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  • Welcome Seafood Restaurant

    Welcome Seafood Restaurant has two branches, one located at Asia City and the other in Bundusan. The first day we went to the Asia City branch because it was the easiest to get to, just a couple of minutes from our hotel. When we arrived at about 8, it was already packed and the was only three large mud crabs left, I grabbed all three! Side note; take a piss before coming to Welcome Seafood Restaurant, the quality of the bathroom here is atrocious. If I hadn't banged eighteen Gin and Tonic's at the Regency Club thirty minutes before, I would have held it in. We ordered the fried fish noodle - RM9, two salted egg crabs (RM30 per crab), one kam heong crab and three mantis prawns which cost us RM168 as it was RM260 per kilogram. I'll start with the worst dish, the salted egg crab crap. When it was served, I couldn't believe it was salted egg and I wanted to return it, only to be told it was indeed salted egg crab. It looked nothing salted egg crab that I have had before, and it sure as hell didn't taste like salted egg. They cooked it with sesame oil making the crabs sweet and tasting like shit. Be warned, avoid at all cost. Next up, the fish fried noodle, beautifully done and tasted wonderful. For a table of three, we ordered the noodle for one person and it was enough to go around. You'll get two pieces of prawns and bits of broken fish. The sweet and sour crab was good, nothing special about it. After having two perfectly good crabs destroyed by someone that I can only imagine have never had salted egg anything. You'll read at the bottom how inconsistent the cooking style is with the other Welcome Seafood Restaurant which is supposedly the main branch. The highlight of the night was probably the mantis prawn which cost me an arm and both my legs. The mantis prawns were cooked with salt and pepper, nothing complicated and cooked perfectly albeit a bit oily which I didn't mind. When I ordered it I honestly thought the waiter said RM68 for two pieces. Mantis prawns are pretty skinny, I'm not sure that three pieces equals 600 grams. Anyway, it was nice but very expensive. After speaking to a few local Grab drivers, they recommended that we try the main Welcome Seafood Restaurant, supposedly the 'sifu' chef is there. I don't know if it's because I like getting punished or because I'm such a generous person that I allow people redeem themselves, I suspect it's the former. Welcome Seafood Restaurant, the original, is located at some industrial area. The restaurant is noticeably much smaller than the restaurant that's located in Asia City. They also only had small crabs at RM9 per crab, medium sized crabs at RM15 was sold out at 7.30pm on a Sunday. My guess is they send the good stuff to where the money is. Much less tourist here, more locals, normally that's a good sign. I had less Gin and Tonic's tonight but I still had to use the bathroom, much cleaner here. I was pretty disappointed that there were no large crabs here so I went for a fried fish, I'll eat fried fish anytime of the week. The fish sauce was thicker and sweeter than I'm used to, but it was pleasantly nice. The highlight of my dinner. The fish cost about RM35. I'll do a direct comparison where I can so we'll start with fish fried noodles. Prawns, check, pieces of smashed fish, check, spring onions, check, egg, check. At the first restaurant they fried the noodles with cut chili, not available in the second restaurant. It tasted similar so I suppose it doesn't matter. Fish noodle cost RM18. The salted egg crab was terrible so I didn't want to take the chance, furthermore the crabs were small so I didn't feel like having any crabs. My partner went for the kam heong and it was solidly normal, how you'd expect kam heong to taste like. You can't, and should not go wrong with kam heong, it's probably tied with sweet and sour crabs as the most widely cooked style in Malaysia. From here on, things just fell apart really fast. The first of five horrible dishes in chronological order starting with ginger and spring onions lala (clams). This dish was actually pretty good, if the clams weren't empty. I had to retake the photos a couple of times because it showed a lot of empty shells. I'm a lazy person, I don't like using too much effort to take photos. Some would argue that the clam fell out of the shell during cooking, that may be quite true, but these were pretty big clams and a lot of them were stuck to the shell pretty good, I had to use significant force to evict them from their shell house. Ok, maybe I'm being a bit unfair, the clams tasted really good. Next up is a local favorite, kang kung (morning glory) with belacan. I have no idea how they overcooked this. Kang kung is supposed to be crunchy. They really dropped the ball on this, if you can't do kang kung belacan right, you should stop being a chef in Malaysia. Since the sweet and sour crabs from the first night was good, my better half decided to go for the sweet and sour again. Always best to stick to what you know right? How wrong we were. What was served was extremely disappointing and embarrassing. You can see that in the photo below it was cooked with spring onions and the photo above, no spring onions. The sauce was so light, it tasted like cornstarch and ketchup. It was so bad, we struggled to eat it. Last on the list are the prawns. What I hate more than shitty tasting food is food that is not fresh. In a city like Kota Kinabalu where it's located right next to the sea, there's really no excuse to serve bad prawns. Welcome Seafood Restaurant has tanks full of live prawns and they served us some frozen prawns or dead prawns or some sort. Like the dry butter prawns above, the wet butter prawns were not fresh as well. It's not hard to tell if prawns aren't fresh, the shell sticks to the body. Normally if the cooking style requires frying the prawn, that's when they serve you frozen prawns. Utterly disappointing. The second night without the mantis prawns we paid RM140. It's scary the amount of people that actually eat at Welcome Seafood considering the quality of the food they serve. Never again.

