Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Phuket For First Timers

Phuket is one of the biggest provinces in Thailand, and is also the country’s largest island. It can be found west of the mainland, and is connected via two bridges, with easy motorway access to Bangkok and other major cities. The closes provinces to Phuket are Krabi and Phang Nga, and in the past the island has generated wealth from exporting rubber and tin, and it also enjoys a colourful, diverse and rich history that tourists are regularly educated about upon entering the island.

Heavily populated by tourists throughout most of the year, Phuket offers amazing beaches, great local hospitality and spectacular food. Many people used it as a stop-over before they travel to the other places in the region, like Koh Phi Phi or Ko Pha Ngan, where most of the major island parties are held. If you’re looking to visit Phuket during your trip to Thailand this year, let’s take a look at some top tips on travelling the island, and some great things to do too.

2004: The Tsunami

December 26th, 2004 – the date that changed the island of Phuket, and many others in the region, forever. Boxing day all over Thailand was spent mourning the thousands of men, women and children that were buried and swept away by the Indian Ocean tidal wave. Over 300 people were reported dead in Phuket alone, and much of the infrastructure was destroyed, delaying much needed aid to the island. Due to many illegal workers not being registered on the island, experts believe the death toll was much higher.
The entire west coast of Phuket was swept out to sea, and the beautiful beaches that once attracted millions of tourists to the island every year were no more. Thankfully however, thanks to lots of financial aid from all over the world, much of the tourist infrastructure was back in place in Phuket by the end of 2005. By 2006, nearly all the businesses were operating again, although many islands in the area are still experiencing the lasting effects of the wave.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Top 10 Tourist Attractions In Saint Lucia

The Caribbean island of Saint Lucia is a haven for tourists, and it’s no wonder so many people flock here every year! Let’s take a look at some of the top tourist attractions on this spectacular island. If you’re thinking about visiting St Lucia this summer, make sure you compare the best prices at cheapflights.

The Pitons, Drive in Volcano and Sulphur Springs, Soufriere

Listed as a World Heritage Site, the Pitons are two volcanic plugs located near the town of Soufriere on the south-western part of St. Lucia. The Gros Piton is 771 m, and the Petit Piton [photo credit below] is 743 m high; they are linked by the Piton Mitan ridge.

The smell of the sulphur is what gives Soufriere its name and the sulphur springs nearby are sometimes used for bathing. Most amazingly though is the fact that this is the world’s only drive-thru volcano and is a must see whislt in St. Lucia.

Mamiku Botanical Gardens, Micoud

A scenic drive along the rugged eastern coast of St. Lucia, with brilliant views of the Atlantic Ocean will take you to the legendary Mamiku Gardens. Set in 12 acres of beautiful woodlands; Mamiku is a floral paradise that is also home to a number of exotic birds, Mamiku never fails to enchant its visitors.

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