Stomach-turning Foods You Will Find around the World

While Westhill Consulting Travel and Tours, Singapore arrange your tours to whichever part of the world you want, they furthermore look at some global treats that may make you feel queasy; here are some tastes of it!

Kopi luwak: defecated coffee

Occasionally branded as “cat-poo coffee”, this so-called delicacy originates from beans that have been eaten and defecated by an Indonesian civet, an animal that looks like a cross between a mongoose and, if you squint, a cat. There are times; kopi luwak coffee was glorified as a hot fresh trend. The unusual “urgh” aspect endorsed prices up to £60 per cup and it was presented as a do-before-you-die experience in the 2007 film The Bucket List.

Jakarta Indonesia serves the coffee if you want to try!

Sannakji: live baby octopus

If observing your plate of food aggressively wiggle in front of you doesn’t turn your stomach then nothing will. In Korea, sannakji is a plate of live baby octopus (nakji). It’s the residual nerve activity that maintains its movements and it is normally served drizzled with sesame oil. Warning! Eat it at your own risk: the active suction cups have been famous to get gummed to the mouth or throat while swallowing that will cause choking.

Chapulines: toasted grasshoppers

Forget gourmet burgers and jam-jar cocktails, eating insects is the hot latest trend, it seems that – or so specific London restaurateurs would like us to consider. Wahaca, the Mexican street-food chain, put grasshoppers on the menu at its South Bank outlet earlier this year and, before long, we were getting helpful guides on where to eat insects all around the city. Obviously, this was soon ensued by an insect-only, pop-up supper club. In Mexico, grasshoppers, known as chapulines, are not just a passing craze. Served toasted with seasoning, they have long been popular in Oaxaca. Well, some review says, it tastes good!

Rocky Mountain oysters: testicles

Give this dish a wide berth. These have not anything to do with those high-class delicacies seen in shells at the bottom of the sea: they are plain-and-simple bulls’ balls. Served with cocktail sauce and camouflaged with thick batter, the dish is frequently used for clutching out unwary tourists in Oklahoma and Texas.

Dates to Keep away from When Planning a China Tour

If you are arranging a 2014/15 China tour there are dates you must avoid, like “Golden Week” and those times when flights to Asia and within China are very costly. Westhill Consulting Travel and Tours, Singapore lowdown will help you plan your vacation. (Westhill Consulting Travel and Tours, Singapore arrange tours in many countries. i.e. SE Asian Countries such as Beijing China, KL Malaysia, Jakarta Indonesia, Bangkok Thailand and many more)The “Golden Week” of National Day Holiday

September 29 – October 10

Nearly all Chinese people will have a seven-day holiday at the start of October, due to the celebration of Chinese National Day. Usually a lot of Chinese people will take this government-given chance to travel to domestic cities, producing crowds everywhere and super busy traffic. Hotel and transport prices swell, causing high-budget travel during this period.

Warning! Avoid this period when planning a tour of China. 

With people everywhere, traffic will be hectic, and you will devote longer time on the road, which can also mean more scams on street. Booking of hotels and flights can be very problematic. Hotels are much more costly. You may be required to wait in line for around one hour to go in the popular attractions, and may necessitate waiting for a long time at restaurants. Traveling in this period is a matter requiring exhaustive preparation.

You possibly will observe that the National Day ends at October 7, but we incorporate the succeeding week in this peak period. The means of transport are most jam-packed during the period from September 23 to October 7, however they are less congested in the week succeeding “the Golden Week”, when hotels charge peak prices.

Labor Day Holiday

April 28 – May 4

The Labor Day holiday period must be avoided when planning a tour of China whilst its Chinese National Day holiday.

Although the holiday only takes three days, usually May 1 to May 3, the tourist peak will last from April 26 to May 4. Review says, the crowds at attractions, high travel costs, long waiting times, and hard transportation during this period may create your tour to China unsatisfying.

The Spring Festival Rush with Congested Transportation

February 4 – March 15 in 2015

In China, during the Spring Festival rush, the transportation is crowded and people are all over the place, particularly in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and other big tourist cities.

The Spring Festival rush continues 40 days. But, there are five days that are suggested for traveling between domestic cities during these 40 days: the first five days of the new year (February 20 – 24 in 2015). Throughout these days, a lot of Chinese people will remain at home for family time and the Spring Festival celebration, which lessens the burden on transportation and grants you with perhaps easier-than-usual travel circumstances. Keep in mind that inexpensive flight tickets are offered during these five days!

February 4 – February 19 2015 is one of the most jammed time on China’s transport will be, when people are homeward bound. One more busy time will be February 25 – March 15, when millions of migrant workers and college students return to their work places and colleges. So traveling in China throughout these periods is probably a challenge.

 

Tipping & Etiquette While Visiting Indonesia

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Westhill Consulting Travel and Tours, Singapore: Tipping & Etiquette While Visiting Indonesia

Major hotels:  Lots of hotels services include a 21% tax. 10% is a compulsory government tax; the other 11% is a lawfully unenforceable service charge. Tipping is not required. But, if you must tip, maybe give 5-10% of the total bill.

