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Posts from June, 2012

Fun in Phuket

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There is more to do in Phuket than just lying on a sandy beach—not that there’s anything wrong with that! Take advantage of the island’s gorgeous surroundings with a scenic activity or tour. From Elephant Safaris to River Rafting, there are plenty of ways for you to get back in touch with nature. Here are some of our favourites:

 

1.  Elephant Safari

What better way to explore the lush jungle than on the back of an elephant? You will travel from the elephant camp, situated at the top of a mountain, and get stunning views of Chalong Bay and Phi Phi Island as you descend.

2. Phuket Fantasea Show and Dinner

Family meal times will never be the same after this experience! You will be treated to a spectacular cultural show complete with dancing and an elephant circus while tucking into some Thai delicacies. 

3. Buddha Cave Temple, Elephant Safari and White Water Rafting

Experience the most of Phuket on this all-encompassing tour! You’ll visit the Golden Buddha, trek through the jungle on an elephant, go swimming in a refreshing river and go on a thrilling white water rafting adventure, all in one day.

4. Thai Cooking Class

Want to bring a little of Thailand home with you? Learn how to cook traditional Thai dishes from a world-renowned chef and you’ll be able to relive your adventure in Thailand—by the mouthful—for years to come. 

5. Phang Nga Bay by Long-tail Boat Tour

Go on a boat cruise around Phang Nga Bay on a traditional Thai long-tail boat. With no less than 42 islands, there are plenty of captivating sights. Highlights include the Gypsy Village, a village built entirely on water using stilts and the infamous James Bond Island featured in “The Man with the Golden Gun.”

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EURO 2012 in Poland and Ukraine – You as a Tourist and a Football Fan

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EURO 2012, Poland-UkraineIf you were to ask me today what the most gratifying way of spending my little hard-earned money will be – it’s definitely to watch the EURO 2012 in the flesh! Yes, all you football fans out there, you know what I mean. Don’t like football? No worries, read on…we’ll have you convinced…  

The ongoing (8 June – 1 July, 2012) UEFA European Football Championship or simply Euro 2012 in short, is being jointly hosted by Poland and Ukraine – with the tournament being played across eight venues, four in each host country. Aside from venues, the host nations have also invested heavily in improving infrastructure, such as railways and roads.

So what does that mean? Killing two birds with one stone; win-win situation and all that… I know we hate clichés too! As a football fan, the tournament is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a part of this experience – new stadiums, the atmosphere and the whole bit really!  Especially if you are from any of these countries – Portugal, Spain, Italy, and Germany – that have reached the Semi-Finals stage – what are you waiting for? Stop being an armchair pundit, be there already – show your patriotism by supporting your country and basically go have fun. Go paint that face of yours with the colour of your national flag, stand tall and be there rooting for your country. And the best souvenir you can ever have out of this is your used/old ticket that will give you the bragging right down the years – ‘I was there when we won the Euro Cup!’ Believe me; you won’t regret being part of this!

As a traveller, it’s the right time too to be travelling to the two cities; you can’t possibly have a better time of seeing these two countries at their best – with new infrastructure and facilities, the tournament has been a catalyst of many changes. Developments range from new airport terminals to spanking new hotels and renovated and re-equipped accommodations that are set to enhance the tourism appeal of both destinations for decades to come. With a whole lot of people from different countries coming together for the tournament, this is the perfect way of meeting new people from all across Europe as well. And of course why not go sight-seeing when not watching the match? There are many places to see in Poland and Ukraine.

Royal Castle, WarsawPoland: Whether you take a sightseeing tour, visit the concentration camp or the Auschwitz – Birkenau Tour, Krakow City Sightseeing Tour or to Tatra Mountains and Zakopane – there are interesting places aplenty!

Ukraine: Each Ukrainian town boasts a lot of cultural attractions; from the Crimea to the Carpathian Mountains, castles and churches, palaces and museums, and stretches in several cities where virtually each building is an architectural monument – we are sure there are interesting places for you to enjoy!

Let us know how you enjoy your visit – the places you see, and of course share us your experiences if your country brings home the trophy, in the comments section below.

