Archive for the ‘Asia’ Category

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

Sunday, 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

Friday, 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

Thursday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Monday, 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

Monday, 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

Saturday, 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.

Koh Phi Phi – Thailand

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

dscf9513.JPGArguably Thailand’s backpacker’s paradise, Koh Phi Phi is made up of 2 islands, Koh Phi Phi Don and Koh Phi Phi Ley. One you may recognize more than the other and that is because it was the set of the blockbuster movie The Beach, starring Leonardo Di Caprio.

Here is somewhere you can call paradise, crystal clear blue sea, tropical fish and stunning rock formations dotted around; this really is one of the most beautiful places in Thailand. Set on the south west of Thailand off the coast of Phuket, Koh Phi Phi has attracted tourists from all around the world. Koh Phi Phi Don is the main island filled with hedonistic travelers that come here for the small and cozy selection of guest houses and hotels to stay in, the select few bars, restaurants, clubs and shops and then the gorgeous beaches.

Koh Phi Phi Ley is a national park and can only be visited during the day on set excursions. The excursions will take you snorkeling and swimming and then to a little place called Monkey Island with lots of monkeys and a little place called Maya Bay aka ‘The Beach’.

Definitely a must see place in Thailand you can take a ferry or a speed boat over to the islands from Krabi or Phuket.

The Petronas Towers – Kuala Lumpar

Monday, August 18th, 2008

dscf9134.JPGArguably the most famous tourist attraction in the city of Kuala Lumpar, the Petronas Towers stand in the centre, towering over the city.

To most visitors the Petronas towers are simply a landmark with a huge shopping centre that boasts great shops, both high end and high street and a great selection of bars and restaurants. But, it’s actually Malaysia’s national petroleum corporation. As the towers provide fantastic views of the city you are welcome to climb up them, but only to the walk way that joins the towers. You must however be prepared to queue at 7am in the morning as tickets are complimentary therefore they sell out fast. They look great during the day but at night the towers light up and are just simply stunning.

Visit the website for more information.