Wednesday, August 20, 2014

How to go to Bangkok city center from Suvarnabhumi Airport?

Taxi is the first option that comes to mind when you are getting to Bangkok city center from Suvarnabhumi International Airport. Especially if you are coming from a long intercontinental flight, no other option will look good to your tired body. But Bangkok is famous with its horrific traffic especially during rush hour. If you land the airport during this time, a taxi ride will be a quite long journey to your hotel. Besides, when heading to the airport from your hotel, the traffic may result in a missed flight. Back in July 2013, I and a friend went to airport by using new Airport Rail Link and two if his friends took a taxi. They have missed their flights due to the evening traffic! So it is wise to know your alternatives.

Airport Rail Link is the best transportation option between the Bangkok city and the Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (I am writing the name openly because there are two airports in Bangkok). This rail system reaches to both BTS Skytrain and Bangkok MRT system. There are two type of trains here: Express trains will directly go to Makassan (for MRT) and Phaya Thai (for BTS Skytrain). It comes every 30 minutes and have enough space for your luggages. Express Airport Rail Link costs 90 bahts one way.

City Link trains (second option) stops in every station from airport to Phaya Thai. It is cheaper (45 bahts) but slower and does not have enough space for big luggage.

Let me give an example of how you can use it: In my last visit to Bangkok I stayed in ALoft Bangkok Sukhumvit 11 Hotel. I was light on luggage. I took City Link train from airport to Phaya Thai.

Bangkok Mass Transit Map
Bangkok Mass Transit Map. BTS Skytrain (Sukhumvit Line and Silom Line), Bangkok MRTA Subway line and Airport Rail Link can be seen here.

At Phaya Thai, I took off the City Line and walked to Phaya Thai BTS Skytrain Station on Sukhumvit Line. This part may be difficult if you are heavy on lugagge since it needs going down from a platform up to another in a different station. Also note that during peak hour, the skytain cars are quite packed so you may not be able to get in with large and heavy luggages.

Anyway, I took skytrain from there to Nana station. At Nana, I have exited from Exit 3 (some stations have no escalator so you need to carry your luggages down from the platform) and took Soi 11 to the hotel. All this journey took less than an hour and 75 bahts.

Private Airport Express buses

Once upon a time there were these private airport express buses. One of these was even going to backpacker heaven Khao San Road. They do not exist anymore.

Taxi from Suvarnabhumi Airport

If you will take taxi from Suvarnabhumi Airport be careful! Follow the “public taxi” signs that lead to the outside of the airport premises, queue up and state your destination at the desk (English is understood). You’ll get a two-part slip with your destination written in Thai on it. There will be many people trying to take you out of this simple route and direct you to their taxis which are usually scams. Smile to them and completely ignore them. If you do not you may end up paying 2500 Baht to go to Bangkok city center!!!

Read more here: Bangkok Guide : Get In

Carlton Holiday Hotel & Suites Shah Alam

If you are looking for a basic and clean budget hotel in Shah Alam, I can suggest Carlton Holiday Hotel & Suites. I have stayed twice in this 3-star hotel in Shah Alam City Center. One was for 2 nights and one was for a single night. This was the nearest budget hotel near the facility I have came to work in Shah Alam.

The taxi trip from KLIA Main Terminal to Carlton Holiday Hotel & Suites takes about 45 minutes and costs 60+ RM one-way (I usually come to KL by either a full service carrier or budget airline Jetstar Asia Airways because they come to KLIA Main terminal unlike AirAsia and Tigerair which goes to LCCT).

Do not expect a typical taxi driver in KLIA to know where the hotel is. Write down its address and also keep hotel’s receptions number (+60 3 8073 8080) with you in case the driver needs directions. There is no sign pointing to Seksyen 13. You can keep in mind that the hotel is right next to Tesco Shah Alam Hypermarket.

The hotel is quite pleasant. On the plus side the rooms are very large (I have stayed in Deluxe King Bed), clean and equipped with a large queen size bed which is quite clean and comfortable. The staff is very nice and helpful.  In my second visit, reception has remembered almost everything about me including the facility I am going to and the electric plug I need.

