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    Forget Flying to Japan! Experience Malaysia’s Very First Japanese Onsen Spa in Mont Kiara Kuala Lumpur

    Urban Retreat Onsen Spa is a private onsen in Kuala Lumpur’s (KL) expatriate area with almost everything imported straight from Japan.

    Urban Retreat Onsen Spa Mont Kiara KL

    Off I went to Urban Retreat Onsen Spa in Mont Kiara!

    What is a Japanese Onsen?

    Onsen is a kind of Japanese hot spring bath that is famous all over Japan. It’s so famous that it is now available outside Japan. There is one in Singapore, one in Bangkok and finally one in Kuala Lumpur! If you have heard of onsen, Japanese hot spring, but have never visited one – then this is guide for you. I was clueless before I visited, too. I believe you definitely have to try the onsen at least once!

    The newly developed building in Mont Kiara, 163 Retail Park hides one lesser known gem that perfect for a recharge. Urban Retreat Onsen Spa, Malaysia’s first private onsen spa, offers guests the traditional Japanese hot spring experience in the privacy of their personal bathhouses. Depending on the package you choose, the onsen soak is then followed by a range of relaxing treatments, from massages to full body scrubs.

    The best part? They are having opening promotion of Private Onsen for 45 minutes and 1 hour of body massage package costs just RM249!

    Here is my onsen experience in Urban Retreat Onsen Spa, Mont Kiara, KL.

    Urban Retreat Onsen Spa Mont Kiara KL

    Award Winning Luxury Day Spa in Kuala Lumpur & Petaling Jaya, so clearly I didn’t waste any time to book an appointment.

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    10 Essential Tips for Your First Trip to Great Ocean Road, Melbourne, Australia

    If you’re looking for something different, this is it. Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s greatest gems. With beautiful national parks, iconic surf breaks and stunning coastline, Great Ocean Road deserves a spot on any traveler’s bucket list. Australia’s Great Ocean Road is a year-round destination, and it’s one of the best spots on the planet for a road trip. It’s also an adventure that requires a bit of planning.

    Here are 10 essential tips for road-tripping in Great Ocean Road!

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    Travel Essential You Need for Your Next Trip with Gaston Luga Backpack, A Trip to Melbourne Australia

    Maybe you’re preparing for your next business trip combine with leisure trip or perhaps you’re looking for some new gear for your upcoming travels. Sometimes it’s just way easier to bring only one carry-on backpack to fit various occasions. So you don’t have to worry about packing extra bags into your luggage especially if you have quite a few flights with different airlines along the way.

    Glad that I found this Swedish brand, Gaston Luga simple yet elegant backpack just in time for my Melbourne trip! Most of the Gaston Luga backpacks are practical bag you can carry everywhere, from work to leisure and even for traveling overseas. A backpack that suits various occasions is the most important thing when preparing for a trip to stay organized.

    Gaston Luga Backpack Malaysia

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    Here are Gaston Luga backpack review for your next trip!

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    The Ultimate Penguin Parade’s Guide in Phillip Island, A Day Trip from Melbourne Australia

    Love wildlife? You’ll feel right at home in Australia’s unspoiled treasure, Phillip Island. Located 90 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Melbourne, Phillip Island is home to the world’s tiniest penguins. Most famous for the penguin parades every evening at sunset, Phillip Island is a popular day trip destination from Melbourne.

    A top spot to check out local wildlife, Phillip Island is well worth the trip from Melbourne!

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    Penguin Parade Guide Phillip Island. (Source)

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    The 10 Spots You Can’t Miss On Your Next Trip to Great Ocean Road Melbourne, Australia

    Famous as one of the world’s most scenic coastal routes, Australia’s Great Ocean Road is one of the country’s greatest gems. Set along the south east coast of Australia, this iconic region spans 243 kilometers (151 miles) of coastline. With beautiful national parks, iconic surf breaks and stunning coastline, Great Ocean Road is a place like no other. It is one of the most popular tours in Melbourne, so I highly recommend checking it out!

