One of the world’s most modern cities, Abu Dhabi is simply a stunning mixture of historical culture, tradition and ultra-modern developments. Visit the Heritage Village that depicts the life and traditions of Bedouin and other cultures, Liwa Oasis, one of the largest oases in Arabia or the striking Clock Tower.
Enjoy the facilities of the cruise ship while sailing to your next port of call.
BALI with its white and yes, black sand beaches green rice terraces and some of the world’s best spa hotels, little wonder that Bali has been crowned the world’s favourite destination. Shrines featuring growling demon queens sit in the shadow of the island’s mystical volcanoes, while golden beaches in the south are pounded by surf that attracts plenty of Australian tourists. For those of you old enough to remember the movie “South Pacific” Bali is everything and more that the movie portrayed.
Colombo is the gateway to Sri Lanka for most visitors. Take a train ride along the coast to Mount Lavinia, a beautiful and popular beach. Tale a trip to explore the Talangama Wetland or explore the temples of the Sinhalese Kingdom or take a guided tour to an Elephant orphanage. Alternatively, if shopping is your thing take look at the Pettah Bazaar where you can buy almost anything and everything!
The capital of Qatar offers an abundance of things to see and do. Visit the fascinating Museum of Islamic Arts, choose from food from all over the world at the bazaar, relax at an outdoor café, or spend some time shopping in the traditional markets or the huge indoor shopping centres. Stroll around the bay at dusk for some beautiful views of the city.
For all Dubai’s futuristic appeal and abundance of western entertainments – a sleek metro that zips through the sky like something out of Blade Runner, sumptuous shopping malls, an indoor ski park, and countless bars – there is just as much fun to be had in the simple pleasures of “the Orient”: haggling for gold and frankincense in the bustling souqs, savouring the sunset from the back of a camel, inhaling from a fragrant sheesha pipe on the fairly-lit deck of an old wooden dhow.
Penang has long served as the link between Asia’ and an important outlet to the markets of Europe and the Middle East. At its heart is diverse, cosmopolitan George Town, Penang Island's main city and an urban centre that delivers old-world Asia in spades; imagine trishaws pedalling past, watermarked Chinese shophouses and blue joss smoke perfuming the air. The freshest aspects of modern culture are present, too, in an exceptional art scene and free-spirited carnivals, all fed by an infectious local enthusiasm for Penang's long history and multitude of cultures.
Singapore to see the real Singapore, veer off the beaten path to Tiong Bahru. Start with local breakfast of mee pok (flat egg noodles) at Hua Bee a 70-year-old stall. Then, on to Tiong Bahru market to see how Singaporeans do their morning grocery shopping. Break for coffee at 40 Hands, pop into the hipster bookstore, “Books Actually”, and if feeling a little peckish, head back to the market for wallet-friendly hawker fare. If you’re in this area in the evening and want to splash on a good meal, head back to Hua Bee. By night, the coffee shop morphs into Bincho, a modern yakitori joint.