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Wat Ounalom-Phnom Penh-Cambodia

Located facing the riverfront area along the Sisowath Quay, Wat Ounalom is one of the Buddhist temples that you must visit in your trip to Cambodia, Phnom Penh. As one of the major attractions suggested for things to see in Phnom Penh, this Buddhist temple attracts majority of the visitors to Phnom Penh as a place for learning about the Buddhist culture.So, it was same for us. During our recent Phnom Penh trip, we didn’t forget to visit the Wat Ounalom in an afternoon.

Wat Ounalom – Why is it popular as Eyebrow Temple?
Wat Ounolam Pagoda/Stupa
Wat Ounolam Pagoda/Stupa

This temple is also popular as eyebrow temple.Named as King Ponhea Yat in Khmer, the language of Cambodia  which means ‘Eyebrow Temple’ ,this Buddhist temple has a historical value.As per records,Wat Ounalom was built in 1443.The stupa of the temple contains an eyebrow hair (ounalom) of Lord Buddha which makes this temple a sacred place.

Our visit to Wat Ounalom and interesting things to see

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The day we visited Wat Ounalom was a bit sunny afternoon. The temple was not so crowded. So we could spend time watching the beautiful sculptures and statues. The temple building is with beautiful architectural features and decorations with highlights of the golden temples.

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This temple is a home for the Buddhist patriarch and serves as one of the major Buddhist center of the country. It is also known as the oldest Buddhist foundation in the city of Phnom Penh.
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Buddha Statues at the temple grounds

We visited the temple and we could meet and talk with some Buddhist monks too. That was a great opportunity for us as we could talk about Buddhism and close religious relationships between Sri Lanka and Cambodia.

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Inside the shrine room

If you visit Phnom Penh city,don’t forget to visit this beautiful temple.It also provides beautiful views of riverfront when you are in the top level of the Buddhist temple.

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View of riverfront from the top level of Wat Ounalom,Phnom Penh
Helpful tips to Visit Wat Ounalom
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Cyclos at the entrance of the Wat Ounalom

Location: Samdech Sothearos Blvd Central Phnom Penh

Entrance fee: Free attraction. No entrance fee. However, you can donate money for the temple if you like.

Opening Hours: 06:00-18:00

Please wear appropriate clothes when you visit this temple.(Shoulder covered, long dress at least upto the knee).Please read this post on how to visit a Buddhist Temple.

It is Located at the riverfront area which you can easily walk in the same trip to riverfront.

At the gate of the temple, there are people who ride cyclos. After visiting the temple, you can hire a cyclo for a city visit if you like such a ride.

There are tour guides available who also owns tuk tuks. If you like to visit other attractions, you can easily find a tour guide who is also a tuk tuk driver.

 

Jurong Bird Park

Jurong Bird Park is one of the most beautiful attractions in Singapore. I’ve visited this Bird Park few times and never get bored anytime among the beautiful and colourful birds. Recently, when one of my friends visited Singapore, I had the opportunity to visit the Jurong Bird Park again. Yes, I love to host my close friends who visit Singapore for short holidays. That is why I visit the major Singapore attractions few times a year. 🙂

Jurong Bird Park

Inside the Jurong Bird Park, you will be amazed with the wonderful collection of birds of different species. However, not only visiting and watching the birds, there are also special attractions and events which you can participate. When you are prepared, it is always easy to attend at least few of the major attractions of this bird park.

Jurong Bird Park

Here are some of the major attractions and things to do at the Singapore Jurong Bird Park. We enjoyed our day among the beautiful and colourful birds and we hope you will enjoy too!

Major attractions and things to do at the Singapore Jurong Bird Park
Visit the Penguin Coast

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Wow! We entered into the Penguin Coast and kids loved their experiences. You will see nearly 100 penguines of 5 species and will never find a dull moment among them.

 

Watch the beauties at the Flamingo Pool

Jurong Bird Park

Our next attraction was Flamingo pool. These colourful and cheerful birds not only made us cheerful, they also created beautiful backdrops for our photos.

Jurong Bird Park

Jurong Bird Park

Jurong Bird Park

Jurong Bird Park

 

Catch a show

Jurong Bird Park

There are several shows which you can watch with your family or the travel group. That’s one of the interesting things we enjoyed during our bird park tour.

 

Take a tram tour

Jurong Bird Park

Instead of walking around the Jurong Bird Park, you can ride on a tram which is really interesting. It will stop near major attractions of the bird parking making it convenient to cover the all attractions.

Last tram departs from Main tram station at 5.30 pm

Visit the African Waterfall Aviary

Jurong Bird Park

Do you know that the world’s largest walk-in aviary is in Singapore? And the waterfall in this African Waterfall Aviary is known as one of the world’s largest man made waterfalls. So don’t forget to visit the African Waterfall Aviary during your visit to Jurong Bird Park.

Jurong Bird Park

Feed the Lories at Lory Loft

Jurong Bird Park

This is my favourite activity in the birds park. Feeding Lories was really interesting and enjoyable. We bought food for Lories at the entrance of the Lory Loft and wanted to buy few more. This is one of the unique attractions in Singapore Bird Park which you should not miss!

Jurong Bird Park

Above are some of the major activities which we enjoyed during our recent visit to the Jurong Bird Park. Plan your visit before you enter into the bird park, so you can easily cover all the star attractions within one day!

Jurong Bird Park
Important tips and information for visiting Singapore Jurong bird park

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How to get there:

Nearest MRT is Jurong MRT. You can hire a taxi from Jurong MRT. Or you can reach the Jurong Bird Park by Taxi itself.

Tips:

Prepare for lot of photographs.

In a sunny day, it can be really hot. So, bring your caps and sunscreen, sunglasses for a better experience.

