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  • Singapore to Savour | Expedia.com.au
    Road Chilli crab at Hua Yu Wee Seafood The seafood market out at East Coast Park is worth a visit in its own right grab a seat among the open air stalls and kick back with a beer and a plate of steamed clams It s close to the airport and a great destination if you ve just landed with a rumbling stomach If you ve got more time and want a really special night out head to Hua Yu Wee Seafood This humble old colonial bungalow houses an incredible array of weird and wonderful looking seafood residing in tanks out front but the chilli crab is the dish that put this place on the map Prepare to get messy as you extract meat from the huge crab claws and soak up the spicy sauce with a wedge of fried man tou Chinese bun Hua Yu Wee Seafood 462 Upper East Coast Rd 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 Singapore Laksa at Marine Parade Laksa Rice noodles with fresh prawns chunks of fishcake and a hard boiled egg all bobbing in a creamy spicy coconut broth It has to be laksa While there are several contenders for the crown of best laksa in Singapore in our mind Marine Parade Laksa is the original real deal although it has moved locations since opening in the 1940s and is now despite the name situated in Bedok a neighbourhood to the east of the island By making all the components in house including the paste for the base of the soup made from a lengthy list of ingredients the owners continue to serve steaming bowls of perfectly balanced laksa There s just enough coconut sweetness and a little umami kick from the dried prawns Marine Parade Laksa Blk 128 Bedok North St 2 01 02 Hokkien mee at Ah Hock Fried Hokkien Noodle Colloquially known as Chomp Chomp Serangoon Gardens recently won the public s vote as Singapore s favourite hawker centre With less than 40 stalls it s one of the island s smaller food courts but as a result offers a more intimate and laid back dinner and late night eating experience We stumbled upon this stall because it had the longest queue always a good sign especially when locals are happy to wait at least 30 minutes for their noodle fix Run by the eponymous Uncle Ah Hock for the past 50 years one of the keys to his long running success might be the use of thin bee hoon noodles They certainly set this place apart from the hundreds of other hokkien mee stalls in Singapore Ah Hock Fried Hokkien Noodle Serangoon Gardens Food Centre Kensington Park Road Related Articles

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  • The Art of Packing | Expedia.com.au
    bag tag to your case You don t want to find someone else s underwear when you get to the hotel all because you took the wrong bag Prepare for the worst Carry a change of clothes in your carry on bag just in case your luggage gets delayed or lost Don t worry airlines have great tracking systems and can usually get your bags to you within 24 hours If in doubt leave it out De clutter your bag It s worth lightening your load to leave space for new things Instead of overfilling your bag with stuff you think I might need leave it out There s nothing worse than carrying around an overstuffed bag Apart from prescriptions you ll probably be able to buy whatever you need once you arrive at your destination Keep valuables at home Don t bring anything you would be upset to lose this goes for clothes too You don t want to ruin your holiday because you re heartbroken over breaking an expensive watch Know the baggage rules Remember to follow the airline rules and regulations Don t bring any sharp objects lighters or liquids gels over 100ml in your hand luggage Leaving expensive face moisturiser with the security guard at the airport is never fun Find out more about baggage here Pack a travel journal Whatever you do leave space for a travel journal A book of empty pages to be filled with your experiences will become a treasured souvenir Use a hardbound type rather than a spiral bound unless you want to lose pages along the way I love looking back through my journals they fill me with a sense of luxury and adventure Remember your medicine Don t forget to pack all your prescription medication it s also a

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  • Unique Sleeps W Retreat Koh Samui | Expedia.com.au
    yTravelBlog Ms Darlinghurst Expedia About Listopedia W Retreat Koh Samui Lotus pond where infinity pool meets ocean W Retreat Koh Samui Bask in breathtaking views tropical sunshine and refreshing waters W Retreat Koh Samui This luxury resort faces the Gulf of Thailand at the shores of Maenam Beach W Retreat Koh Samui Welcome Lounge W Retreat Koh Samui Escape to your own bathroom retreat W Retreat Koh Samui Lounge seaside

