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A Traveller’s Guide to Staying Safe

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One of the ingredients to the joy of travelling is leaving familiar, comfortable surroundings to head off to parts new, unknown (well sort of) and different.  That desire to experience something other than the routine; to dip into the sounds, smells and sights of other places are some other items in that rich fruity cake of travelling.

Along with your passport, ticket and toiletry you should pack healthy portions of caution, alertness and prudence.  Not to sound alarmist but the very lure of the unfamiliar, the novel and the uncertainty of what awaits may also contain elements of risk and unpleasant encounters that can spoil your whole adventure.  There is no better target, for the unscrupulous, than an unwary traveller.

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We catalogue several safety tips to ensure your roving is a pleasure.  Some may seem self-evident and obvious and for those very reasons need reminding.

  • Take out travel and medical insurance.
  • Take the recommended shots and vaccinations for the places you are visiting.
  • Give a copy of your itinerary to family or good friends before you leave home.  Update them on your activities and location regularly.
  • Make and carry photocopies of your passport, ID and other documents.
  • Blend in as much as possible.  Don’t mark yourself as a tourist.  Refrain from loud, colourful clothing.
  • Pretend you know where you are going or doing.  Don’t stand in the middle of the sidewalk looking lost or consulting a map.  Instead step into a shop or café and gather your thoughts and bearings – and consult that map.
  • Put away your camera, in a small bag, as much as possible.  No other item marks a tourist like a neck-dangling camera.
  • Don’t attempt to hitch a ride or use un-official cabs and taxis. Use the public transport even if it is a little irregular and rundown.
  • Use credit cards and travellers cheques; avoid cash as much as possible.  Carry them in a cash belt or hang it in a little bag under your shirt or upper garments. Better still spread your money around your person.
  • Do not carry your wallet in the back of your jeans/trousers.
  • There is no need to broadcast your travel plans, where you are staying or next destination.
  • Avoid obviously run-down and badly lit areas of the city.
  • Don’t wear/display or carry expensive jewellery. Travel in a foreign country is no time to ‘shine.’
  • Beware of scams.  Conmen posing as police officers, tour guides and overly helpful/knowledgeable locals who know the ‘best’ deals are just some common tricks of their trade.
  • Don’t accept drinks or food from strangers.
  • Watch out for people who seem to be too interested in what you are doing and turn up where you are – too often.
  • Don’t leave your bags and other belongings unattended in public spaces.  This is probably the commonest loss cause.
  • Last (on this list at least) but the most important item on your safety checklist is don’t be heroic.  If you should, unfortunately, be the victim of a holdup or mugging don’t resist.  It is much, much better to lose your wallet and a few small possessions than sustain an injury in a strange city in a foreign land.

Travel safe!

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New Year’s Eve Fireworks in London (2014)

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“Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life…,” wrote Samuel Johnson.  Mayor Boris Johnson (no relative) is determined that no man or woman tires of London – at least, not during the New Year’s Eve Fireworks, and other festivities to welcome 2015.

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The New Year’s Eve fireworks display was first staged on the South Bank in 2003 and it most certainly set the Thames alight.  A mere 100,000 folks witnessed the show.  Ever since then the fireworks in London have grown bigger and better.  So has its popularity.  Every year has seen more and more people from Britain and across the world turn up to witness the dazzling pyrotechnic display over the skies of London.

Over 12,500 fireworks shooting off 50,000 projectiles fired from 5,500 cues.  There will also be 2,000 lighting cues.  To keep the extravaganza one of the best in the world 30 tonnes of equipment on the three fireworks barges will be situated on the river in front of the London Eye.

On New Year’s Eve 2014 about half a million revellers turned up in central London to enjoy the fireworks.  However the stupendous popularity of this year end spectacle and the humungous number of spectators has meant that changes had to be made.

This year, in order to manage the numbers and for safety reasons, the best fireworks viewing areas will be cordoned off.  Only 100,000 visitors will be allowed in and around the show area.  Access to these areas will only be for ticket holders.  Priced at £10 each, the ticket money will go towards safety measures for the night.

