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Best Viewpoints in Asia
2nd November 2017

Best Viewpoints in Asia

Asia has several countries that have some of the best scenic views in the entire world. Asia is known for its natural landscapes, iconic landmarks, and large metropolises. Asian countries are always some of the top tourist destinations in the...

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  • Best Viewpoints in Asia

    Best Viewpoints in Asia

    Date: 2nd November 2017

    Asia has several countries that have some of the best scenic views in the entire world. Asia is known for its natural landscapes, iconic landmarks, and large metropolises. Asian countries are always some of the top tourist destinations in the world. You can truly appreciate the scenery by taking an adventure to the best viewpoints.


    Thailand – Ang Thong National Park

    Thailand has a lot of famous islands that attract visitors year-round. Many of these islands gained their popularity because of the amazing views that can be seen from them. Ang Thong National Park is an area that includes a collection of limestone islands. These islands are topped with tropical forests with some of the best beaches in the country along their shores.

    Ang Thong National Park is known for its beaches and marine life. It is recognized as a national park in order to preserve its natural wonder. One of the islands within the park is Ko Wua Talap. This island serves as the park’s HQ and tourist center. It’s also where you can get the best view. You can hike up one the cliffs on this island to be greeted with panoramic views of the entire park.


    China – Longji Rice Terrace

    A major part of China’s culture is its agricultural practices and rice has always been a major crop grown in the country. For most, the way of farming rice has been unchanged for centuries. Many regions of China have hilly landscape so in order to still utilize the land, farmers developed the technique of rice terraces.

    One of the most popular rice terraces to view in China is called the Longji Rice Terrace. It’s often referred to as the “Dragon’s Backbone”. The rice terraces tier from the foot of the mountains to the peaks. Taking a trip to the top of any of the mountains here will give you a great view of the area.


    Laos – Vang Vieng

    A small town in Laos called Vang Vieng is actually a frequent destination for tourists for several reasons. It’s surrounded by many natural attractions such as mountains, waterfalls, and its famous Blue Lagoon. The entire town sits in the valley which makes it a great start point for hiking adventures.

    The Phangern viewpoint is one of the best viewpoints in Laos. It’s located at the peak of the Phangern mountain. This viewpoint will give you panoramic views looking down to the town and all of it’s surrounding landscapes. The Phangern viewpoint is a clear view over the entire valley.


    Vietnam – Ha Long Bay

    Ha Long Bay is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most popular places to visit in Vietnam. This bay consists of thousands of small islands, some with beaches, other covered with limestone cliffs and forests. Ha Long Bay is also a common place to find cruises and sailing. It’s a great place to explore above and below the water.

    The best island to get great views of Ha Long Bay is on Ti Top Island. There are several tours available to hike up the island’s main mountain. Ti Top island is located in the middle of the Ha Long Bay to give you the best viewpoint.

    There are countless viewpoints to visit in Asia. Many of the viewpoints require trekking up high in the mountains but the resulting views definitely make any trip worth it. A great way to experience the viewpoints is to arrive at them in time for the sunrise or sunset. Tours are usually provided and scheduled around these times. These viewpoints in Asia give you great photo opportunities and are even more breathtaking when seen in person.

    Author: Bryan Shelmon

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  • Thailand With Kids

    Thailand With Kids

    Date: 26th October 2017

    Visiting Thailand is on so many people's bucketlist. And I can see why. Where else can you live like a king as a family of three on one income? Where else offers wild city-life in the city of Bangkok mixed with the chilled out vibe of Northern Thailand. Thailand has so much to offer families, if you are willing to give it a go.


    Bangkok

    Okay so many people do not associate family fun with Bangkok. Actually, although Bangkok has a wild side, a deep dark and secret side - the wild side is just that, a secret. If you want to find that darker side of Bangkok you need to go looking for it. On the other side of things Bangkok is a wonderful city with so many options for families. You can explore nearby old cities on a day trip, travel near and far on a budget and stay in luxurious hotels for a fraction of the cost that you experience in Europe.

