1 Day Itinerary in Singapore

Singapore is a very beautiful country with very many tourist attraction sites. A one day lay over will you give just the time you need to sample out some of Singapore’s attraction sites, leaving you wanting to spend more time exploring. Like any other country, Singapore boasts with lots of rich history and culture backed up by numerous relics and antics that are to be seen in both their public and private museums.

When touring Singapore, come prepared to be amazed by the tremendous beauty. There is a lot to explore and enjoy. Below are some attraction sites that will get you off on the right foot when visiting Singapore.

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Yum Cha Restaurant

This restaurant is to be found in Chinatown and it offers local dishes in the tourist district. The early mornings in Chinatown are rather quiet, offering you a quick look at what Singapore was in the olden days.

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum

The museum was constructed in 2007 as a dwelling place for the sacred artifact “the Buddha’s tooth” which is displayed in the museum. The temple and museum are also to be found in Chinatown. It receives many Singaporean Buddhists who come to pay homage.

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Singapore Zoo

Being single most celebrated zoos worldwide, the zoo has over 2,530 occupants and 11 highly populated zones. Magnificent and rare white tigers find a home in the jungle enclosure in this zoo.

The zoo has many wild animals from the flying foxes to sloths to be found in the rainforest trees.

River Safari

The River Safari is located next to the Singapore Zoo. This is one of a kind wildlife park that houses seven of the residents of the world renowned rivers, from the Mississippi are the alligators, from the Mekong are the giant catfish and from the Ganges are the frog-faced soft-shell turtles.

Here you will also get to see the two pandas, Jia Jia and Kai Kai and the new addition, the rare red panda.

Ah Meng Restaurant

This restaurant was named in honor of an orangutan, a former inhabitant of the zoo. It is enjoyable particularly for families and offers a variety of local food. For you to have an out of this world experience, try the early breakfast with orangutans.

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Orchard Road

Orchard road started out as a street lined with plantations of nutmeg and orchards. The road has changed over the years gradually being occupied by temples, markets, and cemeteries to what is today; an exhibition center, entertainment hub, and a serene place to take soothing walks in.

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Gardens by the Bay

This is a botanical garden filled with plants from all over the world except Antarctica. A Skyway is hovering 22 meters above the Gardens, giving you a spectacular view of the natures beautiful flowers and scents.

KU DE TA Club Lounge

The KU DE TA club hangs atop the Marina Bay and offering an incredible 360 degrees panoramic view of Singapore at night. The clubs dress code is semi-formal.

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This is a restaurant that gives you a great view of the sunset over the Singapore River. The restaurant is linked to the flower dome, one of the sights of the Gardens. The food at the restaurant is inspired by the Mediterranean coast.

Conclusion

A day in Singapore will give you a taste of Singapore’s rich culture and beautiful sights. The location of the attraction sights makes it possible for you to experience a lot of history and beauty. The various museums give you a feel of the Singaporean history and a deeper appreciation of the culture.

From fine dining of the Mediterranean meals to the local foods of Singapore are all to be found in the various restaurants in within the city. Night life also has a place in Singapore with the KU DE TA. Consider enjoying your drink and taking in the scenic view this club offers.


 

Kally Kally is a former Sales and Customer Service manager turned Writer and Founder of MiddleMe.net. She came from Singapore; lived in Shanghai and now calls Kuala Lumpur her home. After hanging up her corporate briefcase, she now pursue her passions – Writing, Traveling and of course, hunting for good food.

Connect with me @ Kally@ladyredot.com

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Must-know Hacks to Enjoy the Forbidden City

During the October holidays, teeming crowds turn up at the historical site for an exotic travel experience into the Satan’s pit. For most of the Beijing residents’ going to the Forbidden City is out of question throughout the holidays. Even all through the busiest of weeks, below are some tricks that can make visiting the Forbidden City more tolerable when not pleasant.

