Are you looking to go Japan and have been searching for the ideal package tour Japan? The chances are very high that you are since you are reading this article. Finding the ideal package tour to japan can sometimes be overwhelming with the different packages offered. The good news, however, is that HelloHolidays.com can offer some tips and advise on this aspect.
In addition to cherry blossom viewing every spring, the most exciting non-Tateyama snow wall is!
1. Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route Is a unique and spectacular route through the Northern Alpine Mt., which is traversed by various transportation, including cable cars, train, ropeway and bus. The route is particularly famous for the high Snow walls that line some of its roads in spring. This road is only opened from April to November. Ice Wall Travel Route is famous around 20 Apr ~ Mid of June. The average snow volume of the towering snow wall is 7-20 meters, which is about 3-6 storeys, it is also unique in the world.
2. Kusatsu Onsen is Japan Top 3 Hot Springs visit at Yubatake onsen old street.
Kusatsu Onsen symbolic landmark “Yubatake”
The soup will cool a lot of hot soup. There is a wooden drainage system set up to drain the hot spring water down, and you can finally see a waterfall-like scene, It is even more dreamy to light up at night. In addition, there are many local products and restaurants around the soup. You can take a walk around the area.
3. Flower Festival
The best choice besides cherry blossom viewing, pink blue pink butterfly flower sea shakes your vision
– Hitachi Seaside Park
From late April to late May, more than 4.5 million blue-and-white pink butterfly flowers will bloom, and with the blue sea scenery in the distance, enjoy the endless flower field scenery.
Voted as Ashikaga Flower Park, one of the top ten dream travel destinations, and enjoy hundreds of wisteria flowers.
– Ashikaga Flower park
Ashikaga Flower Park has more than 350 wisteria. The most memorable displays are the wisteria tunnels up to 80 m (87 yards) long that the visitor walks through enjoying the beauty of the pendulous racemes from below. There are various colors of wisteria to be seen, such as pink, purple, blue, and white–lavender being the most plentiful when flowering.
In one journey, you can experience two different seasons (winter and spring). You can see the spectacular snow scene of Tateyama Mori, and you can see all kinds of flowers. There are many designated preservation areas of important traditional buildings in Japan, ancient streets, traditional beauty, and many places to enjoy cherry blossoms. You will experience deeper Japanese culture and visit world cultural heritage.
Get the value tour and travel with us to enjoy your holiday with this memorable moment trip to SNOW WALL!!! There are more excitement besides the “Snow Wall” as Hello Holidays Tour Package also included visit to Variuos Flower Farms in this special seasonal itinerary.
The term “MICE” in the context of travel is an acronym for meetings, incentives , conferences, and exhibitions. The MICE market refers to a specialized niche of group tourism dedicated to planning, booking, and facilitating conferences, seminars, and other events, which is a big moneymaker in the travel industry.
The acronym has slowly been falling out of favor in recent years, as some industry professionals hope to move away from the affiliation with rodents. Instead, many now refer to this niche market as the meetings industry or events industry in tourism.
However, using MICE to refer to this industry is useful in that it encompasses every component of this particular travel market. Whether you’re looking to organize a group outing for your company’s employees (incentive) or you want to organize a big event focused on the latest innovations in your field (conference), MICE travel agents can help you book your itinerary.
Components of MICE Travel
MICE travel involves a number of components, and agents working in this field must provide a full range of travel and conference services for large and small groups and events of shorter and longer duration.
Personnel and businesses involved in the MICE market include corporate meeting planners, meetings and convention departments of hotels, conference centres or cruise ships, food and beverage managers, logistics firms, private tour operators and transfer companies, incentive houses, professional trade organizations, tourism boards, tourism trade association , and travel-selling professionals .
Because of the organization and planning involved, typically, years in advance, MICE travel agencies are usually affiliated with large corporations. Destinations often market themselves as MICE locations and bid for events through their convention and visitor bureaus. They might be able to offer subsidies to attract large events because of the increased revenue the visitors provide through their economic impact on the host location.
The Different Types of MICE Travel
When it comes to understanding which type of MICE travel you’ll be booking with your agent, it’s important to understand the different terms that comprise the acronym. While meeting and conference travel may sound similar, for instance, the slight differences between them will be important when explaining your needs to your agent.
The International Association of Professional Congress Organizers defines a meeting as any number of people coming together in one place for a particular activity, which can be a one-time event or recur regularly. Simply put, meeting travel refers to organizing any number of people for such a meeting, which means it could also include a company sporting trip.
On the other hand, a conference is similar to a meeting in that it is a gathering of people coming together in one place, but conferences usually have specific objectives and exchanges of information. Therefore, conference travel involves organizing itineraries, meetings, and events for people from the same profession or field.
Incentive travel may be one of the harder components of MICE travel to understand since it doesn’t necessarily deal with group events. Instead, incentive travel is typically given to employees as a reward. Incentive travel doesn’t usually have a business or explicit educational component but instead is more of a non-business vacation with the aim of continued motivation for performance.
At an exhibition, products or services are displayed, and they might be the primary focus of the event, which means that exhibition travel agents are those who organize such showcases. Exhibitions are often included in other conferences and meetings, though, meaning that there is often overlap between agents in these industries. Businesses court new clients and debut their latest offerings at these events.
A good deal of business travel is related to incentive travel. Incentive travel is business-related travel that is designed to provide motivation or incentives to help businesspeople become more successful.
Incentive travel is business travel that helps motivate employees or partners to increase certain activity or to reach a goal.
According to the Incentive Research Foundation: “Incentive Travel Programs are a motivational tool to enhance productivity or achieve business objectives in which participants earn a reward based on a specific level of achievement set forth by management. The program is designed to recognize earners for their achievements.”
For many decades, managers and business owners have used the promise of travel to appealing or excotic destinations as a motivational tool for both their internal staff and their partners. What many people do not realize, however, is that over the last half-century there have been a great many research-based methodologies and best practices developed around incentive travel. Likewise, an entire industry of professionals now exists with the expertise to use incentive travel as a motivational tool inside organizations.
Incentive travel is more than a trip abroad. To truly motivate a team, a midweek flight to the Med or an end of season ski trip will no longer cut it. Social media and the sharing economy have raised expectation levels to new heights. Travel incentives should be life-changing experiences, but all too often they’re not.
