21 November 2013

Asiatique: The Riverfront Bangkok

Undoubtedly, there are many places in Bangkok locals and tourists flock to when it comes to finding the right spot to dine and relax, in the busy Bangkokian atmosphere. Some choose to go to open markets such as Jatuchuk or Sanam Luang 2 while others tend to keep cool indoors, walking in big malls. However, it wasn’t until sometime ago a new venue opened: Asiatique: The Riverfront. Asiatique in respect is extremely different from any outdoor venue in Bangkok.



Located by the Chao Phraya River which made it accessible by both car and boat, Asiatique boasts a nostalgic feel of Bangkok’s trading post past.

What is Asiatique?

Asiatique: The Riverfront is located by the Chao Phraya River which can be easily reached by a variety of transportation methods. The most common method is riding the BTS to Saphan Taksin station and catch a cheap boat ride to the venue.

Reaching Asiatique, it does create a sense of nostalgia as this used to be a small trading post back in the past. Perhaps around in the early 1900’s when westernization was just touching Bangkok’s trading posts. To commemorate the Bangkok’s past; Asiatique has several bronze statues erected to show the lives of the people during that time. These statues are located by the harbour.

Fast forwarding to the present, the entire location is decorated with fancy lights and shops lined in the hundreds in warehouses. These shops almost similar to Jatujak weekend market, contains various of items for sale: Clothing, tourist souvenirs, jewelry and sweets are just some of the items available for purchase. Most of the items, however, are hand crafted which makes them slightly expensive but worth the price.

Eating Out by the Harbour

At Asiatique, there are a variety of restaurants which are worth mentioning. From Japanese to Italian restaurants, there’s a big assortment of dishes prepared by skilled chefs. Price wise, is slightly leaning on the expensive side but accompanied with amazing and well-prepared food, the price is just right. If visitors don’t want to pay outrageous amounts for well-prepared dishes then don’t fret; Asiatique has an open food court as well.

The food court is simpler, yet refined. It’s refined in a sense of the area’s cleanliness, the positivity and friendliness of the staff and the food that’s served.

Asiatique is one of the few places that shine at night. During some special occasions, the venue will host a tall, well lit Ferris wheel for couples and families to enjoy.

Closing Remarks

Asiatique: The Riverfront is a great place to hang out with friends and families. Not only does the venue contain amazing food, there’s amazing items to be bought or simply, people can chill out in Bangkok’s afternoon breeze. Perhaps what makes this place special is the calmness that surrounds the place. Not only does Asiatique allow people to escape the city, it allows its visitors to gather their peace of mind by eating good food and listening to live bands perform at Bangkok’s once famous trading post.

Marisa Willis has been living in Thailand for the past 6 months. Her favorite place is Asiatique out of all the places she's visited in Bangkok. She is currenly residing at Pullman Bangkok hotel writing travel articles and Bangkok travel tips for online travel communities.

13 November 2013

Exquisite Tanzania

If you are feeling tired of the winter blues already and are looking for that ultimate escape where you can revitalize your senses and indulge in an experience unparalleled to any other, then this is your chance. There will be no better time than right now to discover the wonders of East Africa and the best place to do this is by starting at one of the most famous countries. Yes, we are talking about none other than the wonderful Tanzania. Get ready to hike to the top of the highest mountain in Africa, explore the history and indulge in the ultimate safari experience. This is also the place that boasts Kilimanjaro which is the highest mountain in Africa and thousands of tourists rush to book their tickets to Tanzania!



If you are looking for an escape from the noise and all the worries that envelops you then this is just the right place for you. Here are some of the attractions that people from all over come to visit Tanzania for and those that you definitely should not miss out on!
 
The Serengeti National Park

Known as Tanzania’s primary attraction, the Serengeti National Park has wowed people for many many years. One glace at this park and you would know all the reasons why this national park is set a part from all the other ones including Selous National Park, Tarangire Park and several others. Hence this national park should be one of your first stops after landing in Tanzania.

Historical side of Tanzania

If you are thinking that Tanzania is filled with boring natural attractions then you do not know how wrong you are. This is because Tanzania is filled with countless archeological and breathtakingly beautiful historical places that are sure to leave you mesmerized. Although there is a lot to see at Tanzania however some of the places that you should keep in mind are Laetoli, Kalambo Falls, Palace of HunsuniKubwa and last but not the least Kubwa.

In addition to this the Stone Town in Tanzania is going to be worth visiting as it lets you unveil all those secrets that everyone wanted to know.

Beaches

What is most surprising is that Tanzania is actually one of the places with some of the most beautiful white sandy beaches. This is your chance to lie back and relax underneath the soaring sun and get the perfect tan which would make everyone green with envy.

Ruaha National Park

This is one of the largest national parks in the country and is surely going to be worth your time and mey because it is filled with numerous animals such as lions, leopards, wild dogs, cheetahs, zebras, giraffes, foxes and jackals. This is your chance to get up close and personal with these amazing creatures. Revel in the beauty of nature and the surrounding wildlife for the first time so search low fares flight to Tanzania and experience your ultimate African escape.