Get your bird park map at the entrance for an easy tour.

Jurong Bird Park timings:

Opening hours :

Bird Park opening: daily 8.30 am to 6.00 pm

Lory Loft : 9 am -5 pm (daily)

 Jurong Bird Park Entrance fee:

Please check https://www.birdpark.com.sg/ for more details.

 

Kids City Asia –review

Travelling with kids always need lots of preparation including activities to keep them happy during the stay. This was same with us when we plan our trip to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. We wanted to know kids friendly attractions in Phnom Penh before we travel. Do you know that we could find many kids friendly activities and memories there?My kids favourite time was at the Toddler Town which is a designated play area for children under 4.

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Kids City Asia ,Phnom Penh,Cambodia

So, here is our experience with our visit to Kids City Asia. As I mentioned in our Phnom Penh itinerary, we visited Kids City Asia after visiting the Royal Palace. Kids City Asia is not just another indoor playground, but it is an edutainment center for kids of different age groups. And how about grown-ups and adults? There are activities for grown-ups and adults too. 🙂

Here are details of activities which anyone can enjoy from the time you enter in to Kids City Asia.

 

Playground

Located at the 1st floor, playground is suitable for the kids who are in age range of 4-12.

Kids City Asia ,Phnom Penh,Cambodia

 

This playground is with activities which are suitable for kids over 4 years old, but outside the playground, there are some activities which are suitable for toddlers.

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Seating area outside the Playground.Parents can wait here while kids are playing.
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Some activity areas from the Playground of Kids City Asia -Phnom Penh,Cambodia

Parents can comfortably wait in this area while their kids are playing.

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At the entrance of Playground area…Toddlers and babies can play in this area with parents while other kids are playing in the playground area.You can also buy snacks and drinks at the counter.

Although we didn’t enter into the playground as our kid is below 4 years old, he could spend time among other activities at the entrance area.

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My kid loved to play this Maze while we were there.
Toddler Town

Toddler Town is the best place for our kid. He couldn’t wait till he enters into the play area once we reached the 6th floor.

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Toddler Town of Kids City Asia,Phnom Penh,Cambodia
    Toddler Town of Kids City Asia,Phnom Penh,Cambodia
Our kid was really happy there with different activities.

The Toddler Town is designated for kids under 4 years old and is full of toddler friendly activities. Ball pool is one of the best places for the kids to spend active hours.

The slides and ball pool of the Toddler Town,Kids City Asia,Phnom Penh,Cambodia
The slides and ball pool of the Toddler Town,Kids City Asia,Phnom Penh,Cambodia

We spent more time in this play area until our kid wanted to have a rest. He enjoyed his time with all the activities and that’s what we wanted in our holiday. When he is in good mood, we have good moments too. You parents know it how it is when travel with small kids, isn’t it?

Go Karts
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Riding Go Karts with his father was the best part of the day for our son.

Go Karts are for those who are above 5 years old including adults. Both  father and son had great time with Go Karts and it was so much fun.

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Well,it is my turn to ride go karts 🙂 Thats a great fun activity for the entire family in our Phnom Penh holiday!

Why only father and son? I could ride too! 🙂  Never miss this activity if you visit Phnom Penh, Cambodia. That was a great family moment for all of us!

Science Discovery

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Located at 9th floor, Science Gallery is a perfect place for young kids to explore and learn about science concepts. This area is suitable for kids who are 7 years old or above.

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Other Attractions in Kids City Asia

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I only listed few kids friendly activities above. However, there are many other activities which both kids and adults can enjoy together. Bumper Cars, Laser Tag and Clip ‘N Climb are some of other activities which you can find in the Kids City Asia, Phnom Penh. If you are in Phnom Penh or if you plan a visit to Phnom Penh, don’t forget to visit this edutainment center. I am sure you will be happy for the few hours which you spent with the kids!

 

Useful information about Kids City Asia

You need to wear socks when you use the play area. There are shoe racks and cupboards at the entrance which you can keep your belongings.

In each floor we found soft drinks and some other items which you can buy while playing or waiting for kids.

At the entrance of Kids City Asia
At the entrance of Kids City Asia

At the entrance of the Kids City Asia, you can buy items such as toys,drinks and snacks.

Location of Kids City Asia:

162 A,Preah Sihanouk Blvd,Phnom Penh,Cambodia

Opening Hours:

10 am -8 pm (Weekday)

9am – 8pm (Weekend & Holiday)

How to get there:

We used a tuk tuk to reach there which is the popular transport mode in Phnom Penh among the tourists.

It was $3 cost for us to reach Kids City Asia from the Royal Palace.During the time we travel,we could see the other major attractions of phnom Penh such as Independence Monument and Wat Langka.So,you can plan your Phnom Penh Itinerary including these attractions.

Please visit  www.kidscityasia.com for more details about all these kids friendly activities you can find in Phnom penh,Cambodia!We had great time with our kid!

 

Disclosure: We received complementary special passes to visit Kids City Asia.However,as always all the opinions are mine.

Also sharing with #wkendtravelinspiration at Reflections Enroute and other travel blogs.

 

Phnom-Penh-Itinerary

We are just after a short trip to Phnom Penh Cambodia. So I want to share our Phnom Penh Itinerary before I forget some details. 🙂 Cambodia was in our bucket list from a long time; however our first plan was to visit Siem Riep, which is one of the popular destinations in Cambodia. But, with many reasons, finally we decided to choose Phnom Penh for this short holiday which was just 4 days in Cambodia. Till I write more details about Phnom Penh city and things to do in Phnom Penh in detail, here is our itinerary which was really relaxed and enjoyable. Instead of visiting many attractions in Phnom Penh, we wanted to make this trip a relaxing holiday which gives more time for our kid to enjoy with us.