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Research shows that if you’re looking to harness the full potential of your team, experiential rewards are the most effective way to incentivise; a simple thank you email can only go so far. Incentive travel programmes can increase individual performance by up to 22% and of a team by 44%. Moreover, companies that recognise their employees in this way outperform competitors by 30-4Build a connection between teams and targets
Our travel and events experts create remarkable incentive travel programmes across the globe. But a travel incentive is only as effective as its messaging. That’s where our dedicated Communication team adds all-important value, generating excitement, building anticipation and ensuring your entire workforce is aware of the stakes. A deep emotional connection that fuels ambition, increases team effectiveness and boosts productivity in pursuit of a seat on the plane.
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Japan is a alluring country surrounded by deep history and filled with a affluent culture that should be experienced by everyone. Japan itself is an island nation in East Asia located in the northern Pacific Ocean Mount Fuji, which is located on the island of Honshu, is the highest mountain in Japan and a must see when visiting the area. Some other popular places to check out are the seven theme parks of Tokyo Disneyland, Harajuku (which is an area around the Harajuku station), the four theme parks of Universal Studios Japan which is located in Osaka, and more.
The culture of japan is considered a contemporary hybrid culture which combines influencers from Asia. Europe, and North America. Another interesting thing to participate in which is popular in the visual arts of Japans culture is the practice of Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arrangements. It has gained fame for its focus on harmony, color use and elegantly simple designs.
8Days 6Nights Korea Winter Tour + Jeju / Busan / Seoul – Korean Airlines
Day 1 Kuala Lumpur Seoul (Incheon) KE 672 (2359/0710+1)
Assemble at the KLIA for check-in flight to Korea – Seoul.
Day 2 Seoul (Gimpo) / Jeju Island (Domestic Flight) (–/L/D) Hotel：Jeju Robero hotel or Similar
Buckchon Hanok Village
Surrounded by Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace and Jongmyo Royal Shrine, Buckchon is a traditional residential area in Seoul with countless Hanoks which is the Korean traditional houses. Buckchon is also known as “the street museum in the urban core”, for its many historical spots and cultural heritage sites.
a volcanic rock that was created from an eruption about two million years ago, its looks like a roaring dragon rising from the sea into the sky.
Tap-dong Shopping District
The famous shopping district on the Jeju Island.
Day 3 Jeju Island (B/L/D) Hotel：Jeju Robero hotel or Similar
experience the phenomenon of going uphill with the vehicle’s engine off.
Seongsan Ilchulbong Sunrise Peak
enjoy the scenic views and spectacular natural surroundings of one of 360 parasitic volcanoes which is the world’s biggest crater at seacoast.
“Seopji” is the old name for the area, and “Koji” is Jeju dialect meaning a sudden bump on land.
Seongeup Folk Village
to see the Korean traditional folk custom material and you can meet the island people who still live behind the stone courtyard walls in thatched roof rock homes.
a glass theme park garden exuding romance and fantasy. It is suitable visiting place for parents and children.
TESEUM is the world’s first large number of wild and marine life, as well as the nature of the animal to the actual size and sewn into plush doll and teddy bear show combining new teddy bear theme park.
Day 4 Jeju Island / Busan (Gimhea) (Domestic Flight) (B/L/D) Hotel：Busan Hanwha or Similar
Gamcheon Culture Village
is formed by houses built in staircase-fashion on the foothills of a coastal mountain, earning this village the nickname of “Machu Picchu of Busan”. The many alleys cutting through this community are vibrantly decorated with murals and sculptures created by the residents.
Busan largest seafood market and also the South Korean wholesale seafood market.
It across the sea 12-13 meters of the trail, only 40 meters from the sea surface height.
Yongdusan Park – Busan Tower (include observatory)
is a park located in Jung-gu, Busan, South Korea, an area of about 69,000 square meters. Busan Tower height of 120 meters, a panoramic view of Busan and there are about 700 species of lush plants in the park, also erected in the name of the Korean era, General Li Shun Chen bronze statue and 4.19 monument.
Haeumdae Beach is probably the most famous beach in the country.
Day 5 Busan ~ Ulsan ~ Gyeongju ~ Gangwon (Ski Resort) (B/L/D) Hotel：Welli Hilli Park or Similiar
Whale Culture Village
reproduces the old scene of a whale-catching fishing village through areas like Whale Plaza, Jangsaengpo Old Village, Prehistoric Whale Experience Garden, an aquatic botanical garden and other themed area as well as a sculpture park.
it is the first and only whale museum in Korea and stands on what used to be a central area for the Korean Whaling industry.
Ulsan Bridge Observatory
represents Ulsan and it is the best place to look at the panorama of Taihe River and Ulsan Port
is the representative relic of Gyeongju and was designated as a World Cultural Asset by UNESCO in 1995. The Beauty of the temple itself and the artistic touch of the stone relics are known throughout the world.
Gangwon Ski Resort : Welli Hilli Park or Similiar
** Welli Hilli Park / Oak Valley Ski Resort / similar (4paxs into 1 Unit consists of 1 Tatami Room + 1 twin share room & 2 bathroom) **
Day 6 Gangwon (Ski Resort) ~ Seoul (B/L/D) Hotel: Dongdaemun Euljiro Co-op or Similar
Half day skiing
(own expenses for rental of Ski equipment USD35 per person & Ski suit USD15 per person)
Lotte World Adventure has districts representing different countries with various kinds of facilities and souvenir shops. You can enjoy watching parades, numerous films, laser shows, and tasting a variety of international cuisines year-round. Lotte World Adventure is the largest indoor amusement park in the world.
Day 7 Seoul (B/L/Own Arrangement) Hotel: Dongdaemun Euljiro Co-op or Similar
Deoksugung was originally the residence of Prince Wolsan, the older brother of King Seongjong.
National Ginseng Shop famous Korean health product such as ginseng, ginseng tea, ginseng candy & etc.
Cosmetic Shop shop for varieties of famous Korean cosmetic & skin product.
Herbal Outlet Cordyceps Militaris Outlet
3D Trick Eye Museum + Ice Sculpture Museum
It is not just a cool visual experience for visitors and visitors can also do photo shooting with interesting poses. The photographs taken will have a feeling of entering the painting. Leave an eternal memorial for this interesting trip. The Ice Sculpture Museum is an open pavilion of the Trick Eye Museum. It is completely an ice world and has ice sculptures of various themes. It is suitable for couples to experience together.
The Painters Hero is an innovative non-verbal performance that stages the entire process of painting combined with incredible visual effects and a witty blend of mime, dance and comedy.
