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Hotel Nikko Saigon - HCMC, Vietnam
Hotel Nikko Saigon is a 5-star luxurious hotel situated in the city of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It’s situated in the heart of the city’s business & entertainment district.
Upon entering the hotel, you will be greeted by a modern & sophisticated atmosphere. The hotel boasts contemporary designs with subtle Vietnamese vibes, creating a ‘East Meet West’ feel.
There are 334 rooms & suites, together with a huge outdoor swimming pool, an indoor gym, spa & wellness center, business rooms & 24-hour room service.
Within the hotel, there are also several dining options that caters to various culinary preferences. There are buffet & àla carte options at La Brasserie, Cantonese cuisine at Ming Court & refreshing drinks at The Lounge.
Behind the hotel you can find a shopping mall, so I think it’s very convenient! Hotel Nikko Saigon is approximately 7km from the airport & would take you 20-30mins depending on traffic conditions. You can simply call a GRAB from the airport.
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Sen-ryo Restaurant - Singapore
Sen-ryo is a renowned Japanese restaurant located in Ion Orchard shopping mall in Singapore. Known for its exceptional sushi & sashimi, Sen-ryo offers exquisite dining experience without hurting your wallet.
The restaurant has a sleek and contemporary design that blends traditional Japanese elements with a touch of modernity. Their food are sourced carefully to ensure top-notch quality and freshness.
I would highly recommend you to order the Sushi Platter, and if raw food isn’t for you, you can order a range of other delectable dishes like tempura, grilled items or donburi.
I really enjoyed my dining experience here, as the staffs are attentive and knowledgeable on their menu. Highly recommended for your Japanese food cravings!
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ION Orchard - Singapore
ION Orchard is a premier shopping mall located in the heart of Singapore shopping district - Orchard Road. Opened in 2009, ION Orchard has 8 floors of luxury brands, lifestyle stores, trendy boutiques & many dining options.
ION Orchard has over 300 stores, including Louis Vuitton, Gentle Monster, Gucci, Zara & Uniqlo. Craving for something to eat? ION Orchard has tons of dining options too, including Putien, Heytea, Five Guys etc.
Had enough of shopping & eating? Why not head up to the 56th floor, where you can find an observation deck - ION Sky. You can see the breathtaking panoramic view of the city skyline! Simply head over to level 4 where you will be transferred to another lift to take you up!
ION Orchard is easily accessible from Orchard MRT Station.
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Kilt Rock - Isle of Skye, Scotland
Kilt Rock is a magnificent geological formation on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. It’s a popular tourist attraction known for its dramatic cliffs & striking resemblance to a pleated kilt, hence the name - Kilt Rock.
You can find some dinosaur printings in the area too, hence there’s a Dino Museum in Kilt Rock viewing area.
But what brings visitors here is definitely the Mealt Falls, where water plunges from the top of the cliff 90 metres directly into the sea below. It will create a mesmerising sight & an enchanting sound that echoes across the area.
Nearby, you can also find a charming small village of Staffin, where you can learn more about the history & traditions of the Isle of Skye. Kilt Rock is 16km from Portree (the main town on Skye), and I think is a must-visit during your Isle of Skye road trip.
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Brighton Pier - Brighton, UK
Brighton Pier, also known as Brighton Palace Pier is a historic landmark & popular tourist attraction in Brighton, UK. Situated on the south coast of England, the pier extends into the English Channel, offering stunning sea views.
Originally built in 1899, the pier has undergo several renovation till this, the current one. As you approach Brighton Pier, you'll be greeted by its striking entrance archway, featuring intricate ironwork and colorful lights. This grand entrance sets the tone for the lively experience that awaits you. Walking along the wooden deck, you'll discover an exciting assortment of attractions.
Brighton Pier features a wide range of amusement park rides - roller coaster, carousels etc & an arcade. There are also several food establishments for your hungry tummy after the fun & games!
Brighton Pier is 20 minutes walk from Brighton Railway Station. If you’re coming with your kids, be sure not to miss Brighton Pier!
