Muay Thai in Thailand – Enjoying the “Art of Eight Limbs”

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Muay Thai Training session in Anantara Chiang Mai Resort via (Facebook)

If you love kung fu, karate, kickboxing and MMA not to mention everything from Jackie Chan to Jean-Claude Van Damme, then you will definitely be keen on Muay Thai which is Thailand’s unique form of martial arts! Known as the “Art of Eight Limbs”, Muay Thai features the use of knee strikes, kicks, elbows and punches and is action packed, to say the least!

Those skilled in the art of Muay Thai have undergone years of strict discipline and training, though this doesn’t mean that those interested can’t learn either. While you do get training camps, you can even find certain 5 star hotels in Chiang Mai offering Muay Thai classes such as Anantara Chiang Mai Resort. It is a great way to not only learn this form of martial arts, but get a super cardio workout too!

Muay Thai, in fact, has quite a rich history and dates back to the 15th century when it was a method of fighting that was utilised on the battlefield. Today it is the country’s national sport, though participants are nevertheless still engaged in quite a “battle” that requires as much focus, stamina and agility that the warriors of old needed to have.

Since this martial arts form combines a variety of fighting styles and techniques, fighters can come up with their own powerful combination of moves that can be used for both defence and for going on the attack against their opponent. Seeing combos of hooks, uppercuts, spinning elbows, roundhouse kicks and knee strikes are a thing of beauty, though not if you are the person on the receiving end!

To truly appreciate the raw power and almost frenetic fanfare of Muay Thai, one needs to witness it at one of the local stadiums in Thailand. Scheduled fight nights are often packed with local crowds cheering and jeering (and also gambling!) as the two fighters go head to head in an all-out “war” where only the fittest and fastest survive. It takes the concept of fast and the furious to a whole new level!

Caleb Falcon is a travel writer who specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.

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Grand Friday Mosque & Islamic Centre -Maldivian Legacy

One of the first things that pops up in our heads at the mention of Maldives are the endless turquoise beaches and luxury resorts. With the many options available, you can easily pick one of the many Maldives resorts. All inclusive deals have lately been a favourite among tourists as they can enjoy a hassle free holiday and make the most of the exotic island. However, there are few things beyond beaches that Maldives can offer. Being a predominantly Muslim country one of the notable landmarks in the city is the Grand Friday Mosque. The glistening dome of the modern mosque has made a mark in the skyline of Maldives. Many tourists tend to move away to their respective islands and do not spend a lot of time in the capital Malé. Resorts such as Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives offer excursions to the capital to their guests to explore the capital.

The Grand Friday Mosque was built in 1984 with the aid of Pakistan, the Gulf states, Brunei and Malaysia. Apart from the dome, the mosque has quite a plain structure, that is mostly white marbel and no decoration. It is the largest mosque in the country. One could spot the mosque from any boat entering the harbour.

The main hall in the mosque can have up to 5000 worshippers at a time. The hall has impressive wooden side panels and beautifully woven carpets as well as ornamental chandeliers to add a touch of elegance. The adjoining Islamic center has a library, conference hall, and classrooms.

The mosque is open to tourists from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. The best times to visit is between 2pm to 3pm. It is a religious place and therefore it is necessary to dress appropriately.

 

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Visit the Africa in Arabia at Sir Bani Yas Island – Adventures in The Wild!

Nestled in the glorious Persian Gulf is an island that cannot be easily overlooked. Sir Bani Yas Island as it is known is a natural island located approximately 110 miles off the coast of UAE’s capital, Abu Dhabi. Its name is derived from the ‘Sir Bani Yas’ tribe who are believed to have been the very first inhabitants of Abu Dhabi. The island was formerly home to the largest wildlife reserve in Arabia, and today has transformed into a habitat for hundreds of wild animals thanks to years of conservation efforts.

On the island are the Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Resorts which offer travellers custom made adventures. These resorts are situated on the island and are more convenient for those planning wildlife tours, as opposed to any other mainland beach resort. Abu Dhabi welcomes a large number of tourists from across the globe and Sir Bani Yas Island has transformed into one major tourist attraction over the years. Wildlife at the island flourishes with a staggering 13,000 animals on the island, including both indigenous and endangered species. A wildlife excursion is here is similar to those one would find in Africa!

UAE’s first president, the late Sheikh Zayed declared the island a nature reserve in 1971 which led to the establishment of the ‘Arabian Wildlife Park’ that expands to over 1,400 hectares of land. The park has many ongoing breeding programmes and conservation projects that ensure survival of all flora and fauna on the island. One such programme would be the introduction of cheetahs as natural predators as a means to control the over-population of animals. Its animal population consists of four larger carnivorous species namely; Golden Jackal, Striped Hyena, Northern Cheetah and Caracal. It is also home to a massive 200 species of birds that includes a large number of migratory birds too. The most noteworthy fact is that the island is inhabited by the largest Arabian Oryx herd in the world. Among other curiosities are captivating geological formations and archaeological remains from the time of the Sir Bani Yas tribe.

The exciting news is that guests can embark on adventure tours around the island. Those who are adventurous can opt for land activities like mountain biking tours, archery or nature walks and water sporting activities like snorkelling, scuba diving, pearl diving or even deep sea fishing.

Caleb Falcon is a travel writer who specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.

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