Carlton Holiday Hotel & Suites Deluxe King Bed Room
The breakfast is just OK to fill your stomach. The dinner at the restaurant is also quite OK and in fact Malay dishes are quite tasty. There is a small Seven Eleven in the building which is good for some snacks and Tesco is near to shop for more. The hotel does not offer alcohol and 7-11 does not sell it so you need to head to Tesco for some alcohol.

The hotel is very near to many major industrial locations in Shah Alam. The factory I have visited was just 10 minutes away and cost 12 RM per trip. But there is almost nothing to do in the city. It seems like it is composed of houses and industrial estates and some hotels and shopping facilities here and there.

Carlton Holiday Hotel & Suites has a hotel and hostel section.

Shah Alam is about 20 km west of Kuala Lumpur. So to have some fun, you can take a taxi to KL but if you take it in the rush hour of the evening you will be stuck in traffic.  There is also a bus service named RapidKL between Kuala Lumpur and Shah Alam Center but stick to taxi for convenience.

Shah Alam has many other hotels ranging from luxury to budget. For a complete list of Shah Alam hotels with their price and quality comparison you can refer here : Shah Alam Hotels.

Top 5 Hotels in Maldives

The South Indian islands of Maldives are considered the ultimate in beauty and relaxation. The atolls and countless islands are full of many luxurious and 5-star resorts, most of which are on their own islands. If you are not sure which Maldives resort to choose, you can take a look at this Top Hotels in Maldives list by HotelsCombined, the world leader in hotel price comparison.

If you want detailed information on accommodation in Maldives and major Maldives atolls to stay, you can also take a look at our where to stay in Maldives post.

Shangri-La's Villingili Resort & Spa, Galolhu, Male Maldives

Surrounded by lush vegetation and azure waters, Maldive’s Shangri La Resort makes you wish for a button to pause time. With sumptuous banquet and on site SPA, you will find every reason to spend as much time in your hotel and as you can.

Park Hyatt Hadahaa, Hadahaa Maldives

Sitting on its own private island, the Park Hyatt Hadahaa Maldives is an intimate and eco-conscious hotel. With only 50 villas onsite, each with a floor to ceiling window overlooking the ocean, you’ll get as much, or as little, staff attention as you desire.

Coco Island by COMO  Maldives

The overwater suites of Como Hotel sit alone on Coco Islands, offering an undisturbed stay in paradise. You can stay by the hotel, snorkeling, in the clear waters, or book sunset cruises and trips out to neighbouring  islands.

Top Hotels in Maldives - Gili Lankanfushi, Lankanfushi Maldives

Gili Lankanfushi, Lankanfushi Maldives

Gili Lankanfushi is built on jetties set above a private coral island. Each walkway takes you over a crystal-clear lagoon to your private villa, each with a window in the floor so you can keep a constant eye on the colorful wildlife down below.

Four Seasons Kuda Hura, Vabboahura Maldives

Four Seasons Kuda Hura Maldives offers a getaway like no other. Welcomed with cool towels and a fresh fruit platter, you will immediately fall into arms of your gracious hosts who will encourage you to take a dolphin cruise, dive in the clear waters or visit the nearby UNESCO biosphere reserve. At the luxurious hotel you can relax with morning and evening yoga, a large infinity pool or at the island SPA.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Top 10 Hotels to Visit in the World in 2014

HotelsCombined, a leading hotel price comparison search engine, has searched the globe to bring you the most inspiring, serene and amazing hotels from around the world.  Below are the top 10 hotels to visit in 2014 according to

Conrad Maldives – Rangali, Maldives

Set in the Indian Ocean and spanning across two islands, Conrad Maldives is home to whale sharks, mantra rays, dolphins, turtles and a vibrant coral reef. Accessible by only seaplane, this luxurious resort is also the location of the world’s very first undersea restaurant.

Burj Al Arab – Dubai, UAE

Often referred to as a 7-star hotel, the Burj Al Arab in Dubai has become an icon to the city. Perched on it’s own man-made island, the structure of the hotel is designed to mimic the sail of a ship. For guests looking to arrive in style, there’s a helicopter pad 212 metres from the ground, attached to the upper floors.

