Blue Pearl of Morocco – Chefchaouen

Little about the history!

Chefchaouen is located in Africa’s northernmost mountain range, the Rif Mountains. This beautiful town is called “blue pearl of Morocco” for its brilliantly blue buildings and alleys. it was founded in 1471 and was a Moorish fortress for exiled people from Spain. However, Jews and Christian joined over the period of time.

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Walk the alleys! (Photo Credit)

Why painted blue??

Well, jewish teachings believes that when prayer shawls are made of tekhlel dyed thread the God’s power becomes more potent. Thus, originally only the doors were painted blue but slowly it spread to the walls and alleys (I am definitely not complaining!)

What to do here?

Chefchaouen have numerous alleys and lanes scattered with beautiful sights and sound for any visitor to spend hours exploring and clicking pictures! There are many local eateries and shops that you must visit. if you are into trekking and hiking then there is plenty of gorges, peaks and valley with mountain streams that you can trek on. if you intend to trek then April to June is suitable time. Please remember that during winter it slightly snows in Chefchaouen and it may make hiking challenging. 

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Take a dip in Akchour Waterfalls! (Photo Credit)

What to eat?

Morocco is famous for its spices and aromatic herbs, therefore there is no doubt that the food here is heavenly! Bread has a crunchy outer layer as it is baked in wood-fired oven. Don’t forget to try ‘Tangine’. It is a typical Moroccan dish made with fish, vegetables, aromatic spices and served on a bed of flavourful couscous. it is also made with meat, if you want to try. Another favourite of mine is the cheese salad! They will serve your salads with a huge helping of goat cheese on the top!

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Moroccan Tangine (Photo Credit)

What should you buy?

What should you buy? Buy everything! Brass cutleries, handwoven shawls, Moroccan slippers, handmade tagine clay pots, etc! You will be spoiled for choice! Don’t forget to bargain, it is expected 🙂

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Sovenier Hunting! (Photo Credit)

Friends, in this post I gave you a little glimpse of the mesmerising ‘blue pearl of Morocco’. All the other details regarding how to reach, where to stay, etc will be covered in subsequent posts. So, keep posted!

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How To Travel From Paris To Barcelona By Train!

If you want to travel to Barcelona from Europe then catching the train from Paris would be your most economically viable solution. Between Paris to Barcelona there are three options – the Night Train, the Day Train (train change at Figueres) and the Hi-Speed TGV. A break-down of each is given below!

Paris to Barcelona (Night Train)

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The night train from Paris to Barcelona is called the ‘Joan Miró’ and is part of the Elipsos Trainhotel fleet which operates sleeper trains between Paris, Barcelona and Madrid all year round. This is one of the most popular European night trains, boasting 87% occupancy. It runs most days of the week, throughout the year, with some seasonal variation and price difference during summer and winter months.

The duration of the journey varies depending on the day of the week, but a typical Paris – Barcelona night train takes around 12 hours, giving you plenty of time to get a good night’s sleep in the comfortable couchettes. Night trains to Barcelona originate in Paris Austerlitz station and you’ll arrive into Barcelona Estació de Franca the following morning.

The cheapest train tickets, which include accommodation, on the Paris to Barcelona Joan Miró night train are the Prems fares. This is for one-way travel in a Tourist (T4) four-berth sleeper costing £67 during the off-peak season (September to March). During mid-June to mid-September the Prems fares fare slightly more expensive so expect to pay around £86 one-way! It also applies during the easter holidays. Two adults travelling together can opt for a Grand Double Club sleeper which also has a private washbasin & it will cost your around £106.50 per person each way. We recommend you book for the dinner in the on-board restaurant car. Pertinent to mention that dinner cost is included in the price for Grand Class tickets, but not for passengers in Tourist cabins. 

The Elipsos night train ticket booking can be done  90 days in advance from the date of arrival. The journey time  is 11 hr 50 mThe approximate cost of the tickets are as follows –

  • Singles from £67.00
  • Returns from £134.00

For further details go to the link in the picture above. They have covered the topic on night train extensively. 

Paris to Barcelona (Day Train changing at Figueres)

If you don’t want to take the night train but want to enjoy the view during the day then you can catch the high-speed AVE between Figueres and Barcelona. Be informed that you will travel from Paris Lyon on a double-decker TGV Duplex to Figueres Vilafant and from there you catch the high-speed line to Barcelona Sants. During the first part of the journey you will travel through the picturesque Rhone valley!

