Fun Things To Do In Koh Samui, Thailand
June 12th, 2014
Koh Samui sits in the south of Thailand, a beautiful island famous for its large number of beaches, serene atmosphere and general natural beauty. Flights to Koh Samui are easy to book and light on the budget, so, as such, going to this extraordinary beach destination is very convenient and hassle-free, another big bonus for potential holiday-makers.
The main airport on the island is a privately-built hub, primarily operated by Bangkok Airways. Connections to larger airports nearby, such as Bangkok, Phuket and Chiang Mai may possibly be the easiest option, avoiding the hassle of direct flights which can be hard to come by.
Transportation links on the island are also very good and tourists are able to rent motorcycles for the duration of their stay, a charming service that allows you to get around the island easily, taking in all it has to offer.
It’s fair to say that the top attractions on the island are the beaches, with the most popular being Chaweng Beach and Lamai Beach. Chaweng has developed the most and is now popular on the party-scene whilst Lamai is very similar with a good nightlife.
Those looking for a more relaxing time should head down to Mae Nam, situated in the north of the island and has a lot of shallow water, making it ideal for families with children.
Others may wish to stray beyond the sandy beaches and head into the water itself. Scuba-diving is a perfect way to view the coral formations off the island’s coast and the beds at Laem Set and Thong Takhian are extraordinarily beautiful.
This corner of the world is renowned for the beauty of its beaches and diving spots so many will choose to head to the island for this singular activity. Places like Ko Tan, a small island, ideal for beginners looking to explore the reefs, and the Samnran Pinnacles, mainly for experienced divers, represent the stunning beauty of the country.
Koh Samui is, essentially, a paradise and forges an unforgettable experience for all its visitors. It represents a break from the usual routine and allows you to get away for a spell, entering a landscape of unmatched natural beauty and much variety, ensuring no one is ever bored upon visiting the island.
There’s no avoiding it – the World Cup is coming
May 5th, 2014
Wherever you are in the world in June this year, there’ll be no escaping from the World Cup coverage. With the return of the tournament to Brazil for the first time since 1950, it promises to be a world cup with an incredible party atmosphere. Brazilians are well-known for their passionate love of football, and indeed, any other sports events.
If you are standing amongst a Brazilian crowd in a sports event it’s an amazing experience to be surrounded by the non-stop chanting and party atmosphere. It doesn’t have to be a World Cup match to inspire a passionate reaction; go to any local volleyball game and there’ll be the lots of energy coming from the crowd.
But the World Cup being hosted in Brazil for the first time in the modern era will see that passion rise to previously unattained levels. Even when the World Cup is held elsewhere, the Brazilian nation almost by tradition comes to a stop. Kids are allowed to skip classes when Brazil is playing and most workers get a day off to watch the matches. Who knows how anything will get done during this year’s World Cup.
To be in the country during the World Cup might feel a little too much for someone who has just a passing interest in football and any sensible traveller will have probably decided to hold off on that trip to Brazil until the crazy euphoria around the World Cup has passed.
But wherever you might be this June, there’ll be no avoiding the reality that this, more than any other sporting tournament, is one that the whole world seems to get involved in. So, even if you don’t particularly like football, it might be best to put those feelings to one side and join in the party.
One way to get more involved in something that you’re not particularly interested in is to have a bet on the team you want to win – financial motivation can go a long way in stimulating interest. Then it gives you an extra reason to root for them during the Group stages, when the 32 qualifying nations play for a place in the knockout stages that follow, through to the final that will take place in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday 13 July.
If you don’t know much about football, it may be difficult to choose what kind of bet to place. However a quick look at any of the main bookmakers’ sites and you’ll soon see which nations are the favourites to win. Brazil is the clear favourite, followed by neighbours Argentina, then Germany and Spain. Look down the tables a little further and you’ll see that Belgium is unexpectedly high on the list – they’ve got the best team that they’ve had in a long time. Italy is offering quite a value punt at the moment, at around 28/1, because although it is the second most successful nation in World Cup history, pundits don’t think that it has a great team for this year’s competition.