  1. Plan for an early morning visit: The ticket sales limit is 80,000 a day. This may seem like its a lot but during special exhibitions and holidays but the possibility of the tickets selling out by early on in the afternoon is very high.

(Advanced Tip: A reservation system is available online and you can book at most 10 tickets for a group except you need to have someone who reads Chinese – or you can do so yourself – and even have a payment method like Zhifubao or Alipay.)

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  1. Skip Mao: About 90% of the tourists approach Forbidden City via Tiananmen to the south. Getting here for an exotic travel experience often requires that you pass through rather long lines to get to the security checks. In order to avoid these, use the west or east entrance. Pay the entrance fee and walk into the park to the east side. This will get you to ticketing area right outside the Forbidden City main entrance. However, you will need to queue for the museum security checks so you can go inside.
  2. Stay away from the crowded area: Most visitors follow the same route right into the center of Forbidden City. Stay away from the crowded places and rather explore the interesting parts by turning right or left. When you walk along the wall going towards the East Gate, you will come to a fascinating and quiet museum of the palace architecture. Down the stairs near the East Gate as if going back towards the courtyard you will find the Literary Flourishing Hall which is a ceramic well-curated museum.

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  3. Keep away the mid-axis: Make a point to visit Cining Gong and Shoukang Gong which was home to the emperor’s mother in 18 century. This is a functioning archaeological site which has sculpture displays that date back to more than 1,500 years. This includes terracotta soldiers loaned from Xi’an.
  4. Use an alternative exit: Officially, Forbidden City is to be exited through one way that is north-south. However, the transport options outside the northern gate are restricted to jam-packed buses and trishaw hustlers. You can, however, exit from the Donghuamen (east gate) which lets out into the quieter street which has better taxi options and is closer to the nearby subway. Should you be hungry, a division of Siji Minfu- a famous Beijing restaurant and TRB Bites are located outside the eastern gate.

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  5. Remember to carry your passport: In 2015 new policies were enacted which require you to present a type of identification for every ticket purchased. The security personnel also look for lighters since it’s not advisable smoking inside the 600-old wooden palace.

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One more last tip – always ask a local for the best time to visit China or you can always rely on us at askus@ladyredot.com. If you have been to China, come and share your stories with us!


 

KallyKally is a former Sales and Customer Service manager turned Writer and Founder of MiddleMe.net. She came from Singapore; lived in Shanghai and now calls Kuala Lumpur her home. After hanging up her corporate briefcase, she now pursue her passions – Writing, Traveling and of course, hunting for good food.

Connect with me @ Kally@ladyredot.com

Bangkok vs. Kuala Lumpur: Where to Travel for the Long Weekend?

In Singapore this year, we have some long weekends due to the holidays. Christmas is on Monday, which means we have Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off as weekends. New Year is also on a Monday, which gives us the long Friday, Saturday and Sunday weekend.

In 2018 we still have some long weekends due to holidays, such as the Chinese New Year (which falls on a Friday and Saturday), and Good Friday (on a Friday). These holidays provide the perfect opportunity for some exotic travel to either Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur, our exciting and fun-filled neighboring countries. But then, you know you can only pick one since it is a three-day holiday. There are arguments about which is better, and, since have traveled to both places for the holidays, I can be considered an expert of sorts.

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Bangkok vs. Kuala Lumpur: Food

While food is less expensive in Kuala Lumpur, if you are used to Malay cuisine, you won’t find anything new there. Food in Bangkok is much more exciting because of the many restaurants selling foreign cuisine. Also, the food is less spicy than Malayan food (unless you love spicy food, which I do).

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Bangkok vs. Kuala Lumpur: Shopping

Of course you would want to go shopping while you’re on holiday (I know I do). Kuala Lumpur has malls as big as those in Singapore, and so does Bangkok. Shopping is also cheaper in Kuala Lumpur. However, Bangkok has an edge over Kuala Lumpur because of the street markets. Bangkok is teeming with street markets that give you a variety of choices when shopping, and you can get great prices as well.