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All'Angelo Art Hotel - Venice, Italy
All'Angelo Art Hotel Venice is a charming boutique hotel located in the heart of Venice, Italy. Nestled in a historic building, the hotel offers a unique blend of contemporary art & traditional Venetian style, creating a captivating atmosphere for its guests.
As you step into All'Angelo Art Hotel, you'll be greeted by an elegant & artistic ambiance. The hotel showcases an impressive collection of contemporary artworks throughout its public spaces and guest rooms, adding a touch of creativity and sophistication to your stay. The fusion of modern art and classic Venetian architecture creates a truly immersive experience.
Located in the San Marco district, All'Angelo Art Hotel provides convenient access to many of Venice's most popular landmarks and attractions. St. Mark's Square, the Doge's Palace & the Rialto Bridge are all within walking distance, allowing you to immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of the city.
All'Angelo Art Hotel has 56 rooms, featuring from comfortable rooms to spacious suites, and simple buffet breakfast are including in your booking! Thus, I would highly recommend you to try out this boutique hotel.
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Fort Augustus - Scotland, UK
Fort Augustus is a picturesque village in the Scottish Highlands, in the heart of the Great Glen. Located on the southernmost tip of Loch Ness, this village offers a stunning setting surrounded by mountains and lakes.
In the 18th century, it was used as a military base during the Jacobite uprisings. Today the fort no longer stands, but remnants of it can still be seen.
Fort Augustus is famous for its canal locks, which connect the Caledonian Canal with Loch Ness. You can witness the spectacle of baits navigating through the series of locks, creating a captivating sight.
There’s also a museum about “Nessie”, famously known as the Loch Ness Monster, which I think is a must-visit if you’re there!
Usually a day-trip to Glenfinnan Viaduct will bring you to this village. But if you’re planning a road trip, it’s approximately 40 miles (64km) from Inverness. There are also bus services from Inverness to bring you to Fort Augustus.
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Ocean Park Hong Kong - Hong Kong
Ocean Park Hong Kong is one of two theme park you can find in Hong Kong. It's located in the southern part of Hong Kong, and it offers a unique combination of thrilling rides, captivating animal exhibits and mesmerising shows.
Spanning over 915,000 square metres, the theme park is split into 2 main areas: Waterfront & Summit, both connected via a scenic cable car ride called the Ocean Express.
The Waterfront area is filled with vibrant entertainment options, including the thrilling rides - Hair Raiser & Abyss. The Summit however is more focus on exhibits featuring dolphins, sea lions & sharks.
If you have a chance, I would recommend you to visit Ocean Park Hong Kong too! As it will provide an unforgettable experiences, something you may not experience in Disneyland Hong Kong.
To get to Ocean Park Hong Kong, simply take the MTR, alight at Admiralty Station (Island Line) & take
Bus Service 629.
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Saigon Central Post Office - HCMC, Vietnam
Saigon Central Post Office, located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam is a remarkable gem that's built during the French colonial era (between 1886 & 1891). It was designed by Gustave Eiffel, the renowned French architect famous for Eiffel Tower.
The architectural style of the post office reflects a blend of Gothic, Renaissance & French colonial influences. The interior features a spacious hall with high ceilings, adorned with intricate decorations & large maps of Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta. In the post office, it now houses souvenir shops and cafes too!
During the World War II, the building became the HQ of the Japanese military administration. After Vietnam's independence in 1954, it continued to serve as a post office. Today, the Saigon Central Post Office is not only a functioning post office, but also a popular tourist attraction. I would highly recommend you to visit the post office, you can also the Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, which is just opposite.
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Myeongdong - Seoul, South Korea
Heading to Seoul soon? Myeongdong is one of the most happening & popular spot in the city. It’s renowned for its trendy fashion, cosmetics & street food.
You can find lots of stores selling cosmetics, as Myeongdong is famous for its wide range of Korean skincare & cosmetic brands, including Etude House, Innisfree, Nature Republic.
