May 2017

Sri Lanka´s Cultural Triangle

Today at the luxury hotel in Alicante Asia Gardens Hotel & Thai Spa we say goodbye to May as we most like: discovering a new Asian spot. We are travelling to Sri Lanka to visit its famous Cultural Triangle. Are you coming?

 Sri Lanka´s Cultural Triangle is the name given to the historical region located in the centre of the island, covering an area, which includes several World Heritage cultural sites. The island’s three historic capitals mark the points of the triangle: Kandy, Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura. Within the area of this triangle we find two other important areas: Dambulla and Sigiriya.

Kandy. Known as the mountain capital, this city is famous for the Temple of the Tooth, which houses Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic: Buddha´s left upper canine tooth.

Polonnawura. It became the second ancient capital of Sri Lanka, after the destruction of Anuradhapura. It is made up of a complex of ruins of religious and civil buildings. Many people think this area is one of the best archaeological relic sites in the country. Its Laying Buddha is considered one of the most perfect sculptures in the country.

Anuradhapura. This is the ancient capital of Ceylon. Here we find the Mahabodhi Temple Complex, one of the most important sacred places in the country, which is home to the famous Bodhi Tree. They are both World Heritage cultural sites.

Dambulla. Located north of Kandy, it is home to the largest, best-preserved cave-temple complex in Sri Lanka: Dambulla Cave Temple. Its pink quartz mountains are another important attraction; they are the biggest ones South Asia.

Sigiriya. This is one of the most visited areas in Sri Lanka. Here we find the ruins of an ancient palace complex, which was declared a World Heritage Site in 1982. According to some legends, Sirigiya is the 8th Wonder of the World. But its main tourist attraction is the Lion Rock, which offers the best views of Sri Lanka.

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Vietnamese sweets and desserts

Thursday of Asian flavours. Today from the luxury hotel in Alicante Asia Gardens Hotel & Thai Spa, we are travelling to Vietnam to discover the most famous Vietnamese sweets and desserts.

Vietnam´s tropical climate favour the growth of many fruits such as bananas, mangoes, papayas, coconuts and pineapples. Vietnamese people usually eat a piece of fruit after their meals. These fruits are also included in most traditional desserts.

Let´s go over these desserts:

Chè Chuoi. It is a very popular dessert in South Vietnam. Bananas are simmered in a coconut milk pudding. The recipe includes tapioca pearls, sweet potato and yucca roots.

Banh Cam. Also known as sesame balls, this Vietnamese dessert consists of flour, sugar, salt and sodium bicarbonate. The dough is rolled into small balls and then rolled in sesame seeds and deep-fried. They are usually served cold.

Che Ba Mau. It is often called “rainbow dessert”. It is one of Vietnamese people´s favourite drinks to cool themselves off. The recipe includes Chinese beans, tapioca pearls, coconut milk, longan and adzuki beans, which give the drink its bright colour. This dessert is usually served in a frozen glass.

Chè Trôi Nuoc. This Vietnamese dessert is made of glutinous rice balls which are covered with ginger and coconut sauce. The balls bathed in a liquid made of water, sugar and ginger. It is usually garnished with sesame seeds.

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Cameron Highlands

At the luxury hotel in Alicante Asia Gardens Hotel & Thai Spa we keep travelling around the Asian continent. Today it is Malaysia´s turn. Are you joining us on our trip to Cameron Highlands?

Cameron Highlands is the highest region in mainland Malaysia. It is famous for its beautiful and extensive tea plantations, as well as its cool weather; it is one of people´s favourite destinations, included Malaysians, who visit the area looking for escaping from high temperatures.

Cameron Highlands´s scenery offers one of Malaysia´s most popular postcards: the green hills surrounding the tea plantations. The region is the main tea producer in Malaysia, being Boh Tea, the biggest exporting tea company in the country.