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Bangkok vs. Kuala Lumpur: Nightlife

Bangkok goes on long after most people’s bedtime. The city is also safe at night, so you don’t have to worry about staying out past midnight. Restaurants stay open late to cater to hungry people on any kind of budget. There are bars and night clubs for you to go and hangout and have fun, as well as a host of other entertainment choices for you and your family or friends.

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Bangkok vs. Kuala Lumpur: Culture

Bangkok is rich in Thai culture and history that is quite undiluted, because it is the only country in South-East Asia that never got colonized by foreigners. The capital has a lot to offer for you to experience and enjoy, from the dances to the temples to the heritage. Malayan culture is a blend of Malay, Indian, and Chinese, giving it a distinctive culture of its own. Kuala Lumpur displays Malaysian culture in all its splendor and beauty, but personally I prefer Thai culture in Bangkok.

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Bangkok vs. Kuala Lumpur: Nature

The beaches in Thailand are cluttered with civilization. You can go to the beach and see bus routes and food stands, with very little ‘nature’ next to the water. The national parks are no different. They are not secluded and quiet and free of man and his toys. You can enter a park hoping for peace and quiet, and you will see food stands, resorts, and hiking trails that are very easy and not far from civilization.

Malaysia is still untamed when it comes to nature. The beaches are still pristine and free of human intervention. The Borneo jungle is still alive, despite poaching and deforestation. The national parks are still nature-oriented, with very little presence of resorts and restaurants. Malaysia is still doing its best to establish oil palm plantations, displacing the wild life that exists in the country, but you can still enjoy nature better in Malaysia than in Thailand. However, if you aren’t so deep into nature, Thailand is the place for you.

Conclusion

Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur have their pluses and minuses. Each has something different and unique to offer to visitors on your exotic travel. While I may prefer visiting Kuala Lumpur for the holidays, you may prefer going to Bangkok. With this list of what both cities have to offer, you can choose which city best fits your style and plan and exotic travel for your 3-day holiday. Or just askus@ladyredot.com!


 

Kally Kally is a former Sales and Customer Service manager turned Writer and Founder of MiddleMe.net. She came from Singapore; lived in Shanghai and now calls Kuala Lumpur her home. After hanging up her corporate briefcase, she now pursue her passions – Writing, Traveling and of course, hunting for good food.

Connect with me @ Kally@ladyredot.com

10 Of The Best Places To Go To Avoid Christmas

There are many places where December 25th is a day like any other. Make your own cheers this year and hop on a plane for exotic travel adventures to stunning destinations that do not celebrate Christmas.

  1. Algeria

This country has natural beauty and a rich history to enhance your exotic travel. Algiers, a busy city is a fantastic place to start your visit. The close by ruins at Tipasa, Timgad, and Djemila will enrich your experience with the country’s history. Other places to visit while here are the towns of Ouargla –referred to as ‘the golden key to the desert’ for its unique architecture and the Holy town of Beni-Isguen.

  1. The Bahamas

The Bahamas is a great destination to get away from it all; with an impressive bank balance, you can easily acquire an island of your liking. You can try out the Caribbean or the Musha Cay for variety.

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  1. China

The country has many attractions to keep your visit pretty busy. The activities will include Great wall, Beijing Pandas, bicycles, Ming Dynasty, Terracotta Army, Mau Tse Tung, rice, noodles.

  1. Iran

A visit to the country’s prehistoric ruin of Persepolis, Isfahan-one of the Islamic finest cities and the sophisticated and cultured city of Shiraz will start you off on the right tone. You can later enjoy some skiing in the Alborz and walks on the trails encircling the well known Assassins Castles.

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  1. Japan

Traditionally Christmas is not celebrated here. You can instead sample the traditional culture in cities like Nara and Kyoto. Tokyo will offer you its futuristic cityscapes while Hokkaido will amaze you with its powder snow as you enjoy the friendly and hospitality of your hosts.