    Danica Modesta
    Danica Modesta
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    An Unexpected Company During Dinner

    I seldom take pork and even less if dining out for various reasons but one of the few places I would go if I wanted pork ribs would be Morganfield's. As you can see from the photos below, they have a rodent problem. Having rodents in your restaurant by any standard is unacceptable and unsanitary and this outlet was in an upscale shopping mall right in the middle of Kuala Lumpur. You would imagine they had better cleanliness standards. Needless to say I will not be patronizing Morganfield's anytime soon if they allow rodents to roam free in their restaurants. I was having dinner with my partner and suddenly a rodent jumped out from under the seat, took a few nibbles of what looks to be a smashed fry and parkour'ed back up into the seat again. This happened a few times. That is just disturbing. I'm no rodent expert, but that it looks pretty young, I'm wondering if its parents are nearby. I asked to speak to the restaurant manager and I was told he was outside of the restaurant. So I requested that he comes to me, I'm not about to walk outside in the middle of my meal so I can tell him he has a fucking rodent infestation in his restaurant. If he came over, apologized and promised to get his rodent infestation sorted then that would have been the end of it but he never came while the rodent jumped in and out about 20 times more, it was fast, but not faster than my iPhone 7s shutter speed. Talk about bad customer service. After paying for the meal, RM183 in total, not cheap by any means and left the restaurant only to see who I assume was the restaurant manager, some specky guy sitting outside doing nothing but obviously too busy to come speak to me. Easily one of the most uncomfortable dining experiences ever.

    Danica Modesta
    Danica Modesta
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    Best Spicy Pan Mee

    Unless you stay beside this pan mee stall, you will probably never know it existed. The only reason how I know about this stall is because I used to work with someone that actually stayed beside the stall. I've been coming to this stall for more than 15 years, in the same period, I have not found a spicy pan mee that comes close. This stall operates out of the owner's home and I don't even think they have a name for the stall. 800 is actually the name of the house the stall operates out of. When I started coming here, the stall was operated by an old lady and her son, over weekends helped out by her grand daughter who was about twelve then. Today, the grand daughter runs the show, she does the cooking and all. The base pan mee is basic, just noodles and soup. You have the option to add fuchok (bean curd skin), prawns, fishballs, pork, eggs etc. I normally go with egg, prawns and fuchok. There's a few ways you can eat this, my partner prefers to not to mix the chili paste with the broth. I'm a person that likes getting punished, I'll mix the chili paste in the broth and have more chili with every mouth. That's the recipe for a fiery butt hole, I'll deal with the butt whooping consequences the following day. You have been warned. Nothing beats having some lime juice and asam drink to go with spicy soup pan mee, it helps amplify the arse destruction process. Pro tip: get the owner to make the drink, anyone else that makes it, it will be too diluted. The lime juice comes in a glass normally, but true to Malaysian style, I take mine in a packet tied with a raffia string. The logic behind this is, you pack more ice, making the drink colder.

    Danica Modesta
    Danica Modesta
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    Hyatt Regency Kota Kinabalu

    I have always enjoy staying at Hyatt hotels and the Hyatt Regency Kota Kinabalu is no different. While the building looks a bit tired, it is well maintained. The room we were assigned was spacious and clean. On the first day we had breakfast at the club lounge where I had a basic breakfast of cheese omelette, sausages and a tomato. At the Regency Club you'll find the usual bread, cheese, butter, fruits, cereal and yogurt. I was busy working on my laptop so I didn't really check out the spread unfortunately. Breakfast starts at 6.30 until 10.30am. Evening cocktail consists of a generous amount of food. I imagine if you wanted to save some money you could have dinner there with two meat dishes, rice, sushi and soup. As for alcohol, a couple of red and white wines, Bacardi, Smirnoff Vodka and Gin. For those that don't take alcohol, there is soft drinks, juice and sparkling and still water. On the second day we decided to have breakfast at Tanjung Ria Kitchen. They have an enormous spread here from Western to Asian and local dishes. I decided to be boring and went for nasi lemak. The pool is located on the lobby level and is decently sized. The pool also overlooks the ocean. I would have liked to try their much raved about Japanese restaurant, Nagisa. It was not surprising when we tried to make reservations for the Japanese buffet on the day itself, it was fully booked. On the last day of my trip I was unwell from something I ate the night before so I decided not to go for breakfast. When my partner showed up at the restaurant without me and the hostess heard about my restless tummy, they offered to send breakfast to my room. It was a nice gesture and a true reflection of what to expect when staying with Hyatt.

