Thailand is known worldwide for its stunning beaches and it’s no wonder why the country is considered as one of the most visited tourist destinations all over the world. If you are thinking of visiting this country anytime soon, yet you are not sure which beach destination to go, refer to the following list below for 15 of the best beaches in Thailand.
1. Patong Beach
Patong Beach is located in Phuket, considered as the most popular beach destination all over Thailand. It is located on the west coast and is about 3.5 kilometers long. Aside from its stunning beaches, Patong is also famous for its vibrant nightlife. So if your idea of a beach vacation is partying on the Thai beachside, then Patong is the way to go.
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Railay Beach, Thailand
Giant pillars of karst limestone protrude into the sky around Railay Beach, home to some of the best rock climbing in the world. Even the monkeys love this place.
Climbers from around the world regularly flock to Krabi Province to test their skills on the 700+ bolted climbing routes around Railay Beach. After working behind my computer for a few weeks in Bangkok, I decided to visit for a little climbing adventure.
From the coastal town of Ao Nang, it’s a short very scenic boat ride to Tonsai Beach where I was staying. Tonsai is like the hippie version of Railay Beach. It’s less developed, cheaper, and there’s no electricity during the day.
The northern lights are nature’s ultimate phenomenon which we also know as the Aurora Borealis, an occurrence that according to legend happens when dawn meets wind. In Roman and Greek mythology, the goddess of dawn is known as Aurora, while the god of wind is Borealis, and when the two meet, the skies light up with a kaleidoscope of various electrifying colors opening up their magical vistas.
Some colors to be seen in these Northern Lights are purple, green, yellow and red with streaks that seem to dance all over the skies of the arctic. This natural phenomenon has struck a chord with travelers that visit the arctic countries specially to view it, apart from enjoying husky rides on sledges and snow sports. If you have a bucket list of things to do before you die, do visit these 20 places to see the auroral lights in all their glory. Come, take a look!
Where can you see the Northern Lights? If you are new to this phenomenon, here is the first destination that’s coming right up. Among the places to see the Northern Lights, Finland can be counted as number one as the country is dotted with places like Luosto, Ivalo and Nellim, that are havens for watching this amazing natural phenomenon. Luosto, located in the northern part of Finland is the best place to see these lights as there are many cool hotels and travel companies that organize special packages for this purpose. The best time to visit Finland to view these lights is a cold night with a clear sky when these dazzling lights appear and seem to play a symphony of colors that look astounding to the eyes.
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The South of France is renowned for its golden beaches and warm climate, so much so it welcomes droves of tourists every summer. In fact The Telegraph recently listed the ‘10 Best Beach Holiday Destinations in France’ to visit which included a slew of Southern beaches in the list.
However, this summer will be different for many reasons. Starting on June 10, France will be staging the European Championships, which will mean tourists from all four corners of Europe will be heading to the country to support their respective nations.
On the aforementioned date, the host nation will welcome Romania in the first game of the tournament at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis. The tournament will end a month later at the same stadium on July 10 where it will stage the final of the Euros.
Tickets aren’t cheap for the event, and for the most part have already sold out. Many of the tickets go to official members of the supporters club for each nation represented at the tournament, while there is also a huge proportion allocated to corporate sponsors. But that doesn’t mean you can’t join in the fun, as millions will be travelling to the country to revel in the atmosphere of the proceedings.
The Mirror suggests that half of the English fans that will be travelling to France this summer won’t have a physical ticket to any of the games. The lure of the festivities is often too great for football fans, especially England supporters.
Even though England have been in somewhat of a transitional period of late, their huge support from fans hasn’t waned. Experienced players such as Wayne Rooney are no longer a certainty to start in France this summer, which means manager Roy Hodgson is ushering in a new generation to replace the recently retired Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and John Terry. Betfair’s leading football and European Championship correspondent Ralph Ellis however feels that Rooney’s experience is vital to England’s chances in the tournament. And it’s this competitiveness within the squad that means this tournament will be so exciting.
Aside from England there are 23 other nations competing for the honour to be crowned champions of Europe. But what are the other cities that are staging games this summer?
Here is the list of cities holding games during the Euros:
There’s a good variety of options available to tourists, however due to the surge in ticket prices and the inflated hotel rates many of the people travelling to France will be looking at alternative methods to fit into their budgets. France is renowned for having a lot of caravan and camping parks, which will be ideal for this summer. In fact, Pitch Up lists 772 different sites ideal for campervans, motor homes or even people looking to simply sleep in tents during their vacation to France.
