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Top 10 Things to Do on Your First Visit to Koh Samui

Top 10 Things to Do on Your First Visit to Koh Samui

Apr 27, 2017

Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the entire world, and for good reason. The food, culture and budget-friendly nature of the place make a combination you can;t beat. If you’re visiting Thailand for the first time you might want to consider coming to Koh Samui. It’s the second largest island in Thailand, and one of the most popular destinations, So while your browsing some Koh Samui vacation rentals please keep in mind some of the amazing things you need to do when you arrive. 1) Go Diving Koh Samui has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and is a prime spot for diving. The water around Koh Samui is great for diving, and it’s considered one of the safest locations for first timers anywhere. If you don;t have any experience diving then you can learn from any number of diving schools, get certified, and be out on the water in no time. 2) Enjoy Some Street Food The street food in Thailand is world famous for being inexpensive, tasty, and one of the biggest draws for tourists. You shouldn’t miss the chance to expand your tastes, and save a little money in the process. One of the easiest tricks to avoid eating at the bad places is to look for the locals. If the local Thais are willing to eat there it’s a good bet the food is healthy and tasty. 3) Visit the Big Buddha The Big Buddha temple should definitely be on your list of things to see. The statue itself is made of gold and is one of the islands most prominent landmarks. When you first go to the temple you will note how it;s connected by a causeway to the island itself. Please be respectful when visiting the temple. 4) Go to the Samui Aquarium If you want to see some wildlife and are just looking for a place to relax for an afternoon then Samui Aquarium is it. The aquarium itself has been designed to mimic a fishing village so it might not quite be what you’re used to. It has a really diverse collection of sea life ranging from manta rays,...

Getting to know Malacca

Getting to know Malacca

Mar 13, 2017

Malaysia does not only offer accessibility and affordability to Singaporeans when every destination in Malaysia has its unique character and one particular upbeat destination would be Malacca. Getting to Malacca from Singapore is surprisingly easy when one can just make a booking online for the next 707 bus. Best known as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Malacca is among the unique and fascinating destinations in Malaysia. What’s more, the city is easy to navigate and therefore you will not encounter any problems finding the popular tourist attractions. Malacca boasts of numerous narrow passageways, and thus the best and more convenient way of exploring the wonderful city is by walking. A Walk Down the History Lane  Malacca rose from a humble fishing village to become the renowned trading port forming a vital link between the East and the West. Envy of many, the first of many foreign invasions took place when the Portuguese arrived and soon after falls on the hand of different nations. As rich as the history can be, the many historic events that took place in Malacca has successfully shaped Malacca into what it is today. Popular historical attractions in Melaka Fort A Famosa – Built by the Portuguese in 1511 which suffered severe structural damage during the Dutch invasion. John’s Fort – Remodelled by the Dutch in the third quarter of the 18th century. Peter’s Church– Constructed in 1710 under the Dutch administration, this church is the oldest Catholic Church in Malaysia. Paul’s Church– Built by the Portuguese captain, Duarte Coelho, this church was named “Our Lady of The Hill”, but was later revolved into a burial ground by the Dutch for their noble dead, and renamed “St. Paul’s Church”. Presently the church is part of the Malaccan Museums Complex. Christ Church– Constructed in 1753, the structure reflects original Dutch architecture. The building houses hand-crafted church benches, jointless ceiling skylights, a copper replica of the Bible, a headstone written in the Armenian language, and a replica of “The Last Supper”. Francis Xavier Church– This Gothic church was built to honour St. Francis Xavier who is also known as the “Apostle of the East”. Stadthuys – Built in 1650 as the residence...

4 Stimulating Outdoor Activities to Try in Hobart

4 Stimulating Outdoor Activities to Try in Hobart

Jan 19, 2017

If you are looking for a place where you can experience thrilling outdoor activities, then head to Hobart. This diverse capital city of Tasmania is the second oldest city in Australia. It is one of the best travel destinations to enjoy a wide range of tours, exciting activities, and breathtaking views. Simply take time to explore Hobart with your loved ones and you will have a great time. The charming city of Hobart has a lot of things to offer to people of all ages. You will surely have fun cruising to its islands, appreciating art, tasting its award-winning wines, and many more. Also, there is a DriveNow car hire in Hobart which you can avail to roam around the city safely and with full comfort. Here are some of the exhilarating outdoor activities while you are in Hobart: Hiking at Mount Wellington In case you love the mountains and would like to appreciate the beauty of nature while in Hobart, you can climb Mount Wellington with your significant other, family, or friends. This magnificent mountain has a spectacular view that you will truly love. There are various tours offered to get to Mount Wellington, so choose one and enjoy an all in one thrilling experience. It will totally be a great way to spend the day. Cruising at Bruny Island Book an island coastal wilderness cruise once you are in Hobart and get a chance to explore the beauty of Bruny Island. In fact, this picturesque cruise is one of the top 100 best trips in the world. It is a once in a lifetime experience that you will treasure all your life because of the fascinating geological formations and local wildlife you will see during the cruise. A day spent here will surely be worth it with your favorite people and that is what an awesome vacation means. Kayaking on River Derwent Most adventurers always love to take their vacation to the next level. And one way to do it is to kayak on River Derwent in Hobart. Paddle downstream through grade 2 rapids and witness the sweeping view of the Wellington Range. The fun never ends as you journey through this...