While it may seem kind of restrictive, there are a couple of advantages to this plan.  First of all ticket holders will get the best fireworks viewing seats.  The other advantage – and this is a biggie – is you don’t have to get to the Thames embankment at 3pm or 4pm on a cold, damp London afternoon to set up camp somewhere along the Thames just to find a good viewing spot.  You save yourself 8 or 9 hours of misery.

The designated and ticketed viewing areas are between Westminster Bridge and Embankment Station.  The second is between Embankment and Temple Stations and the third allows ticket-holders access to the rear of the London Eye and on Westminster Bridge.  While those are prime locations there are many other non-ticketed locations where you can watch the London night sky light up in a blaze of colour.

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You need to keep in mind that Oxford Street, Elephant and Castle, Vauxhall Bridge and Southwark Bridge will be closed.  The closures will begin from 2pm with most of the closures in place by 8pm.  Public transport services will be free from 11:45pm to 4:30am on New Year’s Day!

The fireworks will kick off when Big Ben strikes midnight.  Although the fun does not stop when the last rocket of NYE 2014 blazes across the night sky; the last whizz-banger goes off and you have joined hands to belt out Auld Lang Syne.  That is when the partying begins in right real earnest.  And there are loads of events, parties and places to work off your own personal fireworks.

When London celebrates she does it in style.  New Year’s Eve party ideas and events range from masquerade balls, vintage theme parties and boat parties to classy dinner parties.

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Felice Navidad and a Happy New Year!

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Christmas Festivities Galore in Dubai

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Dubai’s original attraction was its fantastic shopping. It still holds good even today.  That well earned reputation was built around its many jaw-dropping and dazzling malls.  While the city has developed other wondrous commercial facilities and economic avenues it is still the malls where the action is.  So it is no wonder that the Christmas hotspots are concentrated in and around them.

The Dubai Christmas Fest 2014 held over three days at the Media City Amphitheater saw a record number of visitors, whether they were full time residents or those on holiday in Dubai.  Many people turned up to enjoy the fake snow with visitors gathering around and taking pictures of each other and the Christmas trees covered in dazzling ornaments and decorations.

Nearly every mall or public space was given over to machines spewing out snow every hour.  There were snow fight zones that had the children absolutely thrilled.  The malls outdid each other in creating dazzling and profuse displays with enormous glittering, hanging ornaments.  Some displays were populated by dancing and polar bears.  Giant lit up Christmas trees helped create the jollity and festive cheer.

Skating rinks were also well populated.  There was a variety Christmas events in Dubai and entertainment performances to keep people engaged.  Christmas carols played all the time over sound systems that kept the Christmas tone well and truly joyful.  Through all this the many Santa Claus’ and their elves were kept busy by children lining up to meet him.

Traditional food dishes, cakes and sweets are a major part of the yuletide experience.  In that regard all the food courts, restaurants and hotels in Dubai continue to serve up mouth-watering meals and buffets.  Stuffed golden roast turkey with cranberry sauce and all the trimmings, barbeque meats, mince pies, cold cuts, special goose, German pudding dinner and traditional desserts are all the hottest items at the moment.

While it may not be a Christmas activity but the Dubai Camel Racing season takes place around this time.  It is one of the region’s oldest traditions and has to be witnessed to be believed.

Dubai makes a special effort during the festive season.  This makes the expats feel at home and locals get a taste of the festive atmosphere of Christmas in Dubai.

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Things You Shouldn’t Wear on a Plane

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Make no mistake!  The commercial passenger airliner has compressed the world to roughly the size of a football.  For you, dear traveller, that is wonderful.  On the other hand, you are, in the words of the poet, ‘cabined, cribbed, confined…’ for several hours, in a long, narrow tube flying miles above the earth. You are restricted to a seat among a row of many.  A couple of hundred other people share that same confining experience.

To make that cramped experience as bearable as possible there are many things you could do – and several you should not do.  In this piece we will stick with clothing items and other related apparel.  Knowing what not to wear is as crucial as boarding your flight.

Don’t wear tight restrictive clothes.

