1 April 2020 / 7 minutes to read
The Land of Luxury and Wealth: What to See in the UAE
The United Arab Emirates is known as one of the richest countries in the world, the land of sheikhs and skyscrapers, a fabulous oasis in the Arabian desert. The UAE is rarely perceived as a place for thoughtful tourism, as it is a convenient interchange hub for many people, but nothing more. If the connection is long in Dubai, then you can only look at the piercing needle of the Burj Khalifa and walk through a huge shopping center. But the Emirates are of interest not only for skyscrapers and shopping centers alone. And the main plus of the country's attractions is that they can be seen for a couple of days. Let's go on a trip with Travellizy. Most of the interesting places in the UAE are located in Dubai, but there are interesting locations in Abu Dhabi, the capital. Any emirate has the cleanest beaches with turquoise water, where you can swim as much as you want. A Living Past: Al Fahidi (or Al Bastakiya) If you visit the region of Bastakiya, it’s hard to believe that you are in the same skyscraper-luxury UAE. You can see here low houses with clay-coated walls, narrow streets, traditional wind towers, which are ingenious air conditioners of the pre-industrial era. The illusion of a medieval quarter is disrupted only by the signs of network coffee houses, the ideal cleanliness of the pavement and walking tourists. The area is insanely colorful and allows you to look at the Emirates from an unusual angle. A lot of cozy cafes are hidden in its side streets, and on one of the squares, you can see the reconstruction of the Bedouin camp with live camels. In addition, the Old Market is located in the Bestakiya region, which is very different from the ultra-modern malls in Dubai, and there is a spice market where you can become filled with the smell of cinnamon, saffron, cardamom, zira, sumac and other spices. Al-Fahidi Fort used to be a defensive building, and now there is a museum where you can learn a lot of interesting things about the history of the Dubai Emirate. Entrance to the museum costs € 0.7. You can get to the most unusual area of Dubai by metro, you need to get off at Al Fahidi station. Quiet Harbor: Dubai Creek The word "creek" in translation from English means “a stream”, although in fact, Dubai Creek is a man-made channel. And on this channel, it is very nice to ride on a small voyage boat. The fare on it costs only 0.2 euros, and there are also sightseeing boats for lovers of something more luxurious. True, they cost more. It is very pleasant to walk along the Dubai Creek promenade, breathing in the moist air and watching the bustle on the quays. Budget Dubai: maximum experience at the lowest cost Shopaholics Paradise: Dubai Mall You can walk all day long around the Dubai Mall, admiring the sheer scope of this temple of consumerism. Representative offices of famous brands, boutiques, cafes, restaurants, bookstores, fountains ... it is very difficult to resist the desire to spend everything you have in the wallet or purse. But the Dubai Mall is known not only for the trade. In the center of the Mall, there is the largest aquarium in the world. You can look at its inhabitants for free from the galleries of the shopping center, or you can pay 12 euros and go inside - take a walk through the tunnel with transparent walls. Both children and adults will surely be delighted with stingrays and sharks swimming over their heads, and the most curious one can visit the scientific center at the aquarium. Entrance to it is included in the ticket price. Near the Dubai Mall, there is a singing fountain that delights with a light and music show every 20 minutes from 18:00 to 22:00 on weekdays or 23:00 on weekends. You can watch it for free. Above the Clouds: Burj Khalifa The Burj Khalifa skyscraper is the UAE's visiting card and so far the tallest building in the world. In total, it is 828 meters, but the maximum where tourists are allowed is 124 floor, which is at an altitude of 472 meters. But here, not from the highest point of this impressive creation of human hands, you can enjoy a dizzying view. Make sure to check the weather forecast before ordering a ticket, as clouds or haze can ruin everything. If you buy a ticket to the Burj Khalifa on the ground floor of the tower, then it will cost you € 97, but you can book it in advance on the Internet three times cheaper - just € 30. Snow in the Desert: Ski Dubai Are you tired of dry air and burning sun? How about skiing or snowboarding? You can do this in the Mall of Emirates, namely in the Ski Dubai complex. Having paid 73 euros, you will get the