Archive for August, 2013

A Tour at Ko Tao, Thailand’s Little Paradise

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

bangkokIn an article published by Yahoo! Travel, Bangkok has finally overtaken London as the world’s most popular destination. According to MasterCard’s Global Destination Cities Index 2013, the Southeast Asian city received 15.98 million tourists in 2013 as compared to London’s 15.96 million. MasterCard reported that the activities and allures such as spicy Thai cuisine, ancient temples, huge Buddha statues, shopping malls are what lured in millions of tourists to visit the Southeast Asian paradise.

If you’re going to divide that 15.96 million to seven (the number of months that has passed this 2013), it shows that an average of 2 million visitors arrives in Bangkok every month; that is too much for a tiny city. Not that it is a bad thing, but for travellers whose aim is relax and recuperate, the busy streets of Bangkok is the best place to unwind. If you are thinking the same way, here’s something you can do: finish your shopping escapades in the city right away and ask your agent to book you tickets to a paradise called Ko Tao. This island, which is 30 minutes away from the Thailand capital by plane, is known for its peaceful atmosphere and eco-tourism.

flight bookings thailandKo Tao is called Turtle Island because its shape resembles a turtle. Because the government keeps it that way, the island is not as crowded as Phuket and other mainstream Thailand beaches. You will definitely feel refreshed and at ease in this place as the island receives only an average 9,000 visitors per month.

Apart from taking a dip in its cool and pristine waters, tourists also come to Ko Tao to take part in a one-of-a-kind diving experience. As of this year, the island has a total of 12 official diving spots, all featuring a wide range of marine life. Among the marine species that people get to see during their diving sessions are the great barracuda, titan triggerfish, clown triggerfish, hawksbill turtle, whale shark, and manta ray. The island also boasts scenic natural landmarks like huge boulders and odd rock formations, white sand beaches, hundreds of hard and soft coral formations, and a huge rock chimney that features an amazing vertical swim-through. Other activities worth-trying in Ko Tao are hiking, camping, sailing, island hopping, and mountain biking.

When it comes to hotel accommodation, you will never feel like you’re away from the city as Ko Tao has a number of hotels and resorts with 24 hour air-conditioning, in-house theaters, mini-golf courses, and sizzling bars. Restaurants around the island also serve different cuisines, boasting cuisines like Thai, French, Italian, and so much more. With a combination of natural and man-made pleasures, Ko Tao island is surely the place to be.

Finding cheap vacation packages online

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

cheap vacation packages onlineDo you want to take your family on a vacation but are worried about the mammoth cost you will have to bear for it? Well, if your answer to this question is a yes then you need to understand that you are not the only one. There are many people who deter from taking their families on vacations because of the big bucks they will need to shell out. However, you will be glad to know that if you do a bit of research then finding cheap vacation packages are not that difficult at all. Here are a few steps for finding cheap vacation packages.

To find cheap vacation packages, you must first undertake an online research. Most travel agencies advertise their vacation packages online nowadays and the internet is the best place where you will find holiday packages that will not burn a hole in your pocket. Once you have found travel agencies that offer cheap packages to the tourist destination you are on keen on, you will have to compare the deals that each of them are offering. Give preference to packages that are all-inclusive; they include both flight fares and hotel tariffs and gives you a very clear idea about the money that you will have to spend. There are some holiday packages that offer discounts on car rentals as well. What you will have to do is first whittle down your option to two or three packages. Then you will have to call these two or three package providers and ensure that none of the things mentioned in their advertisements are misleading.

After you have decided on a certain vacation package, you will need to book in online. To successfully book the package you must follow the directions mentioned on the website. After completing the booking procedure, make sure that you receive the confirmation email.