They can hamper blood flow increasing the possibility of deep vein thrombosis.  Avoid those skinny jeans or other binding garments because you are already trapped in a seat where you can just about move your arms, elbows and legs.  Heaven forbid you get a middle seat!

Wear something fairly loose-fitting, giving you room to move your limbs and breathe easy.

Don’t go overboard in the other direction either.

Don’t treat the airport or the plane as your bedroom and turn up in pyjamas or looking like you just crawled out of bed.  Please don’t show up in flip-flops or bathroom slippers.  Wear clothes that are relaxed and don’t put off people including the airline and airport staff.  It’s a fact that well-dressed people get better treatment and service.

You can dress comfortably and casually and still be presentable.

Don’t wear high heeled shoes, knee-high or hiking boots.

Heels on long haul or mid-range can cause your feet to ache, swell up or cause deep vein thrombosis problems and any number of other aches and pains.  High heels are prone to get caught in the aisle carpeting.  They can unbalance you when you happen to be walking down the aisle and the aircraft encounters turbulence.  The same can be said of fancy boots that go all the way up to the knee as well as those bulky, laced-up trekking/mountaineering boots.  They hamper your mobility and don’t quite allow you to wiggle your toes and stretch out your legs in the compact space between your seat and the one in front.

Comfortable shoes or closed-toe slip-ons are absolutely wonderful when flying.

Don’t wear tight, provocative or revealing clothes.

You may have a fantastically toned body and great figure but revealing too much skin can be problematic for other travellers – and you!  Too much cleavage, too high a hemline, super short skirts or tight T-shirts can be inappropriate and uncomfortable to others especially if your assets are constantly on display.  They are also quite impractical. Aircraft air conditioning can be chilly and make your trip uncomfortable.   There is also the risk of attracting unwanted attention and unwelcome advances from co-passengers.

Your clothes should not raise eyebrows or disrupt your flight experience.  Don’t sour the great and much anticipated holiday you may be starting on or returning from.

Don’t overly accessorize.

Oversized earrings with bolts and screws, armful bracelets with dingly-dangly charms, bangles, beads and numerous necklace loops will only get in your way in the tight environs of an airplane.  They are very likely to get caught in all sorts of places.  Don’t wear boots and jackets with metal studs, zips and buttons.  They are liable to snag on various surfaces.  Clunky, funky jewellery and metal additions to your clothing will set off alarms and cause hold ups for you at every security check.  You will be forced to divest them at each check.

The next time you travel dress comfortably, yet classily.  Your journey will be that much more enjoyable.

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Celebrating Christmas in Singapore!

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At its heart Christmas is a time of joy, hope and togetherness. Its appeal cuts across all boundaries and cultures. It is also a good time festive season. And Singaporeans just love to celebrate! The Christmas holidays in Singapore are blessed with plenty of good cheer. So when you travel for Christmas head down Singapore way.

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Christmas in Singapore brings out the fairy lights, bells and decorations creating some of the most spectacular displays in the world. Entire blocks of buildings are lit up and precincts vie with one another to grab people’s attention. From restaurants to public gardens everyone gets in on the act and contributes to the general yuletide spirit.

Renowned for its shopping, Singapore’s world famous thoroughfare, Orchard Road, dons its brightest dress. Beginning in the middle of November, Orchard Road transforms into a magical land at night. Shops and stores have promotional and discount offers that are just as fantastic as their decorations.

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Millions of lights are draped on trees, buildings and hotels between Tanglin Mall and Plaza Singapura. Well-known and familiar buildings are unrecognizable as they compete for the Best Dressed Building Award. The decorations are simply out of this world and range from gigantic bows, fairyland castles to mechanized reindeer and Nutcracker soldiers.

It’s not all lights though. Singapore’s warm and humid weather gets an arctic blast. Since Christmas 1996, Tanglin Mall, turns wintery with falling ‘snow.’ You can wade through it, ball it and fling it at your friends. Special Santa appearances are exciting the kids and grownups alike.

