Checking out Mauritius: what to do on Paradise Island

Expansive coastlines, soft sandy beaches and glistening aquamarine waters, luxurious villas, it is no wonder that Mauritius has earned the title “Island Eden” for itself. Mark Twain once said it, “Mauritius was made first and then heaven, heaven being copied after Mauritius.” So while you are on this paradise island, make sure to spend time exploring everything Mauritius has to offer. Not knowing where to start? Check out our recommendation below!

Spend leisurely time by the beach

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Images of the pristine blue conjured up every time someone mentions Mauritius. There are several gorgeous beaches on this island, including Belle Mare Beach, La Cuvette beach and Le Morne. Grab a book and your favourite drink, you are all set for a peaceful time by the water, listening to the sound of rolling waves.

Explore Vallée de Ferney

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Located in the Southeast of the island, Vallée de Ferney is an important and fascinating wildlife reserve in Mauritius. The 400-year-old forest is home to the Mauritius kestrel, one of the world’s most endangered raptors. You will be able to see a wide variety of fauna and flora species. More than just a beautiful hike and unforgettable moments, a trip to Vallée de Ferney is a chance to contribute to environment preservation in Mauritius.

Be fascinated by the Coloured Earth of Chamarel

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Southwest of the island hides Chamarel, a village in Rivière Noire District. Through the conversion of basaltic lava to clay minerals, the colours of the earth appear in red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow. This is a natural phenomenon that gains popularity for this Mauritian village. You will also be able to find a children playground and some giant tortoises walking around the area.

Learn about rum production

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While you are in Chamarel, be sure to check out Rhumerie De Chamarel and learn a thing a two about rum production. The exotic island boasts a long history of rum production and a number of rum producers who have mastered the art. Rhumerie De Chamarel is located amidst rugged Mauritian nature. A visit does not only enrich your knowledge about rum but is also a great way to wind down and enjoy lush scenery.

Swim with dolphins

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If you dreamed of being able to see these aquatic mammals in real life when you were young, now is the time to make that dream come true. Go on an excursion to Black River, where you will learn about dolphins, their natural habitat, swimming procedures and safety measures. After that, you can head to the water and enjoy the time with the friendly creatures, an experience of a lifetime.


5 must-try dishes in Koh Samui

One of the awesome parts of travelling in Thailand is the availability of street food wherever you go. Samui is no exception. Blessed with an abundance of restaurants and street food stalls, the island is a paradise for food lover of all budget. Not knowing where to start? No worries, while adventurous souls can try anything available in Koh Samui, more conservative eaters may want a little guide to help you navigate around Samui’s food scene. Check out below for the top 5 recommendations!

Tom Yum Goong

Featuring a wide selection of ingredients such as lemongrass, chilli, shallots, lime and fish sauce, this signature dish is a masterpiece of Thai culinary culture. You will be able to taste a diversity of flavours including sweet, sour, spicy and savoury within one dish. On the other hand, chunks of vegetables and seafood or chicken add texture and crunchiness. To complete the experience, enjoy this dish together with rice or chewy Thai noodles.

Tom Kha Gai

Tom Kha Gai combines spicy, creamy and tangy flavours together into a single bowl. The main ingredients include coconut milk, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, Thai chilli peppers, lemongrass, mushrooms and chicken. Rich in texture, diverse in flavour, this dish promises to delight your palate, especially if you love the creaminess of coconut milk.

Pad Krapow Moo Saap

Simply put, this Thai dish contains fried basil and pork. Made up of fresh chillies, basil leaves, soy sauce, minced pork, green beans and a pinch of sugar, it can be a pleasant lunch or dinner option. Do take note that the spiciness can be overwhelming if you don’t tolerate the heat well.

Gaeng Keow Wan Kai

Known as Green Chicken Curry, this dish has captured a great number of food lovers all around the world. When you are in Koh Samui, this bowl of green goodness is a must-have in the list! Tender chicken, chewy bamboo shoots, rich coconut milk, soft, moist eggplants, everything combines perfectly into one mouth-watering dish.

Massaman Curry

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Check out how massaman curry, the Thai interpretation of a Persian dish, has won over the hearts of so many diners. With the addition coconut milk, potatoes, this curry includes spices that are not often used in other Thai curries such as cloves, star anise, cardamom, nutmeg, etc. All ingredients blend together and create a unique aromatic flavour that is hard to forget.

These are popular dishes that you can find at most places, from high-end restaurants to hole-in-the-wall stalls. If you stay in a villa in Koh Samui, you can also ask the staff to help you prepare these local cuisines.


5 Activities You Should Not Miss in Sri Lanka

Exotic, alluring and simply beautiful, Sri Lanka has been intriguing travellers’ curiosity, and probably you, in particular. Not sure what you can do in this country? While there are plenty of activities for you to enjoy the holiday, here are five that you definitely should not miss. Check them out below.

Go on a hiking trip

From luscious tea terrace to rocky mountains, there are many gorgeous hiking trails in Sri Lanka. Hiking is a great way for you to explore Sri Lanka scenery and challenge your physical ability. Apart from lush greenery, bright blue sky and fresh cool air, you may come across rivers and numerous waterfalls where you can take a refreshing dip. If you stay around Kandy, don’t forget to check out the beautiful Knuckle Mountains Range with its various trails.

Visit Galle Fort

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A UNESCO Heritage Site, Galle Fort is one of the most well-preserved forts in South Asia. The fort was built by the Portuguese in 1588 and extensively fortified by the Dutch in the 17th century. A visit to the fort will give you a glimpse into Sri Lanka’s history and understanding of European and South Asian architectural traditions from the 16th to 19th century.

Observe wildlife in its natural habitat

Home to a number of national parks and nature reserves, Sri Lanka makes a perfect place to explore wildlife. You will find exotic birds, elephants and leopards, deer and many more animals up close. For those who are into marine life, there are great diving and snorkelling spots around the country. Exploring the wild is an inspiring experience that is worth every moment of your time.

Drifting in Sri Lankan sky in a hot-air balloon

How about slowing floating in the sky and experience this country with a bird’s eye view? The hot-air balloon will carry you to various scenic places, from the cultural triangle to wildlife parks, the mountains and rainforests. Silent, peaceful and captivating, this experience is easily the highlight of the entire trip that will stay in your heart forever.

Indulge in a villa stay

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After a great day exploring wildlife, hiking the mountains or diving under the sea, what’s better than relaxing at a private villa, where you have everything catered to your own needs? Sinking into a comfy bed every night, waking up refreshed with breakfast prepared at the time you prefer, taking an invigorating dip in the private pool, isn’t that what a holiday’s supposed to be? Last but not least, the villa staff will go the extra mile to make sure you have a satisfying stay. Need an excursion or a BBQ party? You’ve got your wish granted.