Maldives Islands

Looking like you’ve just stepped into the pages of a high-end architectural magazine, showcasing some of the world’s most luxurious designer over-water bungalows framed by stunning white sand beaches, warm clear azure blue waters and perfectly manicured lush foliage, it’s no wonder that the Maldives sits at the top of most bucket lists. It’s also fast nearing the top of the gay bucket list.

Comprising 26 atolls of around 1200 islands, though this country is under strict Islamic law which criminalises homosexuality and alcohol, within its over 100 private resorts – each its own island – gay tourists are warmly and respectfully catered to.

Indeed the resorts may be the only places where gay locals are accepted within the country and feel safe. Many employees hail from Europe,  Asia,  the UK and the US and are trained, with the entire staff, to be sensitive to all guests and demonstrate tolerance. So though there are not any exclusively gay resorts, most are gay-friendly as the Maldives heavily depends on tourism.

However,  when in the capital Malé or at the airport it’s advised to exercise discretion,  ie no PDAs ( which would be frowned upon whether gay or straight ) and a degree of modesty ( especially regarding women’s dress ) as it’s a conservative society with no real gay community or gay scene. Of note, in 2013, openly gay Maldivian blogger Ismail ‘Hilath’ Rasheed had his throat slashed outside his home in Male after years of campaigning for free speech and religious tolerance. Fortunately he survived and now lives in Sri Lanka.

Speaking of the airport, its $450m upgrade is due to be completed soon ( 2017/18 ).  And getting to the Maldives is easy from Hong Kong ( around 4 hours ) and only an hour-and-a-half from Colombo in Sri Lanka with Sri Lankan Airlines.

This island nation with wonderful weather year-round, offers top diving, snorkelling, surfing and a variety of water sports and beach activities.  As well as a choice of fresh delicious cuisines, the Maldives offers the world’s first under-water nightclub, underwater spa and underwater restaurant.

The latter is found in the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island which, upgraded from a Hilton but still under that company umbrella, celebrates a diversity and inclusion initiative.

Only 10 minutes from the airport is Bandos Island which has been awarded the 2017 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence. Recognised as a leading family and diving resort, special offers include: times when children can stay free; diving packages with 10 free dives included; and a complimentary romantic candlelit dinner by the beach.

Also close to the airport is the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, located on one of the Maldives’ largest lagoons. Offering a 24-hour speedboat service and business centre as well as baby-sitting and an In-house Ayurveda Physician, families as well as couples are catered for.

Another well-known gay friendly resort is the trendy W Retreat And Spa which has its own nightclub while Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa mixes luxury, romance and relaxation while its house reef showcases lots of fish, small sharks and turtles.

Flagship and award-winning resort Gili Lankanfushi features some of the country’s largest suites, some of which are only accessible by boat, as well as top facilities including a tennis court and seaside restaurant. With a personal guest officer available 24/7, and a direct line to the chef and spa, it’s no wonder this resort continually features on Condé Nast Traveller’s Gold Lists. Its luxurious Private Reserve, reputedly the largest over-water villa in the world atop a sapphire lagoon, is popular with gay couples while the Anantara Dhigu kids’ club is ideal for gay families.

Adaaran Prestige Vadoo offers a personal butler as well as guests’ own indulgent plunge pool while snorkelling unveils the vibrant aquatic life of its exotic reef.

On-call travel consultants and public relations are offered 24/7 by Crown Tours to answer any questions, provide information and ensure all visitor requirements and needs are met. CT’s top-notch customer service begins with a personalised meet and greet service by its airport handling team who assist with inbound and outbound journeys. Excellent local knowledge, expertise and years of experience in the hospitality industry plus a wide network of partners enable CT to arrange premium holidays in some of the Maldives top resorts that cover exciting experiences such as adventure or leisure diving, snorkelling, cruising, sailing, renewal of vows, ensuring an unforgettable holiday, which really shouldn’t be otherwise – in this veritably perfect paradise for all.

Fiji

Following the repeal of Fiji’s Penal Code early in 2010, homosexuality has been decriminalised there since February 1.

