goes as high as 16 meters in length. It is also astoundingly wide and could allow 10 men or 5 horses to pass through in a straight chain. The origins of this wall date back as early as the 7th century BC. The Wall has been kind of an ongoing project and the most popular sections were added much later around 210 BC. It was also around this time that various sections of the wall were joined together.

Notable sections of the wall that you could visit to take in the magnanimity of the structure are- Badaling Pass near Beijing; Mutianyu towards the northeast side of Beijing, about 70 km away; and Gubeikou, 130 km away from Beijing.

The Forbidden City in Beijing

Zǐjìnchéng or the Forbidden City is an immense building complex housing many splendid palaces right at the heart of Beijing. It is also known as the Imperial Palace and its construction started way back in 1271-1368. However, much of the more recent sections of the palace were added between the years 1406 and 1420. The Forbidden City used to be the residential complex of 24 Emperors from the Ming and Qing dynasties. Entry for anybody other than the royal family along with their courtesans was not permitted and hence the exclusive name of the palace.

The entire complex covers a ground area of 720,000 m2 and has a 10m wall surrounding it. There are watchtowers on all sides and the palace is even surrounded by a moat. Examining and exploring the palace properly will take you hours simply because of its vastness, not to mention the impressive history that it carries. The most sought out sections of the palace for a quick tour include the Hall of Supreme Harmony, the five Golden River Bridges constructed from white marble, and the Palace Museum which houses a terrific collection of artifacts and relics from the Ming and Qing dynasties.​

The Summer Palace in Beijing

The Summer Palace is located about 15 km away from Beijing and is truly an extraordinary sight to behold. It is spread out on 700 acres of land and attracts tourists from all around the world. The palace was initially constructed in 1153 and the huge lake was a later addition around the 14th century.
The Summer Palace, like the Forbidden City, could take you appreciable time to look through properly. However, if you are on a quick tour, you have to visit the Hall of Benevolence and Longevity or the Renshou Dian hosting the throne and the Great Theatre. The Great Theatre is an especially remarkable sight- this 3-story structure was built to satisfy the royal family's love for opera and traditional Chinese plays and musical events are still regularly held in this place.

Le Shou Tang Hall or the Hall f Happiness and Longevity is a picturesque section of the palace. There are beautiful gardens and peaceful courtyards in this section and you could go on a calming walk on any of the relaxing trails. If you could, also try to put in a visit to the ruins of the Old Summer Place while in this area which happens to be an even more astounding building.

The Terracotta Army in Xi’an

Another picture from China that is illustrated in books throughout the world is that of an immense army crafted entirely from terracotta. While farmers were digging wells in the 1970s just at the outskirts of Xi'an, they stumbled upon one of the most important and interesting archaeological finds in China. This army was designed to guard the tomb of the First Emperor and spans over 3 large pits consisting of over 8,000 life-sized individual figures, over 100 chariots, and a plethora of non-military figures, all dating back to 280 BC.

The site of the Terracotta Army, Emperor Qin Shi Huang's Mausoleum Site Park, is one of the most important tourist attractions in all of China. The centuries-old army stands as proof of the importance that the Chinese gave to their Emperor as well as to the afterlife.

Guilin

In the northeast corner of the Guangxi province lies the town of Guilin, with the Li River flowing through the beautiful countryside. This town is one of the most romantic places from all around the world and it has stolen the fancy of many poets and artists throughout the centuries. The land has been referred to in numerous folklore and fairy tales of Chinese origin, such as the mystic of the place. Nowadays. It is frolicked by tourists looking forward to indulging in the blissful glory of nature.
Cruising through the Li River is one of the best ways to take in the beauty of the place. You could choose the kind of boat you want to go on too- you could choose the tourist cruise ships for a compact package or you could even choose the small bamboo boats for a more authentic feel. The trips could be for just a day or multiple days, depending upon your choice.

Chengdu Research Base

A visit to China is incomplete without meeting a giant panda and what place is better than the Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding situated in Chengdu?! Though you will see many amazing specimens of the animal throughout the zoos in China, the research base provides a more personal experience. You are too sure to view as many as 80 pandas surviving in a habitat much like their natural one in this place. The center not only houses some of the most excellent specimens but also provides various workshops and activities that would enhance your awareness about pandas and their conservation.

One of the best times to visit the research base would be in the morning during feeding time. They are most active during this time and you will get one of the most unique experiences of your life. You could even sign up for a volunteer program wherein you are allowed to feed and care for the pandas and may even get the opportunity to hold a baby panda in your hands.

Riding the Yangtze

The Yangtze River, also known as Chang Jiang or the Long River in Chinese, is like the lifeline of China. The riven spans over 6,000 km and is the longest river in China- it comes just after the Amazon and the Nile in terms of length. The river originates somewhere in Tibet and flows all the way to Shanghai, passing through 8 provinces. Covering 2,700 km, it has been a major route for transportation in China for more than 2,000 years. The river and its tributaries are so wide that it covers about 1/5th of the country. It also provides fresh water to 1/4th of the agricultural land in China.

One of the best places to witness the glory of the Yangtze River is the Three Gorges comprising of Qutang, Xiling, and Wu. The scenery here is dramatic and you can witness the river in all its glory through cruises and riverboats. You could also engage in different kinds of adventure sports on the river in regions where it flows through rugged terrain.

The Bund

Zhongshun Lu, also known as the Bund, located in Shanghai gives you a European experience in China. This place has such a European look and feels to it that you would forget you are in China as you take a stroll along the banks of Huangpu Jiang River. The location gains its relevance from being the International Settlement and still features 52 unique and amazing buildings from that era. The buildings reflect various architectural styles of English and French origins ranging between Gothic and Renaissance styles. The buildings are mostly used as cafes, restaurants, and shops nowadays.

Leshan Giant Buddha in Sichuan

A Buddhist monk started carving out a cliff-face to mold it into the figure of Buddha in 713 AD and 90 years later, the result was the giant Buddha statue at Leshan in Sichuan Province, near Chengdu. This terrific Maitreya Buddha statue overlooks the river giving it a dramatic feel and also happens to be the largest Buddha statue in the world. It is such an intriguing site that it has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Numerous pilgrims flock to this statue of Giant Buddha every year from all corners of the world. You could easily reach the statue after a fun ride on a ferry boat starting from Leshan.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong is the epitome of a modern city and boasts of one of the most stunning skylines in the entire world. The tall hills coupled with a very high density of skyscrapers give Hong Kong the much-needed tag of having the most splendid skyline in the world. The Victoria Peak within Hong Kong Island is one of the best places to view this stunning skyline. Visiting the peak after sunset offers a more dramatic view since the whole city will be glowing with lights like a jewel. A similarly stunning view can also be sought from Victoria Harbour- take a ferry ride into the waters and enjoy the magnanimity of the skyline through the light and laser show visible from the water. The best view of the light and laser show is from the Kowloon side of Victoria Harbour.

Zhangjiajie National Forest in Hunan

If you are looking forward to an out-of-this-world experience, Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is the place for you to be. Situated in Hunan province, this national park has some of the most incredible geographic features ever. The unique rock formations taking up the mantle of gigantic pillars set an extraordinary tone. No doubt that director James Cameroon was inspired by this site for his hit movie Avatar.

