Learning how to fight like a Muay Thai boxer is the type of skill one can pick up during a Thai getaway. As a traditional sport, it is also one of the most unique skills one can perfect on holiday.
Perfect for Martial Arts Fans
Active travellers and those with a passion for martial arts and other fighting techniques will find no better use for their time in Thailand than learning the basics of Muay Thai. Those who holiday in Bangkok often catch Muay Thai matches daily at venues across the city and become intrigued about this unique fighting method invented by locals.
It Keeps You Fit
While it may not be the main reason why most tourists choose to sign up for Muay Thai classes during a holiday in Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas or any one of the other Phuket resorts, the fighting technique is ideal for fitness fanatics. Using both your upper and lower body strength, Muay Thai boxing is a great way to work up a sweat and burn those extra calories.
It’s a Lethal Weapon
Female travellers and others who are in search of self-defence lessons will also find Muay Thai fits their requirements as learning how to fend off an attacker using Muay Thai techniques is one of the happy by-products of picking up the sport.
In addition to being good for one’s health and self-defence, Muay Thai is also highly enjoyable, especially when compared to yoga or aerobics classes.
Pick from exploring nature and wildlife, culture, amazing beaches, historical places, ancient architecture and many more!
The traditional greeting in Sri Lanka meaning, may you live long, said with both palms clasped in respect welcoming you at hotels in Tangalle and other parts of the island.
Be it the east, west or the southern coast you note the moods and hues of the waves being different, however, the feel of the sun and sand and the warmth of the people would envelop you as you bask in the comfort of your luxurious room at a hotel such as Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle.
Visit this sacred temple within the palace complex during the Kandyan Kingdom, the sacred resting place of Lord Buddha’s Tooth Relic now and revered by Buddhists. An ideal site for solo travellers to admire the architecture, murals and intricate carvings. Modesty in dress and demeanour is appreciated.
From the mighty elephants to others of varying sizes, different species of birds, a splendour of flora entice visitors both solo and non-solo. National parks Yala, Bundala, Minneriya, Udawalawa, Kaudulla are some of the notable ones.
Be adventurous and climb well-worn steps at Sigiriya to get a panoramic view from the peak of the rock, which was home to the palace built in the 5th century.
Characterised by its stunning limestone karst cliffs, Ao Nang in Krabi, Thailand, is a must-visit destination. Its inviting sandy stretches and clear waters, shadowed by the limestone peaks, make it a perfect getaway for families with kids.
How to get there
Ao Nang does not have an airport or a train station. You either fly into Krabi and travel 30 minutes to Ao Nang via private hire or airport bus or ride the ferry from Phuket to Ao Nang’s ferry terminal.
Be sure to find family-friendly accommodation options near Ao Nang Beach. Hotels, resorts and villas, including Avani Ao Nang Cliff Krabi Resort, offering family suites, in-room pools, a kid’s club and swimming pools, are ideal for families travelling with children.
Consider exploring other beaches in the vicinity with your kids, including the famous Railay Beach. Accessed by a long tail boat, the beach is quiet and picturesque, perfect for kayaking and boasts crystal-clear waters.
Noppharat Thara Beach
Situated north of Ao Nang Beach is the less-frequented yet beautiful Noppharat Thara Beach. This beach serves as a perfect day out, featuring tranquillity, shallow waters that extend to some of the limestone cliffs, and golden sands dotted with crabs and seashells.
Khao Khanap Nam Cave
Consider visiting the Khao Khanap Nam Cave in Krabi. Gaze in awe at the myriad of rock formations, skeletal remains, and displays of primitive human life.
Adelaide is quite famous for its rich heritage, multi-ethnic community, and endless opportunities for entertainment. Keep reading to discover some unheard facts about this city.
It’s called the 20 Minute City
Adelaide is a small city. But did you know it takes only or less than 20 minutes to go from point A to point B in the city? Try getting to the South Australia museum from accommodation Adelaide CBD has to offer such as Oaks Adelaide Horizons Suites – it only takes a five-minute drive!
City of Churches
Adelaide is known by many names, one of which is the “City of Churches”. You just have to look around the city to understand this nickname – and you’ll see a church just about on every corner of the city!
Adelaide Has the Third Most Expensive Building
It has cost a whopping AUD 2.7 billion to construct the Royal Adelaide Hospital. And this makes it the third most expensive building in the whole world!
Adelaide Is a City of Firsts
Throughout history, Adelaide has been a city of forward-thinking. It was the first-ever city to grant women access to vote, criminalise racial and sexual discrimination, and also recognise indigenous land rights.
If you love adrenaline-pumping activities, then Sydney has got you covered! These are some of the most exciting things you can do here.
Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge
Don’t miss the unforgettable chance to scale the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, within easy each of properties like Oaks Sydney North Ryde Suites. Known as BridgeClimb, this adventure features an ascent to the summit over 130 metres above the ground to enjoy 360-degree panoramas on top of the largest steel arch on the planet!