    Danica Modesta
    Danica Modesta
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  • Sightseeing in Moscow

    Russia has been grabbing eyeballs like a behemoth of late. Now, what could the reason be for its sudden popularity? The country has been making it to the headlines for a number of reasons in the last couple of years. In fact, Russia would be hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2018, notwithstanding its clout in the Syrian War and its skirmishes with the Trump government.  While there would be 32 teams from different nations participating in this grand event, a great influx of spectators and tourists would be there to watch the tournament and indulge in sightseeing as well. Since this happens to be the right opportunity for you to visit Russia, do start planning right away! While doing so, keep Moscow on your cards. This is because the majestic Russian capital with cosmopolitan and dynamic spirit has a rich history etched in the architecture everywhere- from the Kremlin to the Red Square.  Here are the places which should form your itinerary while you go for sightseeing in Moscow: Red Square - As the name suggests, the Red Square leaves every visitor stupefied, since the majestic place unravels incredible richness. The vast stretch, which had been structured with cobblestones is surrounded by architectural splendours, and hence, invokes an awe-inspiring sight. The Red Square unfolds a vast medley of tales, some of which are sybaritic, whereas the others speak of untold bloodshed. This placed used to host a huge market in the earlier days, which the erstwhile Kremlin rulers chose for congregations, celebrations and spine-chilling executions for all to see. This first gateway had been destroyed at the behest of Stalin, since it impeded the mass demonstrations. It was rebuilt in 1995, and the new structure is a replica of the previous structure. The place also witnessed cavalcades of military men marching across the street, thereby intimidating the west with the Soviet might during the Cold War years. These days, a potpourri of tourists, wedding parties and business parties jostle here, and relentless photo sessions capture the grandeur of this place. The night time at the Red Square is peaceful with floodlights, which is panoramically spectacular. Saint Basil’s Cathedral - Located close to the Red square, this massive structure is also known as the Cathedral of the Intercession. The popular tales hold that the present structure was built in the memory of Basil the Blessed, or the “holy fool’ who had been buried at the Trinity Cathedral. Legends also state that the Saint Basil’s Cathedral had been built during the regime of Ivan the Terrible to commemorate the capture of Kazan from the Mongols. Also, there are dubious tales about the builders who were blinded by Ivan’s men so that they could not produce a replica of the structure elsewhere. The magnificent architecture symbolizes the medieval concept of the eight-pointed star, since there are eight churches encompassing the central ninth. The original Cathedral of the Intercession seems to be concealed by the new stylistic churches. A vaulted roof covers the gallery and flights of staircases. Intricately carved domes loom with pride, while the complex and integrated designs of the walls corroborate the rich Russian art. Also, there is a staircase hidden inside a wall. The white colored cathedral is in sync with the Kremlin. Moscow Kremlin - Located at the heart of Moscow, the fortified structure symbolizes the suzerainty of the erstwhile Russian empire. It is flanked by the Red Square and the Saint Basil’s cathedral in the east, while the sprawling Alexander Garden marks its vast ambit towards the west. The red walls and red towers with red stars at the helm endorse the menacing communist past of the Soviets. A Russian military squad which guards the entrance is unique in every respect. Among the famous monuments showcased across the Kremlin territory, the Tsar Cannon is the largest of its kind in the world. Also, the Tsar Bell which stands in accompaniment with the mighty artillery is the largest in the world. Besides, there are museums, the Grand Kremlin Palace and the State Kremlin Palace, which attract hordes of tourists everyday. The Presidential Palace and the administrative buildings are, however, not open for public visits. Alexander Garden - Located in close proximity to the Kremlin, the beautiful flower beds in this garden attract hosts of tourists who love to take strolls here after their visit to the Kremlin.  Lenin’s Mausoleum - The onion-colored pyramid was built as a tomb for Lenin, the pioneer of the Russian Revolution. The impressive structure was built in layers of grey, red and black granite, and hence, synchronizes with the Kremlin at the back.  