Though it is one of the newer places to visit in China, brought to the spotlight thanks to Cameroon's Avatar, it is indeed worth it. One of the highest pillars is 1,080 m tall and has been renamed the Avatar Hallelujah Mountain. The picturesque setting is also loaded with many modern-day fun activities. One of the main attractions is the Hundred Dragons Sky Lift, which could carry 50 people up to a height of 326 minutes in a record 2 minutes. The Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge is another modern construction that has gained fame as the highest pedestrian bridge in the world. Though the bridge seems to be an exciting place to visit, it is recommended that you not do so if you are faint of heart.
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<![CDATA[Hong Kong- The Best Place to be Alive!]]>Thu, 02 Dec 2021 21:45:13 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/hong-kong-the-best-place-to-be-aliveHong Kong is probably the most glamorous city in the world with a terrific skyline and a unique hubbub buzzing throughout the city. It is colorful, it is bright, it is alive, and what's more- it has so much to offer! There is a completely different side to Hong Kong that makes a trip to this amazing place a memorable one. Hiking trails, magnificent beaches and islands, and forest-covered mountains are all parts of the attraction that Hong Kong holds. There are so many things you could be doing in Hong Kong whether you are there just for a day or for a week.
Star Ferry

The Star Ferry is a great place to start your trip in Hong Kong- it dates back to 1888 and has been connecting the Hing Kong island to Kowloon since then. You will get a glimpse of all kinds of ships, boats, and other marine vessels at Victoria Harbour, masterfully crafting their way through the dense water traffic. The sight of the immense Hong Kong skyline with a background of towering mountains from the sea is a sight you are not likely to forget. The refreshing breeze hitting you so elegantly serves as the cherry on top.

It is easy to catch a ride on the star ferry since a vessel leaves every other minute just for a few Hong Kong dollars. The best time to catch a ride would be after sunset. The city offers a light show called the Symphony of Lights, which in itself is a grand experience you will get free of charge. You will get a 360-degree view of an amazing display of laser beams that dance upon the towering skyscrapers from the sea.

The Peak


The skyline of Hong Kong is too famous and you can never get enough of it. Once you have seen the skyline from the sea, it is time for you to get a 360-degree from up above. The Peak, also known as the Victoria Peak, could be easily reached via a tram ride starting near Hong Kong Park. This too, like Star Ferry, is going to be a remarkable experience as you get an unhindered view of the entire city. You could also visit the Peak Tower and Peak Galleria while atop it. There are many restaurants around the place, and the Peak is designed like a park.

There are many trails around the Peak and some of them lead you down to the city. It is an impressive mix of forest trails and concrete roads though it could get confusing sometimes. Just like the ferry ride, nighttime is the best time to visit Victoria Peak. You get to see the bustling city in all its glory when well lighted up. If you are not willing to take the tram ride, you could also take a taxi directly from your hotel to the top of the peak.

Repulse Bay


Beaches are not the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks about Hong Kong. However, you will be missing out on a lot if you do not go to the spectacular beach at Repulse Bay. Though the soft sand is very welcoming, you will get a very non-touristy kind of beach experience around this place. The seafront is lined with all kinds of shops and restaurants which is a very typical sight in all of Hong Kong. Amalfitana along the shore is a terrific place to try pizzas.

Big Wave Bay is close to Repulse Bay and another amazing place to spent the day or evening. The waves are not so big around this place but the U-shaped cove and the accompanying beach make way for a splendid experience. The atmosphere too is much more relaxed than Repulse Bay since the latter is the more popular spot.

Going to the beach is no big trouble at all. You will find many scheduled buses and taxi cabs that will take you to the beach.

Night Market on Temple Street


Whenever you visit a unique place, you want to collect certain souvenirs for yourself and your loved ones. Well, the Temple Street Night market is the best place to look for such stuff. Tourists and locals alike flock to this market since there is not one thing that you cannot find here! The Night Market is situated in Kowloon and you will find various dealers selling all kinds of things ranging from clothes to gadgets to jewelry, and so on.

The market starts around 6 p.m. but the later you arrive, the better it is for you. If you are looking for jade jewelry or some traditional Chinese artifacts, then this is the place to get the best bargains in all of Hong Kong. Surely, there are certain other market streets around Hong Kong too, but none have the liveliness that this market showers.

Dragon’s Back

There is an adventurer in every group, and Dragon's Back is the place to bring out the adventurous spirit. It is a small hiking trail that overlooks the ocean and gets you spectacular views of such places as the Big Wave Bay, Shek O, and Mt. Collinson. The Dragon's Back hike happens to be the most popular hiking trail in the city and thus is generally abuzz with visitors on weekends and holidays. However, if you are looking for a place to blow off some steam and escape the constricting crowd of Hong Kong into the laps of nature, this is the place to be. The trail passes through greeneries and solitude allowing you the occasional minstrel of a bird's call or the sound of a small waterfall.

It is quite an easy hike and anybody could do it. You have to start at Section 8, which is the bus stop for To Tei Wan, and after a short distance, you will mostly be going downhill. The walk will take you to Big Wave Bay where you could spend some time on the beach or even go for a swim. Going to the nearby Shek O is easy-peasy with many taxi and bus services available. There are many restaurants around Shek O where you could end the day's trip with a delectable meal of seafood.

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery


Another place to escape the sound of the busy life of Hong Kong would be the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery. It is situated in Sha Tin and is set up on a hilltop you have to climb about 400 steps to reach the top and it is worth the effort. The steps are lined with numerous golden statues of Buddha. In fact, the temple has more than 10,000 statues of Buddha throughout and also does not host as a monastery since no monks live on-site.

While visiting the temple, you will realize that the walk is part of the attraction of the place. All the statues that you would pass while climbing up to the top are different either in the pose or in the expression it is displaying. At the top, you will come to a square with many impressive structures and statues. When you go inside the temple you will find small statues of Buddha lining the walls from floor to ceiling. The opposite side of the temple has an open view into the green surroundings.

You could easily reach the temple through the metro line- you have to take the East Rail to Sha Tin station and go for Exit B. There is another temple nearby and may get confusing for you, so be sure that you are on the right way before you start the climb.

Chi Lin Nunnery & Nan Lian Garden


The Chi Lin Nunnery is located in Diamond Hill which is in Kowloon. The Kwung Tong line on the metro will take you to Diamond Hill Station and you have to take the C2 Exit to reach the temple complex.

Though the original date of establishment of the Chi Lin Nunnery dates back to the 1930s, it was later rebuilt around the 1990s keeping to the traditional style of the Tang Dynasty. Every structure in this temple has been constructed using wood. This gives it an aesthetic and an ancient feel. The front side of the complex has an amazing display of Bonsai trees. These bonsais surround the Lotus Pond Garden which has a magnificent display of a handful of ponds with water lilies.

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<![CDATA[Macau : How to Spend Your Days in Macau!]]>Fri, 05 Nov 2021 15:29:34 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/macau-how-to-spend-your-days-in-macauMacau is situated in the far eastern fringes of Asia - it is a little slice of Portugal and very near to the city of Hong Kong. The unique location of this place has ensured a colorful and aesthetic blend of the Eastern and Western cultures. It is also a quaint place with amazing people and a peaceful, luxurious lifestyle and very different from the bustling crowds that you would find in Hong Kong. The place is also steeped in history and quite naturally the historic center in Macau is listed as one of the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. All the major attractions of Macau are relatively closer to one another and you can easily travel from one spot to another on foot. You can come to this amazing place for a day tour from Hong Kong. However, if you really want to explore the place properly, it is better if you take 2-3 days on hand!
It is very easy to reach Macau through airways or roadways. The international airport in Macau is quite accessible. The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Makau bridge has also made it so much easier to enter the place from Hong Kong. If you are looking for some adventure, you might even take the waterways and enter Macau via a high-speed ferry ride! Once you enter Macau, here are some of the most exciting things that you could be doing around here.

