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  • Travel to Sri Lanka for your Honeymoon!

    For the newlyweds (or any couples), start packing your bags for Sri Lanka! via GIPHY   Galle Face Beach - Galle Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka Morning walks along Sri Lanka’s beautiful beaches is a must! Even this beach that is located so close to the city centre is a breathtaking sight in the early morning. Take a romantic stroll with your spouse and just spend some quality time to get to know each other.  Beach on Colombo Plan Road However, if you seek more thrill, something like combining beaches with railway tracks, then walk along Colombo Plan Road. It is a tranquil sight of the sea with occasional loud train sounds as the trains pass by the tracks on its way to Galle station. While you are there, stay on to catch a little bit of sunset. All you need is your life partner by your side and a sweet silence as you both listen to the muse of the sea. Negombo beach - Negombo, Sri Lanka If you need some private time with your spouse, Negombo Beach is the beach for you. There are very much lesser people here so you can walk along the beach and have a romantic conversation undisturbed! Amagi Aria Hotel - 640/82 Suhada Mawatha, Puttalam - Colombo Rd, Negombo 11500, Sri Lanka Even better, why not stay at the Amagi Aria Hotel and whisper words of forever as the sun sets leaving you and your spouse with warm lovely feelings. This is the perfect spot to have a heart-to-heart talk with your spouse. Alright, enough about the beaches! Let's go on to talk about just how gorgeous the train ride in Sri Lanka is!  Image Credit: YamuThere are so many beautiful places to visit via train. Places such as Ella, Nuwara Eliya and Kandy are among the top few for the must-visit! The journey to the mentioned places itself is such a breathtaking sight. Views en route from Colombo to Kandy Kandy Train Station  Things to do in Ella: 1.The Nine Arch Bridge Image Credit: Salt in our Hair This gorgeous bridge is located right outside of Ella. It will take about 30 minutes to walk through the woods and reach a beautiful tea field. Be there with your beloved and sip a cup of delicious Sri Lankan tea while watching trains pass by.  2. Swim at Diyaluma Falls Diyaluma waterfall - in Badulla district on the Colombo-Badulla highway, about 6km east of the regional town of Koslanda, and around 30km south of Ella.Image Credit: Pinterest The Diyaluma waterfall is 220-meter high and is the second-highest waterfall in Sri Lanka. On top of the waterfall, it has different levels of natural pools where you can swim. To get to this waterfall is not an easy task! A two-hour tuk-tuk ride from Ella to Poonagala through quintessentially lush Sri Lankan tea plantations followed by a hike downhill through long, dry grass for about 30mins before getting to the upper Diyaluma falls. A short hike further would bring you and your partner to the edge of the world, watching the cascading water drop 220m to the valley below. This is the start of a very challenging honeymoon thus far in Sri Lanka. However, such tasks would allow for a different kind of bonding as you learn more about your partner and even yourself! 3. Climb Little Adam’s Peak  Image Credit: Wandervisions To get to Little Adam’s Peak, you need to follow the trail which is right next to Ella Flower Garden Resort (3rd Mile Post, Passara Road, Ella 90090, Sri Lanka). An alternative entrance is also located at 98 Acres Resort (Greenland Estate, Ella - Passara Rd, Ella, Sri Lanka) and marked by a white Buddha. Just follow the trails and you would only need about an hour before you reach the top and have a lovely sunset view with the-love-of-your-life.    Things to do in Nuwara Eliya:  1. Go to the Tea Plantations Image Credit: Travel Triangle Nuwara Eliya has so many tea plantation fields. One of them is the Pedro Tea Estate. Pedro Estate is about 3.5km east of Nuwara Eliya station and is a 20 minutes drive by rickshaw from the station. You both can have an educational tour of the tea plantations here and learn the process of tea planting!  2. Take a stroll in Victoria Park  Image Credit: Kingsford Residences Well, why not take a stroll in Victoria Park (Badulla Rd, Nuwara Eliya 22200) and have a lovely chat while sipping a nice cuppa tea? This lovely walk with your soulmate will leave you with a tingling feeling and many gorgeous photos together!  