For All Ages

Malaysia is a country for all. Founded based on diversity, it’s a country that understands the need to have something for everyone. Whoever you are, you’re more likely than not to feel welcome. This is especially true for families.

If countries have ratings, Malaysia would be rated G: Generally awesome, suitable for all ages. With wholesome entertainment and good, clean fun, you never have to worry about looking for ways to spend quality time with the whole family.

But what kind of entertainment can you expect? Let us count the ways:

Parks and Recreation

When we say park, we’re being vague here because to be honest, Malaysia has a lot of parks. There’s the national parks, the bird park, the butterfly park, the regular parks, the botanical park, the… well, you get the idea. The point is, you can never run out parks to visit in Malaysia. Just pick one and make a trip out of it. Even in the city, you will have your pick of parks to visit even amidst the skyscrapers.

Recommended: The KLCC Park in Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur. Play in the sun with your children, then drop by Suria KLCC to do some serious shopping afterwards, or even catch a movie!


Culture Club

Your trip to Malaysia can be fun and educational. Learn about the country and its history, pick up fun science facts or appreciate the fine arts. You can visit a museum, see an exhibition at the National Art Gallery, listen to the Philharmonic Orchestra, or learn more about Malaysia’s natural resources at Petrosains. Picking up culture while on your holiday? Sounds like a good plan, right?

Recommended: Rather than going to your standard museum fare, give the Royal Malaysian Air Force Museum a try. Located at Jalan Lapangan Terbang Sungai Besi in Kuala Lumpur, it has more than 20 different aircrafts on display. You can see missiles on fighter jets while the kids can let their imaginations soar as they play pilot for a day.


Also recommended: Check out the Made in Penang Interactive Museum where 3D art becomes selfie opportunities for your teens (or the teen in you).

The Theme Team

If your family loves theme parks, Malaysia is the right place to be because we love theme parks too! Water theme parks are abundant, while the more niche ones are growing too. Be it a park filled with Legos, or an indoor roller coaster – we’ve got ‘em.

Recommended: Hello Kitty Town in Puteri Harbour, Johor. Who doesn’t love this animated feline? So take some time to go on the rides, check out the gift shop then have a tea break at the Hello Kitty Café. Purr-fect!


Also recommended: Okay, this park will be open only in 2016 but the 20th Century Fox World in Genting Highlands is sure to be a family-pleaser especially for movie buffs, so watch out for this one!

Get Touristy

There’s nothing wrong with visiting the more famous spots in Malaysia. Hey, they’re well known for a reason, right? They’re also more accessible, have better amenities and more likely to be tourist-friendly. So, go ahead and visit Batu Caves or Cameron Highlands. Leisure away at Langkawi or Tioman. No one’s going to judge you if want to bring the whole family bargain hunting at Petaling Street. Really!

Recommended: All the places we mentioned above.

Back to Mother Nature.

How can we not include this? Nature is best enjoyed with your loved ones and in Malaysia, we’ve got it in abundance. Beaches, forests, mountains, islands, rivers, waterfalls, rare wildlife, peculiar creatures, majestic beasts… Shall we go on?

Recommended: AwanMulan in Negeri Sembilan is tucked in the hills, and is a cozy retreat fro the whole family. Close enough to nature without it being too dangerous for the family, it’s the perfect getaway, only a short distance from the nation’s capital.


Also recommended: Just go out and you’ll be experiencing some degree of nature. Yes, we’re that kind of country!

Basically, you can’t go wrong with most of the activities you choose to do in Malaysia because there’ll always be something that you’ll enjoy, regardless of your age.

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Malaysia Book Village Festival 2015

Malaysia Book Village Festival 2015

Date: 14th – 20th September 2015

This program provides two simultaneous events such as  Asia Renowned Writers Village (Langkawi Adventure, Langkawi Talk 2015, Langkawi Experience), Editorial workshop for young writers, Writers Heritage Exhibition: Rare Collections, Manuscripts, Private Collection, Old Artifacts Market and Citra Film Novel Adaptations.

