Far East

Bali

Looking for a slice of paradise? Bali is exactly that. Whether you come to relax, explore or party ‘til dawn, the ‘Island of the Gods’ has no end of beaches, nature reserves and landmarks to discover. From the idyllic stretches of golden coastline to the picturesque mountains, volcanoes and hillside temples, there’s always more to explore. Holidays to Bali are as relaxing or adrenaline-fuelled as you make them.

 

Things to see & do

Tanah Lot Temple – As among Bali’s most important sea temples, Tanah Lot pays homage to the guardian spirits of the sea.

Uluwatu Temple

Uluwatu Temple – Uluwatu is among the Bali’s most important sea temples, perched on a cliff edge in the southwestern Bukit peninsula.

Ubud Monkey Forest –One of Bali’s several grey long-tailed macaque-inhabited forests and perhaps the best known

Kintamani and Mount Batur – A favourite stopover on tour itineraries to this region is Penelokan, which aptly means ‘scenic stopover’.

Bali Safari and Marine Park – The park is home to over 60 species, all roaming freely within their enclosures built to closely mimic their natural habitats.

Benoa Beach Nusa Dua – Indulge yourself in water sports or relax and enjoy the serenity of the pristine beach

Shopping

Bali is the best place to shop with every conceivable item readily available. This is an excellent place to buy an incredible variety of souvenirs, arts and crafts, clothes, batik, and woodcarvings. Street vendors line kilometers worth of roads. Prices are often ridiculously high and you are required to use all your bargaining skills.

Food

Nasi goreng (fried rice), mie goreng (fried noodles) and gado-gado (vegetables topped with peanut sauce and sliced boiled egg) are some of the typical Indonesian dishes. Fish is one of the favorite food items and various types of fish feature prominently in the diet. Seafood is found in abundance and has great variety such as lobster, oyster, prawns, shrimp, squid, crab, etc. Some of the major fruits found in Indonesia are jackfruit, durian, starfruit, papaya, pineapple and mango.

When to go?

Bali is a fantastic year round destination but the busy seasons are the summer months (Jul-Aug) and Christmas holidays. The temperature is consistent year round but slightly higher during the dry season which is April to September, January to March is the rainy season with high temperatures and tropical showers.

Visa

Indonesia is one of those countries in the world where the Indian passport can get a visa on arrival. … Generally, all VOA into Indonesia are valid for one month only. However, if you wish to stay longer, you have to let the immigration official know that you will need to extend the visa.

Language

: Indonesian & Balinese

Currency

: Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)

Whether you’re discovering the island solo, bringing along the family or visiting on honeymoon, Bali is the perfect place to escape the everyday. Give us a call at Big Time Holiday and book your vacation.

China


What makes China attractive as a travel destination is its fascinating culture and valuable antiquities. Ruins and relics from Neolithic settlements and the dynastic reigns of the mighty emperors are there to behold. The Forbidden City, Great Wall of China, and Terracotta Warriors of X’ian are just some of the incredible attractions to be seen in this ancient Eastern empire.

One of the best ways to explore this amazing country is on an organised tour, but independent travel is becoming easier and more popular. Big Time can offer a wealth of personal knowledge to this fascinating and highly recommended destination, as we are well placed to offer the best independent advice.

Top Things to do in China
  • Tiananmen Square. Don’t forget your ‘selfie’ in front of Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum.
  • The Forbidden City. A huge collection of ancient, well preserved buildings from the Ming and Qing Dynasties
  • The Great Wall of China, stretches over 4000 miles, viewed best at Badalang, Mutianyu & Jinshanling
  • Summer Palace. A stunning palace and gardens, built in 1750, and an Imperial Residence until 1908.
  • The Bund. Shanghai’s famous promenade with a vibrant atmosphere. Cross the river for captivating city views.
  • Terracotta Army. Discovered by accident in 1974, 6000 lifesize figures, built to guard the tomb of the First Emperor.
  • Banpo Village. Dating back to 5000BC, it’s the world’s finest example of an agricultural Neolithic settlement.
  • An ancient capital city, described by Marco Polo as “beyond dispute the finest and the noblest in the world”
  • Described as China’s Venice, a visually stunning city of waterways, temples, architecture and gardens.
When to go?

Most of China has cold winters, when many tours do not operate. Summers are a great time to visit when the weather is hot across most of the country. The best time to visit however, is June, September and October, when temperatures are at their most comfortable for sightseeing. China has yet to develop many beach resorts, but Hainan Island in the far south is a good choice and is best visited in April & May, but the summer months are also hot and sunny with more rainfall.