Myeongdong & Lotte Duty Free Shop
one of the primary shopping districts in Seoul features brand name shops and department stores
Day 8 Seoul (Incheon) Kuala Lumpur KE 671 (1655/2235) (B)
Red Pine Shop – ancient fairy tales with pine needles the staple food, especially for preventing organ enhanced vascular smooth aging disease, complications of diabetes, high blood sugar, blood lipids and other effects but also resistance to therapy of civilization diseses and diseases of affluence in the 21st century the best health care products
Seaweed Museum & Kimchi Making Session + Hanbok experience
Learn how to make Kimchi and opportunity to take photograph wearing the Korean costume
Special Cuisine: Ginseng Chicken Soup ，Seafood Steamboat + Abalone，Jeju Black Pork BBQ ,Godeuneuajolim，Potato Pork Rib ，Korean BBQ ，Squid & Pork Bulgogi，Budaejigae，Palsaik Korean BBQ ，Pooleunsoban Buffet
Today, Ho Chi Minh City is the big tourism center in Vietnam, attracting a large of visitors to Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh City has various attractions as Ho Chi Minh Museum, formerly known as Dragon House Wharf, Cu Chi Tunnels, system of museums, theatres, cultural houses… Recently, many tourist areas are invested such as Thanh Da, Binh Quoi Village, Dam Sen Park, Saigon Water Park, Suoi Tien, Ky Hoa…, which draw numerous tourists.
Despite its quite recent past, Ho Chi Minh City nevertheless possesses various beautiful buildings, displaying a characteristic combination of Vietnamese, Chinese and European cultures. These include Nha Rong (Dragon House Wharf), Quoc To Temple (National Ancestors Temple), Xa Tay (Municipal Office), Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theatre as well as many pagodas and churches (Vinh Nghiem, Giac Vien, Giac Lam, Phung Son pagodas…).
After more than 300 years of development, Ho Chi Minh City presents many ancient architectural constructions, famous vestiges and renowned sights. It is remarkable for its harmonious blending of traditional national values with northern and western cultural features.
Hanoi is located in the Red River Delta, in the center of North Vietnam. It is encompassed by Thai Nguyen to the north, Vinh Phuc and Ha Tay provinces to the west and south, Bac Giang, Bac Ninh and Hung Yen provinces to the east and south-east.
Hanoi means “the hinterland between the rivers” (Ha: river, Noi: interior). Hanoi’s territory is washed by the Red River (the portion of the Red River embracing Hanoi is approximately 40km long) and its tributaries, but there are some other rivers flowing through the capital, including Duong, Cau, Ca Lo, Day, Nhue, Tich, To Lich and Kim Nguu.
Throughout the thousand years of its eventful history, marked by destruction, wars and natural calamities, Hanoi still preserves many ancient architectural works including the Old Quarter and over 600 pagodas and temples. Famous sites include the One Pillar Pagoda (built in 1049), the Temple of Literature (built in 1070), Hanoi Citadel, Hanoi Opera House, President Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum.
Hanoi also characteristically contains 18 beautiful lakes such as Hoan Kiem Lake, West Lake, and Truc Bach Lake…, which are the lungs of the city, with their surrounding gardens and trees providing a vital source of energy.
Many traditional handicrafts are also practiced in Hanoi including bronze molding, silver carving, lacquer, and embroidery. Hanoi has many famous traditional professional handicraft villages such as Bat Trang pottery village, Ngu Xa bronze casting village, Yen Thai glossy silk.
Halong City, formerly the Hon Gai Town, is the cultural, economic and political centre of Quang Ninh Province. It borders Cam Pha to the east, the Yen Hung District to the west, the Hoanh Bo District to the north and Halong Bay to the south with the coastline of 20km.
The city is divided into two parts: East Halong and West Halong. The eastern part is an industrial zone where most of the province’s official buildings are also concentrated. The western part, also called Bai Chay, is the animated tourism zone.
Halong’s population are most having emigrated from other places to settle here. Halong Bay is famous internationally, and is recognized as a World Heritage by UNESCO for its thousands of natural islands. Also in the city, there are temples, pagodas and historical relics.In addition to the most active branch of tourism, there are other economic activities such as: trade, seaport, coal, marine products and the production of construction materials.
Thailand’s “Rose of the North” is a cultural and natural wonderland with ethnic diversity, a multitude of attractions, and welcoming hospitality.
Chiang Mai literally means “new city” and has retained the name despite celebrating its 700th anniversary in 1996. King Meng Rai the Great founded the city as the capital of the Lanna Kingdom on Thursday, April 12 1296 around the same time as the establishment of the Sukhothai Kingdom. King Meng Rai even conferred with his friends, King Ramkhamhaeng of Sukhothai and King Ngam Muang of Phayao before choosing the site where the capital of the Lanna Kingdom was to be founded. Henceforth, Chiang Mai not only became the capital and cultural core of the Lanna Kingdom, it was also to be the center of Buddhism in northern Thailand, King Meng Rai himself a very religious leader who even founded many of the city’s temples that remain important to this day.
Chiang Mai is one of the few places in Thailand where it is possible to experience both historical and modern Thai culture coexisting side by side: the city features centuries-old chedis and temples next to modern convenience stores and boutique hotels. This dichotomy is best appreciated within the moat-encircled old city, which retains much of the fortified wall that once protected the city center as well as the four main gates that provided access to the former Lanna capital city.
Strangely, for many years tourists had mistaken Chiang Mai simply as the base from which they could plan trekking and rafting trips to hill tribe villages and explore other provinces. Once in Chiang Mai however, tourists are surprised by the fact that there are so many things to discover other than its beautiful and historic temples.
Intriguing diversity among ethnic tribes, a number of elephant camps, many cooking & massage schools, numerous outdoor activities, a variety of handicrafts workshops, various cultural performances, and breathtaking scenery make Chiang Mai one of Asia’s most attractive tourist destinations. The phrase “a day in Chiang Mai is enough to see things around town” was once a common expression. Today, two weeks in Chiang Mai may not be long enough for travelers to experience all that Chiang Mai has to offer.
The old city of Chiang Mai is a showcase of the north’s fascinating indigenous cultural identity that includes diverse dialects, a delectable cuisine, distinctive architecture, traditional values, lively festivals, numerous handicrafts workshops, northern style massage, and classical dances. Chiang Mai city features old-world beauty and charm as well as modern luxury and convenience.
In addition to centuries old temples and some outstanding shopping opportunities, Chiang Mai is also blessed with pristine natural resources including mountains, waterfalls, and rivers. The presence of numerous hill tribes that feature a wealth of unique cultures enhances Chiang Mai’s distinctive diversity. Hill tribe trekking, often combined with river rafting and elephant riding has always been one of Chiang Mai’s greatest tourist attractions. Nowadays there are innumerable activities and attractions both in the city and the surrounding province, including massage instruction and golf.
