Perlis is by far the smallest of the 13 states of Malaysia with an area of just 821 square kilometers and a population of around 250,000. It is also the northernmost state and is surrounded by Thai territory in the west, north, and east.
1. Kota Kayang Museum:
Kota Kayang Museum is also known as the National Museum of Perlis. It is located in a picturesque area surrounded by eight hills, a few kilometers from Kuala Perlis. Visiting the museum is among principal things to do in Perlis.
The Royal Gallery explains that Perlis was once ruled by the governor, but in 1843, the King of Thailand improved the governor’s status as king (Raja), a position that the Jamalullail family has occupied.
2. Wang Kelian:
The road to Wang Kelian is very picturesque, passes through the Perlis National Park and ascends the limestone mountain range of Nakawan. When the road reached its climax, there are twin hills 390 m tall from Bukit Chabang in the distance. There is nothing like Wang Kelian, but it is known for its Sunday market.
3. Gua Kelam:
Gua Kelam (Kelam Cave) is located about 33 km north of Kangar, the capital of Perlis, near a small town called Kaki Bukit (Foot Hill). Exploring the cave system is a must do among things to do in Perlis.
It is a unique cave because it is a limestone cave with a length of 370 m, known for its “cave walk”. This is one of the favorite caves for adventurers. The only access road is a wooden suspension bridge with a width of 8 feet.
4. Perlis State Park:
Perlis Park is located on the western boundary of Perlis, on the border with Thailand. It is located in the longest and continuous limestone hills of Malaysia, with a length of 36 km and called Nakawan mountain range. The park includes two forest reserves, the Mata Ayer forest reserve and the Wang Mu forest reserve with a total area of 5,000 hectares.
The park is surrounded by a beautiful lush forest, cliffs and a wide network of caves. Currently, it is believed to house more than 600 species of flora, 70 species of mammals, 200 species of birds and 35 species of reptiles. Visiting the park is one of the main things to do in Perlis.
The royal city of Arau is a railway station before reaching the Thai border. The main places are the palace, Istana Arau and the Royal Mosque. The Royal Palace of Istana is a mixture of colonial architectural styles and pseudo-portraitists.
6. Tasik Melati:
Tasik Melati is a small and picturesque lake located on a partially swampy plain about 8 km north of Kangar. The lake was created as a tourist attraction with elevated sidewalks and seating for guests who can sit and enjoy the view.
7. Kuala Perlis:
Kuala Perlis is the second largest city in the state of Perlis located at the mouth of the Perlis River. Near the ferry terminal, there are several modern restaurants and cheap hotels. The oldest part of the city is built on stilts over what used to be mangroves. Kuala Perlis is famous for its seafood restaurants that offer popular dishes such as Ikan Bakar and Assam Laksa.
Dubai has emerged from the sand in a few years and is now one of the largest cities in the United Arab Emirates. It is a big city with many attractions to discover and must-see places to visit on the shores of the Persian Gulf. Dubai does not have many bars and has no nightclubs.
Here’s a glimpse of Dubai tourist attractions, during the evening.
• Ski Dubai
Not the first city that comes to mind as a ski destination, Dubai offers a break from the heat and dust of the desert with the first indoor ski center in the Middle East. If you want to see the desert and go skiing do not miss Ski Dubai, a huge ski slope located in the Mall of the Emirates on the marina side, at the end of the city, near the Burj Al Arab. It’s a bit of a shock to move from desert heat to sub-zero temperatures. Ski instructors can help you, or you can try yourself.
There is even a café-bar in the middle of the track, as in the mountains so you can take a break. You can rent all the necessary equipment and clothing, so no need to bring your skis. Ski Dubai is the principal among Dubai tourist attractions.
• Dubai Fountains
Open from 6 pm to 11 pm it is a magical show, exciting and free, essential when you go sightseeing in Dubai and one of the chief Dubai tourist attractions. If you’ve been to Las Vegas before, you may have already seen the Bellagio Fountains but at Dubai, it is bigger and better than at Bellagio.
The fountains are at the foot of the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall, the largest mall in the world. There are many restaurants next to the fountains and it is better to book in one of them and eat on the terrace in winter to admire the fountains in their fine splendor.
• Go Shopping
Go to Dubai and not go shopping? Depending on your budget, you can choose between the hundreds of stores in Dubai Mall, the largest shopping center in the world that also has an ice rink and an aquarium or lose yourself in the souks of Old Dubai, where you have to negotiate to make good deals, between jewelry, fabrics, and spices. Do not miss to buy saffron, which is cheap in Dubai. There are also “souks” in other parts of the city but these are ultra-modern and ultra-clean and are “souks” only name such as the Souk Madinat Jumeirah. Dubai mall is the main Dubai tourist attraction.
• Dinner on the water
If you want to have a good time and eat one night in Dubai, you can choose to dine on a boat and discover Dubai from the waters while enjoying an all-you-can-eat buffet (without alcohol of course).