The St. Paul Ruins

​The very first destination in Macau would be the ruins of the once-great St. Paul's Cathedral. The church is a magnificent structure and one can easily fathom the heights of its former glory just by looking at the ruins, indeed, it was once famed to be the finest building in the Far East! The Renaissance façade at the end of a flight of stairs crafted from granite still holds some semblance of its former glory.

The church was initially destroyed in 1601 by a fire but was then reconstructed and set up by 1637. When it was reconstructed, it was modeled on the Church of Gesu situated in Rome. It was then set up by the Christians who have been driven out of Japan and found refuge around this region. However, in 1835, the reconstructed church was again devastated and destroyed, this time by a typhoon. Nowadays, only the skeletal remains of its former glory stand tall and give curious visitors a glimmer into the grandeur it once was. Some of the most intriguing features about this church are the inscriptions on the archway to the church dedicated to the Mother of God, and certain figures of Jesuit saints.

If you are visiting the church, you just have to visit Travessa da Paixao just around the corner. It is a beautiful, narrow street with pink-hued buildings and a perfect spot to take a walk with a loved one. It is a very haunt for photographers as you could click some of the most stunning and dreamy photographs while on this street.

Senado Square


Senado Square or Senate Square is the likely starting point of your amazing visit to Macau. One of the most striking features of Senado Square is the old Senate building. It is now occupied by the Municipal Council and is widely regarded as one of the finest examples of the Portuguese style of architecture.

The building was initially constructed way back in 1784. The exquisite façade that inspires and awes so many tourists and visitors every day was added to this impressive building in 1870. Restoration work was undertaken to preserve the magnificence of this building and it was completed in 1940. The building houses a Council Chamber which is aesthetically very pleasing due to the rich paneling work made from wood. The Senate Library is also worth your time since it houses more than 50,000 manuscripts of a rare nature, some of which are even older than over 500 years.

Senado Square is a lovely place if you want to indulge in the essence of Macau and its people. It is the likely central part of the city and has everything that you could be asking for. Different shops, happy localites, restaurants, and cafes selling all kinds of Chinese as well as European food- you will find it all over here. You should especially try the many delicacies that the place has to offer. Another impressive building dating back to the 17th century around Senado Square is the St. Dominic’s Church.

Templo de A-Ma


Macau shows an interesting blend of the European as well as the Chinese cultures. Moving on from the amazing churches that Macau has to offer, here is a Buddhist temple that you just have to visit while you are in Macau. Built in 1488, the Templo de A-Ma or the A-Ma Temple is one of the most serene places in the entirety of Macau. In fact, the place was renamed based on the temple by the Portuguese a few decades after the construction of this temple. It is dedicated to the Buddhist goddess Matsu and is a segment of the UNESCO Historic Center in Macau.

The temple is one of the most religious places you will find in the entire city. There are 6 different sections within the temple. The Gate Pavillion, the Prayer Hall, the Memorial Arch, the Hall of Benevolence, the Zhengijao Chanlin, and the Hall of Guanyin are the different parts that you will be exploring while in the temple. The architecture is stunning and the fierce statuettes of lions look very life-like. The statue of the goddess has a built-in serenity that is sure to mesmerize you. There are many spots of shade to sit down doing nothing, and simply have a relaxing time within the temple premises. You will also get one of the most picturesque views of the bay from the temple grounds.

Forte Monte


The Forte Monte or Fortazela do Monte is very near to A-Ma Temple and has a rich role in the history of China and Portugal. When it was constructed in 1626, it used to be the hub for Portugal's military in Macau. Later, it was the residence for the governor and hosted to be so till 1749. The old grandeur remains but the old ways have changed nowadays. The building serves as the three-story Macau Museum nowadays and holds terrific collections that will take you on a dreamland ride. The museum tells you the story of how the Chinese, the Portuguese, and the Macanese people came to co-exist peacefully through the amazing collection of archaeological and anthropological relics.

There are other notable attractions worth visiting while you are exploring through Forte Monte. The Mount Fortree Garden is one of the most beautiful locations that you could ever visit. It is exquisitely designed and has a welcoming appeal. The moat-shaped pond as well as the delicate flower beds offer a change from the everyday busy life that you have to go through. The Mansao Evocativa de Sun Yat-Sen is a Moorish-themed mansion built to commemorate Sun Yat-Sen who was the founder of the first-ever Chinese Republic. The Sun Yat-Sen Park is also related to the persona and features beautifully constructed gardens, an aviary, and also houses an elegant Victorian greenhouse.

The Maritime Museum


An interesting and unmissable place to visit while you are visiting the A-Ma Temple is the Maritime Museum or the Museu  Maritimo de Macau. It is a terrific experience to browse through so many maritime relics from Macau's past. The museum displays an array of artifacts such as fishing equipment, models of ships that used to sail in the past, and other stuff that excellently tells you Macau's maritime history.

The museum also features instruments and artifacts that tell you the story of the development of both nautical as well as meteorological instruments. Numerous dioramas display important seafaring events for the city from the past. The front side of the museum called the Inner Harbour or the Porto Interior runs through the frontier between China and Macau. An extravagant Chinese dragon boat, restored to its former glory would welcome you into the Porto Interior. Other relics that you will find here are a flower boat, a sampan, and a fishing smack that was once used by refugees from Vietnam.

Doca dis Pescadores or the Macau Fisherman's Wharf is a nearby theme park that is also an interesting visit while in the area. Many rides in this theme park mimic the romantic aura of cities like Venice and Amsterdam. You will also find many different shops selling all kinds of souvenirs and restaurants and cafes excelling in European as well as Chinese delicacies.

Macau Tower


Standing tall at 338m, the Macau Tower is one of the most noticeable structures in Macau. The Macau Tower Convention and Entertainment Center is the center for telecommunications and broadcasting in the city. However, the tower also has a fun side to it- it features many entertainment options for visitors and tourists. One of the most impressive parts of the tower would be the observation deck from where you will get some of the most stunning and picturesque views of the entire city. There are also theatres and restaurants within the tower premises for you to have a great time around. You might even go on a shopping spree while you are visiting the tower. The Macau Tower Skywalk could be one of the most adventurous things that you ever do in your life. It covers the outer rim of the observation level and makes for a very enticing experience. For even more adventurous people the tower also allows you to go bungee jumping- at 233m, this is the highest bungee jumping experience you will have in the world.

Guia Fortress


Just a short distance away from the ferry terminal at Macau lies the elusive greeneries of Guia Fortress. You could either choose to hike your way up to the fortress or you might even go for a cable ride for convenience. A fortress is an amazing place! It being at a higher altitude than the rest of Macau ensures that you will get a terrific view of the entire city from the top. The fortress also has an impressive and gigantic lighthouse standing tall at 91m high. Sadly, entry into the lighthouse is prohibited! The grounds also have a very small chapel and impressive frescos that date back to the 1600s.