opportunity to ride all day long, for 44 euros - 2 hours. Equipment rental is included in the ticket price. Дубай с высоты: luxury - развлечения для ценителей ярких эмоций All Countries in One: Global Village On the territory of Global Village, you can get acquainted with the cultures of 90 countries. You can walk around the huge (the largest in the world) entertainment complex all day long, and it won't be enough to see all its wonders. The colorful pavilions of African and Asian countries, shows of singing fountains, canals with brisk abra boats, cafes with dishes of all cuisines of the world - at Global Village, it is no wonder to lose your head from the abundance of colors, sounds, smells and impressions. Yes, by the way, this is also a giant fair, so an entrepreneurial trader with Indian fabrics, Arab oils, Asian fruits and other goods from all over the world will be waiting for you on every corner. And you should adhere to two rules - to bargain until the very last and try everything edible. Neither the first nor the second option is condemned at this celebration of life. Entrance to the territory of Global Village costs only € 3.6. The Biggest Palm Tree Ever Palm Island, the famous artificial island, can be seen in all its glory only from the monorail carriage, as its unique shape will go unnoticed from the ground. But numerous entertainment complexes and turquoise waters of the bay washing the island can’t be unnoticed. On a clear day, it's nice to just take a walk, but make sure to cover your head from the sun or take an umbrella. We’re done with Dubai, so let's go to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE. Two Palaces for the Sheikh A long time ago, a palace for the sheikh was built in the center of Abu Dhabi. But for some reason, the ruler of the emirate did not like it, and the sheikh ordered to turn it into a hotel. Anyone can walk along the corridors and halls of the Emirates Palace Hotel, and the richness of the interiors will cause a sigh of admiration, even if you are absolutely indifferent to luxury. And make sure to go to the toilet, it is very peculiar here. Across the street from the palace-hotel, you can see Etihad Towers with an observation deck on the 75th floor of one of them. Climbing it costs € 18, for 12 of which you can buy a drink and dessert at a local buffet. Qasr Al-Watan, Sheikh's new palace, was opened for tourists in 2019. You can see inside ancient books and golden (literally) words of His Excellency, a collection of gifts from foreign diplomats and medieval artifacts. Snow White Splendor: Flower Mosque Sheikh Zayed Mosque is called Flower Mosque, and its appearance is amazing. Snow-white domes, thin needles of minarets, walls decorated with gold and a central courtyard painted with floral ornaments (the mosque was called the Flower because of this) - all this will be an excellent background for insta photos or just a good place for a walk. Unfortunately, there are less and less places tourists can visit in the mosque. Now you can walk only along the corridor fenced with ribbons, and the places where it is allowed to stop for a photo are marked with special signs. But the general attractiveness of the Flower Mosque for tourists does not decrease from this. Entrance to it is free, and a large-scale shopping center is located under the mosque. Ode to Speed: Ferrari World Even the Ferrari World building itself is worth a trip to this park. And inside the bright red (Ferrari's signature color) architectural miracle, dizzying in the literal sense of the word attractions await you. Here you can feel like a driver of a Formula 1 car, accelerate to 240 kilometers per hour on the world's fastest roller coaster, fly up the world's highest loop or try out a super-realistic racing simulator. An adult ticket to Ferrari World costs € 72, a child ticket is € 56, and you can buy a VIP ticket for € 487 and attend all the rides without waiting in line. The current Formula 1 track is located next to the Ferrari Park, where you can get driving lessons for a racing car. You don't like speed, but still want to ride on the famous track? Then you will be given a bicycle. There are few natural attractions in the UAE. In fact, there is only one attraction, the great desert surrounding the islands of civilization. You can on a tour or rent a car to the desert in order to walk along the dunes and take pictures of camels. The United Arab Emirates cannot boast of ancient temples or a thousand-year history, but they clearly demonstrate, what human knowledge, multiplied by unlimited financial resources, can create even in the most barren corner of the planet.