Moreover, visitors can visit workshops where they can learn about the production of silk or silver, and purchase memorable, hand crafted souvenirs. With such a diverse range of attractions and an equally grand selection of dining and accommodation options, Chiang Mai is a place where both backpackers and luxury tourists can enjoy the ultimate Thailand holiday.
The quieter neighbor of Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai is a land of outstanding natural beauty, where visitors looking to avoid the hordes can visit remote hill tribes, spot exotic wildlife, and check out the golden triangle, the former center of the world’s opium trade.
Chiang Rai has been inhabited since the 7th century, but it was not until 1262 that King Meng Rai established it as the first capital of the Lanna Kingdom. The capital was later relocated to Chiang Mai and since that time Chiang Rai has lived in the shadow of its neighboring province, though for tourists this is a good thing.
Today, Chiang Rai is a traveler’s paradise, endowed with abundant natural attractions and antiquities. Attractions range from ruins of ancient settlements and Buddhist shrines to magnificent mountain scenery and hill tribe villages. For those interested in the natural side of Chiang Rai, jungle trekking is a magical experience; explore the mountains of the north along various hiking trails, many of which access the villages of diverse hill tribes groups, many of whom maintain their traditional lifestyles.
Chiang Rai town, which tends to be a little more ‘laid back’ than its more popular neighbor, now competes with Chiang Mai as a tourist attraction and is fast becoming a popular escape for tourists wanting to leave their troubles behind.
Chiang Rai, the former capital of the great Lanna Kingdom, is a fascinating province filled with cultural and natural wonders, including the Golden Triangle where Thailand, Laos, and Burma come together; an area that was once the hub of opium production, a trade that had much influence on cultural practices and lifestyles. Chiang Rai had stayed off the tourist radar for many years, its people enjoying very leisurely development and mostly traditional, rural lifestyles. Until this day, entire clans live together in bamboo houses and each village has its own individual character.
Recently tourism has boomed in Chiang Rai, where visitors have come to explore the pristine natural beauty of the countryside and immerse themselves in the indigenous culture, including those of a variety of different hill tribe communities. Fortunately for tourists, Chiang Rai is also a center for community development projects, helping rural villagers develop their attractions without adversely affecting their natural and cultural assets.
As the political, economic, cultural, culinary, and spiritual capital of Thailand, Bangkok features both old-world charm and modern convenience, at times served up in an apparently chaotic manner, but always with a gracious smile.Invariably, every Thailand holiday includes a visit to the kingdom’s capital city, Bangkok, or Krung Thep, “the city of angels” as it is known to its inhabitants. Many tourists who travel to Bangkok are immediately overwhelmed by the sheer size of the city and the vast number of attractions Bangkok has to offer. Indeed there is a wide variety of Bangkok sightseeing opportunities spanning more than two centuries of rapid development following the city’s founding in 1782 by King Rama I, the first king of the present Chakri dynasty.
Since that auspicious date, Bangkok has swelled to a cosmopolitan, 21st century city of more than ten million inhabitants. While the immensity of the city and its bustling streets can be intimidating at first, those who spend some time in Bangkok are quickly enamored by the myriad of attractions Bangkok contains, from exotic temples, which underscore Thailand’s strong Buddhist history, to modern shopping malls, which make shopping an integral part of any Bangkok holiday.
Bangkok features attractions guaranteed to please visitors either simply passing through the city or spending their entire Thailand holiday in Bangkok. Nearly every Bangkok holiday includes a visit to Thailand’s Grand Palace, arguably the premier Bangkok sightseeing attraction. Situated in the heart of Bangkok’s Rattanakosin Island, the gleaming spires of the Grand Palace are conveniently located nearby Bangkok’s most spectacular temples, including the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaeo), the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), and Wat Pho, which features an enormous reclining Buddha and was home of the first Thai massage school in the kingdom.
These iconic destinations are top attractions to all visitors who travel to Bangkok looking to appreciate Thailand’s unique cultural traditions. In fact, there are more than 400 functioning Buddhist temples throughout the city and it’s not uncommon when you travel in Bangkok to spot saffron robed monks collecting morning alms or traveling throughout out the city, including along the Chao Phraya, the “River of Kings”, which passes alongside the Temple of the Dawn. The winding Chao Phraya is connected by numerous canals from which Bangkok has earned its nickname the “Venice of the East”; when you travel around Bangkok, a cruise on the Chao Phraya, a visit to a floating market, or an exploration of the cities “back alley” canals (khlongs) are themselves unique Bangkok attractions.
Other historical and cultural Bangkok sightseeing ‘must sees’ include the National Museum, Vimanmek Mansion, and Suan Pakkad Palace, all of which either house fine art or are national treasures in their own right. Beyond Bangkok’s historical district, there are plenty of other attractions that make a Bangkok holiday both enjoyable and memorable. The downtown districts along Silom and Sukhumvit Roads have a convenient electric rail system, including an elevated sky-train and underground subway, that have made travel in Bangkok both easy and enjoyable.
Connecting hotels directly to shopping malls and traditional markets, such as Mah Boon Krong Center and Chatuchak (JJ) weekend market, the MRT and BTS systems have literally elevated Bangkok shopping to world-class status. Of course, no Thailand holiday is complete without experiencing Thailand’s vibrant nightlife. Whether, the purpose of your Thailand holiday is to immerse yourself in Thailand’s unique culture or simply to splurge in Bangkok shopping malls, when you travel to Bangkok you are guaranteed a fascinating experience of both old-world charm and modern convenience and luxury.
One of the hottest beach-resort destinations in Thailand, Pattaya may not be idyllic but it certainly makes up for it with a wide variety of activities, accommodation and nightlife venues.Pattaya is a popular beach resort on the Gulf of Thailand just 150 km. southeast of Bangkok – a mere two-hour drive. Pattaya’s pulsating nightlife is well known, but local authorities have, in recent years, improved the quality of the beaches and reinvented the resort as a more family-friendly destination. Today, hundreds of thousands of visitors are drawn each year to Pattaya to windsurf, water ski, swim, sunbathe, snorkel, sail, or take trips to nearby islands. Other activities include Bungee jumping, cycling, skydiving, go-Karting, Muay Thai (Thai boxing), and Paintball.
