Bangkok Sightseeing Vacation – Frugal Tips

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Bangkok Sightseeing Vacation – Frugal Tips

Have you been planning a Bangkok sightseeing vacation but always holds it back because of budget constraints? Don’t worry because there are many ways to enjoy Bangkok even with limited vacation funds.

Bangkok is really one of the best places to visit if you want quality but inexpensive vacation. It has numerous tourist attractions that are usually accessible by public transportation. So before you cave in to the luring sales pitch of the tour guides that charge hefty fees, it is worth to read the following frugal tips for your future Bangkok sightseeing vacation plan.

Use the Map. You can ask a free copy of Bangkok map at the hotel concierge. If you cannot find any, though rarely, you can always refer to the maps located in the public transportation stations of the metro train or express boats.

Also, majority of the tourist attractions have tourist information booth nearby that you can approach.

Research Earlier. Guided tours are always expensive because you pay for their service and knowledge. Tour guides will provide you with the history, its significance and other related information of the sights you wish to go.

But why spend a dime for information that is widely available with no cost at all. Before you pack your things, do some little homework. Research and read about those famous tourist attractions that you plan to visit. This will save you a substantial amount of money while you will enjoy the thrill of exploring unguided Bangkok sightseeing tours.

Take Express Boat. This is the great way to get around in Bangkok because it is cheap and fast, away from the congested roads. Express boat is also known as the public boat. With regular trips and several routes, you can visit major tourist attractions using express boat.

Here are few local tourist attractions that you can reach through Express boat.

• Emerald Buddha & Grand Palace
• The Golden Buddha
• The Reclining Buddha
• The National Museum of Royal Barges
• Wat Arun

Tour guides will approach you in every sightseeing site. Don’t succumb to their overcharged fees as most of the local attractions are just walking distance from the pier (where the express (public) boats dock).

For instance, Wat Arun is located just across the pier Tha Tien where you get off for the Reclining Buddha. There is available ferry that will take you for five minutes or less to the Wat Arun from the Tha Tien pier for only 3 bhat per way.

Bangkok Mass Transit System. It is also known as BTS Sky train, a quick and convenient way to reach shopping malls and other tourists destinations. Aside that it gives you a top view of the city, BTS Sky train is also clean. It will cost you between 30-40 baht per trip per way.
Here are few places you can go using the BTS Sky train.

• Siam Square (Bangkok’s shopping heartland)
• Victory Monument
• MBK Shopping Mall
• Chatuchak or Weekend Market

Pack Extra Traveling Bags. Bangkok is always associated with shopping because there are so many things to buy at reasonable prices from clothes, shoes, silk, tailor-made suits, jewelries to souvenir items. You will definitely end up with an extra travelling bag on your return.

To pack all these new shopping goodies, you will need an additional suitcase on your return but why you have to buy an extra suitcase when you can pack some old folding traveling bags you keep in your closet back home.

Now that you know few Bangkok sightseeing vacation frugal tips, it’s about time to let go your travel qualms and enjoy the thrill of exploring frugally the various local attractions in Bangkok.

Summer Travelling – Top Five Destinations

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Summer Travelling – Top Five Destinations

The onset of summer encourages all travelling spirits to take a plunge into a new happening journey. So, if you are one of
them, start making your plans now and welcome some freshness in your life.
Beaches have been considered as a hotspot for any summer holiday vacation. In this article, we will list five best known
beach locations in the world that symbolizes fun, freshness and excitement for everyone.
Barbados:
When talking about beaches, the Caribbean tops the list with its amazing sights and extraordinary beauty that encompasses the
island. The island is having numerous islands in Barbados – mainly famous for its tropical flora and white beaches of coral
sand. Enjoy the warm hospitality of local people and explore the uniqueness of sandy beaches.
Lombok:
People seeking silence and peace can visit the Indonesian island Lombok. This amazing coral island is having the famous five
star Oberoi Lombok hotel to welcome the guests. At Lambok, you can find exotic three ranges of corals and fishes namely; Gili
Air, Gili Meno ? Gili Travangan.
Bali:
Being a popular island, Bali is known with two other names – “The islands of the Gods” and “The pearl of the world”. These
two names define the unmatchable beauty and uniqueness of Bali in all aspects.
Mauritius:
Mauritius refers to the elite holiday. On this beautiful island, you can find great five-star hotels and enjoy the
unmatchable beauty of this great location. Mauritius is also famous for movie shooting purpose and often visited by acclaimed
directors, actors and other celebrities.
Seychelles, Fregate:
Fregate is the private island among the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. In this island, you can find the popular five stars
Fregat Island Private which has 16 villas, 100 square meters each, situated in the tropical forests.

