Thailand – Travel & Tea http://travelandtea.com Brits travelling the world, one sip at a time Mon, 27 Jun 2016 16:53:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.2 Escape the Snow! 4 Tropical Destinations Awaiting You Right Now http://travelandtea.com/escape-the-snow-4-tropical-destinations-awaiting-you-right-now/ http://travelandtea.com/escape-the-snow-4-tropical-destinations-awaiting-you-right-now/#respond Sat, 21 Mar 2015 00:52:10 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=478 Right now us poor folks in Great Britain are bearing the brunt of chilling snow. Though snow is great to look at and a wonderful form of precipitation, it can also be a pain in your freezing butt! So how about a few ideas of tropical destinations to get your blood flowing warmly again? You […]

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Right now us poor folks in Great Britain are bearing the brunt of chilling snow. Though snow is great to look at and a wonderful form of precipitation, it can also be a pain in your freezing butt!

So how about a few ideas of tropical destinations to get your blood flowing warmly again? You might consider making one of these places your next holiday destination, as soon as they thaw out the British runways!

1. Pattaya, Thailand

Situated at about 100 miles from the capital city Bangkok, Pattaya is known for its delicacies. Pattaya has one of the most renowned beaches in the world serving the tourists with an exotic tropical climate and leisure away from home. The city not only offers reposing environment but also is famous for the amazing night life that one can enjoy. The culture is very tourist friendly and the beauty of the city is rejuvenating. The time zone of this city is GMT + 7 hours The climate all over the year favors jet skiing which is also a great attraction. The best time visit is the month of December. It can be too hot in the summer months.

2. Singapore

One of the most sought after tourist destinations in the world, Singapore provides a climatic treat. The city nation has been the stress buster and chill out zone of South East Asia for more than two decades. Singapore not only has all the qualities of a getaway destination but is also an electronic market hub and a shopping fiesta. The underwater world at Sentosa is a major attraction worth checking out while you’re in town. The time zone of this city is GMT + 8 hours The best time of the year to visit is March to May.

3. Male, Maldives

The climate of this wonderful exotic destination varies from 25-35 degree Celsius. Located southwest of Sri Lanka, the Maldives is one of the most coveted places on a tourist’s radar for a getaway. The natural beauty of this location is appreciated by one and all. Scuba diving, snorkeling, windsurfing and water-skiing are the activities that tourists enjoy here. The time zone of this city is GMT + 5 hours the best time to visit the Maldives is between December and April.

4. Port Louis, Mauritius

The climate here varies from 25-35 degree Celsius. The attractions in Mauritius are the elegant resorts and leisurely locations you can stay at. Port Louis also offers rich heritage for a tourist in the form of museums and architecture. The time zone of this city is GMT + 4 hours. The best time to visit Mauritius is all year long given its climate, but April through November are most favorable. Make sure you apply for an ETA visa Sri Lanka if Sri Lanka is on your itinerary! 

 

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Time for a Change? http://travelandtea.com/time-for-a-change/ http://travelandtea.com/time-for-a-change/#respond Wed, 13 Nov 2013 02:49:38 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=1364 When it comes to picking somewhere to go on holiday, the choice can be overwhelming. Beach, city, cruise, volunteering, rainforest … the list goes on, and these days there are even more decisions to make too. Do you want to learn something? Do you want to relax? Do you want to immerse yourself in culture? […]

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When it comes to picking somewhere to go on holiday, the choice can be overwhelming. Beach, city, cruise, volunteering, rainforest … the list goes on, and these days there are even more decisions to make too. Do you want to learn something? Do you want to relax? Do you want to immerse yourself in culture? Do you want to be energetic? These are all important questions to ask yourself before firmly deciding on a holiday destination, to truly get the most out of it.

I decided to do something a little different this summer, and I headed off to Italy on a cooking holiday. This surprised many people, because I am the world’s worst cook, but this was the whole reason – to learn something new and hopefully improve. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and not only did I learn a few new skills I continue to practice, but I also met new friends, and got to explore Rome too, which is something I’ve always wanted to do. Holidays aren’t always about laying prone on a beach with a book in one hand and a cocktail in the other, although I must admit, I quite enjoy those kinds of holiday too.

My culinary expertise might not be up there with Gordon Ramsey, but that holiday has pushed me to try other educational-type breaks in the future. However, the one thing I would recommend is to get as much rest as possible before you jet off, as these kinds of holidays aren’t particularly relaxing! The mind is working all the time when you’re learning something new, and I found the holiday particularly tiring. I’m glad I booked in at one of the Gatwick Airport hotels with holidayextras.co.uk prior to my early morning flight to Rome, as it meant I was in the right frame of mind, ready to get straight in there when I landed for my long weekend in Italia.

