Ko Samui – Crown Jewel of Thailand Tourist Spots

September 21, 2009 at 5:52 am (Uncategorized)

A lot of us tend to underestimate the grandeur, splendour and majesty of the many beautiful islands of the country of Thailand. While we are on this topic it is unfitting not to remember the magical contribution that Ko Samui makes to the tourist attractions of Thailand. It plays its part perfectly providing every vacationer with a valid reason to return again and again.

This island, Thailand’s third largest, is located approximately 35 kms. from the town of Surat Thani and offers commuters an international airport, which is humble in its design and yet boasts of a uniqueness that is yet to be matched. This is the perfect place to land giving you a subtle hint of a vacation spot out of a fairytale world. Transportation within the island is not a problem. Samui is known for its Pickup taxis that will take you around the island, and are easy to come by during the day and at night. You can also rent yourself a jeep or motorbike at an extremely reasonable price, if you want to explore the island for yourself; highly recommended by any tourist.

The main areas to visit in Ko Samui are Chaweng and Lamai. They are famous among all tourists alike for their bustling streets during the day offering exquisite Thai cuisine, an exhaustive range of shops for the compulsive shopper and their generally inviting atmosphere. Night life in Cheweng and Lamai is no less exciting. They have their own selection of bars and discotheques and pubs to welcome their visitors to arguably the best nightlife around. The Green Mango, Reggae Pub, Santa Fe and Bauhaus are the most famous night spots on the island.

We can’t forget one of the major reasons anyone would want to visit Thailand. Of course, it’s the sprawling Thailand beaches, giving all tourists the opportunity to soak up the sun. Ko Samui offers no less to its tourists. Some of the better known Thailand beaches in Ko Samui are Chaweng Beach, Lamai Beach and Mae Nam Beach, each providing the tourist with different experiences and activities, but all providing the same warm Thai hospitality.

The tourist attractions in Thailand are also its various Thailand festivals. In Ko Samui, just like any other part of Thailand, they celebrate, in addition to New Year’s Day and the Chinese New Year, the Thai New Year. It is known is Songkran, a word derived from Sanskrit, and is celebrated every year from 13th April to 15th April. Loy Krathong is another unique Thailand festival held in Ko Samui.

So if you want a truly Thai branded experience, Ko Samui is no less a haven than any other mysterious island of this magnificent country. A journey to this fascinating place will leave you always coming back for more.

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Loving Bucharest

September 12, 2009 at 5:51 am (Uncategorized)

For a foreigner, Bucharest is the capital of Romania, but for the people living here it is more than that.

When you are used to travel abroad, of course it is easier to make the difference, to understand why a city could speak better for itself, instead of many others could do. Ignoring the bad rumors, taking into consideration only the good things about the city, let’s imagine the trip of a new arrived in town, coming by plane from anywhere:

1. The arrival in Romania-Bucharest on Henri Coanda International Airport (old name Otopeni).

2. From the airport you can take a taxi, a yellow and licensed car, or the bus until Piata Unirii, right in the heart of the city.

3. On the way from the airport you will see showrooms for cars, furniture and construction materials shops, a lot of advertising banners, houses and blocks of flats. Somewhere on the left side is Zoo Baneasa and the International Bucharest Baneasa Aurel Vlaicu Airport (old name Baneasa). A lot of hyper and supermarkets can be found now on the road: Metro is one of them.

4. On the left side there are Herastrau Lake and Herastrau Park, on the right side there is a big building named Casa Presei (old name Casa Scanteii) where the most important newspapers and magazines are printed. Closed to Casa Presei, it is the Exhibition Center Romexpo, where in the last years many international and internal exhibition and fairs were organized.

5. World Trade Center, former Sofitel and currently operating under Pullmann brand is a modern and exquisite business center which is also situated on the right side.

6. On the left side, inside the Herastrau Park, or close to it there is Palatul Elisabeta, which belongs now to the former King of Romania Mihai and to the Princess Margareta. Also Muzeul Satului (The Paysan’s Museum)is inside the park, a piece of Romanian old tradition and old houses. It is very interesting because the whole museum is a restored village sharing its stories with the visitors. Many popular exhibitions are organized here and the traditional folklore, the beautiful costumes and the old houses offer a glimpse of Romania’s history.

7. The Triumph’s Arch (Arcul of Triumf) presents the honours in town to the visitors. The National Television buildings are situated on the left side, not far from Herastrau Park. If you choose to go towards Ana Ipatescu boulevard, you could see beutiful old houses where a lot of embassies are placed. The Paysan’s Museum, The Art Collections Museum, Antipa Museum are situated on the right side.

8. Arrived in Victoriei Square, where Victoriei Palace is situated on the left side, you have to decide on which way to continue, this depending on your final destination. First of all you will reach the Romana Square, where The Academy for Economic Studies, is situated in an old and beutiful huge building, on the left side. Howard Johnson Hotel is situated in the area. If you want to go in the middle of the city and to reach the University Square you will follow on Nicolae Balcescu Boulevard, or you could go on Calea Victoriei Boulevard, which is the next on the right side.

Be aware that the traffic in Bucharest is very heavy, especially at the rush hours – from 8 to 10 in the morning and from 5 to 7 in the afternoon.

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What to Visit in Paris

September 1, 2009 at 5:49 am (Uncategorized)

Paris is an ancient city full of intrigue with a huge story, but what many people do not realize is that is great, in fact, the second largest in Western Europe. Paris is famous for several things, like the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, markets, galleries and history matched only in other European cities.

Short breaks in Paris are primarily taken by couples wanting a romantic weekend, but it is a great city with lots to see and do that to really get a sense of this city, it takes a week. Traveling around Paris is relatively easy as the subway system is very efficient and reaches everywhere.

La Tour Eiffel, who has more than 300 meters high, is a magnificent steel structure can be seen throughout most locations around the city with elevators take tourists to visit the top for a panoramic view of Paris. The night was full of lights that must be seen to be believed it is also possible to take organized tours which not only inform visitors about the history of the Tour, but also on the history of France.

A stroll along the Champs-Elysees is a must when visiting Paris, the most famous street in Paris, with shops, cafes and restaurants packed along wide sidewalks. This is the elegant area of Paris market which attracts thousands of tourists each day is also where most hotels are five star, but fortunately, hotels tend to be cheaper once you move out from downtown.

With nearly one third of a million samples, you can not see everything in the museum of the famous city, the Louvre, in fact, probably never to see them all if they were there every day of the week. There are thousands of pictures here and maybe some of the finest art collections in the world, including the famous Mona Lisa.

Then there is the equally famous Arc de Triomphe Napoleon, who built and engraved with the names of his generals back in 1806 which became an ideal place to take pictures. The Arc also features an observatory to take in the surroundings and views and is located on the Place Charles de Gaulle where twelve of the main avenues of Paris have begun, including the Champs-Elysees.

Obviously, this is not the only places to visit, but when visiting Paris, these are the most popular and certainly can not lose more than offer many regular guided tours, some with little or no everything. Paris has always been a destination for artists it is therefore not surprising that people like Monet, Picasso and many others lived in the city for years and some of his works are still visible today.

Paris short stays never be regarded as tasters for what is a truly wonderful destination city as this article has not yet considered the question of medieval castles and Gothic churches that Paris has in abundance.

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