Ngee Ann City puts up a giant Christmas tree. Hugely entertaining acts such as the Flaming Lips band whose shows include fireworks, a sky full of confetti and frolicking dancers; all-night beach parties driven by international DJs fill up Singapore’s Christmas season evenings and nights. Street performances and numerous Christmas events in Singapore give the city an exciting carnival atmosphere.

Universal Studios Singapore has pitched in with their yuletide themed Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay. A wonderful display of light sculptures from Europe and a charming Christmas market is part of the theme. It will feature Italian luminary sculptures where this magical light-up experience is thrilling visitors. The wintry wonderland feel is intensified with ‘snowfall’ every hour.

The New York Public Library is putting on spectacular light shows. They are also screening multimedia video shows using the building’s façade. Every year theatre company, W!ld Rice takes a Christmas pantomime and gives it a local twist. This year it is the turn of “Aladdin” who is also given the Chinese treatment.

Several foreign embassies, communities and organisations dress up trees along the entire length of the Botanic Gardens. Called “Trees of the World” there are some 300 of them.

Nothing is closer to the Singaporean heart than a good feast and Christmas brings out the best in that department. Restaurants all over the island turn festive serving up popular old-fashioned Christmas dishes. Traditional Yorkshire pork racks, apple sauce and stuffed turkeys battle with an endless assortment of glazed hams and scrumptious Christmas cakes. Every hotel is offering all-you-can-eat buffets too.

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The Singapore festive season will end with an almighty bang and a light show. The annual Marina Bay Singapore Countdown to 2015 will get a huge boost as the city state kicks of its golden jubilee celebrations. There will be tonnes of fireworks; a music concert and a 400 drum Drum Gaia backed up by 25,000 ‘wishing spheres’ bobbing on the water.

So if you can, spend Christmas in Singapore.

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Lapland: A Winter Wonderland

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There is a magical land where winter stays for more than 200 days.  It is a place with miles and miles of perfectly piled drifts of virgin snow and icicles hang off the trees like sparkling decorations.  A place where the dark skies are lit by nature’s, very own silent, shimmering light display.  When one sees the Northern Lights, according to legend, the viewer will live happily ever after.

The place Santa Claus calls home, reindeer, sleighs, sleigh bells and all things that remind one of Christmas.  A land that lies north of the Arctic Circle.

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Lapland is where winter is a joyful experience – a white, snowy wonderland.  Winter in Lapland is the longest season with a whole lot of great things to do. For instance you could…

Take a Reindeer Sleigh ride:  The reindeer is an integral part of Lapland and its people.  It provided them with nearly everything they needed including travel.  A reindeer sleigh ride is a popular and great experience.  You cannot leave the place without riding a sleigh.

Reindeer Sled Ride

Go Cross-Country Skiing: Cross-Country Skiing is one of those exhilarating joys that combine heart-pumping action while speeding across the snow and experiencing the magical countryside.  You don’t have to be an expert.  It is easy to pick up the basics of skiing.  There is no substitute for the thrill of swooshing your way through forest trails and snow covered landscape.

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Take a Husky sled ride:  Another wonderful way to travel through the Lapland countryside is to be pulled by a team of husky dogs.  This mode of travel is best suited for the Arctic conditions.  You could either control the team or sit back comfortably and admire the passing scenery as the wonderful furry canines do what they thoroughly enjoy.  You could either take a short trip or a Husky safari where you spend the nights at cabins deep in the wilderness.

Husky Safari Ride

Try Snowmobiling Across the Lapland Wilderness:  This activity is a modern, high tech thrill.  It is an exciting adventure as you speed across the frozen Arctic landscape; through snowy forest trails and up hilltops with breath-taking views of valleys and forests.  You could even drive the mobile yourself!

Snowmobile Lapland

Visit Santa Claus On a Family Safari:  This is the ultimate magical, fantastical “fairy tale come to life” experience. There is no one is who cannot be affected by meeting the jolly, red-cheeked Father Christmas at Santa’s Village.  You will also meet the gentle reindeer who pull his sleigh and ride them too.  Astound your friends by sending them a postcard from Santa’s personal post office.

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All in all whatever you do when visiting Lapland, it is one large, unique and genuine experience.