Of course, you don’t have to choose to learn a new skills on any holiday, you can simply cruise around several islands in one week, shop ‘til you drop or head to a sparkling city to take in a few shows, or maybe you want to experience peace, quiet and sanctuary on a mediation break, somewhere like Thailand. Whatever you choose, I can’t rate the airport hotel idea highly enough, and don’t worry about the cost either – it’s surprisingly low! Use that money saved to get yourself some travel insurance – needless to say I had a bad experience once, and lost a hat full of cash. Don’t be stupid like me. Make sure you’re covered.

Open your mind to the travel choices out there, and you’ll realise that the world truly is your oyster. However you choose to spend your time when you jet off to foreign climes, be sure to drag every last drop out of your days and you’ll have memories to remember, and maybe even new skills too.

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The Best Cities in the World for People Watching http://travelandtea.com/the-best-cities-in-the-world-for-people-watching/ http://travelandtea.com/the-best-cities-in-the-world-for-people-watching/#respond Mon, 15 Jul 2013 00:00:15 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=1141 One of the greatest delights of going abroad on holiday is that you get to indulge in a bit of people watching. This is something which doesn’t come naturally to Brits at home but in other countries it seems to be almost a national hobby. So where you will do it next? Paris Where else […]

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One of the greatest delights of going abroad on holiday is that you get to indulge in a bit of people watching. This is something which doesn’t come naturally to Brits at home but in other countries it seems to be almost a national hobby. So where you will do it next?

Paris

Where else in the world can you get so much enjoyment from watching young lovers walk along the streets with their arms entwined? Paris has some great cafes, which is one of the most important points for people watching, but it is also a fine place to sit on the steps of the Sacre Coeur or under the Eiffel Tower and watch the world go by. This will be even more special if you do it with a loved one at your side, of course.

Rome

We could really choose anywhere in Italy and put it on this list. The Italians love to sit and watch the people go past and you will too. Immaculately clad, beautiful people will wander past like movie stars while you drink your cappuccino or sit in a piazza enjoying the atmosphere and the fun. The famous Spanish Steps which lead from the Piazza di Spagna is a particularly good place to do this but it can be a great way to pass an hour or so just about anywhere in Rome.

Buenos Aires

The Argentine Capital has the same kind of café / people watching culture as the other places we have looked at, and it shares with Italy the added benefit of the Latin temperament. Here, you are just as likely to be treated to the odd flare up between taxi drivers, protest matches or a shouting match between shopkeepers as the sight of good natured football supporters or groups of teenagers hanging out. There are some wonderfully atmospheric cafes here but if you want the authentic experience you could try some mate. This is an herbal infusion which the Argentines drink almost constantly. Get yourself a thermo flask with hot water, a mate gourd and a packet of herbs and can sit down in the Plaza de Mayo and see what happens next.

Bangkok

If you decide to go somewhere really exotic like Asia then your senses are in for a treat. From food stalls on the street, to floating vegetable markets to shops selling stuff which you don’t even recognise, this continent is a fantastic place for seeing a different way of life. As street food is such a popular pastime in this city you could just prop yourself up against a stall and watch the people go about their business while you chomp away. It is one of those cities in which something always seems to be happening and you will find that it is fascinating to just watch as the action unfolds in front of your eyes. Just be careful you don’t get in the habit of brazenly people watching, as your neighbours and work colleagues might not be too impressed about you staring at them when you get home.

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A Gastronomic Adventure with Thai Food http://travelandtea.com/a-gastronomic-adventure-with-thai-food/ http://travelandtea.com/a-gastronomic-adventure-with-thai-food/#respond Mon, 15 Apr 2013 00:00:01 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=886 Thailand is one of the most frequented tourist destinations of Southeast Asia mostly because of its lovely beaches and its quaint and rustic charm. However, many travellers from the western hemisphere agree that no trip to a country is complete unless you are able to experience not only its beautiful places of interests but its […]

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Thailand is one of the most frequented tourist destinations of Southeast Asia mostly because of its lovely beaches and its quaint and rustic charm. However, many travellers from the western hemisphere agree that no trip to a country is complete unless you are able to experience not only its beautiful places of interests but its culture as well, and here in Thailand, the best way to experience that would be to taste it. If you’re up for some gastronomic adventure, go over the following foods – categorized into two with the first half being the local delicacies and the other half…well, for the more adventurous eaters.