Sri Panwa – Phuket Thailand

Located on the South-Eastern tip of Phuket, Sri Panwa sits metres above the sea level and offers panoramic views of the surrounding islands and the Andaman Sea. Amongst its 40 acres of lush, tropical surroundings, the resort has been designed to offer both a chilled out and party ambiance.

Saffire Freycinet – Tasmania, Australia

Over in Australia on Tasmania’s East Coast, Saffire Freycinet overlooks the Hazards Mountains, Freycinet Peninsula and the pristine waters of Great Oyster Bay. Relaxation and rejuvenation were the concepts behind the 20 luxurious suites here, which offer the highest standard of luxury and privacy.

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay – Ninh Hoa, Vietnam

Sitting on a dramatic bay along Vietnam’s south coast, the Six Senses Ninh Van Bay is surrounded by impressive rock formations, a white sand beach and towering mountains. The resort boasts options of beachfront villas, over water villas or villas nested into the island’s rock formations.

Desroches Island Lodge – Desroches Island, Seychelles

Soutwest of Seychelles’ main island, Desroches Island Resort sits on what is considered to be one of the most pristine and untouched island still around today. Blessed with healthy climates and miles of unblemished beaches, this island paradise is a refuge for romance, adventure and relaxation.

Capella Pedregal – Los Cabos, Mexico

Accessed via a private mountain tunnel linked to downtown Cabo San Lucas in Mexico, Capella Pedregal feels like a world apart. The luxury resort comprises of 96 rooms and suites all with private plunge pools and dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean.

Areias do Seixo – Torres Vedras, Portugal

Described as a magical place in a magical setting, the Areias do Seixo in Portugal combines originality, sublime comfort and a unique sense of style that seamlessly blends with its natural surrounds of land, sea and shore.

Oberoi Udaivilas – Udaipur, India

Adorning the banks of Lake Pichola, the Oberoi Udaivilas was designed as a traditional Indian palace, capturing the splendor of a royal era. Rambling courtyards, flowing fountains, lush gardens and terraces that open out to semi-private swimming pools are all part of the backdrop here.

Le Sirenuse Hotel – Positano, Italy

In Positano, the most photographed village in Italy, Le Sirenuse Hotel was once family owned summer home. In 1951, it was converted and now has 58 rooms with all the comforts of a luxury hotel whilst still maintaining the atmosphere of a private home.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Data visualization training in Singapore - Tableau 8.2 Introduction

If you are interested in Business Intelligence and Data Visualization tools and want to have a hands on experience with these software, then do not miss this Tableau learning session in Singapore by Knowledge Management Solutions (KMS). KMS, a Singapore based business intelligence and data visualization solution provider, runs a half a day free Tableau software training session named Build Your First Data Visualization Dashboard in half-day.

Tableau software is one of the most popular and best (according to Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms 2014 report) data visualization tools in the market today. Tableau allows anyone to connect to data in a few clicks, then visualize and create interactive, sharable dashboards with a few more. It's easy enough that any Excel user can learn it, but powerful enough to satisfy even the most complex analytical problems. Securely sharing your findings with others only takes seconds. The result is BI software that you can trust to actually deliver answers to the people that need them.

Click here for details : Tableau Session on 4th September 2014.

Tableau Training in Singapore
Tableau 8.2 is recenly released with a lot of new features.
Who should attend?
Business people, General Managers, Analysts, Operations Managers, IT Managers, HR Managers, Finance Managers, Marketing Managers, Sales Managers, Service Managers, etc.

What you will learn during the hands-on training:
You will build an advanced Tableau Business Intelligence Dashboard.