Food & Drink

There are as many cuisines in China as there are regions, though there are 3 main styles. Sichuan is famous for its hot and spicy dishes. Northern-style dishes utilise steamed bread and pancakes instead of rice. Southern cooking involves classic, light stir-fry dishes made from a vast array of ingredients.

– Visit the Silk Road in Shanghai for bowls of noodles and the best Peking duck.
– Hop between coffee shops and restaurants in Tianzifang, an arty street in Shanghai.
– Enjoy Michelin-starred dining at the Kowloon Shangri-La or Intercontinental, Hong Kong.

Visa

Yes, Indian Citizen require a visa for travel to China.

Language

: Cantonese & English

Currency

: Chinese Yuan

To discover all of China’s treasures for yourself, give us a call at Big Time Holiday for the best independent advice and great value for money.

Thailand

Thailand is popular with all kinds of visitors from gap-year backpackers looking for beach parties to discerning travellers seeking a five star beach paradise, to families looking for some long-haul sunshine. ear backpackers. There is vibrant nightlife for those who seek it, and there is peace and quiet for those who crave it.. There is history in abundance in ancient cities such as Chiang Mai, and for nature lovers, the rainforests of the north of the country are a real treat. Thailand really does cater for everyone. Big Time Holiday would take great pleasure in passing on its experience as we help plan your perfect holiday.

Top things to see & do.
  • Shopping! From street stalls to bustling markets, you can shop at every turn in Thailand.
  • Island Hopping. Thailand has hundreds of islands, just hop on a traditional long-tail boat and discover as many as possible.
  • Diving – Some of the best dive spots in the world are located around Thailand.
  • Elephant Trekking. Visit the amazing Elephant sanctuary: Baanchang Elephant Park in Chiang Mai.
  • Have a traditional Thai Massage – slightly painful but that’s the reason why they are the best in the world!
  • Floating Markets -The colourfully clad merchants at these lively markets paddle along congested canals in sturdy canoes laden with fresh fruit and vegetables to sell to shoppers on the banks. Great photo opportunities!
  • The Grand Palace- the dazzling & spectacular palace that was once home to the Thai King. Undoubtedly the city’s most famous landmark
  • The Golden Triangle- The point where the Mekong River meets the Ruak River is known as the Golden Triangle. Stand on the river bank and you can look across to Myanmar and Laos.

When to go?

Although the climate varies throughout the country you can visit all year round, but the best time to travel is during the cool and dry season between November and early April. Thai temperatures average around 31/32°C throughout the year and you’re practically guaranteed sunshine. Dec-Mar is the dry season in most of the country. Apr-Oct is low season in most of Thailand including Phuket and Krabi when temperatures and humidity creeps up and Jun-Sep brings the monsoon rains. Koh Samui is a peak season for tourism in Jul-Aug.

Food & Drink

Thailand is world famous for its food and drink. Interrnational food is readily available in most hotels and resorts. Some of the most popular dishes are Tom yam (a coconut-milk soup prepared with makroot leaves, ginger, lemon grass, prawns or chicken). Pad Thai (stir-fried rice-noodles) served with shrimp or chicken and garnished with peanuts. Another Thai dish well worth trying is sticky rice and mangoes (rice cooked in coconut milk served with slices of mango). Delicious!

Eating and drinking in Thailand is inexpensive, you can get fresh fruit juices, milkshakes for as little as 50 pence! Alcohol is also very cheap and you can sample many of Thailand’s famous beers such as Chang, Tiger & Singha.

Visa

The VISA ON ARRIVAL allows passport holders of 19* countries to enter Thailand under this rule provided that they meet these requirements: The visit is strictly for tourism purposes. The passport must be genuine and should be valid for at least 30 days. … You may be asked to show your flight ticket on entering Thailand.

Language

: Thai

Currency

: Thai Bhat

Whatever your interests are, Thailand is surely a destination you’ll enjoy so give us a call and let Big Time Holiday help arrange your perfect holiday to this amazing country.



Vietnam

Utterly compelling, this long and slender country situated in the far eastern corner of Indochina, has an incredible heritage, breath taking natural beauty and some stunning colonial architecture that makes it a hard destination to beat. Get here quick though, as Vietnam is modernising rapidly with a much improved infrastructure, new hotels and ever changing city skylines. It is a remarkable destination just waiting to be discovered. At Big Time Holiday we know where to go and what to do. Call us today to plan your memorable visit to this fantastic country.