Tom Yam Goong

This is probably the most famous soup in Thailand, and is mostly remembered by many tourists not only because of its spicy taste but also because of its fragrant smell which comes from a mixture of various herbs and spices including lemongrass, lime leaves and others. The main character in this dish is a big sumptuous shrimp swimming in the red pool of hot chilli soup along with some mushrooms.

Khao Niaow Ma Muang

This is a Thai dessert that is truly worth taking note of. The dish may sound complicated but it is simply half a slice of mango on top of sticky rice. But don’t let the looks fool you, because what makes this dessert truly delicious is that it packs a lot of taste especially for those with a sweet tooth. The sticky rice is first cooked with sweetened coconut milk, and mango is then added on top. A sprinkle of sesame seeds for texture, and more sweetened coconut milk to make it sweeter. The sweetness of the coconut milk and the ripe mango mix together in to make one mouth-watering dish.

Po Pia

Po Pia is a different variation, where as in other places they are rolled and deep fried, here in Thailand they are served raw and fresh. The vegetables are sliced and diced into bite-size pieces and then rolled in thin, transparent rice wrappers. It is then served with a dip of thick sweet and sour sauce. The crispiness of the vegetables together with the flavourful sauce will surely bring a fresh taste with every bite.

Fried Insects

When wandering the streets of Bangkok or Phuket you will see hawkers selling all kinds of cooked insects. From deep fried crickets, grasshoppers, silk worms to ants and ant eggs. Even tarantulas are cooked the same way. Since most of these insects are bland to the taste, they are either sprinkled with a hefty serving of chilli powder and salt, or served with a sauce of your choice.

Roasted Bats

Bats seem to be plentiful in the area, with farmers catching more than a hundred of these creatures everyday. The bats are first soaked in boiling water to loosen the hair and fur which are then pulled out. Everything else stays intact – the eyes, the guts, the claws – every bit and piece is roasted over hot coals and served.

One of the things that make a country stand out from others is the unique food that they serve and eat, and you will never run out that in Thailand.  Make your Thailand travel a memorable one by trying out their local cuisines and delicacies so that you do not only get an eyeful of the place but a mouthful, too.

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Going All-Inclusive Could Save You Cash http://travelandtea.com/going-all-inclusive-could-save-you-cash/ http://travelandtea.com/going-all-inclusive-could-save-you-cash/#respond Mon, 04 Feb 2013 06:35:03 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=596 An all-inclusive holiday may at first glance seem pricey compared to other choices. Self-catering apartments are far cheaper in the initial spend, certainly, but in many popular holiday destinations, the price of groceries and meals out is extortionate. If you are travelling to Thailand then you can easily eat well from roadside vendors for only […]

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An all-inclusive holiday may at first glance seem pricey compared to other choices.

Self-catering apartments are far cheaper in the initial spend, certainly, but in many popular holiday destinations, the price of groceries and meals out is extortionate.

If you are travelling to Thailand then you can easily eat well from roadside vendors for only a few pounds a day.

If you are travelling to Paris then the same few pounds will just barely get you a single beer.

As a family with children, the cost of eating out every night adds up quickly. Even if you spend time searching out the cheaper cafes and restaurants, you are still looking at spending a minimum of forty pounds per meal for a family of four.

Choosing all-inclusive deals at Virgin Holidays gives you unlimited free food and drink within your hotel complex for the duration of your stay.

An all-inclusive hotel will serve three meals a day as standard, which will usually be buffet style and include a wide range of local produce, native dishes and simple English fayre with both hot and cold selections at every meal.

On top of this, there are poolside snacks available all day and unlimited tea, coffee, soft drinks, beer, wine and local spirits to be enjoyed. Some deals include nearby restaurants as well for when you fancy a change of scenery.

When you have growing children on holiday with you, it can be a relief to be able to let them grab snacks and eat plenty at meal times without having to worry about the bill.

Holidays are more relaxing when you don’t have to stick to a strict budget – going all-inclusive leaves you free to eat and drink as much as you like and save the spending money for souvenirs or day trips out.