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Hong Kong Haunted Walking Tour 

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Mention the name Hong Kong and the images that immediately spring to mind are of a myriad bright flashing coloured neon lights; crowded avenues and futuristic, gleaming skyscrapers.  It is a busy, bustling city always on the move. Yet…

Behind the façade of getting ahead, making money and going about its hectic business day there is a dark and supernatural side to Hong Kong.  There are places where tradition, culture and history blend with mystery and legends that are often inexplicable. These tales still resonate through the alleyways and byways of Wan Chai.

So join us in a unique evening tour of Hong Kong.  It is a definite departure from all the other experiences that the city offers.

The tour is led by a resident of over 20 years who knows all the stories and where all the spooky buildings and locations are.  She will show you the darker side of the Wan Chai district.  She tells of the stories, superstitions, injustice, mystery, unnatural deaths, torture and numerous evil spirits that lurk behind the heritage buildings and the glitzy lights of this shopping district.

Your guide will take you to a haunted mansion that used to be a brothel; streets built on top of a cemetery; a hidden bomb shelter.  You will be shown places where daily rituals are carried out to worship the alternative gods and a haunted school’s abandoned facility.

The tour only accommodates a maximum of 15 people so the guide can give you personal attention and answer your questions.  Please wear comfortable walking shoes.

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Top 3 Things To Do In Paphos

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Despite its small area Paphos is loaded with historical remnants of its long and colourful history.  Perched on Cyprus’ south-western Mediterranean coast it is the largest port on the island.  The Paphos region embraces a lovely boat-populated harbour, a medieval fort, numerous ancient archaeological sites, a gorgeous countryside, beautiful beaches bounded by mountains on one side and the dazzling blue sea on the other.

Paphos has a lovely, laid-back holiday resort and romantic atmosphere.  The whole package seems to have been designed specifically for those almost ‘too-good-to-be-true’ picture postcards.  While Paphos has a whole range of activities to keep every holiday-maker happy it should come as no surprise that it is the historic and scenic aspects that attract the most attention.

Here are a pick of things you can do on the island where Aphrodite, the ancient Greek goddess of love and beauty, was born and once roamed.

A Comprehensive Tour Of Cyprus From Paphos

This tour is like a delightful box of chocolates of all sorts. A number of great activities are in store for all visitors.  For instance you visit the breath-taking and superbly preserved 2,000 year old Kourion Amphitheatre.  It stands on a cliff-top with amazing views of the coast.

Before you know it you are enjoying a tipple at the Wine Museum.  Next you are wandering through the streets of Byzantine era Monagri village while enjoying an olive pie.  Your trip will take you to Omodhos, the most beautiful village in Greek Cyprus. Here you can take in the Monastery of the Holy Cross and a delicious traditional lunch at Vouni village.

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Day Trip to Famagusta and its “Ghost Town”

This is a day excursion that involves crossing the border into Famagusta on the Turkish side of Cyprus. Famagusta was an important stop on the ancient and famous Silk Road leading into Western Europe.  It was once a popular holiday resort.  Today its miles of sandy beaches and turquoise waters lie empty and its hotels abandoned.  Today it is an empty and silent shell.

Among the other sights is the really ancient city of Salamis.  It was believed to have been founded by the Trojan Teucer.  The Romans made Cyprus’ capital in 1100 BC.  Much of the Roman period has survived to this day.  Salamis was buried in sand before being discovered, which helped to preserve it.  The outstanding structures are the large and impressive Baths and the theatre.

The other impressive historical feature on this tour is that of Othello’s Tower.  It was once the lookout for the city of Famagusta and the main entrance to the city.  Shakespeare mentions it in one of his most famous plays, Othello.

Famagusta Day Trip Tour

Day Trip To Kyrenia from Paphos

The Norther (Turkish) sector of Cyprus is relatively unspoiled by the modern lifestyle and is a treasure trove of ancient historical sites.  You cross over from the Greek side through the marvellous Venetian Walls and into Nicosia.  Straight away you will notice the older more traditional side to the island of Cyprus.