One of the most intriguing features of this splendid fortress is the underground network of tunnels- some of which are nearby to the lighthouse while others are near to the entryway to the cable car point. The fortress mainly holds a display of artifacts and photographs that details the military history of the surrounding regions.

Taipa Island

Taipa Island is situated toward the southern part of Macau and is connected to the mainland by a spectacular high-arched bridge. Taipa Island could be a part of a day tour or you may even spend some more time within the island premises. In ancient times it used to be a post for vessels to pay customs duty to the Chinese. It is also the traditional spot where the fireworks factories are located, and there are also numerous Chinese shops as well as Portuguese buildings from the colonial era and a horse-riding track.

The Pak Tai Temple, established in 1844 is an attractive site because of the two life-sized guarding figures as well as the rich decoration. The Buddhist Shrine of the Four Faces is also an impressive site to visit. Tin Hau, established about 180 years ago, is among one of the best smaller temples on the island for you to visit.

The Cotai Strip in Taipa Island is part of modern-day Macau and is much like the Vegas Strip. This region is lined with casinos and reeks of a grand and luxurious lifetime. You should experience this at least once since this too is a part of the wonder of Macau. Since Macau itself is a small city, the Cotai Strip is not as extravagant as Vegas, and you can easily drop by all the casinos within a day.

If you are looking for a place to spend quality time with your family doing something satisfying and out of the ordinary, you could also visit the Giant Panda Pavilion in Cotai. Since it is somewhat off track, you can be sure to avoid the crowd while visiting this amazing place. The place houses a collection of giant pandas, red pandas, and a few species of monkeys. They are left out in the open and are most active around mornings when it is the easiest to spot them. They would again return at about 2:00 PM when it is feeding time. The park entry is free, however, you have to pay a nominal charge if you want to get to know the pandas.

Coloane Island


Traveling farther away from the Taipa Islands you will find yourself on another terrific island in Macau called the Coloane Island. Coloane is an exquisite place with lush forest vegetation comprising of pines, eucalypti, tropical vegetation, as well as many farmlands. The island is also lined by sandy beaches giving you ample place to chill and hang out. The Hac Sa Beach is the most prominent among all the beaches that Coloane has to offer. The Cheoc Van Beach towards the southern side of the island is also worth a visit. Coloane Village has a unique mixture of Chinese culture interspersed with colonial buildings and is a quaint place to have a quiet time.
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<![CDATA[Singapore : A Trip you Won’t Forget!]]>Fri, 05 Nov 2021 14:47:27 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/singapore-a-trip-you-wont-forgetSingapore is a highly revered place and is there on the list of most travel enthusiasts around the world. Situated at the tip of the Malay Peninsula, Singapore is an exotic destination that welcomes tourists from far away lands every year. It is a very small country and the most popular destinations in Singapore could be covered in just a couple of days. Singapore is a growing country and is blooming with modern architectural styles that include amazing malls, sky-reaching structures, and a very vibrant lifestyle. The locals are welcoming and the best thing is that English is understood almost everywhere. You might have some difficulty understanding their "Singlish" accent but it will be fine in just a couple of days! Here are 10 places in Singapore that you just cannot miss!
Marina Bay Sands

Singapore is a hub for luxury hotels and the Marina Bay Sands is one of the most unique on the list. This place tops the list of impressive places in Singapore because of the one-of-a-kind structure that visitors get to behold. It looks like 3 immense, tapering skyscrapers, which are holding up a gigantic boat together. Within the walls, the "boat" houses a rooftop swimming pool from where the water seems to be seeping out continuously. You will get some of the most terrific views of Singapore from this spot. The poolside is also one of the most stunning places to click selfies for your Instagram. Entry into the pool is restricted to only the people who are staying at the hotel but you can relax and have a great time at the bar beside the pool which is open to all! You should also consider coming to the pool early in the morning or late at night since this is one of the most popular places in Singapore and generally remains extremely crowded.

Merlion

The body of a fish and the head of a lion- the Merlion is the official mascot of Singapore and you have seen this epic sculptor in the numerous ads and posters for Singapore. This 8.6 m tall structure with the fish body represents the origin of Singapore as a fishing town while the lion's head signifies the lion city or "Singapura", the original name of the place. Water is spouting out of the mouth of the lion and it is one of the best places in Singapore to click amazing selfies. You might even get yourself clicked by others in amazing poses while having the most fun you will ever have.

Gardens by the Bay

Located near the Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay is going to be a unique experience for you. The place is lined with “supertrees”- an artificial structure that is supposed to provide you with shade in the day and with light at night. All these supertrees are about 25 m to 50 m tall and the aerial walkway about 22 m above the ground through the manmade structure is a memorable experience. There are two indoor conservatives within the premises too which houses flowering plants collected from 5 continents. In fact, the Flower Dome Conservatory was designed to be the largest greenhouse conservatory back in 2015. The place is set up on a huge expanse and it takes you considerable time to go through the whole thing. You might as well plan a whole day’s tour if you are looking forward to visiting this one-of-a-kind attraction in Singapore.

The Singapore Zoo

The Singapore Zoo is one of the most exotic places in the country housing numerous species from all around the world. It was opened way back in 1973 and has done a great job in preserving some of the most endangered species in the world since then. There are over 300 different species of fauna available in this zoo covering over 2800 individual animals. About 16% of these animals belong in the list of endangered species and the Singapore Zoo has done a terrific job at supporting them by building them a home that mimics their natural habitat. There are fun exhibits within the zoo that keeps the visitors intrigued and entertained. For example, when you are visiting the giraffe enclosure, you can feed them and get your pictures taken while doing so! Another such feature would be the outdoor breakfast buffet wherein you can enjoy the company of orangutans while you enjoy breakfast- be sure to book your tables beforehand as this service is only available on prior booking. The zoo covers a considerable area and it will take you quite some time to go through the entire grounds.

Singapore Botanical Gardens

Once you are done with the fauna of the place, it is time to immerse yourself in the flora that the place has to offer. Having a tropical climate, you will see great diversity when it comes to the flora of Singapore. The Singapore Botanical gardens are the perfect place to take a walk among nature. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and only one of the three such botanical gardens in the world. It is also the only tropical botanical garden to have earned this title. The garden is divided into 4 segments- Tanglin, Central, Bukit Timah, and Tyersall-Gallop areas. The gardens are located at just a 5-minute drive away from the center of the city and are very easy to reach using other modes of public transport such as the subway.

Orchard Road

The subways in Singapore are amazing and will easily take you to the most happening places in the country. One such place is the Orchard Road- 2.2 km long and a paradise for people who are enthusiastic about shopping. There are 22 different malls and 6 humongous departmental stores along with smaller vendors along this street. If you do not like shopping you might get bored in just an hour on this street. However, if you do enjoy shopping, well, a full day might not be enough for you in this shopping heaven. Buses and taxis will easily take you to this amazing haunt in Singapore. You might also take the subway and you’d be surprised to know that this complex is so immense that there are 3 different subway stops nearby. Along with shops for souvenirs, shoes, clothes, etc., the place also houses many cafes and restaurants wherein you might find many authentic local delicacies to try!

