24 Hour Layover Guide To Hyderabad

Hyderabad is somewhere I knew very little about, and when I thought about travelling to India it was somewhere that never even crossed my mind. I was lucky enough to get a layover in Hyderabad with work, and was so surprised at how much I fell in love with this vibrant city.

This South Indian city which is the largest city and capital of Telangana state is very much under the tourism radar, which makes it the perfect place to explore as it isn’t spoilt by mass tourism. Locals are extremely friendly and love coming up to talk to you, finding out where you are from and getting a selfie with you.

The city has plenty to see and do with historical palaces, monuments, temples, and many markets and bazaars. It’s also where the Biriyani rice dish originates from so that is an absolute must try while in Hyderabad! It’s also well known across India for its bangles, and many Indian women travel to the city to purchase their bangles for special occasions, events and weddings etc.

Hyderabad is also a business hub in India and well known for its IT sector and pharmaceutical companies based there, so it doesn’t attract many leisure tourists, but more people travelling for business trips.

India is somewhere that has a piece of my heart, and when I’ve been to India before I’ve always had such a great time, and Hyderabad was no exception! We had such an amazing time roaming around the city and meeting the lovely locals. If your strapped for time and there for a layover or a work trip, here is what you could easily squeeze into 24 hours in the city.

Sights & Activities

Birla Mandir

Birla Mandir is a Hindu temple set upon a hilltop which overlooks the city, the temple was built back in the 1970s and took almost 10 years to finish. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is built with white marble. We visited towards the end of the day and got some amazing views over the city and the sunset. We didn’t enter the temple as it was getting quite late so just walked around it and admired the views. The temple is free to enter and you can spend between 1 to 2 hours exploring it.

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Charminar & Laad Bazaar

Charminar is a monument and mosque in the centre of the city and is an iconic landmark of Hyderabad. The structure was completed back in 1591, the reason as to why it was built is still a bit of a mystery and has many theories as to why it created. One belief is that this structure was created by the sultan at the time to celebrate the end of a plague that gripped the city, another theory is that it was built in honour of the sultans wife as well as many other speculations.

The large four pillared monument can also be entered for a small fee, and you can climb the stairs to the top. We decided to just wander around the outside of it as it was a hot day and all of us were pretty tired from working the flight over and hadn’t had much sleep. I would like to go back and visit Charminar and next time walk up to the top.

Charminar is located in the heart of the old city in a large open square surrounded by the Laad Bazaar which is famous for selling traditional Indian bangles along with many other stalls and vendors selling a whole range of items. Wandering around you can see lots of craftsmen creating the traditional bangles and you can purchase them in a whole range of styles and colours. There is so much hustle and bustle in this area and so much going on, but this area of the city is a must if you really want to see an authentic side to Hyderabad.

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Chowmahalla Palace

Entrance Fee: 200 INR

Chowmahalla Palace is one of Hyderabad’s top attractions, the construction of the palace began in 1750 and was completed in the mid 1800s. The grounds are comprised of 4 palaces which are Tahniyat Mahal, Mahtab Mahal, Afzal Mahal, and Aftab Mahal. There are also courtyards, gardens and fountains in the grounds, as well as lots of artefacts and antiques which can be viewed. The palace was built by the Nizams which were a monarchy in Hyderabad which ruled the Telangana state for almost 2 centuries from the 1700s to the 1900s. We spent just over an hour exploring the palaces and the grounds. No trip to Hyderabad would be complete without a visit to one of India’s most famous palaces.

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Chowmahalla Palace Hyderabad

Mir Alam Mandi

Mir Alam Mandi is a wholesale food market and sells lots of fresh fruit and vegetables as well as a whole range of traditional spices and cookware. This area is a great place to visit to view a traditional way of life, and if you want to purchase some spices to take home this is the place to come. The area is so colourful and vibrant and we really enjoyed exploring the streets around this district seeing the variety of stalls and what they had on offer.

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Food & Drink

Hotel Shadab

Hotel Shadab is well known across the city for its traditional Hyderabadi biryani, we went upstairs to the air coned restaurant which feels like stepping back in time to the 1970s. With its brown patterned tablecloths and old fashioned grandfather clock by the stairs, but don’t let the decor put you off, honestly I had one of the best Indian meals of my life in there!

The food was incredible and service was warm and friendly, we had to wait 15 minutes for a table as the place is popular with locals. We had to try the biryani so ordered a vegetable one to share as the portions are huge, and ordered a few sides to share. We chose the paneer 65, gobi manchurian and mixed raita and they were all out of this world delicious. I also had the Kashmiri coconut naan which was also incredible. We had so much food and in total it came to about £5 each when we split the bill. You must visit this restaurant as the food is amazing and such good value, and honestly I can’t stop thinking about how tasty the food was there!

Hotel Shadab Hyderabad

Transport & Getting Around

Hyderabad is a really easy and cheap city to get around although there is quite a lot of traffic it is nowhere near as bad as other cities in India. There a public buses and also an air conditioned metro rail, which runs on elevated tracks above the city. There is also plenty of taxis and tuk tuks which are readily available.

I was recommended a man called Sadam by some of my colleagues, he’s a tuk tuk driver and is really reliable and really well priced, and you can just WhatsApp (+91 863 9641629) him what you would like to see and do and he will put an itinerary together for you and make suggestions.

We paid roughly £10 each plus a small tip for the day and he came with 2 tuk tuks for all of us and took us everywhere around the city. We had such a good day with him and he walked us around the markets and sights to make sure we didn’t miss a thing.

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Top Tips

When visiting India try and go as prepared as possible, as some of the streets can be a hard to navigate and sometimes there can be a slight language barrier, so go armed with google translate, guide books, maps.me app etc. I always have maps.me downloaded as it’s a great app that works offline and when I’m walking around or in taxi I always check it to make sure I’m heading in the right direction.

Other tips for India would be to always carry a scarf or pashmina for ladies that would like to enter various temples, also dress modestly when exploring India, such as long maxi dresses, or loose fitting trousers and T-shirt etc.

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A Day Trip To Ayutthaya From Bangkok

Ayutthaya is the former capital of Thailand when it was the kingdom of Siam, from 1350 it was a prosperous city and international trading port, until it was destroyed in the 18th century by the Burmese. It is located approximately 50 miles north of Thailand’s capital – Bangkok.

This once important city of global diplomacy and commerce, is now an archaeological ruin and now forms a large UNESCO world heritage site. The area of Ayutthaya is vast and is a huge archaeological site full of ruins, temples and buildings.

You could easily spend a few days exploring this former capitals ruins and the surrounding area. However anyone who is limited on time then there are plenty of options of day tours or you can get to Ayutthaya easy enough from Bangkok. It is a long day on the tour probably about twelve hours in total but so worth it!

We honestly loved Ayutthaya and seeing such an interesting historical site was just amazing, and would really recommend venturing out of Bangkok for the day to visit the many sites and excavations.

Sights & Activities

Bang Pa-In Royal Palace

Entrance Fee: 100 THB / or included in price of tour

Bang Pa-In Royal Palace is also referred to as the summer palace, and is just 20 minutes from Ayutthaya and located along the Chao Phraya River. It was constructed in 1632, but fell into disuse during the late 18th century, until King Mongkut began to renovate the grounds back in the mid 19th century. Although the palace is full of Thai style acrhitecture there is also some European influence shown in several of the buildings around the palace as well as several statues and sculptures dotted around the area, these were added in during the restoration, which were inspired by palaces from England and France.

The palace is spread out over a huge area and features small canals that run through the grounds to the river. The gardens of the palace are full of grassy lawns, water features and beautiful ornate buildings. Today the palace isn’t really used by the royal family and they only really use the palace for special occassions and royal banquets. The palace is immaculately kept and is a tranquil and peaceful place to visit, even though its a tourist attraction many tourists seem to skip the palace and just visit the archaeological ruins in Ayutthaya, however a lot of tours from Bangkok include the palace as an add on. We paid a little bit more for our tour and we stopped off at the palace before returning back to Bangkok.

You can also reach the palace easy enough by train from Bangkok if you didn’t want to opt for a tour. Honestly though when visiting Ayutthaya I would recommend a visit to the palace preferably at the end of the day as its a great place to wind down after a day of sightseeing.

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Chedi Phukhao Thong

Chedi Phukhao Thong is surrounded by rice paddies and just outside of Ayutthaya in a small village, the temple was established back in 1387 and over the centuries with various invasions the temple changed hands several times, and so parts of the buildings were added to and modified. Today as the structure stands it incorparates both Thai and Burmese styles, you can climb half way up the stupa which provides views over the surrounding areas.

This temple is much quieter in comparison to many of the ruins in and around Ayutthaya. Since we visited the Chedi Phukhao Thong it has under gone some restoration work, so looks drastically different to when we visted, as it has been freshly painted white and renovated to perfection to give you a glimpse of what it would have looked like hundreds of years ago. This was our first stop on our tour as it is slightly out the way,  thats what makes the place a good place to visit as its not overrun with tourists.