25 March 2020 / 6 minutes to read
Oman: an oriental tale with European comfort
What do you know about Oman? An economist will associate it with cheap oil, a historian will think of with a medieval pirate state, and what about a tourist? The era of tourism is just beginning in the history of Oman, not all corners of the country are photographed and posted on Instagram, there are not many Europeans on the streets in its cities. On the other hand, Oman has a well-developed infrastructure, a high level of security and a lot of very interesting places and activities. The fort city of Muscat Muscat is the capital of Oman, a fortified city, which was a former separate sultanate not so long ago. Over the past couple of decades, it has grown in breadth, and there are no skyscrapers in Muscat because of the personal instructions of Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who did not want to spoil the historical appearance of the city with glass concrete skyscrapers. Thanks to this, you can see traditional stone houses in any district. Muscat is insanely colorful. Oriental men in traditional gelabias play backgammon on the squares in the evenings, women in burqas or jeans walk with their children, and all this can be enjoyed against the background of the bright blue water of the Gulf of Oman on the one hand and rocky low mountains on the other. You can feel its color better in the Muttrah region. It has the central market called souq, the gold market, the fish market, and its promenade is great for long walks. Are you tired of walking? Go wash off your fatigue to the nearest beach, they are very clean and beautiful here. From Muttrah, you can walk to Riyam Park, which is the favorite resting place of the capital's inhabitants, and photograph along the way a couple of forts on the rocks and a giant incense bowl, the Giant Incense Burner, the symbol of Muscat. And if you go along the promenade even further, then you can get to the area of Al Alam Palace through the old Muscat Gate. In addition to the palace itself, there are many museums in the area, the most interesting of which is the Bait Al Zubair Museum of Omani Culture. It is equipped in a traditional house with interior items preserved from the middle of the last century. The majestic Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque looks equally impressive in the rays of daylight and in the evening illumination, and inside, you can see a handmade carpet, that weighs 21 tons and a huge chandelier strewn with Swarovski crystals. If the decoration of the prayer rooms and a muezzin's voice under the arches of the mosque did not impress you, then go to the Royal Opera. The acoustics are simply stunning there, and the interior is magnificent and rich in the Sultan's style. From Muscat, you can go for half a day to the oasis of Wadi Shaab. An hour and a half drive, and you will find yourself in a picturesque gorge with a crystal-clear lake, where you can swim. And in the cave near the waterfall, you can take a lot of impressive insta photos or imagine yourself a medieval pirate in search of treasure. The Land of Luxury and Wealth: What to See in the UAE The revived oriental tale of Nizwa If you drive a hundred kilometers southwest of Muscat, you can get into the scenery of One Thousand and One Nights. The town of Nizwa used to be the capital of Oman, and it is a real historical open-air museum now. Every Friday in the Nizwa market, as well as hundreds of years before, men in snow-white gowns bargain for livestock, an impressive collection of antiquities is exhibited in the historical museum, and each street is a ready-made background for the filming of a new episode about Aladdin and the King of Thieves or Sinbad the Sailor. And, of course, there are a lot of fortresses. What would Oman be without them? You can walk around the central fortress of Nizwa for a couple of hours, its walls offer a great view of the mountains surrounding the city. Another fortification worth visiting is Bahla Fort. Sur: the capital of shipbuilders Sur used to be the center of shipbuilding in ancient times. It is here, where the famous dhows were built. These were ships, on which Omani sailors conquered most of the east coast of Africa. Nowadays, ships are still being built in Sur, however, it is for other purposes, and you can watch this process at one of the shipyards. And if you are interested in fortresses, you can take a walk to Jalan Bani Bu Ali Fort, the oldest fort in the country. There are a lot of interesting things in the surroundings of Sur. Firstly, the best beaches in Oman are here. Secondly, near the city, there is a reserve Ras Al Hadd, which was chosen by giant turtles. If you predict the season, you can see for yourself, how small baby turtles crawl out of the sand and set off on their first trip. Salalah: South of Oman If you can get to Sur from Muscat within 3-4 hours, then the way to Salalah will take much longer, because this city is located in the very south of the country, near the border with Yemen. Why go so far? For the unique artifacts of antiquity. This green oasis in the middle of endless sands is homeland of Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the most famous ruler of Oman, during whose reign the country flourished. Anyway, tourists come here not only for nature, but also for the ruins of ancient settlements. The remains of the Queen of Sheba's Palace in the Sumharam district, the grave of the prophet Jacob, the village of Taka with watchtowers, whose age is hundreds and hundreds of years. And the incense extraction area around Salalah is included in the UNESCO list. Budget Dubai: maximum experience at the lowest cost Omani cuisine A separate point of the tourism program in Oman is food. Lamb