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  • Maui and Kauai Top Activities | Expedia.com.au
    McIntyre yTravelBlog Ms Darlinghurst Expedia About Listopedia MAUI Feast at Lele Click Here A tropical feast and a show Sit down for five courses of local Hawaii Kiwi Tahitian and Samoan dishes with Polynesian performances and an open bar for the night MAUI Haleakala Central Maui and Iao Valley Adventure Click Here Head to the House of the Sun summit of Mount Haleakala Maui s dormant volcano is just one stop on a day of adventure MAUI Pacific Whale Foundation Molokini and Turtle Arches Snorkel Click Here Explore Molokini Crater the semi submerged crater perfect for sheltered snorkeling with green sea turtles KAUAI Waimea Canyon Experience Click Here Blue Hawaii fans this one s for you Spend a few hours exploring spots from the movie and of course the Grand Canyon of the Pacific Waimea Canyon KAUAI Smith s Tropical Luau Click Here Watch on as the Smith family prepare the centerpiece for their traditional Hawaiian Luau a pig is roasted underground and served in the imu ceremony KAUAI Blue Hawaiian Kauai Garden Isle Deluxe Helicopter Tour Click Here Soar above the Garden Isle in this 50 minute helicopter tour taking in the best of the island from great heights

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  • Top Trending Destinations September | Expedia.com.au
    Kris McIntyre yTravelBlog Ms Darlinghurst Expedia About Listopedia Dubai United Arab Emirates Al Qasr Madinat Jumeirah Next to but definitely not in the shadow of the Burj Al Arab this traditionally designed hotel has one of the best brunches around town Boracay The Philippines Shangri La s Boracay Resort and Spa Guests check in at Caticlan and board the Shangri La speedboat to zip across to villas perched above Puka Shell Beach Tasmania Australia Quamby Estate Outside of Launceston is where you ll find this peaceful lodge Curl up with a book by the fire hit the golf course or snuggle up in a four poster bed Port Douglas Australia Peppers Beach Club Sun sand and one of the biggest lagoon pools in Port Douglas Book into a Deluxe Lagoon Suite and make the most of your private swim up pontoon Canberra Australia Mercure Canberra Within walking distance of the War Memorial and Old Parliament House this hotel has a fair bit of historic charm in its own right Lombok Indonesia Novotel Lombok If you get bored of the private beach you could check out the other beaches nearby but why bother when you can walk just a few metres

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  • One City Many Flavours 48 Hours in Kuala Lumpur | Expedia.com.au
    sprawling open air restaurant is a KL institution Once you ve grabbed a spot at a plastic table the hardest part is navigating the endless choices on the menu We recommend kangkong belacan morning glory sautéed in spicy shrimp paste squid with a delicate spiced soy sauce for dipping and tender prawns with Asian greens And a few bottles of Anchor beer to wash it all down Refined fusion food Originating from the cosmopolitan Malaysian ports of Malacca and Penang Nyonya cuisine is a blend of Chinese and local cooking styles Try in it in the refined surrounds of Precious an antique shop meets dining room on the first floor of the Central Market 10 Jalan Hang Kasturi Settle in at a sturdy wooden table in one of the dining rooms and order a big glass of iced lemon tea to revive your spirits after a hard morning s bargain hunting Try the udang lemak prawns cooked in a rich and creamy coconut sauce alongside a sour okra and papaya salad with Thai aubergines Don t forget to order a side of blue coconut rice apparently such a startling colour thanks to a little pea essence Most Read 1 All Aboard the Sea Cabin fever is a term you definitely won t hear aboard the Allure 2 Listopedia Serious Are you serious about where you soak Hotel bath tubs are big 3 Listopedia Bucket Lists Want to suggest a Listopedia Bucket List topic Just let us know on Trending Topics Foodie Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Tips Hop in a taxi for an Indian fix If you re after a curry spend an evening in Bangsar The once sleepy suburb is today a bustling night spot overflowing with cafes clubs and restaurants Skip the tapas and pizzas at the shopping centre eateries and wine bars and make for Saravanaa Bhavan 52 Jalan Maarof On a street of restaurants specialising in spicy vegetarian food this is the place to try pulled tea teh tarik The sweet milky concoction is poured from pan to jug and back again to create a frothy light and surprisingly refreshing hot beverage Diners are expected to complete this theatrical flourish themselves at the table but if in doubt enlist the help of one of the smartly attired waiters Order paneer mutter masala chunks of fresh cottage cheese and pop in your mouth peas bobbing in a spicy tomato sauce with a few freshly baked naan breads Closer to the CBD Nasi Kandar Pelita 149 Jalan Ampang serves delicious buffet style Indian Muslim dishes A word of warning the curries here are fiery We spent our lunch making countless trips to the tap in the middle of the large canteen so we could replenish our water jug Soup the perfect shopping pitstop It s been big in Japan for years and you ll now find Marutama Ramen in KL s Fahrenheit88 mall 179 Jalan Bukit Bintang A huge bowl of delicately flavoured chicken broth freshly made hakata noodles the