Golfers, both novice and expert, are well catered to as well, with a wide selection of golf courses around Pattaya. Another major draw for visitors to Pattaya is the wide selection of restaurants serving some of Thailand’s freshest seafood. Due to the high number of expatriate foreigners in Pattaya there is also an excellent selection of authentic foreign eateries serving French, Italian, Swiss, German, Hungarian, Scandinavian, English, Indian, Arabic, Japanese, and Chinese cuisine. Drawing such a large number of diverse visitors from across the world, it’s no surprise that Pattaya also boasts an incredible choice of accommodation. Those on a tight budget and those with money to spend are equally able to find rooms to suit their needs.
Visitors can always find some peaceful beach time at nearby Jomtien beach, just 3 kilometers south.Just over one hour from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, Pattaya is a lively beach town that draws visitors from around the world. With activities that include a wide array of water sports, golf, shopping, cabaret shows, an elephant village, and fascinating museums, it’s impossible not to have an action-packed Pattaya holiday. Unless of course it’s relaxation you crave, in which case there are beach chairs and umbrellas lining the Pattaya shore, where wandering vendors will cater to your every need: from barbequed shrimp to a foot massage. Pattaya is certainly a Thai beach resort that meets the needs of any visitor on any budget.
Hua Hin, one of Thailand’s premier beach resort towns on the Gulf of Thailand, is less than 200 km south of Bangkok, making it one of the most popular weekend getaway destinations for city residents. A resort equally popular with young couples and families, tourists and Thais, Hua Hin is also the location of the King of Thailand’s summer palace, Klai Kang Won, “Far from Worries.” Hua Hin features a beautiful, powdery sand beach, numerous seaside seafood restaurants, a lively night market, numerous beach activities, and some great inland activities, not least of which is golfing at some of Thailand’s most renowned courses. Just down the coast at Takiab Bay visitors can take seaside horseback rides and visit a hilltop Buddhist temple with a spectacular view.
Accommodation along the beach and on the streets leading away from the sea range from simple guesthouses to luxury resorts, and includes some of the finest spa-retreats in the world. Hua Hin is accessible via train, bus, or car and the seaside community of 60,000 residents is a fine example of warm and welcoming Thai hospitality.The seaside town of Hua Hin, meaning “Stone Head”, was named after the rocks at the north end of the powdery sand beach. Hua Hin became Thailand’s first beach resort after a train line was laid in the 1920’s to provide access from Bangkok and King Rama VII established his summer retreat in the area.
With a 5 kilometer-long beach that features numerous activities, the laid back and hospitable town of Hua Hin continues to draw both tourists and Thais. In addition to beach fun and games, outstanding seafood restaurants, and a vibrant night market, Hua Hin is well known for having some of the finest golf courses in Thailand, as well as some of the most renowned resorts and destination spas in the world.
Ko Samui is the premier island destination in the Gulf of Thailand. Samui is easily accessible, features beautiful beaches and a variety of activities, and caters to visitors on any budget.Ko Samui, Thailand’s second most popular island destination, is located in the Gulf of Thailand roughly 700 km. south of Bangkok and 80 km. from Thailand’s southern coast. Samui is the third largest island in Thailand and the largest in an archipelago of more than 80 islands that includes the Ang Thong National Marine Park, a kayaking paradise and day trip from Ko Samui. While Samui is small enough to be circumnavigated in just a couple of hours by motorbike or car, the island features such a variety of beaches and activities that it would be impossible to experience everything in a single visit.
However, this was not always the case. Until the late 20th century, Samui was home to a small community engaged primarily in fishing and harvesting coconuts. There were not even any roads on the island until the early 1970’s. However, once foreign visitors discovered this island gem, lush with tropical forest, fringed with palm tree lined stretches of golden sand, and surrounded by pellucid, aquamarine water, development quickly followed. Today the beaches of Chaweng and Lamai are bustling beach towns with fabulous beach resorts, internationally acclaimed restaurants, and world-class nightclubs.
Activities around Ko Samui include cooking courses, yoga instruction, Muay Thai training, scuba diving, and even golf. While there are a few quieter beaches that are ideal for relaxation, particularly those that feature some of the finest 5-star resorts in the world, and some that exude old world charm, such as Bo Phut, which features converted, old Chinese shop houses, Samui is a lively, exciting place than it was a few decades ago. Ko Samui has developed into its own style of island paradise, retaining much of its natural beauty while offering nearly every imaginable activity or service for the ultimate beach holiday.
Krabi, a province on southern Thailand’s Andaman coast, is an almost otherworldly region of labyrinthine archipelagos, where islands seem to erupt vertically out of the sea and secluded beaches are only accessible by colorfully adorned long tail boats. Krabi’s myriad of bays and coves have sheltered pirates, merchants, and sea gypsies for thousands of years and archaeological evidence indicates that Krabi was originally inhabited as early as 25,000 – 35,000 years ago! With attractions including hot springs, a wildlife sanctuary, sea caves, flourishing coral reefs and exotic marine life, limestone cliffs that draw rock climbing enthusiasts from around the world, and national parks that include the island paradises of Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta, one could easily spend weeks in Krabi and leave yearning for more.If that wasn’t enough, Krabi features some of the most photogenic sunsets in Thailand, often accompanied by spectacular displays of cloud to cloud lightning, that are best enjoyed from a beachside bar or restaurant.
Meanwhile, with all the tourists spread out among various beaches and islands, life goes on in Krabi Town, the somewhat sleepy provincial capital. Surprisingly few tourists spend time in the charming riverside town, whose hilly streets feature a number of cozy cafes and inexpensive and authentic Thai cuisine is served at an outdoor, riverside evening market. “Town” to most visitors is Ao Nang, a seaside strip of guesthouses, hotels, bars, restaurants, and souvenir shops that continues to grow as tourist arrivals increase, now spreading north into Noppharat Thara, whose quiet, shady beach is part of the national park that includes the Phi Phi Islands. Ao Nang is the major launching point for boat trips to nearby islands and the isolated beaches of Phra Nang Cape, where the famous former hippie enclave of Railey Beach is located.
Krabi Province, which lies along the coast of the Andaman sea in Southern Thailand, is a top tourist destination as a result of its plentiful natural attractions including, white sandy beaches, crystal clear water, extensive coral reefs, numerous caves and waterfalls, and over 130 islands, including Koh Lanta and the jewels of the Andaman coast, the six islands of Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park. While not the top destination in and of itself, Krabi Town is a charming provincial capital located along the banks of a river that leads to the nearby Andaman Sea. Consequently, Krabi is an important port city for both local fisherman as well as boats ferrying visitors to the nearby attractions, including Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta, and Railey Beach, one of the premier rock climbing destinations in the world.