    When visiting Bangkok make sure to visit the famous Khao San Road, go a little earlier in the day and it is absolutely fine for children and a great place to pick them up some new clothes at the Khao San Road market. Enjoy cheap Pad Thai, a family of three can eat here for less than 100 baht... or you can always rely on McDonalds if they kids aren't very adventurous. Stay nearby at the Wild Orchid Villa to get a little more quiet but still be in the best location in the city.


    Sri Racha

    If you are not in Bangkok for long, but want to enjoy a beach escape from the city then you should head to Sri Racha. It is only 1 hour and 30 minutes by bus from Bangkok's Ekkamai station - and costs less than 200 baht per person. Sri Racha is a lot less smoggy than Bangkok, so you can feel the heat of the sun a lot more, and can enjoy this on the beach or at one of the wonderful serviced apartments in the city which boast a rooftop pool. Check out Citadines Grand Central in Sri Racha for a homely apartment with everything you need to look after yourself.

    Sri Racha is also right beside the smallest island in Thailand, which is literally walking distance from the centre of Sri Racha. Enjoy a day exploring the tiny island and then let the kids burn off the rest of their energy at the enormous play park before the bridge to the island.


    Chiang Mai

    Chiang Mai is one of the best locations for anyone living on a budget. You can rent an apartment, with security, gym and a pool for up to 14,000 baht per month - amazing. Chiang Mai also offers a lot to families including an enormous zoo, aquarium, monkey schools, snake zoo and a night safari. The options are almost limitless in this incredible city. In the Old City you can rent a budget room for less than $10 a night, eat for 60 baht per meal and travel in Songthaews for 30 baht per person (small people are free usually.)

    Chiang Mai is also full of expats making it a great place to meet other travellers or long-term residents of the city. You can find co-working spaces almost everywhere and the internet connection is the best compared to other areas of Thailand.


    The islands

    It is no secret that Thailand boasts some amazing islands, and some of them are not even expensive to live on. Sure, the weather can be rainy at some points of the year so make sure you plan in advance of your trip. The islands offer unlimited beaches, which of course means snorkelling, beach volleyball and football and lots of space to build sand castles.

    You can enjoy extreme sports at minimal cost, take boat tours, visit secret gardens and enjoy beautiful hikes with extremely rewarding views.

    Thailand is a great place to visit as a family, and you can do it on a budget, or as a luxury traveller. Decide what kind of atmosphere you seek for your family and research the different areas and what they have to offer - Thailand has it all...

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  • 5 Things You Need To Know Before You Cycle Around Bagan, Myanmar

    Date: 26th June 2017

    Cycling around Bagan, Myanmar is like pedalling back in time.

    Bagan was founded in the first century and it was during the 9th and 10th centuries that it flourished and the temples we see today were constructed. These days they still stand, although crumbling, and retain their silent elegance.

    Located on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, it is the largest and most concentrated collection of Buddhist religious structures in the world. Although tourism in Myanmar is currently growing, it still has a lot of historic charm and remains largely unchanged.

    It is possible to get around Bagan via horse and cart or even mini-van if you are craving modern comfort – but what’s the fun in that? If you are a true adventurer, biking between each of the temples is the most exciting way to explore.

    The area is mainly flat, so the only challenge is dealing with the heat. A cycling trip around the temples will keep you fit and healthy and will also allow you to take much more in. Here are some tips that you should know before you begin your journey:

    1. Get Up Early

    If you can drag yourself out of bed earlier, you’ll not only enjoy riding around in cooler temperatures before the sun begins to bake the plains – but you will also have the chance to see the temples against the beautiful backdrop of the sunrise. It is a good idea to rent your bike the night before, as the bike rental place may not be open early enough.