Perpustakaan Negara Malaysia
National Library of Malaysia
232, Jalan Tun Razak
53200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Phone: 03-2687 1700

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Jon Bon Jovi “Because We Can: The Tour”

Jon Bon Jovi “Because We Can: The Tour”

Date: 19th September 2015

Venue: Stadium Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur

Bon Jovi is an American rock band from Sayreville, New Jersey. Formed in 1983, Bon Jovi consists of lead singer, Jon Bon Jovi, Pianist and Keyboard, David Bryan, and drummer, Tico Torres.

Bon Jovi has performed more than 2,700 concerts in over 50 countries for more than 34 million fans. Bon Jovi was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2006 and honoured with the Award of Merit at the American Music Awards in 2004, and as songwriters and collaborators, Jon Bon Jovi was inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009.

The last time Bon Jovi was in Malaysia was in year 1995. This year in September, he will be back to rock the stage after a good 20 years.

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Borneo Bird Festival 2015

Borneo Bird Festival 2015

Date: 23 September  – 25 October 2015

West Coast Division | Kundasang

Borneo Bird Festival will be held at one of Sabah’s prime bird-watching spot, the Kinabalu National Park, Kundasang Sabah. Activities such as; photography competition, bird race, guided bird walks as well as games for children will be held during this 3-day festival while promoting ecotourism and environmental conservation. Hope to see you and your family there!

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Borneo International Kite Festival 2015

Borneo International Kite Festival 2015

Date: 23rd – 27th September 2015
This will be the 11th time, the kite festival will be held in this seaside town of Bintulu. The huge windy open space of the Old Bintulu Airport that faces the South China Sea means ideal consistent flying condition that kiters love. This also explains why four records of magnitude number of kites have been set since its inception in 2005. The latest being 2,500 diamond kites were flown, forming the longest arch kite tunnel of 500 metres which went into the Malaysia Book of Records.
Expect 400 kiters from 25 countries to participate at this festival.
This family-fun event comes with it cultural and artiste performances in the evening. Make a day trip to Similajau National Park as a side-trip.

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Saturday Night Fever The Musical

Saturday Night Fever The Musical

4th – 13th September 2015

Based on the wildly popular 1970s film that defined the disco phenomenon and starring Oscar-nominee John Travolta, Saturday Night Fever depicts a story that centres on Tony Manero, an Italian-American young man with a dead-end job and an extraordinary ability to dance.

Saturday Night Fever the musical brings audiences back to the era of 1970s when bellbottom jeans defined fashion, ‘do-the-hustle’ was the dance and Bee Gees ruled the airwaves!

From West End London to Broadway, the musical continues to make its mark across the globe since it debuted into the scene in 1998. The best gather to put together one of the longest running musical; directed and produced by an award winning team and performed by a line of talented cast and musicians, thus offering spectators an even larger than life musical experience.

Date: 4th Sept – 13th Sept 2015
Time: 3.00pm / 8.30pm
Venue: Istana Budaya, Kuala Lumpur

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Taiphoon Formosa Cuisine Restaurant (????????) at Taman Sutera Utama, Johor Bahru.

Taiphoon Formosa Cuisine restaurant ???????? (N1.51433 E103.66898) is located exactly same place with Taroko Teppanyaki along Jalan Tanjung Sutera 8/2, Taman Sutera Utama, Johor.

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We were there quite early and it was not that crowded. The restaurant cozy and tidy environment remain the same, equipped with air-conditioning and free Wifi services.

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The humble and friendly owner – Mr Thomas started to introduced their signature dishes to us once we settled the table. At first, he would like us to try out the imported Taiwan teas which are not easy available in Johor Bahru, as the name of the tea was ‘Shan-lin-xi’ ?????. Beside this, they also have another 3-4 more imported Taiwan tea in the restaurant.