    Danica Modesta
    Danica Modesta
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    Security Overview of FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia

    Russia has been making it to the headlines of late. This is due to the fact that the iconic country would be hosting the FIFA World Cup this year. This is the first time that the great tournament would be held in Eastern Europe, in which 32 member teams would be jousting for the trophy. Also, it is expected that there would be millions of spectators who would be travelling to Russia to watch the grand FIFA World Cup 2018, which would be held between June 14 and July 15. When global events such as the Olympics, the Grand Slams or the FIFA are on the calendar, however, security issue becomes ubiquitous. This is because the top profile bureaucrats, politicians, chiefs of states and world renowned players conglomerate in such iconic events, apart from the teeming local and international civilian spectators. The presence of the global leaders and millions of civilians causes security concerns among the local authorities. While the elites and commoners have a great time watching the grand events, the security personnel are at the helm of a great degree of planning and responsibilities, in order to ensure that mishaps do not happen. Else, the slightest security lapse could lead to unexpected catastrophic mayhem. When it comes to the domestic and global state of affairs, it has been lately observed that Russia has become an eye-catcher for all due to the persistent turbulence, which have hit the nation. Political and Diplomatic Issues Vladimir Putin’s reelection as the president of Russia by nearly 77 percent of the population in March 2018 has evoked restive surges among the different political groups nationwide. There are a number of hostile factions and groups, which are keen about undermining his reputation in the global arena. When the political atmosphere reeks of possible strife and unrest, there are chances that certain rival groups might conspire to do something, which would inevitably tarnish Putin’s reputation. These factions are capable of such notoriety, which might jeopardise security in the host cities, hotels, public places and venues. For instance, if an undetected bomb detonates somewhere, it would lead to irretrievable losses of lives and property. In fact, Putin’s reelection has sparked divided reactions from the various nations worldwide. While some countries have been eschewing the possibility of forging alliances with Russia, the rest have sharply argued and condemned the fact that Putin is set against the western liberal ideas. Countries like Iran, China, Venezuela and Japan have speedily congratulated the president, and have mooted their support for him. Under such mixed reactions from the nations worldwide there could be chances of spurts of violence and skirmishes in the host cities and public places. This is because people from these countries would be thronging here to watch the matches, and miscreants could use this opportunity to sabotage the grand event. As far as international politics is concerned, Russia has earned a controversial reputation through its alleged involvement and interference in the 2016 US elections. It is believed that the Russian hackers had been hired for sourcing out clandestine data and sensitive information, which turned the tables against the Democrats. This resulted in great tribulations among Hillary Clinton’s party members, and sparked heady criticism worldwide. Also, tensions mounted between Russia and Great Britain over the murder of a Russian spy in the British territory. This resulted in a stiff face off between the two nations, while the other countries jumped into the bandwagon to voice their protests against the misdeed. The Trump administration dented the schism further by expelling the Russian diplomats from America, and the US allies followed suit as a mark of condemnation against Russia’s profligate action on the British soil. The Russian government retaliated by expelling equal number of diplomats from the United States and its allies from its own territory.   These political upheavals, however, should not impinge security during the World Cup tournament, since Russia has welcomed visitors from the different nations to partake in the grand event.  Terrorism The intelligence forces have issued red alert regarding possible “lone jihadi” attacks during the summer World Cup. The Russian Islamist militants who have been returning to the country from the war ravaged zones in the Middle East post as alarming threats to the country’s security personnel. These terrorists intend to take revenge against the Russian involvement in Syria and Iraq. Since Sunni militancy failed in both the countries, the ISIS has been fanning hatred via online propaganda and encrypted messages to provoke “lone wolf” attacks during the tournament. This would certainly revive the group’s popularity among its erstwhile followers, which went crashing due to Russia’s clout in both the countries. Besides, the Caucasian rebels who suffered indiscriminate sufferings due to the ongoing wars would take this opportunity to tarnish Russia’s image on the global front.  