Seven months later, on September 27, Fiji’s largest university formed a support group for GLBT students. “Drodrolagi” means ‘rainbow’ in the Fijian language and the DrodrolagiMovement (droMo) established at the University of the South Pacific’s Suva campus aims to provide a safe environment while raising awareness of LGBT issues in the wider student population.

In 2013,a new constitution came into effect in Fiji that includes protection from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. However same-sex marriages and civil unions are not recognised so those intending to holiday in Fiji for romantic reasons should be aware as nuptials there won’t be legal binding.

As well as droMo, the strong LGBT movement in the country includes Haus of Khameleon (www.hausofkhameleon.org), a social justice organisation supporting transgender equality in Fiji and the Pacific, and DIVA for Equality (www.divafiji.com) also known as Diverse Voices and Actions,a growing collective and peer support group of lesbians, bisexual women, trans masculine people and other marginalised women.

Though many who are openly gay are happily employed in hospitality, Fijian society is fairlyconservative so it’s preferable to avoid public displays of affection.

There are a number of accommodations that are gay-friendly and/or gay/bisexual owned.  These include a number on Taveuni Island such as Coconut Grove Beachfront Cottages – a small intimate resort on a private white sand beach, the Maravu Plantation Resort which offers a tropical setting with well-appointed cottages and easy access to jungle and waterfall hikes, Taveuni Palms’ all-inclusive private villas, and Qamea Resort & Spa’s 17 luxuriously appointed bures. There’s also the secluded Royal Davui Resort at Beqa Lagoon which offers a year-round rate including all meals, Tiliva Resort, an upmarket diving resort on Kadavu Island, and Navutu Stars Resort which comprises 10 beachfront bungalows along three bays on the Yasawas’ Yaqueta Island.

There are some nightclubs in Lautoka, Nadi and Suva which are gay-tolerant with Suva’s interestingly-themed Purple Haze, decorated with neon planets and inflatable aliens, known as being very gay-friendly.

It may be worth being familiar withthe term ‘Vakasalewalewa’ which,in Fijian culture, refers to men who may present themselves, or live their lives as, women and can include transgender women (female-to-male).

Vietnam

Recent legislative leaps have seen Vietnamese society move forward in accepting the LGBTI community and placed the country at the forefront of gay rights in Southeast Asia. In January, 2015, the ban on same-sex marriage was abolished. This effectively decriminalised it so same-sex couples won’t face prosecution for marrying in Vietnam, although further legislation would be needed to give them the rights and protections of straight couples.

Adding to this acceptance is the significance of having an openly gay US Ambassador to Vietnam, Ted Osius. Being a successful person who is gay with a husband, he is reportedly credited with promoting “a very good image” as well as attracting support from Vietnam society.

As much of Vietnam’s population is under 30, the cities are filled with vibrant, attractive young people, who are also friendly and helpful in the genuine Asian way.

Aside from gay-popular bars and clubs there are cruising parks, fitness centres and public pools where people meet, as well as openly gay spas and saunas.In addition, for many years, blind people have found work as masseurs as it’s believed their heightened sense of touch makes them better therapists. Some of these blind massage parlours also reportedly double as gay cruise spaces.However, for the most part, much of gay life remains discreet and underground.

One of the largest celebrations is Viet Pride.Since 2014, Viet Pride celebrations have taken place in 17 cities and provinces across Vietnam, with the most prominent ones being in Hanoi and Saigon.

In 2016, Viet Pride took place in Hanoi in late August. Its promotion highlighted the fact that at least three per cent of the population is part of the LGBT community – equivalent to 2-3 million people.

The 5th Vietnam LGBT Pride, this well-orchestrated event included pre-opening and main events such as workshops speed dating, films, a Queer Talkshow and History Exhibition, music nights, community fair as well as an Opening Ceremony and the Viet Pride Bike Rally – the official Pride parade.

 

The main events were held over three days while the pre-opening ones extended the timeline to around a fortnight. If you

plan to participate or view the celebrations, it is recommended you book well in advance.

Activities, bars & spas

In HCMC, on Sundays at 7:30 pm, an English and French casual conversation club are held for gay men at the Intercontinental Club.