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Wat Lokaya Sutha

Wat Lokaya Sutha translates to Temple of the Earth, the temple and monastery are one of the main sites of Ayutthaya. One of the highlights of these temples ruins is the 42 meter long reclining Buddha which is still in fairly good condition. There isnt much known about the temple and monastery but as its in close proximity to the Royal Palace ruins it is thought the temple would have held some form of importance.

Its founding date is also unknown but is believed to date back to the very early days of Ayutthaya. As well as the large recling buddha the site has plenty of other archeological ruins to see such as ruins of assembly halls, chedis (Thai stupa) and prangs (Buddhist spires/towers). Wat Lokaya Sutha is a must when in Ayutthaya as its crazy to see how many ruins there are dotted around this one area, the site is free to enter and most tours will stop here too. The site is also close by to other major historical locations such as Wat Phra Sri Sanphet.

Wat Lokaya Sutha Ayutthaya

Wat Mahathat

Entrance Fee: 50 THB / or included in price of tour

Wat Mahathat is one of the most important temples of the Ayutthaya kingdom, the name translates to The Temple of the Great Relic. This large royal monastery and temple was once the centre of buddhism in Ayutthaya, and was located close to the palace. The site was created back in 1374 and the site has many features and intricate details. The temple stood in this site for about 500 years before the invasion of the Burmese which saw much of Ayutthaya destroyed and turned to rubble. Today the ruins are all that stands but some are more preserved than others. It has a similar ruins to that of Angkor in Cambodia, many of the ruins are out in the open and the grounds are absolutley beautiful with so much to see and explore.

The main image associated with this well known site is the Buddha face entwined in the roots of a banyan tree. You cannot visit Ayutthaya without visiting Wat Mahathat its an absolute must, and was by far our favourite area to explore, the temple were incredible. I would imagine most if not all tours stop here as its one of the most recognised sites of the ancient capital.

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Wat Phra Sri Sanphet & The Royal Palace (Wang Luang)

Entrance Fee: 50 THB / or included in price of tour

Wat Phra Sri Sanphet is another major site in the ancient capital and is most famous for its distinct pagodas which appear on many of the photos of the old city, and are an iconic image for Ayutthaya. The temple was constructed back in 1448 by King Borommatrailokanat who ordered the construction of the temple for his own personal use. The temple was also used for royal ceremonies. The pagodas were constructed after the death of the king to hold his remains and various other kings of Ayutthaya. Over the years smaller chedis were added to the site to hold the ashes of other members of the royal family.

There was a large 16 meter high gold buddha which stood on the site, but when the Burmese invaded in 1767 all the gold and valuables were taken, when Bangkok was identified as the new capital city of Thailand in 1782, the king arranged what was left of the Buddha to be moved to the Wat Pho which is a famous temple and tourist attraction in Bangkok.

Ayutthaya was founded back in 1350 and Wat Phra Sri Sanphet sits on the original site of the wooden palace, a new palace was built a little later just north of the temple, and was adapted and expanded over the years by the various kings. Today nothing much is left from the Royal Palace (Wang Luang) just a grassy area which has some outlines of some of the old walls of the palace. If you go to Ayutthaya’s historical centre there is a display of what it would have looked like. Close by is also Wihan Phra Mongkhon Bophit which is an active temple that houses one of Thailand’s largest bronze Buddha images, when visiting Wat Phra Sri Sanphet make a stop there too, as both can easily be visited in the same morning or afternoon.

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Transport & Getting Around

Most people tend to visit Ayutthaya from Bangkok on a day trip, however some people spend a night or two there and explore, depending on how much time you have I would recommend booking onto a day tour from Bangkok as it’s really straight forward to do! We booked our tour through our hotel it cost us about £35 per person and included pick up and drop off in Bangkok, and all the entrance fees into the various sites and lunch. We had plenty of free time to explore on our own and as we got driven to each place we didn’t have the hassle of having to get from one place to another.

However if you are on a budget there are trains that run from Mo Chit Station in Bangkok and takes about 90 minutes by train to reach Ayutthaya, there are also buses available too, and once there you can explore many of the sites by foot or there are several places to hire a bicycle and bike around. If the hot weather is too much for you, you could also flag down a taxi or tuk tuk to take you between each of the sites once in the city.

You can also get a taxi to Ayutthaya from Bangkok however it isn’t much cheaper than taking a tour and you won’t get the entrance fees and lunch included so by the time you pay out for everything else it works out about the same cost as one of the tours.

Top Tips

Many of the sights in Ayutthaya are outside and exposed so make sure to wear light and comfortable clothing, but also clothing that covers your shoulders and knees as many of the sights are temples so dress modestly. Take plenty of sun cream, a hat and sunglasses to help with the midday heat and plenty of drinking water.

There are still elephants available for tourist rides in Ayutthaya, please avoid this at all costs! The elephants have to endure a process called Phajaan also known as the crush, where they take baby elephants and brutally torture them for days and weeks at time to break the elephants spirit, so that they can be controlled by humans. It’s a really traumatic practice and unfortunately until tourists realise what actually happens to make these elephants allow people to ride on them the practise will continue. I personally have ridden on elephants in the past before I knew what they went through, and now personally I would never ride on one again as it’s truly heartbreaking what they must under go.

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Day Trip To Bintan Island From Singapore

Bintan is an Indonesian island located in the Riau Archipelago, and it is the largest island in the province. Bintan is only a short 1 hour ferry ride from Singapore’s Tanah Merah ferry terminal. It’s a great escape from the city and a lot more accessible than you might think.

The Island is diverse and is a great add on to any trip to Singapore, you can go to Bintan on a day trip, or spend a few nights there and unwind. Bintan has it all from luxury resorts, white sand beaches, water sports, golf clubs, mangroves and historical sites and villages.

I can’t recommend Bintan enough it’s so easy to get to from Singapore and while there you can enjoy paradise beaches, beautiful sunsets and meet some of the friendly locals at Lagoi Bay.

Sights & Activities

Lagoi Bay

Lagoi Bay is a new purpose built complex and is in the heart of Bintan Resorts. The area is still quite new and very pristine with several restaurants serving up local cuisines and delicacies, and there are a few small souvenir shops too. Lagoi Bay is great for families as there are several small play areas, a children’s train and a petting zoo as well as the gorgeous beach which was full of locals and their families having a day out. There are a few other small attractions around Lagoi Bay such as a museum and a lantern park to name a few.

We were really glad we visited Lagoi Bay for a few hours as there’s lots to see and this is where many locals come and visit too. I don’t think many westerners come to Lagoi Bay as we got stopped frequently by locals wanting to talk to us and practise their English and wanting photos with us, all the locals we met were so sweet and friendly and we loved chatting with them.

All the resorts and the ferry terminal run free and regular shuttle buses to Lagoi Bay, so if you can try and peel yourself away from the sun lounger and go down and see everything that Lagoi Bay has to offer you won’t regret it! When we visited it still seemed fairly new so there were still quite a lot of empty shop fronts, but I reckon in a few more years Lagoi Bay will have lots more small businesses and visitors.

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Nirwana Gardens

Nirwana Gardens is a gorgeous resort located on its very own private beach called Mayang Sari and situated a short 10-15 minute drive from the Bandar Bentan Telani ferry terminal. The resort is huge it has just short of 250 guest rooms, with swimming pools, shops, bars and restaurants all available for guests and day visitors to use.

Both times I have visited Bintan I have come to Nirwana Gardens as the beach there is stunning, and they have a small stand at the ferry terminal where you can organise going to the resort for the day. They have a day pass which works out at approximately £12.50 per person, and that includes your pick up and drop off at the ferry terminal, full use of their private beach, swimming pools, restaurants, bars and changing facilities as well as WiFi access and they provide you with a beach towel, and your met with a welcome drink. It’s such great value for money and a great place to base yourself for a day of relaxing.

If lounging around on the beach isn’t your thing then there is a range of water sports available at an extra cost on their private beach. I took my snorkelling mask with me for the day and went in the sea for some swimming and snorkelling which was a great way to cool down from the sun.

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Food & Drink

Spice Restaurant

Spice Restaurant is part of Nirwana Gardens Resort just set back from the beach. The first time I visited Nirwana Gardens we didn’t leave the resort as we accidentally missed the first ferry so didn’t have very long on Bintan. We had a gorgeous lunch at Spice Restaurant and a beautiful view over looking the beach even though it was raining it was lovely to be under cover watching the weather, and by the time we finished lunch the sun came out so it was perfect timing. Spice Restaurant serves up Indian and Indonesian dishes and a good selection of cocktails. It would also be a romantic place to come for dinner and to watch the sunset.

Waroeng Cek Bakar’s Masakan Khas Melayu

Waroeng Cek Bakar’s Masakan Khas Melayu is located in Lagoi Bay tucked between the plaza and the beach, it has both indoor and outdoor seating and serves up local Indonesian flavours, as well as several Singapore and Malaysian dishes. There was plenty of choice and being vegetarian I found plenty of dishes to choose from too.

As well as having a large menu serving up delicious Asian cuisine this cafe is also great to stop by for a cold drink or ice cream. The staff here were also super friendly and we chatted to them after our meal, they couldn’t do enough for us. We really enjoyed our lunch there and may have over ordered on the food as we were all starving by the time we got there. The food there was really delicious but also so cheap. If you visit Lagoi Bay make sure you pay this place a visit.

