8 Start Places for Your Thailand Holiday

July 30, 2009 at 5:42 am (Uncategorized)

Bangkok the big mango

Bangkok is the ideal starting point for any Thai holiday and countless monstrous shopping centers and hundreds of clubs will keep you busy forever. The tourist’s sights around the grand palace will be done in a weekend and if shopping is not your thing Bangkok have exit in all directions for very cheap prices by air, bus or train. It is also the home of Khosan Road the mysterious street that is the big starting point for every person who wants to be called a true backpacker in Asia. You will feel right at home with backpackers delight such as Star Bucks and Mac D that moved in a few years ago.

Pattaya the black pearl on the east coast of Thailand

Pattaya, discovered by the Americans during the south east Asia wars, built up by sun hungry men from the United Kingdom during the 1980s, invaded by Vikings in the 1990 and put to sleep until around 2000 when the Arab invasion started but was stopped by the Russian take over in 2006. People come to Pattaya to live, to play golf, to visit the many girl bars but they don’t come to swim in the sea. Pattaya is not a ideal family holiday destination but Thai family’s still flock her on big weekends to sit under huge parasols with their cloth while playing cards and eating sea food.

Issan the forgotten Kingdom

Not many tourists travel further north then Ayutthaya but more to the north east is the forgotten tourist destination if Issan (essan). Issan is what many people call the real Thailand and people from north east are the work horses behind all factories and rice farms in Thailand. On the big holidays you can see Bangkok shut down and the bus stations overfill with people trying to get back to the forgotten Kingdom. For people that want to travel where not many tourists have traveled before this is the perfect place to start your exploration of Thailand. Most backpackers skipped the north east of Thailand and headed straight for the northern parts so this is a hidden gem. You will not see many other white people besides the older settlers and their younger native wife’s. Don’t be surprised if some villages never seen a white person and that you will see Thai genuine smiles and hospitality. You can travel by bus but the best way to travel is by car or motorbike if you have the possibility.

Samui island the rebel outpost

Samui was from the beginning a big farm for Coconuts but most of them have been cut down or died in a disease and nothing is done to save them. Now Samui in south Thailand is a place for backpackers that could not leave Thailand because they did not want to back their suite job. They also could not get enough of trance music that coming from the island of Koh-Phangan. The former backpackers’ have set up spa, yoga centers, cologne centers, wellness centers and just feeling happy because I smoke to much weed centers. Samui has real unspoiled beaches and bungalows by the sea and in the wet season the whole center get flooded. You can compare it a bit to Christiania in Denmark since the motorbike gangs also found their way here, it just more sunny.

Phuket the Andaman Pearl

Phuket is the starting point of every island hopping tour in south Thailand and many low cost carriers fly here every day from around the world. It the home too many expat and you will find the most ridicules prices ever for a house on this Island. Phuket is a perfect holiday detention for everybody because it has the nightlife, the clean beaches and cheap hotels if you look for it. Phuket has never really recovered after the Tsunami 2004 and the many hotels are empty most of the low season and real bargains can be found.

Krabi the Island kingdom

Who can forget the old James Bond movie “Gold finger” and the hidden Island near Krabi in south Thailand? If you want beaches, underwater exploring and quiet nightlife then Krabi is the place to go. It is also the place people go for rock climbing. Krabi has many spectacular five star resorts where the beach really belongs to you and not many tourists bother to travel down here.

Chiang Mai the northern realm

It does not matter how you spell it Chiang Mai, Chiangmai, Cheng Mai or Cheang Mai it is still the capital of northern Thailand. Many artists and culture personalities from both Thailand abroad have built homes here and they create a unique atmosphere in this northern part of Thailand. If you want to travel further north and visit the hill tribes of Thailand Chiang Mai is your starting point. The town has lost some of its charm to traffic jams and forest burning but in the cold season Thai travel so they can try on the glows and winter clothing’s they bought in Bangkok. If you want to buy cheap Thai style furniture imported from Burma this is the play to go.

Hua Hin the new charter Paradise

Thai people think of Hua hin like a high society place and like to travel there by car and stay in posh hotels and visits expansive spas. The sea side resort is most famous because it’s where the King of Thailand like has his summer castle. The tourists that come here are mostly charter and Hua Hin is perfect for families even it’s is a bit difficult to get there. The beach stretches forever and ever year they play elephant polo here.


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Vacations in Prague

July 16, 2009 at 5:40 am (Uncategorized)

This world is full of beautiful places and it is very difficult to see all of them mainly due to constraints of finance and time. As such, it is important to choose some of the best places that you can conveniently see and among these places, Prague deserves a prominent place.

Prague lies in the heart of Europe and its attributes include a wonderful history, a dazzling scenario, breathtaking architecture, and an atmosphere full of mystery and stunning aura. You are surrounded by culture everywhere as you visit the rich museums and galleries, and see the awe-inspiring architecture. You will get immersed in the music that pervades the air and has been there for many centuries.

Prague Christmas Festival Season And Christmas Markets

Prague is particularly more attractive during the Christmas season as the Christmas markets allure everyone from young to old. Tourists from different parts of the world, especially from the European countries such as England, Italy, Germany and Russia can be seen everywhere visiting the markets and buying what they like. These markets normally start four Saturdays before Christmas Eve (24th December) and are open on all days of the week till the beginning of January. Although the temperatures fall considerably during this period and it is very cold, the markets do brisk business and visitors also strike good bargains. The items that are available include holiday items, traditional Christmas decorations, crafts, and gift items.