For those into sports, there is an array of outdoor as well as indoor facilities at the Workers’ Club(Nha Van Hoa Lao Dong) such as a gym, pool and saunas –which can be ‘cruisy’– as well as tennis, volleyball, table tennis, basketball and ballroom dancing classes.

For those who want to take their fitness to the next level, California Fitness & Yoga is gay-friendly with six branches around the country and growing: Hanoi, HCMC, Da Nang, Nha Trang, Binh Duong, and Bien Hoa.

Popular HCMC bars either owned and run by local gays orgay-popular include: Whiskey & Wares; THI Bar; and the Republic Lounge – which on Fridays features popular drag shows.

A number of Hanoi spas cater exclusively for males such as Spa Adam, T-House, Polar Spa and Zspa. Pink Beach Spa, near the Hanoi airport, and HCMC’s Nadam are two of the most spacious gay saunas in Vietnam.

Also in Ho Chi Minh, Guyspa House features a large variety of facilities including an outdoor pool. While you’re in HCMC, for a non-alcoholic brew and/or a delicious cake, drop by the No Stress Café. An openly gay coffee shop, the friendly lesbian owner is a strong supporter of the local LGBT community.

10 BEST REASONS TO VISIT FIJI

“For the next few months I’m going to be highlighting some of paradises.com favourite holiday destinations starting with one of the worlds most popular, Fiji”

BULA= Like the Hawaiian word aloha, bula actually has a variety of meanings and uses. Its literal meaning is “life,” and when used as a greeting it implies wishes for continued good health (the official formal greeting is “Ni sa bull vinaka,” meaning “wishing you happiness and good health,” but it is almost always shortened to just plain Bula!”

From the moment you step foot on Fijian soil you’ll be greeted with a vigorous friendly Bula and until the moment you leave, Bula will be ringing in your ears.

Fiji is one of Australians favourite holiday destinations for a variety of reasons and has been for many years.

And these are some of the reasons…

  1. The close proximity to Australia makes this exotic holiday destination so accessible.
  2. The variety of hotels and resorts mean there is something for every budget from backpacker hostels, village homestays, to five star resorts on private islands where butlers are at your beck and call.
  3. Activities abound including secluded island boating tours and private deep sea fishing
  4. Multiple water sports activities which include kayaking, jet skiing, jet boating, parasailing and much more
  5. Diving and snorkeling adventures
  6. Village tours, which can include volunteer work at a local village school or hospital
  7. Zip lining and boundless off road adventures
  8. Golf
  9. Beautiful beaches
  10. Extraordinary culture

I could keep listing activities to do or I can suggest you find a daybed by the pool with your favourite book and a cocktail and enjoy the

exceptional ambience and family like feel of one of the world’s finest holiday destinations.

Please go to paradises.com to find out the best accommodation deals for your once in a lifetime Fijian holiday….BULA

HOW TO GET THERE:

Vicki Gilden at Rose Bay Travel
(02) 9371 8166

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Activities in Cambodia

With its spectacular beaches, Cambodia has much to offer for those who just want to unwind during their holidays. But if relaxing is getting to be a bore, then you can always get some fantastic shopping done and top it all off with some rocking night time partying. On the subject of shopping, Cambodia is the perfect place to buy silk, ethnic / artistic pieces and silver work. Expect to find Buddha themes predominant in the art pieces. If regular shopping is what you need to do, then the Russian market is a good stop. Souvenirs, western clothing, handicrafts, fake ‘antiquities’ and knick-knacks of all kinds – this market has it all. The Psar Thmei or Central Market is a good place to go to if you want to avoid the sun during your shopping spree.

The market features a stunning domed hall that is an added attraction. You will find the shops more organized here and there are food stalls if you want to ‘refuel’ in the midst of your shopping. Willing to bargain hard? Then Psar Cha is a shopping center that you will find quite interesting too.

Take a tuk-tuk ride to the nearest local night club or spa just to experience the novel transportation method. And while you are at it, also experience the ‘fish pedicure’ where little fish nibble your feet. Don’t worry, it is safe, although maybe not the perfect activity for the ticklish or squeamish. The Siem Reap night market is a great place to get some really cheap shopping done. There are quite a few casinos here where you can play games of chance and test your luck too.