3. Gregory Lake Image Credit: Sri Lanka Finder This enchanting lake (Gregory Lake, Nuwara Eliya 22200, Sri Lanka) is a must to visit. It is just a 5 minutes ride on a rickshaw from Nuwara Eliya. Enjoy a breezy walk and cooling weather which definitely calls for a lovely picnic or a sweet ride on the swan boats. Over at this lake, it compels you to show how much you love your spouse by doing things together and caring for each other! THE THING to do in Kandy: Well, we did mention that this honeymoon destination is not for the weak-hearted as the hike at Little Adam's Peak over in Ella was just the start of all hikes. In Kandy, climbing up Adam's Peak is a must if you want to learn the ultimate truth about your partner's character and yours too!  Image Credit: Atlas And Boots Adam’s Peak is located at South Central Sri Lanka and the nearest town is Dalhousie which is the start of the trek up the mountain. Taking the taxi/Grab/Uber/Private car rental from Kandy to Dalhousie is the fastest option to get here as compared to coming by bus or train. The ride takes about an hour and a half. The best time to start climbing Adam’s Peak is in the wee hours (start at 12 am or slightly later) as the climb takes between 2 to 4 hours (depending on fitness levels). This climb will be an opportunity to encourage each other as the total number of steps is about 5000 to 6000 crumbling steps and inclined trekking. Reaching to the 1000th step is already a great achievement but will definitely test you as your legs may go numb or feel very sore. However, with constant coaxing from the beloved, the pain would turn into motivation as watching the sunrise at the peak of the mountain is a glorious sight which leaves you feeling a sense of achievement. It takes a lot for couples to reach the top but hey, love conquers all (even the challenging Adam’s Peak!).  Sunrise at the top of Adam’s PeakImage Credit: The Partying Traveler One of the best feelings in the world is to pray with your spouse. Sri Lanka has a gorgeous mosque located at 2nd Cross Street, Colombo, Sri Lanka. The mosque goes by the name of Red Mosque or Jami Ul-Alfar Masjid.  Image Credit: Atlas Obscura Well, this honeymoon destination has loads of challenging activities to do with your spouse. Despite the pain, it is definitely a worthwhile trip to do together. Marriage may not always be smooth. There may be challenges. Well, challenges are meant to be conquered together, just like how challenging-Sri Lanka was conquered together! ...

  • Stay With The Mandela Rhodes Place Suite & Hotel When You're In Cape Town (& It's Muslim-Friendly!)

    If you have made plans to visit South Africa why not book a stay at the unique Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel. via GIPHY Located in the bustling capital of Cape Town, you are sure to enjoy a fun, relaxing, Muslim-friendly stay at the 4-star hotel. A mix of old and the new, incorporating modernity with historic buildings, its charm will make you want to extend your vacation. Keep reading to find out what they have to offer. About the Hotel Image Credit: Mandela Rhodes Place The Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel features contemporary design with elegant interiors and friendly staff. If you are a fan of architecture, you will find certain design elements fascinating, such as the Nelson Mandela statue that greets you in the lobby. Image Credit: Mandela Rhodes Place The hotel is located within the heart of Cape Town’s cultural hub, allowing you to explore the city’s cultural heritage whilst living in luxury. The hotel offers apartments and suites instead of usual hotel rooms, ensuring your stay is personal and luxurious. The hotel is great for family trips; it is also the perfect honeymoon hotel destination in Cape Town. Image Credit: Mandela Rhodes Place Due to the hotel’s location, you will find many places to meet, eat out, shop and relax close to the hotel, you will also be able to visit cultural landmarks quite easily. Since Mandela Rhodes Place is a 5-star hotel, they provide free wireless WiFi, and undercover parking (charges apply). You will find the Hotel’s swimming pool on their rooftop terrace offering an almost classic rooftop view of the street and surrounding city-scape. The Suites Made up of 4 historic buildings that have been fully restored and integrated with one modern highrise, The Suites provide guests with elegant, contemporary one and