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Transport & Getting Around

Ferry

The easiest way to get to Bintan from Singapore is by taking one of the regular ferries which is run by Bintan Resort Ferries and leaves from Tanah Merah ferry terminal in Singapore and goes direct to Bandar Bentan Telani ferry terminal in Bintan. There are several ferries that go back and forth daily. I would advise however if you are going for the day to get up early and get the first ferry out and then return either by the last or second to last ferry back, to make sure you get the most of a full day there.

If you can try and prebook your tickets to get your more desired ferry times, however we turned up on the day and managed to get the last few seats heading out, and we booked the last ferry coming back as the second to last was full, but in the late afternoon we asked Nirwana Gardens to call to see if they had any cancellations for the slightly earlier one, which luckily they did and it was only £2.50 to amend the booking.

Make sure you allow plenty of time both ways at the ferry terminal as you have to go through immigration and customs at both ends, so allow for at least 30 minutes before your ferry departure. Something else to note is that Bintan is 1 hour behind Singapore so it’s great arriving to Bintan as you haven’t lost any time, however going back to Singapore you loose an hour.

Getting the ferry over to Bintan is really easy and not as complicated or as expensive as you might think. Tickets are normally around $70 SGD return which is about £40 per person. All you need to do is take is your passport and day bag, and for any cabin crew wanting to visit on a layover take your crew ID and the crew gendec paperwork, so that immigration can see your on a layover in Singapore, and won’t cause you any issues getting back in or leaving Singapore when your due to fly home.

Shuttle Bus

Bintan Resorts and Lagoi Bay run regular complimentary shuttle bus services from the ferry terminal to the hotels and Lagoi Bay as well as putting on shuttles between the hotels and Lagoi Bay. They also have shuttle buses running in Singapore from Singapore Changi Airport to Tanah Merah ferry terminal.

Top Tips

My best bit of advice is if you have time maybe stay over night in Bintan, and try and get out and see more of the island as there are several island tours available which I’m hoping to do on a future trip. If your on a budget and visiting for the day you can skip the resort and head straight to Lagoi Bay on the free shuttle bus from the ferry terminal and spend the day at the Lagoi Bay beach.

While visiting Bintan don’t just stick to staying in a resort head out to Lagoi Bay even if it’s just for lunch and to mix with the locals, they are honestly some of the most friendly and sweet people I have come across on my travels, and they genuinely showed an interest in where we were from and wanting to practise their English.

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Amazing Places To Visit In Singapore For Free

Singapore is one of the most expensive cities in the world, but that doesn’t mean you have to compromise your trip. Singapore has so many free attractions and places to explore. If your on a tight budget or just can’t justify making big splurges, then read this blog for lots of Singapores top free attractions and places to go sightseeing in the city.

Arab Street & Haji Lane

Arab Street (also known as Bussorah Street) and Haji Lane are neighbouring streets and located in the Kampong Glam neighbourhood. Arab Street has the famous Masjid Sultan Mosque one of Singapore’s most popular attractions, which stands proudly overlooking the palm lined Arab Street. There are plenty of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern restaurants along Arab street, as well as shops. It’s a lovely street to wander and there are plenty of photo opportunities.

Step across to the parallel bright and colourful street of Haji Lane which is filled with artsy wall murals, hipster cafes and independent boutiques. There are some gorgeous shops to browse, but if retail therapy isnt your thing, there is plenty of street art to admire along Haji Lane.

I would recommend visiting both streets in the morning to avoid the crowds especially if you want to take some good photos. Check out Selfie Coffee on Haji Lane where you can not only get your morning coffee fix, but can get your selfie photo printed on top it! It’s a great spot for people watching outside, and something a little different for your coffee break.

There is lots to see on both of these streets, and it’s easy to spend a morning or afternoon in this area. Just a stones throw away is the Malay Heritage Centre too, which has lots of information on the history and heritage of the Malay community in Singapore. The centre isn’t a free attraction, however it’s only a few Singaporean dollars to enter if you did want to visit.

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Botanical Gardens

Singapore’s Botanical Gardens are world famous and are the first and only tropical gardens to be placed on the UNESCO world heritage site list. The gardens have over 150 years of history and are set across 82 hectares, the gardens are popular with both Singaporeans and visitors. There is a huge array of plant life on display and a variety of gardens to explore such as the Ginger Garden, Rain Forest Garden, Trellis Garden, Healing Garden and many more, but the main draw of the Botanical Gardens is the National Orchid Garden.

All the gardens are free to roam around, the only exception is the National Orchid Garden which does charge a small admission of only $5 SGD, which is definitely worth it! The orchard garden was by far my favourite in the botanical gardens, along with the ginger and rainforest gardens. You could easily spend a full day in the gardens as there is so much to see. If your limited on time I would suggest maybe selecting a few gardens that you think you would enjoy, or at least go to the Orchid Garden you won’t be disappointed at the vivid colours of the orchid flowers, they are simply stunning!

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Bugis

The area of Bugis has lots of places to go sightseeing, it’s located not too far away from Arab Street and Haji Lane which are in Kampong Glam. Other attractions to visit are;

Chijmes is a great place to pop your head into especially at night when the area is lit up beautifully with twinkly lights. It was once a convent back in the 1800s but has been converted into a beautiful area for restaurants, bars and cafes. It’s also located just by Raffles Hotel, so if you don’t want to spend money on food and drinks come to the area for just for a wander around these colonial heritage sites. You can also shop until you drop at Bugis Junction and Bugis Street, or if your on a budget why not window shop at Bugis Junction and browse the stalls at Bugis Street?!

Chinatown

Chinatown in Singapore is a great place to explore at any time of day or night, the colonial buildings and shop houses are beautiful to look at. During Chinese New Year there are lots of displays and decorations that line the streets too. There are lots of temples and shrines to go and visit for free in Chinatown such as;

The two most popular temples are the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Sri Mariamman Temple which are both grand and with lots of intricate detailing. There is also lots of market stalls, shops, restaurants, hawker centres and Chinatown Street Market.

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Emerald Hill Road

If your doing a bit of sightseeing around Orchard Road take a break from the restaurants and shopping, and wander down Emerald Hill Road the terraced houses are some of the most sought over in the city and are prime real estate. These beautiful ornate terraces take you back to days gone by, its a nice sight to tick off and won’t cost anything. You only need 20 minutes or so to wander this pretty street, just be mindful that people do live in these properties.

Emerald Hill Road

Fort Canning Park

Fort Canning Park is a a must for any history fanatics, the 18 hectare park sits on a hilltop and is steeped in historical landmarks and artefacts. Some of the main sites are the fort gate, remnants of a fortress, maritime corner and a military complex from WWII. The park grounds are lovely to walk around even if your not a history buff and there’s also a spice garden and some sculptures to look out for too.

Gardens By The Bay & Garden Rhapsody Light Show

Gardens By The Bay is one of Singapores top attractions and most recognised landmarks, the main feature is the Supertree Grove which is in the centre of the gardens. The gigantic trees are really impressive and are great to walk around, they are surrounded by lots of other gardens, sculptures, plants, play areas and ponds which are all completely free to look around! The only attractions that charge admission in the gardens are the Cloud Forest Conservatory, Flower Dome Conservatory and the OCBC Skyway.

Depending on your budget I would recommend paying to go up the OCBC Skyway as it’s only $8 SGD, and you get the most incredible views over the gardens and Marina Bay Sands Hotel. Keep an eye out for the local resident otters that live close by in the Marina by the gardens, they can be spotted frequently swimming and playing in the water.

Make sure not to miss the Garden Rhapsody Light Show which is on twice every night at the Super Tree Grove at 19.45 and 20.45. It’s a stunning music and light show which is free for all to sit and watch. The light show is magical and a must in Singapore!

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Geylang & Joo Chiat (Katong)

Geylang is one of Singapore’s more seedier areas and known as the red light district in the city, however the area is pretty untouched and unmodernised and still has a certain charm to the district. It’s a melting pot of ethnicities and full with traditional eateries, bars, shops, temples, mosques and more. Visit the Sri Sivan Temple which is a stunning Hindu temple. When in the area visit Geylang Serai Market which is one of Singapore’s oldest Malay settlements and is one of the biggest and busiest wet markets in Singapore. The market is a social hub for the community and provides a unique Malay culinary experience, try the Piseng Goreng (banana fritters) they are a real sweet treat!

Joo Chiat is also known as Katong, this neighbourhood is the heart of Singapore’s Peranakan community. The community are descendants of Chinese settlers who married locals and have created a blend of cultures between Chinese and Malay traditions. This area of the city has lots of colourful shop houses, hidden temples, workshops and local eateries. Seek out the beautiful multicoloured houses on East Coast Road and Koon Seng Road. There are also some small temples to visit called Kuan Im Tng Temple and Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple which if your in the area are great places to go and see.

While in the area pay a visit to Kim Choo Kueh Chang which is a traditional Peranakan shop serving up rice dumplings and other traditional rainbow sweet treats preserving the communities traditions since 1945.

