Travel tips for first-time visitors to Pattaya – The party capital of South Asia

Once a notorious party spot, Pattaya has evolved into a destination that offers everything. The nightlife is still very much vibrant, and the town also boasts of a diverse range of tourist attractions that appeals to every calibre of traveller. First-time visitors are in for a dizzying load of fun, but they need to heed a few tips.

Book your accommodation in advance

Don’t wait until the last minute to book your accommodation. Pattaya is a year-round destination. As a result, Pattaya resorts are almost always packed with tourists, so it’s best to make your reservation at a hotel of your choosing as soon as you can. Don’t worry about options though; the list of choices is extensive with the likes of Avani Pattaya Resort.

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Best time to visit

November to May is the best time to visit, which is the high season resulting in high-accommodation rates. The off-season is just as good, save for the occasional downpour, and the accommodation rates are at their lowest during this time.

Getting around

Hire a motorbike taxi to get to your destination as fast as possible, but make sure you wear a helmet and lather your skin with plenty of sun lotion. The alternative option is to get around by bus.

Safety

Pattaya is relatively safe, but you should be wary of pickpockets. Also, travellers are advised not to accept food and drinks from strangers.

Amazing Waterfalls around the Kalutara District – Discover Them Now!

The Kalutara district, which is just shy of Colombo is a sunny district with many hidden waterfalls, waiting to be explored and uncovered! Read on to find out more about the waterfalls which await you in this district.

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Hotels in Kalutara

The beauty of Kalutara is that while you might be based in a Kalutara beach resort such as the Avani Kalutara Resort, you’re never too far from some waterfalls. Especially if you’re visiting during the rainy season, you can expect to explore some gorgeous cascades replete with gushing water.

Makeli Ela Falls

This 10-meter-high waterfall is by far one of the more popular waterfalls in Kalutara. The backdrop of which are some rugged granite boulders. The contrast of the silvery cascade against this rustic backdrop makes this stunning location to photograph as well.

Ahas Boku Ella

This waterfall is at the end of a demanding albeit rewarding trek through the thicket. It’s a 30-meter fall which is named after the illusion of the water gushing in and through the sky, making it a must-see on the waterfall circuit of Kalutara.

Maha and Bala Ella

These falls are referred to as the sibling of waterfalls, due to their difference in size and their proximity to each other. Hike up the riverbank amidst the untamed yet pristine forest cover to reach these two falls. Bathing in the rock pools is safe as well but it’s always best to stay close to the banks.

Ao Nang Solo Travel Guide – Have an awesome time!

If you are still wondering as to what Krabi area would be the best for your next vacation, Ao Nang is surely the perfect option for you. It’s a destination that has every pleasure!

Travelling in Ao Nang

Since Ao Nang is safe, there’s nothing for you to worry about as a solo traveller. Get to Ao Nang by plane, bus, or ferry and once you are there, get used to tuk-tuks or scooters.

Best time for your solo tour

Head to Ao Nang when it’s sunny and warm. So, plan your visit between December and March. This is also the peak season; you can’t avoid the crowd, therefore.

Staying in Ao Nang

Choose to stay at any of the Ao Nang beach hotels on your holiday. There are many good options such as Avani Ao Nang Cliff Krabi Resort for you to consider.

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Explore the beach

If you love romantic sunsets, you’ll love the Ao Nang beach more! Although it’s not as impressive as the other beaches in the area, it’s an easy option for sure.

Go island hopping

The best way to go island hopping when you are here is by trying out a 4-island tour. You can cover the islands- Koh Gai, Koh Tup, Koh Mor, and Koh Poda.

Must-Know Cool Facts About Broome Australia – Interesting things to know

If it’s a super laid-back vibe you are looking for this holiday, Broome is the place to visit on your travels. Here are some cool facts to know about this cool destination before you visit.

No letterboxes

The house in Broome does not have any letterboxes. In fact, residents pick up their mail at the post office. Quite strange, but this is only in Broome!

Pearl meat

Did you ever imagine that pearl meat could be a delicious delicacy? Well, Broome has made it happen and you cannot leave without a taste!