The scenery is simply fabulous.  One of the highlights is a visit to the wonderful Gothic Abbey of Bellapis.  Sitting in the heart of a lovely mountain village it has beautiful carvings and murals – reminders of its 13th century origins and 800 year history.

Kyrenia Day Trip Tour

The other wonder is the beautiful port of Kyrenia and the medieval castle.  Built in the 7th century it contains the remains of the ancient ship of Kyrenia and its original cargo. This spectacular castle with its huge rounded towers also houses Roman structures.

As you sip a glass of local wine and enjoy a typical lunch at a local restaurant you can also gaze out at the spectacular scenery and soak in the atmosphere that makes Cyprus a truly wonderful destination.

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Whats New On isango! – November 2014

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The way the world turns means that the northern hemisphere is slowing down as holiday and vacation destinations.  These are the months when warmer climates beckon.  So we bring you some really interesting things to do in exotic places around the world.  To keep the variety we have also picked a snow-packed location for your visiting pleasure.  We hope our choices tempt you to take them up.

Universal Studios Singapore Christmas Celebration Ticket

With its many pleasures Singapore never ceases to delight.  One of its biggest draws over the years is Universal Studios Singapore, especially its Christmas Celebration events.  You can get on thrilling futuristic rides based on blockbuster movies like the Transformers, Shrek 4 and Revenge Of The Mummy.  You will also be treated to fabulous LED light shows and even snowfall every hour.

Universal brings out all its famous and favourite characters for its Christmas bash.  The Sesame Street characters and Toy Soldiers will be out and about. They will be joined by Santa Claus and his elves – of course.

To make your Christmas celebrations at Universal even more enjoyable the Universal Studios Singapore™ Christmas Pass and the Studios Singapore™ Christmas Event Ticket entitles you to several special features. You get to use all the rides and attractions plus enjoy a Free Special Meal. That is not all.  In the evening you will be part of an exclusive and special Christmas event.

Charles Darwin Sunset Dinner Cruise

Darwin enjoys balmy weather and time spent on the water or waterfront can be one of life’s most rewarding experiences.  Get on board our luxury air-conditioned catamaran and cruise Darwin harbor at sunset.  You will cruise past some of Darwin’s historic landmarks such as Government House, State Square, Esplanade and the USS Peary Remembrance Look Out.  Every moment is a photographic opportunity.

The Sunset Dinner Cruise is a spectacular experience.  You can sit back and relax while you cruise the harbor and enjoy a glass of wine and a superb dinner.  Your dinner is just as magnificent as the views.  It is a territory style buffet and will consist of fresh baked bread, prawns, oysters, baked fresh fish (and other seafood), beef fillet, chicken, salads, fresh vegetables and a variety of deserts.

Hong Kong Art Gallery Tour

Hong Kong is recognized for being a commercial hub and a global financial centre.  Its gleaming high-rise towers speak of profit-making and a business first culture.  Happily this is not the whole picture.  Hong Kong has a large and ever growing art scene.  There are more than 200 art galleries to attest to its healthy art scene.

This tour will take you into several art galleries and their exhibitions where you can admire some really fine examples modern art from Chinese and international artists.  You will get insights into artistic trends as well as the Asian art market.  The guide will give you tips on how to value art works, auction tips and how to bargain in the art market.

The tour is a revelation for the art lover, connoisseur and investor and well worth the time.

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Buggy Adventure In Dubai

Dubai now has a well-established reputation as an adventure, sport and outdoor activity destination.  Some of the activities that burnish this standing involve the desert and its challenges.  There are several options to taking on the desert and her magic.

The buggy option is a great one because it is just that bit of an individual and personal adventure.  You can go solo or with a single partner on a roaring 800cc dune buggy across the undulating desert sands.

With a brief introduction and safety instructions you can roar off on your buggy through the trackless desert.  The buggies are fully equipped with a roll cage, bucket seats and a safety harness.

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Snowmobile Adventure – Winter Kingdom, Iceland

This is one for the adventure minded.  Every trip is unique as the guide will take you where the best snow is and that condition and location changes from day to day.  To use the often-repeated phrase ‘once in a lifetime’ a Snowmobile trip across an Icelandic glacier is well and truly that and some more!