two-bedroom apartments and suites. The hotel has a total of 40 rooms (suites and apartments). Image Credit: Mandela Rhodes Place Each apartment offers spacious rooms with minimalist but classic interior décor and furnishings, all apartments come with an open-plan lounge and equipped with a fully functional kitchen allowing guests to entertain, eat or simply relax whilst enjoying the urban landscape. The Studio Apartment Image Credit: Mandela Rhodes Place The apartment is the smallest from the range, it measures up to 52m2 and comes with one large double bed. The room is priced at R1550 per night. The Superior Apartments feature a separate lounge and bedroom area, it is 67m2 in size and costs R1750 per night. The Deluxe Apartments are spacious and includes an open-plan kitchen and dining area, it is 78m2 and costs R2050 a night. The Platinum and Superior Apartments Platinum Apartment Image Credit: Mandela Rhodes Place If you are traveling with a large family or group of friends, opt for the two-bedroom Platinum and Superior Apartments. The platinum apartment features an entrance hall, separate lounging and dining areas, 2 bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as a private balcony with amazing views of Cape Town. One bedroom includes 2 single beds and a queen-sized bed, whilst the other has two queen-sized beds. The apartment is 140m2 and costs R3050 a night. Superior Apartment Image Credit: Mandela Rhodes Place The two-bedroom Superior Apartment is similar to the Platinum one but does not feature a hall and balcony. It has the same bedroom setup as the Platinum Apartment. The Superior Apartment is 110m2 and costs R2350 a night. All apartments feature the following amenities: Air conditioning Heating Flat-screen TV Satellite Channels DVD Player Telephone Wake Up Service / Alarm Clock Safety Deposit Box Desk Sofa Seating Area Dining Area Kitchen Refrigerator Microwave Oven Electric Kettle Toast Kitchenware Tea/Coffee Maker Washing Machine Ironing Facilities Hairdryer Linen & Towels Provided Complimentary Amenities (Soap, Body Wash, Conditioning Shampoo) Daily Housekeeping Service Laundry Facilities Room Service Cots Available on Request Also, note that the bathrooms are fitted with a bidet. Halal Services Image Credit: Mandela Rhodes Place The best part about the hotel is that it is Muslim-friendly, and the staff has been trained on Muslim requirements. The Hotel also offers the following prayer facilities: prayer mats can be provided list of nearby mosques can be provided on request male and female prayer rooms can be made available on request prayer timetable available at front desk or room Mosques Cape Town is a multicultural city and you can easily find Mosques close to the hotel. Here’s a list of Mosques you can visit whilst in Cape Town: Noor El Hamdedia Mosque (1 min drive / 3 min walk) Palm Tree Mosque (2 min drive / 4 min walk) Auwal Masjid (3 min drive / 7 min walk) Nurul Islam Mosque (3 min drive / 6 min walk) Masjid Boorhaanol Mosque (4 min drive / 8 min walk) Halal Food Also Read: GOLD Restaurant | Seriously The Ultimate Halal Restaurant In Cape Town Food being an important part of any trip, you must be worried about being able to find Halal food. Cape Town has a variety of Halal restaurants and eateries which you can easily find through a quick Google search or on the Halal Trip app! There are Halal restaurants within walking distance from the hotel, and you will find more scattered around the city. You can even get a list of Halal restaurants from the front desk on request. Some of the restaurants closest to the Hotel are listed below: Mariam's Kitchen (2 min) Saray Restaurant (4 min) Bo-Kaap Kombuis (5 min) Gold Restaurant (6 min) Mesopotamia (5 min) Non-Halal Activities Hotel does not have a discotheque Hotel does not have a bar No adult TV channels in the room Hotel is not part of a gambling resort However, the hotel does serve alcohol. Tips & Bonus! via GIPHY Children under the age of 11 stay for free – check the website for more details. You can get 20% off if you are booking on the same day as your arrival, it excludes breakfast, is non-refundable and full payment is required. Contact the hotel for more details. Hotel rating: 4-Star Address: Cnr Wale & Burg Street, Cape Town, 8001Contact No.: +27 (0) 21 481 4000 (Tel) | +27 (0) 21 481 4001 (Fax) Website | Facebook | Instagram | Email  ...

  • We Would Go To KL Just To Try Out These Hotels!