What comes into the mind of travellers when we talk about sea, sun and sand? Phuket must definitely be one of the answers. A number of exciting activities can be found on this island. In the early days of regional maritime trade, the cape of Phuket was locally referred to as Jung Ceylon, while locals called it Thalang, which evolved to be the name of the main town to the north of the island. As the perfect stopover sheltering traders from monsoons, Jung Ceylon welcomed merchants from India, Persia, Arabia, Burma, China, and also Siam. During the 16th century, the island was a popular trading port for tin.
In 1785, Thalang town was surrounded by Burmese troops who invaded the coastal area. It was under the leadership of Chan, the widow of the governor, and her sister, Muk, who united the local residents and successfully fought and drove the invaders out of Phuket. It took over 30 days for the defending troops of Phuket, under the command of Chan and Muk, to claim their victory. As a result of such heroic deeds, noble titles were granted to Chan and Muk as Thao Thep Kasattri and Thao Sri Soonthorn, respectively. They are still highly respected by Phuket residents even today.
When the city was in a peaceful state, the development of mining was so unprecedented. Chinese businessmen and miners later migrated to Phuket and soon enjoy thriving wealth. The island’s long history has shaped the Phuket of the present with its diverse ethnic groups, culture, architectural influence, and fine cuisine. These attributes have made Phuket a complete tourist destination that offers a lot more beyond its natural heritage of sea, sand, forest, and world-renowned diving sites. Sino-Portuguese architecture casts its spell delighting travellers to the city, while Phuket style of hospitality has never failed to impress visitors from all walks of life.
Getting to Know:
1. Phuket is located approximately 862 kilometres south of Bangkok.
2. There are only two seasons in a year the green season (May to October) and the hot season (November to April).
3. Phuket is divided into 3 administrative districts: namely, Amphoe Muang, Amphoe Thalang and Amphoe Kathu.
Songkhla is both one of Thailand’s most important port cities and a coastal province known for its ethnic diversity and its unique traditions, dialect, and folk entertainment.An outpost of the Srivijaya Empire from Sumatra (c. 7th century C.E.), Songkhla served as a port and a coastal trading post where Indian, Persian and Arabian merchants came to exchange their products. The city was named “Sing Lha” after the 2 lion-shape islands at the mouth of the city’s lake. At present, these 2 islands are called Koh Noo (Rat Island) and Koh Maew (Cat Island).
An undeniably historic town endowed with ancient ruins and places of cultural importance, Songkhla is a melting pot of Thais, Chinese and Malays, and charms visitors with its unique traditions, dialect, and folk entertainment. These characteristics are reflections of the province’s rich cultural heritage, which has been preserved and passed down from generation to generation.Hat Yai, a district of Songkhla, is perhaps better known than the provincial capital itself. Hat Yai serves as a southern hub of communication, trading and transportation as well as a gateway to Malaysia and Singapore.
In light of this, Hat Yai has gained importance as the driving force of economic growth in the southern region. Over the last few decades, Songkhla has been rapidly developed and is currently a unique attraction worth visiting. Blessed with natural resources, such as fine beaches, enchanting waterfalls, and a tranquil lake, the province has an abundance of tourist attractions and an amazing number of seaside resort towns.
Moreover, the old section of Songkhla still maintains its unique identity of ancient and historical flavors through local architecture and cuisine.While Songkhla is noted as a fishing community set in a peaceful atmosphere, Hat Yai, on the other hand, serves as the transportation and communications hub of the south with links to various destinations in the neighboring provinces and Malaysia.
Hat Yai (frequently spelled Had Yai) is the largest city in southern Thailand, located near the border of Malaysia and populated by nearly 800,000 Thais. Hat Yai is located in Songkhla Province and, while not the provincial capital, is home to The Prince of Songkhla University, making it Southern Thailand’s educational center as well as the south’s heart of transportation, commerce, and tourism.Among other things, Hat Yai is renowned for its outstanding seafood, which is served in various styles thanks to Hat Yai’s diverse population of Chinese, Malays, and Thais.
Hat Yai also features a multitude of markets, both local and international in style, and has a festive nightlife, including pubs and discos that are particularly popular with tourists from neighboring Malaysia. While there have been occasional violent attacks from regional terror groups, Hat Yai is a relatively safe city to visit, particularly if one avoids the most crowded tourist venues and enjoys the local flavor of the city and the culture of its diverse inhabitants.
The populous city of Hat Yai, the largest in Songkhla Province, is Southern Thailand’s commercial, shopping, and entertainment center. Hat Yai is located roughly 950 km (600 miles) from Bangkok and just 30 km (18.5 miles) from the Malaysian border. Consequently it is a popular destination for visitors from Malaysia, who enjoy dining on seafood and experiencing Hat Yai’s lively nightlife. Regional attractions include Songkhla Lake (the largest in Thailand), an enormous reclining Buddha that visitors can walk inside, the Bhasawang Big Splash (a 15 meter long water slide), and the region’s most popular spectator sport, bullfighting.
Taipei 101 – located in Xinyi District, Taipei 101, is a new landmark in Taipei. 101 floors above ground and 5 floors underground, the total height of 508 meters, the tallest building in Taiwan. The world’s largest, most important, the only exposed to visit the wind damper, and the world’s most high-speed constant pressure elevator. Set foot on the elevator is a need for 39 seconds in the end 89 floor observation deck, this can make pleasant to the eye the beauty of Taipei 360 degrees from a height.
Sun Moon Lake is located in Nantou County, central Taiwan the island full-Tan area of 827 hectares, the lake surrounded by about 33 km, is Taiwan’s largest fresh water in lakes, but also the most beautiful alpine lakes. The east side of the lake surface shape is round the west side shaped like a month hook, hence the name.
Alishan – railways, forests, clouds, sunrise, play, more than are synthetic Alishan five odd. Alishan sunrise sunset, drifting clouds in between Hill Love cloud waterfall, thrashing around, every minute every second moved! Cliff, cliffs, waterfalls, flying rocks everywhere amazing! Alishan mountain green love, Sclerotium like waterfalls, clear streams, calling the Leshan Yue water tourists come to visit, big mouth respiratory phytoncid and anion, watching the fish play, precipitation in natural mountain forests. Alishan is shaped by a rich tourist treasures Taiwan preferred, will not be excessive.
Taroko Gorge – Taroko National Park is a magnificent, almost vertical, the marble canyon landscape famous line along the landscape profile reach the gorge wall, cliff, stretching and winding canyon cave tunnel, marble rock formations and streams, and other scenery .
