This $54/Night Marble Hotel Makes Us Want To Train To Busan Right Now

Marble Hotel In Busan From Only $54+ Per Night

Busan – one of Korea’s largest port cities – has been at the top of everyone’s bucket list, especially after the hit movie Train to Busan.

For Singaporeans, a trip to Busan may seem like a stretch because of the hefty cost of airfare. But if you’ll be in the vicinity, we’ve found a gorgeous and affordable alternative to boring and expensive hotels.

Bask in panoramic seaviews in your very own alabaster room or capsule apartment from just S$54/night.


We’ve done your homework for you, if you’re already completely sold by the Kinfolk-esque aesthetic. Here’s what else to expect.

Marble tiled rooms with seascape views

Rooms with an exquisite marble finish distinguish Gwanganli Hotel 1 from the many other boutique alternatives within Busan.


Marble tiles have graced the palaces of royal families, so you’ll definitely feel like a king or a queen while relaxing inside this luxurious interior.


Gangwan Bridge is the second longest bridge in Korea – spanning 7,420 meters!

The windows give you an interrupted view of this massive structure, which makes the experience a thousand times more breathtaking.


Each room comes fully equipped with a flat-screen TV, comfy beds and a kettle where guests take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.

At S$108+/night for a room, the costs are far more affordable than your typical 5-star hotel.


Whitewashed capsule rooms

If you’re far from royalty and just getting by on meager savings, we’ve got awesome news for you. The hotel comes with whitewashed and bare capsule rooms at S$54+ per night.


Like most capsule hotels, there are floors exclusively for male and female guests to ensure safety and security.


Each pod is decked with futuristic ambient lights – which come in colours like blue, green, orange and purple. The neon-colored minimalist theme looks straight out of a sci-fi movie.


Missing the sea? Book an ocean-facing capsule and you’ll get to admire a stunning view of the Gangwan Bridge in all its postcard-worthy glory.


Common rooms & hearty meals

Tired of staying in the hotel room all-day long? Explore their common areas.

The first floor features a stadium-like seating with cute stuffed animals which the kids will love.


The second floor features individual and group seating areas where you can see the vibrant city life amidst the towering buildings and the sparkling seawater.


You’ll need a ton of snacks if you’re going to explore Busan all-day long.

Lucky for us, there’s a pantry area with unlimited and free snacks like ice cream and juice. This means you’ll never go hungry even if you’re on a tight budget.


Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and Gwanganli Hotel 1 seems to believe it too. Their breakfast buffet costs S$9 per person and it includes scrumptious pastries, hearty sandwiches, yummy desserts and other treats.


Train to Busan anyone?

You can book a flight from Singapore to Busan’s Gimhae International Airport via AirAsia. From there, ride the Haeundae MRT station and depart at Gwang-Andong station. Afterwards, go on a 10-min walk to reach the hotel.

Gwanganli Hotel 1 is an idyllic seaside escape for those looking to visit Busan’s famous landmarks like Busan Museum Of Art, Shinsegae Centum City, Haedong Yonggung Temple and more. You’ll surely end up with a lot of gorgeous selfies that’ll make your friends jelly.

Opening Times:
Check-in from: 04:00 PM
Check-out until: 11:00 AM
Location: 203, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, Suyeong-gu, Suyeong-Gu, 48303 Busan, South Korea
Website: Gwanganli Hotel 1

Featured image from Gwanganli Hotel 1 and The InnBox.

Bukit Timah Cave Has Gigs So Secret, You’re Blindfolded & Driven There

Bukit Timah Cave Hosts Secret Performances In The Woods

How do you take the underground music scene to a whole new level?


The Kave HQ is a hole-in-the-wall establishment that hosts guerilla music performances at a top-secret location. It seems to be in the woods of Bukit Timah, but no one knows the exact address, even its regular customers.

Sounds like an interesting place to jam all-night long? Here’s what you can expect.

Blindfolded in a vintage Volkswagon

Getting to Kave HQ’s hidden location involves meeting-up with other guests at a gathering point and waiting for an old-school beetle for pick-up.


Expect to be blindfolded with cute sleeping eye masks to ensure absolute secrecy.

Don’t worry because you have your best buds to keep you company.


You could try to sneak a peek along the ride, but it’s no fun without a little mystery


Once you arrive, you’ll meet up with like-minded enthusiasts and be transported to the 80s-inspired underground music scene.


Good ‘ol music & chill vibes

Kave HQ promises good ol’ independent local acts, chill vibes and beer. It’s a special space where lovers of music and talented artistes can jam with a young and lively crowd.


