Rakshit Desai, Managing Director, FCM Travel Solutions India, Flight Centre Travel Group Australia’s Indian subsidiary, answers your questions on Travel — howtos, trends, recommendations and more. Send in your questions to: [email protected] I and my wife, age 82 and 80 years, will be in Singapore in February 2020. Please suggest some resorts where we can spend 4-5 days and then return to Singapore. For a relaxing holiday close to Singapore, I would recommend Bintan which is a part of Indonesia but is less than an hour away by ferry from Singapore. In Bintan, you can visit one of the many nearby villages, interact with the locals, visit the 1000 Face Buddhist Temple or see the 300-year-old Snake River temple. Alternatively, you could choose to just sit back, relax and enjoy the beaches. Most resorts in Bintan have vegetarian options at their restaurant. My partner and I plan to get married in December this year. We look forward to visiting Europe on for our … [Read more...] about Ask The Travel Expert: What are the best resorts to visit near Singapore?
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It is nearly impossible to overstate the ubiquity of the delicate white-tipped Frangipani flower with its pastel navel and slender stem in the lives of the Balinese. A fresh flower is tucked dexterously into a woman’s neat hairdo; a careless little cluster decorates the small idol that sits atop the dashboard of our taxi, filling the vehicle with their distinctive peachy fragrance; and little baskets brimming with the yellow flower wait in offering at the thresholds of the many temples that line the winding roads. Indeed, all things in nature enjoy aesthetic and ritual roles, as we realised on a recent trip to the volcanic Indonesian archipelago, in which we chose to forgo the customary sun-surf-beach holiday for one marked by dense, exotic vegetation and paddy fields farther than the eye could see, and a tryst with the uniquely Balinese Hinduism.A traveller’s heavenOn a viciously hot day, my friends and I escaped Chennai, Tamil Nadu, for three nights in the balmy Ubud, a … [Read more...] about Explore the rich culture of Bali through its temples and history when you travel to this Indonesian island
What Delhi can learn from Beijing’s battle against the Airpocalypse On February 28, 2015, a TED-style talk on China’s pollution crisis got 100 million views on major Chinese video streaming sites like Tencent, Youku, and People’s Daily Online within 48 hours of its release. Chai Jing, a former investigative reporter with the state-owned China Central Television (CCTV), wove a narrative that was both emotional and rational. She used statistics, interviews and personal stories including that of a six-year-old girl from the coal mining province of Shanxi who had never seen stars or white clouds in her life. China News Service reported at the time that after Chai’s 103-minute long, self-financed Under the Dome released, the then-newly appointed minister for environment protection, Chen Jining, said he thanked her for focusing attention on environmental problems. READ MORE National Award-winning filmmaker Bhaskar Hazarika on his brave new film ‘Aamis’, … [Read more...] about Sunday Long Reads: Films, books, air emergency and more
Email By James Dunlevie Updated April 11, 2018 19:53:17 Photo: Halls Island, in Lake Malbena, where the proposed camp would be located. (Supplied: Lyndsey Evans) Related Story: Hut plan for Tasmania's World Heritage Area criticised Related Story: Tasmanian wilderness tourism plan 'a success': Government Map: Derwent Bridge 7140 A plan for a fly-in, fly-out "luxury standing camp" run by a fly-fishing company in Tasmania's remote central highlands is in the final stages of approval, despite concerns over its suitability and the process.The project is just one of several initiatives the Government says will help transform the state into the "environmental tourism capital of the world". Photo: Some in the fishing community say helicopter tourism should not take place in the area. (James Bennett: ABC) The proposed camp sits inside the Walls of Jerusalem National Park.It is one of several pitches for "new tourism opportunities in national parks and reserves" which made it … [Read more...] about Fly-fishing company’s ‘luxury’ camp plan for Tasmania’s Central Highlands raises ire of anglers, Wilderness Society
A Bangalore-based RJ will fight it out with 14 other contestants from across the globe for 'the best job in the world' -- caretaker of a tropical Australian island.RJ Anjaan, a 28-year-old radio jockey who is skilled in Bollywood dancing, will fly on May 3 to Hamilton Island along with 15 other candidates for the final selection. The prize is a $150,000 six month contract to look after the tropical island, ABC reported.Touted as the 'best job in the world,' it requires one to swim, explore and relax in the island in the Great Barrier Reef, while writing a blog to promote the area, ABC said. The Queensland government's tourism body announced 15 finalists, including a Canadian journalist, a Japanese receptionist and German actress. Also battling it out will be wildcard entry Clare Wang from Taiwan. The job, which received a whopping 34,000 video applications, is part of a campaign to publicise the charms of the northeastern island. Tourism Queensland CEO Anthony Haye said it has already … [Read more...] about Indian finalist for world’s best job