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Monthly Archives: June 2017

Spa Holiday in Thailand

Koh Samui: The scenic, tropical beaches on the island of Koh Samui in Thailand make it one of the best locations for a spa holiday. The spa resorts here offer pampering spa services such as foot reflexology, Shirodhara, Ayurvedic treatments, Indian head massage and a range of traditional Thai spa treatments. You can choose services that target specific parts of the body if you are dealing with specific issues but usually a holistic approach works best. For complete rejuvenation, you can opt for full body massages, body wraps, etc. These are very relaxing and help you feel refreshed. Since you will be staying near the beach, you can spend your time relaxing on the beach in between the spa session. To get more health benefits, you can select the detoxification programs that these spa resorts offer.

Chiang Mai: For people who connect more with the tranquil atmosphere of the mountains, you can select any reputed spa resort at Chiang Mai. This location is surrounded by the foothill of the Himalayas and offers a memorable spa experience because of the scenic beauty and quiet atmosphere. The spa resorts here offer various detoxification, rejuvenation and yoga programs in addition to spa services for your overall well-being. Whether you are just going for a weekend or planning to stay for more than a few days, you can choose different packages to make the best of your trip. You can spend your time in between the different spa services exploring the location and enjoy the location.

Phuket: The spa resorts in Phuket offer a range of Asian therapies. Their services focus on the overall wellbeing of a person and try to create spiritual, mental and physical harmony. Many of these resorts also offer meditation programs, yoga classes and more in addition to spa services. You can also get guidance from certified trainers and experts to plan a workout regime for you. The mouthwatering and healthy Thai dishes are sure to make your taste buds crave for more. There is a good mix of luxury and affordable spa service packages offered by the resorts here. When you opt for a spa resort in Phuket, you can also take some time out to explore the island, which is a very popular tourist destination.

Hidden Travel Pitfalls the World

The most common travel illness is diarrhoea. Eating contaminated food and water contributes to diarrhoea. You should always remember that when you are in a strange place, stick to bottled or purified water and freshly prepared food. If you are not sure how food is prepared, do not ingest it. However, travellers can also get ill with respiratory tract infections and influenza. Standing on airports or sitting on planes can get you infected with these common illnesses. When you get ill while travelling, it may get expensive. In some countries, expert medical care in most facilities cost a fortune. One thing you can do is to choose travel insurance that covers medical expenses while travelling.

There are always safety risks while travelling. In fact, even our own government gives a travel warning whenever we go to certain countries. While we can’t avoid accidents and mishaps on the round, safety is a priority, especially when we are travelling with our family.

When you’re traveling you need to be more aware of your surroundings, especially if you are a tourist in a remote region. There are some ways to stay safe while travelling like keeping your passport, travel documents, cash, and credit cards in a secure place, and spreading them around in various bags just in case one is stolen. You should also not call too much attention to yourself and avoid wearing touristy clothes. While this is not possible in many Asian countries, just try to blend in as much as possible. While travelling, women should always be with a group and not walk in darkened streets alone. While it is perfectly acceptable to enjoy and have a drink or two at a bar, keep track of your alcohol consumption. You shouldn’t get too drunk that you cannot find your way to your hotel.

One of the most unexpected expenses that await us when we get back from our trip is the very costly mobile phone bill. This is due to roaming charges while we are using our phone abroad. In order to avoid this, you should research ahead of time and see if you can purchase an inexpensive local prepaid SIM card to get very affordable data and minutes. You can always make VOIP calls or send text messages through Facebook Messenger or Skype. There are also other ways of communicating over the internet such as Viber, WhatsApp, Line, and many others.

Snowboarding in Japan

The first thing you have to decide is where you would like to ski. From December to February, there are dozens of available resorts up and down the country. In the south, there is Nagano and Hakuba (which you will remember from the Winter Olympics in 1998). Towards the northern part of Honshu (the main island), you have many resorts, including Yamagata which we visited on our most recent trip. On the northern most island of Hokkaido, you can also find a number of world-class resorts. Where you go is up to you. I’ll outline for you where we went and the experience we had. You are welcome to mimic us or to choose your own destination. Where ever you go, I’m sure you will have a great time.

Our resort of choice was Mount Zao in Yamagata prefecture. We had heard that the snow at Zao is fantastic and that there are many other attractions to see whilst you are there. In order to get to Zao, you have a few options. If you are touring on the Japan Rail pass, you can easily take any number of Shinkansen bound for Yamagata Station. It takes just over two and a half hours and trains depart regularly. Once you arrive in Yamagata Station, it’s a short $10 bus trip up to Mount Zao that takes about an hour. If you are not using the Rail Pass, there is a bus that you can take from Tokyo Sation all the way to Mt Zao for only $25. These are infrequent, so be sure to call ahead to book your tickets. Regardless of which option you take, you will arrive at Mt Zao Station.

There is a multitude of accommodation, depending on your budget and preferences. We stayed in a Japanese- style bed and breakfast called Bokunouchi. As part of the package, it features a fully catered breakfast and dinner, which left us with plenty of time to focus on snowboarding!

If you have not taken your own gear with you, then you will need to rent gear before you hit the slopes. I would recommend Shiba Ski Rental. From Zao Station, turn right and follow the main street. As you are walking, you will see the various ski lifts leading up the mountain. Shiba Ski Rental is on the left hand side of the road. The couple that run the store can speak both English and Japanese so you are in good hands. They also do a discount if you rent for more than a single day. My wife and I rented boards, boots, and helmets and it cost us $250 for three days.

Finding Hotel Tonight

This would be enough to convince even a hardened traveler to cry, “Uncle”, but the real struggle to book a room came when you had to travel out-of-town. Imagine being on a road you’re following on a physical map, and inevitably you’d end up somewhere whose geography you didn’t know, and you certainly didn’t know of any hotels, motels, or motorways you could bank on for a last-minute room. Today, however, you can know your way around town by way of your phone’s Internet access.

Perhaps the other most significant reason for being able to book a hotel room with ease comes by way of competition in the industry. There was once a time when you had a limited amount of choices for hotel stays. Regardless of whether you were traveling & moving about due to vacation or work, you were in a position where your lodging money went one of only a couple of places. Nowadays, you’re able to do quick online searches as to the quality (star rating) of you proposed lodging, amenities, as well as proximity to & involvement with your destination. Moreover, there are a number of hotels vying for your business, which means they are willing to work with prospective customers on pricing & flexible booking simply because they want your booking in a major way. With so much choice & with an added boost in saving on your booking, you as the consumer are the big winner.