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    Baan Laimai Beach Resort

    Baan Laimai Beach Resort is perfectly located for both business and leisure guests in Phuket. The hotel has everything you need for a comfortable stay. Facilities like free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour front desk, facilities for disabled guests, luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas are readily available for you to enjoy. Comfortable guestrooms ensure a good night's sleep with some rooms featuring facilities such as television LCD/plasma screen, internet access – wireless, internet access – wireless (complimentary), non smoking rooms, air conditioning. Enjoy the hotel's recreational facilities, including hot tub, fitness center, sauna, outdoor pool, kids club, before retiring to your room for a well-deserved rest. Friendly staff, great facilities and close proximity to all that Phuket has to offer are three great reasons you should stay at Baan Laimai Beach Resort.
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    How to Stay and Dine at a Hotel for Free

    Great article Danica. While I disagree with free room nights and dining in return for a review, this is very much a reality.
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    How-to Create a Free Travel Blog

    Starting a new website can be daunting for those without the technical knowledge. The fact that there is a cost to creating and hosting a website, especially if it's for a hobby, is enough to turn most people away. At Traveh.com, creating a professional travel blog is easy and free. Leave the technical stuff to us and you concentrate on sharing your travel experience with the world. To start your free travel blog, you will first need to have an identity on Traveh.com. Register for an account by clicking here or click on the Sign Up button. Alternatively you can post in Traveh's community blog. The community blog is maintained by users that do not wish to have their own blog. For your convenience you can sign up with one of the following services below. Alternatively, you can sign up with a valid email. Facebook Google Linkedin Microsoft Twitter Once you have signed up, you can proceed to create your free travel blog. Click on Create a new Blog to start. The required fields are quite explanatory. You obviously need a name for your travel blog and a short description on what it is about. If you want to have links to your social sites, contact details etc, then select Enable Custom Sidebar. Once you're happy with everything, click on continue and your free travel blog will be created within seconds. Click here to learn how to upload a blog post on Traveh.com. If you have any questions or need any support, click on the support button or ask us in the forums, we're always happy to assist. Happy traveling and happy blogging.
  4. Mike Tur

    Underwater Diving

    I have a diving license from PADI and while you can dive without a license, bear in mind only shoddy dive companies that have a total disregard for your life will allow you to dive. In actual fact you're not even allowed to get the tanks filled without a certification. If you're looking to dive in shallow waters, then you could do it without a license. Normally that's how people decide if diving is something that they want to get into as diving is very expensive. Imagine a holiday but throw in the costs of buying / renting equipment.
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    Suggested country - Singapore

    Singapore! I love Singapore, not only do I love visiting Singapore, I actually want to live there one day. It's a small little country but the infrastructure is fantastic. I heard from friends that live there the education and health care is superb.
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    Tokyo

    Japan is a country that I want to visit extensively. I've spoken to both people that have lived there and those that visited. From what I hear you can get really good food for a decent price, I guess that's where the locals get their food. Those that visited I suppose they went to touristy places to eat because they said it was really expensive.
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    Accommodation with complimentary breakfast

    Rooms with breakfast is great if you want to get that part of the meal out of the way before you start exploring or jump onto the tour bus. Personally I would try the breakfast at the restaurant out if its known to be good but just once. I like exploring the local culture and trying what the locals have for breakfast and other meals as well. The price of the breakfast is factored into the price of the hotel anyway and knowing hotels the price is on the high side and you would probably get a better meal outside, but for the sake of convenience and saving time, breakfast in the hotel is an excellent option.
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  9. Mike Tur

    Forum Rules v1.1

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    Golden Rules v1.1

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    How-to Create a Blog Entry