Sentosa Island

If you are looking for a place in Singapore to have a great time filled with fun activities with your whole family, then there is no place better than Sentosa Island. The beach available here is also quite attractive, and you will enjoy taking a dip in the sea here. An aquarium, a water park, and a theme park are some of the major attractions for the family at the Sentosa Islands. One of the best things about this place is that is just 15 minutes away from the center of Singapore and can be accessed through various means. You could even enter this amazing island by foot or using a bicycle by traveling along the Sentosa Broadwalk. There is an entry charge at the gates and the fee depends on the mode of transport. Consequently, if you are walking or cycling into the island, you will be charged the least to enter the island premises.

Universal Studios

Universal Studios is also a part of the Sentosa Islands and is a place to have a great time with your family, friends, or even if you are traveling solo. It is also the first of the Universal Studios that was set up in southeast Asia and has lots of attractive activities to help you pass time. The many fun activities will also keep your children busy and indeed a great way to have some fun and intimate moments with them.

Chinatown

A huge fraction of the population in Singapore belongs to the Chinese ethnicity and Chinatown is the place to find them. Chinese immigrants had set up their own space when they flooded into Singapore while it was a British colony and Chinatown is the place where they had settled down. The Chinatown Complex is an interesting place to visit if you want an insight into the lives of the people here. The place is filled with many stalls selling different kinds of Asian food and sundries. You would also find an amalgamation of the Chinese and the Malay culture here which is best represented through the colorful and terraced houses in the region. It is a scenic sight and makes way for tremendous photographs. The place also boasts of many Hindu temples along with Buddhist temples. The most captivating thing about Chinatown would be the food that they serve. Numerous Asian delicacies are very easily available in open food courts. While you are in Chinatown, you have to try the Hainanese chicken rice. Other notable dishes that you could try are the Bak Kut The, satay, chili crab, and laksa!

Jungle Safari

​Singapore boasts of a night safari activity that you just cannot miss! The safari is conducted either on trams or by foot and there are 7 different geographic zones that the safari caters to. This night zoo is located just beside the Singapore Zoo and offers a thrilling experience for you. There are about 100 different animals at this pace and there are many nocturnal species available that would otherwise be sluggish or sleeping during the day. The animals are kept on enclosures that mimic their natural habitats just like in Singapore Zoo and thus gives you an exciting chance to see how they act in their natural spaces!
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<![CDATA[Thailand - ​What You Could Be Doing in Thailand Instead!]]>Sat, 16 Oct 2021 17:21:18 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/thailand-what-you-could-be-doing-in-thailand-insteadThailand is one of the most exotic places in the world that you could be in. It is much like a collage of scenes from your favorite anime offering you all kinds of experiences- from witnessing a bustling city life to enjoying the calm serenity of nature at its best. While you will find the motorbike and tuk-tuk filled roads in one part of the country, you will also find smiling and welcoming monks in Buddhist temples at another part. Farming villages, hand-crafted souvenirs from local tribesmen, ancient ruins and decorative temples, and the most picturesque coastline- you will find it all in Thailand. Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand will offer you one of the busiest experiences of city life in the world. Ching Mai, on the other hand, is the perfect "gateway" to the jump into the mountainous north. Here are some of the best places to go to while you are on the islands in Thailand.
Bangkok

Last but not least is the capital city of Thailand- Bangkok. It is the largest city in the country and being the capital has an international airport that attracts tourists from all around the world. It is a huge cosmopolitan city that showcases an amazing blend of everything old as well as new. There are high-rise buildings interspersed with grand palaces. There are ancient temples throughout the city mingled with terrific nightclubs. And one can never say enough about the marketplaces in Bangkok with all kinds of local items, handcrafted souvenirs, restaurants and cafes, and the most stunning delicacies. Between noisy traffic and greeneries, this is a capital city that you just have to see to believe how amazing it is!

Khao San Road is a famous attraction and starting point for tourists when they are visiting Bangkok. The Wat Phra Kaew showcasing the Emerald Buddha is a lovely temple that you can visit. The floating markets in Bangkok are also a remarkable sight to behold just like the Thai boxing matches. The best way to travel through the city is using the Skytrain, the metros, and the tuk-tuks. Conventional modes of transport such as busses and cabs could be cumbersome since the city is bustling with people and cars and the traffic is terrible. Exploring Bangkok by traveling through the canals on boats is also an interesting way of exploring the city.

Ko Pha Ngan

Ko Pha Ngan is the fifth-largest island in Thailand. It has a terrific coastline with white and sandy beaches coupled with the natural experience of lush vegetation and scalable hills. Being situated in the Gulf of Thailand, this place hosts some of the most amazing diving sites in the country including the Sail Rock diving site. The versatile island is filled with more than 30 different well-known and lesser-known beaches for you to explore.

A terrific event that makes Ko Pha Ngan such a popular and attractive tourist destination is the Full Moon Party. Attracting between 5,00 and 30,000 tourists every month, the Full Moon Party is legen-wait-for-it-dary! During the full moon of every month, the entire Haad Rin Beach is completely transformed into a makeshift nightclub! Immersive live music, devilish cocktails, and the most exciting events such as the fire rope skipping are some of the major attractions during this time of the month.

Khao Yai National Park

The Khao Yai National is the third largest one in Thailand and is situated within the Senkamphaeng Mountain Range. Irrespective of the increased elevation, the landscape in the park is versatile and comprises diverse evergreen rainforests coupled with open grasslands. The national park also has a host of wildlife to boast of that includes sambar deer, Asian black bears, pigtailed macaques, and freshwater crocodiles. If you are lucky, you might also witness a herd of elephants or a lone tiger in the wild.

The Haew Narok waterfall is a must-visit place while you are visiting Khao Yai National Park. There are several smaller, even hidden waterfalls within the rainforest, but Haew Narok, at a staggering height of 260’, is the largest waterfall in the region. The Haew Suwat Waterfall offers some of the most stunning views and is also famous as the waterfall from the movie “The Beach”.

Sukhothai

After traveling through some of the most picturesque places in Thailand, it is time for you to take a trip down memory lane into some fascinating ruins. The older Sukhothai, now in ruins, used to be the first capital of Thailand, and then Siam, back in the 13th century. There are multiple zones in the older city which has been converted into a "Historical Park". Wat Mahathat is one of the excavated sites with a lotus-shaped temple and standing relics of Buddha and is one of the best sites to visit. The Wat Si Chum pavilion, situated in the middle of the park hosts a 50' tall statue of sitting Buddha and is one of the most impressive sights in Thailand.

There are many lakes, well-maintained gardens, and sunken moats within the park area. The Ramkhamhaeng National Museum is part of the park where you will find lots of artifacts that have been excavated from the area and an in-depth understanding of the history of the place. Other exciting nearby places include two beautiful national parks- the Ramkhamhaeng National Park and the Sri Satchanali National Park which you can visit while you are around the area.

Ko Samui

Ko Samui is one of the most sought-ought destinations in all of Asia. It is such an appealing destination that Ko Samui has its own international airport making it easier for visitors from all around the world to reach the place. There are so many beaches that line the coastline of Ko Samui and provides a comfortable, leisurely traveling experience. If you want to mingle with the crowds, you will easily find such hotspots- if you want to enjoy some alone-time far away from people, well there are unexplored and hidden beaches in Ko Samui too! There are even two small islets off the shore and one of them can be easily reached via wading through the water.