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  • Big and Beautiful Big Island Hawaii | Expedia.com.au
    a cow pat The cow pats are one of the biggest drawcards to Hawaii s Big Island If you re after a Christmas getaway the festive season is one of the most popular times for Expedia s Aussie travellers and a few days on the Big Island is all you need to tick a few things off the Bucket List ie up close volcano viewing I ve traipsed about a kilometre over this incredible terrain to this viewing spot The hike from the car park requires sensible walking shoes and a bottle of water The viewing site shifts depending on the wind the fumes can be toxic Park rangers are on hand to advise you of where to park and view on any given day There aren t many places on the planet where tourists can wander up to the core of the earth fly over it in a helicopter or even take a boat to watch it sizzle madly into the sea Watching crimson and orange rocks shooting into the clouds of smoke is mesmerising It s a daytime firework show Kilauea translates to spewing in Hawaiian It s very apt because the mountain has been constantly erupting for the last 30 years In that time it s resurfaced 123sq kilometres of land The Big Island keeps getting bigger Most Read 1 All Aboard the Sea Cabin fever is a term you definitely won t hear aboard the Allure 2 Listopedia Serious Are you serious about where you soak Hotel bath tubs are big 3 Listopedia Bucket Lists Want to suggest a Listopedia Bucket List topic Just let us know on Trending Topics Big Island Hawaii Mt Kilauea Tips But this is only one drawcard to a beautiful island which is a microcosm of the earth s climate You ll find lush tropical rainforests with waterfalls which will make you stop and stand in awe snow topped mountains and black sand beaches don t forget the coffee plantations The famous Kona coffee is only grown here but you ll find it for sale all over the world It gets its accolades because the high elevation constant cloud coverage and rich volcanic soil create an ideal environment for growing coffee beans There are hundreds of coffee farms on the Big Island and if you re a connoisseur you can pop in and do some tastings If you re not just choose one with a veranda and a great view and drink the whole cup There s so much to see and do on the Big Island I d recommend hiring a car It s very easy to get around Tip Rent a car before you arrive as they go quickly and you don t want to be stuck waiting for one to be returned If you plan on visiting the volcano you need to be staying in Hilo as tours like the Kilauea Volcano and Sunset Lava Walk go before dawn and just on dusk to get the full effect

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  • Myth Buster Flying 101 | Expedia.com.au
    So leave your sharp sporting equipment kitchen utensils tools scissors and cable ties at home The rules do change you can now take knitting and crochet needles pointed metal nail files nail clippers and disposable razors on board If you re unsure pack the item in your checked luggage See the Government s Travel Secure for a more detailed list 2 Aerosols You can take aerosols in your hand luggage as long as they re for personal or medicinal use hair sprays deodorants perfumes and medical inhalers The nozzle on the aerosol must be protected by a cap or have a release lock otherwise it will be confiscated For domestic travel the aerosols in hand luggage must be under a net quantity of 2kg 2L and a single article must not exceed 0 5kg 0 5L For international travel each aerosol should not exceed a 100gr 100ml bottle 3 Liquids pastes and gels While these items seem insignificant a combination of a pressurised cabin high altitudes and extended travel cause everyday substances to react This regulation is in place for international travel only to protect travellers from the threat of liquid explosives You must not carry liquids gels pastes and aerosols in containers greater than 100ml You also need to ensure you pack these products in a transparent resealable bag You re allowed one plastic bag measuring no more than 80 centimetres e g 20 20 cm or 15 25 cm To avoid any hassles pack the bigger items in your checked luggage Remember If you buy additional liquids and gels perfume Duty Free after security screening by law they must be packaged in a sealed bag which you can t open until you arrive at your destination My biggest tip is to only buy these items at the stop before your destination otherwise if you have a connecting flight you ll have to go through pre screening They could be confiscated even if they re in a sealed duty free bag There are exceptions to these rules especially when it comes to medicine and baby products Check with your aircraft carrier on what to do to get cleared to carry your required items on board Most Read 1 All Aboard the Sea Cabin fever is a term you definitely won t hear aboard the Allure 2 Listopedia Serious Are you serious about where you soak Hotel bath tubs are big 3 Listopedia Bucket Lists Want to suggest a Listopedia Bucket List topic Just let us know on Trending Topics Flights Long Haul Flights Tips Travel Food You re allowed to pack and take your own food on a flight Just remember if you re flying international you can t take any liquid in a container greater than 100ml You can buy liquids to take on board once you ve passed security Remember You can t take on board or check in any self heating food such as cans of coffee or soup that are ready to eat drink once