This training will be provided by key KMS consultants who on average have more than 8 years of experience in Business Intelligence and Analytics. Seats are limited hence if you are interested, follow the link and register : KMS Data Visualization training in Singapore using Tableau. The data visualization session will be on 4th September 2014.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Bangkok Night Life

Bangkok night life still may mean the naughty sex trade in red light districts of Bangkok but in the last decade, the tourism capital of South East Asia has developed a quality night life to enjoy from trendy bars and clubs to romantic river cruises. Here we cover some of your alternatives for a good and entertaining night in Bangkok.
Rooftop Skybars of Bangkok

A nice rooftop bar looking over Bangkok with a fantastic bird-eye view is the place to go in a Bangkok night and no Bangkok trip is complete without visiting one of the many great rooftop bars in Bangkok with fantastic bird-eye view.

Here are some of them you can visit:
  • Vertigo and Moon Bar (Banyan Tree Hotel)
  • Park Society (Sofitel So on Sathorn)
  • Sirocco Sky Bar (Lebua at State Tower) – Yes you know this place from The Hangover Part II wherePaul Giamatti was having his brunch at the end of the movie.
  • Three Sixty (Millennium Hilton Bangkok)
  • Octave Rooftop Bar
Night Life and Party Venues

Bangkok offers many pubs, restaurants and night clubs for those who would like to have fun in the tropic nights of the “City of Angels”. We have listed some of the most popular ones here.

Route 66 Club (225/9 -10 Soi Thong Lo10, Sukhumvit Rd.  Klonton Nau, Wattana Bangkok 10110) is the place for a crazy loud music with lazer shows and energetic dance. 3 types of music is offered here: The Level, The Novel and The Classic. Very popular among youngsters and the prices for drinks are quite reasonable.

Funky Villa (225/9 -10 Soi Thong Lo10, Sukhumvit Rd.  Klonton Nau, Wattana Bangkok 10110) needs some deeper pocket. The terrace offers a nice dinner and the bar is calm and relaxing.

Safe House (Thonglor Si 10, or Ekamai Soi 5/1, Bangkok) is open until the first lights of the next day (most bars and clubs in Bangkok officially closes at 02:00 AM) and offers hip-hop and electronic dance.

Sirocco SkyBar Bangkok
Sirocco SkyBar Bangkok
Muay Thai (Thai Box)

Watching Muay Thai competitions in the night is a uniquely Thailand experience which is missed by many. You can find Thai Box Stadiums in almost all cities in Thailand but Bangkok is the best place to view this.

Lumpinee Boxing Stadium at Silom and Ratchadamnoen Stadium at Rattanakosin are the two venues to head to if you want to watch them. Although the “show” will go on all the night, best matches are the last ones so schedule a long night there. Entrance is quite expensive 1000 – 2000 Baht but it worth the money.

Lumpinee Boxing Stadium is probably Tayland’s best known Muay Thai place. You can watch Thai box here on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

There are also Muay Thai matches at MBK on every Wednesday between 18:00 – 21:00. These are free to watch.

Bangkok Dinner Cruise Tour

In the early night, you can take a dinner cruise along Chao Phraya River. You will typically sail on a traditional Thai boat (i.e. converted teakwood rice barge) and spend the night watching great night views of The Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), Wat Phra Kaew and The Grand Palace while you are having your delicious Thai dinner served under the candlelight and classical Thai ‘kim’ music and dance performances.

Dinner CruiseTour on Bangkok River
Dinner CruiseTour on Bangkok River
Bangkok Night Markets
Although most Bangkok malls are closed by 21:00, there are some malls open until midnight. You can visit several Bangkok Night Markets which offers a great night shopping experience like:

  • Asiatique – A night bazaar and a mall combined which is near BTS to Saphan Taksin.
  • Khaosan Road – This backpacker heaven is best visited at night. You can shop everything here but I do not suggest to buy private bus tickets or travel packages here if you do not know what you are doing.
  • Khlong Lod Night Market
  • Khlong Thom Market

Bangkok Red Light Districts

It is not a secret that “bang” part of Bangkok night life is very famous. Bangkok has 3 main Red Light Districts catering to foreigner and expats: Patpong, Soi Cowboy and Nana Plaza. These are main centers for sex tourists but many people visit these places just to see this infamous part of Bangkok Night Life. The way it works is same as anywhere in Thailand: These places are full of go-go bars where man goes and drinks. There is a platform in the bar where girls dance in bikini (and occasionally topless or totally naked). Almost all the dancers and most of the waiters are sex workers. If a man wants a girl he request her by the number she carries, pays a bar-fine (money paid to take the girl out) and money for the girl (usually to a mama). Then they go to the man’s hotel or a nearby hourly “room” for the trade.