Their lineup includes a resident band ‘The Kavemen’, Disco Hue, Sobshaha among many other artists in Asia’s indie pop scene.


The atmosphere isn’t complete without audiences dressing the part.

During the Halloween season, participants turned up in wacky costumes like shiny aliens and Spirited Away ghouls.


Of course, we don’t think it’s weird at all to sip beers with your alien-headed friend.


Those without wacky costumes will be pleased to know that they can turn up in an 80s outfit like colourful spandex, headbands, Madonna costumes & more.

Your group selfie will definitely feel like a blast to the past.


Private weddings & quirky photoshoots

Kave HQ is also an alternative location for millennials looking to tie the knot at an indie wedding setting.


Upon making your reservation, the place will undergo a complete transformation featuring rose garlands and a mini-altar — making it a perfect destination to declare your vows in front of your loved ones.


Fans of vintage vans will also be pleased to note that couples can immortalise their intimate moments inside one, via quirky photoshoots.


Jingle Dingle all the way

How do you get a ticket to their next gig?

A special Christmas edition show on 21 Dec will feature independent local acts like Marc & Hashy, Gareth Fernandez, and DJ Ritz playing classic festive tunes.


There’ll also be sips and nosh for the good and naughty. We’re talking Christmas Tarik cocktails and hearty beef stew!

A special surprise awaits the best dressed, so do come as an elf, reindeer or snowman — the crazier costumes the better. Gift exchanges are welcomed in the form of songs, dances and booze.

You can book tickets to Jingle Dingle at Eventbrite. There are only 80 tickets available, so grab your tickets now. A ticket costs $38/pax but it’ll cost $32/pax for the first 50!

A ticket includes the following:

  • 1 Entrance ticket
  • 1 ‘Christmas Tarik’ welcome drink
  • 1 welcome gift
For other queries, message Kave HQ on Facebook or slide into their DMs on Instagram.
Date & Time: Friday (21 Dec), 8-11.30pm
Meeting point: The Grandstand Shuttle Pick Up Point (Carpark outside Giant)
Pick up timings: 7:15-7:45pm
Contact: [email protected]

Now it’s time to jio your friends to join the underground music scene or convince them to celebrate their wedding day at top secret venue.

Featured image from Instagram.

NUS Students Mourn Engin Canteen’s Closure, Now S’poreans Are Sad Too

No More Techno Edge Canteen At NUS Engineering Till 2020

“Uncle, one kopi o peng please. Sorry, can faster? I’m super late.”

The drink stall uncle hands the drink over wordlessly, a familiar smile playing on his lips. This caffeine kick saves you from public embarrassment later, and you survive an entire 8am lecture without nodding off a wink.


Now, you can imagine why students feel extremely nostalgic about Techno Edge’s planned closure for renovations starting today (8 Dec). After 30 years of operations, the National University of Singapore’s Engineering canteen will be closing for “redevelopment works”.

A 1,000-seat canteen will replace the venue in 2020, with 2 brand new floors furnished for student activities.


Sadly, the Chicken Rice, Yong Tau Foo and Soya Bean vendors will be retiring, while all other hawkers are moving to other canteens within the school.

Here’s NUS’ touching tribute in full. We say our goodbyes below.


Thank you for your service

A beautiful series of photographs were shot of all the vendors, as a heartfelt tribute to their years of service.

Mdm Pong, pictured below, has clocked more than 35 years of service in NUS, in her tenure as cleaning supervisor for Techno Edge, since its humble beginnings in 1983.


Fun fact! Her sister used to run the Hokkien Mee stall in the Arts Canteen.

Prepare your tissues for the rest of their stories, as they will definitely give you the feels.

1. McDonald’s

The McDonald’s outlet at the Engineering Faculty has always been famous for their cheery uncles and aunties.


Here’s Uncle Henry smiling at you for his very last shift, after 9 years of faithful service. They’ll also be closing the branch, as the entire building undergoes renovation.

2. Yong Tau Foo

Mr Pang and Alice will be looking forward to a blissful retirement after operating the Yong Tau Foo stall for 31 years.


NUS shares that the fondest memory Alice will takeaway in her retirement, will be how her stall won a cooking competition in 2016, judged by “celebrity chef Violet Oon”.

3. Chicken Rice

Back in 1974, Mr Ching set up his first chicken rice stall on campus in Bukit Timah. He later made the brave decision to move the Kent Ridge campus, where he has served since.