Skimming across the snow and the stunning Icelandic scenery on a powerful snowmobile is one you will not forget. This high-speed adventure takes you to glaciers and other places you will not be able to access on foot.

Your adventure will take you up to and on Langjökull Glacier, Iceland’s second largest.  From here you can see the highest mountain in west Iceland, the domed Hofsjökull glacier, and the Kerlingafjöll Mountains.Reykjavik_8068_1

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Top 5 Adventure Activities in Australia

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If there is one country that can turn your vacation into an everyday adventure then Australia is the place that does it.  From the outback to the great cities; from tropical forests to the Great Barrier Reef; from picturesque green rolling hills to snow capped mountains – Australia has it all.   You will have unforgettable experiences in one of the world’s greatest holiday destinations.

So come let us share with you some of Oz’s greatest experiences.

Sydney Harbour Bridge Dawn Climb

Most of the time you drive across it, sail under it, view it from the window of an airliner.  There is however, one experience related to the Sydney Harbour Bridge you simply cannot miss out on.  And that is doing a Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb.  It is a 3 hour thrill like no other.  You climb the world-famed icon to the summit of its arch at 134 metres with the city, the harbour spread out below and gorgeous sky above.

Our tour is led by experts and you will be provided with a bridge suit, communication equipment, safety harness, lanyards and headlamp.  All you need to bring are your sunglasses, and sense of adventure – we’ll provide the rest!  We will also present you with a certificate and photo after the climb.

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You could also try out the following climbs.

·       The Day Climb

·       The Night Climb

·       The Twilight Climb

·       The Express Climb

Outer Barrier Reef Cruise with Diving – From Cairns

The Great Barrier Reef is one of nature’s most incredible and colourful creations. Words cannot describe it and has to be seen to be truly appreciated.  The Reef covers over 2,600 kilometres of coral cays, wall drop-offs, deep caverns and shoals of tropical fish that will make this adventure to the depths of the ocean an exciting one.

Our cruise takes you in comfort and style on a luxury reef craft. The dive part of the cruise is led by expert instructors.  We provide all the equipment and after a brief introduction you dive down to a dazzling underwater world filled with colour and infused by the sea’s magic.

You will also be treated to a buffet lunch and afternoon tea.

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Tully River Rafting Excursion – From Cairns

The Tully River is a mighty raging beast.  Just looking at its racing waters is enough to get your pulse pounding and the adrenaline gushing.  It is a rush you have to experience to truly come alive.  Running between wild towering rock walls and a rainforest the Tully offers Grade 4 rapids that will have your heart racing as fast as the waters.

Expert rafting guides will lead you along 12 kilometres of the Tully River for a memorable experience.  Remember to bring a swimming costume (you will get wet!) and a towel.  Wear lace up shoes.

After your tussle with the river you can enjoy a sizzling and delicious BBQ lunch on the banks of the Tully.

Helicopter Ride Over Uluru and Kata Tjuta

Spectacularly red, Uluru, better known as Ayers Rock, is located in Australia’s Northern Territories.  The world’s largest massive single rock stands majestically in the National Park along with the Kata Tjuta rock domes.  This is a UNESCO World Heritage area.  Both these rocky formations are sacred to the Anangu Aborigines.

Even if you walked around and up to its summit you will not get a true perspective of this amazing rock structure.  To get that perspective you need to see it from the air.  From the bubble window of a helicopter you can marvel at the wonderful arid land and wonder at the fiery red desert.  Bring your camera to capture this magnificent land.

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Scenic Hot Air Balloon Flight – From Cairns

Don a pair of dark glasses and a peaked hat and pack your camera.  Carried by the wind with silence for your companion a hot air balloon ride is like none other you have embarked upon.

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Take off at dawn from Cairns, the hot air ballooning capital of the world, and watch the sunrise.  Your balloon will carry you on a romantic ride over the Cairns Highlands and the picturesque Atherton Tablelands.  Your photographs and the commemorative certificate at the end of the ride will ensure that you never forget this breathtaking aerial experience.

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