Koon Seng RoadKim Choo Kueh Chang

Little India

Little India is one of the most colourful neighbourhoods in the city, the small narrow streets are filled with spicy aromas. This area is a complete contrast to other more sanitised areas of the city. There is plenty to see, do and eat in this vibrant district. The good thing about Little India is it is one of the smallest neighbourhoods in Singapore so everything is easy to find and most attractions are within walking distance of each other.

Little India is great for delicious eats, make sure to visit in time for lunch or dinner as there’s some amazing food around. If your wanting street food check out the Tekka Centre. Theres lots of sightseeing to be done in the area, I would recommend walking along the Buffalo Road which is a busy street full of bright buildings, Indian produce shops and stalls selling flower garlands. Stroll into the Little India Arcade to pick up some keepsakes from your trip and to browse the beautifully made Indian wares. One of the most popular sights in Little India is Tan House which is a rainbow coloured building. Little India is bursting with temples, which are so bright and colourful with beautiful designs, such as;

Little India SingaporeLittle India Flower Garlands

Marina Bay, Spectra Light Show & Merlion

Marina Bay is a popular landmark in the city and world famous for its stunning and futuristic architecture surrounding the waterfront. Go down to the waterfront in the evening and splurge on a cocktail in the Marina Bay Sands hotel for spectacular views, or grab a cheap drink from Gluttons Bay Streetfood market and wander around the waterfront to see the skyline lit up at night. Make sure not to miss the Spectra light and water show which is on every night at 8pm and 9pm. There are plenty of places to sit around the water edge and watch the 15 minute light and water display. While your down at the waters edge take a walk along to see Singapore’s mascot the Merlion, this large statue and fountain is a must see when down at the waterfront.

Marina Bay

MacRitchie Reservoir Park & Treetop Walk

Singapore is a green city and there are so many hiking trails and parks to explore. The MacRitchie Reservoir Park is popular with Singaporeans and nature lovers, it’s a great day out and offers lots of recreational activities such as hiking, kayaking and canoeing. It’s a huge nature reserve with pristine forest and has lots of native wildlife, and it sits on Singapore’s first reservoir. There is a choice of hiking routes so plan your route before you go as it’s bigger than what you would expect.

There are lots of long hiking routes in the nature reserve but if your short on time and still want to experience the park then spend a morning hiking the Treetop Walk which is a suspension bridge which sits up above the canopy providing views over the forest, be cautious with the macaques and try and stay away from them as they weren’t very friendly. The hiking loop to the Treetop walk and back takes about 3 to 4 hours and is an easy walk, just go prepared with plenty of water and allow time.

Mac Ritchie Reservoir Park Treetop WalkMac Ritchie Reservoir Park Treetop Walk

Raffles Hotel

The world famous and one of the most iconic places to visit in Singapore is the Raffles Hotel, this is a must on any visit in the city as it’s steeped in colonial history. Most people come from all over to visit the Long Bar for a Singapore Sling which is Singapore’s signature drink and was invented there. However if you want to visit but don’t like the cocktails price tag (approx £15 per drink), then you can still visit the front and walk around the building to take photos and admire the colonial decadence, also visit Chijmes across the road to discover more of Singapore’s colonial heritage.

Sentosa Island

Sentosa Island is located to the south of Singapore and can be easily reached by cable car, MRT, driving, walking, Sentosa Express and cycling. The island is linked to the mainland and is a resort island full of hotels, theme parks, beaches, trails, museums and more. Once on the island there is a whole range of free activities to do, my personal favourite on Sentosa are the three beaches which are Siloso Beach, Palawan Beach and Tanjong Beach.

Personally I love Palawan Beach as it has a suspension bridge across the water to the southern most point of continental Asia, and feels like a lagoon rather than the sea. Siloso beach is great for grabbing a spot of lunch, Coastes is my favourite as it’s a lovely beach bar and restaurant and not too badly priced for a salad. Tanjong Beach is good for beach bars and clubs, I would recommend walking along all three and seeing which one takes your fancy, you can also get the free beach shuttle bus which runs between all of the Sentosa beaches.

It’s a great place to come just for a bit of beach time as it has lots of facilities and amenities and the beaches are really clean, however if beaches aren’t your thing then check out some of Sentosas other free attractions;

Sentosa Island

Southern Ridges

Southern Ridges is one of Singapore’s top attractions and connects the jungle to the city. The wave like walkway provides gorgeous panoramic views over the jungle, skyline, southern islands and out to the South China Sea. The whole trail can take between 3 to 5 hours depending on your pace and how often you stop there is also a canopy walk and forest walk.

Tiong Bahru

Tiong Bahru is the oldest housing estate in Singapore and is a mix of new and old buildings. The neighbourhood is steeped in history and over the years has been regenerated, and is now one of the hippest neighbourhoods in the city. It’s a great place to come for a coffee and quick bite in one of its hipster cafes, and do a spot of retail therapy in one of its niche shops. It’s a great place to spend a lazy morning wandering around.

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Bangkok’s Must Visit Markets

Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and is a city bursting with markets, street stalls and night bazaars. There are so many iconic markets in the city and always new ones popping up. You can’t visit Bangkok and not sample at least one or two of its markets. They are lively, colourful and vibrant hubs of activity and culture, you won’t be disappointed.

I would always recommend checking online or asking staff at your accommodation the opening times as some markets are open every day and others only open certain days and they can start at different times, so always check before travelling to one. I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to Bangkok on many occasions both on holiday and with layovers with work. Every time I’m in the city I try and seek out a new market to shop and explore.

Artbox Night Market

Artbox is one of the trendier markets with lots of stalls set out in shipping containers, neon lights, ball pits, live music and street food. It’s definitely a market to visit for the gram pic, as well as having some amazing stalls selling lots of fashion items, vintage wear and handmade creations. It has a slightly more upmarket feel compared to other markets in the city. There’s plenty of seating so if you wanted to grab some food and drinks and make an evening of it, this market is a great place to do just that!

Artbox Thailand

Chang Chui Plane Market

Chang Chui Plane Market is the place to visit if you love wacky art installations, this quirky market has a plane in the centre which has been made into a restaurant and bar. The rest of the area is made up of buildings that have all been created with recycled materials.

The market has an artistic vibe with stalls and boutiques selling handmade creative items and fashion accessories. There are also several small restaurants and stalls serving up food and craft beers, some nights there is live music too. The market is great for families as there are slides, swings and a lot of crazy street art and statues. The market is situated close to the Khao San Road, so it’s definitely a must visit when near the old town. I would recommend exploring Chang Chui Market and then hitting the Khao San Road afterwards.

Chang Chui Plane MarketChang Chui Plane MarketChang Chui Plane Market

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Damnoen Saduak is Thailand’s most famous and popular floating market. Located about one hour from the bustling capital, it’s the place most tourists want to visit, don’t let that put you off though, as it’s a great place to come and experience history and culture and get an insight into a local life. Aim to get to the market early to fully experience it at its busiest and to see it in all its glory.

Personally I would recommend booking onto a morning tour, there are lots of tours available from Bangkok and all pretty reasonably priced, the guide will make sure you don’t miss anything and also provide you with information and facts about the market. Some of the market can feel quite commercialised like many markets in Thailand, however due to the popularity of this market there are tons to explore and food sellers selling a variety of food and fruit which really makes the market colourful.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Khao San Road

You have most likely heard about the famous Khao San Road, it’s the backpackers hub for South East Asia. Yes it’s tacky, touristy and full of stalls selling creepy crawlies to snack on (I never have) it can sometimes get a bad rep. However if you go with an open mind and anticipate the mass commercialisation and manage your expectations it’s a great place to visit. There’s something about the Khao San that always draws people back, myself included.

I love the fact there are people from all over the world and from all walks of life and there is something for everyone along the Khao San Road. I can honestly say I’ve had some of the best nights on the Khao San.

I normally start the night off by grabbing some cheap street food, then browsing the hundreds of stalls and shops to treat myself to another pair of comfy elephant trousers (don’t judge!). After I’ve normally shopped and bought tons of new clothes, and trinkets, I grab a bucket of booze and sit and have a foot and leg massage, then after a massage I hit a few bars and before I know it I’m dancing in the street making friends with everyone and anyone. I’ve never had a bad night along the Khao San and normally stay until the early hours partying before jumping in a tuk-tuk back to my accommodation.

If you want to start the night off eating at restaurant I would suggest going to one of the side streets next to the Khao San Road such as Rambutri Road and some of the quieter lanes for a much calmer dining experience. If your on a tight budget then stick to the food on the Khao San as it’s the cheapest in the city!

Khao San RoadKhao San RoadKhao San Road

Maeklong Railway Market

Maeklong is a traditional Thai market selling fruit, vegetables and homewares. You probably wouldn’t buy anything there to take home with you, however it’s a great place to visit for the local experience. It’s famous for its market but more famous for its location set on train tracks and a few times a day the train passes straight the market with locals having to pull back their produce and canopies. Some stalls that are low to the floor the train just glides straight over missing the produce by a few inches.

It’s incredible to watch, but make sure to be careful as it can be dangerous. Try and go in the morning and grab some breakfast or lunch at the market and browse the stalls and watch the train.

The market is about a one hour drive from Bangkok and you can either book a tour, taxi or you can even take the train from Bangkok that will take you straight through the market and you can get off a few minutes walk away and wander back to explore the market itself.