He’s pictured smiling cheekily here while holding up two peace signs. Mr Ching will be retiring, and we wish him all the best.

4. Drinks Stall

If you’re worried that the motley crew at Techno Edge will be dispersed, there’s a silver lining to this mostly sad announcement. 4 Techno Edge stalls will be relocating together to E2 Cafe — Indonesian Panggang, Western, Ramen and Drinks to be exact.

Drinks stall owner, Mr Seton Lim and his colleague Mr Cheong were pictured at the helm of their new drinks stall in E2 Cafe.


But what we’d miss most are their adorable antics to cheer up students at Techno Edge. Uncle Seton typically plays party music to liven up dreary school mornings, or even gets his team to dress up for festive occasions over his 25 faithful years of service.


5. Indonesian Panggang

This stall is home to arguably the most famous dish in the entire school — Ayam Panggang. Though the debate’s ongoing on whether the Arts or Engin faculty has a better version of it, you’d see long snaking queues during lunch for students hoping to get their fix.


These stall helpers Siti, Ah Moy and Siti have all served for 10, 11 and 6 years. They were most probably responsible for the insane portions of rice and generous servings of sauce drizzled on your plate.

6. Mee Pok & Fishball Noodles

Students have thanked the owners of this mee pok stall, Mr Teo and Mdm Ong, profusely for letting them “anyhow customise their noodles”. They’ll make a permanent move to Prince George’s Park Residences with immediate effect.


7. Nasi Padang

70-year-old Kartinah, not only looks stunning for her age, but is also a long-serving kitchen helper at the Nasi Padang stall. She’ll be moving along with her stall to Yusof Ishak House’s canteen.


8. Kaneda Japanese Cuisine

Kaneda’s sizzling hotplates of Salmon Tama, paired with piping hot bowls of fluffy white rice are too die for. Students who frequent The Deck at the Arts Faculty will be pleased to welcome Peter and Ivy’s offerings at the canteen.


9. Vegetarian

10 years of service and marriage aside, the Sohs are prepping for their move to Prince George’s Park Residences. They’ll continue to serve delicious vegetarian fare to eco-conscious students.


10. Oon Western Food

Oon Western Food will be making the move to E2 Cafe as well. Store owner Mr Oon and his kitchen helper Faisel are pictured outside the stall in the photograph below.


Their chicken chops will be dearly missed by students.

11. SSS Indian Food

SSS Indian Food has been dishing up rich curries and crispy pratas to students for a whopping 28 years. Ragani, Owner Mr Saravan and Ugesh will be calling Prince George’s Park Residences their new home.


12. Caifan

Mr Lai Cheng Boon’s Chinese Cooked Food stall has been around for 41 years. He’s also been helping to represent all the TechnoEdge vendors over the years.


The yearly canteen fund to help pay for festive decorations within the canteen was his brainchild. His stall will be moving to Prince George’s Park Residences.

Goodbyes don’t last forever

Since the last minor renovation for Techno Edge came in 1999, this refresh is definitely long overdue.


Though we know it’ll be hard to say goodbye to a place that holds so many fond memories for so many of us, we at MS News wish all retiring vendors a blissful retirement.

As for the hawkers in the midst of their moves, all the best in your future endeavours!

Featured image from National University of Singapore on Facebook.

2D1N Batam Getaway Only $179/Pax For 5 Star Hotel Stay & 2-Way Ferry

WeekendGoWhere’s 2D1N Batam Package Starts At $179/Pax

If your boss is forcing you to clear your leave, and you’ve been browsing pictures of beach destinations on an incognito browser at work, we’ve got awesome news for you.

WeekendGoWhere – a Singapore-based travel agency – is offering a very affordable trip to Batam starting at $179 per person.

The package includes the following:

  • Accommodation at Montigo Resort
  • 5 Star Hotel Room (including breakfast)
  • 2-Way Ferry Tickets (including tax)
  • 2-Way Land Transfer

Sounds like a perfect weekend getaway this festive season with bae. Here’s what to expect.

Scenic coastal views & private infinity pools

Getting to Batam Island involves a short 30-40 min ferry ride from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal (Singapore) to Nongsapura Ferry Terminal (Nongsa). Land transfer to Montigo Resorts is available upon arrival.

Once you get there, you’ll witness clear blue waters as far as the eye can see.


The best part? You can book a two to five bedroom villa. Each villa comes with a private infinity pool where you can clear your head and marvel at the sea.


