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Why travel to Koh Samui if not to stay there, potentially for good? The second-largest island in Thailand is one of those places that captivate with their hospitality and intoxicate with their serenity. It’s a dreamland of all who fantasize about spending their time in the seclusion of swaying coconut palms, but that’s certainly not everything that Koh Samui must offer. Wonderfully isolated and picture-pretty, this island is the perfect destination for those in pursuit of fulfilment.

Here’s what island life is truly like and why nobody ever really leaves Koh Samui.

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Norway

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Norway is famous for being one of the best places to see the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis. On top of that, areas with permafrost produce spectacular icy landscapes, seemingly transporting a tourist to another world. The country also rivals the rest of Europe when it comes to art museums and galleries according to Lonely Planet.

Entry and exit is usually through Oslo Airport.

Permafrost temperatures remain at or below zero Celsius, so this might be a concern for tourists with a low tolerance of the cold even when wearing thick coats and multiple layers. A good way to address this would be to frequently visit similarly colder countries first to undergo a process called “cold weather conditioning” based on a study by ReWild University.

Philippines

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An archipelago comprised of more than 7,000 islands, many of the beaches here are among the best in the world such as Boracay, Linapacan, Nacpan, to name but a few. The nation is also predominantly Catholic, so there are various festivals that tourists can participate in, as well as churches and structures that are hundreds of years old.

Entry and exit is usually through Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

This airport is often included in the lists documenting the world’s worst airports, so keep that in mind when you travel to the Philippines. A good way to address this is to always make sure that everything is ready and settled, such as check-ins, documents, passports, etc. to avoid delays and spend the shortest time possible inside the facility.

United Kingdom

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The UK has many tourist locations, but the most visited are generally situated in the iconic city of London – a city that screams fashion, royalty, and a rich history.

Being home to world class supermodels such as Kate Moss and Cara DeLevingne, and events like London Fashion Week make the city a premier hub for fashion. Buildings like Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey on the other hand, are monuments that showcase the country’s rich royal tapestry. Lastly, the British are known for being polite and well mannered, so there’s almost always a warm atmosphere for anyone visiting the city, locals and foreigners alike.

Entry and exit is usually through Heathrow or Gatwick Airport, but bear in mind that these are among the busiest airports in the world.

This is predominantly due to millions of people visiting the city, and it can lead to crowded tourist attractions, buses, and trains. A good way to address this would be to rent a car, given the city’s multitude of car rental options for all kinds of travellers. At London Gatwick, for instance, you can also easily pick up a vehicle when you arrive, as the terminals are nearby the car parking bays according to Parking4Less. This way, it’s easy for guests to venture out of London and visit other parts of the United Kingdom if they so wish.

Thailand

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If visiting temples is your cup of tea, you won’t be disappointed with what Thailand has to offer tourists. Home to more than 40,000 Buddhist temples, as specified in The Crazy Tourist, it’s almost impossible to pick where to go, but thankfully there are recommendations all over the internet that you can check research to find the right one for you.

Entry and exit is usually through Suvarnabhumi Airport.

The roads here usually experience heavy traffic as stated by Country Reports. A good way to address this is to allot extra time to your travel time, or just avoid the roads altogether and walk as often as you can. Just be sure to exercise proper caution.

Holiday Inn Pattaya Thailand

Just recently came back from my 1 week trip in Pattaya Thailand!    What an amazing place to visit.

And what makes it even more amazing was the fact I opted to stay in the Holiday Inn Pattaya hotel.  Glad I made that choice!  Amazing service, amazing price, amazing location and amazing views of the ocean from all the rooms!

Watch the video below for my complete review of the hotel room:

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This was the last day of our trip, taking afternoon flight, so decided to rush all the way to Chatuchak market early morning after a quick breakfast, a last minute shopping for clothes, souvenir, foods and house decorating items. We wanted to have local street food the one last time for breakfast, and saw these stalls selling Pad La Pow (fried minced port with holy basil and fried egg) and cha yen opposite Pantip Plaza, right across New Petchburi Road, we were so lucky to decide trying.

We had the authentic local breakfast at a small table beside the mobile beverage stall that selling us cha yen. The dish was superb! We didn’t expect a simple local cuisine selling at roadside can be so good! If you are lucky enough to see this same lady in the picture still selling the dish at the same location, don’t hesitate, go ahead and try it out on the spot, eating it hot taste the best.

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We tried to experience how the locals live in Bangkok, and signed up for a Thai cooking class, trying to learn and bring their culture back! Then, we headed to Platinum Fashion Mall, wanted to bring back a lot of new clothes and accessories to fill out our wardrobe.

Are you READY?  Then click on the chapter selection below to read on for day 7!

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I always wanted to learn cooking local cuisine during my previous trips, as I believe that is a actually a good way to feel the local way of living. Experience local culture, trying to live their way and eat local cuisine are always my main objectives for traveling.

There are a few popular cooking classes in Bangkok, I chose Silom Thai Cooking School because it was cheap (1000 Baht per person), convenient location (68 Silom Soi 13 | Opposite Narai Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand – near MRT Silom station), good online reviews about friendly and knowledgeable staffs and fun learning experience. There are 3 classes available daily, we joined the morning class so that can visit other attractions afterwards: Read Full Article →

The Platinum Fashion Mall

In the evening, we reach Platinum Fashion Mall (222 11th Floor Petchburi Road, ThanonPetchburi, Ratchthevi, Phone: 02-121-8000) for dinner, follow by shopping. It was right next to Central World, and opposite to Pratunam Market across New Petchburi Road.

Platinum Fashion Mall is a huge building with more than 2200 shops selling clothes and accessories, definitely a paradise for shopaholic, we were so excited and wanted to spend the whole night shopping there. The shopping mall wasn’t one of the must visit attractions in my list, so I didn’t do much research about it. We realized that some shops started to close after our dinner, finding it weird but didn’t really pay much attention about it, until more and more shops are closed along the way. End up a shop owner told us that Platinum Fashion Mall closing at 2000, no one will ever expected a big shopping mall to close at 2000 everyday, at least not us…

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Terminal 21 Shopping Mall, with the address of Sukhumvit Road between Soi 19 and 21, open daily 10am – 10pm. Its’ interior design was so eye balls catching and attractive, combining several countries’ famous attractions and architectural under one roof, with different level having different and unique country’s landmark and culture.

You could just spend half a day checking out this interesting mall with 600 shops, or spend a relaxing time catching a movie in the cinema. There is also a supermarket and food court selling all kinds of Thai local cuisine and international fare, you can definitely find some fun activities to make up your day.

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