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Discover Karnataka’s Lakelands along the Captivating Kerala Backwaters

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Often called the Asian equivalent of the American Bayou, the Kerala backwaters are an expansive network of intricate waterways that include five lakes, forty rivers and a host of canals that span half the length of its home state. Stretching across over 900km the labyrinth of lakes, rivers, inlets and creeks form a truly magnificent eco system and …
Blue Reef Aquarium Newcastle- a world of wonders

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Positioned just a short drive away from the beautiful Whitley Bay, the impressive Blue Reef Aquarium is ideally located in the North East coastal city of Tynemouth. It is a great place to discover how life goes on under the ocean. The Blue Reef Aquarium is a modern aquarium showcasing marine life in a new and exciting way. It has been designed and …
Festivals in Maldives – Merriment in Male

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  No one would think that the decorative specs on the Indian Ocean would on close scrutiny turn out to be such resplendent islands full of tourist attractions. However, that is precisely what the Maldives is like. It has over twenty six tiny atolls or islands, which are governed separately but are a cohesive part of Maldives. Most of the festi…
Medical Tourism – Dental Care & Dentists in Bohput

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Family Travel to Philippines

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The multicultural nation of Philippines presents an ideal destination for a family holiday. The suitable areas for families visiting the country include Boracay Island, Central Visayas and the National Capital Region Cebu. You may visit the most popular beach in Boracay, known as the White Beach which is famed for its spectacular sunsets and pristi…

Public Spaces – Sanam Luang Park

The royal field or Sanam Luang Park is a vast open space across the road from the Grand Palace Bangkok, on Rattanakosin Island in the historic heart of the city. It has served as the city’s main public space since its founding in the 18th century. Whether on vacation or business the conveniences and comforts of Vic3 Bangkok make a stay here worthwhile.

Sanam Luang Park is where royal cremations have been taking place since the time of Rama I. The Royal ploughing ceremony and the calling for rain ceremony were also held here. Shrine rooms and pavilions needed for the ceremonies and to house the king and his entourage cluttered the space. There was even a barn on the premises to store the grain from the ceremonial paddy fields. King Rama V changed all that. The buildings were demolished and the grounds were used for the centennial celebrations of Bangkok in 1897 and also to celebrate the king’s birthday. Although it was again used for ploughing and rain making ceremonies after Rama V’s demise, the park’s character changed with the influx of foreigners and it served for a time as a race track and a golf course.

Now tamarind trees provide welcoming shade on the perimeter of the park and picnickers can be found here on mild days. This is also where tourists visiting the Grand Palace complex are dropped off. The ploughing and calling for rain ceremonies and royal cremations are still held here but it is now very much a public space where the people of Bangkok come for their voices to be heard, enjoy kite flying competitions, gather to celebrate the king’s birthday in December, Constitution Day also in December and the New Year. It is also a popular place for early morning jogs and walks and as a space to play sepak takraw or kick volleyball. As one of popular four star hotels Bangkok Vic3’s range of fully furnished apartments and central location is what holiday makers and business clients look for when visiting the city.

Jayani Senanayake is a writer who dabbles in travel and all things exotic. Under the pseudonym of Caliope Sage, she writes of the allures that must simply be discovered.


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