Kenting – Kenting mountain surface of the sea, located in the southernmost tip of Taiwan, is the only tropical areas of the island of Taiwan. Four Seasons warmth, sunshine, blue sea and sky, the Kenting let people forget Worry, energetic and enthusiastic. Beach, sun, sea breeze, you are welcome to visit.
National Palace Museum – one of the famous world’s four major museums. The National Palace Museum’s collection of heritage treasures, is a world famous cultural assets from the imperial collection to the total of the whole people, sustainable heritage of the National Palace Museum Taipei collection, the era of its collection of virtually every aspect of the history of eight thousand years of Chinese culture as a whole has not been interrupted, from the Neolithic to Tang Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing and Republican period, unique in the history of world civilization. 650 000 museum collections, most of the old Chinese royal collection royal collection of original from the Song dynasty, 1000 years ago.
British Consulate at Takao – alive the small hills of West Bay in 1858, the Qing Dynasty of foreigners in Taiwan, built the first seat of the consulate. Consulate General of the internal rows of precious the Kaohsiung historical literature, photographs, models, consulate, also known as the Kaohsiung Historical Relics Museum.
Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall Taipei – Memorial Hall specially designed to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Dr. Sun Yat-built. Sun Yat-sen is the forerunner of Chinese revolution, is an outstanding figure in modern Chinese history. The Memorial Tang Dynasty palace-style building, Zhuang Yan Dengli. Outside the Zhongshan Park surrounded by zigzag bridge, ponds, rockeries, willow and other attractions dotted. The museum’s four exhibition room is beautifully decorated, and perennial based development.
Yangmingshan – Yangmingshan National Park, and dense vegetation, environmental quality, located in the urban nature reserve is not only unique in Taiwan, the world’s rare. Belong large Xiao Youkeng of sulfur Valley, the mountain’s volcanic activity of the most famous yellow smoke curl in the valley, like a fairyland. The annual Yangmingshan Flower Festival will attract millions of people up the mountain flowers, become a grand occasion.
Yehliu – Taiwan’s northernmost Yehliu Geopark scenic areas of natural beauty, with a variety of transgressive spectacle. Is the most famous queen’s head, like the noble queen heroic glow to lemon, let the years and the sand the next round after round of traces of painting in his body ruthless. Variety of rare transgression terrain. Referred to as the Geological Museum.
Shilin Night Market – Shilin Night Market is one of Taipei’s largest night market, famous for a variety of traditional snacks at home and abroad, many tourists come here especially, has become a food landmark, a collection of the north and south snacks, tourists must to the night market, one of the must-visit place for tourists around the world to Taipei.
Tuntex Sky Tower or Kaohsiung 85 Building – Kaohsiung side of Kaohsiung 85 Building, is a landmark of southern Taiwan. “High” as the building shape, height of 347.5 meters, coupled with the antenna, a total of 378 meters; the 85th floor of the ground, underground, was completed in 1997, is inferior to Taipei 101, Taiwan’s second high-rise.
Aquaria KLCC in Kuala Lumpur – Nestled in the heart of the bustling Golden Triangle and within walking distance from the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, Aquaria KLCC is a state-of-the-art aquarium showcasing over 5,000 different exhibits of aquatic and land-bound creatures over a sprawling multi-level space in the Concourse Level of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.
From the tropical waters of the Asian region to the rainforests of the world, Aquaria KLCC takes you on a journey to discover the fascinating nature of aquatic life as well as the unique behaviour of animals and crawly creatures above water. Immerse in an absorbing aquatic experience (without getting your feet wet!) from the moment you enter Aquaria KLCC. An educational study charting the course of natural waters flowing from the highlands to the streams and deep sea is devised to help visitors appreciate water as a habitat and ecosystem.
Highlights include a 90-metre tunnel tank with a moving travelator where you can marvel at Sand Tiger sharks, stingrays, marine turtles and other sea creatures swimming around unhindered in the vast oceanarium, a spectacular live show of divers feeding these creatures at meal times and a rare opportunity to come into contact with live starfish and bamboo shark at the Touchpool area.
Central Market KL – Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, a few minutes away from Petaling Street, Central Market is a famous landmark for Malaysian culture and heritage. The building was built in 1888 and originally functioned as a wet market. It has since been classified as a Heritage Site.
Tourists flock to Central Market for its variety of handicrafts, art, kebaya, songket, batik and authentic Malaysian souvenirs. A Batik Emporium houses well-known designer labels, with the best Malaysian-made batik items ranging from clothes, shoes, bags to home furnishing. The Central Market Outdoor Stage is where visitors can catch colourful arts and cultural events. During the country’s main festivals, the area will be lit up in theme, reflecting the multiracial diversity of Malaysians.
For a more contemporary take on the local arts scene, The Annexe Gallery, located at the back of Central Market, is a popular venue for events such as film screenings, art exhibitions and public discourses.
Cocoa Boutique Kuala Lumpur – Cocoa Boutique is the place where you can savour a wide selection of the finest locally produced chocolates. Created by chefs, the chocolates are always fresh and made from the highest quality ingredients, offering chocolate connoisseurs an exciting experience.
The range of fine chocolates are created and made to original Belgian recipes, using 100% pure cocoa butter in accordance with authentic Belgium formulation. Most of the cocoa ingredients are from Belgium but products from Ghana and Malaysia are also used. Durian Chocolate is most sought after for its unique taste and was awarded The Winner of the Most Innovative Chocolate Product 2004 by the Malaysian Cocoa Board. The Vezzo and Harriston brands are exported to China, Taiwan, India, Hong Kong, Australia and the Southeast Asian region.
New and innovative products are constantly being created at the factory. Good Manufacturing Process (GMP) and stringent quality control comply with international standards of hygiene.
Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia Kuala Lumpur – Interest in the Islamic arts has grown tremendously in recent years. Reflecting this awareness, in December 1998 Malaysia became home to Southeast Asia’s largest museum of Islamic art. The building occupies 30,000 sq.m., situated amid the leafy surroundings of Kuala Lumpur’s Perdana Botanical Gardens.
The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia houses more than seven thousand artefacts, as well as an exceptional library of Islamic art books. The art objects on display range from the tiniest pieces of jewellery to one of the world’s largest scale models of the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca. The aim is to create a collection that is truly representative of the Islamic world.
Instead of concentrating on works from the heartlands of Persia and the Middle East, IAMM also puts the emphasis on Asia. China and Southeast Asia are especially well represented. The third component of the Malaysian melting pot is India, which is also given special status. India, China and the Malay world are in an exclusive category. Other parts of the collection are displayed according to type of artefact rather than geographical origins in the museum’s 12 galleries.