  1. Nepal

For trekkers and mountaineers, Nepal is a Mecca to them and the Himalayas is just the right setting for an exotic travel. Nepal has other great outdoor activities like kayaking, white water rafting and mountain biking in the inspiring surrounding scenery.

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  1. Democratic People’s Republic of (North) Korea

North Korea does not celebrate Christmas, this keeps their borders closed to almost all tourists, except for few organized tours. Thus you’d be pushed to get there in time for the Promulgation day on 27th December.

  1. Saudi Arabia

To visit Saudi Arabia, you need to have a visa. You can marvel at ‘Saudi Arabia’s Petra’- Madain Saleh and later visit the world’s biggest sea of sand and origin of Arabian oryx- The Empty Quarter. Saudi’s Red Sea waters have the most pristine reefs and it’s also a scuba diver’s heaven.

  1. Turkey

Even with the spreading Western influences (like Christmas celebrations), Turkey is an alluring exotic travel destination away from clichéd seasonal revelries. Istanbul offers both striking traditional architecture and the growing reputation of its being the hippest city around.

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  1. Thailand

November to February is a ‘cool’ period in Thailand when the humidity drops. Thailand has the additional benefit of being Christmas-free. December is when most events and activities continue to take place as planned. Whether you consider Krabi, Phuket, or another quieter place, you have a choice of beachside accommodations from the available world-class resorts.

Whether you like the idea of celebrating Christmas your own special way or you just want to avoid it altogether, your only choice is to travel, rather than to huddle under the blanket at home. Come and check out with us what crazy ideas we have for your Christmas trip at askus@ladyredot.com.


Kally Kally is a former Sales and Customer Service manager turned Writer and Founder of MiddleMe.net. She came from Singapore; lived in Shanghai and now calls Kuala Lumpur her home. After hanging up her corporate briefcase, she now pursue her passions – Writing, Traveling and of course, hunting for good food.

Connect with me @ Kally@ladyredot.com

8 Travel Tips to Outsmart the Holiday Crowds

The holidays are around the corner again, which means there will be a lot of people travelling to exotic places. Airports will be packed, flights will be over booked, and you might have to change your destination in the end. While exotic travel is something to look forward to, you won’t be looking forward to the holiday crowds that will be everywhere.

Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year are those times of the year that you want to spend with family and friends. These are holidays that you want to make special by indulging in exotic travel. Holiday travel shouldn’t be stressful, however. There are certain tips that you can use to outsmart the holiday crowd. Outsmarting the holiday crowd will make holiday travel hassle-free for you and your family, and the holidays will be even merrier for you.

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  • Book your fights during non-peak periods
    This year, Christmas and New Year happen to be on Mondays. This means that peak travel periods will be the weekend before those holidays. To avoid the peak travel times, you can travel on the day of the holiday. There won’t be such large crowds, and your tickets will be cheaper. What is more, the airline may give a free drink in celebration of the holiday.
  • Download apps for travel
    There are apps that you can use to stay in the know about flights and traveling by road. Apps such as Waze and INRIX Traffic give you real-time info on road conditions and traffic. Others like Gate Guru and Flight Stats provide you with all the information you need on flights, including delays, departures, wait times, and so on.
  • Buy and send your gifts before you travel
    If you are taking your gifts with you to the airport, you will have to pay extra for them. Also, wrapping them is not a good idea, as they will be screened faster that way. As such, you can send your gifts ahead, or you could just get gift cards.52268403_4
  • Take your own food
    All things sold at the airport are pricey, including food. Travelling by road is no different, as the restaurants on the way also charge a lot. Plus, these places will be crowded. Pack some snacks and fruit and lots of water to enjoy on the road or on the flight.
  • Check in online to avoid queues at the airport
    If traveling during peak times is unavoidable, you should register online so that your check-in process will be faster. The TSA PreCheck program is a good one to register for: once your application has been approved, you will get a Known Traveler ID with a validity of 5 whole years.
  • Make sure your car is stocked with the essentials
    Not just snacks and water and music, but also emergency cash, paper maps, and an emergency kit. Also pack some change for the toll ways.14-15111Q53552634
  • Join the frequent flyer list
    You don’t have to be a frequent flyer to register as one. It is a common practice for airlines to over book their seats in case of people who do not come. But when they are truly over booked and still have important or (desperate) flyers to accommodate, they will unseat a couple of people. If you are a frequent flyer, you will be safe.
  • Take off earlier than scheduled
    It is always a good idea to leave earlier than you would when traveling during the holidays. This will help you to deal better with all the potential stress that you may encounter, including bad weather, crowds, traffic, etc.