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Bora Bora Vacations first-time visitors, families and honeymooners

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Your first vacation to the magical island of Bora Bora

Bora Bora is truly a tropical paradise and the jewel of French Polynesia. Remote, beautiful and exciting, Bora Bora has all the benefits of a private island with all the pleasures of an exclusive bespoke resort.

The islet of Bora Bora lies just off the coast of Papeete, Tahiti’s largest city, and can easily be reached thanks to Air Tahiti, which flies to Bora Bora five or six times a day.

Where is Tahiti?

Tahiti is the largest of the islands in the Leeward group, which are dotted in the warm South Pacific Ocean between South America and Australia. Even amongst the many beautiful Leeward islands, Bora Bora stands out. The island is protected by a unique coral reef that forms a lagoon with the most picture perfect turquoise seas you can imagine.

Bora Bora sets the trend in tropical luxury

Bora Bora leads the way in tropical luxury. The world’s first overwater bungalows were built on stilts in Bora Bora in 1961. And today it is home to some of the world’s most luxurious hotels. When you book a Tahitian vacation on Bora Bora you can choose from the stylish boutique Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort, the chic Le Meridien Bora Bora or the magnificent Four Seasons Bora Bora.

The Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort has 12 private beach bungalows and 50 overwater bungalows with private pontoons, as well as two enchanting restaurants. The Le Meridien Bora Bora has just been renovated and boasts breathtaking views of Mount Otemanu, gourmet cuisine in their fine dining restaurant and French Polynesian tapas and exotic cocktails at their beachside Hapaina Bar. At the Four Seasons Bora Bora, you can be pampered in style in their overwater spa suite, perfect for a couple’s massage looking out over the lagoon.

Bora Bora’s world-class restaurants and incredible local cuisine

Thanks to its natural lagoon and volcanic soil, Bora Bora also has some of the most amazing local food served in world-class restaurants. At the Intercontinental Bora Bora, you can savour freshly caught Mahi Mahi at their Noa Noa Restaurant or visit Le Tipanié at the Le Meridien Bora Bora for French-infused local delicacies like a suckling pig. For the true foodie, The Four Seasons Bora Bora can organise a day of fishing with their Executive Chef Edgar Kano who will then prepare a personalised dinner with your catch at the resort’s Fare Hoa Beach Bar & Grill.

Bora Bora is a paradise for scuba divers

As well as being able to choose between the luxury of the Intercontinental, Le Meridien and The Four Seasons, you can also choose amongst some of the best scuba diving in the world. Bora Bora is a divers’ paradise.

The coral reef acts as a natural barrier around the island and forms the stunning Bora Bora lagoon. The unique conditions of the lagoon make it a perfect environment for a spectacular range of exotic reef fish. As well as the ideal place for swimming, snorkelling, paddle boarding, and scuba diving. The Ruahatu Lagoon Sanctuary is home to more than 100 species of exotic fish. From beginner’s coral reef dives to shark dives where you can spot up to 16 different species of shark, the French Polynesian waters won’t disappoint!

Whether you dream of lounging on golden beaches with a cocktail or swimming with Stingrays, Manta rays and sharks, Bora Bora has it all.

Also see https://www.tahiti.com/activities/bora-bora

Your first visit to Bora Bora won’t be your last

The list of things to do on Bora Bora is inexhaustible. As well as scuba diving, you can spend hours snorkelling in the lagoon, Motu walking between the islets (a Motu is a reef islet, a small and beautiful island formed by broken coral and sand) and beachcombing for shells. The Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana resort can also organise a trip to the Bora Bora turtle centre to see rare protected sea turtles for an unforgettable close-up experience of the island’s wildlife.

A Tahitian vacation on Bora Bora has something for everyone, whether you are dreaming of a peaceful relaxing escape, a memorable family holiday or an idyllic honeymoon.

Bora Bora is perfect for family holidays

The Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort is the perfect tropical escape for your family holiday. Not even Disney can compete with the Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort. The sparkling turquoise seas, golden Tahitian beaches and wide blue skies are better than anything in the Disney Moana movie.