Past few months were busy for us. We are just after a holiday in Sri Lanka. We even experienced a  five days itinerary around Singapore. So, it was bit tiresome and we didn’t want to walk around a lot.But we wanted to visit another country too!

After getting our Cambodia visa from the Royal Embassy of Cambodia in Singapore, we started planning our trip. We booked our flight tickets from Jet Airways which is a popular budget airline. Although it says Jet Airways is popular as a budget airline, actually it was not budgeted with quality as we expected. We were bit nervous with our flight experience as this was the first time we travelled through a budget airline. It was easier for us to save some money from the services which we don’t want to use such as checked luggage. Overall we had great experience with Jet Airways flight to Phnom Penh.

Phnom Penh itinerary with kids
Our kid enjoyed his time at the Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel.It is located in walking distance to most of the major attractions in Phnom Penh,Cambodia

Our hotel stay for the 3 nights was Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel in Phnom Penh and that’s the best selection we did for our trip. The hotel is strategically located near the most of the popular attractions in Phnom Penh such as Royal Palace, Museum, Riverside and Wat Ounalum. We could walk to these places in few minutes and therefore we didn’t feel much tired with our 3 years old kid.

We could enjoy good food, beautiful views and friendly staff during our stay at the Frangipani Royal Hotel in Phnom Penh.

Here is our sample itinerary for 4 days in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. However, I don’t want to add timing or even having meal here as these are common things to do in any place.

Our Cambodia,Phnom Penh itinerary for 4 days 3Nights with the kid

Day 1: (Arrival Day)

Walk along the Riverfront area (Sisowath Quay)

Day 2

Morning : National Museum

Afternoon: The Royal Palace

Evening: The Kids City Asia

Day 3

Morning:

Wat Phnom

Phsar Thmey

City Tour with views of PhnomPenh Floating Port, Night Market and other street views (Tuk Tuk ride)

Afternoon:

Wat Ounalom

Souvenir shopping

City Views

Night:

Dinner at roof top restaurant of the Frangipani Royal Hotel with the beautiful views of Tonle Sap River

Day 4:  (Departure Day)

Visit to the Independence Monument and Wat Langka

City tour including the views of Architectural buildings, Royal Palace Park

Here is our detailed itinerary. Hope these pictures from the capital of Cambodia will make you wanting to visit Phnom Penh soon!

Cambodia, Phnom Penh Itinerary in Detail

Day 1

We reached Phnom Penh airport at around 3.30 pm. Then we used a taxi to reach the hotel. Cost of the taxi was US$12.Finding a taxi was not difficult. There are taxi drivers at the outside the airport and they reached us regarding our transport.

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Our room at Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel was comfortable.We love this pretty look.

After relaxing sometime in the hotel room, we went out. We walked along the Sisowath Quay with the beautiful views of Tonle Sap River.

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Riverfront view (Evening walk along the Sisowath Quay)

The statue of Techo Meas and Techo Yort is one of the first attractions we found in Sisowath Quay when we just started walking along the riverside. We were fortunate to view sunset with the views of Wat Ounalom while we were walking. The streets were busy with traffic and we noticed lot of motor bikes in this beautiful city.

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Sunset over Wat Ounalom

 

Day 2

In our day 2 of the Phnom Penh trip, we actually wanted to keep our kid happy and calm. We didn’t carry his stroller as we found Phnom Penh is not stroller friendly. So we wanted to plan the day with kids friendly attractions to keep kid happy while we exploring Phnom Penh. Royal Palace and National Museum are just opposite to our hotel. So we decided to visit these major attractions during the day. We had plans to visit the Kids City Asia at the evening to spend happy hours with our kid.

After our breakfast at the Frangipani Royal Hotel, we walked to the National Museum. The National Museum Building itself is just beautiful and attractive. We spent among the historical exhibits. As we are Buddhists and from Sri Lanka which is another Asian Country with lot of historical attractions related to Buddhism, we could find some similarities in the exhibits and we enjoyed the place much. Our son had good time walking along the museum and at the indoor garden.

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Front view of Phnom Penh National Museum.We included this in to our second of Phnom Penh itinerary

We also wanted to watch the cultural show at the National Museum, however finally we decided not to buy tickets. Do you know why? We were in doubt of watching the cultural show with a kid. We were in doubts of him screaming and disturbing the others who watch the show. Anyway we could listen to the Khmer music while we were at the Royal Palace. That was one of best experiences we had in Phnom Penh.

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You can buy tickets for the cultural show at the front of the National Museum of Phnom Penh,Cambodia

Well, back to our itinerary in Phnom Penh!

After visiting the National Museum, we returned to our hotel room and refreshed. On our way to the hotel room, we always experienced the street views and the views of the park opposite to the Phnom Penh National Museum which is Veal Preah Man Park. This park is really beautiful with men facing the four directions. However we didn’t enter into the park in anytime during our stay. Later we found that this park which is also next to the Royal Palace was used for cremation of the late King’s body.

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Royal Palace -Phnom Penh,Cambodia

The Royal Palace is open for public for limited time durations. It is open from 8am to 11am in the morning and from 2pm to 5pm in the afternoon. We refreshed ourselves and visited the Royal Palace in the afternoon when it was opened at 2pm.The Royal Palace is a magnificent place with beautiful buildings. There are different pavilions and buildings at the Royal Palace which are open for the public.

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Silver Pagoda

The silver Pagoda is one of the must see when you are in the Royal palace premises. We were amazed with all these beautiful structures and buildings.

We ended our day 2 in Phnom Penh making our kid excited. That’s the best kids friendly attraction in Phnom Penh. That is our visit to the Kids City Asia!