Top Ten things to see and do in Vietnam
  • Halong Bay. Take an overnight trip on a traditional junk, and see the awe-inspiring sight of thousands of limestone islands rising majestically from the sea.
  • Cyclo-Ride in Hanoi – this quintessential Vietnamese mode of transport gives you a close-up view of local frenetic street life and some impressive French colonial architecture such as the Opera House.
  • Red River Delta – slow the pace down and take a trip into the countryside up north and experience a lifestyle little changed in centuries.
  • Trek around Sapa – This small market town perched on a plateau in the northern mountains facing Fan Si Pan, Vietnams highest peak, is the base for trekking and exploring ethnic minority hill tribe villages.
  • Hue – The former capital’s historic citadel, mausoleums and gardens are enough to impress even the most jaded traveller.
  • Hoi An – Enchanting Unesco World Heritage listed town, beautifully preserved buildings and narrow streets with some great beaches nearby.
  • Cu Chi Tunnels – look out for ‘booby traps’ that local guides reveal at this fascinating tunnel complex a short trip from Ho Chi Minh City.
  • The Mekong Delta – Putter down the final stages of the mighty Mekong river system, through classic Vietnamese scenery, rice paddies and all.
  • Chill out on Phu Quoc – unspoilt coconut palm fringed beaches on this lesser known island in the south of the country.
  • Bia Hoi (local lager-like draft beer) – these local bars can be found in the back lanes of the old quarter in Hanoi as well as Hoi An – they are fun, friendly, cheap and great way to mingle with the locals.

 


When to go?

The best time for touring the whole country is Spring (Apr-Jun) and Autumn (Sep-Nov). The north of the country becomes cold in the winter months between Dec-Mar while the south remains warm and clear. The summer months bring the monsoon rains and are hot and humid.

 

 

 

Food & Drink

Vietnamese food is simply amazing and rivals anything in South East Asia. From street food to Michelin starred restaurants and a plethora of international cuisine there is something that everyone is sure to like. The French colonial legacy has left behind great bread and fine selection of wines.

Visa

Yes, Indian citizens require a visa for travel to Vietnam, entry visas are not available upon arrival.

Language

: Vietnamese

Currency

: Vietnamese Dong

Let Big Time Holiday give you all our insider knowledge and advice to help you plan the trip of a lifetime to this most fascinating destination.

Malaysia

Malaysia is an exciting blend of city, rainforest, and beach with the lively mixture of Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures bringing a fascinating array of cultural attractions – and wonderful food! You have 21st Century architecture in bustling Kuala Lumpur where the mighty twin Petronas Towers reach towards the sky dwarfing the city centre below.

Big Time Holiday have been booking people to Malaysia for many years and also have first-hand experience and a wealth of knowledge to offer. Whether you are interested in the fabulous beach resorts, culture, history, wildlife, Big Time can help you plan it.

Top things to see & do

Climb the Petronas Towers and enjoy the amazing view. Don’t forget to book though!

Watch the Bellagio-like fountains of the Simfoni Lake in KL Central Park.

Grab a taxi and go to the Batu Caves in KL. A natural cave which is the site of a famous Hindu temple and shrine

In the evening visit Jalan Alor food street. This area is bustling with life and is all about al fresco dining.

Visit Georgetown in Penang, a reminder of Malaysia’s colonial past.

Ride the cable car in Langkawi and the monorail in KL, a great way to discover these destinations

Visit Deer Cave in the evening and watch the bats stream out of their roost to hunt.

Jetty – Perhentian Island, Malaysia
When to go?

You can visit Malaysia all year round. Rainfall is distributed fairly evenly throughout the year and as with most tropical countries, short, sharp showers are common. It’s not called a rain forest for nothing! Officially there is a rainy season between October and April but the difference to the ‘dry’ season is not that marked. The exception is East Coast of Malaysia which should be avoided between November and February

Food & Drink

Malaysia is a major crossroads in Asia hence the food reflects this diversity. Indian, Chinese, Thai and Malay food is abundant and every type of fusion in between! Malaysia is truly a gourmet’s paradise. Alcohol is available but as Malaysia is a conservative country you will find that some restaurants don’t serve alcohol, so grab a coke and tuck in!

Visa

Yes, Indian citizens require a visa for travel to Malaysia.