Restaurants: There are restaurants will comprise 5-10% service charge to their bill. However if they don’t impose any service charge, you can tip between Rp10,000 to 10% of the full bill. A 10% Government required restaurant tax is valid, but smaller restaurants and definitely warungs will not be charging that and would possibly never pay it to the government if they did.

Taxi drivers: Tipping is not obligatory and you shouldn’t be hearing complaints from them. While all taxis are metered, some drivers oftentimes do not carry either coins or small notes, or may not be able to find them when needed but a lot of commuters round up their bill instead.

Car-hire drivers: It is not needed; but if service is pleasing a basic Rp 20,000 tip is estimated suitable but a full day Car-hire drivers commonly expect a larger tip. Warning, watch out for scams in this country

Airport porters: You don’t have to get their help, however for very minimum amount of money they can be a big help particularly going through customs and it makes a difference to them. It varies from Rp. 20.000 – Rp. 50.0000 for 1-2 travelers. It is advisable to approve rate in advance to avoid arguments and complaints afterwards.

Service industries: Even though it is not required to give tip for services like hair salons and body massage, tipping for service industries are normal and anticipated in Indonesia. Many Indonesians give tip to their hairdresser or massaeur after they finished the service. 5-10% from the bills is suitable.

In Bali compare to Jakarta the minimal salary is reasonably low and that is the reason why everything looks comparatively inexpensive to many visitors. Workers expect tips to get extra income. In Bali, in small hotels and restaurants tips are usually shared. Yet, if you really have no money to tip, most Indonesians will understand it. Try to sympathize concerning their low pay rates; this also relates to those of you travelling on a budget. Given that, if ever you get short of cash and don’t give tip or if you overlook to bring cash for attendants, it is unlikely somebody will get distraught or be nasty toward you.

 

 

 

India reintroduces attention on tourism to improve economy

Indian finance minister Arun Jaitley has highlighted the part of tourism in generating jobs for the country, referring to it as a low-hanging fruit, the tourist economy complaints.

Stressing the role central state planning might take part in the development of the sector, he said India was well positioned to take greater advantage from the benefits of tourism.

The minister was talking at a conference of tourism ministers in Delhi. One more aspect of the decline is the scam that targets tourists.

He also requested the states to decrease taxes on tourism and aviation fuel so that more benefits could be expanded from this section for the country.

Tourism minister Shripad Naik said that from next year the conference would be held for two days to enable greater interaction and participation of the states and other stakeholders.

He added that the newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi was giving much focus on tourism, which is part of the five thrust areas.

As portion of the plan, skill development and promotion of circuits will be provided consideration, and niche products and maintainable tourism standards will also be developed.

E-Visa

Whereas in other Indian tourism news, the government has exposed plans to begin offering electronic visas for foreign tourists by October.

“The e-visa scheme is expected to be rolled out shortly.

“We are trying to make it operational by October,” tourism minister Sripad Naik said after a national conference of state tourism ministers.

In order to endorse cleanliness at tourist sites, the ministry will recompense states.

A fresh classification will be instituted from 2016 in its yearly National Tourism Awards to identify the best efforts made by all states making sure cleanliness at their prominent places of tourist implication.

The states will be compensated on the basis of a Cleanliness Index being evolved by the Ministry.

The Index will rank the cities on the centering in cleanliness at ten popular destinations, one market place and three entry-exit points for each city.

Then the three cleanest destinations and three cleanest cities will be awarded.

Westhill Consulting Travel and Tours, Singapore arrange tours to Asian countries such as India, Jakarta Indonesia, China and many more is in full support to India tourism economy boost.

Caribbean visitor arrivals escalate

Westhill Consulting Travel and Tours, Singapore who arrange tours not only to Southeast Asian countries such as Jakarta Indonesia, KL Malaysia, Bangkok Thailand and many more is happy to announce that Caribbean visitor arrivals surge which Westhill also arrange tours in.

The Caribbean documented an increase in visitor arrivals during the first half of this year, retaining pace with the world average and none of the visitors had complaints, in fact reviews were getting all positive feedbacks.

The director of research and information technology at the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), Winfield Griffith, announced on the CTO’s television programme, Destination Caribbean, the region delighted in a 4.3 per cent upsurge through the first six months of the 2014, much in line with the world average of 4.7 per cent.

Mr. Griffith exposed that just under 14 million long-stay tourists visited the Caribbean amid January and June, with nearly half this number ( 6.87 million) coming from the United States of America matched to 6.61 million during the same period in 2013.  This signifies a 3.9 per cent increase in arrivals from the US market.

“There is enough evidence to suggest that there is growing economic confidence in the region’s biggest neighbor and this is releasing much pent-up travel demand caused by a long recessionary period”. Mr. Griffith said.

The CTO research head said that merely 21 countries in the region were able to categorize their tourist arrivals by destination during the report.  From the most current statistics it was distinct that more Europeans and Canadians are settling to the region showing upsurges of 6.0% and 4.3% correspondingly.

For the winter time signified by the initial four months of the year, as a minimum five countries specified double digit progress. These destinations remain to power throughout the present summer displaying signs of doing remarkably well this year.

Griffith furthermore announced that the cruise sector enjoyed an 8 per cent increase in passenger arrivals to reach 13.1 million after the first two quarters of 2014.