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Our son enjoyed his time at the Toddler Town of Kids City Asia,Phnom Penh.It is the best kids friendly attraction we found in Phnom Penh,Cambodia

Not only for the kids, there are other attractions such as riding go karts and lazer tag. We had around 3 hours before it closes for the day. Among all the activities we can do at the Kids City Asia, our son loved his time at the Toddler Town. Finally we experienced riding go karts. That was so much fun!

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Fun with Go Kart riding at the Kids City Asia – Phnom Penh

Oh poor boy ended the day with crying. He wanted to spend more time with these activities. But we had to face the truth that we were there for few days trip.

If you visit Phnom Penh, Cambodia, then don’t forget to experience the activities at this edutainment Centre. It’s so much fun!

Day 3

It is our last day to visit other attractions before we leave Phnom Penh. We decided to visit Wat Phnom which is the founding place of city Phnom Penh.(As per legends)

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Starting another day in Phnom Penh! City tour by a Tuk Tuk is fun and it is the best way to explore the city with views of many attractions.

Hiring a tuk tuk in Phnom Penh is not that difficult. There are tuk tuks parked along the streets and most of the time we came out from the hotel, the drivers reached us offering their taxi service. To visit Wat Phnom , we hired a tuk tuk and the cost was $3.

Wat Phnom is a beautiful temple located in a hilly area. Inside the temple is full of Buddha statues while outside of the temple building is with beautiful structures and carvings.

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View of Wat Phnom (A must visit attraction in Phnom Penh Cambodia)

After spending time visiting Wat Phnom , we decided to visit the Central Market which is also known as Phsar Thmey. As one of the landmarks in Phnom Penh, this Central Market is popular for its unique building structure. It is a wonderful place to buy anything from fresh vegetables, flowers to gems and jewelry.

Phsar Thmey (Central Market) of Phnom Penh,Cambodia
Phsar Thmey (Central Market) of Phnom Penh,Cambodia.The beautiful building makes this market as a unique landmark in Phnom Penh

After our lunch at an Indian restaurant located in the Riverfront area, we visited the Wat Ounalom which is another major attraction in Phnom Penh.

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Inside of the Wat Ounalom,Phnom Penh,Cambodia

We didn’t forget to buy some souvenirs from a shop located near street 178

 

Day 4

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Day 4 of our Cambodia Phnom Penh itinerary…It is time to leave.I really attracted to the flower arrangements of the Royal Palace Hotel.Those were really simple,yet elegant!

It is time for departure. We loved our stay in Phnom Penh. Especially we can’t forget the friendly people we met during our stay. The hotel staff at the Frangipani Royal Palace was amazingly friendly. They tried their best to keep us happy during our stay in Phnom Penh. The Tuk Tuk drivers and the tour guides we met around the city were polite and friendly. They tried to help us to visit more attractions during the short period of our stay. But it is time to say good bye!

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Independence Monument -Phnom Penh,Cambodia

Before reaching the Phnom Penh Airport, we visited the Independence Monument and Wat Langka which are other attractions in Phnom Penh.

The hotel staff helped us to arrange a taxi to reach the airport and we could visit Independence Monument and Wat Langka before reaching the airport. Cost for this taxi ride was $12.

Finally, it was an amazing tour to another Southeast Asian Country. We will visit Cambodia again. Still Siem Reap is in our bucket list.

And,we didn’t forget to capture our family photo at the Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel.I am addicted to photo books.So,this photo will go to our year in review photo book this year! 🙂

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Just before leaving the Frangipai Royal Palace Hotel – Phnom Penh,Cambodia (A family photo for our Year in Review Photo Book)

There are lot of city views and detailed posts to write. Till that, enjoy reading our Cambodia Phnom Penh itinerary!

Crane Dance at Sentosa, Singapore
Crane Dance at Sentosa, Singapore

I want to share this Singapore Itinerary for 5 Days trip as this can be helpful for you to plan your holiday in singapore.I know if you plan a holiday in Singapore then you are with doubts such as where to go in Singapore and what to do in Singapore.

Staying in Singapore, I never find a dull moment. Everywhere there is a new thing to see and experience. I’ve visited the major attractions of Singapore more than one time, but I still love to visit those again. More than visiting again and again, I love to experience the places to visit in Singapore with my friends who come to Singapore. It is always a great time for me.

When one of my besties wanted to come for a short trip to Singapore, I was really happy not only because I get the opportunity to visit the major Singapore attractions again, but also I will have a good companion to spend the time among chit chat!

Anyway, as I planned her family trip to Singapore, I just wanted to share our Singapore Itinerary for 5 Days trip. Usually a 5 days stay in Singapore is good enough to cover most of the major attractions leisurely than on a 3 days trip. So, we could visit most of the attractions during this 5 days holiday in Singapore.

Here is our Singapore Itinerary for 5 days with kids. Please note that our travel group included 2 of our families which include 2 little guys of 3 years old. So, this itinerary is mostly suitable for anyone who visits Singapore with little kids.

Let’s start the journey!

Our Singapore Itinerary for 5 Days with kids

Day 1 (Arrival Day) -Walk along the Singapore River (Marina Bay)

The first day is the arrival day to Singapore. Usually this day is suitable to visit the Marina bay attractions as Marina bay is more beautiful and comfortable during the night time. That is why we started our sightseeing in Singapore from walking around Marina bay and Clerk Quay.

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River Cruise at the Clerk Quay /Singapore River

The walk around the area of Marina bay and Clerk quay covers the most of the tourist attractions of Singapore. These include walk along the Singapore River, River Cruise, Merlion, Esplanade Theater, Singapore Flyer and views of Marina Bay Sands.