Apart from Prague Christmas ornaments, you can find a wide array of glass jewelry, Czech wooden toys, ceramic beer mugs, scarves, and scented candles.

There is plenty to eat and drink in the form of traditional food items, grog, hot wine, and warm honey liquor. The food items are made fresh right in front of you and you might not get such delicious food elsewhere. Everywhere you go, you will hear Christmas carols and you will really feel immersed in the Prague Christmas spirit. Beautiful illuminations add a sparkle to the markets at night.
There are about seventy to eighty stands on the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square selling Czech souvenirs and Christmas items and this market is very popular. There are many other Prague Christmas markets throughout the city. The most spectacular sight is of the Christmas tree appearing majestic against a dark gothic skyline. It is erected in the Old Town Square and is illuminated at night by a blaze of lights.

New Year Eve Celebrations

Spending Prague New Year Eve is a wonderful experience that you have to experience to believe. It seems that the entire city is having a party time as people throng the restaurants, river boats, clubs, and bars to their full capacities. When midnight approaches, spectacular fireworks can be seen by the revelers who occupy every inch of space in the famous squares and the river banks. People enjoy Prague New Year’s Eve in various ways as some take pleasure in wining and dining throughout the night at any of the restaurants and others crave for quiet romantic candle light dinners. There are others who opt for partying in a club or music bar.

Prague Sightseeing

There are so many wonderful Prague sightseeing places that you would need at least three days to enjoy all the sights and the absolutely enchanting atmosphere. If you wish to see the other interesting places outside Prague you would need additional time.

So, the next time you are planning a holiday with your family, Prague should be your first choice as it offers the best at the minimum cost.

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Top Attractions in Kilkenny, Ireland

July 4, 2009 at 5:38 am (Uncategorized)

Kilkenny Castle

The magnificent Kilkenny Castle boasts a superb location on an elevated site overlooking Kilkenny city. The castle was built in the 12th century for William Marshall – the 4th Earl of Pembroke, but it’s said that Strongbow built a wooden structure here long before that.

Today, this Anglo Norman stone castle is an amalgamation of different architectural styles from its development down through the years. You’ll see an impressive 17th century classical gateway, 18th century crescent shaped stables and some 19th century Baronial style motifs. Take a tour of the castle and visit the Medieval Room, the courtyard, the undercroft, the dining room, the entrance hall, the drawing room, the library, the state bedrooms and the Victorian kitchen.

The castle is the centrepiece of Kilkenny city so a visit here is a must. The grounds around the castle are also well worth exploring.

Rothe House

Rothe House is a fine example of a 17th century Irish merchant’s townhouse. It’s located on Parliament Street in the city and is well worth a visit if only for an hour or so for a self guided tour.

The historic Rothe House was built between 1594 and 1610 by a wealthy merchant called John Rothe. He was from one of the wealthiest families in Kilkenny at the time and controlled much of the city’s trade.

The house (which is actually made up of three houses) is now in ownership of the Kilkenny Archaeological Society and houses an impressive museum where you can see historical artefacts and archaeological items from all over Kilkenny.

St. Canice’s Cathedral

It’s hard to miss St.Canice’s Cathedral when in Kilkenny city as it is the 2nd largest medieval cathedral in Ireland (after St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin). There has been an ecclesiastical site here since the 6th century and it was called after ‘St. Canice’. Kilkenny in Gaelic translates as Cill Channaigh meaning ‘Church of Canice’. The magnificent Cathedral boasts 14th century stained glass windows, marble floors in the Sanctuary and unique tombstone carvings.

Alongside the Cathedral stands a Round Tower – a feature built next to major religious sites during the late 8th century to protect from Viking raids. Today, visitors can climb the round tower to admire 360 degree views of the city and countryside. The round tower is of major historical and national importance as it’s said that it’s the oldest standing structure in the city!

Other peripheral buildings of importance include a charming period cottage called The Organist’s Cottage, the Library, the Deanery and the Bishops House.

Butler Gallery

The Butler Gallery is actually located within Kilkenny Castle and is one of the finest exhibition spaces in Ireland. Here you’ll see impressive collections of 19th and 20th century Irish art.

The Butler Gallery Collection features art from the 18th century to the present day. On display here are works of art from renowned artists like Jack B. Yeats, Sir John Lavery, William Scott, Tony O’ Malley and William Scott to name a few.

The gallery also hosts some monthly and touring exhibitions.

The National Craft Gallery

This is the main exhibition space for the Crafts Council of Ireland. It has a wonderful location in the Castle Yard, which used to be the stables of Kilkenny Castle. The exhibition space is an outlet for Irish craftspeople to showcase their works of art to the general public.

The gallery is sure to capture the visitor’s imagination with a wide range of crafts on show from textiles, glass and furniture to baskets, jewellery and ceramics.

Works by some of the world’s top craftspeople are also on show here. Admission to the gallery is free of charge so it’s definitely worth popping in here to check out the impressive range of contemporary crafts.

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