The Mall Of Emirates – Dubai

September 1st, 2008

dscf8769.JPGFor the ultimate shopping experience in Dubai head to The Mall of Emirates, the world’s largest shopping mall excluding North America.

The mall incorporates leisure, entertainment and shopping for a fun filled day out. Choose from skiing at Ski Dubai on the indoor slopes, going to one of the 14 cinema screens to watch a movie or going to the theatre. There are many restaurants and bars to stop for a bite to eat or drink and then of course there are over 450 retail shops including Harvey Nichols and Debenhams and then the less western stores that offer local appreciations.

Visit the website for more information on activities and shops.

The Jumeirah Beach Hotel – Dubai

September 1st, 2008

jumeria-beach-hotel.jpgAnother hotel in Dubai which is pure luxury is the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. It’s located next door to the Burj Al Arab and it is shaped like a breaking wave.

The hotel is vibrant and smart with a great mixture of cool clientele including honey mooner’s and business types and it has its own private beach. With 589 luxury rooms each one contains fine fabrics, hand crafted furniture and a luxury shower. The hotel boasts over 20 restaurants and bars including the famous 360? restaurant that sits out in the gulf of Arabia. Enjoy wonderful views of the coast line, including the Burj Al Arab while relaxing back into one of the comfy sofas, while chilling out with some shisha. There are also four swimming pools for both you and children to enjoy around the beautiful gardens on the beach front plus the water park Wild Wadi is situated just a few doors down.

Prices start around £165 in September for a twin room based on 2 people sharing, visit the website for more information.

Elephant Riding, Jungle Trekking & Bamboo Rafting – Chang Mai Thailand

August 31st, 2008

ElephantsThe main reason people head to Chang Mai is because it is the adventure capital of Thailand.

The best action/adventure trip available in my opinion is the elephant riding and bamboo rafting jungle trek. These excursions can be done in just one day or over a period of 5 it depends how long you want to camp in the jungle for. I did the one day trek and it was superb. You start with a 40 minute walk through the jungle, tiring yes but so beautiful up to a small village tribe.

WaterfallAs well as taking in the stunning views across the jungle you are able to see how the villagers go about there lives. Following the trek you are taken by mini bus to where the elephants live. This is your chance to interact with the elephants and ride them around the jungle. After an amazing time with the elephants you are taken to a waterfall and then on to bamboo rafting. The whole experience as a whole is fantastic and beautiful, a real culture experience.

You can book this excursion in the majority of Chang Mai tourist agents or hotels/guest houses.

Lub-D-Hostel – Bangkok

August 29th, 2008

lub-d-hostel.jpgWho says Bangkok has to be expensive? Before I set off on my travels around South East Asia I was inspired by an article I read in a travel supplement from a newspaper describing the top 20 hostels in the world.

Well Lub-D-Hostel was one of the hostels mentioned on the list, so I thought it would be a great idea to check it out. Being on a travelling budget I was able to stick to spending a low amount on accommodation, even though I was still enjoying a modern and stylish room. Rooms are decorated with vibrant colours and are basic but clean and they also have electronic keycard access, air conditioning, a study table, a security safe box, an individual reading light and electrical socket, towels and a luxury blanket. Located close to the centre of the city it’s just a simple short taxi ride away to most tourist attractions.

Dorm rooms start at around £8.89 per night, per bed when booked online.

Bed Supperclub – Bangkok

August 28th, 2008

dscf0780.JPGInterested in Bangkok’s legendary night life? There’s one club and restaurant which is an absolute must see in Bangkok, called Bed Supperclub.

Titled Bed Supperclub because it provides a ‘dining in bed experience’ to the customer, it is a unique hotspot with the coolest clientele. As well as serving food the venue turns into a club with an art gallery, theatre and stage all under one roof. A self claimed showcase of the arts this is definitely worth a visit, if not just for its white gallery room with a range of paintings and lots of comfy leather white beds.

Visit Bed Supperclub online for more information.

The Long Table – Bangkok

August 26th, 2008

long-table.jpgAnother fabulous roof top bar and restaurant, The Long Table is a popular haunt for the rich and powerful.

The Thai inspired cuisine attracts plenty of people each day and night and it is highly likely that the venue has something to do with that. With vibrant colours and sophisticated feel, it’s worth a visit one evening when in Bangkok. Once you’ve enjoyed the lovely food either sat in one of the comfy booths or on the long table you can enjoy cocktails on the balcony while taking in spectacular views of the cities coloured lights.

Visit The Long Table online for more information.

The Banyan Tree Hotel – Bangkok

August 26th, 2008

banyan-tree.jpgBangkok is famous for its roof top bars and this one is by far, one of the best.

The Banyan Tree Hotel Boasts a range of qualities, including suites starting at deluxe and escalating up to presidential, a roof top bar and restaurant providing stunning views of the city, a swimming pool, a gym, a spa and many more bars a restaurants giving you a choice of luxury.

The hotel is located in Bangkok city a short taxi ride from the main shopping district and tourist attractions. Rooms start from around £195 based on 2 people sharing for 2 nights in September staying in a deluxe suite. Visit the website for more information and to book a room.

Coral Bungalows – Koh Phangan Thailand

August 25th, 2008

dscf0427.JPGArguably the best place to stay in Koh Phangan especially for the build up to the full moon party, Coral Bungalows is the party happening place to be.

Known for its legendary pool parties Coral Bungalows has a selection of rooms to choose from. You can either stay in the cheaper rooms with just fan or with air conditioning which are a little pricier. The rooms are spacious, clean, secure and well presented with a double bed and single bed for 2 to 3 people. Situated right on the beach you have optional sunbathing areas which are either on the sun loungers by the pool or on the beach with your towel. As well as an on site restaurant serving food throughout the day, there is an onsite launderette. A great place to stay in a great location with fellow hedonistic travelers! The pool parties are so much fun.

Prices vary through different times of the month but the week before the full moon party is when it’s most expensive. For the two nights before and the night of the full moon party, prices are 1500 baht per room. Visit the website for more information.

Full Moon Party – Koh Phangan Thailand

August 25th, 2008

dscf0536.JPGOk, you must have heard of it? Arguably Thailand’s biggest attraction and biggest event that takes place each month.

Well if you haven’t let me enlighten you. Imagine 7,000-10,000 people on a beach and then top it off with bar stalls and bars playing extremely loud dance music and there you have a full moon party. The Full Moon Parties began when a group of travelers had a party on the beach because there was a full moon back in the eighties and that created one of the biggest dance events for hedonistic travelers looking for a good time. With plenty of different music genres playing in all the different bars along the beach you’re bound to find something you like.

The full moon party takes place at Haad Rin beach on the island Koh Phangan in Thailand. Visit the website for more information on the party and event dates.

Amari Palm Reef Resort – Koh Samui Thailand

August 23rd, 2008

dscf0310.JPGLooking for the ultimate relaxation holiday in Thailand’s south east coast? Head to the island Koh Samui, it has a mixture of Koh Phangan’s hedonistic night life and Koh Tao’s ultimate chill out scene.

The Amari Palm Beach Resort is one of the nicest hotels dotted along Chaweng Beach (the most popular destination) and will not disappoint. With spectacular views of the sea the beautiful hotel boasts it all. With 187 Thai style superior and deluxe rooms set in tropical gardens with a large and lovely pool can you complain? Rooms feature air conditioning, a color television with satellite T.V, a personal safe and private bathroom. There are two lovely bars to drink at and two lovely restaurants to dine in.

Visit the Amari Palm Reef Resort website for more information. Rooms start at around £65 per night based on 2 people sharing in September.