To compliment the Pitch Up list, The Guardian have also published a definitive guide to touring France which could be invaluable to travellers this summer providing them with regions to travel to, information on where to stay and potential places to rent campervans and motor homes.
If you are making the journey to France this summer, remember it can easily be done on a budget while taking in the countryside along the way, just be sure to book your accommodation and transport as early as now to avoid disappointment.
Similan Islands, Thailand
With a simple wave of my hand, glowing trails of green pixie dust materialized in the dark water. Had I become a wizard? Did someone slip me some something?
Nope. I was just on a 3 day live-aboard scuba diving trip around the Similan Islands with Wicked Diving. Hovering weightlessly in a pitch-black abyss conjuring up spells like Harry Potter!
This was my fourth scuba dive of the day. A night dive. The phenomenon I was witnessing is called bioluminescence. Microscopic plankton that can produce light in the same way a firefly does.
Waving my hand set them off — creating magic dust in the darkness.
Similan Island National Park
Located about 30 miles off Thailand’s West coast in in the Andaman Sea, the Similan Islands have been a protected national park since 1982.
The park originally included 9 islands, but 2 more have been added for a total of 11. They are covered with granite boulders, ironwood gum trees, and some include small picturesque white-sand beaches.
But the real reason most people visit is not to lay on the beach, but to snorkel and scuba dive the 5000 year old reefs and boulder fields around the islands.
The sea here is known for it’s amazing visibility, and the underwater wildlife is abundant.
Similan Islands, Thailand
This is a giant moray eel. They can grow up to 9 feet long, but often all you see is just the head sticking out of a hole. One of just many strange beautiful creatures I discovered on my 3 day scuba diving trip around Thailand’s Similan Islands. I decided to rent a small underwater digital camera, and it produced some pretty decent photos with the flash.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
To celebrate the traditional New Year, Thailand’s crazy Songkran water festival is held every April all over the country. But the best place to be is Chiang Mai.
Picture tens of thousands of men, women, and children roaming the streets armed with squirt guns, water cannons, and buckets of icy cold water searching for their next victim.
They travel on foot, piled onto scooters or in the back of pickup trucks.
No one is safe from their wrath. If you’re dry, you won’t be for long!
Songkran is Thailand’s craziest holiday, and the whole country comes to a stand-still for a couple of days while everyone cools off during the hottest month of the year.
If you loved part 1 of our interesting series on abandoned places in the world you are definitely in for a treat. We present to you part 2 of this amazing post on deserted places. Whatever the reason these places might have been abandoned they have somewhat of a haunting allure.
1. Abandoned Submarine Base In Ukraine
Situated on the northern base of the North Sea, the Soviet army had a well maintained submarine base. However once the Soviet Union was over thrown the base was no longer in operation. Now it’s turned into a museum and holds a great deal of fascination for the locals as well as the tourists. It surely is a must see place to visit before you die.
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Folks with kids often have to plan more when taking road trips as kiddos, we all know, are always brimming with extra doses of energy which can lead us parents to the brink of madness, if things aren’t properly planned in advance. Road trips are a very special way to bond with family and are indulged by most families every summer or winter break. Take a look at the following 15 road trip tips with kids to make your journey more joyous and happy:
1. Have enough supply of drinking water
When traveling, keep enough bottles of water for kids but make sure they do not consume excessive amounts as this would mean more stoppages on the road. Refrain from letting them indulge too much in drinking juices too. Among the many tips for road trips, this one in particular is perhaps the most important.
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In only 24 hours I managed to get pulled over by cops, crash my motorcycle, spend a night on the beach, and catch over 20 fish in 10 minutes.
Touring around the small villages of Isla de Ometepe with a rented dirtbike turned out to be quite a little adventure.
It all started when I boarded a ferry at San Jorge and headed across Lake Nicaragua to Isla de Ometepe. The island is formed by two different volcanoes, Concepcion Maderas. It’s the largest volcanic island surrounded by fresh water in the world.
Within the giant cosmopolitan city of Moyogalpa (pop. 2900), I found just the girl I was looking for. She was fast, cheap, and loved to get dirty.
A small 150cc powered off-road hog who I named Bertha.
It was love at first sight!