Maeklong Railway MarketMaeklong Railway Market

MBK Centre

MBK Centre is a huge indoor mall and is well known in Bangkok, it’s next to the upmarket Siam Discovery. MBK offers a huge choice for shoppers, although it’s not quite a market I thought I would include it in this blog as the ground floor is mostly market styles stalls selling clothing and handbags. There are also plenty of places to eat, and as you go up the floors there is plenty of shops and restaurants. It’s a great place to shop especially if your visiting during rainy season or if you prefer shopping with the comfort of air conditioning – MBK is a good indoor option.

Neon Night Market

Neon Night Market is a lively night bazaar with a large array of stalls selling fashion, quirky homewares and has lots of food and drink stalls. There are neon lights everywhere (hence the name) and this market is probably aimed more at the younger crowd, but don’t let that put you off as there is lots to browse around, and the market is centrally located in Pratunam.

Neon Night MarketNeon Night Market

Patpong Night Market

Patpong is a popular night market amongst tourists and is a vibrant and chaotic market set in the built up area of one of Bangkoks most popular nightlife districts. The market is surrounded by go-go bars and sells everything from fashion items, fake designer goods, souvenirs and much more all for cheap prices, just make sure you bargain with the stall owners and don’t accept the first price offered for a product but also don’t offer to little for an item. If your looking for a lively night or just fancy a few drinks, browse the market before finding a bar for a cocktail or two.

Rod Fai Ratchada Night Market

Rod Fai Night Market is located in Ratchada and is also referred to as the train market as it’s located by a train station. This market is a must, it has everything and something for everyone with an artsy vibe thrown in for good measure. It has lively bars and live music in one corner, and lots of stalls selling street food and snacks, there’s places to pull up a seat and grab food. There are stalls selling literally something for everyone, as this market is popular with Thai people the prices are much cheaper compared to other markets in the city.

This has to be one of my favourite markets in the city I found lots of items I liked and there were plenty of stalls offering customisable fashion items, such as sandals that you could choose how you wanted them customised with pom-poms, tassels and trims etc. Just note that the market isn’t on every night so check opening times prior to going.

Rod Fai Ratchada Night Market

Sukhumvit Street Market

Sukhumvit Street Market isn’t much to write home about, however if your staying in this area especially around the Nana or Asok BTS skytrain stations, then I would suggest having a wander along the stalls in the evening. Stalls lines the whole of this road, it’s a good location as it’s so central. You can pick up souvenirs, and knocks offs every night of the week. However unless your staying local to this area I wouldn’t come out your way for it, as there are much better night markets in the city to venture to.

Victory Monument Night Market

Victory Monument is a great area to explore at night and hunt down some bargains, there’s tons of stalls that spring up in the evening and lots of places to eat and drink. There’s some good outside seating areas with live music too. Have a browse around Victory Point Bazaar which is underneath the Victory Monuments BTS skywalk, where you can see lots of stalls and food vendors and locals going about their evening.

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Cheap Eats In Singapore

Singapore is a melting pot of vibrant cultures all living in harmony together. Singapore has had many cultural influences over the years and that shows through in its cuisine throughout this city state. Singapore is also one of the most expensive cities in the world, and many people may feel that it is out of their reach and they couldn’t possibly afford to travel there. I would be lying if I said Singapore wasn’t expensive, and in comparison to other countries around south east Asia it isn’t cheap! That being said Singapore can be done on a budget.

I have travelled to Singapore on holiday and also being cabin crew have had many layovers there, and I’ve always managed to eat really cheaply. I would recommend when planning a trip to Singapore if you are on a budget then do your research before you go. If you eat cheap and visit the many free attractions in Singapore it’s a really easy place to stay on budget.

There are so many places to grab cheap eats in the city, stick to the hawker food centres, food courts in the malls, Chinatown and Little India which are great places to visit for delicious local food. If you want to taste lots of authentic Singapore cuisine these are easily found throughout the city such as Chilli Crab, Hainanese Chicken Rice, Beef Rendang, Laksa, Nasi Lemak, Kaya Toast, Satay and if your vegetarian there is a huge choice of vegetarian Indian food available. You really will be spoilt for choice for food in Singapore. In this blog I will cover some of the best places to eat in Singapore and even better all of its super affordable and delicious.

Bugis Market

Bugis Market is a great place to visit for shopping, but if you want to find some amazing street food head to Bugis Food Street. There is a huge choice of stalls serving up fresh fruit juices, sweet treats, novelty bites and quick and easy snacks that are all so cheap!

China Town

Chinatown is the place to come for a huge choice of budget eateries. This area of the city is full of restaurants and cafes which are all pretty reasonably priced. Many people flock to Chinatown for the street food and hawker centres, some of the best ones to visit are;

  • Amoy Street Food Centre: This two storey complex is bursting with stalls and has several stalls that have been featured in the Michelin Singapore Guide.
  • Chinatown Complex Food Centre: This is the largest hawker centre in Singapore and is a hit with locals and has lots of lunchtime regulars.
  • Chinatown Food Street: This beautiful undercover street is set in between old traditional shophouses, and has a real buzz about the place at night, also its a great place to stop for a drink or two.
  • Maxwell Hawker Centre: One of the most famous hawker centres in Singapore, and always popular with both locals and tourists. It has a huge array of stalls selling a variety of food.

Maxwell Hawker Centre

Geylang Serai Market

Geylang Serai Market is a historical market and has been around since the 19th century when it was a trade emporium, it is also one of Singapore’s oldest Malay settlements. The market sells a whole range of produce, and there is so much to see and explore in this bustling market. It’s popular with the Malay community and other Singaporean locals. I didn’t see many other tourists there so it has a really authentic feel to the place, and is a great place to watch locals go about their lives. While there try the Piseng Goreng (banana fritters) they are a real sweet treat!

When visiting this market it’s also only a stones throw away from Koon Seng Road Terraces which are famous for their 1930s pastel coloured Peranakan terraced houses, you have probably seen them on instagram before. After exploring the market I would recommend wandering around the neibourhood and visit the beautiful architecture of Koon Seng Road.

Gluttons Bay

Gluttons Bay is one of my favourite areas to eat at in Singapore, it has a a row of stalls serving up street food, there’s enough choice without it being overwhelming. It’s al fresco dining and sometimes you do have to spend a few minutes trying to find a table. The reason I love this market is it’s location! It’s set next to Esplanade so after dinner it’s the perfect spot to wander around the bay with views of the Merlion and Marina Bay Sands. You can also watch the Marina Bay Spectra Light Show after dinner which is at 8pm and 9pm every night.

Gluttons Bay

Kaya Toast

Kaya Toast is my favourite go to breakfast in Singapore it’s quick, easy, filling and cheap! Kaya toast is simple but delicious it’s slices of toasted bread with cold butter and Kaya jam which is made from coconut and egg. It’s sweet and perfect for breakfast it’s normally served with a side of two soft boiled eggs, and a tea or local kopi (Singapore coffee). The set Kaya Toast menus are normally only a few dollars, so it’s perfect if your on a budget. There are lots of places to grab kaya toast all over the city, and many branded kaya toast cafes, however my two favourite ones that I go to are;

  • Toastbox: Is a contemporary cafe chain and they are dotted all over the city, you are bound to stumble across one while on your trip, they offer great kaya toast set menus.
  • Ya Kun Kaya Toast: Is a household name in Singapore from humble beginnings back in the 1940s, it started up as a small coffee stall and is now a huge chain with cafes all over the city, and are now popping up in other places around the world.

Kaya Toast

Little India

Little India is one of the best places to visit in Singapore not only are there lots of free sights and attractions, but the food is incredible and great for vegetarians. Little India is a bright and colourful neighbourhood full to the brim with character. There’s lots of stalls, cafes and restaurants to eat at, and all at pretty affordable prices. Some must try places are;

  • The Banana Leaf Apolo: The Banana Leaf Apolo has been around since 1974, and is extremely popular with Singaporeans. All food is served up on a banana leaf, the food isn’t the cheapest in Little India but is still reasonably priced and always consistently delicious, and has a more restaurant style setting.
  • Sakunthala’s Restaurant: There are several Sakunthalas that have sprung up around Little India, my favourite one is the one located on Syed Alwi Road, it’s a small non fussy restaurant. The portions are generous so go easy on ordering, there is a huge choice of food on the menu too. I would recommend one of their thalis as they are amazing! One of the best thalis I’ve ever had!
  • Tekka Centre: Tekka Centre is a hawker centre located just by Little India’s MRT station, there is a huge array of stalls and is great for cheap eats and finding authentic local cuisines.

Little India

Satay By The Bay

Satay By The Bay is a great place to stop for lunch or dinner especially when visiting Gardens By The Bay. It’s located in a quiet corner of the gardens over looking the waterfront and other than satay there is a good variety of stalls and street food to choose. There is lots of outside and undercover seating available, so it’s easy to get a table. Keep an eye out for the local resident otters that live close by in the Marina too, they can be spotted frequently swimming and playing in the water.