    To create a blog entry, you will need to have a registered account with Traveh.com. That can be done by clicking here. If you already have a registered account with us, then login to your account and proceed to click here for a list of blogs that you can post in. Alternatively, you can create your own free travel blog. How-to create a new blog entry - To create a new blog entry click on "Add new entry" and choose which Blog section you would like to post in. If you are already in a specific blog section, you will not have the option to choose which blog to post. Title, tags and text - Be specific with your title and to the point. You can be creative with your title to get more clicks and readers but titles must not be misleading. If posting about a city, the city name must be used as the first tag followed by other appropriate tags. For example Phuket, Bangkok, Sydney and etc. When pasting text, be sure to click on "remove formatting" to remove any formatting that may mess with the design of Traveh.com. If a blog entry has excessive wrong formatting, the post may be deleted. Image sizes, alignment and caption - If the blog post contains images, please use try and use the following dimensions: 1920 x 1080 pixels 1280 x 720 pixels Images should not be stretched out of proportion or beyond its dimensions to avoid distorted or degraded images. To resize the image double click on the image and ensure "Keep original aspect ratio" is selected then change the image size. Image Title should be an appropriate text to describe the image. Link URL can be left blank.
  12. The Phuket Island has so many amazing beaches that you cannot visit them all in one trip. They offer it all – white sands, turquoise water, beach volleyball, shops, eateries, loungers, and water sports. Select the right beach based on your preferences, because you may want to come back again and again. Here are the top 10 beaches in Phuket. Kata Noi Beach - This is a great beach to laze around and take-in the beauty of Phuket. It’s perfect for long walks as you watch the sunset. You will have a more private feel here as Kata Noi is still reasonably undeveloped. There are just a few loungers and no vendors. You will find a few drink stalls and shacks here. There are a few banana boats and jet-skis. The soft gentle sand slopes gently to the sea. The seabed is sand, with a few rocks, so it’s a great place for swimming. Take the south entrance if you want more privacy. The south end is also better for snorkeling. Kata Beach - Close to Kata Noi, this is a popular, but very beautiful beach. You can relax in the shade of Casuarina trees that line this beach. Kata is a classic that helped Phuket become so popular. The number of umbrellas has come down remarkably after the cleanup of 2014, making Kata even better. You are sure to love the fine white powdery sand and the blue sea in this beach. It is a good spot for surfing in the monsoon. There is an annual surfing competition as well. Laem Singh Beach - This is perfect for swimming as the water is very clean here. There are a lot of tourists now, but Laem Singh is still beautiful. There are forests all around, so you have a lot of greenery too. Rock formations at both the ends give you a private feel. You will find a few vendors selling food and drinks, and others selling souvenirs. There was no water sports here only a few years back. But now you will find water skiing, para-sailing, jet skis and banana boats. The south end is good for snorkeling. Nai Harn Beach - Nai Harn Beach has survived the mass tourism onslaught. There are high hills on all sides and a coconut covered island close by. The surrounding hills