KL Bird Park – The KL Bird Park is located in the serene and scenic Perdana Botanical Gardens, 10 minutes away from the Kuala Lumpur city centre. Home to more than 3,000 birds of 200 local and foreign bird species, the main feature that distinguishes KL Bird Park from other bird parks is the concept of free-flight.
Stroll through the park, and take the opportunity to see Mandarin ducks, hawk eagles, hornbills, ostriches and other birds. Visit the Egg Incubation Room and Nursery and see how chicken eggs are artificially incubated using incubators.
Don’t forget to take photographs with the different species of birds, and catch the feeding programme and daily bird shows taking place at the semi-open air amphitheater at 12.30pm and 3.30pm daily.
KL Tower Kuala Lumpur – Standing majestically atop Bukit Nanas at 421 meters and 94 meters above sea level, KL Tower is a prominent feature of the city’s skyline and perhaps one of the most enduring images a visitor to KL will remember.
Its architecture reflects the country’s Islamic heritage, with the construction detailing Arabic scripts, Islamic tiles, classic Islamic floral and abstract motifs and soothing colour combinations. Besides the panoramic view, KL Tower has something for city dwellers who love nature. The verdant green surrounding Menara KL is the Bukit Nanas Forest – the only oldest gazetted forest reserve in the country.
It covers an area of 10.05 hectares and is considered the green lung of Kuala Lumpur. It is sanctuary to a wonderful array of flora and fauna, unique to the country’s tropical climate.
Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lumpur Malaysia – The 88-storey Petronas Twin Towers, otherwise known as KLCC, is the world’s tallest twin structures. Inspired by the geometric shape found in Islamic architecture, this gleaming mega-structure was designed by Argentinian-American architect Cesar Pelli. Stretching out to one side of this architectural masterpiece is the spacious and beautifully landscaped KLCC Park.
Other attractions at KLCC are Suria Shopping Complex, Petronas Philharmonic Hall, Petrosains Science Centre, Petronas Art Gallery and Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, where the Aquaria Oceanarium is situated.
Masjid Jamek Mosque KL – Built in 1909, Jamek Mosque – better known as Masjid Jamek among the locals – is the oldest mosque in the city. The mosque sits at the meeting point of the Klang and Gombak rivers, which is also the birthplace of Kuala Lumpur. Its architecture is inspired by Mogul influences of northern India. In 1965, it was officially declared as the National Mosque.
Today, there is a new National Mosque not far away, but Jamek Mosque remains important due to its strategic location in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.
Petaling Street KL – Petaling Street, the centre of Kuala Lumpur’s original Chinatown, maintains much of its traditional atmosphere, particularly at night when vendors fan out their merchandise along the street. While you can shop for anything from gems and incense to toys and t-shirts, the true allure of this night market is in wandering about and enjoying its sights, sounds and energy. Food is plentiful with many scrumptious varieties to choose from; some of the restaurants here have been in business for generations. Locals flock to Petaling Street primarily for bargain accessories and great Chinese food. So, go on, be brave – head down to Petaling Street with an empty stomach and an adventurous spirit. Even if you don’t spend a penny, (which will be hard!), you are guaranteed to have an amazing experience here.
At the end of Petaling Street, you can further explore the Chan See Shu Yuen Temple which dates back to 1906. The interior of this building features open courtyard pavilions, intricate carvings and paintings. On the exterior, the temple depicts elaborate glazed ceramic sculptures which grace the facade and roof ridges.
For more adventurous tourists, further down from Petaling Street is the South Indian Sri Maha Mariamman Temple. This temple is situated at Jalan Tun H.S. Lee which is within walking distance from Chinatown. Built in 1873, the temple is said to be the most ornate and elaborate Hindu temple in the country. The design and decorative features include intricate carvings of Hindu deities, gold embellishments, precious stones and hand-painted motifs. Exquisite Italian and Spanish tiles provide further ornamentation. A silver chariot housed within the premises features prominently in religious processions, transporting the statue of the deity through the city streets.
Outside the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple are stalls selling garlands and strings of sweet smelling jasmine. Additionally, the strong aroma of Chinese traditional herbs and that of freshly brewed coffee waft through the air from across the street.
Little India Brickfields Kuala Lumpur – Brickfields is many things to many people: a concentrated wedge of Indian culture; a bewildering smorgasbord of different worship houses; a haven of blind massage centres; the crossroads for commuters coming in from all parts of the country; a perfect study in contrasts. However you define it, one thing is in agreement: Brickfields is a vibrant community with a soul of its own.
Brickfields began as the centre of brick-making in the late 19th century, after a huge fire and flood swept through Kuala Lumpur in 1881. The double disasters took turns destroying the town’s wooden and thatched structures. Sir Frank Swettenham, British resident at that time, responded by ordering the use of brick and tile in the construction of buildings, thus summoning the town’s purpose into being.
The area soon developed as the nation’s main locomotive depot for the Malayan Railway during the colonial administration. The sights, sounds and colours of South Asia came to Brickfields along with the human capital brought in to work the railway and depot, which have since been transformed into KL Sentral, the nation’s transportation hub.
These days, old government quarters (The Hundred Quarters, built in 1905) can still be found around Jalan Rozario. As you walk along the roads and alleys, the smell of curries drift to entice passers-by, while popular Indian songs blast from family-run businesses that also seem to run round the clock.
In 2009, Little India was moved from the area surrounding Jalan Masjid India to Brickfields, in recognition of the township’s status as one of the pioneer Indian settlements in Kuala Lumpur, and its potential to further develop as a centre for Indian culture.
Visit the Vivekananda Ashram (1904), which is still used for spiritual education classes, prayer meetings and yoga. The Temple of Fine Arts (TFA) can be found closer to the river along Jalan Berhala. Famous Southern Indian restaurant, Annalakshmi, is housed in the TFA building.
Other notable attractions are the Sri Lankan Hindu Temple, Sri Kandaswamy Temple on Jalan Scott and the Buddhist Temple Maha Vihara. The Zion Lutheran Church (1924), St Mary’s Syrian Orthodox Church and Holy Rosary Church (1903), as well as the Madrasathul Gouthiyyah Surau, a mosque built in the 1980s catering mostly to Indian Muslims can also be found in the area.
These attractions can be visited through the Brickfields Guided Walking Tour, held every first and third Saturday, starting at 9.30am from the YMCA. Run by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall, Brickfields’ fascinating history is explained in detail through the walk.