Satay By The Bay

Singapore Malls

Singapore is bursting with malls that are all over the city, and most of the malls have food courts with lots of vendors and stalls, some have a selection of restaurants and cafes too. If your on a budget then head to one of the malls and search out the food court, avoid the high end malls as these tend to have more expensive and up market restaurants in them. The food courts vary but personally I’ve always found lots of tasty food in the malls, best of all it’s mostly quick and easy food, so you can eat then get back out exploring this incredible city some more.

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Tips On How To Reduce Jet Lag

Tips On How To Reduce Jet Lag

Jet Lag is also referred to as flight fatigue and is the result of air travel across multiple time zones. Jet Lag is a temporary disorder and symptoms are exhaustion, insomnia, poor sleep quality, concentration loss, mood changes and it can cause stomach issues such as bloating, constipation and diarrhoea and just a general feeling of being run down. Most people that travel on long haul flights will at some point experience some form of jet lag.

Working as cabin crew I have experienced jet lag and fatigue frequently and sometimes on a weekly basis, no the job isn’t all glamour! Working on long haul flights and having short layovers definitely takes its toll on your body, both physically and mentally. I can honestly say before becoming crew I had never experienced such tiredness like it in my life! Over the years I’ve learnt a few tips and tricks on how to look after myself, and reduce my jet lag from flying all around the world all the time.

I wanted to write this blog with all my tips and what I personally do to help with my sleep pattern while travelling both as a passenger and when I’m working flights. Sometimes it’s impossible to avoid jet lag, but you can definitely help minimise the affects that it has on you and prepare yourself for your long journey.

Before Your Flight

Booking Your Flight

When booking your flight have a look at all options available and focus on your arrival time. Try and land in the late afternoon or evening if possible, as it means less time for you to wait before you can get a full nights sleep and recharge. If your planning an extremely long flight to somewhere like Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific or to a destination that’s more than a 15 hour flight time away, then maybe consider a stopover. Stopovers a great way to break up a long journey, they can help adjust your body clock, and also it’s another good excuse to explore a new destination!

Day Of Your Flight

The night before you flight go to bed early and get a good nights sleep. The day of your flight and the time leading up to it – drink plenty of water and stay hydrated to prepare your body ready for the flight. Try and eat healthy before your flight such as fruit, vegetables and nutrient rich foods. Plane food isn’t always the healthiest and is saturated in excessive oils and salts, to ensure the food keeps its taste, because low pressure and dry air reduces the sensitivity of your taste buds. Purchase something fresh at the airport to take on with you if your not a fan of plane food.

Jet Leg Calculator

A few days before your flight have a look at Jet Lag Rooster which is a jet lag calculator, there are lots available on the internet, however this is a popular one people tend to use. You input your flight details and it will provide you with tips and a guide on how best to deal with your jet lag, even covering a few days prior to your trip to help you prepare your sleep pattern and body for travelling through various time zones.

Seat Selection

Even if your sat in economy choosing the right seat for you can make a huge difference to how well you rest on a flight, if your tall I would always recommend paying extra for the extra leg room seat or opting for an aisle seat, just make sure to tuck your legs in when trolleys are coming past. All airlines have a variety of aircrafts and each one has a different layout configuration, so to choose the best seats in your cabin use Seat Guru which gives you all the information on each seat on the aircraft your flying on, and gives each seat a ranking depending on its legroom, seat size, and distance to the toilet etc.

During Your Flight

Carry On Essentials

When going on a flight always go prepared, especially on long flights as there’s nothing worse than stepping off a plane feeling like you have been dug up. Always take a few essentials with you so that you can freshen up during the flight and prior to landing. A quick freshen up will always make you feel so much more refreshed after a long journey. Here is a list of essentials to take on any long haul flight:

  • Face Moisturiser
  • Hair Brush (compact travel brush)
  • Hair Ties / Slides
  • Hand Sanitiser Gel / Hand Cream
  • Lip Balm
  • Mini Deodorant
  • Mini Face Spritz (decant some toner water into a small 10/20ml spray bottle)
  • Mini Perfume (take a perfume sample or use a perfume atomiser)
  • Mini Wipes (great to freshen up with during a flight)
  • Toothbrush / Toothpaste
  • 1 Pair of Knickers (can change into before landing)

Get Comfortable

Getting comfortable on a flight is essential to ensuring your as well rested as possible for when you arrive at your destination. Take some ear plugs or noise cancelling headphones to cancel out any noise during the flight especially if you want to get some sleep, also take an eye mask, flight socks and travel neck pillow.

If your feet and legs swell on flights it might be worth investing in some flight socks or tights which help to improve circulation. I would definitely recommend trying to sleep on a flight if you can, not only does it make the flight go quicker but definitely helps to fight jet lag.

If your someone that gets cold easily make sure to take an extra jumper or pashmina and a small hot water bottle with you, and ask the crew to fill it for you. Plane blankets always tend to be quite thin and with outside temperatures dropping down to an average of -50°C at 35,000 feet, and air conditioning blasting planes can feel quite cold.

If your on a long flight take something comfortable to change into to help you rest better. When sleeping always make sure to put your seatbelt on over the top of your blanket or loose clothes and make sure it’s easily visible, so that if the seatbelt sign goes on cabin crew don’t have to disturb you or wake you to check.

Limit Alcohol, Sugar & Caffeine

When flying try to make more of a conscious effort about what you are eating and drinking, this is probably one of the hardest things to stick to. Personally I’m terrible at sticking to this, especially when I’m working a flight. My body always craves something sugary in the early hours of the morning for a burst of energy when I’m tired and trying to stay awake.

If you do have some self control then try and avoid or limit the amount of alcohol and caffeine you drink. Opt for one alcoholic beverage of for a decaf drink instead and try and drink plenty of water.

Most long haul carriers provide snacks during the flight, but I always take some snacks of my own, and if your health conscious take some nutritional snacks. Try and refrain from snacking on sugary and salty snacks all flight, as it will dehydrate you even more. When flying it can really mess with your digestive system and you also become bloated, which sometimes people confuse dehydration and bloating with hunger when actual fact your just thirsty. So take a swig of water instead and see if your still feeling hungry after that.

Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is so important when flying, your body can loose up to 2 litres of water during an average 10 hour flight. With humidity levels low, a mix of recycled oxygen, altitude and pressure, flying can really take its toll on your body so make sure to take extra care of yourself.  

Take a reusable water bottle on every flight, once through security fill it up at one of the airport refill water stations, or when onboard ask one of the cabin crew if they can fill it for you. Staying hydrated is so important when flying, your body can loose up to 2 litres of water during an average 10 hour flight. With humidity levels low, a mix of recycled oxygen, altitude and pressure, flying can really take its toll on your body so make sure to take extra care of yourself.

If you find you suffer quite badly with jet lag try adding a hydration tablet to your water during the flight to help boost your electrolytes, minerals and vitamins. Dehydration can lead to headaches and fatigue, so drink regularly during a flight and mist your face with a face mist or spray water.

Stretch

Remember to stretch before, during and after the flight. Even if just every time you go to the toilet you do a few stretches before go back to your seat. While your seated there are several leg and foot exercises you can do as well, and remember to stretch after the flight. Have a look online for plenty of exercise tips, many airlines that have inflight entertainment sometimes have a well being section that shows you what stretches you can do in your seat.

After Your Flight

Drink Plenty

I know I keep saying this but keeping hydrated before flying, during flying and after you land is so important to help with reducing jet lag. When you land ensure you drink plenty of water to top up all of the water you would have lost during the flight. Try and also eat something healthy or some watery fruits such as water melon, strawberries etc as these are great for getting you rehydrated. Coconut water is another great source of nutrients and antioxidants during or after a flight.

Sleep Well

For your first night in your destination, it’s absolutely key that you get a good nights rest, as this will help your body to recharge and to help you get into the time zone of your destination. The first few nights can be hard especially if jet lag kicks in, to help get the best nights sleep try and avoid alcohol or caffeine again.

Before bed if possible have a hot bath to help you relax, and limit your light exposure, close the curtains turn down the lights and avoid looking at your phone on bright mode. Drink a Horlicks (malted milk) or camomile tea before bed. Again go prepared before travelling you can take a few camomile teabags with you and you can purchase small sachets of Horlicks too.

Also take some of the following with you such as essential oils, lavender body lotion or a sleep pillow mist and use before bed. I personally always use Lush Sleepy Body Lotion and decant into a small travel pot, and rub into my temples and wrists before going to sleep. I have in the past also decanted some lavender sleep pillow mist into a small spray bottle before and taken it away with me.

I personally use sleeping pills when I go away and normally take one on my first night in a place to ensure I go to sleep and stay asleep until a reasonable time. However sleeping pills aren’t for everyone some people rave about them and other people can’t stand them. I always use Nytol one a night tablets as their the strongest ones they do, however they also have two a night tablets which are less dosage so you could always take just one of them or opt for their herbal range. I would recommend speaking to your pharmacist before travelling and maybe try one a few weeks prior to you travels to make sure you get on ok with them.

Download the Calm App which has a variety of features to help you get to sleep such as breathing exercises, meditation, relaxing music and reads and much more. I personally haven’t got around to using this app yet, but I always see and hear amazing reviews about it. Prior to travelling also purchase a Space Mask these are great to pack, they are self heating eye masks with a light relaxing scent which help you get settled for a good nights sleep. The only thing with the Space Masks is that they are single use which isn’t great for the environment, however if you only use them occasionally and for your first night in a destination it’s not to bad, and they do work really well.