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Singapore Merlion – Tourist Icon of Singapore

 

Day 2 – (Visit to the Sentosa Island)

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View of the Southern Most point of Continental Asia from the Palawan beach – Sentosa

We spent whole day in Sentosa Island. However, it was a rainy day. So, we couldn’t visit many attractions inside the Sentosa Island. As we were travelling with 2 little kids, we spent more time on the Palawan Beach giving them time to relax and play. Universal Studios is another popular attraction which is suitable for visiting with kids.

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Kids enjoyed their time at the Palawan Beach- Sentosa

The show ‘Crane Dance’ attracted us and we ended up our day with this show at the Waterfront.

 

Day 3 – Singapore Zoo visit and visit to a nearby playground with kids

 

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This time we could see these giants at the Singapore Zoo.In our previous visits we always missed visiting the elephants of Asia!

Visiting a zoo can be the best thing to do to entertain the kids while travelling. That is why our day 3 of the Singapore trip included the beautiful Singapore Zoo. Kids enjoyed their time among the animals. As the time permits, we visited nearby playground with kids. So, it was relaxing and kids were happy too.

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The famous White Tigers at the Singapore Zoo

Day 4 – (Jurong Bird Park visit and Visit to Little India)

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Flamingos at the Jurong Bird Park – Singapore

How can I forget the colourful creatures in the Jurong Bird Park? It should be in must do things in Singapore. That is why we visited the Jurong Bird Park with the kids. Kids enjoyed their time among the beautiful birds in the Singapore bird Park.

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Feeding the Lori Lofts was a fun experience at the Jurong Bird Park!

The souvenir shops at the main entrance were a good shopping spot for my friends to buy some souvenirs from Singapore.

Bird Park closes at 6 pm. So, we decided to visit Little India for our dinner. Visiting Little India is a unique experience for anyone who loves to explore the diversify culture of Singapore.

 

Day 5 – Singapore Botanical Gardens visit and Chinatown

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Orchids from the National Orchid Gardens Singapore

The last day of our trip. It is sad our Singapore trip is going to be an end. Anyway, without wasting time, we added Botanical Garden for our itinerary. With the visit to National Orchid Garden of Singapore which is an attraction inside the Singapore Botanical Garden, we could cover the most of the Singapore tourist spots.

Walking along the Chinatown Streets was really exciting!

The same day we visited the Chinatown for hunting some Singapore souvenirs. We could find some souvenirs for great price while walking around the streets of the Chinatown. Our street walk along Chinatown includes the major attractions such as The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Sri Mariamman Temple.

Well,it is time to leave Singapore.But their flight was scheduled for the next day morning.

Day 6 (Departure Day)

It is time to leave. We had great time. Not only us parents, but also the kids! Both kids enjoyed their time among the Singapore major attractions. Don’t forget that Changi Airport is with activities for kids which kids can engage during the wait. Our kid enjoyed his time at the Changi airport while spending his time with kiddy rides, reading corner and drawing area at the terminal 3.

Singapore Changi Airport is with activities and attractions for kids.Don’t forget to spend some time with kids before the departure!

Well, this was our 5 days itinerary in Singapore with friends. I sure have lot of memories and photos to share in different blog posts with more details about each attraction. Till that, I hope this 5 days Singapore itinerary will be helpful for you if you plan a holiday to this tiny island!

We could experience more activities and attractions in Singapore if this was only with adults.However,we spent our time leisurely as we were with kids who are just 3 years old.

Tip:

Please bring your stroller for kids and get ready to walk a lot around the attractions.

Have you been to Singapore? If so, have you visited any of the above attractions? Please share your experiences.

 

Melaka River walk
Melaka River

Malacca as one of the beautiful and historical places we visited in Malaysia is still in my list of places to visit again. Yes, I want to visit Malacca Malaysia again and visit the other places which we couldn’t see in our 3 days trip.(2 nights) On our first day we spent time around the Malacca Dutch square and Christ Church. Those red buildings fascinated us with historical backgrounds.

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On the 2nd day we started our journey walking along the Melaka River. The river itself is not so beautiful scene for me; however it has some unique appearance with the buildings along the river which are mostly built in many years ago.

Melaka River
Melaka River

Sungai Malacca or Melaka River is also known as the ‘Venice of the East’. Those Europeans who travelled along this Melaka River started to call it as the ‘Venice of the East’ and it has historical importance in trading and other such activities.

Here are some of our findings along the Malacca riverside walk.Add these things to your Malacca attractions list when you prepare your travel plan to Meleka Malaysia.Because these are some of the must see Malacca attractions if you visit one day!

Melaka River Cruise
Melaka River
Melaka River Cruise

Cruise over Melaka River is one of the popular activities for many tourists; however we didn’t take river cruise. Instead we loved walking along the riverside. But, when we were walking along the Melaka River, we could see people who enjoyed river cruise.

Although we missed Melaka River Cruise on our previous trip to Malacca,I am eagerly waiting to try this experience in our next holiday to Malacca.

In Melaka River Cruise, you will travel by small boats along the Melaka River. This River Cruise will be about 45 minutes which covers the most of villages, churches and historic buildings along the Melaka River.

Melaka River Cruise Price range:   Adult = RM5.00 (Approximately $2)   Children = RM2.50 (May have changed now)

Beautiful Historical Buildings

Melaka River

You can watch beautiful architecture of buildings which were dated back to colonial era of Melaka. Most of These buildings are now converted to hotels or restaurants. However, these buildings added beautiful historical view to Malacca.

Fort of Malacca
Melaka Riverside attractions
Fort of Malacca

Fort of Malacca is at one end of the Malacca River and it faces the Dutch Square in another view. This Fort is one of the fascinating sites which we found in Malacca which was a great huge fort in Portuguese days.