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The British Are Coming! 6 Places Abroad Where Brits Abound http://travelandtea.com/the-british-are-coming-6-places-abroad-where-brits-abound/ http://travelandtea.com/the-british-are-coming-6-places-abroad-where-brits-abound/#respond Mon, 14 Jan 2013 02:28:59 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=454 Paul Revere’s famous shout – “The British are Coming!” – can now be heard all over the world, from Phuket in Thailand to sun-kissed beaches in Jamaica. Of course, now they say it with welcoming arms! Blame it on the restless, adventurous spirit of the quintessential Britisher, but more and more Brits are travelling abroad […]

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Paul Revere’s famous shout – “The British are Coming!” – can now be heard all over the world, from Phuket in Thailand to sun-kissed beaches in Jamaica. Of course, now they say it with welcoming arms! Blame it on the restless, adventurous spirit of the quintessential Britisher, but more and more Brits are travelling abroad to exotic destinations. The old favorites of Caribbean and south of France have been replaced by a bunch of new destinations in Europe and Asia. Here, we take a look at six favorite holiday destinations among British travellers:

1. Phuket, Thailand

A sun-kissed island paradise, Phuket in Thailand has been a perennial favorite among British travellers. The island of Phuket is approximately the size of Singapore (another favourite holiday destination) and is situated at Thailand’s westward edge. The island’s economy is centered around tourism and Britishers contribute heavily to it. Phuket is quite cheap and many British travellers end up staying for months.
Best time to visit Phuket are the months between October-March.

2. Goa, India

Once a Portuguese colony, Goa in India has a unique culture that attracts thousands of British travellers each year. Goa’s beaches are famed for their white sand and the region has a very laid back culture. Throw in the best of Indian cuisine, and you have all the ingredients for a memorable holiday. Little wonder British travellers flock to this western Indian state every year around October-December.

3. Ibiza, Spain

Ibiza has a sterling reputation as a party-paradise, especially among young travellers. The little Mediterranean island attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists each year who come here for the beaches, the natural beauty, authentic Spanish cuisine, and endless party opportunities. Crowds swell around summers when young people and students have time off, so older travellers might want to avoid travel during this time.

4. Florence, Italy

The city that gave birth to Michaelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, Florence is one of the world’s greatest cultural hubs. Florence is seeped in history and tradition, and yet, boasts a large cosmopolitan, urban population. Strolling down a Florence street, you might have a Renaissance era building on one side, a shimmering, glass and steel 21st century building on the other. This curious mix of the old and new attracts thousands of British travellers each year. The city is especially popular among holidaying couples because of its culture, cuisine, and endless possibilities for romance.

5. Crete, Greece

As per legend, the Greek God Zeus was born on the island of Crete. One of the oldest civilized places on the planet, Crete in Greece is one of the cradles of western civilizations. A small island in the Mediterranean, Crete boasts a large urban population and unspoiled, stunning natural beauty. Culture buffs will appreciate hundreds of historical ruins dotting the island. Today, Crete has become a metling pot of sorts with a large Africa and Asian population, which makes it all the more enticing for British travellers.

6. Los Angeles, USA

The home of Hollywood has always been a firm favorite among British holiday makers. Los Angeles is the second largest city in United States and the center of the global entertainment industry. While there is little to see in terms of history and culture, the chances of running into a celebrity on the streets of LA are very high. Add endless entertainment options and an extraordinary variety of cuisines, and you have all the ingredients for the perfect holiday.

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5 Exciting Travel Destinations For 2013 http://travelandtea.com/5-exciting-travel-destinations-for-2013/ http://travelandtea.com/5-exciting-travel-destinations-for-2013/#respond Mon, 07 Jan 2013 03:25:30 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=431 We Brits are fond of travelling to foreign countries. According to the latest UK government statistics, 55.5 million visits were made abroad in 2011 by UK residents, which grew by 2.3% compared to the previous year. Spain and France were the topmost destinations for British travellers. These two countries accounted for 34% of all visits […]

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We Brits are fond of travelling to foreign countries. According to the latest UK government statistics, 55.5 million visits were made abroad in 2011 by UK residents, which grew by 2.3% compared to the previous year. Spain and France were the topmost destinations for British travellers. These two countries accounted for 34% of all visits abroad.

The New Year has just set in but it is likely that the wet summer of the previous year will encourage any British traveller to make plans ahead for travelling abroad in 2013. There are some places or destinations which have long been favourites for Brits. However, exploring some alternative destinations could be more challenging and adventurous for you in 2013.

Some suggestions…

Thailand

Thailand has emerged over the years as a very exciting tourist destination for travellers from all over the world. A growing number of British travellers make holidays in Thailand every year. Thailand is a beautiful, tropical country with magnificent natural beauty and very friendly people. Thailand is a country that has never been colonised or occupied by any country. The country has a fascinating and rich cultural heritage. The beautiful beaches of Phuket, and the peaceful island of Koh Samui will give you a fantastic time. The countryside, beaches, great Thai food, and of course the bustling and entertaining Bangkok, the capital of Thailand will make your travel experience a lifetime remembrance.