Trains depart every day of the week, one leaves in the morning and the other leaves in the afternoon. The cheapest tickets for this journey would cost around £59 Prems fares and you can book 90 days in advance. During summer booking can be done 120 days in advance sometimes!

The TGV ride takes around 5 hours and my suggestion would be that  choose the upper deck as your seating preference as the view will be magnificent! Travelling between Figueres Vilafant and Barcelona takes less than an hour. This train depart roughly every hour. The approximate cost of the tickets are as follows –

  • Singles from £59.00
  • Returns from £118.00

Paris to Barcelona (TGV Day Train)

You can also catch the hi-speed TGV from Paris to Barcelona. it takes around 6 hours 25 minutes and the is equipped with drop-down screens for film viewing, plus a variety of audio channels. The train leaves Paris at 7.15 am and another at 2.07pm. The approximate cost of the tickets are as follows –

  • Singles from £39.00
  • Returns from £70.00
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The Route (Photo Credit)
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How To Reach Monaco By Train From Europe!

When you hear ‘Monte Carlo’ what pops into your mind? For me, every time I think of Monte Carlo, I can only think of –

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Grace Kelly in her wedding dress! (Photo Credit)

 

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Monte Carlo Grand Pix (Photo Credit)
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Monte Carlo Seafront (Photo Credit)

         As you can see, all the things that comes into my mind are so mixed-up and ridiculously different from each other! Of Grace Kelly married the Kind of Monaco, so her connection is obvious. The movie was supposedly shot in Monte Carlo, so it do have some link with Monte Carlo… The Grand Pix is the new identity of Monte Carlo… Finally, the sea front definitely represents Monte Carlo to its core.

         You look at all those yachts and wonder quietly how will you reach this beautiful land, because yachts costs money! However, here is the good news for you, you can reach Monaco by train! Yes, by train!

         Every day a direct train departs Gare de Lyon station of Paris for Monaco around noon. It arrives around 6.5 hours later at Monte Carlo! Monaco’s only train station is at Monte Carlo and travels adjacent to the water’s edge and easily within walking distance of the harbour. This train service is a double-decker TGV Duplex train and you should utilise this opportunity to take a seat on the top deck for some great views! I heard that the cheapest fares are the non-flexible ‘Prems’ fares. Tickets come on sale 3 months in advance. A single ticket should cost you about $ 42 and Return ticket should cost you about $ 83.

               So, catch a train to Monte Carlo in your next visit of Paris!

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Best Time To Visit Russia

Russia has many interesting places to see and things to do, both man-made and natural. However, what you see or do will depend on what time of the year are going because this country has different climates at different seasons.

From mid-April the weather becomes warm (except the . mountain regions) and the spring time is the best season to see Russia as you will get to enjoy the natural beauty and also the impressive monuments and history of the country.

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Photo Credit: worldfortravel.com

Summer is also a great season to visit Russia and during summer you can even go to regions like Siberia or Altai. You know Lake Baikal is world’s longest and the deepest lake! Summer is also famous for its ‘White Nights’!

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@muradosmann took this photo at Kamchatka geysers

Autumn falls between September to mid-October and the weather is relatively fine and the trees leaves starts changing color to orange, red and brown. Russian winter can be pretty merciless.

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Winter may be milder in Moscow or Saint-Petersburg during December but rest of the part is quite cold. If you are visiting during winter then you can visit the museums, theatres and participate in the Russian national festivals. From second part of December the streets in every city is decorated for New Year Celebration.

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Hermitage Museum (Photo Credit)
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Royal Caribbean Enchantment of The Seas – Entertainment And Dining Facilities!

Hello cruisers (and potential cruisers!), today we will explore the entertainment and dining facilities available in the Royal Caribbean Enchantment of The Seas.

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For your relaxation!

This amazing cruise ship offers you 9 pools and whirlpools altogether! Can you believe it? There are 3 pools including the Solarium (adults-only retreat) and 6 whirlpools. The poolside also have a movie screen showing several amazing movies every night! Then you of course have a exclusive spa (but veryyy expensive), a fitness centre, and a hi-class Concierge Club. The Concierge Club reserved for Diamond Plus, Pinnacle Crown and Anchor Society members, and a very limited select suite guests. 

DSC02944For Adventure and Action!

Well for the adrenalin junkie and also for the mild adventure lover, the cruise ship offers Rock-climbing wall, Bungee trampoline for kids (socks and long pants must), Jogging track and a well-stacked (but claustrophobic) Video game arcade.

