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Three Reasons To Consider Koh Samui For Your Wedding

28 Apr

weddings elephantKoh Samui, also known as the Coconut Island, has evolved at such a frantic pace, from a spectacular island escape, an adventurous island for travelers, a honeymoon paradise into a more sophisticated and very popular wedding destination. Nowadays, people dream of Thailand as their perfect wedding destination. The wedding industry in the country is one of the most flourishing. From its charming coral reefs and white sandy beaches, to a plethora of natural resources, the number of people signing up for weddings in Koh Samui is overwhelming.

A wedding on Koh Samui Island is exotic and fascinating, whether it’s traditional or a Thai Western style wedding. There are several modern facilities on the rise and excellent resorts and hotels available for couples and their friends and families to choose from.

The island has over the years, earned a worldwide reputation as an idyllic Thai wedding location in addition to being a boutique beach resort. A wedding in Koh Samui will surely live up to the romantic image created in any brochure you see. Here are some reasons why you should consider the island as your wedding destination.

Romantic Venues
Weddings on Koh Samui are among the most romantic weddings in the world. The island is simply spectacular. From the white sandy beaches, blue sea waters to the tropical mountain landscapes and a peaceful environment, the island provides a perfect backdrop for a truly romantic Thai beach wedding. Visitors cannot get enough of the island because of it is one of the best in Asia. The light blue green sea water bordered with the finest sands is an ideal and magical backdrop while you say “I do”.

Fantastic Reception Food
Koh Samui is a diner’s delight, with some of Thailand’s most interesting food. The island has it all; from street food to simple restaurant food to international dining, you are sure to enjoy some of the best and popular Thai dishes at your wedding reception. Tease your friends and family members’ palate with spring rolls, seafood curry and a variety of sweets like Khanom Kareaw; a sweet bread intertwined and Khanom Tuay Foo. It is also possible to serve your favorite foods from home to taste something familiar.

Sweet Honeymoon
This is another primary reason to consider signing up for a Koh Samui wedding- the venues are so romantic and couples don’t require another venue for their honeymoon. You can therefore look forward to a hassle-free romantic honeymoon. Instead of travelling far from your wedding venue, lavish your island setting and explore the island’s wonders with a great dose of delicious food. You can go to the spa, have an intimate dinner sundown and get all the privacy you want.

Weddings on the island are getting raves because it offers amazing venues and a relaxing tropical beach vibe that’s very romantic or a wedding. If you are preparing for an island wedding, Koh Samui is popularly known for, so you are bound to have a memorable celebration. With the above reasons, you can look forward to having an island wedding of your dreams.

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John Chen is a travel writer currently located in Bangkok, Thailand. He likes writing about Thailand and he writes not only about traveling in Thailand, but also about business, culture, economy and food.


What Makes Marbella The Ultimate Place To Live

28 Apr

Marbella’s beautiful topography, soothing climate and golden sandy beaches make it one of Andalusia’s most enchanting places both for holiday making and permanent living. The town, belonging to the province of Malaga, was developed by the Mediterranean. The coastline was created over thousands of years by the erosion of nearby mountains. The view of the sea and the touch of moist air on the face can be felt from any part of the city. The coastline is further dotted with green golf courses and magnificent villas. But Marbella is not only about sun-bathing on the beaches. It has a rich archaeological history and is also considered one of the cultural hubs of the region. A number of concerts and opera performances are organised here round the year, entertaining and satisfying the finer tastes of both the local people and tourists.