Na Thon is the transportation hotspot of Ko Samui and is lined with all kinds of restaurants, cafes, and bars selling all kinds of delicacies. Coconut carvings and batik apparels are easily available in ample in the island for you to take home as souvenirs. Wat Khunaram is an interesting temple on the island that preserves the mummified remains of important monks while Wat Phra Yai houses a 9' tall seated Buddha statue called the "Big Buddha". The is even a smaller 20' tall waterfall around the center of the island which drops into a naturally made swimming pool. The island has a good network of roadways that connects all the important places.

Chiang Rai

Chiang rai is situated along the northern borders of Thailand is the perfect place to witness the "Golden Triangle"- the meeting point of Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos. It is a quiet city though once the suns sets, the roads are bustling with life and activity in the form of souvenir stalls as well as quaint restaurants.
Many surrounding places offer a terrific and scenic view. The Gate of Siam just outside of the city is one such lovely place. You could also visit Kon Forest Park where you could enjoy solitary nature walks and immerse yourself in the rhythms of lonely waterfalls. You could go on a hiking trip or a simple picnic in the Lion Hill Cave or you could even contact a tour guide to take you to some of the nearby hill tribes to interact with them.

Phanom Rung

Phanom Rung is situated in the northeastern part of the country. This impressive site is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva and is built on an extinct volcano. You have to reach the Nang Rung village to be able to get to this magnificent site. It was built around the 10th century and 13th century by the Khmer culture to the Hindu god. In fact, the temple was built to signify Mount Kailash, the holy abode of Lord Shiva in the Himalayas.

The complex is built with tremendous mathematical accuracy facing east such that 4 times every year the sun shines exactly through all the 15 doorways to the sanctuary. During the alignment in April, a ceremony is held where Brahmanical texts are read out and light and sound shows are conducted within the temple complex. The temples also remain open for longer durations than usual during these times.

Phuket

If you are enthusiastic about traveling to exotic locations around the world, you surely have heard of Phuket. It is one of the most sought-after destinations in the world and attracts tons of tourists every year. Phuket is the largest island in Thailand and is connected to the mainland via two tremendous bridges. The white beaches in Phuket with their sapphire blue lagoons are the prime attraction in Phuket. There are resorts, hotels, exclusive spas, massage centers on the beach, and everything you can think of to have the most relaxing time of your life in Phuket. The nightlife in Phuket is also worth witnessing and you will be surely missing out on a lot if you do not go through it.

Patong beach in Phuket is the most popular of the lot. You should also make it a point to visit Phang Nga Bay which has mesmerizing caves, limestone islands, and aquatic grottoes. There are also many aquariums in Phuket as well as an interesting seashell Museum that you can go to. Adventure activities in water such as kayaking, white water rafting, and scuba diving are also part of the attractions in Phuket.

Ayutthaya

The ruins in Ayutthaya tell the story of a brilliant kingdom that once existed and brings tourists from all around the world. The city is located in the Chao Phraya River valley in the central part of the country and is built on an island surrounded by 3 rivers. The place was once hosted as the capital city of the Thai kingdom and the grandeur of the ruins tells the story of exactly how impressive the place was. The city flourished for 400 years between the 14th and 18th centuries and has 3 palaces and over 400 temples. It was such a busy city in Thailand that there lived nearly a million people by the 1700s.

Wat Phra Mahathat is one of the most visited places in Ayutthaya. It is the site of a Buddhist temple and holds some truly amazing sites. The sandstone figurine of Buddha's head is wrapped around in the Bodhi tree. The largest gilded Buddha in Thailand called the Phra Buddha Triratana Nayok is also a part of this complex, at Wat Phanan Choeng.

The city is also very easy to reach through roadways or railways since it is only 80km away from Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. Generally, tourists come for a day trip to the place but it is recommended that you stay here for 2-3 days to soak in the immense grandeur and magnificence of the place. You should also try not to miss the local food found in Ayutthaya since it is delicious.

Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is the gateway to everything natural and exotic that Thailand has to offer. It is a flourishing city in itself and has amazing landscapes surrounding the place. Situated in the northern parts of Thailand, Chiang Mai is the base from where you can go for hikes, adventure activities, and even go into the forests to interact with the local hill tribes. The city is culturally very important to Thailand and one can see a terrific confluence of modern and traditional architecture and culture.

The old city walls and the many temples will give you an immersive and memorable trip. The Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep is the most famous temple in the area and is located just outside the city on a mountain overlooking the city. The modern, inhabited city offers many stores selling handicraft items, excellent spas, botanical gardens, and even an elephant nature park. There are also a huge number of tour companies available who would take you on organized tours through the mountains and wildlife of the place where you can also indulge in adventure activities such as river rafting, ziplining, trekking, and mountain biking.          
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<![CDATA[​Malaysia : Have A Splendid Time in Malaysia!]]>Sun, 12 Sep 2021 08:10:57 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/malaysia-have-a-splendid-time-in-malaysia#Malaysia #Asia #friendly #Malay Peranakan
Malaysia often advertised as "Malaysia Truly Asia", is a culturally diverse land filled with people from various ethnicities and providing you an exceptional array of features. From immense man-made structures to impressive geographical features, Malaysia has all of it to offer. The people of Malaysia are friendly and you can witness a diverse range of cultural variations throughout the country. And everyone – Malay, Chinese, Arabic, Indian, Peranakan alike will welcome you with open arms and a big smile! This place also has to offer various gastrointestinal delights and most places in Malaysia are filled with hawkers selling food in all kinds of ways possible!
Petronas Twin Towers

Kuala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia and is steeped in modernistic designs and architectural marvels. The city is very well-planned and should be on your list of places to visit in Malaysia. It is well connected by international flights as well as roadways to allow for an easy arrival into the city. One of the most striking features of Kuala Lampur is the world's tallest twin towers. At a height of 452 m, no other twin tower in the world can match the grandeur that this one displays. There are 88 floors to the top in this tower and an impressive 76 elevators placed throughout the complex for easy conveyance. The twin towers are even connected by a sky bridge at about midway between the 41st and the 42nd floor. Surely at that height, you could click some of the most stunning pictures of the city!​

Batu Caves Selangor

As already mentioned, Malaysia is a small hub for cultural diversity in Southeast Asia and Batu Caves is one of the finest places to witness this miracle. It is situated just outside Kuala Lampur city and would take you about an hour's drive to reach. The caves are divided into 3 complexes and have a series of smaller complexes as well and have been existing for hundreds of years. It serves as a shrine to Hindu gods and the caves have statues and figures of such gods.

The Cathedral Cave is the main attraction of the entire complex and you have to cross 272 colorful steps to reach it. The entryway at the bottom of the stairwell hosts a 43 m tall statue of Lord Murugan welcoming all visitors alike. Visitors could explore these caves all by themselves and may even go for a guided tour.

Mt. Kinabalu Trek

Kinabalu National Park is one of the oldest national parks in Malaysia and is also regarded s a UNESCO World Mt. Kinabalu, at about 4000 m is a part of this park and also happens to be the highest peak in Malaysia. Reaching the national park is very easy via roadways and it is a one-day trek to and from the peak. Mind you, trekking Mt. Kinabalu is not for the faint-hearted and requires some expertise in mountain climbing since this is going to be an intense climb!

There is a huge variety of flora and fauna that you will come across as you traverse through the heights of this interesting peak. It hosts a unique ecosystem and comprises shrubs, meadows, grasslands, and alpine vegetation. You will also find many orangutans, a threatened species, on your way to the top of the peak.