No beach vacation is complete without a tan! Lucky for us, there’s an array of lounge chairs where you can chat with your gal pals, stan your favorite K-pop group or soak up under the sun.


There’s no denying that the view looks great — but the sunsets are to die for!


Massages & dining options

Besides their luxurious infinity pools, Montigo Resorts Nongsa is also an award-winning spa.

Spending a wonderful day of pampering with their skilled masseuses will feel like absolute bliss.


Those who want to stay in the hotel all-day long will be happy to know that they offer an in-villa BBQ service where their chefs will serve you local delicacies.


If you eventually get tired of dining-in, you can check out their three restaurants – Tadd’s, Pantai and Cafe Montigo. You’ll be spoilt for choice from their multi-cultural selection of delicious dishes.


Luxurious villas

Most of their villas are seriously high-SES — we mean extremely luxurious.

The deluxe two-bedroom villa boasts an expansive master bedroom suite with a minimalist theme. It’s the perfect place to relax and take a break from the stress of work.


If you’re going to party with your group of friends or bringing your entire family along, then opt for their three to five-bedroom villas. The room features king-sized beds that are bound to ensure your utmost comfort.


Each villa has a living room with cushy couches and an uninterrupted view of the the seaside. It’s the perfect spot to sip cocktails while enjoying the cool sea breeze with your friends or lovers.


Booking your stay

If you haven’t booked a trip overseas, we’re sure that this resort is on your radar.

The deal is a part of their year-end sale and you’ll get an additional $12 off for booking on 12 Dec.

To learn more about the package, message WeekendGoWhere on Facebook or call +65 6358 4231 (9am to 6pm) from Mon-Fri, 9am to 6pm and Sat, 9am to 5pm.

You can also head down to their office at this address.

Name: WeekendGoWhere HQ
Location: Blk 71 Ayer Rajah Crescent, #06-14 (One-North MRT station)
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun: 9am-5pm
Contact: +65 9390 0052 (WhatsApp)

Now that we’ve done your homework for you, there’s no need to rack your brains to pull out all the stops for your loved ones’ Christmas presents. A surprise Batam getaway on a budget and quality time with you will be all they need. You’re most welcome.

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Genting Highlands Indoor Theme Park Opens On 8 Dec & Spans 4 Storeys

Genting Highlands Now Boasts Massive Indoor Theme Park

Hey 90’s kids, do you remember First World Indoor Theme Park in Genting Highlands?


If your family likes to make frequent trips to Malaysia for holiday, chances are you might have visited this theme park at First World Plaza before.

And you might even recall sitting on a roller coaster that goes around the shopping mall.


If the visuals make you want to revisit your childhood, we’re sorry to say that First World Indoor Theme Park is no more.

But hold those tears, because it has been replaced with a new and improved version called SkyTropolis that will open on Saturday (8 Dec).


Theme park operator Resorts World Genting hasn’t released any official pictures, but the ones circulating on social media have got us psyched.

Massive 4-storey attraction

It’s rumoured that SkyTropolis will span across four storeys in the mall.

This literally means that some of the larger rides will be massive. Look at this indoor ferris wheel that’s impossible to miss.


And that’s only what you’ll see by the entrance of the theme park. There’s a lot more in store and this is what you can expect.

24 rides and attractions

Those who get nauseous easily be warned because most of the rides here spin around.

The Dragon Frenzy 360 will not only spin you around in your seats but also swing you 360 degrees upside down.


We’re not sure where the dragon in the ride is but your guts will definitely be in a frenzy after being twirled around in two different directions.


If you want to dial it down a bit, you can try the Space Cadet, where you sit in little space rockets that spin up and down a central pole.


It may not be Star Wars level cool, but at least you can experience the rush of zooming around in your own spaceship.

We don’t know what this ride does. What looks like random ride seats in a small circle may appear harmless but we won’t be surprised if it starts turning in high-speed loops.


The handles must be there for a reason, so hang on tight.

Kid-friendly rides

Parents, don’t worry if you’re afraid that your kids won’t be able to handle rotating at fast speeds. There are milder rides for them too.

This carousel promises to live up to your expectations and more. It appears to have stairs that lead to an upper deck, so you can perch on a pretty pony for a better view of your surroundings.


Anything with double layers means an added serving of something good, so get your extra helping of the vibrant carnival atmosphere on this two-storey merry-go-round.

Let your kids experience the nostalgia of riding on a steam engine train on Copper Express as it takes them around a mini field complete with fake grass and trees.


