Wednesday, 22 April 2015

5 Amazing Beaches in Thailand you have to See

Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations at present. For more reasons than one this place is a revelation. There is a long history of an independent country that preserved its independence while surrounding areas have fallen to Colonialism. A predominantly Buddhist nation that is friendly and welcoming and that is the winning slogan when one wants to invite more visitors in the modern world. Finally the most idyllic beaches that exist on our Planet with the whitest sand and clearest water, so welcoming they are many visitors return over and over each year.

Railay beach :
Railay (Rai Leh) Beach in the vicinity of the city of Krabi is definitely one of the most beautiful beaches in Thailand. The beauty of this place is that it is fairly remote and can be reached only by boat. The limestone cliffs behind it are a true Paradise for rock climbers. The accommodation is plentiful and caters for all budgets, from bungalows to luxury villas. If one wants to describe it best a relaxing place with clean environment will identify Railay.

Phra Nang Beach
Phra Nang Beach is also very close to  Krabi , the whole area as a matter of fact is full of exciting beaches. Again the description that one person uses ‘clear green water and the early morning swim is a healing ritual for a person’, it heals both body and spirit, and this will certainly be a common description. It is also a beach that is quite safe for small children so parents with children will frequent it. Sometime it can be quite busy here. A visitor can also reach it by boat from Ao-Nang.

Maenam Beach
Maenam Beach, is in a different place, this time Ko Samui Island, another Thai Paradise (there are many so here I will mention just a few!) Maenam caters for the backpackers, and that is a growing tourism industry. It is affordable and set in a very attractive area. The fan bungalow is cheap and popular. But there are also 5star resorts that will attract the ones will much deeper ‘pockets’.

Bophut Beach
Bophut Beach, also nestled in the northern part of Ko Samui will be a desired destination for lots. This beach was ‘created’ in order to define leisurely vacations. The contrast of white sand and turquoise waters attracts all the oohhss and aahhhhsss. There are lots of activities that one can practice: swimming, sailing, snorkeling, diving, ski-jetting, deep sea fishing, canoeing and many more. And then there is famous Thai massage on the beach. When the Sun sets, the beach is full of groups of happy tourists having dinner! It is one of the most popular things to do and the best way to wind up the day full of memorable and exciting activities. Accommodation is very comfortable and everything built here ‘blends’ with the environment.

Laem Tong Beach
Time for Laem Tong Beach, situated on the island of Phi Phi, northern part of the island. And again the only access to the rest of Phi Phi is by boat which means that the place is quite remote and pristine. Right of the beach are three small Islands which are famous for snorkeling and diving, and that is one of the major attractions here.

Monday, 20 April 2015

Top 5 Places to see in Kerala, India

Kerala is one the most beautiful state of India and it won’t be wrong for me to say it is truly “Gods own country”. Kerala has its own unique tradition and mesmerizing culture and is gifted with lots of attractive tourist destination with such beaches, lush green paddy fields, Historical forts, hill stations, lakes, backwaters, bird and wild life sanctuaries etc. The most amazing thing about them is, each of these stunning locations is only a 2-3 hours drive from the other –such feature is hard to find.

The coastal state is also known for cultivating precious cash crops like rice, tea, rubber, cardamom, coffee and cashew nut, mussel farming etc. But the thing that’s most attractive among tourist is its shallow lakes & backwaters which will give you a time travelling experience; you will give you a feeling like the time has stopped churning at this place as you could still see traditional houseboats “kettuvallam”. Kerala also offers lots of activities for the tourist’s such as Canal cruise, Trekking & rafting, Getting ayurvedic treatment, backwater cruises etc.

So here’s our top 5 places to see in kerala :

(1) Munnar: Munnar is unquestionably one of the most well renowned hill stations placed in Southern India. It is positioned at around 1,600metres over sea level, in the Western Ghats in Idukki district of Kerala. It is 266 km at a distance from the state capital “Thiruvananthapuram”. This stunning hill station allures nature admirers from all parts of the world. Large tea plantations, exotic fauna, deep forests, hills, valleys, mountain ranges and wildlife will make anyone fall in love with this place. There are lots of places you can explore here in Munnar that would serve travelers ample opportunities to relish the captivating hill station such as: Eravikulam National Park, Indo Swiss Dairy Farm, Chinnar Wild Life Sanctuary, Anamudi, Tata Tea Museum, Idukki Arch Dam etc.