Language

: Malay

Currency

: Malaysian Ringgit

Malaysia Tourism Tax

The Royal Malaysian Customs Department have introduced a Tourism Tax on accommodation across the country. A flat fee of RM10, approximately $2.34, will be taxed per room per night on all accommodation options. This tax is solely for foreign tourists and they will be liable to pay directly to the hotel upon check-in.

To enjoy the variety that is Malaysia & Borneo, give Big Time Holiday a call for the best advice and prices. Let us make your trip a memorable one.

Hong Kong

A perfect blend of traditional and modern architectures, this culturally diverse destination, Hong Kong is one of the favorite hot-spots for tourism. Just a short flight away from Indian cities, it offers a vibrant and cosmopolitan lifestyle, featuring a unique blend of East and West with its cultural fusion and diversity.

Top things to see & do

The Peak – Out-of-this-world view of skyscrapers, the glittering harbour and the green hills of the distant New Territories

Hong Kong Disneyland – Magic, adventure and the world’s favourite cast of characters await. Embark on a journey with magical adventures for all ages!

Ladies’ Market – About a kilometre of street-market bustle and clothing, accessories and souvenir bargains

Ocean Park Hong Kong – Thrill rides, giant pandas and a world-class aquarium keep Ocean Park on Hong Kong’s list of favourites.

Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade – Take a walk on the bright side! Stroll along the waterfront with your eyes locked on one of the world’s most spectacular city skylines.

Temple Street Night Market – Souvenirs, snacks, opera singers and fortune tellers – ordered chaos in action.

Golden Bauhinia Square -The backdrop for the daily flag-raising ceremony, near a world-renowned convention centre

Avenue of Stars – Relive some of the most celebrated moments in Asia’s movie industry.

Shopping

From off-the-rack Chinese gowns to bespoke speciality knives (and vice versa), the sheer variety of products in Hong Kong’s shops is dizzying. Every budget, need and whim is catered for in ‘can do’ spirit by a similarly impressive assortment of venues – glitzy malls where the moneyed shop, chic side-street boutiques and vintage dens where fashionistas find their gems, nerdy gadget bazaars, and a mix of markets where you can haggle to your heart’s content. The city has no sales tax so prices are generally attractive to visitors.

Food & Drink

Experience the most authentic dim sum in the 1960s-style Lin Heung Tea House. Enjoy fine dining at Gaddi’s, the signature restaurant at The Peninsula Hotel. Or try Spring Moon for authentic Cantonese.

Visa

Indian nationals need a visa to enter mainland China, but not Hong Kong.

Language

: Cantonese & English

Currency

: Hong Kong Dollar

Give us a call at Big Time Holiday to book your trip to Hong Kong and get great value for money

Singapore

Singapore is an intriguing holiday destination that fuses colonial history, beautiful marinas and futuristic skyscrapers. Stroll around the handsome colonial buildings before taking a river trip on the ‘bum boats’, once used to take goods to the warehouses. Visit the famous Raffles Hotel, where a Singapore sling in the Long Bar is essential. Here are its best attractions.

Sightseeing and Attractions

– Cruise on a traditional ‘bum boat’ to explore the river and waterways.

– Visit the S.E.A Aquarium, Adventure Cove Waterpark and Madame Tussauds on Sentosa Island.

– Get 360-degree city views from the Singapore Flyer.

– Enjoy fantastic panoramic views from 57 levels above ground on The Sands SkyPark® Observation Deck and watch the Wonder Full laser light show.

– Explore the Art Science Museum and see a stage show in the Marina Bay Sands theatre.

Food and Drink

– Visit the long bar at Raffles and order a Singapore Sling.
– Tuck into Joshu Beef, steamed curry crab and an array of delicious noodle dished at Tonny Restaurant by celebrity chef Tonny Chan.

Events and Festivals

– Jan-Feb: See the impressive Chinese New Year celebrations at Marina Bay.
– July: Enjoy cuisine from the best chefs and hawkers at The Singapore Food Festival.

Serious shopping

Shops open till 9.00pm or 10.00pm (except for Mustafa Centre in Little India, open 24 hours a day!). On Sundays, head to Clarke Quay markets, down by the river – you’ll find all sorts of exotica. Come in June to attack the great Singapore sale – it’s a retail frenzy!

Visa

Yes, Indian citizens require a visa for travel to Malaysia.

Language

: Malay & English

Currency

: Singapore Dollar

For independent advice and expertise on one of the Asia’s favourite destination, give Big Time Holiday a call and we’ll help plan your perfect Singapore adventure at the best possible prices.