Fun for the whole family

Whether you’re seeking an adrenaline rush or a breezy fun time with your family, SkyTropolis is the one-stop destination for the young and the young at heart.

And the best thing is, it’s inside a mall, so you can do all your shopping and eating there. Yup, we didn’t forget about you, mum.

Ticket prices haven’t been released yet but with the exchange rate, we doubt you’ll have much to worry about it.

Be sure to include SkyTropolis in your itinerary when you plan your family vacation to Genting Highlands!

Location: First World Hotel & Plaza, 69000 Genting Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia
Opening hours: 10am-12am
How to get there: WTS travel provides coaches directly from Singapore. Pick-up locations include Tampines, Sengkang, Bedok, Ang Mo Kio, Sembawang and Woodlands.

Featured image from Facebook and Instagram.

Bukit Bintang’s Back Alley Murals In KL Make It Haji Lane On Steroids

Bukit Bintang In KL Has Stunning Murals Hidden In Plain Sight

Bukit Bintang in Kuala Lumpur may not be on the radar for their gorgeous murals yet. But come 2019, we expect Singaporeans to be flocking there in droves.


The once derelict back alleyways have now been utterly transformed in an ongoing “urban renewal project” by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to be completed by Dec 2018.

We snooped around on Google Maps for a sneak peek at the finished product. Trust us when we say they’ll give Haji Lane a run for its money.

Just around the riverbend

You can now literally walk on water amongst a peaceful grove of trees thanks to this 3D mural artist’s stunning masterpiece.


We particularly like the neon clouds that line your way among the towering silhouettes of trees — they’re even more beautiful when they’re lit up at night.


Psychedelic rainbow motifs

If you grew up in the 60s and 70s, you’ll feel right at home at these psychedelic rainbow-themed murals.


A rosy-cheeked boy blowing leaf bubbles against the backdrop of multiple aircon units, will welcome you warmly along the streets.


Look out for an angular, cuboid-faced grey lady proudly displaying the universal sign for peace at the end of the alley.


You probably won’t find a pot of gold the end of this rainbow, but a homey cafe will be wonderful too.

The birds & the bees

Capturing the vibrancy of flora and fauna seems to be the intent of the talented artists behind these murals.


From a brilliant blue kingfisher perched atop a tree branch on the walls lining the alley…


…To a pair of toucans huddled snugly together as they take in the fragrance of fresh hibiscus flowers in the vicinity.


Expect to spot all manner of insects and wildlife as you trawl through the back alleys.


Do remember to keep your eyes on the road so you don’t crush actual snails or poor ladybugs either.

Havana Guest House’s transformation is worth a mention as well.

Source: 1, 2

This is a closeup of the dragonflies that now flit across the sky blue building.


We really love how the entire estate seems to have taken on a new lease of life with this elaborate and imaginative paint job.

Boutique yard hotels

Looking for a place to rest your aching arms and legs after a fruitful haul at Jalan Alor’s famous night market district?


The Yard will be a great place to conclude a long night of mural-hunting.


Best part is, the back alley that leads up to the boutique hotel has been given a beautiful makeover too.


The 2-star hotel aptly has a picturesque garden yard of its own, and spacious rooms for you and your travel companions to sleep in utmost comfort.



A regular room for 2 adults starts at $24/night, and includes free WiFi. Children under 12 years old stay for free, but breakfast is not included.

Let the mural hunt begin

Vibrant street murals have been hidden in plain sight in 7 back lanes in Bukit Bintang at in these spaces:

  • Jalan Alor
  • Jalan Berangan
  • Jalan Changkat
  • Jalan Rembia
  • Jalan Tengkat Tong Shin

You can simply Google the locations, or make like Dora the Explorer and plot your own adventurous course with your fellow travellers. That way, you can stumble upon each artwork at your own pace.

We’ve also sourced each picture to the exact location on Google Maps so happy hunting!

Putting kampung and spirit together

Bukit Bintang has come a long way from its chequered history of being known as a decrepit slum for drug addicts and petty thieves.


The transformation work continues, as walkways are repaved, drainage is upgraded, and light fixtures relocated within Jalan Alor.

We’re glad that these communal spaces have successfully undergone an incredible transformation in under a year.


So as you’re posting snaps for your Instastories, do remember to spread the meaningful story of how this place came to be.

Featured image from Eddy Lim on Google Maps.

Kanchanaburi’s Idyllic Lakeside Resort Offers A Breathtaking Stay On A Private Lake

Z9 Resort In Kanchanaburi Is Perfect For Nature Lovers

City life can be stifling. The busy streets, the crowds, the noise, the chaos. And in a small country like Singapore, it’s hard to find a nice, isolated spot to spend a few days in silence.