Melaka Riverside attractions
At the Fort of Malacca
Malacca Sultanate Watermill
Melaka Riverside attractions
Malacca Sultanate Watermill

Located in the banks of the Melaka River, this Malacca Sultanate Watermill is considered as the largest watermill in Malaysia. Nowadays, it is not a functioning watermill. Instead this Melaka Watermill is a replica which reminds its proud history.

People watching
Melaka River attractions
Wedding Couple at Malacca

Well, this may not sound interesting for some of you 🙂 . But, we could actually watch and see the local life there among the many tourists. We couldn’t stay away from watching the wedding couples who had photo sessions in the historical places of Malacca.It seems Malacca is popular among locals as a photography location.

Maritime Museum of Malacca
Melaka River attractions
Maritime Museum of Malacca

The Maritime Museum of Malacca is another attraction we found in Malacca. However, this is at the end of our walk along the river.

This Maritime Museum is a huge   replica of the ‘Flora de La Mar’ which is a Portuguese ship. This Portuguese ship   sank off the coast of Malacca while they were heading to Portugese together with items which they plundered from Melaka. This Maritime Museum is also known as Muzium Samudera in Malay language.

You need to buy tickets to enter into the museum.

Dutch windmill at Melaka Town Square
Melaka attractions
Dutch windmill at Melaka Town Square

The Dutch windmill of Melaka can be a part of the attractions in Dutch square. But, we ended our riverside walk when we reached this windmill location. On one side of the street, there are plenty of street food stalls which you can try local delicacies. On the other side, it is red square or Dutch square.

We stopped near the Dutch Windmill and nowadays it looks like a garden area.

After a walk along the Melaka River, we visited the buildings and attractions of red square again. It was a fascinating tour to Malacca. I still have more memories to share from Malacca although it was a 3 day 2 nights trip.

You may like to read about the Malacca Hotel we stayed : The Emperor Hotel , Malacca

Till my next post about Malacca, please share your thought about Melaka, the historical destination of Malaysia.

Have you been to Malacca, Malaysia? If so what was your best attraction?

 

Sri Lanka Anuradhapura – Must Visit attractions

Anuradhapura, which is one of the must visit cities in Sri Lanka is full of historical attractions. Anuradhapura as one of the ancient kingdoms of Sri Lanka own lot of heritage sites to show you how Sri Lanka was in the ancient times. Together with influences of Buddhism, Anuradhapura has to offer lot more information about its history, culture and traditions that was existed in Sri Lanka before thousand years ago. As one of the pilgrimage destinations for Sri Lankans, Anuradhapura is full of Buddhist temples which any visitor to Anuradhapura must have a look. In this post, I want to share some of the must visit attractions in Anuradhapura which can complete your holiday to Sri Lanka. Once you visit these places, I am sure you’ll be amazed with the rich history, heritage and culture which Sri Lanka owns!

Sri Lanka Anuradhapura – Must Visit Attractions

Sri Lanka Anuradhapura – Must Visit Attractions
Sri Lanka Anuradhapura – Must Visit Attractions
Ruwanwelisaya Stupa
Ruwanwelisaya Anuradhapura
Sri Lanka Anuradhapura – Must Visit Attractions

Built by king Dutugamunu in 140 B.C., this is one of the sacred places for Buddhists in Sri Lanka and all over the world. Also known as Rathnamali Dagaba,Swarnamali Chaithyaya or Ruwanwali Saya, this stupa (monument) is one of the must visit attractions in Anuradhapura.

Useful tips:

Usually it is best to visit in the evening as day time it can be really hot in the surrounding.

Remember to remove your shoes before entering to the temple premises. Also you need to wear appropriate clothes when you enter into the Ruwanweliseya premises.

Read more : Ruwanwelisaya

Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi Tree
Sri Lanka Anuradhapura – Must Visit attractions
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi Tree-Sri Lanka Anuradhapura

Once you visit the Ruwanwelisaya, the next must visit location is Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi tree which is located in walking distance to Ruwanweliseya. As the oldest historically sacred tree in the world, Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi tree is a branch from the Bodhi tree of Buddha Gaya, India which Lord Buddha was enlightened.

Lowamahapaya
Sri Lanka Anuradhapura – Must Visit attractions
Lowamahapaya ,Sri Lanka Anuradhapura

When you walk to the Sri Maha Bodhi tree, from Ruwanwelisaya, you will find another historical building on the left side of you. This is called Lowamahapaya.

Although it is a ruined building now, it was a nine story building which was built by the king Dutugamunu. In ancient days, Lowamahapaya was used as a Uposathagara which also included a simamalakaya. A simamalakaya is a place where the Buddhist monks (sangha) assembled on the full moon days to recite the Buddhist sutra.(Buddhist chanting)

Read More about our travel post to Lowamahapaya Anuradhapura.

Mirisawetiya
Sri Lanka Anuradhapura – Must Visit attractions
Mirisawetiya ,Sri Lanka Anuradhapura

Mirisawetiya is another sacred Buddhist place which is also one of the ‘Atamasthana’ which every Buddhists like to visit in their lifetime. This stupa is also built by the king Dutugamunu after defeating the king Elara.

Read more : Mirisawetiya Sri Lanka

Thuparamaya
Sri Lanka Anuradhapura – Must Visit attractions
Thuparamaya – Sri Lanka Anuradhapura

As the first dagaba built in Sri Lanka after introducing the Buddhism, Thuparamaya was built by the king Dewanampiyathissa in the 3rd century BC. Thuparamaya is also considered as the oldest dagaba in Sri Lanka which is another must visit place in Anuradhapura.

