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Experience Phang Nga from a new perspective at Baan Sam Chong Nuea community

Sep 12, 2018

For any native or foreign tourist familiar with Thailand, the southern province of Phang Nga conjures up images of dramatic limestone cliffs rising out of the turquoise waters (forming Phang Nga Bay), as well as the region’s stunning network of mangrove-covered canals and tropical jungles. Plus, let’s not forget those picture-perfect, white-sanded beaches either!

This popular destination, however, can get quite busy in certain places where tour agencies bring boat-loads of visitors each day, especially in high season. So, to get away from it all, we recommend a “One Night Stay with Locals” trip to Baan Sam Chong Nuea Community – thanks to its remote location that still makes for a perfect launch pad for many of the bay’s must-visit sights.

Perhaps the highlight of this specially-curated “Extraordinary Experience” is the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the sunrise over Phang Nga Bay (at dawn on day-two), with your local guide taking you out on a boat to a secluded viewpoint overlooking the glowing sun which slowly rises above the horizon.

But this trip to Baan Sam Chong Nuea is not only about the sun, sea and sand. Many of the activities are located mostly inland. Starting from the later hours of the morning, learn about the history of this fascinating community at the village’s main center, and kayak through the mangrove forests and swamps while helping out with afforestation at the same time.

The afternoon of the first day provides an invaluable opportunity to learn more about the local villagers, farmers and fishermen’s way of life and how they earn income in this remote region. This involves checking out a shrimp paste-making demonstration, trying your hand at fabric tie-dyeing and observing traditional fishing techniques which use floating baskets, as well as visit a fresh oyster farm (with tasting, of course!)

Apart from the early morning sunrise trip (which is optional for the late-risers), even more adventure around the bay is booked for day-two. Hop into a long-tail boat – locally known as ‘hua tong’ – and observe the stunning beauty of Phang Nga Bay. Along the way, your expert local guide will take you to Petch Pakarang Cave, where you can walk up to discover the highest point for a bird’s-eye view. The scenery of Khao Phing Kan, Khao Tapu, Lod Cave, and Punyee Island is all incredible, making this long trip south (and back again) worth the extra effort.

After a short cruise back to your Baan Sam Chong Nuea homestay, it’s time to pack up your bags and bid farewell to your hosts – until next time!

To learn more about “One Night Stay with Locals” in Thailand or to book a trip for up to 10 people at a special price, please visit www.1nightstaywithlocals.com or www.facebook.com/AorSorSocial/.

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3 Ways to Indulge Your Creative Side

Aug 13, 2018

Many people have a creative side to them and this can be seen as a skillset.  Within any good leadership teams in large companies, it is important to have people with all types of skillsets as all different styles help get results.  When people are thinking outside the box and are creative, we should encourage this.  Here are 5 ways that we recommend to help indulge your creative side. 

Photography

There is no limits to your imagination when it comes to taking photographs.  This is a hobby that is increased significantly in popularity over the past decade.  In order to get this right there are many different skills and techniques that you require which is why there are many London based photography courses for all levels running constantly.  Not only are these in major cities like London but across all areas of the UK.  There are hundreds of different ways to take a picture and edit it in order to get the message across that you are trying to deliver.  This definitely forces people to be creative.

Website Design

You do not have to be a wizard to design a website.  It is thought that in able to do this, you need to have some sort of formal training or qualifications.  Clearly this will help but is definitely not a requirement.  There are many different avenues where you can get help and guidance as to how to create your own website which include books and the internet. It is also a very inexpensive activity to complete (if you are looking for just the basics).  How you then execute and design the actual website is up to you.  The internet is a very busy place therefore if you have a browse of sites similar to the one you are looking to design you may well get a few ideas.  Even if you were to do the basic things yourself via the online guidance and then look at someone external to you or your company to help create the graphics to a high quality standard.

Renovating the Family Home

People get bored of the same old scene when they come into the family home and it can sometimes be fun and rewarding to make changes.  Doing a good renovating project in your home can also raise its value quite significantly also.  If you own the home (and do not rent) then there are almost no limits as to what you can achieve.  This could be from simple painting to something a bit more creative such as stencilling on the walls.  In addition to this, you may actually want to make structural changes.  If this is the case then before you do this, make sure you have checked out the rules on this as some structural changes will require planning permission before execution.  Outside the home there is also the garden – you can dig this up and completely change it or you can add or change the flowers.

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Fun Activities to Do This Summer

Aug 12, 2018

Summer is finally here and if you are one of the lucky ones who get to enjoy six weeks off, then you are probably making lots of plans of how to spend your days. Here, we are taking you through some fun activities that we think you will really enjoy doing this summer.