Enjoy Malta Holidays with Deluxe Gozo, Malta Hotels

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Enjoy Malta Holidays with Deluxe Gozo, Malta Hotels

If you plan to experience what Malta holidays are like, then one of the top spots to go is Gozo. Gozo is located in the northernmost part of the Maltese Island and houses a number of prehistoric and historic sites in Malta. Gozo has a peculiar quality that makes it distinctive among the other islands in Malta. There are spectacular sites to visit in this area so one must avail of an accommodation in one of the Malta hotels located in Gozo.

You would not really get to stay that much in a Malta hotel in Gozo for there are so many attractions and sites to go and visit in Gozo. One of the best things to do is to take a tour which would definitely include a tour to the Azure Window at Dwejra, a tour to the bay of Xlendi, a tour to the citadel in Victoria and a tour to the Gozo Heritage. One should not hurriedly go back to his accommodation in Malta but instead enjoy an insightful audiovisual presentation of the history of Gozo and Malta.

Even while in your hotels in Malta, you can enjoy the sight of and splendor of this picturesque island with three hills. Then you can also visit the Ramla il-Hamra which is considered as the finest beach not only in Gozo but also in Malta. Your Malta holidays would not be complete if you do not get to visit this beach which is named after the reddish color of the beach sand. The bay is one of the areas for which the natural beauty is spared from development and hence you cannot find a Malta hotel in the vicinity of the beach. It has remained untouched and mystical as according to legend, the Calypso cave is what is referred to in the Odyssey which was written by Homer.

An excellent accommodation in Malta and particularly in Gozo is the Hotel San Andrea –Xlendi. The hotel is situated in the steep cliffs of the Valley of Xlendi and provides a gentle breeze of Gozo Island. It is a great and fantastic place to stay to unwind and enjoy Malta holidays and getaways. This Malta hotel is ideal for people who love progress and development and at the same time enjoy the undisturbed beauty of nature. It is a modern hotel which in the Xlendi Valley and is just steps away from the Mediterranean Sea. Your stay in this Malta Hotel in Gozo Island would certainly be unforgettable and truly relaxing. It also offers deluxe services such as rent a car service, packed lunch service, ferry transfers and helicopter transfers as well as Malta tours, romantic horse drawn carriage rides and even safari experience.

Another excellent accommodation in Malta is the Calypso hotel. It is one of the modern seafront hotels in Malta and is a six-storey hotel that is adjacent a beach. It has 112 rooms with balconies and complete with the standard hotel amenities that you expect a Malta hotel would have. These are two of the best places to stay and enjoy your Malta holidays.

Red Cab Taxi: Chiang Mai’s Iconic Symbol of Public Transportation

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Red Cab Taxi: Chiang Mai’s Iconic Symbol of Public Transportation

Imagining how yellow Medallion cabs become the iconic symbol of the Big Apple, red cabs has been recognized to symbolize Chiang Mai in just the same way. Often referred to as Songthaews (Two Rows) or Rod Dang (Red Car), the red cab is a modified pick-up truck with roof and two rows of seats aligned on each side of the back of the vehicle. They are common throughout the country but those in Chiang Mai are unique that they are painted in either red or crimson.

In some other provinces, Songthaews are passenger vehicles that provide commutes between villages but Rod Dang in Chiang Mai offers a cheap ride for a group of people traveling in the city area. On top of that, the Red Cars are very convenient and require very little of waiting. It is important to note that Songthaew with other colors like yellow, blue, white, etc will take you out of the city to other districts of Chiang Mai instead – so avoid those if you’re not planning to leave the city. The red cabs are very easy to notice and find since there are even too many of them anywhere in Chiang Mai.

Hailing a red taxi is as simple as stepping onto the curb and raising your hands and waving at it. It might not be very easy to check if the taxi is available since, unlike regular taxis, the red cars do not have a ‘vacancy’ light – and you may need to try your luck for that. My suggestion is that you just hail any cab; if it stops for you – just go for it. There is no better way to know whether the taxi is on-duty unless you call for it.

Since the red cab is a shared taxi that can be loaded with up to 10 passengers at a time, it may take you longer to get to your destination if there are too many passengers and the taxi must be pooled by other passengers going to different places in the same directions before it reaches yours. All you have to do is to find one with less passengers or simply offering to pay a little more than regular fare and making a deal that you need to reach the place within your designated duration of time. The best way is to spare some additional time to make up with it because the traffic can go bad in the evening as well.

The harder part is to negotiate the cab fare since the red taxi is unmetered. For relatively short distance (5 minutes or less), you should be charged for 15-20 baht (about 50 cent) during the high time. During late night, you may be charged a little bit more than regular rate. If you happen to be the only passenger during the late night, you may be asked to pay up to 80 baht for a 20 minute ride, which is at about 40 baht (approximately 1 US dollar) in regular daytime.

It is recommended that you have negotiated the fare before getting on the cab. It is, however, not rude to pass up on the taxi you’ve just hailed if you feel that the fare is unusually too high. Do hassle because some unscrupulous drivers may overcharge you if they think you have no clues what you’re doing. Have your say and bargain like you know what to do. The trick is to follow the old saying; “there’s plenty of fish in the sea” and just catch the right one.