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Ah don’t worry because there is loads of fun for you and your little one too! They offer exclusive age-appropiate complimentary clubs for the little royalties – Royal Babies and Tots Nursery and Adventure Ocean Youth Program. They have a ‘teen-only’ hangout areas, Splash Deck with play fountain for kids, Bungee trampoline area for kids and many family-friendly  games, contests, classes, etc.

For Your Entertainment!

For your entertainment the Enchantment of the Seas offers a Retro Bar (R Bar), complimentary Broadway-style entertainment in the Main Theater, Vegas-style Casino Royale, 8 bars and lounges (Boleros, Champagne Bar, etc), Duty-free shopping and of course non-stop entertainment in the poolside area! Keep an eye on the Voyage-Compass that is kept in your stateroom and you will be spoiled for choice of complimentary entertainments and fun! In the auditorium you can watch movies, ongoing football games, etc.

20140713_165727For The Foodie!

If you are a foodie then you can rest assured that you are gonna have some of the best food in your life! Be warned that except for scheduled food-time, drinking water has to be bought and its very expensive. Anyways, where all you can eat? At Park Café (complimentary) you can eat gourmet sandwiches, salads, etc. At Wind Jammer Cafe (complimentary) it is multi-course dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You have the Chops Grille steakhouse, Frozen treats at Ben & Jerry’s® Ice Cream, Café Latté-tudes. 

DSC02947So, thats all for today! I hope the information was both entertaining and useful. See you soon with more posts on Royal Caribbean & other beautiful places!

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Top 10 Thing-To-Do At Sydney (Australia)

Sydney is a beautiful city with so many places to see with different things-to-do for different people. You can even decide not to do anything and yet manage to spend the whole day without getting bored. We had an amazing time at Sydney and hope you too have a great time. The 10 Must-Do things I would recommend for a true ‘Sydney experiences’ are as follows:

Sydney Harbour and Opera House

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Photo Courtesy: @samyeldhem

Charter a yacht or paddle or a kayak from Rose Bay and sail past the Opera House. Or you can even take a scenic cruise from Circular Quay or Darling Harbour, past national parks, Goat islands, etc. From Circular Quay you can take beautiful picture-postcard photos of the famous Sydney Harbour and the the Opera House. In the evening you can book an advance ticket for any of the showboats that cruise the harbour. The experience is amazing!

 

Paddington Street and Oxford Street

Shop till you drop! That’s Paddintong Street! You can browse through boutiques, souvenir shops, branded shops and lot more here. The paths are stroller friendly, so mums don’t worry! These streets are lined with art galleries and antique shops also.

Walk the Bondi Beach

The famous Bondi is an interesting area, where you can swim, wander the shops and stop for brunch overlooking the Icebergs pool. You can walk the cliffs to Bronte and have a relaxing cup of coffee in one of the beachside cafes.

Ghost Tour at Quarantine Station

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The Sydney’s Quarantine Station (commonly called the “Q” Station) is famous for paranormal activities! It offers various ghost tours aiming at families, individuals, groups, enthusiast etc. You can also learn about the history of the Station with its historical buildings and passenger’s stories. Quarantine Station has there own webpage and tours, so you might want to look those up before trying anywhere else.  

Manly Beach:

Manly Beach is a very interesting beach. It sits between two pointed land masses and has some of the best ocean surfs in the world! You can even learn to scuba-dive at nearby Cabbage Tree Bay. (P.S. the surfers here have amazing body and it gave me serious body complex for next 3 months!)

Darling Harbour:

There is no one word that can describe Darling Harbour to the fullest. It has hoards of shops, eateries, places to see, things to do, etc, etc. The Sydney Aquarium is one of the places in Darling Harbour that must be visited. Darling Harbour even has a website of its own! [www.darlingharbour.com]

 

Aboriginal Interactions or Tours

2Aboriginals were the original inhabitants of Australia and they still have preserved so much of their ancient culture and tradition. I would suggest that you must take a tour related to aboriginals, whether it is an interactive tour or a visit tour. Met this gentleman in one of the tours that we took and he was oblivious of the facts that tourists were sitting next to him and taking snaps! We decided not to disturb him till he finishes his music and afterwards it was a pretty interesting sign-language conversation!