Pemba Island

The tourists who are looking for a less crowded place to explore should definitely visit the Pemba Island as this is also perfect for all those divers who are eager to explore the untouched coral and very rich marine life.

Jeff Alexander is the article/content writer for worldwide holiday destinations. He is working with Travel House UK (rated 4.3/5 on reviewcenter), the company lets you compare your cheap flight deals from all major airlines that you want to bargain for your travel.

12 November 2013

Is Colorado Due For A Big Snow This Year?

Denver sucks, tell your friends. Ok, not really, Denver is pretty awesome. But this popular bumper sticker is popping up in an effort to curb the population growth that Colorado has experienced over the past few years. The current population in Colorado is 5.1 million people, a number that has tripled in the past 50 years. Experts predict that this number will only continue to grow. The reason? Colorado isn’t actually a blizzard year round like many people think. We don’t take ski lifts to work and in the summer, believe it or not, it does get HOT! One rumour that is true about Colorado is that winters generally hit us pretty hard and most years we get a decent amount of snowfall. However, that’s not always the case and sometimes experts accurately predict how much snow is headed our way. So what about this year’s winter? How much snow can we expect? And, how cold will we be?+



The Farmers’ Almanac has long been a trusted source for long-term weather updates. Other lesser known sources try to provide the same long-term weather forecasts but often times they are just using the information that the Farmers’ Almanac provides. Well, this year the trusted publication is predicting a very cold winter. They say that below normal temperatures will soon sweep the nation east of the Continental Divide. While that doesn’t include all of Colorado, it does include most of it including the Denver metro area.

As far as snow fall goes, it looks like it’s going to be a pretty normal winter for Colorado which means the metro area will get some snow and the mountains will get enough to make skiing on fresh powder a regular occurrence.  There are some parts of the country that are going to get hit with massive amounts of snow but Colorado isn’t one of them. The Midwest plains and parts of New England will find themselves in a winter wonderland several times this year.

One prediction from the Farmers’ Almanac that is interesting to note is when they are predicting some of the nation’s fiercest winter storms, in March. That’s not too unusual for Colorado. Anyone who grew up here most likely has a memory that includes both spring break and a winter storm. But, they are saying that it’s not just Colorado that will see fierce winter storms this time of year. The entire country is expected to experience storms will all types of precipitation and heavy wind all throughout the month of March.

The prediction of this year’s Colorado winter might be sad news for school kids in the form of fewer snow days. But, that doesn’t mean we are in for a mild winter. The Farmers’ Almanac targeted Colorado specifically as an area that will see bone-chilling temperatures throughout the season. Now might be a good time to stock up on your winter clothing and check to make sure your home is ready for a brutally cold winter. Bust out the hot chocolate and scarves, winter is almost here and it looks like it’s going to be a rough one.

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02 November 2013

Philippines - The Alternative Vacation Destination This Summer

The Philippines is one of very few counties that is defined by it’s spectacular rice fields, smouldering volcanoes, huge water buffalo and hospitable people, and the culture is admired all over the world. Not only are its beaches unmatched, but because of over 350 years of Spanish rule, there’s some amazing architecture to be found in the Philippines, inspired by the catholic religion. If you’re looking for an alternative destination to holiday this year, then there’s nowhere better than the Philippines, so let’s take a look at some of the country’s top tourist attractions. 

Mayon Volcano

At over 8,000ft above sea level, the Mayon Volcano is a natural attraction you simply can’t miss out on! Although it is still technically active, visitors can enjoy a number of tours around the base of the volcano, from hiking and camping to off-roading and mountain biking. Bird watching is also popular with tourists, and you can even stay the night in one of the many log cabins. In 400 years, this volcano has erupted over 40 times, making it the most active in the county’s history!  


 

The Tubbataha Reef

Located in the Sulu Sea, this is one of the most beautiful reefs in the world, and it is also a protected marine sanctuary. Made up of two atolls, the reef is separated by a 5 mile deep channel, and it’s a great diving spot due to its spectacular coral walls and ocean life. If you’re looking to take a diving trip to see the reef, the marine park will only allow excursions during April – June, and this is to limit the effect on the reef by humans. The waters are also the calmest during this time, so the views of the reef will be amazing.

San Agustin Church

For architecture and design, then you simply must visit the San Agustin Church in Manila. Not only was it built in 1589, but the structure has survived nothing less than 7 earthquakes in its dynamic history! A further two fires were still not enough to bring it down, and it now holds the titles as the oldest church made of stone in the Philippians. The huge wooden doors at the entrance to the church are a highlight, and the amazing interior has been heavily influenced by Mexican design, specifically in the shape of a Latin cross.

Flights to the Philippians don’t have to be expensive, especially if you’re travelling with your family. Make sure you check out the great deals at http://www.cheapflights.com.au/airlines/TigerAirways/, and you could even save a small fortune this year!

Malapascua Island

If you’re looking to take an excursion off the coast of the Philippians, then Malapascua Island is the place for you. This is a small fishing island, and is known for it’s small population of thresher sharks, as well as hammerheads and manta rays. There are many other hidden gyms on this island too, from the crystal clear waters to the coconut trees and coral reefs, and if you’re holidaying with your loved one, then why not make it a romantic trip of a lifetime and stay the night!