Why Buy Properties in Marbella

Investment on properties involves considerable expense and hassles, particularly if the destination happens to be outside one’s own country. For this and other reasons, anyone willing to buy a property would look forward to more solid reasons for doing so rather than being captivated by sapphire blue waves crashing on sandy shores. Yet, it remains an undeniable fact that buyers find the beauty of the Marbella thoroughly irresistible. This applies for the young honeymooners who visit the place on their honeymoon trip and fall in love with it. And, the wiser more level headed 65 year old retirees who look forward to setting up a nest here in the quest of a simpler and quieter pace of life. Marbella offers an unparalleled standard of living in the entire Andalusia. The cost of living in comparison is nominal. It is also very far from being a quaint sea-side town. The posh city offers a range of activities, from sports to culture, for everyone to participate in and enjoy. The warmer climate suits people visiting Marbella. The surrounding area is full of natural wealth that could be explored by hiking, trekking, cycling and other means. It is absolutely not impossible to live here and maintain an active professional life by working from here. Facilities such as electricity, telephone and broadband internet services are available. The healthcare facilities are modern. Reputed international schools are there in the city taking care of the education of the young members of the family. Finding jobs here, specifically in the hospitality industry, are not difficult for qualified expatriates with knowledge of Spanish. Courtesy the real estate investment-friendly policies of the government and initiatives of the local council, people buying properties here may also obtain residential permit from the very beginning under certain conditions.

Points to Take a Note of

If you are not fluent in Spanish do consider taking the help of a linguist or translator before embarking on a house hunt. Do employ lawyers aware of the laws of the country during the process of purchase. Check each and every document scrupulously. Avoid the rush in August for buying a property there. And, be prepared to be patient with Spanish bureaucracy. Opportunities for buying fashionable villas, in all shapes and sizes, would be aplenty after a recent spate of property development in the area. Nearly all the houses would come with their own manicured gardens, the size of it would depend on the depth of your pocket, for you to stroll in early morning or late afternoon. The beachfront properties naturally cost the highest as is the case in other parts of the world. Adjacent to the beach or at the foothills of the mountains, you may always be sure to spending time in very close proximity with nature.


Samuel Edwards is a keen traveller, he is always on his feet moving from country to country, while on the move he blogs to help pay for his extravagant lifestyle, he has written articles for a number of online magazine such as Alta Vista Property. He wants to eventually one day have his own travel magazine online.

Why Do Savvy People Go To Lapland To See The Northern Lights?

28 Apr

Isn’t television wonderful? From your couch you can examine Sydney Harbour Bridge and Circular Quay, fly over the Grand Canyon, see Tower Bridge open or close, or even observe gannets nesting on the Bass Rock in the Firth of Forth. Except, of course, you don’t really. Imagine watching cookery programmes and yet never being allowed to actually eat any food. Wouldn’t it be great to genuinely climb Sydney Harbour Bridge? Or, bob out on a small boat towards the Bass Rock and feel the salt spray, hear the call of thousands of birds, and even experience a fairly unique smell?

Immersing yourself in an unforgettable experience
The Northern Lights feature on many bucket lists. Why not add it to yours? Recently, there have been displays of light across parts of the UK, and folk will excitedly tell you “I saw the Northern Lights”. Not the complete and total experience to be gained on a trip to Lapland though.

A few minutes outside your own home surely can’t compare with spending time in Lapland – a place where it’s constant twilight for almost two months. This certainly isn’t anything like the misery of a murky and dank winter day at home. It’s a proper experience of life in a cold but fascinating corner of the planet, and one that those lucky people who have already enjoyed it know they simply won’t forget.

Luckily a bright moon helps at night, but, of course, that’s not what you’re there to truly experience. Lapland is the place to see the Northern lights, incidentally, there’s an ancient belief that those who experience them live happily ever after – but, sadly, this can’t quite be guaranteed.

Around sixty miles above your head, electric particles accelerated by Earth’s magnetic field, collide with air molecules and disperse the energy in intense and stunning dancing arcs and waves of spectacular green yellow and red light. Stand there and you’ll soon know that nature is gently reminding you who’s really in charge.

