Koh Kood - another great tropical destination in the Gulf of Thailand

21.03.2011 In: Travel destinations

Koh Kood is emerging as Thailand’s latest destination for those who want the tropical island lifestyle without the crowds, offering mountains, waterfalls, and perfect white beaches along with minimal development and only a limited number of quality resort hotels.

Situated on the eastern side of the Gulf of Thailand, one hour by speedboat from the coast of Trat Province, Kood is the kingdom’s fourth largest island. There are many islands in the vicinity that can be explored, including Koh Chang, the second largest island in the country.

Koh Kood, therefore, is a popular destination for those who love nature and adventure,and will be one of the choices for the coming summer season for family holidays and groups of friends.

Away Koh Kood, which is part of the Centara Boutique Collection, is located in Klong Chao Bay on the west coast of the island, near to Klong Chao, Kood’s most beautiful waterfall.

Standing in more than six acres of beachside gardens, the resort is the epitome of an island hideaway. There are only 34 villas, each with its own private terrace and ocean views, and for the feeling of truly being away from it all there are 13 Island Canvas Retreat units, a spacious bungalow “tent” that features 30 square meters of space with a master bedroom, spacious bathroom, large terrace, and individual air conditioning.

Living on an almost deserted tropical island doesn’t mean you have to eat basic food. Escape Restaurant & Bar is set beside the ocean under the palm trees, and it serves a tempting a la carte of international cuisine along with a selection of Thai dishes and other Asian specialities.

Away Koh Kood features the largest activity and dive center on the island, named The Hub. Professionally run by a team of qualified instructors, The Hub offers diving courses that will soon have even the inexperienced visitor exploring the crystal clear waters and enchanting reefs with their teaming marine life.

Other activities include canoeing and kayaking; island excursions; sightseeing tours; fishing; and car, motorcycle, and boat rental. Island tours are available and can be tailored to suit the time and interests of resort guests. Popular attractions nearby the resort are the Klong Chao waterfall, Ao Salad Bay, the Rang islands, a pearl farm, and a firefly night trip.

Top 10 pubs for celebrating St. Patrick's day all over the world

14.03.2011 In: Travel tips

You love a craic, right…who doesn't. Bet you enjoy a pint? Here are the best Irish pubs around the world to welcome in St Patrick's Day on Thursday, March 17. Slainte! (that means health by the way).

1. Guinness Storehouse (Dublin, Ireland) – If you happen to be in Dublin this St Paddy's Day, a visit here is a must. The Guinness Storehouse will host a festival in honour of the Irish patron saint, and probably the most famous beer in the world. There is live music and entertainment, dance troops, complimentary local seafood, Guinness tastings (naturally) and much more. It's a great excuse to be Irish for the day, not that you ever need one. If you're looking for accommodation, you can try vacation rentals in Dublin .

2. Galway Arms (Chicago, Illinois) – The Galway Arms combines...

Zimbabwe - best climate in the world and spectacular Lake Kariba

14.03.2011 In: Travel destinations

Zimbabwe is a country of contrasts, and it comes as no surprise that its climate was voted “the best climate on Earth” alongside that of Malta in International Living magazine’s 2011 Quality of Life Index, published this January. Every year, the magazine rates and ranks 192 countries for this index, and Zimbabwe scored 100% on climate, one of the nine categories voted upon.

Alas, a month later its capital city, Harare, was reported to be the “worst livable city in the world,” placed in last at 140 behind even the dubious cities of Dhaka in Bangladesh, Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea, and Lagos in Nigeria. Harare had particularly poor scores for stability, economy, health care, and infrastructure, according to this annual ranking compiled by the Economist Intelligence...

Fujian Tulou Hakka Yongding - better come to see it than try to read

28.02.2011 In: Travel destinations

On Feb. 20, 2011, hosted by the Fujian Provincial Tourism Administration and Longyan Municipal Government, produced by JSB Destination Marketing Co. Ltd., the "Fujian Tulou Hakka Yongding" destination promotion conference and global marketing campaign launch ceremony was held in Beijing.

Fujian Hakka Tulou is "the most extraordinary type of Chinese rural dwelling" of the Hakka and others in the mountainous areas of western Fujian, China. They were mostly built between the 12th and the 20th centuries.