That’s where Thailand’s Z9 Resort comes in.


A 4-hour drive from Bangkok’s international airport, the resort is tucked away in a little corner of Kanchanaburi, a town in west Thailand.


The name “Z9” comes from the Egyptian Mount Sinai. According to the Bible, the mountain is where Moses often meditated. So it’s no surprise that Z9 presents itself as a place for relaxation and rejuvenation.


An idyllic escape north

As you may have noticed from the picture, there are 2 separate stretches. The stretch with 10 houses is called “Escape North”, while the stretch with 5 is called “South the Scene”.


The rooms in South the Scene are almost half the size of the ones in Escape North. But don’t worry, both provide an equally stunning view of the horizon.


Since the resort only has 20 rooms, you can be sure that the serenity won’t be constantly broken by large hoards of tourists common in mainstream resorts.

Living on a lake 

What’s better than waking up in a rustic cabin-like room? Waking up in a rustic cabin-like room that floats on a lake. With a splendid view of the calm waters and distant mountains, you may just end up lazing on your bed the entire morning.


If you want some fresh air, you can always hop onto the platform outside and enjoy the lounging in the sun.


Trust us, it looks even better at night once dusk falls.


Food at your fingertips

It’s possible to be so taken in by the view that you forget about lunch or dinner. But don’t worry, just take a short stroll to the main resort building.


 You’ll find an open-air café that whips up Thai and Italian cuisines.


And even when you’re eating, you can continue to enjoy the view and atmosphere.


Explore limestone caves in an untouched waterfall

If you’re not the kind to sit around idly for an entire day, you can always go for a dip in the water or rent a kayak and paddle around.


During the day, you can also head out to Erawan Waterfall, which is a 40-minute drive away. Just make sure you ask the resort to charter a driver for you beforehand because being so far from the city, you’ll probably never be able to flag a taxi.


The waterfall is divided into 7 tiers, or levels. You may be surprised at the sheer number of fish in the first tier. It may be frightening at first, but you’ll soon get used to it. Behind some of the waterfalls are actually limestone caves which you can explore.


Luxury doesn’t come cheap

The larger Escape North rooms go for a nightly rate of 6,600 Baht (S$275) per person, while the South the Scene ones go for 4,500 Baht (S$187).

This may sound a little pricey, but for the spellbinding peace you get to wake up to every morning, it may be well worth the splurge.

Featured image from Z9 Resort.

Tham Luang Cave Is Now A Booming Tourist Destination After Epic Rescue

Tham Luang Cave Complex Has An Emerald Pond, Shrines & Wildlife Trails

Remember the Thai Cave rescue that was all over the news in July?

Months after the famous incident, the cave at the centre of the rescue has become an unlikely tourist hotspot.


This isn’t surprising, since some people even visit the tunnel that Princess Diana was killed in in 1997.

But unlike the Pont de l’Alma, the Tham Luang cave complex is now home to numerous stalls as well as a fast-growing tourism industry.

But don’t expect to visit the actual cave where the boys were trapped for days. Authorities have blocked off that entrance with a fence. Probably wise. 


Here’s what what you can look forward to at the site, which is an hour’s drive north of Chiang Rai.

1. Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park

The Tham Luang cave complex sits within the Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park, a sprawling tropical rainforest. Teeming with diverse wildlife, the forest park’s trails are a must-visit for nature lovers.


You can relax and enjoy the serenity of the emerald pond. It is this pond’s waters that reportedly flooded the Tham Luang caves.


If you prefer something brighter for the ‘gram, frolick in the flower fields that skirt the park.


But if you prefer a view from the top, trek to one of the vantage points at the mountains near the park and take in views like this.


2. Wat Tham Pra 

Wat Tham Pra’s entrance features a scenic stairway with towering trees and Buddhist statues.


A small temple locally known as Tham Blo Pla, resides inside the limestone cave. The main chamber has a large golden seated 2000-year old Buddha and smaller seated Buddha statues. Holes in the cave’s ceilings, enable the sun’s rays to shine on the statues.


The pathway to the nearby Nangnon shrine is adorned with colourful umbrellas, as far as the eye can see. In Buddhism, umbrellas serve as protection from harm and suffering.


3. Majestic rock formations & bamboo groves

While you can’t explore Tham Luang cave yet, you can check out the other areas of the cave complex like Thum Saohin Phayanak, also known by locals as Naga.