There are several fashion boutiques, department stores & flagship stores in the area too. You can find stores like MLB, Nike, 8seconds, Lotte.
Lastly, you can find lots of street foods along the walkway in Myeongdong. There are also 2 main tourist attractions in this area - Myeongdong Cathedral & Myeongdong Nanta Theatre.
Overall, I feel that Myeongdong is a must-visit destination, and definitely the best place to buy souvenirs from! You can easily reach Myeongdong via Myeongdong Station (line 4) or Euljiro 1-ga Station (line 2).
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Petite France - Gapyeong, South Korea
Petite France, located in Gapyeong county, South Korea, is a charming French-themed village nestled amidst the picturesque countryside.
Inspired by the novel "The Little Prince”, it captures the essence of a French village with colorful houses, cobblestone streets & quaint shops. Many Korean dramas & variety shows featured Petite France too, including “My Love from the Star”, “Secret Garden” and “Running Man”.
You can immerse yourself in French culture through art exhibitions, performances & some traditional cuisine. Whether strolling through its gardens or enjoying panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, Petite France offers a delightful escape to France from the bustling city life of Seoul.
It’s about 2 hours drive from Seoul, best suited for day-trips.
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Lobster Shack - Perth, Australia
Visiting Perth, and also a seafood lover? Lobster Shack is the place to be! Located in the coastal town of Cervantes, a 2 hours drive from Perth, Australia. This seafood restaurant is known for its delicious Western Rock Lobster, which is caught fresh from the waters surrounding the town.
Apart from the main dish - lobsters, there are also other seafood dishes available, including prawns, fish & chips, mussels, scallops and more. There are also meat & vegetarian options too!
Lobster Shack is a fantastic seafood restaurant that offers a unique & memorable dining experience. So do remember to put this into your itinerary.
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St Mark’s Square - Venice, Italy
Commonly also known as Piazza San Marco, is the main square located in the heart of Venice, Italy. It’s one of the most famous & visited attractions in the city, known for its stunning architecture & historical significance.
The square is surrounded by several notable buildings including St. Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace, and the Procuratie Vecchie and Nuove buildings.
St Mark’s Square has played an important role in Venetian history & culture, which served as a gathering place for political rallies, religious festivals and cultural events.
The square is also a famous location to get flooded when the tide gets high, which happened during my trip to Venice. But overall, I would recommend you to visit this square, and explore the nearby buildings, museums and galleries.
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Café Onion (Anguk) - Seoul, South Korea
Café Onion is a Hanok-themed, cozy and chic café located in the heart of Seoul’s historic Bukchon Hanok Village, in Anguk.
The café boasts a stylish and minimalist interior design, creating a serene & relaxing atmosphere. The café features lots of different pastries, breads and drinks. I will recommend trying the well-known Pandoro, Black Soybean Scone and their Onion Latte.
The staffs are friendly and attentive, making this café a great place to unwind and enjoy a light meal after exploring the nearby attractions like Gyeongbokgung Palace.
I feel that you could pop by this café if you have the time, as you will need to queue for minimum an hour to get in.
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Sydney Fish Market - Sydney, Australia
Sydney Fish Market is the largest market of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Located in the Pyrmont neighbourhood of Sydney, it’s a must-visit destination for seafood lovers!
The market has over 100 different species of seafood which are sourced from sustainable and responsible fisheries. You can also find ranges of deli items, fresh products and specialty goods in the market.
Beyond shopping, it’s one of the best seafood dining experience in Sydney. Though it can be very crowded most of the time, but I would highly recommend sitting at the outdoor seating area as it provides a stunning view of the harbour.
They are open daily from 7am to 4pm, and I highly recommend you to visit Sydney Market when you’re there!
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Ramada by Wyndham Jeju City Hall - S. Korea
Looking for an affordable stay in Jeju Island, South Korea? Ramada by Wyndham Jeju City Hall is a modern hotel located in the heart of Jeju Island.
It’s walking distance to Jeju City Hall, Dongmun Market, Jeju Folklore & Natural Museum.