is at the heart of the cuisine, it can be fried, boiled, and served with vegetables. The most famous dish is shuwaa, a whole carcass of a young lamb fried on charcoals, and mishkaki is a spit lamb. Fish dishes are also popular, sun-dried laham or charcoal-fried mashuai. Omani coffee is not just a drink, it is a whole ritual. It is served in a minted high coffee pot with traditional oriental sweets such as halva and baklava. Country features Oman is one of the most liberal and safe countries on the Arabian Peninsula. During the reign of Sultan Qaboos, it gradually turned from a state with harsh customs and high religiosity into a very pleasant place for a European. Although Oman is a Muslim country, women do not have to wear a burqa or cover their heads. In Muscat, you can see not only Europeans in shorts and skirts, but also locals in familiar Western-style clothes, although there are also enough traditionally dressed. Women are not recommended to bare their shoulders and knees, wear clothes with a deep neckline and sunbathe topless on beaches. The country has a very negative attitude to alcohol. Of course, you can find a wine list in the restaurant, but drinking alcohol in public places or walking drunk on the street is punishable by law. In Oman, such type of accommodation as apartment hotels is very common. For 30-40 euros per night, you can rent a full apartment with one or two bedrooms, a living room and a kitchen. Products in local supermarkets, for example, in the Spar chain, are very cheap, and the choice is no worse than the European one. Many tourists prefer to explore Oman with a rented car, this is the most convenient way to enjoy the stunning nature of the country, find the most picturesque beaches or admire the desert and mountains all alone. In order to rent a car, you must be at least 21 years old and have a year of driving experience as well as an international driving license. Can't you drive? It's okay, there is a bus service between the major cities of Oman, the buses are very comfortable, with air conditioning and free Wi-Fi (which, however, can sometimes be connected only with a local SIM card). Oman is an enchanting oriental tale that can win your heart at a glance. Ancient history and picturesque nature, a high level of safety and comfort, delicious food - all this makes Oman very attractive for tourists.
19 March 2020 / 5 minutes to read
When Cherry Blossoms in Japan: Interesting Facts and the Best Places to Enjoy the View
In Japan, there is a national tradition, which involves admiring cherry blossoms - hanami ("flower watching"). The history of hanami began at the imperial court, when the nobles spent all day long under the flowering trees, chatting and writing poetry.
24 February 2020 / 7 minutes to read
Miracle Island: the best places on the coast of Sri Lanka
The question of precisely which beach on the island of Sri Lanka is the best may confuse you. Generally speaking, the entire coast of this beautiful tropical country is one huge sandy beach. The only difference is at what point the wave is smaller at a certain time of the year, where it is better to go into the water, more developed infrastructure and other nuances. And in order to immediately get to the part of the coast that is perfectly suited specifically for your needs, you should learn to distinguish Mirissa from Unawatuna and understand where it is better for beginners to surf and where to professionals. Travellizy Team had to figure out on the spot. Seasons, vehicles and other details The season in Lanka means that at this time the waves are smaller than usual, there is almost no rain and strong winds. But if you suddenly find yourself on an island out of season, you should not worry: rare short-term showers do not spoil your vacation but bring pleasant freshness, and in small lagoons, you can swim in fairly calm water. The season for southern Sri Lanka lasts from mid-October to April. For the northeast - from April to October. It is most convenient to get to any point of the island from the city of Colombo, its capital, and it is convenient to stop for a night or two before or after the flight in its suburb called Negombo. Comfortable air-conditioned buses run to popular tourist destinations, but for local movements, you will have to use public transport - frisky, loud and wildly reckless red buses. There are still trains, but this is more of an attraction and new experience than a way to quickly get from point A to point B. If you need a comfortable first-class car, then you need to buy tickets a couple of weeks before the trip, or even earlier. The beaches of Lanka are more about surfing than about calm swimming, the waves, although not always big, are here almost everywhere and always. Before entering the water on beaches with stones, carefully look under your feet, as sea urchins like to nest in such stones. They are not poisonous, but stepping on needles is unpleasant. By the way, special slippers can save you from this. Wi-Fi on the island leaves much to be desired so far, but mobile internet works great. You can buy a SIM card in small shops. There is an online taxi Uber, but it works mainly in Colombo and Negombo, and you will have to bargain with taxi drivers or tuk-tuk drivers in other places. Or rent a moped, which is convenient to move between the southern villages. But keep in mind that the traffic in Sri Lanka is not for the faint of heart, and if you hear the characteristic hoot of a bus, pull over to the side of the road, these red spoilers slightly slow down only at stops. Southern part: surfing, whales and smoothie bowls The southern coast of Sri Lanka is more developed in terms of infrastructure than the northern and eastern ones, there are more settlements