Whale Watching

This is one of the most famous activities in and around Sydney. Sydney is a coastal city and hence, it provides ample opportunity to do a lot of whale watching. Whales are spotted during their annual migratory season, which is between May to November. Whales are more visible from specific parts of the shore or from higher cliffs. The option would be to take a ‘Whale Watching Cruise’. The whales that are sighted here are generally the Humpback and Southern Right whales. Some of the reputed cruises that you might book into are:

  • Oz Whale Watching
  • Australian Whale Watching
  • Whale Watching Sydney
  • Go Whale Watching Sydney
  • Whale Watching Cruise with Fantasea
  • Departure point is either Circular Quay or Darling Harbour. Click the individual links for further details.

Blue Mountain (Day – Trip)

1Blue Mountains is approx. 3 hours’ drive from Sydney and is UNESCO World Heritage Site. The reason for granting it this honour is stated as, “… it is noted for its representation of the evolutionary adaptation and diversification of the eucalypts in post-Gondwana isolation on the Australian continent… The site provides significant representation of Australia’s biodiversity with ten percent of the vascular flora as well as significant numbers of rare or threatened species, including endemic and evolutionary relict species, such as the Wollemi pine, which have persisted in highly-restricted micro sites.” Blue Mountain Range is a thrilling combination of rugged mountains, pristine greenery, massive rocky outcroppings, cascading waterfalls and some of the most beautiful and rare flora and fauna. Don’t forget to take a picture near the ‘Three Sisters’ formation and a ride on the downhill free-fall train!

Jenolan Caves:

Jenolan Caves is a network of ancient limestone caves of different sizes. Since this cave-system is in the Blue Mountain vicinity, hence both can be clubbed together. There are several tours offered tailored for different age groups, tastes, interests, etc. The general timing of the tours are from 9am onwards. Some of the different caves tours are the Adventure Caving at Mammoth Cave Tour, Adventure Caving at Aladdin Cave, Temple of Baa Cave, River Cave Tour, Chifley Cave Tour, Cave Tour, Ribbon Cave Tour, Imperial Cave Tour, L Cave Tour, Orient Cave Tour, Imperial Cave Tour, Plughole tour.

So, I wrap-up here with all-important links at your disposal! Have
fun & you can thank me later!

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Understanding French Trains & Some Basics

The first time I visited France and tried to catch a train, it was one of the biggest hassle of my life! I didn’t understand the language, I didn’t understand the kiosks, I didn’t understand anything about their train system as it is unlike any other that I encountered in Europe or elsewhere. After a lots of trial and error (and sign languages with helpful passerby!) I managed to get a ride in a French train. So, this post is for all those who is travelling to France for the first time and intend to take a train there and also for seasoned travellers who are still trying to demystify the French train system! In this post I’ll discuss about the trains in France, the ticketing system, some basics about travelling in French trains, etc.

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How and where to buy train tickets?

The most important question – how to buy train tickets in France? The general thumb rule is that you should buy your tickets (whether for local or regional trains) at the station itself. The prices are fixed and no reservation is required. However, it is important to remember that almost all long-distance trains require compulsory reservation, including the TGVs. For the long-distance trains it is advisable to buy the tickets as early as possible as it is cheapest then. Slowly the price keeps of increasing (like in plane tickets!). Generally all long-distance trains tickets comes with the reservation aromatically included. If you wish you can buy tickets online from the French Rails (SNCF) website http://www.sncf.com/, however, please read into the Rules & Regulations as it is seen that when you buy online tickets there might be a slight difference as to whether you can choose your seats or not. So, before you click the ‘Purchase’ button read through the smaller prints.

Do you need to buy tickets in advance?

  • For Local & regional trains: No. Buy a ticket from yellow self-service machine at the station or from the ticket office.

  • Short-distance Inter-City trains:No. They don’t have compulsory seat reservation.
  • Long-distance trains: Yes. All high-speed trains and long-distance Intercités require compulsory reservation. They come with a seat reservation automatically included in the price. Booking opens 90 days ahead.

Pertinent to know that French trains are also classified as High-Speed Train, Classic Train and Low-Fare Train and I will cover these classifications in another post.

Other important Informations:

 

  • e-ticket: If you have bought a ticket online then ensure that you print it full-size on A4 or US Letter Size paper.
  • Ticket Collection: If your online tickets is not the ‘print-at-home’ type, then collect it from the yellow self-service ticket machines at any major station in France. You will have to enter your booking reference and lead passenger name, and bingo you get your ticket! Please remember that some of the online tickets are a bit tricky and you might have to have the original credit card with you. If your face difficulty, don’t panic and approach the staffed counter. They will help you out.