Always set yourself an alarm for the next morning, even if you hit snooze a few times it’s better to get up in the morning of your destinations time zone, and this will avoid you accidentally sleeping all day and messing up your body clock even more.

Time Zone

Travelling east tends to cause more problems than travelling west, because the body clock has to be advanced, which is more difficult for the majority of people than delaying it. Most people have an internal circadian rhythm that is longer than 24 hours, so lengthening a day is less hard than shortening it.

No matter what time you land into your destination, always go by the destinations time! If you land in the morning try and power through the day and stay awake, or if your really craving sleep have a power nap when your arrive, and limit yourself to no more than two hours to have a quick sleep. Make sure to set loads of alarms as when you do this it is normally the hardest sleep to force yourself up from. I normally set 3 alarms and make sure my alarm is on loud so I don’t sleep though.

When having a power nap when you first get up sometimes you can feel worse than what you did before you had the nap, have a shower and drink plenty that will help make you feel better. If you land in the afternoon or evening try and stay awake until at least 9pm, and have a good nights sleep so your ready and refreshed for the next day.

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48 Hour Layover Guide To Yokohama

Yokohama is Japan’s second largest city by population after Tokyo, and Yokohama is located just half an hour south from Tokyo situated on Tokyo Bay. Yokohama may not be as exciting and have the same electric vibe as its neighbour Tokyo, it definitely has more of a business and corporate feel to it. That being said there are things to go see, do and explore and some excellent places to eat and drink and of course you can sing your heart out after a few sakes in one of the many karaoke bars.

Yokohama is one of Japans prominent port cities and over the years has developed rapidly, and business is booming in the area. The city also contains one of the worlds largest Chinatowns with hundreds of restaurants and shops.

I wouldn’t really suggest going out of your way to visit Yokohama as there are much more interesting places to explore around Japan, however if your in Yokohama on business or a layover then here’s a mini guide on some cool stuff to see and do.

Sights & Activities

Cup Noodles Museum

Entrance Fee: 500 JPY

Cup Noodles Museum is a bit of a fun novelty museum, with lots of information, facts, displays, factories and exhibitions all about Cup Noodles. Cup Noodles are huge in Japan, and this museum just proves the popularity of this snack. There are plenty of noodles to try and fun interactive areas in the museum. If your looking for something a little on the quirky side then thus museum is a must!

Karaoke

No trip to Japan is complete without a trip to one of the many karaoke bars and booths, karaoke was invented in Japan and attracts people from all walks of life. I’m not normally a karaoke fan, however in Japan, it is so much fun, you definitely need a few drinks in you first though! When in Yokohama like many other Japanese cities there are karaoke bars dotted all around the city and you can easily stumble across one.

I would recommend heading to the downtown area called Sakuragi-Cho also called Noge where there are plenty of small bars to go bar hopping and then finish your night in a karaoke bar. Many of the bars have set packages such as all you can drink for two hours etc prices and packages vary depending on the bar. Many of the karaoke booths have a box of fancy dress items too, which you should definitely make full use of, dress up as silly as you possibly can and sing the night away dressed like an idiot!

Minato Mirai

Minato Mirai is a futuristic area set along Yokohamas waterfront and the name translates to Harbor of the Future, the area has many features such as a Ferris wheel which is lit up at night, a 1930s sailing ship docked up and also an amusement park called Cosmo World. The Landmark Tower is a real highlight and is a huge skyscraper filled with shops, restaurants, hotels, offices and an observation deck, and it was Japans tallest building until 2014. Have breakfast in the hotel in the Landmark Tower before heading into Tokyo as it provides excellent views over the waterfront. If you can try and visit Minato Mirai both during the day and also at night to see the waterfront lit up.

Minato Mirai Yokohama

Pokemon Centre

There is a Pokemon Centre in Yokohama and if like me you’re a bit of a geek at heart and were also a huge pokemon loon as a kid you need to go! It’s more of a shop with plenty of merchandise available and also a gaming room. The Pokemon Centre is a smaller version to the one in Tokyo, but a must visit and its located just by Yokohama Station.

Pokemon Centre Yokohama

Sankeien Garden & Tea House

Entrance Fee: 700 JPY / Teahouse 500 JPY

Sankeien Garden is a great outdoor space to visit if you want to escape the modern skyrises of Yokohama. Its a large spacious and traditional Japanese Garden which features a pond, small rivers, historic buildings, tea house, pagodas and nature trails. The garden was created back in 1904. You can spend hours exploring all the different buildings and areas of the garden.

After we spent a few hours wandering around we went to the tea house which is a must! Sankeien Garden Tea House is located in the lobby of the memorial hall of Sankeien Gardens where you can enjoy a cup of matcha tea and some traditional Japanese sweets. The lovely ladies that work there also can show you the technique for making matcha tea. This was a real highlight of visiting the gardens as the ladies were so friendly, only one of them spoke a bit of broken English but we had such a laugh with them and got to experience a taste of Japanese culture.

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Food & Drink

Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!

Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! the bar is one of my favourite bars in Yokohama and I have so many great memories of this bar or at least from what I can remember. Its one of the dinkiest bars ever, but has a friendly atmosphere and plenty of retro board games to play while your boozing, best of all – all drinks are 500 Yen! This 80s style bar is located in the Noge area which is the best area for nightlife and a decent bar crawl in the city, the bar is also open until the very early hours of the morning and has a great selection of cocktails.

Gyoza No Ohsho

Gyoza No Ohsho is a large chain and has restaurants all over the country, there are several dotted all over Yokohama. They make the most delicious gyozas which are their signature dish. They also have several Chinese dishes available too. The restaurants have a bit of a diner kind of feel to them, but if you want delicious, cheap and quick eats then head to any of the Gyoza Ohsho chains around Yokohama.

Gyoza No Ohsho Yokohama

Seryumon

Seryumon is like no other restaurant I have been to before, the restaurant is set out like an underground sewer with industrial pipes and brickwork. Every half an hour or so water runs through the middle of the restaurant, it’s definitely unique! As well as having a quirky interior it also serves delicious food, try their chilli chicken and gyozas! I visited the restaurant before I was vegetarian, so I can’t remember if there were many options for veggies, however it does have a slightly more western take on Japanese food so they might be able to adapt the menu to remove meat from a dish.

Seryumon Yokohama

Transport & Getting Around

Being Japans second largest city and being in close proximity to Tokyo means that Yokohamas transport links are very efficient, and there are plenty of options available to get about. The city has two major railway stations with lots of links to Tokyo and the surrounding areas. There are also subways and buses available, but if your planning on sticking to central Yokohama most places are easily accessible by foot. If you want to get between Tokyo and Yokohama take the Tokyu Toyoko Line and opt for the express or limited express trains as they cost the same as other trains but are much faster.

48 Hour Itinerary

  1. After arriving grab some lunch at Gyoza No Ohsho, then head to the Cup Noodle Factory. In the evening grab some dinner at Seryumon restaurant and have drinks in Noge and check out one of the many karaoke bars.
  2. Have a big breakfast at the Yokohama Royal Park hotel in the Landmark tower for incredible views over Minato Mirai. Then head to the Pokemon Centre, after that then onto Sankeien Garden to explore and check out the Tea House.

Top Tips

If your vegetarian or just prefer a plant based diet, then the biggest bit of advice would be to do some research before leaving your accommodation and decide where to eat beforehand.

Try downloading the Happy Cow app or googling vegetarian friendly restaurants as trying to seek out places that serve veggie food isn’t always obvious in Japan, so research before you go. If you can also take a small translation card or find it in a guide book and take the translation for vegetarian food, as there is a language barrier. So if you have this you can show waiters and waitresses so they can assist you.

I would really recommend when exploring the city to download the maps.me app this is a great app to have in any country but especially countries where there can be quite a big language barrier. I swear by having this map in an unfamiliar city. It’s like google maps but works offline, so is great if you don’t have WiFi.

I would recommend planning your day before heading out, and seeing what sights and attractions are near to one another. I normally search places on my maps.me app and save and pin it so I can see what is close by, and what is the best route to take so I’m not wasting time going out of the way and then having to go back on myself.

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The Pyramids of Giza

A Day Trip To The Pyramids & Sphinx of Giza From Cairo

Cairo is Egypt’s bustling capital city and home to the famous Pyramids and Sphinx of Giza. Cairo sits on the River Nile and is popular with tourists from all over the world who come to explore an ancient past left behind in the desert.

I have always dreamed of visiting all of the 7 wonders of the world in my lifetime, and have been fortunate enough to visit most of them already. Recently I got rostered a work trip to Cairo quite last minute so straight away I knew I wanted to venture out on my quick layover and explore the Pyramids!