and it is easier and faster to get here from Colombo. In addition, the south of Lanka is a real paradise for all surfers, there are beaches for beginners and professionals, one-time courses and surf camps where you can live for several weeks and refine the art of riding on the waves. The largest city on the south coast is Matara. It is from here that buses and tuk-tuk carry tourists to small towns. There is also a couple of interesting temples, many shops and markets, people come here to update their wardrobe or buy souvenirs. The second-largest town by local standards in the south is Galle. It's a piece of Europe on a tropical island. It is very pleasant to walk along the cobbled streets of the former Dutch fort, and the best shopping on the island is also here. There are many shops in the fort, as well as cafes with restaurants, but there is no usual hustle and bustle of Asian city life. Prices in Galle are higher than in small shops and street cafes, but the service is better, and the menu is more refined. One of the most popular tourist villages in the south of Sri Lanka is Mirissa. These are three streets, a dozen cafes, a long beach with a lonely cliff in the sea and a palm triangle (a cape with very spectacular views). But the main feature of Mirissa is whale watching. Rent a boat and go sailing with the hope of seeing at least the tail. Keep in mind that most often you will see only the tail, and you will feel strong rocking on the waves a couple of hours before and after that. After such a trip, it’s nice to have some smoothie bowls, which are prepared here especially well. A paradise for beginners is Weligama, there is a wide sandy beach, small waves, and you can easily find a local instructor and rental equipment on the shore. Professionals can be recommended to go to Hikkaduwa, as the waves are higher here. Another good professional surf spot is located in Midigame. Fans of snorkeling and diving will like Unawatuna, where a coral reef stretches along the coast, so there is definitely no shortage of marine life. Don't you like surfing, but adore turtles? Farms and so-called shelters, where crippled animals are cared for, are located in many places on the island, but the most famous and largest are in Koggal. And for a small fee, you can even let a small turtle that has recently hatched from an egg go into the surf. True, such an event does not take place every day, but every couple of months, so check the dates on the website in advance. For party-goers, it can be recommended to visit the already mentioned Mirissa and Weligama, as well as the village of Madiha, in which there are a couple of very fashionable establishments with live music. And in the evenings, almost in front of every beach cafe, there are counters with fresh fish and seafood caught literally a couple of hours ago. You choose yourself, what exactly will be fragrant on your plate in an hour. The northern part: quiet, crowded, beautiful Far fewer tourists get to the north than to the south, and the infrastructure here includes a few villages and towns. People come here for deserted beaches, wildlife and great diving. There are fewer surf schools than in the south, but you can imagine yourself on a real uninhabited island. Getting here from the capital will take you all day. Kitesurfing fans have chosen Kalpitiya, a village of three-hour drive from Colombo, where a good wind always blows. In addition, the Wilpattu National Park is located nearby, where elephants, leopards and bears live. Kalpitiya is located in the northwest of Sri Lanka, but all the other popular resorts are in the northeast. The largest and most famous northeastern town is Trincomalee. There is a full range of entertainment for the vacationer: surfing, diving, snorkelling. You can warm up after the cool ocean water in hot springs, which are seven in the vicinity of the town. A little north of Trincomalee, there are smaller tourist villages - Nilaweli and Upuveli. A six-kilometre snow-white beach is located near the villages of Kalkuda and Pasekuda. So far, there are very few people here, the coast is clean, and the waves are small, since coral reefs protect this part of the coast from them. And the last noteworthy point in the northeast is Arugam Bay. It's a good place for advanced surfers and those who want to watch wild animals in the Lahugal National Park. And a little info about the center Sri Lanka is not only beaches, surfing and diving. In the center of the former Ceylon, there is also something to do. There are huge tea plantations among the picturesque mountains, where the very world-famous Ceylon tea is grown. Even in the central part of Lanka, there are magnificent mountain national parks, trains pass through ancient stone viaducts, significant Buddhist temples rise ... These places are clearly worth spending at least 3-4 days. The most popular and famous places of central Sri Lanka are the towns of Ella, Nuwara Eliya, Kandy and Dambulla. Sigiriya rock, the island's most hyped and most expensive natural attraction, rises not far from Dambulla. When going to the center of Ceylon, make sure to warm yourself. There is no tropical heat of the coast, and at night, it is really cold in the mountains. It's a great place to take a break from the scorching sun and salt spray, as well as get a lot of radically new experience. Sri Lanka is beaches and surf spots for every taste, untouched nature and peacocks running right around the courtyard, architectural monuments and ancient history. Here you can have a great time just lying on the beach and enjoying the sun, water and fresh fruit for the whole week, or you can go on an exciting journey through the mountains. In general, in Lanka, everyone will find something to their liking.