It is totally acceptable to go to these bars and just drink and “watch”. In fact many tourists visit these bars and just drink and watch.

Soi Cowboy is a 400 meter street offering 20+ bars and is much calmer than Patpong and Nana Plaza. For sightseeing this is the place to go. Soi Most popular of all go-go bars in Soi Cowboy is Baccara at the end of the street.

Soi Cowboy is located near Sukhumvit Roadand is within walking distance from the BTS Skytrain’s Asok Station and the Bangkok Metro’s Sukhumvit Station.

Patpong is where this side of Bangkok Night Life has started. Best known of these 3 Red Light Districts, Patpong is famous with its go-go bars and ping pong show. You can access Patpong from Sala Daeng Station on BTS Skytrain Silom Line or Silom Station on MRT Blue Line on foot. Patpong has 2 parellel streets : Patpong 1 and Patpong 2. Most tourists visit this place.

You can access Patpong from Sala Daeng Station on BTS Skytrain Silom Line or Silom Station on MRT Blue Line on foot. Patpong has 2 parellel streets : Patpong 1 and Patpong 2.

Bangkok Night Life : Red Light Districts
Bangkok Night Life : Red Light Districts
Nana Entertainment Plaza is a 3-storey building and is the most commercial sex oriented of all these 3 places. Not a place to go for sight-seeing. There are beer bars at the ground floor but the real action starts from Level 1. It is on Sukhumvit Soi 4 and can be accessed from Nana BTS Skytrain Station on foot.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

What is SingTel WIFI?

Since it is introduced, many phone users in Singapore have switched to 4G network which offers a faster internet. But video hungry users have easily congested this wide wide surfing road. Today in an MRT train or a crowded area, 4G may become extremely slow to the point that you cannot even load a web page.

SingTel now offers SingTel WIFI, a new plan which can switch to SingTel WIFI network whenever a hotspot is in range. Basically, SingTel is creating WIFI hotspots in Singapore and subscribers will easily switch to SingTel WIFI when a hotspot is near. The only thing you need to do is to keep Wi-Fi switched on then everything will be automated.

Currently there are 100 SingTel Wi-Fi hotspots in Singapore at 15 locations but according to SingTel there will be 1000 hotspots by March 2015. Do not expect coverage to all houses in Singapore but it will

SingTel 4G/WIFI combo plans cost $3 more and replace the existing SingTel 4G Flexi plans.

One problem with public WI-Fi is the speed or lack of it. According to SingTel, the SingTel Wi-Fi network will be 5 times faster than a typical WIFI network.

Below you can see SingTel's 4G/WIFI combo plans.

SingTel's 4G/WIFI combo plans
SingTel's 4G/WIFI combo plans

False alarm of Ebola in Singapore

An ebola scare in Singapore proved to be a false alarm (thankfully) as a suspected case of a Nigerian woman in her 50s was transferred to Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH)'s Communicable Diseases Centre today from Gleneagles Hospital. The woman in her 50s arrived to Singapore from Nigeria, where there are at least 10 proved cases of ebola, a few days ago and developed high fever.

The alarming news came as a Straits Times tweet at around 3:45 PM saying "Singapore may have its first suspected case of #Ebola". Approximately 1 hour later, the Straits Times sent another tweet saying that the woman does not have Ebola.

There is limited passenger traffic between West Africa and Singapore. Besides, most tropic viruses have signs and symptoms similar to ebola's initial phase (i.e. malaria). Still, ebola's deadly reputation and high kill rate makes every fever or vomiting event a scare in many countries. Recently, a Nigerian man was sent to test after he has developed fever and vomitting in Hong Kong, which proved to be a false alarm.

Ministry of Health also released a statement saying that "The Ministry of Health (MOH) wishes to clarify that there are no suspect cases of Ebola in Singapore at present. MOH will continue to closely monitor the situation, and continually assess and calibrate its measures.".