 Head to the Beach

With this gorgeous warm weather hitting the UK, now is the perfect time to hit the beach. If you live near the coast, take a picnic and spend the day next to the sea. You may be surprised to find that when the weather is this lovely in the UK, being on the beach can feel like you are abroad!

Visit an Escape Room

As the weather can be quite temperamental, it is a good idea to line up some fun activities for those days when the rain starts to fall. An escape room is the perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon and is something that you will absolutely love doing with either friends or family. You can find a list of escape room games and choose the one that you feel you will have the most fun trying to complete. There are plenty to choose from, so there will be a fun escape room challenge to suit everyone.

Go For A Hike

During the winter months, it can be hard to stay active when the weather is so miserable outside, however, what’s great about the warmer summer weather is that you can enjoy the sun taking part in outdoor activities. If you have a national park near to you or nature trails, why not take advantage and head out on some hikes. Summer is also the perfect time to try out some new water sporting activities, so why not join a class and spend your summer out on the water.

Spend the Day on a Boat

If water sports don’t sound too appealing to you, why not instead spend the day on a lovely sailboat. You can take a picnic with you and some drinks, then sit back and relax as you float out on a lake or the sea. This is the perfect way to spend your summer days with family.

Go Bowling

Another fun indoor activity which is fun to do in the summer months on days where the weather is not all that great is bowling. Every city has a bowling lane and you can visit, play a few games, enjoy some food and drinks and catch up with friends.

Plan A Barbecue

As soon as the sun starts to shine, that can only mean one thing, barbecue weather is officially here! Everyone loves a barbecue, so why not invite your friends and family round and throw a barbecue party in your garden? Get delicious food on the barbecue and have the drinks flowing for a fun day in the sun.

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5 Activities to Enjoy this Summer

Aug 11, 2018

There is always a little more free time available in summer, whether you are taking a week or 2 off to take care of the kids – or you are just looking to enjoy some sunshine.  We have put together a list of activities that you may want to enjoy with the kids over the school holiday period.  There are lots of things to do Berkshire based and near there, so you can be sure you will have a great time.

 Visit Windsor Castle

This is perfect for anyone who has any interest whatsoever in the Royal family and is still a great day out even if you don’t. It’s the oldest castle in the world that still has occupants and is one o the official residences of the Queen herself. You can get a great sense of history and look at the apartments that hosted the likes of George IV and Charles II.

Go to Legoland Windsor

Pretty much everything at Legoland is made up of those colourful bricks that we have all come to know and love, apart from the rides of course.  They even have a fab beach party during summer months where the kids can meet characters such as Sea Captain and Shark Guy.  You can also check out the likes of Drench Towers and Splash Safari in the outdoor water area. It’s lots of fun for all ages.

The Living Rainforest

You might think you need to spend a fortune to explore a rainforest, but in actual fact – you don’t need to leave Berkshire.  If you choose to go on a day out to the Living Rainforest you will encounter over 700 types of plants and animals.  You will find all kinds of free roaming animals too such as lizards, water dragons, butterflies and more. There is even a 2 headed sloth to make friends with. You can also expect to be educated on the eco system of rainforests and how important it is in terms of supporting everyday life.

 The Nature Discovery Centre

If you want to take a walk on the wild side – then you will love the Nature Discovery Centre which is in Thatcham.  It’s for all ages, and you will find all kinds of great wildlife displays as well as play areas, walks by beautiful lakesides and more.  You can learn all about the history, and you can also see what lives in the lake via the fish tanks.

Go Ape

This is one for those of you who like an adventure.  With Go Ape (which is in Bracknell) – you can take part in high rope activities.  There are 3 of those, as well as ziplines, bridges that are on the wiggly side, as well as a fantastic Tarzan swing.  You can swing into adventure with this great day out.

If you are looking for things to do this summer in or around the Berkshire area, we hope we have given you some great ideas.

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How to Prepare for your Next Skiing Holiday

Aug 6, 2018

Are you thinking of going on a skiing holiday? The preparation for this can be a little bit different to getting ready for your average beach holiday, in fact – there is lots more to think about. Even if you aren’t new to skiing, it could be your first holiday to the mountains – and you want to make sure you have everything ready for the prefect skiing holiday.

Having the Correct Equipment

It’s important that you have everything that will not only make your ski experience enjoyable, but safe too.  Things such as helmets and goggles are things that are essential to any skiing holiday.  The last thing you want is an accident on the slopes that could ruin your entire holiday.  You can get these for great prices, but if you are a more seasoned skier, you may want to spend a little bit more. 