Take on a High Ropes Course
More thrills await at the Wild Ropes attraction at Taronga Zoo Sydney. For those staying at North Ryde hotels, Circular Quay can be easily reached for a ferry to the zoo; here, you can try a high ropes course with flying foxes, climbing walls, suspension bridges and more, above an area that’s home to kangaroos and koalas!
Come Face to Face with Sharks
For extreme thrill seekers, diving with sharks is hard to beat which is exactly what awaits at Shark Dive Xtreme! On offer at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, you get the unique chance to dive and come face to face with Grey Nurse Sharks as well as Wobbegong and Port Jackson sharks, not forgetting huge stingrays too.
Ride a Rollercoaster Zip Line
At Treetops Adventure Park in Western Sydney, you get the opportunity to experience the fastest rollercoaster zip line in the world! Dubbed the Crazy Rider, this exhilarating zip line spans 500 metres, reaches speeds of up to 50 kilometres per hour and features action-packed turns, twists, drops and 360-degree loops.
The Gold Coast is one of the best locations to visit in Australia. There’s plenty of excitement to be had here – most notably, at the amazing amusement and theme parks on offer here. So, if you’re looking to have some fun times on the Gold Coast, here’s a look at where you need to be heading.
Holoverse is a great place to visit with the kids and to test out some truly state-of-the-art technology. Essentially, you can interact with realistic holograms and play a number of AR games at the world’s first holographic arcade.
Warner Bros Movie World
This is perhaps the biggest and most popular theme park in Australia! It’s also home to the tallest, longest and fastest rollercoasters in the country – so, strap into your ride and let the adrenaline flow.
IFLY is an indoor skydiving arena that lets you experience the thrill of skydiving without actually plummeting to the ground from up high. There are plenty of experienced instructors employed here as well, so you can take it easy and enjoy yourself here, knowing that you’re Insafe hands.
Many travellers know A-Z about the things they can do in Brisbane when the sun shines. But are the nights only reserved for sleep? No- not in Brisbane. Brisbane nights are more impressive.
This is not an adventurous experience. It’s more of a relaxing, romantic experience that you can try out with your loved one. Paddle under the Story Bridge and collect great memories.
Why focus on fake rocks when you have Kangaroo Point Cliffs? This can be a challenging experience to climb in the night, but it’s sure to be exciting.
Watch a movie
If candlelit dinners are too mainstream, here’s a wonderful idea! Head to the Powerhouse Moonlight Cinema or the American Express Open-Air Cinema to watch a new release classic movie. You just have to grab a bean bag chair and enjoy your moments.
Be it adventures in the wild, beachside relaxation or experiencing a rich culture, there’s never a dull moment in Africa! Here are some things to keep in mind when planning your holiday.
Select the Destination
Narrow down where you want to go in Africa which is no easy task! Wildlife safaris in Namibia, visits to Victoria Falls in Zambia and coastal getaways in Mozambique are just some of the many options. Book hotels online in advance especially during the peak season (May to October) and check transport and related costs.
Respecting Local Culture
Many areas in Africa are quite conservative and you need to be respectful of local culture and religions. That said, the African people are friendly and hospital; be it at properties of brands like Avani Hotels & Resorts or when travelling, you will encounter warm-hearted locals who will make you feel at home.
Food and Water
Foodies will have a blast trying the various culinary highlights of each region though do be mindful of meat dishes in remote areas that may not have proper refrigeration. While tap water is safe in certain areas, generally, it’s better to drink filtered or boiled water; reduce your plastic use by bringing a reusable water bottle.
Keep in mind that different African nations use different currencies; most areas will have credit card facilities and ATMs though if not, change your money at a local bank. Keep some extra dollars to change for any emergencies and when leaving, convert back any remaining local currency at a reputable money changer.
Towering above the landscape, Jabal Samhan is the tallest mountain in Oman’s Dhofar Governorate and offers stunning vistas from its viewpoint that’s well worth visiting.
A Protected Sanctuary
Apart from being one of the key Oman attractions, this mountain that reaches a height of 2,100 metres, is also home to a wildlife reserve where the critically endangered Arabian leopard resides; other wildlife can be found here too including the Arabian gazelle. Keep in mind, to visit this sanctuary, special permission is needed.
Planning an Excursion
Jabal Samhan is about an hour’s drive from Salalah and the Kharif or monsoon season (end of July to early September) is an ideal time to visit since the landscapes are more verdant. Properties like Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara organise excursions here which also include visits to other local attractions such as the Tawi Atayr sinkhole.
Making the Ascent
Depending on the tour, you can drive to the plateau viewpoint or undertake a six-hour trek. Set amidst deep mountain passes and limestone caves, Jabal Samhan also features fascinating flora. On your journey, you may come across spiky dragon trees that are centuries old, beautiful desert roses and frankincense trees.
The Famed Viewpoint
Near the summit, you will find the viewpoint with some truly spectacular coastal panoramas over 1,000 metres above the ground. Depending on when you visit, you will also see thick clouds below which add to the area’s charm. Be mindful that the wind can be quite strong and don’t forget your camera to capture this spellbinding sight!