15 January 2020 / 6 minutes to read
From Pattaya to Phuket: Thailand's Top Beach Resorts
It's a long story talking about the beautiful north of Thailand and describing all the charms of Bangkok, but you can not deny that the country is associated primarily with beaches and the sea. There are really a lot of sea resorts in Tai, and there are both quiet pensioner's places and noisy party beaches among them. Not sure which one to choose? Travellizy will tell you everything right now. Pattaya: bars and clubs The resort city of Pattaya is, in fact, a suburb of Bangkok, because you can get here from the capital of Thailand in a couple of hours. This place is well known among those, who fly to the country for the unique shows, because it is in Pattaya, that you can see the famous Thai transvestites in large numbers. However, this resort attracts tourists not only with attractive ladyboys. Among some special attractions in Pattaya, one can note the Nong Nooch Tropical Garden with the largest collection of orchids in Thailand, the mansion-palace Baan Sukhavati or "Palace Chicken King", which belongs to a local oligarch, and the Sanctuary of Truth. Entrance to the latter costs 15 euros, and for this money, you can admire the fine wood carvings and make a bunch of spectacular photos on Instagram. The sea in Pattaya is rather shallow, with gentle slopes, the beaches are clean, although they are very crowded in the season. There is a wide choice of inexpensive modern long term housing, good apartments with a kitchen in a brand new condo can be rented for about 400 euros per month. The main disadvantage of this resort is its liveliness. This is clearly not a place for those who want to relax in peace and quiet, the party life in Pattaya begins at sunset and ends with dawn or even later. But for avid party-goers and nightclub lovers, this is a perfect place. Hua Hin: less noise, more sea Have you ever heard anything about the Thai resort of Hua Hin? That's highly unlikely, because it is not so much heard as Krabi or Phuket. But this is one of the oldest sea resorts in the country, which is always popular among local residents. There are not many clubs and discos until dawn, but there are many good budget housing, cafes and restaurants and, of course, the endless blue sea. If a party-goer in Hua Hin can get bored, then a lover of natural attractions and temples will definitely be delighted. These are attraction worth everyone's attention: an unusual boat-shaped temple called Wat Ta Nod Luang, a cave temple Wat Cha-Am, Ngardmau Waterfalls in Palau, Kaeng Krachan Lake. And, of course, snorkeling, diving and fishing are excellent here. Those who fly to Thailand for a relaxing beach holiday will like definitely Hua Hin. You will not be attacked by ladyboys from all sides here, the nearest disco will not interfere with sleep, and even taxi drivers and agents offering tours are somehow unusually calm and quiet. Samui: an island for senior citizens Koh Samui is considered to be the island for old people because of its calm atmosphere, but there is something to do for lovers of active entertainment too. You just need to know the area, they are very different on the island. Lamai is for those who like a relaxing beach holiday, and Chaweng is for party-goers of all kinds. There are enough interesting places and attractions on the island. You can climb to the Big Buddha standing on the mountain (if you go there by bike, keep in mind that the road is very bad in places), or you can go to Paradise Park, a contact zoo where colourful parrots and shy deer are fed from the hands. For 6 euros, you can rent a moped and go in search of the most beautiful and secluded beach or go to the Temple on the water and feed the carps there. Every day, at different points in Samui, a traditional night market is organized, where souvenirs and street food are sold. Benefits of Koh Samui are a relaxed atmosphere, many beaches with a gentle entrance to the water and developed infrastructure. There are large supermarkets, cinemas, in general, everything you need for a comfortable stay. As for minuses, club life is not as active as in Pattaya or in Phuket, remoteness from mainland Thailand. Phangan: chill-out and parties On Koh Phangan, you can rent a bungalow in the jungle and fall asleep every night listening to the sound of the surf and the rustle of palm leaves. Also, you can stay in a cool resort with a luxurious pool and breakfast included. Koh Phangan is a neighbouring island of Samui, but wilder, so those who need a minimum of civilization and a maximum of nature move here. But do not worry, round-the-clock minimarkets, cafes and travel agencies can be found here as well. The main