remain natural as there are no private land titles here. Buddhist monks have built a meditation retreat close to the beach, thus granting it a sacred monastic title. These three reasons make the Nai Harn amongst the best Thai beaches. Take in the serene ambience or go for a relaxing swim. There are hardly any vendors, and just a few stalls selling seafood and Thai cuisines. The southern end is good for snorkeling, particularly the lagoon that empties and fills with the tide. Freedom Beach - This is one of the least accessible beaches in Phuket. You have to reach either by boat or after trekking for a kilometer through the jungle. If you are looking to spend a full day in complete privacy, then this could be it. The beach has been aptly named Freedom. Expect to find white sand, turquoise water, a few loungers, and complete peace here. Relax under a palm tree with a drink in your hand. The sea is full of marine life. There is beach volleyball too. Kamala Beach - Stretching for two kilometers, Kamala is one of the biggest and more popular beaches in Phuket. What was a small fishing village once is now a bustling small town. You will find many shops, bars, and restaurants, so if you like activity, then this is the place to be. Another popular beach Patong is close, but Kamala is more family-friendly. The ocean current, however, can be strong sometimes. The water is cleaner and clearer than most other beaches. You will find many tourists in Kamala, but there are few water sports activities, except a couple of jet-ski operators. Want to see local fishermen? Head to the northern section of the beach! Surin Beach - The kilometer long Surin beach offers you crystal clear waters and golden sand. There are casuarinas trees all along with restaurants between them. You can rent loungers for as little as 100 baht. The views are stunning. Snorkeling, though, is average. Activities include water skiing, jet ski, para-sailing, and banana boats. Of course, you can just sit back to relax and get that fabulous tan as well. The Surin beach can be addictive, making you want to come back again and again. Nai Thon Beach - There is just one resort on the beachfront, and so there are never too many people in this beach. Also, the Nai Thon is a part of the Sirinath National Park, so there are restrictions on construction. The beach has escaped over-development because of this. The water here is calm and clear. The bottom slopes easily as there is no reef, making this beach great for swimming. There are casuarinas trees all along the coast. There are no beach activities here because Nai Thon is part of the national park. a visit to the Nai Thon Noi beach, which is close, will be a nice excursion. Banana Beach - This used to be the best unspoiled beach in Phuket once. But the tourists have discovered its beauty since then, and now they come in droves. Also referred to as the Banana Rock Beach sometimes, it is still very beautiful. Don’t miss this beach when you are in Phuket. Bang Tao Beach - This is another stunningly beautiful beach in Phuket. You will find the Laguna Complex here, which consists of a golf course and many upscale resorts. Most of them are in the southern end. The northern end is quieter. There are loungers along the eight kilometer stretch. There are restaurants serving all kinds of food. There is Jet Ski and even a horse riding club. Phuket is rich with its beautiful and clean beaches and we hope you'll find one of your favorite beaches from our list of top 10 beaches in Phuket. Leave us a comment below once you have experience some if not all the beaches on this list, we would like to hear your experience!
  13. Mike Tur