The hotel has 203 rooms (standard rooms & suites are available). They also have sauna, gym, laundry coin machines and a rooftop garden. Most importantly, the hotel provides free valet parking too!
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Bridge of Sighs - Venice, Italy
The Bridge of Sighs is a famous landmark in Venice, Italy, built in the 17th century.
It connects the Doge's Palace to the city's prison, it was named after the sighs of prisoners who, according to legend, would take one last breath of the free air before being locked up forever.
The bridge is made of white limestone and features beautiful Baroque architecture. Today, it is a popular tourist attraction & symbol of the city's history and culture.
You can buy tickets & cross the bridge when you explore the Doge's Palace, which was once the seat of power in Venice & now houses a museum.
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Milan Cathedral - Milan, Italy
Milan Cathedral, also known as Duomo di Milano, is a stunning Gothic cathedral located in the heart of Milan, Italy. It took almost 6 centuries to complete its construction. The cathedral completed its building in 1965.
One of the most iconic features of the cathedral is its rooftop terrace, which offers panoramic views of the city and a close-up look at the cathedral's elaborate spires and gargoyles. You can booked tickets & climb the stairs or take an elevator to reach the terrace.
Milan Cathedral is not just a religious site, but also a symbol of Milanese pride and identity. It is the largest church in Italy and one of the largest in the world, attracting millions of visitors each year.
Milan Cathedral is easily accessible via metro M1, by alighting at Duomo station.
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Burano - Venice, Italy
Burano is a small & colourful island located in the Venetian Lagoon. The island is famous for its picturesque canals, brightly painted houses & lace-making tradition.
The island’s history dates back to the 6th century when it was settled by people fleeing barbarian invasions on the mainland.
The colourful houses are painted due to a legend saying that the different colours help fisherman find their way home in the fog.
I would highly recommend a half-day trip to Burano, to better understand the culture & history of it. Burano is a short boat ride away from Venice, Italy.
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Grand-Place de Bruxelles - Brussels, Belgium
This historic square is also known as Grote Market, is located in the heart of Brussels, Belgium. It’s considered one of the most beautiful & vibrant market squares in Europe, and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This square is surrounded by stunning building, including the Gothic-style Town Hall, the King’s House & many numerous guildhalls.
The Grand-Place has been the center of political, social and cultural life in Brussels for centuries and it’s also the home for several festivals & events (for example the Winter Wonders festival during the holiday season).
I would highly recommend the Grand-Place de Bruxelles to anyone who’s visiting Brussels, and be sure to come both in the day and night!
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Louvre Museum - Paris, France
The Louvre is a world-renowned museum located in Paris, France. It’s also one of the most recognised landmark in France & in Europe.
Originally built as a fortress in the 12th century, it now houses over 35,000 artworks, including the iconic ‘Mona Lisa’ painting.
The Louvre attracts millions of visitors yearly and it’s very important that you book your entry tickets in advanced, and be there early as there will always be queues to enter the museum.
To get there, simply take Paris’s metro and alight at Palais-Royal / Musée du Louvre (line 1 and 7).
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Buckingham Palace - London, UK
Buckingham Palace got to be the most recognisable landmark in United Kingdom. Since 1837, it has been the London residence and administrative headquarters of the monarch (Royal Family) of the United Kingdom.
It’s located in the City of Westminster. The palace has 775 rooms, including 19 state rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms.
The palace also features stunning gardens and a famous balcony where the Royal Family makes public appearances.
Buckingham Palace is open to the public during the summer months where you can visit the state rooms. There’s also Changing of the Guard ceremony that takes place daily.
The closest tube stations to Buckingham Palace are Victoria, Green Park and Hyde Park Corner station.
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Wenceslas Square - Prague, Czech Republic
Also known as Václavské námestí, this bustling public square is located in the heart of Prague, the capital city of Czech Republic. It is named after Saint Wenceslas, the patron saint of Bohemia.