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This was my first time tasting the Taiwanese tea, surprisingly…it was not in brown colour…but totally plain and no colour at all. The aroma was spreading around our table once it pour into each small cup, we like it very much!

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We let Mr Thomas to introduced their signature dishes on the dinner…and the dishes were :-
1)  Taiwanese pork knuckles ????
2)  Shredded pork with mashed garlic ????
3)  Mapo toufu (stir fried toufu in hot sauce) ????
4)  Garlic sprout bean curd ????
5)  Braised intestine ???
6)  Stir fried Chinese broccoli ????
7)  Meat ball soup ???
8)  Chicken cooked with ginger and wine in casserole ???
9)  Chives and cabbage dumplings ???????

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The taste of the Taiwanese pork knuckles was slightly different from our local braised pork knuckles, it was mild and not too salty but with a nice aroma. Beside that, the pork knuckles was cooked with peanuts and it went well with a plate of plain rice. Like it!

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This was a popular dish in Taiwan. The sliced pork was boiled and served with the mashed garlic sauce and almost 13 types of ingredients like onion, ginger, soy sauce, rock sugar, anise, Chinese cinnamon, salt and many more…the pork were half lean and fat, and succulent, with all this combination of the ingredients above…resulted this delicious dish on our table.
This was one of the best dish of our dinner! Awesome!

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Mapo toufu was nice with a little spicy on the gravy on the smooth bean curd, the taste was above average.

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The garlic sprouts bean curd available locally too, but fried with certain different local ingredients. Garlic sprouts were just nice with the crunchy bite with a level saltiness.

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The braised intestines is widely available locally especially at the Koey Teow Kia restaurant, the only different about this dish was the sauce from Taiwanese recipe. It really brought me back to Taipei for few second when I taste on it. Nice!

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Stir fried Chinese broccoli was average and it was a local dish, not Taiwanese signature.

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Meat ball soup was prepared with meat ball (minced pork) with white radish, the size of the balls were bigger than what we have locally, the soup was tasty and all of us like it.

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The dish above also known as three cup chicken, a popular dish within Taiwan. The chicken cooked with ginger and wine, topped up with basil leafs. Taste was slightly different compare with local clay pot yellow rice wine chicken. Taste above average.

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Homemade dumplings skin and rich stuffing. Dip into the vinegar and ginger, it was perfect
Based on my personal taste bud, I like their dumplings very much! Chives or cabbage, I grabbed both! This is one of the recommended dumplings you should order!

Beside the dishes above, we did ordered some of the Teppanyaki dishes from the restaurant…chicken, lamb and beef.

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Overall, we like the food over here. I’ll be back often for the mashed garlic sliced pork and the dumplings!

The business hour of Taiphoon Formosa Cuisine restaurant is 11am – 10pm, daily. Do drop by if you happen at Taman Sutera Utama area (if you are reading from your smartphone, you can click on the GPS coordinates and launch Google map navigation to the restaurant.)

*  The above food descriptions were based on my personal taste bud.

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Keeping mobile costs down while traveling in Malaysia

In this day and age, even when you are unplugged and on vacation, there seem to be times when you unavoidably need to use the internet or contact a friend or family member back home. However, using your mobile phone abroad can mean a big bill once you get back. Of course there is always the option to stick to free Wi-Fi; however, let’s face it, no one wants to stay in the hotel or resort – which in remote areas is often the only place with a free connection – to be able to check in with friends, family or work (though sometimes that actually isn’t that bad, see the stunning lobby of the Westin Langkawi below).


Luckily, in big cities in Malaysia there are coffee places and restaurants at every corner, all offering free Wi-Fi services (actually, local restaurants in Kuala Lumpur are required by law to offer free Wi-Fi). Same goes for most of the popular tourist destinations within Malaysia; everywhere you go you can connect to free Wi-Fi. However, you may want to look into the safety of this method of using the internet abroad. Especially on a tablet or notebook, chances are that that free connection is all but secure. Not to mention that if you are out and about and need to look up bus times in order to travel into the city, or if you need directions to a restaurant or to a remote attraction, you really need to have access to the internet.