    Phuket for Kids

    In our last article we covered the Phuket Nightlife which was more adult oriented but Phuket is also an amazing destination for kids. There are lots of thrills and excitements the kids can enjoy alone or with their parents. Often, the kids become so immersed in these activities that parents finally have the much-needed time they can spend alone to relax and enjoy their own vacations. It’s completely safe here for the kids, so parents have nothing to worry about, which is a great relief. They are always looked after by attendants and supervisors, even when alone. Phuket FantaSea - This is a theme park not only for the kids, but the entire family. There are live performances with dozens of adult elephants, hundreds of dancers, and stunning acrobatic performances where they swing from above. The replica of a Thai palace is breathtaking. The performers narrate the story of Kamala, the mythical palace in a jungle. Phuket FantaSea show will keep you and your kids immersed for hours. Plus, there are shops, pavilions, fun fairs with games, stuffed toys, coffee shops, and the Golden Kinaree Restaurant. The Kids Club Phuket - This is a party venue and entertainment centre for the kids located at Patong, close to the famous Bangla Road. There are plenty of exciting games for kids of all ages, crawl tubes, ball rooms, slides, swings, and more. It covers the entire upper floor, so the club never gets crowded. Cleanliness checks are carried out at regular intervals. The security is tight. Seven full-time nannies are always supervising the kids, and they get involved in the games too. You can just leave your kids here and go. They are going to have a blast here surely. There is no need for parental supervision. Splash Jungle Water Park - This is the largest splash park in Phuket. Splash Jungle offers a range of water activities for the entire family. Enjoy the thrilling rides like Superbowl and Boomerango. Your kids are going to be all excited here. There is also an aqua pool for toddlers with many interactive water activities. Photo credit: splashjunglewaterpark.com For dads and moms, there is the wave pool. You may also laze and relax at the 335-meters long and winding river. Life vests are available for adults and kids without any charge. There are separate showers and changing rooms. Patong Go-Kart Speedway - Go to the Kathu side of Patong Hill for the rip-roaring Go-Kart Speedway. There are smooth bends, sharp curves, and the customary long and straight start/finish lane in the 750 meters race track. You can enjoy the track with your kids or do it alone with them cheering for you from the outside. Separate vehicles for adults and kids. The race track is in great shape, so there are no accidents. The track is wide. You can clearly see what is coming your way. White and red tyres are placed on both sides of the track for additional safety. ATV Tour - Go off-road to explore the interiors. You will pass through jungles, farms, and plantations in a 2-hour guided tour while exploring the 350-acre property. It’s a lot of fun for both the kids and adults as you zoom around obstacles, ride over the bumps, and splash over muddy trails. There will be rubber plantations, palm gardens, and mangrove swamps to cross. Photo credit: atvphuket.com Safety instructions are given out before you board these all-terrain vehicles. It’s a wonderful of getting close to nature, showing off the insects and Venus flytrap to your kids, and having loads of fun. Siam Safari - Your Thailand visit is not complete unless you ride on an elephant. For the kids, this will be an experience they will remember for a lifetime. Phuket is a wonderful place for elephant safari, as it’s in a lush forest setting. Along the 30-minute trek, you also get spectacular views of the ocean. Riding one of these gentle giants is also a unique way of exploring the countryside of Phuket. Try the 4 in 1 tour, where you and your kids can see coconut processing, Thai cooking, and rice farming. It also includes a dinner or lunch. Dino Park Golf - Another huge attraction for both adults and kids. The park with golf is not just entertaining, it is educational as well. The prehistoric jungle looks realistic and it is full of dinosaurs. There is an active volcano too, halfway between the Flintstones bar that serves Dino burgers and Jurassic Park. The golf course is 18-hole. The volcano blasts time to time erupting sounds and smoke. There are Triceratops, Brontosaurus, Dimetrodon, Stegosaurus, Eichynosuarus, and many other dinosaurs. Even the heat of the rainforest seems real. Challenges include obstacles made from bones, water, and even Dino poo. There is a hole inside the hot volcano as well. Most kids have never been to such an amazing place. Adults too will have a really fun experience. Camping for Children - Pack off your little ones for the entire day as you go on and do what adults do like snorkeling or some other more adult oriented activities. Don’t worry. This is completely safe. There are tents and camps at the Rang Yai Island for children, where they can enjoy all activities the island offers, like sea canoes, banana boat rides, beach volleyball, mountain bikes and more. There are separate activities for kids of all ages. The island is just 35 minutes away from Phuket town. It is mostly grass and sand, but there are paths. Adults can do their own stuff, spending time at the bar or a recliner on the beach while the kids have a blast. There are lots of attractions and things-to-do for kids in Phuket. You may also visit the Bird Park, the Phuket Zoo, or the Butterfly Garden and Insect World. In fact, there are so many attractions here that you cannot possibly do them all. So choose what you want to do with your kids, or the things they love.
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    The Phuket Nightlife