(2) Thekkady: Thekkady is without a doubt the best place in Kerala to experience wildlife, which is why it’s a dream destination for tourists who seek to enjoy wildlife and nature to the fullest. Thekkady lies in the idukki district which is about 205 kms from the capital city Thiruvananthapuram. From huge Indian elephants to the Great Indian Tiger, this place has it all. Elephants, lion tailed macaques, Deers, bisons, and boars can easily be sighted in the reservoir area. Thekkady is blessed with treasures of tropical flora and is the habitat of many near extinct species and a rich tribal culture. The place worth watching in thekkady is Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary which is among one of the best wildlife sanctuary of India.

(3) Alappuzha Backwaters:  Recognized as the 'Venice of the East' by tourists from across the world, Alappuzha is a district that is blessed enormous natural beauty. Cuddled by the Arabian Sea in the west and a vast network of shallow beautiful lakes, lagoons and freshwater rivers zigzagging it, this backwater country is the habitat of some the unique & rarest species of animal and bird life. By virtue of its closeness to the sea, the town has always cherished its major role in the maritime history of Kerala. Alappuzha is also famous for its thrilling boat races, beautiful beaches, marine products and coir industry, the distinctiveness of this land is the region called Kuttanad - a place of lush green paddy fields often referred as the 'Rice Bowl of Kerala' it is one of the very few places in the world where farming is practiced below sea level. This ancient trading and fishing hub is today a world recognized backwater tourist destination.

Places to see: Alappuzha Backwaters, Alappuzha Beach, Pathiramanal Island, Karumadi kuttan, Nehru Trophy Boat Race, Chambakulam Church, Chambakulam Local Market, QST & R Block Kayal

(4) Vagamon: Vagamon is a beautiful hill station situated in Kottayam- Idukki border of Kerala. It has a cool & pleasant climate with the temperature falling between 10-23°C during summer days. It is placed at around 1,100 meters above sea level. Vagamon is a small plantation locality in Central Travancore,  Vagamon is colored with a tone of green with a ever-lasting line of lush green hills, breathtaking canyon and twisting rivulets. Vagamon hill station is covered with stunning series of hillocks, beautiful valleys and cascading waterfalls that make it the perfect doorway for tourists. Try taking a walk along the steep, mist covered crisscross roads that wrap up the hills and you would feel like you are in paradise. For adventure seekers, there is always a choice of trekking, para gliding or rock climbing.

Places to see : Vagamon Kurisumala, Muruganmala, Thangal Para, Kurisumala Ashram, Pine Forest, Green Meadows, Rocky out crop, Tea estate.

(5) Cochin/Kochi - The beautiful city of Kochi or Cochin is a complete tourist's paradise. Surrounded by the Western Ghats on the east and the amazing Arabian Sea in the west, Kochi holds a very strategic and important position and has been a significant trading sector and appealing tourist destination since ancient time. Lush green mangroves, tall slanting coconut tress reflected in the see through waters of backwaters, ancient historical churches, cathedrals and momentous fort are few things you won’t be able to resist yourself from. There is also much adventurous stuff to do for adventure seekers in Cochin such as Wind surfing, sailing and power boating. Kochi has something for everyone which is why it’s a perfect tourist destination you do not wanna miss.

Places to see : Kochi fort, museum of Kerala history, Willingdon Island, S.t Francis Church, Pareekshith Thampuran Museum, Jewish Synagogue, Marine Drive, Mattancherry Palace, Cochin Backwaters, Bolgatty palace.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Top 5 Things to do When Visiting Lisbon

Lisbon is incredibly eclectic and beautiful. They have everything from ancient castles and towers, to stunning modern bridges and buildings. The city, people and culture of Lisbon are incredibly unique. Their truly is no city that compares. There are many sites to see, but here are 5 that you absolutely can’t miss:

1.       Ride Tram 28

The infamous tram 28 takes you back in time. Running since the 1930’s, this tram winds throughout the steep hills and beautiful city of Lisbon. If you purchase an unlimited metro, tram and bus pass for 6 euros, you can jump on and off tram 28 as much as you please. You will pass the enticing district of Lisbon including Alfama, Graca, Estrela and Baixa. There are many destinations along the route such as Castelo de Sao Jorge, and the Porta do Sol viewpoint (a must see as well). Tram 28 is the perfect way to explore the beauty Lisbon has to offer.

2.       Belem Tower

Sitting on the Tagus River, this stunning tower has been made a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was originally built to protect and defend Lisbon in 1515, but today stands as a welcome to any visitors travelling by boat. Visitors can climb the staircase up to the very top of the tower. However, be forewarned, the climb is not for everyone. It is a very narrow steep spiraling staircase, but, if you make the journey up, you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view.