Only 185 permits are handed out each day to climb the peak which is an environmental measure adopted to preserve the sanctity of the place. Climbers younger than 16 years of age are also allowed to scale the peak though there are certain restrictions imposed to ensure a safe passage. Though climbing to and from the peak is a one-day experience at most, climbers could even plan a stay at the National Park since it offers many homestay and hotel options.

Perhentian Islands

Situated at the northeastern corner of the country, the Perhentian Islands is a bounty of everything scenic that you can hope for. In the olden times, the Perhentian Islands used to be a halting spot along the seafaring trading routes and serves as an amazing tourist spot nowadays. Since these are a group of islands, the only way to reach them would be through motorboats.

Pulau Perhentian Basar and Pulau Perhentian Kecil are two of the major islands to visit and they offer all kinds of facilities such as accommodations, shops, and so on. The former of the two has an extensive backpacking scene while the latter is more of a family package away from the everyday crowd.

Though you can use the waterways to travel from one spot to another, one of the major and most exciting options to trail through the islands is the trek routes passing through the jungles. These routes will get you face to face with the flora and fauna available at this place and you will get some of the most mesmerizing views of Malaysia here. Various water sport activities such as snorkeling and scuba diving are regularly conducted here. If you are looking forward to doing something offbeat, then you can sign up for one of their turtle conservations programs.

Sipandan Islands

If you are a nature enthusiast and looking for some of the best marine habitats in the world, Sipandan Islands is the place for you. It is easy to reach through the waterways on motorized boats. The rich ecological diversity of the island needs to be preserved and thus there are limitations to the number of people who can visit the place- only 120 permits are handed out each day to expecting tourists and visitors. Staying overnight on the island is not allowed and thus tourists generally come in the morning and they have to leave the premises by 3.00 PM.

Once you have reached the islands, you can explore the place on foot. The beaches are near to one another and you can hop from one beach to another in minutes! Of the many different kinds of fauna that you will find at this place, getting a look at the endangered hawksbill turtles is an exceptional experience. You might also find whale sharks, monitor lizards, and many coral species among other marine or terrestrial fauna at this place.

Gunung Mulu National Park

If you are looking for an adventure-filled expedition, there could be no place better than the Gunung Mulu National Park. It is an impressive place and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The most famous feature of the national park might be the limestone karst shaped like a conglomeration of people. However, the extensive network of caves is one of the most stunning features of this place.
The national park is covered in thick rainforests that oftentimes make traversing through it difficult. You would find the largest passageway in a cave in the world in this place along with the largest underground chamber. The Deer Cave is a significant attraction of the place. The ceiling is above 122 m high with numerous waterfalls that cascade along the rocks. The Pinnacles Summit Trek is one of the most impressive excursions to go for while here. It will take you about three days and take you through an extensive tour through the thick jungles.

Kek Lok Si Temple

Kek Lok Si Temple in George Town is one of the most impressive man-made structures that you would find in Malaysia. It is the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia and is situated at the base of Air Itam mountain. Though the construction of the temple was done quite recently in 1890, the immense 7-story pagoda has the potential to astound anyone out there. The structure is even surrounded by 10,000 statues of Buddha giving it a touch of magnificence.

It is a scenic and calm place filled with peaceful serenity and exclusive views. Prayer halls, fish ponds, and gardens abound the place and there are even stalls selling religious as well as secular souvenirs. The 36 m tall Kwan Yin statue is also an attractive site for tourists in this place. It is also an important pilgrimage site and attracts pilgrims and religious people from all around the world, especially during the Chinese New Year.
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<![CDATA[Netherlands : What Should You Be Doing in the Netherlands?]]>Sat, 11 Sep 2021 18:50:32 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/netherlands-what-should-you-be-doing-in-the-netherlands#netherland #eu #europe #visit #places
The Netherlands is going to be one of the most exceptional tours ever for you when you are traveling through Europe. It could be regarded as the crown jewel of Europe with rows of windmills on a field, tulips blossoming all around, and some of the nicest and most liberal people around the world. Talking of Netherlands, Amsterdam is the place that one thinks of in the first instance- however, there is so much more than the Netherlands has to offer. This place has a rich culture and has a kind of charm that will settle deep in your heart. So, here is a list of all the terrific places that you could go through in the Netherlands. Since this is a small country, all of these places are very easily accessible through train routes and even roadways, and traveling to and from places is not at all a fussy affair.
Amsterdam

Well, a tour to the Netherlands is not complete if you have not been to Amsterdam. It is a terrific place in the northern regions of the country and also happens to be the capital city of the Netherlands. It is easily accessible by air routes from all around the world and many train and road routes across Europe will easily take you to the capital. The city has a terrific history that it speaks of. That, coupled with the exuberant nightlife that this city has to offer, makes it stand apart from any other travel destination around the world.

Two of the most notable places that you could visit in Amsterdam are the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijkmuseum. Both of these places will give you a great idea about the tremendous history and interesting culture that the Netherlands has to offer. The Anne Frank House should also be on your list of not-to-miss places in Amsterdam. The Bomenmarkt is a place for you to chill and browse through the everyday life of the people of Amsterdam. The waterways in Amsterdam are unmissable too, and you should take a ferry to Northern Amsterdam or simply go on a ride on a canal cruise.

Delft

Another place in the Netherlands known for its majestic beauty is Delft. It has a unique medieval appearance and the town is making progress to restore the antiqued appearance that this place boasts off. Water canals, museums, and artwork abound in this place and there is just so much of it! Johannes Vermeer, one of the most significant artists from the Netherlands, was born in the town of Delft. This place is also famous for its Delftware crockery with its intrinsic white and blue patterns.

Oude delft or the Old Canal is something that you simply cannot miss while in delft. The Delft City Hall is a majestic building steeped in history and so is the Prince’s Court and Prinsenhof Museum. If history and tales of the past intrigue you, you should make it a point to visit the Lambert Van Merteen Museum as well as the Vermeer Delft museum- both places will give you an immersive account of the history, culture, and artwork of the place. If you are fond of mesmerizing scenic views then climbing the Bell Tower will give you unobstructed pleasant views for miles anywhere you look. Delft Pottery is artistic and you can learn more about it at the Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles!

Rotterdam

The Netherlands has largely been called a place steeped in history and culture and Rotterdam is one of the finest examples of this fact. This city in the Southern parts of the Netherlands has something for everyone whether you are traveling with your family, friends, or even undertaking a solo trip, there is something Rotterdam has to offer to you. It is in fact a globally renowned place and is said to be the most beautiful place that the Netherlands has to offer.

There are so many picturesque and impressive places that Rotterdam has to offer to anyone who visits the place. You should definitely come to this place by train since the Rotterdam Central Station is the first sightseeing spot that you should visit. The Rotterdam Zoo is also something that is going to leave a lasting impression on you. Climbing Park Fun Forest will take you on an adventurous walk through nature which is simply exquisite. The Euromast Tower and De Markthal are also significant places that should find a position on your to-do list. The Fenix Food Factory offers exciting workshops and you might also participate as a taster. The Rotterdam Boat Tour will take you through the many interesting ports that you will find here.

The Hague

Though Amsterdam is the capital city of the Netherlands, the government and administrative center of the country lies in Hague. Though Hague has been set up to display a modern vibe, the place has an old-world charm that could be easily felt as you walk or travel through it. One of the most impressive things about Hague is its captivating nightlife. The city is located in the southern regions of the country and is very easily accessible by roadways, trains, and even air routes.