The Great Pyramids are located on the Giza Plateau on the outskirts of Cairo, there are 3 pyramids which are – the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Pyramid of Khafre, and the Pyramid of Menkaure, along with their pyramid complexes and the Great Sphinx of Giza.The Pyramids of Giza

This collection of pyramids are the largest in all of ancient Egypt, there are pyramids scattered all over the country but the pyramids of Giza are the most famous ones. The pyramids are roughly 4,500 years old and were built for the pharaohs who expected to become gods in the afterlife. The largest pyramid is thought to have taken 2 decades to complete, and thousands upon thousands of workers and tradesmen were involved in the creation of this wonder.

When visiting the Pyramids I would really recommend booking a tour guide as it can be busy and a bit of hassle with people trying to sell you services and products, and if your female I would recommend going with a guide as you can get some unwanted male attention. I booked Nevin from Deluxe Tours Egypt, and booked a half day tour. Nevin and her driver picked me up at 10am and we ventured off to the Pyramids. Along the way we made a quick stop where Nevin grabbed me some breakfast.

We arrived at the Pyramids and Nevin handled everything and arranged getting my ticket and guided me all around the Pyramids and helped me take plenty of photos. Entrance into the Pyramids site is only a few quid but I just paid Nevin at the end of the tour, I paid approximately £55 for a half day private tour.The Pyramids of Giza

I really enjoyed my tour with Nevin she was knowledgeable and also did not leave my side and ensured no one hassled me. The driver met us a few times and drove us to different spots which was great as I got to see the pyramids from all the different angles and in some quieter locations, as it was heaving around the main entrance it was nice to have some quiet spots to really appreciate the pyramids. I also went down in one of the pyramids which was really interesting, and amazing to know how deep down the tombs went.

The only downside to the pyramids is the amount of rubbish floating around the pyramids. I really wish they would clean the site up by providing bins and paying workers to give it a big clean up and anyone caught littering to be fined! This is a wonder of the world and it is a shame to see the amount of rubbish the site is covered in, its definitely the most messiest wonder of the world. I just feel they should be a bit better looked after than what they are.

Honestly though rubbish a side the pyramids are an absolute must when visiting Egypt, and I can’t wait to come back and explore more of this exciting and lively city, and maybe bring someone with me and spend some more time exploring the pyramids.The Sphinx of Giza

Food & Drink

Felfela

Felfela serves authentic Egyptian food and is a well known chain across the capital that have restaurants and take aways, and has been loved by locals since the 1960s. We made a stop off at the take away in Giza close by to the pyramids, and Nevin ran in and grabbed me the most delicious falafel pita wrap and some baba ganoush with some breads for breakfast to eat on the go. Honestly it was the best baba ganoush I have ever had and the falafel wrap was also delicious! Felfela is a must try when in Cairo.Giza - Falafel Wrap

Transport & Getting Around

Cairo’s roads are congested and chaotic! If your short on time and only on a quick trip then I would suggest getting drivers as they’re vehicles should have air con and comfortable seats, and the drivers will know and understand how the roads work. If your in Cairo for longer then there is a whole range of various transport options available for getting around and to suit all budget types from metros, buses, micro buses and river buses. I personally however would just always book a guided tour with Nevin and get her to show me around the sites of the city.

Top Tips

I would really recommend booking a tour with Nevin I was recommended her by so many of my colleagues and she is honestly the best tour guide, you can WhatsApp (+20 128 2957737) her and ask her for prices and tour options etc. When visiting the pyramids I would also recommend dressing respectfully and cover your legs and shoulders as most of Egypt is predominately Muslim, and also if your female you don’t want to gain any unwanted attention! Also wear comfortable shoes as the area around the pyramids is quite rocky and sandy so comfortable shoes or sandals are a must. Walking down into the tombs of the pyramids can be quite steep too so have shoes with some good grip.

When staying in Cairo it is essential to go out and try all the amazing Egyptian cuisine and mezes, the food is delicious and the best way to end an evening is of course with a shisha and mint tea, my absolute favourite thing to do in the Arab nations!

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24 Hour Layover Guide To Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv is Israel’s cosmopolitan city situated along the Mediterranean coast. Tel Aviv is a liberal city with lots going on with lots of restaurants, bars, shops and plenty of world class nightlife. Tel Aviv is a 24 hour city which is always buzzing with something going on. The city makes a great holiday as it has the weather, beaches and lots to see and do in terms of culture. It really does have something for everyone!

I have been fortunate enough to travel to Tel Aviv on many occasions with the airline I work for, on some trips I have been lucky enough to get a decent layover with enough time to get out and explore what this cool city has to offer, and on other occasions I’ve had a minimum rest layover with just enough time to go out for dinner before bed. Tel Aviv is somewhere I would love to go on holiday and really delve into it some more.

Sights & Activities

Herzliya

Herzliya is a suburb situated to the north of Tel Aviv and is an affluent area set along the coast. It’s only a 20 minute drive from Tel Aviv but has a much more relaxed atmosphere than the hustle and bustle of the city. It has a gorgeous marina area with a good choice of up market restaurants and hotels. The beach is also really nice and clean, and always offers up the most stunning sunsets. Herzliya makes a great place to visit from Tel Aviv if you want a chilled out day by the beach then head down to Herzliya, just note that weekends can become quite busy.

Jaffa

Jaffa is my favourite area in Tel Aviv and also happens to be the oldest part of the city and was originally an ancient port which is where the city of Tel Aviv grew from. Jaffa has so much character and is full of authentic charm with narrow streets and alleyways. There are lots of places to eat and sample many Israeli dishes and plenty of traditional sweet shops. Shopping in Jaffa is also great and it is known for its flea market, and from that lots of galleries, boutiques and craft shops have opened up in and around it. It’s a great place to pick up a whole variety of items from home wares, jewellery and all sorts of trinkets.

The area is also quite artsy and has plenty of street art, studios and galleries dotted around. There are lots of sights to go and visit around Jaffa with its famous Clock Tower which is a good meeting point in the old town. St Peters Church is also a must visit, it’s a stunning church and monastery which was built in the late 1800s by the spainish government and is set overlooking the ocean.

Just by St Peters Church is also the Wishing Bridge which has all the star signs on the hand rail, and ledgend says that if you stand by your star sign and look out to the sea your wish will come true. It’s easy to get lost in Jaffa for the day as there is so much to see and do, and exploring the small streets is the best part to really understand the local culture, you will also find the locals really friendly and I loved talking to many of the stall holders around the markets they were all so welcoming. I would recommend basing yourself in Jaffa when visiting Tel Aviv as it’s full of original charm.

Food & Drink

Benny The Fisherman

Benny The Fisherman is my favourite restaurants I have been to in Tel Aviv. Set along the marina in Herzliya this restaurant serves up plenty of fresh and traditional Mediterranean food. The fish is meant to be incredible and fresh, I have been a few times to the restaurant and always order the salad meze and fresh bread.

The first time I visited I couldn’t believe how many dishes came out, there was such a huge variety of salads, vegetables dishes and dips all for approx £10 and if there’s a certain dish you like you can ask for more and they will keep refilling it for you.

Sit outside if it’s a sunny day as the views over the marina are lovely and with the fresh dishes it’s the perfect spot for lunch or dinner at sunset. You can also order plenty of grilled meats and a variety of fish, but if your vegetarian like me then the salad meze is more than enough and so filling!

Dr Shakshuka

Dr Shakshuka is an authentic Israeli restaurant located in the old town of Jaffa, this ramshackled eatery is tucked down an alleyway undercover in between some older buildings is always full of locals. The outside seating area set in a quirky square is a lovely place to sit for breakfast, lunch or dinner. There is a good choice of traditional Israeli food as well as the famous Shakahuka which is a North African dish of poached eggs in a tomato sauce, a couple of us ordered the dish to share and it was delicious along with the fresh bread and meze. If your in the old town this restaurant must be added to your must do itinerary.

Yam 7

Yam 7 is a chic restaurant set along the beach in Herzliya, this stunning restaurant has beautiful panoramic views of the shore and beach. Yam 7 serves fresh seafood and has a varied selection of food to choose from. It’s also a great place to come for cocktails at sunset. We had quite a large lunch so opted for a few side dishes and appetisers to share and watched the sun go down with some drinks which was amazing!

Transport & Getting Around

Tel Aviv is really easy to get around and there are plenty of options available. As I’ve only ever visited on layovers with work I have always opted for taxis as I’ve always been time constraint. Taxis are pretty cheap and not very expensive, and the drivers are always happy to provide lots of tips of things to see and do and provide information about the city. Taxis by law must always use their meters, just note that taxi tariffs go up by about 25% between the hours of 9pm to 5.30am on the night tariff, Shabbat and Jewish holidays.

Bikes are also a great way to get around and Tel Aviv has many bike paths, if cycling isn’t your thing then there are plenty of electric scooters too. If your prefer public transport then buses are regular and reliable. Trains are also available and you can get trains from one end of the city to the other.

Top Tips

I would recommend if your planning a trip to Telaviv then to allow for atleast 1 week to really explore the city and try and do a few day trips to Jerusalem and the Dead Sea. Tel Aviv also a has a great selection of beaches to choose from, and lots of places to eat and drink and its also know for its party scene, and also hosts one of the biggest gay prides in Asia. Tel Aviv is not at all how you picture Israel to be it has a very Mediterranean vibe to it. However when leaving the city ensure you dress respectfully especially if visiting any religious sites.

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