So how can you relay your climb up Mount Kinabalu on Twitter or share your breathtaking pictures of Kuala Lumpur on Instagram without racking up a bill?

Buy a travel data package

This is convenient since it is a package deal. Of course most phone providers will offer an international data package, or you can buy a local SIM card from your travel destination. Keep in mind that you will most likely have to unlock your phone to do this, if you do not already have an unlocked smart phone. Within Malaysia, some of the bigger companies offering travel data packages are Celcom, Hotlink, TuneTalk, Umobile and Digi. We would recommend Hotlink by main celcom operator Maxis because unlike Celcom and the others, Maxis has by far the best coverage and often the fastest and most stable 3G data connection. If you are only staying in the bigger cities, TuneTalk and Umobile are your best affordable choices.


Do your research before you go, though, with something like TripAdvisor, so that you know the best options for your budget, instead of ending up with a more expensive monthly package that you don’t need. The Guardian has a detailed article offering further tips on keeping mobile phone charges down while abroad, which you can see here.

If you are visiting many other foreign countries besides Malaysia, it may be a better option to buy a World Wide Sim Card, that you can use in every country with similar prices for calling and data usage.


Use online telephony and messaging services

To make the most of whatever data plan you choose, you will want to opt for online telephony and messaging services like Whatsapp, Viber, or Facebook Messenger for messaging or apps like Skype, or VOIP options like Bria or Joxko for calling. Obviously using these within a free Wi-Fi zone is still the most optimal, but they are a better option than paying per SMS or phone call on your prepaid data plan.

Out of these options, we would recommend Joxko, because it works off of a phone account that is easy to top up from anywhere, and allows you to call local landlines instead of only between accounts, like BBM Voice. Plus, a nice feature is that it can be paid for through a number of options, so if you are trying to limit risky purchasing practices on your trip, you can top up your account through something like paysafecard instead of entering sensitive payment information over free Wi-Fi.

For more information on travel costs, covering everything from customs and import regulations to accommodations, food, transportation, and even health insurance and vaccinations, check out our article Travel Cost for Malaysia.

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Kuala Lumpur’s Hidden Gems

A local’s guide to a weekend in KL’s endless summer

Kuala Lumpur is often regarded as a popular destination hub for tourists from all over the world due to its unique cultural diversity. But I’m sure you are already aware of Kuala Lumpur’s popular tourist hotspots such as the Petronas Twin Towers, Dataran Merdeka and Petaling Street. Instead, I’d like to share with you a guide to Kuala Lumpur’s underrated and honest destinations from a local’s perspective. If you’re looking to avoid tourist traps and instead, truly understand what it is like to be Malaysian, read some of our recommendations below:

1) Masjid Negara on Jalan Perdana


We often associate Mosques, Churches, Temples and other places of worships with a sense of conformity towards their historical and cultural origin. However, the Masjid Negara, or the National Mosque of Malaysia is uniquely modernistic. This architectural staple takes Islamic geometric latticework to the next level, reflecting pools and shimmering fountains that surround the main structure. Come appropriately dressed and be in awe of the intricate Koran verses juxtaposed with French decorative chandeliers adorning its Grand Hall.

2) Street Art along the Klang River Banks


On your way to Central Market, by the ‘Pasar Seni’ LRT train station; stop to appreciate the graffiti that stretches along the Klang river banks. Graffiti in KL is a renegade art form. Bridge arches and neglected walls are tattooed images that resonate current societal and political issues, telling the tale of KLs subculture from the perspective of freethinking locals. Call it a form of self expression or a movement to reclaim public space – this visual mischief unfortunately has never sat well with authorities. But walk around the Klang river by Pasar Seni and Masjid Jamek and you’ll find honest street art that gives KL character and voice.