Many authors of some articles are careful enough to tell you how to call a red taxi but most of them seem to forget to tell you how to get off of it. In case you want to stop the red car before it gets to your destinations or to impose an emergency stop, you can ring a bell by pressing a button under the roof. You will get to pay the fare once you get off the taxi. Most passengers usually seat themselves in the back of the truck but the front seat is also available if you’d love it air-conditioned.

The red cab is cheap, fun, safe and very available. It is a very nice way to cruise through the city and explore different parts of Chiang Mai since they do not run on fixed route and can be tailored and bargained to your requirements. Just state your destination, negotiate the fare and off you go – it’s as simple as that.

Car Hire In Cyprus

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Car Hire In Cyprus

Car Hire in Cyprus

Cyprus has a Mediterranean climate with long, hot and dry summers. The Republic of Cyprus is divided into six districts – Nicosia, Famagusta, Kyrenia, Larnaca, Limassol and Paphos. Cyprus has become an ever growing popular holiday destination for tourists especially among the British. With so much to do and see throughout the whole island of Cyprus, car hire is highly recommended. The freedom of having a hire car in Cyprus gives you the ability to see the beauty of Cyprus whenever you like without having to be limited to public transport. “With so many comparison websites springing up due to the success they have had, it really is an easy and great way to save some money and not run into any hidden charges.” [1]

No Hidden Charges

“Car Rentals in Cyprus gives you the freedom to see the real beauty of this island at your own leisure.”[2] However, with so much car rental on offer in Cyprus, even outside the airports moving inland there is car hire available in most cities and towns. Due to so much car hire on offer, it can be easy to run into a quick decision and then drive into all sorts of expensive hidden charges. It’s always good to search for cheap rentals in Cyprus, as keeping down the expense when travelling abroad is financially beneficial.

Compare Car Hire

“Car hire in Cyprus is by far the easiest way of getting around, especially as the local public transport is erratic and does not reach all areas of interest. As in the UK, Cypriots drive on the left side of the road, although it has to be said that the driving standards of the country are not the best!” [3] It is highly recommended to have a good look at comparison websites when it comes to trying to find cheap car hire. However, the cheapest option is not always the best option and it is recommended to always be on the look out for the ‘no hidden charges’ advertisements.

“Whether you wish to hire a car in Paphos , Limassol or if you like to rent a car in Larnaca, Ayia Napa or for your car rentals in Protaras” [4] you wont be on the look for the same three points –

  • Cheap Car Hire – look for special offers or discounts
  • No hidden charges – this is normally advertised, if not, it could mean that there is hidden charges!
  • Limited Options – the last thing you want whilst on holiday is limited options, to enjoy a holiday at its fullest then comfort should always be looked for.

References

  • http://www.discover-cyprus.co.uk/Compare-car-hire-in-Cyprus.html, Compare Car Hire in Cyprus (Discover Holidays, 2010)
  • http://www.discover-cyprus.co.uk/, Cyprus Travel Information (Discover Holidays, 2010)
  • http://www.travelsupermarket.com/c/cheap-car-hire/cyprus/, Cyprus Car Hire (Travel Supermarket, Date N/A)
  • http://www.windmillscars.com/article.php?id=9, Welcome to Cyprus Car Hire (Windmills Cars, Date N/A)

Hand Luggage Bags

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Hand Luggage Bags

Hand luggage refers to the bag that you take onto the plane with you. Due to airport security and airline restrictions, however, it is no longer possible to just take the largest bag that you can find.
You now need to check and double check not just what you carry in your bag, but its exact dimensions and weight too.
I’m sure that you will agree that air travel has become a potentially stressful experience. Regardless of whether you are afraid of flying or not, just getting on the plane now requires extra time and patience.
This is why it is so important that your hand luggage meets the requirements of your airline. You can be sure that if your bag is too big, you will not be able to take it with you. You will be pulled to one side, delayed and frustrated!

The Department for Transport has set the maximum size for an item of hand baggage as 56cm x 45cm x 25cm, including wheels, handles and external pockets. This is just a guideline, however, and you are strongly advised to check with your individual airline, as most of them have their own rules which must be adhered to.

If you are buying  new hand luggage bags, you may want to give some thought to the type of hand luggage that best suits your needs. A simple holdall may be right for you, but if you intend to fill your bag to the maximum weight that you are allowed, you may prefer a cabin trolley bag, for example.

Whatever you choose, make sure that you are able to lift it into the overhead locker. Quite often, people choose not to pay to take a suitcase on holiday with them, as checking in a case to go in the hold can cost up to ?30. They make the mistake of taking hand luggage which is innapropriate and too heavy. This means delays for everyone, stress and frustration airline staff and passengers alike, which is not the best way to start your holiday.
A little research and sensible packing can avoid these problems.