Things to do in Thailand

Thailand is a great place to visit with many amazing things to see and do, why not start by visiting one of the infamous floating markets? Local market traders sell their wares from little rickety wooden boats, its truly brilliant to see and worth getting a picture of.

The Golden Triangle is very popular with tourists, you can stand on the river bank and peruse the market stalls here as well as learn the drug growing history of the area at the Hall of Opium.

Going elephant trekking is a great experience whilst in Thailand, the elephant is Thailand’s national symbol and they are greatly respected by the Thai people. Trekking is a great way to see an area and be able to get involved with bathing and caring for the elephants.

Places to visit in East Asia

When travelling to East Asia there can be so many places to go and things to see that it’s hard to know where to start. Places such as Bangkok are always popular with tourists, this capital city of Thailand is a buzzing place with lots to see but can be extremely busy and feel quite hectic so you possibly wouldn’t want to spend a long time there.

Beijing in China is also very popular amongst tourists, you can go and see the Forbidden City as well as the Great Wall of China and really immerse yourself in the Chinese culture.

If you’re looking for somewhere truly beautiful and rich in culture then Burma is a great option, its rich in Buddhist beliefs with beautiful temples to see and breath taking mountain top monasteries to discover.

If you travel into India then a must see place to go would have to be Bandhavgarh National Park, with their leopards, tigers and exotic bird life, you can really get a good taste of Asia there.

With so much to see and do your only problem will be fitting it all in!

Unusual delicacies in East Asia

Most countries have their delicacies that are traditional to local culture such as Paella in Spain, Pasta in Italy and Crepes in France, however East Asia is home to some very unusual ones that you may need to be brave (and have a strong stomach) to attempt!

  • Birds nest soup – this is quite literally a soup made from bird saliva! It’s extremely high in calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron so is considered very good for you!
  •  Turtle Jelly – this is made from ground up turtle shells and herbs and is said to have medicinal properties when eaten, but it’s VERY bitter so is often eaten with honey.
  • Inago – these are crunchy crickets and crispy grasshoppers seasoned with sugar and soy sauce, particularly popular in Japan.

And possibly one of the strangest….

  •  Fugu – this is puffer fish that is full of deadly toxins and can only be safely eaten if it is cut and prepared in a very specific way… better hope the chef is not having an ‘off’ day!!

United Kingdom – World Heritage sites (WHS)

We have a total of 28 of these sites across the UK, 16 in England, 5 in Scotland, 3 in Wales, 1 in Northern Ireland and 3 in overseas Territories. UNESCO World Heritage sites are split into two types: Cultural and/or Natural. In the UK there are a total of twenty three Cultural sites, four Natural sites and one mixed. The UK National Commission for UNESCO (UKNC), the Government and UNESCO are committed to protecting these sites for future generations. A number of parties all work together to ensure this and the close work with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and other partners, such as English Heritage, Cadw and Historic Scotland. These parties provide expert analysis and give advice. The UKNC act as coordinator and facilitator on specific World Heritage matters.
We have a number of archaeological sites, historic buildings, natural formations, urban centres and industrial landscapes for example: The Ironbridge Gorge became a Cultural WHS in 1986; Dorset and East Devon Coast became a Natural WHS in 2001 and Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites became WHS’s in 1986.

UNESCO World Heritage sites

We strongly suggest you visit the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site! These sites are deemed to be of special cultural or physical significance by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of just 981 World Heritage Sites across the world. (There are 28 in the UK alone!)
This is the largest unbroken, un-flooded volcanic caldera in the world. It was formed over three million years ago when a giant volcano exploded and collapsed in on itself. It is about 19kms wide and about 600 meters deep with a total area of 260 square kilometres which now acts as a natural enclosure for wildlife. It has been labelled as a conservation area, which protects numerous animal species including the “Big five” with a large population of Lions.
If you want to see one of these UNESCO World Heritage sites you can visit one closer to home as we have 16 in England, 5 in Scotland, 3 in wales and 1 in Northern Ireland, we also have 3 located within overseas territories.