A few places of recommendation that you just have to visit while you are staying in Hague are Duinrell, Madurodam, and Mauritshuis. Like the other cities in the Netherlands, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag is a museum and a major tourist attraction in Hague. The Celestial Vault in Hague allows you to see the sky as an immense curved surface draping the earth. The First Natural Lanzart is the place for you to be if you are a nature lover and want to witness some stunning visuals.

Maastricht

Traveling to Maastricht in the southern Netherlands is like sitting on a time machine and taking a ride into the past. This is one of the most historical cities that you will find in the Netherlands and if you have an eye for grandeur and the majestic, this place should be visited by you. Though it is steeped in medieval architecture, the place has quite a modern feel.

One of the most terrific museums to visit in Maastricht is the Bonnefanten Museum. Mount St. Peter and the St. Pietersberg Caves will give you a taste of the grandeur that we were talking about. The Old Town Hall and the Hell Gate will take you to an elusive and magical land while the Natural History Museum is another exquisite museum for you to visit in Maastricht. Walking through this city is a memorable experience and you just have to be there to know how beautiful this city can be. The Red Church in Sint Janskerk is a unique place to visit. You should also go to Wilhelminabrug and St. Servaasbrug if you are looking for good places for a walk in Maastricht.

Edam

From being historically very significant to be one of the best cheese producers in the world, Edam is a place that can be called as kind of a tourist's favorite. Edam Cheese, produced here is exported throughout the world and there is a Wednesday market that allows visitors and locals alike to immerse themselves in this delectable dairy delight.

Edam is located in the Northern part of the Netherlands and is home to many interesting museums and impressive marketplaces. The Volendam Museum and the Edams Museum are two of the most famous museums in this place. On the other hand, Paard Van Market and the Edam Cheese Market are two of the finest markets in the city that you have to definitely visit while in Edam. Edam Cheese Market especially offers a chance at cheese tasting which brings hordes of tourists and locals to the place.

Eindhoven

Eindhoven, situated in the southern parts of the Netherlands is regarded as one of the top 10 tourist places that you could visit while in the Netherlands. What makes this so special is the many different museums featuring all kinds of things. Whether you are a history enthusiast or love art, this is the place for you to be. The city displays a knack for creativity and thus boasts of excellent technology and beautiful design.

Off the many museums in Eindhoven, the Van Abbemuseum is a must-visit place. You could also go to the Philips Museum or the DAF Museum. The PSV Museum is also a remarkable place to indulge yourself in art and history. This place also has many picturesque locations such as the Speelpark De Splinter which is an excellent picnic spot. The city also offers a design-themed tour along with guided tours on a bicycle which will keep your heart fresh and mind excited.

Leiden

It was already mentioned that the Netherlands is not only steeped in history and culture but also abounds in picturesque locations. Leiden in the southern parts of the country is one such amazing location. The rows of windmills on a field have been best persevered in this place. Museums in Leiden display a motley array of artifacts ranging from scientific and technological developments to naturally historically significant stuff from places such as Egypt. The canals and the wooden bridges, the greenery, and other such things make this place a truly mesmerizing place to visit.

Off the many museums in Leiden, the Museum Boerhaave, the National Museum of Antiques, and the Molen De Valk Windmill Museum are must-visit places. If you are looking for some alone time away from the hustle-bustle of everyday life, walking through the Hortus Botanicus Leiden will give you a soothing feel. Leiden also boasts of the second oldest observatory in the world- the Leiden Observatory, and you’ll be missing a great deal if you do not visit this place.

Utrecht

Utrecht is located in the central regions of the Netherlands and houses the largest college that Holland has to offer. The University of Utrecht is magnanimous due to its architecture which you can easily witness in the rest of the city as well. It is also a very beautiful city with many canals and bridges which will give you a very comfortable feel.

It is indeed a very beautiful place loaded with all kinds of scenic places. The Oude Hortus, the Dom Tower, and DOMunder are some of the finest places for you to visit while you are staying at Utrecht. Trajectum Lumen is also an excellent sightseeing spot at Utrecht that you should not miss. You can go on many bike tours through the calm city and if that is not your forte, the calming boat rides await you.

Giethoorn

Giethoorn is one of the most unique locations that you would come across not only in the Netherlands but in the world. It is situated in Overijssel and is not directly accessible by roadways. Indeed, this place is known as the “Village with No Roads” and it is truly so. The best means to enter the city would be to take a boat ride into the place. You could also go on an adventurous off-road biking spree to enter the city. This uniqueness of the place makes it such an interesting place and worth your visit.

Like all other places in the Netherlands, there is a horde of museums waiting for you in Giethoorn. The Museum De Oude Aarde and the Museum Gloria Maris are two of the most famous museums in Giethoorn. You could also have a great time while visiting the Histomobile. This is a place for you to chill and relax and the magnificent canals give you ample opportunity to do so.

Leeuwarden

Leeuwarden is a scenic getaway and one of those offbeat locations in the Netherlands. It is very close to Amsterdam and you can easily visit the place on a one-day tour as you are visiting the capital. It is a calm and quiet city with scenic places, and many homely eateries and pubs. Like other places in the Netherlands, there are many galleries and museums in Leeuwarden that you shouldn't miss.

The Fries Museum and the Keramiekmuseum Princessehof are two of the most stunning museums in Leeuwarden. You could also go to the Natuurmuseum to have a great time. The Aqua Zoo Friesland is the place for you to be if you are looking for something exciting to do while in Leeuwarden. The nightlife is intoxicating and discovering the 11 fountains in Leeuwarden has a joy of its own.

Harleem

Harleem is situated in the northwestern parts of the country and is very easily accessible through roadways. This historic city is only 15 minutes away from Amsterdam and Schiphol Airport and has a medieval aura about it. It is a city that will instantly charm you through the many historical structures that still abound the city. Fine dining restaurants and cafes and markets to shop to your heart's content make it even better for any traveler. The cherry on top would be a couple of beaches nearby that will allow you to spent some of the most exotic times in the Netherlands.

The Grote Kerk is a must-visit site while you are in Harleem. The Frans Hals Museum is one of the most magnificent museums that you could visit in this city. Other notable museums for you would be the Teylers Museum and the Ten Boom Museum. there are many windmills in this place and climbing onto one is a landmark activity in Harleem. Going shopping or cycling to the beach are some of the laidback ways you can spend some comfortable time in Harleem. This place even hosts a former church wherein you can go for beer tasting giving you a truly unique experience.

Groningen

Groningen is similar to the other places and yet has a soul of its own that will captivate and entrap you. Artistically profound museums and a city loaded with history and culture, Groningen is located in the northern parts of the country. It has pretty canals passing throughout the city which will surely give you a relaxing and comfortable time. This is the most perfect city in the Netherlands for the history buff in you. Two of the most famous colleges in the Netherlands are also available in this city. The nightlife is dashing and you could easily lose yourself in the homely and welcoming crowd that the city has to offer.

There are many museums in this city and some of the most notable ones for you to visit would be the Groningen Museum, the Nederlands Stripmuseum, and the Noordelijk Scheepvartmuseum. It is also a fine place if you love to shop as you might find all kinds of artifacts and keepsakes as you traverse through the streets of Groningen.
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