Most Expensive Holiday in the World

At a hefty price tag of £1 million, this is probably the world’s most expensive travel package and a once in a lifetime experience that will remain a dream for the average joe.

What’s the deal?
The ultimate journey will last for 2 years and cover 150 countries and 962 World Heritage locations including Mexico’s ancient city of Monte Alban, India’s sensational Taj Mahal, Jordon’s symbol the Petra, Cambodia’s exotic Angkor temples, Spain’s Moorish Alhambra, Egypt’s Great Pyramids, China’s enchanting Forbidden City, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Iran’s Pasargadae, Libya’s Leptis Magna and Peru’s Machu Picchu sitting 8.000 ft above sea level.
world heritage Monte Alban Taj Mahal Petra Angkor Moorish Alhambra Egypt Pyramids Forbidden City Great Barrier Reef Pasargadae Leptis Magna Machu Picchu

Travel In style with business class as a minimum standard and luxurious hotel stays including Barbados’ Sandy Lane, Paris’ Hotel George V, New York’s The Plaza, Mumbai’s The Taj Mahal Palace, Venice’s Cipriani Hotel and Moscow’s The Ritz-Carlton Hotel.
Barbados Sandy Lane Paris Hotel George V NY The Plaza Taj Mahal Venice Cipriani Moscow Ritz Carlton

You can bring a partner for free

For the record, one Chinese student and an Italian businessman have already signed up to embark on this 2 year adventure. Yes, you’ve remembered right. The cost is £1 million!!

Watch this space in 2 years’ time for more updates!

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Love @ First Sight – Paris Top 5 Attractions

As cliche as it may sound, Paris is definitely one of the most romantic cities in the world. There’s just something special in the air that makes you fall in love with this place instantly. Even simple things like their passion for baguettes, and how almost every Parisian is spotted taking away a fresh roll of baguette in the mornings, really, just brings a smile to your face. Here are 5 visually stunning attractions that will melt your heart further. And more importantly, directions on how to get to them.

#1 – Eiffel Tower (how to pronounce: I fa tower)
Paris Eiffel Tower 7 Wonders Icon in France
The iconic Parisian landmark was built by Gustave Eiffel and completed in 1889. 324m (1,063 ft) tall, 3 levels, 1665 steps, this baby is one of the most visited monuments in the world. You could admire it from day to night, and night to day, and somehow still desire to swing by each time you visit Paris. No visit is complete without the Eiffel Tower.

Nearest Metro Station:
Champ de Mars Tour Eiffel on line RER C

#2 – Notre Dame Cathedral (French for “Our Lady of Paris”)
Paris Notre Dame Cathedral Must See Travel France Stained Glass Church
A magnificent gothic masterpiece by Maurice de Sully. Completed in 1345, this cathedral has an amazing collection of sculptures, paintings and stained glass rose windows. The Notre Dame is 130m long, 48m wide, 35m high and the rose windows have a diameter of 10m. Climb 387 steps to reach the top to view its most famous bell and gargoyles in close quarters. Spread your wings and enjoy the spectacular view across Paris.

Nearest Metro Station:
St-Michel Notre Dame on line RER B / C

#3 – Arc de Triomphe (how to pronounce: ark de triumph ff)
Paris Arc de Triomphe Monuments Sculptures Reliefs Bird's eye view
The Arc de Triomphe honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Warsis and is decorated with scenes from French military victories. Names of the great French Generals are inscribed on it and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier lies beneath the Arc to commemorate all those who died unidentified in war. The majestic monument stands 50m in height, 45m wide and 22m deep. Climb 40 steps after an elevator ride to reach the top for a breathtaking picture. Word of advice, please use the underpass instead of attempting to cross the traffic circle!

Nearest Metro Station:
Charles de Gaulle-Etoile on line RER A

#4 – Champs-Elysées (how to pronounce: sean zay lee zay)
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Champs-Elysées is probably the most famous, expensive and mis-pronounced street (by tourists) in Paris. The avenue runs for 1.91 km from the Place de la Concorde to the Place Charles de Gaulle and is lined with lovely greenery as well as various cafes, clubs, theatres and luxury shops such as LV’s flagship store. A fantastic spot to rest those feet and people watch, doesn’t hurt that Parisians are generally good looking and love their casual chic fashion sense. Don’t forget to drop by Ladurée to pick up one of the world’s finest macaron.

