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 June 2019 / 7 minutes to read
8 of the Most Unusual Colorful Beaches in the World
Is white sand and azure water enough to call the beach a paradise? Travellizy offers you an incredible journey through the most rainbow and colorful beaches of the world. Nature prepared so many amazing surprises for us!
9 June 2019 / 9 minutes to read
Paradise holiday: what the world's most beautiful beaches look like
Would you like to know which beach members of the British royal family relax on? Or have you been interested for a long time, which beach is the best in Europe, or even in the whole world? It is time to expand the "beach" horizons, so Travellizy shares a list of the most unique and beautiful beaches on the planet with you.
6 December 2018 / 4 minutes to read
7 Places to Escape the Tiresome Winter
Ski resorts do not inspire anymore. True exotic is to emerge into the other hemisphere away from frosts when dreaming about summer days. Let others get warmer, while you can have a beach holiday and ocean enjoyment.
30 August 2018 / 7 minutes to read
5 Terrific Reasons to Visit Tarifa
The fine sand sifts between my toes. Eyes closed this time as I summon up the memory of the last time I was here. The salt air breathes pulling deep in through the nose brings the heart home. The utter dryness of the air is remarkable, even though I’m mere metres away from an ocean. The draw of the heat tightens my sun-protected skin. The sheer brightness of the sun penetrates the eyelids which instantly reminds me of how thankful I am for a good choice of sunglasses. I’m back there now, in my mind!
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