    Kuala Lumpur – the city that never stops growing. Beneath all these skyscrapers, you can always discover new places that are beyond the ordinary. From classic to contemporary designs, the hotel industry in KL has really put itself above the rest. These hotels create experiences and set a unique ambiance for their guests. Each one of them holds their own identity and story. Here at HalalTrip, we want you to discover only the best of Kuala Lumpur, so here are our top picks of hotels this year.   via GIPHY And the best part is, we have carefully cherry-picked these hotels so that they (hopefully!) won't burn a hole in your pockets. If you're on a budget, hang in there cause the cheapest one is right at the bottom of this article! So stay tuned!   1. The Kuala Lumpur Journal Hotel Credit: Kuala Lumpur Journal HotelNestled along the busy streets of Bukit Bintang, The Kuala Lumpur Journal Hotel is the ideal hotel for a luxurious stay while being on a 'budget'. Just 300m away from Bukit Bintang Monorail Station, this hotel is minutes away from local nightlife and KL's food galore. Credit: Kuala Lumpur Journal Hotel   Credit: Kuala Lumpur Journal HotelWhat we love most about Kuala Lumpur Journal Hotel is its retro-inspired design. Our favorite spot at this hotel is The Swimming Club. When you're staying at this hotel, don't miss the chance to lounge by the outdoor swimming pool. Imagine rattan lounge chairs, mismatched printed sofa, open air alfresco setting and neon lights. Relax and enjoy the city view from above.Feeling extra glamorous? Pack your velour tracksuits because all those neon lights will gladly take you back to the ’80s or maybe pretend you're in Yuna and G-Eazy's Blank Marquee music video! Price per night: Starting from SGD 95Address: 30, Beremi Street, Off, Sultan Ismail Street, Bukit Bintang, 50200, Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaWebsite | Facebook | Instagram   2. Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur, Autograph Collection Credit: MarriottLocated in the city center of Kuala Lumpur, Hotel Stripes KL is part of the Marriott Autograph Collection, offering bespoke guest rooms designed with a contemporary and urban touch. Never miss a chance to catch the sunset by the infinity pool at the rooftop.   Credit: Marriott Our favorite part of this hotel is the urban neighborhood it's in. This is definitely a different side from the usual sight of Kuala Lumpur. Walk down the streets of this neighborhood and you'll find a mix of old and new businesses. Being in this area of Kuala Lumpur, you'll still find yourself reminiscing the colonial era. Price per night: Starting from SGD 101Address: 25, Kamunting Street, Chow Kit, 50300, Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaWebsite | Facebook | Instagram   3. Alila Bangsar Credit: Alila Bangsar Just 3 minutes from Bangsar LRT Station, Alila Bangsar welcomes you with its high-level oasis. Why? Because its lobby is on the 41st floor! This 5-star hotel is the go-to hotel if you're looking for extremely stylish yet spacious rooms in Kuala Lumpur. Expect huge beds with a spacious lounge area all in one room at an affordable price. Along with sleek design washrooms and a full rain shower, Alila Bangsar is an absolute dream for a stay in Kuala Lumpur.  Credit: Alila Bangsar   Credit: Alila Bangsar Alila Bangsar gives you the best stay if you're someone who appreciates contemporary design. Alila Bangsar is all about combining modern minimalist features and natural elements together. Along with minimalist lounge area, the pool in this hotel is simply amazing. Price per night: Starting from SGD 106Address: East Side, 58, Ang Seng Street, Brickfields, 50470, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Website | Facebook | Instagram   4. Oasia Suites Kuala Lumpur by Far East Hospitality Credit: Oasia Suites Kuala LumpurSituated close to the Menara KL Tower, Oasia Suites creates a fresh and vibrant ambiance for guests. This hotel emphasizes the natural elements and brings healthy lifestyles together in their hotel. In essence, Oasia Suites is a simple retreat from your busy lifestyle schedules. Credit: Oasia Suites Kuala LumpurOasia Suites accommodates you with its range of room types. It starts from the deluxe room, two types of one bedroom suite, two types of two bedroom suite to the family room. What’s fun about this hotel is the fact that each room has a very cute kitchenette and washing machine.This 4-star hotel also has a large rooftop swimming pool, gym, and a restaurant. For a longer stay, this hotel is the best choice you could ever make! Price per night: Starting from SGD 52Address: 10, Lorong P. Ramlee, Kuala Lumpur, 50250, Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaWebsite | Facebook | Instagram 5. MOV Hotel Credit: MOV Hotel KLLocated in the Changkat area of ​​Bukit Bintang, a busy area in Kuala Lumpur, MOV Hotel will greet you with its European-style interiors. The