Nearest Metro Station:
Charles de Gaulle-Etoile on line RER A

#5 – Musée du Louvre (how to pronounce: ​myze de luf)
Paris Musée du Louvre Attraction Mona Lisa Art Museum
Nearly 35,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century, 60,600 square metres, the most visited museum in the world, and of course, a glimpse of the all famous Mona Lisa masterpiece amongst a sea of people (regardless the day). Featured in the movie Da Vinci Code, the glass pyramid architecture literally blows your mind away. How on earth, I.M Pei, did you build something so perfect and so beautiful?! Ingenious. And by the way, rumour has it that Angelina, which is just around the corner, has the best hot chocolate in the world!

Nearest Metro Station:
Louvre Rivoli and Palais Royal Musée du Louvre on line 1

Useful links
Paris Metro Interactive map

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Best beach in Asia – Cua Dai, Vietnam

Cua Dai beach has been touted as the best beach in Asia and voted as the one of the best beaches in Asia by millions of travellers through polls conducted by travel guides such as tripadvisor. I welcome a beach holiday anytime and I’m always excited to uncover what the hype is all about!

Where is Cua Dai beach?
Cua Dai beach is in Vietnam and along the coastlines between Hanoi and HCM. The beach faces the South China Sea and is about 4km to the north-east of Hoi An Town. Although blessed with a tropical climate, the best time to visit is from January to May (temperature ~ 20-30s and low rainfall), while May to August is the hottest and September to January is the rainy season.
Hoi An Cua Dai Vietnam map

How to get to Cua Dai beach / Hoi An?
The easiest way to Hoi An is to fly into Da Nang Airport. Da Nang is easily connected through HCM or Hanoi and the transit itself can be an adventure as flight delays are pretty common, as well as language being a barrier. It is therefore advisable to book connecting/direct flights with the same carrier such as Vietnamair, Jetstar or Singapore Silkair. It takes 25-30 mins by taxi to get to Hoi An from Da Nang Airport and one way will cost about USD 25-30.

Welcome to Cua Dai beach
Be greeted by the amazingly clean, beautiful and unspoilt beach upon your arrival.
Hoi An sun soak on Cua Dai beach blue skies clear sea and white sands

Cua Dai beach stretches on for 3km and is extremely peaceful and uncrowded.
Hoi An fishing boats circular baskets on Cua Dai beach

Say hello to relaxing and bye bye to touters.
Hoi An Cua Dai Da Nang Vietname fishing boat

Do take care when swimming in the sea as the currents can be strong. Guess that also explains for the eroding beach at the tip and lack of water sports in this area.
Hoi An Cui Dai beach China Sea clear waters waves

Where can you stay?
Hoi An Boutique An Boutique is an amazingly peaceful and lusciously green luxurious beach front resort.
Hoi An Boutique Hoi An Hotel Beach Resort Spa

The best bit? An exclusive private beach decked with chairs that are nicely spaced out.
Hoi An holiday and relaxing in Vienam Cua Dai beach

The bonus? A free shuttle service that brings you back and forth to Hoi An town throughout the day. This equates to about USD5 savings each way (that can easily buy you 5 cans of beer at the local supermarket)!

Hoi An Town
Stroll down the ancient city, which is also a UNESCO heritage site, and enjoy the well preserved buildings with a unique blend of local and foreign influences. Hoi an, in general, is laid back and locals are remarkably warm and hospitable. Take time to tailor some clothes and shop the handicraft; fret not about exorbitant shopping quotations. There are plenty of restaurants and pubs for you to periodically rest those tired feet. Enjoy the most delicious vietnamese spring rolls at Morning Glory.
Hoi An Ancient City UNESCO Heritage Centre Vietnam

All about the money
Prices are usually quoted in VND although your friendly shop owners will be happy to convert to USD for payment. Credit cards are not widely used and mostly accepted only in restaurants.

