Island of Phuket, A Dream Vacation

Beaches of Phuket Island, ThailandPhuket is an island in southern Thailand. It is located in the Andaman Sea and separated from the mainland by a narrow waterway. The isle beckons with numerous gorgeous beaches, which are beloved destinations for folks from all over the globe. The most fancied ocean shores of the Island of Phuket are situated on the west coast. They offer everything a dream vacation should hold in store, such as swaying palm trees, dazzling white sand and turquoise sea water.

The busiest sea shore is the Patong Beach. Here, travelers and locals mingle for entertainment purposes and to have fun. Here, one finds most bars, restaurants and dance clubs. The nearby Freedom Beach is a paradise for snorkelers and swimmers. The famous protected cove is only accessible by boat. However, one should only visit it outside the main seasons, as during high-time it is too crowded.

Wat Chalong Temple Phuket, ThailandPhuket offers many other recreation opportunities, aside from relaxing on the beach. Tourists can hire a scooter or jeep and begin to explore the island on their own. Impressive is the temple Wrat Chalong, which is located about 2,5 miles north of Chalong Bay. Furthermore, the Phuket Zoo, the Phuket Aquarium and the Butterfly Garden are worth a trip. Between Karon Beach and Chalong Bay, there is a snake farm, where visitors can view numerous exotic snake-species. For lovers of fauna and flora, a guided jungle tour is highly recommended.

The nightlife in Phuket is for many the main reason to travel to the island. Tourists can expect a quite vibrant atmosphere at all beaches on the west coast. Beer bars are available at all ocean shores; however, the center of the action is the famous Patong Beach. Thousands of shops, clubs and restaurants compete here in the evening, and there is nothing that does not exist.

Special treats for the eyes are the so-called Ladyboy Bars in the Bangla Road. This area provides travelers an extended entertaining program with roller coasters, single bars and beer gardens. Absolute highlights are also presented shows, such as the Simon Cabaret. A colorful revue in Broadway style that guests should not miss to see.

Patong Beach,Phuket Island, ThailandEating in Phuket is an experience in itself, as the selection of culinary delights is immense in throughout the island. Alone in the town of Patong, there are over hundred different food establishments, which invite travelers to get to know the Thai kitchen. Depending on what one feels like, it is possible to have a simple snack or dine in a veritable temple of luxury. Besides all this, there are cozy pubs and specialty restaurants all over the area. However, Phuket does not only impress with typical Thai food. Since it is a tourist region, the locals serve exquisite international dishes, too.

Phuket, with its exotic flair and pristine environment is the ideal destination for people who look for a unique holiday. The locals are friendly; the sky is always blue, and the attractions are outstanding. The island puts an enchanting spell on travelers, who return home with extraordinary impressions in mind and memories of a pure adventure in their hearts.

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Yokohama, Japans second largest City

One of the nice things about taking a trip on the spur of the moment, is sometimes you don’t have time to do proper research on your destination, which can result in a lousy trip or a pleasant surprise. This just happened to be the case this time. Yokohama, Japan turned out to be a unexpected but pleasant surprise.

So, the other day when I was given a trip to Haneda, Tokyo International Airport, I assumed that we were staying in Tokyo. We just started flying into Haneda, the main airport serving Tokyo, just a month or so ago, for years we have been flying into Narita International Airport, about 65 kilometers or 40 miles to the east of downtown Tokyo. Now I say I assumed we were staying in Tokyo, because the way everyone was talking was that is where we were going.

Skyline from InterContinental Hotel Yokohama JapanWell on the flight over, I asked the copilot who has been to Haneda, what would he recommend to see for a first timer to Tokyo, he told me we were actually staying in a suburb of Tokyo, Yokohama to the south and it was about a 30 min train ride to Tokyo.

Hmmm, well leaving the airport and headed south upon our arrival, even though it was rainy and dark out I could tell this was a pretty big suburb. It really was not till the this morning when I woke up, looked out the window of the hotel and saw all the high rises that this was more than a suburb.

A quick check on the internet, now I do the research, I found out that Yokohama actually is the second largest city in Japan, I mean with over 3.6 million people, this is more than a suburb. It is about the same size as Los Angeles. Yokohama might be considered to be part of the metropolitan area of Tokyo, the city is actually 30 kilometers or 18 miles from Tokyo center.

Skyline from Yamashita Park,Yokohama JapanExpecting to be in Tokyo and finding myself in Yokohama, I figured I would spend my day exploring the city. Little more research on the internet, I see that Yokohama is located on the southern end of Tokyo Bay, making the city one of the largest ports in Japan, the city has one of the worlds largest China Towns, numerous parks and historical buildings can be found throughout the city.

A little bit of research now and with camera and a city map in hand I was off to spend the day in Yokohama, Japans second largest city.

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4 Fantastic Turkey Cruise Destinations

Turkey Beach

Guest Post by: James Helliwell

There is nothing quite like a cruise, I love the feeling of the waves crashing against the side of the ship as we glide towards many different ports to embark on our travels. Of all the possible destinations, I have always found Turkey to be one of the more exotic and rewarding. Turkey is located at the far eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea and is home to some of the great ruins of the ancient world, as well as some of the best beaches of the modern world. Great cruises to Turkey can be had from P&O cruises so come and get some Mediterranean sunshine!

Turkey has four main ports of call. Dikili is perhaps the best known. It is famous for its resorts and its dark sand beaches. There is more to this town than fun, however; for here are located the ruins of ancient Troy and the rebuilt Temple of Trajan. Dikili is also the gateway for the ruins of Pergamum.

Another port of call in Turkey is Istanbul, an ancient city that has long spanned two continents. It is both the cultural and the economic center of Turkey. Some of the best sights in this amazing city are the Hippodrome and the Grand Bazaar. The latter contains over 4,000 shops and restaurants. The Topkapi Palace is another worthwhile place to visit. This famous palace was once home to the Ottoman Sultans, and contains a display of Ottoman treasures and jewelery. Istanbul is also justifiably famous for its architecture, which includes a mixture of Byzantine, Ottoman, Roman, and Greek styles, among others.

Turkey CruiseThe third common port of call for cruise ships in Turkey is the port of Kusadasi, which gives access to the ancient and ruined city of Ephesus. This city contains a number of ruins, including the Magnesia Gate and the Grand Theater, which once housed an audience of 25,000. This is the theater where St. Paul preached to the Ephesians. This city also contains the Basilica of St. John and the House of the Virgin Mary.

Finally, the magnificent city of Trabzon is the fourth common port in Turkey. This former Byzantine capital still contains a central square and has streets paved with cobblestones. For those not historically inclined there is a bustling marketplace. The silver-blue anchovies for which the city is famed are available here. The quiet and beautiful Sumela Monastery is located outside the city.

There are many cruise lines that visit Turkey, but one I mainly travel on is P&O Cruises. P&O is the oldest cruise line in the world. It is based in Southampton, England, but has cruises worldwide, including ships that visit all four Turkish ports.


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