Quiet and pleasant, it is possible every day and the departure is at 5:00 PM for a return at 8:30 PM. You will have a magnificent view of the Burj Al Arab, but also on the site of Palm Jumeirah. For the fare, you need about $ 50 per person, but with that, you will have a dinner cruise on a beautiful yacht and a buffet with non-alcoholic drinks.
There’s nothing like the vast emptiness of the desert, the stark, icy beauty of a glacier field, or the dawn chorus of the rainforest to make our little human problems seem small and insignificant. Experiencing any true wilderness reminds us that the struggle to survive is very real for the other species we share this planet with, and getting out there to take it all in can do wonders for the soul. And with these luxury nature experiences, you don’t even have to sacrifice (all) the creature comforts of home to do so!
The great Namib – the world’s oldest desert
The name Namib means ‘vast space’ – and at 81,000 square kilometers in size, the Namib Desert is certainly that! Many people are drawn to the desert, but if you’re not a fan of extreme heat, then the Namibian coastline, where cool winds from the Atlantic Ocean fan over the sands, might make this just the spot for you to experience the desert in relative comfort! Many people choose to have their holiday in Swakopmund, Namibia, for this exact reason.
Aside from luxurious accommodations and plenty of history and architecture to enjoy, there’s also plenty of opportunity to get out there and experience the stark beauty of the dunes. Even in areas where there seems to be no possibility of finding life, nature surprises! Amazingly, desert elephants, lions, ostriches, antelope like gemsbok and springbok, and various rodents and reptiles manage to eke out an existence – thanks mostly to the morning dew which collects from the ocean breezes. And if you’ve kids or teenagers in tow, then trying your skills at sandboarding is an absolute must.
Experience life in the trees with Keemala Bird’s Nests, Thailand
If you’re after a luxury holiday that will quite literally to shake up your perspective, then this has to be one of the most unique options out there! Located in Phuket, Thailand, with its lush tropical jungles complete with exotic wildlife and blissful, dreamy beaches, it’s the ultimate combination of adventure and luxury.
Although they might look like bird’s nests on the outside, inside it’s all five star opulence – complete with a hovering pool and breathtaking views over the ocean. If you’re seeking a real sanctuary to relax, reflect and rejuvenate, taking some time when you feel like it to explore the jungles and beaches and sample some of that famous Thai cuisine, then you’ve come to the right place!
Glamping… in Antarctica?!
While cruise ship excursions to the planet’s least hospitable continent have become pretty popular in recent years, few trips actually take you into its icy interior, and even fewer involve actually sleeping there. The White Desert tour holiday is set to change this, however, with its eight night ‘glamping’ experience deep in the frozen tundra. While you’ll still be able to experience the harsh, desolate landscape Antarctica is known for, you’ll also be able to escape the elements to your luxury sand-colored ‘pod’ – complete with fur- and leather-lined interiors. And you’ll be in good company too, as famous personalities like Prince Harry and former astronaut Buzz Aldrin have given the establishment their stamp of approval. It’s definitely not the most affordable holiday option out there, but it’s absolutely guaranteed to be one of the most memorable!
How about bungee jumping into a volcano in Chile?
If you like your holiday with a little more sizzle then Pucón, Chilé has it in spades. The highlight of this six-day tour is a bungee jump off of a hovering helicopter, in which you’ll plunge to within just 700 feet of a real bubbling lake of lava. If that doesn’t satisfy your adrenalin craving, then we’re pretty sure nothing will! Once you’ve completed your daredevil stunt, you can reward yourself with some much-needed relaxation back at the hotel with a luxurious spa treatment and some fine dining. Want more thrills? Skydiving and white water rafting happen to be specialties too.
If this sounds tempting, but perhaps just a little bit too exciting, Nicaragua has a slightly less death-defying option for you – ‘volcano boarding’. The sides of Central America’s youngest volcano, Cerro Negro, make a great surface for this activity. It involves a one hour hike to the top though, so you’ll need to be in relatively good shape. But just think of the stories you’ll be able to tell!
Seeking something more laid-back? What about a castaway vacation on a desert island?
Tropical islands might not strike you as an extreme environment, but how about one where the total human population is zero? Apulit Island, part of the Palawan Island Province west off the Filipino mainland, is just such a place. It’s the quintessential idea of paradise – crystal clear water, pristine beaches, huge limestone cliffs and verdant green vegetation – and absolutely no-one else around. If you’re seeking seclusion and a proper escape from the world, this has to be one of the most breathtakingly beautiful spots to do it.
To experience the United Arab Emirates in the most authentic way, you absolutely must not miss Abu Dhabi, the fascinating capital of the country.