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See the Sights in Sydney

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When you think “Sydney” chances are the first thing that comes to your mind is the Sydney Opera House. A Sydney Opera House tour is obviously a must-do activity but there are plenty of other things to do in Sydney. From a Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb to Wine Appreciation Course, here are our picks for the best things to do:

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  1. Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb
    This is one of the most popular things to do in Sydney for good reason. Climb to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge for unrivalled views of the city. You can choose the time of day you want to climb from dawn, day, twilight and night.
  2. Surfing Lessons
    Hang ten! What place could be better than Bondi Beach to learn to surf? Bondi Beach is renowned for having the best waves in Australia. This lesson is perfect for those looking to catch their first wave.
  3. Sydney Opera House Tour
    You know what it looks like from the outside, but this tour will show you what it looks like on the inside! You’ll learn about the history of the Sydney Opera House then visit its major concert halls, where a staggering 2,500 performances are staged annually.
  4. Sydney Harbour Cruise
    Dine under the stars on an evening Sydney Harbour Cruise. The perfect romantic night out, you’ll see the twinkling lights of Sydney Harbour while enjoying a sumptuous three-course meal.
  5. Hunter Valley Tour and Wine Appreciation Course
    Enjoy a tranquil day sampling some of the finest wines in Australia. On this comprehensive tour, you will learn about the winemaking process from vine to bottle, all while sampling some fine wines and tasting platters.

 

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Come to Cape Town

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Cape Town is arguably Africa’s most popular tourist destination, for good reason. Cape Town provides the best of both worlds, by combining the convenience of city living coupled with magnificent views of nature. Here are some activities that you must put on your Cape Town itinerary:
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1. Shark Cage Dive
Come face-to-face with one of the world’s most notorious predators, the Great White Shark, on a Shark Cage Diving Tour. If you prefer to keep some distance between you and the sharks, enjoy the experience via boat. You’ll see a variety of sea life from penguins to seals.

2. Whale-Watching
If you don’t like sharks, why not try a more-friendly Whale Watching Tour? The tour will take you to the seaside town of Hermanus, a world-famous whale watching destination. There’s no need to bring your binoculars, as the whales come to within twenty metres of the shore!
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3. Cape Peninsula Tour
Explore the natural beauty of Cape Town and its surrounding area, on this comprehensive tour. See rare and endangered flora at Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and the adorable penguin colonies at Boulders Beach.

4. Cape Town Township Tour
Get to know Cape Town through the eyes of a local on this informative cultural tour. You will visit a range of areas from the oldest township of Langa to the colourful streets of Bo Kaap. Try some local delicacies, learn about the impact of apartheid and see the work of traditional craftsmen.

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Cape Town Winelands Tour
What could be better than sampling delicious wines surrounded by spectacular scenery? You will visit some of the best wine estates in Cape Town and partake in expert-led tasting sessions. Plus there are many opportunities to explore the towns and estates.

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Explore Amsterdam

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Amsterdam is a city of dichotomies. Where else will you find coffee shops selling marijuana situated next to ancient churches? The city’s varied culture means there is an attraction guaranteed to pique the interests of every traveller. From the enlightening to the leisurely, here are the top things to do in Amsterdam:

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1. Canal Cruise

Amsterdam is connected by a series of canals, so one of the fastest (and most scenic!) ways to orientate yourself with the city is to go on a canal cruise. Relax aboard a guided tour and discover hidden treasures including houseboats and the splendid architecture of the many bridges. You’ll see there is a reason why Amsterdam is called “The Venice of the North.

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2. Red Light District tour

There is no other place comparable to Amsterdam’s infamous Red Light District. A tour of the district allows you to see past the often overwhelming spectacle of half-dressed girls and cannabis-shops aplenty and understand the history of the district. Informative, educational and amusing, a Red Light District tour will give you insight on a key aspect of Amsterdam’s culture.

3. Anne Frank’s House

Whether you have read Anne’s diary or not, when you walk in the same spots the Frank family spent years hiding from the Nazis, you just begin to comprehend their situation. Visiting Anne Frank’s House is a very emotional and eye-opening experience but one that you absolutely must do. At Otto Frank’s request, the house was left unfurnished after the Nazis raided it and the windows remain blacked out, offering you a glimpse of how they lived.

4. Bike Tour

Amsterdam’s preferred mode of transportation always amuses car-reliant travellers. (Have you seen a multi-storey bike parking lot before?) With the narrow streets and everything in close proximity, bikes are the quickest method of travel. Experience the city through the eyes of a local and go on a bike tour. Nervous about pedalling around a foreign city? Don’t worry as there are special bike lanes and lights and you’re more likely to come across fellow cyclists than cars. And of course, don’t forget to wear your helmet!

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5. Keukenhof

If you fancy a quick day trip out of the heart of the city, visit the picturesque Keukenhof gardens. There is a reason it is one of the most popular gardens in the world with its immaculate flower displays that literally go on for miles. (It is the largest flower bulb park in the world after all!) Every year a staggering seven million flower bulbs are planted in accordance to a specific theme. Time is of the essence as the garden is only open from about March to May because of the flowering season.

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