The road to the cave is clustered with bamboos and thick vegetation.

Walk along the grove to get a slice of Kyoto’s Arashiyama, if you don’t have the budget to fly to Japan.


Once you get there, navigate past the stalagmites on the ground and keep an eye out for bats. 


4. Hundreds of Thai vendors

We all know that Thailand is the go-to place for a shopping trip, so you’ll be pleased to know that hundreds of vendors have set up shop to sell souvenirs, trinkets and T-shirts.


Look out for these cute Tham Lung brooches adorned with a pig to prove to your friends that you went to the Thai cave rescue site. 


Ready to visit?

We’re sure that this destination is on your radar if you were very kaypoh during the Thai cave rescue.

But how do you get there?

Book a flight from Singapore to Chiang Rai Airport on SilkAir, Bangkok Airways and AirAsia. From there, you can ride a taxi to Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park for one hour.

You can check out nearby hotels through Booking, Agoda and Trivago. We recommend the Khunnam Rimtarn Resort, which starts at $24 per night.

Featured image from Instagram and Instagram.

Neon Pastel Beach In Cebu Has A Rose-Tinted Pool & Rainbow Cabanas

Happy Beach Resort In Cebu Is A Pastel Paradise

Remember the amazing inflatable unicorn island at Zambales, Philippines?


The Happy Beach is a boutique resort in Cebu, Philippines birthed by the same creators. They promise that it’s even bigger and better than its predecessor.


Described as an island paradise come to life with massive inflatables, a world-famous unicorn island, colorful lounges and a humongous pink pool, The Happy Beach opens on 15 Dec, and it looks like everyone’s raring to visit.


The official announcement is going viral on Facebook with more than 17,000 comments and 42,000 shares at the time of writing.


Excited to book a trip? Here’s what you can expect from this stunning pastel beach retreat.

1. Gorgeous pink pool

Clear blue waters are a must-have for any island, but The Happy Beach’s humongous pink pool will definitely put a smile on your face.


Imagine soaking up the sun while swimming knee-deep in rose-tinted water. Katy Perry herself would approve.


2. Rainbow lounges galore

Lounge around on their neon orange daybeds while tapping your feet to California Gurls, or relax in absolute bliss with a cocktail in hand.


Palm trees usually conjure the image of a tropical paradise, but The Happy Beach proves that their extensive palm grove looks even better.


Each daybed comes with their signature “tampipi” feast and two free towels. You could spend hours enjoying the heat of the sun or taking pastel-themed selfies for Instagram.

3. Colorful cabanas

Don’t want to frantically kick and flap to keep your head above water? You can ride their cute animal floats while enjoying the island breeze.


Or watch the clear blue skyline while lying down on their gigantic pink flamingos.


4. Floating unicorn island

If you want to check out the unicorn island, also known as the biggest floating playground in all of Asia, then there’s no better time to book a trip.

Spanning over 4,500 sqm, it’s about the size of 9 basketball courts.


There’s tons to do at this giant playground.

Have a splashing fun time at their obstacle course which you can do at your own pace. They have inflatables slides, bridges, human launchers, towers and so much more!


Walking and running definitely sounds like a challenge, because the floating grounds are slippery and wet.

Be daredevil at their Happy Swings by taking a leap of faith and experiencing the thrill of jumping right to the sea.


Or embrace your wild side and show off your acrobatic skills like flipping, tumbling or diving.


5. Hues of pink everywhere

Take a break from reality in their rooms swathed in comforting hues of pinks.


Each room includes a queen-sized bed, a double deck and pull-out beds. One room can accommodate 6 people at most, so you can bring your entire family or friends along.

Getting there & booking your stay

Here’s how to get to this pastel paradise.

You can book a flight from Singapore to Mactan-Cebu International Airport on Scoot, Cebu Pacific or AirAsia. You can then take a 30-minute taxi ride to Angasil Port.


From there, ride their Happy Boats and cruise around Cebu’s restaurants, shops and landmarks to reach the resort.


An All-Day Beach Pass starts at PHP 699 (S$19), a Happy Jungle and Pink Pool Pass starts at PHP 1500 (S$40), and A Happy Room will cost you PHP 5999 (S$157) per night, which is a fair price for an unconventional getaway.


Visit the website to book your tickets now during their pre-opening sale.


Now go forth and have a magical holiday.