    Danica Modesta
    Danica Modesta
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    What You Need to Know before Travelling to Russia

    The much-awaited FIFA World Cup 2018 is about to start within a few days time in Russia. The entire world has been waiting with baited breath for the tournament, in which 32 teams would battle for the coveted trophy. While hosts of people from different nations would be travelling to Russia to watch the matches which would be held between June 14 and July 15, they need to heed the official briefings issued by their governments back at home. Though Russia welcomes visitors with alacrity, there have been numerous instances when people have had unsavory experiences. So, here is a list of certain aspects which everyone ought to keep in mind before travelling to Moscow at this time of the year: Red Tapism: Make sure that your passport is valid for a minimum period of 6 months after the expiry of your visa. The Russian police have the authority to intercept the foreign tourists at any point during their stay in that country. So, if there are any discrepancies related to your travel documents, then you might land into a mire of tribulations including a speedy deportation. It is mandatory for all to have a Fan ID, which would serve as a special permit for the spectators of the tournament. Also, it would allow multiple entries and exits for all the visitors between June 14 and July 15. All the Fan IDs would lose their validity post July 24. Tourists are debarred from entry to Russia via Belarus. Moreover, if you intend to travel to Russia by road, then plan your route through some other country. Make sure you sign your passport before starting your journey. Otherwise, the chances of immediate deportation are imminent. Also, it is mandatory to register in every host city within 24 hours after arrival. Things to Declare: The Russian authorities do not impede any visitor from carrying his or her laptop into the country. It is, however, mandatory for the tourists to get their electronic devices checked during departure. The Russian officials leave no stones unturned, and they even inspect the installed software in every laptop or smartphone with impunity. In case, you are on a particular medication, then carry a doctor’s letter with yourself. Also, a notary’s translated letter in the Russian language is imperative to testify your physician’s letter. In case, you plan to collect antiques, samovars, medals, rugs or artwork, then make sure to buy such items from authorized dealers’ shops. All the same, the Russian authorities would insist on reviewing certificates, which would endorse the fact that the goods you intend to carry out of the country are not of any historical or cultural value. Racism: Though Russia is a friendly country, there has been a spate of violent outbursts against people from different ethnic groups of late. Groups of ultra-nationalists and Neo-Nazis occasionally organize rallies and demonstrations, in order to fan hatred against the Asians, Africans and Caucasians. Planned and vituperative assaults against foreigners have been reported a number of times, and in certain cases the victims have succumbed to their injuries. Match Report: It is mandatory to buy the tickets through authorized sources. Besides, your ticket needs to be linked with a Fan ID. Otherwise, you would be banned from entering the stadium. Also, you need to carry your passport along with your Fan ID and ticket. Keep them safe with yourself. Bottles and cans are strictly prohibited. Do not risk carrying a large amount of loose cash. If the Russian police happen to confiscate your money, then chances of retrieving the same are dim. Accessibility Issues: People with physical disabilities have harrowing experiences while commuting from one place to another. The narrow sidewalks alongside the roads impede smooth movement for everyone, and there are practically no elevators for the old and disabled. One has to use the steep ramps and staircases as pedestrian underpasses to cross the roads. Though mobility is comparatively feasible in the big cities like St. Petersburg and Moscow, the metro services are not accessible to the disabled. Even the buses do not have facilities to accommodate, and facilitate such people. Safety: While taking guided tours through the iconic Red Square, the Kremlin, people need to be wary of the local pickpockets. Ensure that your passport or valuables do not get targeted by larceny. Curbs on Liquor: Alcohol consumption is banned in the stadiums. Besides, the sale of alcohol is restricted between 11 am and 8 pm.  Drinking while driving results in legal confinement. Climate: There are occasional heat waves during the months of June and July. Hence, people ought to carry a number of light clothes at this time of the year. Also, it is advisable to carry plenty of water before going outdoors.

    Danica Modesta
    Danica Modesta
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    Romantic Getaway in Phuket