Living in Malaysia: Five Tips on Renting Your Ideal House

Living in Malaysia: Five Tips on Renting Your Ideal House

Jan 16, 2017

Conventionally speaking, most people dislike the idea of renting a house over ownership. For one, renting is just a temporary stop along the process of owning a home. Nothing is more secure than having a house to live. This is what every homeowner dreams of: having a place that they can call their own. Recent changes in the perspective of homemakers paved way to renting a house as a more viable option for many especially when the real estate scene in Malaysia is looking at an incredible difficult trend to own a house. Also, according to iMoney, younger generations do not consider settling down on a permanent place just yet. They are still open to possibilities of transferring job or relocating to another area making renting more favorable compared to owning a new house. Over the past years, people in rural areas flock to highly urbanized areas for livelihood. The massive transfer of people causes congestion to urban cities like Kaula Lumpur. Despite being a huge city, land spaces may not be enough to address the demands for new homes. Renting a house seems to be the best option to choose for now. How to Find a Perfect Place to Rent Finding a perfect place to rent is a tedious task that needs your time and effort. It is not easy to look everywhere for a place that is suitable regarding what you want. For hassle-free ‘house for rent’ hunting, simply consider the following steps: Know Your Budget Before heading out on the busy streets of the city, try asking yourself how much can you afford. Surf the web for the latest trends in pricing so that you will have an idea of what to expect. As a rule of thumb, you must not spend more than 30 percent of your income for rent. Do bear in mind that aside from the rent, you will also have to allot a portion of your income for utilities like water, electricity, cable, and the internet. By knowing how much you want to spend, you can narrow down your options and avoid squandering time. Decide on Key Features Since you are already spending for a house that...

Home Buying Guide for Malaysian Property

Home Buying Guide for Malaysian Property

Apr 20, 2016

Wonderful sights, warm people and a relatively low-cost of living compared to Australia and Singapore makes Malaysia one of the best havens for retirees and expat families in the area looking to move. Whether for foreign or local buyers, though, properties across the country offer a lot of choices. And when it comes to price,the Global Property Guide says that one of the best qualities of Malaysia’s residential properties is the remarkable stability of its prices. Over the last few years, prices have either fallen by a few percent, or risen by 2 percent or 3 percent. The result? When the market booms or collapses, consumers aren’t in the least bit worried. They know the market will go right back up if it goes down. You can essentially take advantage of the same stable property market prices when you invest in a Malaysian home. Here are some essential tips you need to know as a homeowner: Property Types  Available housing options in the market include the following: Terraced Houses High-rise residential properties Detached houses Semi-detached houses  There’s also a difference between buying land property and a condominium unit. Landed property will cost you more, should you go with this option. However, while land property prices continue to appreciate, the value of apartments are dependent on local supply and demand changes in the market. Online Listings  If you’re looking for an apartment for sale, sites like PropertyGuru Malaysia provide a handy list of choices you can explore. This is going to help you tremendously since you no longer need to do an ocular inspection of an area’s potential homes before you can generate a list of all the prospective homes to check. Set Budget  When you’re buying a home, just like any other shopping experience out there, make sure you set a budget, says CNN Money—and stick to it. You really wouldn’t want to overspend at this point. A home comes with a ton of expenses. It doesn’t stop at your mortgage bill and down payment. You’ll have to sell out money for association dues, worry about insurance premiums, lose sleep over repair and remodeling costs, and more. Financing Options  There are also plenty of...

Factors to Consider a When Buying Home in a Neighborhood Country

Factors to Consider a When Buying Home in a Neighborhood Country

Apr 7, 2016

The time to buy is now, but you want to make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck when purchasing a home in Singapore. Consider the following factors when looking for your next home in Singapore: Landscaping It is obviously important that your new property itself looks well kept and aesthetically pleasing. However, it’s just as important that the landscaping and the area or neighborhood as a whole is well kept as well. If the landscaping of the property and surrounding neighborhood is well managed, it is a sign that the local council is proactive and will be helpful when it comes to other issues. Lack of unplanned vacant land A lack of vacant land in your new property’s surrounding area is a good thing when it comes to buying your new home. It means that there is no risk of future construction affecting your road access or your property’s good view. Investigate whether there are any vacant areas around your home that could affect the value of your property in the future. Gated community Gated communities are in high demand and properties within them are generally much pricier than non-gated homes. According to Iproperty.com, properties in Desa Park City that were originally priced at RM450,000 are now priced at RM1.2 million. Bungalows, on the other hand, are much less in demand and lower in price than they used to be, considering the rise in condominiums and gated communities. If you’re looking for a less pricey home, bungalows may be the way to go, but if you’re looking for a property that will likely grow in value over the years, a home within a gated community could be a great investment. Near high-performing schools According to The Malay Mail Online, having a high-performing Chinese school in a neighborhood could add tremendous value to your property. More and more non-Chinese families are looking to move closer to these high-performing schools, bringing up the value and demand of properties surrounding the schools. More people want to live close to these schools, not only to send their children to them but also to have an excellent support system of parents. Neighboring locations Consider buying a...