Of course, you can choose to avoid the World Cup altogether, but with everyone else fixated on it you might find it hard to find anyone willing to share avoiding it with you!
Touring The Amazing New Zealand Scenery By Campervan
April 17th, 2014
There are few countries that can boast scenery as dramatic and varied as New Zealand, and for the vast majority of people visiting the country, one trip is simply not enough to enjoy the splendor of the natural surroundings. The country’s spectacular landscapes played an important role in inspiring film director Peter Jackson when he was creating the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies, with New Zealand’s scenery being one of the main stars. With several different options for exploring the country, one of the best ways is to rent a campervan which offers you the freedom to see and stay in some of the most scenic places on earth.
Arranging Your Campervan Rental
One of the best things about arranging a campervan is that for those traveling with international driving licenses, it is still straightforward and simple to arrange the rental in advance. There are several companies that offer such rentals, and for DriveNow campervan hire New Zealand is one of its most important areas, because of the excellent surroundings that make driving a campervan so popular. Insurance is often included as a part of the price, and one of the big benefits is that most people will save a good amount of money when it comes to accommodation costs too.
Best Campervan Pitching Locations
There are some amazing places across New Zealand, and many of these can become your hotel for the night when renting a campervan. A short distance away from Queenstown, Wanaka Lake is a peaceful and idyllic place to stop, with pleasant beaches around the lake that is nestled among some majestic mountain scenery. Pauanui is located in the Coromandel area of the North Island, and has some amazing beaches while also being close enough to forests and hills to make for excellent hiking too. However, when it comes to sensation views from the campervan window, there is no doubt that spending the night in the shadow of Mount Cook is one of the most impressive the country has to offer.
Sights On The North Island
While many people consider the South Island to be the wilder half of New Zealand’s personality, there is no doubt that the North Island has plenty to offer, as the amazing hot pools and gushing geysers in Rotorua show. For those looking to get a taste of the area that inspired the Lord of the Rings film, a visit to the Tongariro National Park is a trip into the landscape of Mordor, with a side trip to hike up Mount Ruapehu a must, as the steaming volcanic slopes played the role of Mount Doom in the movies. Further north, the amazing golden beaches and rock formations are well worth visiting, while a trip on Ninety Mile Beach is a must.
Best Places To Visit On The South Island
The South Island is also well worth visiting, and the Milford Sound is well known as one of the most scenic parts of the country, drawing thousands to the area every year. Another trip worth taking is on the north west coast of the island, where the Abel Tasman National Park has some of the best sea kayaking conditions in the world, with great beaches too. Queenstown is often one of the most popular destinations, as its role as the adventure sports capital of the country being a big attraction.
Fun Things To Do In Seattle USA
April 16th, 2014
If you are planning a holiday in the US, Seattle in Washington State is modern vibrant city with a wealth of attractions. By combining budget flights and travel insurance, it can be easily affordable. Here are five fun things to do in Seattle, to whet your appetite.
The Space Needle
No visit to Seattle is complete without a visit to its iconic Space Needle, offering breathtaking views across the city and beyond. At 520 feet tall, the journey to the observation deck takes a mere 41 seconds, where you can marvel at the 360 degree panorama. The revolving Sky City Restaurant gives you a continually changing view along with superb cuisine. Open 365 days a year, prices start at 19 USD for adults.
Pike Place Market
Pike Place Market is teeming with stalls selling delicious fare such as fresh vegetables, artisan bread and cheeses, as well as beautiful flowers. But the highlight is the fish stall, world-renowned for the antics of its staff, who throw fresh fish and jokes around with equal enthusiasm! Open daily and with free entrance, Pike Place Market is definitely not to be missed.