Egypt

Egypt does not need an introduction. There are so many things of attractions to do or see in Egypt that the list will be endless. There is more of Egypt to see other than the very famous and the iconic pyramids, and Sphinx. A Nile Cruise can be an ideal start for any British traveller to explore the Valley of the Kings, and famous Aswan. Cairo is a bustling city with numerous world class museums, ancient landmarks and a vibrant Egyptian life. The great Egyptian food is just as delicious as you can think of. There are plenty of budget hotels along with luxurious 5 star hotels in all the main tourist destinations in Egypt. The beaches, the sparkling water of the Red Sea resorts will make your holidays full of joy.

Spain

Probably for any British traveller Spain is one of the topmost travel destinations abroad. In fact, Spain remains the number one travel destination for British holidaymakers and has been a favourite for UK travellers. The most travelled places in Spain are the Balearic Islands of Mallorca, Ibiza, and Menorca, and the Canary Islands of Tenerife and La Palma and Gomera. Catalonia and Costa de la Luz are also favourite beach destinations.

The availability of numerous low-cost airlines can be availed by any British traveller and explore interesting places in Spain. Cities like Palma and Seville with rich culture can be great destinations for breaks. Mountains, empty beaches, medieval towns, lively cities, beautiful countryside of Northern Spain will give you a real delight.

France

France is on the other side of the English Channel and one of the yet one of the most favourite travel destinations for the Brit travellers. Any British traveller would love to visit this beautiful land of champagne, world class arts, galleries, beaches, some of the best cuisines of the world and many more things. The beaches of Corsica, Ile de Ré, Monet’s Garden in Giverny, and Paris will give you a pleasant travel experience in France. If you love wine then France will be your favourite destination. You can take a wine tour too. You can go for an excursion to places such as Burgundy, Gascony and the Canal du Midi etc. Paris is full of fun with lovely food, world class museums, art galleries, and many more exciting things. The river Nice is another attraction.

USA

Although the USA is on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, far away from the UK, it remains one of the main tourist destinations for British travellers. 2013 can be a great year for any British traveller to explore one of the world’s most richest and powerful countries in many different areas. The impressive and vast diversity of landscapes, great American food, friendly people, many iconic cultural sites, famous cities and towns, and many more attractions will impress any British visitor immensely.

New York City can be the starting point for you. There is so much to see in this world city that you can spend weeks here without getting bored. New England is a charming place to visit. Travelling to Washington D.C., Boston, Philadelphia etc will give you an enjoyable time. Cities like San Diego, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, Dallas, Seattle etc will be great places to see. Michigan, Great Lakes, Grand Canyon, the beaches of the west coast, the sunny and warm weather of California, vast tracks of wilderness, mountains etc will certainly astonish you when you travel to the USA.

There are many more destinations abroad for 2013 like Malaysia, Australia, Brazil, the Maldives, Italy, Japan, UAE, South Africa and many more places for British travellers to get sun, fun and joy in the summer of 2013.

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Escaping The British Winter: Top Bargain Destinations http://travelandtea.com/escaping-the-british-winter-top-bargain-destinations/ http://travelandtea.com/escaping-the-british-winter-top-bargain-destinations/#respond Mon, 10 Dec 2012 09:21:09 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=373 During the winter period in the U.K, days are usually quite cold, dull, grey and really wet. This translates to spending more time in-doors than one would like. But all is not lost as there is plenty of sunshine elsewhere around the globe. With a little bit of cash to spare, you and your family […]

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During the winter period in the U.K, days are usually quite cold, dull, grey and really wet. This translates to spending more time in-doors than one would like. But all is not lost as there is plenty of sunshine elsewhere around the globe. With a little bit of cash to spare, you and your family can escape all this dullness and satisfy that inner craving for some sunshine, courtesy of these affordable destinations.

1. Florida – USA

Thanks to the power of the British pound over the USD, you can take advantage of this and spend a couple of months over in one of the sun Cities in the country. This amazing state has the amenities to accommodate nearly everyone, along with their needs and taste, thus it does not matter whether you are alone or are travelling as a family. The best part is that they speak English, so no communication barriers.

