When you are visiting Bali, there are most a variety of activities that you can choose to partake in, whether it is surfing, hiking, getting a massage and yes, even going golfing!
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A brief intro to golf in Bali:
Many golf magazines around the world have consistently ranked Bali as one of the best-golfing destinations in the world. With a challenging yet utterly serene setting, the collection of brilliantly maintained fairways and testing greens makes it a golfer’s dream!
Where to play:
While it may vary based on preference, courses like the award-winning Bali National Golf Club and the Handara Golf & Resort in Bali are excellent choices amongst many Bali resorts. If you are on the southern coast of Bali, do check out the New Kuta Golf Club near the Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort as well!
What makes it special?
With the landscape being filled with a vista of mountains and forest, this tiny island paradise in the Indonesian archipelago holds many historical and simply delightful courses to play at.
What is the weather like?
Due to the tropical climate of the island, the weather tends to fluctuate but you may opt to play in the highlands of Bali to enjoy cool playing conditions throughout.
While you may not think it, Bangkok actually offers lots to do for the active traveller and those looking to enjoy some recreation or sporting action.
Though the city is a veritable concrete jungle, it does have some wonderful parks where you can have a jog or sprint if you so desire! If you are an avid jogger, look to find a Bangkok hotel promotion at properties within easy reach of such parks; these include Lumphini Park, Chatuchak Park and Benchasiri Park.
A great activity for the whole family, bowling in Bangkok is on offer at quite a number of locations. SF Strike Bowl at the MBK Centre within easy reach of properties of Chatrium Hotels & Residences is one option as is TPD Bowling on Ekkachai Road. Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl has several branches in the city including at Siam Paragon, The Esplanade and Major Cineplex Sukhumvit.
A great way to beat the heat, ice skating is something that all can enjoy. The city’s sole Olympic-sized rink can be found at Imperial World Ice Skating, while The Rink Ice Arena has rinks at CentralPlaza Grand Rama IX, CentralWorld and Fashion Island.
No, you are not reading it wrong, you can actually go surfing in the Thai capital! The city may not have a beach, but it is home to Flow House Bangkok which has an artificial wave machine which provides the surfing-like experience called flowriding; a mix of surfing and wakeboarding, it is something all ages can try.
If you’re a fan of the Karate Kid movies or even the Kung Fu TV series, you know that martial arts are not all about offence, but providing an ideal means of self-defence too. This is also true for the traditional Thai martial arts known as Muay Thai.
In today’s day and age, you never know when you will face a situation where self-defence will come in handy, be it against one person or many. Muay Thai equips you with the skills to defend and attack if needed if ever you or someone you love is threatened.
Watching the Pros
Of course, to get an idea of the sheer power and skill involved nothing beats taking in a live Muay Thai fight in Bangkok; Rajadamnern Stadium about 20 minutes from Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel is one of the most popular venues. If staying at a Siam hotel in Bangkok, you can also easily access the Lumpinee and Channel 7 stadiums for more action.
Why It Works
One of the reasons Muay Thai is so great for self-defence is because it employs a wide arsenal of “weapons”; your knees, elbows, fists and feet form eight points of contact which can be used in combination to keep attackers at bay. Elbow and knee strikes are particularly useful as are well-placed kicks.
Strength, Stamina and Self-Confidence
As you learn Muay Thai you improve your strength and stamina which also helps when you need to defend yourself. This, in turn, will invariably boost your self-confidence too, giving you a much-needed edge.
Oman is the world’s oldest independent Arab state, so there’s a lot of heritage to explore. In addition to history, Oman also has a range of marine wonders for budding divers to experience.
Daymaniyat Islands, Muscat
If you’re a fan of turtles then this is definitely the first dive-site you should consider. These are a selection of very rocky islands situated at the north end of Muscat, and are a notable nesting site for turtles. There are also lush coral reefs with plenty of captivating marine-life to explore.
Bander Khayran Muscat
There’s a series of remarkable dive-sites located here, and is one of the best places to explore shipwrecks. Al Munassir is a three-hundred foot vessel that was sunk by the government to serve as an artificial reef, and is definitely a noteworthy attraction to explore.
The secluded capital of southern Oman is one of the most beautiful places in the country, and therefore you won’t be surprised to discover many a beach resort in Salalah. Pretty much all of these resorts, such as Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara would offer diving related experiences. The small bay of Mirbat is probably the best dive-site Salalah has to offer.
Lima Rock, Musandam
This is one of the most enigmatic dive-sites since the ocean has eroded the rocky landscape to form a network of caves that are now inhabited by schools of various kinds of fish.