3) KL’s Brickfields (Little India)


Kuala Lumpur is a melting pot of numerous cultures, races and religion, making it honestly one of the most unique and diversified destinations in the world. The cultural exoticism that lies here is materialized in KL’s Little India, or more commonly referred to by locals as Brickfields. Here you will be transported into Malaysia’s celebrated Indian traditions where you can dip your hand into endless amounts of rice, dhal and curry, in addition to a plethora of fusional Malaysian-Indian dishes. The paved streets of Brickfield are sparkled with colour, and scented with jasmine while spices waft over tabla rhythms and the range of stacked embroidered textiles outdoes any tropical sunset.

4) Thean Hou Temple by Robson Heights


While Brickfields may give you an insight to Malaysia’s Indian roots, Thean Hou Temple by the secluded Robson Heights represents unprecedented Chinese-Malaysian architecture at its finest. The temple was built by the Hianese community in Kuala Lumpur and is dedicated to the Goddess Tian Hou. Possessing elements of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism, Thean Hou’s grandiose structure is a successful combination of modern architectural techniques and authentic traditional design, featuring imposing pillars, spectacular roofs, ornate carvings and intricate embellishments. And if standing in sheer reverence at this architectural masterpiece isn’t enough, the towering and imposing 6-storey temple provides wonderful views of Kuala Lumpur.

5) Rumah Penghulu at Badan Warisan


In a city that strives for economic and technological progress, we can often lose sight of our historical past and cultural heritage. Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, the Rumah Penghulu at Badan Warisan that is dwarfed by towering skyscrapers would be a refreshing insight to the lives of native Malaysians. This cultural artefact is one of the oldest surviving traditional wooden Malay houses. It was built in stages between 1910 and the early 1930s in a small village north of Peninsula Malaysia and was later relocated and restored in 1996. Today, it stands as one of the finest remaining examples of Malay vernacular architecture. Here you can enjoy a guided tour of the compound or even roam around its tropical gardens.

6) Dine at the Straits Food Company in Bangsar


We’ve spoken about various sites that represent the diverse yet individual sub-cultures present in Malaysia. Albeit, I am yet to mention a place that discusses a unified and harmonious Malaysia where all of our ethnic cultures, religions and races make Malaysia what it is. Something tangible that brings us Malaysians together is food. And while it is now a rare sight to see retirees and civil servants sitting in a coffee shop, sipping on a bottomless cup of Kopi with a pack of cigarettes in their linen shirts, and the daily newspaper spread out across the table, The Straits Food Company is an attempt at recapturing the coffee shop nostalgia of Malaysia. It’s peranakan interior coupled with an outstanding local menu should revive our fading past. With cheap and affordable prices, mosaic tiles and ratty stools, it’s all refreshingly Malaysian. Do pay this modern-classic a visit because it really is, as described, “Food For All”.

7) Enjoy Jazz, Funk and Groove at No Black Tie


The extended strip of bars and nightclubs at Changkat, Bukit Bintang features an ever-changing selection of venues offering everything from Irish ale to Cuban mojitos. The packed and bustling street scene is compact enough that you can barhop until the sun begins to shine and the constant chatter begins to fade. While bars are struggling to keep up with trends and the neighboring competition, there’s one place that delivers consistently and that is No Black Tie. This is Malaysia’s Blue Note, the city’s singular jazz joint that screams refined cocktails under murmurs of Miles Davis. The wooden interior in contrast to the countless number of vintage jazz posters compliments the venues name and live acts from all over the world keep owner, hostess and pianist Evelyn Hii’s No Black Tie continuously pulsating.

8) MAP at Publika


MAP is malleable art space where enlightened developers decided to creatively jazz up the Solaris Dutamas housing complex. Here, spectators are able to explore contemporary ideas and get a taste of KL’s emerging art scene. This arts organization consists of two spaces – the 6,000 square feet White Box gallery and the 250-seat Black Box new media space. Calling itself the newest arts platform for Kuala Lumpur, it provides a space for artists from the region from multi-disciplinary backgrounds to share their cutting edge works with a wider audience.