2. Australia

Notably, this is the best place a Brit can go to in order to escape the winter chills. Why? This is due to the fact that Australian weather runs in opposite to that of the UK. This is the best time to pay a visit that long time cousin of yours you have not seems for some time. Although the flight may be a bit expensive, once again the power of the pound comes in handy.

3. Thailand

Picture this, palm trees beautifully lining the sandy beach as golden sparkling waters hit against your foot. The people are warm and welcoming, the food is mouth watering and delicious. This destination is a favorite to those running away from the chilly weather back home.

It’s full of sunlight, luxury and quite affordable. Temperatures are warm and the weather is pretty warm. For those seeking more than the warm sunlight, you have the option on going on an adventurous elephant trekking or a walk over the magnificent hills.

4. Egypt – Africa

Egypt is also known as the land of Kings. Located on the African planes, this destination is home to plenty of sunlight. In fact, it is home to one of their sun gods – Ra. The country is renowned for its pyramids, tombs and its bewitching hieroglyphs.

Temperatures are quite warm, the service is affordable and descent. Majority of the locals speak Arabic, but most also comprehend and speak basic English. Fun activities include, snorkeling, diving, desert tourism and so much more

5. South Africa

South Africa is a blend of inspiring scenery, diverse/multicultural cities and numerous game parks- home to the big five. It’s also renowned for its wine, food and hospitality. On average, it takes about 12 hours to fly from UK to Cape town.

There are numerous marvelous beaches stretched across the Garden route. Notably, Kruger Park stands out from all the national parks offering a perfect view of the flora and fauna.

6. Dubai

Dubai is famous for its up market resorts, malls and shopping centers. The night life is rather vibrant as this is the time when it’s mostly cool and most people come out into the open. The weather is generally great, with plenty of sunlight year round. If you can’t stand the heat, you may head out to the snow park situated in the Emirates mall.

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5 Sleazy Sex Tourism Places in Thailand You May Want to Avoid http://travelandtea.com/5-sleazy-sex-tourism-places-in-thailand-you-may-want-to-avoid/ http://travelandtea.com/5-sleazy-sex-tourism-places-in-thailand-you-may-want-to-avoid/#comments Mon, 08 Oct 2012 07:15:11 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=15 Thailand is one of the most beautiful places in the world, with a rich cultural heritage and an amazing cuisine. It’s an incredibly popular tourist destination, as famous for its beaches as it is for sex tourism, which has increased at alarming rates in recent years despite being illegal. There are obviously many visitors to […]

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Thailand is one of the most beautiful places in the world, with a rich cultural heritage and an amazing cuisine.

It’s an incredibly popular tourist destination, as famous for its beaches as it is for sex tourism, which has increased at alarming rates in recent years despite being illegal.

There are obviously many visitors to Thailand who are not sex tourists. And this post is for the non-sex tourists. Here are five popular sex tourism destinations in Thailand that you may want to avoid.

1. Patpong in Bangkok

The first of the five sleazy sex tourism places in Thailand you may want to avoid is Bangkok’s Patpong district, which is full of brothels and girly bars. Avoid this place at any means. Everything is more expensive here, from handbags sold at street stalls to drinks in the girlie bars. Shopping here — for sex or anything else — makes no sense

2. Patong in Phuket

Paton, on the beautiful island of Phuket, is perfectly safe during the day. But at night, it’s a meat market. Visit by all means, but be mindful that the nightlife is a bit dodgy.

3. Pattaya

The beach resort town of Pattaya, only 165 kilometres from Bangkok, is another destination that’s popular with sex tourists. Pattaya has many families activities that can be enjoyed during the day, such as bowling alleys, amusement parts, an actual Ripley’s Museum and many cinemas. But the night sees one of the biggest sex tourism centers in Thailand come to life, so it’s better to stay away.

4. Koh Phangan

The fourth place in our list is Koh Phangan. This place is most famous for its  Full Moon Party, which is held on the beach every month on the full moon. The party attracts thousands of people from around the world, many of whom are looking for sex.

5. Chiang Mai

The last place on our list is Chiang Mai. This is not a predominantly sex tourism place. As a matter of fact, this is one of the most developed cities of Thailand. It offers many recreational activities like shopping, massages and cooking courses. But the sex trade also exists here, with Loy Kroh Road one of the places where street walkers loiter.

What Does Thailand Offer?

Thailand has some breathtaking beaches along the coast, which attract a lot of tourists all year round. Inner portions of the country provide many opportunities for trekking, adventure travel, wildlife spotting and mountaineering. The many temples spread across the country are also major tourist attractions, as are the local handicraft exhibitions.

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