Visit to Bahamas

Located just 50 miles off the Florida coast, the Bahamas are ready-made for exploration filled with a unique blend of ethnicity and cultures. Some friends of mine who run an Edmonton wedding dj company took a vacation to the Bahamas and had nothing but good things to say about the beautiful islands of paradise. Nassau on the island of New Providence is the capital city and the heart of the Bahamas. With 70 percent of the population living here, it is the commercial and economic center of the Commonwealth.

Straw Market
Stroll by the straw market on Bay Street for some beautiful, handcrafted straw bags. Walk a bit further and check out the flamingo pink Parliament building near Ross and square. If you are feeling adventurous, climb the sixty-five steps of the Queen staircase – one step for each year of Queen Victoria’s reign.

Aquaventure Waterpark
If you are traveling with kids, head to Atlantis on Paradise Island. They can experience all the pools rapids and water slides they can handle at Aquaventure Waterpark.

Long Island
165 miles southeast of Nassau is Long Island. Far from the bustle of Nassau as big-city life, it provides a perfect getaway of beautiful beaches, white churches, and some traditional Bahamian cuisine. One of the biggest draws to Long Island is Dean’s Blue Hole, the world’s deepest blue sinkhole. At 663 feet deep, this massive natural phenomenon is a favorite for both snorkelers and divers who come to explore its mysterious depths.

Abaco Islands
Though the outer islands of the Bahamas might be described as sleepy, the Abaco Islands will be the first to shake off the snooze. Yachtsman and divers flock to this glittering crescent of islands and keys for sailing, reef diving, and sunny ports of call.

Man O’War Cay
On Man O’War Cay, you can see how the boat building tradition has been passed down over the centuries. You can watch the local artisans working on their handmade bags. Strolling through this friendly town is a real treat for any visitor.

Hope Town
Just a short ferry ride away, a candy-striped lighthouse watches over the colorful homes within Hope Town. The town’s history can be found at the Y Annie Malone Museum which houses artifacts from the record years when the town made a living salvaging the ships that wrecked on its shores. Today life in Hope town is much more laid-back, take a walk through town on one of the many narrow footpaths and you will soon feel like part of the community.

Harbour Island
Escape to Harbour Island in Eleuthera with a rich and famous a rumor to hide out and visit pink sands beach. Grab your golf cart and head inland to Dunmore Town, a hundred year old village lined with quiet streets and colorful wooden homes. This small area boasts some of the best colonial architecture in the Bahamas.

Exuma Islands
If you want to get off the beaten path, head to the Exuma islands where you can relax on the beach, swim in turquoise water, snorkel near one of the many caves, or mingle with some of the island’s local inhabitants.

With so many possibilities, it’s easy to see why the Bahamas continued to be one of the world’s most famous island getaways.

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Koh Phangan Complete Travel Guide

Koh Phangan is one of my favorite islands in the world and I think this place is very unique compared to all the other islands you could visit in Thailand. It has a laid-back vibe as well as beautiful beaches and offers plenty of freedom for the people that come here. This will be a full travel guide about Koh Phangan and I will share with you everything I know about the island so you can have your best stay here.

How to Get There

Koh Phangan is located next to Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand. It doesn’t have an airport so you have to beat it by ferry. There are two main ways to get here by plane: you can take the convenient but more expensive way and take a flight from Bangkok to the island of Samui and then take a quick 30-minute ferry ride to Koh Phangan which cost around $140 one way or you take the cheaper but longer route with a flight to Surat Thani, then a two-hour bus ride to the coast followed by another 2.5 hour ferry trip to Bhangarh. The cheaper way cost around $40 one-way, so it’s quite a big difference.

Accommodation on Phangan

Although there are some luxury hotels on the island, most of the accommodations are rather good standard or basic bungalows right next to a beautiful beach. You could either book a hotel or go for an AirBnB but either way you can expect to find anything between $30 and $150 per night depending on what you are looking for.

Location

Location is key on Phangan because the island is bigger than you might think and depending on what you are expecting from your stay you should choose the accommodation properly. If you want to stay far away from everything, I would recommend the entire north and northwest of the island. If you want to have a bit of everything and want to be able to reach all the places around the island quickly, I would recommend staying somewhere in the Thong Sala which is also the only real town on the island. From there, almost everything is the same distance so no matter where you want to go you can reach it fairly quickly.