Featured image from The Happy Beach PH.

i Light Singapore Returns In January With Special Bicentennial Edition

More Light Installations At i Light Singapore 2019 Means More Photos For The ‘Gram

There have been tonnes of light festivals in Singapore in the past few years but none of us are tired of them yet.

After all, we all love a good reason to hang out with friends and snap some pictures for the ‘gram.

So if you’re looking for the next artsy event to boost your Instagram aesthetics, swing by i Light Singapore Festival. The event is returning to Marina Bay on 28 Jan 2019.

32 artworks from 14 countries

To celebrate 200 years of Singapore’s history, i Light Singapore 2019 will be exhibiting a wider range of installations than last year.

31 sustainable light art installations will illuminate the Marina Bay Event Area and run along the Singapore River, crossing six iconic bridges for the first time.

Make sure to catch these bridges light up at night:

  • Elgin Bridge – near Parliament
  • Cavenagh Bridge – between The Fullerton Hotel and Asian Civilisations Museum
  • Anderson Bridge – near The Fullerton Waterboat House
  • Esplanade Bridge – outside Esplanade (duh)
  • Jubilee Bridge – also outside Esplanade
  • Helix Bridge – between The Shoppes @ MBS and The Float @ Marina Bay Grandstand

Image courtesy of i Light Singapore

The festival will also extend to Fort Canning Park, proving just how massive it will be this time around.

32 artworks will feature artists from 14 different countries including Singapore. More than half of the artwork are by Singaporean artists.

Here are 5 installations you should definitely check out.

1. City Gazing Singapore

Frequent flyers who love window seats will gasp when they see this installation. It’s one thing to see a city from the sky, but to get that view from the ground will be a mind-blowing experience.

A map of Singapore hangs over The Lawn @ Marina Bay, creating what’s essentially another layer of bright lights between the ground and the starry sky.

Image courtesy of i Light Singapore

Look up to see street lights, homes and roads light up around Singapore as if you’re peering out from a plane flying over at night.

The lights will change to trace Singapore’s transformation over the past 100 years, so you might want to get some mats to lie down on and gaze up in awe of our island’s history.

Location: The Lawn @ Marina Bay, 8A Marina Boulevard, 018984.
#13 on the festival map.

2. Cenotaph for a Stone

The Singapore Stone is a remnant of a 10th or 11th century slab that was blown up in 1843 to widen the passageway at the mouth of the Singapore River.


Three Architecture students from the National University of Singapore created Cenotaph for a Stone to portray the explosion and tell the story of the stone.

51 ‘rock fragments’ sit on steel pedestals of various heights, with a 52nd pedestal left empty for the piece in the National Museum.

The installation looks like a complete piece from the front but walk along the perimeter and you’ll get to witness the explosion as timed light effects cascade across the broken pieces.

Image courtesy of i Light Singapore

Location: Waterboat House Garden, Fullerton Road.
#23 on the festival map.


Getting up close to the artworks may not be immersive enough for some of us who have a strong urge to touch them.

It’s even more fun when we can see the effects that our touch have on the artworks.

Stick your hands out as you walk down these parallel rows of fibres and watch as they light up according to your touch and movement.

Image courtesy of i Light Singapore

Location: Lotus Pond, ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018974
#3 on festival map.

4. Shadow Exposed

Whether young or old, playing with our shadows will always be amusing.

Shadow Exposed lets you interact with the installation using your own shadow to reveal or cover layered images.

As you walk past the large screen stretched along the Mist Walk at Marina Bay, your shadow will reveal different layers that offer a glimpse into Singapore’s evolution.

Image courtesy of i Light Singapore

Location: Mist Walk (next to Red Dot Design Museum), 11 Marina Blvd, Singapore 018940
#8 on festival map.

5. Keys of Light

Interactive installations are cheap thrills if you like being amused by yourself. What if you can take it a step further and produce a show for everyone?

Be a performance artist for a night at Raffles Terrace at Fort Canning Park and play the piano that stands in the middle of it.

Each music note activates a unique visual animation that lights up the surrounding structures, so every performance produces a different effect.

Image courtesy of i Light Singapore

Bring out the Freddie Mercury in you and pretend you’re at a concert jamming away on the piano keys as bright lights go off around the arena.

Location: Raffles Terrace, Fort Canning Park, River Valley Road, Singapore 179037
#31 on festival map.

A bright start to 2019

As i Light Singapore 2019 celebrates Singapore’s achievements, being a part of it will be an uplifting way to start the new year.

Bring your friends and family to admire the artwork and appreciate how far our island country has come.

Feature image courtesy of i Light Singapore.



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