    2. Drink More Water Than You Think You Need

    The heat can reach incredible highs, especially during the summer months, so make sure that you are drinking water throughout the day. Drink more than you think you need, because it is sometimes difficult to realise when you are dehydrated. Also, be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses.

    3. A Sarong is Essential

    A sarong is one of the best items you can bring with on your Bagan trip, as it is lightweight and serves so many purposes. You can wear it as a headscarf to keep you cool and shield your scalp and face from the sun. You can wrap it around your shoulders or legs in order to be respectful and not show too much skin when visiting a temple. You could even use it as a picnic blanket if you stop to have some lunch.

    4. Test Your Bike First

    There are several bike rental places around Bagan where you can rent bikes cheaply – but make sure you give your bike a short test ride and an inspection before you pay for it. Some of the bikes are old and may be in poor repair, which is not something you want to notice when you’ve already paid and started pedalling and it’s too late.

    5. Relax, It’s Not Possible to See All of the Pagodas

    At its zenith Bagan had around 13,000 temples and these days you’ll see around 2,200 left standing. You’d have to be able to cycle at light speed to be able to see all of them on your trip, so don’t put too much pressure on yourself and rush between them.

    It’s better to choose a few temples you are really interested and explore them in detail, noting the exquisite carvings and statuary. These really are gorgeous buildings and a lot of time and effort went into making them as beautiful as possible.

    Have you cycled around Bagan? Let us know about your travel tips in the comments below. 

    Kelly Dunning is a Canadian freelance travel writer. She lives a nomadic lifestyle with no fixed address – working from the road for the last 5 years with her partner Lee, a web-designer from England. They have traveled to over 40 countries and they offer travel tips, stories and inspiration on Global-Goose.com.

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  • Island Escape: A Guide To Mykonos, Greece

    Date: 14th June 2017

    By Emma Cunningham

    Out in the Aegean Sea, lies the sun-drenched, elegant, Cycladic island, of Mykonos. Arriving to the island will be a treat in itself, as you dance across the sapphire Greek waters via ferry, welcomed by a shoreline so psychedelic, your eyes pop.

    “Unreal,” you will say to yourself as you step foot to land, far too mesmerized at the view to notice you’ve been waiting for a taxi for 20 minutes to take you to your hotel. Later you will learn how Greeks do not hold any sort of conventional time scheme for life.

    “I thought the club closed at 4am?” You will shout to your new found friend somewhere along Paradise Beach. “It’s already 7! How are we still here?” You laugh about it over souvlaki for breakfast.

    Oh, Mykonos…

    And with so much zen, views, food and fun to indulge in, you might begin to feel a tad overwhelmed by the tiny island.

    Worry not though. By all means, continue to stroll down those angelic white streets, (but don’t forget snag a spot near the town windmills for sunset) because I took it upon myself to provide you with some secrets of the stunningly picturesque, Mykonos.


    WHERE TO STAY

    Chances are you came to Mykonos for the party and scenery. Paradise Beach is where you’ll get both.

    There are two main accommodations spots near Paradise Beach where all the party dwellers and budget travelers post up.

    1.Paraga Beach Hostel

    HIGHTLIGHTS -

    - Outdoor pool and bar

    - Mini-market on hostel grounds

    - Free shuttle bus to town and ports

    - Ocean side restaurant

    - 250km walk to clubs/bars on Paradise Beach

    - 24/7 reception

    - Great sunset views

    - Rates starting at 16€/night

    2. Paradise Beach - CAMPING

    HIGHTLIGHTS -

    - Cabins and bungalows available sleeping 2-3 people

    - Free breakfast

    - Steps away from the infamous Paradise Beach

    - Located near endless shops, restaurants, and water sport centers

    - Located near bus station for Mykonos Town

    - 24/7 reception

    - Over looks ocean and Paradise Beach

    - Rates starting at 45€/night

    Looking to splurge a bit or not interested in staying in a camp ground or hostel? Click here to search for your ideal spot in Mykonos!