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  • 5 reasons Bali is one of the hottest destinations for families right now | Expedia.com.au
    everywhere and they ll love the extra attention being showered on them by the warm Balinese Value for Money Bali offers good value for money and is a very affordable destination Obviously attractions restaurants and facilities aimed at tourists will cost more than local options but there really is something for every budget For example a 1 hour Balinese Massage in a Day Spa rather than on the beach will cost anything between 12AUD and 50AUD depending on where you go Most hotels provide nanny babysitting services and many have kids clubs For 4 hours service expect to pay around 18AUD Eating out can cost under 1AUD at a street stall as little as 3 7AUD for a main in a simple restaurant or 20 25AUD somewhere more upmarket Family Friendly Activities Waterbom is a huge water park in the heart of Kuta Great Beaches obviously kids will love simply playing and swimming but they can also snorkel or learn to surf for half the price you ll pay at home Bali Safari Marine Park Sumatran elephant Sumatran tiger white tiger leopard komodo dragon and cheetah are just some of the fascinating animals that can be seen here 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 Beaches Family Resort Tips Locations to Suit Everyone Hit the Beaches Seminyak and Sanur are popular beach destinations for families Both offer a wide range of accommodation great food and shopping Head for the Hills Ubud is a very popular village set in the hills 35km from

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  • Celebrating the colours of Holi | Expedia.com.au
    over our imagination It is all about colourful interactions with emotions It is all about letting reservations and inhibitions rest for a while and allow the rowdy inner self to lead the moment I remember when I was in school I was mortally afraid of colours and so during Holi one was sure I had locked myself inside one of the bathrooms with a stack of novels to read Holi was thus a boon to my reading habits but then one year my parents showed me a tree and said This is the palash or tesu tree The orange and the reddish orange flowers that you see are dried and then soaked in water and this is the colour that you can fill in your pichkari water canon to sprinkle during Holi This connection of colours with plants fascinated me and that was one year that saw me standing on my first floor balcony with my bucket of saffron coloured water It was exciting to fill my pichkari and let the spray surprise the small groups or tolis of people who were coloured beyond recognition and dancing to the melody of harmoniums and the beat of the dhols that a few carried with them There are different ways of celebrating Holi and with so many States in India the formats followed can be entirely different There are specific pujas that can be performed where for instance Badkoolas handmade from cowdung are made and strung on a rassi coconut fibre string The cuisine has its own Holi link with recipes that include sugarcane juice and dishes that include the inimitable dahiwada poori dried moong dal etc So wherever one is during Holi one is bound to get a refreshingly charming version of the festival Expedia travellers mostly travel to India from

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  • A Himalayan honeymoon | Expedia.com.au
    and into the mountains as far as the Annapurna Base camp with a maximum Elevation of 4095m This trek can take 7 14 days depending on detours hours a day walked fitness and weather We walked on average 6 5 hours with good weather and completed a 7 day trip Our first lesson was you must walk down to walk up The typical day is a climb up a steep descent and then a steep climb to arrive at a higher altitude than the night before Santi Santi Ram would say to us which roughly translates to gently gently or slowly slowly The first few days we walked through local villages with terraced fields yaks rivers and rhododendrons Low cloud still obscured our mountain views Geoff and I were welcomed into Chhomrong local school and we were as delighted as the children 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 Asia Culture Himalaya Kathmandu Nepal Day three saw glorious sunshine and the most amazing views of Machhapuchhare Hiunchuli and Annapurna South The magnificence of the Himalayas surrounded us At 3700m I felt the effects of altitude walking through powdered snow My lungs burned as they tried to take in enough oxygen Santi Santi became my mantra Day five started at 4 30am to reach Annapurna Base Camp by dawn We walked by moonlight without a breathe of wind and it was incredibly tranquil I had a cold and struggled in the altitude I had no choice but to walk slowly and send Geoff ahead so he wouldn t miss sunrise I was a little sad but there was also something magical walking surrounded by mountains alone with my thoughts as dawn broke Annapurna Base Camp did not disappoint We enjoyed breakfast with a mountain backdrop grateful to be there We opted for a quick descent and long days but ensuring we stopped in Jhinu Danda for a night to enjoy the hot springs We were welcomed by Ram s wife in Pokhara and enjoyed a beautiful family meal with their children Ram was a great guide good company and generous in sharing knowledge and answering all our questions about life in Nepal We returned to Kathmandu choosing to trek independently for a different experience Our second trek was Langtang to Helambu via Gosainkund Lakes Starting at the northern edge of Kathmandu Valley this beautiful trek crosses the valley of Langtang National Park to the Sherpa region of Helambu We walked together for 6 days averaging 6 7 hours a day and reached a maximum elevation of 4610m Being experienced hikers and aware that Australian James Scott was lost for 43 days in 1991 after wandering off the track in this region we frequently checked

