7 Days Itinerary for Southern Iceland Road Trip and Planning Tips

Iceland, the land of ice and fire, often known as the most beautiful place in this planet with its dramatic natural scenery. It is also one of the highest ranked among the world destinations for road trip.  What’s more, being tagged as the best place to chase for northern light (also known as “aurora”) makes Iceland one of our dream bucket list.

With preparation of almost one year ahead, we had finally completed our 7 days 1,100 kilometres Southern Iceland road trip in September 2016. It was absolutely a mesmerising trip with so many stunning views and magical moments in this island of Scandinavia region. We are also equally amazed with the Icelandic culture and history too. Continue reading 7 Days Itinerary for Southern Iceland Road Trip and Planning Tips

Chinese New Year Staycation – Mangala Spa and Resort, Gambang, Pahang

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It was another random staycation during the Chinese New Year of 2018. This time, we had opted for this roughly 2 years old resort, Mangala Spa and Resort which located at the largest state in Peninsular of Malaysia, Pahang. From the capital Kuala Lumpur, it took us about 2.5 hours to reach this suburbs area using the East Cost Highway or Lebuhraya Pantai Timur (LPT).

The resort is located right inside an estate area, so if you opt to stay here, get ready to be disconnected from the bustling life in city and soak yourself in the tranquil peace of greens. There is no shops and retails within convenient walking distance. Well, just the right staycation for a total relaxation. Continue reading Chinese New Year Staycation – Mangala Spa and Resort, Gambang, Pahang

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7 Days Self Drive Road Trip in Southern Iceland – Day 3

Day 3 – Laugarvatn > Gullfoss (magnificent waterfall) > Strokkur (geyser) > Seljalandsfoss (spectacular waterfall) > Skogafoss (broad waterfall) > Skammidalur Guesthouse (near Vik town)

We had pretty good rest at the super spacious Golden Circle Apartment. I started day 3 with a morning jog over to the nearby Laugarvatn Fontana (a famous geothermal bath in that area). They were also famous with the geothermal baked bread. Managed to catch the moment of sun rise over the Lake Laugarvatn.

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Christmas Eve Staycation – DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Kuala Lumpur

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This year Christmas was celebrated in new way, a short staycation at city center of Kuala Lumpur with simple reason which is to truly immerse ourselves in the comfort and facilities provided by the hotel. Since the city area might be less crowded due to the long weekend with extended public holiday, it will be good time to walk around the city center too, which we seldom do.

We always enjoy staying in hotel with executive or club lounge where you could chill there all day long. Continue reading Christmas Eve Staycation – DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Kuala Lumpur

7 Days Self Drive Road Trip in Southern Iceland – Day 2

Day 2 – Keflavik > Stekkjarkot (grass roof ancient house) > Reykjavik > Hallgrimskirkja (modern church) > Solfario (viking ship steel sculpture) > Point 4 Thingvekker > Oxararfoss (waterfall) > Laugarvatn Fontana > Golden Circle Apartment

After a night rest at Keflavik, we departed to the capital in the early morning of day 2. There is an interesting spot nearby our guesthouse just along the Ægisgata shore road. You can easily spot the ship wreck near that stretch of road.

On the way to capital of Iceland, we managed to stop by one of the iconic ancient cottage dates back to the 19th century. It is special because it was built using turf, stone and timber. We called it the “grass roof hut”. It was opened to public visit in 1993 after a year of restoration. Moreover, it is free admission! Continue reading 7 Days Self Drive Road Trip in Southern Iceland – Day 2