Must see sites in Nambia

Natural sites in Nambia are varied, but for the wow factor we strongly suggest that you visit the Sossusvlei which is located in the Namib Desert, the Sossusvlei is a huge clay pan, protected by a crescent of large sand dunes. The desert has the Naukluft Park which is one of the largest conservation areas in Africa and the fourth in the world and despite its arid conditions a diverse range of wildlife and flora have adapted to live here. The sand dunes around this are very high, the highest being over 300 meters high and on the rare occasion that it rains the Sossusvlei fills with water and transforms into a glorious turquoise lake.
With similarities to the Grand Canyon, you will not be disappointed by visiting Fish River Canyon! The Fish River that runs through alternates from a trickle to a ranging torrent after good rains! Just like the Grand Canyon Fish River canyon was formed by the water of the river carving out the rock of the Namimian Desert. In some places it can get as deep as 550 meters, as wide as 27 kms and is said to be over 160 kms long from North to South.

China’s most beautiful lakes:

There are many gorgeous locations throughout China, but we want to bring to your attention 3 of the most beautiful lakes.
1. West Lake – Location: on the west of the city center of Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang Province. Unlike many of the lakes it is very easily accessible as it sits within a modern city. West Lake is 3.3km long from north to south and 2.8km wide from east to west with a circumference of 15km.
2. Qiandao Lake – Location: 129km from Chunan County in the southeast of Hangzhou and 140km from the northeast of Huangshan Mountain. Qiandao Lake means “One thousand Lakes” which characterize the 1078 isles in the lake itself!
3. Kanas Lake – Location: 855km northeast of Urumqi, the capital city of Xinjiang. Kanasi Hu means “beautiful, rich and mysterious” in Mongolian. The lake is deep within the forests and mountains of Altay. The lake is 1,374m above sea level and covers an area of 45sqkm

Lapland for Christmas?

Where to stay:
Luosto is a very secluded location to stay and for this, it has become one of the most renowned locations to visit to look at the Northern Lights.
For those more active and looking to get involved in winter sports/activities such as skiing and snowmobiling then we suggest Levi, Pallas and Yllas.
Or if you are looking for a Christmas experience with a great selection of shops and restaurants then Laplands cosmopolitans Capital of Rovaniemi has a great selection of international-name shops and restaurants.
What to do:
Whilst on your trip you can take a reindeer safari, which consists of a sleigh ride pulled by reindeer, or you could choose a husky sleigh ride instead. There are snowmobile adventure trips and even opportunities to search for a fantastic spot to view the northern lights.
You can take a trip to Santa’s grotto and meet him in his grotto, you can even choose to stay in Hotel Santa Claus in centre of Rovaniemi.

Northern France

For a trip abroad for little expense the North of France is a logical place to consider, especially for those who have an interest in history and the world wars. With locations to visit such as Dunkerque which offers a bustling atmosphere and has several war memorials worth visiting, somewhere more tranquil we’d suggest a lovely village called Cassel which is a rare example of a Flemish hill settlement. St-Omer has an array of excellent war museums whilst La Coupole and Montreuil-sur-Mer are not too far and are loaded with charm and interest.
Le Mont Saint Michel is a must visit whilst in the north. Situated in Normandy this medieval town welcomes over three million people every year. Tourists and pilgrims visit this town throughout the year and the previous ancient Burgher’s Guardroom is now the Tourist office. After passing through both the Boulevard and Kings Gates you’ll come to the main street (Grande Rue) which houses the museums, shops and houses dating back to 15th and 16th centuries. You’ll eventually reach the Grande Degre or Grande Staircase leading to the Abbey church.

Luxury Hotel Accommodation in Mumbai

Many of the complaints people have about a holiday in the republic of India stems from the poor standard of accommodation.Many of the places which people will pay for accommodation won’t have quality services or even good rooms, which is okay for most people, as that’s not why they go to India in the first place. They go to see the history, to experience the vibrancy of the culture, and see how multi-cultural it is, and eat some authentic Indian meals.

This may be changing however, as more and more luxury hotels crop up every year throughout many of the population hubs in the country. Mumbai has a great selection of high quality 5-star hotels, done in the western style, with excellent services, great food, and all of the modern day amenities that western people’s come to expect when paying large sums of money for accommodation (with toilet paper!).