attraction of Phangan is its almost untouched nature. It is best to explore it, dissecting the island on a moped and discovering amazing waterfalls, picturesque hills with views and beaches where there is no one but you. You can get to the wildest places of Phangan by boat, hiring a local resident with a boat for several hours or for the whole day. Once a month, an event takes place at Koh Phangan, which attracts tourists from all over the world. This is the Full Moon Party. On the beach, which is a few hundred meters long, the music of different styles does not stop until dawn, people have fun and drink cocktails and smoothies. If you just imagine a huge drunken disco, you should visit the Full Moon Party at least once to understand that you were mistaken. There are two minuses of Koh Phangan - remoteness and not very developed infrastructure. But for those who want to dance on the beach or spend days chilling under a palm tree, this is not a hindrance. However, there is also Internet on the island, so freelancers who want to winter here will also be pleased. Phuket: chic and gloss The most popular resort in Thailand welcomes all visitors with a huge selection of entertainment and unfavourable prices. Phuket is considered to be the most expensive resort in the country, so you should not fly here for a budget vacation. The highest prices for accommodation and food, traditionally, on the coast, in the island's capital city of Phuket, and you can live for less money in the outback, but then you will meet substantial expenses for a taxi or moped rental. There are a lot of various shows in Phuket. Some of them will delight the whole family, for example, the famous FantaSea, and it’s better not to attend it with children. Bars, clubs, discos are found on the island more often than monkeys in the jungle. Temple lovers should go up to the Big Buddha or visit Wat Chalong Temple. Postcard views can be observed from numerous viewing platforms, for example, from Rank Hill, Karon or Khao Khad. If the island of Phuket has become cramped for you, and clubs and dances mess with your eyes, then you can easily escape from the hustle and bustle to the small islands scattered across the Andaman Sea. The minus in Phuket is the same as in Pattaya - it is a very popular and, accordingly, very crowded resort, where it is very difficult to find deserted beaches. But it is easy to do in the neighbouring province of Krabi. Krabi: beaches for every taste Krabi's beaches have become famous for their unique cliffs, vertically sticking out from the turquoise water. In these places, The Beach with Leonardo DiCaprio was filmed as well as one of the parts of the Bondiana. Nowadays, you can take a tour from any hotel to James Bond's Island, as well as to a dozen other no less picturesque islands. The most popular of them are the famous islands of Phi Phi. Krabi is a large province, and it is very important to choose the right place of residence during a vacation. The most lively area with a huge number of hotels, cafes and travel agencies is Ao Nang, but in the high season, it is difficult to find a free spot on the beach there. A reasonable compromise between the developed infrastructure and the sparsely populated beach is Nopparat, and the wildest areas are Khlong Muang and the island of Lanta. The farther from the central beach you go, the lower the price of food and accommodation is. Krabi's beaches are a perfect place to relax with children. The sea here is shallow, and the sand is very clean. And the most beautiful sunsets in all of Thailand are also here. In addition to the above locations, there are a number of small islands for a beach holiday in Thailand. This is Koh Chang, Koh Tao, Koh Lipe... Getting to them is not so easy as to the most popular sea resorts in the country, but the reward will be bounty views and the lack of crowds of tourists. And yes, you understood correctly, "Koh" (Ko) is the Thai word for "island".
20 September 2018 / 6 minutes to read
Five ways to become a New You while Travelling
Have you been feeling like that proverbial hamster that goes round and round on the hamster wheel, but in reality, reaches nowhere. If yes, it poetically means that your spirit has been shrivelling up and you have been turning a deaf ear to its desperate pleas:
5 September 2018 / 4 minutes to read
10 rarest places in the World.
10 rarest places in the World. Earth is filled with immense beauty, waiting to be admired and appreciated. Though once in a while, a man stumbles upon beauties so rare that one cannot help but admire the picturesque view. Here is a list of 10 of the rarest, but beautiful places in the world.
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