Making Sure you have the Attire you Need

There are 2 essentials that you definitely don’t want to go on a skiing holiday without, and that’s a good quality ski jacket – and salopettes. You can get all kinds of different jackets, and you can really spend as much or as little as you want on these – although if you plan on going fairly regularly you may want to invest.  Make sure you also have the right base and mid-layers.  Your base layer should be something like a long -sleeved t-shirt or some thermals.  Try to avoid cotton, as if you get sweaty – it can leave you on the clammy side.  Your mid layer is usually something like a fleece that will do wonders if it’s a cold day.

Get Ski Ready

If you want to impress on the slopes – it might be a good idea to invest in a ski course.  This can work particularly well for beginners who don’t have much experience and want to learn – but there are also some great intermediate ski courses out there for those of you who want to improve upon your skills.  That way, you will feel much more confident when you are on your holiday.

Why not Make a Skiing Holiday Checklist?

To make sure you don’t forget anything and that your holiday goes without a hitch – it might be a good idea to create a checklist. That way when you are packing you can make sure that you don’t forget anything.  Despite going for some rest and relaxation – preparing for holidays can definitely cause some anxiety and stress for people if they aren’t good travelers.  Once everything is ticked off, you can just worry about enjoying your holiday.  You can even put obvious things on there, such as passport, hotel reservations etc to put your mind at ease.

If you are thinking of getting yourself ready for a skiing holiday – but you weren’t quite sure about what you would need or who to prep – we hope we have helped.  All that’s left for you to do, is have fun on the slopes.

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The Convenient Way To Take Your Furry Friend Along

May 26, 2017

It is often seen that people have a problem carrying their pets along themselves on picnic, on trips or elsewhere because while travelling and using transport, like car, bike or a bus, keeping the pet along and safe is hectic thing to do. And it all becomes more difficult when your dear pet is a dog. Dogs are very excited and jumpy all the time. They get scared easily, they get happy easily they are enthusiastic for almost everything else than bathing and there are so many things to describe how difficult it is to look after your dog and especially on a travel.

Why not choose a collar?

Dog collars with chains are not really a good solution as the dog still has his own radius to jump and run around making it all very toiling to manage. And dog collars also look very cruel at times. It gives a very bad image as to know that you have changed that fluffy cute animal against its freedom. It looks very dominating and it is for sure that even your dog would really hate it. So what is the safest and the most ideal way to get your dog around and travel with it to places?

Is dog carrier the solution?

Perhaps a dog carrier is the solution. Dog carriers are little cute boxed for you to carry your dog along.

  • They come in different shapes and sizes and are available in the pet stores easily.
  • Dog carrier is the most convenient option to keep your dog glued to you in your voyage and without any hassles.
  • Dog carriers are especially very important for puppies as they can’t be tied and can’t be left loose as well.
  • On a travel you usually have a luggage and even while shopping you have things in your hands to take care of and you could not have left your dog alone at home, thus to enjoy free hands to help you, get a dog carrier for you doggy.

Dogs are really the best companion for a trip and you would never want this friend of yours to stay back. It is sure that the dog can add few better memories to your journey. So whether you are going to travel by a bus, a car, or in an aeroplane or even if you are going for a stroll outside your house on the street, or you are being invited on a party, do not leave your dog alone. Use a dog carrier to ease you up with all the tension. You can Click Here to grab the best one.

 

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Are You Choosing Antarctica For Your Upcoming Vacation?

Sep 10, 2014

When you decide to visit the Antarctica, you need to know that there are plenty of things to do. This is one place where you can see things that you cannot find anywhere else in the world. You can see some of the largest icebergs and you can enjoy hanging out with penguins. You can enjoy Antarctica tours that include kayaking and camping.

Understand the misconceptions about Antarctica when planning your trip and one thing you have to realize is that you do not have to spend a fortune to visit the destination. Admittedly, there are some expensive cruise tours to Antarctica, but the fact is that you can travel to the region without spending too much. Knowing the destinations to travel will help in your planning.

Getting Close to the Penguins

Antarctica is the place to be when you want to get up close with penguins. These beautiful creatures are by far the most popular attraction in Antarctica. You can walk among hundreds of penguins and even play with them. Paradise Bay is the place to be when you want to hang out with the penguins and you can enjoy the beautiful sight of the snow-capped mountains that make up the background. Paradise Bay is located on the west side of Antarctica and the icebergs and still waters make this sight breathtaking.

Visit Port Lockery Museum

To learn more about Antarctica, you need to visit Port Lockery. Send your friends a postcard from Antarctica and shop for souvenirs. Located in Tierra Del Fuego national park in Ushuaia, the Port Lockery museum was originally a British Base but it has now been converted to a post office. This small structure is nevertheless an important tourist stop point. Many people enjoy the thought of sending themselves mail that is stamped with a stamp from Antarctica- although it often takes months to arrive!