No Ebola in Singapore (Ebola virus seen here in electron microscope)
The news coincided with a mock case of suspected Ebola drill by The Ministry of Health, Communicable Diseases Centre and Changi Airport Group held as a emergency preparedness exercise.

Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is transmitted through direct contact with blood, body fluids and tissues of infected persons or animals, or by contact with contaminated objects. Although difficult to transfer, once it enters the body, it creates severe signs and symptoms resulting in death in 59% to 90% percent of the patients. Currently, there is no cure for Ebola and the patients are usually put into intensive hospital care with the hope that the body will fight of the disease.

Current West Africa Ebola Outbreak is the worst outbreak in terms of number of deaths, the area effected and the duration.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Where to stay in Maldives?

With 1,192 coral islands distributed to 26 atols in the middle of Indian Ocean, Maldives is probably the most beautiful and romantic holiday destination in the world. It offers perfect honeymoon resorts, water sports, diving and snorkeling opportunities as well as lots of relaxation. With its resorts owning their own islands, it is a fantastic place to do nothing.

Travelers arrive to Maldives by plane and the Male International Airport is the point of entry. You can reach your resort by a speed-boat if it is on a nearby atoll. If not, you need an air-taxi which offers a nice but expensive transportation option. So, since these are pretty much the only options for you to arrive to your resort (there are no hotels in Maldives except in capital city, Male), you need to consider transportation method and time when you are choosing a hotel. Since boats and planes do not work after an hour, a mismatch in arrival – departure time and transport options will make you spend valuable hours in the airport.

So where to stay in Maldives? We will offer some specific hotel recommendations while introducing the atolls and the resort types so you can choose wisely. In Maldives, the distance between Atolls are quite huge and it is important to introduce the most popular once and the reason for their popularity so that you can make a good decision. So before going into the answer, we will first introduce the Atolls of Maldives.

Atolls of Maldives

Maldives has 26 atolls. Atolls of Maldives are large and complex. Just take a look at the North Male Atoll (Kaafu) map below.  It is composed of many islands and has a large diameter.

North Male Atoll (Kaafu) Map
North Male Atoll (Kaafu) Map
And now look at all the atolls of Maldives below. You will get an idea of the orientation in the country. North Male Atoll is somewhere in the middle. It is important to know the distance of the atoll to this central atoll since airport is here. Some Maldives resorts are on the atolls far away from the airport and they will require a sea plane journey. Since this air taxi does not work in the night, if your plane arrives to Maldives in the night and your resort requires air-taxi travel, you may end up spending a whole day in Maldives airport.

Not all 26 atolls of Maldives are open to tourism. Let’s now look at some of the popular the atolls in detail.

Atolls of the Maldives
Atolls of the Maldives
Kaafu (North Male Atoll and South Male Atoll)

The most popular tourist destination in Maldives is the Kaafu which is composed of North Male Atoll and South Male Atoll. Hulhule Island is home to capital Male and Male International Airport. Majority of the Maldives Resorts are also here. The advantage of staying in Kaafu is the transportation : All Maldives resorts in Kaafu are within 1 hour speed-boat journey and 15 minutes seaplane journey. Another advantage is proximity to Male: many resorts here offer shopping and sightseeing tours to Male. For those with health problems, being closed to capital city with its medical capacity is safer than being far far away in a remote atoll.

So if you are an average tourist, Kaafu is best place to stay in Maldives for you. Some popular resorts here are Anantara Dhigu Resort and Spa in South Male Atoll (35 minutes from the airport by boat and equipped with a fantastic SPA and restaurant – 480 USD ++) and Kurumba Maldives Resort (10 minutes from airport by boat and is a very popular luxury Maldives resort). If you are looking for a cheaper Maldives resort, Helengeli Island Resort (160 USD++) and Thulhagiri Island Resort in Kaafu are two good alternatives for you.

For a complete list of North Male and South Male Atoll Resorts, you can check Kaafu Maldives Resorts and Hotels pages.