    Phuket is the perfect romantic getaway for couples looking for more than just your bog standard ‘lovers getaway’. With tropical beaches, lush forests and plenty of delicious fine dining experiences, Phuket can play host to the trip of a lifetime for you and your loved one. There is a reason why it is the honeymoon capital of Thailand, and it will not let you down when it comes to making some magical memories. When planning a trip to Phuket, the most romantic setting is always that of the beach, and Phuket has some of the most amazing beaches in the world. We stayed right on the beachfront at a gorgeous and chic villa just a stone’s throw away from the ocean. There is something about the warm sea air, the sounds and smells of the ocean and the laid back way of life that makes the beach the ultimate paradise for couples. Beaches to visit - No trip to Phuket is complete without a trip to one of its many exotic beaches, the most notable being that of Pang Nga bay. Similar to Halong bay in Vietnam, its towering rock-scapes jut out across the ocean and emerge from the crystal clear waters like statues. For a list of must visit beaches, please check out our top 10 must visit beaches in Phuket.
    Boat trip through the bay Taking a cruise through the bay is one of the most romantic things you can do in Phuket. The best time to go if possible is at sunset when the rocks are turned into silhouettes against the golden sky.
    One of Phuket’s secluded beaches That is not the only beach to take advantage of though. Phuket has literally hundreds of stunning beaches to spend a day at, some busy with tourists and others deserted. Snorkeling - Phuket has some of the clearest waters in Thailand, and they are filled with an abundance of fish and other sea life. While many people enjoy scuba diving when in Thailand, in Phuket a snorkel and a pair of goggles will more than suffice.
    Snorkeling in an underwater paradise You will be amazed at the variety of fish that surround you and seem to have no fear. There is also the opportunity to see some real sea monsters if you are lucky, including octopus, eels and the occasional shark. Don’t worry though; they are not interested in having you for lunch. A snorkeling trip is the best way to go as the boats tend to know of the very best places to see. It can be very romantic enjoying an underwater world with your loved one, and even better if you have a waterproof camera to catch some magical memories together. If you're the adventurous type you can try these adrenaline pumping activities in Phuket. Food to try - It’s a no-brainer when it comes to the best food to try when in Phuket. Being right on the Andaman Sea means an abundance of delicious and exotic seafood is on offer wherever you go. Not forgetting the delicious local grown fruits and traditional Thai cuisine. We recently covered a list of 9 must try dining experiences in Phuket. 
    Delicious passion fruit cheesecake topped with fresh fruit Many hotels offer a free breakfast from early morning until around 11 am. You may think that these will be generic hotel breakfasts, but you would be wrong. A huge selection of fruits, soups, rice dishes, curries and European style foods are available to suit every palette.
    Hotel fruit selection Some of the best food you can try in Phuket are Tom Kha Gai (a spicy chicken and coconut soup) Massaman curry (a deep, rich stew-like curry) Kai-Jeal talay (seafood omelette) and Bualoy (a coconut cream dessert with taro pearls and a poached egg)
    Massaman coated chicken drumsticks No matter what you try, you are sure to be delighted with the plethora of foods available. If you have more western standards for food there are many restaurants that cater for this, but seeing as you’re in Thailand, why not make the most of the experience and enjoy a romantic atmospherically lit dinner on the beach with your significant other.
    Romantic lighting on the beach Phuket is the ideal honeymooner’s vacation spot and makes for some wonderful memories surrounded by outstanding natural beauty. Every year tens of thousands of couples descend on Thailand for a romantic and relaxing getaway, and it’s easy to see why when you experience the country first hand. There really is no other place quite like it, and Phuket stands out from the crowd due to its lush tropical climate, serene beaches and all round romantic vibe.

    Josh Orawong
    Josh Orawong
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    Why You Should Visit Phuket

    Thailand seems to be on everyone’s bucket lists nowadays, and for good reason. This country is littered with tourist attractions, and other things that are foreign to those of us who live in the industrialized western part of the world. Many people who have traveled to this part of the world tend to agree on one thing; Phuket is a must see. Phuket is the largest island in Thailand, it is south of the main land, and there are thirty-two other small islands that surround this area as well. After this article, I will dive into various tourist attractions and other excursions that make Phuket one of the most surreal places in the world. This article will focus on the incredible night life in Phuket that everyone seems to be enamored with. This island has something for everybody, and you will see what I am talking about upon reading this. They have many places where you can go if you prefer a quiet dinner with your significant other. Phuket Town is one of these places, in fact, many experts in the area refer to this place as very tame. This place is for those who still want to experience the Asian, and more specifically Thai culture without getting too rowdy. You will be able to find all the culture you are looking for in this part of the town. Montree road is another place where you can find a fun, relaxing time. You are certainly able to find parties along this road, but it is a comfortable atmosphere for families looking to have a good time. Montree road boasts hundreds of excellent restaurants as well as a few Irish pubs. Soi Romanee is another enticing street for those who love to see history and culture. This street boasts the Portugese architecture that has been a part of Thailand since the eighteenth century. There are also an abundance of cafes and bars in this area that suit everyone’s tastes. These are just a few options for those who are traveling with family, and for those who enjoy a more peaceful and relaxing travel experience. There are also just as many places on this island for those who love to party. Phuket has one of the most electric party scenes in the continent of Asia. In fact, many people who have been to both Phuket and Las Vegas describe how Phuket is much more crazy and unpredictable. One of your many options is Chana-Charoen Road, which has many clubs and pubs that are usually jam packed. The only problem with this road is the fact that everything is so tightly packed, and sometimes it is difficult to move around down there. I would highly suggest doing some planning before embarking on a night out along this street. Make reservations beforehand to ensure everything is figured out by the time you get there. For those who want to really party and live on the edge, I would recommend Patong. Patong is known to be the craziest spot on the island at night. There are many miscellaneous activities in Patong, and this area of the island is for those who want a crazy experience. Patong Beach also has live music at night, and this has been known to attract herds of people. Soi Bangla is known as the center of partying on this island, and the atmosphere here is extremely inviting. Soi Bangla is very safe, and you can go here to party all night as well as relax and enjoy a drink with your friends. These places are for those who like to party all night, and for people looking to have a good time. The island of Phuket is also very welcoming to the gay community. Gays and lesbians have many options on the island in Royal Paradise Phuket. Every year they have a gay pride festival that is renowned worldwide for its eccentricity and energy. There are also gay bars all around the island, and they all have excellent reputations. Another night activity that is very popular in Phuket is boxing. Thai boxing is one of the most popular forms of fighting in the world right now. Patong Beach has two venues for this sport, and there are fights all the time. In fact, it is possible to find an event five or six days of the week. The sunset bars in Phuket are also absolutely riveting, they boast some of the nicest views in the world. These are some extra activities that appeal to everyone who has visited this awesome island. If you are considering visiting Asia then Thailand, and particularly Phuket, is a must see. The night life in Phuket is perfect because of variety. You have hundreds of options on this island at night regardless of your personality. You can stay out all night partying, or just enjoy a simple dinner and get an early start on your next day. This island does not exclude anyone, so regardless of your personality you will feel like you are at home here. It is relatively cheap in comparison to any vacation in the western part of the world. Book your next trip to Phuket, and you will not regret it.