9) Omakase + Appreciate near Masjid Jamek


Headed by two renowned Malaysian mixologists, Karl Too and Chong Yi Shawn, Omakase + Appreciate is no easy feat to find. Located behind an intimidating ventilated door down a flight of dimly lit steps by the Bangunan Ming Annexe, you’ll find yourself transported to a spot that resembles a quintessential Peranakan hotel room. The space hosts host no more than five tables and the powering, antique shelf that holds copious amounts of alcohol and dominates the entire room hints at Omakase + Appreciate’s sole purpose, that is to serve the finest concoctions to a crowd who wants nothing less.

Uber and Wonderful Malaysia are offering 2 free rides around Kuala Lumpur, worth up to RM20 each to give you an opportunity to visit some of these spots. Download the Uber App and enter the promocode WONDERFULMAYAYSIA. Read more here.

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Make Your Phone Your Best Travel Guide!

A smart phone is a device that everyone considers helpful, and even unavoidable on our daily routines. Thanks to the most accommodating travel mobile apps, you can find that these apps provide: a detailed overview of tourist sites, handy city maps, awesome travel guides, and so much more! You can actually explore the world from the comfort of your armchair, and forget about the pre-travelling hassle or extra expenses.

Apps that Improve Your Travel Experience

1. Weather + Free

With this app, you no longer have to spend your holiday wondering what the weather will be like in your future destination! Weather +Free mobile app can give you a true meteorological picture accompanied by; exact temperatures, the local time, humidity and other useful parameters. If you’re climbing up to the Mont Everest or sunbathing on Thai beaches, this app is the way to go. Apart from being completely free, this app provides an excellent overview of current weather situations.



2. Kayak

Experienced travellers know that searching for hotel and flights can sometimes turn into a nightmare. If you’re dealing with a limited budget, this could make the situation very difficult. An innovative mobile app, called Kayak, offers an opportunity to look for flights, hotels, compared car transport prices, and where you’ll get the best options for your budget. This app is kind of your personal travel-organizing manager. Since it tracks flights for you, delivers notifications about changes, and keeps money in your pocket, this app could be exactly what you need.



3. Uber

Uber has cool features that include: very reliable itineraries, detailed transportation maps, and city plans. This smart phone application is an unavoidable traveling tool for all those who adore exploring new areas. If you are visiting a well-populated city, such as Kuala Lumpur, it may be pretty troublesome to find a decent taxi. Fortunately, you can sign up with Uber Malaysia to get affordable and reliable transportation.



4. Trippeo

The total amount of money you spend on your holiday, or a business trip, can often make the difference between a great and “it could have been better” traveling experience. Trippeo could help you elevate your travels. Trippeo, a handy expense- tracking mobile software, can assist you with your travels and expense management. This smart, user friendly, and accurate app notes all of your credit card transactions that occurred during your vacation. The app also helps with your business journey, and allows detailed monitoring of your total trip costs.



5. Localeur

Based on trustworthy recommendations of locals, Localeur is the best app that is specially designed to guide tourists through the best sites/ places within the particular area. This app is made by locals, who are greatly familiar with their areas, and it offers a comprehensive base of truly attractive destinations that you can search according to your preferences.



6. Trover

If you are someone who likes ‘word of mouth’ recommendations, then you should consider installing Trover on your smart phones. This app offers a surplus of great destination reviews, and recommendations shared by travellers. Trover allows users to take and upload photos from their current destination, express impressions of these areas, and their personal recommendations. You can also share any new travels you come across, and follow other user’s experiences as well.



One of the greatest advantages of the modern era is that every area of life is facilitated with technology. Nowadays, you can plan your entire traveling adventure with just a few taps of the phone.

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