    WHERE TO EAT

    SAVE: Sakis Grill House - Mykonos Town

    For Mykonos Town, this place is a steal. Delicious gyros and pitas starting at 3€!

    The perfect spot for a quick and cheap bite before losing yourself around the mystic white streets.

    SPLURGE: Kastro’s Restaurant & Bar - Little Venice

    Every meal, no matter where you are, should make you feel the way Kastro’s makes you feel. Sit for a cocktail, listen to some chill-out tunes and try and wrap your head around the sensational Greek sunset before your eyes. The vibe is so euphoric, you won’t know what to do with yourself. Especially when you eye up the waiters! Most thing can/should be ordered to share here, due to prices. I highly recommend anything with black olives or feta cheese, because GREECE.


    BEACHES & NIGHTLIFE

    The beaches on the south shore of the island (Paraga, Paradise Beach and Mykonos Town) have the best sand, views, and wind protection, but are pretty crowded at the height of the season. Like mentioned before, Paradise Beach is where the party is at. But if you’re looking for a beautiful beach without the chaos then head to Agios Sostis. There are zero lounge chairs or umbrellas in sight, so you truly feel as if you’re at a secret beach. So secret, some people may even go nude. Platis Gialos and Ornos, are quieter, less crowded and more popular with families.

    If you’re looking to drink and dance until the wee hours of the morning, Cavo Paradiso is your spot. Everything is outdoors and built into a dramatic cliff top just east of Paradise Beach. There are international DJs there practically everyday throughout the summer, from DJ Snake to Steve Aoki, you’re bound for an epic night. If you are feeling something a little lower key, then Paradise Club is the place for you. A smaller spot sitting right on the water, with fun music and a very fun crowd.


    GETTING AROUND MYKONOS

    Don’t you DARE sit around the beach nursing your hangover all day. Mykonos is too extravagant to not see every inch of. March yourself up to your hotel/hostel’s information desk and ask where the nearest ATV rental is. It’s easily the best way to round up a few new friends for some exploring and you’re able cover the entire island from coast to coast.

    They’re incredibly easy to operate (and much safer than scooters/mopeds). And side streets in Mykonos are incredibly narrow, meaning not many cars are able to fit! So you can get by very easily without worrying too much about traffic. Be sure to bring a map with you so you can hit all the secret beaches!

    Prices start at about 20€/day and you must have a valid driver’s license.


    GETTING TO MYKONOS

    BY AIR

    If you’re on a time crunch or just extremely anxious to get to Mykonos, there are daily direct flights from Athens to Mykonos airport.

    Check out Skyscanner.com or kiwi.com for your cheapest and best rates.

    BY FERRY

    Depending on the route and vessel, you can reach Mykonos from Athens within 4-6 hours. Piraeus and Rafina are the two main ports in Athens.

    You can book a ferry online to Mykonos (as well as other Greek Islands) via Blue Star Ferries, Hellenic Seaways or Sea Jets.

    A true European playground, Mykonos is a flawless mix of luxury fantasy and a wild ride of an island, offering something for everyone. It’s everything that it’s hyped up to be, and more. So go grab your suitcase and passport, because the psychedelic shores are calling…

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  • 5 Pictures You Must Get In Venice

    Date: 14th February 2017

    Venice is one of the most romantic, photogenic and popular cities in the world. Here are 5 of the must have pictures during your visit:

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    San Marco square from above


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    The Grand Canal


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    The water and islands surrounding the main city of Venice


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    Gondalas 


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    Canals which aren't the Grand Canal


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  • 5 Pictures You Must Get In Cape Town

    Date: 17th December 2016

    Cape Town is one of the duels of Africa, a beautiful beachside city with one of the most iconic mountains in the world.

    Here are the photos that you must get when visiting.

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    Table Mountain at sunset (or at any time of the day!)


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    The penguins of Boulders Beach


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    A Cape Town sunset


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    Lion's Head from the top of Table Mountain


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    Cape Town's iconic coastline 

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