Read more about Thuparamaya

Jethwanaramaya
Sri Lanka Anuradhapura – Must Visit attractions
Jethawanaramaya – Sri Lanka Anuradhapura

The Jethwanaramaya is another stupa in Anuradhapura which is another must visit heritage site of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. Historical records say Jethawanaramaya was built by the king Mahasena as a stupa in the Jethawana Monastery. Once you visit this sacred place, you will be sure amazed with the historical architecture and culture!

See more pictures and read more about Anuradhapura Jethwanaramaya

Isurumuniya
Sri Lanka Anuradhapura – Must Visit attractions
Isurumuniya Vihara – Sri Lanka Anuradhapura

Although Isurumuniya temple is famous for the ‘Isurumuniya Lovers’ sculpture, you will be amazed with the beautiful views of this temple. After visiting above mentioned places in Anuradhapura, I found this Isurumuniya viharaya as a different place. It is different from other attractions in Anuradhapura in view and in location. It is a rock temple located in a calm environment. Don’t forget to visit Isuruminiya viharaya and also the museum next to it in your holiday in Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka as this is one of the best places to visit.

Read more about our trip to Isurumuniya Vihara.

Samadhi Pilimaya
Sri Lanka Anuradhapura – Must Visit attractions
Samadhi Buddha Statue -Anuradhapura

Situated in Mahamevnawa in Anuradhapura, Samadhi Buddha statue is a Buddhist sacred place which you need to visit in Sri Lanka. Peaceful environment, historical background and Dhyana Mudra meditation posture of Buddha statue will make you calm and relax. You will never regret of your visit here for your entire lifetime.

Read more about : Samadhi Buddha Statue

 

Abhayagiri Viharaya
Sri Lanka Anuradhapura – Must Visit attractions
Abhayagiri Viharaya

Next to Samadhi Pilimaya, you will see the views of Abhayagiriya. It is another Buddhist temple complex. Abhayagiriya viharaya is one of the ‘Atamasthana’ you must visit in Anuradhapura Sri Lanka in order to complete your satisfaction in holiday in Sri Lanka.

There are many other places and attractions in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka including Lankaramaya. As one of the UNESCO heritage sites of Sri Lanka, you’ll be amazed with views and attractions which you visit. Truly you will have a cultural and heritage tour which adds value for your Sri Lanka holiday.

Useful tips to Visit Anuradhapura – Sri Lanka

Above mentioned Anuradhapura attractions are Buddhist religious places. Therefore, always follow the steps not to disturb the others. Some of the places are full of Buddhist devotees who are participating in Buddhist meditation and other activities. You may need to stay silent or not to disturb them.

Also remember to wear appropriate clothes which are long below the knees. You can offer flowers and oil lamps. Usually it is easy to buy such offerings from the stalls near the temples.

Help locals by purchasing small things, offerings or souvenirs from them. This is not a must. But it will be always helpful if you support the locals of the area.

Here are more helpful tips about visiting temples in Sri Lanka.

Food in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

As there are hotels and restaurants available, you will not find difficult to find food of your choice. However, you can also try Sri Lankan food in Anuradhapura. There are various places which you can try Rice and Curry together with other Sri Lankan food.

Check this post about our food experience in Anuradhapura: http://foodcnr.com/sri-lankan-breakfast-in-anuradhapura/

Along the way to Anuradhapura, you will also find people selling fresh fruits in small stalls along the road.

Accommodation in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

There are many types of accommodation available in Anuradhapura. However it is better to book before you reach there. We visited there as a pilgrimage tour, family trip. So, we rented whole house as it is the best way to spend with family and relatives.

There are also hotels available in Anuradhapura from Budget hotels to Luxury hotels. You can check these hotels in Anuradhapura and book before you reach there.

Remember, Anuradhapura is usually crowded on Full moon poya days. It is better to avoid such dates if your travel plan is flexible.

 

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Popular for hospitality and friendly people, Thailand is one of the popular destinations in Asia which most travellers would like to spend a relaxing holiday. Beautiful beaches with white sands and delicious foods are some of the reasons to visit Thailand and don’t forget to visit a spa in your tour. These will make your Thailand tour remarkable and unique while Thailand shore excursions are one of the best ways to explore the country.
After recommending popular Turkey shore excursions, today post is all about how you can enjoy your holiday with popular Thailand shore excursions. If you plan well, these Thailand shore excursions will help you to cover most of the popular Thailand destinations and the attractions.

Bangkok shore excursions

Thailand Shore Excursions you Must not Miss!

You cannot miss Bangkok once you book your Thailand holiday. As one of the fascinating cities in Asia, Bangkok is popular as a shopping paradise. Whether you want to enjoy Bangkok Riverside nightlife or whether you want to spend time exploring Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew and Emerald Buddha Temple, you can easily select Bangkok shore excursions which include your preferred attractions!

Phuket shore excursions

Well, stunning sandy beaches, spectacular coastal views and luxury resorts are the phrases come into my mind when I think of Phuket.

Thailand Shore Excursions you Must not Miss!

With lot of dining places and delicious food, Phuket welcomes its travellers with warmest possible way. As the largest island of Phuket, you will find historical buildings, shopping facilities and lot more other attractions to make your holiday wonderful. With lot of coastal views we recommend you to check Phuket shore excursions for a memorable and unique holiday in Thailand.

Samui shore excursions

Samui shore excursions are the next recommended popular Thailand shore excursions to enjoy an exciting holiday. As the third largest island of Thailand, Samui is a perfect destination for beach lovers. Hin Yai, Samui Monkey Theater, Nim Thongsuk, Luang Pho Daeng and Big Buddha Temple are some of the popular attractions in Samui. Simply check your preferred Samui shore excursions and book it right away. You will have a unique holiday experience in Samui, Thailand. It is guaranteed!

Well, I came to an end of this article, but attractions in Thailand are endless. Please let me know what are your favorite Thailand shore excursions!