    Alexander MacDonald
    Alexander MacDonald
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  • How to Travel Cheap

    Every human being has an innate desire to visit new places. Some people feel content after visiting easily approachable places, while the rest have penchant for travelling to distant, and yet, exotic destinations. Also, people with reclusive mind set plan for sequestered holidaying, whereas adventure lovers crave for some real roller-coaster fun! Whatever the case might be, people cannot travel unless they are really ready to shell out some dollar bills. So, here comes the crunch- Can I afford to travel? What's second best to a free holiday? A cheap holiday. Well, this is a question which keeps popping up in everybody’s mind. Now, one could travel and to his or her dream destinations without actually splurging. So, if you intend to travel cheap, just take a few things into a careful consideration: Plan carefully in advance: This is the prime, and yet, the most imperative aspect of travelling cheap. As a matter of fact, everybody can travel, and you too could do so with alacrity! All you need to do is to plan out your travel somewhat carefully and in advance. Lay out a plan for your expenses. Draw a line beyond which you don’t intend to spend. Then, look surf through the net, and look for the affordable destinations. Also, look for low airfare deals, which you need to do in advance, especially if you are planning to travel abroad. As a matter of fact, you could travel the entire world within an affordable budget. There could be alluring click-baits with enticing travel plans drawing your attention all the while. These lucrative offers, could, however, exceed your budget. Hence, look out for negotiable deals. Stay away from any kind of slapdash planning so as to avoid getting a dent in your pocket! Decide your priorities and do away with excesses: You could be having a plethora of plans while traveling to your dream destination, which could, however, lead to superfluous expenses. In order to avoid such a situation and its compelling implications, you need to prioritize your needs. List your requirement. See what things you cannot do without, and what you could avoid. For instance, if you have plans for hiking and climbing hills, then you would require an outfit and accessories suiting your needs. Buy these items when they are available on clearance sales. Avoid spending on branded stuffs. Also, you need not buy things, which could be absolutely done without! Also, think about using buses, trains or cabs for travelling, in order to avoid booking expensive flights. This could be done, especially if your travel destination is within your own country. For example, travelling across Europe by trains turns out to be really economic, and hence, most of the visitors prefer that option. Look for off season deals: In case, you are besotted about visiting surreal places like Switzerland, then look out for off season airfare offers. Besides, you would also be in position to bag discount offers during your stay in a hotel. In fact, you could extend your stay, and spend quality time by visiting all your coveted sightseeing spots. You could also indulge in numerous adventures, or languish at your favorite spots for days. The choice is ultimately yours! Look for a free place to stay: In case, you are planning to visit a city or a country where you have friends or relatives stationed, then count yourself as being lucky! You could request them for a small place in their accommodations for yourself during your visit. In this way, you could avoid spending on hotels during your stay. Besides, your acquaintances would lend you free advice regarding a number of aspects. For instance, they would advise you about the cheap ways of hopping around and visiting places during your stay. Also, you would get a list of affordable eateries and shopping hubs. Live in a tent: Well, you cannot be lucky every time, since your acquaintances wouldn’t be spread across the globe. Yet, you could look for cheap options to stay while travelling. Pitch a tent for yourself at a convenient place, cook your own food, and stretch out on a sleeping bag at night. Befriend the locals, so that they would guide you about buying drinks and necessities at the local shops. In fact, you could indulge in a bonfire or a barbecue at nights and make your stay really worthwhile.