Cameron Highlands´ most important cities are: Tanah Rata, Brinchang and Ringlet. Tanah Rata is the largest and most famous city out of the three.

Surrounding Tanah Rata we find, besides most of the tea plantations, many paths to do trekking through the jungle. This is why most backpackers and tourists pick this city as the starting point for the main excursions and hikes.

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Weh Island

Warm temperatures don´t leave us at the luxury hotel in Alicante Asia Gardens Hotel & Thai Spa. As every Thursday, we leave our Asian paradise in the Mediterranean behind to take you to Indonesia where the incredible Weh Island is waiting for us.

Pulau Weh is a small active volcanic island located in the northwest of Sumatra, in the Andaman Sea. Known also as Samang, the name of its capital, it represents the Kilometre Zero out of the more than 17,000 islands forming the Indonesian archipelago.

The Andaman Sea has a varied biodiversity; that´s why what attracts tourists the most to the island is its submarine world. The coral reefs surrounding Pulau Weh are considered one of the most beautiful in the world.

The waters around Pulau Weh are perfect for snorkeling and diving. Some of the most famous diving spots in the island are: Batee Meuduro pinnacle, where we can find important pelagic species such as sharks; Batee Toking, with hillsides covered by sea fans, gorgonians and sponges; Pantee Aneuk Seuk, with a fall of 70 metres where we can find more pelagic species such as pompanos.

Water sports lovers can also enjoy diving down to a depth of 9 metres and delight in thermal waters coming from a submarine volcano.

Dry season, from April to October, is the best time of the year to visit Pulau Weh. The climatological conditions offer divers a better visibility.

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Merlion Park

At the luxury hotel in Alicante Asia Gardens Hotel & Thai Spa we never get tired of discovering all the wonders of Southeast Asia. Precisely, today we are travelling to Singapore to visit the amazing Merlion Park.

Merlion Park is one of the most beautiful spots to contemplate Singapore in all its splendour. It is located under the skyscrapers of the bay and by the seashore. It is home to the national symbol: the Merlion statue.

Half fish and half lion, Merlion is Singapore´s tourist symbol par excellence. The lion head symbolizes the lion that Prince Sang Nila Utama discovered when he rediscovered Singapore in the 11th century. While the fish tail is a tribute to the historic role of Singapore as an ancient maritime city.

At Merlion Park, we find two statues of Merlion, a small one and a huge one, of over 8 metres high. This last one is the most famous statue and spouts water from its mouth to the bay.

Merlion Park can be visited at any time of the day, but we suggest you to do it at night to contemplate the skyscrapers illuminated; an unforgettable postcard for your mind.

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Philippine flowers

Today at the luxury hotel in Alicante Asia Gardens Hotel & Thai Spa we enjoy to the fullest spring by travelling to the Philippines to discover its most beautiful flowers. Are you joining us?

We found a large number of tropical flowers and plants around the Philippines. Many of them have been used to make perfume, tea and natural remedies around the world. Let´s go though the most important ones:

Sampaguita. It is the national flower of Philippines. This tropical flower is considered one of the most beautiful ones in Asia. It is appreciated for its white colour and its small size, as well as its sweet aroma; it is used to make exquisite perfume. Although it only lasts one day, it is used as a religious and special events ornament. It is a symbol of purity, devotion and fidelity.

Ylang-Ylang. This flower whose Filipino translation is “flower of flowers”, is considered the queen of the perfumes. It is one of the components of Chanel Nº 5, the most famous perfume in the world. Ylang-Ylang flowers are made into garlands and sold on the streets of Philippines. They are used to getting rid of evil spirits.

Everlasting flower. Also known as paper daisy or straw flower, is a famous bloom associated with Baguio City. Just as other flowers, it is usual seeing everlasting flower garlands all over the streets. Due to its long life, it is usually used to adorn altars.