Outdoor movies

Outdoor movies are all the vogue here in Broome and Sun Pictures is the oldest place for this where you can enjoy a movie on deck chairs in the outdoors.

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Broome time

This is a term the locals use to describe the slow place of the city here. So, settle into your accommodation in Broome at a hotel the likes of Oaks Broome Hotel and slip into Broome Time.

Why Muay Thai Training Should Be at the Top of Your Travel Bucket List – Why Every Traveller Should Train in Muay Thai Fighting During a Getaway in Thailand

Learning how to fight like a Muay Thai boxer is the type of skill one can pick up during a Thai getaway. As a traditional sport, it is also one of the most unique skills one can perfect on holiday.

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Perfect for Martial Arts Fans

Active travellers and those with a passion for martial arts and other fighting techniques will find no better use for their time in Thailand than learning the basics of Muay Thai. Those who holiday in Bangkok often catch Muay Thai matches daily at venues across the city and become intrigued about this unique fighting method invented by locals.

It Keeps You Fit

While it may not be the main reason why most tourists choose to sign up for Muay Thai classes during a holiday in Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas or any one of the other Phuket resorts, the fighting technique is ideal for fitness fanatics. Using both your upper and lower body strength, Muay Thai boxing is a great way to work up a sweat and burn those extra calories.

It’s a Lethal Weapon

Female travellers and others who are in search of self-defence lessons will also find Muay Thai fits their requirements as learning how to fend off an attacker using Muay Thai techniques is one of the happy by-products of picking up the sport.

It’s Fun

In addition to being good for one’s health and self-defence, Muay Thai is also highly enjoyable, especially when compared to yoga or aerobics classes.

What are the best places to visit in Sri Lanka by a solo traveller? – Get immersed in a treasure trove!

Pick from exploring nature and wildlife, culture, amazing beaches, historical places, ancient architecture and many more!

Ayubowan

The traditional greeting in Sri Lanka meaning, may you live long, said with both palms clasped in respect welcoming you at hotels in Tangalle and other parts of the island.

Be pampered

Be it the east, west or the southern coast you note the moods and hues of the waves being different, however, the feel of the sun and sand and the warmth of the people would envelop you as you bask in the comfort of your luxurious room at a hotel such as Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle.

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Tooth Temple

Visit this sacred temple within the palace complex during the Kandyan Kingdom, the sacred resting place of Lord Buddha’s Tooth Relic now and revered by Buddhists. An ideal site for solo travellers to admire the architecture, murals and intricate carvings. Modesty in dress and demeanour is appreciated.

Natures beauty

From the mighty elephants to others of varying sizes, different species of birds, a splendour of flora entice visitors both solo and non-solo. National parks Yala, Bundala, Minneriya, Udawalawa, Kaudulla are some of the notable ones.

Rock Fortress

Be adventurous and climb well-worn steps at Sigiriya to get a panoramic view from the peak of the rock, which was home to the palace built in the 5th century.

Ao Nang Beach Travel Guide with Kids – Fun-filled sun and sand adventures!

Characterised by its stunning limestone karst cliffs, Ao Nang in Krabi, Thailand, is a must-visit destination. Its inviting sandy stretches and clear waters, shadowed by the limestone peaks, make it a perfect getaway for families with kids.

How to get there

Ao Nang does not have an airport or a train station. You either fly into Krabi and travel 30 minutes to Ao Nang via private hire or airport bus or ride the ferry from Phuket to Ao Nang’s ferry terminal.

Accommodation

Be sure to find family-friendly accommodation options near Ao Nang Beach. Hotels, resorts and villas, including Avani Ao Nang Cliff Krabi Resort, offering family suites, in-room pools, a kid’s club and swimming pools, are ideal for families travelling with children.

Railay Beach

Consider exploring other beaches in the vicinity with your kids, including the famous Railay Beach. Accessed by a long tail boat, the beach is quiet and picturesque, perfect for kayaking and boasts crystal-clear waters.