Seattle Art Museum
Displaying a fabulous selection of art, this museum is perfect for culture vultures. Wander around the old European masters, Asian art, Native American carvings and much more. Refresh yourself in the restaurant and browse the shop for unique gifts. Or take a stroll outside in the Olympic Sculpture Garden which is free to visitors. Museum entrance starts at 17 USD for adults, but is free on the first Thursday of every month.
Chocolate Indulgence Tour
Seattle is home to over 50 chocolatiers, and this tour lets you indulge your taste buds. Including a guided tour of chocolatiers, tasting sessions with mouth-watering creations by chef Tom Douglas, and hints on how to use chocolate, you will also receive a discount card to be used as you go round. Prices start at around 50 USD.
Seattle Great Wheel
Opened in 2012, this stunning wheel is 175 feet tall and extends 40 feet over the bay, giving you a magical ride. Standard gondolas seat eight, and cost 13 USD for adults. For a more indulgent experience, why not enjoy the VIP gondola (50 USD) with leather seats, stereo sound and a glass floor for even greater viewing?
With so much to offer, Seattle is the perfect choice for your next holiday.
April 15th, 2014
For most students inter-railing is rite of passage. Many of us embark on an European adventure every summer, all with our own destinations mapped out. For sport fiends, inter-railing is your best opportunity to and visit some of the best, and some of the worst, sporting locations in Europe. Below is an example of a prospective inter-rail route.
Upon arriving in Paris to start your inter-railing holiday you may want to check out the Parc des Princes, the home of Betfair’s Ligue 1 favourites PSG, which alongside the Velodrome, in Marseille, is the best football stadia in France. With over 100 years of history, the Parc des Princes is well worth a tour, if you are lucky enough to possess a ticket for a PSG game then you will be taken aback by the vocal support of the Parisians. It is one of the most aesthetically pleasing stadiums in Europe and a ground that should definitely be visited.
Say goodbye to the idyllic Paris and board the Barcelona bound train from the Paris-Gare de Lyon. Arriving in Barcelona you may feel tempted to go and view the works of the great Gaudi especially his magnum opus, the Sagrada Familia, but if you’re a football fan the only cathedral you need to visit is the Nou Camp. The 100,000 capacity stadium is the home to Barcelona, the favourites to win La Liga, and it is synonymous with football, on an equal pedestal to Wembley and the Maracana. A tour of this football cathedral is simply amazing, walking on the hallowed turf and imagining the empty stands full makes your hair stand up.
Barcelona will be good to you, the people are there are some of the best in the world. After snaking through the south of France, stopping at Marseille to dip your toes in the Mediterranean, you should arrive at Milan, North Italy. If you have your girlfriend with you she’ll be delighted, alongside Paris and London, Milan is one of the most important cities for fashion in the world. If you get dragged into a Prada or D&G at least you can get your own back and drag her to the San Siro. This monstrous fabrication of steel holds 80,000 passionate fans come match day and is the home of both Inter and AC Milan, two of the most historic and well-supported clubs in the world. Like the Nou Camp, the San Siro is a symbol, it is one of the biggest landmarks in Milan, and when you’re way up in the third-tier you’ll understand why.
A dart through the mountains of Austria and you arrive at your final destination, Munich. The Bavarian city is very much at the forefront of football right now and they considered by most as the greatest team in the world, they are Betfair’s favourites to win the Champions League, and a trip to their stadium, the Allianz Arena, is on the bucket-list of every fan. They play some of the prettiest football in the world, in a stadium that is incomparable to all those stadiums before it and presumably those after it, it changes colour for heaven’s sake. If you have enough in the tank, and the wallet, you may want to proceed further up Germany into the Rhine, and Dortmund. The city’s side, Borussia Dortmund, play at the Westfalenstadion, the loudest stadium in Europe, which has the largest standing stand in the world, Die Südtribüne, accommodating 25,000 fans, it is really incredible.
Watching European football is not cheap but if you wanted to go over Europe and see some of the best stadiums in domestic football then inter-railing is one of the cheaper options.