After singing along to the Moana soundtrack for months, dreaming of Tahiti, Bora Bora and the Intercontinental Resort will not disappoint. The resort is made up of traditional Polynesian beach huts scattered along the beach surrounded by lush palms and built right out into the crystal waters.

Luxury suites and facilities for your family

For your family’s dream holiday, you can choose between the Intercontinental Bora Bora’s 12 beautiful beach bungalows or one of the 50 overwater suites that meander out into the stunning Bora Bora lagoon. Each bungalow and suite have the space and amenities for your family to relax in luxury, including Wi-Fi and a wide screen TV.

You will start your day with a delicious fresh breakfast delivered to your overwater bungalow by outrigger canoe, just like the one that Moana and Maui travelled on around the Tahitian islands. The warm and welcoming staff of the Le Moana Resort will be on hand with a Tahitian “La Orana!” to make sure that you have everything you need.

After your Tahitian breakfast feast, you can jump straight off your private pontoon into the warm Bora Bora ocean or enjoy the hotel’s private pool. The Intercontinental Bora Bora prides itself on providing its guests with a safe, worry free escape from the hectic rush of modern life. So that your holiday on the island is relaxing, fun, and truly memorable for you and your family.

Bora Bora has activities for the whole family

At home, your children may have looked forward to the Moana Blu Ray, but in Bora Bora, they can look forward to seeing actual Manta rays! The Intercontinental Bora Bora staff can help you to organise activities that will become some of your favourite family memories. Just like Moana in the movie, your children can learn to paddleboard, snorkel and explore the incredible coral reefs, where they might even see turtles! While they live out their Disney fantasy, you can explore world-class dive sites or relax with a peaceful walk along Bora Bora’s famed soft sand beaches.

If you’d like to take home some Polynesian souvenirs, the whole family can take a trip to a Tahitian village or the nearby town of Vaitape where you can hunt for spectacular Tahitian black pearls. You will also have the opportunity to buy traditional woodcarvings, tapa cloth, and mother of pearl carvings from local Bora Bora artisans.

Also see https://www.tahiti.com/activities/bora-bora

Incredible food to suit every taste at the Intercontinental Bora Bora

After all your Tahitian adventures, spend time together as a family in one of the Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort’s beautiful restaurants. The Vini Vini Bar & Restaurant is right next to the hotel’s fabulous pool. You can wander over from your pool lounger to the Vini Vini Restaurant for a light, casual lunch of freshly caught Fenua shrimp or Bora Bora heart of palm. The restaurant, shaded by Polynesian palms, is the perfect place for a cool retreat in the middle of the day. Even better, they offer all-day snacks and cold refreshing tropical drinks to keep your family happy at any hour.

In the evenings, you and your family can walk along to have dinner in the glowing enclosed patio of the Noa Noa restaurant. The Noa Noa Restaurant and Terrace is at the very heart of the Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort. The themed dinners and exciting entertainment are perfect for children and adults alike. You can relax, sit back and savour local delicacies like the local ‘fish of the gods’, a cross between tuna and salmon.

Moana the movie’s most popular song is ‘You’re welcome’, sung by the Tahitian demigod Maui. In it, he sings, “What can I say except ‘you’re welcome’? For the tides, the sun, the sky.” A holiday at the Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort will turn you into the family demigod and you can happily travel home singing ‘You’re welcome’.

Dream Honeymoons at the Intercontinental Bora Bora

A honeymoon at the Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort is what all honeymoons aspire to be. There is no more beautiful tropical island than Bora Bora, and no more luxurious hotel than the Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana to help you celebrate your honeymoon.

The Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort is situated on the very tip of Matira Point so that wherever you look, you will see only azure skies, gleaming turquoise waters and soft white sand. You will truly feel like you are in your own private paradise.

Exclusive private Honeymoon suites on Bora Bora lagoon

From the moment you arrive, the Intercontinental Bora Bora staff will take care of your every need, welcoming you to the resort and ushering you to one of their Vila Blanche overwater bungalows, specially reserved for honeymooners and exclusive guests.

