If you are in Singapore as a family, and have a day to spare, then you could choose to spend it exploring Singapore Botanic Gardens. This is perhaps Singapore’s best free attraction for family tourists. And it’s big. The total garden area is 82 hectares, has five different entrance gates, and there are several individual gardens inside (One hectare has 10,000 square meters.)
Panorama Langkawi is such an appropriate name for the set of attractions associated with the Langkawi Cable Car (officially called SkyCab). Imagine a 15-minute cable car ride that takes you to the top of a mountain 708m above sea level where two viewing platforms provide 360 degree panoramic views of not only the Langkawi islands but also of Southern Thailand.
Jurong Lake Gardens is one of the best free attractions in Singapore, and it is well-connected by MRT. At the time of writing this article, both Chinese Garden and Japanese Garden, the two prominent gardens of Jurong Lake Gardens, were closed for redevelopment. However, the Lakeside Garden was open.
Rani Ki Vav (meaning the queen’s stepwell) is a UNESCO World Heritage monument located on the banks of Saraswati river in Patan district of Gujarat, India. The stepwell, built in the Maru-Gurjara architectural style, leads to the bottom through multiple levels decorated with geometric patterns, carved pillars, and hundreds of sculptures. The shape of the stepwell is similar to an inverted temple.
Batu caves complex (named after the nearby Batu river) is one of the most visited tourist and pilgrimage sites in Malaysia. The caves are said to be 400 million years old, but their existence came to prominence only in 1878 when William Temple Hornaday, an American zoologist and taxidermist, revealed their existence to the world. Until then, the caves were used by the local people for catching bats and collecting their droppings.
There was a time when Geylang in Singapore was infamous as a “different” kind of area. The hotels there were different too, the type that rent rooms by the hour. Well, the good news is that things are a lot less “different” now. The Singapore government has managed to “clean” the streets, and any “different” activity that happens today is confined within the walls of the specially licensed houses located in lorongs (lanes) of Geylang.
Genting Highlands is a hill station located 54 km away from the Sentral Station in Kuala Lumpur. The main attraction of this hill station, other than pleasant weather, is its integrated resort called Resorts World Genting, which has theme parks for children & families, a huge casino for legalized gambling, and several hotels to accommodate thousands of guests at any given time.
If you are traveling to Thailand for the first time, you may have some anxiety about being able to shop there for your daily needs, such as packaged drinking water, snacks, personal care products, or any cosmetics that you might forget to bring along. Well, here’s good news. You do not need to worry at all.
If you have ever visited Amritsar, my guess is that you have tasted an Amritsari kulcha. You can’t miss it there. The area around the Golden Temple has several eateries exclusively serving this local delight. Some of those eateries remain open well past midnight, and even when they finally decide to close for the day, there are still customers waiting for their orders to be served. Such is the popularity of Amritsari kulcha, among both tourists and locals.
Pattaya is a hugely popular coastal town located some 150 km from Bangkok, Thailand’s capital city. It not only has excellent beaches for sunbathing and water sports, but also shopping malls, street markets, theme parks, and adventure activities, ensuring that there is something for everyone.