Abu Dhabi is not only the capital of the United Arab Emirates but it is also the largest of the seven emirates. Its name means in Arabic. The father of the gazelle, in reference to the abundance of gazelles that once lived on these islands. The two cities have huge skyscrapers and beautiful beaches in town, but seeing one of them does not mean you have to miss out on here. Abu Dhabi attractions are listed below
• Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a monument which never fails to impress with its sheer size. It is the most spectacular among Abu Dhabi attractions. Open to all, the Great Mosque is the eighth largest mosque in the world and has 24-carat gold plated candlesticks, the largest handmade rug in the world and 82 domes supported by more than 1,000 columns. Both men and women should cover their shoulders and knees. Men may be required to wear a gandoura and women must wear a hijab and an abaya to enter the mosque.
• Saadiyat Island
Saadiyat Island is located just 10 minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi. Still, in progress, the island is destined to become the beating lung of the emirate and also an important cultural and artistic center which will be the principal among Abu Dhabi attractions. The island as a whole will not be completed until 2020, however, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, which has opened, already attracts crowds. Designed by the French architect Jean Nouvel, the museum tells the story of humanity through an exhibition of 600 works of art and objects from around the world. Starting in 2018, three hundred works will be exhibited in turn in four temporary annual exhibitions organized by 13 French partner museums.
The island of Saadiyat will also house a multitude of residences, shops, and recreational sites. In addition to the Louvre, seven other museums designed by renowned architects are being created. A Guggenheim Abu Dhabi designed by Frank Gehry is planned in the same way as the Zayed National Museum. Both are being constructed.
• Visit Al-Ain
Located east of Abu Dhabi, Al-Ain is the historic seat of the Sheiks. It is commonly referred to as the Garden City because of its lush vegetation. The Oasis Al-Ain, which covers more than 1,200 hectares and contains more than 147,000 date palms, is considered the main tourist heritage of the Emirates and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Visiting the Al Ain National Museum and the Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum is a must as well as the Camel Race Track and the Camel Market.
• Visit Ferrari World
One of the main Abu Dhabi attractions is Ferrari World, the world’s first theme park dedicated to Ferrari. It is home to the world’s fastest roller coaster, which reaches a speed of 120km/h in a 52-meter loop. The Yas Marina Formula 1 circuit, right next door, is a must for fans of speed.
If you feel like a Formula One driver get ready to race around at the wheel of a real race car. In Abu Dhabi, it is possible to drive an Aston Martin GT4 or a Jaguar F-Type or a Chevrolet Camaro Drag.
Moscow was once the epicenter of a secret superpower, hidden from the eyes of the Western world. The city is now the center of a reviving superpower that has opened to business and visitors. From Lenin to the Kremlin, here is a list of things to do in Moscow.
• Take a walking tour
In recent years, Moscow has changed and is, in some places, unrecognizable. Central roads, such as Tverskaya Street and New Arbat now have wider sidewalks and are much more conducive to walking tours. Today, Moscow, from the Kremlin to the Ring of Gardens, which circles the city center, is the perfect place to stroll and enjoy a sunny day.
The brand new Zaryadye Park, just a stone’s throw from Place Rouge, will make an excellent starting point for your stroll. Walking through this unique ancient yet modern city is one of the essential things to do in Moscow.
• Take a plunge into art and history
In Moscow, ancient and modern coexist everywhere. Thus, after visiting Zaryadye Park, it is natural to cross the street to walk the pavement of the Red Square, where stand the Cathedral of St. Basil, the National Museum of History, statues from the Soviet and imperial times, the Mausoleum of Lenin. Each of these elements has its own unique story so it may be interesting to take part in a guided tour to learn more about them. Learning the history of this famous city is a principal among things to do in Moscow.
It is the same for the Kremlin, the fortress of Russian leaders. Here you can see the treasures of the Russian tsars, kept in the Palace of Armor.
The fantastic Muscovite museums, however, are not confined to the Kremlin and Red Square. The Tretyakov Gallery, which has the largest collection of Russian national art, is also a must, as is the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts on Volkhonka Street.
• Spend time in Moscow’s parks
In addition to Zaryadye Park, the Russian capital has plenty of other parks to explore for those who love walking. Gorky Park has long been a mecca for young people with an open-air cinema and the museum of contemporary art to sports centers and dance floors not to mention the numerous cafes.
Other parks offer more serenity, such as the Neskoutchni Garden or Sparrow Hills, where you can wander quietly. Another wonderful place is the Muzeon Park, which contains an impressive collection of Soviet monuments.
• Admire Moscow from above
The chance to view this city of 15 million inhabitants from above is certainly an unforgettable experience, especially when the weather is good. There are several places in Moscow where it is possible to do it. First of all, the Ostankino television tower, a structure easily recognizable by its height.
The Moskva-City business district has two skyscrapers with observation platforms located respectively on the 58th and 86th floors.
The Sparrows Mount is also a classic, from where you will see the entire city center, three of the “Stalinist Seven Sisters”, Luzhniki Stadium and Moskva-City.
• Take the subway
The metro is an incredible Muscovite treasure. Far from being a simple transport system, its many stations, especially those in the center, are comparable to the most sumptuous palaces and are considered part of the national cultural heritage. Admiring the subway is one of the fun things to do in Moscow.