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  • Monkey Business Why families love Ubud | Expedia.com.au
    be greeted with a smile and a helping hand When we were eating out in Ubud my 11 month old baby was often whisked away in the arms of cooing staff who wanted to entertain her while we ate in peace Where to eat When it comes to eating Ubud has plenty of options from local Warungs to trendy organic cafes A few places of note Clear Cafe this chic cafe is very popular with Bali s expat community and prides itself on offering delicious organic food They have a great kids menu with meals from 25 000 35 000 IDR 2 50 3 50 AUD and extra yummy kids milkshakes for 20 000 IDR 2 AUD Adult meals all make my mouth water and cost between 40 000 55 000 IDR 4 5 50 AUD Murni s Warung considered the first real restaurant in Ubud when it opened in 1974 Murni s continues to be a local institution worth visiting The food is great but the real winner for me is the setting Perched on the side of a hill overlooking a river Murni s sprawls over four levels each with its own vibe and eclectic collection of local artifacts The riverside terrace on the lowest level is a beautiful place to have a relaxing meal Sari Organik getting to Sari Organik is half the joy of eating there It s a 20minute walk through rice paddy fields to this tranquil café where delicious organic food and drink awaits Children will enjoy sitting on cushions around a low table and although there isn t a specific kids menu there s plenty on offer that appeals to young tastebuds Most Read 1 All Aboard the Sea Cabin fever is a term you definitely won t hear aboard the Allure 2 Listopedia Serious Are you serious about where you soak Hotel bath tubs are big 3 Listopedia Bucket Lists Want to suggest a Listopedia Bucket List topic Just let us know on Trending Topics Bali Families Foodie Tips Out and About You don t have to make the trip to Sari Organik to enjoy a walk in the rice paddy fields Plenty of guided trips are available but you really don t need them A little research before you leave home or a helpful concierge can get you good enough instructions and a map for a short stroll Walking along the narrow dirt tracks through tranquil fields green as far as the eye can see is beautiful Duck spotting is a good game to occupy children Ubud is a hub for handicraft and textiles Small shops along Monkey Forest Road sell carved wooden statues and there are great boutique stores along Jalan Raya where we bought great oversized cushion covers which now live on our daybed The local central market overflows with clothes kitchen items kites material carved ornaments and anything else you might need A real highlight of a stay in Ubud is taking the kids to the Sacred Monkey

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  • Unique Sleeps The Datai Langkawi | Expedia.com.au
    Evans Arvind Passey Sassy Bella Kris McIntyre yTravelBlog Ms Darlinghurst Expedia About Listopedia The Datai Langkawi Hide away in a pocket of rainforest tucked between the Andaman Sea and the Mat Cincang Mountain Range The Datai Langkawi Private plunge pools with built in Jacuzzis make the pool villas hot property There s only five so get in early The Datai Langkawi Brand new beach villas are right by the private beach but the plunge pool might be too tempting to leave The Datai Langkawi Luxury local style furnishings in the Beach Villas make the most of the location feel the cool ocean breeze through the raked timber ceilings The Datai Langkawi You ve got 218 square metres to play with in a Beach Villa and the huge bath tub is probably one of the best parts Settle in for a soak The Datai Langkawi Check into The Spa and anyone else you re travelling with won t see you for a while Book the signature Rainforest Harmony treatment and ask for a massage table by the river The Datai Langkawi The lobby is just a taste of what s in store traditional design meets modern luxury in this piece of

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  • Expedia Expert Sri Lanka for Foodies | Expedia.com.au
    green leafy tea plantations exploring the walled Portuguese influenced city of Galle or one of the many long walks along Sri Lanka s south west beaches In my short visit to Sri Lanka I may not have ticked off all the must dos but I certainly attempted a fair few in the culinary sense In Colombo my inquisitiveness required I sample an egg hopper a thin egg pancake shaped by the vase shaped pan it s cooked in delicious when drowned in maple syrup Up in the tea plantations I focused my attention on family home cooking sampling spicy potato curry and plenty of obligatory cups of fresh tea The 98 Acres Resort sits on a mountain peak in the middle of a tea plantation has the best views for freshly baked cakes and of course a cup of tea More exciting mini van rides later I watched the sun disappear in Tangalla sipping on a cold Lion Lager beer and munching on seriously addictive devilled cashew nuts spiced with chilly and fried curry leaves I was fortunate enough to stay at the Vivanta by Taj in Bentota where The Palms Restaurant is just steps from the tranquil pool After a dip I lunged into a huge Sri Lankan platter with a range of goodies curries chutneys and spicy pol sambol coconut Most Read 1 All Aboard the Sea Cabin fever is a term you definitely won t hear aboard the Allure 2 Listopedia Serious Are you serious about where you soak Hotel bath tubs are big 3 Listopedia Bucket Lists Want to suggest a Listopedia Bucket List topic Just let us know on Trending Topics Expedia Expert Foodies Sri Lanka Tips I finished my foodie tour with high tea at Colombo s Galle Face Hotel High tea is popular

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