A tulou is usually a large, enclosed, and fortified earth building, rectangular or circular in configuration, with very thick load-bearing rammed earth walls between three and five stories high, and can house up to 80 families. Smaller interior buildings are often enclosed by these huge...

Cultural places of the Arabic world - fine arts and exquisite architecture

28.02.2011 In: Travel tips

While Dubai is definitely the capital city of leisure for the Gulf, both Abu Dhabi and Doha (Qatar) compete to turn themselves into cultural destinations for travelers. Abu Dhabi’s strategy to achieve this target is in some ways quite similar to the Dubai approach: prestigious mega projects created to turn the Emirate into a destination out of the ordinary. Saadiyat Island, 500 m from Abu Dhabi Coast, will be turned into a cultural icon destination, welcoming five prestigious museums. The Louvre Abu Dhabi will open its doors in 2013 – with works from French museums leased for a ten-year period - the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi is due also to open in 2013. Both museums have been designed by prestigious architects - the Louvre by Jean Nouvel and the Guggenheim with Frank Gehry. There is also a...

House and apartment - typical pros and cons, a short reminder

21.02.2011 In: Vacation rental news

From growing families to space concerns to parking, these are all things to consider when making the decision between renting a house and an apartment. For a breakdown of the benefits and disadvantages of both rental arrangements, keep reading.

The Benefits of Renting a House:

1. More space, including outdoor space. Typically, a house is going to provide you with more room inside as well as outdoor space like a yard. If you’ve got pets, children or a lot of stuff, this could be a huge incentive.

2. Parking. While many apartments come with a parking spot, a large number of urban apartments, particularly older buildings, don’t. If you have a vehicle or two, you may want to look at renting a home with parking.

3. Privacy. Typically, a house is going to afford you a lot more...

2011 America's Dozen Distinctive Destinations - be sure to see them all

21.02.2011 In: Travel destinations

The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced its 2011 list of America's Dozen Distinctive Destinations. For 12 years the National Trust has annually selected communities across America that offer cultural and recreational experiences different from the typical vacation destination. From dynamic downtowns and stunning architecture to cultural diversity and lively entertainment, the selected destinations boast a richness of character and exude an authentic sense of place.

This year's destinations range from a waterfront city that George Washington called home and an Old West town that was once the unofficial capital of Indian Territory to a laid-back wine country destination and a charming seaport town with a rich seafaring tradition.

"This year's Dozen Distinctive...

There is more to carnival life than Brazil!

14.02.2011 In: World travel news

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has a well-deserved reputation as host of the biggest carnival celebration in the world. Nowhere else on Earth is this gloriously wanton Christian holiday of feasting before fasting quite as grand in scale. In fact, all over Brazil, wild and massive celebrations compete for the carnival spotlight. This makes it easy to forget that carnival is celebrated with the same passion and gusto in many other parts of the world as well!

Here is the selection of five great places for a carnival carouse outside of Brazil.


Costumes are key in the carnival celebration on the Maltese island of Gozo. Some take the disguise aspect so seriously that they will conceal their identities completely by remaining silent.

The central Mediterranean island of Malta...

Rwanda forests - a great place to visit from now on

14.02.2011 In: Travel destinations

"The land of a thousand hills," as Rwanda is known by her friends from near and far, has in recent years enjoyed a boom in tourism arrivals, and before becoming a victim of its own success with only one major tourism product on offer, acted quickly and decisively to diversify the range of offers to tourists of what to do in the country. The then office for tourism and national parks – ORTPN – now part of the Rwanda Development Board, brainstormed over the options of "what new" to put on the market. It took little time back then to identify the country’s tropical rainforests to be one of the assets tourism could make use of. While sports activities like cycling and boat trips on Lake Kivu were also added, as was birding, it was primarily the forests which held the solution to the...

Make a choice from the finest Jamaica villas for your vacation

07.02.2011 In: Vacation rental news

Renting Jamaica Villas can give a carefree holiday as visitors then have absolute freedom to do whatever they want while enjoying luxurious surroundings. Jamaica is a lovely island to visit and is enjoyed by more than 1 million visitors each year. Most visitors will choose to go to Montego Bay which is a pretty big city on the island but it’s also very pretty and it’s right in the bay and is surrounded by mountains.