Make your journey a special one without all the hassle and trouble. Especially so if you are traveling with young kids or huge family. Be mindful to check in as early as the airline will allow to avoid overbooked flights (it happens a lot during peak seasons!). If you need travel advice, come and speak to us at askus@ladyredot.com.


Kally Kally is a former Sales and Customer Service manager turned Writer and Founder of MiddleMe.net. She came from Singapore; lived in Shanghai and now calls Kuala Lumpur her home. After hanging up her corporate briefcase, she now pursue her passions – Writing, Traveling and of course, hunting for good food.

Connect with me @ Kally@ladyredot.com

 

10 Unique Things To Do In Singapore That Some Singaporeans Might Never Have Been To

Singapore is a country rich in culture and traditions. There are many touristic sights that are informative and hold a healthy recount of the history of the Singaporean people.

These sites have been preserved over the years to keep the history alive.

The 10 things include:

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  1. NUS Baba House

This magnificently restored Peranakan family residence which is managed by the University of Singapore. This abode is a historical depiction of Peranakan era with an intricate architectural plan of the habitat and antic carvings. To visit, you need to book online and only 15 people are allowed at a time. The tour is free.

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  1. Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

The museum has two floors. The first floor has the general innate record of the world, whereas the second floor focuses in particular on the rich history of Singapore. The exhibits on the first floor are set in a way to communicate the account of how natural world around us developed.
The second floor has exhibits and stories about pre-colonial and post-colonial history of Singapore’s loaded biodiversity.

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3. The Intan

The Intan is a private residential repository, which brings out the loaded society of the Peranakan account. The tour guides are cooperative and well-informed and will lead you through the entire museum, explaining the Peranakan lifestyle and antiques put on show.

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  1. The Helix Bridge

The helix bridge is an architectural work of genius found by the marina bay. A great location for having family snapshot sessions because of the spectacular view it offers. The lights at night are a spectacle and phenomenal to experience.

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  1. Reflections at Bukit Chandu

Reflections at Bukit Chandu, a museum depicting Japanese war in Singapore. Put on show are the arms and military gear that the Japanese army used. Admittance to this museum is free.

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  1. Coney Island Park

Coney Island offers flora and fauna and for those that have an admiration for natural world will be precisely at place. The Park offers bird surveillance opportunities, picnic sites, sporting ventures and serene snapshot spots. If you are only out to enjoy nature in its rawness, park benches are available at various scenic points for your convenience.

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  1. The Southern Ridges

The Southern Ridges present a beautiful nature-walk spot within a city. It is a 9 km stretch with several exists should you opt not to cover the complete stretch. The view of nature from above is refreshing. The vegetation is inviting and the bird calls are calming. If you love nature, this is a fantastic place for you.

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  1. Chinese and Japanese Gardens

The Chinese and Japanese gardens are a stunning and serene place. You get to spot striking pagoda and Chinese and Japanese conventional buildings. You will also find a Turtle museum, a lake full of turtles that children will enjoy. The repository is called Bonsai museum which showcases small Japanese trees.

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  1. Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

This Wetland Reserve is quiet and calm. It’s an excellent place to stopover if you love nature. The migration time is from Sept to Mar, which will give you an immense experience.