hotel was first opened in 2018. The building is still new and fresh. MOV Hotel’s interior is very well-thought. It has a strong modern style - black, gray, white and red are used as their main colours. This hotel provides 147 rooms including 9 lofts. The room design is very edgy. With the hint of red inside the room, the ambiance becomes very romantic. On the rooftop, there is an outdoor swimming pool with a view of the city. You can chill and relax while sitting on a modern hanging chair. Let’s slide down to the restaurant. Well, quite literally, because an actual slide to the restaurant is built just for you. In this playful restaurant, you can enjoy Wurst: a semi-buffet style breakfast. So unique, right? Price per night: Starting from SGD 44Address: 43, Berangan Street, Bukit Bintang, 50200, Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaWebsite | Facebook | Instagram   6. Tian Jing Hotel Credit: Tian Jing HotelIf you are looking for a hotel with a traditional touch and ambiance, then you must try to bunk into this amazing hotel. Situated in Chinatown, Tian Jing Hotel is a boutique hotel that is inspired by traditional Chinese architecture. Prepare to get charmed. Credit: Tian Jing HotelHandpicked unique furniture is all over the hotels and the rooms. From its wooden bed frame, wardrobe to its china glassware. Each room has a private gravel based courtyard separated by bamboo blinds from the bedroom. Credit: Tian Jing HotelFacing the bedroom is a large spacious outdoor bathroom with copper pipelines. Yes, it is outdoor, natural yet private. You can literally enjoy having a warm or cold fuzzy shower in the open air. Price per night: Starting from SGD 65Address: 66-68, Sultan Street, City Centre, 5000, Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaWebsite | Facebook | Instagram   7. Bello & Bella Boutique Hotel Credit: Bello & Bella Boutique HotelLocated in the residential segment of Cheras, Bello & Bella Boutique Hotel stands out from its surrounding. It will be hard for you to miss it. Bello & Bella pampers you with its European style and a touch of modern colors: ash gray, turquoise, gold, and honey-ish yellow. Credit: Bello & Bella Boutique HotelBello & Bella is a 4-story tall building with 19 available rooms that come in different sizes. With the exception of the studio type room, each room is equipped with a bathtub. The penthouse rooms have a sky view design bathroom where you can relax and watch the sunsets while taking a bath. What’s fun about this hotel other than its style is its 24/7 free coffee machine. You can enjoy having your coffee anytime while reading some interesting magazines on the reading corner - Edgy. Credit: Bello & Bella Boutique Hotel Price per night: Starting from SGD 37Address: 19, 6 Manis Street, Taman Segar, 56100, Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaWebsite | Facebook | Instagram ...

  • Art Junkies, Boy Do We Have Good News For You!

    Are you a travel junkie with the soul of an art lover? Then this list of top ten art destinations is curated just for you!Fulfill your travel and art dreams by planning a trip to an art destination which can offer the best of both worlds. If you love contemporary art, modern art or a classical art, this list has got you covered so keep reading!   1. Paris, France Credit: Pexels Home to the most famous art museums and galleries like the Louvre Museum, this city is a must-visit for any art enthusiast. The Louvre has been romanticised by the likes of Kanye to Lorde to countless films and documentaries, so why not be a part of its pop culture history? It houses the world famous Mona Lisa by the Master Leonardo Da Vinci as well as other masterpieces. The Louvre was once a royal fortress and was turned into a Museum in the 1700s and now, it displays around 35,000 art pieces. Be sure to drop by the Musée d’Orsay, it has the largest collection of Impressionist and Post-impressionist art in the world. The Museum has been showcasing art since the 1800s and houses works by prominent French artists such as Van Gogh, Cézanne and many more. If you are more of a Contemporary arts patron, check out the Modus Art Gallery, Yvon Lambert, Galerie Xippas, and La Maison Rouge. If you are looking for a more authentic experience, minus the queues and tickets head over to Bellville neighbourhood which is home to a collection of street art and graffiti.   