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  • Galway Uncovered | Expedia.com.au
    wish I had longer Galway isn t just quaint it s cool I was staying in the uber chic The g Hotel designed by renown milliner Philip Treacy aka creator of the bold hat Princess Beatrice wore to the Royal Wedding Bright bold colours plenty of spots and stripes and stunning images of his amazing headwear in each room The g Hotel is the only 5 star property in Galway and amid the history and heritage of this town the high tech it pops Have a cocktail in the crimson pink lounge where the psychedelic black and white carpet will make your head spin have breakfast beside the car hood that s now a painting of Marilyn Monroe or watch day turn into evening at the main lobby lounge where you ll sit under 100 silver balls that reflect the street scene outside If you want to get out and explore the city the hotel is just a 10 minute walk into the heart of Galway Start at Eyre Square where the streets are pedestrianised and follow your nose past pubs and shops along the cobblestoned streets Expedia s Aussie travellers make the most of Ireland s warmer months choosing to travel from July through to September when wandering through the quaint towns and historic villages doesn t require too many layers of clothing As always when I travel I pick the brains of the hotel concierge on where to go for great music and good food In Galway there were so many places to try that I my map was covered in circles With so many pubs offering live music we went on a mini pub crawl sipping wine I m not a huge Guinness fan and tapping our feet in one place after the other 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 Galway Ireland The shopping and cafes could easily distract for a day but with more time I d tootle out to the coast and explore the Cliffs of Moher only an hour and a half away Drive around the winding coastal road of Galway Bay past ancient stone walls and castles cottages and rambling paddocks edged in blackberries which taste great by the way Be prepared to stop every few minutes as the picturesque photo opportunities are endless On a clear day you ll see the Aran Islands if you have time take a ferry and visit before rounding a bend to find the mighty Cliffs of Moher rising more than 200m out of the North Atlantic Sea in County Clare Made famous by the Princess Bride and Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince they re a pilgrimage for tourists who come by bus and car and the

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  • Venice with Kids | Expedia.com.au
    hotels in Venice with great reviews from other Expedia travellers Try the Hotel Spagna Hotel Dei Dragomanni and Residenza Ca Foscolo The San Marco area is the most popular you re right in the heart of the action but it can be expensive Expedia s Aussie travellers usually spend 2 3 days in Venice and that s enough to get a taste of the city Here s why I think Venice will be a great kid friendly destination to add to our itinerary Pedestrian Only No cars buses or taxis in Venice Always wonderful when travelling with children Note if you have a young child consider taking a backpack instead of a stroller Venice is full of bridges with stairs on either side They re not stroller friendly Magical Maze Venice feels like a magical maze of canals cobbled paths and bridges all wrapped around each other It s a place where you can follow your nose and see where it leads you If you d like some help getting orientated book a Venice Walking Tour Cruise the Canals Gondolas are an iconic part of Venice but better suited for couples than kids Instead you can pre purchase a 24 hour or 72 hour Venice Public Transport card for unlimited travel on a Vaporetto ferry You can also use the Vaporetto to get to Lido Venice s beach or head across to the island of Murano to watch the famous Venetian glass blowers in action The ticket also includes a free Venetian Islands Tour 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

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