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10. Haw Par Villa

The gardens are devoted to two brothers who produced Tiger Balm, and the grounds were designed to recount of the story of the Chinese Gods. There are thousands of Chinese fashion figurines and ancient scene sculptures to be seen here. Entry into Har Par villa is free.
Singaporean tourist attraction sites are numerous and diverse. Every one gets to experience something that they truly enjoy. The sites are family friendly and informative. Prehistoric sites have been kept in impeccable state to facilitate the passing on of the rich culture like the NUC Baba House. Nature walk sites and reserves are also available for the great outdoor, some of which are easily accessible from the city.

Your visit to Singapore will be rich and packed with tours to undertake. You can contact us @ askus@ladyredot.com for more information.


KallyKally is a former Sales and Customer Service manager turned Writer and Founder of MiddleMe.net. She came from Singapore; lived in Shanghai and now calls Kuala Lumpur her home. After hanging up her corporate briefcase, she now pursue her passions – Writing, Traveling and of course, hunting for good food.

Connect with me @ Kally@ladyredot.com

The Perfect Way Of Bringing Out The Inner Adventurer In You

There are many ways in which you can take time off the busy work schedule and relax. There are various activities that are suitable for you no matter what time of the year it is. Do not let the cold weather and the heavy rains stop you from enjoying yourself. District 21 in Kuala Lumpur offers indoor activities that suit you at any time of the year.

The mall offers a variety of activities that are suitable for the entire family. Everyone will find something that they truly enjoy to engage in. safety measures have bee put in place to ensure you are secure and have a wonderful experience.

There are set procedures and guideline that are put in place to ensure the smooth transition of activities. Below are some activities that you can engage in while at the park.

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Power Station

The power station is a climbing wall, which comes outfitted with auto-belays for improved safety. The walls are involving and in order to climb further, you are needed to problem solve as an element of the challenge. Through out the mountaineering area, safety flooring has been put in place for maximum safety.

Roller glider

This indoor glider is a combination of the zip line and a coaster. The coaster is designed in a manner that the rider enjoys extra g-force of the coaster with gravity thrill of the zip line.

Pump Track

For a riding experience, pump track offers riders a choice of scooter, bike or a skateboard. The track has been planned to allow the rider an endless ride without using the pedals.

Low Ropes

The low ropes are specially designed for the younger visitors. Before participating in the low ropes, the visitors are required to dress up in the climbing harness and a helmet. Then they are connected to a belay system to ensure they will not disconnect from the safety cable during the ride.

Launch Pad

For a wonderful bouncing exercise, the launch pad- which is a large trampoline pad- allows you to jump, play or even practice shooting hoops.

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The Maze

Here you get to find your way out an upright mesh of tunnels, cages and other fun challenges some of which are 10m above the ground. The whole mesh of tunnels is completely enclosed therefore no harness is needed. There is also a smaller version labyrinth for children.

Free Fall

Here you will get to experience the thrills of true free fall simulated by the free fall machine. Th ride is quick but you are put down safely after the ride is over.

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Sky Trail

This trail has twenty-three elements of different complexity in a layered route. This allows you to choose your level of the test. The participants are secured to a belay which ensures they remain connected during the ride.

Tubby Ride

The tubby ride gives you a sliding experience ride like on a snow pool on an internal tube. This ride is a fantastic experience for families and children during the winter season. The ride’s surface is made such that it gives a similar sensation as on snow.

 

The park offers you various activities, which will give you an adrenaline rush experience which is both fun and suitable for the entire family. For a perfect choice of activities that will bring the family together, the park offers different rides and fun-filled activities.

For all under one roof fun activities, visit the park for a wonderful experience. There is something for everyone.
At-6, IOI City Mall | Level 1, IOI City MallPutrajaya 60520, Malaysia

+60 3-8328 8888


Kally

Kally is a former Sales and Customer Service manager turned Writer and Founder of MiddleMe.net. She came from Singapore; lived in Shanghai and now calls Kuala Lumpur her home. After hanging up her corporate briefcase, she now pursue her passions – Writing, Traveling and of course, hunting for good food.

Connect with me @ Kally@ladyredot.com