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A holiday in Bali is like being in paradise – you’ve got miles and miles of pristine beaches with crystal clear waters and an opportunity to immerse yourself in a unique ancient culture. But before you head to one of the most visited islands in the world, you have to know the basic do’s and don’ts so you won’t find yourself in hot seat with the locals. The Dos Always Dress and Act Modestly – although Bali is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, the island is still very conservative. While you can lounge around the beach and resorts in skimpy outfits or without a shirt, you must dress modestly when out in town or at the markets. This doesn’t mean you need to wear long sleeves and pants amidst the hot climate, but appropriate clothes such as a shirt and long shorts or skirts are …

Discover Thainess with this incredibly beautiful video that packs everything that makes Thailand a one of a kind gem in the Orient. Feel a set of different emotions with this short visual treat that will make you understand why Thailand, its people, its culture, and the country itself is a magnet for adventure lovers, thrill seekers, and people who just enjoy what life has to offer in general. Feel Prestige with what the land in Thailand can give you – fresh and organic fruits, vegetables, and everything that their fertile land has to offer. Feel Fun with the countless festivals being held all over the country, where everyone is welcome with open arms. Enjoy amazing showmanship of culture and tradition, with locals parading their passion and love for amazing Thailand. For those who want to get a literal taste of the country, leave the inhibitions behind and get a taste …

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Ready to embark on your dream vacation to Thailand? Whether you are visiting the busy lifestyle of Bangkok, going for an island escapade to Phuket and Koh Samui, or perhaps you choose to experience the laid-back mountain lifestyle of Chiang Mai, make your travel a little easier and smoother by familiarizing yourself with the basic dos and don’ts of Thai etiquette. Though Thais are very forgiving of foreign nationals’ ignorance on basic Thai etiquette, they highly appreciate those who make the effort to learn about their culture. Here are the dos and don’ts when traveling to the ‘The Land of Smiles’: The Dos Do Remove Your Shoes When Entering a Home or Temple It is common in many Asian countries for people to remove their shoes before entering a home or temple. In Thailand, many businesses, shops, and restaurants require their guests to remove their footwear. If you are unsure, …

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During your holiday, when it comes down to having your meals, it’s always important to be mindful of the food you eat. Make sure they are not just tasty and appealing to the eye but also healthy to the body. When you are having a great time with family and friends, it may be easy to disregard your healthy diet. So here are some of the the best healthy eating tips to adopt during your vacation: Never Skip Breakfast Make sure that your breakfast is both filling and healthy. Examples of healthy and filling breakfast options to try include oats porridge, multi grain bread, scrambled eggs, poached eggs or sugar free muesli among others. In case you don’t have so much time for a sit-down breakfast, take a banana with you. This will keep you fill for quite some time. Avoid Processed Foods At all costs, avoid eating processed foods. …

If you’re packing your bags for your next adventure or relaxing get away, there are a few apps you might want to consider taking along for the journey as well. Helping you navigate unfamiliar locations, make plans, find exciting activities and locations and much more, a mobile device can be your handheld expert travel companion for any destination. Let’s take a look at our roundup of the five best apps which you simply must have whenever traveling to another country. #1 Google Maps As one of the foremost sources of modern digital maps, Google Maps has a huge host of features for travelers. Easily find your way to just about anywhere with its detailed directions and routes. Google Maps can direct you the best routes via car, foot, or even look for available public transit services. Armed with Google Maps, you are only a search away from discovering all of …

Songkran Festival is the traditional New Year celebration of Thailand that happens yearly from 13th to 15th of April. It is mainly celebrated in a fun-filled way by sprinkling water on each other along with paying respect to the images of Buddha. Here are the amazing major cities and islands in Thailand where you can best celebrate the biggest and most fun water festival in the world. Get your water guns ready!   #1 Bangkok Over thousands of cheerful Thais and tourists carry things that can spray water, packing the 5km street in Silom on two levels. Sacred celebrations take place at Sanam Luang and an image of Buddha is brought from the National Museum that is escorted along the roads to sprinkle water on. The Phra Pradaeng district celebrates a more traditional Songkran with the Thai-Raman communities living out their Songkran traditions. A Beauty contest, “Miss Songkran” is organized …

If you are about to shell out for your dream vacation and plan to stay at one of the most luxurious accommodations in the world, wouldn’t it be nice to have a bit of insurance that you will get everything you pay for? Of course, no one likes to invite discord into their life by planning for bad things to happen. When excited and planning your vacation, it can be easy to disregard potential troubles along the way, with an ‘it can’t happen to me’ or ‘it won’t happen here’ attitude. This little bit of negligence can end up costing a small fortune, so lets explore a few scenarios of the importance of having an insurance prior to booking that luxury villa or vacation rental that you desire. 1. Interrupted Stay – Lets say you get to your destination, spend a few glorious days in paradise until the phone rings. …

Seek for Personal Assistance Yes, you read that right. If you want the easiest and fastest way to find the luxury villa that would match your requirement, whether you’ve been to the destination or not, seek for personal assistance. In the luxury villa rental industry, it is best to be speaking with a person (not some automated system). Tell them everything that you need, and let them do the research for you. Not only it will save you time and effort by browsing and searching through hundreds if not thousands of villa listings online, but you are also sure to get the best accurate result possible. If you want to know more about what type of information to give them, read my post on 10 Questions to Ask Yourself During a Search for a Holiday Luxury Villa to Rent. Who Should You Ask The services provided when renting a luxury …

Other than Phuket, there are other destinations found not far from the island that offer many other attractions and activities ranging from snorkeling, diving, deep-sea fishing, canoe trip, rock climbing and more. Here’s our list of recommendations:   #1 Snorkeling in Phi Phi Islands Located just a few miles from Phuket and famous for its tranquil tropical beaches, steep cliffs rising from calm and clear seas coupled with shallow coral gardens, Phi Phi Islands are a perfect snorkeling destination. If you are a fan of swimming and deep-sea diving, then a visit to this amazing destination would be a memorable experience.   #2 Kayaking Adventure in Phang Nga Bay Located not very far from Phuket Airport, this wonderful destination offers you a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore the mysterious world of the hongs. There is an extraordinary world isolated inside soaring karsts only accessed by sea canoes. This …

What is a Villa? Villa is originally a Roman term used in the past to define luxury houses that rich Romans (nobles) were using for escaping the routine and for relaxation. These estates were usually constructed on beautiful landscapes, with vineyards, fountains, gardens and pools. The function and idea of a villa evolved considerably from becoming a small farming compounds and re-evolved through the middle ages into an elegant upper-class country homes. In the modern world, a villa can refer to a various type and sizes of residences or homes that can be rented seasonally for vacations or holidays. They are sometimes referred to as ‘holiday homes’ or ‘vacation rentals’. Luxury Villas Luxury villas are luxury houses of the elite and rich people usually built as a second home. They can range from 1 bedroom up to 20 bedrooms, built in some of the most stunning locations complete with amenities …