Ari (North Ari (Alif Alif) and South Ari (Alif Dhaal))

Ari is a two atoll area to do west of Kaafu and is the second most popular place to stay in Maldives. From airport, air taxi to Ari resorts takes 25 – 30 minutes. You also have speed boat option but this mode of transportation will take hours in one way to reach your resort.

Nevertheless, Ari is host to many popular Maldives resorts such as stunning Conrad Maldives and highly raqted Mirihi Ari. Another popular resort here is Vakarufalhi Island Resort. This resort is very popular among divers and is on a circle shaped island. ProDivers here is a popular diving organizer.

For Maldives resorts in this region, check North Ari Resorts and South Ari Resorts pages.

Aerial View of Conrad Maldives
A typical luxury Maldives resort on its own small island (Conrad Maldives)
Types of Maldives Resorts

There are many types of resorts in Maldives but most resorts fall into one of 3 categories : Diving resorts with limited above water facilities but many underwater opportunities and beauties (also tend to be in isolated areas of Maldives), holiday resorts designed mainly for families with relatively less luxury (quite crowded and noisy for honeymoon couples) and luxury resorts for romantic escapes, perfect honeymoons and with very high room prices.

Over water bungalows

Maldives holiday mean over water bungalows to many. These poster child of Maldives Resorts look perfect in the postcards but there are several drawbacks of staying in one of them so you choose one wisely. Most over water bungalows are quite crowded with little privacy. In a day with a gentle breeze they are quite nice but become very scary during strong winds. In low tide, there may be no water body around them to swim. And they are quite far away from the main facilities of the resorts.

Not all Maldives over water bungalows are same so choose a good one if you want to stay in one of these. You can read guest comments about the Maldives resort in your mind to get some idea about these bungalows.

Maldives over water bungalows
Over water bungalows in Maldives
Cheap Hotels in Maldives

Maldives is a luxury holiday destination but there are still cheap hotels in the country to stay. There are some hostels and B&B’s in larger and crowded atolls. Equator Village in Addu Atoll has 78 rooms and offers 100 – 150 USD per night accomodation. Keyodhoo Guest House offers 20 USD per night accomodation. These hotels are located in cities in Maldives where local population is conservative Muslims. So you may not be able to swim with bikini near these hotels.

5 Benefits You Get with Online Event Software

Everything changes quickly today and business is no exception. Just a decade or two ago the entire concept of business meetings and networking events was different. The advancement of technology allowed for a lot of things to be made easier, quicker and more accurate. So, when you want to host a business networking event, you need to keep a record of some important things. First of all, you want to know who is going to attend the event and you want to directly and openly communicate with RSVPs.

Like I said, a lot of work was needed to do all this in the past, but software is here to help you out with all the details that need to be handled. You will find a lot of software solutions online so the only thing you need to do is to choose the one that will cater to your requirements. Now, since we are talking about business networking event here, it is clear what kind of requirements we have.

The first thing you need to do is to get all the information you can about the attendees so you can contact them further down the line. You may follow up to all of them at once, or directly select several attendees only. Since you will need to brand your company, this has to be done through the correspondence as well. So, let’s take a look at those 5 benefits you get with online event software:

Print the Names of Attendees

Anyone who wants to come to the event will sign up online and the software you use should be able to select all attendees who will come to the event and print all their names, together with some basic information.

Email the Attendees

The software you use should have your branding put up everywhere - on the sign up page and on the emails you sent. And it is important that you can send a mass email to all the RSVPs in case you want to let them know about any new information regarding the event.

Accept Different Forms of Payment

In case your event requires admission, you need your software to accept multiple forms of payment like credit cards and PayPal.

Name Tags Printing

Most business networking events have attendees wearing name tags. Sure, you could buy sticky name tags and write all the names yourself, but it's a lot easier to have online event software to print these out instead of you. You can even set the software to print out other important information, besides the person's name, like the company name or logo.

Creation of Custom Emails

When you are sending out an email to the attendees, you want to display all the information about the event and about your company. It would be great if you could create custom emails so that you can brand yourself properly and create an attractive and vibrant email. If your online event software does not have this option, you would have to hire a graphic designer, which takes time and money.