2. Berlin, Germany Credit: Pexels A city with a controversial political history, this city is now one of the most popular art destinations in the world! Home to the longest open-air street art gallery in the world - the Berlin Wall. A part of it can be found in the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg district. The city is an ever-changing landscape with urban buildings co-existing with Gothic architecture. Berlin is intriguing, unique and will leave you with a sense of giddy wonder and excitement. The city’s busiest spot is the East Side Gallery, which is 1000 metres of kaleidoscopic murals. However, if you want to avoid the more touristy areas, it is not difficult to find world-class street art around the city. Every neighbourhood has its own unique art identity and you can find art adorning every wall, door, and roof, a great place to start would be at Kreuzberg. Street art is a crucial part of its history and a great example of how it is not condemned and has managed to persevere and survive in one of the world’s most famous cities. If you are looking for a more museum or gallery art setting, look no further than Museuminsel or Museum Island – and it lives up to its namesake. A whole island situated in the centre of the city is dedicated to art galleries and museums. It is home to five world-renowned museums. The Alte Nationalgalerie houses works by greats like Monet, Renoir and Manet. The Neues Museum showcases Egyptian art, while the Altes Museum is home to the largest collection of Etruscan art outside of Italy!   3. New York City, USA Credit: @metmuseum on Instagram The city that never sleeps is home to some of the world’s famous Museums: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum and MoMA. The Metropolitan Museum of Art was famously referred to as the MET as it hosted one of the fashion world’s most flamboyant events – the Met Gala. Every year, the Costume Institute holds an exhibit at the Met Gala with a huge fundraising event opening the exhibit . Thus, this place is a must-visit for any fashion lover. The Guggenheim Museum has appeared in many postcards and been the backdrop for many TV shows and films throughout the years. This museum houses artwork by Picasso, Jackson Pollock and Kadinsky, as well as paintings by Monet, Van Gogh and Degas and photography by Robert Mapplethorpe. The MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) houses the best Modern art world. It houses works by Andy Warhol, Frida Khalo and Monet to name a few. However, you don’t always have to visit the world best museums to see the best of Contemporary art; you can also visit other numerous art galleries within the state, especially at Chelsea, Tribeca, SoHo and Lower East Side to witness amazing artwork. You can experience a more immersive art scene in Bushwick, Brooklyn, for interesting street art and have one-on-one sessions with the artists themselves.   4. Miami, USA Credit: @wynwoodartsdistrict on Instagram The USA’s second contender on this list - This vibrant seaside city has a lot to offer for everyone, especially art lovers. Miami boasts an energetic art scene that can be best experienced through one of the world’s most prestigious art fairs: Art Basel. The city also has a whole district dedicated to the arts (Wynwood Arts District) and this houses over 30 contemporary art spaces and studios! You can even enjoy a street art tour at the Wynwood Art Walk Block Party. If you want to witness the best Modern and Contemporary art that Miami has to give, head on over to the Perez Art Museum.   5. Tokyo, Japan Credit: @moriartmuseum on InstagramA city where the traditional co-exists with the Modern, it is definitely an exciting place to visit. You will find a myriad of galleries scattered across this fast-paced city, in between its skyscrapers, old houses and back streets. In an old, traditional Japanese neighbourhood lined up with wooden houses and temples, you can find SCAI The Bathhouse, one of Tokyo’s most prestigious contemporary art galleries. As its name suggests this was once a bathhouse and has been standing for 200 years. It has housed works by prominent artists such as Anish Kapoor and Tadanori Yokoo. If you are looking for a little more thrill, head to the skyscraper where Mori Art Museum resides at the 54th storey. The museum once exhibited the world famous polka dot art of Yayoi Kusama.   6. Florence, Italy Credit: Pexels Every Renaissance art fan should definitely visit Florence, home of some of the pioneers of the movement. Florence is home to the famous Uffizi Gallery which houses the vast art collection of the infamous Medici family, along with works by the masters like Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Giotto, Botticelli and more. Be sure to pay a visit to the Accademia Gallery to witness Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the world famous David sculpture. If you want a taste of authentic Contemporary Italian art, head over to the Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, which is also known as the “Anti-Uffizi”.   7. Barcelona, Spain Credit: @museupicasso on Instagram Home to the Museu Picasso, which houses the biggest Pablo Picasso collections in the world, it is a must visit for any avid fan of Cubism or art in general. Apart from the Picasso Musuem, Barcelona has a lot more to offer in the Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque styles. You can find them displayed at the Museu Nacional d’Art. Also, don’t forget to check out the fantastical architectural designs of Gaudi, a Master of Catalan Modernism.   