Asia Singapore Things to do 

10,000 devotees attend consecration of 148-year-old Sri Krishnan Temple

SINGAPORE – Waterloo Street was filled with the beating of drums and the pattering of the bare feet of dancers on Sunday morning (June 3) as Sri Krishnan temple was unveiled in its fully restored glory after four years of works costing almost $4 million. One of the oldest Hindu temples in Singapore at 148 years old, it was re-sanctified in a consecration ceremony called Maha Samprokshanam, done every 12 to 15 years. The event was attended by some 10,000 devotees, with Minister for Communications and Information S. Iswaran as…

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Maylasia Things to do 

WHERE TO GO THIS SUMMER – MALAYSIA HAS THE ISLANDS OF KOTA KINABALU

The islands of Kota Kinabalu are unique in the way that they form part of a national marine conservation area that is very close to the city. Gaya island, for instance, lies just at 10 minutes from Kota Kinabalu and the other four islands that make up the conservation area are between 10 and 15 minutes away. The marine reserve, named after Malaysia’s 1st Prime Minister, is known as the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, or TAR Park for short. It covers a total area of 50km², of which a…

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Phuket Thailand Things to do 

WHERE TO GO THIS SUMMER, THAILAND HAS PHUKET

Phuket is an island and a province. It’s the largest island in Thailand – 48 km north to south, 21 km east to west. It’s about 20% smaller, in area, than Singapore but much less densely populated.  Whilst the island nation of Singapore boasts a population of nearly 6 million, Phuket has a permanent population of around 400-450,000 (but varies a lot with the influx of tourists and a workforce that is always changing). Most of Phuket remains jungle and tropical rainforest despite an acceleration of development over the past…

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News Singapore Things to do 

‘Yeah, Singapore is boring’: STB hits back at Time Out city ranking

SINGAPORE: Is Singapore one of the least exciting cities in the world? The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) begs to differ – and released a tongue-in-cheek video on Thursday (Feb 1) to respond to the charge. On Tuesday, Singapore came in 31st out of 32 cities in an anonymous survey by Time Out, which took into account criteria such as culture, food, drink, friendliness, liveability, affordability and happiness. About 15,000 people across the 32 cities took part in the survey. ADVERTISING inRead invented by Teads Advertisement Singapore was named “the worst rated city” for culture,…

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Singapore Things to do 

Temple visitors upset, feel cheated by mismanagement in Sri Veeramakaliamman temple

Most devotees and visitors Channel NewsAsia spoke to said they would continue visiting and donating to the temple. But they also called for more transparency in the temple management. SINGAPORE: It was still early in the afternoon and the metal gates of the Sri Veeramakaliamman temple in Little India were closed. But crowds of people – mostly tourists – were slowing down to stare up at the intricate tiered roof of sculptures of deities and mythological beasts. As it drew closer to 4pm – the opening time of the temple – the gate…

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Halong Bay Things to do 

Where to go this summer, Vietnam has Halong Bay

Towering limestone pillars and tiny islets topped by forest rise from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. Designated a World Heritage site in 1994, Halong Bay is a beautiful natural wonder in northern Vietnam near the Chinese border. The Bay is dotted with 1,600 limestone islands and islets and covers an area of over 1,500 sqkm. Dotted with wind- and wave-eroded grottoes, is a vision of ethereal beauty and, unsurprisingly, northern Vietnam’s number one tourism hub. The fact is that Halong Bay features a wide range of biodiversity,…

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Koh Chang Things to do 

Where to go this summer, Thailand has Koh Chang

Koh Chang is rife with wonderful unspoiled nature and the locals’ undisturbed ways of life. Well-suited for everyone in the family, waterfalls are among the most popular attractions on the island. The Shrine of Chao Por Koh Chang, the most revered shrine, is believed to bring peace and good luck to the people on the island. Kids will love the wonderment of the illuminating fireflies in the mangrove area of the island. If you want to see how the locals go about their daily routines, make sure to visit one…

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News Thailand Things to do 

Songkran and Safety: Making the Most of Your New Year’s Celebration

Every April, visitors from all over the world head to Thailand to celebrate the traditional Thai New Year’s festival, Songkran, by splashing, spraying, and sprinkling water on themselves, their friends, and total strangers. More than 500,000 overseas tourists will be coming for this year’s Songkran. Fun-loving tourists, expats, and Thais alike participate in this boisterous festivity. For those planning to join the fun, these common sense tips can make the festival safer and healthier — and remind you what to do if you need to see a doctor.   Soaking…

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Environment Things to do 

Water lilies, walking trails and cycle paths added to Jurong Lake Gardens plan after public feedback

An aquatic garden, walking trails and cycling paths have been added to the masterplans for the central and eastern segments of the Jurong Lake Gardens, based on public feedback about the proposed designs.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM SINGAPORE – Jurong Lake Gardens, Singapore’s next national gardens, will have an aquatic garden feature showcasing the largest collection of water lilies here, as well as walking trails and cycling paths. These have been added to the masterplans for the central and eastern segments of the development, based on public feedback about the proposed…

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Singapore Things to do 

Police grant permits for St Patrick’s Day celebrations this weekend

The St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Singapore will be held on Mar 17 and 18 at Boat Quay. (Photo: Facebook/St Patrick’s Day Street Festival Singapore) SINGAPORE: St Patrick’s Day celebrations this weekend have been given the go-ahead and there are no restrictions on the playing of musical instruments, police said on Friday (Mar 16), The St Patrick’s Day Street Festival over the weekend has been granted a public entertainment licence while a procession permit has been issued for the St Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday from 3pm to 5pm. “The St Patrick’s…

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