    With those stunning limestone cliffs, boat trips, hongs, and beautiful beaches, there is always a lot to do in Phuket during the day. But it’s a different world in Phuket after the sun goes down. The evening going into the night is sure to keep you busy as well. The city has a huge reputation as one of the topmost partying hot spots in the world. There are plenty of clubs and discos, live bands, international DJs, cabaret shows, go-go bars, and a lot more. The loud music, bright neon lights, and crowd of international revelers is an experience for most first-time Phuket visitors. Bangla Road - Bangla Road or Soi Bangla in Patong is the place to be in Phuket after dark. It is the infamous party hub to some and a huge draw for others. There are those who come here just for the experience, while others get more involved. The lanes are full of bars and nightclubs with scantily clad Thai girls in almost all of them. Many of these friendly girls are likely to call you with a huge smile on their faces. It’s a dream come true, especially for men who are looking for some adventure. There are girls dancing on poles, ping pong shows, and more. There is live music and street performers as well. There is a constant tussle between Soi Seadragon and Soi Tiger for supremacy. Other attractions include Soi Gonzo, Soi Eric, Soi Sea Dragon, and Soi Crocodile. Soi Bangla is safer than Patpong in Bangkok. Go Go Bars - These bars offer girls dancing on a stage and performing various shows. Often, they used to very raunchy, but have become more modest now. But in many of these bars, the show can turn very sensual, even now. These are cheap places for a drink and some fun. Many of the go-go bars are located in Soi Bangla or the lanes that run up to it, but you will find them in other Phuket neighborhoods as well. Suzy Wong's, Harem A Go Go, Devil's Playground, Rock Hard, and Exotica are the top five go-go bars in Phuket. Sunset Bars - If you are looking for something quieter and more traditional, then why not head to one of the sunset bars in Phuket? Head to Kata Hill and you can choose from Small Viewpoint, Baan Chom, After Beach, Diavolo in Paresa or Joe's Downstairs. They all overlook the Kata Noi Beach and offer a stunning sunset view. There is Bob Marley music to give you company. Another option you can try is the Ska Bar. The food and cocktail is good. The sunset view is amazing. The ambience is fantastic. Simon Cabaret - Located at the Sirirat Road in Patong, this is a must-visit. Over the years, the Simon Cabaret has become an institution in Phuket, drawing in crowds by the thousands. It’s like the Las Vegas of Asia. There is glitter, the saxophone music of Kenny G in dimmed lights, clever choreography, and exotic girls in fabulous costumes doing their shows in shimmering features, except that these are not real girls. They are ladyboys dressed as girls. Many of these transvestite and transgender entertainers are extremely skilled. The show is outstanding. The dance and song routines are a treat to watch. What was once a single shop-house has grown to become a huge affair in Phuket. Thai Boxing - Don’t miss Thai boxing or Muay Thai. It’s the world’s most intensive body contact sport, where hand, foot, and everything else is allowed. This is martial arts at its best, and is going to be a hugely exciting and riveting experience for sure. There is drama and passion everywhere as the two boxers fight it out for glory. Onlookers cheer them on while there are drums, finger cymbals, and high-pitched Javanese clarinets that accompany the drama from beginning to the end. There is gambling as well, as money is invested on both the boxers. So the stakes can go very high. Muay Thai is among the most popular sports in the country, and is gaining popularity worldwide now. Visit one of the Thai boxing venues in Patong to see the lethal kicks, furious punches, and crushing elbow strikes. Girl Bars - Also called beer bars, you will find them all over the Phuket Island. There are a lot of ladyboys, men, and cute Thai women in these bars inviting you to come in, have a drink, and play some games. You are likely to be surrounded immediately once you enter, and treated so lavishly that you may feel you are a celebrity. Take a seat, pick your drink, flirt with the locals, and play the bar games you like. If you want, you may even take one of the girls to your hotel room for a small fee. Sports Bars - These bars are different than the girl bars in Phuket, and are more traditional. There are no girls or ladyboys here. So it’s a welcome break for many tourists. There are big-screen televisions all around showing sporting events. Watch your favorite team play with a drink in hand and a cheering crowd, egging on the players. It can be quite an experience, like being on the stadium itself. Often, there are dart games and pool too in the bar. The nightlife of Phuket is a huge draw. It’s one of the main attractions in this island-city. You are sure to be thrilled, no matter what kind of attraction you like. There is something for everyone here.
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    Staying Safe in Phuket