These idyllic Vila Blanche suites are on the very edge of the overwater pontoons, so they have complete privacy and the best views in the whole resort. Your honeymoon suite will be a Polynesian thatched bungalow, decorated in traditional Tahitian style by local artisans and combined with modern amenities like a king-sized bed, Wi-Fi and a wide screen TV. You’ll have a separate lounge area, an outdoor shower and a private terrace where you can toast the pink Bora Bora sunsets with a glass of champagne or jump directly into the warm crystal waters of the South Pacific.

A bespoke service tailored to your Honeymoon needs

With only 62 bungalows, the Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana offers a bespoke service so that you can tailor your honeymoon to your desires. Each morning a canoe will hand deliver breakfast and fresh exotic flowers to your bungalow. After breakfast, you can sunbathe on your private terrace or explore the island. The Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana can organise visits to local dive sites, trips to feed rays and sharks, snorkelling around the vibrant coral reefs and even a hike up nearby Mount Otemanu. Bora Bora has activities to suit every taste.

Under the sparkling Bora Bora night sky, you can walk along the pontoons from your honeymoon suite to dinner on the patio of the fabulous Noa Noa restaurant. Look out over the stars whilst you sample local favourites such as fresh Tahitian crab and listen to the live entertainment provided by the Intercontinental Bora Bora.

For a lazy lunch or a snack anytime during the day, settle under the shade of our Polynesian palms at the Vini Vini Bar and Restaurant. You can look out at the famous Bora Bora lagoon whilst enjoying freshly caught Mahi Mahi, sweet Tahitian pineapple and a crisp glass of rosé.

Bora Bora- an island of luxury and indulgence

Should you desire, you never need to leave the cocoon of luxury at the Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort. However, if you would like to do some shopping or explore some of the other boutique hotels on the Tahitian island, you can take a short ride to Vaitape, the main village. Here you can find spectacular Tahitian black pearl jewellery, a perfect memento of your honeymoon on Bora Bora. The Le Meridien Bora Bora is perfect for a cocktail after your shopping. Or visit the stunning Four Seasons Bora Bora for a gourmet dinner at their beachside restaurant.

To complete your decadent escape on Bora Bora, why not take a free boat ride to the nearby Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa. At this sister resort, you can book a decadent couple’s Thalasso spa treatment and then enjoy the pristine private beach on this side of the ‘Motu Piti Aau’ (Motu is the Tahitian name for an islet made of coral and sand). The Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa also offers incredible views of Tahiti’s famous Mount Otemanu. The Intercontinental Bora Bora provides easy transfers to key destinations on the island so that you can experience everything that this Tahitian gem has to offer.

A honeymoon on Bora Bora is one of the most memorable ways to begin your married lives together.

Here’s What You Should See In Bali (That You Can Reach From Almost Any Resort)

Bali is one of the most exotic places on earth. If it’s on your bucket list, in addition to staying at one of these amazing resorts, you’ll want to check out these incredible items on your agenda while there.

The island has emerged as a cultural hotspot for Buddhism and a tourist haven for people around the world. Temples, local food and adventure are all things people enjoy when visiting, but what’s best, are the sites.

Here are some places you don’t want to miss traveling to Bali.

 

Watch A Balinese Sunset

 

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Have A Balinese Massage

 

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Stay At The Banyan Tree Ungasan

 

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Visit the exclusive public Nammos Beach

 

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Take some Silat Classes

 

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Eat At Rock Rock Bar Near The Water

 

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 Go To The Movies At Karma Kandra Beach Club

 

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The truth is, there’s an endless amount of amazing sites, sounds and beaches in Bali, so explore. If you need a place to stay, we’ve got your covered with these beautiful Bali hotels from our partners.

 

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How To Travel In Thailand Like A Pro

We’ve been to a lot of exotic locations in the world, and one of our favorites in Thailand. In addition to some amazing accommodations around the country, Thailand is known for it’s off the beaten path journeys.

With this in mind, we’re giving a few pointers on “must know” things before coming, especially if you’re doing the road less traveled version of the holiday.

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Go Scuba Diving

One of the best places to do this is on the Similian Islands, where the water is perfectly clear and the fish are colorful and abundant. The best place to go is on the island of Ko Tao, where scuba diving tours are organized. you can get something reasonably priced that’s got lots of exotic sea life.