Getting around
Taxi is the best option to get from one place to another fast. Most taxis are on meters – look out for the bigger taxi chains Mai Linh (white and green taxi) and Faifoo (yellow taxi) which is accompanied by a smartly dressed chauffeur (white shirt and matching taxi colour tie). Alternatively, rent a bicycle to explore the town.

Cua Dai beach is a perfect alternative for those seeking a tranquil retreat and a change from the more commercialised beaches in Indonesia and Thailand. Definitely worthy of its crown as one of the best beaches in Asia (if not the best). A perfect weekend getaway if you are based in Asia, and a lovely stopover for travellers embarking on a longer Asia escapade. Sun-soak all day, get lost in time, enjoy the sounds of the sea waves and pamper yourself at the spa. Super love this place and recommend at least a 3-4 day stay to truly enjoy the beach as well as Hoi An Town. I guess I’m already missing the place as I write.

Book your tickets and accommodation now!

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Blown Away – Iceland Top 5 Attractions

Words alone does this country no justice to convey the visual treats and mind boggling experiences. Indeed, seeing is believing. Here are my top 5 picks and directions / co-ordinates to get there.

#1 – Geysir Hot Springs
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Iceland is home to some of the greatest geysers in the world due to its high rate of volcanic activity. Be entranced by the Strokkur which erupts every 5 mins and spouts hot water up to 20m high! There are also more than 40 other little hot springs, mud pots and fumaroles nearby.

Here’s the big blast that sent everyone screaming! Wish I had an umbrella.

How to get to Geysir Hot Springs
Take road no. 1 from Reykjavík. Just before you arrive at Selfoss take exit to road no. 35 to Geysir. Geysir is about 60 km from that exit.
GPS: N64°18.591 W20°18.057

#2 – Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
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This natural wonder evolved into a lagoon after the glacier started receding from the edge of the Atlantic Ocean (also the movie set for James Bond, Tomb Raider and Batman!). While most ice bergs in the lagoon are majestic and incredibility blue, explore those by the shore and be surprised to find some exceptionally clear ice bergs. Plus, if you are lucky, you might just spot a seal!

How to get to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Take road no. 1 from Vík direction Höfn. About 57 km east of Skaftafell you will find the Glacier Lagoon by road no.1
GPS: N64°02.904 W16°10.774

#3 – Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
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Seljalandsfoss is one of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland. What sets it apart from all it’s Icelandic buddies is that you can actually walk behind this magnificent 60m high picturesque waterfall. Did you know that Seljalandsfoss was also featured in the Amazing Race 6!

How to get to Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Take road no. 1 from Selfoss heading towards Vík. After about 22 km from Hvolsvöllur, take the exit to road no. 249 to Þórsmörk and travel about 0.5km. You will see Seljalandsfoss from road no. 1
GPS: N63°36.966 W19°59.572

#4 – Lake Myvatn
Iceland top attractions  myvatn lake winter geysir bread
It is almost surreal how a humongous body of immensely blue water and in the midst of vast, barren and almost uninhabited land, alongside the area’s strong sulphuric pungent smell, can captivate one’s heart. A must try in this area is the Geysir bread which is slow baked underground by natural geothermal heat, even in Winter!

How to get to Lake Myvatn
Take road no. 1 from Akureyri heading towards Mývatn and Egilsstaðir. Mývatn is by road no. 1 about 98 km from Akureyri
GPS: N65°38.681 W16°54.902

#5 – Myvatn Nature Baths
Iceland top attractions myvatn nature bath blue lagoon
This, in winter, is absolute heaven. Relax those muscles as you soak yourself in the 40°C natural pool of geothermal water based in the middle of a lava field. Those staying within the Golden Circle could visit the Blue Lagoon instead, although do take note that the Blue Lagoon is more commercialized and crowded, as such the overall experience will be different.