Enjoy a Helicopter Ride

One of the best ways to enjoy the sight of Antarctica is by booking a helicopter ride. You can enjoy a breathtaking aerial view of the magnificent Antarctica landscape. You can travel around the island using a helicopter, flying among the albatross and even witnessing the Emperor penguin colonies. This is also the best way to access the South Pole. You can view the natural beauty of the Lemaire Channel, something that will affect your life forever.

Visit the Observation Hill

You should not miss to visit Observation Hill. This is where the McMurdo Station is located. The easy trek that should take between 30 to 40 minutes will allow you to enjoy the stunning view from the top. If you are looking for the perfect spot for reflection, the views of Mt. Erebus and the beautiful offer the perfect opportunity.

You can enjoy a dip in a hot spring when you visit Deception Island. If you have dreamt of swimming in the Antarctic waters, this is a great way to do it without freezing to death! The warm volcanic soil along the South Shetlands, as well as the warm underground water provides a wonderful experience. With so many unique things to do, plan for your Antarctica trip today!

Author Bio: Warren Brown is a freelance blogger and an ace creative write with many years of experience writing for top blogs. Warren has written on a myriad of topics and has written several posts for us.

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Benefits of Self Planned Travel

Apr 12, 2014

The arrival from the internet has truly accelerate making self-planned travel more pervasive and simpler. Nowadays, travel destination, air carriers, hotels, vehicle-rental companies yet others advertise their product more strongly and permit the person vacationers to self-plan their very own travels. It’s an exciting new method to travel that attracts increasing numbers of people.

Probably the most apparent benefit this is actually the versatility within the self-planned travel holidays. With this particular type of travel, you are able to personalize the self-planned travel right lower towards the last second particulars. Things and sights that travel specialists avoid is now able to incorporated within the programme, permitting vacationers to become more specific within their travel objectives. Vacationers may take up more unconventional locations and activities and can include these to their plans. The strangest combinations are actually possible. You are able to plan a wine tasting tour plus a skiing tour now. Lots of people thinking about this type of self-planned travels, check this out versatility like a great resource.

Next, using the internet, options be varied for that self-planned traveller. Online, vacationers really might have more choices for plane tickets, hotel, transport, activities and so on. Very frequently, these businesses are prepared to offer personalize plan to secure the process of these type of vacationers.

The assorted options in travel items and services also imply that there’s a higher possibility of obtaining the cheapest cost for that items or service. For instance, air carriers charge different rates to fly towards the same locations. For that price conscious self-plan traveller, this lower cost range is a vital factor. And incredibly frequently, the travel companies know this cost levels of competition are around and are prepared to lower the prices or offer special discount rates to vacationers, leading to vacationers getting greater class items at less expensive.

Very frequently, self-planned travel involve a good little bit of self-drive travelling. This provides the vacationers a terrific way to alter or change their departure date when needed. If your town seems intriguing and filled with excitement, vacationers could extend their stay. If a person point out that just a few hundred miles in the future is definitely an exciting host to interest, the vacationers could change their original plan and mind with this new host to interest. This type of positive change helps make the entire self-planned travel programme more significant.

Next,the audience size the self-planned travel is now able to as much as the travelling group. There’s forget about such factor at the very least size group to visit. Small groups will also be very feasible for individuals to travel in.

Another key advantage may be the enhanced cultural exchange between your self-planned vacationers and also the local people. In group tours, extended interacting using the local people are frequently difficult as time is restricted. Individuals are always hurrying from location to destination. However in a self-planned travel programme, vacationers are able to afford to take more time getting together with the neighborhood population, thus attaining more understanding of the city. Self-planned travels are frequently repeated because strong ties are in place in the past outings.

Travelling within this type of self-planned travel is definitely attaining recognition because the benefits are substantial, particularly with the versatility, easy planning as well as the cultural exchange. Before anybody mind into any self-planned travel, you should consider some detail planning first.

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How you can Take Advantage of Travel Specialists to assist Plan Your Vacation

Apr 12, 2014

You will find several benefits of planning holiday with a tour operator. Travel specialists are experienced not just with destination but additionally with all of essential things that must definitely be taken proper care of. Using their experience and exposure, you receive free use of travel tips for example free holiday tips, air travel travel tips, cheap airfare tips, travel cover tips, budget destination tips, travel planning tips, worldwide traveling tips and much more.