    Danica Modesta
    Danica Modesta
    Travel Tips and Secrets

    How to Stay and Dine at a Hotel for Free

    If you want to travel and dine for free, the best way is to start a travel blog. Obviously the more professional and the bigger your blog is, the better hotels you will get. You can get a few free options such as hosted WordPress or if you invest a little bit, a self hosted WordPress site which would look more professional. Traveh.com offers a professional free travel blog that you can also use. 1. Be a Travel Blogger Hotels are suckers for good reviews. Most hotels would do almost anything to get people to talk about them, if you take nice photos, that's an even bigger plus point. Photography is an expensive project and you would be surprised to know, most hotels do not refresh their photography often enough. In reality you are not getting the room for free. You will need to do a review of the hotel and it's facilities and because it's free, you are obligated to say only the nice things. Depending on how well you negotiate, you can probably get 2 nights for free and a couple of free meals at the hotel. I've witnessed how stupid some hotels are by giving a full board experience for free to TripAdvisor reviewers because he / she was a Senior Contributor. This is not allowed under TripAdvisor's traveler review guidelines. Bloggers get away with it because of what little knowledge hoteliers know about digital. No offense to the conventional marketing guys, but they shouldn't be doing anything with a dot com. Here's a pro tip for hoteliers: When using a blogger, make sure you get proper keyword back-links to your website and that photos are tagged correctly. This ensures that not only do you get eyeballs from the blog site, you get some SEO points on search engines as well. 2. Be an Asshole of a Guest This is exactly what you need to be, an asshole. Complain about anything and everything. The first time around you will probably get compensated with a free stay, free dining and a free and fast airport transfer because the hotel couldn't wait to get rid of you. This method isn't without its risks. You would have to pay for the rooms first, then risk the hotel not giving you anything for free. You also run the risk of getting blacklisted from certain hotels.

    Danica Modesta
    Danica Modesta
    Travel Tips and Secrets 1

    List of Hotel Chains Best Price Guarantee Benefits

    Based on the World Travel and Trade Council report dated March 2018, travel and tourism contributed 8.2 trillion to GDP in 2017. By 2028, that figure is forecasted to rise by 3.8% per annum to 12.45 trillion. Looking at those numbers, tour and travel is a huge industry and it will continue to grow. It is only expected that competition is stiff, especially in the rooms segment. Hotels not only compete amongst themselves, they also compete against traditional hotel room wholesalers, bed banks and online travel agents. It also more profitable if a guest books via a hotels website or direct channel because of two main reasons. The first reason is, bookings via direct channels do not cost as much as bookings via online travel agents where there is the room rate is commission-able. The second reason is, locking a guest in a loyalty program opens the possibility of repeat stays. Most major hotel chains ensure the room rates that are sold on third party websites, are either the same or higher than their own websites. To give their guests the confidence that they will always be getting the best room rate through the hotel's website, Best Price Guarantee was devised. Below is a list of hotel chains and Best Price Guarantee benefits. Hilton Hotels and Resorts Match the lowest rate with an extra 25% off. Hilton's Best Price Guarantee terms and conditions. Marriot International Match the lowest rate with an extra 25% off or 5,000 Marriot Rewards points. Marriot's Best Price Guarantee terms and conditions. InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) Match the lower rate and 5 times IHG Rewards Club points up to 40,000 points.  IHG's Best Price Guarantee terms and conditions. Hyatt Hotels Match the lower rate and $50 credit for your next stay. Hyatt's Best Price Guarantee terms and conditions. Wyndham Hotel Group Match the lower rate and 3,000 Wyndham Rewards bonus points. Wyndham's Best Price Guarantee terms and conditions. Choice Hotels Match the lower rate and U.S citizens get $50 Reward Card. International guests get one night free. Choice Hotel's Best Price Guarantee terms and conditions. Accor Hotels Match the lower rate with an extra 10% off. Accor's Best Price Guarantee terms and conditions. Radisson Hotel Group Match the lower rate with an extra 25% off. Radission's Best Price Guarantee terms and conditions.

    Danica Modesta
    Danica Modesta
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