Go To A Water Fight

From April 13 – 15 Thailand celebrates it’s Thai New Year by holding the world’s biggest water fight. If you’re into seeing something incredible, this is the party for you. It’s attended by thousands of people every year, and is lots of fun.

Visit The Golden Triangle

This is the place where the Mekong River meets the Ruak River. Take a boat headed north and check out some of markets and Buddha statues.

Shop At The Floating Markets

One of the most famous activities to do in Thailand is an impressive one. All along the river they have floating markets where they lay out goods and food for you to buy. Taling Chan Weekend Floating Market in Bangkok is easily accessible and tourist friendly.

Khmer Temples Isaan Exploration

Some of the most beautiful temples in the world are located here. It’s a must see if you’re on holiday in Thailand. At the end of the ancient highway that runs through the middle of the country, you’ll find Phimai, where some of the most beautiful scenes in the East are found.

Take A Cooking Lesson

Thai food is some of the best in the world. In Bangkok there are a number of cooking classes available around the city.

Stay At A Great Resort

Some of the best resorts in the world are in Thailand and are relatively cheap. All over the country these resorts are available, and if booked at the right time, you’ll get some of the best views of your life.

We highly recommend doing non-touristy stuff while in Thailand, and if you need help deciding where to go, check out our Thailand page.

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10 Secret Beaches You’ve Never Heard Of In Bali

You’ve either been to Bali or want to go to Bali. It’s one of the most exotic and coveted holiday destinations on the world. Many people go there and realize that the tourist areas are crowded.

So today we thought we’d bring you the 10 best beaches (That are the Balinese best kept secret) around the area.

10 Secret Beaches You’ve Never Heard Of In Bali

Atuh Beach
Atuh Beach

Geger Beach
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Karma Beach
Karma Beach

Soka Beach
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Amed Beach
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Pasir Putih Beach
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Yeh Leh Beach
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Green Bowl Beach
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Blas Tugal Beach
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Gunung Payung Beach
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If you want to visit Bali and stay near some of the best secrets spots, check out of accomodations page on resorts in Bali.

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Here’s The Part Of Hawaii That Matches Your Personality

If you’ve ever thought about going to Hawaii or heard people tell stories of it, you know that there are very different types of experiences there. Finding the one that will give you the experience you need can be tricky, which is why we’ve put together this guide.

Based on what type of personality you have, you are probably going to enjoy specific parts of this tropical paradise. And while there are great locations all over the island state, we want you to have the most fun you can. So, check out these different personality types, and if you identify with them, these areas of Hawaii might just be for you.

So, if these are the four personality types…

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Big Island “Do It Now” Personality Type

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If you’re the type of personality that’s into shops, luxury restaurants, and expensive resorts. This works very well with personalities that enjoy luxury, crowds, togetherness and action.

For you go-getters out there, Big Island is probably where you’ll find everything you want from a vacation. It’s the most popular place in the State, and offers something for everyone. Especially people are want to get things done now.

Kauai “Have Fun Doing It” Personality Type

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Kauai is known for amazing scenery and it’s relaxed persona. Everything that you’ll find to do on this island is scenic and beautiful. For those of you that are all about the journey, and having fun, this is the place for you.

Your eyes will never have anything dull to look at. For all of you adventure seekers, this is the place you’ll get lost in nature’s beauty and some of the most remote beaches in the world.

Maui “Do it Right” Personality Type

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The Playground of the Wealthy is what this island is commonly known as. If you’re the type of personality that wants to do everything right, let’s call you a perfectionist, this is the place for you.

What’s even better is that there are some very affordable options here, and if you use some of the promotional items from our site, you can get accommodations for almost next to nothing. This is by far, one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Oahu “Do It Together” Personality Type

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Oahu is known as “the gathering place” to locals and visitors and lives up to that name with lots of nature, surfers, tourists and everything in between. If you’re the type to love being around other people, Oahu is the place for you.

We give everyone the chance to visit some of the best places in th world, and we especially love the pacific islands. Hawaii is unforgettable, and it’s options are many. Check out more posts from us on the blog of some amazing areas in the world.

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