It’s the ideal place to do a spot of shopping and to find great restaurants.Visitors venturing from their Caribbean villa can also see Rose Hall Great House which was home to Annie Palmer who was known as the White Which of Jamaica. She was married several times and is reported to have killed her husbands and to have treated her slaves extremely badly until she...

New show at SeaWorld across the USA - don't miss those killer whales!

07.02.2011 In: Travel destinations

SeaWorld parks across the United States will debut an all-new killer whale show this spring and summer, connecting guests to the sea with a new level of energy, excitement and vibrancy as it educates and inspires them to make a difference in this world.

"One Ocean" features SeaWorld's majestic killer whales as ambassadors of the sea, and the ocean as the center of our natural world. The show connects guests with these remarkable animals and immerses the audience in the vivid colors and sensations of the underwater world. At the core of the show is the unifying message that both animals and humans are part of one world, with one ocean, and its future is in our hands to cherish and protect.

"One Ocean" is scheduled to premiere at SeaWorld Orlando at the end of April, SeaWorld San...

Mainland Africa eager to join Seychelles' Carnival International de Victoria

31.01.2011 In: World travel news

The 2011 Seychelles "Carnival International de Victoria," due to be held in Seychelles between March 4-6, 2011, is acting as a magnet for African countries who recognize the many opportunities that the Carnival offers and who are eager to jump on the bandwagon and get involved.

Seychelles’ historical status as the "melting pot of cultures" has, over its two centuries of settlement, produced a harmonious, multi-ethnic society that has created of its very variety and diversity a strength which is now the bedrock of a vibrant, yet tranquil, Seychellois Creole way of life.

It is this very sense of harmony, stability, and unity that is captured in the spirit of the 2011 Seychelles "Carnival International de Victoria," which sets the stage for international participation over three days...

Philippines tourism opportunities in anticipation of the Travel Expo on February, 18

31.01.2011 In: Travel destinations

There was a time when one had to pay an arm and a leg to enjoy a decent vacation. Thanks to the boost in the international and domestic tourism industry, travel destinations have become more accessible to tourists. Competition has also played a role in giving travelers great choices in booking their trips. Indeed, nowadays going on a trip is no longer a luxury but a way of life.

Travel enthusiasts are sure to have a great start of the year as Travel Tour Expo (TTE) 2011 gives us an array of the best deals in the market this February 18 to 20, 2011 at the SMX Convention Hall. Now on its 18th year, the TTE is an annual event in the Philippine travel and tourism industry organized by the Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) and the Department of Tourism (DoT) and serves as a...

The rise of Myanmar as a popular international destination is not so far away

24.01.2011 In: World travel news

Myanmar has long been considered as a pariah state due to its harsh military government and its poor record on human rights. For years, most countries called to boycott Myanmar, and this was reflected by tourism figures. While other ASEAN countries prospered and enjoyed healthy growth in tourist arrivals, Myanmar continued to stagnate. Total arrivals reached over 792,000 in 2010, up from 657,000 in 2004 – when including cross-border tourism - representing a growth of 20.5% over this period. When looking at foreign arrivals at international airports, they grew from 2004 to 2010 from 242,000 to 311,000, a plus of 28.5%. Some would probably say that Myanmar did not do that bad. During the same period of time, arrivals to neighboring Laos more than doubled from less than 900,000 to an...

A new village for ecotourism to be built in Indonesia

24.01.2011 In: Travel destinations

Habitat for Humanity Indonesia announced it is partnering with Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) to create Habitat’s first eco-tourism village of more than 420 homes and guest accommodations near some of Indonesia’s most picturesque ancient temples.

The development will take place in the village of Soran, located near the famous Prambanan Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, built around 850 AD. The village is also located near Mount Merapi, the nation’s most famous volcano, which erupted last year.

Soran has a long tradition of creating music and crafts, but 60 percent of families there live below the poverty line.

The project will improve housing for most villagers, while establishing a sustainable, eco-friendly hospitality business built on the community’s historic cultural...