8. London, United Kingdom Credit: Pixabay An eclectic mix of art styles and movements, London will keep you enthralled till the very end. You can find the likes of classics such as Van Gogh at the National Gallery, for Modernism head to the Tate Modern, which houses works by Warhol and Picasso. You can find more Contemporary art pieces at the Saatchi Gallery. If you are more of a street art fanatic look no further than Shoreditch, a creative inner city district located at East End. The streets are adorned with some of the most impressive street art in the city, for a more in depth experience take part in the Alternative London Walking Tour, hosted by local street artist and creatives.   9. Beijing, China Credit: Pixabay Beijing may seem like an unlikely place to visit for art but this city actually has a burgeoning art scene. Since the recent contemporary art boom, most of the city’s art scene can be found at 798 Art District. Industrial buildings in the district have been converted into contemporary art spaces and open-air installations. Art forms presented there consist of photos, sculptures and fashion design. If you are an avid lover of traditional Chinese art, then the Poly Art Museum is for you as it features ancient bronze works from the Shang and Zhou dynasties!   10. Singapore Credit: @singaporeartmuseum on Instagram Singapore is well-known as being a financial hub. However, it boasts an impressive art scene. Singapore has two prominent up and coming art museums, namely the Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Singapore Art Museum. The National Gallery Singapore houses the world’s largest collection of Singaporean and South Asian art, thus giving the South Asian art world an international platform. Indeed, Singapore is teemed with art, which can be easily found as you take a stroll around the city. Check out Haji Lane for example and witness all kinds of colourful street art which adorn old buildings. You can also witness stunning public sculptures such as Homage to Newton by Salvador Dali at the UOB Plaza and First Generation by Chong Fah Cheong near Cavenagh Bridge.   Undoubtedly, art and travel go hand in hand so what are you waiting for? Add all these art destinations to your bucket list and get inspired to create art of your own!...

  • Bunk In At KL's Most Chic Hostels For As Low As $13!

    Kuala Lumpur is known to be one of the most visited city for backpackers. It is pretty easy and cheap to roam around the city of KL which makes it safe and affordable for a first solo trip. It is rich in culture, history, and there is a whole array of religious sites you can visit. KL has so much to offer! There are plenty of hostels available in KL, but not all of them are worth a stay. If you are doing a solo or getaway trip with your friends, you will need a place to impress. Cheap but stylish hostels? We definitely got you! If you are planning to backpack to KL but have not really decided where to stay, we have gathered..... drum roll via GIPHY 5 MOST CHIC HOSTELS TO BUNK IN KL for as low as S$13! 1. Bunk & Bilik Jalan Ipoh | Bunk & Bilik Sri Petaling Credit: Bunk & Bilik Jalan Ipoh Credit: Bunk & Bilik Sri Petaling Bunk & Bilik is a contemporary designed hostel located in both Jalan Ipoh and Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur. This hostel accommodates bunk beds and private rooms (bilik in Bahasa Melayu). So, you can choose your room based on your budget or your privacy needs. Talking about price, Bunk & Bilik’s shared bunk bedroom type is priced at only SGD 14. Seriously, don’t believe me? Check out their website for more information lahh! Credit: Bunk & Bilik Jalan Ipoh Credit: Bunk & Bilik Sri Petaling If you're new to hostels, the bunk beds are located in a shared room. Every shared room comes with its own shared bathroom. The most important thing is, you do not have to worry about being in the same room with the opposite gender. In Bunk & Bilik, you can choose to book a bed in a mixed-gender room or a female-only room. Credit: Bunk & Bilik Jalan Ipoh Credit: Bunk & Bilik Sri Petaling The Bunk & Bilik at Sri Petaling has a dark and industrial, minimalist look while the Bunk & Bilik at Jalan Ipoh has a bright, vibrant look to it. You can expect well-maintained amenities, cozy lounge areas as well as bits and pieces of the Malaysian culture at every corner of the hostels. Don't miss the chance to grab a sit at their dining tables to experience communal dining the Malaysian way! And did we mention? Refreshments are free to flow guys! Price per night: Starting from SGD 13Address: 646, Sultan Azlan Shah Street, Segambut, 51200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | 9, Radin Bagus Street, Sri Petaling, 57000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Website | Facebook | Instagram (Jalan Ipoh) | Instagram (Sri Petaling) 