Lots more to “lap” up
Ignoring the dreadful pun, it’s easy to be confused about where Lapland actually is. Many of us have been brought up to believe that it’s the home of Santa Claus, but it’s just as tricky to pin down as Mr Claus himself. Technically, Lapland is a region that stretches across four countries, and is largely within the Arctic Circle. Taking a trip to experience the Northern Lights, you’ll most likely find the best option is to be part of a tour, where you can be taken by experts to terrific and proven vantage points to enjoy the show, think front row stalls at the theatre – rather than being stuck in a “restricted view” area.

Such trips to Lapland can also give you the chance to enjoy other wilderness aspects, such as a snowmobile safari, a forest trek, even an expedition to listen to the call of wild huskies. There are also likely to be reindeer! Some travel companies even supply thermal boots.

If you want a memorable break, then Lapland certainly provides one of the most unforgettable of all winter holiday destinations.


Amy Wilson caught the travelling bug just after she graduated from university. She has since travelled across Asia and America before taking up work on a cruise ship. She visited lapland for the first time in 2013.

Four Former Warzones Now Perfect For Family Holidays

28 Apr

If your initial reaction to this headline is: “Why on earth would I want to take my family to such places?” the key is in the word “former”. A moment’s thought will likely confirm that the area where you live was, at some stage in the past, part of a war zone. Whether you live in London, Orkney, Shrewsbury or Durham there is almost certainly a stage in the history of your home area when conflict scarred both the landscape and people.

Time allows us to move on from such dreadful moments, and to become more than what we were or even return to the best of what we used to be. Here are four delightful and peaceful locations for long stay winter holidays that would offer a special welcome…

Sarajevo – A poignant reminder of the timely past
The city of Sarajevo teems with history, especially important this year as the site of the assassination which lead to World War One. It offers much more now, a place where east truly meets west. It was nominated to be European Capital of Culture and has appeared on “top ten cities to visit” lists. A few days can help you fall in love with a place which has been settled since Neolithic times and is now rich in everything from museums to music.

Mostar – Spreading your wings further
There is, of course, so much more to Bosnia-Herzegovina than simply stunning Sarajevo. It’s history as the boundary between the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian empires allows it to present a truly unique east-meets-west identity. It remains a welcoming destination for a traveller who wants more than simply big-city or beach time. A visit to the small city of Mostar, a magnificently recovered victim of an appalling 18-month siege just twenty years ago, allows you to enjoy the peace as you stroll across the beautiful Neretva River on the astonishingly-reconstructed and legendary Stari Most Bridge, indeed the city itself is named after the “bridge-keepers”.

Dubrovnik – An interesting Posip-le choice
The pun refers to one of the enduring tastes of time spent in Dubrovnik, one of Croatia’s stunning destinations. Posip is a light and glorious Dalmatian white wine which seems to reflect so well a vibrant, fashionable and modern city that pays equal respect to its rich history as to its lively designer boutique present. A journey by cable car allows you to savour the stunning waterside setting of a memorable location.

Hvar – Hvar a great time
An amazing choice among summer or winter holiday destinations if you do long for the beach and more. The small island of Hvar, set just off the Croatian coast, offers rolling hills and rugged mountains, fabulous vineyards, coves and inlets – plus medieval history and restful beaches. The rich and famous increasingly bring their yachts and join the vibrant party scene.

Enjoying the future past
These locations have worked hard, over the last few years, to move on from some terrible times by celebrating and encompassing the best of their past and moving into a friendly and truly welcoming future. Your first visit is highly unlikely to be your last.

David Keller is an intrepid traveller and father of two. He has travelled near and far across the world with his family and frequently blogs about his experiences.

Getting From Koh Samui To Koh Tao And Enjoying The Beaches

21 Apr

koh tao ThailandSerious travelers and divers who are interested in relaxing on a less developed, scenic island tend to love Koh Tao. This is a relatively small island shaped like a kidney bean. Most of the popular beaches in Koh Tao face the west. The interior of the island is still undeveloped and rugged.