If you are also an Asian flowers and plants lover, during your visit to the luxury resort Asia Gardens Hotel & Thai Spa you will love discovering the more than 150,000 shrubs that have been planted in our Asian paradise´s tropical gardens.

Tam Coc

As every Tuesday, at the luxury hotel in Alicante Asia Gardens Hotel & Thai Spa we keep discovering new wonders of the Asian continent. We are travelling to Vietnam to get to know the natural beauty of Tam Coc.

Tam Coc is a beautiful natural spot located in Ninh Binh province, in northern Vietnam, about 100 kilometres away from Hanoi. The area is known as the “the inland Ha Long Bay.” This is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country.

It is famous for its peculiar karst topography. The spectacular rock formations are surrounded by vegetation and rice fields, making up unique scenery. People can go across these incredible rock mountains through Ngo Dong River.

Tam Coc, which literally means “three caves”, consists of three natural caves: Hang Ca, Hang Hai and Hang Ba. The largest one is 125 metres long and 2 metres high above the water.

Tam Coc has become an authentic legend for both locals and tourists thanks to its inspiring landscape. A green and pure destination, which is ideal for nature lovers.

During your visit to the 5 stars resort Asia Gardens Hotel & Thai Spa, we suggest you an activity that won´t leave you indifferent: a tour around the many lakes surrounding the hotel to watch the beautiful pink, yellow and white water lilies. These water plants open during the daytime and close during twilight, so there is nothing better than enjoying them in broad daylight. Are you joining us?

Fuji Five Lakes

Warm temperatures don´t leave us at the luxury hotel in Alicante Asia Gardens Hotel & Thai Spa and we can´t imagine a better plan for today than travelling to Japan to cool ourselves off in the incredible Fuji Five Lakes area. Are you joining us?

Fuji Five Lakes is the name of the area located at the base of Mount Fuji, in Japan. The name of Fuji Five Lakes comes from the five lakes that were formed by previous eruptions of Mount Fuji. They are considered one of the main Japanese tourist attractions as well as one of the best fishing spots.

Which are the five lakes?

Lake Kawaguchi. Located in the middle of the other lakes, it is the most famous of the five lakes. Images of this lake are usually used to promote the Fuji Five Lakes area. It is the only lake in the Fuji Five Lakes area that has an island.

Lake Sai. It is known for being the lake whose wetsern side shares its banks with the popular Aokigahara forest.

Lake Motosu. It is the deepest lake of thea area and the ninth deepest lake of Japan, at 140 metres. It was formed from the lava flowing across what is now Aokigahara forest, along with Lake Sai and Lake Shōji.

Lake Shōji. It is the smallest of the five lakes. Nowadays, it still contains remnants of lava. Its northern bank offers a spectacular view of Mount Fuji.

Lake Yamanaka. This is the largest of the five lakes and the third highest lake in Japan. It stands at 980 meters above sea level.

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Gunung Rinjani

May has arrived at the luxury hotel in Alicante Asia Gardens Hotel & Thai Spa, and how about celebrating it by travelling to Indonesia to discover Rinjani volcano?

Gunung Rinjani is an active volcano in Indonesia. It is located on the island of Lombok. It is also one of the highest volcanoes in the country, specifically the second highest one. It rises to over 3,700 metres.

On the top of the volcano there is a 6-by-8,5-kilometre caldera, which is filled by the crater lake called Segara Anak. This lake is approximately 2,000 metres above sea level and about 200 metres deep. The caldera also contains hot springs.

The Gunung Rinjani volcano and the caldera are protected by the Gunung Rinjani National Park, which was established in 1997.

There are different routes to reach the top of the Gunung Rinjani volcano, but the main access points are Senaru to the north, and Sembalun to the east. Although Lombok is not a very famous tourist destination, it is a very popular place for trekking lovers. Rinjani is considered as a sacred volcano and reaching its crater is one of trekkers´ goals.

Trekking is only allowed between April and December. The route goes from a height of 700 metres to 3,726 metres.

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