Cambodia

Discover mysticism, history, and ancient traditions…See the majestic Angkor Wat – set near the charming French-influenced town of Siem Reap, and the largest religious monument in the world. This temple for Buddhists attracts more than a million visitors each year and is undoubtedly Cambodia’s premier destination of unparalleled grandeur.

Sightseeing and Attractions

Take a tour of The Royal Palace and French colonial architecture of Phnom Penh.

See the royal city of Angkor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Siem Reap.

Visit fascinating museums to understand Cambodia’s tragic history under Pol Pot’s regime and the courage of Cambodia’s people in rebuilding its nation.

Take an excursion to Banteay Srei, a red sandstone Hindu temple on the edge of the Phnom Koulen National Park.

Food and Drink

Cool down with a refreshing Cambodian iced coffee, made using sweet milk.

Find plenty of cheap eats and street markets selling fish amok, lok lak and other traditional cuisine.

Wildlife & Adventure

Hike the sacred mountain of Phnom Kulen, the birthplace of the Khmer Empire.

Enjoy a contrast to city sightseeing with a fun family day at the Water World Waterpark.

Learn about Cambodia’s wildlife at the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity.

When to go?

There is little rain between Nov-Mar and with a warm climate this is the peak time for touring Cambodia. Apr-Oct is the low season for tourism with hot temperatures and high humidity, Sep-Oct can be wet but humidity should start to calm down a little offering a nice time to visit with lower rates than high season.

Visa

Yes, Indian citizens require a visa for travel to Cambodia.

Language

: Khmer

Currency

: Cambodian riel

For all the best prices and advice, make Big Time Holiday your one-stop-shop when planning your very own escape to Cambodia.

 

Philippines

The Philippines is a place of natural wonders – a string of coral-fringed islands strewn across a vast expanse of the western Pacific. Below sea level, the Philippines boasts some of the world’s best diving and snorkelling, including wreck diving around Coron and swimming with the whale sharks off Donsol. Above sea level, it has a fantastic landscape with wonders enough to stagger even the most jaded traveller: the Chocolate Hills of Bohol, Banaue & the Rice Terraces and fascinating reminders of the islands’ history in places such as Samar & Leyte and Vigan.

Shopping

Shopping in the cities of Philippines like Manila, Cebu, Baguio and Zamboanga can be quite a worthwhile experience and is bound to yield rewards.

Visa

Passports valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond intended length of stay required by all.

Beaches

Boracay has always been the favorite place of beach goers to go in the Philippines. This is because of the great white sand and cool waters, Boracay is the place for people looking to party. It is even considered as one of the finest beaches in the world located in the North West part of the Visayas area called Panay.

Pagudpud has long continuous white sands and inviting beach waters for people looking to just swim. Compared to Boracay, this place is more secluded.

Camiguin has been known to be one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines because it still seems like a paradise. Some people even consider the palce the “Garden of Eden” in the country. Camiguin has a great topography that includes waterfalls, and the hot and cold springs. The place will be mesmerizing and will definitely tempt you to go back.

Honda Bay surround the capital of the South Western province of Palawan. Among these islands, the tourist can go island hopping, diving and swim on the cool waters. In one of the islands, one can see the variety of fishes without swimming out too deep.

Diving
The Philippines has one of the most productive marine ecosystems in the world. No wonder the country’s waters abound with species of fish, shells, various marine invertebrates and other forms of marine life found in the Indo-Pacific region. It has no less than 800 species of corals.
Some of the best diving can be found in Anilao, a small town in southern Batangas. Other notable dive spots include Apo Reef National Park on the island of Apo, whose surrounding waters are home to some 500 species of coral, and Biri Island, Eastern Visayas.

When to go?

The Philippines are most popular during the dry season, between November and April. At this time the country is fully accessible, including its many beautiful islands and more remote areas. Temperatures are high during March and April, so it’s best to travel during the cooler months of December to February.

Tickets

Book well in advance if you plan to arrive in the Philippines during December – expat Filipinos flood the islands to visit their families during Christmas and New Year. If you’re flying into Cebu, the lead-up to Lunar New Year in late January or early February can also get congested, as the city’s sizeable Chinese population prepares to celebrate.

Visa

No visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveller must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines. No visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days.

Language:

English & Filipino

Currency:

Philippine peso

If you want to taste Philippines for yourself, give our experts at Big Time Holiday a call.