However, areas around the beaches are well developed, especially around Mae Haad. Thus, such areas don’t feel secluded. Although the island has been attracting more travelers with every passing year, Koh Tao still offers a relaxing atmosphere for divers from around the world. Getting from Koh Samui to Koh Tao is quite easy and less time consuming.

From Koh Samui to Koh Tao
If you want to get from Koh Samui to the island Koh Tao, there are several transportation alternatives. You can take a catamaran or express boat. There are two most popular operators:

● Seatran Discovery – Ferry from Bangrak Pier (Time of Departure – 8 AM and 1.30 PM)

● Lomprayah – Catamaran from Maenam Pier (Time of Departure – 8 AM and 12.30 PM)

At times, it can be rainy and windy from October to December. Thus, visibility during this period is not very good. The best time to visit Koh Tao is from January to September. Good visibility and bright sunshine can make your trip more exciting and fun.

It is very easy to buy tickets at the pier. You can also buy them from any travel agency in Koh Samui. It won’t take long to arrive in Mae Haad. In recent years, it has grown into a small town. Once you visit Koh Tao, you can spend time on some of the most popular beaches in Thailand.

Sairee Beach
This is one of the longest beaches on Koh Tao. It is also considered to be the most popular. Sairee beach is located in the northern direction from Mae Haad on the west coast of Koh Tao. It is about 3 kilometers in length. On the beach, you can easily find many different diving centers and schools. There are also fine dining restaurants and 7-Eleven stores.

Chalok Beach
Chalok Baan Kao is another popular and shallow beach located in a bay. This beach is located in the southern region of the island. It is about 2 kilometers in the southern direction from Mae Haad.

Tanote Bay
This has become one of the best spots for snorkeling. However, it may be a bit hard to reach this place. It is located in the eastern region of Koh Tao.

Other Beaches
Koh Tao also has some other beautiful bays and beaches like Sai Tong, Aow Leuk, Rocky Bay and Hin Wong. Since Koh Tao is a small island, it is always better to rent a bike for travelling around the island. Getting from Koh Samui to Koh Tao is quite easy.

If you want to snorkel, dive or swim among tourists in a relaxing atmosphere, Koh Tao will be your best choice. You can even rent a kayak or canoe for a day trip around this island or visit Koh Nang Yuan.


John Chen is a travel writer currently located in Bangkok, Thailand. He likes writing about Thailand and he writes not only about traveling in Thailand, but also about business, culture, economy and food. You can buy ferry tickets online at

The Men’s Guide To Planning The Ultimate Weekend Away

20 Mar

A stag do is the last chance a man might have before he ends his glorious bachelor days and starts behaving like a married man. So, try to make it the most memorable one possible for him.

Check out the I Am Staggered blog for further tips on planning ultimate stag weekends for groups.

Here is the men’s guide to planning the ultimate weekend away friends:

1. Begin by setting your budget

Before you set your budget, discuss with all those who are willing to chip in money for the special weekend. Going for a weekend party elsewhere in the country or overseas might be a great idea but it would be more costly. Some of those who can afford to spend much money opt for a high-end party like a Las Vegas party; complete with gambling fun, beautiful women, overflowing champagne and more.

If you and your friends cannot afford to throw such a costly party, do not worry. You can still have a great weekend party by focusing on cutting down expenses.

2. Focus on cutting down on expenses

Money might be tight unless you and your friends are rich enough to spend lavishly for the stag. So, if you want to have a more ‘luxurious’ party, think about cutting down on expenses wherever possible. Do not forget to negotiate as much as possible. Going in a group is usually cheaper.

The larger the group, the cheaper it would be. Therefore, even if you were to opt for a high-end party, the expense might not be that high. Some bachelors might love the idea of getting away to a special travel destination. Even going for such a destination is possible without a great deal of expense when it comes to a group. Booking your travel package or flight tickets a few weeks in advance is a smart way to save money on travel expenses.