If you are just coming here to party, I can recommend staying in Haad Rin or somewhere next to it. Haad Rin is a beach on the far southeast of the island and it is famous for hosting the full moon party once a month. There are a lot of party tourists there and even though partying can be nice on Phangan I wouldn’t necessarily stay in this area because you might miss out on what the island has to offer apart from them.

Getting Around the Islands

There are three main ways to get around the island – by rental car, motorbike, or by taxi. Since all the taxis here are controlled by one Taxi Company, the prices are quite high and services not really that good. The only times I would recommend taking a taxi is when you are going to a party and want to drink alcohol. Renting cars might be an option for some people but in general I would say it’s not really necessary and by far the best way to get around the island is renting your own motorbike or scooter. It’s one of the main reasons I love this place so much because driving a motorbike here gives you the ultimate feeling of freedom.

It’s fairly safe and convenient. You have to pay around $6 to $8 per day for motorbike and you have to give them your passport as a deposit. Don’t be worried about this as it is just a normal procedure in Southeast Asia because they need to have some form of security. If you choose your rental shop wisely for instance by checking Google ratings everything will be fine and you won’t regret it. As a matter of fact, I wouldn’t even recommend Phangan to anyone who isn’t willing to rent his own motorbike because it has such a huge impact on how good your experience will be on the island.

Food

The food in Phangan is amazing and still fairly cheap compared to other regions in Thailand like some parts of Bangkok or Samui. You can get awesome local Thai food for $2 or choose from the plenty of international restaurants that are run by foreigners and offer good quality as well. There are also lots of good cafes around the island and coffee would be around $1.50 or fresh fruit smoothie around $1.

I hope this travel guide helps you make your next trip to Phangan an unforgettable experience.

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Kuching, Malaysia Travel Guide

Kuching is the capital of Sarawak and Borneo most populous city. Kuching’s colorful history reads like an adventure novel. With its architectural and cultural treasures, it has a lot to offer visitors to this city. We advise you to set some days aside to truly appreciate this magical city. There are several museums you can explore in Kuching. Prominent among them is the Sarawak Museum. It is considered one of the finest museums in Southeast Asia. You will also find many historic buildings here such as the Astana which is the former palace of the white Rogers and the Fort Margherita.

There are many national parks close to Sarawak, they include Semenggoh and Matang Wildlife centers where you can see orangutans, Kubah with its rare orchids and palms, Kuching Wetlands with a fascinating mangrove ecosystem, Gunung Gading where you will see giant rafflesia flowers, and Baki which houses the rare proboscis monkey. There are also hundreds of Bidayuh and Iban longhouses within easy traveling distance. Sarawak’s main resort area is Damai that is located on the nearby Santubong Peninsula. You can also explore Kuching by visiting the rainforest and Bako or go on a longhouse trip. After the rigors of jungle trekking, you can relax on the beach.

Kuching has many modern skylines and the city’s heart pulsates with vibrant markets, houses, shops, and lanes that have only changed a bit in the past decades. Kuching is popular for its beautiful sunsets and it is a city that stays up late as visitors and locals mingle in the many restaurants, bars, and cafes along the waterfront. Kuching is also a perfect place to explore the surrounding beach resorts and national parks. One of the best ways you can experience this area is by peddling up the river on one of the kayak tours.

Like many cities and towns in Kuching, the reason for Kuching’s existence and its focal point is the river. The best way to get your first experience of this beautiful island is to hire a sampan to meander you slowly through the Sarawak River. You will get the chance to see a wooden-roofed palace, an entire street of Chinese stop houses from the 19th century, a Victorian fort, a golden mosque as well as a Malay Village set against the distant mountainous background.

Kuching is immersed in nature’s sights and sounds as well as a green whirl of towering trees, you will experience a Borneo that changed a bit over the years. This city is home to friendly and relaxed people and it is so close to the best of Sarawak. It is easy to see why this city is considered one of the best-kept secrets of Malaysia.

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