The square has been an important cultural & historical center of the city. The square is approximately 750m long and 60m wide, is lined with historic shops, restaurants and hotels.
At the top of the square, you can find the stunning National Museum, a neo-Renaissance building. Today, the square is a popular destination for tourists and local alike. I would highly recommend you to visit this square as it offers a fascinating blend of history, culture and modern city life!
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Sally Lunn’s Eating House & Museum - Bath,UK
Sally Lunn’s Eating House & Museum is a historic tea house, bakery & museum located in the city of Bath, UK. The shop is renowned for its signature baked buns- Sally Lunn Bun.
Sally Lunn Bun is a light & airy brioche-like bread that has been enjoyed since the 17th century. It’s usually served toasted with butter, jam or savoury toppings.
This building was built during the 15th century, which was once a monastery before serving as a bakery in the 17th century. There are guided tours for this historic building or you can head over there on your own & appreciate the buns and the magnificent building.
Reservations are recommended for dinner service.
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Crossroads Cafe @ Marriott Tangs - Singapore
Crossroads Cafe is located on the ground floor of Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel. It’s a vibrant and contemporary dining destination located in the heart of Singapore's bustling Orchard Road shopping district.
It features a diverse range of cuisines from around the world, including Asian, Western, and Middle Eastern flavours. Crossroads Cafe offers a unique dining experience for every palate. With its chic and modern ambiance, outdoor seating, and live music performances.
Crossroads Cafe is the perfect place to gather with friends and family for a delicious meal or a night out on the town. It’s very accessible as it’s just above Orchard MRT Station.
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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London Harry Potter
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is a popular tourist attraction located in Leavesden, England. The studio offers a unique opportunity for fans of the Harry Potter film series to explore behind-the-scenes magic of the movies.
You can walk through the sets, view the stunning costumes and props, and even take a ride on the famous Hogwarts Express. The studio also features a model of Hogwarts Castle, and… you get to try out Butterbeer in the cafe!
You have to buy tickets online (in advance) and can get there by shuttle bus from Watford Junction railway station.
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Victorian Market - Inverness, Scotland
The Victorian Market in Inverness, Scotland is a historic & vibrant shopping destination for the local, and I think you should visit it when you’re there!
The market is build in 1870, featuring stunning Victorian architecture and offers a wide range of independent shops selling everything from clothing to food, to souvenirs.
It has always been a low-key tourist attraction that opens daily. You can find the market easily as it’s a few minutes walk from the train & bus stations.
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The Pinnacles Desert - Perth, Australia
The Pinnacles Desert in Perth is a unique and awe-inspiring natural wonder that is well worth a visit.
Located in the Nambung National Park, it features thousands of limestone pillars rising from the sand, creating an otherworldly landscape. What’s more, you can drive your way into the desert and marvel at these unusual rock spires up close!
It’s about two hours drive from Perth, and entry fees apply. The desert is open from 5:30am to 4:30pm daily, and I would recommend you to visit during the cooler months (April - September).
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King’s Park & Botanic Garden - Perth, Aus
The King's Park & Botanic Garden is a 400-hectare park located in Perth, Australia. It offers stunning views of the city skyline, the Swan River, and the Darling Ranges.
The park features a variety of botanical gardens, walking trails, picnic areas, and playgrounds. It's also home to the Western Australian Botanic Garden, which showcases native plant species.
Highly recommend to come here in the morning for breakfast or brunch, as there are several cafes located within the park. The Botanical Cafe is the largest and most popular cafe, offering both indoor and outdoor seating with views of the gardens.
Heading here isn’t difficult, as there are free parking available. The free CAT buses also stops near the park.
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Penang Hill - Penang, Malaysia
Located on the island of Penang. Penang Hill is one of the popular tourist landmark to visit! You can visit this hill by hiking up, or by taking funicular (which I would recommend). A two-way ticket for adult cost about RM$12 each.
From the top, admire the stunning view of George Town. There’s also ‘The Habitat’ for nature lovers. For historical geeks, there are some historical buildings too!
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