2. Mingle @ Chinatown | Mingle @ High Street  Does sleeping in a 100-year-old building sounds fun to you? Then this one is perfect for you! To start off, Mingle has two hostels located right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, one in Chinatown and the other in High Street. Mingle hostels provide shared rooms with bunk beds as well as private rooms. Both located just 5 minutes away from LRT stations, these hostels makes it super simple to get around Kuala Lumpur. Credit: Mingle Chinatown Credit: Mingle High Street Let's talk about Mingle Hostel at Chinatown. This building has been around for about A CENTURY! Although it has been occupied for so long, it is safe to bunk into this hostel as they have been perfectly restored. The interior (and exterior) of Mingle @ Chinatown gets us all excited because it truly takes you back to the 1900s. Imagine peeling walls and wooden rattan lounge chairs. Credit: Mingle Chinatown Credit: Mingle Chinatown Moving on to Mingle @ High Street, it isn't that different. However, Mingle @ High Street takes you to colonial times. The High Street hostel is a lot brighter as compared to the one in Chinatown. Somehow it gives off the olden days atas (high-end) vibe. To top it all off, Mingle @ High Street is also the first ever hostel in KL to have their very own swimming pool within the hostel. Credit: Mingle High Street Credit: Mingle High Street Price per night: Starting from SGD 20Address: 53, Sultan Street, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | 22, Tun H S Lee Street, City Centre, 50100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Website | Facebook | Instagram 3. The Bed KLCC Credit: The Bed KLCC Strategically located in Kuala Lumpur's Golden triangle, The Bed KLCC is the best and cheapest place to stay if you are looking at staying in the city area. Though everything about this hostel is strategically designed to fit as many travelers, the brick walls and 'fireplace' still evokes some coziness within the hostel. This hostel is extremely close to major shopping malls such as Suria KLCC and the famous Petronas Twin Towers. Credit: The Bed KLCC Everything about this hostel is systematic, clean design and well-maintained. Built in 2017, this capsule hostel accommodates air-conditioned shared bunk beds and private rooms for single travelers. What we love most about this hostel is how there are weekly Friday movie nights for guests! Located just behind the building is a whole stretch of stalls serving local food. So if you're looking for some authentic Malaysia experience, grab a chair and dig into some Roti Canai for breakfast! Getting around KL gets even easier, knowing that there is a free GOKL shuttle bus stop right in front of the building. Price per night: Starting from S$18Address: VORTEX KLCC, 12, Sultan Ismail Street, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Website | Facebook | Instagram 4. Paper Plane Hostel Credit: Paper Plane Hostel Located in the corner of Bukit Bintang, the Paper Plane Hostel is the best-rated hostel to stay in KL. Away from the hustle and bustle of Bukit Bintang, the Paper Plane Hostel is nestled in a calm and quiet environment. The building was once an old colonial house that was rebuilt into the hostel it is today. Credit: Paper Plane Hostel The walls of Paper Plane Hostel is carefully decorated with black decals that turn it into an artsy hostel. The Paper Plane Hostel a mix of double and triple bunk beds. If you're a solo traveler, you can also opt for a single bedroom. Once you step into the Paper Plane Hostel, you'll be greeted with a full glasshouse lobby. Did we mention that this hostel has its own rooftop garden? Oh yes, they do! Price per night: Starting from S$23Address: 15, Sin Chew Kee Street, Bukit Bintang, 50150 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Website | Facebook | Instagram 5. BackHome KL Credit: BackHome Hostel Located in the bustling area of the financial and historical district in KL, BackHome is an interesting boutique hostel to stay. Restored from 6 colonial shop houses, BackHome offers you a spacious contemporary designed place to stay. Credit: BackHome Hostel Double and gender-based dorm rooms are accommodated in this hostel. There is a large light-field courtyard in the middle where you can hang around, meeting new people or have a good conversation with your friends. Credit: BackHome Hostel Very much well-designed as it has been awarded by Malaysian Architecture Association’s PAM Award for “Best Adaptive Re-use”, this place guarantees you the best backpacking experience you could ever get. Delivering to its name, BackHome motto is to make sure that you should receive home comforts while staying here. Price per night: Starting from S$15Address: 30, Tun H S Lee Street, City Centre, 50100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Website | Facebook | Instagram...



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