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Noppharat Thara Beach

Situated north of Ao Nang Beach is the less-frequented yet beautiful Noppharat Thara Beach. This beach serves as a perfect day out, featuring tranquillity, shallow waters that extend to some of the limestone cliffs, and golden sands dotted with crabs and seashells.

Khao Khanap Nam Cave

Consider visiting the Khao Khanap Nam Cave in Krabi. Gaze in awe at the myriad of rock formations, skeletal remains, and displays of primitive human life.

Interesting Facts You Might Not Know About Adelaide, South Australia – Know Before You Go!

Adelaide is quite famous for its rich heritage, multi-ethnic community, and endless opportunities for entertainment. Keep reading to discover some unheard facts about this city.

It’s called the 20 Minute City

Adelaide is a small city. But did you know it takes only or less than 20 minutes to go from point A to point B in the city? Try getting to the South Australia museum from accommodation Adelaide CBD has to offer such as Oaks Adelaide Horizons Suites – it only takes a five-minute drive!

City of Churches

Adelaide is known by many names, one of which is the “City of Churches”. You just have to look around the city to understand this nickname – and you’ll see a church just about on every corner of the city!

Adelaide Has the Third Most Expensive Building

It has cost a whopping AUD 2.7 billion to construct the Royal Adelaide Hospital. And this makes it the third most expensive building in the whole world!

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Adelaide Is a City of Firsts

Throughout history, Adelaide has been a city of forward-thinking. It was the first-ever city to grant women access to vote, criminalise racial and sexual discrimination, and also recognise indigenous land rights.

Thrilling Activities in Sydney

If you love adrenaline-pumping activities, then Sydney has got you covered! These are some of the most exciting things you can do here.

Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge
Don’t miss the unforgettable chance to scale the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, within easy each of properties like Oaks Sydney North Ryde Suites. Known as BridgeClimb, this adventure features an ascent to the summit over 130 metres above the ground to enjoy 360-degree panoramas on top of the largest steel arch on the planet!

Take on a High Ropes Course
More thrills await at the Wild Ropes attraction at Taronga Zoo Sydney. For those staying at North Ryde hotels, Circular Quay can be easily reached for a ferry to the zoo; here, you can try a high ropes course with flying foxes, climbing walls, suspension bridges and more, above an area that’s home to kangaroos and koalas!

Come Face to Face with Sharks
For extreme thrill seekers, diving with sharks is hard to beat which is exactly what awaits at Shark Dive Xtreme! On offer at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, you get the unique chance to dive and come face to face with Grey Nurse Sharks as well as Wobbegong and Port Jackson sharks, not forgetting huge stingrays too.

Ride a Rollercoaster Zip Line
At Treetops Adventure Park in Western Sydney, you get the opportunity to experience the fastest rollercoaster zip line in the world! Dubbed the Crazy Rider, this exhilarating zip line spans 500 metres, reaches speeds of up to 50 kilometres per hour and features action-packed turns, twists, drops and 360-degree loops.

 

 

Must-Visit Amusement and Theme Parks in Gold Coast – Having Fun Under the Sun

The Gold Coast is one of the best locations to visit in Australia. There’s plenty of excitement to be had here – most notably, at the amazing amusement and theme parks on offer here. So, if you’re looking to have some fun times on the Gold Coast, here’s a look at where you need to be heading.

Dreamworld

If you’re staying at a Coolangatta resort – say, for instance, the Oaks Gold Coast Calypso Plaza Suites – be sure to make a quick trip to Dreamworld. This theme park has got it all – thrilling rides, water sports, and even some exotic wildlife!

Holoverse

Holoverse is a great place to visit with the kids and to test out some truly state-of-the-art technology. Essentially, you can interact with realistic holograms and play a number of AR games at the world’s first holographic arcade.

Warner Bros Movie World

This is perhaps the biggest and most popular theme park in Australia! It’s also home to the tallest, longest and fastest rollercoasters in the country – so, strap into your ride and let the adrenaline flow.

IFLY

IFLY is an indoor skydiving arena that lets you experience the thrill of skydiving without actually plummeting to the ground from up high. There are plenty of experienced instructors employed here as well, so you can take it easy and enjoy yourself here, knowing that you’re Insafe hands.