     

    Great Ocean Road Trip Itinerary

    Don’t just rush to the 12 Apostles for your tourist snap. I would suggest 2-3 days minimum

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    A Complete Guide to Hallstatt, Austria’s Most Charming Lake Town

    Last winter, I traveled through the West of Austria for the very first time. And, just as I expected, I fell in love! Hallstatt Austria is a charming lake town village located between mountains on Lake Hallstatt. Hallstatt is home to less than 1,000 people and this well preserved town has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    I was looking for fairytale destinations around Europe and I found it here in Hallstatt!

    While I only had a day to visit Hallstatt, it was enough time to get a taste for this famous Lakeside Alpine Village in Austria. Aside from being the most beautiful place in Austria, Hallstatt is more than 7,000 years old and has the oldest salt mine in the world.

    Here are the 7 places to visit in Hallstatt, Austria!

    A Complete Guide to Hallstatt Austria

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    A Local’s Guide to Strasbourg, France Muslim Friendly Itinerary in One Day for First Timer

    Love medieval cityscape and modern buildings? You’ll feel right at home in France’s unspoiled treasure, Strasbourg. I experienced the medieval town last winter. Far from the big city of Paris, this quiet yet lively city is home to the biggest mosque in France and one of the best Christmas Market in Europe!

    Strasbourg is the capital and the largest city of Alsace, a region in the north eastern France bordering Germany. Nestled along France’s border with Germany, Strasbourg was yanked back and forth between Germany and France over centuries and finally decided to join France at the end of World War II. Due to the location at the border of these two countries, it has an appealing blend of both French and German influences in the architectural, culture and cuisine.

    With so much to do in Strasbourg, it’s well worth the trip either from Paris, Black Forest or Zurich!

    Strasbourg is small enough to walk around but big enough to have plenty of eating places and convenient enough for shopping either to shop Strasbourg local products as souvenir or French luxury brands. And come winter it goes totally over the top as one of the best Christmas Markets in Europe! I think I have found a new contender to battle out with Paris as my favourite French city.

    Check out my Muslim Friendly day trip itinerary to Strasbourg!

    Strasbourg travel tips

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    A Quick Guide to Colmar’s Major Attractions in France – a French Fairytale

    Love a charming little fairy tale town in France? You’ll feel like as though you stepped into a “Beauty and the Beast” film set in France’s unspoiled treasure, Colmar. Look at those colourful houses, cobblestone dream streets and wonderful fountain. This could be Belle’s hometown!

    Colmar is the third largest city in the Alsace region and is located in the north eastern France bordering Germany. Due to the location at the border of these two countries, Colmar was a disputed area between France and Germany for a very long time. It has an appealing blend of both German and French cultural influences when you walk through the streets. It’s not really Germany and it’s not really France. It has its own distinct character, it’s simply the Alsace.

    With the looks of Disney Fairytale town in Colmar, it’s well worth the trip either from Strasbourg, Basel or Zurich!

    Looking at the Colmar little town, I need to remind myself that this was a place where people actually lived in the 13th century and not a Disney film set. Once upon a time, the canals in Colmar were buzzing with butchers, tanners and fishmongers and la Petite Venise was a centre for art and learning.

    Here’s a quick guide for things to do and to see in Colmar, France!

    Colmar travel blog

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    The Perfect Zurich Muslim Friendly Itinerary in One Day for First Timer

    With only one day to spend in Zurich, I felt overwhelmed with what to put on my itinerary. There’s so much to see and do in the city and I wanted to see it all!

    Zurich may not be the capital of Switzerland, yet Zurich is Switzerland’s largest city. Famous for its super-secret Swiss banks and the low tax rates attract multinational companies to set up their headquarters there, including my ex-employer LafargeHolcim headquarter.

    Approximately 30% of Zurich residents are foreign nationals and don’t be surprised if you could easily found Malaysian expat in the city. The best part of Zurich is most of the people are so helpful, polite and smiling every time we asked for directions. It’s time to hit Zurich!

    Check out my Muslim Friendly day trip itinerary to Zurich!

    Zurich Switzerland One Day tour halal food

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