3.       Explore the Street Art

When you first think of Lisbon, street art is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. However, Lisbon is covered in some of the most unique and interesting street art in the world. In fact, it’s so interesting that Lisbon even has a company that offers Street Art Tours.

However, if you want to conquer Lisbon’s streets on your own, try downloading a few Lisbon specific apps. These apps can help you discover the art of Lisbon (along with other big attractions). However, if you are going to use internet on your phone while traveling, you should always use a VPN to keep your information safe. Some apps also have an internet-free mode which can be extremely helpful for those who want to use helpful map apps and information without worrying about a lack of Wi-Fi.

4.       Oceanario de Lisboa
This oceanarium is the largest indoor aquarium in Europe, and one of the most impressive in the world. The aquarium is right on the water, giving the aquarium a unique and authentic feel. The admission cost of 16 EUR for adults, and 11 EUR for children is beyond worth it. You will be able to find incredible sea life from the Antarctic to the Tropical Indian Ocean.

The area surrounding the oceanarium is also spectacular to explore. In the more modern Parque das Nacoes, you can find one of the world’s longest bridges, casinos, restaurants, and a spectacular viewing tower. A tour to the oceanarium and its surrounding areas will keep you thoroughly entertained.

5.       Castelo de Sao Jorge

Although this 6th century castle has been somewhat destroyed through traumatic earthquakes, it is still standing, and a must see destination when visiting Lisbon. Visiting the castle is an incredibly relaxing experience. You can wander through its gardens full of cats and peacocks, and explore the castles stone towers. Last, but definitely not least, you can admire possibly the most stunning views in all of Lisbon that look over the ocean and city.

Lisbon, Portugal is unlike any city on the planet. There are few places you can explore a state-of the-art aquarium one day, and admire views from century old castles the next. So pack your bags, jump on the tram, and get ready to fall in love with Lisbon.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

7 Travel Hotspots in South Africa


South Africa welcomes you to the multiethnic population rich and diverse in the heritage and culture. Roughly, twice the size of Texas, the country is varied in their culture, wildlife, stunning sceneries, and some remarkable beaches. It is a haven for the traveler across the globe.

This place just like their mixed population and vivid culture is colorful and has a complementary tourist spots to let you have a unforgettable experience. Let us take a ride across the top tourist destinations in South Africa –

Kruger National Park
The largest game reserve of the continent and it is one of the biggest tourist attractions in South Africa. Has the highest species of mammals compared to other African game reserve that includes Big Five (African Lion, African Elephant, Cape Buffalo, African Leopard, and White/Black Rhinos). A self-drive destination with excellent infrastructure and have places to stay inside the park.

Durban Beaches
Durban beaches strongly compared with the Miami beaches have a vibrant atmosphere that set pulse with a balmy weather. They sport a genuine beach culture is clean and safe. Popularly known as the Golden Mile, they are the extensive stretch of beaches, which are soft, with golden sands and huge spread sunshine along their South and North Coasts.

Sun City Resort
This is the ultimate place to chill out this summer amidst Kingdom of Pleasure. A luxurious casino and resort just two hours from Johannesburg, which contains four hotels, two golf courses, two casinos and a south African oriental village and a crocodile sanctuary with 7000 inhabitants.

Cape Winelands
The fertile valley lies in the middle of big mountains, orchards and monuments has a lushy green background to soothe the eyes of every nature lover. Visitors can take on the Wine Routes of the Cape to pay a visit to the vineyards where some of the rarest and finest wines are made.

Drakensberg Amphitheatre
Drakensberg as you all know is the highest mountain range in Southern Africa and is 3482m in height. Drakensberg derived from the Dutch meaning the mountain of the dragons. Amidst this huge valley Amphitheatre is one of the sharp geographical feature and one of the most impressive cliffs on earth lying in the northern part of the mountain.

Table Mountain
Table Mountain situated within a national park is surely going to make you enjoy a thrilling experience and offers phenomenal, birds-eye view that overlooks the city of Cape Town. It has Robin Island to the north and Atlantic seaboard to the west and south.  The peak is at 1086 meters at the top is simple via an ingenious cableway and each Rotair car features revolving floors allowing passengers to enjoy 360-degree views during the trek to the top.

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
One of the largest tourist attractions of Cape Town and the most visited destination that invokes earliest days of the harbor. The place is situated within the entertainment Mecca filled with restaurants, specialty shops, pubs, and theatres. There is something here for everyone to enjoy. You will find attraction beyond amusements that includes Clock Tower, Chayonnes Battery, South African Museum, and coast Seal Landing to find the resident details.