  • Ticket validation: This is a MUST KNOW! All French train tickets bought from the machine or counter must be validated before you board your train. You validate it by putting the ticket into the slot in the small yellow machines marked Compostez votre billet at the entrance to each platform. If you don’t validate you will be fined, which is quite a large amount!
  • Luggage on trains: You can carry your luggage in all French trains. There are no baggage fees or weight limits. Do remember to place your luggage on the racks at the end of each car, or above your head. Don’t block the passage, that’s very rude.
  • Child seat reservation: Infants and all children under 4 years travel free on French trains and they need no tickets. They have to be carried on your lap though. However, if you do want a seat for your little one then on domestic TGV, TER and Intercité trains you can pay around €10 for a ‘forfait Bambin’ and get a reserved seat for your infant.

That’s all for today folks! Hope the information was useful! Have a great day!

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The Great Barrier Reef (Australia)

A visited to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia is an amazing & humbling experience. It is the world’s largest coral reef system and is the world’s biggest single structure made by living organisms! Great Barrier Reef is located in the Coral Sea, (North-east of Australia) and can be seen from outer space! So imagine its massiveness and size! The Great Barrier Reef also finds place in the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Green Island, Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is more conveniently visited from Crains and from there you will be taken to the Green Island (a small island in middle of the reef) by high-speed catamaran or speedboat. The weather is generally sunny and the ocean is an unique combination of  turquoise blue in certain areas and an emerald green in others… The ride from Crains is around 1.5 hours through clear beautiful waters and in between you can see amazing varieties of marines animals. You can spot the Green Island from quite a distance as it looks striking against turquoise blue water and for being the only landmass in middle of this marine haven! The sand is white and the island is abundant with green foliage of all shapes & size!

Your catamaran/ speedboat docks very near to the shore and you can walked to the most amazing shore! Here you have a choice of activities like snorkelling, scuba diving or simply lazing around! The water is so clear that you can see the fishes and underwater life clearly, so I would definitely suggest everyone to do scuba diving or snorkeling here! 

4However, if you don’t want to get wet or would want to try something more, take a ride in the Glass-Bottom Boat Ride and Submarine Ride. From the submarine window you will see all this fishes swimming around and the coral reefs and other habitations of the reef! Both are excellent and will fill your time with “oohs & aahhhs!”  

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View from Glass-Bottom Boat
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View from Submarine

The island has a selection of eateries, so don’t worry you won’t go hungry, however, I do suggest you bring your own water because the water is quite expensive here. Maybe it’s the story of “water, water everywhere! But not a single drop to drink!”

After an amazing day here you will be returned to Crains by the same catamaran/speedboat but the experience of The Great Barrier Reef will never leave you because it is an EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME!

Hope you take out time to visit this amazing natural wonder someday!

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10 Things-To-Do In Ko Samui (Thailand)

Ko Samui is a small island but Thailand’s second largest island. It lies in the Gulf of Thailand & is known for its palm-fringed beaches, coconut groves, small mountains & lush rainforest. Ko Samui has also become one of the luxury resorts destination & high-end spas. At Ko Samui the maximum tourists spends a large part of their time in the beaches, however, there are few more things that you can do here other than being a beach bump! Here are the Top-10 things that you can do at Ko Samui.

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No.1: Sightseeing of Local Attractions

Koh Samui has several sightseeing places and attracts both tourists and locals alike. The most notable of them is the Big Buddha temple which sits on a small rocky island & locally known as Wat Phra Yai. It is a 12-metre golden seated Buddha. Another tourist attraction is the Wat Plai Laem, which is a Buddhist temple compound featuring a white 18-arm image of Guanyin. If you are taking a tour program then you will obviously be taken to Hin Ta and Hin Yai. It is rock formations commonly known as Grandpa (Ta) and Grandma (Yai). For the breath of my life I can’t understand the fascination about it because it allegedly represent the male phalange. If you are going on your own, you can happily skip this attraction. Another interesting attraction is the ‘Mummified Monk’ at Wat Khunaram. The monk Luong Pordaeng died in 1973 in a seated meditative position, yet remarkably, the body shows little sign of decay.

No.2: Visit Ang Thong National Marine Park.

Ang Thong National Marine Park is situated around 28-30 kms away from Koh Samui town and is a archipelago of 42 islands in the Gulf of Thailand. It is remarkable for its limestone mountains, lucious jungle with waterfalls, white sand beaches, secret coves and several lakes! It is a protected area & is filled with exquisite flora and fauna. Here you can indulge in hiking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving, etc.