How to get to Myvatn Nature Baths
Take road no. 1 from Reykjahlid heading towards Egilsstadir. After 3km, exit right by the sign “Jardbodin” and follow the road to Myvatn Naturebaths.
GPS: N65°37.500 W16°50.520

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Sun Soak @ Tenerife – Canary Islands Spain

Beach escapades are always a treat – the sun, the sea and the pure indulgence of doing nothing! This time, we checked out one of the more popular (if not most popular) beaches at Tenerife, Playa de Las Américas, widely known for their beautiful stretches of golden sand beaches.

Where is Tenerife?
Tenerife is one of the seven and largest Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa. The Spanish island is blessed with sunshine all year round and famous for its lovely beaches throughout the island. Although there is no best time of the year to visit, the busiest times are usually December to February and May to October.
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How to get to Playa de Las Américas
There are two airports in Tenerife – Tenerife South Airport (Reina Sofia) and Tenerife North Airport. Most of the nicer beaches are closer to Tenerife South. It takes about 20 mins and €25 (one way) by taxi from the South airport to Playa de Las Américas.
tenerife airport canary islands spain beach getaway

Welcome to Playa de Las Américas
Playa de Las Américas is on the south coast of Tenerife and has six beaches of which three are man-made golden sand beaches with imported sand from Africa and the other three are natural black volcanic sand beaches. I particularly love the mushroom straw huts, and how neatly they are dotted all over the beach. This is definitely not a common sight outside of Asia. The icing on the cake? Playa de Las Américas is also reputed for being the hotspot to party on the island.
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The waters at Playa de Las Américas are relatively calm and there are plenty of activities for people of all ages. Jet skiing, wind surfing, banana boating, sailing, diving, parasailing, fishing, dolphin watching and even water themed parks, Siam Park and Aqualand, which are popular with the children.
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Explore the beaches to the left and the right of the main beach. The beaches stretch on for several kilometers so it can easily take 1-2 hours to stroll from end to end. It may not seem obvious but the sun rays in Tenerife can be quite potent. Remember to apply sun-block and keep hydrated. You will find that there is no lack of drink kioks on the beaches. Alternatively, pop into one of the many cafes and pubs along the stretch to rest your feet or laze by the bars.
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The more adventurous may want to hike in Mt Teide – the volcano which is the tallest mountain in Spain. Otherwise, just eye-joy it from almost any part of the island (like us).
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The beaches are packed up and emptied by 5pm as tourists retreat to their hotels for a short rest before they head out for the night.
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The walking street
The walking street is lazy in the day, and comes alive at night. Nightlife resolves around the Veronicas Strip, Starco Commercial Centre and the Patch where there are plenty of bars, restaurants and night clubs to choose from. Clubs open till 3-5am and the range of drinks is comprehensive, if not slightly more creative.
tenerife veronicas strip starco commercial centre patch playa de las americas

What to eat
Seafood is fresh and cooking techniques are mostly simple. Do try the black ink squid and local wrinkly potatos, Papas Arrugadas, that are covered in salt and served ready unpeeled. Also enjoy authentic paellas on this island. Meals are often served with the Canarian sauce dips, Mojo, which usually come in a set of 2 or 3. Each sauce has a different texture and taste (garlic, coriander, paprika?) and these dips are an absolute delight with almost anything.
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All about the money
The island uses Euros. Credit cards are widely accepted although most require the credit card chip and pin. Food and drinks are not exactly cheap at Tenerife, particularly at Playa de Las Américas since it is relatively commercialised. Expect to pay British pub prices at minimum. It is also common practice to leave a 10% tip.

Tenerife is a hidden gem in the Atlantic sea, mostly undeveloped except for the touristy areas and is probably more well known in the European and British space. While it might not be worth a trip all the way from the rest of the other world, the tropical weather, stunning golden sand beaches and sparkling clear blue sea puts it in the list of beautiful beaches to visit. The beaches at Playa de Las Américas are perfect for those seeking a laid back and fun-filled vacation as the area is nicely built up with cafes, pubs and activities for anyone of all ages to enjoy from day to night. Tenerife will make a rocking weekend getaway and can suit an extended beach vacation for travellers who intend to further explore the island.

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