    The south of Thailand is very beautiful, as many tourists from around the world have already discovered. There is Phuket, Krabi, Trang and the hundreds of stunning islands and beaches to visit. Phuket is, of course, the most popular, with more than 5 million tourists visiting every year. In fact, according to estimates, more than 50 percent tourists coming to Thailand will spend a few days in Phuket. The good news is, Phuket is generally considered safe – as safe as most other tourist destinations. Most travellers come and go back without a problem. However, there can be issues at times, and they can go out of hand if you are not extremely careful. It’s good to be alert and careful and stay away from trouble. The Beaches - All the main beaches here now have lifeguards. But still, there are quite a few drownings every year, particularly between May and October during the southwest monsoon. Stay away from the sea if you see the beach lined with red flags. They indicate strong waves. Thai authorities are doing everything they can to warn visitors and keep them safe. However, still, these flags may not be present in the smaller beaches. So it’s best to check with the locals before venturing out. Rip Current - This is the #1 danger at the beach. Rip currents can be deadly. These currents are caused when the breaking waves funnel together, and the water gets sucked back into the sea. These currents happen throughout the year, but are stronger during the monsoon, and cause the most deaths. The most deadly rip currents happen at the Nai Harn Beach and the Karon Beach, but the others can have them too. It can be scary if you get caught, as you will have no control. Do not panic, and don’t fight, because you will simply tire yourself out. Swim parallel to the shoreline instead. You will still be carried out to the sea, but you can get yourself our quickly if you are swimming perpendicular. Rip currents are just a few meters wide – they are quite small. Swim back to the shore immediately once you are free. Once again, look for the red flags. They could be there because of these currents. There are yellow flags too, indicating the water is less dangerous. Use your own discretion. Just be careful. There is no particular reason to be scared of the beaches. Rip currents happen in many other beaches around the world, and are not exclusive to Phuket. Jellyfish - This is a common problem in Phuket. There can be a lot of jellyfish that sometimes sting fish and swimmers or snorkelers. The sting is rarely fatal, but can be very painful. Ask the lifeguards whether there has been jellyfish since the morning. Also, ask at your hotel whether the beach you are planning to go to, has a jellyfish history. Avoid the beach if needed. There are plenty of nice alternatives in and around Phuket. Get away from the fish immediately if you are stung, so that you don’t get more stings. Once on the shore, apply vinegar to neutralize the sting. Boating in Phuket - You will surely want to visit a few islands from Phuket, but before you hop on, ensure that there are enough lifejackets for everyone. Also, check in advance to make sure that the weather is good. Avoid booking a super-cheap boat trip. You can be sure they have taken shortcuts in equipment or crew training. Many tourists end up at the hospitals with back and neck injuries that are caused by reckless speedboats and long-tail boats. Thai authorities are doing their job, carrying out checks to ensure the boats are in good condition. The country attracts millions of tourists, and wants to keep increasing the numbers. But you will still want to do your own checks just to be sure. Jet Skis - Avoid jet skis not just in Phuket, but the entire country. If you are swimming, stay away from the areas close to these dangerous and loud motorized vessels. In fact, a few beachfront hotels have even cordoned off the sea with buoys and ropes to keep their swimmers safe. There is also the infamous Jet Ski scam of Thailand, which is very much present in Phuket. It is among the oldest scams of the country. This is how it works – You hire a jet ski for 150 baht an hour, but on return, the owner will feign astonishment and anger for the damage you have supposedly caused to the vessel, which in reality is untrue. You will be asked to pay for the damages. Many tourists call the police, but sometimes, they too are involved in the scam. Stay safe. It’s best not to rent a jet ski. There are plenty of other attractions and things to do in Phuket you can enjoy. Tuk Tuk Drivers - Tuk-tuks are fun and the most favored mode of local travel. They can however be uncomfortable if you have to travel for more than half an hour. Always bargain the fare, and write it down before boarding. There can be trouble if there is a dispute, especially around the touristy places. Keep a map with you to ensure that the driver is taking you there. Say “yoot tee nee”, which means “stop here” if you have a feeling you are being taken somewhere else. Take the taxi if you are worried. Thousands of tuk-tuks ply the roads of Bangkok, Phuket, and the other Thai cities. They are largely safe, but sometimes, there are negative reports. In case of a problem, approach the “Tourist Police”. There is a police force in the country just for the benefit of tourists, which you won’t find in most places. The Thai authorities are really thoughtful, and will go that extra distance to help you. Ladyboys - Kathoeys or ladyboys are men who look like women. Beware of the ladyboys in Patong and the Bangla Road. Laugh off their approaches with humor. Don’t be angry or intolerant. Fueled by drugs, hormones and alcohol, they can be aggressive. Finally, don’t wander off into unfamiliar or non-touristy areas, especially during the night, and more so if you are alone. Also, don’t carry a lot of money with you, and avoid looking too flashy. Most crimes are petty thefts here. The incidents of pick pocketing and snatching are on the rise. Scams are common in all touristy places. For instance, pick pocketing is common in Paris, there is the free friendship bracelet scam in Madrid, the friendly ATM helper in South Africa, and the fake services of Barcelona and Bucharest, among many others. Thailand, including Phuket, is safer than most other destinations. Thai people are very hospitable and welcoming by nature. But naturally, like anywhere else, there are a few bad apples. Just be careful, and you should have a fantastic vacation.
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