No.3 Fisherman’s Village Samui

Fisherman’s Village Samui is a historical part with old-world type buildings & it houses boutique, uptown restaurants and several trendy hotels. Every Friday the whole area becomes a Walking Street market and is a shopper’s paradise.

No.4 Koh Tao Island

This island is 55 km from Koh Samui & Koh Tao means ‘Turtle Island’ & is excellent place for scuba diving. It is a white-sand beach hilly island surrounded by the crystal-clear waters. The coral reefs are vibrant with wide range of exotic sea creatures, including turtles. This island even boasts of several hotels, restaurants & nightlife.

No.5 Na Muang Waterfalls

Na Muang Waterfalls is found inland (about 12 kms) & can be reached only by walking across uneven areas for about 10 mins. It is basically two waterfalls, the first waterfall Na Muang 1, flows down into a natural pool. However the 2nd waterfall is another 30 minutes uphill by foot smaller Na Muang 2.

No.6 Secret Buddha Garden

Secret Buddha Garden is located in the hills in Koh Samui’s interior. It has an unusual collection of statues in middle of the jungle. Nim Thongsuk created the garden since 1976 & depict animals, deities & also humans.He died at the age of 91.

No.7 Cabarets

Thailand is famous for its cabarets, mainly the cabarets by ladyboys. You can enjoy a glittery evening full of fun & entertainment. A typical show involves lip-synched performance on popular songs  & the performers being dressed in elaborate costumes and make-up.

No.8: Samui Butterfly Garden

Samui Butterfly Garden is also known as Na Tian Butterfly Garden, is in the south of the island & offers a huge collection of colours spectacular butterflies. There is also an Insect Museum & a bee house. The landscaped garden features many tropical flowers too.        

No.9: Ziplining Experience at Secret Falls Canopy Adventures

Ziplining will rush you over the lush green rainforest, amazing waterfalls & spectacular scenery at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour (80 km/h)! It’s not for the faint-hearted! You will be picked-up from your hotel & taken to the island’s mountain forest. At the base camp there will be a quick safety briefing & then taken to the line. You will be covering around 2 km with 18 platforms in-between.

No.10: Koh Samui Water Activities & Tours

 Koh Samui is swamping with various water activities, including cruises and water tours. The relative clarity of the water and the exotic marine life makes its perfect for snorkeling, diving, kayaking, etc. You can also go yachting by chartered yacht.

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Top-3 Wildlife Parks & Sanctuaries of Assam (India)

Assam has over 25 national parks & wildlife sanctuaries. In this post we will cover the top 3 national parks & wildlife sanctuaries. If you are a nature lover or have kids with you on tour trip then a visit to atleast one of these biodiverse sanctuaries is a must!

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Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary

This sanctuary is a protected area of around 38.81 sq km and meant for the protection of the endangered on-horned rhino. In Pobitor the rhino concentration is higher then the Kaziranga. Once in Pobitora, you can either visit the sanctuary on elephant-back or covered jeeps. You can also take a walk in the sanctuary in the designated path. Pobitor is also good for sighting amazing birds. Children would love the boat ride and the children’s park. Return back after lunch and reach Guwahati in the afternoon.

Starting Point: Guwahati, Assam

Kaziranga National Park

Kaziranga National Park is the natural habitat of not only the one- horned rhino but you will also see some of the exotic migratory birds that makes it their home every year during different season. If you take a guid then he will be able to  share with you their extensive knowledge of jungle and also the local life and culture. You can combine Kaziranga visit with a trip to get a glimpse of the simple life style of some of the oldest ethnic groups of this region and also be able to enjoy their cuisine. You can also  visit tea gardens and see local dance forms like bihu and jhumur. Pertinent to mention that you should book through a local tour group/agency if you are interested in knowing the local people and culture, enjoy their cuisine and lifestyle.

Starting Point: Guwahati (Assam) or Jorhat (Assam)                

Nameri National Park

Nameri National Park is located in the foothills of Himalayas & about 40 kms from Tezpur. Nameri has over 300 species of birds. Jia- Bhoroli and its 6 tributaries criss-cross this area. You will also encounter Sambar, Hog Deer, Barking deer, Wild Boar, etc. Tiger and Leopards are also occupants of this national park! At Nameri National Park you can stay in an Eco Camp and experience the unique flora and fauna of the rainforest.

Departure & Return Point: Guwahati (Assam) or Tezpur (Assam)           

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