3. Type of weekend

Since the most important person for the party is the stag, ask him prior to planning anything. Find out from him how he yearns to spend his time with his friends before he ends his bachelor days. Some bachelors may want to do something exciting or dangerous just for the exhilaration of it or as a way of saying goodbye to their ‘boyhood’ or bachelor days. Not surprisingly, activities like go karting and bungee jumping are some of the choices of stags these days.

ultimate weekend away with friends4. Favorite weekend spots

Right now, some of the favorite bachelor party spots are Canadian cities like Montreal and Toronto. They have become the place of ‘beautiful women and overflowing champagne in limos at night’. During the day, there are exhilarating activities for the stag’s pick. Gambling some money away might appeal to some stags and their friends. To do so, head to places like Las Vegas.
Once a man gets married, gambling might not be a wise idea. He might have to be more careful about spending his money. Who knows? The stag may end up winning some money, making it the most memorable stag party possible for him.
When it comes to the men’s guide to planning the ultimate weekend, set a proper budget first. Do not forget to ask the stag what he wants. Consider choosing from favorite weekend spots like Las Vegas, Montreal and Toronto.

Written by Mike Cuttle from the Weddzilla blog, which specialises in helping men and women plan incredible weddings.

Visiting Thorpe Park

20 Mar

Visiting Thorpe Park
Thorpe Park, in Chertsey, is one of the foremost attractions in the UK and has plenty to offer families who are seeking a fun day out with plenty of thrills. Since 1979, the park has been entertaining visitors with a wide range of rides which are updated and added to regularly. Last year The Swarm, a new rollercoaster, was the latest in a series of thrill rides that made its debut in the park. So called Fright Nights have been added to the fun in 2013, making Thorpe Park the ideal destination for Halloween or for teenagers looking for a macabre thrill.

Getting There
Located in Surrey, Thorpe Park is easily accessed from London’s orbital ring road, the M25 motorway. Use the intersection with the M3 at junction 12 to access the park’s site which is surrounded by water. The theme park is only a few miles from the major air hub in the capital. Heathrow airport hotels are an ideal place to stay overnight if you a travelling from further afield to enjoy the park’s delights. From central London, take the A316 via Richmond and pick up the M3 at Sunbury.

The park has plenty for people who are not confirmed rollercoaster enthusiasts, so it is well worth checking out if you have a range of ages in your party, including families with younger children. There are plenty of things to see and do for younger kids. Nevertheless, some of the bigger rides do have restrictions based on the child’s height rather than his or her age. This is a safety measure, however adults who have younger children with them are still able to enjoy the height restricted rides and can do so whilst only needing to queue once. A simple voucher must be picked up to use this service, but they are easy to obtain. There are also special wristbands available which can be put on toddlers so that their parents can be phoned should the family group become separated.

The Rides
SAW: The Ride is one of the best rollercoasters that thrill seekers could wish for. Completed in 2009, the ride is billed as the most terrifying in the world. Riders are launched through a gauntlet of twisted metal and then hauled up over 100 feet before being shoved through blades which are rotating. Tidal Wave is another attraction not to be missed. This water ride produces the heart stopping experience of an 85 feet plunge into the water. It is one of the country’s tallest log flumes. If looping the loop is more your style, then try Colossus, which is the only rollercoaster in Britain to boast a four loop barrel roll. Did you know you can even get travel insurance for days out in the UK; that’s good news for anyone a bit nervous of the rides!!

For The Little Ones
Younger kids will enjoy Depth Charge, a four lane super slide which takes a 40 feet fall from the top to the bottom. Riders sit on bright yellow inflatables and can race each other down the slide. Mr Monkey’s Banana Ride is another family favourite which means kids can swing through the trees. Alternatively, try the Flying Fish ride which is a rollercoaster that younger children can enjoy.

Greg is travel writer and theme park fan. He grew up in London and has many happy memories associated with Thorpe Park and Chessington World of Adventures.