Grab a cheap business class ticket today to explore the South African Destinations.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Getting Around Safely in Tunisia in the Wake of the Arab Spring

Tunisia is often disregarded as a fun holiday destination because of the shadow cast by the events of the Arab Spring. Vacationers were understandably discouraged from visiting the country between 2010-2012 due to the flood of civil wars, protests, riots and demonstrations that the country was submerged in during this time. Since the Tunisian Revolution, the President has stepped down and the victims and martyrs of the protest have been described as heroes of a new Middle Eastern revolution. Currently, the political storm has subsided to reveal the beautiful and tranquil nature of Tunisia once more, with its stunning landscape of the Sahara desert, extensive coastline and striking blue skies in addition to a rich cultural heritage. There is plenty to do and see in this vibrant country, so ignore the naysayers and find out for yourself all that Tunisia has to offer!

                                                     Port El Kantaoui Wiki Commons

 The safest parts of Tunisia to explore are hosted in the northern part of the country, from the Tunis region to Tozeur, and you can find a map clearly detailing which areas are best here. Basically, you will want to avoid most of the borders with Algeria and Libya, as these regions are still facing conflict. Unless a particular place really takes your fancy then it is convenient just to travel along the Tunisian coastline, which is not only safe but also boasts gorgeous beaches and sea views. For example, Port El-Kantaoui is one of the foremost hotspots in Tunisia, with prize-winning golf courses and plenty of commercial shopping centres in addition to the stunning port itself. There is a vast array of popular and family-friendly water activities to take part in, such as cruises, parasailing, skiing and fishing, provided by experienced instructors. There is a great list of safe and high quality 3-5* hotels here as well to add to your comfort and relaxation. You can discover more about what Port El-Kantaoui offers and read some reviews here.

As Tunisia’s capital, Tunis is also an unmissable and very safe place to visit. It is the country’s biggest city, with over 650,000 residents. It is also host to all of the global embassies, including the British Embassy which can be found along rue de la Windermere, open morning to afternoon every weekday. In the unlikely instance that you encounter any troubles on your travels, it is convenient to travel here. The cosmopolitan city is home to fantastic architecture, with a lovely mix of colonial-era structures in the modern part of the town in contrast to the older buildings set within the medina. The capital has been experiencing a prosperous economy recently, as it truly is the top place to splash the cash! The grand Avenue Habib Bourguiba is akin to Paris’ Champs-Élysées. The site also has a wonderful range of cultural pastimes to enjoy, and you can spend many hours at reputable theatres, musical institutions and museums. The suburb of Carthage lies close to Tunis, and is again a lovely and safe place to reside in. Every year it hosts an internationally-recognised arts festival, with inspiring performances set in a beautiful old amphitheatre that is pretty alike Rome’s magnificent colosseum. In fact, this entire region puts on lots of incredible festivals around the summer months - you can have a look at some of them here. Follow the rest of the crowd and attend one for yourself!

                                      Tunis at night, with a view of the Municipal Theatre

If rolling sands and beachy shores are still more your thing, then fear not because there is a wealth of safe places in Tunisia to dip your toes in amongst the golden grains. It is probably sensible to stay away from the Sahara area at the moment as this is too close to Algeria, however you can still enjoy camel-riding and similar experiences in other parts of the country. The island of Djerba, just off from the coast of Tunisia is such a place. It is an idyllic locale with quiet, clean beaches and the charming old town of ‘Houmt Souk’. The place has a zen-like feel, with whitewash houses and some cute recreational shops and cafés. It is a far cry from any of the political upheaval going on in Algeria or Libya, and you can lay back and daydream to your heart’s content! Tunisia has many of these peaceful paradises, such as the Sidi Bou Said village which sits on a clifftop, just a little distance away from the beach. The atmospheric village has magnificent picturesque views out into the dazzling blue sea, which is mimicked in the blue features of the architecture. It is a haven for artists and creative types, and you can see why here.

                                                Camels along Djerba Beach

The New York Times describes Tunisia as being ‘known for its golden beaches, sunny weather and affordable luxuries’, and it is important that in light of the all the political distress it has faced, it be remembered as such. Tunisia on the most part is a sublime setting for holidaymakers; it is both culturally welcoming and secure. The events of the Arab Spring were an unfortunate instance for Tunisia’s tourism, but it should not detract from the undeniable beauty of the country and all that it has to offer. It is not surprising that 6-7 million travellers still visit Tunisia each year, and with its fantastic list of activities to dive into and its picturesque visions across the landscape, Tunisia is truly a grand destination to visit.