Travel specialists have assets, contacts and links to organize holiday within budgets and assist you just in case of emergency. They are able to provide best air travel travel tips and packages based on your financial allowance. Most travel specialists provide the travel package that includes from airfare to toll taxes. The next travel tips can help you to find a great tour operator and what to expect from the tour operator:

Tips and Benefits of Touring via a Tour Operator Whenever you plan a travel or holiday having a tour operator, you receive free use of many travel tips and benefits that assist you in taking pleasure in your holidays. A number of them are:

Air travel travel tips

Whenever you organize a visit with a few tour operator, you receive tickets on reduced prices from multiple air carriers. Travel specialists have tie-ups with air carriers and supply discount on tickets.

Hotel travel tips

Travel specialists can book hotels ahead of time. You need to request your tour operator to reserve expensive hotels well ahead of time to prevent last second problems. If you’re going to multiple holidays, book hotel whatsoever places. This can save you heavily in your travel budgets because hotels charge exorbitantly once they visit a traveler in need of assistance.

Strategies For Senior citizens

Travel specialists also organize group tours for various age and vocational groups. The audience tours are not only seen cheaper but safe also, specifically for senior citizens. The advantage of group tours is you never feel alone. It’s easy to find buddies from the fellow vacationers. Group tours possess a fixed schedule, so the majority of the locations and important places are hidden inside the budget.

Travel strategies for historic visits

Travel specialists employ guides to describe historic monuments to vacationers. Understanding the past heritage and going to a monument arouse interest making your visit memorable. Most guides understand how to operate DV cams but still cameras. You are able to request these to shoot you with the family or have a couple of pictures. This can save you substantially because the price of guides could be spread within the entire group.

Women’s Travel Safety Tips About Tour

Crooks will always be searching for innocent vacationers for cheating or sexual assaults. When you plan a travel with travel specialists, you’ve free use of travel safety strategies for women traveling on your own. Furthermore, the travel specialists have contacts and knowledge on police, hospital, embassy and law that come for your help. Just in case of emergency, a tour operator is much better outfitted than you to definitely handle individuals situations.

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Enjoy Vacation – Visiting Thailand Tourist Places

Apr 12, 2014

Thailand, situated within the heartland of Southeast Asia, is probably the couple of nations in which the ancient coexists using the modern in peaceful harmony. It’s a nation that suits greatly diverse teams of vacationers, departing each with equally memorable reminiscences. For that enthusiastic shopper, you will find the vibrant departmental stores of Bangkok, for that smart trekker you will find the mountain ranges of Mae Hong Boy but for the lazy sun-soakers you will find the pristine beaches of Phuket and Samui.

The Metropolitan areas

The Thai capital, the beginning point for a lot of vacationers in Thailand, offers several fascinating locations for wide-eyed vacationers. Among any ‘must visit’ list for vacationers in Bangkok, is going to be ‘The Grand Palace’. The structure was the place to find the numerous Nobleman of Siam and for several years, additionally, it bending because the nerve center of Thai administration. Within the complex of structures there is a Temple from the Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Kaew. Regarded as one of the most sacred temples of Thailand, it houses the central and many revered object of Thai culture- the Emerald Buddha.

Another town of great cultural significance is Chiang Mai, capital from the Chiang Mai province. The town is lined by many people ancient and awe-inspiring Buddhist temples. A temple on the top of Doi Suthep, a hill around the north-western area of the city, offers vacationers an amazing view within the city on the obvious day.

Vacationers searching for remains of old Thailand is going to be happy to visit Chiang Rai, in which the ‘Golden triangle’, the triangular produced by the edges of Burma, Laos and Thailand, is located. Yet unspoiled through the glut of vacationers going to Thailand, a basic boat ride around the Mae Khong River might allow you to uncover new things and remarkable, every time.

The Hawaiian Islands

Phuket, Thailand’s biggest island, probably the most visited places by vacationers, might have lost a number of its exotic charm through the steady increase of vacationers but towards the willing traveler, the destination still offers many wonderful sights. Its huge length of whitened beaches boasts many premier, worldwide beach resorts. And also to no ones surprise, beaches offer its vacationers several sun and surf activities. Apart from beaches, a tourist will discover several visual delights like the one-of-a-kind landscapes of Phang Nga Bay.

Koh Samui is yet another island with recognition comparable with Phuket. It had been only within the late 1970’s the first vacationers showed up on Koh Samui. But to this day, Koh Samui has maintained its charm while offering its vacationers whitened pearlescent beaches, barrier reefs, exotic lagoons, attractive water falls and much more.

The locations might be many, but exactly what a tourist in Thailand will require house is a bit of eternity, a memory of fantastic, amazing Thailand.

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