Amazing things that you must not miss in Kerala

Kerala, popular as God’s own country’, is a land in India saturated with scenic beauty and boast of rich culture. You will be amazed with friendliness of people once you are there. Kerala is surrounded with lush greens and beautiful waters. Wildlife is another treasure they belong. These are the reasons for you to quickly look on Kerala travel packages and plan your next holiday.

You will find lot of Kerala tour packages with different itinerary. But here I want to list 5 Amazing things you must not miss in Kerala. Among thousands things to do and see in Kerala, try not to miss these amazing things while you talk with your tour agent to arrange the Kerala travel package.

5 Amazing Things you Must not Miss in Kerala

Visit Fort Cochin

As one of the best preserved fort and colonial town in India, Fort Cochin is a must visit place with lot of beautiful colonial style buildings. You will find the Catholic churches which feature the Portuguese influence.

Stay in a Kerala Houseboat

Amazing things that you must not miss in Kerala

These classic Houseboats are one of the popular attractions which are unique to Kerala. Therefore don’t forget to cruise on a houseboat. You will have a wonderful experience while cruising on a houseboat looking around the lush surroundings. While you are floating on water, you will be able to see the village life of Kerala. Simply this will be an amazing experience to add to your Kerala Tour.

Design a Pookkalam (Flower Carpet)

Amazing things that you must not miss in Kerala

Well, instead of going here and there, why don’t you try to hang out with the local Kerala lifestyle? It is always enjoyable if we can talk and work together with locals of the city. So, it is same once you visit Kerala.

Pookalam is one of the best things that you can do with local people of Kerala. Pookalam is a beautiful flower bed arrangement which is made of flowers and colored powder. Usually these arrangements are done on the floor. Simply check with your Kerala Tour Package organizer and ask them to include this creative idea just for you. You will sure be able to tailor made your Kerala travel package

Try Kerala Cuisine

Amazing things that you must not miss in Kerala

Kerala Cuisine is popular among the world and don’t forget to try as much you can during your stay. Most of the Kerala food is rich with coconut milk. Some food items like Appam and Puttu is a must try.

Stay in a Tree House

Think about spending a night in a tree house in the middle of a jungle! If you are adventurous person, this idea is just for you to add to your Kerala tour package. Don’t worry; you don’t want to stay unsafe in a jungle. Instead there are jungle resorts which you can experience wildlife while staying your time in the resort. Among the available Kerala tour packages, find one that you can experience wildlife. Or talk to your tour agent and find Kerala travel packages which you can adjust as per your requirements.

Well, now you know what the things you must not miss in Kerala are. You can easily find Kerala tour packages according to your taste by looking at www.keralatravelpackages.com.They offer different Kerala travel packages for reasonable rates. Get a quick free quote, so that you can easily decide on your Kerala travel package for your next holiday in Kerala.

 Best Things to do in Myanmar
Located in Southeast Asia,Myanmar, which is formerly called as Burma is a beautiful country for any traveler to spend some days visiting around the country. The country has many beautiful places including Buddhist temples, natural beauties and so many things. In terms of tourism, Myanmar is still undeveloped, however there are lots of historical attractions to explore, especially Buddhist temples. Meeting the local people in Myanmar is another great way to explore this country and the best way to enjoy the cities are basically by walk. Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan are major cities and these can be easily explored by walking.
Here I listed out some major attractions of Myanmar which any traveler would like to visit.
#1: The Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon
 Best Things to do in Myanmar

Yangon is the capital of Myanmar; it is a typical Asian city which includes lot of beautiful green tropical trees
and also beautiful lakes. Yangon is home to lot of Buddhist temples and pagodas, among all the pagodas, The Shwedagon Pagoda is one of the most stunning.

Stands on Theingottara hill, this stunning golden pagoda is covered with gold from top to bottom and makes it shine in the sun making an absolutely amazing scene.
#2: Dhammayangyi Temple in Bagan
 Best Things to do in Myanmar

Dhammayangi Temple is the biggest temple Located in Bagan and erected in the 1100s by king Narathu. This large and wide temple remains uncompleted till today. Burmese historical Records say that while the construction of this Dhammayangi temple was on going, the king Narathu was killed by some Indians invaders. Thus the temple was not completed and it remains same till today.

#3: Visit Bogyoke Aung San Market
Not only historical places, it is great to visit other places which locals are spending their time to get much knowledge and experience of a country. In Burma, another way to spend some time and get experience about their locals is to visit a market where lot of people gather, selling items bargaining and wandering. Bogyoke Aung San Market is such a place located in Yangon, it is a place to shop dresses, souvenirs, artwork etc.
#4: Take a Hot Balloon Ride
Bagan is a place with lot of temples. Other than visiting temples in this location, take an early morning ride with the hot air balloons. This will be a great experience which you never forget. The Balloon service in Bagan operates twice daily. It operates in early in the morning just before the sunrise and in the evening just before sunset. Usually the balloons take 6-8 passengers and you’ll experience a 45-60 minutes ride over the thousand years old pagodas.
#5: Walk Around the Cities
 Best Things to do in Myanmar

Above are some of the attractions and things to do in Myanmar. Other than that, walk around the cities  to get some idea of local people there. Walk around on foot and explore fresh markets,relaxing tea stalls or enjoy some street food while meeting and talking to locals in Myanmar.That will be a truly remarkable experience during your stay there.

Before entering to Myanmar, it is better to have some knowledge about local people and also visa requirements and other important tips. In this Myanmar Blog you can find many other activities to do in Myanmar including things you shouldn’t do. Have a look and note down the special things that you should do and don’t do before you start exploring Myanmar, another beautiful country in Asia.
Have you been to Myanmar?If so,what was your favourite activity there?

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